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2 years ago

O2 confirms UK-wide network problems

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British network O2 says it's experiencing problems on its network which are causing some customers to have "difficulty making or receiving calls, sending texts or using data." Bizarrely, this latest bit of network turbulence seems to be affecting customers randomly, rather than based on location or cell tower. A quick Twitter search for "O2" brings up hundreds of angry tweets from O2 customers all over the UK who are unable to connect to O2's data or voice network. The outage also seems to be affecting users of Tesco Mobile and GiffGaff, which both operate on O2's network.

The carrier has acknowledged the issue, and says its engineers are working on a fix --

We are currently seeing a problem on our network affecting some of our customers. Those customers affected will have difficulty making or receiving calls, sending texts or using data. Our Engineers are dealing with the problem as a priority and we hope to restore full service as soon as possible.

For our part, we've not seen any interruption in our O2 coverage today, however that'll be of little comfort to anyone currently unable to use their phone. If you're on O2 UK, be sure to drop by the comments and let us know if you've been affected by today's technical problems.

Source: @O2; More: O2 Network Status

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2 years ago

Google Maps soaks in some culture with indoor guides to museums

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Google Maps for Android was recently updated their indoor location database with over twenty popular museums across the U.S, including the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cincinnati Museum Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and 17 Smithsonian museums. 

Indoor maps originally launched in November, allowing users to set routes within buildings, navigate by floor, and sort through points of interest. It's an awesome feature, and a sensible extension of Google's current walking directions. Who knows, maybe indoor maps will expand to include audio guides that are sensitive to where you are within a building. 

A full list of indoor Google Maps is available here, and if you're really into art, be sure to check out the Google Art Project. If you have the latest version of Google Maps for Android, you should be ready to start planning your next museum trip. Do you go often? Which buildings would you like to see with full indoor maps? 

Source: Google Lat Long

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2 years ago

Google's ninja unboxing gets even weirder (or funnier) with the Nexus 7

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2 years ago

Amazon GameCircle introduces achievements, cloud saving, and leaderboards to Kindle Fire

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Amazon has just announced a service called GameCircle, which will allow Android developers to add unified achievements, leaderboards, and progress cloud sync to their Kindle Fire games. Doodle Jump, Temple Run, and Triple Town are already making use of the new APIs. Amazon also took the occasion to remind devs that there's a fully-functioning in-app purchase mechanism too. 

It's too bad Google hasn't really taken the reins and offered a similar social gaming experience baked right into Android natively, but the gap has allowed third parties like OpenFeint to step in and build a network. iOS has Game Center, and though there's still a lot of room for improvement there, GameCircle could stand to include something similar to its friending system to promote social spread of games. For now, Amazon is limiting GameCircle to KindleFire, but who knows if they'll open up the service to other devices, so long as they can get people to sign up for Amazon accounts. 

Developers interested in getting involved can head over to the sign-up page. Kindle Fire owners, how has your gaming experience been so far? Was the device really hurting for this kind of thing? Developers, does GameCircle make a Kindle Fire port more palatable?

Source: Amazon

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2 years ago

Seidio Active case for HTC One X review

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The HTC One X is one phone that I hate to put in a case because I love the look and feel. But that's exactly why it needs to be protected.

HTC did an amazing job with the polycarbonate body on the HTC One X.  It has a very Nokia Lumia-like texture to it ,and it looks and feels great. However, I need to also remember that this phone stores my life; it has all my contacts, calendar appointments, lots of apps and it wasn’t cheap.

 

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2 years ago

Motorola RAZR in China now receiving Ice Cream Sandwich update

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Motorola has been steadily rolling its Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the Motorola RAZR line across the globe. Next up for the update are the folks in China, as their OTA update has started today and should be available for download right now. If you happened to miss our hands on with the ICS update you'll definitely want to check that out while you wait for the download to complete. Any questions or concerns should definitely be handled by the fine folks of the Android Central RAZR forums, so be sure to hop in there and share some opinions and ask questions. 

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Big Android BBQ tickets now on sale!

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It's that time, boys and girls. Tickets for the Big Android BBQ -- that annual gathering of Android fans, nerds, family and friends -- are now on sale. The event's running October 19-21 this year, at the Hurst Conference Center outside Dallas.  There are 1,000 tickets available. Starting today, you can get them for $50 each.

We were at the event in 2011, and this year promises to be even better. Get your tickets now before they get gone!

More: Big Android BBQ

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2 years ago

ZTE team up with Virgin Mobile UK and announce the ZTE kis, budget Android device

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It looks like ZTE and Virgin Mobile UK and made friends as today sees them announce the ZTE kis, a small budget Android smartphone which should be on sale today. The kis will be an exclusive initially from Virgin and will retail at just £49.99 on pay-as-you-go.

These budget Android devices seem al the rage at the moment. It was only yesterday we saw Motorola announce the MOTOSMART for T-Mobile and the Carphone Warehouse. This new ZTE offering certainly is the cheapest new release we have seen in the Android camp. A good result for Google if it will get the OS into new customers hands.

Features of the ZTE kis include:

  • 3.5" display, HVGA 480*320, 262k colours, TFT, capacitive
  • 800Mhz processor
  • 3.2MP camera with auto focus and 2 x digital zoom
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.12, WiFi, GPS, WAP 2.0, Tri Band
  • Storage: 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, MicroSD support up to 32GB. 2GB card included
  • Dimensions: 114.4 x 61.6 x 11.5mm. Weight: 120g
  • Battery: 140 mAp Li-Ion

You can see the full press release below.

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2 years ago

Starbucks app update bringing coffee goodness to the UK and Canada

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Attention coffee fans. Great news; the Starbucks app for Android has today received a large update bringing support to the UK and Canada. That means that coffee addicts on both sides of the pond can now enjoy mobile payments, the store locator, My Starbucks Rewards Stars, check balance and reload, pin code protection, a home screen widget and transfer capabilities. Good stuff!

Users of the app in the USA still get a few added features including a widget, PayPal support, pin code protection and the ability to view 'My Starbucks rewards' history.

You can find the full press release below or just grab your download of the updated Starbucks app here.

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2 years ago

Google Wallet working again after EVO 4G LTE update

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Who's in the mood to squash a few bugs? The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE has gotten a bit of an update this morning. The big feature is that Google Wallet working again. Also of note is that local search is still working -- you'll recall that Sprint and Samsung just stripped it out of the Galaxy S III -- so there's that.

Other changes of note, per Sprint itself, include:

  • Google security updates
  • Wifi disconnect issue
  • Time zone issue
  • Side loaded video pause issue
  • Random power cycling issue
  • Pioneer Bluetooth Car Kit connection issue
  • Gallery app crash
  • Calendar reminder (all day even time) issue

Looks like a healthy changelog. Make sure you're charged above 35 percent, then hit settings>system updates>HTC software update to get the ball rolling if you haven't already gotten the notification.

Source: Sprint; more: EVO 4G LTE forums

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