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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z Ultra confirmed for Sept. 12 release

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Soon to be available in black and white for £599.98 inc VAT

Update: We spoke to the folks at Negri Electronics about the Xperia Z Ultra, and they have models in purple and white, starting at $799 USD — and they are in stock right now. If you're interested on 6.44-inches of unlocked Sony magic, hit them up right here

Unlocked Mobiles has put up their pre-order page for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, with launch details very to close to what we already expected. Sony's latest phone, packing a 6.44-inch Triluminos display and a Snapdragon 800 processor with Android 4.2, will be available September 12. Pricing comes in a little lower than previously thought, at £599.98 inc VAT and £499.98 ex VAT.

Following the official announcement of this monstrous phone, the official specifications were released for those interested. To get an up close and personal look at the new addition of the Xperia family, be sure to see our hands-on video.

Source: Unlocked Mobile

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3 years ago

Galaxy S4 MoDaCo Switch Indiegogo campaign quickly reaches its fundraising goal

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Over £1,000 raised on Indiegogo with 17 campaign days still remaining

After initially being announced only for the HTC One, an Indiegogo fundraising campaign was started to bring support for the MoDaCo Switch to the Samsung Galaxy S4. The MoDaCo Switch will enable one set of user data and apps to be shared by two different versions of the Android operating system: the Samsung TouchWiz version of Jelly Bean, and the "Google Edition" version of Android Jelly Bean. This allows one phone to switch back and forth between software versions, making changes to one side (like installing apps) that are also reflected on the other.

A goal of £1,000 was set on Indiegogo to bring the Switch to the Samsung Galaxy S4, which was exceeded with over two weeks still left in the campaign. The following update was given in response to the donators' support:

Thanks to everyone who has pledged so far, you're all awesome and it's fantastic we've hit the target already. I'm not setting stretch goals per se, but all subsequent donations help get us towards the ultimate goal of making Switch available for all ROM developers to use and thereby all devices. Switch is for you - Android fans. :-)

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3 years ago

Watch Lollapalooza 2013 as it streams live on your Chromecast

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Experience all the sights and sounds direct from Grant Park through the magic of YouTube

If you've got your hands on Google's newest gadget, the $35 Chromecast, this weekend you'll have a great way to put it to the test. Lollapalooza 2013 will begin streaming Friday, August 2 and carry through until Sunday August 4 on YouTube. Featured bands include Nine Inch Nails, Mumford and Sons,  Queens of the Stone Age, The Killers, Crystal Castles, Postal Service and more. The show will be streamed live direct from Grant Park in beautiful downtown Chicago. If you can't be there to enjoy the sights and sounds, the live stream is a good substitute. And the food is probably better at home, anyway.

Of course, you can watch the show on any Android device if you've not picked up a Chromecast, but this will be a good way for everyone who did to really put it to the test. You can find all the details at the source link below, as well as a teaser video after the break.

Source: Lollapalooza

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3 years ago

Contribute your Photospheres to Google Maps with new 'Views' page

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New web tool makes it fun to browse and simple to upload your own Photo Spheres.

Google is making both submitting and viewing Photospheres on Google Maps a little more intuitive and beautiful today with the launch "Google Maps Views". As an upgrade over what Google offered previously for Photo Sphere uploads, users can now submit and view them from the web as well as on the phone. The new Google Maps Views interface on the desktop really leans towards exploring and viewing user-submitted Photo Spheres, with a large picture viewer of popular uploads and a map browser with pins to see shots from around the world. 

Submissions on the web are easy as well. Just hit the blue camera icon in the top right of the screen by your Google login, and you can browse through your Google+ auto upload folder to post Photo Spheres you've taken — even if they haven't been shared publicly yet.

Together with the new improvements to Photo Sphere capture in Android 4.3 and new tools for you to upload Photo Spheres even when they're not taken by an Android device, browsing Google Maps is going to get a whole lot more interesting going forward.

Source: Google Lat Long Blog; Google Maps Views

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3 years ago

Titanium Backup updated with Android 4.3 support

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Scheduled job power conditions, data exclusion for media storage, and bugfixes also added

When Android 4.3 was released, those who root their phones updated and quickly rooted with the only Superuser app that was working at the time. The next thing many of those same people probably did was try to restore their apps using Titanium Backup, only to be greeted with a blank list of backed up applications.

Thankfully, Titanium Backup's fame is only exceeded by it's update frequency. A new update has been pushed to the Play Store, adding initial support for Android 4.3. Further compatibility will likely come soon in subsequent updates.

Along with the added Android 4.3 support, a few new features were added, and a few bugs have been fixed. Read past the break for the change log, and follow the Play Store button above to update or download.

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3 years ago

Transit App launches on Android for all your public transportation needs

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Real-time routing available in 43 major cities across the United States

Transit App has gotten quite a reputation with the iOS folks. Now, the Google Maps alternative for public transportation is also available for Android. The app works in 43 major cities including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, and Philadelphia.

It offers real-time public transit schedules, a multi-modal trip planner showing the four fastest ways to your destination, saves frequently used routes as favorites, and promises always up-to-date data.

Of course, this is a new release, and there are still some kinks to work out. I could only get "out of range" errors when trying to navigate around town in Boston using my Nexus 4, despite it being listed as an officially supported city. My route from JFK to John's Pizza on Bleaker St. worked great, though. Check it out for yourself with the Play Store link up top.

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3 years ago

Introducing the all-new Android Central Chrome extension!

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We have a new mission: Make getting the latest and greatest content from Android Central as quick and as easy as possible. And to that end, we're proud to present the Android Central Chrome Extension

As the name implies, it's an extension that lives in your Chrome browser that serves up the latest headlines from us, Android Central. No mucking about with RSS feeds. (You can find our feeds here.) No separate Android apps. (We've got a really good one here that you should download ASAP.) A full web page? Bah. (You should really check out this extension while simultaneously browsing our web page.) 

Just install, click the Lloyd icon in your browser, and you're good to go. It's quick, it's easy, and it's available now.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4, three months on

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How has Samsung’s ‘life companion’ weathered three months in the hands of an AC editor?

It’s been a little over three months since we first reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S4, and a great deal has changed in that time. The phone has launched on countless carriers around the world, allowing us to experience Samsung’s latest on different networks and in different settings. Its firmware has been updated, eliminating most of the niggling performance issues we pointed out in our original review. And the Google Play edition GS4 has given us a fresh perspective on the device, as well as a new option for Android purists.

In recent months I’ve been hopping back and forth between the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, but the GS4 has never been far from my side. And it’s fair to say my overall opinion of the phone has changed since we wrapped up our review. So check past the break for some long-term thoughts on Samsung's Galaxy S4.

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3 years ago

One week with Locket, the lockscreen app that pays to show you ads [Updated]

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Upate: Locket no longer pays users for ads. Instead, the company is saying that it is just pushing out relevantly curated content to users on their lockscreen to add value. You can read more about the changes on Locket's blog

Original story: Swipe in, cash out. That's in Locket's description on Google Play, and it pretty much sums up the idea behind the lockscreen app. In a nutshell, you install it on your phone and see an advertisement every time you wake your phone. In exchange, you get paid a little. Very little.

Sounds horrible, doesn't it? Who wants to see adverts every time you turn on your phone? Thing is, Locket's done a pretty good job here. We've been using it for a week now, and it's time to share a few findings. Maybe we're doing so from the comfort of a newly purchased yacht. Or maybe we've managed to scrounge up a little extra beer money.

Read on to find out.

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3 years ago

When mobile and enterprise collide - Talk Mobile

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Nobody’s entirely sure how it started, but it’s a trend that’s taken the corporate IT world by storm over the past few years. In all likelihood it began with a CEO walking into the CIO's office with his new shiny new iPhone and saying "Steve, put my email on this."

"But, Sir, we issued you a BlackBerry," Steve, the CIO, pointed at the stack of BlackBerry Bolds on his desk. "We all have BlackBerrys."

3 years ago

Google Nexus 7 (2013) review

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Nexus 7

The new Nexus 7 has big shoes to fill, but Google has made all the right choices

When Google launched the original Nexus 7 in June of last year, it in effect took the fate of Android tablets into its own hands. Sure, there were plenty of Android-powered slates before the Nexus 7 (Google even partnered with Motorola for one) and there have been many since, but the original Nexus 7 saw unprecedented adoption. And rightly so — we'd say that the Nexus 7 was the first "great" Android tablet — one that could actually be mentioned as a competitor to the sales monstrosity that is the iPad. 

We wouldn't say that the success of the original Nexus 7 (which may or may not have been expected) put pressure on Google so much as it encouraged it to one-up the original. For once in the history of Nexus devices, Google had its hands on a product that sold like gangbusters, and not just to nerds but to normal people that just wanted a great tablet experience at an affordable price. Hitting that magical $199 price point, it sold millions of units per month up until the day it was replaced by this, the new Nexus 7.

With their second attempt at a 7-inch Nexus tablet, Google and manufacturer ASUS are looking to appeal to that same audience, with sweeping internal upgrades that will also appeal to spec junkies. It's sleek, well made, trimmed down in all of the right places and bulked up in others that are just as important — everything you want to see in a second-generation product.

ASUS and Google have teamed up again and created something wonderful. Read on for our full review of the 2013 Google Nexus 7.

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3 years ago

US Airways finally gets an Android app

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Attention frequent flyers: US Airways finally has an Android app. (We'll pause as we let the cheers in Charlotte, N.C., subside. Everybody done? Good.)

The app hits all the buttons you'd expect. It ties into your Dividend Miles account. You can see your itineraries and check into flights, as well as access your boarding pass wallet. You can check on your flight status and book new flights, and you also can get terminal maps and check on clubs in whatever airport you're headed to. If you've lost a bag, you can check on that through the app as well.

All in all, not a bad app — though we're ignoring the horrible placement of the settings button, which really needs to be in a proper overflow menu. And while we're on the subject, the legacy overflow menu (seen here with the dots on the bottom right) doesn't even work on HTC devices. Fortunately, all that's tucked in there is a Home button, My trips, Flight status, check in and "more," all of which is available on that main screen anyway. So you won't be able to get to it universally throughout the app on an HTC device, but neither is it missing.

We've got a few more screen shots after the break, and you can download it at the link above.

H/t to @airlineflyer

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3 years ago

Chromecast-a-day: We've got five left, and one is yours!

Slowly but surely, we're making our way through a week's worth of Chromecasts. We've got five of Google's $35 media streamers left here, and one of them can be yours!

To enter, pay attention and do the following: Using only your left ring finger, leave a comment of no more than 73 characters on this post. Press the enter key with your right index finger while simultaneously holding your left pinkie in the air, ever so elegantly.

That's it. We'll pick an entry left through midnight tonight Pacific time. We've already picked winners from the first two days and are waiting to hear back, so stay tuned.

Good luck!

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3 years ago

Panasonic announces Android-powered home phone

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Panasonic may have withdrawn from the European smartphone market more than half a year ago, but it's back today with a different kind of Android device — a "smart" home phone using Google's mobile OS. The Panasonic KX-PRX120 incorporates a base station and handset based on the DECT wireless standard. It's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 3.5-inch HVGA (480x320) display, though the spec sheet doesn't specify a processor type or RAM amount.

Besides the ability to make calls (obviously), you're looking at a device with Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS capability, an 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, microSD expandability and a 1450mAh battery. There's also a 40-minute answer machine.

We've seen Android DECT phones before, most notably Archos' abysmal 35 Smart Home Phone, but Panasonic's offering seems a little more fleshed out, not to mention better looking. Google Play certification and the use of a capacitive, not resistive touchscreen give Panasonic the edge over the year-old Archos device.

We're still unsure as to whether the right place for Android is on a landline phone. On the other hand, if the OS can find a home on ovens and cameras, we're willing to give Panasonic the benefit of the doubt. Full spec sheet's after the break.

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3 years ago

VSCO Cam coming to Android, in private beta now

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Some exciting new for fans of mobile photography — VSCO Cam is coming to Android. Currently in private beta, it'll first see release on a few of the current high-end phones and should hit more Android 4.0-and-up devices after release.

What's the big deal about VSCO Cam? It's long been a must-have app for serious mobile photogs on iOS. Here's what our cousins at iMore.com had to say about it:

The thing I love so much about VSCO Cam is that is gracefully balances what we want and need to quickly edit with ease of use. When I'm out and about, I don't necessarily want to spend twenty minutes trying to learn how to use an app or applying filter upon filter before finally exporting to m  camera roll and sharing to whatever social services I'd like from there. I just want to share my memories as quickly as possible and tinker later if I feel the urge.

VSCO Cam lets you edit basic elements such as the temperature, exposure, contrast, cropping, and rotating natively. Along with that, you can apply a selection of gorgeous filters. If the ones that come for free aren't enough, you can also buy packs or individual filters that will be added to your library. Once you're done, you can instantly upload your photo to the social network of your choice including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Weibo, and via email.

VSCO Cam also is a favorite of our pal Martin Reisch — aka Safe Solvent — which frankly is about all the endorsement we need. Says Martin:

Primarily what I appreciate most about VSCOcam is the subtlety of it's filter system. The quality of images coming from mobile phones at this point no longer require the heavy handed filters that are built into Instagram and so that's where VSCOcam shines. The ability to slightly tweak a shot without ruining the details or overly crushing the blacks or bumping the saturation means that with a few taps, you've got an image that has mood, without losing the details.

No word on when, exactly, VSCO Cam will come out of beta. It's currently testing on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4, and on the HTC One.

You can apply to be a beta tester at the link below.

More: VSCO Cam

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