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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend D1 goes on sale in China, Russia to follow next month

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Huawei has announced that the Ascend D1, a dual-core, Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device, will be launched next month in Russia. This comes a matter of days after the D1 went on sale in Huawei's premier market, China. 

The little brother to the as yet unreleased Ascend D Quad, the D1 is by no means a slouch. Packing a 1.5GHz TI OMAP processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch 1280x720 HD IPS+ display covered by Gorilla Glass and coming in at just 8.99mm thick, the D1 is a pretty tasty looking mid-range device. Storage is only 8GB though, but it does pack an 8MP rear shooter. No on-screen buttons either, the D1 goes the route of the majority of ICS devices so far, and has the three capacitive buttons instead. 

The D1 is available now on vmall.com, Huawei's online 'shopping mall' for ¥ 2499 (£252/$392). When launched in Russia, carrier LANCK Telecom will be picking it up. Details of availability in other markets is "to follow," and with Huawei's recent efforts to push out into the western market, we may just see the Ascend D1 in other European markets, and possibly even North America to come. The full presser can be found after the break. 

More: Huawei Vmall (translated)

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus ICS updates begin rolling out

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Following last week's Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 updates, it's the turn of the Tab 7.0 Plus to receive the newly obsoleted Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.  First to get the update will be the Austrian Wifi and 3G version of the tablet (GT-P6200), and the new software version should bring the Tab's UI in line with Galaxy Tab 2 products, while eliminating some of the weird lag that's characterized most Honeycomb devices. You'll also get the standard suite of ICS features, like face unlock and the new swipe-able multitasking menu.

Austrian Wifi and 3G Tab 7 Plus owners in Austria should be able to update now over-the-air, or through Samsung's Kies desktop software. Owners of the Wifi-only version (as well as Tabs 8.9 and 10.1) will likely have a little longer to wait, though at this point what's a few extra days?

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Late-night poll: Will we see a new version of Android this year?

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Alex brings up a good point earlier today about Google not releasing a new version of Android this year. Jelly Bean brings a lot of under the hood changes, and it's highly possible that Google is going to spend time and effort to refine them, and issue a few point-releases throughout the year and into the next. But of course, this is all speculation. We have no idea what Google is apt to do, and they could surprise us all.

But speculation can be fun. So let's do some! Answer in the poll, then feel free to expand your answer in the comments. You never know, Google may listen!

 

Does Google need to release a new OS this winter?

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3 years ago

Nexus Q hackery continues as root is obtained, launchers and apps get up and running

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When Google unveiled the Nexus Q, they said they welcomed hacking on the social streamer and some in the development community took that as an open challenge to see what all they could make it do. Here we are now, Google I/O all over and done with for another year and some amazing things are happening in the Nexus Q world.

Over at XDA, there is now instructions on how to unlock the bootloader, root it, load custom images onto it and even load up launchers and some apps. A video has been created to show off the hacks, you'll find it below but for now it remains something not for the faint of heart. That said, in the video you'll see some Netflix up and running and plenty of other apps like GMail getting some love. If this thing starts to open up a bit more, would it change your mind on picking one up?

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

It really is a Nexus after all

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Binaries to use for the 4.1.1 AOSP build for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus have been posted at Google's Nexus drivers page. This means developers (of the ROM building variety) have the tools they need to build Jelly Bean once the code is fully propagated. 

Just like a proper Nexus should be.

Source: Google Developers

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3 years ago

Signal strength, Washed smartphones [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.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean released to Android Open Source Project

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Android Open Source Project guru Jean-Baptiste Queru sends word that the new version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean, is being released to AOSP today. This process is the first step in the official release of Jelly Bean, allowing anyone and everyone to download the Android 4.1 source code and compile their own version of the OS. It's also an important milestone towards getting Jelly Bean out there on existing devices. The exact version number that's being released is Android 4.1.1_r1, so it's likely that this will be the final shipping version of Jelly Bean, just as Android 4.0.1 was for ICS. (We're seeing no OTAs on our Google I/O Jelly Bean devices just yet, though.)

The code being published right now includes proprietary binaries that allows Jelly Bean to be built for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7, and Nexus S and Motorola Xoom binaries are promised in the near future. As always, note that this source code is for developers only -- you can't download this and magically get Jelly Bean on your device -- it's a bit more complicated than that. Nevertheless, today's release will be exciting for Android devs and custom ROM enthusiasts, as it starts the process of getting popular custom ROMs merged with the Jelly Bean code, and eventually pushed out to eager ROM flashers.

Source: JBQ on Google Groups

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3 years ago

Official GitHub for Android app released

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If you're a code junkie, then you likely dig around GitHub quite a bit. To take it even further, if you're an Android code junkie you've likely looked in the Google Play Store for a GitHub app and found there was nothing official to be found. That changes now though as GitHub has finally rolled out their own Android app for their services and more importantly, it's built using Open Source projects such as ActionBarSherlock, Android-ViewPagerIndicator, Maven and SyntaxHighlighter. So what all can you do with the app itself? Quite a bit actually:

  • The app features a dashboard for quick access to all your created, watched, and assigned issues so you can always stay connected with the discussion and progress. You can also view and bookmark any repository's issue list with configurable filters for labels, milestones, and assignees.
  • Includes support for working with Issues and Gists as well as an integrated news feed for keeping up to date with all your organizations, friends, and repositories.

Also, in keeping with the nature of GitHub if you're looking for the source code of the app, it's available for viewing and download as well. Code Junkies, you'll find the download below so you can get started.

Source: GitHub Download: GitHub for Android

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX gets another ICS leak, bumps to 6.6.214 this time around

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Thought all of the fun was going to slow down once the Ice Cream Sandwich update became official for your Droid RAZR MAXX? Leave it to the fine folks of the Android community to ensure that the fun never ends, and here we are back with yet another ICS leak for you to play around with. This time it bumps the device up to 6.6.214, and while there is no official change log with it, rumors are that this is the supposed battery fix. Anything that is supposed to help with battery performance is worth looking into, and if you are feeling brave you can flash this on your device in just a few easy steps.

As always, you will want to proceed with caution, and there are risks involved here. While this may end up being an official update at some point, right now it is a leaked software, and with that comes the chance of a brick or other issues. Head into the forums for some additional information, and instructions of how to update your device if you desire to do so!

Source: DroidRAZR; via: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Samsung offering $4.08 million in prizes to developers in their Smart App Challenge

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Samsung is looking for new and innovative applications in the Android ecosystem in its Smart App Challenge competition. The company is specifically searching for apps that take advantage of the features of two of its main products: the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Tab. In the Note's case in particular, Samsung is trying to find developers who have come up with creative ways of incorporating the S Pen into their apps.

There is a total of $4.08 million in cash prizes available with this amount being divided amongst 80 winners. There are a variety of categories you can win in, including the aforementioned 'best use of S Pen' and 'best game'. Not only would winners receive the cash prizes. but also substantial marketing from Samsung.

So if you're a developer looking to expand the reach of your app or to showcase what you've been able to do, please visit the official Samsung Smart App Challenge web site and submit yours today! We always enjoy new and innovative apps, and competitions such as this one tend to find some that fit the bill.

Please find the full press release after the break.

Source: Samsung

 

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3 years ago

Jelly Bean feature: Camera app tweaks for easier photo management

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean introduces a couple of new features in the stock camera app, with the aim of making it easier to sort through and prune all those photos you've been shooting with zero shutter lag. Currently only available on the Galaxy Nexus (the Nexus 7 doesn't have a rear camera), the Jelly Bean camera app adds a new animation when photos are being taken, which acts as a visual hint at a new swipe gesture that's been added. Flick to the left at any time, and you'll be able to scroll through all the photos you've taken. From there, you can crop, rotate or share, just like in the gallery app. Alternatively, pinch to zoom out, and there's an expanded view from which you can swipe upwards to discard unwanted photos. And at the front of this photo stream is the live feed from your camera, which can be tapped to go back to shooting stills.

We're not going to pretend the Galaxy Nexus has the best smartphone camera out there -- indeed, that 5MP sensor is looking a little long in the tooth when compared to the latest HTC and Samsung offerings. But nevertheless, it's good to see Google addressing one of the main problems caused by shooting images in rapid succession -- the sheer volume of photos you can quickly find yourself with. Check out our video above for a walkthrough of all these new features, or hit the link below to check out our other Jelly Bean feature articles.

More: Check out more Jelly Bean features

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3 years ago

Verizon LTE expands through Georgia and New York

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Verizon has just announced a bunch of new LTE markets around Columbus and Rome in Georgia, and Syracuse in New York. Here's the list of new markets.

  • Syracuse, NY
  • Cicero, NY
  • Clay, NY
  • Cortland, NY 
  • Sullivan, NY
  • Rome, GA
  • Columbus, GA
  • Armuchee, GA
  • Cave Springs, GA
  • Cedartown, GA
  • Rockmart, GA

More LTE is always awesome. Anyone in these areas particularly pumped to be getting access to LTE?

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Android Central weekly photo contest: Markers

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If you follow my antics on Google+, you know that Markers is one of my favorite apps. It's a pressure sensitive drawing application, that's lightweight and thoughtfully done. Fooling around with it is a heck of a lot of fun. That's why this week we're doing something a little different and instead of a photo, we want to see your creations with the Markers app!

The app is free in Google Play, and works equally well with fingers or a stylus. I can promise that you'll keep this one installed. Speaking of a stylus, we'll pick five winners from the contest thread and send them a stylus of their choice from ShopAndroid.com. Entering is easy:

Get the Markers app from Google Play | Enter the contest in the forums

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3 years ago

Google to give Q2 earnings July 19

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If you're the kind of person who loves earnings calls -- and, really, who isn't? -- get out your calendars. Google's announced that it'll release its Q2 2012 earnings on July 19, with a conference call to follow at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time. Notable is that CEO Larry Page won't be on the call, which Google previously announced. It's also worth mentioning that we're not expecting any skydiving during the call. But you should hear the world "billion" used a lot, and we might possibly get some more Android info, so be sure to join us in a week and a half.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Endomondo gets big UI overhaul, smattering of new fitness features

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If you're thinking of getting in shape this summer, Endomondo has just updated their fitness tracking app with a new look and a whole bunch of new features. The tracker in version 8.0 now has a pause state before full stop, since a lot of users were accidentally stopping their workout. The history page now lets you switch between total distance, duration, and calories sorting for days with more than one workout, along with a revamped summary screen for individual workouts. There's now a rating system for routes along friend tracking and records, so you can pick the best places to run, bike, and otherwise burn off calories. The social news feed has been tidied up so it 's easier to see what friends are up to, as well as being easier to drill into their specific profile.

Endomondo is hugely popular among fitness freaks, and even if you're only casual about your exercise regiment, the free version should be enough to keep you on task. Go ahead and get downloading at the link below! If you're still on the fence, check out our review over here.

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