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4 years ago

The winner: Whose Lloyd fan art submission has won them a Galaxy Note 10.1?

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After a couple of agonizing days going through the submissions in the Lloyd Fan Art contest, we have finally arrived at a decision. The winner of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is Android Central member roberttk1967 with his awesome digital creation above. Read what he has to say about this cool bit of art below, as well as check out a variation of the design and a peek behind the scenes!

Congratulations Robert, and thanks to everyone that entered!

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4 years ago

Seidio Active Extended case review - protection with a kick(stand)

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The Seidio Active Extended case is a more subdued version of its big brother, the Combo Extended case. You still have room for a larger battery in the back, but there’s one less layer of hard plastic to deal with. The big difference here is the metal kickstand with magnetic clip. This can make your Android device the perfect desktop clock, or a bedside companion for watching videos.

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4 years ago

SIM-free Galaxy Nexus gets a price drop in the UK

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There maybe rumors on the horizon of a new Galaxy Nexus, but in the meantime you may want to pick yourself up a bargain from Expansys. They have dropped the price of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 16GB (sim free) to £299.99. That's not quite as reasonable as the US price of $350, but it's still pretty cheap by UK standards.

Without wanting to sound biased, you can do a lot worse than this device. Its specs may not be on par with the HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S3, but it has a lot going for it. The big advantage for Android lovers is the fact that it supports Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. In addition, you will get yourself a 4.65 Super AMOLED display, a 5MP camera with LED flash & full HD video at 1080p. A familiar spec list by now. The Gnex's hardware is more than capable of handling Jelly Bean, and the whole experience is smooth and fluid. Why not treat yourself?

Source: Expansys

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4 years ago

Follow us on Google+ at google.com/+androidcentral

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Now that we've got one of those new-fangled Google+ URLs, it's never been easier to follow Android Central on Google's social network. Hit up google.com/+androidcentral and follow us to keep on top of all the latest news, reviews, live coverage and community happenings!

Also, Phil apparently got one, too. Catch him at google.com/+PhilNickinson.

More: Android Central on Google+

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4 years ago

IFA 2012 preview - Galaxy Note 2, Xperia TX and more!

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Image: James Cridland

Next week we’ll see a wealth of new Android devices announced in Germany in the run up to IFA 2012. For the uninitiated, IFA is an annual consumer electronics show held in Berlin, which often serves as a launching platform for smartphone and tablet manufacturers -- think of it as a mini-Mobile World Congress. Last year’s IFA hosted the launch of the original Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7, as well as the Xperia Arc S from Sony and two new Windows phones from HTC. This year’s event officially runs from Aug. 31 to Sep. 5, but many of larger announcements will be made in the couple of days before IFA officially kicks off.

IFA 2012’s most significant Android announcements are expected to come from Samsung, which is preparing to take the wraps off its Galaxy Note 2. But we’re also anticipating new smartphones and tablets from Sony and others.

Android Central will be on the ground in Berlin from early next week, but in the meantime, we’ve cooked up a definitive guide to exactly what we’re expecting to see at this year’s IFA. Read on to learn more.

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4 years ago

Optimus Vu could come to Verizon as LG Intuition

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We already know a Verizon-branded 4G LTE Optimus Vu is on the way, and now a leaked internal screen suggests the device will go to market as the "LG Intuition." The image above, obtained by Droid-Life​, suggests an on-contract price of $199.99 for the LG's 5-inch square slab, or $549.99 if you were to buy one outright. 

So far the specs of the "Intuition" are something of a mystery. We think it's unlikely that Verizon will stick with the Snapdragon S3 that comes in the Korean and Japanese Optimus Vu, but equally they can't use the Tegra 3 chip found in the European version, as that doesn't have built-in LTE support. Perhaps a bump up to Snapdragon S4 could be on the cards? We certainly hope so, as the Vu will need all the help it can get to go up against Samsung's soon-to-be-announced Galaxy Note 2.

For more on the LG Optimus Vu, check out our review.

Source: Droid-Life

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4 years ago

Budget-oriented Xperia J appears in leaked render

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Another week, another Sony Xperia leak. Today it’s the turn of the budget-focused Xperia J, which has appeared in official render form on Taiwanese site ePrice. According to pre-release rumors, the Xperia J will sport internals similar to the Xperia Tipo (that is to say, pretty basic internals), but on a larger 4-inch FWVGA screen. In today’s image the J is definitely channeling some of last year’s Xperia Arc, with a curved back and angular buttons -- in fact, from the back, it's the spitting image of the Arc.

This isn’t the first 2012 Sony phone to resurrect the Arc’s design, though. The Xperia GX, out now in Japan, sports a similar chassis design, as does the Xperia TX, which should be unveiled within the next week. We’ve always had a soft spot for the Arc design, so imagining all these little Arcs rolling off the production line makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

The Xperia J (along with others, including the TX) is expected to appear for the first time at Sony’s IFA 2012 press conference in Berlin next Wednesday. We’ll be live from Germany to bring you full coverage of all Sony’s new devices.

Source: ePrice, via: XperiaBlog

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4 years ago

Sony Mobile announces restructuring and layoffs

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Sony Mobile is to reorganize its affairs and reduce its workforce by around 15 percent, the company has announced. As part of these latest changes, Sony Mobile HQ will move from Lund, Sweden to Tokyo, Japan in October, resulting in the loss of around 650 jobs in the city, “primarily consultants,” Sony says. As part of its efforts to reduce costs across the board, Sony Mobile will lay off around 15 percent of its workforce (around 1000 people) by the end of its 2013 financial year in March 2014.

Additionally, Sony says it will “redefine the roles and responsibilities” of its global development sites in Lund, Tokyo and Beijing to “leverage the strengths of each respective site.” Lund will continue to be an important site for Sony Mobile, the company says, one primarily focused on software development.

With a tiny slice of the smartphone pie, and a negligible presence in the U.S. market, Sony Mobile will be hoping this restructuring, combined with its next round of Xperia smartphones and tablets (expected to be announced at IFA), will help growth and profitability.

We’ve got today’s press release in full after the break.

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4 years ago

Google Play Magazines updated with Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean fixes

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An update has just been pushed out to Google Play Magazines with a small but welcome set of improvements. Version 1.0.1 has home screen and library performance improvements, better recognition of available space for your magazines and bug fixes targeted at the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean.

These kinds of updates aren't glamorous, but we're okay with that. Every once and a while you've got to get excited about the ones that bring stability to your apps too. If you're a magazine reader, hit the Play Store link above and get your update.

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4 years ago

HTC says it's not cutting Beats Audio from its devices

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This is pretty cut and dry, folks. HTC tells Android Central that a rumor going 'round today about it cutting Beats Audio out of its smartphones simply isn't true. Here's the full line from HTC:

"HTC remains strongly committed to Beats Audio and including their innovation in our devices. Any rumor of HTC no longer integrating Beats Audio into our devices is categorically false."

You may now feel free to plug in your headphones.

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4 years ago

Disappearing APN settings, Why should I buy a tablet? [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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4 years ago

Facebook for Android updated to include faster photo uploads, easier event creation

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A new Facebook for Android update is now rolling out and for those of you who like to share photos and events, this is one you'll want to ensure you get installed. The noted changes include easier event creation along with a faster photo upload flow and the capability of adding emoji and photos into messages.

That new flow they mention pertains to the fact you can upload multiple photos within messages as well as directly to your photo area on Facebook. Overall, a simple upgrade but a huge one if you share a lot of images or tend to create a lot of events.

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4 years ago

FBI shutting down pirated Android app sites, will continue to do so

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We've seen it happen with movie and music sites in the past but the The Department of Justice has now set their eyes on some newer forms of piracy out there. Android apps. With the help of Dutch and French law enforcement, the FBI has now seized three popular Android app sharing sites (Appbucket, Snappzmarket and Applanet) that offered illegal downloads.  As noted in their press release, they will continue to seize such sites as part of their cracking down on the piracy of copyrighted works :

“Cracking down on piracy of copyrighted works – including popular apps – is a top priority of the Criminal Division,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “Software apps have become an increasingly essential part of our nation’s economy and creative culture, and the Criminal Division is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the creators of these apps and other forms of intellectual property from those who seek to steal it.”

“Criminal copyright laws apply to apps for cell phones and tablets, just as they do to other software, music and writings. These laws protect and encourage the hard work and ingenuity of software developers entering this growing and important part of our economy. We will continue to seize and shut down websites that market pirated apps, and to pursue those responsible for criminal charges if appropriate,” said U.S. Attorney Yates.

I won't go into a rant about piracy on Android but it's there and people know it. Now, with The Department of Justice stepping in and closing some of the more prominent sites down hopefully this will convince others to start paying for the apps they really want. Besides, there is other reasons to not pirate apps aside from the money you'll be spending.

Source: DOJ; via: BGR

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4 years ago

Google Canada launches official blog to keep Canadians informed

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Although many folks may not be aware of it, Google actually has a few offices in Canada. Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo and Montreal are all homes to Google in Canada and finally, they've gone ahead and launched the official Google Canada blog. Chris O’Neill, Managing Director of Google Canada had the pleasure of doing up the first post and shared some details about what Google's plans are for the blog:

We'll be using this blog to share some of these stories from Canada and about Canadians, to make announcements about Google products and events, and to share a glimpse of life at Google in Canada. We’re going to keep it informal, even a little bit fun, with many different Canooglers—Canadian Googlers—posting to the blog.

We can only assume some of that focus will be Android driven at this point but for now, I've gone ahead and added it my RSS reader and if you're Canadian, you should as well.

Source: Google Canada; via: Mobile Syrup

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4 years ago

Skippable ads coming to YouTube mobile apps

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Google announced today on its Mobile Ad Blog that the full TrueView ad experience will be coming to YouTube mobile apps in the same way that it has rolled out to desktop users. TrueView is Google's fancy way of saying that users can skip a pre-roll advertisement after a short period of time if they don't like it. This provides both a better ad experience to the end users who don't want to see terrible ads and better feedback to the companies buying ad placement on videos.

The post points out that implementation of TrueView is still in testing, but early indications are that it is having the same positive effects that were seen when it was implemented on the desktop. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you're starting to see skippable ads in your videos.

Source: Google Mobile Ad Blog

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