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3 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy Note 2!

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We're live at Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 in Berlin, where Samsung has just announced the latest device in its Galaxy Note line, the Galaxy Note 2! The Note 2 is the widely-anticipated successor to last year's original Galaxy Note, and Samsung's improved upon that device with souped-up internals, re-vamped software and a brand new design.

The Galaxy Note 2 sports a 9.4mm thin chassis with a 5.5-inch 16:9 display at 1280x720 resolution. The screen itself is an HD SuperAMOLED panel, similar to what Samsung's included on the Galaxy S3. Visually the Galaxy Note is similar to the Galaxy S 3. The home button, the rear of the phone, the overall shape all strike a resemblance to the smaller sibling. Like its predecessor, the Note 2 sports a Wacom-based pressure-sensitive "S Pen," which has been redesigned. The pen is now taller and thicker, the button on the side now has texture to it, and it has a rubber tip which creates a subtly different action on the screen.  

On the inside, the Galaxy Note 2 is powered by a 1.6GHz Exynos 4 Quad CPU -- the same CPU found inside the S3, only at a higher frequency. That's backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16,32, and 64GB of storage. Samsung will offer the device in both 3G/HSPA and 4G LTE flavors, though for the moment there's no info on which version will be offered in which markets. On the software side, there's Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, backed up by Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX. And like the original Note, pen-centric apps like S Note have been included to take advantage of the new Note's unique hardware.

Availability has yet to be announced, but we'll update you just as soon as any announcement is made. In the meantime, keep it locked to AC for continuing live coverage of the event, and hands-on reports with more info on the device itself.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 specs

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Complete specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2:​

Looking to get all the latest specs on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2? We've got 'em.

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3 years ago

Live in Berlin: Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012

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Join us for live coverage of Samsung's big pre-IFA event

We're live in Berlin, Germany, where Samsung will shortly be holding its second Mobile Unpacked event of the year. If you recall, the first one took us to London, where we first got to see the Galaxy S3. This time around, the company's promised fans a new Galaxy Note smartphone, and so all signs point to a Note successor being unveiled at the pre-IFA event.

The original Note was revealed almost a year ago at Samsung's last Berlin get-together, and after proving a surprise hit around the world, we're about due a follow-up to the big-screen, stylus-toting smartphone. And as we learned last week, we could be in for a few surprises, too.

Here's the best part: You get to be here with us for the entire event!  You'll find all our live coverage after the break, plus keep checking the front page for the major announcements as they land!

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3 years ago

Want Jelly Bean JRO03O for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus?

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I know. It's a silly question to ask. A more appropriate question would be are you willing to jump through the hoops necessary to get it? If so, we have just the guide that will help you get it taken care of. Courtesy of dmmarck in our very own forums, there is now a end-to-end guide to help you along provided you're willing to give it a go. You'll need to take care of some prerequisites but they're not all that hard to follow:

  • Go completely back to stock 4.0.4/IMM76K by using either Wug's Toolkit or my Return to Stock guide.
  • Unlock the device (if you relocked it) and install a custom recovery--either ClockworkMod or TWRP.
  • Flash the IMM76Q package using the custom recovery.
  • Flash the JRO03O update using the custom recovery.

That's the basics, for a more in depth guide with the full details you'll want to click the link below to head on into the Android Central forums. If you have questions or need help, sing out in there and someone will be able to help out for sure!

[OTA] Semi-Official Jelly Bean JRO03O for the Verizon GNex

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3 years ago

ARCHOS introduces its Android-powered GamePad

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ARCHOS introduced its GamePad today, the company's first 7-inch Android-powered gaming tablet. The GamePad comes equipped with physical control buttons, joysticks, and a capacitive display, along with a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and Mali 400mp quad-core GPU underneath the hood. The GamePad is unlike anything we've seen in the Android world so far, and is more akin to a PSP than a tradition Android tablet. The GamePad comes equipped with Ice Cream Sandwich and access to the Google Play store, though it looks like most will purchase the GamePad strictly for gaming. ARCHOS says that it'll include tools to enable the physical controls to take the place of virtual navigation on current Android games, and will work with developers to design games specifically for the GamePad. 

We took a look at ARCHOS' latest flagship tablet, the 101 XS, earlier this month, and coupled with the new GamePad, ARCHOS looks to be thinking outside of the box to make a name for itself in the tablet market. The GamePad is scheduled late October release with a pricetag of "less than 150€ (or $188)". ARCHOS' full presser can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Sony unveils three new devices at IFA - Xperia T, Xperia V, Xperia J

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Sitting in on Sony's live IFA conference today, they've gone ahead and given the official stamp on three new devices. In order the Sony Xperia T, Xperia V, Xperia J will all be coming to market each offering their own individual features and price points. 

The Xperia T will be the flagship leader here and as we've seen in previous leaks runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with an upgrade to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean shortly after launch. It also has a 720p display, 13MP camera and built-in NFC along with a 1.5GHz dual core processor

The Xperia V will be coming with LTE connectivity and NFC that allows for interaction with a wide array of upcoming Sony accessories. A 13MP camera will allow for HD video recording while the 1.5GHz dual core processor will keep Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich going until it gets upgraded to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and if that's not enough, it's also water and dust resistant.

To close out their smartphone announcements, Sony introduced the Xperia J, which is their entry level offering running Android 4.0 out of the box with a 5MP shooter and only 512MB of RAM. The display leaves a lot to be desired, as it does not share the Bravia engine powered like the others instead, packs a 4.0” FWVGA Display. Videos, full specs and more of all can be found below. Xperia T will launch globally over the next few weeks. Xperia V and Xperia J will launch globally in calendar Q4 2012.

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3 years ago

James Bond will use the Sony Xperia T in Skyfall

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James Bond has run the gamut of sweet tech over the years, from kitchy, no-name Q-special, to Nokia -- and back to Sony. Sony Mobile president and CEO Hazuo Hirai today at IFA in Berlin announced that 007 will sport the Sony Xperia T in the upcoming "Skyfall" movie.

Seen the Skyfall trailer yet? Check it out after the break.

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3 years ago

Sony announces splash-proof Xperia Tablet S

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At IFA 2012, Sony has announced the splash-proof Xperia Tablet S. Details are scarce for now, but it looks an awful lot like Sony's first tablet and includes the same infrared blaster. There's going to be a whole suite of compatible accessories, including covers with built-in keyboards, stands, and dock speakers. The Xperia Tablet S has a 9.4-inch HD display with OptiContrast and runs on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor with Android 4.0.3. There's an 8 megapixel camera on the back and 1 megapixel front-facing shooter. 

One neat addition on the software side is something called Small Apps, which can run on top of standard apps in tiny windows. These include an audio recorder, calculator, remote control, timer, and even a mini web browser. There's also a new Socialife which ties together multiple social networks into a single app.

Keep an eye on our Sony IFA press conference liveblog for all of the latest news! A closer look is available here at Sony's product page

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3 years ago

Live in Berlin: Sony IFA 2012 Press Conference

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Android Central's IFA coverage kicks off with the Sony press conference

Our week of IFA 2012 coverage begins today, as Sony prepares to launch a bunch of new smartphones and tablets at its big press conference. We'll be live from the Messe Berlin exhibition center later today, where we're expecting new devices like the Xperia TX, Xperia T and Xperia Tablet to be publicly unveiled for the first time.

We're in for a whole lot of Sony later today, and you'll get to be here with us for the entire event. -

Check past the break for the live stuff, which kicks off at 10 a.m. EDT -- or right about now!

Remember we'll also be covering Samsung's big Mobile Unpacked event later in the day, where we're expecting to get our first look at the Galaxy Note 2!

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3 years ago

Sprint adds four new cities to its LTE roster, revamps 3G in others

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Sprint's slowly been ramping up its 4G LTE service, and today the carrier has announced four new cities with LTE coverage. They are:

  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Gainesville, Ga.
  • Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.
  • Sedalia, Mo.

Also, Sprint says it's turned on its revamped 3G service (this is all part of its Network Vision initiative) in Baltimore, Boston and Washington, D.C.

Sprint has a number of LTE-capable Android smartphones, including the LG Vipre, Motorola Photon Q, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Sprint EVO 4G LTE update brings fixes - and Sense 4.1

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Some good news out of the Sprint EVO 4G LTE camp this morning. An update apparently is rolling out that not only fixes a bit of wonk (that's the technical term, by the way) but also brings the updated Sense 4.1 along for the ride! That should be the same Sense 4.1 se showed you in a little preview on the HTC One X a few weeks ago. The Android version also gets bumped to 4.0.4, but that means it's still Ice Cream Sandwich, and so we'll resume the wait for some Jelly Bean love.

We'll update when we get a more complete changelog. In the meantime, hit the links below to see what everyone else is seeing in the update!

Update: And here's the changelog:

  • Browser no longer randomly closes from bookmarks
  • Bluetooth fix (minor)
  • Latest Version of Google Wallet
  • Latest Version of Visual Voicemail
  • LTE Scanning Improvement

Source: EVO 4G LTE forums 1, 2

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3 years ago

Motorola, Intel taking us to the edge in London Sept. 18

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Intel and Motorola joined forces earlier this year - now it's time to see the fruits of their labor.

That's a big announcement, eh? Motorola and Intel, the marriage first announced way back in January at CES, finally appears to be coming to fruition. (Right on schedule, actually.) So what will we see when the two companies "take us to the edge" on Sept. 18 in London? Most likely, it'll be a production-caliber Android smartphone based off Intel's Medfield platform that it's been teasing us with lo these many months, with its speed, power and promised battery savings that come from the Atom SOC.

Smartphone? Tablet? As always, we'll be there to bring you the whole thing as it happens. Set your calendars, folks!

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3 years ago

TomTom coming to Android - possibly as soon as October

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When it comes to voice guided satellite navigation the one company that springs to mind for most people is TomTom, but sadly we haven't had any Android love - until now. Today at IFA in Berlin TomTom are previewing their long awaited Android version. Pricing and availability is yet to be confirmed but clearly it needs to be an attractive package to tempt us away from using Google's own solution, although Tom Tom will certainly have more features.

“We aim to make TomTom content and services available to as many devices and platforms as we can,” says Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director at TomTom. “Bringing TomTom navigation to Android smartphones is, therefore, a significant milestone for us.”

TomTom for Android will include the following features:

  • World-class navigation - The latest, most accurate TomTom maps available – with no need for a mobile signal or data plan.
  • Lifetime maps – Free updates that ensure access to the latest maps and fastest routes.
  • IQ Routes - Arrival times that drivers can rely on – at all times of day.
  • Advanced lane guidance – Gives drivers extra clarity when navigating difficult junctions.
  • Spoken street names – Makes turnings even clearer.
  • 2D / 3D driving view – The clearest display for the safest driving.
  • TomTom HD Traffic – Available as an in-app purchase. It’s the quickest way through traffic. Proven.
  • TomTom Speed Cameras – Available as an in-app purchase. Save money and drive safely with real-time mobile and fixed camera alerts.

We will of course bring your further TomTom news as we get it.

Source: Business Wire

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3 years ago

New images show off possible HTC tablet

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HTC has been rather quiet on the tablet front but some new images leaked on Twitter by @evleaks have given us something interesting to look at. At this point, there is pretty much nothing to go on in terms of information about the device, not even the exact OS it may be running but the images sure are pretty to look at if nothing else.

In my opinion, it looks styled after the HTC One series though, I'd be lying if I didn't also say it looks like a decapitated iMac. That's it, enjoy the images for now and by all means, feel free to speculate in the comments. You'll find some more shots below for your drooling pleasure and here's to hoping we see more when IFA 2012 kicks off fully.

Source: Twitter

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3 years ago

LG unveils the Optimus L9, differentiates it with OCR translator app

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LG has been busy lately having only yesterday unveiled the Optimus G which will serve as their flagship device for the next little while. Another LG announcement has arrived though, and it brings the Optimus L9. Packing a 4.7-inch IPS display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with 1GB DDR2 (RAM) / 4GB e-MMC and a high-density 2,150mAh battery as well as a 5MP shooter all wrapped in a 9.1mm thin body the Optimus L9 isn't a lot to write home about but LG has tossed in a few other goodies as well to help differentiate it.

A new app called Quick Translator that makes use of Optical Character Recognition is going to be included and will take not only words, but also entire sentences and phrases and translate them from nearly 44 foreign languages to 64 user languages. Other items such as Quick Memo and the My Style Keypad which can detect left or right handed use have been included as well. The only thing missing is a release date and region listing, we're guessing IFA 2012 might bring more.

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