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4 years ago

Samsung announces Music Hub, exclusive to the Galaxy S III for now

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Samsung today announced "Music Hub," the "first completely integrated, all-in-one mobile music service," it's calling it. Samsung's based its service off mSpot and with this UK release has teamed up with 7digital to give access to more than 19 million songs for purchase. You get 30-second previews free of charge, and everything has been optimized for the Galaxy S III, Sammy says. (It'll eventually be made available on other devices, and, we presume, outside the UK.)

There are two versions of Music Hub. The free iteration, which stores any purchased music in the cloud for easy playback, and a £9.99-per-month job in which you can upload your own songs and enjoy unlimited streaming.

In addition, there's also a web interface at MusicHub.com, from which you can purchase and play back music. It all sounds a bit familiar, doesn't it?

Check out the full presser after the break, and be sure to check out the eerily Wonka-esque promo video.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III launches in Europe today, sorta

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After what seems like an eternity of hype and pre-release buzz, today's the day you can actually (kinda) get your hands on a Samsung Galaxy S III in Europe. A triumphant Samsung media release announces that the phone launches in 28 countries today, though a few caveats apply.

Here in the UK, the phone will launch first at the Samsung brand store at the Westfield Stratford City shopping center this evening for pre-order customers only. A general launch is still expected for tomorrow, and according to the Twitters, English singer-songwriter Pixie Lott will be dropping by to pick up hers from noon on the 30th (hope she's not after one of those delayed pebble blues).

Wider availability is expected over the next few days -- the Carphone Warehouse will begin stocking the S III from May 31 (with a special pre-order event scheduled for the evening of the 30th at its leading London store). Meanwhile, independent retailers like Clove Technology are expecting to ship units starting June 1.

If you're picking up a Galaxy S III today, or if you've somehow already bagged one, be sure to hit the comments and let us know how you go on.

Source: Samsung Korea, Pixie Lott

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4 years ago

Xperia Arc, Neo ICS updates now rolling out

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As promised, Sony Ericsson has started launched Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the remaining members of its 2011 Xperia family. Today the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo get their updates straight to the latest version of Android -- 4.0.4. The update also introduces a few software enhancements found in Sony's UXP NXT UI, which you may remember from 2012 Xperias including the Xperia S. (There's no such luck for Xperia Play owners, as Sony confirmed last week that the Play will remain on Gingerbread.)

The update won't be sent out over the air, so you'll need to plug your Arc or Neo into the Sony PC Companion app to grab this optional, one-way update.

In other news, an update from Android 4.0.3 to 4.0.4 is reportedly hitting the 2011 Xperias that had already been updated to ICS, namely the Arc S, Neo V and Ray.

If you're updating your Xperia phone to ICS for the first time today, let us know how you're getting on down in the comments!

Source: XperiaBlog

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4 years ago

Viewsonic set to laugh at tablet sizes by introducing 22-inch behemoth?

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Yes, you did read that right. 22-inches. Putting Toshiba's 13-inch effort in the shade, Viewsonic could be about to go where no Android OEM has gone before by introducing a tablet the size of a PC monitor. 

Touted as a "smart business tablet monitor," the colossal Ice Cream Sandwich device could be set for it's first public viewing at the forthcoming Computex show in Taipei. 

What the average consumer could do with something like this remains to be seen. If it does exist though, it's an interesting concept and exciting to see companies thinking outside the box. Probably wouldn't want to take this on the bus to work though. 

No word on prospective specs or pricing for whatever this turns out to be, but at 22-inches, it's not likely to be cheap. Computex is only a few days away though, so we'll know soon enough. 

via T3

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4 years ago

Huawei set to debut the Emotion UI for Android on June 9

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We can already hear the groans, another custom UI. Huawei are set to introduce their own brand of Android UI, dubbed Emotion, which will debut on June 9 ahead of a July arrival. 

Details are scarce, but given the recent device unveilings at CES and MWC it wouldn't be too far fetched to imagine that it will be incorporated into builds of Ice Cream Sandwich. A July launch will also tie in with the supposed arrival of the Ascend D Quad, which may well have been put back to July with this in mind. Interestingly enough, the hands on we had with the D Quad at CTIA showed Huawei's current attempts at a custom UI. 

There are no words on which devices may or may not get an update to Emotion, or for that matter if the western world will ever see it either. But, given Huawei's recent push to enter the global smartphone market, it's pretty likely we shall. What we really want though from Huawei, is the hardware. 

via Unwired View

 

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4 years ago

GameStop to sell Android tablets in over 1600 stores

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Games retailer, GameStop, has pulled  the trigger and announced the availability of Android tablets at more than 1600 of its stores nationwide. This follows the initial offering of a selection of tablets back in November of last year. 

The tablets -- which include the Acer Iconia A100, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Asus Transformer -- are being marketed as gaming devices. Each will come with some selected games pre-installed free of charge, which include so far Sonic CD and the pretty awesome Riptide GP. 

As with other products sold by GameStop, a new tablet can be bought with a trade-in of an old game, or perhaps even one of those iDevices that has been sat gathering dust in your bedroom. 

 via Pocket Gamer

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4 years ago

HTC Sensation XL Ice Cream Sandwich update rolling out

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The HTC Sensation XL is the latest Android phone to be graced with an update to version 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. According to forum reports, the update is now pushing out over the air to devices in Europe and Asia, so if you're rocking the Beats-toting 4.7-incher, then head to Settings > About phone > Software updates and hit that button.

The new version brings the Sensation XL up to Android 4.0.3, while HTC Sense remains at version 3.6. So XL owners will get many of the benefits of ICS (the new app dock, multi-tasking menu and face unlock), only without the completely re-vamped UI found on Sense 4.0 devices. This is the same version we've seen before in ICS updates for phones like the Rezound and (OG) Sensation.

Bear in mind that the update weighs in at just under 200MB, so if you're on a fixed data allowance, you may want to wait until you're on Wifi before downloading the new software.

Source: XDA

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4 years ago

Pebble Blue Samsung Galaxy S III delayed across the UK

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Sad news breaking this afternoon for anyone in the UK -- or abroad if you just couldn't wait -- that has pre-ordered a new Samsung Galaxy S III from Clove Technology. Just over 24 hours before the first appearance of the phone, the latest update from Clove has put the shipping dates back for both white and blue versions of the latest Samsung flagship. 

If you've ordered a white one, the delay is less. Instead of shipping on May 30, they will now begin shipping the following day, June 1, instead. It's the Pebble Blue variant that has a slight ring of alarm bells around it. But only slight. 

The first stock is now expected to arrive at Clove from June 5. The uneasy part, is that this date is still to be confirmed. 

For now, lets try not to panic too much. Yes, there have been rumors all over the interwebs about issues with the Pebble Blue Galaxy S III, and subsequent delays because of said rumored issues. At the moment, it is only Clove that have published details of any stock delays. 

We've reached out to our friends over at Clove to see if we can dig out some more details on this one. But, in the UK it's now out of office hours, so we may have to wait until morning. Sit tight folks. 

Update: The plot thickens, as it's now becoming clear this is a widespread delay --

  • Things are the same over at HandTec. They're on track for a May 31 release of the white version, but have no date available for the Pebble Blue. 
     
  • ​Digging through the UK carriers, it's clear that there is a blanket delay on the Pebble Blues. Three are showing a pre-order button for the white version, but "out of stock" next to the blue. O2 is the same story. Orange haven't changed from "coming soon" since the product page first went up, and T-Mobile still seem to be taking pre-orders for both versions. Over at Vodafone, the blue Galaxy S III is on back-order, with the aim to deliver within 2-4 weeks.
     
  • There are some small nuggets of good news though. The official Samsung store at Westfield has told us that they will still be holding their early launch for pre-order customers tomorrow, ahead of general release on May 30.
     
  • A press release from Carphone Warehouse today indicates that the retailer plans to stage an "early" launch on the evening of May 30, ahead of the Galaxy S III's general launch across its stores nationwide on May 31. No word on which colors will be available.
     
  • Supermarket giant Tesco -- who also have a phone network -- have added the following message to their website: “Please note: we have been advised by Samsung that stock of the Samsung Galaxy S III in Blue has been delayed. We will despatch your pre-order as soon as stock is available.”

Keep it locked to Android Central, we'll keep you posted as anything new comes in.

Source: Clove Technology

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia U review

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Despite some successes last year with devices like the Xperia Arc, Sony’s gotten off to a shaky start in 2012. It was first to market with a new flagship device, in the form of the Xperia S, only to be eclipsed just a month later by HTC One X. And with the formidable Samsung Galaxy S III looming, Sony’s flagship product looks set to remain on the sidelines.

So could the Japanese manufacturer fare better in the entry-level space, with a phone like the Xperia U? At first glance, the device sounds like a winner -- a budget smartphone with a dual-core CPU, Sony’s Bravia Engine display tech and excellent build quality. But could this be undone by a focus on visual gimmickry, and the inclusion of an aging version of Android? Find out after the break as we kick off our full review of the Sony Xperia U.

 


Good build quality, solid specs and decent performance. Excellent value for money, and an ICS update due in the weeks ahead...


…but in the meantime, it’s yet another Gingerbread phone. Swappable plastic bottoms are a bit of a gimmick. Dismal 4GB of media storage. Over-compression issues with the video camera. A few intermittent software bugs.


The Xperia U isn’t a flawless performance from Sony, but it is a nicely balanced entry-level handset all the same. The tiny amount of media storage, and lack of any expandable options, will be a deal-breaker for many. But around this price point, it's difficult to think of a phone that offers better value for money.

 

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4 years ago

Asus teases the 'Next Transformations' ahead of Computex 2012

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"Join us as we introduce the truly incredible Next Transformations." The message delivered by Asus in a teaser trailer ahead of their Computex 2012 showcase in Taipei. Computex is right around the corner, and any big trade show needs some product teasers to whet everybody's appetites. 

Other than this, and blatant cloud talk, there really isn't anything to go on. Nor, for that matter is there anything Android related to go on. At the point all we have is pure, un-bridled speculation. But, given Asus' record, it does leave us wondering if we're about to be treated to some more goodies from the Taiwanese OEM.

Remember too, back at MWC we got a hands on with the Transformer Pad Infinity, which is still to make it to market. So, that could be involved in some way. Or, we could get something completely new and breathtaking. Either way this is Asus, so it's definitely one to keep watch over.

Check the video out for yourselves after the break 

Source: Asus (Youtube)

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4 years ago

Orange UK showing off the UK's first Intel Android smartphone this week

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We've known Intel Medfield powered Android devices have been on the horizon now since CES in January. This little invite just landed in our inbox though. This coming Thursday, May 31, Orange UK will be showcasing their own-brand Intel phone, codenamed Santa Clara, which  will also become the first Intel Android device to hit the UK market. 

Naturally, we can't tell you where and when -- that's top secret -- but we've been waiting to get our hands on some Intel hardware since the grand unveiling in Las Vegas. We've also been told that Santa Clara won't be the device's launch name, so we should see a little more information on that as well. We'll also be looking to receive some launch dates and pricing information. Price is going to be the key component for the Santa Clara to be a success. Orange's own brand phones have traditionally been low end, low price affairs picked up by pay-as-you-go customers. 

One of the burning questions for prospective buyers is, will it see Ice Cream Sandwich? It's also sure to be one of the questions asked at some point during the session -- most probably by us -- so fingers crossed we'll come away satisified. 

Orange are sure to be marketing this one -- and the Intel Inside branding -- quite hard. Intel is a brand that the majority of average consumers are familiar with, so playing on it makes a whole heap of sense. Us though, we're more interested in what it can do. It'll be filled with Orange branding, Orange apps, Orange wallpapers -- a whole lot of Orange. But hopefully that won't detract from the real nuts and bolts of the phone. In any case, we're looking forward to going hands on. Intel's going to be a big deal.

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4 years ago

Video of ICS on an Xperia S will whet your whistle until the real thing drops

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First the Xperia S was going to get Ice Cream Sandwich in mid-April, then late May or early June, then finally sometime in Q2 (which will probably be June, just not early June). As the days drag on and your appetite for Android 4.0 grows, we're happy to bring you tidbits when we can that can satiate the incredible desire for the latest and greatest.

Our friends over at XperiaBlog happened to get their hands on a leaked video of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, running on an Xperia S (courtesy of Sony XP). A couple of highlights include Sony's take on the lock screen, a slick music player, and a gorgeous, streamlined gallery.

I've always said seeing is believing, though, so we've got said video after the break.

Source: SonyXP via XperiaBlog

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4 years ago

Redemption ROM for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus [ROM review]

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Editor's note: This time around we've got a ROM review for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus from long time Android Central member JKK Photography. I know you'll enjoy it, and from the looks of things if you're the proud owner of a LTE GNex, you just might want to give it a try.  Settle in and have a read after the break. And be sure to tell JKK Photography thanks for the review!

If you're interested in writing a ROM review of your own (the best reviews come from the folks who use them daily!) give us a shout, we'd love to talk to you!

Discuss Redemption ROM in the Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums

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4 years ago

Jumpgate Live Wallpaper [Live Wallpaper Review]

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I sure love me some quality live wallpapers. I know, I know, they can sometimes slow down sliding between screens and if they're poorly done, they're a huge drain on the battery. That's why I'm keen to use wallpapers by Kittehface Software. They've brought us great wallpapers like the Thunderstorm Live Wallpaper, Galactic Core Live Wallpaper, and even an excellent Canabalt HD port.

Today I bring you another in a line of great live wallpapers, the Jumpgate Live Wallpaper. What could be better than watching our favorite android, Andy Bugdroid, careen through space with a jetpack strapped to his back? It's hilarious!

Still, as hilarious as it might be, it's also really well done. There's nary a screen stutter when I swipe from left to right, and if you purchase the full version of the wallpaper, you unlock the full settings menu, which really lets you customize your experience.

From the settings menu, you can mess around with everything from the camera speed to the flight speed, to even the amount of asteroids barreling down on our fair, green friend. You can also customize the "energy style" (which is the swirly lane of color Bugdroid is flying through) between three choices: monochrome, Google colors, and pixilated. Monochrome and pixilated are dangerously close to being similar, but if you check them back-to-back, you'll quickly notice how much smoother the non-pixilated option is.

If you eschew the Google colors option, you can also change the color of the energy lane using the energy color​ option. (Go figure!) It uses three sliders, which is certainly appreciated (and a welcome improvement over that circular color picker Android had going on for a while).

Rounding out the settings menu are options for star brightness and turning the helix on and off. Other than that, you're done. Well, except for the character option. Did I mention you can get rid of Bugdroid and have a spaceship flying on screen instead? Cause you totally can.

Honestly, Jumpgate Live Wallpaper is probably one of the coolest live wallpapers I've seen in a while. Obviously you've got to be an Android diehard to even consider using it, but if you're reading this article, you probably are.

Jumpgate Live Wallpaper can be had for a cool 99 cents. We've got video and a boatload of screenshots after the break.

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