3 years ago

Motorola Xoom UK price slashed again, now £249.99


If you've been following recent Motorola Xoom developments, you'll know that the first "Google Experience" tablet has just been updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Alongside the update, Carphone Warehouse, one of the main sellers of Xooms in the UK, has cut the price of the Wifi-only model to £249.99. This is a £50 drop from the earlier RRP of £299.99, and the latest in a long line of Xoom price drops which has seen the tablet gradually fall from the July price of £399.

It might not be as sleek as the Galaxy Tab 10.1, or as fast as the ASUS Transformer Prime, but £250 for a 10-inch, dual-core ICS tablet isn't a bad deal at all if you ask us. UK readers, would you be tempted to drop £250 on a Xoom at this point? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

Source: Carphone Warehouse; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Android continues to lead among all smartphone users, according to latest Nielsen statistics


The Nielsen Company has released their latest set of numbers and things are looking great for Android once again. According to the figures as of Q42011 46.3 percent of all smartphone owners surveyed were making use of Android while Apple was close behind with 30 percent.

Feature phones were the biggest losers here though, 46 percent of US mobile consumers chose using a smartphone over a feature phone with 60 percent of those who bought a new device in the past three months -- going with a smartphone vs. a feature phone at the time of purchase.

Source: Nielsen

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3 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime OTA rolling out, brings new GPS software version


The ASUS Transformer Prime is getting another OTA this evening, and reports say that the GPS is working much better.  If you recall, there has been issues surrounding the aluminum casing and GPS signal with the Prime, and ASUS was said to be investigating.  We've confirmed that there's a new build version number (IML74K.US_epad- as well as an update to the GPS software bringing it to version 6.9.13, but there's no official changelog just yet.  If you're rocking a Prime and haven't rooted it, now would be a good time to check for an update from the About Tablet screen.

Thanks, MexDroid!

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3 years ago

Sorry, Peoria, you're only still testing LTE


Good news and bad news here, for you folks in Peoria, Ill. You indeed are seeing fleeting Verizon 4G LTE signals in your fair city, according to the Journal Star. The bad news? You're still just in the testing phase. Hey, there are worse problems to have, we reckon.

Source: pjstar.com; Thanks, Joel!

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3 years ago

We're shutting down this week's photo contest a day early -- the awesome has buried us!


We were pretty sure that kicking off a weekly photo contest would be well received, but we had no idea it would be this well received.  Combine our level of awesome with your level of awesome, and I'm buried under a mountain of hundreds of beautiful pictures to sort through.  So many that I'm going to need an extra day to give them all the attention they deserve.

The new cutoff time is Midnight PST tonight.  That gives you guys about six more hours to get those pictures of sunrises and or sunsets into our inbox.  I'll still be announcing the winner Sunday, and we'll have a gallery of the 10 best for everyone to enjoy (and you will, I promise).  Monday, we'll do it all over again.  You guys rock!

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3 years ago

Epic 4G and Epic 4G Touch have new kernel source available, look for OTAs soon


Both the Samsung Epic 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G Touch have new kernel source up at Samsung's open source portal.  The Original Epic 4G has the kernel and other open-source bits for update version EL30 ready to download, and the Epic 4G Touch has the same for version EL29.  

Usually when we see source code up for grabs at Samsung, it's soon followed by an OTA update.  We've heard rumors of both the Epic brothers getting one in the near future, but this seals the deal.  An OTA for both phones should be coming, now it's just a matter of when.  And developers -- your goodies are available at the link below.

And here's a wrinkle: Sprint's already said that it's stopped using Carrier IQ software on the server side, and it followed up by having HTC strip it from the HTC EVO 3D (and future device updates)  this week.  Might Sprint have had it stripped from Samsung ROMs, too? If it's that easy for one, might it be for more? Stay tuned.

Source: Samsung Open Source; via Epic 4G Touch forums

Thanks, dtm_stretch!

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3 years ago

Manufacturer skins and ICS, PDF downloads [From the Forums]


We've been steamrolling through this week like there was no tomorrow, so if you happened to miss out on anything -- make sure you get caught up. Loooking to discuss any of the happenings a bit further? We got just the spot for you in the Android Central forums, check out some links below:

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

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3 years ago

AT&T bringing new data plans for phones and tablets on Jan 22


AT&T has announced some changes to their data plan pricing.  Starting January 22, new plans that offer more data, albeit at a slightly higher cost, go into effect for both smartphones and tablets.  The new plans are as follows:

Smartphone plans

  • AT&T Data Plus 300MB: $20 for 300MB
  • AT&T Data Pro 3GB: $30 for 3GB
  • AT&T Data Pro 5GB: $50 for 5GB, with mobile hotspot / tethering

Tablet plans

  • AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
  • AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB

Smartphone customers needing additional data can pay $10 per additional gigabyte on the AT&T Data Pro 3GB and Data Pro 5GB plans; AT&T Data Plus users will receive an extra 300MB for $20.

Currently, customers pay $5 less per plan for 200MB, 2GB, and 4GB plus tethering.  Users will have the option to keep any existing plan, or to change to the new rates when they become available.  For more info, the press release is after the break. 

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3 years ago

Android Kids App: Ellison the Elephant


Here's another children's book that's made it to Android, courtesy of the folks at Oceanhouse Media. Ellison the Elephant is the story of -- you guessed it -- Ellison, who "trys to make a big trumpet sound like his friends and his sister, but all he gets is a little toot." Know how you feel there, pal. But through the help of his imaginary friend, Ellison finds his own voice. 

The book features the usual "Read to me," "Read it Myself" and "Auto Play" options, including word highlighting. And the whole thing's interactive -- tap the images to find hidden sounds, and pan and zoom through the original artwork. Very cool.

We've got download links for Ellison the Elephant after the break.

Also: More Android Kids Apps!

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile USA data throttling starting in March


Remember last year when Virgin Mobile USA said they would be delaying their plans to throttle data for users who used more then 2.5GB in one month? At the time, they never gave any reason as to why they were delaying it but it was mentioned that they would be re-visiting the plans in 2012 and now -- it's 2012.

To make sure we can keep offering our Beyond Talk Plans at such great prices, we're putting a data speed reduction in place for anyone who uses over 2.5GB of data in a month.

Will it affect me?
Based on your activity for your last plan month ending in December, you could be affected by this change.

If you continue to use the same amount of data as you did in your last plan month, you may see your data speeds reduced during a plan month when the data speed reduction is implemented on March 23, 2012. You can still use your phone to do everything you currently do, but you may experience slower page loads and file downloads and lags in streaming media.

This will not affect your ability to text or make calls with your phone.

How will it work?
Starting March 23, 2012, if you use over 2.5GB of data in a month on your Beyond Talk Plan:
• Data speeds may be reduced to 256Kbps or below for the rest of your month.
• If data speeds are reduced, they will return to normal as soon as your next plan month starts.
• If you'd rather not wait for your new month to start, you can restart your plan immediately through My Account.

How will I know if my data speeds have been reduced?
If you reach 2.5GB of data in a month, you will receive a text message letting you know your data speeds will be reduced for the rest of your plan month.

By putting this data speed reduction in place, we're making sure we can deliver the same quality service you've come to expect from Virgin Mobile. We hope you understand.

*Data usage per activity is based on an average. Bandwidth varies by website, video, email and other Internet application

Virgin Mobile USA customers who fit into the "over 2.5GB" of usage criteria are now getting text messages directing them to a website where the above information is given. You'll have until March 23 before they actually put it into effect, but it's something to be mindful of.

Thanks, GreyCelt!

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3 years ago

DroidDoodle - CES hangover


We survived, but just barely.

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3 years ago

SiriusXM now available on Canadian Sonos systems



Sonos, the Android-friendly speaker system, has been able to stream SiriusXM Radio since 2007, but only in limited geographies. Today, Sirius announced that Canadian subscribers can now remotely stream their favourite stations out to the Wi-Fi-enabled sound system. 

You can check out our full review of the Sonos over here, if you were thinking of picking one up. I've spent a bit of time with it myself, and I was definitely impressed, and it works great from your phone. It's really ideal for bigger homes where you want to have consistent music across multiple rooms, since the whole family of products talks to one another wirelessly. Of course, that gets a little pricy for the speakers alone, and then if you want something like Sirius, then you're also paying subscription fees on top of that, but hey - if you love your music, this is one smart way to get it into your home without the hassle of wires. 

Us poor saps in Canada are usually subject to limited content licenses, so it's no surprise to see a delay here, but when it comes to music, there's really not much we don't have access to anymore. So what's the hold-up, Pandora? Slacker and Rdio are doing business up here just fine. 

Head over to Sonos to snag your system, Sirius to start subscribing, and if you're already a part of the sister service, XM Radio, you should be able to plug in to Sonos later on this year. 

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3 years ago

Official Wikipedia Android app finally lands in the Market


It's been a long time coming, but Wikipedia has finally released an official Android app, sneaking it into the market a few days ago. It's kind of ironic timing given that Wikipedia is blacked out today in protest of SOPA and PIPA, but everything seems to be working on the mobile version.

Features of the app include:

  • Save for later for offline use
  • Search articles nearby
  • Share articles
  • Multiple language support
  • Full screen search

It's great to finally see an official Android app from Wikipedia. Alternatives that we've used have been decent, but it's nice to have one straight from the Wikipedia developers. The free app is available in the Android Market. We've got links to it after the break.

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3 years ago

Every Android smartphone free on C Spire when you add a line


C Spire wireless (formerly Cellular South) is running a promotion where you can add a line and pick any of their Android phones for free to put on it.  They have 11 different models of Android phones to choose from, including the Motorola Milestone X2, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, and even our old friend the HTC Merge.  This offer runs for a limited time, and you'll have to do it online or via C Spire's telesales department.  Sounds like a nice way to get your hands on a great phone, without hitting your wallet too hard.  Hit the link for more information, and the press release is after the break.

More: C Spire

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note coming to Canada


Although there was no mention of it at CES 2012 from Samsung reps, the Samsung Galaxy Note will be making its way to Canadian soil. TELUS already has the device listed as "coming soon" on its website, but an exact date for the LTE equipped device has not been given.

Samsung though been doing a great job recently of letting folks know about device release, even before the carriers do and they now have an information sign-up page on their website if you're looking sign up for that.

We wouldn't take it as solid fact but the date listed on the Galaxy Note itself shows Feb. 23, which could possibly be the release date for TELUS and hopefully, once TELUS releases the device other carriers such as Rogers and Bell will roll out their own versions as well.

Source: Samsung / TELUS; Via: Mobile Syrup

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