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4 years ago

TV and Movies app for Google TV gets a major refresh

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The TV and Movies app for your Google TV has a major update in process, making the app more personalized to your choices for content, better favorites management, and a star ratings system to help sort it all. 

TV and Movies isn't a player -- it's Google's ultimate entertainment search application, sorting content from your cable or satellite provider, apps like Netflix and HBO Go, and even Amazon and providing you with information about programming. With today's additions, things got a little more personal and shows and channels you like will be easier to find. And the star ratings system helps you discover new content based on your previous ratings. Popular services like Netflix already do something similar, but with Google's special sauce on search, we imagine that this will be a great way to discover new content and programs that you really want to see. Last but not least, the Trending this Week shelf gives a list of what's trending on all of Google search from the web, so you have an idea of what other folks are watching and talking about. While we're waiting for the next generation of Google TV hardware, it's great to see the team working some magic on the software side.

Source: Google TV blog

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4 years ago

Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX software updates finally ready to roll out

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Being a Droid RAZR or Droid RAZR MAXX owner has certainly had its ups and downs for the past little while. A bunch of false starts for software updates have occurred, but now it looks like Motorola and Verizon have managed to get things squared away for the better.

If you check out the Verizon support pages you'll find information for the 6.12.181 software update readily available for viewing, which means the actual updates could roll out pretty much anytime now.

No, it's not Ice Cream Sandwich, but we're sure you'll agree some updates are better than no updates at all. The change log is the same for both devices, so jump on past the break to get a detailed list

Source: Verizon

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations interview: Pocket developers

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The transformation of Read It Later to Pocket is complete, but a change of that size never comes easy. Behind the marketing team, the publicists, and the folks who count the beans you have the developers. Sure, their job isn't as glamorous as some, but in the end none of it could happen without their hard work, great ideas, and incredible luck -- writing great code is not easy.

Rene took a moment and spent some time with Nate and Max from Pocket's development team, who were gracious enough to tell us a bit about the ideas and execution behind Pocket. How a beautiful app (and make no mistake, Pocket is top-notch) transforms from ideas into pixels is interesting, and this one is a must-watch. Have a look, and if you haven't already tried Pocket the download links are after the break.

Thanks Nate and Max!

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4 years ago

AT&T introduces new data plans for GoPhone customers

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Want to get into the world of smartphones without getting tied down to a monthly contract? AT&T GoPhone is one of many prepaid options out there, and now AT&T has announced some new data plans set to arrive on the prepaid service from April 22nd --

  • 1 GB - $25
  • 200 MB - $15
  • 50 MB - $5

GoPhone customers who subscribe to either the $50 Unlimited Talk & Text nationwide plan or the $25 Unlimited Text with 250 minutes nationwide plan are eligible to add the services, which are priced to offer twice as much data as earlier rates.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2X gets another Gingerbread update

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There's an update waiting for you in the LG Mobile Support tool if you have a T-Mobile G2X, but relax -- it's not Ice Cream Sandwich. V21Y brings the G2X to Android version 2.3.4, swaps out the baseband for a newer version, and adds Google+ to the ROM.  Early reports say that battery life has been improved, but that great LG camera app is still nowhere to be found. 

Other than that, it looks to be a small version bump from 2.3.3 to 2.3.4, and was "released" with no fanfare. We still don't know when (or if) the G2X will ever see an official Ice Cream Sandwich update, and that makes us sad. Anyone who has one will tell you it's an amazing piece of hardware, simply held back by buggy radios and software. 

If you're feeling brave, and have a stock G2X (or can take the time to roll back to stock), plug in and check for updates and give it a try. 

Source: XDA Developers; via Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Bell to be the exclusive carrier of the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE

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If you'll all remember it was quite a while ago now that Samsung announced the Galaxy S II HD LTE. It appeared on some retailer websites and then it ultimately ended up in the hands of AT&T as the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD. Now it is making its way to Canada where it will be a Bell exclusive. Here's what Canadian buyers can expect --

  • Fast network access: 4G LTE, HSPA+ 42 Mbps, EDGE/GPRS quad band
  • Best in class display: 4.65" (118mm) HD Super AMOLED screen, optimized HD interface, and HD content support
  • Powerful performance: 1.5 GHz dual core processor and 4G LTE download speeds, 1850mAH Li-ion battery, Android 2.3 OS, WiFi and Bluetooth capable (ICS will be available)
  • Form factor: 9.27mm thin
  • Memory: 1GB RAM; 16GB (eMMC); micro SD slot (up to 32 GB)
  • Camera: 8 MP AF rear camera; full HD 1080p video recording;  2 MP front camera
  • Browser: Android Browser: HTML 5.0

Bell hasn't laid out any pricing for the device as of yet, but those interested in picking one up can sign up for updates on Bell's website. They'll have more info in the "coming weeks" for customers but until then though, you can check out their full press release beyond the break.

Source: Bell

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4 years ago

Geek out in the hardware forums

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Curious about the above image?  Obviously it's a comparison between two displays, but which ones? Visit our new hardware forum to find out.  SoCs, LCDs, OLEDs and everything else hardware related will be discussed here.  Not sure what all those abbreviations mean?  That's OK, we have you covered.  There's already a great discussion going on about display technology, too.  Things can get kind of technical here, but that's ok, because we all have an inner geek that wants to know these things, right?  

I consider myself somewhat of a hardware junkie, and I'll be spending a good amount of time in this particular section.  I'm doing my best to make sure the information provided is as accurate as possible, easy to understand, and helpful for all of you.  My goal is to help you be more informed when deciding which phone might be best for you from a hardware perspective.

Have some technical or hardware-related questions you'd like answered?  Go ahead and start a thread in the hardware section and we'll do our best to get it answered.  We're by no means the smartest people around, but between us and the awesome members in the forums you're sure to get the explanation you're looking for.  And yes, I'm already dreaming about new stuff I'd like to see in our devices.

Source: Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

HTC One X launches May 6 on AT&T, priced $199.99

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Pre-orders for the LTE-powered One X begin April 22

AT&T has announced that its version of the HTC One X will launch just under three weeks from now, on May 6, with pre-orders for the device starting this Sunday, April 22. The phone will sell for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement, which is in line with other leading AT&T phones.

AT&T's One X packs a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, compared to the quad-core Tegra 3 powering the international version. The change is due to Tegra 3's lack of built-in LTE support, however the dual-core Snapdragon S4 is nothing to sniff at, and we've been impressed with the performance it's delivered in other phones like the HTC One S. Aside form the change in processor, AT&T customers can expect the same One X experience we described in our full review -- same gorgeous 720p SuperLCD2 display, same 8MP ImageSense camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, backed up by HTC Sense 4.

For more on the One X, take a glance over our definitive review. And if you're on AT&T, hit the comments and let us know whether you'll be picking one of these up on May 6.

Source: PRNewswire

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4 years ago

JCB's ruggedized Android smartphone launches in the UK

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British construction equipment manufacturer JCB is no stranger to the smartphone game, having worked with Motorola to launch the DEFY+ JCB Edition just a few months ago. And today sees the launch of JCB's own-brand Android handset, the JCB Toughphone Pro-Smart. It's not going to win any beauty contests, but JCB's going for ruggedness over looks with this device, which boasts IP67-rated water and dust-resistence, along with a basic Gingerbread-based software experience.

A glance down the spec sheet reveals some pretty basic internals -- you've got an 800MHz CPU, a 3.2-inch HVGA screen and a microSD card port. Interestingly there's a whopping 2000mAh battery packed inside this phone, which combined with its entry-level hardware, should deliver some impressive battery life.

British retailer Clove Technology is now stocking the JCB Toughphone Pro-Smart with a SIM-free price of £310.80 including VAT.

Source: Clove Technology

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4 years ago

Huawei announces global availability for the Ascend P1

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While the Huawei Ascend P1 was subject to much speculation surrounding its actual release dates, Huawei has now announced the global availability for their flagship dual-core smartphone.

“The global availability of the Ascend P1, which combines smart features and a sexy design, represents a significant milestone for Huawei Device.  We are sending strong signals of our intention to transform into a consumer-facing brand and extend our market leadership globally by strengthening our range of flagship products. We are also expanding our sales and distribution channels to move beyond a focus on operators,” said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei Device.

The Ascend P1 packs a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor and measures 7.69mm thin making it incredibly thin in the hand. For visuals, you get a 4.3-inch super AMOLED 960 x 540 display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass along with an 8MP shooter and running the whole package is a healthy dose of Ice Cream Sandwich

The Huawei Ascend P1 will be available in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia through operators and retailers by May 2012, in Latin America from June 2012 and in Europe from summer, with availability in other markets soon after. The full press release from Huawei can be found after the break however; if you're looking for pricing you'll not find it.

Check out our hands on with the Huawei Ascend P1

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4 years ago

First software update now rolling out for European HTC One X

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The first official new software update is now rolling out for unbranded HTC One X retail units in Europe, bringing HTC's new flagship phone up to version 1.28.401.9. The 30MB update is being delivered over-the-air, so head to 'Settings > About > Software Updates' to grab the new version. Note that if your One X is network-branded, you'll likely have to wait a little longer for your carrier to approve this update before it's pushed out. And for what it's worth, the new software version is still based on Android 4.0.3 rather than the slightly newer 4.0.4 that's running on some Nexus devices.

So far we're only seeing a few minor changes on our One X -- the phone no longer incorrectly displays the on-screen menu key in certain Google apps, like YouTube, and automatic brightness levels seem to have been pared back somewhat, too. This version is also supposed to fix the battery life issues many One X owners have been reporting in the two weeks since the phone's launch. In addition, we're hearing that the bug which occasionally resulted in garbled text and icons in the notification bar has also been squished.

One X owners, be sure to shout out in the comments if you've noticed any other changes or fixes.

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4 years ago

HTC One V kernel source released

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HTC has released the kernel source for the Asian and European version of the One V, (see Alex's great review here) meeting their obligations under the GPL and teasing potential Android hackers all with one stroke. As it is every time we see source code get released, this won't mean much for the average Joe or Jane, but the good things that come from it certainly may. The kernel is the window to the hardware, and lots of cool things can happen when the right people tinker with it. 

We can't wait for these phones, and this code, to get in the right hands. You can grab the code here.

via @HTCdev

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4 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab ICS update times made known and official by Acer

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Acer has unveiled their tablet Ice Cream Sandwich update plans, and the 7-inch A100 and the 10.1-inch A500 Tabs should start getting updates over-the-air on or about April 25 in Latin America, with the U.S. and Canada (A500 models) following quickly behind on April 27. Mexico and Brazil have to wait a bit longer, as does the Canadian A100, but it looks like all the Ice Cream Sandwich updates will be finished by the first week in May.

It's been six months since ICS debuted, and even longer since it was announced, so we shouldn't be too surprised. I still can't help but say nice job Acer. If you're using an Iconia Tab, and itching for some ICS, your wait in almost over.

Source: Acer. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A510 now available from Acer; 32GB, ICS, and Tegra 3 for $450

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Acer has quietly made the Iconia Tab A510 available for immediate sale and shipping from their website this evening, ending what felt like the world's longest pre-order phase. $450 will get you 10.1-inches of Tegra 3-powered, Ice Cream Sandwich packing, 32GB storage toting Android tablet, and that's something to make any of us look long and hard. 

The current model is the special Olympic edition, available in black or white with the official 2012 Olympic logo on the rear, but under the hood it's the same beastly hardware we saw at CES earlier this year. If you've been waiting for this one to go on sale, now is your chance. Hit the link below for the full details and ordering information.

Source: Acer; via Engadget

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia S now available in Canada through Sony stores

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If you've checked out our Sony Xperia S review and have been wondering when you can get your hands on one of your very own in Canada now is the time to celebrate. Starting today, Sony stores throughout Canada have the device in stock and ready to be placed in your loving hands for only $100 with a new 3-year Rogers agreement or $500 if you're going no contract.

While we still think Sony dropped the ball by shipping its first major handset of 2012 with Android 2.3, their refreshed focus hopefully means they'll get Ice Cream Sandwich out to the masses fairly quickly.

Overall though, that 4.3-Inch 1280x720 display coupled with the Bravia engine and a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chip set makes for some great hardware. Add in the other stuff such as the 12.1MP camera and 1GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage and you have a nice package. You can check out the Sony site for retail locations and be sure to check out full review.

Read our full Sony Xperia S Review

Source: Sony; via: Mobile Syrup

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