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4 years ago

Nexus 7 32GB WiFi and 3G variants also launched in India

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Neither version expected to available via Google Play Store says ASUS India

Following close behind the official launch of the Google Nexus 7 in India, the larger 32GB version is also set for launch in both WiFi and cellular hats. However, while the 16GB Nexus 7 is available from the Google Play store in the country, it appears that the two more expensive versions won't be. 

This comes according to the good folks over at AndroidOS.in, who say that ASUS India has indeed confirmed to them that the 32GB WiFi and 3G Nexus 7 will only be available through their retail partners when they go on sale sometime next week. The 32GB WiFi only will cost Rs. 18,999 while the 32GB 3G Nexus 7 will set you back Rs. 21,999. 

It may seem old news to those of us in Europe or North America, but official availability of the Nexus 7 -- and now, the full range -- is big news. India is a rapidly growing mobile market, and it's great to see the big hitters entering the frame over there. 

Source: AndroidOS.in

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4 years ago

Could the Nexus 4 finally be heading to Canada's TELUS?

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Price cards, dummy​ units signal arrival of Nexus 4 on Canadian carrier

Many Canadian mobile operators have been offering the LG-made Nexus 4 for the past several months, but TELUS has been a notable hold-out. Today we're starting to see signs that the carrier might be preparing to offer the Nexus for sale in-store. MobileSyrup has been tipped off with shots of pricing cards and dummy units for the Nexus 4 on TELUS, and it's also reporting that device should be going on sale from the second week of April -- that's right, next week.

Take this with a pinch of salt in the absence of any official announcement, but it certainly looks like TELUS should be getting the Nexus 4 sooner rather than later.

Source: MobileSyrup (2)

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4 years ago

Here's a pre-rooted ROM for that Galaxy S4 you don't have

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ODIN-flashable package for Exynos 5 Octa version of upcoming handset

Very few people -- mostly folks on the payroll of Samsung or one of the major mobile operators -- can claim to be in possession of a Galaxy S4. Even fewer will have the rare Exynos 5 Octa version, as it seems most of Europe and North America will be getting a quad-core Snapdragon 600-powered GS4 instead.

Nevertheless, if you're among the lucky few currently rocking an octa-core GT-i9500-model Samsung Galaxy S4, you might be interested to see that a pre-rooted (and also pre-release) firmware is now available for download over at the XDA forums. As ever, the package can be flashed through the ODIN desktop utility, and you'll do so at your own risk. But pull it off and you'll have full, unrestricted access to that shiny new unreleased handset of yours.

More details and download instructions can be found over at the source link. It should go without saying that you shouldn't attempt to flash this onto the other Galaxy S4, the more common, Snapdragon 600-fuelled GT-i9505.

Source: XDA

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4 years ago

Samsung 'Galaxy Mega' supersized smartphones rumored

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Rumored 'Galaxy Fonblet' gets a name change, reportedly coming in 5.8 and 6.3-inch varieties

Samsung clearly sees the future in big-screen smartphones. In addition to recently announcing the 5-inch Galaxy S4, it's got the similarly-sized Galaxy Grand on the way, not to mention the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2. So what's next? According to the latest round of reports, a new line of 5.8 and 6.3-inchers.

​Today's report comes from SamMobile, which has a pretty solid track record when it comes to unannounced Samsung devices. Reportedly the Galaxy Mega 5.8 (GT-i9152) will pack a 5.8-inch screen and appear from the week commencing May 27. Similarly, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 (GT-i9200) should pack a 6.3-inch screen and emerge around the week starting Jun. 17. The new "Mega" branding is apparently a replacement for the (somewhat cringeworthy) "Galaxy Fonblet" name that was being bandied about prior to MWC.

No details on internal specs are offered, but the product codes suggest neither "Galaxy Mega" device will be a particularly high-end handset. What's more, the Galaxy Mega 5.8's code suggests it may be offered in a dual-SIM "Duos" variant, like the Galaxy Grand. And the Mega 6.3's size would tie in nicely with the limits of Samsung's recently-announced game pad accessory.

So would you be tempted by a possible mid-range handset with this screen size? Let us know down in the comments!

Source: SamMobile

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4 years ago

Someone won a Moga Pro Android gaming controller! Was it you?

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Ok, actually, it's two someones, but who's counting right?

Simon took a gander at these hot little Moga Pro Android gaming controllers at PAX East 2013 and we got a couple to pass on to our fantastic readers. The winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up during the week to get your shipping info.

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4 years ago

Another HTC Thunderbolt update on the horizon

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The Thunderbolt's latest update brings minor software improvements.

Those still wielding an HTC Thunderbolt can expect a new update soon from Verizon. Labeled version 7.02.605.10, this update weighs in at a scant 19.3MB. Although not as groundbreaking as the recent Ice Cream Sandwich update, new software improvements are always a plus. Among the improved features are the microphone, text messaging app, email, HTC Watch, and newly visible amber alerts.

Reports of users receiving this update have yet to come out. If you're one of the first, let us know in the forums.

Source: Verizon

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4 years ago

LG sells 500,000 Optimus G Pro devices within 40 days of Korean launch

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Sales topped 10,000 on opening day; no U.S. operator has announced plans to carry

LG has revealed that it has sold over 500,000 Optimus G Pro devices in Korea just over a month after release on February 21st. The 5.5-inch behemoth, which was first shown off at MWC, is a spiritual successor to the original Optimus G focusing more on raw specs and less on design. If you needed a little spec refresher, the Optimus G Pro is packing a huge 5.5-inch 1080P display, Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and every other bell and whistle (both hardware and software) that LG could come up with. With all of that in one device, it's no surprise that it has sold well in Korea.

There's still no indication when (or if, save for a vague reference in the original press release) the device will ever make it to U.S. shores, but we surely hope that it does considering at least two carriers picked up the original Optimus G. If you haven't had a chance to read our review, be sure to do so -- you can then be appropriately excited if availability of the device is announced stateside.

Source: LG

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4 years ago

Pandora update adds lockscreen controls and a few visual tweaks

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Startup times also improved, along with the requisite 'bugfixes'

The latest update to Pandora brings a couple of new features that users have been wanting for some time now -- lockscreen controls and improved playback display. The former is a very simple (and standard by now) set of controls consisting of play/pause and next track buttons, along with a background of the current song's album art. Inside the app proper, you also now get time elapsed and time remaining for the track along with the progress bar, which is nice.

On the performance side, Pandora claims the latest update improved startup times (something the app has struggled with before) and fixed some random bugs. You can grab a download of the latest update from the Play Store link at the top of this post.

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4 years ago

Must-have apps for the 2013 baseball season

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The boys of summer are back - here's how to best follow Major League Baseball on your Android smartphone

The 2013 Major League Baseball season is upon us. The first game was played Sunday night and the remainder of the games started Monday afternoon. It’s the beginning of a long season, but one beloved by so many across the country. It remains America’s pastime and provides an incredible activity for many to do during the spring and summer.

Whether you want to follow your favorite team or every team because of fantasy baseball, we’ve got some must have apps for you. Check them out, let us know what you think, and most importantly, play ball!

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations at GDC 2013 podcast

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Simon Sage, gaming editor for Mobile Nations, joins Rene to talk about PAX East and GDC 2013, the state of mobile gaming in general, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone in specific, and the explosion of free-to-play titles. Also, Facebook's mobile event.

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4 years ago

Tapatalk HD updated in Play Store today

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Tapatalk HD got a healthy update, but it may be a bit premature as force close issues plague the camera features

Tablet owners that use Tapatalk have an update waiting for them in the Play Store today, bringing Tapatalk HD up to v1.2.0. The change log mentions a new camera and photo editor in the latest version, however I'm unable to verify that thanks to consistent force closes. Trying to attach a photo using the gallery or by taking a new one on my Nexus 7 always leads to Tapatalk HD cashing, forcing me to exit the app.

Thankfully the new sub-forum search seems to be working without a hitch. It's now possible to search for keywords in sub-forum threads, search by thread title only, and search by author. The search results can be displayed as either threads or posts, depending on what you're looking for.

"New Jelly Bean Notifications style" is also listed as a new feature, however this must be purely aesthetic since notifications are not expandable in Jelly Bean.

Hit the Play Store link at the top to get the update. I hope my force close problems are isolated. Anyone else having better luck? Sound off in the comments.

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4 years ago

Google's director of privacy steps down, will remain at Google for transition

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Alma Whitten, Google's director of privacy, product and engineering, decides to step aside

As Forbes first reported earlier in the day, and Google has now confirmed, Alma Whitten is retiring after a decade of work with Google, and as the director of privacy for product and engineering since 2010. She will be replaced by Lawrence You, who has eight years at Google under his belt and is a current infrastructure engineer who has been involved in current privacy efforts. You will report to Eric Grosse, the vice president of security and privacy engineering.

Whitten will stay on board to help during the transition, and Google is confident that user data will be kept as safe and secure as in the past. We wish her the best of luck, and can imagine a three-year tenure as privacy chief at Google earns one a long and relaxing retirement.

Source: Forbes

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4 years ago

TuneIn Radio adds new 'live' interface for music discovery

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"TuneIn Live", added in the latest update, aims to improve music discovery with a visually appealing interface.

Popular music and radio streaming service TuneIn Radio is adding a new way to browse for interesting content via the "live" tab at the top of the interface. The so-called TuneIn Live area presents large tiles of album artwork for stations that are currently playing interesting things. By default the live feed will show a wide selection of stations from country, hip hop, jazz, news, rock and sports, but you can also choose to customize which genres you see if you have a TuneIn account.

This is a great improvement for users looking to just browse through stations to find something new. One of the downfalls of TuneIn's extensive radio listings is that it becomes hard to choose just one. The update is now live (pardon the pun) for both free and Pro versions of the app, and you can find both via the Play Store link at the top of this post. If you haven't given TuneIn Radio a try before, it's certainly worth a look.

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4 years ago

Order your HTC One online with T-Mobile and get a free HTC car kit

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T-Mobile adds an official HTC One car kit to the $100 trade in for online HTC One orders

While you can't officially pre-order the HTC One on T-Mobile just yet, T-Mobile has updated their sign-up page and is now offering a free HTC car kit to folks who order online. This is in addition to the $100 Visa card you get from the trade in offer from HTC. 

What we don't know yet is when to expect the HTC One at T-Mobile. Registering for more information is fine and dandy, and shifting the Visa card program around to make sure everyone can qualify is a good thing, but people want to know when they can get their hands on the HTC One on T-Mobile's new LTE network. The new $99 down payment plan won't attract anyone if you don't have what they want on the shelf.

In any case, if you're even slightly interested be sure to sign up for more information to cement your spot in the trade-in program, and consider ordering online for the free car kit. Hit the link below!

Source: T-Mobile. Thanks, Jasmine!

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4 years ago

AT&T HTC One pre-orders reportedly will begin April 5 for $250

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'Exclusive' 64GB model to come later at $299.99, internal screens show

According to some training information obtained by Engadget (above), the HTC One could be up for pre-order at AT&T as early as this week. While we could've pretty easily guessed between a couple of possible prices for the device, we're looking at a cool $249.99 on-contract for the 32GB version in either black or silver casing. While there is no specific launch date for the 'exclusive' 64GB model, it is said to be up for sale eventually at $299.99 with no indication of potential pre-orders.

Be on the lookout for an official announcement from AT&T in the coming days, as rumor has it that you'll be able to get a head start a day earlier online if you're anxious to get your hands on the HTC One. T-Mobile has also revealed some pricing information on its HTC One, but there's no official launch date there either.

Source: Engadget
 More: Read our complete HTC One review; HTC One Forums

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