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2 years ago

LG Optimus Vu does its 5-inch, 4:3 thing in white next week

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Tired of big black slabs? How's about a nice big white slab? The LG Optimus Vu is bringing its 5-inch, 4:3 aspect ratio in white starting next week, the Korean manufacturer announced today. As you'll recall from our last encounter with this massive beast at Mobile World Congress, the Optimus Vu is a stylus-happy phone/tablet hybrid that pretty much was a direct response to the Samsung Galaxy Note. It's not all bad, but boy howdy is it ever big.

We've still got no idea if it'll ever hit the States, nor do we really know if that'd be a bad thing. 

Source: LG

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2 years ago

From the Android Forums: Would an HTC One XL ROM work on the AT&T One X?

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Sddfdds asks in the Android Central forums,

Just thinking out loud ... would this be possible? Take the XL ROM from HTC (do they provide stock (stock Sense that is) images for their phones in the same way you can get them from Google for the Nexii?) and slap it onto the AT&T One X to get rid of whatever crap they put onto it, and even do the occasional free tether in a pinch? (Do the HTC ROMs have the stock android tether app?)

It might work. I know that's not much of an answer, but every One XL and the AT&T One X may not be identical. Different LTE frequencies may need different equipment, and there's a chance that we'll see several different versions of HTC One XL hardware, with the AT&T version matching some of it (Rogers in Canada comes to mind), or not matching any of it. Hopefully, this isn't the case, but until the "right" people get in there and dig around, the safe bet is to consider the possibility of two (or more) separate animals. Yeah, it can get confusing. The good news is that even of they are different, developers will be able to use bits and pieces of both. This is all hypothetical, as HTC really has no incentive to sell an unbranded, unlocked LTE phone. 

HTC probably won't provide images for the One X or XL the way we see Google provide them. They aren't required to, and with so much proprietary software at play we don't see them bucking the trend any time soon. Chances are someone will be able to leak out RUUs, they seem to get them for every HTC phone, so there will be a "stock" image out there, albeit not necessarily factory authorized.

My best advice, without knowing how everything will play out, is to prepare to root and install custom software if you plan on changing things. You'll be voiding any warranty by swapping out to an XL image anyway, and this way you'll find exactly the options you're looking for. The AT&T version of the One X is bound to be a popular device, and hacking at it will follow shortly after release. 

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2 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge winners!

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The Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge of which our very own Phil Nickinson was a judge, has now concluded, and the winners have been announced. The grand prize winner has scored $100,000 with second place pulling in $50,00 and third taking home $20,000. The goal was to create apps that make use of the Samsung Galaxy Note's S Pen in unique ways and according to Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile the results exceeded expectations both in terms of quantity and quality. So who won? Check out the list below:

  • Best Overall App – Grand Prize - $100,000 “Monkey Write * Learn Chinese” by Chiu-ki Chan (Square Island LLC): Learn to write Chinese with Monkey Write – a game that makes it fun to learn. Chinese characters are written in a specific order to give them structure. Follow the stroke numbers to learn to write each character.
  • Best Overall App – Second Prize - $50,000 “Maze Racer” by Roger Peters (SmartyPantsGaming) and David McCanless: Maze Racer is a simple maze inspired game where you draw a line from start to finish. In Maze Racer, you get rewarded stars based on how quickly you reach the finish. Maze Racer is optimized for precision from the S-Pen over traditional finger input.
  • Best Overall App – Third Prize - $25,000 “Drawing Pad” by Christopher Lott and Daren Murtha (Murtha Design): Drawing Pad is a mobile art studio with a beautiful user interface that puts the fun into creating art. Drawing Pad provides amazing realistic textured brushes with the pressure sensitivity data of the S Pen.
  • Popular Choice - $2,000 and a Galaxy Note - “SignDoc Mobile” by Softpro North America: Professionally capture user handwritten signature using pressure sensitivity of the S Pen

In addition to the top three winners and the popular choice award, Samsung also opened up a segment for honorable mentions where the winners took home $2,000 and a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note. Congrats to winners! You can check out the full press release beyond the break.

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2 years ago

Verizon drops the price of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus by $100, pick one up now for only $199

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Just in case you're on Verizon and haven't picked up a Verizon Galaxy Nexus as of yet, Verizon is making it harder to resist. What originally started off as a $299 buy in cost has now been dropped by $100 making the grand total of picking one up only $199 with a new two-year contract. We're gonna go out on a limb and say Sprint might have had something to do with the price drop but however you want to look at it, a savings of $100 is something to be happy about. If for whatever reason you avoided the Galaxy Nexus thus far, have a look at our full review and then hit the link below if you're going to be picking one up.

Source: Verizon; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Android Central weekly photo contest winner: Shapes and texture

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Join me in congratulating the winner of last weeks photo contest, jumboadam. This picture of an old railing, taken with the Motorola Droid X, really captures the ideas of shape and texture, is nice and clear, and visually appealing. Those are the kinds of pics we're looking for each week. Nice work jumboadam, watch the email inbox you used to register for the site for info about your prize.

The entries this week were absolutely amazing, as many a comment in the contest thread agrees with. We'll have a new one set up soon, so keep practicing and playing with the different settings and effects on your Android camera. We like it when you guys "wow" us! Hit the break to see the rest of the top 10, in no particular order.

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2 years ago

Cincinnati Bell pushing Ice Cream Sandwich to HTC Sensation users

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Cincinnati Bell has announced the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Sensation starts rolling out today. Sensation owners will get updated to Android 4.0.3, but there's no word on what version of HTC Sense to expect. We're fairly certain it will be 3.6, just like the other Sensations received. The OTA starting today is expected to be completed by April 30. Cinci Bell also stresses that users will not have to visit a store, nor will they lose any data during the update. Interestingly, they also state that customers don't have to update their phones, which is in contrast to most carriers who require the latest official version for any technical support. Holler out if you see this one!

Source: Facebook; More: Sensation forums;
thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

AC forum member goes hands-on with the AT&T HTC One X

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With HTC One X demo units now appearing in some AT&T stores, one Android Central reader has taken it upon himself to go hands-on with the upcoming device. Forum member ​garment69​ has written up a quick report over in the AC HTC One X forum based on his time playing with the demo unit. Among the highlights, he says, are the phone's 720p SuperLCD 2 display and the general responsiveness. And as we said in our review, the One X captures images at a fantastic speed thanks to HTC's ImageSense tech.

On the negative side, our forum member wasn't too happy with HTC's app-switching setup, or the fact that the AT&T One X is left with under 10GB of internal storage for personal files (compare that to the 25GB or so on the international Tegra 3 version).

For more AT&T One X impressions from garment69​, be sure to check the forum thread linked below. The phone became available to pre-order yesterday, and is due to launch on May 6.

Source: Android Central forums: AT&T HTC One X hands-on

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2 years ago

Sprint officially reminds us the Epic 4G Touch is getting Ice Cream Sandwich

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That the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch is getting Ice Cream Sandwich shouldn't be a surprise -- we've already seen several leaked builds make their way out. But if case you need something more official in the way of an announcement, Sprint's just given it in its community forums.

Sprint will begin to roll out Google's latest version of Android™, Ice Cream Sandwich, to our customers in 2012. Ice Cream Sandwich will be available via an over-the-air update to a variety of devices including Galaxy™ S II, Epic™ 4G Touch and Nexus S™ and other key products in our line-up. Stay tuned for more details and exact timing.

The Nexus S 4G (never mind that Sprint calls it a mere "Nexus S" here), of course, is already getting its ICS update. So there's not a whole lot of meat here. But some word is better than none.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Vodafone UK to carry the 'next Galaxy' from Samsung

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It's not often that a network boasts that it'll carry an unannounced phone with no name, no official specs and no release date, but the Galaxy S III next Galaxy is no ordinary phone. Vodafone UK is the first carrier to confirm it'll offer Samsung's upcoming flagship device, about which we've heard plenty of leaked details, but nothing official.

It's not too surprising to hear that Voda will range the device -- we're expecting to see it on every British network, 'cause that's how we do things on this side of the pond. In any case, if you're due an upgrade on Vodafone and fancy a bit of Galaxy S III, then you can sleep a little sounder tonight.

Source: Vodafone UK

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2 years ago

HTC developing a new SoC with ST-Ericsson

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HTC continues to branch out.  After being a Qualcomm-centric handset maker they decided to source SoC's from more than one source, deciding to go with nVidia's Tegra 3 for the international version of the One X.  Well it looks like HTC is looking to take the next logical step and create an SoC of their own.  Only this isn't for their flagship phones.  It's for the mid and low-end devices, which is a market HTC has dabbled in, but not really competed with the likes of LG, Huawei, and to a lesser extent, Samsung.

HTC is making moves to become more and more like Samsung and Apple, both of which produce their own SoC's.  In the long run this could give HTC an advantage over other handset makers by giving them more control over hardware and cost.

Source: Unwired View

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