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4 years ago

Inside Android 4.2: Notifications and quick settings


Finally, Google has added quick settings to the notification pulldown in Android 4.2. That's a feature many have wanted in stock Android since, well, forever. Enthusiast ROMs have added them. The manufacturers have added them. You can download apps that add them. And now, Google's added them in the latest version of Jelly Bean.

Only, Google did it different. Whereas quick settings generally serve as toggles in the notification pulldown, Google's gone a different route. Crazy, or crazy like a fox? Let's take a look.

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4 years ago

Verizon pledging to match Red Cross text donations up to $1 million


In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, there's pretty extensive damage up in the Northeast. If you'd like to help, Verizon has been facilitating $10 donations to the Red Cross from customers by texting REDCROSS to 90999, and is now offering to help out even more. The first $1 million donated by customers will be matched by Verizon directly, and in addition it is offering another $200,000 to various nonprofit organizations in New York and New Jersey to help with the relief efforts.

Consider passing on the latte for a day and donate, be it through Verizon or directly to a charity, and help out some people in need.

More: American Red Cross

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4 years ago

Apple admits to 'inaccurate' Samsung statement on its UK site


Earlier in the week Apple was rebuked by a UK court of appeal for publishing a "non-compliant" statement about Samsung's Galaxy Tabs not infringing, but willfully copying the iPad. The company was required to correct its statement, and the revised version started appearing in British newspapers yesterday.

Today, inside the 48 hour window required by the court, Apple has updated its UK site to include the following text in a large, 14.6-pixel-high font --

On 25 October 2012, Apple Inc. published a statement on its UK website in relation to Samsung's Galaxy tablet computers. That statement was inaccurate and did not comply with the order of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. The correct statement is at Samsung/Apple UK judgement.

The presence and content of the message isn't all that surprising, but the large font size required by the court makes the revised statement rather impactful. Despite being at the bottom of the main page at, it clearly stands out from the rest of the content, something Apple can't be happy about.

This is just the latest development in a long and winding legal battle between Apple and Samsung. In the UK, it was ruled that Samsung's Galaxy Tab didn't copy the iPad, and Apple was ordered to place statements and take out ads to correct the impression that Samsung has copied its tablet. The first version of that statement referenced cases in Germany and the U.S., where courts found in Apple's favor, and following their publication, the appeals court ruled that Apple must correct these statements in at least 11-point font.

The page linked to on Apple's site doesn't stray too far from the content of yesterday's newspaper ads -- just the findings of the court, with no added snark.

In order to comply with the court's ruling, he statement on Apple's site must remain in place for one month.

Source: Apple UK

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4 years ago

Android Central 114: Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Android 4.2


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It's a special Friday edition with Jerry, Alex and Phil. We've got the Nexus 4 phone. We've got the Nexus 10 tablet. And we've got Android 4.2. And we've got the lowdown on all all of it. Join us!

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4 years ago

Samsung has sold 30 million Galaxy S3's worldwide


We heard just yesterday about the relative success of the Galaxy Note 2, selling 3 million units in just over 30 days. That was quite a feat, but how about this? 30 million Galaxy SII (S3) units sold worldwide since launch. That's a serious number, especially considering that the device hasn't had worldwide availability for that long.

It's surely outpacing anything else out there, including the amazing sales numbers of the Galaxy S2, and we haven't even hit the holiday season yet. We'll likely see tens of millions more Galaxy S3's sold in the coming months.

Source: Samsung Poland (Twitter) Via: The Verge

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4 years ago

Getting used to the Note 2 size, Updates are a reason to buy Nexus devices [From the Forums]


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

Sprint readying refreshed Galaxy S2 in 'Titanium' for $99.99


This render of a color refreshed Samsung Galaxy SII (S2) hitting Sprint has just landed in our inbox, which you can see above. It's not the highest quality picture ever, but it's worth noting that it falls right into line with a leak we saw earlier today that a refreshed Galaxy S2 was hitting Sprint in the coming weeks. Put these two together and we'll bet you'll see this "Titanium" (we'll call it gray) model in Sprint stores for the holidays. A color refresh is fine and dandy, but we'd be interested to see if that's the only change in this model.

Previous information shows a retail price of $99.99, and smart money says there will be some holiday deals associated with that as well.

Thanks, Anonymous!

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4 years ago

ZTE Flash looks to be coming to Sprint Nov. 11 (updated)


Update: the folks over at EVLeaks have what look to be the official (or nearly official) renders of the ZTE Flash. It's got quite a pronounced camera hump, as you would expect with a big 12MP sensor on it.

Well, that's a pretty convincing screen we see above. The folks over at Engadget have been tipped as to the availability and pricing of the upcoming ZTE Flash on Sprint. The Flash looks to be slotting into the mid-range category all things considered, with a $129 on-contract price tag. The picture shows Android 4.0 on board, a 4.5-inch display, 12MP camera and 1.5GHz dual-core processor -- nothing to sneeze at, but not top of the line. This lines up with a previous leak of the Flash almost spec-for-spec.

An additional picture from the same leak shows the forward-looking product portfolio for Sprint at this point, including a new color of the Galaxy SII (S2) at $99.99, the LG Mach and a few other devices we've seen. Take a look at the second inventory picture after the break.

Source: Engadget; @evleaks

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4 years ago

Got Nexus 4 questions? Head to the Android Central forums!

The Nexus 4 is finally officially official -- a new LG-built Nexus device sporting a quad-core Snapdragon S4 chip and a unique chassis design. The full review's coming soon, but in the meantime, Phil's got one in-hand, and is answering your questions over on the Android Central forums!

So if you've got any burning questions about the new Nexus, or the new version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean, you can head on over to the link below and get the answers you crave. If you're not already registered on the Android Central forums, it's quick and easy to do so!

More: Nexus 4 Q&A on the Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Electronic dart board hacked to keep score using Android


Dart and Android enthusiast Dan was growing weary of manually keeping score of his lunch break dart games with his coworkers. He decided to put his tinkering skills to the test and create DartDroid, a way to interface a Bluetooth Android device with his $12 electronic dartboard. Now obviously electronic dartboards can keep score, but if you're playing custom games, that doesn't really help that much. Armed with his dartboard, Android device, electronic bits and some programming knowledge, Dan set to work. Being an appMobi employee, he used their HTML5 framework to make the client app for the dartboard. Like most Android projects, you can view the diagrams and download the code for DartDroid on Dan's site. 

via: Hackaday source: Bluetooth Dartboard Project

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4 years ago

Black Samsung Galaxy S3 now available from Vodafone UK


Amid the sea of LG Nexus 4 content floating around right now, it would be easy to forget about some of the other hot Android devices out there. Word reaches us today that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is now available on Vodafone UK in black. It's a Samsung Galaxy S3, but it's black. It's that simple -- but in black, it does look fantastic. It can be had completely free of charge on a new 2 year contract, for £41 per month for the 16GB version. A little pricey, but it's still one heck of a phone. 

Source: Vodafone

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4 years ago

New malware could allow SMS phishing, sideloaders beware


Researchers at NC State University have discovered a new bug in current versions of Android that would allow malware to spoof the sender of an SMS message. The exploit works on Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean, Google has been made aware of the issue and will be releasing a security patch. 

In the meantime, the team at NC State says they won't be releasing all the specifics of how it's done, but chances are someone will find it now that they know what to look for and what version changes to inspect. This means it's important that you trust any applications you plan on sideloading onto your Android device. Of course, users who pick up a Nexus 4 with the built-in sideload scanner are covered.

The bigger issue, as always, is how long it will take OEMs and carriers to push any fix out to their existing phones. Unfortunately, the answer is either "a long time" or never, so it's up to you to be vigilant. If you get an SMS message from your bank, or school, or anyone who asks for personal or login details, tap the phone icon and call them just to be on the safe side.

Source: NC State University; via Engadget

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4 years ago

New render of Verizon Droid DNA in line with previous leaks


Well, well, what have we here? The always-reliable @evleaks has come up with what looks to be a marketing shot of the Verizon HTC Droid DNA -- and it looks right in line with the physical model of the Droid DNA (aka the HTC DLX) we first showed you a week or so ago. The pieces are starting to fall into place, and we're now seeing some official branding for the "Droid DNA" name as well. The Droid DNA tag also happens to be the same name we first brought you in the form of a Verizon MAP listing.

Still no word on when we'll see this 5-incher, but the fellows at evleaks are pointing toward early December.

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Nexus 7 and iPad mini tablets


Nexus isn't the only news in town today. Apple's 7.9-inch iPad mini is on doorsteps, and we've picked one up to take a look at it next to the Google Nexus 7 tablet from ASUS. Some quick thoughts, in random order:

  • Yep. The iPad mini is thinner. Much thinner. But because of its aluminum back (and it's a very sexy back), it's much more slippery. The Nexus 7's extra thickness (not that it's all that portly) and rubberized texture make it more comfortable, at least in some very short-term testing.
  • Apple made a big deal about the iPad mini having a thinner bezel -- the space between the usable display and the edge of the device. And the iPad mini certainly looks cool with that thin bezel. I'm not sold on the usability just yet. Maybe it's because I'm just used to having to keep my thumb off the screen (Apple's got some software tweaks to compensate for that, apparently), or maybe it's in combination with the thinness, and toss in the iPad's extra width over the Nexus 7, but it seems more uncomfortable to hold. That may change over time.
  • Pixels. The Nexus 7 wins this battle hands-down, with its 1280x800 resolution at 7 inches, compared to 1024x768 at 7.9 inches for the iPad mini. That's 216 pixels per inch for the Nexus 7, versus 163 for the iPad. And that density makes a big difference, if you have discerning eyeballs like we do.

We've got some quickie video after the break, where you can see the difference in size, along with a quick walkthrough. Have at it.

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4 years ago

The Nexus Phone family: Four generations of Android


From the Nexus One to the Nexus Four — and a couple Galaxies in between

Back in the winter of 2009, the rumors were flying about Google getting into the phone business. Previously they offered what were called Android Developer Phones (we know them as the G1 and the Magic, both made by HTC for Google's reference devices), but this was supposedly something different. Many at Google denied these rumors, but as we all saw the following January, the Nexus One was unveiled.

The Nexus One was a huge leap forward when compared to the current crop of premium smartphones of the time. A fast 1 GHz processor and 512MB of RAM powered the AMOLED screen, and it quickly ushered in an era of what became known as the "superphone."

By today's standards, the Nexus One specs are pretty mediocre, but back then they were unheard of. To go along with these great specs, was a premium build with a unibody design, and a certainty of prompt and early updates to the Android OS. The hardware had it's share of issues, but none of us cared when Froyo came out, because it was fast -- and so was the OS update. The Nexus program was a hit, if not a very successful retail venture, and we knew things were going to get interesting.

The Nexus One set the stage for the Nexus line, and what it would become.

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