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4 years ago

MObile Nations Movember Week 2 Update - Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow!

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Mobile Nations Network Movember Funds Raised so far: $6,639 (USD)

Welcome to our second Mobile Nations Movember update. We'll be bringing you these updates every Sunday throughout the month of Movember (formerly known as November) as we grow out our moustaches and raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research and men's mental health issues.

Our Mobile Nations effort has grown to 95 individuals from around the world taking part and together we have already raised over $6,000 for the cause. We want to end the month with over $10,000 raised, so while we are on track we still need your support! Donations can be made easily over the web. Simply jump over to our Mobile Nations Network page, click on the name of any of the individuals listed as part of the network, and hit the donate button. All funds donated to an individual will pass through to the network total.

We're now 11 days into Movember, which means for most of us our moustaches have sprouted nicely, but are still a long way off from that luxurious full bloom look we seek. Some of us are having more success than others. For myself, my moustache is still looking pretty pathetic, so just yesterday followed Nick Offerman's How to Grow a Moustache Advice (and Derek Kessler's dare) and ate a raw onion to fuel my moustache growth. Watch the video above to see how that all played out.

Keep reading for more on Movember and to see some great moustache photos from the team!

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4 years ago

Should I upgrade? HTC One X versus the Nexus 4

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Welcome to Round 2 of our "Should I upgrade?" series. We've already taken a look at the obvious -- the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

So let's move on to another of the flagship devices of the past year -- the HTC One X, and perhaps the new and improved HTC One X+ for good measure. (And you can basically apply all this to Sprint's EVO 4G LTE as well.) It's the pinnacle of the 2012 rebirth of HTC and packed quite the hardware punch, with HTC's usual design chops as well. 

So let's break it down: Should you upgrade to the Nexus 4 from the HTC One X?

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4 years ago

From the forums: Can I buy a Nexus 4 from another country's Google Play Store?

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This one was borne in our burgeoning Google Nexus 4 forums, and prompted us to do a little digging around in Google's support pages. The OP from forums member jerryberry83 read like this:

Hi can someone help me out ? I will be traveling from Europe to the USA for two weeks at the end of November. Would I be able to buy the Google Nexus 4 from the online store and can I use an international card ? How long does it take to deliver ? Have never bought from the store before!

It's a good question. The problem prospective buyers around the globe face, is price. Outside the reach of the Google Play Store, we're already hearing that the Nexus 4 will be considerably more expensive. While we don't necessarily like this, it isn't all that surprising. But, for consumers in countries not supported by device purchases direct from Google, can they use the store from a country that does have it, if like jerryberry83 they will be visiting such a country soon. Or, maybe if you have friends or family there to accept a delivery and forward it on for you. Or, anyway at all you could think of to buy a device using your card. Is it possible? 

The short answer, sadly, seems to be no. The answer lies within Google Play's own support pages, with the key points being these that relate to possible reasons for declined payments:

Your billing address doesn't match the one on file with your bank. Check that the address listed in your Google Wallet account matches the billing address that appears on your credit/debit card statement.

At this time, the country of your credit card must match the the country to which you're shipping.

In short, it has to be a credit card that not only matches the address registered to the Google Wallet account, but that also is registered in the country to which your device will be shipping. So, if you know someone in a Google Play supported country, you're going to need to get them to buy you one, with their credit card. 

One suggestion posed in response to the initial query, was the use of a VCC (Virtual Credit Card.) Again, this looks like a non-starter, as Google goes into specifics regarding these cards. A VCC cannot be used to purchase a device from the Play Store. 

So, there we have it. Not necessarily what some were hoping to hear, but likewise isn't new as far as policies go. For more on the subject, head on into the Google Play Support Pages at the link below. 

More: Google Play Support, LG Nexus 4 review

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4 years ago

32GB Nexus 7 can be yours for £180 from UK high street retailers

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Despite having only just been made officially official, for UK Nexus 7 buyers savings can already be had on the new 32GB version. 2 different high street retailers are currently offering Google's 7 inch tablet for £179.99, £20 below list price. 

First up is Comet. While our thoughts are with each and every member of staff in these uncertain times the chain finds itself in, the result of the company's difficulties is a liquidation sale. While the majority of stock is reduced by a modest 10%, on a 32GB Nexus 7 that equates to a £20 saving. The sale only applies in store, and while stocks last. Our local branch still had them for sale though, so it's worth a look.

Rival retailer, Currys PCWorld, is also offering the Nexus 7 32GB for £179.99 after £20 cashback. Here though, the offer applies only when the tablet is bought with any case from their offering. But, since you're going to want to look after it, it's not a bad deal to be had. The saving would almost completely pay for an official Nexus 7 Travel Cover, should that be your desired choice. 

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: HTC and Apple did what?!?!?

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Do these guys know how to party on a Saturday night/Sunday morning, or what?

As California was just getting ready to go out for the night, and Taiwan was just starting its morning, a joint press release came from Apple and HTC, announcing a cease-fire from the former after the latter licensed all current and future patents for the next 10 years. Don't discount the scope of that agreement. That's a whole lot of patents, for a whole lot of time.

I'd like to think that perhaps the agreement signals a change in the "Kill 'em all" strategy Apple had in Steve Jobs' final years. Or maybe it is just the realpolitik of the tech world -- somebody's gotta do something to slow down Samsung.

Whatever the reasoning behind it (and I'd be willing to keep an iPhone in my pocket for the next 10 years to know all the ins and outs of this one), it's a good thing. As I've written before, we should be focusing on the tech -- the phones -- and not playing amateur lawyer. (Few in this space are equipped to do so anyway.)

One thing it doesn't change is that HTC's still in a pretty big hole, financially speaking. But at least it takes the shovels out of the hands of Apple's seemingly endless supply of lawyers.

We've got a big week ahead of us, folks. Some thoughts on that, after the break.

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4 years ago

One last set of Droid DNA renders confirms earlier leaks

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Nope, not done with the Droid DNA yet this morning. Our pals at @evleaks let loose another pair of renders of the coming Verizon smartphone, and this is the one I've been waiting for. The rear shot confirms the design is the same as in the pics we showed you back in October, and you can just make out the little holes to the left of the rear camera lens (even rez'd out here). It'll be interesting to see how much that camera housing sticks out from the body of the phone as well.

And it all line up with evleaks' other shots as well. It's safe to say this is it, folks.

We'll see you at Tuesday's launch in New York!

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

Verizon makes the Droid DNA official

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Verizon on its website this morning officially outed the HTC Droid DNA. The phone, which will be unveiled at an event Tuesday morning in New York City (we'll be there), is clearly listed under Verizon's "News and Offers" section.

What's more is that Verizon's throwing a Google Hangout on Monday, Nov. 19, at noon Eastern. A special unboxing, apparently, some six days after this week's event.

More: Exclusive first pictures of the Droid DNA

The Droid DNA is expected to be a 5-inch device, the largest thus far of HTC's traditional smartphones, and a cousin to the J Butterfly released in Japan. It should have a ridiculous 1080x1920 resolution, powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. Our previous leak pegs it at 1.5 Ghz, with 2GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear camera. It'll likely run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the new Sense 4+ user interface.

Verizon's event Tuesday is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Eastern.

Source: Verizon; More: Verizon on Google+

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4 years ago

Apple and HTC settle patent suit

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Agreement ends current lawsuits; license covers current and future patents for 10 years

Apple and HTC this evening in a joint statement announced they've settled their patent dispute and have agreed to a 10-year license of current and future patents. 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Here's the joint statement, released by HTC and Apple:

TAIPEI, Taiwan and CUPERTINO, California—November 10, 2012—HTC and Apple have reached a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten-year license agreement. The license extends to current and future patents held by both parties. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

“HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. 

“We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. “We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.” 

The licensing deal covers all of HTC's products, company spokesman Jeff Gordon told Android Central this evening, which includes Android as well as its current Windows Phone stable. Gordon also said that "we do not expect this license agreement to have an adverse material impact on the financials of the company."

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Need for Speed Most Wanted, Storage Analyser, Nexus Revamped LWP and more!

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On this, the eve of the new Nexus, we have another set of great app picks for you. Spend a few bucks on some great games, pick up a couple of free productivity apps and take a look back at something retro with an old-school live wallpaper done right. So take a look, this is an all-star lineup you have to see.

Oh, and can you spot how many Nexuses there are in this post?

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4 years ago

Spotify Premium carrier billing coming to Sprint Nov. 11th

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Subscription music service Spotify has struck a deal with Sprint to offer carrier billing for customers who want to upgrade to Spotify Premium, their paid unlimited service. Starting tomorrow, November 11th, Sprint customers will be able to add the service as a recurring charge on their account for $10 per month according to Engadget.

It's nice to have choices when it comes to purchasing things on your device. Some would prefer to just bill their carrier account rather than have separate credit card entries around for each individual service.

Source: Engadget

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4 years ago

LG Escape review

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While the LG Escape isn’t brand new, nor was its release back in September exactly hotly anticipated, we here at Android Central are nothing if not thorough, and we believe that everyone should have all facts before they throw down some sawbucks on a new phone. Here, we’ll take a brief look at LG’s entry-level device and how the $50 Escape fares against the rest of AT&T’s portfolio, just in time for the holiday season.

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4 years ago

Android Central international round-up - November 10, 2012

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As we await Tuesday's Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Android 4.2 launch, there's just enough time to get caught up on the past week's Android news from around the world. It's been a whirlwind of device launches, rumors and other news, and we've even gotten around to bringing you a couple of reviews in the past few days.

First up is Phil's definitive LG Nexus 4 review -- if you've got any burning questions about this year's Nexus handset, or the software that's running on it, you'll find your answers in this 6000 word tome. And if you're wondering about upgrading from the Galaxy Nexus, we've got a quick comparison article to help you on your way.

It wasn't all Nexus this week, though. We brought you a full review of the HTC One X+, the souped-up successor to the One X, with a faster CPU, a bigger battery and Jelly Bean out of the box. The phone launched this week in Europe and is headed to AT&T soon, so if you want to get the verdict on HTC's latest, the review's where you should be looking.

Elsewhere, it was all about phone launches. HTC brought the One SV to Southeast Asia, Samsung launched the Galaxy S3 Mini and Galaxy Camera in Europe, and the Sony Xperia J arrives on UK carrier Three.

And in Mobile Nations news, we launched the new Mobile Nations Passport service, which allows you to easily log into  Android Central and sister sites iMore, CrackBerry, WPCentral and webOSNation with a single account.  You can also sign in using your Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft accounts. It's pretty spiffy, so if you haven't tried it out yet, hit up the link at the top of the page.

Check out some of the top international Android stories below. If you've got news, be sure to mail us at the usual address.

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4 years ago

This is where you can find T-Mobile HSPA+ 42 Mbps service

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The Nexus 4 is coming, and it supports HSPA+ 42mbps (aka DC-HSPA+). T-Mobile has upgraded a whole bunch of its towers across the nation to support HSPA+ 42, covering most of the major markets. We know a whole lot of people will be considering T-Mobile service with the Nexus 4 launch, so we've compiled a current list of all markets in the U.S. that have the higher speed connection available.

There are 163 markets in total, so hit up the source link to our forums and see if your market is listed.

Source: Google Nexus 4 Forums

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4 years ago

Light Flow updated with Nexus 4 and GMail 4.2 support

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Light Flow has been a go-to app for users that want to keep their device's notification LED flashing appropriately. It gained a lot of popularity with the Galaxy Nexus given stock Android's lack of settings to control the LED, and now the app has been updated with Nexus 4 -- and GMail 4.2 -- support just a few days before the device's launch. It seems to support just about every popular app you could think of, and even more are unlocked in the paid version.

There's a "lite" version of the app that you can pick up at the Play Store link above, and if you like what the developer is doing consider dropping them $2.49 for the paid version.

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4 years ago

Judge agrees to hear questions of jury foreman integrity in Samsung v. Apple trial

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It seems at this point that the patent wars will continue. After quite the trial concerning patents and trade dress between Apple and Samsung, appeals thereafter and plenty of arguing outside of court it seems Samsung may have another way to get the previous ruling overturned. Since the judgment came requiring Samsung to pay $1.05 billion in damages to Apple, a whole lot of information concerning the integrity of the trial's jury foreman has come into light.

Judge Lucy Koh has decided to hear statements from Samsung that will call into question whether or not the jury foreman withheld information that would have kept him from being a suitable juror in the case. Also in question is the amount of information Apple had on the foreman's past and whether or not they should have reasonably been expected to disclose that information. Samsung will have to prove not only that the juror lied about his knowledge but also that it affected the outcome of the trial.

Sit tight folks, this isn't going to be over any time soon.

Source: The Verge

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