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3 years ago

LG Nexus shown off in 360-degree animation

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The LG Nexus (E960) has been getting plenty of attention lately -- most recently in some high-quality photos -- and is now available to look at in detail in a full 360-degree animation. The website Onliner.by has been publishing most of the recent leaks of the device, and has put together a pretty high quality look at it from all angles. You can click and drag left and right to rotate, and double click to zoom in on a particular area. This is surely the best overall view of the device we've gotten access to, and we think it looks pretty darn nice.

Be sure to take a look at the source link below, and then contribute to the discussion in our forums where many have already expressed their reactions about the device.

Source: Onliner.by; via Android Central Forums, Rumored Devices

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3 years ago

The Tribez sets up camp on Android

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The Tribez, a popular free casual sim game for iOS, has just migrated to Google Play. A lot of the same ol' FarmVille shtick is here, where you need to check in on your buildings collect coins, grow your settlement, and supplement your progress with in-app purchases if you're feeling it. There's not much in the way of multiplayer here, but there are a bunch of missions to embark upon, resources to exploit, buildings to construct, and a little pet dinosaur to train. Over time, you can expeand your territory over 6 islands in the prehistoric area. 

I've put a fair bit of time into The Tribez, and the graphics are surprisingly good for this kind of game. The in-app purchases can be a little on the pushy side, but if you're looking for a game that's a notch or two more casual than SimCity, The Tribez may be worth checking out - especially since it's free. 

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3 years ago

Spanish Carphone Warehouse showing registration page for 32GB Nexus 7

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Despite no official announcement -- still -- of an incoming 32GB version of the Google Nexus 7, the evidence continues to mount. Following on from the recent, accidental, shipping of a 32GB tablet to one lucky Japanese customer, the Spanish leg of Carphone Warehouse has posted a registration page for the device on their website. 

A registration page is all this is, yet is another valuable piece of information about the device. While rumored to be replacing the current 16GB version, at this time this is exactly that. A rumor. What we do get from PhoneHouse.es however is an indicative European price for the 32GB Nexus 7. They've priced it at an all round pretty reasonable €279 (£224/$360.) It's a slight bump on the current Euro pricing, of around £25/€30 which, if true, isn't a bad price uplift for doubling the storage. 

But, until we have something official, we have nothing official. We know it's coming, we just don't know where, when, and how much Google might end up charging. Sit tight folks. 

Source: PhoneHouse.es via AndroidPolice

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3 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich update rolling out to Orange San Diego

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The Orange San Diego launching in the UK was a big deal. As the first Intel powered Android device to launch in Europe, it set the ball rolling for the chip manufacturing giant in their latest mobile endeavor. One major criticism of the San Diego at launch was the OS. While very smooth and snappy, Gingerbread is still Gingerbread, and it's just starting to feel dated. Thankfully, Intel is now catching up, and we've seen Ice Cream Sandwich on the new Motorola RAZR i, the ZTE Grand X IN, and, at IFA 2012 in Berlin, we saw the San Diego itself running Android 4.0. 

On a stand at a trade show is one thing, but what really matters is getting it out there into the wild. Word has reached us today that the ICS update for the San Diego is now beginning to push out. This is great news, and as we found out during our brief hands on, ICS on this device is every bit as smooth and snappy as we would hope it to be. 

Have you received your update yet? Hit us up in the comments below and let us know how you're finding it. 

Thanks Paul H!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 $100 off this Sunday at Best Buy

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There's been a whole lot of Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III) news today, and Best Buy is getting into the mix this weekend with a sale. All of its Galaxy S3 handsets will be discounted by $100 on Sunday, Oct. 14, at any Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile store. Only the "pebble blue" and "marble white" will be discounted -- sorry, no garnet red -- but for $100 off it's hard to argue with the color options.

Best Buy is a reseller of handsets for all four major carriers, and even offers full-priced and unlocked models as well, giving you plenty of choices. Between this and the recent spate of Galaxy S3 sales in the UK, there's never been a better time to pick up an S3 on the cheap.

Source: BestBuy

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini UK pricing and availability

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Samsung's just announced its new mid-range device, the Galaxy S3 Mini, and now we have the first confirmation of the UK SIM-free pricing for the phone, courtesy of Clove Technology. Clove lists the Galaxy S3 Mini for pre-order for £298.80 inc. VAT (£250 exc. VAT, around $400), and says the phone will launch in white and blue variants, just like its big brother.

The £298 price tag is in line with what we we've hearing about European Galaxy S3 Mini pricing from pre-release leaks.

So far there's no word on exactly when the Galaxy S3 Mini will begin shipping. However, Vodafone UK have confirmed that they'll be carrying the device, which they say is coming "soon."

Anyone tempted by a solid Jelly Bean-powered mid-range handset at this price? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Clove Technology, Vodafone UK

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3 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy S3 Mini

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It's been rumored and leaked, but now it's official -- Samsung has just announced the Galaxy S3 Mini (Galaxy S III Mini), a device that shares its software and chassis design with the Galaxy S3, and packs reasonably powerful mid-range internals. Described as a "compact version" of the S3, the Galaxy S3 Mini runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Samsung's TouchWiz interface.

Key specs include a 1GHz dual-core CPU, a 4-inch WVGA (800x480) SuperAMOLED display and a 5MP rear camera, along with 8 or 16GB of internal storage and microSD support. That's a far cry from the beastly hardware inside the Galaxy S3, but if it's priced right, it could perform well in mid-range territory (incidentally, there's no official word on prices or availability yet). If nothing else, it's the first such device to ship with Jelly Bean, which is an important Android milestone.

Check past the break for more images, along with today's full press release and spec sheet.

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3 years ago

Verizon confirms Motorola DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD for October 18 launch

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If you've been waiting for a launch date on the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD on Verizon, wait no longer! Verizon has announced that both variants will be available in stores on October 18 for for $199 and $299 on contract, respectively. As you might expect, the DROID RAZR HD MAXX has a bigger batter which allows for a whooping 32 hours of regular usage, while all of the other specs remain the same. 

  • 4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE coverage areas.
  • 4.7-inch 720 display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM
  • 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p HD recording
  • Front-facing camera for video chatting
  • NFC-enabled so customers can send contacts, links, maps and more directly to compatible phones with Android Beam
  • Corning Gorilla Glass display, DuPont KEVLAR fiber and water-repellent nanocoating
  • microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB

You can get a closer look through our hands-on video, or hold out for my upcoming review of the Rogers version pictured above. I can tell you that so far, it's been a beaut of a phone, and is extremely well-constructed. Based on the early looks, is anyone biting? Is the lack of a removable battery a deal-breaker?Anything you'd like to know about this bad boy from my review? 

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Appeals court overturns Galaxy Nexus injunction

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A U.S. appeals court has overturned the injunction banning sales of the Galaxy Nexus, according to reports. Apple won a preliminary injunction blocking sales of Samsung's Nexus in June, after a California district court ruled that the device infringed upon an Apple-owned search patent. Samsung was later granted a stay against the injunction, allowing sales of the device to continue.

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which granted the stay, ruled that the California court "abused its discretion in entering an injunction," according to reports from Reuters. The ruling is significant not only because it allows sales of the Gnex to continue in the long term, but also because it represents a setback for Apple in its on-going patent struggle against Samsung (and by association, Google).

With rumors of a new LG-built Nexus hotting up, and the Galaxy Nexus reaching the end of its shelf life, it's unlikely to make a massive difference to either company's bottom line. Nevertheless, it's an important victory for Android.

Source: Reuters

More: The Galaxy Nexus Ban: This, too, shall pass

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3 years ago

Sprint confirms talks of Softbank investment

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Sprint today confirmed that they're discussing a "substantial investment" by Japan's Softbank and that "such a transaction could involve a change of control of Sprint". Nothing has been nailed down just yet, but that's still a very spicy possibility. Here is Sprint's statement in full.

"Sprint (NYSE: S) today confirmed that it is currently engaged in discussions with Softbank regarding a potential substantial investment by Softbank in Sprint. Although there can be no assurances that these discussions will result in any transaction or on what terms any transaction may occur, such a transaction could involve a change of control of Sprint. Sprint does not intend to comment further unless and until an agreement is reached."

An anonymous source told Reuters that the figure for a majority stake was somewhere in the area of $12.8 billion. While I doubt that an investment from Japan would mean that Sprint would necessarily get some of the super-sweet devices that are released over there; in fact, some Japanese media see this deal as a good way of getting American phones into Softbank stores.

I'm curious to see what kind of strategic direction Softbank would take Sprint in. Sprint was looking at making a counteroffer on MetroPCS, but failing that maybe outside investment is necessary to speed up LTE coverage expansion. How do you guys think a Softbank-controlled Sprint would differ from the current set-up, if at all? 

via: Reuters

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3 years ago

Samsung GT-i9260 Galaxy Premier revealed in leaked image

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And no, it's not a Nexus

As Samsung prepares to launch the Galaxy S3 Mini in Germany today, we have news of another unannounced handset, the Galaxy Premier. The phone, also known by its model number GT-i9260, was previously rumored to be a re-vamped Galaxy Nexus, owing to its hardware similarities, and the closeness of its model number to the Nexus's GT-i9250. But as you can see from the leaked image above, obtained by German site MobileGeeks, it is in fact a mid-range TouchWiz device, just as we'd speculated on the Android Central forums.

The Galaxy Premier's hardware specs aren't a million miles away from the Galaxy Nexus, though. Inside there's a 4.65-inch HD SuperAMOLED display, a 1.5GHzdual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera and 8 or 16GB of internal storage, backed up by a microSD card slot. On the software side, it's running the (almost) latest Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean alongside Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX.

As with any unannounced device, take this leaked info with a pinch of salt until we see something official. Nevertheless, it seems the mystery of the GT-i9260 is well and truly solved at this point.

Source: MobileGeeks

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3 years ago

Shamelessly defend criminals in Devil's Attorney game for Android

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Devil's Attorney launched on Google Play today, putting the players in the shoes of Max McMann, a defense lawyer whose wordplay can baffle any jury and tear apart the case of any prosecutor out there. Through the game, you pick from a variety of available cases, such as restaurant owners selling hot dogs of questionable origin, or male strippers caught impersonating police officers.

Once chosen, you go to court, enjoy a short (and often hilarious) back-and-forth with the plaintiff, and get to work. Every turn, you have a certain number of action points to spend on a variety of abilities which can reduce the credibility of various parts of the opposition's case, including evidence and witnesses. Once you're out of action points, the prosecutor damages your case with whatever they have left. As soon as you reduce the credibility of every element of the prosecution's case to zero, you win and get paid. That money then goes towards kitting out your apartment with lavish furniture to increase your materialism, vanity, and decadence ratings, which each provide new and unique skills in the courtroom. 

If Saul from Breaking Bad has taught us anything, it's that skeezy lawyers can be easily portrayed as loveable scamps, and in that spirit, Devil's Attorney does extremely well. The distinctly 70s vibe certainly magnifies the cheese-factor, and the excellent voice acting does its part too. I never really got into the Phoenix Wright games, but for $2.99, I think I'm going to end up spending a lot of time with this one.

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3 years ago

Comparing the LG Optimus G for AT&T and Sprint

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While MobileCON 2012 won't be known for any major announcements or shakeups, it did give at least one company a spotlight to shine on its upcoming flagship powerhouse. LG , on hand for the final night here in San Diego, continued its marketing push with a blowout to celebrate its upcoming Optimus G, the superphone we've seen both in South Korea and in New York. Official for both AT&T and Sprint, we're now getting a closer look at the device that LG is banking on to put them back in the game.

We got our hands on both models at a launch party last night, and while both carry the Optimus G moniker, you'll notice in the photos as well as the video some very distinct differences-- take note: this is not a Samsung release.

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3 years ago

New Zagat app now available on Google Play

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Google-owned restaurant ratings guide Zagat has just put out version 1.0 of its Android app on the Google Play Store. A free download for devices running Android 2.2 and above, Zagat allows you to browse restaurants nearby based upon ratings, cuisine type or features. The app also has the ability to add your own ratings and reviews, and even make reservations at certain restaurants.

Coverage is limited to a selection of U.S. cities at the moment -- the full list can be found on the app's Google Play Store listing -- so international readers may want to skip this one.

Also note that the new Zagat for Android now signs in through Google+, so you'll need a G+ account to get started with this app. To get downloading, hit the Google Play link up above, and be sure to let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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3 years ago

Google reportedly hiring staff for Nexus call center, to open late October

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Google is recruiting Android enthusiasts to staff a "Nexus call center," according to reports from Geek.com. Google is said to be using a third-party company to recruit from campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area, in time for the next Nexus launch.

An advertisement doesn't mention Google by name, but an ad mentioning a "confidential client" in the Mountain View area, which recently launched an Android tablet doesn't leave much to the imagination. Geek.com reports that it's sources say Google is aiming to have this Nexus call center fully staffed and trained by the end of the month.

A dedicated Nexus call center for its upcoming flagship phone would help Google to bolster its customer service credentials, an area that's been singled out for criticism when earlier Nexus devices launched. It's also adds more weight to recent reports of an LG-built Nexus being announced, and possibly launched, in late October.

Source: Geek.com

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