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2 years ago

Q2 Nielsen numbers show Samsung, HTC jockeying for Android dominance

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Nielsen released its mobile subscriber data for Q2 2012 today, and it shows a tight race between Samsung and HTC for the title of top Android manufacturer. Among total Android users, 17 percent own a Samsung device, while 14 percent have an HTC device. Motorola claims 11 percent of the Android market share, coming in a close third.

Among all U.S. mobile subscribers, 54.9 percent now own a smartphone, with 51.8 percent of those subscribers owning an Android device, compared to iOS's 34.3 percent market share. Two out of three new mobile subscribers in Q2 opted for a smartphone, with 54.6 percent of those choosing an Android device, topping the 36.3 percent that chose an iPhone.

Source:  Nielsen

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix HD hands-on and initial review

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It's been a while since I got a chance to review a Motorola phone, and I think the Atrix HD is going to be a great way to reacquaint myself. The moment you put it in your hands, you remember just how well Motorola builds their phones. Everything feels solid, looks good, and this puppy is Fast (with the capital F). 

Blur has been redesigned to go with Ice Cream Sandwich, and my first impression is that they've really come a long way with it. This Blur is not something i would hate to use, and I've already found something I wish my own phone could do -- gestures to open a quick-view panel for things like unread messages, favorite contacts, or your inbox. Swipe up from the home screen icon and you're presented with a handy pop-up with pertinent information. Well done Motorola.

Of course, it takes more than an hour to determine everything we like, and don't like about a phone. We like to share our first impressions (were we haven't been jaded or enamored by anything just yet) and we know a lot of you guys and girls are itching for some info about this one. 

Hit the break to see a short video and a couple pictures, and fill the forums with questions you need answered in our full review!

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2 years ago

NBC bringing the London 2012 Olympics to Android with the release of two new apps

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With the London 2012 Olympic stage now all set, millions of people around the world will be tuned in to see who takes home the gold. To ensure a wide range of coverage, NBC and Adobe have teamed up to bring two new apps to Android that will help folks on to go take in what will amount to over 3,500 hours of content covering 32 sports and every one of the 302 medal events. The two apps, NBC Olympics and NBC Olympics Live Extra, are both available for free right now but there are some differences between the two that you'll need to be aware of.

  • NBC Olympics - NBC Olympics app will be the home for everything else Olympics, including short-form highlights, event schedules, TV and online listings, results, athlete profiles, columns and the new Primetime Companion feature.
  • NBC Olympics Live Extra - The NBC Olympics Live Extra app will live stream every athletic competition for the first time ever. NBC Olympics Live Extra will also live stream the Olympic content that airs on the four NBCU cable channels -- NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo and as such, requires an account from existing cable, satellite and telco providers to gain fill access.

Clearly NBC's goal here was to provide the most comprehensive coverage for the Olympics as possible and the apps do look pretty awesome. If you're looking to take in the Olympics on the go, you'll find the links below along with the press release. If you're a Samsung Galaxy S III owner in Europe, don't forget to grab your free Eurosport subscription.

Downloads: NBC Olympics, NBC Olympics Live Extra

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2 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Touch getting Ice Cream Sandwich starting today

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Remember how a couple days ago we broke the news that the Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich starting today? Well, guess what. It's getting Ice Cream Sandwich starting today. Sprint's made it official that the update will be rolling out over the air. Here's what's new:

  • A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
  • Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
  • Redesigned camera which introduces panorama mode, effects like silly faces and background replacement, and a powerful photo editor
  • Android Beam™: quickly share web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube™ videos with your friends by simply tapping two Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled phones together
  • Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout and even store web pages for offline reading
  • People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
  • Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
  • New Calendar app that lets you add events quickly, sync with Google Calendar™ or Microsoft Exchange and even pinch to adjust your calendar display
  • Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly, and search for emails even without a data connection
  • Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera

Look for it to push out any time now, or dive into the settings to start the update manually.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Garnet Red AT&T Galaxy S III preorders start July 15, in stores July 29

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If you've been waiting for the garnet red Samsung Galaxy S III on AT&T, you'll be able to preorder it starting July 15. It'll be in stores starting July 29. 

It'll still run you $199 on contract, just like the white and blue versions. And it's still only rocking 16GB on on-board storage, but don't forget it'll take up to a 64-gigabyte micro SD card, so there's that.

If you're still on the fence, be sure to check out our complete AT&T Galaxy S III review!

Source: AT&T; more: AT&T Galaxy S III forums

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S 3 in stores today, if you're not into that developer phone thing

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Ah, the Verizon Galaxy S 3. Available in blue and white, the device comes in either a 16GB or 32GB model, priced at $199 or $249 depending on which size you prefer. If you are not sure this is the device for you, be sure to check out our reviews of the Galaxy S III, and then head into the store to play with one.

If a locked bootloader is not your thing, and you would rather the ability to freely mess around with the software, odds are that this isn't what you want and instead you will be waiting for the unlocked model to be available directly from Samsung

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2 years ago

O2 UK network restored after 24 hours downtime for some customers

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​Update: O2 says its network has been restored for all customers affected by the recent downtime, and advises anyone still experiencing problems to restart their handset.

​Original: The O2 UK service outage that began affecting some users yesterday lunchtime is in the process of being fixed, it seems. Not all O2 subscribers have been affected, but those caught up in the past day's outage have found themselves unable to use O2's voice or data networks on their handsets. The issue has also been affecting some on Tesco Mobile and GiffGaff, both of which use O2's network.

The British carrier has been posting updates on the glitch through its service status website overnight, in addition to communicating via its official Twitter account. The last status update reads --

Following the previous update that our 2G network service has now been restored, our 3G service has been restoring gradually. We expect full service to return this afternoon. In the meantime customers who were affected should still be able to make and receive calls (and may wish to try switching their mobile phones off and on as service returns). We are sorry again for the inconvenience this has caused some customers. We continue to deploy all possible resources, and will do so until full service is restored.

A previous update said that O2 had identified an issue with its network equipment, which was preventing some customers from being able to register on the network. Such an outage is unprecedented for a major network in the UK -- usually network outages are localized and quickly resolved. Now O2, which may now be required under UK consumer law to compensate affected customers, will likely be closely examining the root cause of this to prevent any recurrence in the future.

If you're on O2 UK, be sure to drop by the comments and let us know if you're among the disconnected.

More: O2 UK status page

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2 years ago

Google shipping the Galaxy Nexus again

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Just a quick heads up here that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is once again shipping from the Google Play store, just as Google said it would this week. It's listed at 3 to 5 days, which is relatively back to normal, considering it's been a little about two weeks since it was "banned," denied a stay and then saw the ban delayed anyway by an appellate court. Confused? Just know that it has to do with search patents, and that we're expecting to see the Google Apps retooled to work around Apple's little piece of paper. It is worth noting, though, that Samsung's been pulling local-device search from its Galaxy S III line as well (to wit, Sprint and this evening, AT&T).

So if you've got $350 to burn and want some Jelly Bean action, hit the link below.

Buy now: Galaxy Nexus unlocked; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Motorola confirms Atrix HD shipping with encrypted bootloader 'to meet requirements'

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It became officially official only yesterday, but there's potential disappointment to be had for prospective buyers of the Motorola Atrix HD. Motorola has confirmed, via their Twitter page, when questioned, that the new AT&T LTE device will be shipping with a locked bootloader in order to "meet requirements." Cue the surprised gasps. 

On the flip side though, it isn't all doom and gloom. In a second tweet on the subject, Moto claims that their goal is to still provide a method of unlocking the bootloader at some point in the future. More details on that are promised at a later date.

Source: Twitter (Motorola)

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2 years ago

Sprint Motorola Photon 4G gets a bugfix update

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If you're still rocking a Sprint Motorola Photon 4G (all of, what, a year old now?), be on the lookout for a software update that's going to squash some bugs for ya. Here's the full list of what's ahead:

  • More easily import contacts from SD card.
  • Improved music playback, both streaming from Amazon Cloud or Internet Radio services and music saved to the phone - minimizes occasional skips or repeats
  • Enhancements for WiFi hotspot in GSM/UMTS mode and adding new WiFi connections.
  • Now supports 1080p HD video capture, and enhanced video settings for more responsive playback.
  • Easier creating and accepting calendar meeting notices on the phone.

The Photon hasn't seen an update since October, so it's good Sprint hasn't forgotten about it just yet. 

Source: Sprint; more: Photon 4G forums

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2 years ago

O2 confirms UK-wide network problems

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British network O2 says it's experiencing problems on its network which are causing some customers to have "difficulty making or receiving calls, sending texts or using data." Bizarrely, this latest bit of network turbulence seems to be affecting customers randomly, rather than based on location or cell tower. A quick Twitter search for "O2" brings up hundreds of angry tweets from O2 customers all over the UK who are unable to connect to O2's data or voice network. The outage also seems to be affecting users of Tesco Mobile and GiffGaff, which both operate on O2's network.

The carrier has acknowledged the issue, and says its engineers are working on a fix --

We are currently seeing a problem on our network affecting some of our customers. Those customers affected will have difficulty making or receiving calls, sending texts or using data. Our Engineers are dealing with the problem as a priority and we hope to restore full service as soon as possible.

For our part, we've not seen any interruption in our O2 coverage today, however that'll be of little comfort to anyone currently unable to use their phone. If you're on O2 UK, be sure to drop by the comments and let us know if you've been affected by today's technical problems.

Source: @O2; More: O2 Network Status

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2 years ago

Motorola RAZR in China now receiving Ice Cream Sandwich update

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Motorola has been steadily rolling its Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the Motorola RAZR line across the globe. Next up for the update are the folks in China, as their OTA update has started today and should be available for download right now. If you happened to miss our hands on with the ICS update you'll definitely want to check that out while you wait for the download to complete. Any questions or concerns should definitely be handled by the fine folks of the Android Central RAZR forums, so be sure to hop in there and share some opinions and ask questions. 

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Google Wallet working again after EVO 4G LTE update

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Who's in the mood to squash a few bugs? The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE has gotten a bit of an update this morning. The big feature is that Google Wallet working again. Also of note is that local search is still working -- you'll recall that Sprint and Samsung just stripped it out of the Galaxy S III -- so there's that.

Other changes of note, per Sprint itself, include:

  • Google security updates
  • Wifi disconnect issue
  • Time zone issue
  • Side loaded video pause issue
  • Random power cycling issue
  • Pioneer Bluetooth Car Kit connection issue
  • Gallery app crash
  • Calendar reminder (all day even time) issue

Looks like a healthy changelog. Make sure you're charged above 35 percent, then hit settings>system updates>HTC software update to get the ball rolling if you haven't already gotten the notification.

Source: Sprint; more: EVO 4G LTE forums

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2 years ago

T-Mobile USA announces the Huawei-made myTouch and myTouch Q

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T-Mobile USA has today announced two new phones in its usability-focused myTouch series -- the new myTouch and myTouch Q, both manufactured by Chinese firm Huawei. The myTouch and myTouch Q sport a similar spec list, with the most obvious difference being the Q's inclusion of a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Other specs for both devices include an unnamed (presumably single-core) 1.4GHz CPU, a 4-inch WVGA screen, 1500mAh battery and 5MP rear amera with LTE flash. On the software side, the new myTouch phones run Android 2.3 Gingerbread (sigh), with a custom UI and a Swype-based virtual keyboard.

Tmo plans to launch the myTouch and myTouch Q from August 8, priced at $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate when purchased with a two-year service agreement. Both phones will be available in both black and white.

We've got T-Mobile's press release after the break.

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2 years ago

LG VS930 photos and service manual leak, looks like an Optimus LTE II for Verizon

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It’s been awhile since we’ve spotted a new LG flagship phone headed for the U.S., so those leaked shots you see above, purportedly showing the LG VS930, have arrived right on schedule. The pics, obtained by Engadget, show an apparently Verizon-branded version of the Optimus LTE II, and come with a list of alleged specs, too.

It seems the VS930 (a possible Spectrum II, perhaps?) runs a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, with a 4.7-inch 730p IPS display, 16GB storage and global radios, in addition to Big Red’s CDMA and LTE. Also said to be included is NFC support, 1GB of RAM and an 8MP rear camera. On the software side, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich is running the show, along with LG’s Optimus UI 3.0. Design-wise, the phone is a spitting image of its international cousins, the Optimus LTE II and Optimus 4X HD.

A leaked service manual has also emerged, showing in-depth technical info, along with screenshots from the device and photos of internal components. As for when the device will eventually appear on Verizon, the service manual suggests a shipping date of this Friday, July 13. Given that we don’t know how old this document is, and the fact that it’s pretty close to Verizon’s expected Galaxy S III launch date, we’d be surprised to see this device arriving so soon. Nevertheless, it looks like the VS930 is ready to go, so it’s certainly possible we’ll see it sooner rather than later.

Source: Engadget

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