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4 years ago

Official Samsung Galaxy S4 UK TV spot is heavy on drama, close-ups

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Samsung's marketing machine kicks up a gear with new TV ad

A world away from the goofy Super Bowl ads and iPhone mockery of old, Samsung's just sent over its first teaser ad for the Galaxy S4... and it's actually pretty good. The ad puts the product itself front and center, with dramatic close-ups of its design followed by quick demos of some of the headline features. Check it out above, and share your thoughts down in the comments.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 lands in the UK on Apr. 26. The U.S. launch is expected around the same time.

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4 years ago

Source: LG Optimus G Pro headed to AT&T this May

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U.S. will get the 5.5-inch model on AT&T, May 10 pegged as likely launch date

U.S. carrier AT&T will launch the LG Optimus G Pro this May, Android Central has learned. A source familiar with launch plans for the device tells us that the U.S. model will feature a 5.5-inch screen like the Korean version, as opposed to the 5.0-inch Japanese variant.

The planned AT&T release date is May 10, however as with any unannounced date there might be some wiggle room either side of this. Our source couldn't confirm whether the Optimus G Pro would appear on any other U.S. carriers, but for the moment it seems AT&T is the only one on the horizon.

The timing of the launch would pit LG's latest against the similarly-specced Samsung Galaxy S4, expected to appear in the U.S. around the same time. But as we said in our review, it's the comparison with Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 that interests us the most, and the G Pro might represent the first real competition for the Note line.

For more on the Optimus G Pro, check out our review of the Korean version.

More: LG Optimus G Pro review

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4 years ago

Win a 64GB HTC One developer edition from Android Central!

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What's all this then? We're not just giving away an HTC One. Oh, no. If we're going to give away one 2013's hottest smartphones, we're going to give away one of the most desired versions of it. So you, dear reader are not vying for a mere HTC One. You're going to get the chance to win your very own developer version of the HTC One. That's the one whose bootloader is beyond the reach of meddlesome carrier politics. That's the one with the full 64 gigabytes of storage. 

You're probably dying to read ahead, looking for bullet points on how to enter. Fine. They're coming up next, right after this.

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4 years ago

Carphone Warehouse 'Super Value' line offers free smartphones for £7.50 p.m.

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HTC Desire C, Sony Xperia Tipo, Samsung Galaxy Ace part of new entry-level line-up

We tend to focus on the high-end stuff here on Android Central, but there's a lot of decent smartphone hardware at the entry level too. Today UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has announced 'Super Value,' a new range of entry-level handsets offered on contract (and PAYG, if you're after a dumbphone). Starting at £7.50 per month on contract, Carphone offers devices like the Sony Xperia Tipo (above), HTC Desire C and Samsung Galaxy Ace with no up-front charge.

At the slightly higher end, the Sony Xperia U is available for £11 per month with a humble 100MB of data on O2. £12.50 per month gets you a more substantial 500MB on TalkMobile, Carphone's own MVNO.

We've got reviews of many of the phones in this new line, check 'em out below.

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4 years ago

AT&T announces 20 new LTE locations

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AT&T dumps a bucket full of LTE location news, both currently active cities and coming soon announcements

AT&T just sent out 20 press releases with a bunch of LTE announcements. There's a lot to digest, so allow us to break it all down in one place for easy reading.

New LTE cities that are currently active:

New LTE cities coming this summer:

There's no word on when exactly during the summer these will light up, but I'm sure AT&T will remind us again when they go live -- or you fine folks will let us all know the minute it drops. 

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4 years ago

HTC releases new kernel source for the Droid DNA and Vodafone France/UK HTC One

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3.4.10 kernel source released, time for developers to see how easily it builds

HTC has released a bit of source code this evening, and developers working with the Droid DNA on Verizon, and the HTC One on Vodafone France and Vodafone UK, now have some new toys to play with. When they get it all figured out (and they will) it's step one for serious ROM development.

Being compliant with the GPL is a hot topic among the Android community. It seems like nobody besides Google is capable of it, and when we see partial compliance after the fact we act relieved. Hopefully this is a portent of good things to come and we see what we've been promised, when we're supposed to see it.

If you need the kernel source, grab it at the link below. If you're just excited about what can be done with it, kick back and assist when you can. 

Source: HTC; Via: @htcdev

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4 years ago

Mother of Myth coming this summer to Android, iOS and PC - and it looks amazing

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Playnery is bringing a new game engine and what looks like an awesome game to run it in the summer of 2013

Looking for some way to push that Snapdragon 600 in your new or soon-to-be-bought Android phone or tablet? Playnery has you covered. Mother of Myth will be cross platform with iOS and PC, and if it's half as good as the trailer makes it look, it's one I'll be buying on day one.

Based on what we know now, it's an action / adventure / RPG game with sizzling graphics (optimized for the latest and greatest from Qualcomm), a full back-story, character customization, and all the other bells and whistles that make for a great, immersive game of this nature. 

Maybe the most exciting part is that the Playnery’s Bordeaux game engine was built on and with the Qualcomm platform. Ask anyone with a Tegra device and they will tell you that the optimized games are simply a step above anything else that's out there, and seeing a game of this caliber from developers who work with Qualcomm to make it great means your next phone or tablet can have great games no matter which processor is inside. We're looking forward to seeing what Playnary has to offer, and you should be too. Sign up for more info at the Mother of Myth site, and be sure to shout out at them in the forums to show your interest.

Via: Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Google Play Music now available in Australia -- Update: and 6 other countries

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Australians can now listen to their favorite music both on the web and their Android device with Google Play Music

Update: Google Play announced via their Google+ account that there are six other countries also getting the Play Music service: Austria,  Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Portugal. For those about to rock, we salute you. The original story continues below.

Google has flipped their magic switch and made Google Play Music alive and well in the land down under. Users can buy music from Google Play on either the web or their Android device, and the cloud associated with their Google account will hold up to 20,000 of a users own music. The streaming service is available to 10 devices at a time, and the settings on the web version can be used to authorize and deauthorize devices.

The addition of Music means all Google Play services -- apps, games, books, movies, magazines and music -- are now available in Australia. You can find Google Play Music on the web right here, and download the application to your Android device via the Google Play link above.

Source: Google Australia

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4 years ago

Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S II Skyrocket now available via Samsung Kies

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The update brings Google Now, Project Butter, and all the Jelly Bean treats -- along with some device specific fixes and enhancements

When we saw the T-Mobile Galaxy S II get it's Jelly Bean update, we knew the Skyrocket couldn't be far behind. They're essentially the exact same phone, and folks are using them interchangeably between T-Mobile and AT&T. We also figured it would be done via Kies, and sure enough, there's an update ready and pushing out to folks who connect to Samsung's desktop utility.

The update to I727UCMC1 (Android 4.1.2) has plenty of Jelly Bean goodies, like expandable notifications, Google Now, and Project Butter. It also has a few fixes specific to the Skyrocket, like the removal of Qik and MSpot, and call quality should be a bit better.

Grab you cables, fire up Kies and plug it in if you're using a Skyrocket. For more details, hit the source link, and to discuss the good and bad of this one, the forums are right here.

Source: Samsung. Thanks, Angela!

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4 years ago

New exploit roots Droid RAZR HD on Android 4.1.2, among others

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This latest root method works on all current Android versions of multiple Motorola phones

Yesterday we witnessed a Motorola milestone (no pun intended) when Dan Rosenberg announced he had found a method to unlock the bootloaders of multiple non-OMAP Motorola phones, including the Attrix HD, Droid RAZR HD/HD Maxx, and the Droid RAZR M. The unlock method would require root access, which unfortunately left Droid RAZR HD users out in the cold if they had already accepted the latest OTA update to Android 4.1.2.

Coming to the rescue of those disenfranchised Droid RAZR HD owners, Dan has released a new exploit that roots the following Motorola phones, regardless of what Android version they're currently running:

  • Droid Razr HD
  • Droid Razr Maxx HD
  • Atrix HD
  • Photon Q
  • Droid Razr M

The above phones are the only ones that are officially supported with this new root method. However, Dan has stated that this exploit will likely work with other phones -- including non-Motorola devices. For a complete list of instructions and links to the required files, follow the source link below.

Source: droidrzr.com

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4 years ago

The Masters Golf Tournament app updated for 2013 with live stream improvements

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Now is the time to get ready for the most prestigious tournament of the year

The Masters golf tournament tees off on Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club, and right on time the official Masters Golf Tournament app has been updated for the occasion. The latest update today aims to improve the quality of the live streams this time around. The app will give you access to eight concurrent live streams, with enhanced coverage of the most popular holes around the course, available to any device with a data connection. You of course get live scoreboard coverage and news stories in the app as well.

The app is useful before the tournament itself even gets going, with coverage of practice rounds, the Par 3 Contest and extra analysis from experts. If you've got plans to follow The Masters this weekend, you'll need to have this app loaded on your device. Head to the Play Store link above and grab a download.

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4 years ago

Otterbox Commuter case for the HTC One

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Does one of the biggest names in smartphone protection turn a sexy piece of silver into a tank? Let's find out

Ever think about buying a Corvette and then wrapping it in the shell of an Abrams tank? That's often what you think about when you take the latest and greatest Android smartphone and put it inside an Otterbox case. But you're not buying an Otterbox for sex appeal alone, right? You're buying it because it protects your phone. Period.

So we've got the HTC One. And we've got the Otterbox Commuter case, with its rubber sleeve and hard, outer plastic shell. Beauty and the beast? We've got a quick look, after the break.

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4 years ago

Google Fiber coming to Austin, Texas

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Google to begin connection Austinites to gigabit services by mid-2014

Good news for residents of Austin, Texas -- your city is next on the list for Google Fiber roll-out. The gigabit cable service, which first launched in Kansas City last year, is set to become available to homes in Austin by mid-2014. Austinites will have the same choice of services open to Google Fiber subscribers elsewhere -- gigabit internet access, gigabit internet plus Google Fiber TV, or free internet access. Pricing, Google says, will be "similar" to that of Kansas City, which offers the internet-only package for $70 per month, or internet-plus-TV for $120. (There's also a free internet deal for $300 up-front or $25 per month for 12 months.)

Announcing the news alongside Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Google called the city "a mecca for creativity and entrepreneurialism."

The company says it's focusing its efforts on the Austin city limits for now, and will announce specific neighborhoods and boundaries at a later date.

If you live in Austin, hit the comments and make yourself know.

Source: Google Fiber, Google Fiber Blog

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4 years ago

Select Disney apps now free in the Play Store (updated)

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Get six of Disney's previously 99 cent apps, for free

Update: all 6 of the Disney apps have gone back to 99 cents. It appears this was an error in Play Store pricing that only lasted a few hours. The original story is below.

Six of Disney's apps went on sale today in the Play Store. Previously coming in at 99 cents each, all six can now be downloaded for free. This includes one live wallpaper and five games:

It's interesting that some of these apps already have free versions in the Play Store, and Disney chose to also offer their 99 cent counterparts for free. We don't know how long these apps will stay in the Play Store as free downloads, or if more will be added to the list, so download them now if any of these interest you or your kids. Temple Run has always been very popular, and Wreck-It Ralph was previously chosen as an App of the Week. Feel free to hit the comments with your own picks and recommendations.

Update: Apparently that was a temporary feature bug, and you should now have to shell out for the apps again. Hope you grabbed 'em while you could.

Thanks, Abhishek!

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4 years ago

Google Play Store gets a new look

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Google's content portal gets a lighter, brighter visual refresh

Following some recent leakage, it seems the new look Google Play Store app is finally official. Google has just announced that the new-look Play Store app will begin rolling out to Android devices today.

In today's announcement post on the official Android blog, Google says the new-look app is aimed to be "simple" and "clean," with a renewed focus on entertainment content. Based on the official promo images, that certainly seems to be the case -- Google Now-like greys and whites dominate the UI, while a lot of screen space is given to large images for music, movie and book content.

The purchasing process has also been streamlined, Google says, which hopefully means fewer taps to buy apps and other content through this new version of the store.

The new Google Play Store will begin pushing automatically to devices running Android 2.2 Froyo and above starting today, so keep a lookout in the hours ahead. In the meantime, hit the comments if you've managed to get it already.

Source: Official Android blog

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