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4 years ago

Wallpapers o' the week - Android R2-D2, deep space, black squares

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Who doesn't love a little bit of fun in their Android wallpaper? Recently our gallery has seen a bunch of great uploads coming in, and there have been some rather awesome variations of our good friend BugDroid. We have tons of great wallpapers to meet the needs of just about anyone out there, whether looking for some great custom designs, some candid shots, or some favorites from around the 'net, they are all here.

If you don't see what you want in the gallery, and happen to find it somewhere else, do us a favor will ya? Spread the love to the rest of the Android Central Community and upload it, it's simple and takes only a minute. Be sure to log in before uploading so we know who they came from, and we can give you the proper credit when we show them off!

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4 years ago

HTC Rezound gets another ICS leak

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Someone at Big Red had better call a plumber, cause the leaks just won't stop. There's another Ice Cream Sandwich build for the HTC Rezound available, which previous leaks and rumors peg for an "official" ICS update on May 9. We don't know if the May 9 date will hold water (see what I did there), but if you're the industrious type give this one a shot. Full details and downloads are at the source link.

Source: Android Police

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4 years ago

HTC posts EVO 4G LTE camera shots on Facebook site

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You'll still have to wait for official word about getting your hands on an HTC EVO 4G LTE, but in the meantime HTC has posted a handful of photo's taken with the camera on their Facebook page. Taken by professional photographer Meeno Peluce​they're a nice look at what exactly an HTC phone with ImageSense technology is capable of. 

We enjoy seeing things like this, but what we really want is the phone in our hands. We've heard rumors, but there's no solid date just yet. I'm really enjoying the camera on the One S, so if you're on Sprint and an amateur photo buff, be sure to keep an eye on this one. See the rest of the pictures at the source link.

Source: HTC Facebook

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4 years ago

DroidDoodle: Stalking the Next Galaxy

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Don't forget: Samsung Unpacked kicks off at Thursday 7 p.m. BST / 2 p.m EST / 11 a.m. PST. We'll be coming to you live from the event, and Samsung's streaming it as well.

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4 years ago

Google Wallet trumps SwiftKey in Webby Awards, Evernote brings award home too

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Voting for the 2012 Webby Awards has come to a close and the winners have been announced.  A few of our favorite Android apps inlcuding Google Wallet, SwiftKey X, and Evernote all brought home awards.

Last month, we mentioned how close Google Wallet and SwiftKey were in the Experimental & Innovation category.  It turns out Google Wallet prevailed and was handed the Webby Award for that group.  The People's Voice winner, however, was SwiftKey X which falls in line just in front of how you, our loyal Android Central readers, voted in The 2011 AC Readers-Choice Picks.

Among Utilities & Services for handheld devices, Evernote had a clean sweep as both the Webby Award and People's Voice winner.  Also of note in this category, Google Wallet was up for nomination but failed to garner enough votes to bring home a second Webby Award in this, the 16th annual rendition of the international award show that honors excellence on the Internet.

Source: 16th annual Webby Awards

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4 years ago

Carrier billing now available for movies, music, and books through Google Play

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Google has announced that they will begin offering direct carrier billing for movies, music, and books in addition to Android apps in the Google Play store. This means that you can buy just about anything from the Play Store, and have the cost tacked on to your monthly cell phone bill through your carrier. It's not available everywhere, but the list of carriers that support direct billing is pleasantly robust --

  • Germany: T-Mobile, Vodafone
  • Italy: Vodafone
  • Japan: KDDI, Docomo, Softbank
  • Korea: KT, SKT, LGU+
  • Spain: Vodafone
  • UK: T-Mobile, Vodafone
  • US: AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint

Currently, only KDDI, Docomo, and Softbank in Japan, and T-Mobile in the US allow billing of other media. Other carriers (Sprint was mentioned by name) will be coming on-board soon. This should help users who can't or won't enter credit or debit card information into Google Wallet, and get more media in more phones.

Source: +Google Play, via Androinica

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4 years ago

Ask AC: How to transfer microSD card data?

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Ndc writes in the HTC One X forums,

Probably like most of you, I can't wait for my One X to arrive next (later this?) week. I'm getting so sick of my Epic 4G. One anxious question for me though: how do I transfer the data on my microSD card over to the One X?

I've got most of my stuff in the cloud - contacts, calendar, music etc - but there are some important app data, like health logs, that I really would like to transfer over.

I've got a backup app, should I use that to back stuff up online?

We're really glad you asked, as this is a question more than a few are bound to have. Cloud storage and backup apps are great, we use them all the time, but in this case nothing is going to work as well as the trusty USB cable and your computer. When you get your new One X, and after you're done marveling at how thin and sexy it is, you can move all your app data over to it straight from your Epic 4G.

Just because the One X has no SD card doesn't mean it has no SD card storage area. It's just internal. When you plug it in to your computer you'll have the same option you would from other phones to mount the storage. It's pretty safe to say you should connect the Epic 4G up, pull everything off the SD card to a folder on your computer, then you can drag it right into the One X's storage. Mind the folder names -- app data can be in its own folder on the SD card or it can be inside the Android\data\ folder. Try to put it back in the same folders it came from and you'll be fine.

If you don't have access to a computer, you could transfer all your SD card data to a service like Dropbox and restore it to the One X with a file browser -- it just takes a bit longer and uses a bit of data. Either way will work, so use what's most convenient for you.

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4 years ago

Reminder: We're in London for Samsung Unpacked

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Heads up -- Phil and Alex are getting geared up and will be live in London for the Samsung Unpacked event tomorrow (May 3 2pm EDT, 11am PDT) where we expect to see what everyone's been waiting to see. No, not Phil taunting a member of the Royal Guard, we're talking about the next phone in the Samsung Galaxy line, presumably the Galaxy S III. Expectations are running high for Samsung's new baby, and the blogs have been on fire with leaks and rumors -- ranging from the interesting to the ridiculous. We'll have all the answers soon enough. 

While Alex shows Phil around town, the forums are hopping with discussion. That's where you'll want to be while playing the waiting game. When it's time tomorrow, we'll have a live blog set up and let you know everything there is to know. See you there!

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4 years ago

AT&T HTC One X forum threads you need to follow

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The AT&T HTC One X reviews are in (wait, ours wasn't he only one?), and one thing is abundantly clear -- this is one beast of a phone. But now the real work begins. We're finally able to talk about this bad boy, and that means it's time for some serious discussions in the forums. And discussions are already under way. Here's a look at but a few of the HTC One X threads you need to be paying attention to:

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Prism gets official May 9 at Walmart, May 23 elsewhere

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T-Mobile this morning unwrapped the Prism, a 3.5-inch (HVGA) Gingerbread device with a 3.2MP camera. The specs aren't going to wow you, but then again they're not really supposed to. It's the pricing that's the selling point here. The Prism will cost $19.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan, or it'll cost $149.99 with no annual contract.

Anybody jumping on this one?

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4 years ago

Motorola Mobility brings the RAZR MAXX to Sweden and Norway in mid-May

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Great news for all of you living in Norway and Sweden, as you'll soon be able to purchase the RAZR MAXX (see our review here). Motorola Mobility is making an effort to bring the same high-end phone to a variety of markets.

Here are some of the specs if you need a refresher:

  • 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Advanced display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1.2GHZ dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

While it does come with Android 2.3, Motorola Mobility said that the 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update will come in Q2. The RAZR MAXX will be available to purchase in mid-May.

Source: Motorola Mobility (NorwaySweden)

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4 years ago

Toshiba Excite 10 LE initial walkthrough

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You want thin, yet fully featured? Then you need to look at the Toshiba Excite 10 LE. It has decent, but not breath-taking specs -- OMAP dual-core 4430 at 1.2GHz, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 10.1-inch IPS display at 1280x800, Android 4.0 and all the ports and slots you'd even want. The screen on the Excite is pretty nice too. I noticed great viewing angles, and it's really nice and bright. Toss in a magnesium back with a modern textured feel, and it's sounding like a nice piece of gear. 

But all that pales when you realize how oh-my-God thin it is. 7.7mm to be exact, or one-tenth of a millimeter thinner that the HTC One S. It's amazing. In fact, when you first pick it up you do a double-take, simply because it is so thin and light (535 grams). It's beyond impressive. 

I'm putting this one through the paces. I use the heck out of a tablet, even though for the longest time I didn't think I would. If it can be broken, I will break it. If it can be crashed, I will crash it. If it performs great, I will love it. Keep an eye out for a full review, but I wanted everyone to have a quick look at the new sexy. Hit the break for a video and some pictures.

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4 years ago

About that new BlackBerry 10 keyboard

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If you're interested in smartphone tech, you've surely been peeking at CrackBerry checking out all the BlackBerry World coverage. It's OK, we've been checking it out, too. The folks over there are killing it with the coverage. What seems to have impressed people the most is the new on-screen keyboard we're seeing in BlackBerry 10 devices. It has awesome text prediction, uses gestures, and is a step in the right direction when compared to RIM's previous software keyboard options. Surepress. *shudder*

Well, it should look good, as well as look pretty familiar -- we're certain we've seen it before. I'll come right out and say it. RIM is using technology from SwiftKey in their new keyboard, if not in the physical layout, then at least in the prediction engine. Our scientific testing all but proves it, and yesterday's video confirms our suspicions. But it's a good thing. Of all the software keyboards out there, we think SwiftKey would be the one to use if given a choice. Tie it deep into the OS, and we imagine the fellows from England can work magic with it. Hit the break, and have a look for yourself. And be sure to keep an eye on CrackBerry to find out all there is to know about BlackBerry World 2012.

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4 years ago

Galaxy S 3 to be offered in blue and white?

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It's the day before a pretty significant product announcement (we'll be there!), so we're bound to see more leaks today, like this one suggesting that the Galaxy S 3 (or is it Galaxy S III) will be offered in more than one color at launch.  ​GSMarena​ got a hold of an inventory screen shot from Carphone Warehouse suggesting that Samsung will launch the "Next Galaxy" in blue and white.  As we've seen with the Galaxy Note, though, Samsung's idea of blue is more of a black with a blue tint in the right light.  If this is true it'll be nice to have more than one color option at launch, as opposed to having to wait a little longer for the mythical white version that gets everyone all excited.

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4 years ago

Late-night poll: Dual-core or quad-core?

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With all the talk of quad-core vs dual-core, and seeing the performance of both in the same phone, we want to know.  Do you want a dual-core or quad-core chip in your next device?  Last year around this time we were starting to see dual-core phones emerge from manufacturers.  They all promised the best performance in a mobile device you've ever seen.  And they were right.  The Tegra 2, and later the OMAP 4 and Exynos were all strong performers.  Then came quad-core.  The same promises were made.  And again, they proved to be true.  Tegra 3 (otherwise known as Kal-El) put last years dual-core chips to shame.

Now we have Qualcomm firing back with a dual-core chip, the S4.  They are making the same promises.  Better performance, better battery life.  As we saw in Phil's review (gotta love the header!) of the One X they are mostly right.  Some people still have a soft spot for more cores, though, and performance is the same.  So what say you, dear reader? Tell us in tonight's poll!

Dual-core or quad-core?

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