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3 years ago

What's in a name: The Droid RAZR Ultra

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A Droid RAZR Ultra, by any other name, would still smell as sweet -- and sell like hotcakes

We don't particularly put a lot of faith into leaked CelleBrite screen shots, but this is one we had to pass along. Why? Because the Droid RAZR Ultra makes perfect sense.

The Droid RAZR line was a huge hit for Verizon and Motorola, and it would be a great way to use that success to push the next big thing from the two. We've all seen how branding can help a phone go from a success to a smash hit, and Verizon loves them some branding and labeling.

We won't be surprised if this is just one of those things and the RAZR name isn't attached to the Droid Ultra, but we also wouldn't be surprised if it were. If the leaks are to be believed, we'll know more soon.

Discuss in the Droid Ultra forums

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3 years ago

Gigahertz, megapixels, and millimeters - do specs matter at all? - Talk Mobile

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There are three major elements to the smartphone experience. The hardware, the software, and the services. Software comprises the virtual; it is the operating system and the apps. Services is a bit broader, but it includes cloud connections like backup and app stores as well as the cellular connection provided by the carrier.

3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z coming to Canada as a Bell exclusive

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Sony's latest flagship is scheduled for a Bell release later this month

Bell and Sony have announced the Sony Xperia Z -- our underwater friend -- is officially coming to Canada as a Bell exclusive later this month. While some carriers, like T-Mobile in the U.S., already have a solid release date, we've yet to pin down an exact date for Bell. With an expected release of this month, an official launch date should be announced very soon.

The Sony Xperia Z comes with a 5-inch full HD "Reality Display," 13MP camera with HDR, IP55 & IP57 ratings for water and dust resistance, and a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAM. Sony's own "WALKMAN," Album, and Movies apps come preloaded for integrated multimedia access.

For a complete walkthrough of all the Sony Xperia Z has to offer - as well as the most important pros and cons - see our official Xperia Z review.

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3 years ago

Start your week with the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Welcome to the start of another glorious work week. Or maybe it's the end of your work week. Or maybe, if you're like us, you sit on your couch all day with Netflix, a bag of chips and some blogging tools. Whatever. We don't judge. (Out loud, anyway.)

Regardless, now is the time to catch up on the latest episode of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! If for no other reason than we're getting more comfortable rocking the Google Hangouts. So head on over, give it a shot, and don't forget to subscribe to the RSS feed.

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3 years ago

HTC One Android 4.2 update officially rolling out in UK 'from today'

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Biggest update yet for HTC's leading handset

The HTC One Android 4.2.2 update has been pushing out in parts of Europe for over a week now. However the HTC UK Twitter account has revealed that today is the official UK launch day, and that British One owners should now be able to download the new firmware.

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3 years ago

Latest HTC One Mini leak reveals front, back and specs

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1.4GHz Snapdragon S4, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 720p display

The HTC One Mini hasn't yet been officially announced, but thanks to a steady stream of leaks we already know a great deal about what to expect from HTC's upcoming mid-ranger. The device has appeared yet again today, over on German-based blog AndroidNext.de. The outlet scored shots of the Mini's front face and back panel — almost identical to the full-size HTC One, with a few minor differences — along with a hardware details from the CPU-Z app which confirm what many were suspecting.

The HTC One Mini is said to pack a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, of which 11.2GB is available for use, and a 1280x720 display. The phone has a 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel" camera around the back, and a 1.6-megapixel front-facer, the site reports. On the software side, it's running HTC Sense 5 atop Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean — the same Android version to which the European HTC One has recently been updated.

With the device now in carrier testing, according to today's report, hopefully it won't be too long before the HTC One Mini is officially unveiled for all to see. Sources have told Android Central to expect an early August launch for HTC's "Mini," while the larger "HTC One Max" is on track for a September arrival.

Source: AndroidNext.de

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3 years ago

Android Central App v1.3 now in beta testing

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Update: Due to overwhelming response from way more people than we expected, we're going stop accepting new applicants to the Android Central app beta group. We're already getting great feedback, and we hope to push v1.3 out to production just as soon as we can.

A quick heads up for you hard-core fans of the Android Central App. We've finally rolled out proper beta testing, and we're starting with a pretty good build to try it on. Version 1.3 of the app has been pushed out to our beta group for some final testing. There it will remain until we're happy with it, or until we just can't stand it anymore and have to release it into the world, free to spread its wings and become a beautiful butterfly. Or something. 

If you want in on the action, just hit the link below to get going. Namaste.

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3 years ago

Use this space to rant about the rumored specs of the Moto X

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We all have something to say about the rumored specs of the Moto X, so let's all just say it

Oh boy! A new Android phone is coming out, and testers and carrier reps have leaked about a million blog posts worth of details about it. Who would have thunk it, right? This time though, things are slightly different because the Moto X should be the first Android phone from Motorola that has Google's design and push behind it.

People are expecting a lot from the Moto X. What we've seen so far looks really interesting, with a new and improved way of harnessing the power of Google Now and very deep voice integration in the system. It's kind of creepy, kind of wonderful, and totally different. We'll have to withhold any final judgment until we actually use the damn thing, which should be soon if all those leaks are to be believed.

And then we come to the specs (insert dramatic music or something here). What the Internet wisdom says is that we'll be seeing:

  • 1.7GHz dual-core Snapgragon MSM8960DT
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • 10MP 'ClearPixel' camera
  • 720p display (possibly AMOLED)

This has a lot of people pissed off. Conversely, a lot of people don't care. I think I'm in the latter group, because I don't care if it runs on rubber bands or a hamster in a wheel as long as it runs well. But plenty of people feel the other way, and are scratching their head over why Motorola and Google would release a phone in 2013 with 2012 innards.

We don't have the answer to that. What we do have is a set of screencaps (courtesy of an anonymous imgur user) that supposedly show what CPU-Z says is inside the GSM Moto X -- including a crapload of sensors. You'll find those after the break, and that's where you can rant and rail over them. 

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3 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Updates on updates on updates

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It's been a busy week (and weekend) with a lot of family stuff going on, so we'll keep things short this week. A few things worth mentioning: 

I think we're 100 percent all-in on using Google Hangouts for the podcast now. The audio quality's not where I'd like it to be, but I think we can work with it some more. And it's a hell of a lot easier for video. Plus, you can watch it live, directly from the Android Central app.

Speaking of the app, we're close to beta testing v1.3 — hopefully this week. It's taken a little longer than we thought to get it pushed out (it feels weird being on that side of the equation), but it's a good update. We've got the YouTube API built in now, and it looks great. Plus we've got Google's new drawer code added in, and it also looks great. And a few more bells and whistles. We'll float it to the beta group for a couple days before the big release. Stay tuned.

And now a few other thoughts I've been thinking amid the chaos:

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3 years ago

Make the best Google+ 'Auto Awesome' photos you can

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From flashy to subtle, you can now make your Google+ photos come to life 

Google+ picked up a facelift and a big group of new features back at Google I/O 2013, and two of them -- Auto Awesome and Auto Enhance -- have opened up cool new photography possibilities on the network. Auto Awesome is especially intriguing, as it automatically turns groups of similar pictures you take into an animated image, HDR shot, panorama or collage to share on Google+, without any extra processing on your part. 

With just a few minutes of your time you'll be ready to make your own Auto Awesome images to share on Google+, and we're going to make sure you've got things set up properly. Once you're comfortable with the process, we also have a few tips and tricks to help make the best of this new feature. Let's make some awesome images after the break.

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3 years ago

Moto X features outed in leaked Rogers video

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'OK Google Now, what's the forecast for today?'

The torrent of Moto X leaks continue today, as a video from Canadian carrier Rogers has appeared online showing many of the headline features from Motorola's upcoming handset. The video also reveals that the Moto X will launch exclusively on Rogers in Canada this August, and come in black and white color options.

Among the Moto X's software tricks is a new voice command system that's always active — the video shows it linking in with Google Now to produce a weather forecast, and mentions that directions and alarms can be activated in the same way. And the notification dynamic has been changed up a bit, too — instead of a notification LED, Moto X pulses icons on its screen when its asleep, allowing you to see which apps have notifications waiting.

The camera app it also shown being activated with a double-twist gesture — presumably this is another "always on" feature that allows you to get to the camera at any time. And the app itself is different to what we've seen in stock Android — tap anywhere to take a photo, or long press to take a burst shot.

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3 years ago

Amazon offering free productivity app bundle today only

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Amazon has seven great apps for free in this one-day promotion

Amazon has a big app promotion going on today in their app store, and they are offering seven great apps in their freee productivity app bundle. These are popular applications that plenty of folks think are well worth their normal price, all free for Sunday July 14 only.

The apps are:

  • WiFi File Explorer Pro by Dooblou (normally 99-cents)
  • Documents To Go (Full Version Key) by DataViz, Inc. (normally $14.95)
  • PrinterShare Mobile Print by Dynamix USA, LLC (normally $12.95)
  • Tasks N Todos Pro by Handy Apps Inc (normally $5.99)
  • Splashtop Remote Desktop HD by Splashtop Inc. (normally $8.99)
  • Spacedraw Key by Scalisoft (normally $4.99)
  • Splashtop Remote Desktop by Splashtop Inc. (normally $4.99)

You'll need the Amazon app store installed to buy these, and keep it installed while you're using them. This sounds like a great way to save some serious cash, and score some really nice apps while doing it.

More: Amazon

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3 years ago

Go hands-on with NVIDIA's Shield at select locations this August

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Catch a summer movie and play with a hot new Android device

NVIDIA is offering a way for you to find out first-hand about their upcoming Shield handheld, provided you're in New York or San Francisco. At select theaters, they will have their Shield Movie Theater Experience Centers set up where you can have a little one-on-one time with the portable powerhouse on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the month of August.

The four locations are:

New York

  • Garden State 16 – 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus, New Jersey
  • New Roc Stadium 18 – 33 Lecount Place, New Rochelle, New York

San Francisco

  • Cupertino 16 – 10123 North Wolfe Road, Cupertino, California
  • Mercado 20 – 3111 Mission College Boulevard., Santa Clara, California

if any of these are in your neck of the woods, take a few minutes and have a look. you'll be impressed with what NVIDIA has put together. The Tegra 4 powered mini-console absolutely chews through Android games, delivering an experience that has to be seen to be believed. 

Source: NVIDIA

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: URL Ripper, Garfield Daily, APTuner and more!

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See which apps the Android Central writers have been using this week

Welcome back to another edition of our 'Apps of the Week' series, where we highlight several apps from the Android Central writing staff. Once a week we give each of the writers a chance to tell everyone about an app that they have been actively using in the last week and bundle them up for some light Saturday afternoon reading.

This week we have yet another diverse set of apps ranging from tools for tuning a guitar to games with stick figure army guys. Stick around after the break and see how this week's picks stack up.

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3 years ago

From the Android Forums: Photo storage in the cloud with Google Photos

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Using your Google Drive space for photo and video storage is easy and automatic with your Android phone

Ohnelson77 asks in the Android Central forums,

Hey everyone. I have over 4,000 photos and videos on my SDcard, and Dropbox does not have enough space for me at the promotional rate. I'd love use Google Drive, but it doesn't automatically sync my photos and videos like Dropbox does. I cant even send my photos and videos to Google Drive from my phone. Also, if I by a wifi hard drive, can i use that like a cloud service if I'm not near my wifi drive? Can someone please help me?

Thank you

A couple of great questions there! Let's see if we can help get some answers. 

It sounds like you're looking for the best place to store your photos and videos, and you'd like to use Google Drive. I've got some good news for you -- you can, and it's easier (and cheaper) than you thought. Like a lot of things Google, it involves Google+.

Have a question you need answered? (Preferably about Android, but we're flexible.) Hit up our Contact Page to get in touch!

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