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4 years ago

Google updates 'What's new in Android 4.2' for the ultimate Jelly Bean changelog

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As with previous updates, you can now check out Google's own complete Jelly Bean changelog for the new features of Android 4.2, all on one page. We all know about the big additions of lockscreen widgets, redesigned clock and quick settings in the notification bar, but you may have forgotten about some of the more subtle changes. We're going to be honest there were even a few small things -- like some obscure networking improvements -- in here that we didn't know about.

Check out the full Android 4.2 changelog at the source link below, and be sure to let us know here in the comments if you find something new or interesting that you didn't know before. 

Source: Android Changelog

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4 years ago

Virgin Mobile announces the Kyocera Event for just $79

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Virgin Mobile and Kyocera have teamed up to offer an extremely low-cost Android device, the Event, for just $79.99 without a contract. Now you can't expect high-end specs at this price, but the Event shouldn't be a complete slouch. We're looking at a 3.5-inch HVGA (320x480) display, a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM (SDcard expandable), a 3.2MP camera and it's all running under Android 4.0. The software looks very slightly skinned as well, which is nice.

The Event can be purchased for just $79.99 without a contract, and paired with one of Virgin's plans that offers unlimited data starting at $35 per month for 300 minutes. This device would be a great option for a frugal first-time smartphone user.

More: Virgin Mobile

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4 years ago

HTC One goes up for pre-order on Expansys at £519

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It was only a matter of time, but we thought it would be a little more time than this. Expansys is following in Clove's footsteps today and has just put up the HTC One for pre-order at the cool price of £519. Both silver and black varieties are available, but only in 32GB capacity (as expected). The pricing looks about the same to what Clove is offering the One for SIM free in the U.K. also.

Expansys also has pre-order placeholders ready to sell to U.S. customers, with both colors and capacities available, but there isn't any pricing information just quite yet. Three of the four major carriers in the U.S. have announced availability as well, so it looks like folks stateside will have several options when it comes to buying this device.

Source: Expansys

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4 years ago

Qualcomm announces Quick Charge 2.0, up to 75 percent faster charging

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If you thought Qualcomm's 40 percent faster charging time in Quick Charge 1.0 was impressive, wait till you see Quick Charge 2.0. The processor manufacturer today took the wraps off the second-generation of Quick Charge, which will power up smartphones and tablets up to 75 percent faster than devices that don't have Quick Charge 2.0. 

Quick Charge 2.0 is a combined effort of on-device technology (it's either a standalone integrated circuit solution, or built into the power management in the Snapdragon 800 system on a chip), along with the Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger. Qualcomm says that new tech will fit into existing wall charger footprints, so they'll look the same as what's currently available but provide up to 60 watts of power. Quick Charge 2.0 wall chargers aren't expected to be avialable before 2014, however.

More: Qualcomm

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4 years ago

Beautiful Widgets hits version 5.1 with new widgets and beta channel option

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The Beautiful Widgets team continues to push out updates, and the latest version of the popular app adds a substantial amount of new stuff. Among the additions in the latest Beautiful Widgets 5.1 are new widgets (natch) -- there's a "barebones" widget designed for tablets, available in 6x1 or 6x2 grid sizes. There's also the option to switch weather providers -- Weather Underground support is offered alongside AccuWeather.

The forecast screen has been updated with "lifestyles" information when using AccuWeather, showing how well-suited the current conditions are to certain activities like golf, lawn mowing and hiking (as well as certain dangers like the flu risk.)

And finally, there's a new optional beta channel that gives widget enthusiasts the chance to test out early features before they're fully stable.

Check the source link for a full list of changes and fixes in the new Beautiful Widgets 5.1, or hit the Google Play link above to jump straight to the download.

Source: LevelUp Studio

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4 years ago

Watch the HTC One London launch replay

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Peter Chou, Scott Croyle and a host of other live from London for the main event of the HTC One launch.

More: HTC One forums

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4 years ago

From the forums: Top HTC One discussions

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In case you missed it, HTC announced a new phone yesterday, and the Android Central forums have been busy with discussion about everything from the shiny all-metal body to the new "Ultrapixel" camera. Here's a quick breakdown of some the best threads so far --

More: HTC One forum

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4 years ago

Pudding Monsters: City Tour lands tomorrow

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ZeptoLab, the fine folks behind the likes of Cut the Rope and Pudding Monsters, announced today that Pudding Monsters: City Tour will be released Feb. 21 on Android and iOS. The gist is the same as the original -- you build Mega Monsters (out of pudding) to fight the angry Fridge Owner. This sequel adds 25 new levels set against the backdrop of skyscrapers and city streets. 

Look for a link tomorrow. The new game costs 99 cents. The app costs 99 cents, but the update is free.

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4 years ago

UK 4G spectrum auction concludes, EE + Vodafone are the big spenders

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The UK's long-delayed 4G spectrum auction has completed today, resulting in the sale of 800MHz and 2600MHz airwaves to the country's largest operators for a total of £2.3 billion.

Here's what it means for each of the major providers --

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4 years ago

CNN adds live streaming TV to its Android app, still requires a cable subscription

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CNN has finally decided to add a live TV stream to its Android app, but there are still a few caveats associated with the new functionality. Alongside the normal set of clips and content available previously in its app, you can now watch a live stream of CNN or HLN directly from a menu marked as "watch live TV". The caveat, as we mentioned, is that you're still going to be required to authorize with CNN that you subscribe to a cable TV package with one of its partners. It's an unfortunate (but still quite standard) situation for those of us who have chosen to "cut the cord" and don't subscribe to a cable service.

The functionality, once you get it working, does seem to live up to its promise of providing a live CNN stream. Even on a solid Wifi connection it still didn't seem to be very high quality in our time with it, though. Understanding that there are issues, this is still a good start for CNN and hopefully more channels can follow suit.

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4 years ago

SwiftKey turns 4, brings 'flow' gesture typing to prime time

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The folks at SwiftKey have made a hell of a good keyboard for Android phones and tablets. They've garnered numerous awards for it, from names like the GSMA, Fast Company, and our very own Editor's Choice awards for two years running. We're on record saying it's simply the best all around predictive text keyboard money can buy. There's a reason SwiftKey has sold over 2,000,000 copies and has over 70,000 5-star ratings in Google Play.

When they debuted their beta versions of SwiftKey Flow, which incorporates swiping gestures into the keyboard, folks fell in love with it all over again. It was a swiping keyboard, with great autocorrect and personalized predictions that seemed to read our minds.

SwiftKey has finalized things and they have released SwiftKey 4. It's on sale for $1.99 (it's normally a $3.99 app) if you don't already have SwiftKey, and it's a free upgrade for everybody who has already purchased. SwiftKey 4 incorporates "the flow" on top of the great features we're already using, and it just works. Ask anyone who has been using the beta builds -- you want this keyboard. Grab it from the Google Play link above, or install the tablet version from Google Play here

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4 years ago

GoSmart Mobile expands to nationwide availability

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GoSmart Mobile, a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of T-Mobile USA, is launching to nationwide availability starting today as previously rumored. The new prepaid carrier, which has operated in a limited number of markets since December of last year, will now offer its services in thousands of wireless resellers around the country. The pricing and structure is unchanged from the trials though it seems, and the prepaid-only carrier will be offering three plans at $30, $35 and $45.

The $30 plan will be uninteresting to most of us as it doesn't offer data, but the $35 plan will offer unlimited 2G access while the $45 plan will offer unlimited "high speed" access. SIM kits for unlocked phones will set you back just $8. We're not sure what the speeds will be on the $45 plan, but GoSmart has previously indicated that its customers will indeed be put at a lower priority than T-Mobile's own-branded customers.

With that being said, this could be a compelling option for some people that understand the limitations and are willing to be on a slightly slower speed priority for the monthly savings. And extra price competition in the prepaid space is always good. You can check out more about the new plans at the source link below.

More: GoSmart Mobile

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4 years ago

HTC One launch day wrap-up

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We're coming to the conclusion of our HTC One launch coverage, so now's a great time to get caught up on all the launch day goodness that we've published over the past few hours. Whether you want to check out hands-on video, in-depth write-ups or just the basic details, you'll find everything you could want to know about HTC's 2013 flagship linked below.

HTC One announcement

The key details of the new HTC handset.

HTC One preview

An in-depth look at the next big thing from HTC

HTC One specs

Snapdragon 600, GBs, Ultrapixels, and more.

HTC One carriers

Find out who's selling the HTC One in your country.

HTC One hands-on

We go hands-on with the new HTC One in New York.

Video walkthrough

An HTC One walkthrough from London.

Special AC Podcast

Alex and Phil talk HTC One in a special Android Central podcast.

HTC One Discussion

Hit the forums for friendly HTC One discussion.

HTC One UK pre-order pricing

How much you'll pay for the phone in the UK

Official HTC One accessories

First look at cases, docks and chargers

HTC One $100 upgrade deal

Upgrade to the new HTC One, get $100 for your old phone.

HTC One event liveblog

Relive our live coverage from New York and London

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4 years ago

No, there's no red HTC One

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Hate to burst anyone's balloon, but -- well, that's what we do around there. For a little while today, there was a red option listed for the HTC One on HTC's website. We're told that was there in error, and it's since been removed.

So you can get any color of HTC One you want, so long as it's silver or black. Doesn't mean we might not see any colors down the road. (We have a feeling that red color was there for a reason, even if it wasn't supposed to be there yet.) But for now, it's silver or black only.

Source: HTC; More: HTC One forums

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod adds HDR camera functionality for (almost) every device

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The CyanogenMod team has just added HDR (High Dynamic Range) camera functionality for almost all devices running CM10.1 builds. The HDR mode has been enabled on most devices, and captures and processes images similarly to the way the Nexus 4 does with its stock software. The camera takes three images -- one under exposed, neutral exposed and over exposed -- and processes them together to make an image that usually "pops" a bit more. The functionality will be baked in and ready to use for anyone that has the stock CM camera app installed.

There are a few caveats, however. Because CyanogenMod supports so many devices with varying levels of cameras (sizes, qualities, processors), the process may not work as well on certain devices. The team recommends that users use a tripod or some sort of stabilization -- good rules for any photographer -- for the best results. If you have a newer device with a "zero shutter lag" camera, you should see pretty good results. 

Source: CyanogenMod (Google+)

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