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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 software hands-on


As you may have heard, Samsung’s just taken the wraps off the new Galaxy S III (S3), a 4.8-inch quad-core beast powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a brand new version of TouchWiz. Samsung’s UX has been given a minor facelift on the Galaxy S3, bringing in visual and audio elements from the device’s new “inspired by nature” design choices. And there are a few exciting new features to boot, incorporating NFC, face recognition and Wifi Direct.

Join us after the break for our full walkthrough of the Samsung Galaxy S3's software, along with more videos!

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5 years ago

Get ready for Samsung Unpacked - AC is in the house!


About thirty more minutes folks. Get your popcorn, and get ready for Phil, Alex and Richard live from London!

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5 years ago

Orange UK opens up registration page for Intel powered Santa Clara


So "register your interest" pages aren't usually much to shout about. But, this latest one from Orange UK is a little more interesting. The Orange Santa Clara was announced back in February, and will be the first Intel powered Android device to hit the UK. Today the British carrier has opened up the registration page for the device, while also stating that Santa Clara is just the pre-launch name for the device. 

We haven't heard much since the product announcement, besides some sneaky benchmarks taken by someone who got an early hands on. We're pretty intrigued to see just what the Intel Medfield architecture can bring to the table, and judging by this, in the UK at least, we may not be waiting much longer.

Source: Orange UK 

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5 years ago

Gameloft releases another teaser video of N.O.V.A. 3, still no word on a release date


We've already had our first teaser of Gameloft's forthcoming sequel, N.O.V.A. 3, but we've just been given another. This time we're treated to some actual in-game footage, and it looks good. It looks really good. 

There's nothing more in the way of a release schedule for the game, Gameloft still teases that detail is coming soon. In the meantime though, click on past the break, and enjoy. 

Source: Gameloft

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5 years ago

LG Optimus L7 now available in Europe and Asia


LG Korea has announced the availability of the LG Optimus L7 starting May 2 in "major" European and Asian markets. In case you forgot, the Optimus L7 is the high-end model of the L series phones we saw at Mobile World Congress (check out the hands-on), with a 4.3-inch screen and running a new Android 4.0 based Optimus UI. 

There's no mention of which markets in Europe and Asia that LG considers major, so at this point we'll just have to wait for carrier announcements. And any words on a release on this side of the Atlantic haven't been said yet.

Source: LG Korea (Korean)

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5 years ago

Motorola Defy Mini heading to Turkey


Motorola are continuing the European onslaught with yet another device launch. This time around, the Motorola Defy Mini has been announced for release over in Turkey.

The 3.2" rugged phone promises to be water, dust and scratch resistant and comes packing a Gorilla Glass display. We're not looking at a high-end device here, but should you be in the market for something rough and tough, the Defy Mini may be the answer. 

The Defy Mini is to be available sometime in May, and will cost TRY 499 including VAT. Click on past the break for the full presser from Motorola.

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III specs


As Samsung announces its latest flagship smartphone, take a quick look under the hood and see what's powering the new Galaxy S III --

  • Quad-core Samsung Exynos chip @ 1.4 GHz / U.S. versions have Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 at 1.5 GHz
  • HSPA+21 and LTE versions
  • 4.8-inch HD SuperAMOLED 720x1280 screen
  • 8MP / Front 1.9MP camera (720p video recording)
  • 2100mAh battery
  • 1GB RAM / U.S. and Canadian versions have 2GB of RAM
  • Wifi Channel Bonding
  • Bluetooth 4.0(LE)
  • Accelerometer, Notification light, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Gyro, NFC, Barometer
  • 1080p video playback
  • Various multimedia codecs supported
  • Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm
  • Weight: 133 grams
  • Available in blue and white.

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5 years ago

Live in London: Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012!


Enough teasers. It's finally time to do this. We're at Earl's Court, London, for the Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 event. You might recall previous Unpacked events in which we saw the original Galaxy S, the Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Note, and now ...?

Look, we're all expecting to see the Samsung Galaxy S III. Or the Samsung Galaxy S3. Or Something with the name Galaxy. Or at the very least, something with the name Samsung in it.

Here's the best part: You get to be here with us for the entire unveiling. Need some deets?

  • What: Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012
  • Where: London
  • When: 1900 BST, 1400 EDT, 1100 PDT
  • Official stream: Samsung's beaming this one worldwide, which is darn nice of them. 
  • Online chat: Doing a liveblog of something that's being broadcast live is sort of silly. So here's the plan. Join myself and Alex Dobie for a live chat from the event. (It's embedded after the break in this post.) We're not going to just tell you what's going on. You can see that for yourself in the stream. We're going to keep you up to date on everything you can't see in the stream. It's the least we can do.
  • And much more: Presumably we're going to get some face time with whatever's announced, so check back early and often.

We'll see you back here this evening -- or this afternoon, or whatever time it is wherever you are -- for some hot smartphone action! In the meantime, be sure to hit up all the awesome Samsung Galaxy S III discussions in the forums!

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5 years ago

Rdio launches in the UK and France, try it for seven days for free


Reports have been floating around overnight that music streaming service, Rdio, has expanded its markets. According to various reports on Twitter the service has become available in the UK and in France. Being in the UK, I'm perfectly placed to try it out, and the reports seem to be true. Account signup and streaming seems to work just fine.

All new users are being offered a free 7-day trial of the service, before a subscription will be required at £9.99 a month for the full unlimited account. Rdio is really popular in the US, but in the UK it will be tough to take market share from the runaway leader, Spotify

If you're keen to try it out though, we've got download links to the Rdio Android application after the break. 

via The Verge

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5 years ago

Wallpapers o' the week - Android R2-D2, deep space, black squares



Who doesn't love a little bit of fun in their Android wallpaper? Recently our gallery has seen a bunch of great uploads coming in, and there have been some rather awesome variations of our good friend BugDroid. We have tons of great wallpapers to meet the needs of just about anyone out there, whether looking for some great custom designs, some candid shots, or some favorites from around the 'net, they are all here.

If you don't see what you want in the gallery, and happen to find it somewhere else, do us a favor will ya? Spread the love to the rest of the Android Central Community and upload it, it's simple and takes only a minute. Be sure to log in before uploading so we know who they came from, and we can give you the proper credit when we show them off!

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5 years ago

HTC Rezound gets another ICS leak


Someone at Big Red had better call a plumber, cause the leaks just won't stop. There's another Ice Cream Sandwich build for the HTC Rezound available, which previous leaks and rumors peg for an "official" ICS update on May 9. We don't know if the May 9 date will hold water (see what I did there), but if you're the industrious type give this one a shot. Full details and downloads are at the source link.

Source: Android Police

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5 years ago

HTC posts EVO 4G LTE camera shots on Facebook site


You'll still have to wait for official word about getting your hands on an HTC EVO 4G LTE, but in the meantime HTC has posted a handful of photo's taken with the camera on their Facebook page. Taken by professional photographer Meeno Peluce​they're a nice look at what exactly an HTC phone with ImageSense technology is capable of. 

We enjoy seeing things like this, but what we really want is the phone in our hands. We've heard rumors, but there's no solid date just yet. I'm really enjoying the camera on the One S, so if you're on Sprint and an amateur photo buff, be sure to keep an eye on this one. See the rest of the pictures at the source link.

Source: HTC Facebook

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5 years ago

DroidDoodle: Stalking the Next Galaxy


Don't forget: Samsung Unpacked kicks off at Thursday 7 p.m. BST / 2 p.m EST / 11 a.m. PST. We'll be coming to you live from the event, and Samsung's streaming it as well.

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5 years ago

Google Wallet trumps SwiftKey in Webby Awards, Evernote brings award home too


Voting for the 2012 Webby Awards has come to a close and the winners have been announced.  A few of our favorite Android apps inlcuding Google Wallet, SwiftKey X, and Evernote all brought home awards.

Last month, we mentioned how close Google Wallet and SwiftKey were in the Experimental & Innovation category.  It turns out Google Wallet prevailed and was handed the Webby Award for that group.  The People's Voice winner, however, was SwiftKey X which falls in line just in front of how you, our loyal Android Central readers, voted in The 2011 AC Readers-Choice Picks.

Among Utilities & Services for handheld devices, Evernote had a clean sweep as both the Webby Award and People's Voice winner.  Also of note in this category, Google Wallet was up for nomination but failed to garner enough votes to bring home a second Webby Award in this, the 16th annual rendition of the international award show that honors excellence on the Internet.

Source: 16th annual Webby Awards

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5 years ago

Carrier billing now available for movies, music, and books through Google Play


Google has announced that they will begin offering direct carrier billing for movies, music, and books in addition to Android apps in the Google Play store. This means that you can buy just about anything from the Play Store, and have the cost tacked on to your monthly cell phone bill through your carrier. It's not available everywhere, but the list of carriers that support direct billing is pleasantly robust --

  • Germany: T-Mobile, Vodafone
  • Italy: Vodafone
  • Japan: KDDI, Docomo, Softbank
  • Korea: KT, SKT, LGU+
  • Spain: Vodafone
  • UK: T-Mobile, Vodafone
  • US: AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint

Currently, only KDDI, Docomo, and Softbank in Japan, and T-Mobile in the US allow billing of other media. Other carriers (Sprint was mentioned by name) will be coming on-board soon. This should help users who can't or won't enter credit or debit card information into Google Wallet, and get more media in more phones.

Source: +Google Play, via Androinica

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