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3 years ago

Sprint announces handful of new LTE cities

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Sprint has promised they they will have quite a few new LTE areas that will go live "in coming months." They include:

  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota
  • Oakland/Fremont/Hayward, California
  • Key West, Florida
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Michigan City/La Porte, Indiana
  • Bloomington, Indiana
  • Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Arrdmore, Oklahoma
  • McAllen/Edinburg/Mission, Texas

Sprint's biggest issue right now is expanding coverage, so it's good to see they've got some new markets lined up. I'm curious to see how that U.S. Cellular acquisition will improve their coverage. Any lucky Sprint customers in these areas? How about those of you on other carriers - is Sprint LTE availability an attraction at all? Sprint customers elsewhere, how many of you are still waiting for LTE?

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

HSPA+ Nexus 7 now shipping with AT&T SIM in the U.S.

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Now that your chances of getting a Nexus 4 are down the drain (at least for now), if you poke around the Google Play Store a bit more you may find something interesting. The newest model of the Nexus 7, the one with HSPA+ data, is now listed as "Unlocked + AT&T SIM", rather than just "Unlocked". Reading through the specs you see that Google is directly promoting the use of the Nexus 7 on AT&T's "DataConnect" tablet plans, which let users choose both prepaid and postpaid options, as well as the ability to add the Nexus 7 to a Mobile Share plan.

This is certainly interesting considering that the Nexus 4 is being launched together with T-Mobile, and the Nexus 7 supports frequencies for T-Mobile as well. The good thing is that the SIM shipping in the box doesn't cost you anything extra, and you can easily remove it and use a T-Mobile plan instead. We're curious to know why there's no official support for a T-Mobile SIM out of the box at the time of order, though.

Source: Google Play Store; AT&T Support

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3 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: Were you able to order a new Nexus?

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Unfortunately, "coming soon" is what most people saw when they went to order a new Nexus device. To put it gently, the launch was a bit of a fustercluck. We've been ranting about it, and trying to figure out ways around it since late last night. We're tired, and half of us couldn't get a device ordered.

It was not a good day.

Something tells me that more than just a handful of sleepy bloggers had a bad morning. So take the poll, and vent away in the comments. We can't do anything about it, but we sure can bitch along with you. You'll find the poll in the sidebar to the right, or after the break.

Before we go, last weeks results.

Are you going prepaid with your Nexus 4?

  • Yes -- 56.93-percent
  • No -- 28.84-percent
  • Undecided -- 14.22-percent

So it looks like plenty of folks will be trying some flavor of pre-paid service, once they finally get hold of a Nexus 4.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus G now available on TELUS

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A little ahead of schedule, the LG Optimus G has launched on TELUS for $129 on a three-year contract. Here's what you can look forward to: 

  • Chipset: 1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor
  • Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Network: 2G / 3G / LTE
  • Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPSPLUS (1280 x 768 pixels) / 15:9 ratio
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR
  • Camera: 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP front
  • Battery: 2,100mAh (570Wh/L) / Talk time: 15 hours / Standby: 335 hours
  • Size: 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm
  • Weight: 145g
  • Other: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL and DLNA, NFC

Take a look at our review for the full run-down. Why would you want to get that with the LG Nexus 4 also on sale? Because it's pretty much impossible to get an order through to Google Play today (though it might be worth giving another go in a day or two once the insanity has died down). 

What's it going to be, Canadians? Keep pounding that F5 key and skip the contract if you get through, or just bite the bullet and get something a little higher-end right now? Those opting for the latter can pick up the LG Optimus G from the TELUS online store over here

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3 years ago

Sprint officially launches the ZTE Flash for $129.99

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We've seen the ZTE Flash for Sprint convincingly leak out a couple times before, but now we've got the official specs right from the source. This very Galaxy Nexus-looking handset is a solid mid-ranger for sprint packing a whopping 12.6MP camera. As for the full specs, you're getting a 4.5-inch display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE (of course) all running on  a basically stock version of Android 4.0. There's 8GB of storage on-board, expandable by MicroSD up to another 32GB.

The ZTE Flash is available with a 2-year contract from Sprint at $129.99 up-front.

Source: Sprint Newsroom; Sprint

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR M Jelly Bean OTA on its way

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We've received official word that the Android 4.1 update for the Motorola Droid RAZR M is in early stages of rolling out, and several users are reporting that they have seen the update. 

This update will bring the RAZR M all the features from 4.1, including the enhanced camera software, improved voice search and Google Now. Jelly Bean does a great job polishing the ICS interface as well, and should be a real treat on the RAZR M.

Check for the OTA in the device settings, or if you're rooted hang tight and wait for your favorite developer to chime in.

More: Motorola

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3 years ago

Android-powered Vuzix M100 aims to take on Google Glass

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Vuzix has announced the latest in their line of video-enabled eyewear, and it's going to be competing pretty directly with Google Glass. The M100 will run a tailored version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich, will pair up with devices over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to support augmented reality (among other) apps, and project a WQVGA display to the eye, which works out to (about 432 x 240).

The front camera will shoot video at 720p, saved to the 4 GB of internal flash memory. The whole package will be powered by a 1 GHz processor. Battery life leaves a little something to be desired; you'll be able to get 8 hours on it if you're just doing classic hands-free stuff, but with that, the camera, and the display activated, Vuzix is expecting an hour of usage. Launch is expected to be early next year, but how much will it cost? Well, the developer kit which will include a production M100 when it's available is going for $999, so that should give you a rough idea. 

Is there any room for another augmented eyewear player with Google involved? Vuzix has been doing this sort of thing for longer, but Google has the ecosystem and developer support. Either way, will these kind of accessories actually get people to start using augmented reality apps regularly? How much can we reasonably expect people to pay for digital eyewear? More info on the Vuzix M100 can be found at their product page

Via: SlashGear

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3 years ago

Google Voice is broken in Android 4.2

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We're hearing lots of rumblings about Google Voice issues with Android 4.2, starting with the early Nexus 4 review units that went out, but that could've been blamed on pre-release software. Well it seems that the final 4.2 software has the same bits that make the Google Voice app crash as well. Going to the Google Voice app, hitting the button to create a new message and attempting to add a recipient causes a complete force close of the app -- every single time.

Now, this is likely an issue in Google Voice itself, which if we had to choose would be the preferred place to find the error simply because it can be updated quickly in the Play Store. Its still unfortunate to see an update completely break one of Google's own first-party apps. Hopefully the fix is coming soon. In the meantime, if you're a heavy Google Voice user you may want to hold off on that 4.2 update for your Galaxy Nexus.

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3 years ago

Completely new UI coming to imo instant messenger

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Following a general tidying up of its app just a month back, imo instant messenger is getting a complete UI overhaul today. The app is transitioning to a darker UI that is primarily black with red accents, accompanied by white backgrounds in the conversation view. Ease of use is the main goal with this update, with a combined conversation and contacts tab as well as improvements to the "imo network profile". The new UI looks very clean and in some ways mimics the design of stock Android's apps.

The update is scheduled to be live this afternoon at the Google Play Store link above. In the meantime, we've got a few more screenshots of the new UI for you after the break.

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3 years ago

Jelly Bean 4.2 SDK now available for download

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Fire up the old SDK manager, as you've got a new version to download!

The Android team has made the Android 4.2 SDK (API level 17) available for download, and it looks like there a few new goodies in there for developers to have a little fun with. The SDK (Software Development Kit) is the files and tools that application developers use to build all the great apps you see in Google Play, and getting it pushed out was certainly a priority. Here's some of the highlights:

Performance

We've worked with our partners to run Renderscript computation directly in the GPU on the Nexus 10, a first for any mobile computation platform.

New ways to engage users

Users can now place interactive lock screen widgets directly on their device lock screens, for instant access to favorite apps and content. With just a small update, you can adapt any app widget to run on the lock screen. Daydream is an interactive screensaver mode that users can encounter when their devices are charging or docked in a desk dock. You can create interactive daydreams that users display in this mode, and they can include any type of content.

New interaction and entertainment experiences

Android 4.2 introduces platform support for external displays that goes beyond mirroring. Your apps can now target unique content to any number of displays attached to an Android device.

Enhancements for international users

To help you create better apps for users in languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian, Android 4.2 includes native RTL support, including layout mirroring. With native RTL support, you can deliver the same great app experience to all of your users with minimal extra work. Android 4.2 also includes a variety of font and character optimizations for Korean, Japanese, Indic, Thai, Arabic and Hebrew writing systems.

To download the latest SDK, open the SDK manager and select the new items from the available sources. For more information about everything that's new, see the source links.

Source: Android Developers. More: Platform Highlights; API Overview

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3 years ago

Android 4.2 code hits AOSP; factory images released for Nexus devices

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As the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 launch kicks off around the world, Google is in the process of releasing its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean source code to AOSP -- the Android Open-Source Project. This is the OS code upon which the new Nexus' software is built, and will be the basis for the Android 4.2 custom ROMs and OEM updates that are sure to start appearing in the weeks and months ahead.

More details, including news of factory images, after the break.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Verizon Droid DNA by HTC

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And, finally, Verizon's gotten some top-shelf HTC hardware in 2012. And what a device it's gotten in the Droid DNA

I spent some quality time with the DNA early this morning, and again at Verizon's launch event, and there's no denying that HTC's Android phones are starting to follow in the footsteps of its Windows Phones, in terms of design. The DNA is large, with that gorgeous 5-inch display. But it doesn't feel overly huge. A little bigger than the HTC One X, but thinner. Slimmer, especially as the edges taper off 4 mm at their thinnest. So think One X, but more svelte. 

The mix of polycarbonate (with its soft-touch coating) and aluminum edging is to die for. It's got just enough grip, but it doesn't look as industrial as other phones in Verizon's Droid line. Do note, however, that the red grilles on either side of the DNA are for design purposes only. The speaker is on the back of the phone.

And that screen. Oh, that screen. Have you ever seen so many pixels?

Check out our hands-on report and video after the break.

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 launch on Google Play Store in U.S. + Canada [update: N4 sold out]

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Update: Just as in Europe and Australia, it seems both flavors of Nexus 4 are now sold out in America, less than an hour after first going on sale. As of 1:20pm ET the 32GB Nexus 10 is sold out, too. The 16GB Nexus 10 is still available to buy.

Original story: Credit cards at the ready, folks. Following the chaotic European launch earlier this morning, which resulted in all Nexus 4s and most Nexus 10s selling out, Google's new tablets are now available from the U.S. and Canadian Google Play Store, along with the 3G Nexus 7.

In the U.S., the Nexus 4 comes in 8GB and 16GB flavors, which sell for $299 and $349 respectively. If it's a Nexus 10 you're after, it'll set you back $399 for 16GB and $499 for 32GB. Global pricing can be found in our earlier post.

If other territories are any indication, these new Nexus devices are sure to sell out quickly -- particularly the competitively-priced Nexus 4. So what are you doing still reading this? Hit the source link down below and go select your Nexus of choice.

Be sure to check in down in the comments, too, and let us know how you're getting on with the order process.

Source: Google Play Store

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3 years ago

Verizon and HTC officially announce the Droid DNA

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We're here in New York City, where Verizon and HTC have just taken the wraps off the highly anticipated Droid DNA. And this one's a looker. Let's break down the Droid DNA specs:

  • 5-inch Super LCD3 display at 1080p resolution (440ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, quad-core at 1.5 GHz.
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage (11GB usable)
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+.
  • 8MP rear camera with ImageSense and a new "Sightseeing mode"
  • 2.1MP f/2.0 front-facing camera with auto portrait mode.
  • Beats Audio
  • 2.5v headset and speaker amplifier.
  • 4G LTE data.

So, yeah. This thing's a bit of a beast. The Droid DNA builds off the HTC One line (remember that Verizon never picked up any of those phones earlier this year) as well as the new crop of Windows 8 phones, with a soft-touch finish that tapers down to just a mere 4mm at the edges. The sides are done up in a cool-looking speaker-grill sort of motif, though the usual rear speaker with its numerous pinholes remains on the back of the phone. The power button's up top, though it's been moved to the center of the device. 

The Droid DNA goes up for pre-order today, priced at $199 with a service agreement from Verizon. The device will be released next Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Keep watching Android Central for more Droid DNA coverage throughout the day.

More: Droid DNA event liveblog, Droid DNA gallery, Droid DNA specs, Droid DNA forum

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3 years ago

Live from the Verizon HTC Droid DNA event!

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It's a bit of a gloomy morning here in New York City, but Verizon and HTC are about to brighten it with the launch of the Droid DNA, the anticipated oversized Android smartphone. And that means it's time for ye olde liveblog. 

The event gets going at 11 a.m. EST, 4 p.m. in London, and all points in between. So have some breakfast, get a little work one, and check back in with us, won'tcha?

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