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4 years ago

10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 pre-order at Office Depot, ships May 11


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1-inch tablet is now officially up for pre-order at Office Depot's online storefront. With a limit of two per customer, the 16GB version of the Tab 2 will set you back $399, and your order will ship next-day delivery (for free) on May 11. Starting May 13, they will be in brick-and-mortar Office Depot stores along with the full line of accessories.  

We had a nice long look at the Tab 2 at MWC, and we think Samsung did well with it. Dual-core CPU and 1GB of RAM under a very nice 10.1-inch IPS display and running Ice Cream Sandwich. If you're interested in picking one up, hit the link below to pre-order. The press release is after the break.

Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1-inch

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4 years ago

Motorola Cliq 2 gets updated to Gingerbread


The Motorola Cliq 2 is finally getting it's Gingerbread update. I'll spare you from the witty and/or snide remarks abut Gingerbread being 18 months old. It's not an OTA update, and you'll need a computer running Microsoft Windows to update your Cliq 2. I'll spare you from the witty and/or snide remarks about that, too. In their place, I offer this list of updates and enhancements.

  • Improved Cursor Control
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy
  • Number and Symbol Shortcuts
  • Sleep Mode
  • Dock Icon Functionality
  • App Groups
  • Rich Location App
  • App and Power Management Details
  • Download Manager App
  • New User Interface Icons
  • Tasks App Enhancements
  • Browser Search Engine
  • Emergent Groups and Smart Contacts
  • Updated Calendar Options
  • Device Control Capabilities Through 3LM
  • UI performance Improvements
  • Battery Fixes
  • Wi-Fi Calling Implemented fixes to improve reliability.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Signal Improved

That's a big, long list. You can find the full details, as well as update instructions in the links below. Now go get some Gingerbread if you're still using your Cliq 2!

Source: Motorola, Update support

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Every major UK network will carry the Samsung Galaxy S III


Following yesterday's Galaxy S III announcement in London, we some initial announcements from UK retailers and mobile networks, indicating broad availability for Samsung's new flagship phone when it arrives in late May. And today we have confirmation that the Galaxy S III will indeed ship on every major mobile network in the country, just like the HTC One S and One X before it. T-Mobile, Orange, Three, Vodafone and O2 have all done their official announcements, and many plan to stock it from May 30 (which leads us to believe that availability on the 29th may be limited to be select few stores.)

As we reported yesterday, Vodafone will exclusively offer the 32GB version in the UK for a limited time. Everyone else will get the 16GB variant.

O2 and Carphone Warehouse even have the first details of on-contract pricing. Carphone's offering the S III for free on £36-per-month plans from Vodafone and Orange, both of which offer 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB. Cheaper monthly plans are also available, if you're willing to pay an up-front fee. And for those wanting to order through O2, on-contract prices range from free to £299.99. If you want the handset without any up-front fee, you'll have to stump up £46 per month, which'll get you unlimited minutes, umlimited texts and 1GB.

SIM-free prices, it seems, will float around the £500-550 mark -- according to Clove Technology and Carphone Warehouse -- which comes close to matching the November launch price of the Galaxy Nexus. However, this price point also makes the Galaxy S III a little more expensive than its main competitor, the HTC One X.

Are you thinking about dropping some cash on a shiny new Galaxy S III when it lands on May 29? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Source: O2, Clove Technology, Carphone Warehouse

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4 years ago

Galaxy Nexus case showdown - TPU vs. Silicone


We know a lot of folks out there want a flexible "skin" case for their Galaxy Nexus. We also know that with so many available, it's often hard to figure out which one is the best. Luckily, you've got AC and Raul to help make the decision easier. Raul dives in and compares the Cruzerlite Androidified TPU case against the CaseMate Droid Creature case -- two very popular choices. 

Check out the video and see Raul's comparison. We don't want to spoil the ending, but you can buy the winner right here. Thanks, Raul!

Source and more discussion: Android Central forums 

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4 years ago

HBO Go and Max Go updated with ICS support, but for phones only


HBO Go and MAX Go, streaming video-on-demand services from Home Box Office, have both been updated to support Ice Cream Sandwich devices. It's been a long time coming, and subscribers to the pay channels who want to stream video to their Android devices can finally do so with the latest phones, but only phones. It seems that HBO has decided not to include tablets in this update, nor any Google TV devices. 

To be fair, we're not sure if this is an oversight, a technical issue, or something else. We are sure that it works on the iPad, and if coded correctly, any app that runs on ICS on our phones should run on our tablets as well. I've reached out to Home Box Office, so maybe they will have the answers. In the meantime, you can grab the apps at the links below and enjoy them on your phones.

download HBO Go | download MAX Go

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4 years ago

Watch the entire Samsung Galaxy S III event!


We were there last night in London for the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Wish you were, too. But now you can relive the entire event in the comfort of our own home. Enjoy, and be sure to check out our Galaxy S III recap for all the news from the event. (And we might even squeeze another post or two out of it yet.)


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4 years ago

Draw Something sees daily users decline by 5 million


No app developer wants to hear that they've lost 5 million daily users in the space of just 30 days. Sadly for the now Zynga owned OMGPOP, that is precisely the situation they find themselves in. 

Draw Something has been the hot ticket since its release on Android and iOS, amassing huge download figures on both platforms in a relatively short space of time. According to information provided by App Data​ though, the number of users is in decline. At its peak, Draw Something had over 15 million daily users. In just 30 days, that number has slipped by 5 million, knocking off a third of the daily user base. 

​App Data's ​numbers are based upon the Facebook login method of playing the game. This of course isn't the only way to play, but it is the most popular, so it paints a pretty clear picture. This then begs the question, are people already getting bored of Draw Something? How about you guys, are you still actively playing? Sound out in the comments below and let us know your thoughts. 

via Pocketlint

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 launch day wrap-up


It's been a busy day here in London, as we've spent the past few hours getting acquainted with Samsung's new flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3). So as the day draws to a close -- here in England, at least -- why not take a look back over our extensive Galaxy S3 coverage. We've got exhaustive hands-on features on the phone's hardware and software, including a run-through of major software features like the camera, picture-in-picture, S Beam and more.

And when you're done checking out all of the day's news from Earl's Court, be sure to have your say over on our Samsung Galaxy S III forums.

Galaxy S III software hands-on

We get to grips with the new version of Samsung's TouchWiz UX.

Galaxy S III hardware hands-on

A sleek, shiny, curved design, quad core CPU and HD SuperAMOLED.

 Galaxy S III photo gallery

Our complete photo gallery of the white and blue Galaxy S III.

Samsung announcement post

The official announcement straight from Samsung.

Galaxy S III: Coming May 29

The Galaxy S III's European release date revealed

Camera app hands-on video

We take a quick tour of the new Samsung TouxhWiz photo app.

Android Central Podcast 95

Alex and Phil talk Galaxy S III in a special podcast from London.

Samsung Unpacked Liveblog

All the details from the announcement event as it happened.

S Voice demonstration video

Samsung's "Siri competitor" put through its paces in our video demo.

Flipboard for Android hands-on

Flipboard's coming to Android, and it's coming first to the Galaxy S III.

Pop-up Play demonstration

Samsung brings picture-in-picture to its new flagship phone.

Galaxy S III vs. HTC One X

HTC and Samsung's leading devices square off in our versus video.

Galaxy S III coming to USA in June

The first news on when the SGS3 will arrive stateside.

Galaxy S III international availability

Find out which countries and networks are getting the phone.

Galaxy S III versus iPhone

Apple's leading smartphone compared with Samsung's latest.

Galaxy S III vs. Galaxy Nexus

We compare Samsung's new baby to the ICS torch-bearer.

Discussion on the Galaxy S III forums

Chat it up with the Android Central forum community.

Samsung Galaxy S III accessories

Cases, wireless chargers and a tiny MP3 player.

50GB Dropbox storage on SGS3

Samsung/Dropbox partnership gives users 50GB for 2 years.


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4 years ago

LG announces Optimus LTE2 with a whopping 2GB of RAM


LG has announced the new Optimus LTE 2 for the Korean market, and there's a couple specs on-board that may have you looking twice. Besides the True HD IPS Display (of an unknown size, but it looks "big"), the LTE radio, 2150 mAh battery, Ice Cream Sandwich and other goodies we expect on a high-end LG phone, the LTE 2 also packs in 2 GB of RAM and a wireless charging solution. The details on the wireless charging are a bit sparse, but we do know it complies with  the World Association of Wireless Charging (WPC) standards and can be charged with a standard charging mat, regardless of manufacturer. We like standards.

But we do know what 2 GB of RAM means. First off, it's at least double what the phone your using, or thinking about buying today, has. If you didn't buy a new laptop this year, there's a good chance the LTE 2 has the same amount of RAM as your notebook computer. For a smartphone, it's a lot -- as in a whole-hell-of-a-lot. That means more applications open and running at once, for better multitasking, and less re-drawing. We like more multitasking as much as we like standards.

The LTE 2 is expected to debut on five carriers in Korea this month, with other markets to follow. Will we see it in the United States or Europe? We sure hope so.

Source: LG Korea (Korean)

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 versus the iPhone!


There's not a whole lot to say here, right? We all know the iPhone backward and forward. There's really no way not to (especially when you've got the likes of in your stable). And after we don't know how many Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) posts, we're fairly familiar with it, too. One's metal and glass. The other is predominantly plastic. But it's a skinny bugger. Lanky, almost wiry. 

Body styles notwithstanding, the major difference is in screen size. The iPhone still wins out in pixel density, but that's because it's still at a rather quaint 3.5 inches, whereas the Galaxy S3 is a whopping 4.8 inches (crammed into a slightly smaller body).

So which would you choose? Made-for-human plastic? Or the cold, hard reality of aluminum and glass?

We've got hands-on video and pics after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung show off a whole range of Galaxy S III accessories


Everyone likes accessories, right? At tonight's Unpacked event in London, Samsung unveiled a whole heap of official accessories for the Galaxy S III. From cases, to docks and even a "Pebble." 

So the Pebble isn't just a Pebble. It's basically an updated version of the old Pebble MP3 players Samsung used to sell. Covered in the "Hyperglaze" finish as with the phone, it's designed purely as an accessory to the Galaxy S III. It has 4GB of internal storage, and one use case is taking it out on a run to listen to your music, without the need to take your new, expensive Galaxy S III with you. 

Cases are cases, and it's hard to get excited about them. But we've got them nonetheless. There's a selection of hard shell and leather flip cases available to protect your shiny new Galaxy. 

There's a few different docks available too. As you would expect, there's an official Car Dock which is basically an official Samsung branded cradle. No contact less charging on the Galaxy S III. The desktop is also taken care of, with a Desktop Dock and a simple battery charging stand. 

Samsung are also offering up their own, branded HDTV adaptor which is pretty much a standard MHL adaptor. There's also a pretty cool sounding wireless charger, which didn't seem to be out on show. 

We've got a few shots of what was out on show for you after the break.

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4 years ago

Latest SwiftKey beta brings back the comma, promotes voice-to-text


SwiftKey, recipients of the prestigious 2011 Android Central Editor's Pick for third-party keyboard, today unleashed a new beta version of the SwiftKey 3 keyboard that, ahem, fixes a few things in the UI department. Most notably, the comma key has resurfaced, with the voice-to-text microphone as its secondar function, so we're not going to complain too much.

Also of note in this beta update:

  • Improved the UI: there is now a dedicated comma key, and the <123> key is now in the bottom-left corner. 
  • Refined the Smart Punctuation pop-up.
  • Reintroduced the Long-press duration setting.
  • Improved Smart Space functionality.
  • Further reduced lag on some devices.
  • Fixed a number of bugs, including the missing decimal point in the numpad and the "What's New" dialog popping up all the time.

In addition to being the 2011 Android Central Editor's Pick for third-party keyboards, SwiftKey also won a Webby this week, which is pretty close in prestige. (Note to Android Central editors: Give away gongs.)

More: SwiftKey VIP forums (registration required)

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4 years ago

Galaxy S III owners to receive 50GB Dropbox storage


Samsung, like HTC before it, has partnered with leading cloud storage provider Dropbox in its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III. The app comes pre-loaded on the S III, and Samsung's partnership gives owners 50GB of storage of two years -- double what HTC's offering on its One series, and matching the amount on offer through and Sony Mobile.

For more on the software packed inside the HTC One X, check out our extensive walkthrough.

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4 years ago

Flipboard for Android - we go hands-on!


Flipboard is finally coming to Android. Well, sort of. Flipboard is coming to Android on the Galaxy S III. Exclusively on the Galaxy S III, we're told, at least for some amount of time, though Flipboard's website today informs that it'll be available on "Select Android phones" at first, so that could mean more than just the SGSIII.

What's all the fuss about? If you're a fan of Google Currents -- and judging by the more than 321,000 subscribers to Android Central on Google Currents, a few of you are -- you'll also be a fan of Flipboard. The idea is that you take a traditional news feed and turn it into a more visually appealing medium. "Magazine-style" is the phrase we use a lot, and it's a great way to read traditional online stories, online or offline. And Flipboard was one of the first apps to do it really well, and until now it's only been available on iOS devices.

But no more. Flipboard is coming to Android. We don't know exactly when (well, May 29 for those of you in Europe, we suppose), and we don't know how long it'll be SGSIII-only. But if you've been waiting for Flipboard on Android, it's coming. Probably. 

We've got a brief hands-on look after the break that'll give you the idea of what's in store.

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4 years ago

Galaxy S III 'Pop-up Play' picture-in-picture demonstration


Samsung showed off a host of new features on the new Galaxy S III today, but one of the most eye-catching was the “Pop-up Play” capability, which brings picture-in-picture video viewing to the device. Activated from within the native Gallery app, Pop-up Play creates a smaller, draggable window that hovers on top of other apps, which sits there playing your video of choice. And in the background, you’re free to run whichever apps you please.

Sure, we’ve seen kind of thing implemented by the rooting and hacking community before, but this is Samsung is the first manufacturer to offer this picture-in-picture viewing out of the box. And combined with the Galaxy S III’s wealth of supported codecs, we’re sure this feature will be of use to many an S III owner in the months ahead.

Check our hands-on video above, and be sure to read the rest of our Galaxy S III coverage for even more info on Samsung’s new flagship smartphone.

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