3 years ago

From the mail bag: Getting new fonts on the Galaxy Tab


George writes, 

I was just wondering if there was any other legit way to get fonts onto this (Galaxy Tab) device. No offense but the stock one on the ICS version, of the Galaxy Tab is fugly. And that's being polite. I tried the whole search online thing, but as I don't speak Korean there were very few I could choose from.

Any help would be appreciated.

Hey there George, thanks for writing in! And don't worry, we take no offense to the fact you think the Roboto font on ICS is "fugly". Some of us like it, some don't, but what's most important is that you're given a choice to use what you like -- and Samsung has you covered there.

Hit Settings > Screen > Screen display > Font Style and you'll see the image above, with a limited selection of built-in fonts. If none of those tickle your fancy, tap the "Get fonts online" button and have a look in Google Play. As you noticed, many of the fonts in Google Play are not English (Latin) fonts. Makes sense, Samsung is a huge Korean company. Luckily, third party developers have you covered.

Fire up Google Play and search for Fontomizer SP. Or just click right here to see it on the web. Get it installed, look in Settings > Security and check the box that says "Allow installation of non-Market apps", then run the app. It has a huge database of free fonts to choose from, and will download and install them, making them available in your font selection setting. No need for root, or any hackery of any kind, you just have to allow the app to install the downloaded fonts. Fontomizer has been around for about a year now, and we think the developer is pretty trustworthy. If we didn't we wouldn't have recommended it.

Hope this helps, and good luck!

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR HD appears in some new images sporting Vodafone software


Better known as the Droid RAZR HD from previous images, some new photos of the Motorola RAZR HD have now turned up sporting some Vodafone software. Looking at them it's kind of hard to tell where in the RAZR HD timeline this particular device is. It could be an earlier engineering unit that was made available before the Verizon branded versions were handed out or it could be a later revision but either way, we may never know, as the person who posted the photos doesn't have the device. We know the FCC has this one already, awaiting approval so it's only a matter of time before this one fully lands. Some more images can be found below for your viewing pleasure.

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

Qmadix Q-i-sound Stereo Bluetooth speakers review


The  Qmadix Q-i-sound Stereo Bluetooth speakers let you stream your tunes to quality stereo speakers.


Sometimes, you need a Bluetooth headset that also handles music. Other times, you want to listen to your music via Bluetooth and occasionally need to field a phone call.

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3 years ago

Nexus Q preorders shipping


This will affect, oh, maybe five or six of us, if our un-scientific poll is any indication, but it appears that preorders of Google's Nexus Q are now shipping.

The flip side to that, of course, is that Google has delayed the retail release of the Nexus Q to add some more functionality. But if you did slap down $299 -- which Google's not even going to charge you now -- look for your Nexus Q to be headed your way directly.

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3 years ago

Google Mobile Blog closing down, say hello to the Official Android Blog


When the Google Mobile Blog asked what its readers wanted to see more of, there was a pretty clear message. Lots more Android. As such, today sees the last ever post from the Google Mobile Blog, and the launch of its replacement. Say hello to the Official Android Blog. 

The back catalog of Android related goodness has been transferred over for fans to read back through at their leisure. It's all Android now though, just pure, honest-to-goodness Android. The devoted fans out there will definitely want to keep this one in their RSS feeds. 

Source: Google Mobile Blog, Android Blog

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3 years ago

More official Nexus 7 accessories appear online, including folio case and keyboard case


The previously-leaked Nexus 7 POGO dock and premium case are set to be joined by a few more official accessories before long. UK retailer MobileFun has revealed five new accessories for ASUS and Google's Nexus 7 tablet in a blog post today, including a host of cases that also double up as stands for the device.

The line-up of Google-sanctioned, ASUS-manufactured accessories includes --

  • ​Nexus 7 Stand Case: A case that's also a stand. Slide the rear of the stand backwards to prop up the tablet in landscape orientation.  
  • ​Nexus 7 Rotating Stand Case:  As above, but with the ability to rotate to portrait orientation too.  
  • ​Nexus 7 Folio Case: A leather case for the Nexus 7 with a magnet for tripping the tablet's built-in magnetic sensor. This means it can toggle the screen depending on whether the case is open or closed.  
  • ​Nexus 7 Bluetooth Keyboard Case: ​Similar to the vanilla stand case, but with a full Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard on the inside cover.  
  • ​Nexus 7 Screen Protector: It's a screen protector for the Nexus 7. Go figure.

There's no word on when these accessories will become available for purchase, but at least we have confirmation now that they are indeed on the way. Any of these jump out at you? Hit the comments and let us know which you like best.

We've got more pics after the break.

Source: MobileFun

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3 years ago

Google Wallet update takes things to the cloud, lets you add any credit card


This is big, folks. Google Wallet finally has been opened up to more payment methods. Mainly, it now works with any credit card and lists credit cards previously tied to your Google account. It's taking a new approach to mobile payments, moving everything into the cloud and off your device. That means a couple things. For one, you'll still need a PIN to use Google Wallet, and Google (and us as well) recommends you have a lock on the entire phone. But should things go awry, you can lock and remotely disable Google wallet on a lost phone. As Google points out, that's not something you can do with your leather wallet.

After that, alls you need is a Google Wallet-compatible device (here's the list of 'em), and you're off and running. No more exclusives. No more errors.  So head to the Play Store and smash that update button, and be sure to let us know in the comments how it goes adding cards to the app.

Source: Google Commerce Blog

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3 years ago

Leaked renders purport to show Sony Xperia SL's fresh coat of paint


Sony's IFA 2012 line-up has been subject to some major leakage over the past couple of weeks. We've already seen leaked photos and spec sheets for the international Xperia GX (LT29i Hayabusa), the Xperia J and the Xperia Tablet, and now it's the turn of the "Xperia SL."

As previously rumored, the SL seems to be an Xperia S with a fresh coat of paint and a shiny new CPU. In addition to the black and white exteriors used by the Xperia S, the SL brings silver and pink to the table. And the 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 powering the S is clocked up to 1.7GHz in the SL. Essentially, it's a spec bump similar to the move from the Xperia Arc to Xperia Arc S in late 2011. There's also a fairly important software change, too -- the SL runs Andorid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.

The images above (and the couple more after the break) have appeared over on Chinese site ePrice, along with specs for the rumored device. They're unconfirmed at this point, but ePrice has proved fairly accurate at sniffing out unreleased Sony phones in the past.

Anyone tempted by this re-vamped Xperia S? Let us know in the comments.

Source: ePrice; via: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

US Cellular gets the Motorola Defy XT and Electrify 2


US Cellular today announced it's picking up a pair of new Motorola devices. Of the utmost concern is the Electrify 2, with a 4.3-inch display and a 1.2 GHz processor pushing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It's got a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera and has the same Smart Actions we've come to know and love on the likes of the RAZR line on Verizon. The Electrify 2 will cost $179 on contract and after a $100 rebate.

The Defy XT (that's the one on the right) is a 3.7-inch ruggedized Android smartphone with a 5-megapixel camera. It'll run $99 on contract after a $100 rebate.

We've got a couple promo videos after the break.

More: Electrify 2 at US Cellular; Motorola press release

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3 years ago

Archos teases Gen 10 tablet ahead of announcement


Archos took to its official Facebook and Twitter accounts today to give us our first glimpse of its upcoming Gen 10 tablet, ahead of the official announcement later this month. The manufacturer said it'd be officially unveiling the Gen 10 slate "in three weeks," which lines up with a possible event in the run up to IFA.

For now, the device itself remains a mystery, though we can discern a few things from the off-angle render posted on Archos' Facebook page. It looks like the Gen 10 is set to come to market as a premium offering from the French manufacturer, as the slim, white chassis is a significant departure from other Archos designs. And judging by the on-screen UI, it's running Android 4.x -- either ICS or Jelly Bean.

Any wild theories about what we might see from a possible next-gen Archos tablet? Let your imagination run wild in the comments.

Source: Archos on Facebook

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3 years ago

Comscore: Modest growth for Android and iOS in June, Samsung still top manufacturer


Analytics firm Comscore has just released its latest stats covering the U.S. smartphone market for the quarter ending in June 2012. Overall, the picture hasn't changed much since they released their last set of numbers. Samsung is still the largest smartphone manufacturer by market share, and Android still lays claim to a bigger chunk of the market than any other OS.

Apple's share of mobile subscribers grew 1.4 percent at the expense of all Android OEMs but HTC, which grew by 0.4 percent compared to the previous stats. In terms of OS share, Android continues to advance beyond half of the U.S. smartphone market, with a 51.6 percent share compared to 51 percent last time. Apple's growth was a little more aggressive, going from 30.7 percent to 32.4 percent. Lower down the table, RIM, Microsoft and Nokia's Symbian OS continue to slowly bleed market share to the big players.

We'll be interested to see how the numbers pan out for July, as we'd expect a fairly sizeable bump for Samsung and Android on account of the U.S. Galaxy S3 launch.

Source: Comscore

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3 years ago

MIPS announces $125 Jelly Bean tablet


Low-cost chip designer MIPS has announced today that they're releasing the "World’s Lowest-Cost Android 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean’ Tablet" at the surprisingly low price of $125. If the MIPS name rings a bell, you may remember we reviewed the MIPS Novos 7 back in December of last year. Similarly to the Novos 7, MIPS has teamed up with Chinese chip maker Ingenic to produce this tablet, currently being marketed as the Karbonn Smart Tab 1, for sale immediately in India, and assumedly through other channels to the rest of the world soon.

As far as specs, the Karbonn Smart Tab 1 isn't exactly a barn burner, but you get what you pay for:

  • 7-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • 1.2 Ghz Ingenic JZ4770 processor
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 1GB of storage, expandable to 32GB
  • 3700 mAh battery

Be sure to read through the full press release after the break if you want to learn a bit more about MIPS, Ingenic and Karbonn.

Source: MIPS Newsroom, Karbonn Mobiles

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3 years ago

How to turn your non-magnetic Nexus 7 case into a marvel of modern industry


Oh, that Jerry Hildenbrand. He's not just another pretty face. (Another pretty neckbeard, maybe. But another pretty face?) It seems our resident tinkerer has taken the official Nexus 7 case (read our full review), which for some reason lacks the magnet that will automatically turn on the Nexus 7 when the cover's open, and has, shall we say, fixed it.

Tools required: One Nexus 7 case. One multitool. One magnet. Homer Simpson and Spider Pig preferred, but not required.

Jerry's got the full deets in this forum thread

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3 years ago

Tablified Market HD revamps dedicated tablet app store


​Tablified Market HD has been offering an easy way to find tablet-optimized Android apps for awhile, but they've recently updated with a whole new user interface (including a dedicated one for 7-inch tabs like the Nexus 7), fewer ads, and faster load times. The core functionality of finding categorized apps that are built for bigger screens is still the same, of course. There are a few features reserved for pro users, such as filtering by price, one-click downloads from Google Play, font resizing, and marking apps as favorites. 

It can be a pain to find quality Android apps that aren't just blown-up smartphone versions, so it's great to Tablified Mark HD around and staying up-to-date. If you're thinking of going pro, we're giving away 20 copies of the pro version in our forums. You can always make do with the free version at the download link below.

What are your favorite Android tablet apps? How do you usually find new ones?

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Pocket headed to Three UK in September


Announced back in March, Samsung's entry-level Galaxy Pocket has yet to see widespread release on any UK networks. That's set to change next month, though, as Three UK has updated its "Coming Soon" page to show that the tiny 2.8-inch phone is due in September.

With Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a QVGA (240x320) display, a 832MHz CPU and a 2.3MP rear camera the Galaxy Pocket is squarely aimed at budget-conscious phone buyers (this ain't no Galaxy S3). We'd expect it to sell for well under £100 on Pay As You Go, and to be given away for free on all of Three's contracts.

The Galaxy Pocket will go up against the likes of Sony's Xperia Tipo, due to launch next week, and HTC's Desire C, which is currently available on a wide range of UK networks.

Source: Three UK

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