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3 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Android Central v3.0; HTC Frequencies; Samsung's next Galaxy awaits

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Welcome, ladies and germs, to Android Central v3.0.

What you see before you here is the third major iteration of the design of the best damn Android website in the world, bar none. Born of some incredible designers and coders, alongside the news people you know and trust and the forums administrators, advisers and moderators who guide you through the Android world 365 days a year, this is, I can say without hesitation, the best version of Android Central yet.

What's new? We've got the full changelog in the forums. (And, frankly, with the pace at which we're working, it's likely to be slightly out of date by the time you read this. We don't sleep much.) The short version is a cleaner design in the forums and blogs, and more options on the front page.

We've been experimenting with a couple homepage views for a while now. One is the traditional blog view. Big images and stories that might be short, or might take you a few thousand words deep. The other is a headline view that shows you the latest information at a glance. (It actually takes me back to the old days of reading the Associated Press wire for hours on end, with only timestamps, category codes and story slugs to guide me.) If you're an RSS junkie, this is the view for you. (But don't worry, our traditional RSS feeds are still there, too.)

The Headlines bar is your portal to customizing the news the way you want to receive it. Just want tablet news? Hit the button, and that's all you'll see. Only want to see the latest news and reviews on apps? There's a button for that, too. On the right-hand side is where you'll find the buttons for full blog and headline views. And the "Latest Discussions" tab brings you the latest forum threads, which is where the real action is. Members helping members. Q&A sessions. You name it, it's in the forums.

The best part, however, is that we're not done. Not by a long shot. We can still do better, and we will do better. (Be sure to leave your feedback on this post, and in the forums.)And it'll all happen with you all, the Android Central members, leading the way. So from all of us here at AC, from the writers to the designers to the coders to the mods and admins and advisers, thanks for being here. Thanks for pushing us to do better every day. This one's for you.

And with that, on to the news. ...

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3 years ago

Galaxy Nexus, Viper and Optimus Elite now available on Sprint

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Today sees the launch of three new smartphones on Sprint's network. First up is Google's current flagship device, the Galaxy Nexus. Sprint has the CDMA/LTE variant, which is very similar to the Verizon LTE version currently doing the rounds in the U.S. There's the same 720p HD SuperAMOLED display and 1.2GHz dual-core CPU that GNex owners have been enjoying since late 2011, and we're sure Sprint customers will be eager to get their hands on their very own version of the current Android flagship.

Next up is the LG Viper, an entry-level 4G LTE device for customers looking for a good all-round LTE smartphone. Inside you'll find a 1.2GHz dual-core processor along with NFC, Google Wallet and hotspot capability on top of a 4-inch WVGA NOVA display.

Finally, there's the Optimus Elite, which we got to play with just a few days ago at its launch event.  It's definitely an entry-level device, with a 3.5-inch HVGA display and 5MP camera. But if you're not looking for anything too fancy from your Android smartphone experience, you could definitely do a lot worse.

Hit the source link find out more on each of these new handsets.

Buy now: Sprint

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC One X demo units sighted

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The AT&T HTC One X is now available to pre-order, and it seems the network may be preparing to show off demo units in store, as evidenced by the latest photos sent our way by an anonymous tipster. Besides that, there's not a whole lot to surprise regular readers here -- it's an HTC One X, on AT&T, with the carrier's branding proudly displayed atop the screen. It'll launch on May 6, and we're expecting it to be just as good as its international Tegra 3-flavored sibling.

Check past the break for a couple more sneaky pics, and be sure to drop by the comments and let us know if you'll be picking one of these babies up come May 6.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC One X now available for pre-order

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Right on time, AT&T is now offering its version of the HTC One X for pre-order, with the first shipments expected to reach customers on May 6. If you're in the mood for an upgrade, the device will set you back $199.99 on a two-year service plan.

In addition to LTE connectivity, the AT&T version of the phone rocks a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip in place of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 in the international HSPA model. We're still expecting the AT&T One X to be blisteringly fast, though, despite "only" featuring a dual-core CPU. In addition to a gorgeous 720p SuperLCD 2 screen and 8MP ImageSense camera, the One X delivers the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, along with HTC Sense 4. For more info on the phone, be sure to check out our full review.

And if you're interested in picking one up, hit the source link to order in white or grey.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Samsung 'Next Galaxy' teaser site appears

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With less than two weeks remaining before Samsung's next flagship phone is unveiled in London, it seems we're beginning to see the start of the marketing campaign for the device. The image you see above comes from tgeltaayehxnx.com, the address of which is an anagram of "The Next Galaxy". The URL was first outed in a tweet from Samsung Mobile earlier today. And the page's title refers to a "whole new universe", with additional clues hidden in the page's metadata -- "Discover how Samsung is about to challenge the way you view the GALAXY once more."

A quick WHOIS lookup for the domain reveals it's owned by marketing agency The Upper Storey, which has been involved in campaigns for the likes of Nokia, Intel and LG in the past. The agency has also registered thenextgalaxy.com, an unscrambled version of the URL above. That site is currently password-protected, however.

The focus of the teaser site is a giant clock counting down to 12 noon UK time tomorrow, April 23 (7am EDT, 4am PDT). With the London event still a good 10 days away at that point, it's unlikely we'll see an official announcement, but some more clues about the Galaxy S III next Galaxy could be unveiled. One thing's for sure -- we'll be watching with interest come noon tomorrow.

Source: tgeltaayehxnx.com; via: AllAboutSamsung

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3 years ago

ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 review

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ASUS is in a bit of a pickle, but it's one that most manufacturers would love to be in. When designing the Transformer Pad TF300, they had to ask themselves how to refresh what has become an iconic symbol to Android tablet fans. The original ASUS Eee Pad Transformer was a big hit for the company last year, and anyone who has used one can tell you why. It's a great tablet in its own right, but the addition of an excellent keyboard dock puts it on a sort of a pedestal to the folks using it. It's more than a tablet, it's not quite a laptop, but it found a way to fill a need most people didn't realize was there to fill. To describe it in one word -- genius.

In this case the question is more difficult than the answer. You simply take what works, keep it the way people love it, and put the best hardware and software under the screen. The addition of the Tegra 3 SoC, and ASUS' special blend of Ice Cream Sandwich to the formula is exactly how the TF300 should have been done, and is how it was done. Hit the break to see if it worked.

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3 years ago

ASUS announces pricing and availability for the Transformer Pad TF300

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Back when ASUS announced the new Transformer Pad 300 at Mobile World Congress they left pricing and availability up in the air. Here we are now a few short months later and ASUS is now ready roll the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor powered tablet featuring Android 4.0.3 out to the masses starting with online sales beginning on April 23rd and in-store options happening on April 30th depending on stock availability.

The Transformer Pad TF300 will be available in royal blue immediately but other colors such as torch red and iceberg white will be available in early June. US Pricing is $379 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 32GB model with the optional docking station retailing for $149. Keep in mind, if you're a ASUS Transformer TF101 or Transformer Prime TF201 owner, the docking station is not backwards compatible.

If you're not sure if the Transformer Pad TF300 is for you, no worries. We've got you covered with a full review of the device, spec sheet and more. If you're going to be picking up, drop a comment and let us know.

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3 years ago

ASUS Transformer Pad 300 specs

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Today sees the launch of the ASUS Transformer Pad 300, ASUS' mainstream version of its Transformer Prime tablet. If you're wondering about specs, here's what you'll find under the hood --

  • Operating System: Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)
  • CPU: NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 T30L Quad-Core @1.2GHz
  • GPU: GeForce® 12-core, 3D stereo (built-in)
  • Memory/Storage: RAM:1GB / ROM:16GBNetworking Wifi/3G/4G LTE
  • Data rate: 3G SKU: HSPA+ 21/5.76 Mbps, 4G LTE SKU: 100/50 Mbps
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0
  • Display: 10.1" WXGA (1280 × 800) LED Backlight 178° wide viewing angle IPS panel, 10 finger multi-touch
  • Camera: 1.2MP ( front ) camera and 8MP auto-focus (rear) with large F/2.2 aperture
  • Interface: 2-in-1 Audio Jack (head-out/MIC-in 2-in-1) , 1 × micro-D HDMI 1.4a port / 1 × microSD Card Reader / built-in microphone / High Quality Speakers
  • Battery: 10 hours; 22Wh Li-polymer; 15 hours with mobile dock; Dock: 16.5Wh Li-polymer
  • Keyboard: Mobile dock with full QWERTY Keyboard (Optional)

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3 years ago

Late-night poll: What will Samsung call its new flagship phone?

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There's been no shortage of news and speculation this week surrounding the Galaxy S III -- or whatever Samsung ends up calling it. Mostly folks have been discussing whether this or that rumored spec will turn out to be accurate, but just as intriguing is Samsung's choice of branding for its new flagship smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S III is the obvious choice, as it indicates a clear successor to last year's Galaxy S II. But it's just as likely Samsung may drop the roman numerals, or follow in Apple's footsteps by eliminating numbers altogether with a "new Galaxy" or "new Galaxy S". We've seen leaked images in the past week showing a "Samsung Galaxy S i9300" splash screen, so that's certainly a possibility.

There's been at least one rumor this week that suggests Samsung may be having second thoughts about calling this thing the Galaxy S III, so anything's possible at this stage. Be sure to let us know what you think in tonight's Android Central late-night poll, and keep following all our coverage in the lead up to the May 3 announcement!

What will Samsung call its new flagship phone?

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3 years ago

Google Drive shows up on Android developers device during Google+ Hangout

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By now the existence of Google Drive isn't really a question. It does exist, it's out there and now the Android connection has been confirmed for anyone who may still have had doubts.

During a Google+ Hangout highlighting Android developers, a Google employee using a Galaxy Nexus inadvertently showed off the "Share to drive" option on his device as you can just barely see in the screen cap above.

Google has since yanked down the Google+ Hangout video but many have already caught a look at the icon just sitting there in the sharing options, waiting to be unveiled to the masses.

Source: The Verge

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' App Picks for April 21, 2012

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Each week we like to bring you some of the favorite applications we use regularly, and here we are again. Let's hit the break and check out what your favorite Android writers are using regularly, and be sure to let us know in the comments some of your favorites!

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3 years ago

Hands on with the Spotify for Android update preview

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For me, Spotify is how I listen to probably 75% of any music at the moment. While the service -- and for that matter price -- is superb, the Android application has definitely been lacking. There have been rumblings for a while about an update, and then just like that it dropped. The preview of the newest version is only available as a direct download from Spotify at present, and isn't the finished article. What is there though is pretty special, and a significant upgrade from the previous offering. We've had a couple of days to play around with it now, so if you haven't tried it out yet, stick around. A full hands on plus some tasty screenshots await you after the break. 

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3 years ago

HTC One X drop tested, inevitable things happen

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If you're anything like me, dropping your prized phone is something that could really put a serious downer on your day, week and month. Add into the mix that phone being the HTC One X, and that's just one big nightmare. But what would happen if you did happen to drop it? Thanks to the guys at HTCPedia, we need wonder no longer. It's pretty painful viewing to see such a device get trashed on purpose. Right now mine's sat on a feather pillow having seen this. Enjoy!

Source: HTCPedia

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3 years ago

Galaxy S III teased on Samsung Denmark Facebook page

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By now we've heard plenty of rumored details, though nothing confirmed, about what Samsung's going to be showing off on May 3 in London. And today the plot thickens somewhat with the unveiling of a new teaser image on an official Facebook page. The manufacturer's uploaded the image you see above to its Danish Facebook gallery, showing the date and time (in Denmark) of the Galaxy S III new Galaxy launch event.

Over on the right is the unmistakable outline of a curved smartphone, similar to the Galaxy Nexus. The profile of the device is different to what we've seen in recent leaked images, suggesting those units may indeed have been Galaxy S III hardware in generic dummy cases, as has been reported. No clues as to what, if anything, that plus sign is all about. But if you have any wild theories, be sure to shout out in the comments.

It's coming, folks. And we've no doubt the next couple of weeks will be packed with more rumors and speculation (and maybe a fresh leak or two), as we await Samsung's next big thing. Keep watching AC for all the latest.

Source: Samsung Denmark Facebook

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3 years ago

GSM Galaxy Nexus gets a minor update to build IMM76I, still on Android 4.0.4

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Some owners of the GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus are finding out that they have a new update waiting for them this morning, albeit a minor one. The latest update for Google's flagship phone leaves the device on Android 4.0.4, but ups the build number to IMM76I, from the older IMM76D. As for what's actually new, some GNex owners are reporting that this fixes the intermittent signal loss issue that'd been affecting some on IMM76D, as well as remedying smaller issues like occasional lock screen lag when using automatic brightness. (Be sure to let us know in the comments if you notice any other changes on your Nexus after applying the update.)

And for any neckbeards out there keeping track of technical stuff, it seems the new software leaves the phone's baseband as it was, while including a fresh kernel built last Friday.

The update should be pushed out to GSM Galaxy Nexus owners over the next few weeks, if earlier release patterns are anything to go by. If you want to manually update (and have the "yakju" variant of the Galaxy Nexus), you can follow our usual instructions to do so, swapping out the old OTA URL for this link right here.

Thanks, Scott!

​More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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