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4 years ago

HTC not bundling Beats heaphones anymore


In a move that shouldn't surprise anyone, HTC won't be bundling Beats headphones with it's devices anymore.  Ever since HTC announced their partnership with Beats they've been talking up the benefits, namely better sound quality from your handset.  Regardless of whether or not you agree that the sound quality was actually better, the fact that you got some pretty decent earbuds with your phone was a major plus.  Everything you needed to have great sound was included in the box.  Apparently HTC realized that people don't buy phones based on what buds are included in the box.

Now that won't be the case, and it probably has more to do with Beats than with HTC.  It may or may not be common knowledge, but Monster was the manufacturer of Beats headphones.  We say was because the partnership has ended, which leaves Beats without a manufacturer.  So even if HTC wants to continue to include the buds, they can't, because Beats can't supply them anymore.

Source: CNET

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4 years ago

Sync your Instagram photos to Google+ [How-to]


We've had quite a few folks ask about a way to post their Instagram pictures to Google+, and an equal number of methods to do so hit our inbox recently. Because Google+ doesn't yet have a public API (tools programmers need to be able to write apps to do this sort of thing), most of the methods are pretty convoluted -- including this one. 

But if you can install a few free programs to your desktop computer, this is entirely possible. It's a messy workaround, but once setup it works really well. This method won't automatically post the Instagram pictures to your G+ stream, but it does place them in a public album in your photos.

Hit the break for the instructions.

Source: Wired

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4 years ago

New AT&T LTE markets go live today


Just as they previously announced, three new markets went live today.  Bloomington and Muncie, IN and Bryson-College Station, TX now have AT&T's fastest data offering available.  The new markets are part of a previously announced 12-market expansion.  We've seen first hand how fast LTE can be on AT&T's fledgling network, but they still have some catching up to do with coverage compared to Verizon. This latest expansion closes the gap a little.

With the announcement of the HTC One X at Mobile World Congress, AT&T is bringing another high-end device to join the ranks of phones like the Samsung Skyrocket, the HTC Vivid, and the LG Nitro and take advantage of the extra speed that comes with LTE. Just mind your data cap, at these speeds you'll reach it in no time.

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: HTC all up in here; all your SGSIII's are fake; apologies to Dropbox


Exciting times, folks. I'm writing this from somewhere over New York and Pennsylvania and Maryland and Virginia, on the way home from the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE event, and recuperated from the 3 a.m. release of our HTC One X/One S/Sense 4 content earlier in the week. And I'm excited. I'm excited for us to have new devices to play with and explore and write about. And I'm excited for you folks to get your hands on them, too. (And if you haven't waded into our EVO 4G LTE forums, you're missing out on some great stuff.)

It's easy to get caught up in it all, even for us. It's easy to see what we want to see. The One X isn't perfect. The One S isn't perfect. The EVO 4G LTE has a ridiculous name (though at least it doesn't have any commas in it), and folks are freaking out too much over its design (which hardly is the worst thing in the world) without having actually held the damn thing.

A deep breath might be needed. And judging by our completely unscientific poll, 70 percent of you are plenty happy with what you've seen so far.

But you know what the really fun part is? This is still pretty early. HTC's just the first of the major manufacturers to unveil its new generation of Android smartphones. Samsung and Motorola are still to come. We've gotten an early look at LG, but still need to spend some quality time with them. So, yeah. Right now we're all focused on HTC, and that's fine. But there's still more to come.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for April 7, 2012


Looking for some new applications to help pass your Easter weekend? Let's jump past the break and take a look at some of our favorites for this week.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus my way: Joshua Muñoz


Seeing as how we've got this new rootin', tootin', fancypants series showing off how us Android Central staffers set up our phones, I figured I'd volunteer myself, write this little doodad, and step up to the plate. I don't move from phone-to-phone as often as my gadget lust would like (hey, I'm on a student's budget, ya know?), but no matter what device I've got, I tend to set them up the exact same way. Steel yourselves, and when you're ready to have your minds blown, join me after the break.

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4 years ago

LG Lucid Review


With new devices rolling out on what feels like a daily basis, making the decision of which device is worthy of signing the next two years away with can be a daunting task. While the push is towards the evolving and new technologies such as 4G LTE and others, that doesn't mean they are for everyone. LG has hit before with some great devices like the LG Spectrum among others, and they are back at it again with the LG Lucid.

Could a device that launches with Gingerbread and promises Ice Cream Sandwich in the future be your next device? Could you put aside the fact that the display isn't 720P, or are these not things you are needing and just want a reliable Android device? Either way, let's hit the break and check out how the LG Lucid stacks up, and if it may just land in your pocket or purse.

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4 years ago

Android Central 92: The HTC One X and One S, Sense 4, the Sprint EVO 4G LTE, and Instragram on Android


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We review the HTC One S and One X, get our hands on the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE, plus take a look at Instragram for Android (and all the hate that follows). You're not going to want to miss this one.

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4 years ago

Android Central international round-up - April 7, 2012


So this week was HTC week, and there was no shortage of stories about the launch of HTC's new hero devices, the One X and One S. We had reviews, previews, hands-on features, comparisons and everything in between. If you want to learn more about HTC's shiny new toys (and trust us, you do), be sure to check out the features list below.

Both devices are out now in Europe, and every major network in the UK is offering the both phones on-contract at subsidized prices. Stateside, the One S is rumored to launch on T-Mobile in late April, with the One X tipped to follow shortly after in early May.

In non-HTC news, Motorola revealed that the GSM/HSPA RAZR MAXX would be making its way to European shores from May. Consider our interest piqued. We're eager to see what kind of longevity Moto can deliver with a 3,300mAh pack and no battery-hogging LTE radio.

Check some highlights from past week's Android developments in Europe, Asia and beyond in the list below. And if you've got international news, you can tip us at the usual address.

Special Features:


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4 years ago

AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G Gingerbread update finally available again, confirmed to work this time


It's been about two months since the AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G first saw its Android 2.3 Gingerbread made available, only to be yanked back due to some bugs. On Thursday, the download was finally revived via the Samsung Kies Mini application. Yes, folks. It's finally happening. (Again.)

Here's a reminder of what you'll be getting in the Android 2.3.6 update, which takes the software version up to UCLB3: 

  • Improved Copy and Paste functionality
  • Redesigned Multi Touch Software Keyboard
  • Download manager for long running HTTP downloads
  • Improved power management and application control
  • Notification Shade: “Flight Mode” added (“Silent” removed)
  • New Fonts options added include Choco Cooky, Cool Jazz, Rosemary
  • Keyboard Changes: Android Keyboard with Wider Spaced keys and Quick Keys at the top
  • New Widgets: The name of the content provider will be listed on the widget list along with the widget name. Previously only the widget name was provided.
  • New Widget: Traffic (Android) added to list of available widgets
  • Menu Changes/New Apps: Downloads and Google Books added new, Promotional pre-load of Angry Birds removed.

A slightly odd development: AT&T in its forum post says that this update will hard-reset your phone -- as in wipe anything that was previously on it. But that wasn't the case with our update. Regardless, be sure to back up your contacts and e-mails and pictures and the like, just in case. Then be sure to download Kies, and get to updating. Should take about 5 minutes or so once it gets going.

Download: Kies Mini for the Infuse 4G; More: Update instructions
Via: Samsung Infuse 4G forums

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4 years ago

IMDb Movies & TV app updated to support HD streaming of movie trailers on tablets and smartphones


When we chose IMDb Movies & TV as the tablet app of the year in our 2011 Android Central Editors' Pick Awards it was a pretty fine looking app and in that time, IMDb has continued to improve upon the app overall. The last update brought a new layout and ICS features but now a new update is available for download.

Movie buffs will want to grab this one for sure as it addresses some long standing bugs but more importantly it adds HD streaming of trailers for both tablets and smartphones. Download is past the break for you all, also if you're checking it out let us know what movies you're looking forward to this summer in the comments.

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4 years ago

Instant upload no longer syncing, Gonna miss the 3D feature? [From the Forums]


It's been a busy week for Android news and just in case you missed out on anything, we're here for you. Get yourself caught up here on the blogs and in the forums plus, stay tuned for our always informative weekend content and round-ups:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

Instagram updated once again, brings support to tablets and Wifi devices


Instagram has received another update, this time opening the app to Android tablets and other Wifi devices. Not a lot has changed, as sideloading the old version on tablets or Wifi devices worked, but it's nice to see it done officially. The camera and picture import process is still broken on the Transformer Prime, but seems to work fine on both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 7 plus. It's a bit of a bummer, but with no support yet for the HTC One X camera, we expect the Tegra 3 has something to do with it.

The cool thing about using Instagram on a tablet is viewing the images in your stream, which works very nicely. We've got the download link after the break, grab the update if you've been wanting this on on your tablet.

Thanks, ohaaron!

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4 years ago

Max Payne Mobile coming to Android April 26th


If you dig third-person shooter games then chances are you've checked out Max Payne at some point since its original release in 2001 and now, Rockstar Games is taking Max Payne to new territory. As announced on their blog, Max Payne Mobile will be arriving on Android devices come April 26th and will feature the full classic game optimized for mobile experiences and include HD graphics, high-resolution textures, Social Club connectivity and user-customizable controls. Sadly, Rockstar has yet to announce which devices will be compatible at launch but that will come soon enough and it should be a broad range.

Source: Rockstar Games

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