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3 years ago

Kindle Fire, Xoomin' LTE [From the Forums]

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Exciting day with the announcement of the Amazon Kindle Fire and Motorola finally offering Xoom 4G upgrades. If you're looking to discuss more, you can head on into the Android Central forums. Jump into some threads or feel free to start up your own today!

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom finally getting its 4G LTE upgrade starting Sept. 29

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Xoom 4G LTE starts shipping Oct. 13 for $499

We're starting to get word that the Motorola Xoom is finally getting ready for its upgrade to 4G LTE on Verizon. If you'll recall, the Xoom was the first Honeycomb tablet, announced at CES in January. At the time, we knew it was going to launch as a 3G-only device, with a hardware upgrade to come sometime later. And later. And later.

Many moons came and went. Scores of other excellent Honeycomb tablets have been released. Samsung released a 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Verizon. And there still sat the Xoom, with its promise of an upgrade looking more and more tarnished. Add to that the fact that you'll still have to actually relenquish your Xoom and send it in for the upgrade, and the whole thing was looking even sillier than it did at first blush.

But that brings us back to now. Starting Thursday, you can go to Verizon's website for complete instructions on how to get your upgrade. You'll have to part with your Xoom for six days. The upgrade is free, and you don't have to change your data plan.

Also of note: Motorola Xooms with 4G LTE baked in -- aptly named the Xoom 4G LTE -- will start shipping Oct. 13 for $499.

Full press release is after the break.

More: Motorola Xoom forums

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3 years ago

Yahoo releases official Flickr app for Android

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Flickr, one of the most popular photo sharing websites, has finally come to Android. Yahoo held off releasing a native app for a while, frustrating many Android users who love Flickr. Good news for both sides as the app is now available for free from the Android Market, and it's pretty good.

With the release, you can take photos from an in-app camera function, filter the images as you see fit and then share them with the world to Flickr, Twitter and Facebook.

Here are the full features:

  • Share photos only with the people you want to with easy privacy settings.
  • Full screen browsing and slideshows for your photos, your contacts photos or any of the public photos from the global Flickr community.
  • Share the story behind your photo with titles, descriptions, comments and tags.
  • Keep your track of where you took your photo by keeping your location data automatically through geotagging.

To get Flickr for your Android device, hit up the links after the break. Heavy and casual Flickr users, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Speak out in the Android App Forum.

Source: Flickr Blog

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3 years ago

Rogers turns LTE on in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver

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In what is great news for Canadian consumers, Rogers announced that its 4G LTE network is now available in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. This expansion brings the total number of people who can access LTE service up to 5.5 million.

The first LTE Android device will be launching on October 18th and will be the HTC Jetstream.  The Honeycomb tablet will cost $499.99 with a 3-year service agreement and $799.99 off contract.

The first LTE-compatible smartphone will be the Samsung Galaxy S II and can be had for $199.99 with a 3-year contract or $649.99 without. Both the Galaxy S II and Jetstream can be reserved via Rogers website today.

Further LTE expansion is always great to see, especially for major cities like the ones listed above.

Source: Rogers

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3 years ago

US Cellular adds the HTC Wildfire S, Hero S and Flyer to its lineup

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US Cellular just droppeed word that it's adding a trio of HTC devices to its lineup -- devices that we outed back in July along with the rest of USCC's roadmap. Here's what's on tap:

  • HTC Hero S -- It's got a 4-inch Super LCD display at qHD resolution, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, Android 2.3, and HTC Sense. It'll cost $199.99 after a $100 rebate and contract.
  • HTC Wildfire S -- Stepping down just a tad, this one's got Android 2.3, a 3.2-inch display, a 5MP rear camera and will be available in grey or purple. It'll cost $79.99 after rebate and contract.
  • HTC Flyer -- The 7-inch tablet has been a favorite of many this year, with its 1.5GHz processor, 32GB of storage and the HTC Scribe stylus. It'll cost $199.99 after $100 rebate and two-year contract.

One thing we don't have are release dates, so stay tuned. Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod support coming to Sony Ericsson Xperia devices

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The CyanogenMod and FreeXperia development teams have announced that they'll be bringing popular custom firmware CyanogenMod to all of Sony Ericsson's 2011 Xperia phones, along with many older X8 and X10 devices.

The developers promise full support -- with the exception of FM radio, which is still being worked on -- starting with the next release of CyanogenMod, version 7.1. Nightly builds are expected to start rolling out soon, so keep watching the CyanogenMod download site if you fancy testing some early builds on your Xperia phone.

In a blog post on the CyanogenMod site, the team praised Sony Ericsson for its "strong involvement with the developer community", and thanked the manufacturer for providing "devices and technical expertise that proved invaluable in making all this happen".

This is great news for custom ROM enthusiasts with Xperia devices, and even better news for legacy Xperia phone owners, most of whom are left without an official upgrade path to Gingerbread. Hit the source link for the full list of CM-supported Xperia phones.

Source: CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

AC's 500,000-member giveaway - Day 3!

Here we are at Day 3 of our 500,000-member giveaway. And we were originally going to give away one spare (or extended) battery for your smartphone of choice. Instead, let's do three.

Hit the link below to enter to win one of three spare or extended batteries for your phone, courtesy of the Android Central Store.

And don't forget: On Thursday we're giving away five Android Central T-Shirts, and on Friday we're giving away an IOU for the next Nexus phone, whatever (and whenever) it may be. (And those two are open to our international friends.) Good luck!

Enter to win one of three spare batteries for your phone

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3 years ago

Swissinfo.ch has a new app, and a loving video

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Swissinfo.ch has a new Android app out (news and the like). And to celebrate, it's released the above video, which we're still trying to wrap our heads around. But we couldn't not share it with you.

And if you want to check out the Swissinfo.ch app, links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Amazon explains the Silk browser on the Kindle Fire

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

What do you get when you take a traditional web browser, crunch it through some cloud servers, compress the data and make it more mobile friendly by sharing the load locally as well as in the back end? That's Amazon's Silk browser. Actually, it sounds a bit familiar, but it's going to get some prominent play on the new Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, which is likely to be a hot seller when it launches Nov. 15 for $199. Check out the video above for how it all works.

Source: Amazon Silk blog

Preorder the Amazon Kindle Fire | Kindle Fire Forums

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3 years ago

CMT and Sprint team up to create the latest Sprint ID pack for country music fans

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If country music is your thing and you're a Sprint customer, the latest Sprint ID may be right up your alley. The folks from CMT have teamed up with Sprint to create the ultimate country music Sprint ID pack complete with apps, widgets wallpapers and more. Included in the pack aside from Rhapsody, Soundhound and The Grand Ole Opry is quite a few CMT select items such as:

  • CMT Insider: CMT Insider gives access to country music’s biggest stars with exclusive videos, articles and photos. Follow artists on Twitter and stream music with Rhapsody audio clips.
  • CMT On Air: CMT’s On Air App features the network’s full lineup, videos and allows fans to connect with other fans of CMT as they converse across Twitter.
  • CMT Video Widget: Check out new videos featuring country music artists, CMT shows or the latest in country news.
  • CMT Photo Widget: The CMT Photo Widget offers instant photos, updated often, of country music's biggest stars and events.
  • CMT Twitter Widget: Check out instant updates from CMT's official Twitter accounts and stay connected to your favorite artists and CMT Shows.

The CMT ID pack is free to download with an Everything Data plan from Sprint on supported Sprint ID devices. You can check out the pull press release past the break or hit up the source link for the full details.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Ask AC: How can I pre-order an Amazon Kindle Fire?

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Check out our Amazon Kindle Fire Forums!

Amazon's now accepting preorders for the Kindle Fire Android tablet. (Yes, we're going to call this guy a tablet and not a mere e-reader from here on out.)

For now, it's $199. That's no contract (as it doesn't have cell radios), and remember that these are preorders. The Amazon Fire will ship starting Nov. 15.

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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire official at $199, ships Nov. 15

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There it is, folks. The Amazon Kindle Fire. Looking a little more like an e-reader than a tablet -- though it certainly does resemble the BlackBerry PlayBook on which it's based -- the Kindle Fire's getting its official announcement this morning in New  York. The 7-inch device will run a version of Android, but don't expect it to look or feel like a top-shelf tablet.

Price, however, may be its killer feature. At just $199, it pretty much undercuts everything available today, including the highly popular Barnes & Noble NOOK Color.

It'll ship Nov. 15.

Specs include:

  • 14.6 ounces
  • 7-inch IPS display at 1024x600
  • Gorilla Glass
  • 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor
  • Wifi-only
  • Whispersync
  • Amazon Silk browser
  • WiFi, no 3G option
  • 8GB of on-board storage

Source: Bloomberg
More: Amazon Kindle Fire Forums

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3 years ago

HTC invites fans to London for Beats Audio event

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HTC UK is using its Facebook page to invite fans to London to celebrate the launch of "HTC with Beats Audio", in a party at London's Roundhouse next Thursday, Oct. 6. The party, which follows on from a press conference earlier in the day, features performances by Fedde le Grand, Martin Solveig as well as a "surprise headliner." More importantly, we'll also be there.

As far as shiny new HTC products go, we can probably expect an appearance from its new flagship phone, the Sensation XE. And we wouldn't be surprised to see an official unveiling of the frequently-leaked HTC Runnymede, either.

HTC has 1001 spaces available, which it'll fill with a random selection of applicants. To apply for your ticket, you can head over to HTC UK on Facebook and click the button. If you want to bring a friend, there's also the option to apply for two tickets.

Source: HTC UK on Facebook

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3 years ago

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light to arrive first on Xperia Play

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Looks like Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play has scored yet another Android gaming exclusive. This time Xperia Play owners will get first access to Square Enix's Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, an isometric adventure/puzzle game based on the Tomb Raider franchise.

Guardian of Light, which first appeared on consoles and PC last August, will launch on the Xperia Play this November. The game joins other notable Xperia Play timed exclusives, including Minecraft and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. In addition, Sony Ericsson is promising "more established hits" from Square Enix in the coming months.

Join us after the jump for the full presser.

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3 years ago

Microsoft, Samsung reach licensing deal over Android smartphones, tablets

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Samsung will pay Microsoft royalties for smartphones and tablets running Android. A cross-licensing deal reach between the two companies was announced Wednesday morning. And while that means both companies will receive "broad coverage for each [other's] products," Microsoft's also going to be getting money in the deal. As for how much money per device? That wasn't disclosed.

Here's the official word:

REDMOND, Wash — Sept. 28, 2011 — Microsoft announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., to cross-license the patent portfolios of both companies, providing broad coverage for each company’s products. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform. In addition, the companies agreed to cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone.

“Microsoft and Samsung see the opportunity for dramatic growth in Windows Phone and we’re investing to make that a reality,” said Andy Lees, president, Windows Phone Division, Microsoft. “Microsoft believes in a model where all our partners can grow and profit based on our platform.”

“Through the cross-licensing of our respective patent portfolios, Samsung and Microsoft can continue to bring the latest innovations to the mobile industry,” said Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president of global product strategy at Samsung’s mobile communication division. “We are pleased to build upon our long history of working together to open a new chapter of collaboration beginning with our Windows Phone “Mango” launch this fall.”

This is just the latest licensing deal involving Microsoft and Android device manufacturers. Acer and Viewsonic reached deals earlier this month, and HTC already had one in place.

No matter how broken the current patent system may be, this is still the way it's done, folks. And while it might not be the one you hoped for, it's certainly better than lawsuit after lawsuit, no?

Source: Microsoft

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