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2 years ago

Samsung's ICS upgrade list a predictable one: Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy R, late-model tablets

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Samsung has given in sneak preview into some of its devices that will receive updates to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in 2012. They are:

  • Galaxy S II
  • Galaxy S II LTE
  • Galaxy Note
  • Galaxy R
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Galaxy Tab 8.9
  • Galaxy Tab 7.7
  • Galaxy Tab 7 Plus

That's an international list, of course. For those of us in the United States, we'll probably be waiting on announcements from the individual carriers. Par for the course, but no less frustrating. Samsung says the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note will be the first to be updated, starting in the first three months of 2012.

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

Contest Winners: Isotoner smarTouch gloves!

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If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up shortly. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to this week's winners!

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2 years ago

Clash Of The Nexus Ninjas: Go on a 8-bit hunt for the Galaxy Nexus

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Just in case you never caught the prolougue for the game while watching the Galaxy Nexus unboxing video, Clash Of The Nexus Ninjas is a real game that is currently available in the Android Market. Based on the previous generation Nexus unboxing videos by Patrick Boivin, you get to play the red ninja who has to protect his new Galaxy Nexus from the likes of the black and white ninjas who have decided to join forces in an effort to steal your precious cargo. 

You'll have to kick and punch your way through six action packed levels full of enemies and bosses but don't be afraid to unleash Nexus power. It's a power that is so awesome -- it can take out a multitude of ninjas at once. Clash Of The Nexus Ninjas is available now for free -- download link is past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Google+ app update brings new photo views, allows you to start hangouts from phone

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We've gotten a sneak peek at some new features coming to Google+ as a whole, and the Android app just got itself a nice little update. Here's what's new:

  • Start a hangout from a Messenger conversation
  • New design of the photos album view
  • People suggestions when composing a Messenger conversation
  • New icons to show which photos have been uploaded to Google+ via Instand Upload
  • Ability to leave one-to-one Messenger Conversations
  • Bug fixes

Snag the update in the Market now, or at the links after the break.

Thanks, @Freeborock!

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2 years ago

Battery charged, Screen scratches [From the Forums]

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We're off! Starting out another week at Android Central and it's already been a pretty jam packed day. If you happened to miss out on any of todays events make sure you get caught up either here on the blogs or in the Android Central forums.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

HTC says infringed patent 'a small UI experience,' already has workaround

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The International Trade Commission has found that HTC products violate Apple patents, and the importation of devices will be banned starting in April of next year.  We don't yet know which devices are covered under this order -- HTC isn't yet saying -- only that "Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has found a violation of section 337 in this investigation and has issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting importation of infringing personal data and mobile communications devices and related software".  It's a pretty broad statement, and we're not going to second guess at it until we hear the full details.

HTC gave Android Central the following statement (updated 6:20 EST):

We are gratified that the Commission affirmed the judge’s initial determination on the ‘721 and ‘983 patents, and reversed its decision on the ‘263 patent and partially on the ‘647 patent. We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it. However, the ‘647 patent is a small UI experience and HTC will completely remove it from all of our phones soon.

While fans on one side will cheer, and fans on the other side will call foul, we all will lose.  Justice really is blind, and when it comes to technology and innovation, it also seems pretty damn stupid. 

More: All Things D

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2 years ago

AT&T's bid for T-Mobile is officially dead

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That's it, folks. It's done. Kaput. Finished. First reported by The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press, AT&T has released a statement saying the deal is over.

“The actions by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice to block this transaction do not change the realities of the U.S. wireless industry. It is one of the most fiercely competitive industries in the world, with a mounting need for more spectrum that has not diminished and must be addressed immediately. The AT&T and T-Mobile USA combination would have offered an interim solution to this spectrum shortage. In the absence of such steps, customers will be harmed and needed investment will be stifled.”

AT&T has already set aside $4 billion (with a "b") in break-up fees, which they'll be paying to someone now.  Big business is an expensive playground to play in.

Long live the Big 4.

Update: Sprint, an extremely vocal opponent of the merger, just issued the following statement:

“Earlier today, AT&T terminated its definitive merger agreement with Deutsche Telekom to acquire T-Mobile USA. This is the right decision for consumers, competition and innovation in the wireless industry.

“From the beginning, Sprint has stood with consumers who spoke loudly and clearly that AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile would create an undeniable duopoly that would have resulted in higher prices, less innovation and fewer choices for the American consumer.

“Sprint commends the Department of Justice, the Federal Communications Commission and the bi-partisan group of state attorneys general who gave voice to the concerns of consumers across the country. We look forward to competing fiercely in the robust, competitive market that exists today and continuing to deliver the world class service and products that consumers have come to expect from Sprint.”

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

Google announces welcome improvements to Google+ are coming before the New Year

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Google has some great new improvements in the works for Google+, and today they let us know we'll be getting them soon -- as in before New Year's Day.  Starting to roll out in the "next few days", we'll be seeing changes to the way notifications look and feel, which posts are shown in your main stream, a new photo lightbox display, and changes to the way Google+ Pages are administered.

Notifications (that red box you see in the new Google bar) are being improved so that you'll have a preview of what's new instead of just a notice that it's there.  A welcome change, especially if you reply to posts from folks who quickly hit the 500 comment limit.

Google is adding a way to fine-tune what type of posts are shown in your main stream, with a slider for each user you've circled.  This should allow better control, and it's a great idea that many have been asking for.  Let's face it -- some users post a lot of content you just don't want to see.  It will be interesting to see how they pull this one off.

The photo lightbox -- the page that's shown when you click a photo from your stream -- has been enhanced, with a new look as well as the way comments and options are presented to users.  Since Google+ is a great way to share photos, making the way they are displayed to you and I is a pretty big deal.  Looking forward to this one myself.

Finally, Google+ Pages, accounts for businesses and websites like +Android Central, have had tweaks that webmasters and managers will welcome.  Up to 50 people will be able to administrate the account, a new notification system will help keep admins more in-the-loop about content, and new tools will be provided to see just who is interacting with your stream. 

These look like great improvements, and several of them should trickle down to the Google+ mobile app -- like filtering your stream.  The Google+ team looks to have had a busy fall, and we're about to see the results.  Be sure to visit the link to check out a couple videos and learn more.

Source: Google

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2 years ago

Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation from Gameloft now available in the Android Market

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

The next chapter in one of Gameloft's largest game franchises has finally been released to the Android Market. Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation brings back the intense gameplay Modern Combat fans expect but adds a few new features to the mix as well:

  • Solo Campaign - A 13 mission operation taking players from Los Angeles to Pakistan that features AAA scenario-scripting and multiple types of gameplay ranging from escort and destroy to helicopter, 4x4 chases, and more!
  • Upgraded Effects - Enjoy next-gen GFX allowing for unprecedented rendering of environments and improved SFX and voice acting, in addition to a new spring and slide feature.
  • Multiplayer - Enter battles with up to 12 players at a time in 6 exclusive maps and 7 different modes. Players can also use customized weapons to move up the leaderboard with more than just ranks.

If you dig war games, you can grab Modern Combat 3: Fall Nation in the Android Market right now. Looking at the reviews though, it seems there may be some issues with the Galaxy Nexus running the game so your milage may vary. It's available for $6.99 and you'll find the download link past the break.

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2 years ago

This is how you unbox a Galaxy Nexus (hint: with Ninjas)

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You've probably noticed, we don't spend much time on traditional unboxing videos around these parts, even when a phone kicks ass at the level of the Galaxy Nexus.  There's only so many times you can look at a USB cable and cheap set of earbuds before things start to go a bit fuzzy, so we leave that to your imagination.  But things would be different if we were ninjas.

How different?  Make sure you have Adobe Flash installed (sorry iPad, U NO CAN PLAY) and hit the link to see.  Just don't plan on doing anything else for at least an hour.

Ninja's Unboxing 3

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