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3 years ago

Transformer Infinity and Prime Jelly Bean updates for the US and Canada expected 'in 72 hours'

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Yesterday we heard that ASUS was rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Prime in Sweden, and today we have confirmation from ASUS' Gary Key that users in the U.S. and Canada will be seeing Android 4.1 for their Prime and the Transformer Infinity in the next 72 hours.

The version number will be 10.4.4.14.1, which is Android 4.1. We have no further details other than what ASUS has already mentioned, namely that the update no longer officially supports Adobe Flash, and that on the Prime Wifi direct has been removed. 

Key has been a reliable liaison between ASUS and the Android community, and as an ASUS employee he doesn't have to rely on second-hand information. Get your tablets ready, because it certainly looks to be coming soon.

Source: XDA-Developers; Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

YouTube for Android updated with new UI for Froyo and Gingerbread, fresh Watch experience

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Thanks to a YouTube app update that just rolled out today, anyone with a Froyo or Gingerbread device can now enjoy refreshed UI and preloading mechanism. Google has also made a few tweaks to the Watch screen, though there's nothing particularly dramatic. This update added the ability to move videos to your personal YouTube TV queue - a great touch for those of us that want to watch videos in their full glory on the big screen. Finally, a few more channels have been added to the Channel Store. The skippable YouTube ads we've been waiting for are also live in this update.  

Combined with an updated in March which enabled HD video playback on Gingerbread and Froyo devices, it's great to see Google's not leaving the older phones behind. Additional YouTube TV support is a nice touch, and something of a necessity for those of us with Google TV set-top boxes.

Are you guys finding anything particularly nice about this update? Maybe a small tweak that didn't make it to the changelog?

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3 years ago

Google Play services bringing new OAuth tools to Android

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Google is rolling out Google Play services starting today, bringing another of the great developer tools they showcased at Google I/O to the public.

For those of us that aren't developers, it's pretty easy to wrap your head around. If your device runs Froyo or higher and has access to the Google Play store, you'll have a new Google component to download. It's a set of libraries and tools that developers can use to authenticate with your Google account. When an app needs to access your private data from a Google application, they can use the new tool to get that access securely without requiring you to enter the (hopefully) long and secure password you use for your Google account. Version one of the service includes Google+ sign-in and +1 APIs as well as new OAuth 2.0 functionality.

OAuth 2.0 is a pretty big deal. It scales better than previous versions, is more secure, and as Googler Tim Bray notes "especially, because typing your password into a mobile device sucks". Bray has also posted an excellent overview, complete with code samples, using the new OAuth components at the Android Developers blog

Best of all, this will all be transparent to the end user. Once the required code is installed on your Android phone or tablet, the rest is up to developers. No more typing in your password on a mobile webpage, or getting a one-time password from Google two-step verification, we'll simply be able to choose the account we would like to use and go. We see that now with many of Google's apps, but the new method will bring it all together for a consistent -- and safe -- user experience using open standards. 

The developer portion of the service is available now, and you can find all the info you need to start using it at the links below. The client side (what we'll need on out phones) should be rolled out completely in the coming weeks, and we'll start seeing apps use the service once Google announces the rollout is complete. 

Source: +Android Developers; More:  Android Developers blog, Google DevelopersTim Bray

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3 years ago

AT&T Xperia Ion officially receiving Android 4.0 update

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We noticed just shy of a week ago that some users were reporting that an update was available for their AT&T Xperia Ion. AT&T has spilled the beans now, and announced officially that the Ion has an Ice Cream Sandwich update ready to go. Along with the entire host of usual Android 4.0 improvements such as an improved lock screen, redone browser and new home screen folders, AT&T notes that the update will "provide faster Mobile Hotspot and Wi-Fi speeds" on the device.

This update won't be coming OTA (Over the Air) to your device, so you're stuck downloading Sony's PC companion software to download and apply the update (seriously, just push it OTA please). Check out the source links below to see the official statement from AT&T, as well as the Sony support page to hep you setup the software for the update.

Source: AT&T Consumer Blog, Sony Support

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3 years ago

First tentative Samsung Galaxy Camera UK pricing appears

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Arguably the most interesting Android device to appear at last month's IFA 2012 show in Berlin was the Samsung Galaxy Camera. As the name suggests, it's an Android 4.1-based 16MP point-and-shoot camera with a bunch of sharing and content creation goodies from Samsung, as well as 3G and 4G connectivity.

Today we have the first tentative UK pricing and release information for the device, courtesy of British online retailer Clove Technology. Clove says it's expecting its first Galaxy Camera stock from late October, and lists the device with a price tag of £400 inc. VAT (£333 ext. VAT, which equates to around $500). That's a lot of cash for a point-and-shoot, and for that kind of money you could be well on your way to a micro four thirds system. It seems Samsung's hoping its added smartphone muscle will convince Brits to part with a few extra pounds this October. Nevertheless, we'd hope for some fairly substantial discounts on the camera towards the holiday season.

We should point out that this is a pre-order price, and as such, it's subject to change (hopefully downwards) as the release date approaches. Let us know what you think of this potential price point for the Galaxy Camera down in the comments -- is it worth the cash to be an early adopter?

Source: Clove Technology

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One S gets Android 4.0.4, Sense 4.1 update

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T-Mobile USA's HTC One S is receiving its biggest software update yet today, bringing the aluminum-clad handset up to Android 4.0.4 (from 4.0.3) and HTC Sense 4.1 (from 4.0), according to reports from the Android Central forums. It looks like Tmo's One S is getting the update that was originally pushed to European One S phones just over a month ago, meaning owners can look forward to improvements in phone performance, and a couple of new features like quick settings in the notification dropdown.

According to the changelog in the forums, the update also improves Bluetooth performance, and fixes Wifi connectivity issues that've been affecting some One S users since launch. The update file weighs in at 150MB, so you'll probably want to make sure you're on Wifi before taking the over-the-air package.

For the full list of changes in today's updates, hit the source link below. If you're already running the new software on your One S, be sure to let us know what you think.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 3 announced for metroPCS

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MetroPCS has announced that they'll be offering Samsung's latest flagship device, the Galaxy S 3, starting in October. To kick things off, they have a contest going where participants have a shot at winning a free device. If you're unfamiliar, here's a quick run-down of the specs on the Samsung Galaxy S 3. 

  • Quad-core Samsung Exynos chip @ 1.4 GHz / U.S. versions have Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 at 1.5 GHz
  • HSPA+ 21 and LTE versions
  • 4.8-inch HD SuperAMOLED 720x1280 screen
  • 8MP / Front 1.9MP camera (720p video recording)
  • 2100mAh battery
  • 1GB RAM / U.S. and Canadian versions have 2GB of RAM
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)
  • Accelerometer, Notification light, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Gyro, NFC, Barometer
  • 1080p video playback
  • Various multimedia codecs supported
  • MHL/DLNA
  • Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm
  • Weight: 133 grams

Be sure to check out our full review for an in-depth look and see some hands-on video. 

The big carriers have been selling the Samsung Galaxy S 3 for a couple of months now, but there are bound to be at least a few of you that prefer this regional carrier. Anyone interested in picking this one up? Head on over to MetroPCS to sign up for the Samsung Galaxy S 3 giveaway. 

Thanks Josue!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launches in South Korea on SKT, LG U+ and KT

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Samsung has announced the South Korean launch of its new 5.5-inch smartphone, the Galaxy Note 2. By now we're all familiar with the Note 2's impressive spec sheet -- a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM, 5.5-inch 720p non-PenTile HD SuperAMOLED display, 4G LTE connectivity. Today the device launches across all three main South Korean carriers -- SKT, LG U+ and KT, where it'll be available in "marble white" and "titanium grey" colors.

The South Korean launch marks the start of the Galaxy Note 2 World Tour, as the device spreads its reach across the globe. Samsung says it'll offer the Note 2 across 260 carriers in 128 countries, including all major U.S. and European networks.

The next stop for the Galaxy Note 2 is London, where it makes its UK debut on Oct. 1. For more on the Note 2, check out our hands-on coverage from IFA 2012.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (Translated)

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3 years ago

Google Maps Street View dives under the waves

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Do you ever have that moment where you're scuba diving in the south Pacific, and you're wondering "Was I supposed to turn right at the coral reef to get back to the resort, or keep swimming straight?" It happens to me all the time. Luckily Google, as ever, has us covered. The Google Maps team has just released a handful of new Street View locations that are underwater. Various spots along the coast of Australia, the Philippines, and Hawaii can take you down to see some of the wonderful aquatic landscape, wildlife, and flora in the region. You can find some of the more spectacular shots in Google's Street View gallery for the ocean

Looking at stuff like this, it's hard to imagine how iOS or Microsoft intend to outpace Google's progress in the mapping world. Sure, the underwater Street View is more for sightseeing than anything else, but the lengths Google is willing to go for completeness are pretty crazy. 

Any divers in the house? Ever wish you had a waterproof phone with you? 

Source: Google Lat Long

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia T now available online, SIM-free, for £415 in the UK

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So much for all that fuss about limited Sony Xperia T SIM-free availability. UK-based online retailer Unlocked Mobiles is now offering the Sony Mobile flagship for sale, stand-alone and unlocked for just £414.98 inc. VAT. That's a surprisingly reasonable price tag, considering the phone comes packed with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 4.6-inch, 720p HD Reality Display and 13MP rear camera.

Unlocked Mobiles claims it's the first online retailer the UK to offer the Xperia T SIM-free, so if you'd rather not venture into your nearest Phones4U store, then you may want to check out what they're offering. The Xperia T is a sleek piece of kit indeed, and not every Sony flagship goes on sale £100 cheaper than the competition..

For more on the Sony Xperia T, check out our hands-on coverage with Sony's 2012 range at IFA.

Source: Unlocked-Mobiles

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3 years ago

International Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean open-source bits now available

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With the Jelly Bean update hitting some international Galaxy S3 (GT-i9300) phones, Samsung has released its Android 4.1 kernel source, and other open-source bits for the device. The code isn't directly useful to regular Galaxy S3 owners, but it should help community developers get more stable custom ROMs for the device. That means better ROM options for everyone, which can only be a good thing.

ROM developers can grab the S3 Jelly Bean source code from the Samsung open-source repository below.

Source: Samsung open-source repository, Thanks, @android_indian

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3 years ago

HTC One X+ makes first unofficial appearance

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A T-Mobile-branded HTC One X+ has made its first appearance appearance on Twitter in a wholly unofficial manner. Though we don't get much more than this brief glimpse, we've heard previously about a handful of specs.

  • Size: 134.36 x 69.9 x 9.3mm
  • Weight: 129g
  • NVIDIA AP37 1.6GHZ quad core, 1.7GHZ single core
  • ROM:32GB
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Battery: 1800 mAh
  • Android 4.1 Sense 4.5

Keep in mind that this is all well within the realm of speculation for the time being, but so far, things are looking pretty solid. The only other upcoming HTC device really on our radar at this point is the Droid Incredible X,, which may be finding its way to Verizon

In any case, there doesn't seem to be anything particularly exciting about the front face of this device. I'm curious to see the other side, if only to get a sense of what kind of camera is on there. Any T-Mobile customers itching for a fresh HTC phone? 

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Boost Mobile announces the LG Venice, a 4.3-inch device with Ice Cream Sandwich

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Boost Mobile has announced a new addition to their lineup, the LG Venice. The Venice will represent an attractive choice to customers who prefer a no contract phone, especially because it has decent specs for the price. While not equal to the top of the line phones, they're nothing to scoff at either.

The Venice boasts:

  • 4.3-inch screen (with Gorilla Glass)
  • 1GHz processor
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • LG Optimus 3.0 interface
  • 5MP camera
  • 720p video recording

The Venice will cost $219.99 and remember that Boost Mobile offers all of their devices with no contract. They also offer a $55/month unlimited plan. It will be available starting Oct. 10 at Boost Mobile retail stores, certain independent retailers and online. In late October, you'll be able to pick one up in select nationwide retailers.

The full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Play celebrates 25 billion app downloads with 25 cent app promotion

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Google has announced that its Google Play app store has delivered its 25 billionth app download, up from the 20 billion figure quoted at Google I/O in June. To celebrate, it's launching another app sale, where this time you'll be able to pick up a selection of popular titles from developers like Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic and Full Fat for just 25 cents over the next five days. In addition, Google is promising special collections of content in the near future, including "25 movies you must own, 25 banned books and 25 albums that changed the world."

Google Play, which launched a little under four years ago as the Android Market, as grown considerably in the past year, adding movies, TV, music and magazines, and becoming a fully-fledged content platform. And in under twelve months, it's gone from a total of 10 billion downloads to today's 25 billion milestone. The total app count now sits at 675,000, up from 600,000 in June.

Right now we're not seeing any 25 cent apps on Google Play on our devices, but we'll keep you posted when they start to appear. In the meantime, let us know in the comments if you spot any bargains.

Source: Official Android Blog

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