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4 years ago

Netflix and Youtube resolution, 1080p video recording [From the Forums]

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We're rolling through this week with plenty of Android news happening. If you happened to miss out on anything make sure you jump on back a page and get caught up. If you're looking to discuss things further, we have just the spot for you in the Android Central forums:

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4 years ago

ASUS: No Transformer Prime TF700 in the UK 'before June', British TF201s unaffected by Wifi glitch

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Asus has posted an extensive update on its UK blog covering the newly-announced EeePad Transformer Prime TF700 tablet, along with details of how the widely-reported Wifi and GPS issues with the original Transformer Prime TF201 affect UK users.

Firstly, ASUS says that the Wifi problems experienced by some Prime owners stateside don't affect any of the units sold in the UK. And on the subject of GPS woes, the manufacturer reminds Brits that they're entitled by law to return their tablets within 30 days for a full refund. To sweeten the deal for those who choose to keep their TF201, ASUS says it's increasing its standard warranty on the device from 12 to 18 months. If you want to take them up on the offer, check the source link for details of how to extend your warranty.

As for the TF700, the souped-up version of the Prime with a 1080p SuperIPS+ screen, ASUS says that model won't be arriving in the UK until June at the very earliest. So it's bad news bears for Prime fans on this side of the pond, but at least the delay will give prospective buyers the chance to first see what's unveiled at Mobile World Congress next month.

Source: ASUS Blog; via: Eurodroid

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4 years ago

Amazon's Q4 2011 earnings call set for Jan. 31 -- will we finally get Kindle Fire numbers?

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Amazon has been quick to tell us how popular the Kindle Fire has been the past couple of months, but we've yet to see any real numbers. Perhaps that will change Jan. 31, when the online retailer announces its fourth-quarter 2011 earnings. 

What we do know is that the Kindle Fire was Amazon's best selling, most wished for and most gifted device of the the holiday season. So chances are it's moved a few units. But investors -- if thiey're anything like us -- have got to be chomping at the bit waiting on actual numbers of actual devices sold. Time for Amazon to put its money where its mouth is on this one.

We'll see you at 5 p.m. EST Jan. 31, Amazon.

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4 years ago

Roam Mobility offers affordable roaming for Canadians while visiting the US

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For Canadians traveling into the US sometimes the most expensive part of the trip isn't the airfare or the hotel but instead the roaming fees associated with their data plans. Gone are the days of ridiculous roaming fees on your current carrier, or trying to find a pre-paid data plan to use for the short time you are in the US, and here is Roam Mobility. The idea behind Roam Mobility is quite simple -- they want to provide a painless solution for roaming Canadians that gives them access to a fast, reliable network while in the US. 

Roam Mobility offers a basic handset, a Liberty mobile hotspot or a SIM / Micro-SIM card that can be purchased, and they pair them with affordable plans as well. You can choose between data only plans, text & talk, or text, talk and data and with these plans you are given the option to pre-pay for the time you will be here, or pay by day. All you need is an unlocked GSM phone and you are ready to rock. For full details, comparison to Canadian carriers roaming charges, and how to get one for yourself be sure to hit the link below.

Source: Roam Mobility

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4 years ago

Groundlink car service Android app updated for more accurate ETAs, better registration

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Groundlink has updated its car service Android application with a number of improvements that make the entire process easier on you, the rider. 

For starters, you'll get updates on where the car is even more quickly than you were before. That's one of the more fun aspects of an app and service like this -- being able to see the car en route to pick you up. You'll also get more accurate estimates as to when the car is on the way.

Groundlink also has simplified the registration process. So if that's kept you from trying out the service, no more excuses. There's a new registration screen to go along with it. 

Groundlink also now accepts international billing, for those of you traveling to the United States. That also allows you to book a car from anywhere in the world.

In addition, there have been improvements to the overall order process, as well as general bug fixes. 

We've got download links after the break.

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4 years ago

OneLouder updates BaconReader with new menu, sorting options

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OneLouder announced today that its most recent update for BaconReader, the popular reddit reader app, is now available through the Android Market. Added in this update is the ability to sort by "Top" and "Controversial", as well as to search for posts directly through the menu. Other bug fixes and menu redesigns are abound, though don't try to use the app tomorrow: OneLouder is reminding everyone that reddit will be dark for 12 hours tomorrow, and that BaconReader will be back up and running at the close of the SOPA-induced blackout. The Android Market link is after the break.

Source: OneLouder

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4 years ago

Steve Wozniak uses an iPhone, but knows 'Droid does

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Even though many people still relate Apple's early success to Steve Wozniak, the tables have turned and it has been uncovered that he prefers Android to iOS now. If you remember Woz landed a Samsung Galaxy Nexus a bit early but he actually prefers his Motorola Droid Razr over the Galaxy Nexus. 

“if you’re willing to do the work to understand it a little bit, well I hate to say it, but there’s more available in some ways…"

This statement is huge, Woz understands that there is so much untapped potential from the OEM's and that the development community can do some wonderful things. Sure on iOS you can jailbreak and change some things, but who wants to wait months for the jailbreak to come out when you can wait a few days and any major Android device is rooted

In addition Woz says that Apple's flagship new feature, Siri, has become far less useful since being purchased by Apple, and that he would much rather use the Android speech recognition. While he still recommends Apple products strongly for purchase it is great to see his love for Android surface.

Source: TheDailyBeast; via: iMore

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4 years ago

Peoria, Ill., seeing Verizon 4G LTE today; official announcement nigh?

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Good news for those of you in Peoria, Ill. -- looks like Verizon's unofficially flipped the switch on its 4G LTE network in your fair city. You've got more phones than ever to take advantage of it, so no more excuses. Figure we'll see an official announcment any time now.

More: 4G LTE in the Peoria Area; thanks, Joel!

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4 years ago

Watch the Intel keynote from CES, featuring the first Atom-powered Android devices

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Ask us what we thought the most important story out of CES was for 2012, and we'll likely tell you it's Intel's entrance into the Android ecosystem -- and its partenership with Motorola for devices coming later this year. 

Hopefully you caught our liveblog from Intel CEO Paul Otellini's keynote address -- including a surprise appearance from will.i.am, who talked Ultrabooks. And now you can watch the keynote in its entirety (and maybe even see the back of our heads). Check it out, after the break.

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4 years ago

Follow @shopandroid for the latest in Android accessories!

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We're already your No. 1 source for Android news, reviews, rumors -- well, everything! And we're also your No. 1 source for Android accessories thanks to Shop Android. And to that end, be sure to follow @shopandroid on Twitter. It's a quick and easy way to find the latest and greatest accessories pouring into Shop Android each day, all in one easy Twitter feed.

Follow @shopandroid today!

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4 years ago

RIM rumored to be eyeing Samsung for buyout, but don't get too excited yet

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Research in Motion never released a long-rumored Android client for its BBM service. Samsung never got around to purchasing HP's webOS. So it only makes sense that the latest and greatest anonymously sourced rumor puts RIM as "going hard after Samsung," hoping to be whisked away from the Island of Misfit Toys. That's according to BGR, which "heard" that RIM's looking to get between $10 billion and $15 billion for the company.

The question for us then becomes what the hell Samsung would do with RIM, given that (lawsuits notwithstanding) Samsung's pretty much leading the way in the Android space. First and foremost, RIM's sitting on a pretty pile of patents. Secondly -- but perhaps no less important -- is the whole enterprise field. It's between RIM and Microsoft on that front, and having BIS/BES under your belt is a pretty mean weapon to wave. And then there's BlackBerry Messenger, which provides slick device-to-device messaging that's long been one of the crowning features of BB. Of course, Samsung just released its own ChatON cross-platform messenger.

We're a long, long way from this happening. And we're likely a long, long way from seeing the likes of BIS/BES integrated into Samsung Android phones if it should happen. (And there's no promising that Android-BB children would be born out of it anyway.) And it doesn't surprise us in the least to hear that RIM's shopping itself around. Or that it's talking to Samsung. Or that it's talking to everybody. Welcome to business, folks.

Source: BGR; via CrackBerry

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4 years ago

Comparing the Sony Xperia Ion to the Sony Xperia S

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This year at CES we saw a bunch of new phones get announced, in particular two Sony phones that were very similar yet very different. Sure you can take time and watch the Sony Xperia S hands-on video and then compare that to the Sony Xperia Ion video and go back and forth looking to see which one you are most interested in. Alternatively you can just sit back and enjoy as we allow Sony to explain to us the benefits of each. So, which one appeals the most to you? Either of these potentially your next device? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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4 years ago

Android Wallpaper of the Day - Marbles

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Our Jan. 17 Android Wallpaper of the Day comes to us from member JeffDenver. He brings us this nice little design of colored marbles, in a stylish three-dimensional pattern.

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4 years ago

HTC confirms it's pulling Carrier IQ from Sprint ROMs in future updates

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When Sprint first told Android Central that it has ceased using the Carrier IQ analytics software on its Android smartphones, throwing a switch on the server side while leaving the app itself dormant, we kind of figured that would be that. Sure, future smartphones likely wouldn't have the maligned software embedded, but current phones would remain as-is.

But it looks like stripping Carrier IQ from ROMs might be easier than we imagined. The HTC EVO 3D saw it removed entirely in an update this week, and HTC has confirmed The Verge that indeed it's pulling Carrier IQ from its Sprint ROMs, saying "we're working with Sprint to provide maintenance releases that will remove Carrier IQ and provide security enhancements and bug fixes beginning in January."

Some of us were perfectly OK with the server-side solution, but we're also perfectly happy with removing from ROMs apps and services that are no longer being used. Between Carrier IQ and bootloader unlocking, HTC's definitely impressing us all in the transparency department.

Source: The Verge; more: EVO 3D update

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4 years ago

JCB and Motorola team up for 'work-proof' DEFY+

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Motorola announced today that it has teamed up with construction equipment manufacturer JCB for the “work-proof” DEFY+, now available in the UK for RRP £259.99. The special edition will come with a JCB-patented rugged visco-elastic protective sleeve, along with push-to-talk connectivity and preloaded apps including a spirit level, theodolite, decibel meter and recorder and a unit converter. The DEFY+ JCB edition will retain the original’s 1 GHz processor, Gorilla Glass coating, 5 MP camera, and preloaded Gingerbread. Hit the source link for Moto's official announcement.

Source: Motorola Mobility

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