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5 years ago

Verizon to light up five new LTE markets on Jan. 19


It's that time of month again: Verizon says it will flip the LTE switch in five new markets tomorrow, while expanding coverage in three existing areas. New to the LTE game are:

  • Glens Falls, N.Y.
  • Utica, N.Y.
  • Lawton, Okla.
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • McAllen, Texas

Those markets soon to see stronger and more widespread LTE signals include:

  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Houston, Texas
  • Spokane, Wash.

For those keeping count, this brings the total number of markets covered by Verizon's LTE service up to 195. (Plus, Peoria's still somewhat live.) Hit the source link for Verizon's full presser, which includes a handy list of all live markets.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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5 years ago

What exactly is Hacking?


Hacking.  It means a lot of different things to different people, and to the public at large it conjures up imagery of evil people in exotic places.  When we talk about hacking here at Android Central, we usually mean it in its original sense — tearing into software (or hardware) and changing things until they fit our liking. That's the good kind, and what we're going to talk about now.

Android hacking covers a lot of bases, from small but interesting things like changing statusbar icons and colors, to giant projects like custom-built AOSP ROMs, to super-geeky things like enabling the hidden FM Radio. Most of the time installing and using any of these hacks will require your phone be rooted, and may even require a custom recovery designed to flash files that haven't been signed by the phone's manufacturer. It can be complicated, and it pretty much voids any warranty that may be left on the device you're hacking away at.  

All these hacks you read and hear about are also usually pretty device-specific.  You'll not want to try things designed for the Nexus 6 on your Galaxy S6 for example, or even the Nexus 6P.  This is where a little research and a lot of reading becomes necessary so you have a handle on what you're doing before you do it.  Armed with a little knowledge you sure can have a blast hacking away at your Android phone or tablet.

But we'd be remiss in not mentioning the bad hacking. You know what it is. You should know when to avoid it.There are gray areas, to be sure, and we're not going to get overly preachy here. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Remember that real people work real hard on apps and hardware. Just sayin'.

Either way, you don't want to go it alone. We'll tell you about the hacks and modifications here at Android Central, and the forums are full of people just like you and me who love our Android phones, and want to explore more about them. Use them, and we can all hack together.

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5 years ago

Fight SOPA with the Boycott SOPA app


As you probably are aware, today is "Blackout SOPA" day, where a number of sites are showing the world what the Internet could potentially look if SOPA and PIPA pass.They're definitely dangerous bills, and if you would like to join the cause with the help of your Android device, check out the Boycott SOPA app.

The app allows you to scan barcodes of items, which it will then tell you whether or not that product or company is in support or related to the bills in question. A simple, yet effective means of showing your distate for the legislation. The app is pulling data about companies and the bills from the developers' website and will be updated frequently.

The app is free and available from the Android Market. Find the links after the break to get it on your phone.

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5 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich Google Apps tip: long press any icon for its name


Here's a little tip you may not have known about -- while working inside Google's applications in Ice Cream Sandwich, you can long press any icon and its name will appear.  This can be handy for figuring out what all those fancy new icons mean, and is a heck of a lot better than Jerry's method of "just press it and see what happens".  For now, this seems limited to Google's apps, but it certainly seems like something that can be done for any application.  Let's see more of this sort of thing, Google! When things are easy to learn, we all love them just a little more.

Source: +Android

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5 years ago

Prada Phone by LG 3.0 coming to T-Mobile UK in February


Good news for any fashionistas looking for an upgrade on T-Mobile UK. The British network has today confirmed that it'll be getting LG and Prada's latest smartphone in February, in a new entry on its "coming soon" page.

The LG Prada 3.0 (full name 'Prada Phone by LG 3.0') combines a sleek physical design with some high-end specs, along with a unique monochrome UI which we think may have something of a "love it or hate it" quality. Find out more at the link below, or continue past the jump for our video hands-on with the LG Prada 3.0.

More: T-Mobile UK

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5 years ago

Motorola MOTOLUXE and DEFY Mini priced and dated


UK online retailer Clove Technology has just revealed when it expects to ship two new mid-range Motorola phones, along with information on exactly how much each device will set you back.

The Motorola MOTOLUXE, which we saw last week at CES, is due in "late February/early March", for £258 (~$400) including VAT. For your money, you'll get Android 2.3.7 on Motorola's "Moto Switch 2.0" UI, running an 800MHz processor on a 4.0-inch display. The DEFY Mini, which is a more pocketable version of Moto's popular rugged device, is due around the same time as the MOTOLUXE, and can be yours for £175 (~$270).

Hit the source link for pre-order information for both devices, or check out our hands-on with the MOTOLUXE from CES for more on that device.

Source: Clove Technology Blog

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5 years ago

Android Wallpaper of the Day - Ominous Tower in Kansas City


Our Jan. 17 Android Wallpaper of the Day comes to us from member DarthTedd. (Awesome name, btw!) Darth (or should we call you Tedd?) brings us this cool shot of a building in Kansas City, looking skyward to some rather ominous clouds.

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5 years ago

Sony '2012 smartphone list' leaks -- Atlas, Hayabusa and Mint among the highlights


Leaked product roadmaps are always good fun, giving us a cheeky glimpse at what a manufacturer or carrier may have planned for the next several months. The latest leaked roadmap to emerge comes from Sony, by way of GSMArena. According to the leaked list, the newly-minted Sony Mobile Communications has at least 11 unannounced devices in the pipeline for 2012. This is as unconfirmed and unofficial as it gets, so take this one with a pinch of salt. However, the information in the list does align somewhat with what we've heard from earlier Sony leaks. According to ​GSMArena​, all of the phones detailed in the roadmap run Android, and it should also be noted that we're dealing in codenames here, not official branding.

The first half of the year is supposedly dominated by the Xperia S, which we've just seen at CES, along with three new mid-to-entry-level phones -- the ST25i Kumquat, LT22i Nypon and MT27i Pepper. All three have surfaced before in earlier leaks, and we even saw some blurry-cam footage of the Pepper a few weeks back. The middle of the year apparently sees the release of a slew of phones, including the Tapioca, a budget offering, and the Hayabusa, a ~€500-level high-end device. September, too, sees both high and low-end devices coming to market, including the ~€550-level "Mint" and the sub-€200 "AFFM".

Of all the new codenames, the one that jumps out to us is "Atlas", a device which, according to the list, will arrive in September. If you'll allow us to engage in some dangerous and unfounded speculation, we'll point out that "Atlas" is the second Sony phone to carry the codename of an ancient Greek deity. The first, as you may remember, was the Xperia Play, which went by the name of Zeus.

Again, this is all well within rumor territory for the time being. The origin of the list is apparently a leaked Indian sales report, from which the prices have been converted into Euros. So don't be surprised if the actual pricing ends up landing either side of the converted figures, assuming they were even correct to begin with. For more, check the full list over at the source link.

Source: GSMArena

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5 years ago

Airbnb Android app finds you a place to stay while you're on the way


Staying at a hotel is so 2009. Airbnb has made it easy for landlords to put rooms and entire properties up for rent, and easy for rentors to find a place to stay. And today, we now have an Airbnb Android app. 

The Airbnb Android app is nicely done, with loads of photos and easy access to property descriptions. There's a video section as well, and integration with Google Maps makes it easy to see exactly where you're staying. 

Airbnb's also offered up a "featured" section, showing you the service's top 40 properties, and the best of cities such as Austin, Texas; Paris, New York, beach locations, Los Angeles and others.

Sign into your account, and you've got easy access to upcoming rentals (or properties that you're renting out). Upcoming stays are beautifully displayed, with location, duration and contact information for the host.

We're not quite sure we want to go so far as to book a stay from our phones -- we're a little too anal for that. But the Airbnb Android app is a great way to browse listings, and a great way to keep up with your upcoming stays. It's quickly earned a spot in our app drawer.

We've got more screen shots and download links after the break.

More: Airbnb blog

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5 years ago

CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0 now available for the HP TouchPad


Earlier we all got a preview of CyanogenMod 9 running on the HP TouchPad and now, if you're a TouchPad owner looking to get in on the action -- you can do so. CyanogenMod 9 for the HP TouchPad has been released in alpha form.  To break things down for you all:

Things that DO NOT WORK:

  • Hardware Video (OMX). As a result, Netflix does not work, YouTube works only only in non-HD videos.
  • Audio is a mess. The microphone does not work. Work on the current libaudio solution has halted because we will eventually switch to a CAF libaudio.
  • Camera does not work. The only that we have is from froyo and its closed source. There is a wrapper for QCOM gingerbread libcamera libraries that could likely be used as a basis to get our camera working.
  • Market filters prevent some apps from being installed (this can partly solved by switching back to standard DPI settings(120, 160, 240). The current build is using 160 which fixes the market but makes everything look ugly and low resolution.
  • Titanium Backup crashes the kernel. There’s an investigation in progress...There are reports that older versions do work.
  • Most of the hardware problems from CM7 still exist in this CM9 alpha build.

Like we said, very Alpha. Don't venture into this if you're easily annoyed by bugs because you're going to have to deal with quite a few of them here. That said, hit the source link below -- read the disclaimers and get some Ice Cream Sandwich love on your HP TouchPad.

Source: RootzWiki

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5 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich for the Motorola Xoom appears to be rolling out now to everyone


A treat for the night owls from Motorola -- the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Wifi only Motorola Xoom looks to be rolling out right about now.  Reports say it's Android 4.0.3, and everything is the same as the recent "project" that started last week.  It's an OTA, and like all OTA's will roll out in stages of some sort or another and nobody is sure how it's calculated.  Keep an eye on the forums if you're looking for the manual download link should you be the impatient type.  

More in the Motorola Xoom forums

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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5 years ago

LG unveils the Optimus Pad LTE


As LTE is exapanding rapidly, perhaps more rapidly then some would have thought - it's up to manfacturers to go ahead and exapand their device line-ups to include LTE-capable devices as well. LG is fully aware of this and their latest announcement introduces the first LTE-capable tablet from them into the market - the LG Optimus Pad LTE.

“With tablets generating five times more traffic than the average smartphone, it’s not a huge jump to assume that tablet users need and want faster connectivity,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “The combination of LG’s LTE technology with the tablet form factor is a clear advantage for consumers who use a tablet as their primary consumption device when on the move.”

The LG Optimus Pad LTE will be launching in Korea intially and moving out from there. It will come equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor running Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS, a 1280 x 720 True HD IPS display and 8 megapixel camera for shooting HD video. Plus, HDMI and DLNA support are on board as well as SD Card support for up to 32GB of additional storage. LG hasn't given any pricing or launch details as of yet but you can check out their full press release past the break.

More: Optimus Pad LTE forums; Optimus Pad LTE specs

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5 years ago

LG Optimus Pad LTE specs



Specs for the LG Optimus Pad LTE

    • Operating System: Android 3.2 Honeycomb
    • Memory: User 32GB (Micro SD up to 32GB)
    • Size: 245 x 151.4 x 9.34 mm
    • Weight: 497 g
    • Display: 8.9-inch IPS True HD Display
    • Resolution: 1280 x 768
    • Camera: 8MP (Rear) / 2MP (Front)
    • Processor: Qualcomm 1.5GHz Dual-Core / Dual Channel Processor
    • Battery: 6,800mAh
    • Others: HDMI, DLNA 

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    5 years ago

    Open NFC stack now available for Android 4.0, makes NFC hardware easy to use for OEMs


    The good people at Inside Secure have ported over their Open NFC stack to Ice Cream Sandwich, giving OEM's one less hurdle to jump when getting devices ready for upgrading.  The new 4.3.3 release allows almost any NFC hardware to become Android compliant by using a Hardware Abstraction Layer and special kernel module to communicate via a set of consistent APIs.  What this means to you and I is that hardware developers can now use the free and robust Open NFC 4.3.3 stack to get their hardware working, and software developers can use the Android SDK add-on to communicate with it.  This means shorter engineering and development time dedicated to NFC from start to finish -- something that all impatient Android enthusiasts will be happy about.

    Inside Secure says to expect new devices using the Open NFC 4.3.3 stack to ship later this year.  We don't know if this will be the push needed to make NFC relevant, but it sure can't hurt.  For more info, and more technical specifications than you can shake a stick at, see the links below.

    Source: Inside Secure; via: PhoneScoop
    More: Open NFC developer site

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    5 years ago

    Samsung says it wants no part of RIM; BlackBerry maker's stock falls in after-hours trading


    A report from BGR today, citing anonymous sources, stating that RIM was hoping for a $10 billion to $15 billion purchase by Samsung apparently has fallen flat, but not before the Waterloo company's stocks climbed 8 percent on the day.

    Samsung has not "considered acquiring the firm and are not interested," a company spokesman told Reuters.

    Stock in Research in Motion closed the day up 1.30, or 8.04 percent, but had fallen nearly 5 percent in after-hours trading. A previous report from BGR that RIM would bring its popular BlackBerry Messaging client to Android in 2011 also has been rebuffed by RIM.

    Source: Reuters, Google Finance; via CrackBerry

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