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3 years ago

AT&T LTE expands or rolls out in seven new markets across the US

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Another week, another grouping of markets getting or expanding their AT&T LTE network footprint. Each time we get a new set of cities they seem to be smaller and smaller, indicating that AT&T has covered many of the largest markets and is working to fill out its complete nationwide network. Users in the following cities with LTE-enabled devices and the correct plan provisioning should see the network available now:

Don't expect these announcements to slow down any time soon, though. AT&T still has a lot of ground to cover, and they're going to be sure to let us know what the progress is.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A announced as world's first LTE-Advanced smartphone

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Launching this summer in Korea in Blue Arctic and Red Aurora

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S4 LTE-A, the first smartphone ever to use LTE-Advanced technology. Samsung promises "twice-as-fast network speeds to produce an unparalleled multimedia experience." LTE-Advanced works by combining different frequencies, and using them as one -- something Samsung refers to as "leveraging carrier aggresion."

This new Galaxy S4 variant will have similar specifications to the current Galaxy S4, however will ship with Qualcomm's next generation processor -- the Snapdragon 800 with 2.3 GHz Quad Core CPUs. The screen, cameras, and battery capacity appear to be identical to the current Galaxy S4. Internal memory will have a capacity of 32 GB, with the standard micro SD slot available for an additional 64 GB.

So far it appears this phone will be a Korea exclusive, launching this summer. Initial color options will be Blue Arctic and Red Aurora, with more colors following after launch. The full press release from Seoul is available through the source link below.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

LG Optimus G2 appears in leaked slides

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A Wild LG Optimus G2 appears; uses dual-buttons. It's super-effective!

If you weren't pretty sure we are about to see the LG Optimus G2 in New York on August 7, you haven't been paying close attention. That's OK, rumors fly around and they can be hard to keep track of, but usually pictures make it easier. Thanks to habitual leaker @evleaks, we now have a few.

Nothing that confirms or denies the expected specs of a Snapdragon S800 processor and 1080p HD display, but LG and Qualcomm pretty much let that out of the bag a week or so ago.

What is interesting is that the mystery buttons on the back of the device are shown in these pictures, along with a slide that leads us to believe they will be tied to the volume setting. We'll likely know all there is to know in a little over a month, but for now we can look at the images and speculate. Hit the break to see the rest.

Source: @evleaks. h/t Jerry's Kid!

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Ion Jelly Bean update now available via PC companion software

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Sony's update bonanza continues, as the Xperia Ion gets its Jelly Bean update

AT&T and Sony have released Android 4.1.2 for the Xperia Ion today, but so far we've heard no users getting it the normal way. Instead of pushing out the update over the airwaves, it looks like users will need to use the Sony PC Companion (the the Mac equivalent Sony Bridge for Mac) to update their handsets, at least for the time being.

The download and installation will bring the Ion to Android 4.1.2, build version 6.2.B.0.211. While there is no official changelog just yet, the expected things like Google Now and Project Butter should be on-board and available. 

There's no word that this will remain and update-by-wire situation, and it's possible that this limited test precludes a normal OTA push. Either way, if you've been waiting since you heard Jelly Bean was coming, taking a few minutes to use Sony's software won't be too much of a burden. 

Anyone try Jelly Bean on their Ion yet? Sound out in the comments and let us know what you think.

Source: Xperia Blog

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3 years ago

Chromebook Pixel gets a Google+ photo app, brings instant upload and easy sharing

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Google+ photo app makes it easy to share and manage your photo collection from your Chromebook Pixel

Google has released a very nice little utility for the Chromebook Pixel today, aptly named Google+ Photos. The application, that we first saw glimpses of in February, allows photos to be uploaded to Google+ when the user inserts an SD card into the reader slot, and provides a nicely done front end to all pictures and albums in Google+ for viewing and sharing.

For now, the app is specific for the Chromebook Pixel, but Googler AJ Asver notes that they are working to bring the app to other Chromebooks as well. After installing the app, your photos are backed up to Google+ from any inserted SD card. Once there, you can browse them and easily share individual photos or entire albums directly from the app and clicking the share button. Your pictures are kept private (just like auto-upload for a phone or tablet) and your most recent shots are made available for offline viewing.

The application uses your Google account sign-in, and displays the images in the new webP format. To get the app, head to the Pixel Owners page while using your Pixel, and install it like any other app or extension. A couple of screenshots are after the break to give you a better idea of how it all looks.

Source: +AJ Asver

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3 years ago

T-Mobile offering free wireless charger with white Nexus 4 purchase

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Web-only discount drops Nexus 4 to $0 down or $408 outright

T-Mobile has just started up a promotion that throws in a free wireless charging orb with the purchase of a white Nexus 4 from its online store. In addition, T-Mobile has also dropped the price on the white version of the Nexus 4 to $0 down with 24 months of $17 payments, or a total of just $408. That makes the 16GB white version of the phone ring up at $50 less than the black version of the handset from T-Mobile, which additionally doesn't seem to get the free charger offer deal either.

All-in if you plan to buy a Nexus 4 and wireless charger, you'll come out a couple dollars cheaper than buying them together from Google Play, more so including the fact that T-Mobile offers free shipping. It's nice to have this low price available for those wanting to pick up a device on a payment plan with T-Mobile service as well.

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3 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S4 Developer edition goes on sale for $650

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For sale directly through Samsung with no Verizon subsidy available

A few weeks ago we learned that Samsung was planning to bring a Developer Edition of the Galaxy S4 to both AT&T and Verizon customers.The Verizon handset has gone on sale first, and is available through Samsung starting today for $649.99. Since this version is only available through Samsung, there will be no subsidy for those looking to use their Verizon upgrades.

This version of the Galaxy S4 will be virtually identical to the version available through Verizon, with the important difference of shipping with an unlocked bootloader. This will enable users to install custom software on their devices right out of the box. However, with bootloader unlocking methods already available for the Verizon and AT&T versions of Galaxy S4, the value of a factory unlocked bootloader is arguable. It is worth noting that supporting developer editions such as this is important to ensure their continued future existence, especially when the day may come that Samsung bootloaders do not have unlocking methods available.

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3 years ago

Humble Bundle 6 adds 3 more games to the list

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Donate over the average to get 10 DRM-free Android games in total

The fantastic donation-based game purchasing program Humble Bundle is expanding the offerings for Humble Bundle 6 to include 3 more games at no additional cost. If you haven't purchased a Humble Bundle before, the model is as follows -- donate any amount to unlock some of the games, and donate over the average to unlock all of the games available. For this sixth iteration of Humble Bundle there are 5 games available at any donation -- Pulse, Stealth Bastard Deluxe, Organ Trail: Director's Cut, Fractal and Aquaria -- and now a whole 5 more for donating over the average -- Broken Sword: Directors Cut, Frozen Synapse, McPixel, Waking mars and NighSky HD.

The current average donation is just $4.69 to unlock all 10 games, which is a ridiculous deal. All games are DRM-free and come with Steam access codes to play on the desktop (when available) along with access to the game soundtracks for free as well. Best of all your donations go to charity as well as the developers, which makes spending a few dollars on some great games a no-brainer.

More: Humble Bundle 6

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One S update fixes Jelly Bean battery life

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OTA notifications start today, along with a manual update path

Since T-Mobile updated the HTC One S to Android 4.1.1 back in April, many users have seen a noticeable drop-off in battery life. This unfortunate bug soured an otherwise much anticipated update for One S owners who waited patiently on Ice Cream Sandwich for many months.

The newest update -- bringing the software version up to 3.14.531.17 70RD -- is solely focused on fixing the lower battery life caused by the update to Jelly Bean. Those wishing to update need to already be on software version 3.14.531.11 710RD, have a device that is not rooted, and ensure they have at least a 50% charge before beginning the update.

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3 years ago

Sprint shareholders give final blessing to Softbank merger

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An overwhelming 98 percent of voters welcome the deal with the Japanese carrier

The ongoing saga of the fight for Sprint's hand in marriage is coming to a close, with a single suitor finally able to close the deal. Today, Sprint shareholders voted in an overwhelming majority to approve the merger between Sprint and Japanese carrier Softbank. 98 percent of voters were in favor of the deal, representing 80 percent of the outstanding common stock.

Talks of a significant investment from Softbank were initially confirmed by Sprint in October of last year. This was followed by a slightly larger offer from competing investor Dish Network in April of 2013. After the recent decision by Dish not to invest in Sprint, but instead only focus on a separate offer for Clearwire, Softbank emerged as the victor. Sprint believes this marriage with Softbank "should enhance Sprint’s long-term value and competitive position by creating a company with greater financial flexibility."

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3 years ago

Press is still the best for RSS on Android after moving to Feedly

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Google Reader is going away, but Press is here to stay and integrates perfectly with new services

When Google casually noted that it would shut down its RSS aggregation service Reader back in March, news apps that relied on it as a backbone were left scrambling. As alternative services to Google Reader such as Feedly and Feed Wrangler popped up on the scene, a few of the aforementioned apps pivoted quickly to integrate the new services. We gave one of such apps, Press, the review treatment as a Google Reader client back in December and came away extremely impressed with its design and performance.

Even though Google Reader will close its doors on July 1st, Press lives on as a fantastic RSS client that will work with (among other systems) the Feedly account you may have set up to save yourself from losing everything. The developers have made some great settings and user interface improvements along the way as well, so let's take a refreshed look at Press.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with Android 4.2.2 for the Sony Xperia ZL

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Several subtle but noticeable changes create an overall improved experience

In case you missed it, Sony started pushing out an Android 4.2.2 update to its Xperia ZL (and now Xperia Z) handsets, including the unlocked LTE model available in the U.S. market. We have loaded up the update on our own ZL, and wanted to give a quick look at everything that has changed both user-facing and under the hood.

Hang with us after the break where we break down the changes that come with an update to Android 4.2.2 on the Sony Xperia ZL, one of the few devices currently available with the software.

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3 years ago

YouView launches first Android app, TV guide and remote record included

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Check the schedules and set your YouView box to record with this handy Android app

YouView TV customers in the UK now have their very own Android app to download that gives them a couple of great features to add to their overall TV watching experience. The new app gives full 7-day listings for the 70 or so channels offered by YouView, and by connecting the app to your box you can also take full advantage of the remote record feature. Remote record requests need to be submitted around 15 minutes ahead of time, but when you're out of the house it's a fantastic feature to have at hand. 

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3 years ago

Verizon's Casio G'zOne Commando follow-up adds LTE data

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Verizon this morning announced the second generation of the horribly named Casio G'zOne Commando, adding 4G LTE data to the rugged Android smartphone.

It'll be available starting June 27 for $99 on a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.

We've got full specs after the break.

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3 years ago

Grow Mobile launches a universal mobile app marketing platform for Android

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Game and app developers have a lot to consider when choosing to market their products through in-game/app advertising. Which advertising networks reach the most users? Who gives developers the best deal? If a developer decides to use multiple ad networks, tracking and comparing the results of each network becomes a time consuming task of its own.

San Francisco-based startup Grow Mobile seeks to reduce all those headaches with the launch of their new mobile app marketing platform. Grow Mobile’s platform has just completed a successful closed beta, and today it becomes publicly available to Android and iOS developers. By providing a single cohesive dashboard and single integration for developers’ apps, Grow believes that developers who sign on will be able to market their products more effectively and with fewer resources than before.

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