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2 years ago

Stuck in Customs 'Photo Voyages of Trey Ratcliff' Android app now compatible with Google TV

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Photo Voyages of Trey Ratcliff, the "official" application of the popular travel photography blog Stuck in Customs is now compatible with Google TV.  The app consists of hundreds of Ratcliff's images (and they are spectacular images indeed) as an endless slideshow to view on your screen.  With Google TV support, that big screen in your living room can become a piece of art while you're not watching cartoons the news.  Another interesting aside, a note in the market says an update that allows setting any of the images as your wallpaper is coming "very soon".  The app will cost you $2.99 and requires Android 2.1 or higher.  Hit the break for the download link.

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2 years ago

HTC EVO 3D getting an OTA update today, says Sprint

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Sprint has posted that the HTC EVO 3D version 2.17.651.5 update should start rolling out today.  It's a minor maintenance release that addresses the following:

  • Updated Peep client (to align with Twitter)
  • Battery life improvements
  • Security update

The OTA should start rolling out to devices today, but you can manually force the update check by tapping Menu > Settings > System updates > HTC software update > Check now from your homescreen.  If you get this one, be sure to talk about it in the forums so others know what to expect!

Source: SprintThanks, John!

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2 years ago

Android's Samsung Galaxy Nexus versus the Windows Phone HTC Titan II

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We've already put the Samsung Galay Nexus up against the new Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 900, and now it's time to take a look at it next to the venerable HTC Titan II, announced Monday at the AT&T Developer Summit here in Las Vegas.

For you HTC fans, there's a lot here that's familiar. The Titan's a mix of soft-touch plastic and metal, with those little design flares that HTC does oh so well. It feels like an HTC phone. The screen is big -- the screen is 4.7-inches of Super LCD glass -- and it looks quite nice. But the Galaxy Nexus beats it with its 720x1280 Super AMOLED HD display. It's less about the screen type than it is the pixels. The 720p screen just trumps it, hands down.

Microsoft has continue to work well with its manufacturing partners in terms of optimizing the devices. The Titan II is 1.5 GHz single-core device, but the UI is fast as fast can be. That doesn't mean you won't run into bottlenecks though. Despite having a 16MP camera on board, you'll have to make do with 720p video recording, and not 1080p like you'll find on most Android devices now. That's not a huge strike -- it's more of a limiting factor when using a single-core processor.

It really is that camera that had us impressed, especially when compared to the lackluster shooter on the Galaxy Nexus. From Day 1 of Windows Phone, Microsoft's done cameras right. You go from a cold start to shutter action quickly than just about anything else out there (the new Xperia S could give it a run for its money), and the quality of pictures and video on the Titan II is quite good.

We've got a few more pictures after the break, and be sure to check out the full hands-on with the Titan II at WPCentral.com.

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2 years ago

LG Marquee heading to Boost Mobile Jan. 23, with $280 price tag

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Boost Mobile announced that they will be offering the LG Marquee on their $55 Android plan starting January 23.  The phone will cost $279.99 (plus taxes if applicable) at Boost retail locations and online, and that money gets you a slim smartphone with a great display.  This is the same LG Marquee we saw unveiled for Sprint last fall in New York, and is the Americanized version of the LG Optimus Black.  Specs are mid-range in today's world of dual-cores and nuclear-powered handsets, but are actually pretty good for a pre-paid device:

  •     Dimensions: 4.8" (H) x 2.52" (W) x 0.36" (D)
  •     Weight: 3.95oz
  •     NOVA Display: 4-inch color TFT (480 x 800) WVGA
  •     Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  •     1GHz processor
  •     Memory: 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM
  •     1500mAh battery
  •     5.5 hrs Talk Time
  •     MicroSD Slot (2GB included card)
  •     Wifi Enabled-- 802.11 b/g/n (Hotspot capable)
  •     Virtual QWERTY keyboard (with SWYPE)
  •     5-megapixel camera (rear)
  •     2-megapixel camera (front)

With Boost Mobile's interesting shrinkage plans (payments gradually get less the longer you keep making them) this could be a great choice for a lot of folks. 

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid 4, LG Spectrum will soon be able to roam overseas, says Verizon

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The newly announced Motorola Droid 4 and LG Spectrum will soon be able to roam overseas on both GSM and CDMA networks, Verizon told Phonescoop. Both devices will be running on Verizon's 4G LTE networkin the US and because of some network issues, previous LTE phones have not been able to roam in non-CDMA markets.

Network enhancements on their way, which would make the Spectrum and Droid 4 the first to take advantage of such capabilities.

Great news for everybody looking to get an LTE phone on Verizon but also would like it to work overseas in GSM markets.

Source: Phonescoop

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2 years ago

Mobile Nations + TCPJ Special: CES 2012 wrap up

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Mobile Nations editors Kevin Michaluk, Phil Nickinson, Rene Ritchie, Daniel Rubino, Derek Kessler, Simon Sage and Jared DiPane join Mickey and Joey of The Cell Phone Junkie to wrap-up the biggest events of the 2012 CES. Listen in!

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2 years ago

LG the latest Android manufacturer to enter into licensing deal with Microsoft

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Microsoft says 70 percent of all Android phones sold in the U.S. are covered by its portfolio

Microsoft today announced that Korean smartphone (and everything else) manufacturer LG has signed a licensing agreement for tablets, phones and other devices that run Android or Chrome. Like the previous agreements Microsoft has signed with the likes of HTC, Samsung and others, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Microsoft attorney Horacio Gutierrez, in a statement, lauded the "mutally beneficial agreement" and said that 70 percent of Android smartphones sold in the United States are now licensing Microsoft patents.

“We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “We are proud of the continued success of our program in resolving the IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome OS.”

As for LG's side of the equation, the manufacturer (naturally) put a positive spin on the licensing deal, saying in the end, for both companies, it all comes down to producing products for consumers. LG spokesman Ken Hong told Android Central: 

"We're of course pleased we could come to amicable terms with Microsoft, whom LG has had a great working relationship with for years. This agreement allows both companies to move beyond the legal issues and get on with doing what both companies do best, which is developing products and delivering services that benefit consumers."

Regarding Chrome being part of the licensing agreement, Hong told Android Central "the deal includes Chrome but we don't have a Chromebook in development at this moment." That could be some forward-looking licensing -- ie a Chromebook or some other Chrome-based device could one day be in development -- or it possibly could be for LG's new 3D Google TV.

Our question now is how long the 30 percent of unlicensed devices (hi, Motorola) is going to be able to hold Microsoft off, and what cards they're holding if they do.

Source: Microsoft

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the ZAGGkeys FLEX

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With tablets becoming increasingly popular, and the displays on Android devices not getting any smaller sitting down with the devices in an attempt to crank out a long email or type a report may not be ideal. With lots of bluetooth keyboard options on the market it makes it hard to decide which one to go with, and while preference will vary by each person ZAGG has brought a heavy hitter to the market with their ZAGGkeys FLEX Bluetooth keyboard.

This keyboard, unlike many of their others, is a universal Bluetooth keyboard so it doesn't limit the devices it works with, it won't require you to purchase a new keyboard if you get a new tablet, and if you wish to switch between your phone and tablet you are able to do that as well. In addition to the ability to connect with various devices like your new Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 easily it also comes in a nice small and portable package, making it really easy to put it in your bag and carry it around with you. The FLEX is 90 percent of a full sized keyboard, so typing on it should be very comfortable and still feel rather natural to most.

One extremely notable feature about the keyboard, besides the size, is the fact that the battery on it only needs to be charged once about every four months. That is some amazing battery life, and you may be wondering how they can do it, and what you will need to do in order to achieve it. Well quiet simply -- nothing. The FLEX will automatically go into a standby mode after a few minutes in which it has not been used, and before you fret, all you have to do in order to use it again is hit a key, wait a second and then start typing again. If you are looking for a portable Bluetooth keyboard that does not limit you to use with only one device, you will definitely want to check out the ZAGGkeys FLEX Bluetooth keyboard. Hit the break for a few more images.

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2 years ago

Android 4.0.2 for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus rolling out again

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Mmmm. Can you taste that (almost) fresh new version of Ice Cream Sandwich? It appears as though Android 4.0.2 is rolling out to the GSM versions of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus again via an OTA update, so if you were one of the unlucky ones who have yet to receive it now may be your time. Weighing in at only 8.8MB it is pretty obvious that this is just a few bug fixes, but hey who doesn't enjoy a nice update for their device. If you haven't been notified of the update be sure to head into your settings and check manually for the update. Be sure to hop in the forums and let us know how it works out for you, and what you changes you notice. 

A big thanks from Phil goes out to Seth Weintraub!

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