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4 years ago

Fido announces LTE launch this summer

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Fido has announced that they will be launching LTE service in Canada starting this summer. Their first markets will include Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and St. Johns, with lots more on the way, such as Quebec City, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Victoria, and others.  

Seeing as Fido is a subsidiary of Rogers, which has been on a huge LTE expansion, it's mostly just a matter of offering affordable LTE-enabled devices. Though Fido doesn't go so far as to name which phone they'll be launching LTE with, the Xperia Ion is a safe bet considering Rogers already has it, and the phone's made a name for itself as the inexpensive LTE device. The first device will be a mobile hotspot, with proper phones coming later this year, and of course anyone bringing in an unlocked LTE phone from another carrier can just use one of Fido's new SIM cards.

How many Canadians here are on Fido? Which LTE phone would you like to see made available? 

Source: CNW

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4 years ago

International Galaxy S3 local search removal 'inadvertent', says Samsung, patch due in days

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Following the removal of local search (or universal search) in the latest over-the-air update for the Samsung Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3), the manufacturer has released a statement addressing the issue. Samsung says that the removal of the ability to search content on the device from the Google Search app was "inadvertent," and that it will be restored for GT-i9300 owners in a future update.

Here's the statement Samsung released to UK site TechRadar --

"The most recent software upgrade for the Galaxy S III in the UK included the inadvertent removal of the universal search function. Samsung will provide the correct software upgrade within the next few days."

As we pointed out at the time, the removal of local search from the international S3 was a puzzling move, as Apple has yet to challenge Samsung over the feature in the European courts. Now it seems the loss of local search was most likely the result of programmer error, rather than Samsung hedging its bets and seeking to avoid further litigation.

In the U.S., the Sprint and AT&T Galaxy S3's have had the feature stripped out in over-the-air updates, as a precautionary measure, following legal action by Apple over local search, which temporarily resulted in the Galaxy Nexus being banned in the U.S. Unfortunately it's unlikely those phones will see local search return anytime soon, but at least it's good news today for international S3 owners.

Source: TechRadar

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4 years ago

AT&T brings its LTE network to 4 new cities and expands it in 3 other areas

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AT&T has announced the expansion of its LTE network, flipping the switch on in four new cities while also continuing to improve current markets.

AT&T LTE is newly available in:

It is expanded in the following areas:

We're always happy to see LTE deployment continue to expand.  Sing out in the comments if you're in one of these areas and have noticed faster speeds.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Android NFC 'hacking' is ingenious, but not yet dangerous

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The Black Hat conference takes place in Las Vegas this week, where hackers, security experts and representatives from major companies meet to discuss all things relating to information security. If you're following the news out of the conference today, you may have come across reports of a new security vulnerability in Android (and NFC-enabled Meego phones) that could allow a malicious NFC (near-field communication) tag to beam malware directly onto your phone. Sounds terrifying, right? Now hackers can take over your smartphone without you even doing anything. But as is always the case with these kinds of security issues, it's not as simple as it seems. And this NFC 'hack,' sexy and technically impressive as it is, isn't really anything particularly scary to regular smartphone users.

Read on to find out why.

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4 years ago

Sprint announces LTE to arrive in Baltimore by the end of August

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Are you a Sprint customer? Do you live in Baltimore? If the answer to both of those questions, is yes, then we bring exciting news for you this morning. Following on from the outing of the Motorola Photon Q, we've just heard during the carriers Q2 earnings call, that Sprint LTE will be coming to Baltimore by the end of August. Exciting news for sure, and despite no exact date we know that Sprint fans in the area will be looking forward to this. 

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4 years ago

Google Talk issues affecting 'a majority of users' [Update: fixed for some]

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Update, 11 A.M. EDT: The issue seems to be fixed for some users, as Google has updated its dashboard with the following info --

"Google Talk service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change."

​Original story: Seems all is not well on the Google Talk front this morning. Issues were starting to be reported earlier, which upon investigation prompted the following statement from Google. 

We're aware of a problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users. The affected users are able to access Google Talk, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 12:50 PM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.

We're seeing the issues first hand, with a total outage on various devices including phones, tablets and even the desktop. Our status is still available, but we're not seeing anyone else online across all devices. 

The latest update says that the investigations are ongoing, and we're expecting a further update within about half an hour which is supposed to detail the timeframe for resolving the problem. To keep an eye on progress, hit up the source link below. 

Source: Google Apps Dashboard

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4 years ago

Sprint CEO outs the Motorola Photon Q during earnings call

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Sprint has yet to officially announce the Motorola Photon Q, which we first showed you from a leak in our forums earlier this summer, and which has already made it through the FCC. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse this morning during the company's second-quarter earnings call said the phone is coming "very soon." It'll sport 4G LTE data and also serve as a GSM world phone outside the United States, in addition to having the five-row QWERTY keyboard you see above.

Unknown is whether it'll launch with Ice Cream Sandwich, as seen in the test device above, or whether it'll get a bump to Jelly Bean before release. We'd bet on the former, with an upgrade to the latter.

We'd expect an official announcement is in the works now, too.

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4 years ago

Samsung launches Olympic flip cover for Galaxy S3

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 (S III) is the official phone of the Olympic Games, so it stands to reason that that device would get some love as the 30th Olympiad gets underway. Samsung's a big sponsor of the games in London, and so with the festivities about to commence in the UK's capital, the manufacturer is launching an exclusive Olympic accessory in the host city.

Today sees the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Special Edition Olympic Games Flip Cover, which allows you to protect the front of your S3 with a soft cover, while adorning the back with London landmarks like Big Ben, the London Eye and the Gherkin. The Olympic flip cover will be made available at "Samsung PIN" pop-up stores around London, including at shopping centers and near Olympic venues.

If you're not in London, or just don't care for the Olympic branding, you can also pick up the regular Galaxy S3 flip cover from ShopAndroid.com.

Source: Yahoo Korea

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4 years ago

Sony LT30p 'Mint' leaks ahead of expected IFA launch

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Like it did last year with phones like the Xperia Arc S and Ray, Sony Mobile is expected to launch a second wave of smartphones for the second half of 2012, most likely starting with an announcement at the IFA show next month in Berlin. This year, one of the like candidates for Sony's second-half flagship is the as yet unnamed LT30p or "Mint," to give it its codename. We've seen plenty of info on this device leak out already over the past few months (including a trip to the Bluetooth SIG which revealed its specs in full), but now we have the first leaked photos of the phone itself, thanks to an unofficial preview over on ​Mobile-Review.

The site's pics reveal a phone closely resembling a flattened Xperia GX. In fact, this has to be one of the most unassuming designs we've seen from Sony in some time. It's basically a large black slab with a soft touch rear panel and a slight "chin" to the front, similar to the Xperia Sola. Android purists, however, will be pleased to see the inclusion of on-screen buttons rather than capacitive or physical keys. Other notables include a non-removable battery, a microSD card slot for expandable storage, and the inclusion of Sony's WhiteMagic tech for improved daylight visibility.

The unauthorized preview also yields a full spec list, which almost exactly matches what's been previously rumored -- a Snapdragon S4 dual-core CPU inside, a 720p display, 13MP camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. However, it's claimed that the "Mint" will feature a 4.3-inch screen, compared to the Xperia GX's 4.6-incher. Based on this -- and the slightly less ambitious design -- we'd place the Mint slightly below the expected LT29i Hayabusa in Sony's H2 2012 line-up. That phone's expected to launch with similar internals, only with a 4.6-inch display and a more curvaceous design, similar to last year's Xperia Arc.

For the moment, though, this is speculation. We'll know for certain when Sony shows off its new stuff at IFA in Berlin on Aug. 29.

Source: Mobile-Review; via: XperiaBlog

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4 years ago

HTC releases AT&T One X kernel sources

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HTC has (finally) released the kernel source for the AT&T One X, bringing themselves into GPL compliance and giving independent developers a chance to build out custom kernels. Normal folks won't need to download this one, but soon enough we'll be enjoying the fruits of dev labor and get all our flashing on. Custom kernels can make the biggest difference when flashed, and for many folks part of having an Android phone is the fun of squeezing every drop out of them.

If you're a kernel developer, or aspiring to be, grab it at the source link below.

Source: HTC Developer; via Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 launch doubles sales of Shifty Jelly's Android apps

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Application developers at Shifty Jelly have taken to Twitter to let us all know that they have doubled their Android app sales since the release of the Nexus 7 and Google's $25 Play Store credit. The developers of the popular Pocket Casts podcast app and down under weather app Pocket Weather Australia are clearly seeing the benefit of Google selling the Nexus 7 at cost with Play Store credit as a gateway to Google Play, and remarked about the influx of new users.

We’ve noticed that sales of all our apps have doubled on Android, coinciding with Nexus 7 sales and Google giving out $25 for the Play Store

 

Their attention to detail and great communication have made Pocket Casts one of the premiere podcatchers on Google Play, and we're not surprised to see users downloading the app en masse. It's also great to see Google's idea of selling the Nexus 7 as a gateway to Google Play is working -- there's a lot of great content there, and 25 bucks of it for free looks like it was a good move. Great developers deserve this kind of support, and we hope others are seeing the benefit as well.

Source: @shiftyjelly

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4 years ago

Camera click sounds, Jelly Bean on the Xoom [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

Google's New Nexus 7 How-To Focuses on Google Apps

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Following closely behind their first "Getting Started" tutorial for the Nexus 7, Google has produced another video to help new users gets acquainted with the device. The short video pokes around a Nexus 7's "Google" folder in the dock, highlighting the important aspects of the headline Google Apps. This is all easy stuff for the hardcore Android nerds among us, but really useful if the Nexus 7 is your first time using Android, especially Jelly Bean. Take a look at the video, you may learn a thing or two.

Source: Google Nexus YouTube Page

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4 years ago

HTC to build another Facebook phone in 2013, says Bloomberg

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Despite failing to set the world alight with 2011's ChaCha and Salsa, HTC and Facebook will collaborate once again to bring another Facebook phone to market next year, according to reports from Bloomberg. ​Details on the purported device are scant at the moment, but the report, which cites the usual "people with knowledge of the matter," indicates a mid-2013 release, after the launch was apparently pushed back from the end of 2012.

The site doesn't mention Android specifically, but we'd be surprised if Google's OS wasn't involved in some way or other, given the history of collaborations between Facebook and HTC. Bloomberg​ says the phone will run a "modified" operating system, which suggests to us that we may see a forked version of Android, similar to what Amazon's done with the Kindle Fire. For the less technically inclined, that means a version of the OS built upon the open-source code, and most likely excluding any Google apps.

Android followers will remember that last year's HTC ChaCha (aka AT&T HTC Status) and its Europe-only sibling, the Salsa, weren't met with much success. So it's possible we'll see the two companies adopt a different strategy this time around. With Facebook getting more involved in the app space, it'd make sense for the Facebook phone to be heavily invested in this, rather than something like Google Play.

In any case, it seems the rumored device is still the best part of a year away from completion, so it's possible we'll see more changes throughout the course of development.

Source: Bloomberg

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4 years ago

Non-Jelly Bean update for Sprint Galaxy Nexus reportedly due tomorrow

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Like the Verizon version, it looks like Sprint's Samsung Galaxy Nexus is due for at least one more over-the-air update before Android 4.1 Jelly Bean arrives. According to ​TechnoBuffalo​, which obtained the internal screenshot above, Sprint is set to launch the update to build no. L700.FG01 tomorrow, July 26.

According to the leaked image, the new software version will include changes to the on-screen signal strength indicator, as well as support for Sprint TV and some changes to the default Wifi and LTE settings. Both will be set to "on" as standard in the new firmware, which is to be expected as Sprint's recently-launched LTE network begins to grow.

Assuming the software roll-out goes ahead as planned, Sprint Gnex owners will want to head to Settings > About phone > System updates tomorrow to pick up the latest firmware.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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