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2 years ago

Who's using BBM on Android?

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App surpasses 5 million downloads — but did you use it before Android?

I'll freely admit I'm still trying to wrap my head around BBM. I was never a BlackBerry Messenger user in the past, and it's entirely possible I won't be in the future. But obviously someone is using BBM — the app passed into the 5 million to 10 million downloads category in Google Play in just its second day. There's no denying how impressive that is.

Those who know and love BBM continue to sing its praises. Those of us who don't are still wondering what the big deal is.

So, after the break, a quick poll. If you're using BBM on Android — as in really using it — were you a BBM user before Android? Or are you new to the game?

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2 years ago

HTC One getting Android 4.3 + Sense 5.5 update in some European countries

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Latest version of Android and Sense for HTC's international flagship

Not long after Sense 5.5 made its debut on the HTC One Max, the latest version of HTC's software is rolling out over the air to HTC Ones in parts of Europe. We've confirmed on our own device that the update is pushing out to unlocked Nordic handsets; HTC ROM-maker @LlabTooFeR tells us it's hitting Russia and Eastern Europe too. The update weighs in at a hefty 675MB and updates the HTC One to firmware version 3.62.401.1, based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Sense 5.5.

As always, the update will likely take a few weeks to become available in all parts of Europe. HTC UK recently gave a three-to-five week estimate for bringing the Android 4.3 update to British HTC One handsets, so some users will be in for a longer wait than others.

The OTA upgrades international HTC Ones, previously on Android 4.2, up to the latest version of Jelly Bean, along with HTC's latest smartphone software. Sense 5.5 brings new features to BlinkFeed, including Google+, RSS and search support — and yes, the option to turn it off entirely. There's also a redesigned Gallery app with new video highlight templates and options.

All in all, this latest OTA puts international devices on par with the One Max, and slightly ahead of the U.S. and Canadian models, which have been getting Android 4.3 with Sense 5.0 in recent weeks. Check past the break for the official changelog and a handful of screenshots, and let us know in the comments if you're updating this morning.

Thanks, @LlabTooFeR!

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2 years ago

LG Q3 2013 earnings - $2.78 billion in mobile revenues, 12 million phones shipped

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Mobile device sales up 24 percent year-over-year

LG has just posted its third quarter 2013 financial results, encompassing earnings from its four major global divisions. As a complete company, LG posted $12.51 billion in revenues leading to $196.34 million in operating profit, which is up 27 percent year-over-year. We're most interested in the mobile side of things though, so let's get into the high points of LG's "Mobile Communications Company" for the quarter.

The mobile division posted revenues of $2.75 billion for Q3, which is up 24 percent year-over-year. Those solid revenues came from 12 million phones it shipped in the quarter, which nearly hits its record number of 12.1 million from Q2. LG claims that the average selling price of those handsets dipped due to competitive pressures, however.

Going forward it plans to focus on sales of its highest-end handsets like the LG G2 through the holidays, and simply letting sales of its lower-end 3G-only handsets sell to the masses. In all this is a solid quarter that continues along the same growth path from Q2.

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2 years ago

Polaroid's Android-powered iM1836 interchangeable lens camera finally goes on sale

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$299 gets you an entry-level Micro 4/3 camera with Android on-board

The last time we laid eyes on the Polaroid iM1836 it was at CES in January with some non-working demo units, but now you can actually plunk down some cash for one at retailers. The entry-level Micro 4/3 camera is coming in at just $299 with a 10-30mm kit lens, $50 less than was expected based on its initial launch details.

For that price you're getting the aforementioned kit lens, along with a glossy plastic body, an 18.1MP sensor, basic controls and a 3.5-inch touchscreen. That screen will give you access to Android 4.1 running on this device, which should open up the possibilities of sharing and photo creation. The iM1836 also has Bluetooth and Wifi, naturally, giving you access to Google Play to download apps but also to transfer images between the camera and your phone.

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2 years ago

Android Central's Halloween Contest 2013: Share your photos with #LloydOWeen and win!

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With Halloween falling on a Thursday this year, we know a lot of you will be out this weekend in costume getting your party on. Odds are you'll be carrying a phone in your pocket too. Heck, some of you will probably even be dressed up as a phone or tablet.

We had a great time with our Halloween Contest the last several years, and we can't wait to see how you guys top it this year! While you're out getting spooky, be sure to snap a photo with your Android phone (you can include other mobile gadgets to, but you know... we love Android best). Then tweet or Instagram it using the hashtag #LloydOWeen, or email us your photos. We'll put together all the photos received into a sweet video for the blogs. And beyond that, you can win some awesome prizes for taking part.

Full details after the break!

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2 years ago

YouTube working on paid subscription music service, according to report

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Paid option could offer offline listening and no advertisements

In a somewhat puzzling bit of news, rumor has it that YouTube will launch its own subscription music service. According to sources of Billboard, YouTube is planning a two-tiered subscription music service that builds on the music label deals Google secured for Google Play Music All Access. Sources claim that a YouTube music service would have a free, unlimited tier that offered on-demand access to full music videos — on the web and mobile — and a paid tier with no ads and some sort of offline listening.

While YouTube naturally declined to comment on its plans, we're a tad confused as to why Google would release a music subscription service from its YouTube brand when it already offers a great service in Google Play Music All Access. YouTube is currently a huge destination for music videos, so it will be interesting to see how Google leverages that mind share into a potential subscription service going forward.

Source: Billboard

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2 years ago

Samsung claims 40 million Galaxy S4s have been sold since launch

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Several months after its launch, the Galaxy S4 is​ still selling like hotcakes

Samsung CEO JK Shin has stated that his company has sold a whopping 40 million Galaxy S4's since the device's launch earlier this year. Following up on the report of 20 million sales in just two months since launch, hitting the 40 million mark is nothing to sneeze at in just three more months.

Its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, sold 30 million units in its launch year of 2012, which in itself was an extreme feat compared to a single smart phone from any manufacturer. Naturally Samsung is going to outdo itself, and at this rate the Galaxy S4 will be poised to pass the 50 million mark by the end of the year — especially considering the holiday shopping season ahead.

Source: iNews 24 (Translated); Via: SamMobile

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2 years ago

Dead Trigger 2 arrives in the Play Store right on schedule

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A whole new world of weapons and online cooperative gameplay

Madfinger Games' follow-up to the hugely popular Dead Trigger is here, and it's now available for free in the Play Store. True to its word that the game would make its debut on October 23rd, Dead Trigger 2 brings all of that zombie-killing action you love with a new storyline.

The game also has a new set of game mechanics, building on a system of crafting new weapons before you go back out to fight the incoming zombie horde. You'll also have the option to combine forces with other players worldwide for missions and rewards, with weekly and monthly content updates. The graphics have received a nice bump as well, which we'll never turn down in a second generation game.

You can grab a download of Dead Trigger 2 from the Play Store link above.

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2 years ago

Plants vs. Zombies 2 now live in Google Play

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It's about time — in more ways than one

There have been rumors all day of a release tomorrow during Google's Google Play even in New York (fueled by things like this) but about 45 minutes ago Plants vs. Zombies 2 has popped up in Google Play.

Having been released on iOS for a while, and with the speculation that Apple paid EA a large sum to keep it an exclusive for a while, there hasn't been much noise about the game being released on the most popular mobile platform in the world. But now that it's happened, that will change.

As it should — PvZ 2 is a fun game. It follows the footsteps of the original, with a bit of a storyline and an adventure game quest based twist. It's free, with plenty of in-app purchases to get you along, but it's very playable as-is and will be a success for Pop Cap. 

Plants vs. Zombies 2 runs on Gingerbread devices and higher, checks in at about 170MB worth of downloaded files, and you can grab it from the Google Play link above.

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2 years ago

Amazon has Sony SD cards on the cheap for today only

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Save up to 60 percent on all sizes and capacity Sony SD cards at Amazon

If you're in the market for a new high-speed SD card, you'll want to swing by Amazon and have a look at their "Gold Box Deal of the Day." Full size cards, microSD cards, and even a wireless server that uses an SD card for storage have been marked down by up to 60 percent, so there's something for everyone.

One important thing — you'll need to add these to your cart right from the Gold Box Deal web page. Other sellers may be selling the same items and they won't be marked down. And the whole shin-dig is good for today, October 23, only.

Even if your phone or tablet doesn't use SD cards, you probably have a camera or media player that does. Give it a look and see if you can save a few bucks.

Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the day

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2 years ago

AT&T posts $17.5 billion in revenues, adds nearly 1 million subs in Q3 2013

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Data revenues through the roof, a full 75 percent of postpaid customers now on smartphones

AT&T has just posted its Q3 2013 earnings report, and the wireless side of the company's business is growing as it seems to do every quarter. The nation's second-largest carrier posted growth in revenues, earnings, subscribers — here's the breakdown:

  • $17.5 billion in revenues, up 5.1 percent year-over-year
  • $15.5 billion in wireless service revenues, up 3.7 percent y-o-y
  • $5.5 billion in wireless data revenues, up 17.6 percent y-o-y
  • $4.6 billion in operating income, up 3.4 percent y-o-y
  • 989,000 net subscribers added in the quarter

Those are some solid numbers for the carrier, and AT&T is seeing growth in all the right places. Postpaid ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) for smartphones is up 3.1 percent for the quarter (and up 1.5 percent when factoring tablets), and data ARPU was up 16.7 percent.

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2 years ago

Using a new Verizon Droid? Your update is coming soon

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Have hope Droid users, you have not been forgotten — you're just on Verizon Standard Time

While a solid date would be better, there's finally some good news for Droid Ultra, Droid Mini and Droid Maxx users waiting on an update to get them in line with the rest of the Moto X family. Vice president of product management at Motorola Mobility Punit Soni says:

Verizon users... You know that SW update is coming soon...

While soon can be a pretty horrible word when you're waiting on something, it's better than no word at all. We're pretty certain Verizon takes a particular interest in Droid updates, and we all know that anything Verizon touches makes it slow down when it comes to software updates. But so far, Soni has been spot on with his update news for Moto X class devices.

Besides, who knows how much longer things take when you have Droid Zap! to deal with. We've got our feelers out, and when this one gets any steam we'll let you know.

Source: +Punit Soni

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2 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Animals' winners!

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Three great pictures picked from well over 500 entries this week

We had a feeling that a weekly photo contest with the prompt "animals" was going to be popular, and the response was huge this week. We saw 22 full pages of entries come in — over 500 individual posts — all filled with great photos of animals of all kinds.

Thankfully we had the opportunity to pick three winners with three great photos, each winning a Pebble smartwatch for their entries. Hang around after the break and see the three winning images this week.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile to offer Nexus 7 LTE and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for $0 down

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Nexus 7 for $16 per month, Tab 2 for $19 per month, for two years

Along with its new tablet data announcements today, T-Mobile revealed that it'll be carrying two of the more prominent Android slates for $0 down. T-Mo will give you a Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE connectivity on a 24-month payment plan costing $16 per month, or a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for $19 over the same period.

And just like any other tablet brought to T-Mobile, you'll get 200MB of 4G LTE data for the life of the device, with the ability to top up 500MB on a one-day pass for $5, or 1GB on a weekly pass for $10. With both the daily and weekly passes you'll get unlimited data at a reduced speed beyond the 500MB or 1GB of full-speed data.

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is available now from T-Mobile, while the Nexus 7 will launch on Nov. 20. T-Mobile's also bringing its "free data for life" deal to iPad customers, along with $0 down deals for both Apple's new tablets.

Source: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

T-Mobile offering 200MB of free LTE for any tablet with no strings attached

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The first taste is free

T-Mobile has announced a new way to try their network with your LTE-enabled tablet. As part of the Un-carrier 3.0 initiative, users — even those who are not a current T-Mobile customer — will receive 200MB of free LTE data on any eligible device every 30 days. This offer is good for tablets purchased through T-Mobile, or any compatible device you may already have or have purchased elsewhere. Users who already have a tablet data plan with T-Mobile will get an extra 200MB monthly. this offer will last for the life of the device.

This won't work like the current Simple Choice plans. Once you use the "free" bandwidth, you're shut off instead of being throttled. You'll be given an opportunity to sign up for a day pass, or any other plan, but you can always choose to just disconnect until your 30-day cycle refreshes. Current customers won't have to do anything for the extra data bucket, their plan will be automatically adjusted to take advantage of the new offer.

This all goes into effect November 1. CEO John Legere was also quick to mention that they're not done yet with their Un-carrier program. Will bring you more if and when it happens, but for now be sure to click the link below to get all the information, and you can always hit up @TMobile with questions on Twitter.

Source: T-Mobile

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