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3 years ago

Galaxy S3 Mini on sale from Daily Steals for $349.99

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Curious to see what $349 can get you outside of the Play Store? If you head to the deals site Daily Steals in the next day, you'll get a chance to buy the Galaxy S3 Mini for just a penny under $350. This one is the 16GB model with just HSPA+ -- no LTE here -- and is unlocked with the proper frequencies for AT&T. So if that all fits the bill for you, hit the source link below.

Source: Daily Steals

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Axiom looks to be a Galaxy S3 Mini headed for US Cellular

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Looks like nothing stays secret for long, especially not with the fine folks over at @evleaks ever on the prowl. The latest device to appear from the usually reliable tipsters is this, known as the Samsung Galaxy Axiom. Odd name, but essentially appears to be a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini variant headed for US Cellular. 

Specs wise, we're looking at 4 inch WVGA LCD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor, 1GB of RAM with 4GB of internal storage, LTE, a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera. We're also told that the Galaxy Axiom runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but looking at the press shot we're also seeing Samsung's latest Nature UX on there. 

Nothing earth shattering here, but still a good phone for a carrier like US Cellular to get their hands on. 

No word on pricing or availability at this stage, but if the @evleaks past record is anything to go on, it shouldn't be before too long that we're seeing this announced officially. 

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

T-Mobile offering Samsung devices for free on contract Nov 16th-17th

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Well it looks like that earlier leak of a T-Mobile Samsung device sale was spot on. For two days this weekend -- November 16th and 17th -- T-Mobile stores will be selling just about every Samsung device they offer for $0 on contract. In typical T-Mobile fashion, the savings come in the form of a mail-in rebate. So if you're looking to pick up a Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) on a Classic Plan, you'll have to plop down the full $299 and wait for that rebate in the mail.

The biggest omission here is the Galaxy Note 2, which makes sense considering that it has just launched and T-Mobile's on-contract price is very expensive. They may not be willing to subsidize it this much quite yet. Regardless, a Galaxy S3 for $0 on-contract sounds like a great deal if you're in the market for one.

Source: T-Mobile Newsroom

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3 years ago

Google: New Nexus devices sold out in some countries, more stock in 'coming weeks'

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As you'll know if you tried to pick up a new Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 today, the first round of stock didn't last long, and server load issues made it particularly tricky to get through the ordering process.

In its first statement on the Nexus launch, Google acknowledged that high demand for the new phone and tablet has led to the devices becoming sold out in some territories. At the time of writing, the Nexus 4 is unavailable in the UK, European, Australian, U.S. and Canadian Google Play devices stores. Nexus 10 availability is limited to the 16GB model in many countries.

On its posting on the official 'Nexus' Google+ account, the company says it's working to bring more stock to the Play Store, but offers little in the way of specific dates or quantities, simply stating that more stock would be due "in the weeks ahead."

There’s been so much interest for the Nexus lineup that we’ve sold out of some of our initial stock in a few countries! We are working hard to add more Nexus devices to Google Play in the coming weeks to keep up with the high demand. You can learn more about Nexus devices and stay updated at play.google.com/nexus

That'll come as little comfort to those who were prevented from placing orders today due to technical issues, but at least more stock will eventually be headed to Google Play.

Were you able to place your Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 order today? Head on over to our weekly sidebar poll and let us know.

Source: +Nexus

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3 years ago

LG Optimus G now available on TELUS

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A little ahead of schedule, the LG Optimus G has launched on TELUS for $129 on a three-year contract. Here's what you can look forward to: 

  • Chipset: 1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor
  • Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Network: 2G / 3G / LTE
  • Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPSPLUS (1280 x 768 pixels) / 15:9 ratio
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR
  • Camera: 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP front
  • Battery: 2,100mAh (570Wh/L) / Talk time: 15 hours / Standby: 335 hours
  • Size: 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm
  • Weight: 145g
  • Other: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL and DLNA, NFC

Take a look at our review for the full run-down. Why would you want to get that with the LG Nexus 4 also on sale? Because it's pretty much impossible to get an order through to Google Play today (though it might be worth giving another go in a day or two once the insanity has died down). 

What's it going to be, Canadians? Keep pounding that F5 key and skip the contract if you get through, or just bite the bullet and get something a little higher-end right now? Those opting for the latter can pick up the LG Optimus G from the TELUS online store over here

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3 years ago

Sprint officially launches the ZTE Flash for $129.99

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We've seen the ZTE Flash for Sprint convincingly leak out a couple times before, but now we've got the official specs right from the source. This very Galaxy Nexus-looking handset is a solid mid-ranger for sprint packing a whopping 12.6MP camera. As for the full specs, you're getting a 4.5-inch display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE (of course) all running on  a basically stock version of Android 4.0. There's 8GB of storage on-board, expandable by MicroSD up to another 32GB.

The ZTE Flash is available with a 2-year contract from Sprint at $129.99 up-front.

Source: Sprint Newsroom; Sprint

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR M Jelly Bean OTA on its way

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We've received official word that the Android 4.1 update for the Motorola Droid RAZR M is in early stages of rolling out, and several users are reporting that they have seen the update. 

This update will bring the RAZR M all the features from 4.1, including the enhanced camera software, improved voice search and Google Now. Jelly Bean does a great job polishing the ICS interface as well, and should be a real treat on the RAZR M.

Check for the OTA in the device settings, or if you're rooted hang tight and wait for your favorite developer to chime in.

More: Motorola

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Verizon Droid DNA by HTC

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And, finally, Verizon's gotten some top-shelf HTC hardware in 2012. And what a device it's gotten in the Droid DNA

I spent some quality time with the DNA early this morning, and again at Verizon's launch event, and there's no denying that HTC's Android phones are starting to follow in the footsteps of its Windows Phones, in terms of design. The DNA is large, with that gorgeous 5-inch display. But it doesn't feel overly huge. A little bigger than the HTC One X, but thinner. Slimmer, especially as the edges taper off 4 mm at their thinnest. So think One X, but more svelte. 

The mix of polycarbonate (with its soft-touch coating) and aluminum edging is to die for. It's got just enough grip, but it doesn't look as industrial as other phones in Verizon's Droid line. Do note, however, that the red grilles on either side of the DNA are for design purposes only. The speaker is on the back of the phone.

And that screen. Oh, that screen. Have you ever seen so many pixels?

Check out our hands-on report and video after the break.

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 launch on Google Play Store in U.S. + Canada [update: N4 sold out]

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Update: Just as in Europe and Australia, it seems both flavors of Nexus 4 are now sold out in America, less than an hour after first going on sale. As of 1:20pm ET the 32GB Nexus 10 is sold out, too. The 16GB Nexus 10 is still available to buy.

Original story: Credit cards at the ready, folks. Following the chaotic European launch earlier this morning, which resulted in all Nexus 4s and most Nexus 10s selling out, Google's new tablets are now available from the U.S. and Canadian Google Play Store, along with the 3G Nexus 7.

In the U.S., the Nexus 4 comes in 8GB and 16GB flavors, which sell for $299 and $349 respectively. If it's a Nexus 10 you're after, it'll set you back $399 for 16GB and $499 for 32GB. Global pricing can be found in our earlier post.

If other territories are any indication, these new Nexus devices are sure to sell out quickly -- particularly the competitively-priced Nexus 4. So what are you doing still reading this? Hit the source link down below and go select your Nexus of choice.

Be sure to check in down in the comments, too, and let us know how you're getting on with the order process.

Source: Google Play Store

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3 years ago

Verizon and HTC officially announce the Droid DNA

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We're here in New York City, where Verizon and HTC have just taken the wraps off the highly anticipated Droid DNA. And this one's a looker. Let's break down the Droid DNA specs:

  • 5-inch Super LCD3 display at 1080p resolution (440ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, quad-core at 1.5 GHz.
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage (11GB usable)
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+.
  • 8MP rear camera with ImageSense and a new "Sightseeing mode"
  • 2.1MP f/2.0 front-facing camera with auto portrait mode.
  • Beats Audio
  • 2.5v headset and speaker amplifier.
  • 4G LTE data.

So, yeah. This thing's a bit of a beast. The Droid DNA builds off the HTC One line (remember that Verizon never picked up any of those phones earlier this year) as well as the new crop of Windows 8 phones, with a soft-touch finish that tapers down to just a mere 4mm at the edges. The sides are done up in a cool-looking speaker-grill sort of motif, though the usual rear speaker with its numerous pinholes remains on the back of the phone. The power button's up top, though it's been moved to the center of the device. 

The Droid DNA goes up for pre-order today, priced at $199 with a service agreement from Verizon. The device will be released next Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Keep watching Android Central for more Droid DNA coverage throughout the day.

More: Droid DNA event liveblog, Droid DNA gallery, Droid DNA specs, Droid DNA forum

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3 years ago

Motorola and Microsoft set to butt heads over wireless and video patents

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Today Microsoft and Motorola are meeting in courts over royalty fees for 802.11 wireless and H.264 video patents. Microsoft is claiming that Motorola is asking for too much for the use of these technologies - 2.25% of every product sold that uses it, which includes Xbox 360 and Windows. Microsoft thinks $0.05 a product would be more reasonable.

Since these patents are standards-essential, Motorola has to license them out, though the definition of what's a fair amount to charge is clearly up for debate. The first part of the trial will have Motorola and Microsoft arguing over what the royalty rate should be, for which the judge making the final call. The second part will haul in a jury, which will decide if Motorola was breaking its existing contract with Microsoft by overcharging.

Motorola's acquisition was largely a defensive patent play, but it also meant that Google would inherit existing patent cases and open them up to future complaints. Things could backfire if Microsoft wins the case and sets a precedent for other licensors, but likewise, Motorola could cement their current rate. 802.11 and M.264 are some pretty big patents to hold, so no doubt Google will be dealing with cases like this for a long time yet. 

Anyone taking bets on who will win this case? 

Source: IDG

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 go on sale via Google Play in Europe [update: N4 sold out]

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Update: Both Nexus 4 models are already sold out in the EU, less than an hour after going on sale. The Nexus 10 16GB remains available for sale at the time of writing. Google's been having some technical difficulties, as the Play Store grinds to a halt under the demand for orders. In addition, the 3G, 32GB Nexus 7 has also appeared for sale on Google Play today.

We're told to expect Google to begin taking U.S. orders around 9am PT.

Original article: Happy Nexus day, boys and girls. As promised, the LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Nexus 10 are now available to buy from the Google Play Store in the United Kingdom, and other selected territories (as you'll recall, Australia got it a few hours back). Right now countries lucky enough to have a Google Play devices store can order the new Nexus phone and tablet for delivery in the coming days.

Here's how the Google Play pricing breaks down --

Device U.S. Canada U.K. Europe Australia Nexus 4 8GB $299 C$309 £239 299€ A$349 Nexus 4 16GB $349 C$359 £279 349€ A$399 Nexus 10 16GB $399 C$409 £319 399€ A$469 Nexus 10 32GB $499 C$509 £389 499€ A$569

Let us know you're getting along with your Nexus orders down in the comments. And while you wait for delivery, there's plenty of Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 coverage here on Android Central. Be sure to check out our reviews of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, and check by the forums for a whole lot of great discussion on both devices.

More: Nexus 4 forum, Nexus 10 forum

Source: Google Play devices store

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3 years ago

Nexus 4, 10 and phone bumpers now available in Australian Google Play Store (update)

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Update: Well, that was quick. Looks like both the 8 and 16GB Nexus 4's are sold out in the Australian Play Store.

And so it begins. Aussies, get out your credit cards and head to the Play Store to pick up your Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. The folks over at AusDroid have just clued in to the Play Store going live for purchase, and everyone else in the world is envious for just a few hours while you guys get the head start.

Also in this refresh of the store we see that Google will be selling official bumpers for the Nexus 4. They come in any color as long as it's black and are $19.99 here in the states.

Source: AusDroid; Google Play Store

More: Google Nexus 4 Forums; Nexus 10 Forums

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3 years ago

Google Play Music now live in selected European countries

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Google Play Music services are now live in some European countries. Warner Music Group artists now available worldwide.

Today isn't just Nexus Eve, at least, not in Europe anyway. Today also sees the long awaited arrival of Google Play Music on these shores! Customers in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain can now not only make use of Google's cloud storage service -- officially, at least -- but also purchase music right from within the Google Play Store. With the recent announcement that the Warner Music Group artists joining the catalog, we've got all the major players to choose from.

That's not all though. Perhaps as reward for waiting so long, Europeans also get to try out Google's new 'iTunes match' type service. Uploading all your music to the cloud isn't going to be for everyone, and whatever your internet connection, it takes some time. With this service going live -- initially only in Europe -- there is actually a viable alternative to uploading all your music manually. 

It's been a long time in coming, but a huge missing piece in Google Play's ecosystem here in Europe is finally with us. Hit us up in the comments below and let us know your thoughts and experiences with Google Play Music.

Note: If you're not yet seeing the Music tab in the Google Play Store app, head to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store, and hit "Clear Cache," then "Force Stop." Upon returning to the store, your Music tab should appear under "Apps." Thanks to Paul O'Brien of MoDaCo for the tip!

Source: Google Play Music

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3 years ago

Should I upgrade? Samsung Galaxy S3 versus the Nexus 4

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It’s time for the third installment of our “should I upgrade series,” and this time we’re pitting the brand new Nexus 4 against Samsung’s 30-million-selling Galaxy S3. Over the past week we’ve already compared the new LG-built Nexus against HTC’s One X and Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. But this is the big one -- the Galaxy S3 is the year’s best-selling Android smartphone, and many S3 owners will be wondering whether it’s worth swapping out Samsung’s latest for the competitively-priced, Android 4.2-running Nexus.

When you consider hardware, software and connectivity, the choice between the Galaxy S3 and Nexus 4 is far from clear-cut. So join us after the break, as these two handsets fight to the death for your amusement.

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