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2 years ago

New Google Music and Google+ apps found in Ice Cream Sandwich build

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The fellows at Android Police have their hands on a couple new apps from the Ice Cream Sandwich build that's floating around out there (how 'bout a dump for the community, Mr. Anon?), and with it comes with new Google Music and Google+ apps.  The new music app has a bit of a UI makeover, with more sleek (and less screen real-estate wasting) controls, most noticeable in the "now playing" screen, and a search button has been included since ICS has no dedicated search key.  It appears that everything we know and love about Google Music is there, but in a more refined package.

The Google+ app at first look appears much like the current version in the Android Market, until you look at the Huddle Messenger portion.  Once again, it's been renamed, this time Google is calling it "Chords."  While that may be confusing at first, it's probably less confusing than having the same name as other applications (Facebook, iOS, etc.) that are using the word messenger.  Or it may be something that Google it kicking around, and not even final.  We'll only know for sure when ICS is available for everyone.  For more pictures, as well as a download link for the Google Music app, check out the source links.

Source: Android Police (Music) (Google+)

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2 years ago

HTC Sensation XL promotional videos

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HTC has released five new promotional videos showing off various features of the Sensation XL, the new 4.7-inch phone with Beats Audio that was unveiled yesterday at an event in London. We were there. We think "glitzy" is probably the right word to describe it.

The first is an abstract "reveal" video similar to what HTC's done for many other devices, and was shown on-stage at last night's shindig. In addition, there's a thirty-second ad and feature videos showcasing the 8-megapixel camera with f/2.2 lens, the 4.7-inch Super LCD display and the all-important Beats support. Hit the jump to find all five videos, or check out the rest of our Sensation XL coverage using the links below.

Hands-on with the Sensation XL | Sensation XL Specs | Sensation XL Forums

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson & EA offering 4 free downloads for the Xperia Play

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Have an Xperia Play that is in need of some new games? If so, Sony Ericsson & EA Games has you covered. Now you can get four of the hottest Xperia Play game titles for free.

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • Dead Space
  • Need for Speed Hot Pursuit
  • Need for Speed SHIFT

Sony Ericsson & EA Games has been working together to make more and more titles available for Xperia Play users and the titles listed above will be available for for free until January 15, 2012. You can jump on past the break for some of the demo video or if you'd rather just get to downloading you can hit the source link for more info.

Source: Get In The Game

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2 years ago

Samsung, Google officially postpone CTIA event [Update: Google explains why]

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Update: Google's explained why the delay. Works for us.

"We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs's passing."

Original: We've just gotten official word from Kim Titus, director of public relations for Samsung Telecommunications America, regarding the postponement of next week's event at CTIA. Here's the word:

"Samsung and Google have decided to postpone the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event during the CTIA in San Diego, previously scheduled for Oct. 11. Under the current circumstances, both parties have agreed that this is not the appropriate time for the announcement of a new product.  We would ask for the understanding of our clients and media for any inconvenience caused. We will announce a new date and venue in due course."

Needless to say, this is the first time we've seen something like this happen. As for what caused the postponement, well, it could be a lot of things. And we're really not going to speculate here. You guys have a blast in the comments, though.

More in the Nexus Prime/Nexus Galaxy forums

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2 years ago

Samsung Transform Ultra available now on Boost Mobile

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The Samsung Transform Ultra, the QWERTY slider we first met last month, is available now on Boost Mobile for $229.99. In case you've forgotten, the Transform Ultra has got some respectable guts under its hood:

  • Android 2.3
  • 1GHz processor
  • 3.5 inch HVGA Touchscreen 
  • Full QWERTY Keypad
  • 3MP rear camera with video
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi®, GPS and Wireless Web enabled
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Easy access to Gmail™ and Google Talk™
  • Bluetooth® capable
  • Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
  • Supports microSD® cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling

You'll have to choose between Boost's $55/month unlimited Android plan and its $2/day unlimited daily plan for your Transform Ultra, but that doesn't seem too shabby for a contract-free Gingerbread device. Is anyone planning on hitting the source link to grab one today?

Source: Boost Mobile

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2 years ago

Nexus Galaxy boot animation visualized on a Droid Bionic?

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

First Nexus Galaxy/Galaxy Nexus/Nexus Prime video, then screen shots and now, courtesy of P3Droid, is what is said to be the boot animation. It's running here on a Droid Bionic, so don't freak out if the phone looks familiar.

Source: Twitter

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2 years ago

T-Mobile's Galaxy S II gets benchmarked

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If you're one of the people who was worried about how the T-Mobile Galaxy S II would perform compared to the others, you can stop right about now.  T-Mobile had to go with a Qualcomm chip instead of the Exynos in order to use the HSPA+42 network, and most just assumed that it wouldn't match up.  As you can see, number-wise it sure does.

I'm not much for benchmarks, but if you hit the break and watch the video you'll notice everything is nice and smooth, just like we would want it to be.  I'll bet in real world use, you would never be able to tell the difference -- and that's the way it should be.  Nice job, Samsung!

Source: TMoNews

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2 years ago

More Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich screenshots emerge

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Just in case the image of the device known as Nexus Prime aka Galaxy Nexus and leaked video weren't enough Ice Cream Sandwich goodness for you, we now have what looks to be a bunch of screenshots from the upcoming Android 4.0 as well. You're going to want to see these so make sure you jump past the break.

Source: Mobilissimo.ro; Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Galaxy Nexus finally comes out of hiding

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Well, what do we have here? This very well may be the first full on image and video of the device known as the Nexus Prime aka Galaxy Nexus. To go along with the spectacular image above, there was a video as well but it appears to of have been quickly taken down. However,  when it comes to specs -- we'll wait for everything to be fully revealed, since we've read enough rumors already. Instead, let's just enjoy the image above while we see if we can dig up the video from elsewhere.

*UPDATE* Video past the break.. Enjoy!

Source: Gadget.ro, Mobilissimo.ro Thanks, everyone!

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2 years ago

Galaxy Nexus specs possibly revealed -- but they're really not the important part [updated with more blog-on-blog action]

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Possible specs for the next Nexus phone have been published by BGR this morning for the phone you see above. They are: a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution, a dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor at 1.2 GHz. 1GB of RAM. Some 32GB (!) of storage. A 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front shooter. 1080p video recording. NFC, and a 1750 mAh battery. "Pure Google" experience. It's a Nexus phone, after all. On Verizon.

None of that should really surprise you. Hell, a good bit of it we broke in our forums (here and here) months ago. But even that shouldn't surprise you. The specs will always get better (though we're interested to see what's going on with a "mere" 5MP camera; presumably we've got some better optics coming). And we all love new hardware, especially when it's a Nexus device. (And this is all assuming BGR's source is correct, of course.)

Hardware is sexy. It's tangible. And it's short-lived. Something better is always coming. What we're really interested in seeing next week at CTIA is Ice Cream Sandwich. It's the building blocks for the next generation of Android phones. And tablets. And who knows what else. It's going to (or at least supposed to) bring the tablet and smartphone experiences back into the same stream. And we're expecting it to return Android to the the open-source fold, which it (understandably) got away from with Honeycomb.

Don't get us wrong. We're going to gush all over the next Nexus device like it's ... well, the next Nexus device. But specs are just that. Specs. Ice Cream Sandwich is the big deal here.

Join us next week.

Update: GSM Arena just put up a post basically saying BGR's post is full of it, and their unconfirmed anonymous source is better, and the specs are different and better, and their dad can beat up your dad. Or something like that.

Here's an idea. We're actually going to go to San Diego and find out. And regardless, what we said above is still true. Specs are just specs.

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