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4 years ago

AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Express available Nov. 16 for $99

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AT&T this morning announced that its entry-level Samsung Galaxy Express will be available Nov. 16 for $99 on contract.

As you'll recall from our hands-on with the Express last month, it's a pretty basic Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, with a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 2,000 mAh battery. It's got a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a few of the software tweaks seen in more powerful (and expensive) Samsung phones, like the Galaxy S3. It also runs on AT&T's LTE network, if you've got it where you live.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Purported Sony Yuga prototype shots emerge - 5-inch 1080p screen rumored

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It looks like HTC's J Butterfly and Droid DNA could have some competition in early 2013. Rumors of a 5-inch, quad-core Sony handset in development have been circulating for the past month or so, and today brings what could be the first images of the device, which apparently goes by the codename "Yuga."

The image above comes from a set obtained by Swiss Android site Android Schweiz, and is apparently a prototype for the next-gen Sony flagship. Along with the leaked pics, the site claims the prototype is running a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU -- most likely a Snapdragon S4 -- along with 2GB of RAM, a 12MP camera and a 5-inch 1080p display.

Physically, it's a pretty nondescript smartphone design. Earpiece, speaker and front-facing camera can be spotted in the shot above, and other images in the set show Xperia T-style on-screen buttons. The back of the device is difficult to make out, but seems to be at least partially reflective. The alleged prototype is running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean along with Sony's Xperia UI, which looks almost identical to what we've used on the Xperia T and other late 2012 Sony handsets.

Remember that both hardware and software are likely pre-production, so even if this is a legitimate Sony device, the final product is likely to differ from what we see in these leaked pics. We got to see several Sony prototypes recently, and as you might expect, they often don't quite match up with the finalized designs.

Sony tends to reveal new products first at CES each January, so we wouldn't be surprised to see the "Yuga," or whatever it's eventually called, making its public debut in Las Vegas in a couple of months.

Source: Android Schweiz (Translated)

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4 years ago

Google Shopper updated with new UI, GoodGuide product ratings and more

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Today sees the launch of Google Shopper 3.0 on Google Play, bringing several major changes to Google's mobile shopping application. First up is a re-vamped, more image-centric design with a slide-out menu similar to many other Google apps. The main menu now shows a grid of available categories, and when searching, it's possible to view larger images of all products in a similar layout.

Shopper 3.0 also introduces GoodGuide product ratings, which Google says should allow shoppers to make more informed buying decisions. A new push notification area allows users to keep up to date with new Shopper features when they land.

Existing Google Shopper users should head to the Google Play Store to grab today's update. If you've not got the app installed yet, you can jump right to the most recent version using the Google Play link above. Google Shopper is a free download for devices running Android 2.1 and above.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 was Q3's most-shipped smartphone

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18m Galaxy S3s between July and September, versus iPhone 4S's 16.2m

In case the recent 30 million milestone didn't give it away, Samsung shipped rather a lot of Galaxy S3s this summer. So much so, that S3 shipments eclipsed those of Apple's iPhone 4S during the third quarter, according to the latest numbers from Strategy Analytics. The firm's statistics for the Q3 2012 indicate that the Galaxy S3 shifted 18 million units worldwide, compared to the iPhone 4S's 16.2 million and the iPhone 5's 6 million.

Of course, things aren't quite as one-sided as the numbers would suggest. There's a good reason people weren't buying as many iPhone 4Ss during that time -- the iPhone 5 was looming large, with new features for iOS users, including a larger screen and LTE support. What's more, Q3 saw the Galaxy S3 launch in several key territories, including North America and Samsung's native South Korea. Also note that these are units shipped, not necessarily phones in consumers' hands.

So it's highly likely that strong sales of the iPhone 5 will launch Apple back to the top spot in Q4. Nevertheless, Samsung will be pleased that in this instance at the very last, it was able to best Apple's numbers.

via Engadget

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4 years ago

AT&T adds LTE in Little Rock, expands in Florida, California

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AT&T this morning announced what some of you have already noticed (and thanks for the tips!) -- the carrier's 4G LTE service has gone live in Little Rock, Ark. That means phones like the HTC One X or the new Galaxy Note 2 will download faster than they could a week ago. That's progress for ya.

Also, AT&T mentions that it's expanded its LTE coverage in Key West to include Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys, Marathon, Islamorada and Key Largo.

Also, Bakesfield, Calif., should be seeing expanded coverage.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

HTC One SV debuts in Southeast Asia

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HTC's expanding its One series with a new handset aimed at countries in Southeast Asia. The HTC One SV is a curvy 4.3-inch phone that reminds us a little of the Desire X that's currently shipping in the West.

Key specs include a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU -- Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip -- along with 1GB of RAM. Internal storage comes in at 8GB, and that's expandable via a microSD card slot. The screen is a fairly standard WVGA (480x800) LCD. Where the One SV really shines, though, is in camera quality -- the phone packs a 5MP rear shooter with some impressive optics -- a 28mm lens with f/2.0 aperture and support for 1080p video recording. In addition, it rocks HTC's ImageChip, the dedicated camera chip found on phones like the One S and One X.

4G LTE connectivity is included too, depending on market availability.

On the software side, you're looking at HTC Sense and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so no sign of the newer Sense 4+ that we're seeing on the One X+ and other recent devices.

There's no indication as to whether HTC plans to launch the One SV globally, but with this device's specs overlapping with those of of the One VX in the U.S. and Desire X in Europe, we'd expect this to remain an Asia-only phone for the foreseeable future. 

Source: HTC

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4 years ago

Jelly Bean update hits Galaxy Note 10.1, starting in Germany

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Samsung has begun updating its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, according to reports. Samsung fansite SamMobile is reporting that German Note 10.1 devices are first in line for the update, which is being pushed out to the pen-toting tablet as a 300MB over-the-air download. After upgrading, updated devices should be running software version N8000XXBLJ9.

The update comes almost three months after the Galaxy Note 10.1 launched in the U.S. and Europe with ICS -- one of the last Samsung flagship devices to ship with Android 4.0. With this latest software update, Note 10.1 owners can look forward to improved responsiveness thanks to Google's "Project Butter" enhancements, as well as other software goodies like the new Google Search app with Google Now.

We've yet to hear any reports of Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets outside of Germany getting this update, but in the event that you're seeing an OTA waiting on your Note 10.1 this morning, be sure to let us know in the comments section. If you're feeling brave, you'll find an ODIN-flashable version of the German ROM over at the source link. (If you don't know what that is, it's probably best to wait it out)

Source: SamMobile

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4 years ago

Angry Birds Star Wars now available on Google Play

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Rovio's latest cross-over title, Angry Birds Star Wars, has landed on Google Play, where it's available as a free download. The game, which debuts such things as "Pigtroopers" and a "Pig Star" (you get the idea), features familiar Angry Birds-style gameplay across four zones -- Tatooine, Death Star, Endor, "Path of the Jedi" (think Yoda's planet from Return of the Jedi) and several unlockable bonus stages. There's also Hoth-themed zone that's promised as a free update "soon."

Gameplay is pretty much what you'd expect -- fling birds at pigs, except now there are Star Wars things happening in the background. Later levels see blasters and lightsabers getting in on the action.

Angry Birds Star Wars is available in regular and tablet-optimized HD flavors, and both are available for devices running Android 2.2 or later. You can grab the free version above, or the £1.99 HD version here. We'll have a full review coming at you soon.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile posts Q3 2012 earnings, prepaid doing well

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T-Mobile has finally posted its Q3 2012 earnings and they're looking pretty good. We'll start first with the carrier's postpaid contract earnings. On the postpaid side, T-Mobile posted total revenues of $4.9 billion, down 6.4-percent year-over-year. Contract ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) dropped slightly by 3.3-perecent to $56.59, mostly due to the move to Value Plans which make up a quarter of postpaid subscribers. T-Mobile in the end lost 492,000 postpaid customers for the quarter, which is an improvement from last quarter.

The positive side of this quarter's earnings is in prepaid. T-Mobile added 365,000 prepaid subscribers on the quarter, and prepaid revenues were up 38-percent (year-over-year) to $450 million. ARPU was also up 12.5-percent to $27.35 for prepaid customers. Wholesale customers (that's M2M and MVNO) also increased by 287,000. These are pretty big growth numbers, and you can understand why T-Mobile has started to push towards prepaid more and more.

Overall, T-mobile's net income for the quarter was a loss to the tune of $7.8 billion. That sounds bad, but let us quickly explain why they made a loss this quarter. Because of the merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS, the carrier had to take a non-cash "impairment charge" of $8.1 billion, and chose to write it all down in one quarter. This turned a quarter that would have been a $400 million profit into one with a considerable loss. Mergers aside, expenses for the quarter were down 0.4-percent year-over-year.

When looking at the root causes behind the numbers you can hardly call this a "loss" for the quarter, all things considered. Money was well spent on a merger that will improve T-Mobile's position in the U.S. market considerably, and prepaid growth is looking positive for the future.

Source: T-Mobile Newsroom; Extended Financial Summary (PDF)

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4 years ago

Google has no plans to sell the Nexus 4 in Taiwan

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According to a statement given to Digitimes, LG Taiwan has said that there are no plans to release the Nexus 4 in Taiwan. The handset will be available in multiple countries in the Americas and Europe at launch, and more countries worldwide will be coming in the future, but it sounds like Taiwan won't be one of them.

LG did state that they plan to release several new flagships featuring their own brand in Taiwan sometime during the beginning of 2013, and this should increase brand awareness. Luckily, there should be several wholesalers who will gladly ship to Taiwan if users need to get their Nexus on.

Source: Digitimes

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4 years ago

Qualcomm posts FQ4 and FY2012 earnings with record revenues

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Qualcomm has just posted its FQ4 and FY2012 (fiscal quarter/year, not calendar quarter/year) results. For the quarter, the popular chip maker hit record revenues of $4.87 billion, up 18-percent year-over-year. Net income rose by 20-percent (again year-over-year) to $1.27 billion.

For the year, earnings were just as impressive. 2012 brought $19.12 billion in revenues, up 28-percent. Net income for the year was up 43-percent to $6.11 billion as well. CEO Dr. Paul E. Jacobs had this to say about the earnings:

"I am very pleased with our performance this year. We delivered record revenues, earnings and MSM chipset shipments driven by increasing global consumption of wireless data across a diverse range of devices, particularly smartphones. As we continue to invest in and execute on our strategic priorities, our broad licensing program and industry-leading Snapdragon and 3G/LTE chipset roadmap position us for double-digit revenue growth again in fiscal 2013."

Things are looking good for Qualcomm, and it doesn't look like this growth is going to slow any time soon. Take a look at the source link below if you're into finance.

Source: Qualcomm Investor Relations

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4 years ago

I want a white Nexus 4, Waiting on the DNA [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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4 years ago

Huawei Ascend D Quad XL headed to WIND per leaked promo

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A leaked promo poster from WIND mobile shows the carrier getting the Huawei Ascend D Quad XL (along with a pair of movie tickets to see Django Unchained with purchase). There is nothing about a date or a price, but we're going to guess that it will be "soon" and "relatively cheap" respectively. 

While the price on the D Quad should be low, a quick look at our review will let you know that this isn't your average budget handset. During the week Andrew had it for evaluation, we tried to find fault with it but came up short most times. It's a good, solid ICS phone with a great screen.

As soon as anyone says anything official, we'll let you know. Believe it or not, this is one to keep an eye on.

Source: MobileSyrup

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4 years ago

Official eBay for Android app hits version 2.1

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After a little slip-up with a bad v2.0 update, ebay has charged ahead with a feature release, v2.1 to its official app. What we're looking at here is a smattering of fixes and a couple of feature enhancements. As for new features, you can now save multiple draft listings, shipping can now be calculated (in the U.S.) and there are more pre-populated fields to simplify posting. As for fixes, there are improvements to saved searches, improved tracking information handling and better image handling.

Snag the update at the Play Store link above.

Thanks, Ellis!

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4 years ago

OUYA Development Kits up for pre-order at $800 US

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If you're a game developer, or the sort of fellow who just has to get your hands on cool stuff as soon as you can, you might want to have a look at OUYA's page today. The Development Kits -- an OUYA console, two controllers, and access to the ODK (software development tools) -- are now available for preorder. The kits check in at $800 US per piece, and should be available in January 2013.

Now before the comments fill with lunacy, remember that this is not the retail price of the units. This offer is designed for software developers who want or need early access to make sure their stuff is ready when the OUYA consoles launch later in 2013. We're not going to second guess the pricing of the developer kits, as we assume that the people in charge know what they are doing. 

All this means for the consumer (that's you and me) is that there's an even better chance the OUYA will launch with support for more apps and games. That's a good thing.

Source: OUYA

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