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4 years ago

Verizon continues to roll out 4G LTE with several new markets

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The Verizon 4G LTE rollout continues again today with several new markets going live across the country. Customers in  the following markets should be seeing LTE go live today:

  • Ironwood, Michigan
  • Galesburg, Illinois
  • Wheeling, West Virginia
  • St. Clairesville, Ohio
  • Louisa, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Prince George and Charles City counties in Virginia

At this point it's surprising that Verizon is still finding places that don't yet have LTE, given how many markets we see go live every single week.

Source: Verizon (2) (3) (4)

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4 years ago

Droid DNA goodness, 4.2 upgrade Bluetooth issues [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

Twitter for Android updated with in-line media previews

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The official Twitter for Android app has been updated yet again to come closer to the feature improvements that have been made in the web version of Twitter. Tweets in the regular stream now include previews of any media attached to the tweet. Pictures, videos and articles will show up in-line with the tweet so they can be easily accessed after the preview. Several improvements have been made to the search functionality as well -- there are media previews in search stream tweets, and you can now get a "Photo Stream" to see what's happening at a given moment in pictures.

If you haven't given the official Twitter app a look in a while, you may want to give it a try. A lot of improvements have come in the recent updates. Grab a download at the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

RIM hosting 36 hour game-port-a-thon, Android developers welcome to join

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Yes, I know. This is Android Central and you're certainly not expecting to hear about RIM on here but hear me out for a second. As some of you may or may not know, RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 does support Android apps to a certain extent and with that RIM also supports Android developers.

Android developers can earn money on BlackBerry App World by porting their apps to the BlackBerry PlayBook and RIM's upcoming OS, BlackBerry 10. To help show that, RIM is hosting a 36 hour game porting session and offering up some cold hard cash and prizes to go along with it. Here's the deal, if you're an Android developer and interested in porting some games.

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4 years ago

Daily news roundup: November 15, 2012

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4 years ago

Nexus 10 16GB now sold out on Google Play

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At this rate, it feels like you won't be able to buy anything from the Play Store in the near future. Both storage capacities of the Nexus 4 sold out in record time. The HSPA+ version of the Nexus 7 lasted 36 hours longer than the Nexus 4, but sold out last night. The 32GB version of the Nexus 10 sold out yesterday as well, and now the 16GB Nexus 10 is joining it.

The last things you can buy now are the 16 and 32GB Nexus 7, and the new $199 Acer Chromebook. Everything else in the Google hardware department is sold out. Hopefully Google can get things back in order and get devices shipping again soon.

Source: Google Play Store

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4 years ago

Galaxy S2 4G coming to Boost Mobile in Titanium for $369.99

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We saw a leaked press render of a Galaxy S2 "Titanium" coming to Sprint just a couple weeks ago, which was reaffirmed by a device roadmap leak as well. Now we're getting an idea for where the device is headed, and it looks to be coming to Sprint's prepaid options. Boost Mobile is picking up this color-refreshed Galaxy SII (S2) for the holiday season. It's the same S2 we've seen dozens of times before, this time just with a new skin around the outside. This model is given the "4G" moniker because it packs Sprint's legacy WiMax radios, which have since been passed down to Boost and VIrgin Mobile.

The Galaxy S2 is hitting Boost Mobile retail stores for $369.99 without a contract, with monthly bills as low as $40 per month. If this sounds like your kind of thing, the device is available starting today.

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4 years ago

Popular Science picks Google Now as the Innovation of the Year

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Since its launch alongside Android 4.1 Jelly Bean back at Google IO in the summer, Google Now has become an intriguing, and in some cases integral part of every day life. Android nerds aren't the only ones to take a shine to the service either it seems, with Popular Science naming it as the Innovation of the Year. 

Make no mistake, this is an impressive accolade to receive. Google Now finds itself among such distinguished company as the digital camera, the Large Hadron Collider and follows on as the second Google service to receive the honor after Google Maps.  

In naming Google Now as the winner, Popular Science editor-in-chief, Jacob Ward, even took a slight swipe at Apple's Siri in the process:

Voice interfaces like Siri seem outdated by comparison. With Google Now, you don’t pull the phone out when an idea occurs to you. You pull it out when an idea occurs to it.

Google Now is still in the early days, and as promised at Google IO during the unveiling, we're expecting to see much more from it as time goes on. To see more, click on past the break for a video on the award, starring Jacob Ward. 

Source: Popular Science via Phonearena

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4 years ago

Chameleon Launcher gets a significant price reduction to $3.99

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Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Chameleon Launcher made public release into the Google Play Store priced at $10. It's predominantly widget based UI is a different take on how a tablet homescreen should look and feel, but make no mistake, $10 is a lot to pay for any app. As such, download numbers -- at least on Play Store figures anyway -- remain quite low. 

However, anyone who ever wanted to try it out but couldn't justify the price now has an opportunity. The price of the application has been reduced to just $3.99, still a premium price, but a lot more reasonable than previously. It's unclear as to whether this is a limited time sale or a new, more permanent price point. And, if you're still undecided, be sure to check out our review first, before parting with any cash. 

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4 years ago

Draw a Stickman: Epic brings a new drawing adventure to Android

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You know those games that seem to crop up every now and then that are just a little bit different from everything else out there? The games that make you think 'Wow, that's cool!'. Draw a Stickman: Epic is one of them. To start off the game, you must draw a stickman. From there, your adventure throughout depends entirely upon what you draw and you'll do plenty of it.

Draw a Stickman: Epic has 13 levels and one bonus level that you can uncover. How you go about conquering each level, will determine how your next level will go. It'd liken it to a choose your own adventure book but only this time around, you get to draw the adventure. With almost every aspect of the levels within your control, it's an interesting game experience.

Check out the video below to get a better look at it. If after that, you want to give it a go you'll find both a free limited version  containing 5 levels as well as a paid version available in the Google Play Store for download.

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4 years ago

SkyDrive updated with SDcard uploads, feature improvements

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Microsoft just announced updates to both its Android and Windows Phone versions of its SkyDrive app, which is their version of a consumer cloud storage solution. This latest update -- version 1.1 -- brings the ability for users to upload any file type to their SkyDrive directly from the SDcard, rather than only from internal storage. Additionally, Android users can now properly manage and rename folders, something that the iOS app already had. There are also new settings to manage photo uploads and downloads.

Its good to see Microsoft work to support users on all platforms, rather than sticking to just Windows Phone. Supporting other platforms is often the only way to have a service gain traction nowadays.

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4 years ago

Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL now available from WIND Mobile

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Following up on the previously leaked promo from WIND Mobile that showed they'd be offering the device eventually, the Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL has now arrived on the Canadian carrier. At the time of the leak, there was no mention of release date or pricing but now we can report that if you're looking to take one home, you better be prepared to hand over $499 outright. If that seems bit much, you can lower the buy-in cost by opting to get it for $99 on a WINDTab with the Unlimited Wish 40 plan or $349 with the Unlimited Wish 25 plan. Overall, it's a solid device and worth a look.

Source: WIND via: Mobile Syrup

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4 years ago

Facebook updated with improved sharing, photo albums

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Most people who use the Facebook app on a regular basis have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with it. While we continue to wait for a native app experience that would greatly improve performance, Facebook continues to roll out updates with basic feature enhancements. This latest one improves sharing and management of photos. Posts in the timeline now have big simple buttons across the bottom of them to "like", "comment" and "share" (where applicable) the post. Tapping the "share" button instantly puts you into an edit mode to re-share the post onto your own timeline.

On the photo side, users can now create albums completely on the device when accessing the "photos" tab from the timeline, which is a welcomed addition. The update also improves photo tagging as well. The update is worth a download if you're using Facebook, so grab it at the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4.1.2 test firmware leaks

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Coming on the heels of a leaked build of Android 4.1.2 for the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3), the folks over at SamMobile have published a leak of the software for the Galaxy SII (S2) as well. The Galaxy S2 just picked up ICS starting in April, and now its a bit of a surprise that we may see an official update to Jelly Bean as well.

The firmware is supposedly quite stable, and seems to pack nearly all of the features that are coming to other Samsung devices with Android 4.1 -- Google Now, Project Butter, Smart Stay and new notifications are all on-board. One thing missing will be multi-view window management, which isn't surprising considering the lower resolution of the S2's display when compared to other recent 720x1280 devices.

The firmware, which is software version I9300XXLSJ and Android build JZO54K, is available for willing participants now. You can take a look at the source link below if you're ready to get your hands on it.

Source: SamMobile

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4 years ago

Catch the Android Central Podcast live tonight!

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Heard any good Android stories lately? We've got a mountain to move tonight on Episode 116 of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World. We'll kick things off with the mess that's been the Google Play store and the launch of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. Then we'll pivot over to the new Verizon Droid DNA, and where it fits into our lives. (And whether the 5-inch display fits into our pockets.) Plus, don't forget that HTC and Apple have buried the patent hatchet (probably in a pile of money). Plus, more of your e-mails and voicemails!

So join Phil and the gang -- and, of course, the chat room -- live tonight at 2 a.m. GMT / 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST for the live broadcast. You should be there. You will be there. You must be there. After all, you are what makes it the Greatest Android Podcast in the World.

Not at a computer? Pick up the free UStream Viewer from Google Play [link] and search for Mobile Nations a little before the show (it won't appear until we go live). We'll see you there atAndroidCentral.com/live!

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