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4 years ago

Three UK launches HTC Desire C, available on PAYG for £150

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British network Three is the first mobile operator to launch HTC's latest budget handset, the Desire C. Announced just a couple of weeks ago, the Desire C is the successor to HTC's budget-busting Wildfire range. It's got a 600MHz CPU, a 3.5-inch HVGA display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. And being an HTC Sense 4 phone, it also ships with Beats Audio software enhancements. There's also a 5MP rear camera, though no front-facer, so video calling is out of the question. So it's not going to set the world alight, but the Desire C looks like a decent little budget handset.

Three's offering the Desire C for free on contracts starting at just £13 per month, or if you want to buy it outright, the PAYG price is an equally reasonable £150, when purchased with an initial £15 top-up. The network's selling the Desire C in black and white, and the phone is available to order online and in-store from today.

Source: Three UK; More: HTC Desire C gallery

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III kernel source released

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As required under the GPL, Samsung has released its kernel source code for the (international) Galaxy S III -- the Linux core upon which Android is based. The code's available right now from the Samsung open source repository, and while it won't be of much use to regular users, custom ROM makers will undoubtedly be pouring over the code in the days and weeks ahead. 

The emergence of kernel source for a newly-released device isn't surprising, but it is great to see code appearing online just a day or so after the official street date. Community developers now have plenty of time to get to grips with Samsung's kernel, which will hopefully result in better custom ROMs for Galaxy S III owners.

To grab the kernel source for yourself, hit the link below.

Source: Samsung Open Source

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4 years ago

No, Pandora's latest update doesn't refer to Jelly Bean or Key Lime Pie

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Oh, my, folks sure got themselves into a tizzy this afternoon, didn't they? See, the Android Pandora application got itself a sizable update today. And the third item in the changelog was (and still is) "Compatibility support for upcoming Android OS."

ZOMG! A new, unannounced version of Android?!?!? Jelly Bean, perhaps?!?!? Key Lime Pie?!?!? Licorice?!?!? Meringue?!?!? Newton?!?!?

Not so much. As we suspected, it's just a bit of future-proofing, and isn't referring to any specific and as-yet-unannounced version of Android. In fact, that's exactly what Pandora told us.

"That line just refers to some minor code cleanup that had hard-coded functionality to the current version of Android - Ice Cream Sandwich. This update just future-proofs the Pandora app for the upcoming versions of Android." 

Now, that's not to say there's nothing of note in this update. More and better settings? Sweet. Better and easier sign-up? Excellent. Plus a host of other fixes, including the removal of the "change network state" permission, which should help the tinfoil-hat types sleep better at night.

But no new version of Android was tipped tonight, folks. That'll have to come another day.

Download: Pandora for Android

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4 years ago

Orange San Diego hands-on and first impressions

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Intel arrives to the party on a carrier branded, middle of the road Android smartphone. But is it any good?

Down in jolly old London Town this morning, Orange UK threw a little breakfast soiree in a venue 31 floors up. The purpose? To officially unveil their latest own-brand Android smartphone, until now known as the Santa Clara. Traditionally, Orange has piggy-backed onto a device from the likes of ZTE, offering a budget device geared towards the low end of the market. They're also not usually the sort of devices that warrant gathering members of the press in the center of London at breakfast time. With their latest offering -- launching as the San Diego, so keeping to the city name tradition -- the carrier is going about things a little different. There is something to shout about -- Intel Inside.

More: Orange San Diego hands-on video and photo gallery

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4 years ago

Dual Core vs. Quad Core, 4.0.4 OTA has arrived [From the Forums]

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We're getting all settled in for another Android Central podcast tonight, while you're waiting though you can check out some posts from earlier today or jump on into the Android Central forums for some discussion. Just make sure you come back in time for the podcast Mmmkay?

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

N.O.V.A. 3 now available for Android!

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Android fans of the N.O.V.A. series, you now know what you'll be doing for the next few days. N.O.V.A. 3 has now landed in the Google Play Store and is ready for download. That is, if you have a compatible device and 2GB of additional storage you're looking to fill -- yes, it's a massive game with massive graphics and gameplay but it's finally here:

  • An epic storyline: Humanity finally returns to Earth after years of exile! Fight in 10 immersive levels across the galaxy, from a war-torn Earth to a frozen Volterite city.
  • Multiple weapons and powers: Run, shoot, drive vehicles, and pilot a mech to defeat hordes of enemies.
  • Join 12-player battles in 6 multiplayer modes (Capture the Point, Free-for-All, Capture the Flag, etc.) on 6 different maps.
  • For the first time, multiple allies can jump inside the same vehicle and spread destruction on the battlefield.
  • Discover the new FPS benchmark for graphics and gameplay (real-time shadow & lights, particle system, ragdoll physics, etc.)

You'll have to hit the Google Play link below to grab the download and check compatibility as Gameloft makes no mention of it in the listing. Like a lot of hotly anticipated games, this one does have a price tag attached to it so be prepared to hand over $6.99 if you're grabbing this one. Want to see it in action before you download? Game trailer is below for you all.

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4 years ago

Facebook for Android gets performance and bug fixes in minor update

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If you're using the official Facebook application for Android, you'll want to head to Google Play and grab the latest version, as it's just been updated with "improved performance and various bug fixes." No word on exactly what these entail, but anything that brings a better, faster Facebooking experience on our phones has to be a good thing.

If you've noticed any changes in the latest version, be sure to drop by the comments and let us know. And if you've yet to install the official Facebook app, you can find it on Google Play over at this here Internet hyperlink.

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4 years ago

Reminder: Win a tablet or smartphone with SwiftKey and Mobile Nations

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Just a quick reminder, boys and girls, that you've got a little less than a week left to enter to win a device of your choice (up to $800 worth) just for taking a little survey from keyboard-maker Swiftkey. 

Head over to swiftkey.net/survey to begin, complete the survey. If you're one of the lucky three (yes, three) winners, you could get your hands on your dream phone or tablet, even if it doesn't run Android. In fact, even if you don't currently own a device that supports their kick-ass keyboard, SwiftKey still wants to hear from you, and you could still be a winner.

The survey is open internationally for smartphone and tablet owners aged 18 and over, and it runs until midnight on Wednesday, June 6.  Be sure to check SwiftKey's site for the full terms and conditions.

Head over to SwiftKey's survey page to get started!

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Elite review

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Green, eco-friendly, and price conscious, the LG Optimus is certainly a budget phone - But is it for you?

When I found out I'd get to do the LG Optimus Elite review, I was happy, to say the least. Most folks write these phones off as bottom-feeders, budget phone lowbies that have no place in our elitist, Android society. To those folks, I must say, I disagree.

For starters, this guy is pretty eco-friendly. More than 50 percent of its plastic case is made with recycled plastic, and in a society of excess and waste, that's commendable right off the bat. It's small, light, and inexpensive. And let me tell you, it's made for ​somebody.

Enough soapboxing for now. There's a review to be written (and subsequently read), so join us after the break to see how the latest phone to don the Optimus moniker handles.

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4 years ago

EVO 4G LTE in Sprint stores this Saturday

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Finally. Sprint's given us word that the HTC EVO 4G LTE will make its debut in retail stores nationwide this Saturday, June 2, in "most retail channels." Regular store hours apply, and the price is still $199. Until then, be sure to check out our EVO 4G LTE review, and swing by the forums if you have any questions.

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4 years ago

Vodafone UK introduces the modestly-priced Smart II

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Vodafone UK today introduced the Smart II, its budget-friendly Android smartphone priced at a cool £70 on pay-as-you-go plans. Targeted at first-time smartphone buyers, the Smart II is the successor to Vodafone’s original SMART. The Smart II comes spec’d in line with its price tag, and includes a 3.2-inch display at 480 x 320 HVGA resolution, an 800 MHz processor, a 3MP camera, and Gingerbread underneath the hood. The Smart II is available now at the source link and in stores in both dark grey and white. Vodafone's promotional video can be found after the break.

Source: Vodafone UK

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4 years ago

Google Translate for Android receives ICS makeover and additional text-to-speech languages

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Although Google has been constantly updating their apps on what is seemingly a more then average frequency as of late, one app left behind for quite some time now has been Google Translate. That said; Google has now gone ahead and given translate some love by adding the Holo theme to the mix and bringing in more in line with their rest of their Ice Cream Sandwich looking apps. In addition to the updated looks, folks are also getting additional text to speech language support including Esperanto.

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4 years ago

Sony SmartWatch receives update, including enhanced watchface visibility

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Sony has announced a software update for its SmartWatch that will bring several enhancements. One of the improvements is also one of the most requested by the community -- making the watch face always visible. Many members of the Smart Watch community requested that even in stand by mode they wanted to see the watch and Sony has listened, which is good to see.

Other enhancements include:

  • Increased usage support in the SmartWatch application
  • Endomondo Sports Tracker is now in the recommended apps list
  • Improvements to Music Player, Weather and many third-part apps

Current SmartWatch owners will receive a notification when the update has been pushed, but it is also available from Google Play.

Source: Sony Xperia Product Blog

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4 years ago

Taptu launches HTML5 site to complement mobile apps

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If you happened to check out Taptu in the past, then you likely already know that it's a pretty decent way to gather all the content you're interested in from around the web into one app. Now though the company has taken it one step further by offering up a full blown HTML5 site to make use of.

Rather than your Taptu account being contained to your Android device, you can fully access all your complete profile from any capable browser and enjoy it as you would any on your smartphone making it easier then ever before to share the news you choose with the people you choose. You can jump below for the full press release along with the download link to Taptu for Android.

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4 years ago

AT&T's 4G LTE goes live in Cleveland

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Good morning, Cleveland! Our inbox has been lit up this morning with folks seeing AT&T's 4G LTE data, and the carrier itself just made it official. Faster data speeds are upon you! That means if you've got a shiny new phone like the HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy Note (among others), you can take advantage of the faster speeds. 

Source: AT&T

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