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2 years ago

More AT&T LTE locations set to go live Nov. 20

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With AT&T now getting their LTE push underway they're now getting prepared to light a bunch of new areas up for the services. The list, come November 20th will grow quite a bit:

AT&T 4G LTE Footprint

With the Nov. 20 launches, AT&T 4G LTE will be available in 15 markets: Athens, Ga., Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. 

AT&T is the only U.S. carrier providing 4G using both HSPA+ and LTE technologies. HSPA+, when combined with enhanced backhaul, provides customers with compatible devices 4G speeds, meaning customers get a faster and more consistent 4G experience, even when outside of an AT&T 4G LTE area. Customers of other carriers that have transitioned to 4G LTE without further speed upgrades to their existing networks are likely to see a jarring drop-off in speeds when they move out of LTE coverage.

Those compatible devices they speak of, being the HTC Jetstream, HTC Vivid and Samsung Skyrocket -- are the only ones to take advantage of the offerings if you live in a 4G LTE area but over time as the cities expand -- so will the device line up.

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2 years ago

YouTube for Android reaches v2.3.4 - Adds + 1 button, Annotations and Watch Later queue

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The latest YouTube for Android is now rolling out to folks. This version, v2.3.4 now adds a +1 button to the mix and you can now add annotations as well. For videos you're not wanting to watch right away but rather when you get home on say your computer or Google TV -- there is now a watch later queue that has been added. Plus, if you upload videos from within the app you can now do so while editing the video info -- something that was bothersome in the past. You'll find update available now, in the Android Market and the link past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 getting Android 3.2 update -- and breaking Wifi in the process [updated]

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This is one of those good-bad things that's starting to swing the needle firmly to "bad" column. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is getting a 63.12MB update to Android 3.2, but the update appears to have a negative effect on Wifi -- kind of an important feature on a Wifi-only device. We've gotten a few e-mails and there's a thread running in our Galaxy Tab 10.1 forum detailing the update, which apparently is causing major connection problems. A hard reset doesn't fix things, but setting a static IP address on your tablet worked things out for one poster. The list of complaints includes:

  • Wouldn't connect to Wifi with DHCP dynamic IP, only through static IP
  • Will not connect to Kies
  • Everytime you boot it says: "Firmware update failed. Please try installing
  • using Kies (PC)..."
  • Auto-rotate doesn't work.

Also note that the website the update alert tells you to visit for more information isn't of much help, having last been updated July 1, and it merely links back to itself. We've got an e-mail into Samsung to hopefully clear this one up. In the meantime, we'd probably stay away from this update.

Update: The fine folks at Samsung got back to us and let us know that we're not just imagining issues with today's update:

Samsung is aware of an issue that some Galaxy Tab 10.1 customers have experienced with today's software update. We are working on a resolution and will provide more information shortly. In the interim we have chosen to discontinue availability of the update.

All we can do now is sit tight and wait for a beter working version to push out.  When that happens, we'll let you know.

More: Galaxy Tab 10.1 forum; Thanks, marcch and Jimmy!

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2 years ago

AT&T bringing the Pantech Pocket, Samsung Doubletime and Captivate Glide on Nov. 20

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AT&T in October dropped a whole mess of devices on us with nary a release date. That changes today, however, as AT&T announced on Twitter that the Pantech Pocket and Samsung Doubletime and Captivate Glide will be available starting Nov. 20.

The Pantech Pocket, as you'll remember from our hands-on, is an interesting mid-level device with a 4-inch display with an unconventional 600x800 resolution.

The Samsung Doubletime sports a flip-open dual display with full QWERTY keyboard, and the Captivate Glide follows on the original Captivate with a slide-out keyboard.

Source: @ATT

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2 years ago

Bell's teaser has Canadians clamoring for Galaxy Nexus

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Really nothing more than a sign-up page here, but that Bell is pimping the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has more than a few Canadians excited, if our inbox is any indication. We've got absolutely no word of when we should expect said device, but we've got a sneaking suspicion it'll be sooner rather than later.

Source: Bell; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Star Diamonds Paradise

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

If you're looking for a slight deviation on the gameplay you'll find in Star Diamonds Capture, you need look no further than Star Diamonds Paradise. It's built much in the same way as its sister game, with a few differences.

You're still playing against a live opponent (and you'll need an internet connection to do so!), you're still trying to capture as many points on the board as you can, and you're still trying to fill your green bar up faster than your opponent.

Instead of the game being played on a grid, the jewels are laid out in rows with hexagonal backgrounds (which keeps them from lining up nicely). And instead of only being able to flip the spots two jewels are in, you're trying to draw lines between like jewels, chaining together ever longer combos to fill your bar more quickly.

Jewels you capture are still colored with your color (and your opponent's captures are colored their color), and you can still steal their captures, just like they can steal yours. Paradise introduces some cool powerups, like the dynamite and the honeycom honey bee.

If you get a nice chain (minimum of four, I think), you'll net yourself a nice stick of dynamite. If you chain through the dynamite, it'll explode, turning all of the spaces around it your color. It's a quick way to get a couple of spots on the cheap, and can help turn the tide in your favor.

The most powerful powerup is the honey bee. You've got to get a massive chain (nine or 10), and then this bouncing bee icon appears. When you chain through the bee, he makes a sadistic giggling noise while flying out in a circular fashion. Every space he flies over turns your color, and if you chain it in the middle of the board, you'll walk away with a serious chunk of the board.

When you're not in the game, there's the same menu in the top-right corner of the main menu (tap the Star Arcade logo) that'll show you your wins, losses, recent games, and points. There's also a buddies menu, simple settings menu, and in-app shop that hasn't been implemented.

I can only guess the points you get for winning will be applied in the in-app shop, but like I've said before, I wouldn't be surprised to see in-app purchases. For what? I couldn't even begin to guess (the game is so simple!), but it's the "cool" thing to do in apps these days, so don't be caught off guard if it goes there.

If you're looking for a fun, simple game that keeps things fresh (human opponents every round? Yes, please), and doesn't take too long to play, Star Diamonds Paradise is worth your time. It's only $1.99 in the Market, so get capturing today.

We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Three UK gives Galaxy Nexus pricing and release details

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So in the UK, we know that the Galaxy Nexus is definitely coming this week, but so far exact details on pricing in particular have been somewhat scarce. Three UK, one of the first to announce they would be carrying the device, have today finally lifted the lid on how much of your hard earned cash you'll need to part with to get one. The good news is, not too much.

The Nexus can be yours for free on a new, two year, £34 per month contract. The even better news is that for a further £3 per month, Three will provide you will all you can eat data. Earliest delivery dates are currently showing up as this Friday 18 November. Hit the source link to head over to the pre-order page. 

Source: Three UK
More: Hands on with the Galaxy Nexus 

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2 years ago

Sprint launches new data plans for tablets and mobile broadband

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Sprint today is detailing new data plans for tablets and its mobile broadband (ie non-smartphone) devices, with several options for each. Here's the breakdown; all pricing includes 3G and 4G data:

  • $19.99 for 1GB of data
  • $34.99 for 3GB of data
  • $49.99 for 6GB of data
  • $79.99 for 12GB of data

The 1 GB and 3 GB only apply to tablets and not Sprint's other mobile broadband devices. Sprint carries three Android tablets -- the HTC EVO View 4G, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Xoom. Sprint's smartphones retain their unlimited data plans.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

O2 UK trialing LTE technology across London

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The UK moves one step closer to embracing LTE technology today, as O2 has announced its trial across London. 

The trial is scheduled to run for the next nine months, during which O2 will equip hundreds of consumers and businesses with the technology allowing them first access to the new service. Over 25 sites will go live covering an area of 40 square kilometres between now and Summer 2012, and the locations have been carefully chosen to encompass key areas of the city. 

The trial devices come in the form of LTE enabled mobile broadband dongles, sadly no phones, capable of upto 100Mbps speeds. 

Ronan Dunne, Chief Executive Officer of Telefónica UK (O2), said: “Today’s launch of the UK’s first 4G London trial network demonstrates our commitment to delivering 4G to our customers at the earliest opportunity. The work we are doing now will lay the foundations for our commercial 4G network when it launches in the UK.”

Source: O2

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2 years ago

Samsung Conquer 4G review

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Samsung's got a lot going for them these days. They're shipping mad numbers of devices, making phones for different price points and consumers, and shoot, they even got build the coveted Galaxy Nexus.

The phone in question right now is the Conquer 4G, a not-quite-midrange, not-quite-high-end phone that's out on Sprint. I find it (personally) a little hard to classify because some of the hardware screams budget phone and some of it doesn't.

So where does it stand in the heiarchy of smartphones? Is it far outside the über-friends club of "superphones," relegated to eating lunch in the bathroom? Or is it second string on the JV basketball team, still fairly strong, but lacking in a few departments? We aim to cover all that (and more), so join us after the break for the full Conquer 4G review.


It's small, relatively thin, and incredibly light. It's got 4G (for when you're in a service area), and it's also running a near-vanilla version of Android.


The screen isn't as sharp as some of the higher-end displays. It's also carrying a single-core 1GHz processor, so the bleeding edge won't be impressed. Cameras leave a bit to be desired.



Yet another phone built to appeal to the smartphone shopper on a budget, the Conquer 4G does most of what it's tasked to do well. It's not priced competitively, though, as there's far better phones available at the same price.

Inside this review

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2 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire shipping a day early

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Amazon this morning is crowing that it's shipping the Kindle Fire a whole day earlier than expected and taking the opportunity to remind us of the talking points it's been driving home for more than a month now -- mainly, tens of thousands of movies and TV shows, 17 millon songs, millions of books, 400 magazines and newspapers, and so on and so forth.

We're still seeing a Nov. 16 delivery date on our order, but suffice it to say, we should see the Fire hitting doorsteps soon enough.

Source: Amazon; More: Kindle Fire Forums

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2 years ago

HTC Rezound available today on Verizon

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The second of Verizon's year-end smarpthone troika -- the HTC Rezound -- is officially available today. It'll run you $299 with a two-year contract. And for all that scratch, you get a 4.3-inch phone with a new 720p display -- as in 720 pixels packed into the short axis -- along with Android 2.3 and Sense 3.5. It's sporting a 1.5GHz processor to push those pixels, and an 8MP camera full of HTC's newfound photographic goodness. It's also got Beats Audio (and comes with a snazzy pair of earbuds), if you're into that sort of thing.

Online: HTC Rezound at Verizon; more: HTC Rezound hands-on

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2 years ago

Leaked screen shots show possible look into future of Google Music

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Spanish-language site TecnoDroidve, thanks to some "tricks and beginner's luck" apparently has stumled head-first into the phone-facing portion of how Google is expected to sell music. In a series of convincing screen shots, we get a sense of what is expected to be announced Wednesday in Los Angeles -- Android Market integration for a music-purchase service.

Graphically, things look about as you'd expect, in the vein of the Android Market and Google Music service that's been in beta for most of the year. It's not as sexy as what Microsoft's done with its Zune apps, but it does mix a fair amount of album art with easy-to-use buttons.

It also looks like there will be some free music, as well as a free song of the day, and there will be variable pricing for singles.

Couple more days to go before we find out for sure. In the meantime, hit the source link below for the entire gallery.

Source: TecnoDroidve (translated); via Android Police

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2 years ago

International readers: Win an Xperia Ray with Android Central and Sony Ericsson

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Sony Ericsson has released some gorgeous devices this year, not least of which is the compact but powerful Xperia Ray, a highly capable device with a super-vibrant Bravia Engine-powered display. It's also got the latest version of Gingerbread, along with Sony's best-in-class 8.1MP Exmor-R camera setup. Like we said in our review, the Ray is the most fully-featured 3.3-inch device available (and it's getting ICS, too!)

We're giving away an Xperia Ray courtesy of Sony Ericsson, and if you want to get your hands on it, all you need to do is head over to the forums and post in the contest thread -- check the end of this post for the link. Before you do, though, bear in mind that the Ray we're giving away is the international model, so we're limiting entries to readers outside of North America. Our Xperia Ray should work on any European or African GSM carrier, and most Asian networks too. If in doubt, find your network on this list and make sure it shows 900, 2100 or both under "Frequency".

So, if you're outside of North America and want to get your hands on our Xperia Ray, head over to the forums and post in the contest thread! The deadline for entries is 1700 GMT this Friday, Nov. 18 (that's noon EST for those of you in North America who can't actually enter.) Good luck!

Enter to win: Android Central forums

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