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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse offering free Galaxy Note on £21 contract for next seven days

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The Samsung Galaxy Note is one of the surprise Android success stories of the past six months. And now British retailer the Carphone Warehouse is offering the device for free on a surprisingly reasonable £21 per month, 24-month service plan. In addition to a free Galaxy Note, the deal gets you 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB on T-Mobile UK, which is a pretty competitive package for the UK market. Carphone says the deal will be available to new customers online and in-store for the next seven days.

Although it's more than half a year old at this point, the Note still stands up alongside current high-end Android phones, with a 1.4GHz dual-core Exynos chip, a 1280x800 SuperAMOLED display and an 8MP camera. Better still, it's just been updated to the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. If you're unfamiliar with the Galaxy Note, be sure to check out our full review of Samsung's 5.3-inch stylus-toting beast.

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3 years ago

HTC Desire C: First look at the budget smartphone

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With three new Android devices released in the past few months, HTC have been pretty busy on the 'high end' side of things. Luckily they haven't forgotten about the low end market, as the Desire C launches as the company's new budget offering. 

It may not have the best specs, but it doesn't need them with its target market. What it does offer though is the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as Sense 4.0 which many Android lovers have grown to be fond of.

For the price, which is around the £180 mark on pay-as-you-go, you get reasonable value for money. There's a smooth Android experience with decent build quality, which we have come to expect from HTC.

Taking a further look at what's powering the HTC Desire C, we only get a 600MHz Snapdragon processor, which doesn't sound like much. However, coupled with its 512MB or RAM the device performs surprisingly fluidly. Its 3.5-inch screen may not have the highest resolution, and in comparison to its big brothers, the One X and One S, seem a little washed out. But you are never going to get the same technology in a budget smartphone compared to a £500 one. On-board storage is limited to 4GB.  That's not a huge amount, but it can be expanded with a MicroSD card (up to 32GB cards are supported).

All the main applications that we have seen on the One series appear to be present in the Desire C, so if you are an HTC fan but cannot commit to a huge, powerful, expensive smartphone then this new creation may well suit your needs. We'll have a full review in the near future but my early impressions are very positive. Another good job, HTC. Give yourselves a 'budget' pat on the back from me.

We've got video after the break.

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3 years ago

Angry Birds drafted to the Philadelphia Eagles

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In a shock news conference breaking out of Philadelphia this week, it looks like their NFL team, the Eagles, has drafted five new players -- the Angry Birds, including the Mighty Philadelphia Eagle. Just writes itself doesn't it?

OK, so it's yet more Angry Birds, but just like the Heikki Kovalainen tie-in, it makes for an interesting prospect. According to the WSJ, this coming Monday. Rovio will officially announce the partnership that will see a new, Eagles themed title appear in the fall. The deal is said to include a massive marketing campaign, that will even see Angry Birds animations used on the stadium's video board. 

Andrew Stalbow, Rovio’s General Manager for North America, has said that the partnership with the Philadelphia Eagles is part of the company’s “aggressive road map.” Aggressive seems about right for this one; let's play some Football! Oh, and er, check out the 'news conference' while you're at it.

Source: WSJ

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3 years ago

Google Play books now available in Spain

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A day after making its debut in Deutschland, Google Play Books are now available in Spain. That means books on your tablets, books on your phones, and books in your browser. Go get your read on, folks! 

Via @Google

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3 years ago

Android Central 99: Verizon a go-go

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Audio-only stream below

Folks are all riled up over Verizon's new plans, which go into effect on June 28. We get a head start on the complaints. (Note: It's an audio-only show this week. No video.)

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3 years ago

Rdio for Android updated with bug fixes and stability improvements

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As much as I love using Rdio for my music, their Android app has become a small pain in my side. It seems as though everyday brings a new build and often times creates more bugs then it fixes. With that out of the way, I still think it's a great service and the latest update to the app does note bug fixes and stability improvements namely, the player freezing which was a huge issue on the last build. If you're using Rdio and have experienced issues with crashes or the player freezing, give the latest build a go as it is now available for download from the Google Play Store.

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3 years ago

Pocket for Android update brings enhanced settings, true black background, and improved device support

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Although Instapaper for Android has arrived, the folks from Pocket aren't letting a competitor get the jump on them when it comes to Android support. Pocket has now rolled out a pretty stellar update that includes a number of fixes and improvements, as well as some new settings that have been requested from the user base. The list of changes, additions and fixes is as follows:

New Settings:

  • True black option in Dark theme
  • Page Flipping On/Off
  • Rotation Lock On/Off

Reading Improvements:

  • Single toolbar allows for easier access to options without having to scroll
  • New Delete option in menu
  • Copy Link option after long pressing a link

Fixed:

  • Resolved issues with the HTC Flyer and Evo View
  • Smaller tablets now have the proper layout
  • Improved Page Flipping detection
  • Several crashes and bugs related to syncing, UI and more

If you're like me, you're probably wondering what the heck the "true black" setting is. As it turns out, it's to help those who have OLED screens. Users can now enable the “True Black” option, which sets the Article View background to true black instead of the deep gray that was set before. Personally speaking, having Instapaper come to Android is a good thing but Pocket still wins on the feature set in my opinion. The update is available now or you can download it below.

Source: Pocket; Download: Pocket for Android

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 3 passes through the FCC

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The Motorola MB866, aka the Atrix 3 here in the states, has just passed through the FCC with all the support needed for AT&T's LTE network. A look at the radios (quad-band EDGE, 850/1900 HSPA+, and LTE) make things pretty clear that this one will sport the Qualcomm Krait S4, and rumors say it has a 720p screen and Ice Cream Sandwich -- which every phone launching now should have. 

It looks like a very nice successor to the Atrix name, and AT&T's blossoming LTE network looks to be a good place to put this one. We're not sure how it will fare against the other high-end phones on AT&T, namely the Galaxy S III, One X, and iPhone 4s, but Motorola has a strong following. No word yet on when to expect the Atrix 3, but at least now it's ready to be sold.

Source: FCC

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3 years ago

Media Link HD, Facebook high-res photo syncing [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below. Just make sure you come back for the Android Central podcast.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Disney's Pixar and Imangi Studios release Temple Run: Brave for Android

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The folks from Disney Pixar have an epic adventure movie soon to be released by the name of Brave and to help promote the movie, they've teamed up with the folks from Imagni Studios to create a new twist on their hit game Temple Run. Rather than just changing up the characters to match the movie, Imagni and Disney Pixar worked together to create a custom version of Temple Run with exclusive features built in:

  • Introducing ARCHERY for the first time – tap targets to shoot a bullseye and earn extra coins
  • New, amazing visuals
  • All new environments inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” and the wilds of Scotland
  • Play as Merida from Disney•Pixar’s “Brave”
  • Outrun Mordu, the demon bear Disney•Pixar’s “Brave”, to earn running glory
  • Bonus: download Temple Run: Brave and start running with $0.99 worth of coins for FREE, that’s 2500 coins for power-ups and more

Temple Run: Brave is available in the Google Play Store right now for only $.99 cents. Of course, that is more than the standard version of Temple Run which is free but we'll leave it up to you all to decide if the extras are worth your hard earned coinage.

Download: Temple Run: Brave

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3 years ago

Telcel holding an exclusive night sale for the Samsung Galaxy S III on June 22

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With Samsung Galaxy S III roll outs happening everywhere over the next little while Samsung and Telcel have decided to make the event special for those who live near the Telcel Plaza Carso. On June 22nd, Telcel will be hosting an exclusive evening sale where those wishing to pick a Samsung Galaxy S III will be able to get their hands on one in quick fashion.

Source: @SamsungMobileMX, Thanks, Spook81!

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3 years ago

Besieged 2 now available for Android, notification bar spam included

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Besieged 2, the latest castle defense game from Leviathan Games, is now available in the Google Play store. It's fun as hell. Skeletons keep coming, you keep shooting arrows at them to stop their advance. Kill enough, and you'll get gold to upgrade your castle's defenses and archers arrows. You can buy the materials to upgrade as well, if that's how you roll. As a bonus, you can share your scores and achievements to Facebook to brag to your friends about how many pixels you killed today. It's also pretty nicely done. It's a bit cartoony, but the animation and gameplay is butter-smooth on every device I've tried it on. To top things off, it's free.

Sounds like a winner, right? Wrong.

You'll love playing it, but the problem comes when you stop playing. After a while, the game notices you haven't come back and gets a bit lonely. To lure you back, it drops a spammy notification in your drop-down. This is not a way to win my love. In fact, this was an instant uninstall, never to return. I hate notification bar spam. I hate it enough to not play a very fun and addicting little game that's perfect for waiting at the doctors office or to pass the time on the porcelain throne. 

Maybe you don't mind a bit 'o spam, and that's fine. Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks, and I realize I get worked up over the silliest things sometimes. But I can't recommend this one, no matter how fun or well done the app is. If notifications like this don't bring out your rage face, you can grab it from Google Play at the link below, and the press release is after the break.

Download Besieged from Google Play

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons updated, brings new levels and new game physics

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There are some things in life that truly are dependable. Christmas Day is December 25, day turns into night, and Rovio will keep giving us new Angry Birds levels. In the case of the latter, today we get yet more new levels, 30 to be exact, to the Angry Birds Seasons extravaganza. However, this time, things are a little bit different.

Piglantis, as the new levels are known, brings underwater action to the Angry Birds for the first time. As with Angry Birds Space, there is a whole new set of game physics to go along with the new territory -- hint, pigs don't float. No longer is it OK just to fire and be happy, you now need to work out how the birds will 'fly' while under the water. Nice. It's actually quite challenging in places, and a welcome departure from the regular gameplay. 

The update is live in the Google Play Store now, so head on over, grab some goggles, and away you go. 

Download: Angry Birds Seasons

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3 years ago

T-Mobile updates us on its network improvements, including LTE

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Dave Mayo, Senior Vice President of Technology for T-Mobile, boasted on the T-Mobile blog today that they've made "great progress in just three short months" since they announced a deal with cell technology companies Ericson and Nokia Siemens Networks to pump $4 billion into its network over the next two years.  Included in the plan is the modernization of 37,000 cell sites and a move to Release-10 capable LTE equipment.  That's right, T-Mobile is going straight to LTE-Advanced, and the trials have already begun.

They also expect to have 400 cell sites upgraded to the latest HSPA+ by the end of the month, with 2,500 being completed by July.  As some people may have noticed, T-Mobile is also conducting small scale tests that will see HSPA+ in the 1900 mHz range, no doubt to help satisfy the millions of iPhones that are in use on their network.  They plan on expanding this to more areas of the country as plans progress.

Now if only we could get some idea of what handsets they'll have to take advantage of these network enhancements.  These enhancements along with some tantalizing new handsets might be enough to keep the subscribers coming.

Source: T-Mobile Blog

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3 years ago

HTC Media Link HD review

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HTC makes sending high-definition content from your phone to the TV easier than ever

The prospect of magically sending content from your phone to your TV isn't new. The DLNA (or Digital Living Network Alliance) protocol has been around for some time now, though there's a decent chance you've never used it.  Of newer interest to us is Wifi Direct, in which two Wifi-enabled devices talk to each other directly, no router or access point necessary.

Then there's the HTC Media Link HD, which can connect as a peer-to-peer device or go through your home network. This is the second iteration of HTC's stream-to-the-TV solution. And as the name implies, it's bumped things up to high definition in a package about one-third of the size of one of its smartphones.

What kind of sorcery do we have here? Is it worth the $90 or so you'll have to shell out for it? Read on for our full HTC Media Link HD review.

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