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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 starts shipping in Canada

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Samsung is now shipping out the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 across Canadian retailers and will be available to buy at most stores in the next two weeks. Last we heard, TELUS, WIND, and Mobilicity would be offering the phone, and since then Bell and Rogers have confirmed that they'll have it. In fact, Rogers and Bell are already taking orders online for $199 on a three-year contract. (Update: TELUS just dropped us a line to let us know that they're facing delays and won't have the device until later this week at the earliest.) To celebrate the launch, Samsung has Psy of Gangnam Style fame performing in Toronto tonight.

You can get a deep-dive with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in our hands-on video, but here's a quick run-down.

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot
  • GPS: A-GPS; Glonass
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE; USB 2.0 Host; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40; Wi-Fi Direct; mHL; NFC
  • Memory: 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM); microSD (up to 64GB)
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh

It's a monster of a device, and no doubt many Canadians are itching to get one of these. Who's buying? What are you digging most about the GNote 2? 

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4 years ago

LG Spectrum 2 available on Verizon for $99 on contract

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Verizon this morning announced the LG Spectrum 2, a 4.7-inch, Android 4.0 smartphone available online today for $99 on contract (after a $50 rebate). It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera, rocks 4G LTE data and has NFC. (This is the same on Best Buy outed last week.)

For those of you hoping for an Optimus G on Big Red, this might be as close as you get. (It's actually an offshoot of the LG Optimus LTE 2, but who's counting?) Let's take a close look at the specs. The display is the same IPS True HD panel as LG's premiere phone. Processor? Same quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.5 GHz. Verizon doesn't list RAM here, but we're willing to bet it's at  as well. It's also got the same software tweaks as LG's version, plus some Verizon thrown in.

All in all, for $99, you probably could do worse. We've got the full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE launched on TELUS

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The extra-tough Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE was launched in Canada through TELUS today for $49 on a three-year contract. It's fairly entry-level, but if you're primarily concerned about having a phone that can take a beating, specs won't really matter. 

  • 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display (480 x 800)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • 4G LTE smartphone
  • 1850 mAh battery
  • Built to military specifications (810g)
  • Waterproof, shock resistant and dust proof
  • Submersible in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • Bluetooth v4.0

We got our hands on the version coming to AT&T, if you want a closer look. Any rough-and-tumble Canadians can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE from the TELUS online store over here. Any takers?

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4 years ago

AMD getting into the ARM processor game

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ARM-based processors seem to be the future of computing, especially in applications that require power (and heat) efficiency, like tablets and smartphones. Trying to skate to where the puck is going, AMD is starting to research creating ARM processors. Their hope is to supplement their current lineup of desktop, laptop and server processors -- based on an x86 architecture -- with these higher efficiency options.

AMD is quick to point out that their foray into ARM processors is focused on reducing costs and improving efficiency of data centers. That being said, it's hard to believe that it would pump this R&D into making ARM processors without contemplating offering a cheap processor option for phone and tablet manufacturers. It says that the first AMD ARM processors will be coming by 2014.

Source: WSJ

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4 years ago

O2 reportedly secures Nexus 4 exclusivity in the UK

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O2 UK will be the only British network to offer the recently announced LG Nexus 4, according to reports. UK tech blog Pocket-Lint says O2 has secured a one-month exclusivity period, meaning customers wanting to use one on another network will have to pick it up online via the Google Play Store, or wait until mid-December when other networks will be given a crack at it.

O2 and LG are said to have partnered to give away free LG TVs to the first hundred Nexus 4 buyers in the UK. And as with its iPhone 5 launch, O2 will reportedly be erecting a pop-up store on top of the O2 Arena in London, where customers will be able to buy the phone on launch day (assuming paying Google to deliver one on the 13th is just too convenient for you).

O2 will be hoping to generate some positive buzz from its exclusive Nexus launch, as it's recently suffered a couple of major network outages. If nothing else, O2's exclusivity bid proves that the Nexus name still holds weight with some carriers around the world.

Source: Pocket-Lint

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4 years ago

Diner Dash now available on Amazon's Kindle Fire

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Mobile game Diner Dash has made its Android debut on the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Bad news for fans without an Amazon tablet though, because the game appears to be exclusive to the Kindle Fire for now. Searching for it on the Amazon Appstore on a different Android device returns no results (although the results return plenty of similar games to be downloaded).

The game may seem a little dated, but its publisher, PlayFirst, reminded us that it’s enjoyed over 650 million downloads worldwide.

Diner Dash was developed by GameLab before PlayFirst acquired the rights to own it. If you haven’t had enough, the game has spawned four sequels since its initial runaway success.

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4 years ago

Soti Pocket Controller coming to Android

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Soti is preparing to release its Pocket Controller Pro software for Android, in beta.

The product allows you to view and control your device from your PC, as well as display your mobile device on your desktop so you can use it in presentation settings, for example.

You can also sync files between PCs and mobiles, with a file explorer tool.

The company has a longer list of features on its site.

Soti has a Pocket Controller Pro version for BlackBerry devices, and has made a Windows Mobile version before (the older Windows CE-based OS, not to be confused with Windows Phone).

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4 years ago

EE 4G LTE arrives in the UK - 11 cities to start with, but plenty more to follow

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We have tested out EE's new 4G LTE service a couple of times already in recent months and have certainly been impressed with the speeds. So, great news today for those of you that live in one of the 11 cities that the service has today gone live in -- namely Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Southampton.

EE’s Fibre Broadband service will also today be available to 11 million homes and business premises with download speeds of up to 76Mbps. A few pointers from EE --

  • 4G mobile services available for British consumers and businesses for the first time ever today
  • Superfast service launches in 11 major cities across the UK
  • 4G network rollout to increase to 2,000 sq miles every month
  • Fibre Broadband from EE available to 11 million premises, with superfast speed typically ten times faster than standard broadband
  • New research reveals around three quarters of businesses (74%) are planning to adopt 4G within 12 months

Anyone lighting up a 4G phone for the first time today? Let us know how you're getting on!

You can catch the full press release below the fold.

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4 years ago

Daily Steals selling unlocked Galaxy Note 2 for $579

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Here's one for the folks who aren't feeling the draw of the Nexus 4. The Galaxy Note 2 is a killer device, and deals site Daily Steals is offering it at a pretty great price. For just $579.99, this 16GB unlocked European model (GT-N7100) of the Note 2 can be yours in either white or gray.

If you're interested in picking up one of these tablets giant phones, hit up the source link below.

Source: Daily Steals

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4 years ago

LG Electronics joins Linaro

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While this isn't directly Android related, it's important to support and develop open-source software on ARM devices, and this is great news. LG Electronics is joining other corporate giants like IBM, Samsung, and Texas Instruments as a member of the Linaro group.

While many an Android hacker or nerd recognizes the Linaro name when coupled with a special compilation toolchain, not everyone knows just what the Linaro group's goals are. Linaro works with partners like Adeneo Embedded and Canonical to create core open-source software that benefits the entire group versus each company at odds with each other.  

We've seen what that can do with the aforementioned Linaro Android toolchain. Things run better, are more efficient, and most importantly, patently unencumbered when the right minds all work together on it. It's great to see the some of the folks responsible for the latest Nexus devices as a part of it all, and to see partners with such a vested interest in Android.

Source: Linaro

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4 years ago

Severe, extreme, and amber alerts, Will 8GB suffice on the Nexus 4? [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

This week's sidebar poll: Are you buying a new Nexus?

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It's Nexus day, and the Internet is ablaze with chatter about the merits and failure of a series of devices nobody has touched. If you haven't been paying attention, a quick recap.

  • The LG Nexus 4 -- the new Nexus phone, priced at $299 for the 8GB version and $349 for the 16GB version. It's pentaband unlocked GSM, with an HSPA+42 radio. 
  • The Nexus 7 refresh -- the 8GB version has been dropped. We'll see the 32GB version shortly for $249, and the 16GB version is a cool $199. The HSPA+ unlocked GSM version will chime in at 32GB and sell for $299
  • The Samsung Nexus 10 -- a 10-inch tablet built by Samsung with a ultra-high-resolution screen (2560x1600). The 16GB version is $399, and the 32GB version is $499.
  • None of the devices come with removable batteries, an SDcard slot, or with CDMA or LTE radios.

It's the last line that seemingly has everyone in a tizzy. There's reasons why Google is doing it this way -- namely the LTE frequencies aren't very standard and not everything is licensed in a friendly way -- and we never should have expected a micro SDcard slot in a new Nexus device. As far as the radios, We've also known since we first saw the phone at the FCC that there would be no LTE at launch. But when it becomes official, that's when it's time to consider all the options.

Hit the break and check the poll, or look to the right and see it in the sidebar. Let us know what your plans are, and if you're interested in one of today's new devices. Use the comments to express it all. We'll hash it all out next week.

Speaking of which, here's the results of last week's poll.

What has you excited for the October 29 event?

  • The next version of Android -- 39.46-percent
  • The Nexus 4 -- 28.84-percent
  • A 10-inch Nexus tablet -- 27.04-percent
  • Other -- 4.66-percent

It's a shame that the weather didn't cooperate and the even had to get canceled (we certainly don't blame them -- stay safe) because a lot of folks were looking forward to seeing all there is to see about Android 4.2.

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4 years ago

The case for the 8GB Nexus 4

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Why spend an extra $50 and still not have enough space on your smartphone when it comes with Google's cloud? 

When you visit Google's Nexus 4 page and click on the "Shop now" link, it takes you straight to the 8GB version. (Go straight from the Play Store and you get 16GB. Go figure.) There's a reason for this, they want you to see you can buy the smartphone with the best specs available for (a whole dollar) under $300. That puts the Nexus 4 squarely into the impulse buy realm, and serves as a notice to other people selling phones for a whole lot more. It's $400 dollars cheaper than the closest competitor, and that means something.

Read on.

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4 years ago

Don't buy the 8GB Nexus 4

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An 8GB Nexus 4 for $299 sounds great. But you know what's better? Not running out of space for all your crap.

When you click on the LG Nexus 4 in the Google Play devices store, you're taken to the 16GB version by default. There's a reason for that. The cheaper 8GB model is a loss leader, something to grab headlines, but not a product Google wants you to buy. And in our opinion, it's not something you should buy if you care about getting the most out of your next phone.

The Nexus 4 is a technological beast. With a quad-core Snapdragon S4 inside, 2GB of RAM, a 1280x768 IPS display and the latest version of Android, the fact that you can pick one up for under $300 is just a little mind-blowing. But Google had to skimp somewhere, and like the $200 Nexus 7, Nexus 4's internal storage was sacrificed in order to keep costs down.

Read on to find out why you should stump up the extra fifty bucks for the 16GB model.

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4 years ago

Pandora hits version 4.0 with completely new UI

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Pandora has actually undergone quite a bit of change lately. After making notable changes to the app's UI just over two months ago, Pandora has gone back to the drawing board yet again. The new version 4.0 UI is coming to both Android and iOS with a whole host of changes, although curiously the Android update will be here "in the coming weeks". We've just got the official press shots of the UI to work with here, but it looks really nice. Pandora has gone to a completely "holo" looking design with tabs at the top, and an action bar with an overflow settings key and other action buttons. Extra functionality has been added in the form of new artist pages and improvements in your ability to make a personal music profile for better discovery.

As we noted, the update isn't live quite yet. You can hit up the Play Store link above and hopefully we'll be able to download version 4.0 soon. We've also got the press release for the latest update after the break.

Source: Pandora

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