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4 years ago

Amazon Wireless offering great deals for new Sprint customers

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For a limited time, Amazon Wireless is offering some of Sprint's top devices for cheap. This deal only applies to new customers, so if you're already on Sprint, this doesn't apply. But if you've been considering switching carriers, this may be a good time to do so.

For a short time and with a new 2-year contract, you can get deals on the following devices:

If you're interested in the deals, head on over to Amazon Wireless.

Source: Amazon Wireless

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4 years ago

Android Central 2012 Gift Guide: Alex's holiday wish-list

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The holidays are just a week away, and as our thoughts turn to celebration, food, drink and gifts, we're here to bring you a run-down of some of the top Android-centric gift ideas from around the web. Phil, Jerry and Richard have already delivered their gift guides, and now it's my turn to write up an Android-themed holiday wish list.

It's a mix of the shiny, the useful, the cheap, the expensive and the delicious. And you'll find it all after the break.

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4 years ago

First Xperia Jelly Bean updates due Feb/Mar 2013, but some 2012 phones will be left behind

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Sony Mobile has provided another update on the progress of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates for its 2012 Xperia smartphones.

First up, the company confirmed that its high-end late 2012 devices, Xperia T, TX and V, are on target to receive Jelly Bean in February and March. Once those updates are out the door, Sony will upgrade the Xperia J, Xperia P and Xperia Go in late March. The remaining devices, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion and Xperia acro S, will get Jelly Bean in the weeks following.

However, there's bad news for owners of the Xperia U, Xperia miro, Xperia tipo, and Xperia sola, as Sony has confirmed that it will not upgrade these devices beyond Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That's particularly disappointing considering all these devices are less than nine months old.

So, as is often the case with Android software updates, it's a mixed bag. Sony has shipped more mid-range phones than ever in 2012, however it's been unable to provide upgrade support for these devices just a few months after release. On the other hand, at least all the more expensive devices are accounted for, although there's no official word on the fate of U.S.-specific phones like the AT&T Xperia Ion and Xperia TL.

On a more positive note, Sony says it's excited about some Xperia-specific functionality in its upcoming Jelly Bean software, so Xperia owners who do get upgraded will likely get some new stuff to play with. Sony is expected to unveil a new high-end smartphone at CES in Las Vegas next month, so it's likely that's where we'll get our first look at the company's new Jelly Bean-based firmware.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

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4 years ago

Samsung audio dock images leak out, could be seen at CES

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Audio docks are pretty common over in the iOS camp, with a wide array of OEM's getting behind Apple's devices to create such accessories. Over here in Androidland, things aren't quite so plentiful. Samsung seems set to make a change to that if the leaked images we see here ring true. 

The leak was obtained by the guys over at Sammobile -- usually known for their firmware leaks -- and they claim it could be seen in the wild at either CES, next month in Las Vegas, or at Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona in February. They look pretty good, but with a speaker of course, that's only half the story. The images were accompanied by a set of leaked specs: 

  • USB Audio Class
  • Universal dock station
  • Bluetooth version 3.0
  • Power: 6W (3W x 2)
  • Power volume button
  • Charging Port
  • 3.5mm Audio Plug-in

The beauty of course, is that any Android device with a bottom mounted microUSB charging port will be able to take advantage of the charging facilities. 

Source: Sammobile

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4 years ago

Samsung 'conducting an internal review' on Exynos kernel vulnerability

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There was potentially worrying news for Samsung phone owners this weekend, as a serious kernel security vulnerability was identified in Android devices running Exynos 4210 and 4412 chips. The list of affected devices includes some of the most popular Samsung phones, like the international Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3, and all Galaxy Note 2 models. The exploit in Samsung's kernel could give a malicious app free reign over a device's memory, allowing it to take complete control of it.

We reached out to Samsung for comment, and the company has today informed us that it is "currently in the process of conducting an internal review" into the matter. That's not a whole lot of information, but it at least confirms that Samsung's aware of the issue and is looking into it.

We'll keep you apprised of any further developments. In the meantime, if you're concerned about whether your own phone could be affected by this security vulnerability, check out our full report from yesterday.

More: The Samsung Exynos kernel exploit - what you need to know

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4 years ago

Sprint to buy 100 percent of Clearwire for $2.2 billion in spectrum play

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Sprint this morning announced that, as rumored, it will pick up the rest of Clearwire for $2.97 a share, or about $2.2 billion. The purchase of the rest of Clearwire's shares (remember that Sprint already had a controlling stake) paves the way for "better strategic alignment and the full utilization and integration of Clearwire's complementary 2.5 GHz spectrum assets," Sprint said in a news release. That'll boost its LTE service -- but it'll take some time (and regulatory approval) before we see any real-world benefits.

Source: Sprint

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4 years ago

Applorer adds friends and groups to game discovery app

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Applorer, a free game discovery portal for Android, updated today with a whole bunch of new social features. Users can now see which titles their friends and other users have installed, create groups (dubbed circles, appropriately enough) for those with common interests to keep tabs on one another, and leave comments, mark favorites and share screenshots with the community at large. Applorer also provides tailored app recommendations based on what's installed on your device and what's popular among your friends. 

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4 years ago

Expansys UK removes HTC Butterfly from listings, won't be flying into Europe after all

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Following the announcement of the 5-inch, 1080p HTC Butterfly for China, a lot of people -- including us -- started getting a little excited when some signs of the device appeared on European retailers websites. HTC confirmed to us at the time that the device was officially only launching in China, leading us to believe that any purchases made in Europe would be of grey imports.

Seems that even this many not be the case anymore. The chaps over at the UK based site Coolsmartphone, actually went and pre-ordered a Butterfly from UK based Expansys. Granted, there was no price, no mention of when they would become available, but a definite intent it seemed that they would be offering the device for sale. Over the weekend they received this email from Expansys, detailing that in fact the device would not be coming to the UK at this time: 

Thank you for your recent interest and preorder of the HTC Butterfly. Unfortunately, we have now been informed by HTC that this device will not be available in European markets, and as such we have had to remove it from our website and cancel your preorder.

We're not all that sure where the Expansys stock may have been sourced from in the first place, but it's pretty clear cut that we won't be getting any. But, then again, Mobile World Congress takes place in just a couple of months, so who knows what the future may hold. 

Source: Coolsmartphone

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4 years ago

Nexus 4 once again sold out in UK, Germany

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After a couple of weeks of being on sale with lengthy waits for delivery, the LG Nexus 4 is officially sold out on the Google Play devices store in the UK and Germany. While the 8GB model sold out within hours of the second batch of stock going on sale, it had been possible to order the 16GB model, albeit with a 6-7 week shipping estimate. Today both flavors of Nexus 4 are marked as "sold out," in Britain and "ausverkauft" in Germany.

The news follows difficulties in getting some orders out to customers. Some who'd received 3-5 day shipping estimates had not received their orders as of Sunday, leading to Google UK & Ireland boss Dan Cobley getting involved. In a Google+ post made over the weekend, Cobley apologized for the delayed orders, and said stock from LG had been "scarce and erratic." Orders with pre-Christmas shipping estimates, he said, should be processed this week.

Did you manage to bag a Nexus 4 while it was available to order? Has yours arrived yet? Let us know about your Nexus 4 ordering experiences in the comments.

Source: Google Play

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia 'Yuga' prototype revealed in leaked images

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It's been a while since we've had reliable leaked details about Sony's upcoming 2013 torch-bearer, codenamed "Yuga". The device had been rumored to sport a 5-inch 1080p display of the kind set to become increasingly common at the high end in the next twelve months. Back in November, the first set of leaked photos showed an unassuming slab-shaped design with Sony branding.

Today a couple of fresh images have emerged, showing what seems to be the exact same device. There's the same unique earpiece design, and the same back cover which, like LG 's Optimus G and Nexus 4, seems to be coated in glass. The source of the leaked shots, Russian site Mobile-Review, says the device will be powered by "the latest chipset from Qualcomm." presumably a Snapdragon S4 Pro. The site dismisses other recent rumors of a Samsung Exynos-powered Sony flagship.

The back design happens to match up closely with an FCC filing for the Japanese variant of this phone, which carries the model number SO-02E. That listing suggested the device would pack a 2330mAh battery.

For the past several years, Sony Mobile has used CES as a launch platform for its new high-end stuff. So, with the pace of leaks increasing, and FCC filings starting to appear, we think it's likely the "Yuga" could be revealed in just a few weeks in Las Vegas. Whatever Sony shows at its CES press conference, we'll be there to cover it live.

Source: Mobile-Review (Russian)

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4 years ago

Android Central Stocking Stuffers week 2 winners

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We're into the third week of our month long Stuff Your Stocking contest here at Android Central, and that means that we have more winners to announce.

Last week we asked you to follow us on Youtube and comment on a video, and we've checked our list, rifled through our Youtube inbox, and picked winners for each day's contest. Each winner will need to check their Youtube inbox for all the details, but there's a $10 Google Play gift card with your name on it. I imagine everyone wants to know who those winners are, so let's get on with it!

  • timecop1080
  • laurel2510
  • elemental1
  • vmmini91
  • milton abaunza
  • what316austin1
  • sleepyhollow57

A big holiday congrats goes out to each of you from all of us here at Android Central, and we know you'll find something great in Google Play to spend your gift cards on. Plus, you're automatically entered to win a Nexus 4 from us!

Don't forget that starting tomorrow is a new week, and we have more gift cards to give away. Keep an eye on the blog for just how we're going to do that. Good luck, congrats to last week's winners, and thanks everyone for entering!

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4 years ago

The Samsung Exynos kernel exploit - what you need to know

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A new kernel exploit has been found (credit to alephzain at XDA) that affects some Samsung Exynos chipsets -- which happen to power many of Samsung's more popular phones. Normally kernel exploits don't make the rounds as news, but this time the word "malware" got attached to it so it has a bit of steam behind it.

Let's start this by reminding everyone that any app or program that roots your Android phone or jailbreaks your iOS device is malware by this definition. People really need to give up on that damn click-bait, and instead worry about educating people to help keep them safer. That's what we're going to try to do, so read on and lets have a look.

Update: A couple new things here. First is that Supercurio has worked up a quick and easy app that'll patch this exploit if you're worried about it. It'll let you know if your device is vulnerable, closes the exploit without requiring root access (so it should work on any phone or tablet), and it "doesn't modify your system, copy files or flash anything." You can turn the fix off and on as you choose, which is good because it breaks camera functionality on some devices (read more after the break on why that happens), and it could mess with HDMI output on some devices, Supercurio says. Also, we're re-emphasizing Chainfire's thread in the link below. Great stuff from the Android community. Let's hope Samsung gets something pushed out on its end as soon as it can.

Source: XDA; More: Chainfire's ExynosAbuse root exploit thread

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4 years ago

The week in international Android news - Dec. 16, 2012

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The holidays may be just around the corner, but the pace of news shows no sign of slowing. So here's another quick recap of the week's main Android events around the world. It's been a busy week packed with device launches on various UK  networks, app updates from Google and the BBC, as well as review and first impressions features here on AC.

Check past the break for this week's round-up.

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4 years ago

Google UK boss offers 'unreserved apology' for delayed Nexus 4 orders

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Dan Cobley says pre-Christmas deliveries on track for this week, offers shipping refund for late orders

As we've reported in great detail over the past month, customers hoping to pick up the Nexus 4 directly from the Google Play Store haven't had the easiest time ordering the device. Even after dealing with a tumultuous ordering process, some in the UK have found that their orders had missed the shipping window they'd been given by Google Play.

As a result, some disgruntled customers decided to go straight to the top to get answers, reaching out to Google UK & Ireland Managing Director Dan Cobley on his Google+ page. Today Cobley has responded with an update on the situation, an apology to those affected, and a shipping refund for those whose orders had missed the quoted 3-5 day window. The bottom line is that orders with pre-Christmas shipping estimates should be processed in the coming week.

In his Google+ message, Cobley also addresses the subject of stock levels, saying supplies from Nexus 4 manufacturer LG have been "scarce and erratic." The first wave of Nexus 4 stock sold out in under an hour, and the second wave was back-ordered by over one month in under a day.

Check past the break for Cobley's message in full.

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