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3 years ago

Yet another Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean build leaks as Unpacked event looms

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Owners of the international Samsung Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3) shouldn't have too much longer to wait for their Jelly Bean update. As we exclusively revealed on Tuesday, the Android 4.1 update is due to land next week, shortly after the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin, Germany. But if you can't wait that long, there's yet another leaked build doing the rounds this morning. This version, dubbed XXDLH7, has been leaked as an over-the-air (OTA) update package for the UK unlocked S3, from the last public ICS build (XXBLG8 system with XXLH1 baseband).

No word on just what's changed from any of the previous three leaked Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean builds, but considering how close we are to the expected launch date, we imagine things should be pretty stable in this version. Rumors even abound that today's leaked build is the final Jelly Bean OTA, though we haven't been able to confirm this.

If you can wait, we'd recommend you sit tight until next Wednesday, where all should be revealed at Samsung's Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin. If not -- and if you're familiar with manually installing OTA packages -- then hit one of the source links below to grab your update.

Source: XDA, SamMobile

More: Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update coming next week

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3 years ago

Samsung sheds light on Galaxy S3 design process in new video

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If you watched Samsung's unveiling of the Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3) at Earl's Court, London back in May, you'll know that the manufacturer made quite a bit of fuss about its new nature-inspired design language. And today, Samsung has created a short video presentation showing how its design team went about incorporating this "inspired by nature" theme into its latest flagship smartphone. In bringing its latest flagship to life, Sammy says it drew inspiration from  the gentle, curved lines found in the natural world.

In the five-minute video, Samsung designers and execs explain -- in broad terms, and with a fair amount of flowery language --how the S3 differs from other Samsung smartphones. One designer remarks that the overall shape of the phone was inspired by pebbles on the beach, while the company's VP of mobile design says it wanted a more emotional connection between phone and user.

Elsewhere in the video, we get down to the technical details involved in creating a curved design without subtle imperfections, as well as the challenges involved in bringing the S3's software to life.

We know not everyone around these parts is a huge fan of the Galaxy S3's physical design, or some of the design decisions it's made in the TouchWiz Nature UX, but whatever your opinion of the phone, this video is worth a look. It's a chance to take a peek behind the scenes, and understand how the S3 came to become the phone we're now familiar with.

You'll find Samsung's full Galaxy S3 design story video embedded after the break.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (Korean)

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3 years ago

South Korean court rules on Apple v. Samsung patent infringement

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Just in case you can't get enough Apple vs. Samsung news, the Seoul District Court has now laid out a split decision for both parties involved. Both Apple and Samsung have been found guilty of infringing on each others patents.

As part of the decision, Apple will no longer be allowed to offer their infringing products in South Korea that include the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 as well as the first two generations of the iPad. Something that shouldn't bother Apple all that much, given those devices are no longer sale anyhow. In addition to that, Apple will be required to pay a sum of about $35,000 to Samsung.

While that may sound like a small win for Samsung, they're not off the hook entirely either. Samsung will have to stop selling the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1 due to the decided infringement of Apple's elastic scrolling patent, but the court ruled they didn't copy Apple designs or violate their trade dress. Like Apple, Samsung will have to fork over damages as well to the tune of about $22,000.

This isn't likely to be the end though, as the courts differ in South Korea. Either side could technically file an appeal through the appeals court and keeping it going even further, all the way to the South Korea Supreme Court if they wanted to push it.

Source: WSJ, Bloomberg via: iMore

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3 years ago

Android-powered Nikon Coolpix S800c eyes late September shipping date

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We're eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Android-powered Nikon Coolpix S800c 16-megapixel point-and-shoot camera. Thus far, the only pre-seller we've found is New York's B&H Photo (if you've got one you prefer, let us know in the comments), which is matching Nikon's list price of $349 outright. (No two-year contracts for this Wifi-only device. Huzzah!)

What we've been missing so far is any sort of sales date. B&H is now showing Sept. 28 as the expected date of availability.   So, we wait a month and a half, we suppose. 

More: B&H

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3 years ago

Words With Friends rolls out v5.0 with a new look and plenty of bug fixes

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If you're still among the crowd addicted to Words With Friends you've got an update waiting for you. Available for download in the Google Play Store right now, users who update will find plenty of bug fixes in this release along with a new UI.

Overall the app looks better and feels smoother plus, the chat interface has been revamped. Looks like a great update so far but we'll leave that for you all to decide, give it a go and let us know if it's working better for you.

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3 years ago

Custom keyboard mapping, Changing lock screen options [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. 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.

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3 years ago

Total Recall review - a mediocre game based on a mediocre movie

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Total Recall is in theaters and to go with it is an officially-licensed game by Jump Games. It’s a pretty straightforward on-rails shooter that follows in the footsteps of the sci-fi remake. You play through 11 levels, each one unraveling a bit more of the story with comic book-style vignettes sandwiched between each one. Every stage is peppered with power-ups acquired with quick taps between firefights and hosts a bunch of different challenges to complete. Accomplishing each one grants coins which you can use to buy new gear, though you can skip the hard work and just pay with in-app purchases to accelerate progress.

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3 years ago

Amazon hosting press event on Sept. 6 - new Kindle Fire on the way?

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Looking back at Amazon's Q2 2012 earnings, we learned the Kindle Fire remained a huge seller for the company. For a while now there have been plenty of rumors about the next device they'll be rolling out -- some say it'll be a phone while others say it will be a new Kindle Fire.

In any case, Amazon has now sent us an invite for a press conference to be held on September 6. The invites are scant on details other than where to go and when to be there but the good news is, we'll be on hand to let you all know what it is.

Have some thoughts on it? Drop them in the comments and let us know what you all think Amazon is cooking up.

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3 years ago

wp clock 2 review - big, bold, and customizable live wallpaper

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wp clock 2 is a popular typographic-themed live wallpaper for Android, with a whole bunch of bold customizations to create a stylish and functional home screen background. Users can set different levels of opacity for lettering, different colors, and custom animations for the block of text. Time, date signal strength, weather, and other information can all be used in conjunction with your existing wallpaper images. 

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3 years ago

HTC Proto device renders leak, now where's that phone headed?

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What you see above are pictures of the potentially forthcoming HTC Proto, a low- to mid-range device slated to be the potential successor to the HTC One V. Right off, the Proto looks to sport more of the design language found on the One X and One S, with rounded corners and black casing, dropping the "chin" off the front. Around back, you see a smooth soft-touch looking surface and Beats Audio branding. Expected specs on this device are a 4-inch 480x800 (WVGA) screen, 1GHz dual-core snapdragon processor and a 5 megapixel camera.

Speculation is that this device may see a debut at IFA 2012, but we're not so sure. Also, it's a big world out there, and it's not uncommon to see a small, regional launch of a new low-range device. Be sure to follow all of our IFA coverage closely to see what's coming from HTC and happening in all things Android.

Source: The Verge

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3 years ago

Curiosity rover stars in Angry Birds Space Mars update

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Angry Birds Space just had a timely update to go along with all of the NASA Curiosity rover excitement. Here's the changelog for version 1.3 of Angry Birds Space.

  • NASA and Angry Birds team up for the most epic episode yet! The piggies have hijacked the Curiosity Mars Rover -- but instead of searching for ice crystals, they're looking for eggs!
  • Blast through 20 fiery levels on the red planet, plus two antenna egg levels!
  • Dodge explosive volcanoes and fire asteroids!
  • Say hello to the brand new astronaut pig!
  • Find three hidden rovers and landers to open special bonus levels and discover more about the NASA missions!

Rovio and NASA have been pretty cozy throughout the Space version of Angry Birds, and it's great to see the game keeping up with the latest expedition. Even if you've played the snot out of the original Angry Birds, the latest version introduces a lot of new physics gameplay that's worth checking out. 

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3 years ago

Samsung announces free apps for Galaxy Note 10.1 owners

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Good news for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 early adopters -- Sammy’s announced that it’s teamed up with a number of high-profile developers to bring free apps to its new stylus-toting ICS tablet. In addition to Adobe Photoshop touch, which is bundled on the tablet, Samsung’s offering Note 10.1 owners, there’s rhythm creation app Drop the Beat, Spot the Difference and Where Is It? for the kids, and Need for Speed and Sonic 4. 

The full list is fairly exhaustive, and spans both the Google Play Store and Samsung’s own app store, so check it out after the break. All apps, Samsung says, have been optimized for use with the Note 10.1's Wacom-based S Pen.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Flickr for Android overhauled with new UI and new features

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It's been a really long time since Flickr for Android was updated with any sort of significance. Yahoo has finally managed to find the time to give the Android version some love though, and overall, it's looking pretty spiffy. A new UI is in effect and new features have been added that actually make the app worthwhile. Here's what's new --

  • Edit details on your existing photos
  • Choose any camera installed on your device to take a photo
  • Improved Search
  • See HTML content in comments and descriptions
  • Pull down to refresh content on a screen

Swiping between photos and sections works rather smoothly. If you're a hardcore photo nerd, you'll find editing metadata on the go is easy and pretty intuitive as well. Finally, the integrated sharing is there in such a way that makes sense. If you're still rocking that Flickr account, give it a go and let us what you think of it.

Source: TNW

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3 years ago

Pandora update brings new UI

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Pandora has just released a much-welcomed update to its popular music app in the Google Play Store today. The update brings a completely refreshed and refined UI experience, that thankfully now follows Android 4.x guidelines, getting rid of the menu button and adding an overflow button on the right side of the top action bar. Behind the scenes, this update also adds the ability to review, rate and bookmark tracks in your song history and gives you access to full song lyrics and artist biographies.

Visually, the app looks great -- especially when considering how it looked before. Everything is smooth and works properly. As we noted, the legacy menu button is gone and replaced with a proper Android 4.x overflow button. There are several nice touches in the smoothness of the app when moving between windows and a very subtle feature that uses a sliver of the bottom of the app to show the track progress. Pandora has also done something slick with the volume control. Instead of simply overlaying the phone's volume slider, they take control of it and put their own slider at the bottom of the app even when using the hardware volume keys. It auto-shows and auto-hides when you're done switching. We're quite impressed with the progress Pandora has made here, and we hope more app developers can take note.

Check out a few screenshots of the refreshed UI after the break, then hit the Play Store link above to install it on your own device.

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3 years ago

Buffer review - the antidote for oversharers

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In a nutshell, Buffer helps social media fans from oversharing by allowing you to schedule when items are published to your networks, be it a Facebook profile or page, Twitter feed, or LinkedIn account. There’s even App.net support. Users can add items to their Buffer from a bunch of different mobile apps, and if you’re in a the social media business, there’s a premium version that allows teams to cooperatively fill the queue.

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