1 year ago
HTC EVO 4G LTE Forum: The must-read threads
The excitement continues to build over the HTC EVO 4G LTE. That's the good news. The bad news is we don't really know when Sprint's going to release. We've got at least a month or so to go -- pre-orders start on May 7 -- but the conversation's definitely heating up. And since we've actually gotten to fondle the E4GLTE, we're in there answering just as many questions as we possibly can.
Here are but a few threads you've got to check out:
And that's just scratching the surface.
1 year ago
HTC Watch movie rental prices slashed for Easter
If you picked up a shiny new HTC One X or One S this Easter weekend -- or you already own an earlier Sense device -- then you'll find a special offer waiting for you in the HTC Watch app. Until the end of Easter Monday, the rental price of many movies in HTC Watch has been cut down to almost nothing -- in the UK, the cost is just £0.05.
The HTC Watch catalog has been growing slowly but steadily since the service launched on the Sensation last spring, and it's bundle on Sense 3.0+ smartphones, as well as tablets like the Flyer and Jetstream.
A few highlights in this weekend's Easter Special offer include --
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Hangover 2
Final Destination 5
To view the full list, fire up HTC Watch and select the "Easter Weekend Special" option from the main menu.
1 year ago
Nonexistent LG phone to compete against nonexistent Samsung phone
Although Samsung hasn't yet announced a Galaxy S III, and we still have no reliable information on what the device will be like, it seems LG may already be preparing a direct competitor. Korean news site DDaily has the first reports on a device dubbed the "LG D1L", which is described as a "Galaxy S3 killer."
Citing anonymous sources within LG, the site reports that the "D1L" will include a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, a 4.7-inch 720p display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. None of that's particularly surprising, but the fact that LG has an unannounced high-end handset is a little odd. As far as we know, the manufacturer's new flagship device is the Optimus 4X HD, a quad-core phone which we saw at MWC in February.
In any case, it shouldn't surprise anyone to see that LG, Samsung's main Korean competitor, is preparing a rival handset. For what it's worth, the D1L is rumored to launch in May, around the same time as the rest of LG's 2012 line-up.
Source: DDaily (Korean); via: The Verge
1 year ago
'Berry pink' Galaxy Note launches in Korea
If the one thing standing in the way of your buying a Galaxy Note was the lack of a garish pink shell, then you'll be pleased to see that Samsung has addressed your concerns with today's launch of the Note in "berry pink" in South Korea. It's unclear whether Samsung plans to plans to bring this model to international markets, but for now it says it's targeting "the female consumer and the younger generation" with the new pink Note. Naturally, it includes a equally pink "S Pen" stylus and optional pink protective cover. The pink version will join the white and "carbon blue" versions which have been available since late October 2011.
Perhaps a little more interesting to smartphone nerds outside of Korea is the appearance of ICS-based software in today's promotional images for the pink Note -- that's unmistakably the ICS, not Gingerbread search widget in the image above. Then again, we've known for some time that the Note is due an update to Android 4.0, so it's not too surprising to see the updated software shown off in a promotional shot.
The "berry pink" Samsung Galaxy Note launches today in stores across South Korea.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow (Korean)
1 year ago
HTC not bundling Beats heaphones anymore
In a move that shouldn't surprise anyone, HTC won't be bundling Beats headphones with it's devices anymore. Ever since HTC announced their partnership with Beats they've been talking up the benefits, namely better sound quality from your handset. Regardless of whether or not you agree that the sound quality was actually better, the fact that you got some pretty decent earbuds with your phone was a major plus. Everything you needed to have great sound was included in the box. Apparently HTC realized that people don't buy phones based on what buds are included in the box.
Now that won't be the case, and it probably has more to do with Beats than with HTC. It may or may not be common knowledge, but Monster was the manufacturer of Beats headphones. We say was because the partnership has ended, which leaves Beats without a manufacturer. So even if HTC wants to continue to include the buds, they can't, because Beats can't supply them anymore.
1 year ago
Sync your Instagram photos to Google+ [How-to]
We've had quite a few folks ask about a way to post their Instagram pictures to Google+, and an equal number of methods to do so hit our inbox recently. Because Google+ doesn't yet have a public API (tools programmers need to be able to write apps to do this sort of thing), most of the methods are pretty convoluted -- including this one.
But if you can install a few free programs to your desktop computer, this is entirely possible. It's a messy workaround, but once setup it works really well. This method won't automatically post the Instagram pictures to your G+ stream, but it does place them in a public album in your photos.
Hit the break for the instructions.
1 year ago
LG Lucid Review
With new devices rolling out on what feels like a daily basis, making the decision of which device is worthy of signing the next two years away with can be a daunting task. While the push is towards the evolving and new technologies such as 4G LTE and others, that doesn't mean they are for everyone. LG has hit before with some great devices like the LG Spectrum among others, and they are back at it again with the LG Lucid.
Could a device that launches with Gingerbread and promises Ice Cream Sandwich in the future be your next device? Could you put aside the fact that the display isn't 720P, or are these not things you are needing and just want a reliable Android device? Either way, let's hit the break and check out how the LG Lucid stacks up, and if it may just land in your pocket or purse.
1 year ago
AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G Gingerbread update finally available again, confirmed to work this time
It's been about two months since the AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G first saw its Android 2.3 Gingerbread made available, only to be yanked back due to some bugs. On Thursday, the download was finally revived via the Samsung Kies Mini application. Yes, folks. It's finally happening. (Again.)
Here's a reminder of what you'll be getting in the Android 2.3.6 update, which takes the software version up to UCLB3:
Improved Copy and Paste functionality
Redesigned Multi Touch Software Keyboard
Download manager for long running HTTP downloads
Improved power management and application control
Notification Shade: “Flight Mode” added (“Silent” removed)
New Fonts options added include Choco Cooky, Cool Jazz, Rosemary
Keyboard Changes: Android Keyboard with Wider Spaced keys and Quick Keys at the top
New Widgets: The name of the content provider will be listed on the widget list along with the widget name. Previously only the widget name was provided.
New Widget: Traffic (Android) added to list of available widgets
Menu Changes/New Apps: Downloads and Google Books added new, Promotional pre-load of Angry Birds removed.
A slightly odd development: AT&T in its forum post says that this update will hard-reset your phone -- as in wipe anything that was previously on it. But that wasn't the case with our update. Regardless, be sure to back up your contacts and e-mails and pictures and the like, just in case. Then be sure to download Kies, and get to updating. Should take about 5 minutes or so once it gets going.
Download: Kies Mini for the Infuse 4G; More: Update instructions
Via: Samsung Infuse 4G forums
1 year ago
IMDb Movies & TV app updated to support HD streaming of movie trailers on tablets and smartphones
When we chose IMDb Movies & TV as the tablet app of the year in our 2011 Android Central Editors' Pick Awards it was a pretty fine looking app and in that time, IMDb has continued to improve upon the app overall. The last update brought a new layout and ICS features but now a new update is available for download.
Movie buffs will want to grab this one for sure as it addresses some long standing bugs but more importantly it adds HD streaming of trailers for both tablets and smartphones. Download is past the break for you all, also if you're checking it out let us know what movies you're looking forward to this summer in the comments.
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1 year ago
Instagram updated once again, brings support to tablets and Wifi devices
Instagram has received another update, this time opening the app to Android tablets and other Wifi devices. Not a lot has changed, as sideloading the old version on tablets or Wifi devices worked, but it's nice to see it done officially. The camera and picture import process is still broken on the Transformer Prime, but seems to work fine on both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 7 plus. It's a bit of a bummer, but with no support yet for the HTC One X camera, we expect the Tegra 3 has something to do with it.
The cool thing about using Instagram on a tablet is viewing the images in your stream, which works very nicely. We've got the download link after the break, grab the update if you've been wanting this on on your tablet.