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4 years ago

Ringtones reset, Adding contact info to lock screen [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.

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4 years ago

Audible for Android updated to support Whispersync for Voice

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Amongst the slew of hardware announcements at Amazon's event yesterday was the confirmation that Whispersync was expanding to more of Amazon's services, such as Audible. The new feature, dubbed Whispersync for Voice, will let you sync reading/listening positions of a book if you own both editions. In addition, it will sync bookmarks and notes across devices. However, it doesn't appear to sync listening positions across devices, which is what I was really excited about. I listen to my audiobooks on a variety of mobile devices and would like not to worry about what position I'm at on any of them. This is a step forward, but I hope to see a full sync option soon. To download the free app, hit up our Google Play Store link. 

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4 years ago

Samsung preparing dual-SIM Galaxy Note 2 for Chinese market

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Dual-SIM phones are big business in some global markets, and China is set to receive the biggest dual-SIM phone imaginable in current times. Samsung is reportedly preparing a dual-SIM version of the recently announced Galaxy Note 2. 

China is rapidly becoming one of the largest smartphone markets in the world, and so it makes sense that OEM's would want to cater for Chinese specific needs. This special version of the Note 2 is identical in every way to the International variant we saw in Berlin at Samsung Unpacked, until you remove the back. Lying beneath is a slot for a regular SIM, and a micro SIM next to the microSD card slot. 

It's said to be heading to China Telecom, but currently there is no word on price, or any possible availability in other global markets. For more on the Galaxy Note 2 be sure to check out our hands on coverage from the Unpacked event in Berlin.

Source: Mydrivers via Unwired View

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4 years ago

Samsung 'SPH-L900' could be Sprint's Galaxy Note 2

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Newly-uncovered files on Sprint's servers suggest that a highly-specced Samsung device -- possibly a Galaxy Note 2 variant -- could be headed to the network in the future. RDF files on devices.sprintpcs.com unearthed by XDA forum members, reveal a Samsung 'SPH-L900' device with a laundry list of impressive specs --

  • Exynos 4412 CPU
  • Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage
  • CDMA/EVDO/LTE connectivity
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1.9MP front camera

With the exception of the radios, that's an exact match for the device we saw last week in Germany -- though the key specification that's not confirmed is screen size. News of a 5.5-inch screen would certainly seal the deal, but as it stands this could just be a spec-bumped Galaxy S3-class phone. Whatever it is, it's currently running software version L900VPLI2, which based on the way Samsung numbers its builds, indicates a ROM built sometime in the past week.

Sprint didn't carry the original Samsung Galaxy Note, which in the U.S. was exclusive to AT&T until it landed on Tmo in early August. Samsung made a concerted effort to bring the Galaxy S3 to as many U.S. carriers as possible, and it's likely they'll want to do the same with their next big device. Rumors have already suggested the Note 2 could be headed to T-Mobile, and an AT&T launch is likely too, given the success of the original Note.

Would you pick up the Galaxy Note 2 on Sprint? Hit the comments and let us know.

Source: XDA

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4 years ago

Manually update your Sprint Galaxy Nexus to Jelly Bean

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As predicted, the Jelly Bean roll out for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus is slowly happening, and we finally have a link where you can manually grab the file and do-it-yourself. It's not quite as straightforward as it used to be, but with a little bit of work you can have the latest and greatest on your Toro plus hardware, with all the bells and whistles working.

You'll need to download the update files of course, and thankfully cliche37 has found the URL direct from Google and posted it up in the Sprint Galaxy Nexus forums. Grab them from his post, which points you right at Google's servers. Then sit back and do a little reading about booting into a custom recovery and flashing the image. Forums moderator dmmarck goes over it pretty well in his megapost here, and more importantly, is there to help if you hit a snag.

Of course you could always wait until it's your turn to get the OTA, but we know that's not something some of us will want to do. Get it done, and enjoy some Jelly!

Source: Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Tablet S now shipping in the United States

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The world first saw -- officially at least -- the new Sony Xperia Tablet S just last week at IFA 2012 in Berlin. Since then, the tablet has gone on sale in the UK, and now it's time for the United States. Sony has added the Xperia Tablet S to their online U.S. store with prices starting at $399.99.

That price gets you the 16GB variant, but for $499.99/$599.99 you can pick up a 32GB or 64GB version of Sony's Tegra 3 tablet. With such features as guest mode and a universal TV remote built in, the Xperia Tablet S is potentially a good choice for family buyers. Additionally, if you buy from Sony online, you're treated to three digital movies from Google Play with a value upto $45. Pretty sweet deal then. 

Accessories are also available now as well, including the pretty sweet looking cover with an integrated keyboard. That will set you back a cent under $100, but as we found out at IFA, it's not half bad. 

Head on over to Sony online for the run down, and be sure to check out our hands-on with the device and the mammoth hands-on from the Sony Booth in Berlin. 

Source: Sony

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4 years ago

Samsung Captivate Glide getting ICS update

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One of the numerous reincarnations of the popular Samsung Galaxy SII (S2), the Captivate Glide, is ready to be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich starting today. AT&T has indicated that the update won't be coming OTA (over the air), but instead has to be downloaded from the Samsung support website, and loaded via Samsung's proprietary software Kies. Nobody necessarily prefers or wants to use Kies for updates -- and we really wish AT&T would just push it OTA -- but if this is the only way to get some ICS in your life, it's worth dealing with.

Check out the source links for the announcement and the Samsung support page for the update.

Source: AT&T Consumer Blog, Samsung Support

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4 years ago

HTC One X+ specs supposedly leak

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HTC has an event coming up later this month where we're expecting at least one new device to be announced. One tipster is suggesting that it will be a device called the HTC One X+ with the following specs. 

  • Size: 134.36 x 69.9 x 9.3mm
  • Weight: 129g
  • NVIDIA AP37 1.6GHZ quad core, 1.7GHZ single core
  • ROM:32GB
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Battery: 1800 mAh
  • Android 4.1 Sense 4.5

The source has also been posting a bunch of HTC Windows Phone slides on Twitter, which adds plenty of legitimacy to the One X+ claims. He also says the screen hasn't changed since the HTC One X (which has a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 screen). 

Overall, the One X+ is shaping up to be a decent update. The screen was pretty solid anyway, so not too much to complain about there. HTC's revenues aren't doing so hot lately, so they could sure use a big hit. What would you guys like to see in the next version of the HTC One X? 

Source: @Football4PDA

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4 years ago

Wikipad to be available from Gamestop this October for $499

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First seen at CES back in January, the world now finally knows where and when they can get their hands on a Wikipad. The gaming focused tablet with the detachable game controller will be available at Gamestop starting on October 31. The price? $499. It sounds a lot, but lets not forget that unlike the Archos Gamepad, the Wikipad is a 10.1 inch, Tegra 3, Android 4.1 tablet with a HD IPS display. The Wikipad is also one of the latest devices to gain certification for Playstation Mobile.

Pre-orders are open as of today, and buyers who purchase the Wikipad from Gamestop are promised "exclusive free, full-length game titles." Sounds tempting. You can find the full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Krusell Aspero Leather Pouch review - classy protection with easy ejection strap

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The Krusell XXL Aspero leather pouch is a simple, classy way to keep your phone protected from scratches.  Much like their Hector leather holster, it’s tight-fitting, lined with soft material, and has heavy stitching around the outside. It differs, however, by using an extendable velcro strap instead of a magnetic latch, and there aren’t any gaps along the side or bottom. That strap doubles as a subtle ejection mechanism; a slight tug on it pulls pulls your phone out just enough to get a grip and remove it completely. 

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4 years ago

LG continues to tease the Optimus G, making the impossible possible

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Having been teased, and then leaked, and then officially announced, LG is back on the teasing trail again for their latest flagship device. The latest trailer for the upcoming Optimus G keeps one pretty major thing back though -- any actual footage of the phone. Instead, we're promised the "first of an all new redesigned series" and that the impossible will become possible. Leaves us wondering what else we're going to see in the coming months from the Korean OEM.

So, that's all fine and dandy, but our main question remains the same. Can we have the phone already? The Optimus G is -- spec wise at least -- a monster of a phone. That quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, HD IPS display and 13MP camera is sending out good vibes. But, we still need to see it. Please, LG?

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4 years ago

Rayman Jungle Run arriving in Google Play on September 20

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Rayman sure has been around a long old time, but that's not stopping him from appearing in a brand new title heading to Android this month. Rayman Jungle Run is the latest outing for the lovable character and is set to arrive in Google Play on September 20. 

Unlike the classic 3D titles, Jungle Run is of a side scrolling variety. It still packs some really nice looking visuals, what one would imagine is a simple enough tap and jump control system, and is a title we're very much looking forward to wasting a couple hours on. Or, you could say you're getting it for the kids. Whatever suits. 

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4 years ago

Buying a car? Check the new Auto Trader app for Android

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Buying a car or bike can be a real pain. Here in the UK, one of the easiest and most reliable way is to use Auto Trader. The magazine has been around for years, but today the company announced a new version of their app for both Android and iOS. That means you can now browse cars with ease all from your smartphone or tablet.

With the Auto Trader app, once you find the vehicle you're interested in you can call the seller straight from within the application. In addition you can get Google Map directions, view the full car spec and even browse the gallery of images.

With a whole host of search categories you really cant go wrong. As well as vehicle make and the distance you are prepared to travel you can also search by many keywords such as mileage, age, fuel, transmission just to name a few.

In addition, there's mobile vehicle check -- an easy way to identify whether the bike or car you're considering has been reported stolen.

Other features include:

  • My Garage update where you can save searches and cars/bikes that you like
  • Check out a vehicle's history
  • Read owner and expert reviews
  • Search for local dealerships

It's available to download for free, so If you're looking to purchase a car you would be crazy not to take a look.

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4 years ago

Everything Everywhere to launch new network next Tuesday

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Everything Everywhere, which owns Orange and T-Mobile UK, is to launch its new brand at an event in London next Tuesday, Sept. 11, at an event which is also likely to bring details of EE's upcoming 4G LTE network. Today's invite mentions that the company will be showing off its "new brand and the latest innovation in network technology." That'll be EE's recently-greenlit 1800MHz 4G network, then.

It's also notable that the event takes place just 24 hours before Apple's due to unveil its iPhone 5, which is widely expected to include LTE connectivity.

We understand Orange staff have been briefed that the early stages of a 4G network switch-on will start on the 11th, though details of what exactly that entails, and which cities would be covered are unknown. Regardless, neither Orange nor Tmo currently sells 4G-capable handsets, so that's largely a moot point. For those unfamiliar with the UK mobile landscape, the country still lacks any 4G networks, so if Orange and Tmo did flip the switch next Tuesday, it'd be an historic development.

We'll be live in London on the 11th to bring you all EE's plans as they're announced.

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4 years ago

Virgin Media announces new TV streaming service for the UK

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Virgin Media UK has officially announced today a competitor to Sky TV's mobile offerings, with the introduction of Virgin TV Anywhere. The service will offer Virgin Media subscribers online access to a TiVo style offering and on demand content. Initially it will be available online and on the iPad and remote recording will appear later this year. But, an Android application is in the works, and is expected to drop in early 2013. 

While customers without the TiVo service will be able to take advantage of some of the offered up content, it is subscribers to the TiVo service that will benefit the most. For instance, the tablet application available will offer a full remote control feature for controlling things when at home, as well as being able to watch content on the go. 

The first images of the iPad application are extremely promising, and seems to mimic the interface of the Virgin Media TiVo box closely. Naturally there is nothing to be said of the Android app at this time, but something similar would be welcomed. 

via Techradar

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