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3 years ago

Microsoft releases on{X} automation app for Android

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In one of the day's stranger announcements, Microsoft has announced a brand new smartphone automation service for Android devices, dubbed on{X}. On{X} combines an Android application with a Javascript-based back-end, hosted on Microsoft's onx.ms site, and allows numerous tasks to be triggered based on location, date, speed, weather and countless other conditions. Essentially, it's a bit like Tasker, only controlled remotely via a web interface, with a few more options.

Conspicuously absent is any support for Microsoft's own smartphone OS, Windows Phone. As on{X}'s functionality relies on capabilities not present in Windows Phone, the Android platform is a natural place to test things out while Microsoft prepares the next version of its OS.

To get started, you'll need to grab the app from Google Play, and sign in using your Facebook account. Then, from the onx.ms site, you can add rules based upon MS's own "recipes," through a visual interface, or by directly editing code. Once you're done, you can even upload your own recipes for others to use -- a surprisingly open approach from the team at Microsoft.

Unfortunately we haven't had much luck getting the Facebook login to work, so bear in mind that things may be a little shaky to begin with.

Hit the link below to get started, or join us after the break for Microsoft's introductory video. And if you've managed to get it working, be sure to let us know got on down in the comments.

More: On{X} on Google Play; Source: WPCentral

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3 years ago

AT&T selling the HTC Media Link HD for $90

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The HTC Media Link HD (see our first-look video) has been available in some outlets for a little while now. But starting this Friday, AT&T will be selling the Wifi Direct device for $90. (Yes, that's the full retail packaging you see above. And, interestingly enough, it's been listed on AT&T's website before today. No matter.)

The Media Link HD is the second generation of the device that, in a nutshell, lets you easily sent content from your phone to your HDMI-enabled television. We'll have a full review in the coming days. But we've been using a prerelease unit for some weeks, and it really is as simple as swiping your fingers up the screen. Your homescreens, images, videos -- even games -- are automagically beamed to your television, live and in living color.

Oh, and following up on this morning's story that the AT&T HTC One X is once again available online, HTC has also announced that stores should have full stock on Sunday, June 10. Pricing remains at $199 on contract.

More: HTC Media Link HD at AT&T

 

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3 years ago

Verizon eying second week of July for its Galaxy S III release?

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Let the ridiculousness begin! Verizon on Monday announced that its preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S III would go live this Wednesday, for $199 on contract. What it didn't announce was an actual release date. As in, when you'll get the thing in your hands.

Fast forward 24 hours, and we've now already seen not one but two possible dates cross our desks. (We've been discussing this one all day in this forum thread.) The first date mentioned was July 6. That would put it a little more than two weeks after the Sprint and T-Mobile releases, which will come on June 21. But that July 6 date already has been switched for July 9, which is noted in the screen shot you see above.

Is it possible the date could shift again? Absolutely. Verizon has yet to announce anything officially yet. So keep that in mind. Nothing's "delayed." Nothing's set in stone. But this much is clear: It can't come soon enough.

More: Galaxy S III forums
Also: Official Galaxy S III launch dates thread

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3 years ago

Android 4.0.4 factory image for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus now available online

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Google has posted the IMM76K factory restore image for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus online, making it available for those who have hacked their device beyond repair and need a path back. Using the posted files, anyone who was able to flash custom software to their Nexus should be able to flash the official  version, and be back to square one -- ready to do it all over again. Do note that like the Sprint versions, these are provided "for reference only" -- but still contain the files you would need to build the software from code yourself if that's how you roll. Grab the image at the link below.

Source: Google. Thanks everyone who sent this  in!

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3 years ago

Pebble blue Galaxy S III stock reportedly arriving in some European stores

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It looks like the famously-delayed "pebble blue" version of the Samsung Galaxy S III may be about to emerge from hiding in some European stores. According to reports from ​SamMobile​, The Phone House (the Dutch wing of the Carphone Warehouse) now shows the blue version as available on its website. And rival Dutch retailers Coolblue and Castle Telecom have reportedly received initial stock too, with the first units being prepared to go out to pre-order customers.

So lucky buyers may be able to get their hands on the blue version of the S III sooner rather than later. However, as Samsung indicated last week, stock is expected to be in limited supply for the next couple of weeks, so if you're without a pre-order, you have to make do with a marble white S III, or wait until later in the month.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Best Buy offers preorders for the Sprint, AT&T And Verizon Galaxy S III

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If you prefer to do your smartphone shopping at Best Buy, the retailer this morning let loose that it's now taking preorders (they call 'em "presales") for the Galaxy S III at stores nationwide. Best Buy's doing the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon versions of the GSIII, so you're on your own for T-Mobile and US Cellular. 

Oh, and if you've yet to read it, be sure to check out our World Famous Galaxy S III review!

Source: Best Buy; More: Galaxy S III forums

 

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia U now available in Canada

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Sony announced today that they're offering the Sony Xperia U in Canada on Fido for $30 on a two-year contract, or free on a three-year contract. As you might expect, this little guy is fairly entry level, but that doesn't mean he's lacking in style. Besides, it's hard finding a decent phone at an affordable price without signing on for a three-year agreement in Canada; good on Fido providing a solid two-year option. Here's a quick run-down of the specs.

  • 1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance.
  • 5MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.
  • Front-facing VGA camera.
  • 3.5” 854 x 480 Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine (measured diagonally).
  • Crisp and loud listening with xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology.
  • Available in black with a pink exchangeable cap for the base of the smartphone in the box.
  • Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Yeah, it's sad to see it waiting on ICS, but then again, isn't everybody? I'd be interested in seeing if the Xperia U finds its way to other Canadian carrier -, at the very least Rogers, considering Fido's a subsidiary. You can pick up the Xperia U at Fido over here, but be sure to check out our review before taking the leap. 

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3 years ago

AT&T's HTC One X back in stock online

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Just a quick heads up that the AT&T version of the HTC One X is back in stock on the carrier's website. It had gone missing for a couple weeks as part of that pesky International Trade Commission review, but everything's copasetic now. You can snag the white or gray version for $199 on contract, or $549 outright. Before dropping any cash, though, be sure to check out our comprehensive AT&T HTC One X review and swing by our One X forums!

More: AT&T

 

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's HTC One S getting its maintenance update starting this week

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OK, all you loyal T-Mobile HTC One S onwers. (That'd be those of you in the U.S., by the way.) That maintenance release that was delayed a week should be pushing out now. Improvements in software version 1.84.531.2.710RD include fixes to the splash screen, the voicemail notification not showing up when on Wifi calling, improvements to Wifi calling itself, fixes to the camera and signal fluctuations.

Do note that TMo has said there's no manual download option for the update, and you'll have to wait for it to push over the air. It's not clear whether that means the server from which the download originates will be obfuscated, and thus no manual download will be possible (that's hardly unheard of these days), or whether it's referring to an RUU or something. Keep an eye out for the update and logcat at the ready, and we'll see what's what.

T-Mobile says the update will be pushing through July 7.

Source: T-Mobile, more: HTC One S forums; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

PlayStation Suite rebranded PlayStation Mobile, HTC named as first third-party hardware partner

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Sony has taken the stage at this years E3 and like Microsoft they came with some mobile news to share with everyone. Back when Sony Mobile was known as Sony Ericsson they launched the PlayStation Suite SDK to the masses however, it was only available for "PlayStation Certified" devices which naturally were all Sony devices. That has all changed now though as Sony has just announced PlayStation Suite will be rebranded to PlayStation Mobile and to help get things off right, they've gone ahead and named HTC as the very first third-party hardware partner. That begs the question. Will we finally get the PlayStation phone of our dreams now?

Source: Sony

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 review

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The most-anticipated Android phone of the year is finally upon us. Find out whether Samsung's new flagship lives up to the hype in our definitive Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) review.

Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S II came out of nowhere to dominate a generation of Android phones, selling over 20 million units in the process. It was instrumental in securing Samsung the 2011 smartphone crown, and cementing its place as a rival not only to other Android OEMs, but to the almighty Apple. At the time, in our own review, we proclaimed it “a supremely impressive device,” and that remains true to this day -- the Galaxy S II has become a vintage Android handset.

So how do you follow up such a technological marvel? There’s been no shortage of Samsung phones since the S II’s launch in the spring of 2011, but it wasn’t until twelve months later that the wall of secrecy surrounding its true successor began to crumble. And in early May, at a glitzy (and frankly surreal) event at London’s Earl’s Court arena, Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy S III (S3).

The initial reaction was a unsurprising mix of excitement and jubilation, tempered by the revelation that after all the hype, the Galaxy S3 was just another high-end smartphone with its own imperfections and compromises. Well, now the phone’s out in Europe, and enough time has passed for the initial novelty to wear off, so let’s get right down to business. Just how does the Galaxy S3 shape up in the fiercely competitive smartphone market of 2012? And can it hope to match the stratospheric success of its progenitor?

We’ve got all these answers, and so much more, in our definitive review of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

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3 years ago

Corning promises flexible displays with its new Willow Glass technology

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Corning today introduced its newest display technology, a thin and flexible surface its calling "Willow Glass." The glass maker says that its latest design will support thinner backplates and color filters for OLED and LED technologies, but most importantly it will be flexible, enabling curved displays for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks. Corning, the makers of the popular and durable Gorilla Glass, is using a fusion process to shrink the thickness of its glass down to that of a sheet of paper, which also translates to high performance under high temperatures. What does all the gibberish mean? Well, for Android, it means more options for phone displays, and more curved screens à la what we've seen most recently on the Galaxy Nexus. While phones that mold to the shape of your hand are probably still a way's away, Corning is making sure that its glass is ready for evolving technologies. The full presser can be found after the break.

Source: Corning

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3 years ago

AT&T's Galaxy S IIIs stick with 16GB of storage, but you can get it in red, too

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And then there was AT&T. While the likes of Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and even US Cellular dropped deets of their Samsung Galaxy S III launches this morning, AT&T's kept  us waiting with bated breath most of the day. But we've finally got half an announcement. The phone goes up for presale on June 6 (that's this Wednesday) for $199. What has us more than a little miffed is that AT&T's opted to only go with a 16-gigabyte version, whereas every other carrier that announced today will have 32-gigabyte options. Is that the end of the world? No. It's still got a microSD card slot and a 16GB card is available at an extra $39, so you can have 32GB of total storage when you proudly unbox this guy. But when your Verizon and TMo and Sprint and USCC friends are showing off that extra 16GB of storage, don't come crying to us.

Oh, but AT&T does have one other trick up its sleeve. In addition to the white and pebble blue options, AT&T will have its own red model as well later this summer. So there's that. Otherwise, we're looking at the same hardware as the other carriers.

And stay tuned for an actual availability date.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 video walkthrough

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As we put the finishing touches to our definitive Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) review, why not take a few minutes to check out our complete video walkthrough of the phone. Samsung's latest flagship is a big deal for Android, and packs some bleeding edge hardware, in addition to plenty of software new tricks from the Korean manufacturer.

Move your eyes a few pixels upwards, and you'll find the video embedded for your convenience. Be sure to check back later today for the review!

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3 years ago

Sprint inviting VIP customers to a Galaxy S III event in Boston

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The cat is well and truly out of the bag regarding the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III, and it seems they're keen to show it off to their customers. Android Central Forums member mercado79 just tipped us off to an invite to an event in Boston scheduled for June 12. Seems that Sprint are keen to let their "VIP" customers get an early hands on with the forthcoming smartphone. There's also talk of prizes, which from Samsung could be a whole array of goodies. It isn't a free-for-all though, to attend you have to register, and with the hype arround the Galaxy S III truly reaching a frenzy, if you're invited early registration is recommended.

We've had a lot of hands-on time with the Galaxy S III since its launch back in London. As we speak too, our very own Alex Dobie is working incredibly hard on bringing you the full, comprehensive review. 

Thanks mercado79!

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