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4 years ago

Opera Mini for Android updated with new Smart Page

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Opera Mini 7.5 has been released, which is the first significant update to the browser since it launched over the spring. Opera Mini now has something called a Smart Page, which provides a broad overview of what's going on online, and includes separate tabs for social, news, and suggested links. 

As always, Opera Mini compresses your web viewing so it zips along much more speedily than it would if being processed locally. That's the theory, anyway. Opera's been doing this kind of thing for a long time, and have become pretty good at it. There are some other fancier features, like Link, which syncs up history, bookmarks, and notes from your browsing with the desktop (though that means you've got to be using Opera on your computer too). 

Which mobile browser do you use? Is the stock Android browser good enough, or is there something in particular that third parties that you can't get elsewhere? Anyone interested in giving this one a shot?

Source: Opera

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4 years ago

Some users experiencing "Couldn't sign in" error on their devices

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Update: The error seems to have gone away on our devices here. Let's hope it stays that way.

The above picture may look familiar to many of you tonight if you've been trying to sync with Google servers. Many users are reporting seeing sporadic issues like the one above. You receive a notification about a sign in error with your Google Account, leading to the above screen, where following the "next" button seems to get you nowhere. The error is usually associated to an issue when you change your account password or your application-specific password for Google 2-step verification runs out, but we've ruled that out. This one's random kids.

We sure hope that Google is aware of the issue and is working to fix it. Let us know in the comments if the same is happening on your own devices.

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4 years ago

Signing out of Google accounts, Video playback help needed [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.

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!

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4 years ago

Dyzplastic previews Series 03 pt 7 & announces 9/24 release date of their third set of Android figurines

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Yesterday Dyzplastic showed us S03 pt 6 and today we're being treated to S03 pt 7. What makes this collectible unique is that the clear head twists off to allow you to access the mini Android keychain inside. So essentially you're getting two Android trinkets for the price of one, not bad.

Yesterday Dyzplastic promised to give us some details on when we can get our grubby little hands on these guys and today they came through. They'll be available in the Dead Zebra Shop on September 24th at 11am EST and should start shipping by the 26th. Besides the Dead Zebra Shop, you'll also be able to find the Series 03 collectibles in toy, collectible, comic and specialty Android retailer locations and websites. There's only one thing left to say:

source: Dyzplastic

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4 years ago

Facebook testing automatic photo uploads via Android app

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Facebook appears to be jumping on the automatic uploading of pictures bandwagon, rolling out a feature to select users that lets all pictures they take get uploaded to a private photo album in their account. Similarly to the way the Dropbox and Google+ apps operate, photos will be uploaded in the background and then managed at the user's discretion later. Facebook officially points out that they're rolling the feature out to a very small set of users -- which is customary for new Facebook features -- but considering there is already a help page for the feature, we'll bet that it will be coming to more users soon.

The other services do this feature well, but for those of you who prefer Facebook it's good to see some feature parity coming even as Facebook moves towards making a native Android app.

Source: The Verge, Facebook Help

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4 years ago

Rhapsody app updated with ability to download tracks, albums

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Popular music service Rhapsody just released an update to its Android app in the Google Play Store, version 3.0.1, bringing the ability for subscribers to download individual tracks or complete albums. This is a welcome addition for the data conscious among us, letting users download some choice tracks before leaving the house and not relying on streaming 100% of the time. Especially if you find yourself re-listening to the same few albums, it really makes sense to download those locally. Additionally, the app lets you choose where you'd like to put those downloaded songs, whether on internal storage on an SDcard if you're short on space.

The Rhapsody app can be found at the link above in the Google Play Store.

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4 years ago

Google Maps updated with synchronized search history

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The latest version of Google Maps has just been pushed out in the Google Play Store, and offers a large bit of functionality to the app. Now when you are using Google Maps on your computer, all of your searches for maps and directions will be synced between that device and your phone or tablet -- provided you're signed into your Google Account and have your web history enabled, of course. For example, after you look up a restaurant listing on your computer, as soon as you launch Google Maps on your phone, your search results will be pre-populated with the result you chose on the computer previously. Also new is the ability to go back through your past searches and completed navigation directions through the "My Places" menu. Additionally, if you choose to enter pre-defined addresses for your home and work and tie them to your Google Account, simply typing "home" or "work" into the directions field of the Google Maps app will give you directions to each place.

It's the little bits of integration like this that make Google Maps the premier example of an integrated mapping experience. If you haven't yet, go grab the update in the Google Play Store at the link above.

Source: Google Maps Blog

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4 years ago

Verizon LTE network expansion goes live in many U.S. cities, others ready tomorrow

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Verizon has announced the launch of a bunch of brand new LTE markets today, in addition to some expansions planned for tomorrow. The newly-launched Verizon LTE markets include:

  • American Falls, Idaho
  • Americus, Georgia
  • Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado
  • Billing and Helena, Montana
  • Bremerton, Colorado
  • Coffeyvilley, Kansas
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Ellijay, Georgia
  • Emporia, Kansas
  • Greely Colorado
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Marion County, Ohio
  • Moultry, Georgia
  • Merced, California
  • Pueblo, Colorado
  • Richmond, Indiana
  • Silverdale, Colorado
  • Statesboro, Georgia
  • Tifton, Georgia

A few more expansions on existing LTE zones are planned to go live tomorrow, some of which we had heard about last week. They are...

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4 years ago

Win one of ten tickets to the Big Android BBQ in Dallas

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Listen up guys and gals -- it's that time of year, and the annual Big Android BBQ is just a month away. It's a weekend of fun, food, and Android that nobody should miss, so we want to help 10 of you get in the gates!

Keep in mind that we're only giving away tickets to get into the BBQ itself, so you'll have to find your own way to Dallas for the weekend of October 19 to 21, and you'll probably want somewhere to sleep when you get there. Entering to win is easy -- click this link to go into the forums, and drop a line in the thread that lets us know you wanna go. We'll pick 10 winners at random, then get with you to find out all the particulars. Simple.

Don't miss this chance to have a helluva good time with some great Android-loving people!

Enter to win tickets to the Big Android BBQ | More info about the Big Android BBQ

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4 years ago

LG Optimus G video test

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You wanted a video test from the LG Optimus G, you're getting a video test from the LG Optimus G. We're here in Seoul, South Korea -- home of LG, no less -- to give this guy a go. By default, the video camera shoots at 720p, but you can ratcheted it up to 1080p if you so desire.

As you can see, video quality is decent enough. And as you can hear, some wind noise got through, but the audio's still fairly coherent, insofar as the sound quality is concerned. (The same can't be said for this weary traveler, unfortunately.)

The video side of the camera app is plenty functional if not exactly stylish. The buttons are all where you'd expect, and they're nice and large. You've also got some real-time effects you can apply, including funky faces and funky backgrounds. Apparently it's a big thing with the kids.

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4 years ago

Sprint hits 1 million LTE devices sold

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At a recent conference, Sprint announced that they have sold 1 million LTE devices and counting. As much as it might pain us Android fans, the iPhone 5 is listed there and probably helped Sprint at least a little bit in crossing that milestone. Sprint has a lengthy list of new LTE markets it plans on addressing before the end of 2013 in addition to its existing 19 metropolitan coverage zones. Sprint's LTE network is relatively young, having only launched in mid-July, so it's understandable that they're pumped about the milestone. 

For all of the LTE devices it has sold, Sprint still has a lot of financial ground to make up, but with the holiday season around the corner, at least they'll have a slightly easier time addressing that challenge. I just can't help but imagine Verizon and AT&T bigwigs (who have been selling LTE devices for a long time now) chortling at Sprint's LTE device sales figure.

Sprint customers, what's your favorite LTE device that they're offering? The rest of y'all, are there any Sprint-exclusive devices that tempt you to switch, or is service the key differentiator for you?

Source: Sprint

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4 years ago

American Airlines wants flying to be more personalized, giving 17,000 flight attendants a Galaxy Note

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American Airlines and Samsung have joined forces in the past to bring in-flight entertainment to travelers by way of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and now they're expanding their deal and starting a new initiative. American Airlines will be handing out the Samsung Galaxy Note to flight attendants to help make traveling possibly a little bit more enjoyable. The Galaxy Note will be loaded with customer information so flight attendants will have access to a wide array of details:

  • Access customer information such as name, seat number and loyalty program status in a seat map view and customer list view;
  • Record meal and beverage preferences for premium class customers;
  • Easily identify high-value customers seated in the premium cabins and in the main cabin, and customers requiring special assistance
  • Provide customers with connecting gate, flight delays and weather information – pending FAA approval, all information will be automatically updated when Wi-Fi is available on the aircraft.

In total, approximately 17,000 flight attendants will have the devices in their hands starting later this year through mid-2013. As noted in the press release below, the Samsung Galaxy Note was chosen based on flight attendant feedback over a number of months and testing various devices. The large display, thin profile and durability won out as well as the include SAFE security features.

Source: American Airlines

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4 years ago

LG Optimus G confirmed for Canada on Bell, Rogers, and TELUS

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LG showed off the Optimus G to America earlier today after an initial unveiling in Korea. Canadians will also be able to get their mitts on LG's new flagship device by way of Rogers, Bell, and TELUS. The official announcement from LG Canada doesn't mention much about pricing, but did say we could expect the new phone in November. The Optimus G is due in the U.S. in Q4, so it's entirely possible that they'll be launching around the same window. Here's a quick run-down of the specs. 

  • Chipset: 1.5 GHz Krait CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • Quad-Core and LTE
  • Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Network: 2G / 3G / LTE
  • Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPSPLUS (1280 x 768 pixels) / 15:9 ratio
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • RAM: 2GB DDR
  • Camera: 13.0MP or 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP front
  • Battery: 2,100mAh (570Wh/L) / Talk time: 15 hours / Standby: 335 hours
  • Size: 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm
  • Weight: 145 g
  • Other: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL and DLNA, NFC

You can get a closer look at the LG Optimus G in one of our two hands-on videos. Prices weren't mentioned, though retailers like Best Buy, Future Shop, The Source, Wireless Wave, and Tbooth Wireless all got shout-outs.

Canadians, anybody ready to jump on the Optimus G? Anyone else a little disappointed that we won't see it on WIND or Mobilicity? 

Source: Newswire

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4 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich update coming to some Xperia Ion users on AT&T

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Showing up quickly after the international Xperia Ion started to receive an Ice Cream Sandwich update, the AT&T model of the same phone has started to show up in SuS -- Sony's PC companion software -- for some users over in the XDA forums. The AT&T model, LT28AT, is being pushed up to software build 6.1.c.1.105 which brings all of the features and visual cues associated with ICS. If you'll remember back to IFA in Berlin, our own Alex Dobie went hands on with a pre-release build of ICS on the Ion, so that should give you a pretty good look at what to expect. We won't know for sure what other fixes or changes are included in this update until AT&T spills the beans officially.

We'll see if the update starts to roll out to more users in the next couple days, and hopefully it'll start to come out over OTA rather than relying on Sony's PC software. Check your own device and let us know in the comments if you're seeing the update.

Source: XDA Forums; Thanks Terry!

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4 years ago

LG Optimus G arriving in the States in Q4; we go eyes-on its UI

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After yesterday's huge unveiling of LG's latest flagship in Korea, LG today brought the Optimus G to US shores for a debut here in New York. In case you missed Phil's extensive hands-on, this is the device LG hopes will help them compete with the Galaxy S 3HTC's One line, and of course the iPhone 5. The Optimus G has just about everything you'd want in a smartphone and then some: the 4.7-inch True HD IPS+ display is a stunner, and performance is blistering thanks to the Snapdragon S4 Pro on board. The Optimus G is the first device of its kind with Qualcomm's Pro chip,  a quad core SoC which comes equipped with integrated LTE. Other highlights include the 13 MP camera, Ice Cream Sandwich, and NFC on board. LG told reporters today that it's expecting the Optimus G to reach American shelves sometime in Q4 2012.

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