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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR i now available at Phones 4U - and with free MOTOROKR headphones

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If you've been itching to get your hands on the new Motorola RAZR i, then from today you can pick it up at Phones 4U both in-store and online. And as an added bonus, Phones 4U will also give you a pair of MOTOROKR S305 headphones free of charge, which is rather nice of them.

We recently reviewed the Motorola RAZR i and found it to be a good, fast, solid handset. But after today's HTC news it would appear the RAZR i is now left a little behind in the specs race. That said, it does have a lot going for it, including a dcent 8MP camera, 2GHz Intel Atom CPU with Hyperthreading technology, and my favorite part -- a 2000mAh battery. Currently running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich you could do a lot worse than Motorola's latest offering.

Source: Phones 4U

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC One X+ and Sense 4+

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In spite of all the hype surrounding a certain competitor, the HTC One X was a very strong entrant in the high-end smartphone space earlier in the year. Many of our editors own it. If you’re reading this, there’s an above-average chance you do, too. Though lacking in mindshare compared to the Galaxy S3, the One X remains a formidable smartphone, even besting Samsung’s flagship in many areas.

But as the year draws to a close, it’s time for a successor, as part of HTC’s annual fall product refresh. Last year the Sensation XE built upon the strengths of the Sensation, with a larger battery, a faster CPU and enhanced software. And later this month, the One X will undergo similar augmentation, with the resulting device coming to market as the HTC One X+. Read on for an extensive preview of HTC’s flagship Android phone for late 2012.

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3 years ago

HTC One X+ is official - faster CPU, bigger battery, Sense 4+ and Jelly Bean

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HTC has announced a new high-end phone based upon its popular One X, the HTC One X+. Variously rumored and leaked over the past month, the One X+ runs upgraded hardware compared to the original. There's a faster 1.7 GHz Tegra 3 AP37 CPU on-board, along with 64GB of storage and a larger 2100mAh battery.

Some other specs remain unchanged from the One X -- there's still 1GB of on-board RAM, a 4.7-inch SuperLCD2 display, and an 8MP rear camera with BSI sensor and HTC's ImageSense chip. The front-facer has undergone a small upgrade, though, jumping from 1.3MP to 1.6, and with this upgrade it gains the ability to use ImageSense.

On the software side, the One X+ is the first HTC phone to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the new HTC Sense 4+, which offers some minor software tweaks over earlier versions of HTC's UI. Be sure to check out our full hands-on report on the One X+ for more on HTC's latest handset.

HTC says the One X+ will launch in the UK and Europe early October, followed by Asia in November. U.S. release plans have yet to be revealed. Today's full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC to deliver Jelly Bean and Sense 4+ upgrade for One S, X and XL this month

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Alongside today's HTC One X+ announcement comes the news that HTC will upgrade some of its earlier One series phones to the latest versions of Android and Sense. The Sense 4+ and Jelly Bean update is scheduled to hit One S, X and XL phones later this month, and HTC tells us that every feature of the One X+ that doesn't require additional hardware will be made available on these devices. Note, as ever, that carrier-specific versions of these phones may take a little while longer to see this update.

Sadly, there's no mention of the One V -- or any other existing HTC phones -- in today's announcement. It's unlikely HTC will leave its entire back catalog in the lurch, but the lack of any announcements for earlier devices isn’t encouraging news for owners of these phones.

Nevertheless, it's a welcome development for the many One S, One X or One XL owners out there.

More: HTC One X+ announcement, HTC One X+ hands-on

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3 years ago

HTC One X+ specs

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HTC's just announced the One X+, its new high-end smartphone running upgraded One X-based internals. If you're looking for full specs, we've got 'em after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung can sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 again, too bad nobody wants one

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The sales injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been lifted this evening, allowing Samsung to once again offer the Tab 10.1 for sale in the US. The decision comes after a California jury found that the Tab 10.1 did not violate patent or trade dress claims as made by Apple.

We're glad that Samsung was able to get the injunction lifted, but the fact remains that someone should be responsible for any lost sales during the time Samsung was not allowed to sell the tablet. If it never violated any patents or trademarks, it's not really fair for Samsung to have lost sales while it was being determined, no matter how exciting the jury foreman thought it all was

Update: A friendly legal expert has informed me that Judge Koh has held the $2.6 million bond posted by Apple, and can in fact determine to award part or all of it to Samsung for a wrongfully issued injunction.

In the end it doesn't really matter, as  the 10.1 has been replaced several times over by newer models. Consider this just another example of a biased and broken system, where only lawyers get to win.

Source: Reuters

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3 years ago

Over 25 percent of Android devices now running 4.0 and above

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As it tends to do, Google has released a breakdown of what versions of Android devices out in the wild are currently running as of today, October 1. We're now over the milestone of having one in every four Android devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher -- unfortunately Jelly Bean makes up just 1.8 percentage-points of that right now, but let's not be too down on these numbers. Rounding out the rest of the chart is 2.3 Gingerbread at 55.8 percent, naturally, with all previous versions adding up to just 16.8 percent of active devices.

Android 4.0 and above has seen a pretty quick pickup in adoption since a large number of the world's best selling devices have launched or been updated to it at this point. This is really good news in terms of user adoption, but it also means that app developers have more incentive than ever to start following those "holo" guidelines we seem to ramble on about at times. Be sure to check out the full report at the source link below.

Source: Android Developers Dashboard

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3 years ago

Sprint S3 Jelly Bean leak, Using USB OTG without root possible? [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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3 years ago

Sharp starts cranking out 5-inch 1080p displays for smartphones

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The most recent rumors of a phone with a 1080p-resolution display have been pretty wishy-washy, but Sharp recently went official with their plans to start churning out 5-inch 1080 x 1920 displays from their factories. That works out to 443 pixels per inch, for those of you counting. Take that in your 326 PPI and smoke it, iPhone 5. 

These displays should do well in creating Android phablets to compete with the looming iPad mini, and set a new bar for what we expect in displays. Of course, there are plenty of other considerations to take into account, such as battery drain, color contrast, brightness, and the depth of blacks, but a high resolution is certainly a good place to start. The HTC Droid Incredible X may also have a 1080p screen, but again, that's squarely in the realm of rumor for the time being. 

I'm a little worried that we'll start seeing diminishing returns at that size, though; will we really be able to appreciate the sharpness and quality in a 5-inch form factor, or do these screens need to be at least 7 inches in order for this high of a resolution to be done justice? Gigantic phones are certainly becoming more popular, so maybe it makes the most sense to capitalize on the larger smartphone form factor before trying to crank up the pixel density in tablets. 

Source: Sharp

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G Ice Cream Sandwich update available Oct. 3

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T-Mobile has just put up a support page indicating that the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G (seriously, these names are getting to be a bit much) is going to be receiving an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich starting on October 3rd. The latest software -- version T769UVLF4 -- will bring all of the latest ICS features in addition to a Mobile Hotspot and Email fix. Unfortunately, it will only be available via Samsung Kies and not over the air like the previous update. That being said, we've got to be thankful that ICS is coming to the device via official means.

One interesting thing to note here is that T-Mobile specifically points out that the device cannot be rooted and receive the update. Of course most of us know this, but seeing it pointed out specifically in the support documentation is probably a good thing.

Source: TmoNews; T-Mobile Support

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3 years ago

Ready for your next shot at winning a free tablet in our Nexus 7 A Week Giveaway?

So we started up a little thing we like to call the Nexus 7 A Week Giveaway, and though we hit a little road bump and didn't post a new contest for it last week, we're true to our word and giving away one per week. So below you can find the first two winners, as well as the criteria for how to enter this week.

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3 years ago

Portions of MOTODEV Studio for Android open sourced and moved to Android repository

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Motorola has broken off part of their core build system, known as MOTODEV Studio for Android, and merged it into the Android Open Source Project. Previously, the closed-source Motorola tools were an alternative to a standard Eclipse IDE setup, which allowed key features like easy localization, drag and drop of shared code snippets, and browsing and manipulation of SQL databases through Motorola's tool. 

With the new merging of the core plugins to the AOSP, developers can now build and use the tools through Eclipse, which is by far the most popular IDE for Android development. Motorola has full instructions for getting the code via GIT, building it, and integrating the plugins into an Eclipse workspace. See the source links below.

Confused yet? That's OK, this is pretty nerdy stuff. Here's the layman's version. Motorola used to make a stand alone set of tools that developers could use to make apps. A couple people I've talked to said they were pretty nice tools, but the majority of folks felt it wasn't worth losing the integration of Eclipse -- which is the program most folks use to write and build Android apps. 

Today we learn that Motorola has open sourced a good number of these tools, and merged them in with the rest of the open source tools and code of the AOSP. Now developers can use Eclipse, but still download and build the Motorola tools as plugins for Eclipse itself. More and better tools mean more and better apps. We all like more and better apps.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Nikon Coolpix S800c hardware

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We're going to do up this Nikon Coolpix S800c -- aka Nikon's Android-based camera -- a little different. Mainly, I'm going to walk through the hardware, Android software, and the camera software separately. That's for a couple reasons, but mainly so that I won't let the wonk overshadow what's good about this little point-and-shoot.

First, though, a quick reminder on specs. What we've got is a pretty standard-feeling point-and-shoot. It weighs about 6.5 ounces with the battery and an SD card installed. It's got a lens that ranges from 4.5 to 45 mm, f/3.2 to f/5.8. It's a small little guy. It's also got a 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen on the back and a 480x854 resolution. There's about 1.6GB of on-board memory, but you'll be sharing that with the operating system, so you'll want to consider an SD card. The phone camera has about 248MB of RAM, according to a quick peek with a system info app.

For all intents and purposes, this thing feels like a point-and-shoot camera. 

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3 years ago

Top Gear Stunt School Revolution now available in the Amazon Appstore

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Top Gear, an iconic UK born motoring TV show that is beloved by so many. In 2012, Top Gear is more of a brand than a mere TV show, and has been exported around the world, including the U.S. A huge part of its appeal is the often chaotic sequence of events that goes into each episode. We're big fans of Top Gear here at Android Central, so imagine our delight today when we learned that an official Top Gear game landed in the Amazon Appstore. 

Yes, that is correct, the Amazon Appstore. An odd choice for the UK born BBC -- especially considering we're three weeks away from the Kindle Fire in Britain -- but a choice nevertheless. Check out our hands-on video above.

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3 years ago

Jelly Bean update leaks for Sprint Galaxy S3

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It's been a little while since we saw the international Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) receiving an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update in Poland, and now it seems that the Galaxy S3 on the Now Network is poised to get its own update. A 4.1.1 build for the device has leaked out and packaged up for users to test their luck flashing over at the XDA forums, bearing the build number JRO03L.L710VPBLIF. Both Odexed and DeOdexed versions of the ROM are available, and as is usually the case with leaks like this, users are reporting mixed results using it as a daily driver.

If you're interested in doing some tinkering and want to try Jelly Bean on your Sprint Galaxy S3, hit the source link below. As always, flash at your own risk and do your self a favor by backing up first!

Source: XDA Forums; Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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