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3 years ago

Dish urges FCC to postpone Sprint-Softbank deal

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Dish merger proposal currently before the Sprint board of directors for consideration

In a rather curious turn of events on April 15th, Dish made a buyout offer for Sprint of some $25.5 billion dollars, over $5 billion more than what has been agreed upon by Sprint and Softbank previously. In order for Dish to increase the chances of its deal being accepted, however, it is urging the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to postpone its review of the Softbank deal. As Sprint's board looks over the deal independently, the FCC's evaluation of Softbank's proposal will move along as planned if it isn't blocked or postponed.

The original deal, according to chairman of the FCC Julius Genachowski, was expected to go through by the end of May. Postponing the deal would give Dish more of a fair shot at convincing Sprint that its deal is more lucrative. The up-front purchase price being $5 billion higher certainly sounds better on paper, but there are more components to these large deals. Though Softbank's bid has been on the table for some time now, we would expect Sprint to take a long, hard look at the latest offer.

Source: Bloomberg

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3 years ago

One Today by Google launches to support non-profit organisations

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Google's limited pilot program brings people and non-profit projects together through the act of giving $1 a day

Google's latest efforts to change the world have been unveiled, with the launch of the One Today app. The app, currently limited to the U.S and only to Android users, is designed to highlight non-profit organizations and their work and allow you to support them through giving $1. Each day a new project is highlighted with a new opportunity to donate. As with so many other Google projects, you will need to request an invite to take part, so if you're interested hit up the source link below. You will need a Google Wallet account to donate, but if you get in and take a look at this, be sure to jump into the comments below and let us know what you think. 

Source: One Today by Google

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3 years ago

Vonage Mobile adds video calling for Android 2.3 and up

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After so many years as a voice-only service, Vonage is no longer just for phone calls

Vonage is releasing an update to both its Android and iOS apps today to offer users completely free video calling over both Wifi and mobile data. The video calls are of course locked to only being available between two Vonage users, but will support some pretty handy features. You can choose to display either your front or rear camera, which can let you show off what is going on around you. While in a call you can also seamlessly switch between a video and just audio, something that isn't simply done on most video calling solutions.

This puts Vonage more squarely in the camp of services like Skype, which seem to dominate the space currently. The app says it hasn't yet been updated, but when we took a look the feature seems to be live now. So if you're a Vonage user, go grab your update. Those who haven't yet given Vonage a try may now be compelled to give it a shot as well. 

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3 years ago

The HTC One dev edition contest - Let's try this again ...

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In hindsight, I suppose I should have known better. Ask folks to "Like" their favorite forum post video entry, and soon enough some joker's going to start making multiple accounts to try to stuff the ballot box. And it's come to our attention that it's happening in our HTC One developer edition giveaway. Multiple folks appear to have created multiple accounts. That don't fly on normal days, and it's a damn shame to see it spoil what otherwise has been a pretty heart-warming contest. I've loved seeing all the entries from all across the globe. And with all the horror that we've had to witness this week, a little pick-me-up was sorely needed. 

There is hope, however. We know who's been creating multiple accounts. And those accounts are no longer with us. And we're still going to give away a phone. But we're also not going to use the "Like" method of picking a video. I don't know how we'll pick one just yet. I'll announce that on Friday. But for now, everyone can quit jamming up that thread. 

For those who followed both the letter and the spirit of this contest, I thank you -- and especially those who have submitted videos. It really does mean more than I can express to see the faces and hear the voices of the people who truly make Android Central the greatest Android community in the world. (That's you guys and gals.) I'm sorry a few tried to ruin the fun for everyone else. 

Stay tuned. We'll still get this done yet.

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3 years ago

ES File Explorer hits v3 with new UI, features

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One of the most popular file managers on Android steps up its design chops

File managers on Android usually fall into one of two camps -- they're either well-designed and less than functional, or packed full of features and left back in the Gingerbread design days. ES File Explorer is hoping to span the gap between the two with today's update to v3. The new interface makes better use of a bottom action bar to hold common items like creating new items, searching and refreshing. The entire UI itself went to a cleaner and more visually appealing grey, blue and white scheme.

The update also brings many back-end features, including multiple window support, Wifi file transfers, gestures for navigating and many new tools. The UI and features together make this feel like a great new update to an app that really needed it. You can grab a download of the new version from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Verizon confirms Samsung Galaxy S4 coming in May

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No date was given, but previous leaked information points to May 30

Verizon has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available on their network during the month of May via Twitter this afternoon. We've previously seen a May 30 date leaked from Staples for the Verizon version of the S4, but no actual date was given today.

As just about every other US carrier has given out release information on their version of the Galaxy S4, it' nice to see Verizon say something -- even if it is just the month. With May right around the corner, I've a feeling we'll know more soon. Of course, we'll let you know as soon as we do.

Source: @VZWnews

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3 years ago

Facebook Messenger VOIP calling expands outside of Canada

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Completely free VOIP calls between Facebook users now available around the world

Unlike when it enabled the new Chat Heads feature with an update via the Play Store, Facebook has silently pushed out a feature to its Messenger app today to enable free VOIP calling. If you'll recall back to the beginning of March, the same happened to iOS users and Android users in Canada, but now we're looking at expanded availability in the U.S. and several more countries as well. The calls are of course completely free, and work between two Facebook users over data rather than the carrier's voice networks.

To check and see if you have the option available, tap into an ongoing chat and hit the "i" button in the top right corner. You should then see a simple "Free Call" button. It isn't the most elegant solution, but as a first release we're not going to complain much. Are you seeing the feature enabled in your own Messenger app? Let us know in the comments below.

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3 years ago

Google Q1 2013 earnings: $13.97 billion in revenue, $3.48 billion profit

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Revenues increase notably, Motorola still posting a loss this quarter

Google has just released its Q1 2013 earnings report, and while we listen in on the earnings call we're going to break down some of the raw numbers for you:

  • $13.97 billion in revenue for the quarter, up 31-percent year-over-year
  • $3.48 billion in operating income, up slightly y-o-y but down as a percentage of revenue
  • Google-owned sites represented $8.64 billion of those revenues
  • Google Network (partner sites) represented $3.26 billion of revenue
  • Motorola posted $1.02 billion in revenues, 7-percent of Google's total
  • Motorola ended with an operating loss of $271 million for Q1

A strong quarter for Google is seeing revenues increase largely over the same quarter last year, but while revenues did increase in nominal terms they did decrease in terms of share of revenues. Income from each different area of Google were strong, and though the number of paid clicks (for advertisements) increased about 20-percent the cost-per-click fell slightly by 4-percent. Speaking to Motorola specifically, the unit had $1.02 billion in revenue for the quarter, but is still posting a loss of $271 million in the end.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Google's Larry Page talks up Motorola's upcoming products

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Battery life, durability are key areas for innovation, CEO says on earnings call

We're all chomping at the bit to see what Motorola -- which has been largely silent since being purchased by Google, finishing up its decidedly "not wow" product lines -- will bring to the table in 2013. Today, Motorola got a ringing endorsement from Google CEO Larry Page.

"In today's multiscreen world, the opportunities are endless," Page said during Thursday's first-quarter earnings call. Specifically, Page mentioned a couple features.

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3 years ago

LG Lucid 2 review

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Don't just pass this one by - Verizon's potentially got a sleeper hit on its hands with the LG Lucid 2

With a fanfare-free launch, a budget-friendly price tag, and modest specs, you wouldn’t think that the Lucid 2 means a lot for Verizon’s portfolio; in the shadow of some of the greatest Android devices ever created, it’s easy to overlook LG’s latest entry as just another filler in Big Red’s lineup.

Think again.

Not only is the Lucid 2 a spectacular device, it marks a major step in the evolution of Android. The days of having to fork over $200 for a decent Android smartphone are long gone, and the fact that this remains true even on the largest (and most expensive) wireless carrier in America is a bigger deal than you think.

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3 years ago

Gameloft releases a new Iron Man 3 trailer

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This 'endless runner in the sky' is almost ready for an official release

You may have heard that the official Iron Man 3 game is hitting Android (and iOS) on April 25, but Gameloft is making sure everyone stays excited about it. In the latest gameplay trailer, you get a better look at everything Iron Man 3 will have to offer. You get a better look at not only the exciting gameplay of flying, shooting and dodging obstacles, but also the entire "Stark Industries" side of things with the new suits, armor and upgrades available.

Take a look at the video above for one more glimpse of the new gameplay, and be sure to check out our initial hands-on with the game at GDC just a few weeks ago.

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3 years ago

Verizon Q1 2013 earnings: another big quarter for big red

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677,000 customer additions, $19.5 billion in revenue, ARPA up 6.9-percent

Verizon has just posted its Q1 2013 earnings, and while it reports both its wireless and wireline businesses in one release, we're going to break out the wireless parts separately. Let's hit the high points first:

  • $19.5 billion in revenue, up 6.8-percent year over year
  • $16.2 billion of that revenue was related to selling service, up 6.9-percent y-o-y
  • Postpaid ARPA (Average Revenue Per Account) was $150.27 per month, up 6.9-percent also
  • 677,000 net customer additions for the quarter
  • 98.9 million retail connections (93.2 million postpaid) in total at the end of the quarter, up 6.4-percent
  • Retail postpaid churn was 1.01-percent, up 5 basis points

Overall, it seems like a solid quarter for the company, posting improvements and increases on nearly every company metric. Customers, accounts, revenues and earnings per account all went up in the quarter. Verizon has also pointed out that its LTE network now reaches 287 million people in a staggering 491 markets across the country. The continuous quarters where Verizon makes boatloads of money don't seem to be stopping any time soon.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Archos announces new line of stock Android (and Google-certified) smartphones

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Manufacturer Archos has just announced a trio of new Android smartphones -- each with stock Android and including the full suite of Google Play services.

The three phones run the gamut in size, as well. The Archos 35 Carbon is the budget phone of the group, starting things out with a 3.5-inch IPS display and a 320x480 resolution, powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm 7225a processor and 1GB of RAM. It's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Archos 50 Platinum bumps things up to a 5-inch display and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, powered by a Qualcomm 8225Q quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM.

And the Archos 53 Platinum takes the 50 Platinum and bumps things up to a 5.3-inch IPS display.

All three phones are 3G only -- no LTE here -- and are expected to be available in Europe by June.

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3 years ago

Cut the Rope: Time Travel now available for Android

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If you just can't get enough of Cut the Rope, it's time to check out Cut the Rope: Time Travel. The oddly lovable Om Nom heads back through time to feed his ancestors with candy, and this time you've got two monsters to feed on each level, so things are a little more challenging right from the start. 

You'll be working your way through a half-dozen locations, including the Middle Ages, Renaissance, a pirate ship, ancient Egypt, ancient Greece and the Stone Age.

Developer Zeptolab notes that this new Cut the Rope supports tablets, but we've found it to be a little buggy on 1080p phones, with an advertisement covering the button that moves you on to the next level. And we've seen it block things on 720p displays when you unlock a new level, too. And speaking of ads, 99 cents gets rid of 'em. Or you can just keep with the free version.

Check out the cutesy cut scene after the break, and hit the link above to download.

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3 years ago

Vote for your favorite user-submitted video in our HTC One developer phone giveaway

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The One where you help us pick the winner of the HTC One developer edition

Last week we started up a contest with an awesome prize -- a 64GB HTC One developer edition. It wasn't an ordinary contest (this isn't an ordinary phone) where you drop your name in a hat and Mr. Random Number Generator grabs one. Instead we decided to make it fun and all of you involved and engaged by submitting a short video of yourselves and your old phone. 

Part 1 of the contest is over, so it's time to begin the next phase -- the one where you fine folks pick the winner.

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