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2 years ago

Calvin Harris sports a wooden Moto X — we wouldn't turn one down, either

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A nice spot from fishman04 — one of the wooden Moto X models in the video for Calvin Harris' "Under Control."

Still no word on when we'll be able to order a wood-backed version — or which kind of wood will be available. Stay tuned.

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2 years ago

Looking forward to Samsung's first Developers Conference

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Android Central sits down with Samsung's Won-pyo Hong, President & Head of Samsung Media Solutions Center

Samsung is an absolute dominating force in the mobile industry and consumer electronics arena as a whole, so its no secret as to why it receives so much attention in the Android world from consumers and journalists alike. We all see dozens of products get released, but behind the scenes there are thousands of people working to make it all happen, and that's where the Samsung Developers Conference comes in.

Late last month, members of the Mobile Nations team were in Korea and had the opportunity to visit Samsung Electronic's headquarters in both Seoul and Suwon, the Samsung Digital City. While there, not only did we have the opportunity to tour some amazing facilities that Samsung has built, we had a chance to meet with the folks responsible for working on all of these device projects and seeing them from drawing board to market.

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2 years ago

Rogers gets the HTC One Mini + Desire 601 on November 4

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Two capable mid-rangers from HTC arriving in Canada soon

Canadian carrier Rogers has announced that it'll soon be picking up two of HTC's mid-range handsets, the HTC One Mini and Desire 601. The One Mini has been out in Europe and the U.S. for some time — it's a miniaturized version of the HTC One with the same camera module and a similar design, running a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 4.3-inch 720p display.

The Desire 601 shares the same CPU and RAM, but downscales the display further to a qHD (960x540) resolution panel, while increasing the size to 4.5 inches. The Desire also loses the One's metal exterior, replacing it with soft-touch plastic. Both devices run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and HTC Sense 5.

The One Mini and Desire 601 will arrive on Rogers from Nov. 4; for more on both devices, check out our review and hands-on coverage, linked below.

More: HTC One Mini review, HTC Desire 601 hands-on

Source: @RogersBuzz; via: MobileSyrup

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2 years ago

Vector 17: Brian Klug on desktop-class mobile chipsets

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Fair warning, Brian Klug of AnandTech spends a good deal of time talking about the insane amount of power in Apple's new A7 Cyclone CPU, and about the new iPads it powers. If you can survive that, however, we dive into the Nexus 7 2013, the Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat, and even the Surface 2. It's a full on tablet geekout on Vector!

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2 years ago

Check out this Google Keep how-to in the forums

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Get a quick introduction to Google's note, list and voice memo app

Google Keep has been available for some time now, and is even a default app on new devices since its introduction. Even so, not many of us take advantage of its potential as a note, list, voice memo and general brain dump kind of app. Taking to our "Ambassador Guides, Tips and How-To's" forum, forums ambassador Golfdriver97 has written up a nice introduction to the service.

With step-by-step picture tutorials, you can get a quick introduction to the basic features of Keep that could get you to start considering this service. Take a look at the forums post at the link below.

Read: [Guide] [How to] Use Google Keep

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2 years ago

Samsung hit with fine in Taiwan, probe into failing devices in China

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Bogus online comments land Samsung with $340k fine in Taiwan; Chinese investigation into dead phones results in apology and warranty extensions

A double-whammy of bad news for Samsung this morning. In Taiwan, the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) hit the Korean company with a NT$10 million ($340,000) fine after finding that it organized an online campaign to post critical comments on HTC products, while praising its own. The commission found that through local marketing companies, Samsung hired "a large number of writers" to leave the comments on Taiwanese discussion forums, in violation of fair-trade laws. The marketing companies involved were also given smaller fines.

And in China, an investigation into failing Galaxy S3 and Note 2 handsets by state TV criticized the company's warranty arrangements. The issue concerns certain handsets dropping dead out of the blue, apparently due to faulty NAND chips in some devices. In response, Samsung's Chinese arm has issued a apology, saying the issues were the result of a "management problem" and that it welcomed the media scrutiny. The firm also promised to extend the warranties of devices made before Nov. 30, 2012 for an additional year.

Source: AP via SamMobile; Engadget

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2 years ago

HTC publishes T-Mobile HTC One 4.3 RUU for tinkerers

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A safe way back to 'stock' firmware for hackers, and an alternative way to update

In a somewhat unusual move, HTC has published the new Android 4.3-based firmware for the T-Mobile HTC One online, in the form of an RUU (ROM update utility). The RUU weighs in at just over one gigabyte, and can be used to directly flash the latest "stock" firmware onto T-Mo's HTC One, regardless of whether it's running older official software or a custom ROM.

In the past HTC has shied away from releasing these kinds of utilities publicly, likely due to the software licensing restrictions, though that hasn't stopped many RUUs from leaking out online over the past several years. If you've got a T-Mo HTC One and want to perform a "manual update" as HTC calls it, you'll need a Windows computer, the correct drivers, and a little patience and technical know-how.

You'll find the download link and instructions below.

Source: T-Mobile HTC One Manual Update; via: AndroidPolice

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2 years ago

O2 UK customers get a year of free Evernote Premium

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As part of a promotion beginning today, O2 customers in the UK can claim a year's free Evernote Premium, thanks to a deal between the British mobile operator and the note-syncing service. Evernote's Premium service, which otherwise costs £4 per month or £35 per year, gives users users additional features like increased storage capacity, offline notebooks, new searching tools and collaborative editing.

To claim their free year of Evernote Premium, O2 subscribers just need to enter their number in the form on evernote.o2.co.uk. The promotion runs until Oct. 24, 2014 and can be claimed by O2 Pay Monthly, Pay & Go and data-only SIM customers.

Source: O2; More: evernote.o2.co.uk

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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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