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2 years ago

Sony Xperia Miro up for pre-order in the UK, £126 SIM-free

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The Sony Xperia Miro, the social-focused, entry level offering from Sony, has gone up for pre-order in the UK at Clove. The price is set at £126 SIM-free, which is an incredible price-point for an Ice Cream Sandwich phone. It's small, looks fantastic, and will go head-to-head in the budget stakes with the HTC Desire C

The official price and availability is still to be confirmed, but the device can be pre-ordered at the source links below. 

Source: Clove

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2 years ago

Sony releases tiny robots across the UK, catch one to win a phone

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As part of its latest marketing effort, Sony will be "releasing" thousands of tiny QR code-equipped robots in London and Manchester. And in return for capturing one of the elusive 'bots, the manufacturer will be giving Brits the chance to win a selection of Sony swag, including Xperia smartphones. In addition to breaking out in to the real world, Sony tells us the "Xperiabots" will be making an appearance online too, presumably in ad banners and social media.

The contest kicks off next Monday, and the prize list for successful 'bot capturers includes --

  • Latest Xperia NXT Series handsets
  • Sony 4-Screen packages
  • Tickets to movie premiers
  • DJ sessions
  • Tickets to gigs etc

Sony Mobile says clues will be distributed through social media channels, including the company's official Facebook page, and a new Twitter account set up for the "leader bot" @XperiaUnleashed. So if you live in the UK, you may want to keep your eyes peeled for hints over the next few days.

More: Sony Mobile on Facebook; @XperiaUnleashed

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix HD becomes official - HD display, LTE and 'Kevlar strong'

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We all saw the leaks of a new Motorola smartphone apparently heading the way of AT&T, codename Dinara, and now the leaks have become an official device. Behold, the Motorola Atrix HD. And, it's a pretty handsome looking thing too, being available in two colors, titanium and modern white.

Once again from Motorola too, we've got a healthy dose of Kevlar in the construction. But, perhaps more impressive design wise, is the on-screen Android 4.x buttons. And, if the render shown here is anything to go by, they seem to blend into the homescreen pretty well, not like the solid black band we see on the Galaxy Nexus.

So, specs, what are we looking at? Quite a bit in truth, but we'll focus on the ones you're likely more interested in:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.5-inch 1280x720 HD Colorboost display
  • Gorilla Glass
  • 8GB on-board storage, with expandable microSD card slot
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 1780mAh battery
  • 1GB RAM
  • LTE

All in all, not too shabby. Nothing groundbreaking, but simply having expandable storage alone will be enough to sway many into purchasing the Atrix HD. Motorola also seems to be pushing this as a potential business purchase, by proudly declaring it as "business ready." The "Government grade encryption" promises to keep your data safe, while the VPN will keep you connected to the office whilst out on the road. 

As one would expect from Motorola, Webtop is also along for the ride. As too, is the usual array of OEM accessories. Theres a HD dock, a travel VGA adaptor, and a smart controller that gives you complete control of the phone remotely while it is connected to an external display. 

There's no word as yet on when the Atrix HD will be going on sale, but the AT&T branding seen here in the official render at least gives us a pretty hefty clue on where it will be going on sale. For now, interested potential buyers can head over to the official product page at Motorola, and sign up now. 

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Sky Go for Android gets fresh on-demand content, ICS support inbound

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British broadcaster Sky has announced some major updates to its Sky Go streaming application for Android. The update adds on-demand streaming of Sky Movies content, and "popular entertainment channels" including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Arts 1. The new channel listing brings the Sky Go Android app up to par with its iOS cousin. There are also additional account controls built into the new app, which allow customers to view their Sky package and monthly bills.

Compatibility is still an issue, as Sky's been slow to test and certify new devices (likely due to licensing restrictions rather than the broadcaster's own intransigence.) Right now official support is only available for the HTC Desire, Desire S, Desire HD, Incredible, Sensation, Sensation XE, as well as Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy S II. And they're only supported on Android 2.2 and 2.3, so you're SOL once you get that long-awaited ICS update.

In any case, Sky says a future update, due by the end of July, will add support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note. There's no word on Jelly Bean support, though right now the app refuses to install on our Nexus 7 and I/O edition Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Note, it seems, is currently supported, according to the Google Play Store listing.

If you're a Sky subscriber, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on with the new version. We've got Sky's press release after the break.

Download: Sky Go

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2 years ago

White EVO 4G LTE coming to Sprint on July 15?

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Are you hankering after a HTC EVO 4G LTE, but just wish that it came in white? According to an internal document obtained by the guys over at TechnoBuffalo, your wishes may come true from July 15. LTE issues aside, the EVO 4G LTE is a fine phone, and it seems to look darn fine in white too. If you're torn, don't forget to check out our comprehensive review to help you decide. 

The same screenshot also seems to show a forthcoming buy-one-get-one offer for the Epic 4G Touch. While it may be a 2011 device, for families this could be a steal. 

Source: TechnoBuffalo

 

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2 years ago

Google Now ported to Android 4.0 devices running an AOSP ROM

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Back during Google I/O 2012, we saw the unveiling of Google Now for Jelly Bean devices. Sadly, Google never released it as a stand-alone app so any device running Ice Cream Sandwich now essentially needs to be upgraded to Jelly Bean in order to make use of it. I say essentially because the fine folks in the Android community have now found a way to make it work on any Android 4.0 device running an AOSP ROM though there is one lingering issue with it. You can't use voice. Sure, the no voice thing is a bit of a bummer but for those who are interested in loading it up, you can do so with only a few steps required:

  • Rename the APK to GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk
  • Go to System/App and rename the original GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk to 3, something else (Or delete it)
  • Copy in the GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk the one you renamed from (Velvet-theos0o.apk)
  • Set the permissions, to the /System/App/GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk to RW-R--R--
  • Reboot and it should work

As you can tell by looking at the instructions, it's not going to be for everyone. However, if you're willing to give it a shot you can find the download over at XDA Developers to get started. Just remember, you must be on an AOSP ROM in order for it to work.

Source: XDA

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2 years ago

LG Prada 3.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update now available in Germany and Italy

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If you happen to own the awkwardly named LG Prada 3.0, you can now take some joy in knowing that Android 4.0 is now available for download provided you're in Germany or Italy and have a non-carrier branded version.

Having launched with Android 2.3.7, the upgrade to ICS can be found by plugging your device into your computer and then using the LG Mobile Phone Support tool that is available for Windows PC's. If you're on a Mac, you'll have to find a Windows machine.

According to the documentation, the update should only take a few minutes and leave your device info intact though, a back up is suggested.

Source: LG Germany, LG Italy via: The Verge

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2 years ago

Orange San Diego review

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Intel finally arrives on Android, but is it everything we were hoping for?

The Android/Intel love affair kicked off officially in January back at CES in Las Vegas. Back then, the computing giant took to the stage to show off their new, prototype hardware running on its Medfield chipset. The demonstration was impressive, boasting incredible performance from a single-core processor running under a customized version of Gingerbread.

Almost six months on, and in the UK at least, the first Intel-powered Android smartphone has made it to market. Launched in partnership with UK carrier Orange, the San Diego is the first of what Intel's hoping will be a host of devices from Intel. The launch event in London made it clear the phone would be aggressively marketed, and indeed this marketing has already begun. This is the first own-brand smartphone that Orange has ever pushed TV advertising for. And those ads focus on one thing -- speed.

Promising performance on par with dual-core phones at an affordable price, the San Diego, on paper at least, is an enticing prospect. That's all well and good, but how does it measure up in real life? Find out after the break, as we walk you through the Orange San Diego.

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2 years ago

Samsung launches official UK Top 40 chart app on Galaxy Ace II

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Samsung has teamed up with music app-maker MusicQubed to launch an official UK Top 40 chart app across its range of smartphones. The app will debut on the Galaxy Ace II, which Sammy says is launching today in the UK.  Presumably it'll later start begin roll out across the Galaxy line through the Google Play Store. Unfortunately we're not able to use it on our Galaxy S III due to our being on an "unsupported network" (go figure), and our Jelly Bean'd Galaxy Nexus was deemed incompatible, too.

For those with both a a compatible handset and supported carrier, the MusicQubed chart app, Samsung says, gives users unlimited plays of the current UK top 40. It apparently works by caching these tracks overnight, meaning there's no need to stream out of your precious cellular data allowance. The app also delivers "daily celebrity news updates," if you're into that sort of thing. There's also social integration via both  Twitters and the Facebook. Galaxy phone owners will get free access to the app for two months, after which it'll cost £1 per week.

Check past the break for the full presser.

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2 years ago

HTC Raider and EVO 3D Ice Cream Sandwich updates now available for Rogers

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Rogers hasn't had a great track record thus far of keeping folks in the loop when it comes to Ice Cream Sandwich updates but at least two of the devices in their lineup are now getting ICS rolled out to them via OTA. Owners of either the HTC Raider or EVO 3D can go ahead and check for updates and now find Android 4.0 available. The update should only take a few minutes to load up and then you'll be good to go with Ice Cream Sandwich.

Thanks, John!

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