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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini coming to the UK on Nov. 8

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Samsung has announced that its miniaturized, mid-range handset, the Galaxy S3 mini, will be making its way to British shored from next Thursday, Nov. 8. In its announcement today, Samsung also reveals that UK S3 Mini buyers will also bag free copies of mobile games The Sims 3 and Bejeweled 2.

Naming aside, the Galaxy S3 Mini doesn't share a whole lot in common with its full-sized sibling. It's powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, packs a 5MP rear camera and a 4-inch WVGA SuperAMOLED screen. However, it is at least running the latest version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean, along with Samsung's most recent TouchWiz Nature UX.

Samsung promises a release across all major UK mobile networks and independent retailers from next Thursday. Anyone planning on picking one up? Shout out in the comments.

We've got Samsung's full press release after the break.

More: Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini forum

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Wifi Calling isn't coming to the Nexus 4

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The folks over at TmoNews have just confirmed that when the LG Nexus 4 goes on sale at T-Mobile stores in just a couple of weeks that it won't be coming with Wifi Calling (UMA) on board. Now this will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed previous Nexus phones in the past. The Nexus One, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus all worked on T-Mobile's network just fine, but none of them were given official Wifi Calling support. Just because T-Mo is selling this one directly doesn't mean that changes now.

This may sound bad on the surface because many users would like the ability to have the battery life and call quality improvements that come with Wifi Calling, but this is actually a good thing. Not having the Wifi Calling app pre-installed on the Nexus 4 means that there's a really good chance it has the exact same firmware as the unlocked version coming from Google via the Play Store.

When it comes to updates and variants of Nexus devices, the fewer models that need to be supported, the better.

Source: TmoNews

More: Google Nexus 4 Forums

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 Q&A, Galaxy Note 2 battery life comparison [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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3 years ago

AT&T buying up more 700MHz spectrum

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The FCC has just released information detailing a deal between AT&T and a company called Broadband Wireless Unlimited for 700MHz spectrum in several markets around the country. Concerned parties have until November 14th to submit complaints on the deal, but if it were to be approved as it stands, AT&T would receive license to more spectrum in the B Block of the 700MHz band -- right where it currently operates its LTE network -- in specific markets where additional bandwidth is needed.

The markets in question where this spectrum would be applicable are Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Depending on the market, AT&T would have anywhere between 70 and 125MHz of spectrum available for use post-acquisition.

Source: FCC

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3 years ago

Netflix now available on Amazon Kindle Fire in the UK

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Despite the Amazon Kindle Fire in the UK coming with Amazon's own LOVEFiLM service baked in, that hasn't stopped rivals Netflix trying to muscle in. Netflix is now available to download from the Amazon Appstore for British Kindle Fire owners. 

The experience and content catalog is exactly the same as on regular Android devices, giving new Kindle Fire owners in Britain their choice of streaming providers. Both LOVEFiLM and Netflix come with free trials too, so be sure to check them both out first before committing your cash. 

Source: Netflix

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3 years ago

Samsung holding Australian launch event for Galaxy Note 2 on Nov. 14

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We've seen the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launch in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and we're starting to see the first signs of U.S. availability, but what about elsewhere? For our friends down under, their time is almost upon us, with the news of an official launch event for the device in Australia. 

According to the fine folks at Ausdroid, invites are going out for a launch event taking place on November 14. That gives eager Australians just two weeks before official release information should be out there. Additionally, it's expected that the Australian release will also see the 1800MHz LTE compatibility with Telstra and Optus 4G networks. 

Source: Ausdroid

More: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review

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3 years ago

Party like it's Q1 2013 with this BB10 lockscreen mod

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If you've at all paid attention to the recent news from RIM, the latest version of its OS -- BlackBerry 10 -- is definitely coming (no really guys, we're serious this time). We don't know when that'll be for certain, and we're not so sure it's going to pull anyone away from the Android world. If you're curious to try out the lockscreen from BB10, however, here's your chance.

The always hacker-minded folks over at XDA have conjured up a mod to add the lockscreen to some specific devices on specific versions of Android, mainly 4.1 Jelly Bean at the moment, but hopefully expanded support is coming soon.

Source: CrackBerry; XDA

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3 years ago

PSA: Google services appear to be down [Update: we're back]

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Update: After 15 minutes of misery, it seems we're now able to access Google services once again.

Google is in the midsts of a bit of an outage, with Talk, Drive, Calendar, Google+, the Play Store, Gmail and others unavailable for many users, including via mobile. We're sure Google's working on getting things back up and running. In the meantime, vent your frustrations down in the comments.

More: Google Status

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3 years ago

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 2 Smart Dock, yours for $100

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If the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 doesn't already strike an imposing enough figure on your desk top, then you might want to take a look at this latest accessory release for the 5.5-inch behemoth. Unlike some previous accessory launches for Samsung devices -- remember the Galaxy Nexus debacle anyone? -- this is an actual product that is actually for sale right now.

We first saw the Smart Dock -- albeit locked away in a glass case -- back at IFA 2012, in Berlin, the same event which saw the launch of the Note 2 itself. It promises to give you a makeshift desktop and media set up with a variety of useful connecting ports all rolled into one handy device. 

Packing a set of USB ports, a HDMI out connection and even a speaker line out port, the Note 2 Smart Dock is pretty well connected. It also comes with a pretty hefty price tag of $99.99. If the price doesn't put you off and you're thinking of picking one up, be sure to sound off in the comments below and let us know your thoughts. 

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Who needs a Nexus 4 (and why)?

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It's Nexus season again. That means a new phone, a new version of Android, and a bunch of folks arguing the merits (or lack thereof) of the new device. Everyone always wants the latest and greatest to actually be the latest and greatest, but the fact is that the Nexus 4 isn't for everyone. And that's OK.

Android is not "one-size-fits-all." There will be a slew of phones released for the holiday season, and plenty more following in 2013. (To say nothing of all the excellent phones already released this year.) Different sizes, different shapes, and definitely a different set of features. There's a very good chance one of these upcoming or current phones will suit you far better than the Nexus 4 ever could. That's what we're going to look at here. Discuss a few of the pros and cons of the Nexus 4, and hopefully help in your informed decision.

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3 years ago

Sony puts a spin on the concept of racing games

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The NFC marketing bandwagon is coming out in full force, and Sony’s latest campaign will pit users against each other in a racing game with real toy cars, as part of its "Xperia Face Off" promotion.

The Japanese phone maker will outfit its latest Xperia T phones in little race cars and the idea is to race around an obstacle course filled with NFC devices. Players have two minutes to transfer their Facebook profile pictures to as many of the other devices around the track as they can.

It looks like the “Xperia Face Off” competition is only open to players in the UK, and will happen starting this weekend for the next three consecutive weekends.

Prices are pretty sweet. The top 100 scores get selected for a prize draw, and the champion gets an all-expenses paid trip to Vegas with a plus one. The grand prize winner also gets to attend CES (maybe you'll see us there!)

When:

  • (11am to 11pm)
  • Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th November
  • Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th November
  • Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th November                

Where: Shop 13, The Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR

Entry is free.

Source: Xperia Face Off

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3 years ago

'It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown' free today in the Amazon Appstore

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Looking for a fun way to entertain the kids -- or big kids -- in your house this fine Halloween? Amazon has you covered, as their free app of the day today is "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown." When launched in the Google Play Store, this storybook app cost $5, so if you've got access to the Amazon Appstore, this is a great deal for this and future Halloween's.

Of course, if Charlie Brown is a little too young for you, or your kids, be sure to check out our run down of the best Android games for Halloween.  

And, while the kids are entertained, be sure to head on over to ShopAndroid.com to take advantage of the 15% off special Halloween deals, or enter our sweet Halloween costume contest

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3 years ago

Ouya confirms game console will launch with Jelly Bean

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The Android-powered Ouya game console is still on schedule according to the developers' latest update, and they've confirmed that it will launch with Jelly Bean. It wouldn't be surprising to see Android 4.2 folded in before the planned launch early next year, even though that version was just unveiled a few days ago. Apparently the Ouya folks have been busy talking with developers over the last few months, which is key considering porting high-resolution games to the big screen and optimizing controls for Ouya's hardware will be key to its initial success. 

To that end, they've outlined a few tips for developers in advance of the December launch of the Ouya SDK. For example, the gamepad will have a single-finger touchpad and a button for system-wide access to shutting down or quitting a game, but none of the familiar buttons like back or menu. Apps should be ready to run at 720p, 1080p, and 1080i resolutions. Notifications aren't employed, and all games are effectively free (though laden with ads and in-app purchases as the game creators see fit). Finally, Ouya reminds app-makers that the system is built for Tegra, and that anyone itching to get their game optimized should test with an Nvidia-powered Android tablet. 

As for the hardware, they've got the circuit boards printed, and are busy optimizing software and preparing dev kits for those that got in early. 

So, who backed Ouya? Any developers getting ready to make their games ready for the promising young system?

Source: Ouya

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3 years ago

AT&T and T-Mobile to share networks in hurricane aftermath

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AT&T and T-Mobile have struck up an agreement to share their networks in the New York and New Jersey area. They will enable roaming to mutual customers to share network capacity, so that those having trouble getting a cell signal may have a better chance.

The carriers said that customers can carry on using their devices as per normal, with voice and data traffic going over whichever network is most operational in their area. Since both carriers are GSM-based, sharing should be seamless for users.

Hurricane Sandy has caused a widespread power blackout in cities on the East Coast, and carriers have suffered infrastructure damage in its wake. In addition, it led to Google's last-minute cancelation of its anticipated Monday event.

Today's full press release can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC Droid DNA name crops up again

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The story of Verizon and HTC’s Droid DNA has led us from a nameless blurry-cam, through rumors of an “HTC DLX” to clear photos of the actual device and news of what appears to be the final branding. The 5-inch, 1080p smartphone, known in Japan as the HTC J Butterfly, looks set to become a major launch for Big Red later in the year.

Today brings further confirmation of the Droid DNA moniker, as the “HTC Droid DNA” name has appeared on a Verizon support page listing devices with non-removable batteries. Alongside the name is the ADR6435 name previously associated with the “DLX” codename. If you've been following this device, you'll remember we first broke news of the Droid DNA name a few weeks back, when we spotted it on a leaked Verizon MAP document.

So barring some last-minute change, it’s probably a safe bet at this point that the DLX will come to market as the Droid DNA. Verizon folks -- anyone thinking of skipping the current crop of phones in favor of a shiny new DNA? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Verizon, via: Droid-Life

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