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2 years ago

Opera Software announces Opera Mini Next & Opera Mobile 12

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Opera Software software has been working with mobile devices for quite some time now so they're not new to the mobile web by any means. They know the web os constantly changing and evolving and adaption of new techniques for use and implementation is vital to their success. With Mobile World Congress now kicked off into full swing they've gone ahead released the final version of Opera Mobile 12 to the Android Market:

  • WebGL on Android phones, for all things 3D and web. With WebGL on mobile, it’ll be even easier to make games cross platform and to distribute them. “Opera have contributed significantly to the development of the WebGL specification and now Opera Mobile is playing a leading role in the roll-out of GPU-accelerated WebGL on Android,” said Neil Trevett, Khronos president and vice president of mobile content at NVIDIA.
  • Ragnarök, Opera's HTML5 parser support, meaning better web apps and increased compatibility with websites. More HTML5 means more advanced web functionality.
  • Support for camera use in the browser.
  • More possibilities for customizing the Speed Dial of Opera Mobile, including entering as many Speed Dial entries as you like.

In addition to the availability of Opera Mobile 12, Opera Software has also introduced support for MIPS based devices and Intel architecture. Opera has also introduced Opera Mini Next. A new version of Opera Mini that highlights social networking at the forefront. You can check out their full press release past the break, as well -- grab the download for Opera Mobile 12.

Source: Opera

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2 years ago

Mobile World Congress day minus one wrap-up

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Phones! Phones! Phones! Look over there, it's another phone! Mobile World Congress hasn't even officially kicked off yet, and we saw enough new hardware to fill a wheelbarrow or three. That's just the way we like it, too. We also got a little to sit in and listen about the yearly plans of folks like Huawei, Sony and HTC, and boy are they pumped for 2012. After seeing their new gear, we are, too. 2012 is going to be another year filled with Android news, and we're going to be right here to share it all with you.

It seems like every smartphone manufacturer is in Barcelona, and all the important ones are showing off Android goodness in one way or another. Whether it's an official event filled with good loud music and bloggers, or press announcements and a booth presence, we saw a lot of Android from a lot of different people. Let's talk about it, after the jump.

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2 years ago

Mobile Nations Special: MWC 2012 Day minus one

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Phil, Simon, and Alex leave Dan to prepare for Nokia while they discuss the massive influx of Android Phones already announced -- before the show has even begun! We've got your LG and HTC right here. Listen in! (No video. You don't wanna see the shape we're in.)

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2 years ago

LG Optimus 4X HD hands-on [updated with video]

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Welceome to a new era for LG, folks. The LG Optimus 4G HD brings the manufacturer's first quad-core smartphone, and it's a beauty. As fast as you'd expect, as thin and light as you'd demand.

On paper the LG Optimus HD is a killer. Consider:

  • 4.7-inch IPS display
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Tegra 3 quad-core processor at 1.5 GHz, with that NVIDA 4-PLUS-1 technology that brings a fifth companion core into the mix, to handle the light loads and extend battery life.
  • 8MP and 1.3MP camera.
  • A 2150 mAh battery

It's all full of sexy.

As a matter of use, you've got a mix of LG's custom UI and the gorgeousness of Ice Cream Sandwich. It can be a little tough to tell where one stops and the other begins, and that's a good thing. Throw into the mix the gorgeous display and unmatched power, and you're going to want to get your hands on this thing.

We've got some more pics and a video after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Central weekly photo contest winners: Macro-photography

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Another week has past, and we've spent a good part of it enjoying the pictures you guys and gals have sent in for this weeks photo contest! We got a bunch of them, all of them good (just the way we like it) and it's the wort of work nobody minds doing. This week we asked everyone to submit their best macro-photography shots, and we offered up an Android mini collectable for the winners. 

You can find the five winning shots after the break (in no particular order). If you see your picture there, check your inbox for details about your prize. Thanks for entering everyone!

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2 years ago

First look at the HTC One V

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The chin is back! Two years ago, here at Mobile World Congress, HTC unveiled the Legend with its iconic unibody design and chin-first swagger. Today, in Barcelona, HTC resurrected that design in the HTC One V

The One V has a 3.7-inch WVGA Super LCD display at 480x800 resolution. It's rocking a Qualcomm 8255 at 1 GHz and has 512MB of RAM. Storage is a meager 4GB, but it's got that extra 25GB from Dropbox. The One V has a 1500 mAh non-removable battery.

We weren't allowed to touch the One V, and the software's not ready, so we didn't get to see it turned on. But we've got some exterior shots and video after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC One S

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The HTC One S (Codename: Ville) might not be the "flagship" device in the manufacturer's new lineup, but don't thell that to the phone. It's a little smaller than the One X, at 4.3 inches instead of 4.7 inches. And it's traded the 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 for a 4.3-inch AMOLED display and Gorilla Glass. It also loses a tad in the way of resolution, dropping to qHD instead of full 720p. And it trades the polycarbonate shell for an aircraft-grade aluminum that's been fried in plasma in a process that's called microarc oxidation. In layman's terms, it basically turns the metal into a ceramic, and it feels quite nice. 

The HTC One S has the same camera technology as the One X, as well as Beats audio. It's crowning achievement, probably, is that it's crammed into a body that's just 7.9mm thin. You have to feel it to believe it. But that does come with a trade-off: The non-removable battery is just 1650 mAh.

Other specs of note: It's rocking a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor at 1.5GHz, has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, plus the 25 GB you get with HTC's new deal with Dropbox.

Rogers and Fido have announced they're carrying the HTC One S, as has T-Mobile in the U.S.

We've got your hands-on video and pics after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Xperia P and Xperia U

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Sony today announced the Xperia P and Xperia U -- two new additions to its Xperia NXT range, which bring the aesthetics of its 2012 flagship to mid and entry-level smartphones. Both devices feature dual-core CPUs and the familiar angular design from the Xperia S, in a smaller form factor with a couple of interesting new personalization quirks.

We've got early video walkthroughs of the Xperia S and Xperia P after the break, along with first impressions of both phones from Sony's pre-MWC event today.

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2 years ago

HTC One X hands-on

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If you thought HTC's phones of the latter half of 2011 were good, wait till you get a load of the first half of the 2012 crop. The flagship model for HTC's new "HTC One" line is the HTC One X. Code named Endeavor, it's sporting a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display that looks as good as you can imagine (especially in the horrible lighting we had to endure).

The back, home and multitasking buttons are capacitive and aren't a part of the screen, so you actually get more real estate than you might expect. That's a double-edged sword because it can make it that much harder to reach from corner to corner. The phone is made of a special polycarbonate -- basically meaning it's plastic, but it's bad-ass plastic. It feels pretty good, though it is a tad slick.

The One X is either running a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, or a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, depending on whether it's got an LTE radio. (AT&T's version will rock Snapdragon.) The 1800 mAh battery on the One X is not removable. 

The real stars of the show, however, are the 8MP rear camera with HTC's new ImageSense technology, and Sense 4.0. The former means you can take better pictures (and take them faster). And the latter means you get more of a stock Android experience, while retaining that feeling that you're using an HTC. The menus are nicely skinned, and widgets go on the home screens more like previous versions of Android and Sense, and not like default Ice Cream Sandwich.

We've got hands-on pics and video after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC One series heading to the UK, due to be available SIM free in April

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We've had quite the night in Barcelona. Fresh from HTC's official launch of the One Series of devices, what we want now -- aside from actually getting our hands on them -- is to know just when we can actually get our hands on them. The UK is faring pretty well out of MWC so far, and we've already had word from a couple of UK carriers and a top UK electronics retailer confirming their supply of the devices.

Coming right out of the gate are Clove Technology. Clove will be stocking the whole trio of devices, including the white version of the One X. SIM free the One X will cost £492, the One S will be £450 and the One V comes in at a reasonable £264. The One X and One S are both slated to be available from Thursday April 5. The One V is a few weeks behind, due on Thursday April 26. Hit the links below for Clove's HTC products page.

Carriers already confirmed to be stocking HTC's latest are Three and Vodafone. Three will be carrying all three of the One Series devices, but as yet can't offer any possible pricing or availability information.

Vodafone will only be carrying the One X and the One S. Again, no word on price or availability at this time, only that both are "coming soon."  

Additionally, third party retailer Phones4U have added both the black and white One X to their coming soon page. Nothing beyond a "register your interest" box for now, but it looks like there won't be a shortage of places to get your hands on one. 

More: Clove Technology

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