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4 years ago

Android Central Forums app updated, now with added good looks!

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Listen up everybody -- the Android Central Forums app just got a little bit more awesome. An update has just been pushed out into the Google Play Store that makes full use of the Tapatalk 2 back-end. 

If you're not familiar with Tapatalk 2, it's essentially the same setup we all know and love. The most noticeable difference -- an awesome looking new UI. The Android Central Forums just got a little bit sexier! 

Of course, we know that you guys are already rocking this -- you are, right? -- So head into the Play Store and hit the update. But, just in case it slipped you by the first time, we've got some handy download links for you after the break. Come on in and chat with us! 

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4 years ago

HTC EVO 4G LTE video walkthrough and not an unboxing

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OK, folks. The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE is in our hot little hands. We're on Day 1, and quite frankly we're already pretty impressed. Under the hood it's basically an HTC One X. But it's been redesigned, tweaked (and truth be told, improved) and launched as the EVO 4G LTE, the follow-up to the extremely popular EVO 4G.

Some quick thoughts:

  • The display is gorgeous. And it should be -- it's the same Super LCD 2 as on the One X.
  • Under the hood, it seems speedy enough. And it should be. It's the same processor as on the One X. (The Qualcomm version, that is.)
  • Sense 4 is great. And it should be. It's the same Sense 4 that's on the HTC One phones.
  • The camera is great. And it should be. It's exactly the same as what's on the HTC One phones.
  • The rear speaker is pretty good, too. A lot of you have been asking about that.

 

Our full review's coming. We like to actually use the phone first. Crazy, I know. But here's a quick video walkthrough answering some of the more burning questions that have been thrown our way.

Still want to know more? Our complete EVO 4G LTE review is well in the works. In the meantime, be sure to make your way into our EVO 4G LTE forums, where you'll you'll find the best info on the net. Huzzah!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III now available to pre-order at Vodafone UK

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Vodafone is the latest UK network to announce its pre-order deals for the Galaxy S III, Samsung's upcoming quad-core beast. Voda's offering the 16GB on 24-month contracts starting at £41 per month. That's not a small amount of money, but Voda's throwing 900 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data, in addition to a free Galaxy S III. If you're interested in the 32GB model, which is exclusive to Vodafone for the first month, that'll set you back £46 per month. That price will also get you bumped up to 1200 minutes, in addition to unlimited texts and 2GB.

Cheaper plans are available for both pebble blue and pearl white flavored Galaxy S III, starting at £26 per month, though you'll have to cough up £149 up-front if you choose this option. If it's SIM-free that you're after, then prices are currently hovering around the £500 mark.

The European launch day is just under three weeks away, on May 29. For more on the Galaxy S III, check out our exhaustive launch-day coverage.

Source: Vodafone

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4 years ago

Sony ST21i 'Tapioca' leaked again - ICS on a budget handset

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It was just a few weeks ago that we got our first non-blurrycam look at the Sony ST21i "Tapioca," an upcoming ICS-toting budget handset from the Japanese manufacturer. Today it's cropped up yet again, in another unauthorized hands-on preview, this time from Russian site Mobile-Review. There's not a whole lot here we haven't seen before, but the preview does take a closer look at the Tapioca's software -- a similar package to what we've been seeing on other 2012 Sony phones -- as well as giving a confirmation of some rumored specs.

The details leaked today match what we've previously heard -- the Tapioca sports a 3.2-inch HVGA display, an 800MHz single-core CPU and 512MB of RAM. It's no multimedia powerhouse, but there should be enough computational grunt there to power ICS, as well as Sony's assortment of multimedia enhancements. More pics at the source link. According to a leaked Sony roadmap, the Tapioca could appear as early as June, around the €150 price point.

Source: Mobile-Review; via: PhoneArena

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4 years ago

T-Mobile adds 187,000 subscribers in Q1

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T-Mobile today announced its first-quarter 2012 earnings, adding 187,000 net subscribers in the first three months of the year, compared to a loss of 99,000 a year ago. Money-wise, TMoUS saw operating income rise $7.2 percent to $1.27 billion, and average revenue per user jump a couple bucks to $58. The big talk from T-Mobile this week at CTIA, however, is life after the failed AT&T acquisition. And to that end, it's continuing to upgrade its network with an announced $4 billion modernization plan that will pave the way for LTE service in 2013.

Total customers now stand at 33.4 million -- up a couple hundred thousand from the end of 2011, but still 200,000 below Q1 2011.

More: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR now available in blue in select stores, online May 17

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Verizon this morning officially announced that a blue version of the Motorola Droid RAZR is available in select stores and will be sold online starting May 17. As we noted when we broke the news on Sunday, it's the same RAZR we've come to know and love (and wonder why it's still being sold when the MAXX exists), and it's still running Gingerbread.

 

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4 years ago

Motorola RAZR MAXX to be officially available in the UK on May 18

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We knew the Motorola RAZR MAXX was heading to the UK, and we even knew it was supposed to land officially in mid-May. But today British retailer Clove has announced that it'll officially begin shipping on May 18. For those unfamiliar with the MAXX, it packs a gigantic 3300mAh battery behind its 4.3-inch qHD display. Combined with UMTS and HSPA+ connectivity, that should give consumers a crazy amount of battery life on a single charge. If you're interested in this device be sure to keep your eyes peeled, as it can be yours in just over a week!

Source: Clove

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4 years ago

International Samsung Galaxy Note gets Ice Cream Sandwich

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If you've got an the international HSPA+ version of the Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N7000), then your months of waiting for Android 4.0 are finally over. The "Premium Suite" for the device, which includes ICS along with a range of other  enhancements, is now pushing out to unlocked German Notes. The update to version XXLPY weighs in at over 300MB, and is currently available through Kies, as well as over-the-air via an automatic update.

As we discovered during our brief hands-on session with the North American ICS update, the Note remains fully TouchWiz'd, even on the latest version of Android. So if you're familiar with the look and feel of the Note's Gingerbread-based firmware, then you'll probably notice only a few minor visual changes. Of course, ICS brings improved performance all-round, which should help Note owners get more out of the device's beefy hardware. And the addition of the Roboto font gives the Note an added touch of class.

As for actual software enhancements, the "Premium Suite" bundles a new S Memo app with support for even richer content, including voice recordings. There's also an enhanced handwriting-to-text feature, and improved sharing capabilities for S Memo content.

If you're rocking an unlocked Note, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to grab the latest OTA, or plug your phone into Kies to see if it's waiting for you. Remember that only German models are getting the ICS update for the time being, though if you know your way around ODIN, you can directly flash the German ROM regardless. (If you don't know what that means, it's probably best to just wait for your country/carrier's OTA.)

If you're already updated, be sure to drop by the comments and let us know what you think.

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4 years ago

CTIA 2012 recap

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Another event is wound down, and like most electronic and wireless trade shows, it was just about all Android. We didn't see anything huge, HTC and Samsung had already presented their wares, but we did see some interesting stuff.

Interesting things like Ice Cream Sandwich running on an AT&T branded Samsung Galaxy Note. No, they didn't tell us when the update was coming. We also saw MasterCard trying to get into the mobile payment game, with NFC and one-click Internet shopping. We hope they meet with success, but we hope even more that all the various players can get together and give us an NFC wallet solution that works everywhere, on every device.

Probably the biggest news from the show came from Verizon, with the Droid Incredible 4G LTE. It's not part of the HTC One line, but for folks who want a mid-sized Android phone that still is going to run well, this could be it. We'll know more when we spend some more time with it. That wasn't the only hardware worth mentioning. We saw what's coming from Huawei again, LG's Optimus 4X HD and Optimus Vu, and some really interesting edge-to-edge designs from Nyx Mobile.

We also got to sit in on a meeting of the minds behind the big four U.S. carriers, where we learned everything there is to know about the spectrum crunch, and the different ways each plans to tackle it. 

And we can't forget the orange goo.

Now all we have to do is wait to see what becomes of the announcements and new devices over the summer, then get ready to do it all over again next time. It's tiring work, but we wouldn't want it any other way.

 

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4 years ago

Nyx Mobile Lyuba Fun and Lyuba Max hands-on

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Walking around CTIA, it's always fun to find new things at random booths, and after stopping by Nyx Mobile I was met with a pleasant surprise from one of their reps. He starts the conversation with "you want to see something cool?" Of course, the geek in me wanted to scream yes, and I told him that I did. That's when he proceeded to pull out prototypes of their upcoming devices, which feature edge to edge displays. That's right, only the tiniest slither of a bezel separates the screen from the edge of the device.

The first handset that came out, the Lyuba Max, featured a 5-inch display and by doing the edge to edge display and eliminating the frame around it they were able to bring a larger screen in a smaller package. They also had a 4-inch model -- the Lyuba Fun -- and they will be finalizing a build of a 3.5-inch display as well. When the devices do launch, they'll run Ice Cream Sandwich, and feature specs comparable to other high-end devices. Hit the break to check out a couple other pictures, and stay tuned for updates from Nyx Mobile on availability of these devices.

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4 years ago

Are you ready to talk about the HTC EVO 4G LTE?

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Yes, that's exactly what you think it is -- the HTC EVO 4G LTE -- and it's in Phil's hands. 4.7-inches of EVOlisious goodness is in the house and it's time to put this monster through the paces like only we can. We know you all have questions, and we'll have answers. Jump in the discussion and let's talk about it, shall we?

 I've got the EVO - ask me anything!

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4 years ago

PayAnywhere aims to make accepting payments on the go a breeze

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The ability to accept and process payments while on the go is not a new concept, but it is also one that is far from perfected. We have seen tons of options, ranging from things like Square to PayPal's attempt, and all of them seem to fall short in on way or another. PayAnywhere is a mobile payment processing company that has taken the shortcomings of other applications, built upon them, and come in with the lowest processing fees, making the service a rather attractive one.

When looking at other available options, one thing that sticks out immensely is the lack of quality behind the receipts and offerings that they provide, limiting the client base that is likely to want to use their service. Odds are if you are running a larger business, you want a receipt that shows a breakdown of the products, shows your business name, and doesn't look like your child designed it. PayAnywhere offers just that and more.

Within the application you can set up company information to print on the receipt, and set up an inventory of items that can be quickly added during your sale. If the item isn't listed in your inventory, no problem, simply add it at that time and you are good to go. In the options of the application you are able to set up discounts, toggle taxes based on location, and much much more. Beyond all of this, the application that powers the reader is a cross platform application which is available on Android, iOS and BlackBerry, which means nearly any employee you have would be able to pick it up and use it without any issues. The reader is free through PayAnywhere, so if you happen to be in the market for something new to accept your payments, this is definitely a worth while service to give some serious thought to. Hit the break with us to check it out in action, and get a deeper look and feel for it.

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4 years ago

Samsung Electronics acquires cloud content service provider mSpot

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It's not all that often we hear of Samsung acquiring other companies that's exactly what they've done with cloud content service provider mSpot. As noted in the press release, Samsung will be making use of mSpot's cloud services to bring such content as music, video and radio services to Samsung devices:

“mSpot shares our vision to bring a best-in class cloud and streaming entertainment experience to consumers, and they’ve backed it up with great technical solutions from a great engineering team,” said TJ Kang, Senior Vice President of Samsung Electronics’ Media Solution Center.

For now it seems as though Samsung bought into the company as a whole meaning, they now own the technology, assets and human resources that mSpot holds. Financial details of the matter have not as of yet been disclosed. You can read the full press release from Samsung Electronics below.
 

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4 years ago

Hands-on with ZTE's line of Android 4.0 tablets

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In addition to its flagship line of smartphones, ZTE had its Ice Cream Sandwich tablets on hand here in New Orleans, some of which were making their American debut. As I said about the smartphones, it certainly appears that ZTE is trying to crack into the top tier of Android devices; if it will succeed remains to be seen.

The ZTE tablet line is driven by the PF100, a beauty we first met back in Barcelona. It’s got a beautiful 10.1-inch WXGA display with TFT technology, along with Tegra 3 and a gig of DDR2 RAM under the hood. The processor is clocked at 1.5 GHz and make no mistake about it- the PF100 offers a buttery smooth, mainly stock Ice Cream Sandwich experience. The PF100 is also packing a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front shooter, Dolby sound, and HSPA+ radios.

Just underneath the PF100 is the V96, though “beneath” may be a matter of opinion. Screen and most specs go hit-for-hit with the PF100, including the stock ICS experience; the big difference here is the processor and radios. The V96 is packing a 1.7 Ghz dual-core processor instead of Tegra 3 (no word on model), and it ships with LTE-compatible radios. A pretty fair trade off, we’d say.

At the lower end of the spectrum is the K75, which may or may not seem like a big step down compared to its big brothers. If you prefer a 7-inch footprint, the K75 is the flavor for you. It’s wi-fi only, with a lower-res screen of 1024 x 600 pixels. It’s got Ice Cream Sandwich onboard, but this one’s modded quite heavily. Under the hood, ZTE remains tight-lipped on the processor, which is more than likely on the lower end of the spectrum.

All in all, not much news tablet-wise out of CTIA this year, though it’s refreshing to see smaller manufacturers like ZTE are edging their way into the market. Some photos of what ZTE has been up to follow the break.

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4 years ago

HTC One S Otterbox Commuter hands-on

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We just got a look at the Otterbox Commuter case for the HTC One X, but we didn't want you One S owners to feel left out, because sitting right next to it was the commuter series case for the One S. Much like the One X, the One S features those wonderful curves and no one wants to ruin that by adding some ugly or bulky case, even if they are adding protection. In the past Otterbox cases have been kind of bland in design, and very industrial looking, but it appears as though that is gone.

Following the curves of the device the Commuter series case offers great protection for users who wish to keep their device safe and sound, but does it in a very stylish way. The overall style and flow matches that of the device, which is a key factor because many people are enticed by the design and feel of the HTC One Series. Hit the break to check out some more images, and be sure to stay tuned for a full review.

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