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3 years ago

Sony Xperia T now available on Rogers and Bell

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Canadians can now pick up the Sony Xperia T from Bell or Rogers for $99 on a three-year contract. The James Bond co-branding is in full bloom, as you'd expect, but what's going on under the hood?

  • 4.6-inch 1280 x 720 Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine for razor sharp clarity
  • 13 MP fast capture camera that goes from sleep mode to snap in just over a second
  • Easy connectivity with ‘One-touch’ function enabled by NFC
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Latest generation 1.5GHz dual core processor for improved battery life, fast performance and ultra sharp graphics
  • Android version 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Will be upgraded to Android version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) following launch.
  • MHL connectivity for viewing content on a big screen without the need for a charger
  • 16GB of internal memory
  • Battery: 1850mAh (embedded) - 7 hours talk time, 450 hours standby

Be sure to dig into our full review of the European Xperia T for a closer look.  

Want to pick one up? The Xperia T can be found sipping a martini at the Rogers online store and seducing other handsets at Bell. If you're looking for more options, we're still waiting on Mobilicity and Videotron to launch their versions. 

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3 years ago

Cricket rolls out several new 4G LTE markets

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Cricket, the regional no-contract carrier under the Leap Wireless parent company, has expanded its 4G LTE footprint to several new cities. Customers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; and Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen, Texas should see the service go live provided they're using one of Cricket's LTE handsets (currently only 2 available). Previously, Cricket's LTE footprint was only found in Tucson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.

This expansion completes what Cricket is calling its first phase of 4G LTE deployment, and the service now covers a potential of 21 million customers in the 11 markets.

Source: Cricket Newsroom

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3 years ago

Predators for Android review

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The Predators game launched on Google Play last week, offering fast-paced stealth action with a healthy dose of gore. Many familiar names from the 2010 movie show up, though you spend most of your time hunting humans rather than playing as them - after all, folks only really watch those flicks for glimpses of the hulking monsters, right?

Players take control of a predator alien through 31 stages and an unlockable challenge mode, using a variety of classic weaponry and technology to complete a selection of goals. Sometimes a level is as simple as collecting a certain number of heads, while others require players to survive multiple waves of humans on the hunt.

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt vs. the Droid DNA

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What a difference a year and a half makes, eh? OK, call it 20 months, maybe. Regardless, here's the brand-new Verizon Droid DNA, and the aging ThunderBolt. HTC phones, both. One represents the manufacturer's first go at an LTE device, back when the technology was new, and design (and battery life) suffered for it.  A 4.3-inch display. Mere 1400 mAh battery. And, damn, was that thing ever thick.

Now we have the Droid DNA. A 5-inch Super LCD3 display that's got 1,080 freakin' pixels on the short end. A 2020 mAh battery. And a svelte design. Basically you're looking at the difference between me and a Victoria's Secret model. (Yeah. Enjoy that image.)

Anyway. Video and pics after the break, so you get a better idea of the difference between these guys.

Have Droid DNA questions? Ask 'em in our Droid DNA forums!

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3 years ago

PSA: Last chance to enter the Million Member Giveaway -- ending Nov. 15

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You've got just one day left to enter the biggest and baddest contest the world has ever seen! We're celebrating one one million member mark, and in case you've been away from the Internet and missed it, here's the prize list:

in addition, Cory has a special prize package for long-time members (six months or more and over 500 posts) consisting of a new Chromebook, , a $100 ShopAndroid.com coupon code, a $50 Google Play gift card, and a Lloyd T-shirt from ShopAndroid.com. 

It's an awesome list of prizes for an awesome community of members, and we want to make sure you have a chance to enter. You do that by clicking the big link below. You don't want to miss out on this one folks!

Enter the One Million Member giveaway!

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3 years ago

Cricket launches its first LTE phone, the LG Optimus Regard

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Regional and prepaid carrier Cricket has finally joined the 4G LTE bandwagon with this mid-range device, the LG Optimus Regard. For specs, the Regard has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 3.5-inch HVGA (that's 320x480, ouch) display, a 5MP camera all underneath Android 4.0 with LG's software improvements.

The specs aren't very inspiring, but the price may be. The Optimus Regard will be available at $249.99 (no contract required), on monthly plans with 2GB of data for $50. Which is hard to pass up if Cricket is your carrier of choice, but there's probably more value in other handsets out there if you're willing to switch carriers. Take a look at more of the details at the source link below.

Source: Cricket Newsroom; Cricket

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3 years ago

No, T-Mobile, your Nexus 4 doesn't have a microSD card either

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Oh, T-Mobile. What ever are we going to do with you? So you're selling the Nexus 4 on contract. That's crazy enough. And then you got folks thinking it would have your snazzy Wifi calling. Which of course it was never going to have. And now your damn product page for the Nexus 4 is showing it as having 16 gigabytes of internal storage, plus it's expandable up to 64GB with a microSD card.

Only, it doesn't have a microSD card, T-Mobile. It never had one. And it never will. Perhaps you've heard the legions of Android fans bitching about that for a couple weeks now. No? Well, we can't help you there.

But somebody owes @aemaffei an apology.

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3 years ago

Yes, text does look a bit different in Android 4.2

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Stronger text and improved kerning in the new version of Jelly Bean

Do things look a bit ... different ... since upgrading your Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 7 to Android 4.2? Turns out there's one change in the new version of Android that hasn't been documented at all until now. In the new version of Jelly Bean, Google's made some very subtle, but sweeping tweaks to the way text is rendered throughout the OS.

If you look closely at our animated GIF above, you'll see that text in 4.2 is slightly bolder with smoother edges and improved kerning (letter spacing). This applies throughout the UI, in emails, web pages and other applications.

We've spotted Google's new text rendering stuff on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7, so it looks like it's a system-wide change, rather than a graphics tweak tied to any particular hardware. On the whole, this makes for slightly clearer on-screen text that's a little more pleasing to the eye. (And the improved kerning is sure to keep design geeks happy, too.)

We've got another GIF showing the differences in text rendering in 4.2 after the break.

Are there any other little tweaks you've noticed in 4.2? Let us know in the comments.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 now available on T-Mobile

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T-Mobile today announced the availability of their version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet. You can snag one now online for $399.99 on a two-year contract after mail-in rebate. Though the AT&T or Sprint models have LTE included, the T-Mobile version is about a hundred bucks cheaper. 

Here's a quick run-down of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, but you can get a full tour in our review

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (Jelly Bean coming "soon")
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset)
  • 10.1-inch WXGA PLS TFT 1280 x 800 display
  • 7,000mAh Lithium-Ion battery
  • 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM and microSD card slot supporting up to 64 GB memory card
  • Mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously

Of course, this all pales in comparison to the now-available Nexus 10. Would anyone actually be interested in getting a Tab 2 10.1 with the N10 available as an option? For that matter, are there any other high-end Android tablets worth considering? Even if you were still in the market for a Tab 2 10.1 after all that, why go with T-Mobile?

More: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 forums

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3 years ago

Google Voice update fixes Android 4.2 compatibility

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When the final version of Android 4.2 rolled out to Nexus devices yesterday, Google Voice users noticed a nasty bit of incompatibility between the new software and the app. Whenever a new text message was created and a recipient added, the app would come crashing to a halt, preventing messages from being sent.

Fortunately Google's acted swiftly to address this issue, and a new version of the Google Voice app is available right now from the Google Play Store. The new version 0.4.2.66 fixes the issue, so your shiny new Nexus 4 (assuming you were able to pick one up) should be fully compatible with Google's telephony service.

You can grab the latest version of Google Voice for Android at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Expedia Android app updated with flight booking

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The Expedia travel app for Android has been updated so that you can book flights. Previously, Expedia only allowed hotel booking on mobile. The UI has a really nice fresh coat of paint, with some cool transitions and visual effects depending on how you're moving around the app. For example, the map within a hotel entry shifts perspective as you scroll up and down the page, while the image section gradually grows to fill the whole screen as you scroll upwards past the top. When idle, the home screen has both flight and hotel columns lazily drifting upwards, though they do so at different speeds to create a particularly eye-catching effect. 

It seems weird that the Expedia app didn't support flight booking before, since that's kind of what those guys do, but hey, at least it's here now. A dedicated tablet version as well as wider booking availability outside the U.S. are due shortly.

Have you ever booked a flight on your phone? When was the last time you used Expedia? Are there other services you prefer to use when planning travel?

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3 years ago

How to use the Verizon Droid DNA on AT&T (or any other GSM network)

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I'm getting a bit of a tingle down my spine. If you look at the specs for the HTC Droid DNA, you'll notice something that looks a little out of place. but only a little. Specifically, that there's a listing for UTMS/HSPA radio frequencies. Now that's not all that out of the ordinary -- Verizon's had world phones with GSM capability for some time now, and LTE's an offshoot of GSM. But generally such frequencies aren't listed out in the open like that.

That means it's time to experiment. And as you can see from the picture above, we've had success.

More: Check out our Droid DNA forums!

The Verizon Droid DNA is completely GSM unlocked. Pop in your SIM card, change your APN settings, and it'll work on any GSM network with 850/900/1900/2100 MHz. Here in the United States, that means AT&T, and T-Mobile as well, though you won't get 3G/4G speeds on the latter because the phone doesn't run on 1700 MHz. And, of course, it means you can use it outside the United States, whether you're using a roaming plan with Verizon, AT&T -- or use a foreign carrier's SIM card. Just change the APN settings and you're golden.

Of course, you'll also lose Verizon's excellent LTE network if you do this. But, still, a nice little trick. So how'd it do? We've got video and some speed tests after the break.

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3 years ago

Droid DNA hides a familiar feature on the back of the phone

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It's time for another round of "What the hell is that?!?!" Ever since we brought you the first pictures of the Droid DNA weeks ago, we've been trying to explain the faint little circle to the left of the camera housing. In casual use, there's a good chance you'd never even notice it. But it's there. Actually, they're there. Sixty-one tiny pinholes in concentric circles.

So what are they? A speaker? A noise-canceling microphone?

Neither, actually.

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3 years ago

Android claims 72% of mobile market sales in Q3 2012

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Gartner has released their research numbers for the third quarter of 2012, and they've found that Android accounted for 72.4% of mobile sales worldwide, which is up from 52.5% at the same time last year. That figure roughly lines up with what we've seen from IDC

By comparison, iOS is down to 13.9% from 15%, RIM is down 5.3% from 11%, and Microsoft is up a smidge to 2.4% from 1.5%, though Bada is hilariously beating it with a 3% share. The overall mobile market declined 3.1%, but smartphone growth increased 46.9% year over year. The manufacturer breakdown puts Samsung in the lead with 22.9% of sales in Q3, followed by Nokia with 19.2%, Apple with 5.5%, then ZTE, LG, Huawei, TCL, RIM, Motorola, and HTC after that. Be sure to check out some of these graphs from Asymco for some additional color on just how well Samsung is doing compared to everybody else. 

Android has been top of the smartphone heap for awhile now, but to see it leading the way in the overall mobile market sales is a pretty big deal. Now it's only a matter of the installed base of dumbphones to die out, though that might take awhile. What's the platform mix like in your neighborhood? Is Android as ubiquitous as the study would suggest, or is there a more even mix? How often do you see someone still using a feature phone? 

Source: Gartner

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3 years ago

More devices get stable CyanogenMod 10 builds; CM10.1 to be based on Android 4.2

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Yesterday we brought you news that the first "stable" builds of CyanogenMod 10 had begun rolling out. Today a whole bunch of devices have stable CM10 builds waiting for them over at the official download site. Devices like the U.S. Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note, HTC One X and S, and Sony Xperia T are now supported, among many others -- 32 at the time of writing. If you're running a nightly build of CM10, you may want to double-check the list to see if your phone or tablet has stable code waiting.

What's more, an official statement by the CM team has announced work on CyanogenMod 10.1, which will be based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The latest version of Jelly Bean was open-sourced last night through the Android Open-Source Project.

Download links for CM10 stable can be found at the sites below.

Source: CyanogenMod, get.cm

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