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3 years ago

YouTube, Play Movies and Nexus Q app all updated to further support Nexus Q

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With the Nexus Q no longer in stock on the Google Play Store, it looks like Google thought now would be a good time to go ahead and update several of the apps the Nexus Q supports in preparation for those who will be getting their units. Previously, the apps were locked down to devices running Jelly Bean for support on the Nexus Q but not any longer. YouTube was updated, along with Play Movies & TV and now, the Nexus Q app can be installed on phones and tablets running earlier system versions of Android to support the Nexus Q.

  • YouTube - Nexus Q support, Turn your phone into a remote, to play YouTube videos on other devices, bug fixes
  • Nexus Q App - Version 1.0.8.406084 of the Nexus Q app includes improvements to the social mix (guest mode) feature and unlocks support for phones and tablets running earlier system versions of Android.
  • Play Movies & TV - Faster downloads, Fixes a playback failure on some LG (and possibly other) devices, Other bug fixes

The updates are all available right now in the Google Play Store, for those of you looking to get the Nexus Q app on your device you can hit the link below as well to get it downloaded. That is, assuming you are in the U.S. since you know, it's not available elsewhere.

Download: Nexus Q App

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3 years ago

iOS developer says 'Android designed for piracy'

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Matt Gemmell, iOS developer and author on Apple-centric sites and publications such as MacFormat and Tap!, has written a post on his blog about how "Android was designed for piracy from the ground up". He mentions sideloading as a conduit for thievery, and has all sorts of bad things to say about Android's "open mentality". 

Here's where we could mention things like sandboxing, and Android's Application Licensing system that checks for a valid license every time you open an app, but why bother? It's his job to say everything Apple is better than everything else. It's also his right, and I don't want to think about a place where someone else can decide what I should hear or see -- or install on my phone.

In short, AC, like the Honey Badger, don't care. Carry on Mr. Gemmell.

Source: Matt Gemmell; via The Verge

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3 years ago

Qualcomm's S4 developer tablet packs meaty specs and a high price, but it's not for us

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Qualcomm's developer tablet certainly packs a punch in the specs department. But, before we go any further, we need to point out clearly and concisely -- this isn't a commercial product, it isn't meant for consumers. That doesn't mean it doesn't interest us though. Far from it. 

The APQ8064-based Snapdragon S4 Pro Mobile Development Platform / Tablet as it's full title reads -- we'll call it the S4 Pro from now on -- is Qualcomm's latest efforts at a developer device. This time, it's showing off their first attempts at a quad-core processor, and developers keen to get in on the ground floor can pick one up for a cool $1299. Remember, this isn't a retail device. 

Alongside the 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, the S4 Pro also packs 2GB LPDDR2 RAM, 32GB of storage space and Android 4.0. There's also the new Adreno 320 graphics engine, 7 mics, stereo surround sound and a 13MP main camera. Wowzas. In the right hands, a device of this magnitude is sure to be an impressive development tool. Interested developers can purchase one at the link below, and the full press release is after the break. 

Source: BSquare

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3 years ago

Nexus Q no longer in stock on Google Play, 'shipping in 2-3 weeks'

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Google's "social media streamer," the Nexus Q, looked to be approaching launch just a few days ago, with its Google Play Store listing being updated to "in stock", and apparently shipping in 3-5 days.  Well, either the initial stock has entirely sold out, or a snag has been hit somewhere alone the way, as the Q has returned to its previous status of "ships soon," with the glowing multimedia orbs apparently expected to be ready to go in 2-3 weeks.

We ordered a few Nexus Q's to give away right as the device was announced, and none of our orders have shipped so far. If you've placed a Nexus Q order, let us know whether yours has been dispatched down in the comments.

Source: Google Play Store

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3 years ago

Motorola Mobility brings the RAZR V XT885 to China

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Motorola Mobility has announced that it's releasing the RAZR V XT885 in the Chinese market. Just a couple of weeks ago, the phone was announced for Canada, and now China represents the latest part of the rapid expansion for the RAZR line.

The RAZR V XT885 comes with a 4.3-inch screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and is 8.35mm thin. It's also sporting on-screen buttons, similar to what's found on the new AT&T Atrix HD.

The Motorola RAZR V will be available throughout mainland China for RMB 3,298 (~$515). Check the full press release after the break for more details.

Source: Motorola Mobility

 

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3 years ago

Best Samsung Galaxy S3 Cases

With so many different Samsung Galaxy S3 cases on the market, choosing the perfect one is paramount for protecting your device as well as complimenting your own unique style.

The Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) is still fresh from its launch just earlier this month and we're curious how you plan to protect your new investment. Does a basic skin case suit your daily needs or do you require something with a little more beef to it, say, a hard case? Let us know in the poll below then check past the break for some more insight on picking up the right case for your Samsung Galaxy S3.

What type of case are you going to buy for your Galaxy S3?

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3 years ago

Relive Google I/O 2012 in 3 minutes and 41 seconds

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Google I/O 2012 was quite simply incredible. The sheer volume of content coming out of the Moscone Center was mindblowing, and we sure did our best to bring it all to you. Just think about what we saw, Jelly Bean, Google Glass, the Nexus 7, skydiving, and that's without diving into the developer sessions. 

Should you have been at the conference and want to reminisce, or didn't go but wonder what it was like, Google has put together a short highlights video from this years conference. It weighs in at just under 4 minutes long, so when you're done, don't forget you can always dip back into our own Google I/O archive from this years event. While you're here, why not jump into the comments below and let us know what your own personal highlights were from the event. 

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3 years ago

Nexus 7 now available in Dubai

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To say that there has been a little bit of hype around the Nexus 7 would be an understatement. People all around the world are loving it, and odds are you are looking to get your hands on one. The Nexus 7 is now available for those living in Dubai to purchase through Axiom Telecom, and even includes free shipping along with the tablet. Coming in with a price tag of AED 1,299.00 (~$350), it is a bit more expensive than its US counterpart, but import costs, taxes and exchange rates are likely behind the price rise. If you're thinking of picking one up, be sure to check out our full review of the Nexus 7, as well as what other users in the forums have to say. 

Source: Axiom Telecom

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3 years ago

Huawei unveils the Mediapad 7 Lite, exact specs a mystery

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What we see here is the latest Android device to emerge from Huawei, the Mediapad 7 Lite. We'd love to be able to run through the full list of specifications, but as yet very little has been revealed about this tablet. From the press shots it appears to be running pretty much stock Ice Cream Sandwich, but otherwise it's a pretty mysterious device thus far.

What we do know about the device is that the 7-inch IPS display will be capable of full HD video playback. Additionally, the Mediapad 7 Lite will be a metal unibody construction, house a rear facing camera, and be capable of 3G cellular voice, SMS and MMS. 7-inch phone anybody? Otherwise, we know nothing of the processor, the RAM, on-board storage. 

It looks really well designed, and packing cellular features could potentially make it a bit of a hit. We'll have to sit tight for the time being though, as there is no indication of launch date, price, or which markets will be seeing it. 

Source: Huawei via Unwired View

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3 years ago

Intel confirms it's working on Jelly Bean for Atom chips

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In not particularly surprising, yet reassuring news, Intel has confirmed that they are indeed working on a port of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for use on their Atom chips. While we're still waiting for Intel to really make headway in the Android space, working on Jelly Bean reaffirms that they're here for the long haul. 

There was no timeframe provided, and we still haven't seen a timeframe for Ice Cream Sandwich either, but the following statement from a company spokesman confirmed the news. 

Intel continues to work closely with Google to enable future versions of Android, including Jelly Bean, on our family of low power Atom processors

Currently, Intel devices are being pushed out carrying Android 2.3 Gingerbread -- such as the Orange San Diego -- which works superbly, but is still hideously outdated at this point in time. We're still waiting to see the partnership with Motorola take off, and even Vizio is supposed to be using Intel architecture in a forthcoming 10-inch tablet. Hopefully these two companies will at least launch with ICS on board -- else face a monstrous failure -- but to see that Intel is working towards catching up remains positive. 

Source: PC World

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3 years ago

Retro Olympics becomes Retro Athletics, still don't mention the Olympics

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What we see here is a perfectly innocent Android game known as Retro Athletics. But, it didn't always go by that moniker. No, sadly it seems the world has officially gone mad, as the title had to be renamed for using the 'brand' of the Olympics summer sporting occasion taking place in the UK this year. 

We're not going into politics, that's not why we're here. But, it's a pretty sad day when the Olympics summer sporting occasion taking place in the UK this year is deemed more as a brand to be infringed upon, than the global event it's meant to be. The point to note here is that should you have previously downloaded the title under its old name, it's probably a good idea to uninstall and download again from the Play Store. Seems that Google pulled the title completely, so should you want to benefit from any future updates you'll need to have this variant. 

Source: Droidgamers, Download: Retro Athletics

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3 years ago

Google Nexus 7 available at Carphone Warehouse from Friday

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Wanting to get your hands on the Google Nexus 7 in the UK, but come up empty-handed so far? Carphone Warehouse sends word that it'll be stocking the highly-anticipated (and highly-demanded) Jelly Bean tablet from this Friday, July 27. Carphone's only stocking the more expensive 16GB version, which retails for £199.99 in the UK. That's also the version that's currently sold out on Google Play, so if you want to get hold of a 16GB Nexus 7 in Old Blighty, this may be your best bet.

In addition to the option to buy an N7 outright, Carphone is also offering the ASUS-made tablet on a tethered contract, which includes a Mifi and an (undisclosed) data allowance. Normally we'd say you'd have to be a bit mad to pick up a tablet on-contract with a mobile operator, but if you're after a Mifi anyway, you could certainly do worse than picking yourself up a free Android 4.1 tablet in the process. Prices on the tethered contracts are said to start at £20.50 per month.

Check the full press release after the break, and make sure you read up on our full Nexus 7 review before parting with your cash.

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3 years ago

LG Announces Q2 2012 Financial Results

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LG just posted their Q2 2012 financial results, reporting a 46-percent year-over-year increase in net profits for the quarter. Although LG as a whole saw strong growth, the mobile division of the company didn't fare quite as well. Here's the breakdown.

  • Operating loss of KRW 57 billion (USD 49.48 million) for Q2.
  • Overall revenues down 28.5-percent year-over-year to KRW 2.32 trillion (USD 2.01 billion).
  • Smartphone shipments lifted to 44-percent of unit sales, which is up 36-percent from Q1.

LG's mobile division is hoping to improve its position in the coming quarters by leveraging their strength in LTE phones. They plan to specifically target the expanding LTE markets in North America and Europe.

You can take a look at the full press release after the break.

Source: LG Newsroom

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3 years ago

Samsung kills local search on international Galaxy S3 in 'stability' update

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There's a new over-the-air update rolling out for the international Samsung Galaxy S III (aka Galaxy S3 GT-i9300) this evening. The OTA message identifies it as a "stability update," but what it also does is remove local (on-device) search functionality in the phone's built-in Google Search app. The new version -- XXBLG6 -- is a relatively recent build, having been cooked just a few days ago on Jul. 20. A new baseband version, XXLG6, is also included, but we haven't noticed any other changes thus far.

Following legal action by Apple, which temporarily resulted in the Galaxy Nexus being banned in the U.S., Samsung has taken to pre-emptively disabling the ability to search within on-device data (like contacts and applications) on some U.S. Galaxy S3's. However, the decision to kill local search on the unlocked international model -- which isn't sold in the U.S. -- is a little perplexing, not least because Apple has yet to challenge Sammy over local search in the EU or UK, where the GT-i9300 is sold.

What's more, marking this solely as a "stability" update seems a little underhanded, as users aren't being informed that the latest OTA disables functionality which was included with their original purchase. Nevertheless, local search is now gone on the international Galaxy S3, a decision which makes Samsung's leading smartphone a little less smart. We're sure folks are working on hacking local search back in as we speak, just as we're sure Apple will pursue some other tactic in its efforts to block the S3 from sale.

If you're down with preemptively crippled search functionality, you can grab the 27MB OTA package through Samsung's software updates menu on the phone, or through the Kies desktop app.

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3 years ago

Disabling bloatware on the S3, Best pre-paid options? [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

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