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3 years ago

Google revamps weather search for tablets, definite hint of Google Now

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Google has gone and pushed out a pretty nice looking, 'interactive weather visualization' for weather searches on tablets. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to the new Google Now service introduced with Jelly Bean, searching for weather in a particular location in Google on your tablet, now brings up what we see here. It was rolled out to smartphone searches a few weeks ago, so it seems only right that tablets aren't left out. 

You'll get to see a pretty detailed snapshot of current, and upcoming weather information for your area. There's an hourly forecast to scroll through, equally there's also a ten-day forecast too. And, it looks pretty darn good. After all, who ever said that looking at the weather forecast had to be dull? 

It works -- as you would expect -- on Chrome, but we've also verified that it works too on the stock Android browser. Go ahead, give it a try in your browser of choice.

And, for a little pro tip, why not add a weather search for your home, work, whichever chosen location, to your bookmarks in the stock browser on your device. Add that bookmark to your homescreen, and you've got yourselves a pretty powerful local weather forecast, right at your fingertips. 

via +Google

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3 years ago

Contest winners: Nexus 7 tablet winners!

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If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up during the week. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to the winners!

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3 years ago

Rogers kicks off 6 GB/$60 plan, Sony Xperia Ion in tow

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Canadians looking for an affordable LTE-capable device and lots of data to chew on will be interested to hear that Rogers has started a 6 GB promotional plan and now has the Sony Xperia Ion for sale for $49.99 on a three-year contract. The $60 plan includes unlimited calling to 10 Canadian numbers, unlimited texting, unlimited evenings and weekends, and 200 weekday minutes on top of the data. Rogers is even willing to toss in data sharing to multiple devices at $10 off every month for the next 10 months to help you burn through those 6 GB, though the promo is only running until August 8. 

As for the Sony Xperia Ion, you can read our full review here, but here's a run-down of the specifications.

  • 4.6-inch 1280 x 720 display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 12 megapixel camera
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • LTE and HSPA+ connectivity

While I'm still not sure I'd pick the 6 GB plan over Mobilicity or WIND's current promotions (especially with that three-year commitment Rogers includes), it's hard to argue with Rogers coverage, and ever-expanding LTE is always sweet. Any Canadians interested in picking one up can find the Sony Xperia Ion over in the Rogers online store and can check out the 6 GB promotional plan over here

Source: Rogers RedBoard

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3 years ago

Motorola Defy Pro coming soon to Rogers

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Motorola has announced that the Defy Pro would be landing in Canada by way of Rogers this summer. Much liike the original Motorola Defy, this handset is built for punishment with dust, splash, and scratch resistance, except this time there's a keyboard. Here are the specs.

  • 2.7-inch 320 x 480 HVGA display with Gorilla Glass
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing VGA camera
  • 1700 mAh battery, 12 hours continuous use time, 13.5 days standby
  • IP67-certified (totally protected against dust, protected against immersion between 15 cm and 1 m)

Awhile back I was really interested in the Motorola Admiral, but since it never made it to the GSM side of things, there was never really an option for us Canadians. As a guy with a history with BlackBerry, I can definitely appreciate the physical keyboard - hopefully it won't be dampened by the ho-hum specifications. I could live without ICS, but a bigger battery and some impact protection would be nice. Any Canadians interested in picking this one up? Any Americans looking for something tough and entry-level with a physical keyboard?

Folks can sign up for e-mail availability notifications at Motorola Canada

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

German judges say Motorola Xoom doesn't infringe iPad design

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Apple is locked in legal combat with many Android manufacturers, with a range of tactics being used to try to keep iPad and iPhone competitors off store shelves. In Germany, Apple's had some success using tablet design patents against the likes of Samsung, and it's also attempted to use the same tactics against Motorola's 10.-1inch Xoom.

However, today a court in Dusseldorf, Germany ruled that Moto's tablet does not infringe upon the iPad's design patents. Specifically, NASDAQ​ reports that the judges decided that the shape of the Xoom's corners and back were enough for it to be distinguishable from Apple's tablet. It wasn't a complete win for Moto, however, as the court also dismissed a counterclaim from Motorola that Apple's design patents were invalid.

Moto was ordered to pay one third of costs, with Apple being told to pay two thirds.

Source: NASDAQ

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3 years ago

Tweet Lanes review - a new twist on twitter, but still a work in progress

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Tweet Lanes for Android fits in very nicely with ICS design, but is that enough?

Tweet Lanes launched on Android earlier this month and somehow managed to muscle its way into a plenty-crowded category of Twitter clients. There are a few things that Tweet Lanes does differently that immediately sets it apart from the norm.

The main thing is that all outgoing tweets are pumped through the same context-sensitive text box. no matter if you're starting a new tweet from scratch, replying, or retweeting. This is done by selecting which tweet (or tweets) you want want to interact with, and the top bar changes and bottom tweet box adjust accordingly. Secondly, Tweet Lanes can use a device's volume up and volume down keys to navigate through feeds. 

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3 years ago

HTC says Desire HD still getting ICS, refutes reports of update cancellation

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Last week some troubling news seemed to be emerging from Canadian carrier TELUS, which put out an update schedule suggesting that the Android 4.0 upgrade for the Desire HD had been canceled. The schedule indicated that the ICS update had been canned due to "poor device performance in testing," which didn't make a whole lot of sense given that we've seen ICS running on even less powerful phones like the Desire C in recent months.

As such, we reached out to HTC for comment, and an the manufacturer has informed us that ICS updates for the Desire HD, and the similarly-spec'd Desire S, are still on.

An HTC spokesperson told Android Central --

"We remain committed to providing customers with the latest software updates when possible. As such, we are pleased to confirm we are still on schedule to deliver an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for both the HTC Desire HD and Desire S."

So there you go. The Desire HD may be approaching its second birthday, but at least it should see one more OS update before it's put out to pasture.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Go launches SIM-free and on O2 in the UK

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Announced a couple of months ago, the water-resistant Sony Xperia Go has gone on sale in the UK, and is now available SIM-free, as well as subsidized on-contract through O2 UK. The Go is the follow-up to last year's Xperia Active, which won critical praise for its unique, rugged design (which at one point helped it survive being run over by a Jeep).

The Xperia Go is a little sleeker than last year's ruggedized Xperia, and it should be plenty fast too, with a 1Ghz dual-core ST Ericsson CPU inside. Unfortunately, though, it's yet another Sony phone launching on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and as we look for updates from ICS to Jelly Bean from other manufacturers, that's a big disappointment. Nevertheless, if you're not a power user, and you're after something a decent little water-resistant smartphone, it's worth a look. The Xperia Go is yours for £200 SIM-free at Expansys and Clove, and O2 offers it for free on 24-month contracts starting at £18.50 per month.

Source: Expansys, Clove, O2 UK

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3 years ago

Lloyd Gear T-Shirts, Caps & Pins are here!

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Get your first taste of the all new Lloyd Gear from Android Central!

Awww, yeaahhh — Lloyd Gear is here. Our first round of new gear includes a supernaturally good t-shirt, a sweet baseball cap and a secret society pin. If you love Lloyd. If you love Android. If you love to be awesome. Then you can get these. Also some really great bonus offers in here — read on after the break.

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3 years ago

Sonos Controller update expands support for all 7-inch and 10-inch tablets and adds landscape

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An update to the Sonos Controller app is available that expands its list of supported tablets and also adds support for landscape. Late last year, Sonos made the app available for tablets, but the selection was limited. It is now available on all 7-inch and 10-inch devices, which of course includes the recently released Nexus 7 (see our review).

In addition, Sonos has added landscape mode which was one of the most requested features, and also has added larger album artwork for your visual pleasure.

If you're a big Sonos user, this has to excite you. For the update, please find links to the free app after the break.

Source: Sonos

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3 years ago

Kyocera Hydro hits Boost Mobile on Aug. 3

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Here's a quick heads up that the Kyocera Hydro, the 3.5-inch, submersible (as in dunk it in water) Android phone that we first showed you back in May will be available on Boost Mobile starting Aug. 3. The phone runs $129 and can be kept below the surface for 30 minutes, which is a good bit longer than you'll last, we imagine. It's more of a protection thing than a usability thing -- you won't be making calls under the sea or anything. 

On the other hand, it's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, which is more than we can say for a good number of landlubbers out there. We've got the full release after the break.

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3 years ago

Picking up your Nexus 7 today? Here's some required reading

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The Google Nexus 7 is starting to make it its way out to consumers around the world, and if you're among the lucky early adopters picking up the Jelly Bean tablet this week, we've got some required reading for you. As you'll know if you've been watching the site since Google I/O, we've been covering the heck out of the Nexus 7, so we've got all the information you'll need as you're getting to grips with your new tablet.

Let's dive right in --

  • Nexus 7 hands-on and initial review
    You should already have a pretty good idea of what's lurking within that Nexus 7 box, but if you want to brush up on the basics before going any further, our complete hands-on report and video walkthrough is where you'll want to start. (And if you're still on the fence, why not check out our full review of the tablet.)
     
  • How to unlock the bootloader and root the Nexus 7
    The Nexus 7 isn't just a portal into Google Play, it's also a Nexus device, and that means easy bootloader unlocking, rooting and hacking. If you're new to this side of Android, be sure to check out our guide to unlocking and rooting the Nexus 7, courtesy of AC forum moderator ragnarokx.
     
  • Top 5 Games for your new Nexus 7
    With a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU (and 12-core GeForce GPU) inside, the Nexus 7 is a great mobile gaming device. If you're a gamer, why not check out Simon Sage's guide to the top five games to try out on your new Nexus 7 tablet. (You'll find even more suggestions from readers in the comments.)
     
  • Check out the official Nexus 7 guide book
    There's no manual inside the Nexus 7 box, but you'll find all the basics in the official Nexus 7 guide book on Google Play Books. You'll find it inside the Google Play Books app when you power on your Nexus 7 for the first time.
     
  • Get to grips with new Jelly Bean features
    From the redesigned notification area to the buttery new home screen launcher, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean includes a host of new features. Find out about all the new tricks Android 4.1 has up its sleeve in our Jelly  Bean feature articles, complete with video walkthroughs.

If you're getting your Nexus 7 today or later this week, then shout out in the comments and let us know how you're getting on!

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3 years ago

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light released on Android, exclusive to Xperia for now

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The latest big name title to arrive on Android, is Square Enix's Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Fans of the Tomb Raider series of games will feel right at home, and while Android is pretty much the last place for this title to show up -- it's even on the BlackBerry PlayBook already -- as always, big titles are welcome. 

The one, big, caveat at the moment though, is that the title is exclusive to Xperia devices for the time being. Playing a title such as this on an Xperia Play is sure to be an enjoyable experience, but for those of us without one of the supported Sony devices, we're just going to have to wait. There's no word at present on how long this exclusivity will last. 

The good news for Xperia owners, is that for now at least, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light can be had for the low low price of £0.99/$1.29. 

Download: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

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3 years ago

Contest Reminder: Win a Mobile Nations dream device of YOUR choice!

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The Mobile Nations team is celebrating the first birthday of the Monday Brief, and we want to hook a lucky winner up with their dream device. We're not just going to have a regular old "post a comment and win" type giveaway this time. Instead, we're recruiting YOU to help us revamp and refresh the Monday Brief intro. Have you been lusting after the Samsung Galaxy S III? How about the new iPad? Or perhaps you've been anxiously awaiting the next round of Windows Phone 8 devices or are holding out for BlackBerry 10? Well this is your chance to win one of those dream devices!

Over the years we've seen some pretty crazy entries for video contests here at Mobile Nations (Kevin often brings up a certain Pudding Wrestling in Time Square CrackBerry video), but we want to top them all, so we're gonna make this the best video contest Mobile Nations has ever had! Seriously, we want to you see you all get creative, get crazy and show us your passion to help. Let's have a look at what you could win:

  • GRAND PRIZE: One (1) phone, tablet, or gadget you've read about on Mobile Nations websites, valued at up to $600 USD
  • Runners Up: We'll hook you up with some awesome stuff. Either a coupon to one of the stores, some swag or something else you'll love. Don't worry, if we use your intro on a Monday Brief, we'll give you recognition and a nice little reward.

Once again, this is a video contest -- you'll have to get creative and assemble your most creative, funny, or just plain insane version of Ashley's weekly introduction to the Monday Brief. If you're not sure what part that is, watch the beginning of the show. Jump below to get the full details on how to enter and check out the rules, you'll need to follow them accordingly.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G software update available, serves as preparation for ICS

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Although the Galaxy S Blaze 4G didn't garner a lot of attention, that doesn't mean T-Mobile has forgotten about the device. In fact, owners of the Blaze 4G should be checking for updates right now, as there is one currently available. The update is noted to be rolling out now through August 5th and available through OTA and Samsung Kies. As it stands, it fixes a few bugs but mostly it serves as preparation for a later update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich:

  • Over the air (OTA) update to Software T769UVLF4:T-Mobile will push the update to  your device sometime between 7/16 and 8/5. We cannot expedite how soon we send  the OTA to individuals.    See below steps to manually request the OTA update.
  • Manual download: If you want to update to T769UVLF4 after July 17, you can update via Samsung Kies. Ensure you are on the latest version of Kies prior to attempting the update. See http://www.androidcentral.com/ext?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jdoqocy.com%2Fclick-7293382-12001245-1428599469000%3Fsid%3Dd_ac%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.samsung.com%252Fus%252Fkies%252F to confirm the version.

Improvements

  • E911 issue over Wi-Fi resolved  
  • Echo issue when on Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) call  
  • Proximity Sensor improved

Sadly, T-Mobile left off the information of when exactly we may expect ICS to roll out to the device but you all can take comfort in knowing it will arrive eventually. Hopefully it's not too far off.

Source: T-Mobile

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