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2 years ago

Droid Bionic now receiving small OTA maintenance update

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Motorola Droid Bionic owners are beginning to receive an official OTA update from Verizon, said to improve Bluetooth volume, Visual Voice Mail, and LTE connectivity. Version 5.9.905 doesn’t bring with it any drastic changes, but maintenance updates are never anything to scoff at. The forums are lighting up with folks who are already seeing the update push to their devices, though as always, it may take longer for some than others. Sit tight and be sure to yell out below when you get your spoonful.  

Source: Verizon Wireless

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2 years ago

Angry Birds Space Utopia update brings 10 delectable new levels

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Been waiting for the latest Angry Birds Space update to roll out on Android? Of course you have. You already beat all the levels and have been playing through them repeatedly while you wait for the Utopia update to arrive. Now is your time to shine though, you can now update and get yourself 10 new levels to plow through courtesy of the folks at Rovio. Make sure you gather up some snacks for when you are playing though, Utopia is a junk food inspired level so you may get kind of hungry while bouncing birds off of jelly trampolines.

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2 years ago

LG Viper 4G LTE review

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A mid-range phone packing LTE for Sprint's as-of-yet-unlaunched network - is it worth the investment?

The LG Viper 4G LTE is an interesting phone. (For starters, that name is long. It'll hereto be referenced as simply the LG Viper.) It's not an ultra-high end, mind-blowing, earth-shattering, missile-launching superphone, but it wasn't built to be. It also combines some of the latest features a phone the the Now Network can have, like NFC (paired with Google Wallet) and LTE radios for when Sprint's LTE network goes live.

And it's all targeted towards parents. That's not to say you need​ a kid to buy one, but if you have one, well, LG made this phone for you. It's reasonably sized, tough, and still powerful enough to do most of what you could ask of it.

To echo sentiments expressed before, it's absolutely crazy to think the specs on this phone are mid-range at best. I still remember a time when a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor was the hottest thing on the market, so don't immediately write off the LG Viper for specs like that. Come showtime, it performs.

Join us after the break and we'll have a nice, thorough look at how LG's LTE offering stands up against the rest.

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2 years ago

O2 UK and Vodafone announce infrastructure sharing agreement

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In news that sounds more exciting than it actually is, British mobile networks O2 and Vodafone have announced an agreement to combine and share their existing 2G, 3G and (eventually) 4G network infrastructure. The country's second and third-largest network operators plan to create a nationwide "grid" upon which each company's network will run. Unlike competing operator Everything Everywhere, formed by a merger of Orange and T-Mobile UK, Vodafone and O2 will continue to operate separate, competing networks in the UK. It's important to note that this is absolutely not​ a merger of the two networks -- such a deal would never be allowed by British regulators.

The most interesting part of the deal concerns the roll-out of 4G LTE services on the two networks. Voda and O2 say the agreement to build a grid underpinning both networks will allow them to deploy 4G services more quickly than would otherwise be possible. Again, the networks themselves will remain separate, and the operators will continue to deliver competing services and price plans. The only differences, the companies say, will be in how quickly we see 4G sites being lit up following the (much delayed) 800MHz/2600MHz spectrum auction.

To oversee all this, a new 50/50 venture between O2 and Vodafone will be formed to manage the newly-consolidated infrastructure. This will consist of 18,500 sites, which the companies say represents a 40% increase for both networks. O2 will oversee "design, management and maintenance" of the sites making up the new grid in the east of the UK, while Vodafone will take up these responsibilities in the west.

So what does this mean? Again, this ​isn't​ a merger of two mobile networks, as we saw when T-Mobile and Orange formed Everything Everywhere a few years back. O2 and Vodafone (and their customer-facing networks) will remain separate, this is merely an expansion of their existing network sharing agreement. As such, there'll be no Everything Everywhere-style cross-roaming agreement to allow Vodafone customers to roam on O2, or vice-versa. Instead, the sharing will be done at the infrastructure level on both networks.

If all goes to plan, it'll mean better reception for those in areas with poor O2 coverage, but a strong Vodafone signal, or vice-versa. And in the future, it's hoped it'll help both operators establish  4G LTE networks covering more of the country more quickly -- up to 98% of Brits by the end of 2015, according to estimates.

Vodafone and O2 are currently in talks with British communications regulator Ofcom, and hope to press ahead with their new network sharing plans later in the year, assuming everything's approved.

Source: O2 News Center

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2 years ago

HTC One V arriving on TELUS June 8th

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Although the device has been available on their "budget" brand Koodoo Mobile for a while now, TELUS themselves are preparing to launch the HTC One V come June 8th. As we learned in our review of the device, HTC has gone back to their roots with the HTC One V making it an entry-level throwback to the HTC Legend and we mean that lovingly. With it, you'll be getting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, 512MB RAM and finally 4GB of built-in storage should you decide to pick one up. Right now, TELUS pricing looks a little something like this:

  • No-term: $289.99
  • 1-year contact: $229.99
  • 2-year contract: $189.99
  • 3-year contract: $29.99

Those numbers are of course subject to change until the official announcement comes from TELUS but they seem quite reasonable all things considered. Make sure you check out the full review we did up if this one is on your radar and we'll be sure to let you all know when it goes official.

Source: Mobile Syrup

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S III double officially confirmed for July 9 shipping

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We broke this July 9 thing, oh, yesterday in our forums and again on the blog, but tonight Verizon's making it a little more official. July 9 is the day for preorders of the Galaxy S III to be shipped. Figure they'll show up on the 10th, no?

More: Where to preorder the Galaxy S III; Also: Galaxy S III forums
Thanks to the MAC for sending this in!

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2 years ago

Flipboard for Android gets update to version 1.8.4 beta 2

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Development continues apace for Flipboard for Android, as the app has been updated to version 1.8.4 beta 2. The latest version is a relatively minor update, bringing bug fixes and a handful of new features to the digital magazine app.  Sharing via Android's built-in "share" API is a welcome addition, and we're always partial to the occasional performance improvement, though we've experienced no slowdown in the app so far.

Here's the full change log for Flipboard version 1.8.4 beta 2 --

  • Added sharing via other applications
  • Fixed authentication bug which could cause repeated logins
  • Remember the position in a section if you accidentally leave it
  • Improved stability and performance

Samsung Galaxy S III owners and beta participants on other phones can grab the 2.5MB update to the latest version by firing up the app as usual -- you should get an update notification like the one in the photo above.

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2 years ago

AT&T HTC One X 1.85 update now rolling out over the air

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As noted by folks over on the Android Central forums, the AT&T HTC One X is now receiving an over-the-air software update to version 1.85.502.3. For those keeping score at home, that's the same version that leaked a couple of weeks back in the form of an RUU (ROM Update Utility.)

AT&T One X owners can look forward to a variety of fixes in this latest update, including a solution for the intermittent Wifi drop-outs affecting many users. Here's the full change list --

  • Wi-Fi Connectivity Improvement - improves operation when a device leaves Wi-Fi coverage.
  • Wi-Fi Throughput (Speed Increase)
  • AT&T Address Book fixes - Contacts formatting when synced to AAB

To grab the 64.55MB update, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates, and hit that button. When you're done, be sure to let us know how you're getting on down in the comments.

Source: AT&T HTC One X forums

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2 years ago

Australian stores starting to receive Pebble Blue Galaxy S III

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While we're currently awaiting the Pebble Blue Samsung Galaxy S III here in the UK and across Europe, it seems our Australian friends don't have to wait much longer. ​Ausdroid is reporting that various stores they spoke to across Canberra had in stock the missing 16GB Pebble Blue version. 

Optus, Vodafone and Crazy Johns all had stocks, while Telstra and Virgin Mobile were set to receive theirs soon. In the UK, retailers such as Clove Technology originally said they expected to receive the Blue versions from this week. This can only be good news worldwide for any of us that have been holding out waiting for old Pebble Blue. 

If any of you have received notification, or even received yours yet where ever in the world you might be, hit us up in the comments or head on down to the Android Central Forums and show it off. 

Source: Ausdroid

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2 years ago

LG Optimus LTE2 now available in white, still limited to Korean market

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LG announced today that its Optimus LTE2, the Korea-only device we first met back in May, is now available in a white variant. In case you’ve forgotten, the LTE2 comes packed with a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display, a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and 2 whole GBs of RAM. LG says that the LTE2 sold 150,000 units in its first 10 days on the shelves, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at for a phone limited to one market. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for that to change as we wait patiently for U.S. carriers to join in on the fun. 

Source: LG Korean (Korean)

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