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3 years ago

Paypal update brings landscape support and payment preferences


Everyone's favorite universal payment app, Paypal, has just been updated with a few nice features. First off, there's full landscape support in this update -- something we're surprised wasn't there before. You can also now set a payment preference for specific stores, so for example you can have one credit card set as a default when you pay Amazon, and another to pay Starbucks.

The changelog also notes that Paypal has improved the performance of check scanning, and users should see fewer issues. It has also increased security and a few UI bugfixes, stuff we'll never scoff at in an update. You can grab the app or an update at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Google Play Books updated with new 'Read Aloud' feature and pinch to zoom


Google Play Books has just had an update pushed out into the Play Store, that brings with it among other features a new 'Read Aloud' function. The new feature allows for the listening of most flowing text books, and while it seems to do a pretty good job, it's not going to replace audiobooks anytime soon. Imagine sitting down to listen to your sat-nav read you a book and you've pretty much got the right idea. Don't take our word for it though, check out the sample after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung planning new red versions of Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Note 10.1


Samsung is certainly no stranger to refreshing the paint jobs on their product line when it comes to their smartphones. But, as yet their tablet offerings have been somewhat more reserved. That looks set to change as these leaked press renders obtained by the folks at Sammobile show. 

This new color appears to be the same Garnet Red seen on the Galaxy S3, and is bound for the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1, and the Galaxy Note 10.1. The new colors will reportedly show up for sale next year, potentially before Valentines Day. 

Source: Sammobile

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3 years ago

NVIDIA Tegra 4 details leak


A slide detailing Nvidia's upcoming Tegra 4 SoC has been leaked out, showing the specs everyone wanted and hoped for. A user on the Chinese site Chiphell posted the above slide showing off the features of the new chip, and when combined with the things we already know we have a really good idea of what is to come.

The Tegra 4 will be a 28 nanometer ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core (4+1 as seen in the Tegra 3) system on chip. The A15 architecture is the next generation of silicon, and is already being used in the Exynos 5 as seen in the Nexus 10. The lower power draw and faster processing speed make a remarkable difference when you need it.

The GPU is a whopping 72 core GeForce unit, bringing six times the graphical performance of the Tegra 3. With support for a full 2560x1440 24 bit color display and native hardware decoding for video, it should be able to handle anything you could throw at it in a tablet.

Of course, there is always more and we are only seeing one slide of a full presentation. Hopefully Nvidia shows us more at CES in January. 

Source: Chiphell (Chinese)

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3 years ago

Reminder: Cast Your Votes in the 2012 Android Central Community Awards!


Quick reminder for everyone today, in case you missed the forums announcement opening up the 2012 Android Central Community Awards for voting!

We're running the awards right now through December 21st at noon EST. If you're a regular in our forums, you'll want to head over there right now and cast your votes.

There are 8 categories to submit your input on. All you need to do is enter the username of the member you think is most deserving, and tell us a little story on WHY the person should win. If you don't have a submission for a question, no worries, you can just skip that question. Easy stuff folks.

Take a minute and cast your votes!

Full details here...

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3 years ago

Day 2 of the Nexus 7-a-day giveaway going strong in the forums


It's day 2 of our week long  Nexus 7-a-day giveaway, where we partner with Google so you can win a 32GB Nexus 7 of your very own, and a $25 Google Play gift card to spend with it.

We love the Nexus 7 here at the Mobile Nations offices. It's the perfect size for carrying with you, which means you'll use it for more than just surfing from the couch. It's bright, high-resolution screen makes it a pleasure to use, and the oompf under the hood from Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor means great multimedia consumption and some of the best mobile games on any platform. 

We think you'll love it, too. And so does Google. That's why we got together on this -- getting more Nexus 7 tablets into the hands of people who want one. If you're one of those people who want one (and I think I can speak for everyone and say we all are) entering is easy. 

Head into the forums, show us a picture of your current phone or tablet. Post the picture in the thread, and we'll pick a winner. I told you it was easy. Now get in there, read all the rules, and enter today's giveaway!

Enter the Nexus 7 day two giveaway in the forums

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3 years ago

The SpamSoldier SMS botnet: What you need to know


A little common sense is all that's needed to avoid the latest piece of scareware making the rounds

Here's how to avoid the latest "ZOMG SCARY ANDROID BOTNET SCARY SCAM!!!" of the week.

  1. Don't click on obviously spammy text messages from people you don't know.
  2. Don't click on obviously spammy text messages from people you do know.
  3. Don't leave leave your phone's built-in security features turned off unless you absolutely need to.

If it seems like we've been here before, well, we have. This week's worry is "SpamSoldier," which uses an infected phone to send a bunch of spammy SMSs to other phones, inviting them to download free apps or games or other free offers that, of course, are trojans that then send hundreds of spammy SMSs to your contacts. It's the evil cycle of life.

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3 years ago

Huawei set to launch 5 inch, 1080p D2 at CES


OK, so the one on the left is a Windows Phone 8 device, more specificially, the much leaked Huawei W1. The device on the right however it the one we're interested in. We've heard talk of Huawei releasing a 5-inch device to the world, and according to an SVP at the company, we're going to see it at CES. 

Taking to Sina Weibo, Richard Yu confirmed that the Chinese OEM will be launching their latest high end effort, the D2, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. 

According to some specs which have appeared in the TENAA database, the D2 will sport a 1920x1080 display, a 2900mAh battery, a 1.5GHz quad-core chip -- likely produced in house -- 2GB of RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Perhaps more interestingly, Mr Yu has also expressed his concerns that the specifications, and therefore the cost, of the device is too high. Price is still to be mentioned, but we're sure the specs are just fine. Whatever the eventual outcome, Android Central will be on the ground from Las Vegas to bring you everything you'll need to know. 

Sources: Sina Weibo, TENAA via Engadget

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3 years ago

Samsung stops injunction requests in several European countries


Seemingly out of nowhere, Samsung has said today that it will stop pursuing injunction requests against Apple products in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands. Coming on the heels of mixed news in the big Samsung v. Apple trial here in the states yesterday, Samsung looks to be slowing down on its lawsuits in Europe now. What this basically means is that in the countries listed above, it will no longer be trying to receive sales bans on Apple devices. The Verge received this quote from Samsung on the matter:

Samsung remains committed to licensing our technologies on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, and we strongly believe it is better when companies compete fairly in the marketplace, rather than in court. In this spirit, Samsung has decided to withdraw our injunction requests against Apple on the basis of our standard essential patents pending in European courts, in the interest of protecting consumer choice.

Quite the turn-around from the litigious nature of previous Samsung statements and actions, and everyone is wondering why the company has decided to make the switch. The likely reasoning is that Samsung is trying to put all of its time and effort into pushing the FRAND (Fair, Reasonable And Not Discriminatory) licensing of its standards-essential patent portfolio. This makes Samsung look like the good company that's working to keep a competitive marketplace, something that the regulators will like to see.

This surely doesn't take future lawsuits or possible sales bans off the table entirely, but Samsung would likely be happy to just license its extensive set of patents and be done with the matter if it had the chance.

Source: The Next Web; The Verge

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3 years ago

Samsung extended battery for Galaxy S3 up for pre-order, 3000mAh for £40


Update: Thanks to @PDTechHD who has sent us this picture of the Samsung Galaxy S3 extended battery in its retail packaging!

If the 2100mAh battery that comes stock with the Samsung Galaxy S3 still isn't quite enough for you, you'll be pleased to hear that Samsung appears set to launch an extended battery pack for the device. The extended battery hits 3000mAh, and has appeared for pre-order at British retailer, MobileFun. 

There are no images, or release date offered at this time, but the price for the battery is currently set at £39.99. Included is a replacement battery door -- in white or blue only it seems at the moment -- and the new battery will still come complete with NFC as with the standard one. 

The new battery will no doubts increase the overall thickness of the device, but many will take that for such a large battery. It isn't overly priced either for an OEM accessory, but for now we'll have to watch and wait to see when they appear. 

Source: MobileFun

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3 years ago

Google Music scan and match feature now live in the US


With the roll out of Google Music in Europe we saw Google include the scan and match feature that offers up a quick scanning of your library and then instantly makes the tracks available in the cloud much like how iTunes Match works. At the time, Google made no efforts to divulge when that feature would see other regions. Now though, they've gone ahead and made it available in the US as per their announcement on Google+:

Traveling this season and want to make sure your music goes with you? Add up to 20,000 songs from your music collection to Google Play and stream it to your Android devices and your computer, anywhere you go.

Our new music matching feature gets your songs into your online music library on Google Play much faster. We’ll scan your collection and quickly rebuild it in the cloud - all for free. And we’ll stream your music back to you at up to 320 kbps.

This feature is live today for people in the US, following our European launch last month. Check it out:!  It’ll be music to your ears.

The advantage for Google here is the fact that they've kept it free and it's automatic. As a Google Music customer, you're likely to not even notice it happening as it's all pretty much done in the background. It's a pretty slick feature that a lot of people are sure to love. Say goodbye to uploading your whole music library!

Source: Google+

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3 years ago

Sprint shuts down 'Upgrade Now' program ... for now


Sprint today confirmed to Android Central that its Upgrade Now program, which would let you pay a little extra to get upgrade pricing a little early, is "currently now unavailable." The internal memo adds "until further notice," which seems a bit ominous until you read the line that notes it's "temporarily discontinued." Sprint's e-mail to us also says to "check back later to see if the program has been reinstated," giving us another reason to believe this is just temporary.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

LG Spectrum 2 review


It has been quite a year for LG, which despite its top spot among dumbphone sales has had a bit of a difficult time making it big in the Android world. Faced with stiff competition from fellow Korean handset maker Samsung, as well as HTC and Motorola, LG has struggled to create a brand for itself-- despite solid hardware, it has consistently failed to catch the attention of those who decide which Android devices sell and which ones flop-- the consumer. 

Then came the Optimus G and, subsequently the Nexus 4, both of which helped LG get back in the game. The Nexus 4 is widely considered to be the best Nexus to date, and the Optimus G has been called one of the best smartphones of 2012, besting even the Galaxy S 3 and the One X.

Not all of LG's releases this year have been as stellar, though, and unfortunately for Verizon customers, two of LG's misses have landed on Big Red's network. The LG Intuition was too "groundbreaking" for its own good with its awkward 4:3 display, and the Spectrum 2, despite its best efforts, manages to feel like an outdated afterthought and a slap in the face to Verizon loyalists who have had to watch LG's comeback from the sidelines. 

Read on for our full review.

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3 years ago

New at The Lloyd Gear Sticker


Just a quick heads up that has the official Lloyd Gear Sticker (featuring everyone's favorite Android Central mascot) available for less than a buck.

It's 3.5-inches in diameter, and it's perfect for showing that you're a part of the biggest and best Android community on the web. Plus, it's less than a buck. So buy two. Or three. Or 12.

Get yours today!

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3 years ago

Ask AC: How do you keep up with all the CyanogenMod updates?


A question I get asked a lot involves updates to custom ROMs, and CyanogenMod in particular. How do we keep up with all the builds, all the updates and all the devices?

Here's a secret: We don't. Because we don't have to.

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