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2 years ago

Google Play Books updated for Froyo and Gingerbread with new UI and 3D page-turn animations

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Seems like today is a good day for updates. Google has now rolled out the latest version of Google Play Books to the Google Play Store and as noted in the change log, this will be a good release for anyone still using Froyo or Gingerbread as it adds a new UI and 3D page animation. Other changes in this update include In-book search when off-line, ability to add a home screen shortcut for a single book and now the screen will stay lit when using text-to-speech. The update is live now; you can jump past the break for the download.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC EVO 4G LTE

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When we're in New York, we know we're in for a treat, and tonight was no exception: HTC and Sprint held a little gathering tonight in Midtown to unveil their latest collaboration, the EVO 4G LTE. The next big thing to hit Sprint, the latest EVO lives up to the title of "next generation," with future-proof (ha!) specs that will at least keep us satisfied through the summer. This device is very much Sprint's version of the One X, and the specs prove it. Up front you've got a stunning 4.7-inch HD super LCD display with 720p resolution that will blow your socks off. Seriously, everyone, it's really nice. 'Round back you've got an 8 MP camera that HTC swears can replace your DSLR, and if shutter times and handling mean anything, they might be on to something. Underneath the hood we've got a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor pushing along HTC's latest Sense 4.0 (check out our guide here) atop Ice Cream Sandwich, which we expect to translate to pretty impressive everyday performance.  Hit the break for our impressions.

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2 years ago

HTC EVO 4G LTE pre-orders start May 7, $200 with contract

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If you're interested in getting your very own HTC EVO 4G LTE (and we can't blame you, it looks like a hot one), you can pre-order one from Sprint on May 7. Checking in at $200 with a two-year agreement, you'll have a phone that Sprint is calling their "new gold standard", and features and specifications like a dual-core S4 CPU, NFC with Google Wallet, and a micro SDcard slot will make just about any Android enthusiast fall in love.

We're itching to get one to play with ourselves, and it looks like Sprint has another winner on their hands with the EVO 4G LTE. So, anyone going to be laying down some dollars come May 7?

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Sprint announces the HTC EVO 4G LTE

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Sprint has unleashed their beast this evening, announcing the HTC EVO 4G LTE. It's an Ice Cream Sandwich device, much resembling the HTC One X, with a few welcome changes -- including micro SDcard and Google Wallet support. The specs are no slouch, with a dual-core Snapdragon S4, a 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 screen, a hefty 2,000 mAh battery, and of course LTE support. Of course, all the features we expect from an HTC One series device are present as well, including the advanced camera hardware and software, Beats audio, and the all-new Sense 4.0. 

All-in-all, we have a phone very much like the HTC One X, with a slightly different (yet still stylish) look, with a few very important things to differentiate it -- the kickstand, a microSD card slot, Google Wallet, and a dedicated camera button. It looks like Sprint has a real winner on their hands here, and a very worthy successor to the EVO 4G name. Hit the break for the Sprint press release.

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2 years ago

HTC EVO 4G LTE specs

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  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, integrated with Sense 4
  • 4.7-inch HD super LCD display
  • 1.5GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor
  • Google Play offers more than 450,000 useful applications, widgets and games and lets you upload 20,000 of your songs to the cloud for free and stream them to your device
  • Google+ Hangouts allowing video chat with a group of up to 10 friends
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips
  • Google Wallet enables the phone to be used like a wallet to make safe, secure purchases at hundreds of thousands of participating retailers using NFC
  • Android Beam allows users to quickly share Web pages, apps and YouTube™ videos with friends using NFC by simply tapping phones together
  • Google Mobile wireless services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Calendar, Voice Actions and YouTube
  • Messaging – personal and business email and text messaging, as well as IM through Google Talk
  • 3G/4G mobile hotspot capability, supporting up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Wifi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Advanced rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 lens, super-fast auto-focus, digital zoom and smart LED flash; HTC ImageSense to take great photos, in adverse conditions; front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording.
  • Beats Audio enables customers to hear music the way the artist intended with unique audio tuning that delivers thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 2.7 x 0.35 inches (LxWxT)
  • Weight: 4.7 ounces
  • Display: 4.7-inch HD 720p super LCD (1280 x 720), 16.7 million colors
  • Battery: Imbedded 2000mAh Lithium Ion (Li-ion) battery
  • Memory: 16GB internal memory (ROM); 1GB RAM; supports up to 32GB microSD card (sold separately)

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2 years ago

HTC EVO 4G LTE gallery

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2 years ago

Samsung Conquer 4G software update now available from Sprint

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A new software update is currently rolling out to Samsung Conquer 4G owners on Sprint. This updated is noted as just a security fix (see: CarrierIQ removal) for the device but one other thing to make note of with this release is the fact that Sprint has removed the Magic, Smoke, Many, Maps, Nexus, Spectrum, Water, and Waveform live wallpapers from the updated labeled as FC17. If you're not seeing the update as of yet, it will be along within the next 10 days due to how Sprint rolls out updates.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note in ceramic white now arriving on multiple Canadian carriers

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Although the Samsung Galaxy Note has been out in Canada for quite some time now, there was no sign of the ceramic white version appearing until a few days ago. Since then, Samsung has issued a press release announcing the availability of the device across Canada with TELUS, Bell and Rogers all having now laid out their plans for launch.

TELUS is first out the gates with the white version being available today while Bell will follow up on April 10th with their release. Not one to miss out on the celebrations, Rogers will have their version available " as early as next week” according to a tweet they sent out.

The TELUS version is available for $200 with a three-year contact and $750 no-term. Bell will be selling their version for $200 with a three-year contract and $730 no-term. Rogers however will be the cheapest if you're looking for no contract with their version going for $200 on a three-year and only $700 no-term.

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2 years ago

Gmail app update brings ICS features to Honeycomb

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Google has updated the official Gmail app for Android today, with assorted changes for Android phones and tablets running Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb. The most significant changes are for Android 3.2 tablets -- Honeycomb now gets access to a few handy features which until now have been reserved for ICS. These include swiping between messages, and a shortcut in the top left corner for selecting recent labels. Honeycombers also the ability to customize the way Gmail notifies you about mail with different labels.

Google hasn't forgotten that the majority of Android phones are still on Gingerbread or Froyo, however, and for them, this update will deliver performance improvements and a new labels API for  third-party app developers.

Hit that Google Play Store link and head to "My Apps" to grab your update.

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2 years ago

SwiftKey 3 beta starts to make the spacebar obsolete

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SwiftKey -- the Android Central 2011 keyboard of the year -- has declared war on the spacebar. Never mind that its April Fool's joke actually was to introduce the world's longest spacebar. The latest update to SwiftKey -- dubbed SwiftKey 3 -- introduces, among other features, Smart Space.  

Traditionally, Android keyboards use the spacebar as a means to select a suggested word. Or, perhaps, to put a space in a sentence. Or to insert a period at the end of a sentence. Smart Space takes advantage of SwiftKey's Fluency prediction engine and goes a step further than any other keyboard we've used. You no longer have to put spaces between words when typing. (It does still do the traditional space and punctuation thing, though.) 

OK, so that's nottosayyouwantotypelikethisforanextendedperiodoftime. But for small groups of words, SwiftKey 3 can take something like "jerryistheneckbeardking" and turn it into "Jerry is the neckbeard king," all without you having to do anything but type the letters. We've been using SwiftKey 3 for several weeks now, and the results really are remarkable. 

Other additions in SwiftKey 3 are two new themes. There's "Cobalt," which matches SwiftKey's redesign, and "Holo," which was voted on by its VIP community. And we're only half-joking about getting rid of the spacebar. It's actually been made a little bigger in this release. Punctuation has been moved around, too, with the comma, period, question mark and exclamation point all sharing a key. (Some of us aren't too thrilled with that move.) Seven more languages have been added -- Korean, Estonia, Farsi, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian and Serbian -- for a total of 42.

You've really got to try this one out to believe it. One slight catch here -- SwiftKey 3's still in beta, and you can only get it through their VIP community. So hit the link below and give it a shot. It's available for tablets and smartphones. Demo video's after the break.

Download: SwiftKey VIP community

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2 years ago

Leaked HTC EVO One photos confirm kickstand and chassis design

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Remember how we told you the HTC EVO One would have a kickstand, a black and red chassis design and HTC One XL-like internals? Well look what's just shown up -- pictures of the HTC EVO One, sporting a kickstand and a black and red chassic. And if the reports from Droid-Life​ are accurate, the same internals we told you about, too. It's also worth noting that the device in these pictures looks an awful lot like that leaked press photo that was doing the rounds yesterday.

The images, which leaked out hours before HTC and Sprint are due to launch the thing at an event in New York City. We'll be there, of course, bringing you full coverage of the latest addition to both the HTC One and EVO families.

In addition to a chunky design reminiscent of previous EVOs, we're expecting the HTC EVO One to include a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, 1GB of RAM, Beats Audio and LTE connectivity. Join us later today for live coverage, as Sprint and HTC prepare to take the wraps off the EVO One.

Source: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

UK networks prepare to launch HTC One series

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O2 + ​Three taking first orders today; Vodafone giving free Beats earphones to first customers

The HTC One X and One S are about to launch in the UK (check out our review and preview, by the way), and as such, all the major carriers are getting in on the action. Here's a breakdown of how each of the major British networks are handling the launch of the most anticipated Android phone of the year so far.

Before we begin, remember that the HTC One X and One S should be available everywhere from April 5. so if you step into a brick-and-mortar store belonging to any of the big five tomorrow, you'll be able to pick up either a One X or One S.

  • Three: Taking first One X and One S orders online today for delivery tomorrow, the official launch day. The One X is free on-contract from £35 per month, while the One S will set you back at least £32 per month -- both plans include unlimited data. If you'd prefer a lower monthly bill, you can pick up the One X from £27 per month, or the One S from £24 per month, both with a £99 upfront payment. All of Three's contracts are 24-month deals.
     
  • O2: O2.co.uk now lists the HTC One X (in grey) as available "online only", with delivery promised tomorrow. O2 offers a number of 18 and 24-month deals, though all but the most expensive include some form of up-front fee. O2's "On & On" deals represent the best value on its network. These give you a One X for free, unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of data for £36 per month, with the option of bumping the data allowance up to 2GB for £41 per month. O2 also offers the One X on Pay-As-You-Go, for £479.99.
     
  • ​Vodafone:​ Vodafone's still taking pre-orders for the One X (white and grey) and One S (silver). The X will is available for free on 24-month plans from £41 per month, while the S is priced slightly lower at £36 per month. The first 10,000 customers to order each handset will walk away with a pair of urBeats headphones -- the same kind that shipped with the Sensation XL last year -- and 10 free tracks per month from Vodafone Music.
     
  • T-Mobile: Matches Voda's prices of £41 per month for the One X and £36 per month for the One S. T-Mo UK, though, offers unlimited data as part of the "full monty" plan. The network says it'll launch both devices online and in stores tomorrow.
     
  • ​Orange: Says both devices are "coming soon."

If you're planning on picking up a HTC One X or One S on launch day, hit the comments let us know whether you're going down the carrier-subsidized route, or if you're stumping up the cash to buy one outright.

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2 years ago

Late-night poll: How do you use a stylus?

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Call it a stylus, call it an S-Pen, call it what you will -- styli are making a comeback. They used to be standard issue with a smartphone, until a fellow in a black turtleneck who had a huge influence on technology said we didn't like them anymore. But that was then, this is now. Styli are coming back because they're useful in a lot of cases. Whether it's annotating notes, just cruising through the UI, or playing Draw Something, you'll see more and more people using one with their smartphone.

So what about you guys? We figure you all have your finger on the pulse of all things Android, so we want to know what, when, and how you use a stylus. Hit the poll up, let us know!

How do you use a stylus with your Android?

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich for the AT&T Galaxy Note leaked

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The folks over at RootzWiki got their hands on a leaked build of Ice Cream Sandwich for the AT&T Galaxy Note (I717). First reports are pretty good, with the few bugs easy to work around. RootzWiki notes the list of features as:

  • Face Unlock is fully functional
  • LTE connections are solid and up to speed
  • Phone calls work great both ways
  • Audio quality is up to par
  • Stereo Bluetooth is fully functional
  • MMS is fully functional
  • GPS is fully functional
  • Google Talk and Video Chat work
  • Google Voice is fully functional
  • Task Manager is smooth and transitions are quick
  • Downloaded Flash video and in-browser video works flawlessly
  • Chrome autosync is fully functional
  • AT&T Hotspot functionality works, external devices connect fine

It's the same sort of leak we saw recently for the Skyrocket, which means it's a Windows only affair until someone get's a flashable version out of it. It also hits your flash counter, so be aware of warranty issues if you give it a try. 

With the unexpected popularity of the Galaxy Note, we're pretty certain a version for folks who would rather flash things from recovery. We have no idea when the official version will be ready for release, so if you are itching for ICS this may be your only chance for a while. Grab it, and follow the directions closely, from the source link.

Source: RootzWiki

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2 years ago

More factory images for the Nexus S released

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A few days ago we saw the very first factory images for the Nexus S posted by Google. Previously you had to use a community-supplied image to go all the way back to 2.3.4 and then manually flash the updates. It was a pain, and we're glad that Google and the hardware vendors got it all worked out. Earlier today, three more factory images for the Crespo were released, including 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich for the i9020a. Unfortunately, users of some Nexus S models still aren't seeing any ICS love.

The sojuk -- the Korean m200 model -- has a 2.3.6 image available for download, and the Sprint version -- model d720 or sojus -- has the 2.3.7 image available as a "reference only" download. We're not sure what's happening with versions other than the i9020t "world version", but at least the model that works with AT&T is up-to-date. 

I still love the Nexus S. I destroyed mine (water damage sucks) and am looking to replace it. Yes, I can use just about any Android phone available and really want my Nexus S back. But it's soon out of warranty, and if you're the type that has to have the latest just root the thing and do it. We've got all the help you would need in the forums, and now with factory restore images you could just roll back and relock it if things go awry. 

Source: Google. More: Android Central forums

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