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3 years ago

LG Nexus 4 renders leak [Update: more]

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Update: Added additional image from @evleaks.

Here it is -- the LG Nexus 4. Some official-looking press renders for the much anticipated fourth-gen Nexus phone has emerged via noted Twitter leaker @evleaks. The images confirm what we've already seen from the extensive Belarusian leak of a few weeks ago, while showing us the final rear chassis design. As expected, "with Google" is gone, and in its place is a big old Nexus logo. In addition, LG's "crystal reflection process" back has dots arranged in a speckled pattern, in a possible nod to the original Nexus One live wallpaper.

The second image released by @evleaks sports a different notification dropdown setup to the first, suggesting that the on-screen image in the earlier shot is likely a placeholder. (Note that promotional shots like this are often assembled from scratch by manufacturers in Photoshop, making on-screen images easy to swap out.)

In any case, it seems this is our clearest look at the Nexus 4 yet. Don't forget we'll be live from New York City next Monday, Oct. 29, to bring you full coverage of Google's new Nexus devices and Android announcements!

Check past the break for the original image, and discuss in the Google Nexus 4 forums.

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

AT&T releases Q3 earnings, 'record sales quarter' for Android devices

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AT&T has released their Q3 earnings this morning, and among all the numbers they reported a "record sales quarter" for Android devices. Good news indeed, but we should still remember that of the 6.1 million smartphones sold in the quarter, a big portion were iPhone's

Overall, AT&T reported 678,000 new subscribers for the quarter, putting them at a total of 105.9 million subscribers. EPS is up from $0.61 a year ago to $0.63, and a record free cash flow of $6.5 billion is also reported. Data revenues for the carrier also went up in line with the increase in smartphone sales, with an increase of 18.3%. Consolidated revenues however remain flat year on year at $31.5 billion. 

In short, AT&T gained customers, and made some money. For the full report hit the source link below. We've also got a short video with Ralph de la Vega to run through the shortened version embedded after the break.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Kindle Fire + Kindle Fire HD up for pre-order in Japan, shipping Dec. 19

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Amazon's Kindle Fire range continues to spread, with today's news that Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets will be heading to Japan in time for the holidays. Both devices are available to pre-order now at Amazon's Japanese site -- the vanilla Kindle Fire priced at ¥12,800 ($160), and the HD version at ¥15,800 ($200). In addition, Amazon offers the Kindle Fire HD with 32GB of storage for ¥19,800 ($250). For the moment, it seems only the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD will be offered in Japan -- there's no mention of the larger U.S.-bound Fire HD models arriving on Japanese shores.

Gaining a foothold in the Japanese tablet market will be an important step for Amazon, as it does battle with the likes of Apple and Google. Both flavors of Kindle Fire will begin shipping to Japanese consumers on Dec. 19.

Source: Amazon

More: Kindle Fire HD 7-inch hands-on

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3 years ago

Jelly Bean update hits unlocked UK Samsung Galaxy S3

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After it began rolling out on certain British carriers last week, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 has this morning started to hit unlocked handsets. Those whose phones are parts of the "BTU" (British unlocked) region can now grab the 284MB update over-the-air or through Kies.

In addition to bumping Samsung's flagship smartphone up to the latest version of Android, this software update also adds a number of new features to TouchWiz. These include "blocking mode" for better control over notifications, alerts and callers, and an optional new "easy mode" for the home screen launcher, which automatically populates it with useful widgets. And, as it's Android 4.1, you get features like the new Google Search app with Google Now, and performance enhancements thanks to Google's "Project Butter."

If you've picked up your update, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on. If you're still waiting, head to Settings > About device > Software update to see if your Jelly Bean upgrade is ready yet.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 now available

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When we last saw the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2, it was a late night at CTIA MobileCON in San Diego, and the release date was "this fall". We've seen plenty of hints and rumors about just when it would pop up, and it looks like that time is now.

It's a beastly device. a 5.5-inch 720p display covers a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, and a pretty darn good 8MP camera. Combined with the S-Pen and Wacom screen digitizer, the Note 2 is what many folks feel will be the ultimate mobile device. Part phone, part tablet, part artist tool, it's a great mix of features and function wrapped up in a sexy package.

Starting today you can get your hands on one here in the U.S. It comes at a cost, of course, and if you're not familiar with T-Mobile's pricing it can be a bit confusing. The Note 2 will cost $369.99 on a two-year contract, or if you prefer, the full retail will be $649.99.

Check out our hands on and review of the International Galaxy Note 2, and head into the forums to talk this one over!

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Beach Buggy Blitz updated, sheds Tegra exclusivity in the process

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Vector Unit, developers of such titles as Riptide GP and Shine Runner really outdid themselves with their latest title Beach Buggy Blitz. A completely free, yet completely amazing game, the only downside was that you needed a Tegra device to play it. Well, everyone else now has cause to celebrate. The latest update to Beach Buggy Blitz brings it to non-Tegra devices. 

Compatible with "most modern Android devices," you'll still need to try it for yourselves to be sure. But, since it's free, that's not too much of a hassle. 

For those of you who've been playing Beach Buggy Blitz for a while, there's some additional treats on board. As we approach Halloween, we get 2 new characters and a special, Grim Rod, car available too. There's also a coin doubler added to the in game purchases, along with a smattering of performance and bug fixes. 

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR M launching in Japan on October 26

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The Motorola RAZR M -- or, the full screen smartphone as it's often referred to -- is to receive a Japanese launch on carrier Softbank. Due to land on October 26, the RAZR M will take advantage of Softbank's 4G LTE services. Additionally, the first 10000 people to purchase the device will receive a Motorola P4000 Universal Portable Power Pack.

Anyone wanting to try one out before purchasing should head to Shibuya 109 special event space in Tokyo, on October 27, 28 and November 3, 4. Or, be sure to check out our full review of the Verizon RAZR M. Full press release can be found after the break. 

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3 years ago

LG announces Q3 2012 earnings, mobile division posts $19.42 million profit

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LG has just released its Q3 2012 financial statements, showing its earnings for all divisions of the company. What's interesting in this release is that the mobile division of the company actually pulled out a profit for the quarter, which hasn't always been the case as of late. "LG Mobile Communications" posted a $19.48 million operating profit for the quarter on $2.16 billion in revenues, which were up 5-percent quarter-to-quarter. LG notes that it shipped 14 million smartphones in the quarter, up 9-percent over the previous quarter.

Putting these numbers in perspective, LG as a whole posted an operating profit of $195.06 million, a majority of which coming from its appliance division. This is quite a feat regardless, considering that the company actually had a losing quarter this time last year.

Take a gander at the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Foursquare app updated with new check-in UI

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The Foursquare app has been improved quite a bit in the last few months, moving to a new, cleaner UI that got rid of some of the confusion. Today it is receiving another small update to improve one aspect of the app, the check-in screen. The update gives the check-in area a cleaner UI, with a simple set of toggles next to the text box to manage sharing (now how about Google+ sharing?) and a single button to mention any Foursquare friends that you're with.

If there's one area of the Foursquare app to get right, this is it. You can grab the Foursquare app from the Google Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Nexus 7 vs. iPad mini talk, Will VZW get the next Nexus? [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

LG Spectrum ICS update pushing out now

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Yesterday we got official word that Verizon would soon be pushing the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA to the LG Spectrum, and tonight we have confirmation that it's happening now. 

The update process comes in two packages, with a 26MB package to prepare the phone (it's a big jump from Gingerbread to ICS), then a second 390MB OTA complete with ICS and LG's touch from the Optimus UI. When things are done, you're running firmware version VS920ZV7 and Android 4.0.4.

Since it's a big change, Verizon and LG have dropped a few hints in the OS, specifically about the app drawer layout and finding widgets with the new system. Our tipster tells us "The update is pretty nice so far", and he may just start carrying this device again. Those are the kind of update stories we like to hear! Hit the break to see what we're talking about here.

If you haven't been already, start hammering the check for updates item in settings, then hash it all out in the forums!

Thanks, Tim!

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC One X gets root method for latest update

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The latest OTA update to the HTC One X on AT&T broke root methods that used to work in the past. Not to be outdone by a simple update, members over at XDA Forums already have another root method for the latest 2.20 firmware version. This method will use two different exploits to modify your CID and allow you to unlock your bootloader and root the device.

As is the case with these sorts of things, the usual set of disclaimers apply. Use these tools at your own risk, and rooting your device can have some seriously negative consequences if you're not careful. That being said, we know many of you want to still take a look at this and get your devices rooted. Take a look at the source link below!

Source: XDAThanks, Trevor!

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3 years ago

LG Spectrum 2 outed on Best Buy website

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The original LG Spectrum on Verizon wasn't exactly a blockbuster, but was an important mid-range staple nonetheless. Verizon looks to be following it up with a second iteration, as a Best Buy page has just gone live spilling the beans on the device. The Spectrum 2 will have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.7-inch 720x1280 display, 8MP/1.3MP cameras, MicroSD card slot and of course LTE.

The Spectrum 2 really looks to be a bit of a mash-up between the original Spectrum and the Optimus G that we've seen as of late, bringing design cues and specs from each. The price listed on Best Buy is at $649 unsubsidized -- which isn't surprising -- but what will really be interesting is how Verizon prices this with a 2-year commitment.

Source: Best BuyThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Weekly photo contest: Pose Gangnam style and win an AT&T Optimus G

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It's time for another killer contest from Android Central, and this week we want to see you strike your best Gangnam Style pose. Named for the posh southern district of Seoul, Korea, and made popular by K-pop star Psy with his huge 2012 hit of the same name, Gangnam Style has taken the Internet by storm. There's good reason for that -- it's funny, quirky, and has a catchy tune. Even LG is in on the action with their G-Style campaign. 

We want to see your take on Gangnam Style. Get a friend, use the timer function, whatever you need to do to show us how you do it Gangnam. The prize this week is a whopper -- an AT&T branded LG Optimus G. The current king of specs, and you have a chance to get one delivered right to your door courtesy of Android Central and AT&T.

More: Preorder AT&T's Optimus G

Be sure to read all the rules in the forum thread, and if you're not quite sure what all this Gangnam business is, hit the break and check out the video.

While I've got your attention, here's the winners of last weeks Purple Haze contest. Sure looks like Android cameras don't have the purple problems some others do. Maybe we're all holding it wrong.

Be sure to check your inbox winners, we need to know where to send the prizes!

Enter this weeks photo contest in the Android forums

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3 years ago

Fess up: Who's buying an iPad mini?

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So Apple's finally invented the small form factor tablet, and the iPad mini is upon us. We're sure some of you will have been tempted by Apple's latest bundle of aluminum, silicon and glass. Maybe you're having second thoughts about that Nexus 7 you've been eyeing up. Perhaps you're considering parting company with an Android tablet and taking the plunge with the Mini, or even its big brother, the fourth-gen iPad.

We're not here to judge anyone, of course, but if any of you filthy turncoats want to explain yourselves, we'll leave the comments wide open for you to do just that.

More: iPad mini coverage on iMore.com

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