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2 years ago

Intel powered Orange San Diego officially on sale today

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The Intel era has officially reached European shores, as the Orange San Diego becomes the first device to launch carrying their hardware. The device was unveiled in London last week, but officially goes on sale today priced at £199.99 on pay-as-you-go, and free on a 2-year contract starting at £15.50 per month. 

As you can see, we've got one, and over the next week or so we'll be putting it to the test to really see what's what. First impressions are good based upon an albeit brief hands-on at the launch event. As a phone, it's relatively unassuming. It has a nice screen, it's light enough, it has 16GB of on-board storage and 1GB of RAM -- but that's not really what we're interested in. It really is what's inside on this one, and we'll be spending a lot of time looking at how this Intel device stacks up against other higher priced, higher spec'd devices. Battery life is key, as is performance. Can Intel really deliver high-end performance, with the added bonus of superb battery life. There's only one way to find out. Stay tuned. 

More: Orange San Diego hands-on and first impressions

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2 years ago

Instagram for Android updated with improved search, advanced camera fixes

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The latest Instagram for Android update has now appeared in the Google Play Store and is ready for download. This release looks to solve a number of issues users were having with the app, and the folks from Instagram has ever so nicely laid out the full change log for everyone --

  • Improved search functionality
  • Support for location data taken from Gallery images when geotag is selected
  • Fix for HTC Sensation 4G freezing using tilt shift
  • Improved support and bugfixes for devices using the Instagram advanced camera
  • Addresses tilt shift issues on lower resolution images

If you happened to come across any of those issues in your use of the app, then the you'd best grab the update and see if things are fixed for you. Head to "My Apps" in the Google Play app to update to the latest version, or use the Google Play web interface.

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2 years ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III now available for pre-order, shipping from June 18

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It's Wednesday, June 6, and that means AT&T's version of the Samsung Galaxy S III is now available for pre-order over at the carrier's website. The phone's pre-selling for $199 on a 2-year plan, or $549 without a contract, and it's available in marble white and pebble blue, just like the international model (though a limited edition red version is slated for launch later in the summer.)

Follow the pre-order process all the way through and you'll be informed that your order will ship in under two weeks time, on Monday, June 18 -- that's a few days earlier than most other U.S. Galaxy S III models, which are due to appear from June 21.

The AT&T Galaxy S III features a 4.8-inch 720p SuperAMOLED display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card. If you're still on the fence, be sure to check out our exhaustive review of the international version for a broad idea of what to expect.

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

Dropbox update adds new streaming features and Korean language support

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Cloud storage service Dropbox has updated its official Android app to version 2.1.4, introducing a couple of new features that some may find useful. Firstly, Korean language support has been added, opening the app up to the multitudes of Korean Android users. And Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich users get a "custom-tailored" video streaming interface, which it seems plays a little more nicely with virtual buttons on ICS devices. 

To pick up the latest version, head to the "My Apps" section of the Google Play Store app, or use the web interface to install from scratch. 

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2 years ago

Late-night poll: Samsung Galaxy S III -- white or blue?

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This one's for Dana (she loves the Samsung Galaxy S III in white), who wrote in and asked me to find out which color the Internet loves most -- Marble White or Pebble Blue. It's not very often that we get a choice of color, especially when black isn't one of them, so I'm curious, too. And lest we forget, there's now a red option coming later this summer from AT&T. Let's throw that one in as well, even if we've not yet seen it. If you're getting one, or even if you're not, let Dana and me know what color looks best.

 

Which color Samsung Galaxy S III looks the best?

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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:

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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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