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4 years ago

Pink Samsung Galaxy S II arriving the UK for Valentine's Day

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Stuck on what to get that special someone for Valentines this year? Enter Samsung to lend a helping hand as this pink version of the massively popular Galaxy S II is due to be launched on Feb.13. Make no mistake, this is a regular Galaxy S II, just they painted it pink.

While having been announced in South Korea back in November, all went quiet regarding global availability. Phones 4 U have announced that they will be offering the device from Feb.13 on a two- year contract starting from a very reasonable £21.50 a month. 

Not looking for a contract to go with that shiny new pink phone, then online retailer Very are set to offer the device SIM free for a whopping £499.99. Whichever way you look at it, that's Galaxy Nexus pricing. While listed as in stock, they are in fact awaiting their supply which they claim to be within 7 days. Get them while they're hot ladies--and guys if pinks your thing.

Source: Somobile

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4 years ago

Pop on some Steve Miller Band, fire one up, and take a look at Whale Trail

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We're not implying that the insanely cute and colorful Android game Whale Trail was inspired during some sort of psychedelic episode, but -- OK, who are we kidding? That's exactly what we're implying. It's one of those simple up/down games -- press the screen to fly up, release to drop down. You're controlling Willow the Whale while you fight to make sense of it all, man get away from the evil Baron Von Barry. There are 32 levels, two game modes and 96 stars to collect. Download links are after the break. Now somebody pass the Cheetos.

via @AshleyEsqueda and @millsustwo

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4 years ago

Official Galaxy Nexus accessories delayed, UK retailer says

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News is coming out of the UK today from retailer Clove Technology, says that we're going to have to carry on waiting for the official Samsung Galaxy Nexus accessories as the release date has slipped back to February. 

As we previously reported, Clove were expecting to start shipping the accessories mid-January, but a statement on their blog today tells a sadly different story. Citing delays from Samsung as the cause, their expected shipping date has now slipped back to around Feb. 13. Disappointing, to be sure. Let's hope somebody's able to pull a rabbit out of a hat.

Source: Clove

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 9 Music app now available, theme engine is a go

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CyanogenMod 9 Music is now available for download, and you don't even have to be running CM to install or use it.  It offers a level of customization you won't find in other music apps, from things like searching the Android Market music store for the currently playing song, gestures for audio controls, sharing the current track with any of your social media outlets, and even setting your favorite song as a ringtone with one button.  To top it all off, the app has a theme engine that changes just about every aspect of the look.  A "Google Music" style theme is available, as is a theme template for you artistic types to have at it.

To get the app, follow the link below.  We have to mention that this one only works for music you have stored on your device itself, as it doesn't hook into any streaming or cloud service.  Andrew Neal, the developer of CM Music, says we'll see it in the Android Market shortly, as well as see it in CyanogenMod 9.  This is one to have a look at guys and gals.

Source and downloads: SeeingPixels

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4 years ago

Zappos' security breached, time to change your password

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You may or may not be aware of the fact but if you're a Zappos customer, they've had rough few days. They're currently sending out an email (full verison is past the break) to all customers to provide information on the matter but the long and short of it all is they've had a security breach:

First, the bad news:

We are writing to let you know that there may have been illegal and unauthorized access to some of your customer account information on Zappos.com, including one or more of the following: your name, e-mail address, billing and shipping addresses, phone number, the last four digits of your credit card number (the standard information you find on receipts), and/or your cryptographically scrambled password (but not your actual password).

THE BETTER NEWS:

The database that stores your critical credit card and other payment data was NOT affected or accessed.

Zappos does of course have an Android app available in the Android Market, and if you frequent using that you'll now find that your online and in-app password has been proactively expired. When you login, you will see the message as shown above advising you that you'll need to create a new password, this is so that all passwords that were in use can be removed from the system.

The proactive expiring of your password on Zappos is a great thing but many people use the same password across sites. If you think you may have used the same password across sites, then it is suggested that you change those as well. A unique password should be used for each and every login you use.

Luckily, there are some apps out there to help keep you organized. 1Password Reader, Last Pass and even Google Authenticator for 2 step verification are all great options to employ for security. Take the time to stay safe folks; taking preventative measures can save you a lot of wasted time down the road trying to sort things out.

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4 years ago

HTC unlocks bootloaders on Desire Z, ChaCha, Aria, DROID Incredible, Status, T-Mobile G2

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HTC has continued updating their developer site bootloader unlock tool with new devices and this time around they've gone ahead and added:

If you have any of those devices, and are wishing to have the bootloader unlocked then you can hit up the HTCDev site below to get started. Not sure what your bootloader is or if you want it unlocked? Check out our Android A to Z covering what, exactly a bootloader is.

Source: HTCDev; via @HTCDev

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4 years ago

Android Central weekly photo contest: Sunset or sunrise

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We're kicking off a new weekly photo contest today!  The rules are simple -- We'll give a theme, you use your Android phone (or tablet, or netbook, you get the idea) to take a picture that fits the theme.  Send it to us via email at [email protected] and we'll pick the best shot.  These contests will run from Monday to Friday, we'll pick the winners over the weekend and announce them Monday on the blog.  We'll have prizes for the winners, and it will be a heck of a lot of fun for everyone.  Remember, only send in pictures you've taken yourself and they must be free for us to use on the Internet.  Don't worry, we won't use them for anything except the contests.

To kick it all off, we're going to start with a theme that's a favorite of mine -- sunset or sunrise. Show us the beauty around you, and we'll reward the best with a headset of your choosing from ShopAndroid.  We're looking forward to seeing what you guys can show us!

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4 years ago

Feds just say no to LightSquared's LTE network, say it will never work with GPS

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Think back to last summer, when the weather was warm and we all expected a formal announcement about LightSquared and Sprint launching their shared LTE network.  Back to today, and we find out that the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Executive Committee (some of the folks who decide all this stuff) have determined that none of the proposals submitted by LightSquared will ever work without affecting GPS.  Last year during preliminary testing, it was discovered that LightSquared's LTE plans greatly affected GPS, and after a handful of re-submittals, changes, and more testing that didn't alleviate the problems, the feds have said enough is enough.  

Based upon this testing and analysis, there appear to be no practical solutions or mitigations that would permit the LightSquared broadband service, as proposed, to operate in the next few months or years without significantly interfering with GPS. As a result, no additional testing is warranted at this time

To make matters worse, the FAA also said that LightSquared's network would interfere with aircraft safety systems.  Of course LightSquared disputes these findings, going as far as claiming there may be a conflict of interests at work trying to hold their network plans back.  

This one may be dead in the water folks.  We'll have to see if the people in Washington and LightSquared can figure it all out, or if this is the end of LightSquared's broadband dreams.  Sprint has moved on and have their own LTE network in the planning stages, but it's always nice to see competition.  Hit the source link to read more.

Source: ComputerWorld

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4 years ago

Flash ICS on a Stock LTE Xoom, RAZR anger [From the Forums]

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With CES 2012 now in the history books, it'll soon be time to look forward to Mobile World Congress but we got some time before then. As you can guess, a lot has been happening in the forums while we were all focused on Las Vegas. Check out some of the highlights below:

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

Contest Winners: ClockworkMod Tether

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If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up shortly. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to this week's winners!

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4 years ago

Adobe Flash and AIR updated, includes compatibility fixes for Ice Cream Sandwich

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Although Adobe has stopped all new development on the mobile front for Flash, they're keeping their word by rolling out updates to address compatibility and security concerns. The latest update for Adobe Flash Player 11 is now available in the Android Market and in addition to that, Adobe also went ahead and updated Adobe AIR as well:

  • This update to Adobe Flash Player 11 includes compatibility with Android 4 supported devices, performance improvements and bug fixes related to security and stability. The complete set of release notes can be found at: http://adobe.ly/s16mAX.
  • Adobe AIR 3.1.0.557 for Android includes compatibility with Android 4 supported devices, performance improvements and bug fixes related to security and stability. The complete set of release notes can be found at: http://adobe.ly/s16mAX.

Looking at the full change logs for, these updates should cover any issues you had with videos being green on Ice Cream Sandwich. Both updates are available in the Android Market right now.

Download: Flash Player 11; Adobe AIR

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II HD spotted on retailer websites

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It seems that British retailer Mobicity may have jumped the gun with the announcement of a new high-end smartphone from Samsung -- the Galaxy S II HD. The device appeared on Mobicity's site today, alongside a promotional blurb promising "a larger, higher resolution screen and more battery power."

So the Samsung Galaxy S II HD, in case you hadn't guessed, is a Samsung Galaxy S II with an HD (720p) screen. The display size and CPU speed have also been increased, to 4.65 inches and 1.5GHz respectively. We first saw the device in Korea back in September, although the Korean variant was packing an LTE radio as well the larger screen and bumped-up specs. It's worth noting that Mobicity is using old promotional photos from the Korean version on its site, rather than any new images.

Veteran mobile blog MoDaCo notes that Mobicity's Australian counterpart is also listing the phone, again with images of the Korean version and specs which include the larger HD SuperAMOLED screen and faster CPU, as well as Android 2.3 Gingerbread and an 1850 mAh battery.

As always with retailer links, this is far from confirmation of the device's arrival in the UK or Australia. But given the rate at which Samsung's launching Android smartphones these days, we certainly wouldn't be surprised to see a refreshed Galaxy S II arriving internationally, alongside Samsung's hero device for 2012.

Source: Mobicity; via: MoDaCo

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4 years ago

Android Game Review: Attack from Outer Space!

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It's easy to make a side-scrolling game. It's a little harder to make a good one, and harder still to make a side-scroller that will keep you coming back. Attack From Outer Space falls into the latter category.

It's a simple game with simple controls -- you've got a slider for moving Sergeant America (yes, that's his name) back and forth, and a joystick for aiming your arsenal toward the aliens. You've got to take out as many as you can (and you get combo bonuses for being quick about it) while dodging their bombs. You'll pick up new weapons along the way, and acquire nukes for those times when only a nuke will do.

Each level has three stages, with a "World boss" at the end of each. Make your way across the U.S. in the "Adventure" mode, and you'll unlock Area 51.

All in all, it's a lot of fun, and a hell of a lot of gameplay for just 99 cents. We've got some hands-on video, screenshots and download links after the break. Check it out!

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4 years ago

Epson releases SDK for Android to support wireless POS printing

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You see handhelds being used in businesses just about anywhere these days.  Your doctor probably uses one, so does the place you grab your coffee.  Heck, even some lumber yards use them.  Today, Epson is trying to make them easier and more efficient for businesses to use by releasing an SDK for Android (and iOS) that allows devices to communicate wirelessly with a POS (Point of Sale) printer.  The SDK will shorten development time and make it cost-effective to implement mobile technologies into the workplace.  A report from IHL Consulting predicts that by 2015, more than 2.7 million tablets a year will be sold to retail establishments for use as mobile POS devices and consumer information tools.  All of these need a way to print out their data, and Epson is ready to help provide one.  Read the full press release after the break.

Source: Press release

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4 years ago

ZTE Warp Review

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The market for prepaid cell phones continues to rise as more of us look for ways to reduce expenses in everyday life but no one wants to be stuck with a run of the mill phone because of it, right? Well lucky for us we have seen some more powerful Android handsets arriving in the pre-paid market, so you can now slash the price tag without giving up a whole lot when it comes to the device.

ZTE has recently released the Warp, a Gingerbread powered device with a 4.3-inch display that carries a rather affordable price tag of only $199 with no contract needed. Could a device at this price point hold up in comparison to others that have released recently? Let’s hit the break and break it all down.


The ZTE Warp offers a great combination of nearly the most current OS (no ICS) along with a nice large display without breaking the bank.


ZTE's record in Android has yet to be established here in the United States -- with U.S. carriers, so we are unsure what to expect as far as updates. 



If money is a determining factor in your next cell phone purchase, but you don't want it to allow you to completely limit your purchase the ZTE Warp is a great device to consider. Keeping up with most of the specs of a high-end device, or an entry level price allows it to be ultra competitive in the market.
 

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