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3 years ago

Investors show confidence in Google, but can Q2 earnings live up to it?

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This week's earnings report will have a hard time living up to the all-time high stock price

Google's stock price is at an all-time high of $927 today, and with its Q2 2013 earnings hitting this week it makes us wonder if the earnings can ever live up to the supposed confidence in the search giant. Following a generally solid -- but far from stellar -- Q1 earnings report back in April, Google's stock dipped notably down to $765 only to shoot back up the next couple of days as things leveled off.

Since those Q1 2013 earnings Google's stock price has continued to rise by over 20-percent to sit where it is today, awaiting upcoming Q2 results this Thursday. Whether it is the old system of "buy on the rumor, sell on the news" or flushing out the amount of true confidence in the upcoming financial results, there's a good chance that we will see another small stock dip repeat.

What we need to keep in mind is that a stock dip on earnings doesn't mean that the company performed poorly or that things are bound to head downhill -- there's much more at play in the stock price than the simple earnings numbers. How earnings match predictions, their long-term implications and overall confidence in future company actions all have a huge impact on the final stock price.

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3 years ago

ZTE Geek announced again, this time with Tegra 4 and 1080p display

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ZTE makes good on promise of first Tegra 4 device with new internals for previously announced phone

Rather than watch its flagships be leaked over and over again, ZTE has jumped out in front of speculation and announced the ZTE Geek, the world's first Tegra 4 phone. The name "Geek" may ring a bell, and that's because ZTE had previously announced this device back in April as an Intel CloverTrail+ processor device. Following leaks of a "ZTE U988S" device that looked very similar, ZTE spilled the beans today that the ZTE Geek will indeed be a Tegra 4 device, with a few other subtle changes from the original announcement.

This updated ZTE Geek, which is headed only to China Mobile for the moment, bumps up the 5-inch display's resolution to 1080p from 720p, the camera to 13MP from 8MP and will be the first phone to run a 1.8GHz quad-core Tegra 4 processor along with 2GB of RAM. Because this red Tegra 4-powered version will be exclusive to China Mobile for the time being, we're not sure about the fate of its original Intel-powered predecessor or the international availability of either handset.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Android app developers: If you're not watching the Making Apps Beautiful series videos, you should be

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Google's DevBytes series is a great way to refine your development process and build better apps

Google's Android Developers have a great series they publish to YouTube, called DevBytes. The episodes are always full of great info for the people developing Android apps, but the latest -- the Making Apps Beautiful trilogy -- is a must watch.

You'll learn all there is to know about making your apps look modern in episode one, nailing typography and spacing in episode two, and episode three tackles what it takes to make your apps look good on a tablet while using the same code as the phone.

You want your apps to look good. We want your apps to look good. Most importantly, your customers want your apps to look good. Take a few minutes and watch the DevBytes shows and learn how to write better apps. Be sure to let us know what you're working on, too.

You can visit the link below to see all of the Android Developers videos, and the Making Apps Beautiful series videos are embedded after the break.

Android Developers on YouTube

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3 years ago

Sprint to utilize Clearwire 2.5GHz spectrum for LTE starting this week

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New higher frequency to support current 800 and 1900MHz network

Sprint has finally completed its acquisition of Clearwire, and the carrier has announced today that it is quickly integrating the new spectrum to its expanding LTE offerings. Adding to its primarily 1900MHz-based network, Sprint has recently added 800MHz spectrum from its iDEN network shutdown and is now adding in new 2.5GHz spectrum from Clearwire to help out further. The high frequency spectrum isn't super useful for building penetration, but Sprint plans to use it in densely populated cities to support the use of 800MHz, which excels at building penetration.

As is usually the case when adding new frequencies to a network, the first devices to take advantage of the network are MiFi's and data sticks. Sprint is announcing that the Netgear Zing Mobile Hotspot, Netgear 341U USB Stick and MiFi 500 LTE will be available starting July 19th and will support all three frequencies.

Edit: While the devices that can utilize this new spectrum are available soon, the new spectrum itself isn't -- and won't be ready for a while. Apologies for any confusion.

Now that Sprint has nailed down a generally long-term frequency plan, we should start seeing other devices hitting the carrier with support for the additional bands in short order. The end result should be more consistent LTE service in more places for Sprint customers.

Source: Sprint; Via: FierceWireless

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Star Wars II coming September 19, along with a full line of merchandise

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May the Pork be with you

Rovio continues to milk the Angry Birds franchise for every thing it's worth, and coming this September the latest -- Angry Birds Star Wars II -- will be launching on app stores worldwide. This time though, there's a new piece of merchandising that fans of the series, as well as Star Wars fans, are going to be excited about.

They're called TELEPODS, and they bring more to the table than your typical plushie or keychain figurine. As you can see in the video after the break, they are action figures of your favorite Angry Birds Star Wars characters, that can be imported right into the game. Place the base of the figure on your phone or tablets camera and they're instantly available as a playable character.

Also new is the ability to choose your faction, and you can play as part of the good or evil side -- or "Pork Side" as Rovio puts it. All in all, this latest looks to breathe new life into the most popular mobile gaming series of all time. We'll give it a good long look this coming September.

Source: Rovio

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3 years ago

What's in a name: The Droid RAZR Ultra

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A Droid RAZR Ultra, by any other name, would still smell as sweet -- and sell like hotcakes

We don't particularly put a lot of faith into leaked CelleBrite screen shots, but this is one we had to pass along. Why? Because the Droid RAZR Ultra makes perfect sense.

The Droid RAZR line was a huge hit for Verizon and Motorola, and it would be a great way to use that success to push the next big thing from the two. We've all seen how branding can help a phone go from a success to a smash hit, and Verizon loves them some branding and labeling.

We won't be surprised if this is just one of those things and the RAZR name isn't attached to the Droid Ultra, but we also wouldn't be surprised if it were. If the leaks are to be believed, we'll know more soon.

Discuss in the Droid Ultra forums

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3 years ago

Gigahertz, megapixels, and millimeters - do specs matter at all? - Talk Mobile

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There are three major elements to the smartphone experience. The hardware, the software, and the services. Software comprises the virtual; it is the operating system and the apps. Services is a bit broader, but it includes cloud connections like backup and app stores as well as the cellular connection provided by the carrier.

3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z coming to Canada as a Bell exclusive

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Sony's latest flagship is scheduled for a Bell release later this month

Bell and Sony have announced the Sony Xperia Z -- our underwater friend -- is officially coming to Canada as a Bell exclusive later this month. While some carriers, like T-Mobile in the U.S., already have a solid release date, we've yet to pin down an exact date for Bell. With an expected release of this month, an official launch date should be announced very soon.

The Sony Xperia Z comes with a 5-inch full HD "Reality Display," 13MP camera with HDR, IP55 & IP57 ratings for water and dust resistance, and a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAM. Sony's own "WALKMAN," Album, and Movies apps come preloaded for integrated multimedia access.

For a complete walkthrough of all the Sony Xperia Z has to offer - as well as the most important pros and cons - see our official Xperia Z review.

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3 years ago

Start your week with the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Welcome to the start of another glorious work week. Or maybe it's the end of your work week. Or maybe, if you're like us, you sit on your couch all day with Netflix, a bag of chips and some blogging tools. Whatever. We don't judge. (Out loud, anyway.)

Regardless, now is the time to catch up on the latest episode of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! If for no other reason than we're getting more comfortable rocking the Google Hangouts. So head on over, give it a shot, and don't forget to subscribe to the RSS feed.

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3 years ago

HTC One Android 4.2 update officially rolling out in UK 'from today'

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Biggest update yet for HTC's leading handset

The HTC One Android 4.2.2 update has been pushing out in parts of Europe for over a week now. However the HTC UK Twitter account has revealed that today is the official UK launch day, and that British One owners should now be able to download the new firmware.

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3 years ago

Latest HTC One Mini leak reveals front, back and specs

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1.4GHz Snapdragon S4, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 720p display

The HTC One Mini hasn't yet been officially announced, but thanks to a steady stream of leaks we already know a great deal about what to expect from HTC's upcoming mid-ranger. The device has appeared yet again today, over on German-based blog AndroidNext.de. The outlet scored shots of the Mini's front face and back panel — almost identical to the full-size HTC One, with a few minor differences — along with a hardware details from the CPU-Z app which confirm what many were suspecting.

The HTC One Mini is said to pack a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, of which 11.2GB is available for use, and a 1280x720 display. The phone has a 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel" camera around the back, and a 1.6-megapixel front-facer, the site reports. On the software side, it's running HTC Sense 5 atop Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean — the same Android version to which the European HTC One has recently been updated.

With the device now in carrier testing, according to today's report, hopefully it won't be too long before the HTC One Mini is officially unveiled for all to see. Sources have told Android Central to expect an early August launch for HTC's "Mini," while the larger "HTC One Max" is on track for a September arrival.

Source: AndroidNext.de

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3 years ago

Android Central App v1.3 now in beta testing

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Update: Due to overwhelming response from way more people than we expected, we're going stop accepting new applicants to the Android Central app beta group. We're already getting great feedback, and we hope to push v1.3 out to production just as soon as we can.

A quick heads up for you hard-core fans of the Android Central App. We've finally rolled out proper beta testing, and we're starting with a pretty good build to try it on. Version 1.3 of the app has been pushed out to our beta group for some final testing. There it will remain until we're happy with it, or until we just can't stand it anymore and have to release it into the world, free to spread its wings and become a beautiful butterfly. Or something. 

If you want in on the action, just hit the link below to get going. Namaste.

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3 years ago

Use this space to rant about the rumored specs of the Moto X

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We all have something to say about the rumored specs of the Moto X, so let's all just say it

Oh boy! A new Android phone is coming out, and testers and carrier reps have leaked about a million blog posts worth of details about it. Who would have thunk it, right? This time though, things are slightly different because the Moto X should be the first Android phone from Motorola that has Google's design and push behind it.

People are expecting a lot from the Moto X. What we've seen so far looks really interesting, with a new and improved way of harnessing the power of Google Now and very deep voice integration in the system. It's kind of creepy, kind of wonderful, and totally different. We'll have to withhold any final judgment until we actually use the damn thing, which should be soon if all those leaks are to be believed.

And then we come to the specs (insert dramatic music or something here). What the Internet wisdom says is that we'll be seeing:

  • 1.7GHz dual-core Snapgragon MSM8960DT
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • 10MP 'ClearPixel' camera
  • 720p display (possibly AMOLED)

This has a lot of people pissed off. Conversely, a lot of people don't care. I think I'm in the latter group, because I don't care if it runs on rubber bands or a hamster in a wheel as long as it runs well. But plenty of people feel the other way, and are scratching their head over why Motorola and Google would release a phone in 2013 with 2012 innards.

We don't have the answer to that. What we do have is a set of screencaps (courtesy of an anonymous imgur user) that supposedly show what CPU-Z says is inside the GSM Moto X -- including a crapload of sensors. You'll find those after the break, and that's where you can rant and rail over them. 

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3 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Updates on updates on updates

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It's been a busy week (and weekend) with a lot of family stuff going on, so we'll keep things short this week. A few things worth mentioning: 

I think we're 100 percent all-in on using Google Hangouts for the podcast now. The audio quality's not where I'd like it to be, but I think we can work with it some more. And it's a hell of a lot easier for video. Plus, you can watch it live, directly from the Android Central app.

Speaking of the app, we're close to beta testing v1.3 — hopefully this week. It's taken a little longer than we thought to get it pushed out (it feels weird being on that side of the equation), but it's a good update. We've got the YouTube API built in now, and it looks great. Plus we've got Google's new drawer code added in, and it also looks great. And a few more bells and whistles. We'll float it to the beta group for a couple days before the big release. Stay tuned.

And now a few other thoughts I've been thinking amid the chaos:

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3 years ago

Make the best Google+ 'Auto Awesome' photos you can

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From flashy to subtle, you can now make your Google+ photos come to life 

Google+ picked up a facelift and a big group of new features back at Google I/O 2013, and two of them -- Auto Awesome and Auto Enhance -- have opened up cool new photography possibilities on the network. Auto Awesome is especially intriguing, as it automatically turns groups of similar pictures you take into an animated image, HDR shot, panorama or collage to share on Google+, without any extra processing on your part. 

With just a few minutes of your time you'll be ready to make your own Auto Awesome images to share on Google+, and we're going to make sure you've got things set up properly. Once you're comfortable with the process, we also have a few tips and tricks to help make the best of this new feature. Let's make some awesome images after the break.

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