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4 years ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 gets minor software update

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 owners are waking up to a new software update this morning. The latest 82MB over-the-air upgrade brings AT&T's S3 up to version UCALH9 appears to add in some features that were added to the international model a few weeks back. The most noticeable change is the new brightness slider in the notification dropdown, though according to Android Central forums posters, there are also new VPN and enterprise security enhancements under the hood. On the whole, though, this is a pretty low-key update.

The update is still based on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich -- there's no Jelly Bean update for the AT&T S3 just yet. For the technically-minded, a new radio firmware is also included -- version I747UCLH9.

To see if your AT&T Galaxy S3 is ready to grab the latest over-the-air update, head to Settings > About phone > Software update. Once you're done, be sure to drop by the comments below and let us know how you're getting on with the new firmware.

Source: Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Vodafone UK launches the Sony Xperia Miro

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Vodafone UK sends word that it's launching the social-focused Sony Xperia Miro on Pay As You Go and contract plans. The 3.5-inch Xperia Miro, announced a few months back, combines an 800MHz CPU with 512MB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear camera. It's unquestionably an entry-level phone, and Vodafone's pricing it as such -- it'll set you back just £130 on PAYG, and it's available for free on contracts starting at a frugal £13 per month.

It's not going to blow you away with awesome, bleeding-edge specs, but the Xperia Miro is a reasonable upgrade over the bog-standard Xperia Tipo, and that 5MP camera in particular is probably worth the extra cash. It also comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, so you'll be rocking a relatively modern version of the OS. Right now it looks like Voda's only offering the black Xperia Miro, so you'll have to hold out for another network (or SIM-free deal) if you want one of the other colors shown above.

Source: Vodafone UK

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4 years ago

Duarte: I'm 'a third of the way to where I want to be' with Android

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Interface design guru and shirt connoisseur Matias Duarte has been responsible for many of the design decisions we've seen in Android since Gingerbread. Recently the Android design boss was recognized by Fast Company as one of the top fifty designers shaping the future. However, despite the sweeping design changes he and his team have brought to Android over the past couple of years, Duarte is far from done.

Commenting on Google+ in reply to an article critical of some of Android's design inconsistencies, Duarte revealed that the work he's done so far only takes Android a third of the way towards his ultimate goal.

It's true, we still have a lot of work to do. Personally I feel like I've gotten only about a third of the way to where I want to be with regards to consistency, responsiveness, and polish. Better get back to work!

The designer purportedly made similar comments at Mobile World Congress back in February. So it seems there's undoubtedly a long-term design plan for future versions of Android, beyond the changes already introduced in Honeycomb, ICS and Jelly Bean.

For our part, we look forward to seeing the remaining two thirds of Duarte's vision.

Source: +Matias Duarte

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4 years ago

Announcing Android Central's Nexus 7 a Week giveaway!

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The only thing better than a Nexus 7 is a free Nexus 7, am I right? So then, let's give one away! In fact, we're going to give one away every week! That's right, each week will be a new chance to enter to win your very own Nexus 7 for FREE from Android Central. Sometimes entering will be easy, like leaving a comment. Sometimes we might make you jump through some hoops to enter. Either way, you'll want to come back every Wednesday and enter, because every week is a new chance to win.

This week all you have to do to enter is head over to the forums HERE and leave a comment. Comments left on this blog post do not count as an entry. Your comment must be in the forums in the thread at the link below to be eligible. That's it! Come back next week to see if you've won, and for your next chance to enter. Good luck!

Enter the contest here

Eligibility: To be eligible to win, you must be a registered member of Android Central. The contest is open worldwide and anyone can enter. Only one entry per person per week, unless otherwise noted. Winners will be announced weekly on the blogs along with instructions for entering for the next week. If you are chosen as a winner, you will be contacted via email, so be sure your profile is up-to-date. 

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4 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch and MyTouch Q update offers Carrier IQ opt out

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The T-Mobile MyTouch and MyTouch Q (actually made by Huawei) are receiving an OTA update today -- to software version C85B839SP03. Although the phones will stay on Android 2.3.6 for now, there are a few good things in this one. First and foremost, the update allows users to opt out of the Carrier IQ tracking software that is preloaded on the devices. There's a lot of FUD out there about Carrier IQ, but regardless it's good to see that a carrier is letting people have the option to toggle that data collection off. Also in this update is a camera fix, allowing the phones cameras to now realize a full 5MP resolution for photos. Of course as we'd expect, there are a few other random bug fixes involved in the update as well.

You can find more information about the update in the T-Mobile Support articles at the source links below.

Source: T-Mobile Support (MyTouch, MyTouch Q)

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4 years ago

Verizon's rumored Galaxy Note 2 may have a secured bootloader

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Nobody is sure that Verizon is getting a version of the Galaxy Note 2, but the latest rumor is that the beast does exist, complete with a "locked" bootloader. Enough leakage suggests that Verizon will be getting the new Note, and we wouldn't be surprised one tiny bit to see it locked down tight as a drum. That's what the folks at BriefMobile are hearing from their ninja. 

As mentioned above, we're not surprised. Verizon has a history of wanting to keep tight control over the phones on their network, as evidenced by the extra bootloader security built into the Galaxy S3 on Big Red. The same Galaxy S3 that got cracked, hacked, and jacked to hell and back by Android hackers. We'll see the same here we think. 

Source: BriefMobile

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4 years ago

Dyzplastic previews Series 03 pt 6 of their Android collectibles

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Well, Dyzplastic is still churning out their oh so lovable Android collectibles. Today they released the design of part 6 in their third series of collectibles.The latest collectible features a "cry-on" design which is obviously a play off of Krylon spray paint. If you missed out on parts 1-5 be sure to check them out in Dyzplastic's September archive.

Back to the "cry-on" design, it's more than just a pretty paint job. I know I let out a chuckle when I saw its hidden "feature." Check out the video after the break and see for yourself.

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4 years ago

Context-sensitive Chameleon launcher now available

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Chameleon, a slick widget-based home screen launcher that we spied earlier this year after a successful Kickstarter campaign, has just been released on Google Play for an even $10. 

Chameleon is really focused on Android tablets more than anything, and offers a unified look and feel for a whole bunch of widgets. Chameleon has an API available for developers that want to make their own widgets. Here are the ones available at launch.

  • Calendar
  • Clock
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Instagram
  • RSS News Reader
  • Switches
  • Twitter
  • YouTube

There's still the familiar app tray included, but the real cool part is the context-sensitive layout switching. Imagine HTC Scenes with triggers. So, if you enter a particular Wi-Fi network, or are close to particular GPS coordinates, Chameleon can morph appropriately to its surroundings. 

You can get a look at our hands-on time with an early build over here, but we'll be doing a thorough review this week. Did anyone pledge to the Kickstarter campaign? How have those betas been treating you up until now?

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4 years ago

T-Mobile offering all phones for zero down next week

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If you've been holding off on picking up a new phone on T-Mobile, your time to strike approaches. From September 21 to September 30, T-Mobile will be running a Zero Down promotion, whereby anybody willing to sign a two-year contract and pay off the device through installments will be able to get their phone without paying anything up-front. Well, sort of. You still have to send off that mail-in rebate, but after that, it almost feels like you're getting a free phone. 

T-Mobile's making a point to highlight the Samsung Galaxy S 3 in this promotion, but there's a lot of decent hardware available, like the Blaze 4G, Galaxy S Relay, One S, and the new myTouch. Who knows, maybe with a bit of luck we might see a T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 before the promo finishes. 

There are an awful lot of strings attached to a promotion like this, but for starving students looking for a new phone and not having a lot of money for a hefty down-payment, this is a pretty sweet deal. More information on the promotion is available over at T-Mobile Anybody biting? 

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4 years ago

Win a 10Terra Eco Friendly bamboo case for your Nexus 7

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Remember that two-piece bamboo Eco Friendly case for the Nexus 7 from 10Terra I loved? We talked to the folks at 10Terra and rather than send it back to them they gave us the go-ahead to pass it on to one of you guys!

Make no mistake -- this is one of the nicest cases you'll find for your Nexus 7. It's sleek, beautiful, and protects your tablet from whatever crap life can throw at it. I'm in the middle of checking out all sorts of cases for the Nexus 7, but so far I'm thinking that this is the one I'll order when it's all said and done.

Entering to win one is easy, just hit the Android contest forums and holler. We'll pick a winner at random and send it out so your Nexus 7 can look great and stay safe. We've got one to give away, but the folks at 10Terra can hook you up with one of your own if you don't win, just see their Kickstarter page for details.

Don't miss out on this one!

Enter to win an Eco Friendly bamboo case from 10Terra

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4 years ago

Reminder: We're live from New York City tomorrow with announcements from HTC

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Today's announcements were just the beginning. Tomorrow we'll be live from another big event in New York City, where HTC is scheduled to unveil major new products. Possibilities for the Taiwanese manufacturer include new Windows Phone devices, a revamped "One X+" and a rumored 5-incher on Verizon.

There's only one way to find out exactly what's going on, and that's to follow our exhaustive live coverage of the event on Android Central, WPCentral and live.mobilenations.com. It'll be double-liveblogged on AC and our sister site WPCentral. Following the events, we'll likely have hands-on time with the new devices, so keep watching both sites.

HTC does its thing starting at 11am EDT (8am PDT, 4pm BST). Don't miss it!

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4 years ago

HTC Trade Up: Get up to $300 for your old phone

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Have you been eyeing one of HTC's new phones? Well you're in luck because HTC just announced their Trade Up program. Very similar to what Samsung is also doing, HTC is willing to give you up to $300 for your old (working & non-damaged) phone. However unlike the Samsung offer, HTC doesn't specify what device you have to buy, as long as it is a new HTC phone.

I crunched a few numbers for you and assuming the phone has no liquid damage or corrosion and the screen isn't broken, damaged or leaking, here is what HTC will offer for the following: (I used AT&T for the carrier)

  • iPhone 4 16GB- $145
  • iPhone 4S 16GB - $215
  • iPhone 4S 32GB - $230
  • Samsung Galaxy S - $40
  • Samsung Galaxy SII - $125

The phones listed above are just to give you an idea of what HTC is offering for some popular devices. If you've been looking at getting a new HTC, head on over to their Trade Up site, enter your old device info and see how much it's worth.

via: HTC

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4 years ago

Pocket for Android can now read saved articles to you

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Pocket for Android was just updated with a great new feature that enables text-to-speech playback. This means if you'd like to catch up on those articles you had saved for later, but have to keep your eyes elsewhere (like, say, on the road), you can rely on audio.

Playback controls include a speed slider, and it uses Android's built-in TTS system, so Pocket can read in any language packs you have installed. As with any text-to-speech system, you'll have to deal with a slightly robotic tone and an inability to handle nonstandard words, but it's sure better than nothing. 

Any heavy-duty Pocket users out there? I've been loading Pocket up for a while now, but it's becoming clear that Pocket is where all of the good articles go to die alone and unread. Maybe this new TTS feature will change that around... 

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4 years ago

PSA: Nexus 7 $25 Google Play credit promo ends Sept. 30

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A quick reminder in case you weren't aware -- Google's $25 Play Store credit offer for new Nexus 7 purchases will expire in just under a couple of weeks on Sunday, Sept. 30. Previously buried in the small print, the expiry date for the Google Play promotion has been confirmed by a recent tweet from the @GoogleNexus Twitter account.

Nexus 7 owners are reminded that all they need to do to claim their $25 credit (£15 in the UK) is sign into their new tablet with a valid Google account and fire up the Google Play Store. For anyone yet to splash their cash on a Nexus 7, Google will be hoping the ticking clock will prove an added incentive.

Source: @GoogleNexus

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4 years ago

Bloomberg Radio+ finally comes to Android

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Finance nerds rejoice! Bloomberg has finally released its Radio+ into the Android ecosystem. Having been on iOS nearly a year (actually 364 days, but who's counting) people have been waiting on the inevitable Android release.

Featuring 24/7 access to the smartest names in finance, the app allows you to listen live to interviews and expert analysis on everything from the world of Finance, Business, Economics and Investments. Besides listening live, some of their most popular shows are even available on demand, allowing you to listen in when it's convenient for you.

Using the app is fairly straight forward. Listening live starts by default and as the apps main functionality, that makes sense. Tapping the gear in the lower left brings up the settings menu, on which the only option is to personalize the scrolling ticker. Tapping menu onscreen brings up what you see on the right-most screenshot. That's how you can access Bloomberg's On Demand shows, you can view their schedule, your saved shows, etc etc.

Initial reviews on the Google Play store are positive and it's free, so if you're a finance buff and Android enthusiast, the Bloomberg Radio+ app may be just the thing for you.

Thanks gekko!

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