Recent Articles | Android Central

Order Google Pixel: Google Store | Verizon Shop Chromebooks: Asus Flip | Acer 14 | Dell 13

Headlines

4 years ago

Amazon Game Studios releases their first Android game, Air Patriots

4

Amazon Game Studios launched their first Android game today called Air Patriots. It's basically Flight Control with a tower defense spin. Surprisingly, the game isn't being held back as an Amazon Appstore exclusive, so you can get downloading the free title on Google Play right now. 

Players pick a squadron of planes, draw their flight paths over an incoming army, and upgrade planes in between stages. There are only seven levels, but each has three difficulty levels and an endless survival mode. As a game published by Amazon, it's no surprise to hear that Whispersync cloud saving has been employed, as well as access to GameCircle for achievement tracking and socializing if you're playing on a Kindle Fire. 

I've played Air Patriots a little bit, and the gameplay is fun enough, even if it's sort of derivative. Anyone else try it? What do you think?

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Amazon releases Cloud Drive Photos app for Android

5

Amazon has released a new app into the Google Play Store called Amazon Cloud Drive Photos. It allows you to view and download to your device photos that you have stored on your Amazon Cloud Drive. Amazon has steadily been adding more photo features to the service; last month we saw picture sharing and iPhoto export functionality added.

It is an interesting decision by Amazon to release a standalone app for photos rather than an all inclusive Cloud Drive app. But then again, many consumers want to view photos in an elegant way rather than in a file manager, so in that manner is makes sense.

The app's UI is designed quite nicely. When you open the app, you'll notice a similar look and feel to their Amazon MP3 app. Just like the music app, you'll be able to download any photos or albums to your device as you'd like and be able to view your entire collection in the cloud or only those stored on your device.

Do you think you'll use Amazon's Cloud Drive Photos app over the Gallery app or another photo app? Sing out in our comments or shout out in the Android Central Apps Forum.

The app is available for free from the Google Play Store.

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

HTC One X+ retail unboxing and hardware tour

14

We've got the HTC One X+ in our hands today, and it looks to be quite a beauty. However, for this particular post we are keeping things short and sweet. The above video is an unboxing of the retail SIM free version -- a quick tour of the final One X+ hardware, and assorted gubbins bundled with the device.

We'll be following up with a full software tour of HTC Sense 4+ in the next day or so. Yes, we may be teasing you slightly, but remember -- good things come to those who wait.

You can catch a reminder of the HTC One X+ specifications below and stay tuned for some more One X+ good stuff.

  • 1.7 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2100mAh battery
  • 64GB of internal storage in the UK, other markets may vary
  •  4.7-inch laminated SuperLCD2 display at 720p (1280x720) resolution with Gorllla Glass 2
  • Internal speaker with built-in amplifier
  • 8.0MP rear camera with BSI sensor, f/2.0 lens and HTC ImageSense
  • 1.6MP front-facing camera with HTC ImageSense
  •  HSPA+ 42Mbps connectivity in Europe, LTE connectivity in the U.S.
  • Wifi, Bluetooth and NFC support
  •  Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS with HTC Sense 4+
  • Size: 134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 135 grams with battery

Thanks to Clove Technology for sending out the HTC One X+.

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Apple statement on Samsung tablets ruled non-compliant by UK court

39

Apple given 48 hours to correct statement on its UK site

When Apple issued its legally-mandated statement, indicating that Samsung had not copied the iPad in its Android tablet range, we speculated that the British High Court might be displeased at the tone and content of the company's message. In the statement which remains linked at apple.com/uk, the iPad maker included a mandatory part about the UK court ruling in Samsung's favor, indicating that the South Korean firm had not copied Apple's tablet design. But in addition, Apple made reference to other cases in the U.S. and Germany where it had been successful in convincing judges that Samsung's designs were infringing. Apple's statement concluded -- "So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple's far more popular iPad."

Apple was also ordered to take out ads in a number of leading UK newspapers and tech publications, though these have yet to appear.

Today three High Court judges ruled Apple's online statement to be "non-compliant" with their order, giving the company 48 hours to replace the message on its site, and change the font to at least 11 points in size. According to reports from The Guardian, Apple attempted to argue that it'd take them 14 days to issue a changed statement, though this was rebuked by the judges.

Bloomberg quotes Judge Robin Jacob as saying, "I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this. [...] That is a plain breach of the order."

Source: The GuardianBloomberg

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Virgin Media offers £10 pre-paid unlimited data deal in the UK

1

Virgin Media is one of the smaller players in the UK mobile space, but that hasn't stopped it from seeking to compete in an increasingly data-focused market.

Today the company has started offering unlimited data on its pre-paid (Pay As You Go) deals, offering unmetered mobile data. The new "Big Data & Texts" package gives users 300 texts and unlimited data when the top up £10, or unlimited texts and data for £15. On both deals, calls are deducted from the amount topped-up.

There are also "Big Talk" offers available with more call-focused bundles, however 

Virgin Media runs on the EE (T-Mobile + Orange) 3G network in the UK, meaning you shouldn't have to worry about coverage. More info at the source link.

Source: Virgin Media

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini coming to the UK on Nov. 8

3

Samsung has announced that its miniaturized, mid-range handset, the Galaxy S3 mini, will be making its way to British shored from next Thursday, Nov. 8. In its announcement today, Samsung also reveals that UK S3 Mini buyers will also bag free copies of mobile games The Sims 3 and Bejeweled 2.

Naming aside, the Galaxy S3 Mini doesn't share a whole lot in common with its full-sized sibling. It's powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, packs a 5MP rear camera and a 4-inch WVGA SuperAMOLED screen. However, it is at least running the latest version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean, along with Samsung's most recent TouchWiz Nature UX.

Samsung promises a release across all major UK mobile networks and independent retailers from next Thursday. Anyone planning on picking one up? Shout out in the comments.

We've got Samsung's full press release after the break.

More: Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini forum

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

T-Mobile Wifi Calling isn't coming to the Nexus 4

35

The folks over at TmoNews have just confirmed that when the LG Nexus 4 goes on sale at T-Mobile stores in just a couple of weeks that it won't be coming with Wifi Calling (UMA) on board. Now this will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed previous Nexus phones in the past. The Nexus One, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus all worked on T-Mobile's network just fine, but none of them were given official Wifi Calling support. Just because T-Mo is selling this one directly doesn't mean that changes now.

This may sound bad on the surface because many users would like the ability to have the battery life and call quality improvements that come with Wifi Calling, but this is actually a good thing. Not having the Wifi Calling app pre-installed on the Nexus 4 means that there's a really good chance it has the exact same firmware as the unlocked version coming from Google via the Play Store.

When it comes to updates and variants of Nexus devices, the fewer models that need to be supported, the better.

Source: TmoNews

More: Google Nexus 4 Forums

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Nexus 4 Q&A, Galaxy Note 2 battery life comparison [From the Forums]

3

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.

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

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

AT&T buying up more 700MHz spectrum

14

The FCC has just released information detailing a deal between AT&T and a company called Broadband Wireless Unlimited for 700MHz spectrum in several markets around the country. Concerned parties have until November 14th to submit complaints on the deal, but if it were to be approved as it stands, AT&T would receive license to more spectrum in the B Block of the 700MHz band -- right where it currently operates its LTE network -- in specific markets where additional bandwidth is needed.

The markets in question where this spectrum would be applicable are Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Depending on the market, AT&T would have anywhere between 70 and 125MHz of spectrum available for use post-acquisition.

Source: FCC

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Netflix now available on Amazon Kindle Fire in the UK

3

Despite the Amazon Kindle Fire in the UK coming with Amazon's own LOVEFiLM service baked in, that hasn't stopped rivals Netflix trying to muscle in. Netflix is now available to download from the Amazon Appstore for British Kindle Fire owners. 

The experience and content catalog is exactly the same as on regular Android devices, giving new Kindle Fire owners in Britain their choice of streaming providers. Both LOVEFiLM and Netflix come with free trials too, so be sure to check them both out first before committing your cash. 

Source: Netflix

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Samsung holding Australian launch event for Galaxy Note 2 on Nov. 14

2

We've seen the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launch in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and we're starting to see the first signs of U.S. availability, but what about elsewhere? For our friends down under, their time is almost upon us, with the news of an official launch event for the device in Australia. 

According to the fine folks at Ausdroid, invites are going out for a launch event taking place on November 14. That gives eager Australians just two weeks before official release information should be out there. Additionally, it's expected that the Australian release will also see the 1800MHz LTE compatibility with Telstra and Optus 4G networks. 

Source: Ausdroid

More: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Party like it's Q1 2013 with this BB10 lockscreen mod

14

If you've at all paid attention to the recent news from RIM, the latest version of its OS -- BlackBerry 10 -- is definitely coming (no really guys, we're serious this time). We don't know when that'll be for certain, and we're not so sure it's going to pull anyone away from the Android world. If you're curious to try out the lockscreen from BB10, however, here's your chance.

The always hacker-minded folks over at XDA have conjured up a mod to add the lockscreen to some specific devices on specific versions of Android, mainly 4.1 Jelly Bean at the moment, but hopefully expanded support is coming soon.

Source: CrackBerry; XDA

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

PSA: Google services appear to be down [Update: we're back]

14

Update: After 15 minutes of misery, it seems we're now able to access Google services once again.

Google is in the midsts of a bit of an outage, with Talk, Drive, Calendar, Google+, the Play Store, Gmail and others unavailable for many users, including via mobile. We're sure Google's working on getting things back up and running. In the meantime, vent your frustrations down in the comments.

More: Google Status

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 2 Smart Dock, yours for $100

8

If the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 doesn't already strike an imposing enough figure on your desk top, then you might want to take a look at this latest accessory release for the 5.5-inch behemoth. Unlike some previous accessory launches for Samsung devices -- remember the Galaxy Nexus debacle anyone? -- this is an actual product that is actually for sale right now.

We first saw the Smart Dock -- albeit locked away in a glass case -- back at IFA 2012, in Berlin, the same event which saw the launch of the Note 2 itself. It promises to give you a makeshift desktop and media set up with a variety of useful connecting ports all rolled into one handy device. 

Packing a set of USB ports, a HDMI out connection and even a speaker line out port, the Note 2 Smart Dock is pretty well connected. It also comes with a pretty hefty price tag of $99.99. If the price doesn't put you off and you're thinking of picking one up, be sure to sound off in the comments below and let us know your thoughts. 

Source: Samsung

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Who needs a Nexus 4 (and why)?

174

It's Nexus season again. That means a new phone, a new version of Android, and a bunch of folks arguing the merits (or lack thereof) of the new device. Everyone always wants the latest and greatest to actually be the latest and greatest, but the fact is that the Nexus 4 isn't for everyone. And that's OK.

Android is not "one-size-fits-all." There will be a slew of phones released for the holiday season, and plenty more following in 2013. (To say nothing of all the excellent phones already released this year.) Different sizes, different shapes, and definitely a different set of features. There's a very good chance one of these upcoming or current phones will suit you far better than the Nexus 4 ever could. That's what we're going to look at here. Discuss a few of the pros and cons of the Nexus 4, and hopefully help in your informed decision.

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages