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4 years ago

ICS updates reportedly starting for some Galaxy Tab 10.1 models

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Updated: ICS now pushing out to UK Wifi-only Tab 10.1, as well as Italian 3G version.

Good news for anyone living in a country where the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has yet to be banned from sale. Reports from SamMobile​ indicate that the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the venerable Tab 10.1 is now complete, and has started to roll out to customers' devices. Updates have begun on the Wifi-only version in the UK, and the 3G version in Italy. In addition to bumping the 10.1-inch tablet up to the most recent version of Android that's not Jelly Bean, you can also expect some visual changes to the TouchWiz UI, bringing the software experience in line with Samsung's Tab 2 range.

If you've got an Italian Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 3G (GT-P7500) or a UK Wifi-only model (GT-P7510), you can update now by heading to Settings > About Tablet > Software Updates, or by plugging your tablet into a PC running Samsung's Kies desktop software. Alternatively, if you're feeling adventurous, you could flash the firmware directly onto any 3G Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- you'll find an ODIN-flashable version version over at the source link.

We'd recommend most Tab owners outside of Italy and the UK sit tight and wait for the official update to roll out, though. It's been eight months already, what's another few days?

Source: SamMobile

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia GX/SX Japan launch dates confirmed as international 'Hayabusa' leaks once again

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After a short delay, carrier NTT Docomo has cofirmed that Sony's new handsets for the Japanese market, the Xperia SX and GX, are due to launch next week. The 4.6-inch Xperia GX, the new Sony flagship, will arrive on Docomo next Thursday, Aug. 9, while its 3.7-inch sibling the Xperia SX is due a day later, on Aug. 10. Pre-orders for both phones will begin later this week -- Aug. 2 for the GX and Aug. 3 for the SX.

Meanwhile, the international version of the Xperia GX, known only by its codename and product number, LT29i "Hayabusa," has leaked out once again in a series of unauthorized shots. We've seen so much of this phone pre-release, and there's really nothing of note to say about this latest set of pics, besides pointing out the obvious design cues it shares with last year's Xperia Arc -- right down to its button placement, in fact. The photos, which first appeared on ePrice, also show the Hayabusa's 4.6-inch 720p "Reality" display comparing favorably against the HTC EVO 4G LTE's SuperLCD2 panel.

Elsewhere, a selection of sample shots from the Hayabusa's 13MP rear shooter have also emerged on Taiwanese site ​ePrice. ​The images demonstrate marked improvements in image clarity, and show significantly less noise than the 12MP sensor found in the Xperia S. We're fully expecting the LT29i Hayabusa to be announced at the IFA show in Berlin in late August.

Source: NTT Docomo, XperiaBlog, ePrice

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4 years ago

Mutant Roadkill review - when Temple Run goes post-apocalyptic

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Mutant Roadkill screeched into Google Play earlier this month as an unabashed homage to Temple Run with a few significant twists. Instead of being chased, you're the one chasing, and you're running over radioactive zombies in a gritty post-apocalyptic world.

Players mount up in a car and steer by tilting the device to the left or right in order to dodge debris littering the streets and nail shambling mutants. Some will be a bit more aggressive, and require players to scrape them off the side of their car by skimming walls, or rely on the odd power-up to clear the way. Players earn cash based on how long they survive without crashing, how many mutants they hit (earning bonus points for consecutive kills), and how many challenges they manage to complete. That coin can be used to buy new vehicles, improve power-ups, and purchase consumables. A premium currency can be bought through IAPs in order to access the particularly good stuff.

 

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4 years ago

T-Mobile's Galaxy Note set to get an out-of-the-box OTA update

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T-Mobile hasn't yet released their Galaxy Note, and they already have an OTA update in the works. The 5.3-inch pocket computer is set to be released on August 8, and T-Mo support says to expect an update to version T879UVLG3. The specifics are a bit thin, and the change log for the 21MB update lists three issues I'm not seeing with my review unit:

  • Error: ‘Enter MAC address’ after entering MAC address
  • Weather widget does not show current location
  • MobileLife contacts addresses combined into a single field

It's also worth mentioning that the support docs list both the current build and the upcoming OTA as Android version 4.0.3, when the current production units are running Android 4.0.4 with build number T879UVLF5. We're chalking this one up as a typo, but I've reached out to T-Mobile to verify.

To get the update, either via OTA or Samsung Kies, you'll need to have a minimum of 50-percent battery, so be ready to plug your Note in as soon as you get it out of the box a week from Wednesday.

Source: T-Mobile

 

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4 years ago

PlayUp review - get social with the Olympics

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PlayUp's sporting social network has recently updated with lots of content specific to the Olympics, and with the games just getting started, it seemed like a good time for a review. If you're looking for more, be sure to check out our round-up of Olympics Android apps, and expect another one soon. 

PlayUp curates a wide range of sports content from a bunch of different sources, including Twitter, USA Today, NBC,  ESPN, Reuters, and others. There's even some decent video content that seems to come direct from PlayUp. For the Olympics, users can drill down into individual categories, check schedules and results, as well as create hangouts, where you can publicly or privately banter with other PlayUp users about events as they happen. Users can add friends through Facebook and Twitter connections to send them direct messages and see their activity on the network. Users can also add sports to favorites for quick access later on. 

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 accessory lineup leaks, POGO dock and premium leather case coming soon

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Since the release of the Nexus 7 there hasn't been all that many official accessories made available for it and those that have appeared, disappeared just as fast. There is clearly more on the way though as shown off in some leaked documents from Nordic Hardware.

As you may have noticed, there is pogo pins on the side of the Nexus 7. They were always assumed to accommodate a dock and with the leak we're now getting a look at said dock that has a microUSB charging port, a 3.5MM line out jack and is “perfectly-angled for better movie and photo viewing, browsing, and email.”  When can you get one? August 24th if the info is accurate for $50.

If you're not really feeling the current case offerings for the Nexus 7, no matter. There is apparently more on the way. A premium leather version of the official Nexus 7 cover is shown to be arriving August 31st for $39.99 in 4 different colors. That's all in addition to more color offerings for the original grey cover. If you want to see more, look below but of course given they are leaked documents, we'll have to wait and see what shows up when.

Source: Nordic Hardware via: Droid Life

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4 years ago

Must have Nexus 7 apps, Jelly Bean camera improvements [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

ZTE Flash for Sprint leaked with 4.5-inch screen and LTE

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Hot on the heels of the recently released Grand X, it looks like ZTE is pairing up with Sprint to launch a new LTE handset, the Flash. As far as specs, it seems to tick all the boxes: a 4.5" 720x1280 display, dual-core 1.5 Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 12.6MP camera. There are just a couple shortcomings at first glance though, mainly the rather small 8GB of storage and 1780 mAh battery, which don't compare favorably to recent top tier handsets like the Evo 4G LTE and Galaxy SIII.

We'll only know for sure when Sprint drops the official release date and pricing on this one. It could be a real contender, and more high-end device competition can only be a good thing.

Source: Talk Android

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4 years ago

Hey Samsung, where the hell is that Verizon Galaxy S 3 developer phone?

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With the Galaxy S 3, Samsung has built a phone that everyone and their brother seems to want. It's big, it's beautiful, it's fast, and it's hacker-friendly everywhere except Verizon Wireless. We all remember the outrage when it was discovered that the bootloader on the Verizon model was protected, and Samsung was quick to tell us they would be releasing a "developer" edition with an unlocked bootloader "soon". That's more sets of quote marks than I care to see or use when talking about unfettered hardware. 

A couple weeks back the dev model showed up on Samsung's website with the same "coming soon" tag (look, more of those pesky quote marks), but since then nobody has said a word. This is pretty important to hardcore Android fans, so I would hope it's equally important to someone at Samsung HQ. For us, Android on our phones is like Linux on our desktop -- something we can tweak to our liking and break any old way we want to break it. That's probably why Verizon wanted a locked model (make no mistake, I'm sure Verizon was behind it) to begin with. 

That plan has pretty much backfired, as even with the locked and encrypted bootloader folks have managed to hack the living crap out of the Verizon Galaxy S 3. You can't defeat a determined Android nerd, let alone hundreds of them. But that doesn't matter. We want freedom to tinker as promised. We never forget a promise. Let's hope Samsung hasn't forgotten either. 

Of course, it's possible that Big Red has changed their mind about allowing a wild and free Galaxy S 3 all over their LTE network. We're poking around to see if that's the case. But it's more likely that the "coming soon" tag has a different meaning to the folks in suits than it does to the rest of us. Samsung, don't wait to do the right thing until it's so late nobody cares about it any longer. As mentioned, we never forget. We want to love you. We want to praise the way you remember the development community that you used to love back. Don't forget us.

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4 years ago

Casio G’zOne Commando getting a software update

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The Casio G’zOne Commando hasn't been forgotten by Verizon, and should be seeing a software update shortly to address some bugs and patch up a bit on the security side. There's no mention of a version update, so we're pretty sure it will still be on Gingerbread, but bug fixes and the like are always welcome. The change log reads as such --

  • Speakerphone successfully turns off after a Push to Talk call is completed.
  • Improved device stability decreases power cycles during a Push to Talk call.
  • Mobile IM application has been removed from the device.
  • Desk Cradle application has been updated with the latest bug fixes.
  • Android partner security bulletin has been applied to the device. 

The new security patch is a great thing, and the removal of the Mobile IM app probably is, too. When nobody uses your "value-added" apps, it's time to strip them out. No word on when to expect this one, but if you're rocking the Mil-Spec G’zOne ( I love typing that name) be on the lookout. Hey Verizon -- Rezound next, please?

Source: Verizon (pdf)

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4 years ago

Square Enix showing off Final Fantasy Dimensions and other titles for Android at Gamescom

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Square Enix is bringing the big guns of late when it comes to Android. In recent weeks we've seen the release of the mighty Final Fantasy III, and the original Final Fantasy that sneaked out just last week. It doesn't stop there though, as the prominent game developer is headed to Gamescom, in Germany, to show off their next Final Fantasy title for Android, Final Fantasy Dimensions. 

While Dimensions will undoubtedly be the main attraction, Square Enix will also show off a number of future Android titles. There will be a couple of matching, strategy based games called Qwirkle and Motley Blocks, KooZac which is described as a mix of Tetris and Sudoku, and their own brain training game known as Mensa Academy will be out for testing. It's fantastic news for Android as a gaming platform, to see big name developers such as Square Enix getting on board. 

via DroidGamers

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4 years ago

Archos 97 Carbon now available, on sale to boot

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It's kind of a tough time to be any Android tablet not named Nexus 7, but try telling that to the Archos 97 Carbon, which is now available online. At $229 (with a $20 discount) it doesn't match the price of the Nexus 7, nor does it under the hood, where you'll find Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a 1GHz processor. On the other hand, you get a larger display, so there's that.

Hit the link below if you want to give this guy a go, and use code MAC45Z to save $20 at checkout.

Buy: Archos 97 Carbon

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4 years ago

Samsung India starts offering the 32GB Galaxy S3

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We know how much you kids crave storage, and so for prospective Galaxy S3 buyers in India we bring good news. Until now, only the 16GB variant of the latest Samsung flagship have been available in the country. But, Samsung India is changing all that with the release of the 32GB version.

In stock now over on Samsung India's website, the 32GB Galaxy S3 is available in both the Metallic Blue and Ceramic White colors. Pricing is set at Rs.41500 (£476/$747) which is on the hefty side, but then we are talking a premium device and more available storage, and isn't a massive amount more than the 16GB S3.

Source: Samsung India via Sammyhub

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4 years ago

T-Mobile 'retires' the Sidekick, don't confuse it with a discontinuation though

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For years, T-Mobile had great success with the Sidekick line of devices. That is before the smartphone market really blew up. Their most recent effort with the line can't be called a success, despite the fact they teamed up with Samsung to create the Android 2.2 powered Sidekick 4G with all sorts of (at the time) updated customizations.

Perhaps that's the reason T-Mobile is sending the brand into retirement as confirmed to Phonescoop. Yep, it'll be a while before we see another Sidekick branded device come onto the market. However; T-Mobile was quick to point out they're not discontinuing the line. Instead, just giving it a little rest and relaxation. Go on; pretend to be surprised in the comments.

Source: Phonescoop

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4 years ago

Gmail video chat being upgraded to Google+ Hangouts

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If we were ever in doubt that Google+ is becoming more of a focus for Google, today's Gmail announcement just reinforces it a little bit more. The video chat feature in Gmail is being replaced as of this morning. Taking its place, Google+ Hangouts. 

It isn't that surprising to see this integration eventually come around, but it is still a welcome upgrade. Google+ Hangouts is already a pretty powerful video conferencing tool, and without having to be in Google+ to use it just makes it that bit more useful day-to-day. It also means that you're able to reach your contacts for video chatting on their mobile devices too. 

The beauty is, every Gmail user will benefit from this upgrade, they don't have to be using Google+. But, if you're a user of both, then you can enjoy the full Hangouts experience such as watching YouTube videos together, collaborating on documents, or perhaps more importantly, dressing as a pirate. 

Source: Gmail Blog

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