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3 years ago

Samsung ships 20 million Galaxy S4s

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Two months on, Samsung's shifted 20 million devices worldwide

Samsung has shifted 20 million Galaxy S4 smartphones in the just over two months since the device first went on sale, company co-CEO JK Shin has told the Korean press. To put that in perspective, the first month of availability for the S4 yielded 10 million shipments, while last year's Galaxy S3 took 100 days to reach the 20 million milestone.

Of course, shipping a phone isn't the same as selling it to an end-user. However shipped devices have to go somewhere, and the number shows that Samsung's partners at the very least are keen to snap up the device.

Samsung also reported Galaxy S4 sales of 500,000 in its domestic market of South Korea.

via SamMobile

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3 years ago

Polaroid's own 'Polamatic' photo filter app hits Android, hipsters rejoice

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After over a year as an iOS-exclusive app, Polaroid has finally released its "Polamatic" photo filtering and manipulation app into the Play Store for Android users to enjoy. As we've come to expect from all classic Polaroid-influenced filter apps, Polamatic lets users take (or import) photos and process them with unique retro flair. The app includes 36 different Polaroid photo frames, 20 different filters and the ability to add hand-written looking captions to bring in the full effect of an old-school image.

Photos can naturally be shared out to any service once you've given them the proper touches as well, or saved in the Polamatic Gallery for later editing and sharing. The app is now available to purchase for $1.99 and can be found at Google Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Geek.com talks with Steve Kondik and Koushik Dutta about Android security

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Learn about the new privacy tools in CyanogenMod from two of the founding members

Looking for a great way to spend 20 minutes? join Geek.com's Russell Holly as he has a great chat with CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik and Koushik Dutta of CM and ClockWorkMod fame about Android security. 

It's plain talk, and focuses mostly on Privacy Guard and PushSMS  -- two new services that help you control the bits and bytes that flow from your phone. Explained are things like how ease-of-use and fairness to developers are important, and you'll leave a lot wiser on how these tools can help you decide how your data is handled and who can see it.

Of course things get a little geeky, but what would 20 minutes with these two fellows be without a little bit of nerdery, right? this one's definitely worth a watch. You can watch the video above, but be sure to direct questions and comments to Russell at Geek.com's Google+ page.

Source: Geek.com

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3 years ago

C Spire's Galaxy S3 4.1.2 Premium Suite update begins July 3

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The Premium Suite features make the 4.1.2 update into something worth waiting for

Starting sometime on July 3, users with a Samsung Galaxy S3 on the C Spire network should start seeing that oh-so-wonderful OTA pop-up we all cherish. The carrier is sending out the Android 4.1.2 update, including the Premium Suite features that we've seen in other Galaxy S3 models.

While an update to Jelly Bean is great in and of its own, the Premium Suite brings a good many new features to the device. Updates for previous models have included things like smart photo tagging, reader mode, S-Beam enhancements, and the crowd favorite multi-window view.

Samsung and C Spire have also made the update available online via Kies, so if you'd prefer not to wait you can use the Samsung utility to download and install this one -- though that often comes with its own unpleasant experience. 

If you're a C Spire customer with a Galaxy S3, start paying attention to your notifications in a few short hours. If and when you receive the update, be sure to sound off in the comment box and let everyone know what you think.

Source: C-Spire. Thanks, Jeff!

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3 years ago

Simple Mobile rolls out new data tiers, international calling deals

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Improved lowest tier and new high tier give customers better data options

Prepaid carrier Simple Mobile is rolling out a new three-tier plan structure that offers more choices and data for your money at each level. When looking for a new plan, potential Simple Mobile customers will now have three options when it comes to smart phones:

  • $40 per month for unlimited talk, text and data, first 500MB at 4G speeds
  • $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and data, first 2.5GB at 4G speeds
  • $60 per month for unlimited talk, text and data, first 4GB at 4G speeds 

The $40 plan has doubled the amount of full-speed data it offers from 250MB previously, and the $60 plan is all-together new with the most data ever offered by the carrier. Although it is running on T-Mobile's network, the new Simple Mobile plans beat T-Mobile's own prepaid pricing at each tier as far as data allotment is concerned. Much the same as T-Mobile, Simple throttles down usage once you hit the specified data allotment, which is far preferable to overage charges for most people. And being a prepaid service, you can always re-up your monthly payment and start a new month early if necessary.

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3 years ago

Reminder: Google Maps is looking out for your safety with public alerts

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Google's public alerts system can save your bacon by keeping you up to date with important safety information

Michael wrote in about something he noticed in Google Maps for Android. Seems there is a Flash Flood Warning for parts of New Hampshire, and Google Maps made sure he knew about it when searching for a location. It's not only pretty cool and pretty important, but it serves as a reminder that your Android phone can provide safety information as well as play Words With Friends.

Google started adding public alerts to Google Maps in January of 2012, but most of us have never seen them. Besides severe weather alerts from the US National Weather service, maps also has the ability to give safety warnings from the following:

  • US Geological Survey (USGS)
  • West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
  • AMBER alerts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Nixle
  • Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
  • Environment Canada

These are all trusted partners and verified public safety authorities. The alerts you can see will depend not only on what alerts may be active, but also their severity, location settings and of course your location or the location you're searching. The goal here is to provide relevant safety information tailored to your needs and location. This is a really good thing.

To see all the live alerts, you can visit the Google Public Alerts homepage. While the service has been around a while, it's still fairly new so not every location has pertinent local information. If your hometown doesn't seem to be listing anything, and you're in a position to influence policy decisions (or know someone who is), direct your attention here. Google has set up steps to make it easy to publish the data in a web-friendly format so that they, and others, can use the data to keep people warned.

Thanks, Michael for this great reminder!

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3 years ago

Google Play edition reviews: The HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4

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For better or worse, you've got official 'stock' Android on two of the hottest phones around 

Forget, for the moment, the “why” of the “Google Play edition” HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. That’s the official moniker given to the two stock(ish) phones available now, as the name suggests, through Google Play, alongside Google’s own Nexus line. While ours certainly is to question their existence, today we hold these phones in our hands and simply attempt to enjoy two of the best smartphones Android manufacturers have to offer, with some of the leanest software -- damn near Nexus-like Android -- that’s available.

But these are not Nexus phones. Pure Google they are not, though they’re damned close, and fact is that the differences probably won’t matter much to those who buy them.

Today you can order the Google Play edition of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. And today, we bring you our take on this new breed of phone.

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3 years ago

Sony 'Honami' camera app ported to Sony Xperia Z, ZL and Tablet Z

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Android 4.2.2 and root are required for camera app installation

The rumored Sony "Honami" -- Sony's potential flagship phone for 2013 -- is said to be a camera-centric smartphone with a 20-megapixel camera and a 1/1.6-inch sensor. While this sounds like it will make for some amazing pictures, software can be just as important as hardware when it comes to digital photography.

Owners of the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, and Xperia Tablet Z can preview some of this software now on their own devices. Thanks to krabappel2548 of XDA Developers, users on Android 4.2.2 that have a custom recovery installed (i.e. are rooted) can check out the "Honami" camera app in action. Flash and HDR were recently fixed, and a script was added to remove the old camera app upon installation.

Source: XDA Developers;  Via: Xperiablog

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3 years ago

Samsung introduces 'HomeSync Lite' backup and streaming software

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'Cloud' storage and sync from your existing PC without a separate hardware purchase

Samsung is introducing new PC software to turn your home computer into a cloud backup location for all of your other Samsung devices. Similarly to its stand-alone hardware backup device -- the Samsung HomeSync -- this new HomeSync Lite software will install on your home PC and provide a central location for multimedia storage without any additional fees or services. The basic premise is that once you have the software installed and all of your Samsung devices linked up with a Samsung Account, you'll be able to backup and access the same content across all phones, tablets and cameras seamlessly. Content stored on the PC will be available on other devices, streaming directly between the two without an additional service.

Now naturally this will only work with Samsung's own mobile devices -- the promo video shows tablets, phones and smart cameras -- but for those who have their whole world rooted in the one manufacturer this can be a compelling setup. As the amount of media stored piles up, the software also interfaces with external drives to expand storage. HomeSync Lite supports up to 5 users accounts per PC and up to 6 devices per user account, making this a great option for a family or shared home PC setup.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Motorola to run new 'Moto X' ad in major papers July 3

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New advertising campaign focuses on device customizability and 'Made in the USA'

Following the unveiling of its new logo as "a Google company", Motorola is set to kick off a new advertising campaign for its upcoming "Moto X" device starting July 3rd. According to Ad Age, the full-page ad is set to run in The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, emphasizing the customizability of the upcoming device. Billed as "The first smartphone that you can design yourself.", the Moto X isn't pictured or further described in the ad, leaving a lot of questions unanswered.

The advertisement also prominently displays the fact that the phone will be designed and assembled in the USA, which makes sense considering its placement right before the July 4th national holiday. We have high hopes that the customizable features of the Moto X go beyond simply selecting colors, but we have to wonder how the logistics of offering anything deeper than that would play out in a consumer setting.

We'll certainly be looking forward to the advertising push that starts with this ad on Wednesday. You can see the full (extremely tall) advertisement after the break.

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3 years ago

A lucky contest winner gets his OUYA on

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OUYA consoles are shipping out rapidly, and our very own contest winner has received his unit

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, we held a contest to pick our Android Central user name for the OUYA service.  We rounded up all the entries and picked a winner -- glazedfaith came through with the name LloydOfTheRings -- and it was all finished except the waiting. 

The wait's over, and glazedfaith has received his OUYA! Like a true gracious winner, he's taken the time to thank us for holding up our end and getting the OUYA console out to him as soon as they could be shipped. 

On behalf of all of us here, you're welcome glazedfaith. We hope you enjoy the heck out of the OUYA, and keep sharing your experiences with it. The best part about working here is knowing that folks like you are out there and appreciate what we do. 

Everyone head into the forums and check out the pictures, and hopefully glazedfaith can give us some real-world user impressions of the OUYA while he puts it through the paces.

Android Central forums: Thanks AndroidCentral!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active rooted by iPhone hacker Geohot

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An application package from Geohot's webpage provides the root exploit

Being the owner of a less popular phone variant often means having to wait a little longer when it comes to support from the hacker community. For owners itching to root their Samsung Galaxy S4 Active devices, the wait is over. Infamous hacker Geohot -- most known for being the first person to carrier unlock the original iPhone -- has published a root method for the Galaxy S4 Active.

Some very vocal users on XDA Developers started a bounty, each individually pledging dollar amounts for the ability to root their beloved Galaxy S4 Actives. Not long after an official bounty forum thread was started, hacker Geohot answered the call by rooting his first Android device and making an application package available for download on his own website. Users simply visit the website, download the application directly onto a Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, and run "activeroot." 

Credit to who actually found the root exploit has been questioned, however.

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3 years ago

MEEP! tablet update adds requested features, boosts performance

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Firmware 2.1 update package can be downloaded over the air or via PC

An update for MEEP! tablet owners is now available, adding some very cool features along with the promise of increased overall performance. Instead of having to use the Parents Portal on a computer, parents can now manage parental controls directly on the tablet itself or on their own devices via Android and iOS apps. This will allow parents easier access to approve requests for virtual currency, MEEP! Coins, and game downloads

Parents Controls become more robust in firmware version 2.1, adding a new “white list”, “blacklist”, and “bad word” list to more finely control keyword and website access. Parents also gain the ability to monitor online activity, limit play time, and set up allowances for app purchases. Kids will be able to burn through those allowances at an even faster pace now, thanks to this new firmware that "optimizes content and provides faster performance."

Quite an impressive update for an Android tablet from last year that's marketed squarely at kids. For the official details on how to receive and apply this update, follow the link below.

Update: meeptablet

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3 years ago

Your daily (more or less) Talk Mobile Hangout!

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We're back with another one of those fancy Talk Mobile daily Hangouts!

On tap today: Why do we let smartphone notifications rule our lives? Join us ... NOW!

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3 years ago

HTC: No Android 4.2.2 update for HTC One S

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Aluminum-clad 4.3-incher 'will remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense'

Bad news for HTC One S owners this afternoon, as HTC has confirmed to Android Central that the One S — one of its 2012 flagship devices — will not see any official upgrades beyond its current software version. That means as far as official firmware goes, users will remain on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and HTC Sense 4+ for the remainder of their devices' lives.

HTC's statement reads —

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