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3 years ago

LG Spectrum software update docs live, look for an OTA 'soon'

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Verizon has published the support documents for an upcoming LG Spectrum update, and going on the history of such matters, we expect an over-the-air update rather soon. It's not the Ice Cream Sandwich update many users are wanting, but it does address some issues and bring newer versions of the bundled applications along for the ride. The details:

  • EAS password follows security policy, requiring an 8-digit password minimum.
  • Application launch will not cause force close when the device is scanning for available Wi-Fi networks.
  • Improved outline for multiple calendar view.
  • Calendar reminders send notification at accurate time.
  • Successfully sync Optimum Online accounts using POP3.
  • Pinch zoom in Camera Preview mode to select zoom level.
  • Sync and Connect email maximum count is 500 regardless of server settings.
  • Browser launches immediately upon selection.
  • Added ‘Select Search Engine’ option in browser settings.
  • Google Search is now set as default search for a better user experience.
  • Google GMS (Google Mobile Services) is upgraded to Gingerbread R9.
  • Updated Google Play (v3.3.12) with enhanced user experiences.
  • Updated Gmail (v2.3.5.2) with a series of security fixes.
  • Talk2 (v1.3) includes updated video chat capabilities.
  • Updated YouTube (v2.3.4) includes enhanced editing functionalities.
  • Visual Voice Mail connection has been updated for a better user experience when syncing email.
  • NFL v4.0
  • VZ Navigator (v7.5.1.54)
  • Amazon Kindle (v3.3.2.3)
  • SmartShare (R2.0)
  • Verizon Video (v6.1.34)
  • My Verizon (v10.0.7)
  • V CAST Apps (v3.03.41)

As you can see, it's a fairly big update. It also brings the Spectrum up to the Android version 2.3.6 code-base, which includes various security fixes and enhancements to the Android system from Google. For more details, and instructions on how to apply the update when it goes live, visit the source link.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Battery maker considering HTC One extended batteries

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So you've got your shiny new HTC One X or One S, but maybe you're a little underwhelmed by its battery life. Given the phones' lack of removable batteries, you might think you're out of luck.

But aftermarket battery manufacturer Mugen Power thinks it has the answer -- user-serviceable battery replacement kits, which include instructions and tools for HTC One series owners to crack open their phones and perform a battery transplant.

A poll posting on the company's official Facebook page states --

We are looking into making extended batteries for HTC One Series phones that come with internal batteries. An intrusion manual will be provided to the user on how to open the phone and replace the internal battery with our battery with extended capacity.

As you may have seen, taking apart the One X in isn't for the faint of heart -- you'll need a generous supply of spudgers, some elbow grease and plenty of care if you want to take apart the phone and put it back together in working order. And of course doing so, even successfully, will void your warranty with HTC.

To us, this particular avenue sounds like a really bad idea, but all credit to Mugen for thinking outside the box here. Currently the self-service option leads in the company's Facebook poll, with the option to take the phone to a service center proving to be less popular.

HTC One owners, would you take your phone's life into your own hands and risk installing an aftermarket battery yourself? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Facebook; via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Google+ SMS connectivity extended to 41 new countries

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When Google+ launched last summer, users in India and the United States were able to interact with their circles via SMS, however other territories have so far been left out of the text-based fun. That changes today, as Google+'s SMS features are rolled out to 41 new countries, mostly in the developing world --

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo (DRC), Cote D'Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

The idea is to allow G+ members to interact in places where standard voice and SMS coverage is available, but mobile data is not. By texting a particular number on a supported carrier, users can post to their stream, either publicly, or to a specific circle. Likewise, any responses are fed back by text message.

A list of networks supporting these new SMS features can be found over on the Google+ support page.

Source: Google India Blog

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3 years ago

Yes, mobile graphics are catching up with consoles (which also will improve)

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A couple of things to remember when you're looking at this slide of projected mobile graphics performance, which NVIDIA showed us Thursday at HTC's Frequencies meetings in Seattle and has been making the rounds.

  •  The slide was being used to illustrate just how far mobile graphics (OK, Tegra) has come in a relatively short amount of time.
  • And, yes, ZMOG! Tegra will be as powerful as the Xbox 360 in 2013 or whenever! That's a great line. But it's not like we're talking apples to apples here, and it's also not like Microsoft's never going to refresh the Xbox hardware. (Lord knows it could use it just to kill the jet-engine fan noise.)

It's also probably safe to say that there's been more room for improvement and innovation in the mobile space. Console gaming, relatively speaking, is more of a long-term endeavor than mobile. Yes, new versions of Tegra SOCs are coming. (And, no, Tegra 3+ is not the official name for what's next.) Yes, they'll be faster and more powerful, and we'll all fawn over them when they arrive.

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3 years ago

HTC One X now available on Rogers in Canada

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As expected, Rogers' LTE version of the HTC One X is now available to order online. The Canadian version of HTC's new flagship is available from Rogers off-contract for C$624.99, or C$169.99 with a three-year service agreement. The LTE One X, known internationally as the HTC One XL, swaps its quad-core Tegra 3 chip for a dual-core Snapdragon S4, as Tegra 3 doesn't currently play nice with LTE. Nevertheless, we've been impressed with the S4's performance in other phones, including the One X's 4.3-inch sibling, the HTC One S, so don't dismiss it on core count alone.

In the U.S., this version will launch on AT&T on May 6, for $199 on a two-year contract.

For more on the HTC One X, be sure to check out our exhaustive review of the international version. And if you're in Canada and looking to pick up the LTE version today, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Source: Rogers; via: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Samsung S-Cloud rumored to be unveiled alongside new flagship phone

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With the May 3 Samsung Mobile Unpacked event less than two weeks away, we're starting to hear more about what the manufacturer may be unveiling alongside its next flagship. The latest rumor to hit is that Samsung is planning to launch its own cloud storage service, dubbed "S-Cloud" in tandem with the Galaxy S III in London on May 3.

According to Korean news site MK.co.kr, the "S-Cloud" service will offer upwards of 5GB of storage, with no restrictions on the types of content that can be uploaded. "Free and paid" entertainment content is also reported, including TV shows, movies and music. The move could put Samsung into competition with the rumored Google Drive service, expected to be launching soon, as well as more established players like Apple and Dropbox.

Whether Samsung announces a new cloud storage service, or just that other thing we're expecting to see on May 3, we'll be on the ground in London to bring you full coverage.

Source: MK, via: The Verge

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3 years ago

'Samsung Galaxy S III' sighted in leaked video, hiding in plastic dummy case

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Leaked video claims to show 4.6-inch, 720p display, quad-core 1.4GHz chip encased in temporary plastic shell

Update: The original post on Tenhte.vn seems to have been pulled, but you can still check out the embedded video (and photos) after the jump.

​Original story: Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S III! Only, it's probably not the Galaxy S III we'll be seeing in London on May 3, as it seems Samsung's taken to encasing demo units in a temporary plastic shell to to keep the final design of its next flagship top-secret. We've previously heard, as others have, that the earlier purported images of the Samsung "GT-i9300" were in fact final hardware placed inside generic plastic chassis to protect the phone's finished design. And that seems to be exactly what we have here, in the latest leaked images and videos from Vietnamese site Tinhte.

​Tinhte's video provides a fairly thorough tour of the (dummy) hardware and software, and there's a selection of photos to back up their claims, too. In terms of specs, here's what the device seems to be packing --

  • A quad-core CPU running at up to 1.4GHz with 1GB of RAM
  • 4.6-inch SuperAMOLED 720p display (320 DPI) with on-screen buttons
  • Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording
  • 16GB internal storage plus microSD card support
  • 2050mAh battery
  • NFC support
  • MicroSIM card support

A worthy spec list to be sure, but nothing too surprising, if it turns out to be accurate. Much of the mystery of the Galaxy S III -- or whatever it ends up being called -- now surrounds that elusive final retail design, which so far has remained hidden behind chunky plastic exteriors. Rumors of a micro-arc oxidation finish persist, but with security around the device likely to be even tighter following this latest leak, we might now know for sure until we see this thing in London on May 3.

Check out the photos and video for yourself after the break.

Source: Tinhte

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3 years ago

HTC One X disassembled

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See that beautiful display?  It can come out of the phone, but it's not something you'd want to do to yourself.  XDA China ​has posted instructions on how to disassemble the HTC One X.  It's not for the faint of heart, and the translation isn't perfect, but it's there for those of us that care about such things.

For someone like me (a self-professed hardware junkie) this is extremely interesting.  The One X is definitely one of the most desirable pieces of hardware to come from HTC in a while, and seeing how they package the components in the thin, one-piece polycarbonate shell really makes you realize how much work goes into the engineering of these things.

We get a good look at the display, which is the Super LCD 2 variety (learn more about display tech in our display tech discussion), Tegra 3 chip, and all the other various boards, chips, and cameras that make this phone awesome.

And see, the battery CAN be removed.  

Source: PCOnline; Thanks, garfnodie!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with Toshiba's Excite tablets

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Toshiba was here in New York tonight showing off some of its finest new technology, including its upcoming Excite line of tablets. Though we already got a look at the tablets at this year's Mobile World Congress, it's always fun for us to revisit upcoming devices. All three models were on hand tonight- the 7.7-inch, the 10-inch, and the behemoth 13.3-inch. All three are packing a Tegra 3 processor under the hood, and all will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich. They also share a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facer, a Gorilla Glass coating, and a remarkably slim and svelte profile.

The screens differ in both size and resolution- the 7.7-inch model's got the highest ppi of 196 due to its AMOLED display with 1280x800 resolution, while the 10-incher has a slightly lower 149 ppi with identical resolution (LED technology, not AMOLED on this one). The 13.3-inch (did we mention how big it is?) uses "Autobrite LED" technology, which ups the resolution to 1600x900, which translates to 138 ppi. Not many bad things to say about each of the displays; while they might not be the best in the biz, they're bright, crisp, and surprisingly vibrant. 

I love the 7.7-inch Excite-- it's got the display to beat, and the footprint is borderline perfect. Use it with one hand or two; either way, it's going to fit comfortably. The 10-inch is nothing to write home about (I've seen plenty in my day), which leaves the 13.3-inch model, the star of the show. It's big and beautiful, though the size and weight might turn some off. At 2.2 pounds, this one certainly isn't going to fit in your pocket. Toshiba describes it as a bridge between tablets and laptops, a description that's pretty darn accurate. It'll be perfect for watching movies and TV, though if you're used to doing things with one hand on your tablet, this is not the device for you.

The 10-inch model will launch on May 6: 16 GBs will cost you $449.99, while 32 and 64 GBs will set you back $529.99 and $649.99 respectively. You'll have to wait until June 10 for the 7.7 and 13.3-inch models: the smaller will cost $499.99 and $579.00 for 16 and 32 GBs, the larger will cost $649.99 and $749.99 for the same sizes. Hit the break for some comparison shots.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Optimus Elite

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Sprint and LG were at tonight's Pepcom event in New York City, where the theme was eco-friendly technology. On hand was the upcoming Optimus Elite, the entry-level "green" device scheduled for an April 22 release. The Elite will not be the device of your dreams, but for $29.99 on contract, there really isn't much here to complain about. 

The Elite's got 3.5-inch display with a 320x480 resolution-- if you've gotten used to an HD display, this one's going to feel like a punch in the forehead. There's an 800 Mhz single-core processor pumping Gingerbread under the hood, and a 5 megapixel camera around back. The Elite is NFC-enabled, which means you'll have access to Google Wallet without breaking your wallet. Performance wise there's nothing truly remarkable, nor is there anything disappointing. I didn't notice any slowdowns or stutters, but if you're looking to do some heavy-duty computing, look elsewhere. The Elite will ship in two colors: white and titan silver.

The Elite will launch on Sprint.com on Earth Day-- a fitting release date for this ULE Platinum and CarbonFree-certified device. If you want to pick one up in stores, you'll have to wait until May 18th. Oh, and if prepaid is your preferred flavor, you're in luck-- the Elite will be heading to Virigin Mobile in the near future, though how near is yet to be announced. Hit the break for some photos and a quick video.

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3 years ago

Battery size and thinness, Tired of waiting so I rooted [From the Forums]

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We're almost onto Friday and while there is no podcast tonight for you all to sit in on, there is plenty happening in the forums if you're looking to get some Android discussion happening. Get caught up on the blogs and then head on in for some good times.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Incipio Feather Ultralight case for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus [accessory review]

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The Incipio Feather Ultralight case is a perfect mix of good looks and protection for your Samsung Galaxy Nexus -- either the GSM version or the Verizon LTE version. True to its name, the case is made from an ultra-light and ultra-thin polymer, giving form fitting protection with little to no extra bulk. In fact, the Incipio Feather is thin enough to be used with many of the docks currently on the market.

 

Just because its thin doesn't mean it's lacking when it comes to keeping your phone safe. The form-fitting design pays extra attention to the corners, and the controls are all accessible via the precision cut-outs. The inside of the case is designed to keep your Galaxy Nexus from scratching while putting it on and removing it, and the kit ships with a cleaning cloth, a screen protector, and an applicator tool. 

If you want to protect your investment, yet still want to keep the sleek lines of the Galaxy Nexus, this is a case worth considering. Available in Black, Grey, Blue and Pink there's sure to be a style to suit any taste. Enjoy this review from RaulT18, and look out for more great videos!

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3 years ago

Heads up: No podcast tonight...

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Phil is off doing things and Jerry's request to do an Android Central After Dark Live got denied by our insurance company. We'll be back next week though, so be cool!

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3 years ago

Wordpress for Android v2.1 enters public beta

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Wordpress for Android has been steadily improving over time, and the latest attempt has just been released into public beta. V2.1 promises some "totally radical stuff" -- their words, not ours. 

What is this totally radical stuff? To save us hunting for it, the developers have posted a handy changelog, which looks like this --

  • Autosave timer while editing posts. Every 60 seconds the post will be autosaved.
  • Edit comments! You can edit comments while on the go now.
  • You can now set the width for linked images.
  • All new WordPress.com reader. Navigating posts is much faster and you can add comments to posts that you are reading. You can also share the post to other Android apps!
  • Small improvements to the UI, most notably that the delete post button has been moved to a less prominent spot to prevent accidental taps on it.
  • Reliability improvements
  • Translation updates

The developers are really keen for people to test this out, and run those new features through the mill a bit. If you run a Wordpress blog, then hit up the source link below to get your hands on a copy.

Source: Wordpress

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3 years ago

Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus preorder inventory already sold out

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Just in case you never got around to preordering your Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sprint, you won't really have to worry about it any more. As noted on the Sprint website, they've already sold through their allotted preorder inventory and are advising folks to just pick one up on April 22nd in stores. That is, assuming you can find one. Anyone want to speculate what helped preorder sales? We have a small idea that certainly could have helped a little.

Source: Sprint; Thanks, Zachary!

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