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2 years ago

LG Optimus L7 now available from Fido in Canada

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Although Future Shop, Rogers and Fido gave up the goods a little early, the LG Optimus L7 has now popped up on the Fido website and is ready for purchase. Fido has decided to start this one off at $0 with a new three-year contract, $50 with a two-year contract or if you're looking to avoid contracts altogether you can hand over $300 and it'll be yours outright. If you're looking for more info, check out our hands-on with the device or hit the Fido link below to get your order for one placed.

Source: Fido

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2 years ago

Android A to Z: Haptic feedback

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We're back with another installment of Android A to Z, and this time we're looking at haptic feedback. It's one of those little things that can make a big difference, and something we never really think about. Simply put, haptic feedback (commonly referred to as haptics) is the use of touch feedback to the end user. You know how your Android phone vibrates a tiny bit when you tap one of the navigation buttons? That's haptics at work.

Since the screen on your Android phone or tablet is pretty much just a smooth sheet of glass of some sort or another, it's difficult to register any sort of tactile feedback to our fingers. When we type on a computer keyboard, we know when our fingers have pressed a key down. Our mouse (and some trackpads) do the same thing with a healthy click when we press the button. On a smartphone, we just have to trust we've done something, and wait for it to happen. Haptics helps here. The short and light vibration when typing out a message with an on-screen keyboard can make a big difference for many of us, and I can see myself being pretty frustrated if an on-screen button didn't let me know I had pressed it.

Haptics go beyond navigation and the keyboard though. They can be a very important part of mobile gaming. Gunning your way through an enemy horde is much more satisfying when you feel every shot from your rifle, and nothing lets you know you've hit the wall in your favorite racing game like a harsh vibration from your phone or tablet. 

Probably the best thing about haptic feedback on Android devices is the way it can be customized. The OS itself is open, meaning OEM and developers can adjust things to get them just the way they like, including leaving the settings wide open to the user like we see in CyanogenMod ROMs. More importantly, application developers have access to the hardware controller to customize haptic feedback for their products. It goes one step further with the addition of things like the Immersion haptic SDK to the mix, where developers have an almost unlimited way to make their applications register with your fingers as well as your eyes and ears. Sometimes, the little things mean a lot.

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2 years ago

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S III to eventually support Global roaming

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Most recently, Verizon came clean on a list of devices that will see updates that allow for global roaming. For those unfamiliar with the term, the update will allow Verizon customers to roam internationally on 2G and 3G GSM networks. Missing from the list at that time, presumably due to it not being official was the Samsung Galaxy S III. Now that the device has gone official on Verizon, they've confirmed that it too will see a global roaming update eventually. For now, Verizon isn't saying much about when the update will arrive other than to say it won't be there at launch but will come via a software update in the near future.

Source: PhoneScoop

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2 years ago

Misbehaving Nexus, HTC One X supply [From the Forums]

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If you've been waiting for AT&T and HTC to get things in order, then today was the day you've been waiting for. Missed out on the news? If so, go ahead and get yourself caught up here on the Android Central blogs and once you're done there, head on into the Android Central forums for some more conversation:

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

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2 years ago

TELUS offers up revised ICS device update schedule

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TELUS has been doing a good job of keeping folks in the loop when it comes to their Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule and last week, a new revised update was posted. The HTC Amaze 4G roll out has already begun and next on the list is the Samsung Galaxy S II X slated for June 12th with a small break between it and the HTC Desire HD on July 25th unless by some miracle someone approves the Galaxy Note update early.. Sadly, there are a few devices that still have no firm dates associated to them as of yet, despite what Samsung says.

Source: TELUS (pdf), Thanks Mike!

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2 years ago

Microsoft releases on{X} automation app for Android

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In one of the day's stranger announcements, Microsoft has announced a brand new smartphone automation service for Android devices, dubbed on{X}. On{X} combines an Android application with a Javascript-based back-end, hosted on Microsoft's onx.ms site, and allows numerous tasks to be triggered based on location, date, speed, weather and countless other conditions. Essentially, it's a bit like Tasker, only controlled remotely via a web interface, with a few more options.

Conspicuously absent is any support for Microsoft's own smartphone OS, Windows Phone. As on{X}'s functionality relies on capabilities not present in Windows Phone, the Android platform is a natural place to test things out while Microsoft prepares the next version of its OS.

To get started, you'll need to grab the app from Google Play, and sign in using your Facebook account. Then, from the onx.ms site, you can add rules based upon MS's own "recipes," through a visual interface, or by directly editing code. Once you're done, you can even upload your own recipes for others to use -- a surprisingly open approach from the team at Microsoft.

Unfortunately we haven't had much luck getting the Facebook login to work, so bear in mind that things may be a little shaky to begin with.

Hit the link below to get started, or join us after the break for Microsoft's introductory video. And if you've managed to get it working, be sure to let us know got on down in the comments.

More: On{X} on Google Play; Source: WPCentral

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2 years ago

AT&T selling the HTC Media Link HD for $90

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The HTC Media Link HD (see our first-look video) has been available in some outlets for a little while now. But starting this Friday, AT&T will be selling the Wifi Direct device for $90. (Yes, that's the full retail packaging you see above. And, interestingly enough, it's been listed on AT&T's website before today. No matter.)

The Media Link HD is the second generation of the device that, in a nutshell, lets you easily sent content from your phone to your HDMI-enabled television. We'll have a full review in the coming days. But we've been using a prerelease unit for some weeks, and it really is as simple as swiping your fingers up the screen. Your homescreens, images, videos -- even games -- are automagically beamed to your television, live and in living color.

Oh, and following up on this morning's story that the AT&T HTC One X is once again available online, HTC has also announced that stores should have full stock on Sunday, June 10. Pricing remains at $199 on contract.

More: HTC Media Link HD at AT&T

 

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2 years ago

Verizon eying second week of July for its Galaxy S III release?

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Let the ridiculousness begin! Verizon on Monday announced that its preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S III would go live this Wednesday, for $199 on contract. What it didn't announce was an actual release date. As in, when you'll get the thing in your hands.

Fast forward 24 hours, and we've now already seen not one but two possible dates cross our desks. (We've been discussing this one all day in this forum thread.) The first date mentioned was July 6. That would put it a little more than two weeks after the Sprint and T-Mobile releases, which will come on June 21. But that July 6 date already has been switched for July 9, which is noted in the screen shot you see above.

Is it possible the date could shift again? Absolutely. Verizon has yet to announce anything officially yet. So keep that in mind. Nothing's "delayed." Nothing's set in stone. But this much is clear: It can't come soon enough.

More: Galaxy S III forums
Also: Official Galaxy S III launch dates thread

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2 years ago

Android 4.0.4 factory image for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus now available online

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Google has posted the IMM76K factory restore image for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus online, making it available for those who have hacked their device beyond repair and need a path back. Using the posted files, anyone who was able to flash custom software to their Nexus should be able to flash the official  version, and be back to square one -- ready to do it all over again. Do note that like the Sprint versions, these are provided "for reference only" -- but still contain the files you would need to build the software from code yourself if that's how you roll. Grab the image at the link below.

Source: Google. Thanks everyone who sent this  in!

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2 years ago

Pebble blue Galaxy S III stock reportedly arriving in some European stores

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It looks like the famously-delayed "pebble blue" version of the Samsung Galaxy S III may be about to emerge from hiding in some European stores. According to reports from ​SamMobile​, The Phone House (the Dutch wing of the Carphone Warehouse) now shows the blue version as available on its website. And rival Dutch retailers Coolblue and Castle Telecom have reportedly received initial stock too, with the first units being prepared to go out to pre-order customers.

So lucky buyers may be able to get their hands on the blue version of the S III sooner rather than later. However, as Samsung indicated last week, stock is expected to be in limited supply for the next couple of weeks, so if you're without a pre-order, you have to make do with a marble white S III, or wait until later in the month.

Source: SamMobile

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