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3 years ago

Samsung and AT&T announce Galaxy Note 2, Tab 2 10.1, two mid-range LTE devices

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AT&T and Samsung made a hefty joint announcement this morning which includes the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Galaxy Express, and Galaxy Rugby Pro. They don't say anything about pricing or availability for any of these, other than that they'll be landing "in the coming months". That's not particularly helpful, but them's the breaks. At least we're pretty sure that we'll see the Galaxy Note 2 in November.

We're already plenty familiar with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy Tab 2, but let's take a closer look at these other two LTE devices, starting from the left. 

Samsung Galaxy Express

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • 5 megapxiel rear camera

Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro

  • Mil-spec 810g rugged and waterproof
  • 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with 720p video

That's some decent mid-range stuff all around. Sure, it's not quite as flashy as the upper-end Galaxy Note 2 and Tab 2 10.1, but it's always nice to have a rugged phone that doesn't entirely suck. Anyone biting on these two, or are you going to hold out for the upper-end devices? 

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 available day early from branded store in UK

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Samsung has announced that their new Galaxy Note 2 will be available a day early (this Sunday) from their officially-branded Samsung store in the U.K. This is good stuff for anyone that happens to leave close to the one in Westfield Stratford City, but no surprise seeing as Samsung did something similar for the Galaxy S 3. The UK Brand Store will also be hosting some competitions on launch day whereby participants have a shot at winning a free Galaxy Note 2. The rest of the UK will proceed to get access to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 through various retail channels on October 1, while those of us in North America will have to wait until November to get our version. 

We spent some time with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 at IFA and walked away duly impressed. Anyone needing a refresher can take a look at the specs. 

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot
  • GPS: A-GPS; Glonass
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE; USB 2.0 Host; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40; Wi-Fi Direct; mHL; NFC
  • Memory: 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM); microSD (up to 64GB)
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh

I'd be curious to see if any other official Samsung Brand Stores are offering the same promotion. Anyone near the one in the UK intending to check out the launch day festivities this weekend? 

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3 years ago

Because we can: Win a free Lloyd mug

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It's Friday, and we're trying to power our way through to the weekend. Chances are you are, too. Let's help with that. This morning we're giving away three Lloyd mugs. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. We'll close things down at 5 p.m. Eastern time, and notify the winners the weekend.

Free. Lloyd. Mug. (Coffee/Bailey's not included.) Good luck, everyone!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Camera and Galaxy Note 2 to be released in India

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The star of the recent IFA 2012 show in Berlin, the Samsung Galaxy Camera, has just been outed for release in India. At a recent press event -- where the Galaxy Note 2 was also confirmed for release in the country -- Samsung promised to deliver the Galaxy Camera for release prior to Diwali. While sounding pretty vague, Diwali is to take place this year on November 13, so eager Indian early adopters shouldn't be waiting too long to get their hands on the device. No pricing has been confirmed at this time. 

The Galaxy Note 2 however, is set for release next week at a price of INR 39,990 (£468, $756) which puts it in the realms of pricing for the European market, perhaps slightly cheaper. Initially the Note 2 will be available from Samsung Smartphone Cafes and Samsung Plazas, with other retailers and carriers offering it at a later date. 

via AndroidOS.in (1) (2)

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3 years ago

Sony pushing out Tablet S update, brings guest mode and new media applications

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The Xperia Tablet S may be the new kid on the block, but Sony hasn't forgotten about the original Tablet S. U.S. owners of the original 'folded magazine' style Tablet S should be starting to see an Android 4.0.3 based update that brings some of the features of the newer tablet. 

First up is guest mode. For many, the ability to share a single tablet, and restrict access to certain features, apps, as well as having personalizations for each person is a much desired feature. The Xperia Tablet S comes with the feature out of the box, and is sure to be a welcome addition to the Tablet S. 

Also worth noting is the arrival of the new media applications from Sony. The Walkman, Movies and Album apps have all been updated visually and come packed with some new features. 

The small apps too gets a boost, with the addition of some extra windows that you're able to overlay. And, widgets can be registered and utilised as small apps too. Handy for popping up your GMail perhaps while playing a little Crash Bandicoot. 

The OTA update is pushing out now, so if you've yet to see a notification be sure to head into your Settings>About>System Updates to manually check. For the full rundown be sure to hit up the source link below, and head into the comments and tell us your thoughts if you've already downloaded. 

Source: Sony

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3 years ago

Apple admits Maps not up to snuff, suggests Google Maps (and others) for now

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It's not every day that Apple has to admit one of its own products, well, sucks. (Hell, it's not very often that Apple releases a product that's not at least as good as the alternatives.) But this morning, that's exactly what CEO Tim Cook has done in an open letter on Apple's website.

For our purposes, Cook does suggests Google Maps as an alternative, albeit with a web shortcut, since Google's yet to submit a native Google Maps app for iOS.

Writes Cook:

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.

We've got the full letter after the break.

Source: Apple; more: iMore.com

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR i to begin shipping in the UK from October 1.

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Right from launch day we'd heard early October would be the release timeframe for Motorola's new RAZR i. Now, at least one British retailer has narrowed that down further, and confirmed the device will begin shipping on October 1. 

Clove Technology are set to receive stocks of the device imminently, and have taken to their official blog to confirm that they will be shipping the new Intel powered RAZR i this coming Monday. At £342 we still feel it's a little on the pricey side, but there is a lot to like. It sets the ball rolling in the Motorola/Intel partnership and we're excited to see where things go from here. 

If you're interested in purchasing a RAZR i, be sure to check out our full review first, before parting with your hard earned. 

Source: Clove

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3 years ago

Rayman Jungle Run hands on video - this is fun!

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Yay - Rayman has arrived this week for Android. If you are looking for a fun, fast and colorful game then Rayman Jungle Run is well worth considering. It does come with a price tag I'm afraid of $2.99/£1.99 but in the last 24 hours since I have been playing it I would say its money well spent.

Rayman has been around for years on other platforms, and hugely successful. I see no reason why that shouldn't continue with the Android platform. With wonderful, catchy background music, bright, smooth and vivid graphics the game is super fun. You guider Rayman through various worlds collecting treats along the way. Each world will give you an extra power so for example in World one you will just be able to jump but once in world two you can jump and fly thanks to the blades on Rayman's head.

Features of the game include:

  • Beautiful graphics
  • New worlds to discover
  • New powers to unlock
  • Captivating music
  • Smooth touch-based controls
  • Exclusive wallpapers to unlock for your device

Don't think. Just play.

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3 years ago

Existing Orange T-Mobile customers being transferred over to EE

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UK mobile customers are eagerly anticipating the first LTE services from the newly announced EE (Everything Everywhere.) While current Orange T-Mobile customers will be required to transfer to an EE LTE plan to take advantage of those extra G's, it seems they're not the only ones seeing a transfer. 

Existing customers on a regular Orange or T-Mobile contract are also seeing the switchover. It happened to one of our devices following issues with web browsing over cellular data. A quick call to customer services, some settings updates to change over to EE, and we're back online. Something to bear in mind for customers on the two networks if you run into any issues. 

The Orange representative we spoke to informed us that the changeover is ongoing, so customers should expect to see it soon. 

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast 109: LG in Korea, new Nexus (or not)

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Audio-only stream below

We're back! Again! And we've got some good stuff for you this week. We kick off with Phil's tour with LG in Seoul, South Korea. Plus more on that scary dialer exploit thing, and whether you really need to worry about it. Plus we throw in some "new Nexus" talk for good measure. Welcome back to the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

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3 years ago

HTC One X+ pictures leak out, looks just like a HTC One X

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Well, then, what do we have here. At first glance, this is nothing more than a black HTC One X. However, according to the guys over at Pocket-Lint, this is in fact the much rumored HTC One X+.

Having been rumored, and leaked, but not yet officially announced, the HTC One X+ is expected to be an upgraded version of the current HTC flagship device. Visually, aside from an updated Beats logo, the One X+ is identical to the regular One X. The difference is supposed to be internal -- a bumped up Tegra 3 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean the key rumored upgrades. 

As ever with leaks, we'll hold off full judgment until we see an actual device. We have to say though, we're excited for Jelly Bean on a HTC device. If the rumors are true, it has to bode well for current HTC One X owners eagerly awaiting that update. 

Source: Pocket-lint

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3 years ago

ZTE Engage coming exclusively to Cricket

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The ZTE Engage, a mid-range Ice Cream Sandwich device, is coming exclusively to Cricket for $249.99 without a contract on Tuesday, October 2nd. The Engage takes advantage of Cricket's new Muve Music service, which lets users choose a plan that has the service built-in to the cost and offers unlimited downloads to the device. For the service, a 4GB MicroSD card is built into the device specifically for the downloads. Overall, the device has specs that you would expect for the price:

  • 4.0" WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen
  • Qualcomm MSM8655T Scorpion processor at 1.4GHz
  • Dual-Facing Cameras: Rear (8.0MP) w/LED Flash & Front (VGA)
  • MUVE Music Ready with 4GB Muve Music SD Card included
  • Removable MicroSD Memory Card (up to 32GB)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Lithium Ion 1900 mAh battery

There are three plans available for the device -- all without contract. Starting at $50 for unlimited talk, text and 3G data (1GB of full-speed data) per month. A $10 bump to $60 gives you 2.5GB of full-speed data per month, and $70 offers 5GB. Both the $60 and $70 plans include the ability for customers to tether their device to power additional wireless devices.

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3 years ago

Google Play Movies now available in Korea

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Google has delivered their Play Movies app and store to the folks in Korea today, bringing hundreds of full-length local and Hollywood movies. It's great seeing Google score more content deals in more countries, as many localities still don't have access to media through Google Play.

Korea joins the U.S., UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and Spain to offer access to their video rental and sales. There was no word from Google about any plans for other areas.

Source: +Google Play

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3 years ago

Jetpack Joyride now available on Google Play

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After a brief exclusive period on the Amazon Appstore, Jetpack Joyride is now available for all on Google Play. You can get a full look at the game over at our review, but the tl;dr version goes a little something like this: use one-touch controls to lift a disgruntled office drone into the air with his minigun jetpack, dodge security systems, collect coins, buy cool new gadgets. Rince, repeat.

Jetpack Joyride is a classic, and it sure has taken its sweet time finding its way to Android. Who's interested in giving it a shot? Does the gameplay feel dated at all, or has it still retained its charm from a year ago? Are in-app purchases a major turn-off, regardless of gameplay quality?

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3 years ago

Google's Field Trip app pops up location-relevant info

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Google's Niantic Labs have pushed out a new app called Field Trip, which simply pops up location-specific information cards as you wander or drive around town. It's vaguely Google Nowish in its predictions, and provides several channels of content, such as historic places and events, lifestyle, food and drink, cool and unique places, and plenty more. There's plenty of control over how many and what kind of notifications you get for this app through its various settings, so no worries about getting too annoyed with the app or having your battery drained into nothingness. Information can also be relayed over audio if you have a Bluetooth or wired headset plugged in. Content partners include big names like the Food Network, Zagat, Cool Hunting, and plenty of others. 

Unfortunately, Field Trip is currently only available in the U.S., but it still looks pretty awesome. I'd love to see something similar that uses voice instead, so you could leave your phone on the table during a conversation and have relevent Wikipedia articles pop up automatically as you talk. It's always weird spending the minute or two looking stuff up only to find the conversation has drifted somewhere else entirely. 

Anyway, it looks pretty sweet, and it's free to boot. iOS users will be able to get in on the fun shortly too. I hear they're having trouble getting around these days. 

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