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4 years ago

Sony Xperia U ICS update expected in 'next few weeks'

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Sony might be preparing to launch a whole new range of smartphones, but it hasn't forgotten about its early 2012 line-up, some of which remains on the rapidly aging Android 2.3 Gingerbread. One such device is the company's leading budget offering, Xperia U, which we reviewed earlier in the year, and which has long been promised an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. Now it appears Xperia U owners won't have too long left to wait for their Android 4.0 update, as Sony has revealed that the new software will be available in a few weeks time. Here's what the company posted in a post-IFA Q&A on its official blog --

"The ICS rollout for Xperia U will kick-off within the next few weeks and rollout gradually – more information to follow soon!"

That's far from specific, but at least it's a rough timeframe to work with. Now, how about some Jelly Bean updates?

Source: Sony Mobile, via: XperiaBlog

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4 years ago

Mystery HTC device poses for the blurry-cam

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With HTC scheduling a media event for Sept. 19, there's been much speculation as to what the company will unveil at its NYC gathering. One possibility is the persistently-rumored 5-inch device that's supposedly headed to Verizon in the U.S. Earlier in the week we saw some leaked images purporting to show this black and red smartphone from the side. Today brings another blurry-cam shot, this time of the device's front face.

Being of poor quality, the photo gives little away, but we can discern a few things. Firstly, the phone seems to have ditched the usual HTC design language -- it doesn't look much like an HTC One phone. Second, based on the button placement and size, as well as the thin horizontal bezel, it's likely we're looking at a large-screened smartphone.

Chinese site Techorz, which originally posted the photo, reports that the device will ship with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 1080p or 720p display.  That matches up with what's been rumored, although the site also mentions that this could be the "Endeavor C2," something we're pretty sure is another phone altogether. Reports in the past month have indicated that the "Endeavor C2" or "One X+" is a refreshed version of HTC's early 2012 flagship.

So we still know very little about the phone that HTC may or may not unveil on Sept. 19. Regardless, we'll be live from New York on the day to bring you full coverage of whatever's announced.

Source: Techorz

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4 years ago

Amazon strikes content deal with EPIX for Prime Instant Video

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Online shopping retailer turned media delivery service and now hardware manufacturer Amazon has struck another content deal for its Prime Instant Video service, this time with EPIX. The deal should bring some much-welcomed big name titles, such as The Avengers, Iron Man 2, The Hunger Games and more. Amazon, which has historically had weaker streaming options when compared to Netflix, notes that its Prime Instant Video service has over 25,000 titles available for streaming with no downloading on every device that supports the service - such as the XBOX, PS3, Roku and of course Kindle Fire.

While we'll never look down on another content deal, we'd really like to see what new hardware Amazon has in store to watch some of the new titles. Of course we'll be following Amazon's announcements at their press event on Thursday, September 6th and hopefully we'll be seeing several new Kindle devices.

Be sure to check out the full press release from Amazon after the break.

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4 years ago

Books on Google Play now available in Korea

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Google Play Books is now available in Korea, offering thousands of Korean titles in what Google calls the "world’s largest eBookstore". We don't know about it being the largest, but we do know it's convenient being able buy all your books in one place and read them on all your Android devices.

If you're reading from Korea, fire up your Google Play app and have a look.

Source: +Google Play

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4 years ago

Motorola and Intel, Nexus 7 3G and is the SGS 3 still worth it? [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

Motorola Defy Pro review

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Rogers has been offering a moderately rugged entry level Android handset with a full physical QWERTY keyboard called the Motorola Defy Pro for a few weeks now. Though the specs don’t exactly blow any minds, its pricing is a new step towards a bit of sanity in Canada; this is a phone you get for free on a two-year contract, which is unheard of when the industry standard up here is a three-year commitment. The $275 stand-alone price even makes it viable without a contract. TELUS previously toyed around with the idea a little bit, and it seems like Rogers is at very least testing the same waters.

Still, with so many higher-end devices available on Rogers and LTE still being a relatively new thing up north, how many people would be more interested in saving a buck with such a modest handset?

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4 years ago

Motorola live streaming September 5th event

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Motorola has announced that it'll be live streaming its "Motorola. On Display." event in New York City tomorrow, September 5th on YouTube. We're not so sure what we'll be seeing at the event -- phones, tablets, both? -- but we'll all be able to watch and find out starting at 2 pm EST tomorrow.

So go ahead and hit the source link below to bookmark that live stream page to watch. Of course you'll want to watch our live coverage of the event and hands-on with any devices that are available too, which you can find right here as well.

Source: YouTube

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4 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: Are you interested in a dedicated camera running Android?

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Android is a Linux OS -- just like countless other Linux OSs you use without knowing it every day with "not-smart" consumer electronic devices. Because it's easily scalable and simple to modify, Android is a no-brainer way to make these not-so-smart devices a little smarter and add a network-aware user interface to them. This means televisions, Blu-ray players, stereos, and cameras.

Samsung is going about it in a big way with their Galaxy Camera, which looks to be a pretty impressive personal media player with a quality point and shoot camera attached. Nikon is also at the bat, but they look to have built a point and shoot camera first, then added the Android operating system to it rather than build the camera around the OS. There's good to be said about either method, and as always it means a choice for you and me. We love choices.

But are you interested? Is there going to be a market for this type of camera? That's where the poll comes into play. You'll find our polls in the sidebar now, where they won't get lost in the onslaught of Android news and end up buried before you get time to vote. We'll let them run about a week, then come back with the results when we post a new one.

Speaking of results, last week's poll was "Has the patent-infringement lawsuit changed your view of Samsung"? Here's your results --

  • I'm a bigger fan than before (51.05%; 1428 votes)
  • Nope. It's still the same (41.51%; 1161 votes)
  • I now think less of Samsung (3.79%; 106 votes)
  • Didn't like Samsung before, don't like 'em now (3.65%; 102 votes)

Clearly, most people aren't too affected by the verdict. Be sure vote in this week's poll, which you can find after the break or in the sidebar to the right.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile and Walmart to offer prepaid Samsung Galaxy S2 for $299

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The prepaid smartphone market is certainly growing, and growing fast. For a increasing number of consumers, moving to a prepaid service is the best way to get a device and keep the monthly costs down. T-Mobile is helping consumers along with that move to prepaid by introducing the Samsung Galaxy SII (S2) on their prepaid Monthly 4G service in conjunction with Walmart. Starting today, customers will be able to pick up the Galaxy S2 off contract at the full price of $299, with monthly plans starting at 100 minutes of talk, unlimited texts and 5GB of 4G data for just $30 per month. The important part of these prepaid services is that there is no contract, no credit check and no deposit to start the service.

Now some of the more techy individuals among us (read: Android nerds) may scoff at the idea of buying a year-old device, but the Galaxy S2 is far ahead of most normal prepaid offerings by a great margin, and at $299 is a really great deal. Now of course for Just $50 more you could pick up a Samsung Galaxy Nexus straight from the Google Play Store (a phone we surely still recommend for the price) that will work just fine with T-Mobile's plan offerings, but some consumers still like the idea of being able to walk into a store and pick up a device with the plan and know where to go for service and support as well.

Take a look after the break for the complete press release.

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4 years ago

ComScore reports Android and Samsung still on top of market share

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ComScore has just released their July 2012 analysis of the U.S. phone market, and the results are about what you would expect. On the manufacturer front, Samsung has kept the lead with 25.6 percent of the U.S. market, although that is a 0.3 percentage point drop from April 2012. In the same period, LG dropped from 19.8 percent to 18.4 percent and Apple held down the 3rd place spot at 14.4 percent. No surprise here on the operating system chart, as Android and iOS continue to run away with the market at 52.2 percent and 33.4 percent market share, respectively. RIM took the biggest hit to market share in the period, dropping 2.1 percentage points to just 9.5 percent of the market.

No shocking numbers here, but we're happy to see Android continue to grow, getting more great devices into people's hands. Be sure to check out all of the granular analysis in the full report at the source link below.

Source: ComScore

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4 years ago

HTC holding U.S. event on Sept. 19, new devices likely

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It's fall refresh time, and it looks like HTC's getting geared up to unleash an arsenal of new products in just a couple of weeks time. This afternoon we received the 'save the date' reminder above, inviting us to an event in New York City on Sept. 19. For those keeping track of all the events and announcements we're expecting around that time, that's 24 hours after Moto and Intel strut their stuff in London, and just a couple of days ahead of the expected iPhone 5 retail release. (Yeah, it's going to be a crazy few weeks.)

What's particularly interesting is that our sister site WPCentral also received the same invite, suggesting that HTC might unveil not only new Android devices, but some Windows Phone 8 stuff, too. The WPC kids have been been hearing rumors of a possible HTC "Accord" or "8X" over the past few days, so we'll have to see if that materializes on the 19th.

On the Android side, possibilities include that weird iMac-looking tablet thing, as well as the perpetually-rumored Verizon-bound 1080p-screened 5-inch device. Any more wild theories? Throw 'em out in the comments. Both Android Central and WPCentral will be live from New York City on the 19th to bring you live coverage of whatever HTC's got up its sleeve.

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4 years ago

OtterBox Commuter Series case review

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The Commuter Series OtterBox is a slimmed-down version of its big brother, the Defender case. Instead of a full three layers of integrated protection, there is just the internal soft silicon core and an external hard plastic cover (though the package comes along with a run-of-the-mill screen protector for good measure). MicroUSB and headphone jacks are protected with flaps, while the hard power and volume keys are accessible through the skin, and the camera and speaker are open. 

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4 years ago

Noob-friendly Pantech Flex announced for AT&T

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The Pantech Flex 4G LTE has been announced on AT&T, and should be landing September 16 for $49.99 on a two-year contract. Besides LTE connectivity and running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Pantech Flex offers an "Easy Experience" mode, which makes the layout more streamlined and simple to navigate. Here's a quick run-down of the specs.

  • 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) Super AMOLED display
  • 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, plus secondary front-facing camera
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor

More info is available over at Pantech's device page. The last phone we saw from Pantech was the Maurauder for Verizon, and though it was also geared towards late adopters, it looks like there's enough horsepower behind these phones to keep the experience smooth.

What do you guys think of this Easy Experience mode? Are there really a lot of cell phone shoppers out there that are overwhelmed by what Android has to offer? Does it need to be pared down a little bit for those new folks?

Video and press release after the jump.

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4 years ago

SGP Crumena Leather Pouch for Samsung Galaxy S3 review

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Traditional phone cases are all well and good, but sometimes you just want something that'll protect your device when it's in transit, or in a bag or pocket with other items. For that kind of protection, it's hard to beat a good old-fashioned leather pouch, such as SGP's Crumena pouch for the Samsung Galaxy S3.

This is a snug-fitting pouch for the Galaxy S3 (international and U.S. versions) that protects it from scuffs and scrapes, and includes a cut-out area for the microphone so as to not to mask the sound of ringtones and notifications. To remove the phone, simply pull on the magnetic tab, and it'll rise out from the case -- and it's that magnet which helps to secure the device in place. And as the pouch is designed to be loaded with the headphone jack at the top, you can easily listen to music on your S3 while it's loaded inside the case.

The outside of the case is furnished in leather, which gives it a soft, yet sturdy feel. On the inside, there's a soft coating to help protect the screen and glossy back of the device. Overall, it's well-built, and ideal for S3 owners looking for occasional protection while their phone's in a backpack or handbag.

The SGP Crumena Leather Pouch for the Samsung Galaxy S3 is currently available in brown from ShopAndroid.com, priced $29.99. Black and white versions are coming soon, and are available to pre-order.

We've got more photos after the break.

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4 years ago

Rovio announces Bad Piggies - swine-centric, slingshot-free action begins Sept. 27

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Following a recent teaser, Angry Birds creator Rovio has officially announced the next chapter in the popular game series -- Bad Piggies. Featuring the infamous pigs from the Angry Birds games, the nature of Bad Piggies' gameplay remains a unknown, though the developer promises that there won't be a "slingshot in sight." Bad Piggies is due to launch on Sept. 27 on Android, iOS and Mac, with PC, Windows 8 and Windows Phone versions following shortly thereafter.

“There’s a lot of empathy towards the lovable enemies from the Angry Birds games, and we’ve been constantly asked: what about the pigs’ side of the story?” said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio. “Bad Piggies gives you the chance to play as the second-most-loved characters in the Angry Birds universe, and explore this rich world through their green eyes.”

Rovio's sure to launch more teaser videos to keep the hype buzzing over in the weeks ahead, so chances are we'll learn more about this swine-centric sequel before long. Let us know what you think in the comments -- are you up for a fresh take on the avian-versus-boar dynamic? Or with so many existing spin-offs, have both pig and bird already jumped the shark?

Source: Rovio

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