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3 years ago

Browser eats browser: Opera acquires Skyfire

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Opera and Skyfire at one time were popular browser alternatives in a time in which stock browsers were sorely lacking. Improvements to Sarafi on iOS, Chrome on Android and, yes, even IE on Windows Phone have meant third-party options have to rely more on additional features rather than straight function. Today, two of those upstarts -- Opera and Skyfire -- announced they're getting in bed together.

Specifically, Opera is purchasing Skyfire for $50 million up front, with future considerations that could total the deal at $155 million.

“Opera and Skyfire are a natural fit,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “Both companies have evolved far beyond their browser roots. Skyfire adds capabilities to our portfolio around video, app optimization, smartphones and tablets, and strength in North America. With video expected to consume over two-thirds of global mobile bandwidth by 2015, and as time spent on Android and iOS apps explodes, we are excited to extend Opera’s solutions for operators.”

The companies in their press release announced their intention to release a new "set of joint products to be released over the coming year by combining their talents and know-how." Opera's "Web Pass" day pass service was mentioned in particular.

Source: Opera

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3 years ago

New Nexus 4? Be sure to try out Box with 50GB of free storage

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No, you're not dreaming, the Nexus 4 really has been on sale in the Play Store for over 2 weeks straight with no supply issues. We know that in the last couple of weeks, more people have probably picked it up than in the last couple of months, and that means there are a whole lot of new Nexus users out there. One of the big promotions that Box.net started running back in November still applies though, and everyone with a new LG device -- including the Nexus 4 -- can take advantage of 50GB of free storage just for downloading the app and logging in.

Stick around after the break and check out a few of the high points of the Box app, and see if it's worth a shot to get some free storage.

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3 years ago

Android Central 125: Funny feelings about our phones

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry and special guest Android Martonik break down Android 4.2.2, preview next week's HTC event, fawn all over DashClock Widget and take some excellent reader voicemails. Welcome to the Android Central Podcast.

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3 years ago

BBC iPlayer and Media Player apps updated with 'favorites' feature, bug fixes

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The BBC continues to roll out improvements to its suite of Android apps, and today the broadcaster has published updates for its (UK-only) iPlayer and BBC Media Player apps. The latest iPlayer update adds in a "favorites" -- which was actually removed a few versions back -- along with improvements to image quality and loading times in the TV streaming app. On the BBC Media Player side, bug fixes are the order of the day, and on-screen buttons should now disappear correctly on Jelly Bean devices.

If you're in the UK, there's no reason not to have these apps on your device -- hit the Google Play link above to grab the BBC iPlayer app, or click here to pick up the Media Player companion app.

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3 years ago

Is this the HTC One in black?

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Our pals at EvLeaks are at it again, and this time they have dropped a picture of the HTC One in black. Notice that this time we see New York as the city, with the ominous date of Feb 19. Oddly enough, HTC has a little party going on in New York on February 19. Coincidence?

EvLeaks has always been pretty solid, and chances are we'll see something very similar to this come Tuesday. We'll be there, as well as the co-event in London for the dual-unveiling of whatever HTC wants to show us. That leaves one question -- white, or black?

Source: UnwiredView

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3 years ago

ROM Manager adds delta updates, TWRP recovery support

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ROM Manager, a staple app used by practically anyone who roots and switches ROMs often, has just added support for both delta (incremental) updates and TWRP recovery. Delta updates (downloads, really) will let users who are downloading and flashing new ROMs -- like those of you on nightlies -- just download and apply the new portions of the ROM, rather than the entire thing. If you have a previous zip file of your ROM on the device, ROM Manager will send you an incremental zip (of about 20MB) to apply and get the changes. This will save a lot of time, battery and data when flashing updates to the same ROM over and over again.

The latest ROM Manager also supports TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project), so if users prefer that over ClockworkMod Recovery, they can flash it directly through the app rather than separately. If you're not using ROM Manager yet, give it a look at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Tonight, on the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

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Miss us? We've been on a brief sabbatical (does a week count?), but we're back tonight with a vengeance. Or something. On tap is Android 4.2.2, naturally. We'll preview what we can on HTC's big event next week in New York and London (and apparently Sydney's doing something as well). Plus some great apps we've seen in the past couple weeks -- and some of the best voicemails we've had since we last got together.

So join Phil and the gang -- and, of course, the chat room -- live tonight at 2 a.m. BST / 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT for the live broadcast. You should be there. You will be there. You must be there. After all, you are what makes it the Greatest Android Podcast in the World.

Not at a computer? Pick up the free UStream Viewer from Google Play [link] and search for Mobile Nations a little before the show (it won't appear until we go live). We'll see you there!

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3 years ago

HTC Droid DNA update now live, start mashing that button

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We just got word that the Droid DNA update we talked about a few days ago is now rolling out over the air, ready to sneak into your phone and fix some bugs. The 104MB update brings the DNA to software version 2.04.605.2 710RD, and has quite the change log:

  • User can load videos on HuluPlus
  • Improvements to Hotspot connectivity have been made
  • Improvements to Audio Quality for wired headsets and earpieces have been made
  • Bluetooth connectivity and volume level for specific models have been improved
  • Enhanced reliability and stability of the Contacts List have been made
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity has been improved
  • Improvements to default browser for zooming capability have been made
  • Incoming messages display with the correct timestamp
  • Enhanced Recent Apps functionality has been improved

It's worth mentioning that rooted users will want to hold off and suss it all out before they click the OK button. If you've received the update, holler in the comments to let everyone know how it's working out for you.

Via: XDA; Thanks Tamara!

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3 years ago

Jelly Bean update for the Bell Galaxy S II now rolling out

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The Android 4.1.2 update is now pushing out for the Bell branded Samsung Galaxy S II (GT-I9100M). Users can either update via Kies, or wait for the OTA which is rolling out in phases to handsets as of today. The change log reads very nicely:

  • Improved performance from Project Butter
  • Full User Interface Revamp (Same UI as of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II)
  • TouchWiz Nature UX
  • Samsung’s S Cloud services
  • Improved Camera features
  • New Lockscreen With Many Customization Options
  • New Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
  • New Widgets (From Galaxy S III)
  • 2 Home screen modes
  • New Notification bar With More Notification Toggles
  • Google Now

It looks like the update should breathe some new life into one of 2011's most popular smart phones. Shout out in the comments if you've seen it or updated via Kies.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Google rolls out Nexus 4 retail locator

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Google this afternoon set up a Google Map deal where you can find retail locations that carry the Nexus 4. That's good. And long overdue. The one catch is that you can't actually tell if your nearest store has any in stock. You'll need to call ahead (or just show up, we suppose) to find out.

The other thing is that right now the only brick-and-mortar place to buy a Nexus 4 is T-Mobile. So basically you're looking at T-Mobile locations. But we have a feeling that Google setting up a proper retail search perhaps is a sign of things to come. Best Buy? Radio Shack? Let's hope we see them -- and other retail outlets -- added soon.

More: Google Nexus 4 retailer search

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3 years ago

Falcon Pro adds support for DashClock Widget

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The Falcon Pro Twitter app got an update today, adding the ability to copy tweets and fixing a few bugs. More interesting, perhaps, is the addition of support for DashClock Widget, which we're very quickly falling in love with.

The Falcon Pro extension for DashClock Widgets lets you see how many unread tweets you have from your lock screen. The usefulness of such a feature is debatable, but Falcon Pro is one of the first major applications we've seen add an extension for the open-source DashClock. And chances are we'll see more soon enough.

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3 years ago

Android 4.2.2 factory images now available for Nexus devices

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Following the recent OTA roll-out, Android 4.2.2 factory images are now available for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (Wifi-only and 3G), Nexus 10 and GSM Galaxy Nexus ("yakju" and "takju" variants). As always, the files contain a complete backup of the base Android firmware for these devices. That means they allow experienced users to restore their devices back to stock, vanilla Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which might be of use if you've managed to screw something up by flashing a custom ROM or allowing a root app to run amok. They're also one of the options open to folks who've not yet taken the 4.2.2 update and want to set things up from scratch.

Grab 'em directly from Google's developer site at the link below.

Source: Google Developers

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z to be publically demoed at UK retailer ahead of release

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Ever since the 5-inch Sony Xperia Z debuted back in Las Vegas at CES, a lot of folks have been eager to get their hands on one and try it out. That includes certain members of the AC staff that didn't make the trip to Vegas. Thankfully -- in the UK at least -- there's a way to play with the Xperia Z before its general release thanks to a high street retailer. 

Starting tomorrow, Feb 15, Phones4U will be displaying demo units of the Xperia Z at more than 300 of their retail locations for eager consumers to try before they think about parting with their hard earned. The Xperia Z will then be available at the retailer starting Feb 28 and will be available free on a two-year contract starting at £36. Additionally, the first 1000 pre-orders will receive a pair of Sony MDR-1R headphones which themselves retail at Sony for £299.

I know where I'm headed tomorrow now, and if you happen to do the same in the coming days, be sure to jump into the forums and let us know what you think. Full press release can be found after the break. 

More: Hands on with the Sony Xperia Z

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3 years ago

MOO rolls its own tagging app, but NFC business cards still MIA

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MOO's NFC-enabled business cards still aren't available to the public just yet (we've got a tester version we like to flash around at parties and such), but the company today gave word that it's rolled its own NFC-tagging app.

The interface is simple enough. You can link to a web site, map, social networks, phone numbers and vCards, as well as read and reset what's on your MOO NFC card. 

Now we just need some cards to tech up our wallets, and we're good to go.

More: MOO

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3 years ago

Archos officially announces Platinum line of tablets, on sale beginning in February

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First seen in the wild back at CES in Las Vegas, the Archos Platinum line of tablets has now been officially announced, dated and priced. The range of three slates -- the 80, 97 and 116 -- will range between 8 and 11.6 inches in size and pack some pretty premium looking specs for a less than premium price. 

The range will all share some common specs, including a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU with 8-core GPU, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, microSD card and microHDMI support as well as front and rear cameras. From this common ground, each tablet in the range has an IPS display of differing resolutions, including one that goes toe-to-toe with the iPad's Retina Display. 

First up is the 80 Platinum, and as the name suggests is the 8-inch variant. This comes with a 1024x768 resolution display, and will cost just £179/$199 when it goes on sale sometime this month. The 116 Platinum is the pretty massive 11.6-inch tablet, with a display resolution of 1920x1080. This one won't be available until April, and is priced at £299/$349

It's perhaps though the 97, the 9.7-inch sibling that sits between these two, that is the most interesting. The 97 Platinum houses a whopping 2048x1536 resolution display, which as we found during our brief hands on at CES, is absolutely stunning. The 97 Platinum will also be available sometime this month, for the very reasonable price of just £249/$299. While the screen might not be quite as high-res as the Nexus 10, it is a decent bit cheaper. The full press release can be found after the break.

More: Hands on with the Archos Platinum tablets

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