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4 years ago

Cricket announces the Groove with Muve

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Cricket Wireless this morning announced the "Groove from Cricket," part of the carrier's Muve Music series. The ZTE-manufactured phone, which will be available Nov. 21 for $129 (though it's currently being promoted online at $79), sports a 3.5-inch HVGA display, runs Android 2.3.6 and has a 1500 mAh battery, with a 3.2MP camera out back and a 0.3MP shooter in the front.

Source: Cricket

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4 years ago

Runkeeper's got a new Holo look and get's friendly with some new features

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The folks at FitnessKeeper, Inc. have pushed out a big update to the popular RunKeeper app, bringing a holo-like interface and a slew of new social features to help make staying healthy more fun. The biggest of these is the new Friends tab, which ranks buddies gathered from your contacts and Facebook by the number of activities completed. You can find these buddies without leaving the app, and even give them a gentle poke if they seem to be slacking using Android's in-app messaging service.

the rest of the changes are pretty darn good as well. The new holo look with tabs and action bar navigation is a welcome sight, there's a new activities page to help keep track of what you've done and what's coming up, and there's now a bit more flexibility when you sign up for a new training plan. 

To take advantage of these new features, you'll need to connect RunKeeper to your Facebook account. Since that often can be a security nightmare, there's plenty of information on how to do it safely at the source link. You can grab RunKeeper from the Google Play link above, and catch a few screenshots of the app after the break.

Source: RunKeeper blog

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4 years ago

Sony launches PlayStation Mobile Developer Program

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After a few months in beta, Sony's PlayStation Mobile Developer Program is today ready for prime-time. The program allows game developers to build titles for PlayStation-certified Android phones and tablets -- such as the Xperia T and HTC One X+ -- as well as the company's PS Vita device, for an annual fee of  7,980 Japanese yen (around $99).

Today's launch covers Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, with Hong Kong and Taiwan to follow in the near future.

PlayStation Mobile Developer Program membership gives devs the rights to create and publish as many titles as they wish, meaning the yearly fee doesn't stack for multiple games.

The full, finalized PlayStation Mobile SDK is available to download from the link below, after payment of the annual entry fee. You'll find today's full press release after the break.

More: PlayStation Mobile Developer Registration

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4 years ago

Amazon Appstore update pushing out, fixes Android 4.2 login issue

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Since Android 4.2 started getting into peoples hands, whichever device it may be on, the Amazon Appstore has been experiencing an extremely irritating bug. Whatever happens, the Appstore application would log you out of its own accord forcing a re-login to use. Worse still, according to several Android Central Forums users, each login would add another authorized device to your overall list. 

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4 years ago

EE launches SIM-only UK LTE plans

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EE, the UK's largest mobile operator, and so far the only one to boast 4G LTE services, has begun offering SIM-only 4G plans. Prices start at £21 per month for a 500MB allowance, going up to £36 for a 5GB data bucket. All contracts run for 12 months, and include unlimited calls and texts. EE's SIM-only prices are substantially more affordable than its 24-month, phone-inclusive deals, though obviously you'll have to swallow the extra cost of picking up an LTE-capable phone off-contract.

Today's launch follows a brief delay in the roll-out of EE's SIM-only plans, apparently due to additional network testing requirements.

More: EE

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4 years ago

White Nexus 4 tipped for Dec. 13 UK launch

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Reports of a possible white LG Nexus 4 were circulating in the run up to the device's launch, with UK retailer Carphone Warehouse putting up in-store displays showing a white color option. Now further proof of the white Nexus 4's existence has emerged, as details for a "Nexus 4 white" and Nexus 7 deal have appeared on the website of UK telco TalkTalk.

The page offers pre-orders on a range of price plans, and says that the first round of stock is expected on Dec. 13. That just happens to be the day O2's UK-wide exclusivity expires, allowing other carriers to sell the Nexus 4.

It's unknown as to whether the the white Nexus 4 will be available elsewhere. The white versions of the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus never saw particularly wide releases -- and the standard black version is rare enough as it is. There's still no photographic evidence of the white N4's existence, although based on the appearance of the white Optimus G, and earlier white Nexii, we'd imagine the front face will remain black.

With the black Nexus 4 already back-ordered in many countries, it might be tempting to hold back until the white model arrives. Anyone planning on waiting it out? Let us know in the comments.

Source: TalkTalk; via: MoDaCo

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4 years ago

HTC's Peter Chou dismisses talk of $6-8 per-phone payment to Apple

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Since HTC and Apple settled their patent disputes and agreed to a cross-licensing agreement, there's been plenty of speculation as to exactly what this deal entails. One figure floating around the blogosphere last week was $6-8 per phone -- an estimated amount that at least one analyst thinks HTC might be paying Apple.

However HTC CEO Peter Chou was quick to rubbish this particular number at a recent public appearance in Tokyo. According to reports from Reuters, when asked directly, Chou dismissed the figure as "outrageous," while saying he is "happy" with the way the settlement worked out.

"I think that these estimates are baseless and very, very wrong. It is a outrageous number, but I'm not going to comment anything on a specific number. I believe we have a very, very happy settlement and a good ending."

The exact details of the settlement and cross-licensing agreement remain confidential, although rival manufacturer Samsung is working through the courts to reveal the exact amounts involved. It's widely speculated that at least some money is going in Cupertino's direction.

For its part, HTC's only official comment on the specifics of the agreement has been to say it doesn't expect it to have any "adverse material impact" on the company's financials.

Source: Reuters

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4 years ago

Android 4.1.2 firmware for international Galaxy Note 2 leaks

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Samsung continues to push ahead with Android OS upgrades for its leading smartphones, and the latest leaked build to emerge demonstrates Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on the international Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100). The leaked firmware comes via Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn, and as you might expect, it looks a whole lot like Android 4.1.1 running on the Galaxy Note 2. The only difference we've been able to spot from the screenshots provided is a notification icon for the multi-window feature.

The leaked build carries the number XXDLJ2 , which according to Samsung's naming scheme indicates something built during October. Earlier leaks have hinted at a possible Android 4.1.2 upgrade for the international Galaxy S3 in December, so we'll have to wait and see if this holds true for its big brother, too.

Source: Tinhte.vn; via: SamMobile

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4 years ago

U.S. DOJ requesting more information for MetroPCS merger approval

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MetroPCS announced today that the U.S. DOJ (Department of Justice) has requested additional information from the company regarding its proposed merger with Deutsche Telekom's subsidiary, T-Mobile USA. Although it has not disclosed what additional information is required, MetroPCS intends to fully comply with any DOJ requests. The end result, assuming that this second request goes to plan, is that the merger approval process may be postponed by up to 30 days extra.

Even with this possible month setback, MetroPCS continues to expect that the merger with T-Mobile will be completed in the first half of 2013. The companies are confident that the U.S. government will find the merger to be both pro-competition and pro-consumer.

Source: MetroPCS Investor Relations

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 shipments for 2012 expected to top 5 million

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We heard straight from ASUS itself that shipments of the Nexus 7 were approaching 1 million for the month of October, and now we're hearing more information about shipments for the whole of 2012. According to DigiTimes, suppliers report that ASUS will be shipping upwards of 5 million units total for 2012. That's quite a feat for a device that launched in just July of this year.

The report explains that many manufacturers peak their manufacturing in October and November for the big holiday sales, but that ASUS intends to keep shipments strong all the way through the end of the year. The new, lower price levels for the Wifi models and inclusion of a new HSPA+ model are surely helping out sales this quarter, and we'll be interested to see what the final numbers are at the end of the year.

Source: Digitimes

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4 years ago

HBO Go app updated for Android 4.2 and Nexus 10

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Home Box Office has updated their Android app to support Android 4.2 and the Nexus 10 this evening, allowing plenty of folks (including yours truly) to go into couch potato mode. Besides these two big changes, there's also some "performance enhancements and bug fixes" that are always appreciated.

If you've updated your Nexus device to 4.2 and have been missing this one, it's time to hit Google Play and update or re-install. if you picked up a Nexus 10, I think it's high time to put the screen to use. Now bring on season three of Game of Thrones!

Thanks, Kevin!

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4 years ago

Nexus 4 shipping notifications, Data signal concerns on 4.2 [From the Forums]

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While you get yourself caught up on the blog posts from today, don't forget that in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about as well. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got over 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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4 years ago

Pandigital calls it quits, all existing warranties cancelled

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Although Pandigital was never a company known for their great quality tablets, there is plenty of them out there on the market and in the hands of consumers. Back in July 2012, the company officially signed over all of their assets to a liquidator which was then to sell the assets off in order to pay Pandigitals creditors. In that time, Pandigital has now started sending out emails to former customers advising their warranties on products are no longer valid and if you wish to make a claim, it has to be done with the liquidator.

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4 years ago

Daily news roundup: November 19, 2012

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4 years ago

Another wave of Nexus 4s shipping

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Good news for those of you who managed to order a Nexus 4 last week but were stuck in limbo on shipping -- it looks like another batch has started shipping. Actual delivery date is still kinda up in the air, but that's not unusual for UPS; it can take a few hours for the tracking system to catch up. Check back in the morning.

Either way, this is a step in the right direction. Guess we can lay off the form letters now, eh?

More: Nexus 4 forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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