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4 years ago

Google TV website gets refreshed ahead of Google I/O

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We're pretty sure that Google TV is going to feature quite prominently at Google I/O -- just in case you forgot, we'll be there all week! -- and to go along with that, the Google TV website got all refreshed. It falls into Google's general way of designing their web pages these days. It looks clean, simple, and fresh. It also gives a good breakdown of the devices available, both "buddy box" and integrated devices. There's also a decent guide to what Google TV actually is, and the applications that you can enjoy. 

At the end of the day, it's just a website. But, for us, now lucky Brits -- and indeed several of our international cousins -- at least, Google TV is new and exciting. Being able to watch Eastenders and browse the web at the same time? Sounds good. 

Oh, care for a dose of speculation? Well, when you're taking a look around the devices section of the site, a little feller in an I/O 12 t-shirt pops up behind a newly announced, Vizio Google TV box. Probably means we'll be seeing quite a bit of this little guy over the next few days as well. 

Source: Google TV

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4 years ago

SwiftKey 3 keyboard gets update with bug fixes

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If you're using SwiftKey 3 for Android on your phone or tablet, you'll want to hit the Google Play Store and grab the new version 3.0.0.277 of the popular keyboard app. The first update to SwiftKey 3 fixes a couple of problematic issues that users may have been facing, related to character mapping and memory management. Specifically, a memory leaking issue has been resolved in today's update -- that's a problem where the app would use more and more memory until it crashed, or was dumped out of RAM by the OS. (That's something you'll want to avoid.)

To pick up the new version of SwiftKey, hit the My Apps tab in the Google Play Store. Alternatively, we've got web linkage below...

Download: SwiftKey 3

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4 years ago

Reminder: Canadian sales of the Samsung Galaxy S III start today!

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If you live in Canada and have been waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S III to arrive, today is the day you can pick one up in store. If you didn't pre order though, you'll want to get into a retail location of your choosing as soon as possible as many are noting that supply is remaining limited at this time. Where can you pick one up? Have a look at the list below:

As you can see, most retailers kept pricing consistent across the board so it'll come down to whatever carrier you are with or decide to go to. If you're not ready to jump just yet, have a look at our Samsung Galaxy S III review for more information.

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4 years ago

Do Androids dream of Jelly Beans? We do!

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Do Android's dream of Jelly Beans? Maybe, maybe not. But, one thing we do know -- we're dreaming of Jelly Beans right now! It's officially, officially official. The beans may have been spilled yesterday at Building 44, but when they were picked up they were transformed into what you see here. Check out the latest Google Jelly Bean video after the break.

The countdown to the Day 1 keynote at Google I/O is almost at an end, and we expect to see the first glimpses of Jelly Bean in the next few hours. Phil, Jerry and Alex are catching what sleep they can ahead of one of the biggest days in the Android calendar. We're triple teaming I/O this year, so you can bet your bottom dollar that the very best, of the best, Google I/O coverage will be right here on Android Central.

And, for all the Jelly Bean information you can shake a stick at, you might want to bookmark our new Jelly Bean landing page. So, join us, it's going to be some ride!

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4 years ago

Huawei Ascend D Quad delayed?

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The Verge are reporting that the Huawei Ascend D Quad, that we first got hands on with at MWC back in February, is suffering a delayed release due to its powerful chipset.

Posting on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo yesterday, Yu Chengdong revealed that Huawei was experiencing "technical problems" with its ambitious K3V2 system-on-chip. But he noted that the company's R&D division was "stepping up efforts" to get it ready.

This news certainly will not do Huawei any favors with the likes of the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III already being on sale. The Ascend D Quad is on par with the forementioned handsets specs wise and will be Huawei's flagship device this year.

The 4.5 inch 720P high definition touchscreen 'beast' is powered by Huawei's K3V2 quad-core 1.2GHz/1.5GHz processor so is set to give the other big players a run for their money.

Fingers crossed Huawei can iron out any problems sooner rather than later.

Source: The Verge

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4 years ago

Ematic announce the eGlide Pro X tablet and it is cheap!

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Ematic have today announced their latest budget tablet, the eGlide Pro X. Running Android 4.0, the 4:3 9.7 inch tablet is retailing for a remarkably low price of only $219.99.

With the budget tablet market geared up for what Google has to offer this week the eGlide Pro X could well be a contender as its specs are not to be sniffed at.

Packing a 1.2GHz processor, 400MHz GPU and 1GB RAM, Ice Cream Sandwich should flow nicely on the new tablet.

Combined with 8GB of internal storage, 5GB of available cloud storage and MicroSD support up to 32GB of storage the eGlide Pro X sounds pretty interesting.

You can read the full press release below:

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4 years ago

Daily Steals offering unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III for $599.99

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Dailysteals.com is offering the Samsung Galaxy S III i9300 for $599.99 today.  As of this writing there's about 21 hours and 45 minutes left to pick one up.  This is the unlocked international version, and although they all look the same, you won't get any carrier branding on this one.  We recently reviewed this and found it to be an amazing phone, with plenty of horsepower and battery life to make it through all but the longest of days.

As a quick reminder, this is the version with the Exynos Quad SoC inside, and not the Snapdragon S4.  That means it'll play nicely with AT&T 3G, but not T-Mobile as it lacks the necessarily 1700mhz AWS support.  Not sure if this is the phone for you or still have some lingering questions that haven't been answered yet?  Check out the Galaxy S III forums for all the answers to your questions.

Source: Dailysteals

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4 years ago

Contest Winners: iBolt car docks and a Samsung Galaxy S III and accessories from Belkin!

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If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up during the week. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to the winners!

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4 years ago

Hands on with Android 4.0 ICS on the Droid RAZR MAXX

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Verizon's finally pushing out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX, bringing Moto's U.S. flagship. This moves the RAZRs up to what is for the next day or so, the latest version of the OS. Starting right at the top, you'll notice a re-vamped lock screen, allowing you to choose to unlock normally, or launch directly into one of three apps -- the phone, camera or text messaging.

The home screen launcher has changed a fair bit too. You still get five screens to customize, but gone is the Motorola-styled launcher of old, an in its place sits the sleek stock Android launcher, albeit without the persistent Google search bar. That means you get a horizontal-scrolling list of apps, and widgets can be selected by long-pressing them and adding them to the home screen. Face unlock is included too, for whatever that's worth -- we think it's pretty clear by now that that's a bit of a gimmick.You also get the new ICS browser, which is nice, and the ability to use Chrome Beta for Android if you want.

Check out our hands-on video after the break.

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4 years ago

The Google I/O 2012 T-shirt

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Here she is, folks. The Google I/O 2012 T-shirt, done up in the same machine-like tools we've come to know in love from Google in the past six months or so.

And after the break, a little snippet of code. Anyone want to tell us what it does?

Oh, and by the way, we're giving away a couple of these shirts. If you want in on the action, check out the video in this post.

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4 years ago

Google I/O 2012: Day -1

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A giant pin stuck smack in Moscone West can mean only one thing. 

Google I/O is here! Everybody's favorite search engine/Internet Giant is, of course, having its annual developer conference in San Francisco this week. And, of course, we're here to bring it all to you as it happens, live and in living color.

We're at Day -1. Things don't really get going until morning, at which time we'll be back at 9:30 a.m. PDT for the Day 1 keynote. (Go ahead and bookmark that, and our Day 2 keynote liveblog as well.)

In the meantime, ease on past the break for a quick photo gallery and an appearance from yours truly. (And be sure to actually watch the video -- there might be a little giveaway involved.)

It's gonna be a hell of a week.

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4 years ago

Nook Color and Tablet getting graphic novels from DC Comics

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DC Comics fans will be able to get their fix from Barnes and Noble now, as over 100 graphic novels are to be available for download from Nook Comics. The Nook Android application is also included.

To enhance the reading experience, Barnes and Noble is also introducing a new "Zoom View" feature. This allows the readers to zoom to one specific panel at a time, and then read the novel panel by panel in this way. This sounds pretty sweet, reading comic books on a small screen has never been the most enticing prospect.

Following on from a similar partnership with Marvel last year, it's clear that Barnes and Noble is making the effort to close the gap to the market leaders -- the Kindle Fire and the iPad -- as a digital comic reading device.

Available titles are to include Watchmen, All Star Superman, The Sandman and the first storylines from the New 52.

via Techcrunch

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4 years ago

32GB Sprint Galaxy S III pre-orders shipping today

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Good news for anyone who has pre-ordered a 32GB Samsung Galaxy S III on Sprint -- it shall be in your hands very soon! Taking to their Galaxy S III community forum to deliver the good news, the message reads simply: 

“All 32GB Pre-ordered Samsung Galaxy SIII 32 GB phones are scheduled to ship today. Interested in the status of your order? Go to sprint.com/myorder to check. As more details become available, we will post them on the community as quickly as possible.”

Are you waiting on one of these or already received one? Shout out in the comments below and let us know your thoughts.

Source: Sprint Community

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4 years ago

To-Fu: The Trials of Chi now available for free on Google Play

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To-Fu: The Trials of Chi has had a good run on iOS and the BlackBerry PlayBook and finally, it has arrived on the Google Play Store for free. If you're not familiar with the game, you get to play as To-Fu who has some incredible martial arts skills that you'll need to master in order to get through 150 levels of fun in 5 different settings.

The concept of the game is to stretch, ping, stick & rebound To-Fu off different walls and objects as you collect the gems and reach the Fortune Kitty. Overall, it's a pretty fun game once you get the grasp of how to fling To-Fu around accurately, below you'll find the Android gameplay video for you to check out as well as the download link.

Download: To-Fu: The Trials Of Chi

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4 years ago

Keychain app, Disabling screenshot sound [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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