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3 years ago

T-Mobile offering $0 down deal for all devices

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Promotion starts July 27 and includes customers participating in JUMP!

Summertime and back to school sales are great ways to save a few bucks, and it looks like T-Mobile agrees. Starting tomorrow, July 27, customers can pick up any one of T-Mobile's devices for zero dollars down -- this means any smartphone, tablet, mobile hotspot, or feature phone. Even a phone like the recently released Sony Xperia Z, which was $99 just recently, will qualify for $0 down.

Both new and existing customers can take advantage of this deal, as long as they meet T-Mobile's "well-qualified" criteria (on approved credit). Those taking advantage of the new JUMP! program can also get in on this deal.

For a list of popular phones and their corresponding monthly payments with this promotion, jump past the break.

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3 years ago

Review: The HTC One Mini

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Can HTC squeeze the essence of its best phone yet into a smaller, more affordable package?

We’ve made no secret of the fact that the HTC One is our favorite phone of the year so far. Back in March HTC knocked it out of the park with exceptional build quality, a stunning display and fast, well-designed software. And though not entirely perfect — we took issue with image quality from the camera, for instance — it’s been hard to find another device that’s as consistently fast, beautiful and enjoyable to use.

In previous years, HTC’s sold different devices with substantially different designs and features for the mid-range and high-end. However 2013 sees the Taiwanese manufacturer adopting a more consistent approach. As such, this year’s leading mid-range phone is the HTC One Mini, a device which aims to distil the essence of the HTC One into a smaller form factor with a lower price tag.

But as we’ve seen from previous mid-level offerings, it’s easy to make one compromise too many, resulting in a lackluster device. So has HTC succeeded where others have faltered? Find out after the break, in our definitive HTC One Mini review.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod Focal is CM's own full-featured camera app

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Panorama, PicSphere, filters and more make up a promising project 

The hype is over. Thirty-one seconds of slick video and a million guesses later, and we now know what CyanogenMod's "Nemesis" project was all about. Meet "Focal," the open-source CyanogenMod project's own camera app.

This actually is kind of a big deal given that camera apps are traditionally closed-source due to licensing reasons. And, in fact, it was only in March 2013 when DxO Labs filed DMCA violations with GitHub against a number of custom ROMs — including CyanogenMod — for allegedly using its code unlicensed.

And now there's CyanogenMod Focal.

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3 years ago

It's a Sizzlin Summer Sale at ShopAndroid this weekend - Save 15% on ALL Android accessories!

The weather is HOT and so are the savings this weekend at ShopAndroid. All weekend long you can save 15% on ALL cases and accessories using coupon code SSS13 at checkout. The sale is valid in all our stores (Canada store too) and runs from now until Monday night. That's July 29th, midnight PST, in case you were wondering the exact date.

All phones are covered, including the Samsung Galaxy S4HTC One and many more. Be sure to check out our best selling Android  accessories and have a look at all the latest gear available for your device. Also, now would be a great time to grab some Lloyd gear if you've been holding off.

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3 years ago

Some U.S. retailers already selling new Nexus 7

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Best Buy and Walmart among stores selling the new tablet early

The new Nexus 7 won't be officially available until July 30, but that hasn't stopped some of the big-name brick-and-mortar retailers from selling a few tablets to customers ahead of the official date. AC reader Tony Hoffman tweets that both he and a friend were able to snag new Nexus 7s from two different Walmart stores. And The Verge is reporting that Best Buy is now selling to customers in some stores, including at its Union Square location.

There are only a few more days left before the official Nexus 7 street date, but if you're hoping to get one in time for the weekend, you might want to check your local retailers. If you've been lucky enough to pick up a new Nexus 7 already, hit the comments and let us know how you're liking it.

For more on the new Nexus 7, check out our hands-on walkthrough.

Source: @TonymHoffman, The Verge

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3 years ago

MoDaCo Switch public beta for HTC One now available

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Dual-boot between Sense and Google edition ROMs on your HTC One, with a single set of app data

Update: For those interested in having similar capabilities on the Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505), MoDaCo has an Indiegogo project set up to raise £1000 ($1500) to bring Switch to the GS4.

MoDaCo Switch, revealed a couple of weeks ago, is a unique custom firmware allowing you to switch between HTC Sense and vanilla Android on the HTC One. The software comes as two ROMs in one, with a "Switch" app in the app drawer allowing you to hop between the two flavors of Android. Even more useful, MoDaCo Switch does all this with a single set of user data, meaning apps and accounts are shared between Sense and stock.

It's been in private testing for a few days, but today creator Paul O'Brien has released the current build — beta 8 — to the public. There's a little bit of initial setup to go through, so you'll want to check out the full list of installation instructions before you get started, even if you're familiar with flashing custom ROMs. It's also worth noting that right now only the GSM HTC One is officially supported in MoDaCo Switch.

We've been testing MoDaCo Switch on the European HTC One for the past couple of days, and we've found it works just as advertised. It's a great way to live in the Google Play ROM if you prefer the look and feel of vanilla Android, while having the ability to escape back to Sense if you need to use a certain feature, or if you just fancy a change. And when you do switch over, all your app data and accounts are preserved.

To get started, hit up the link below for download links and installation instructions. Good luck!

More: Download links and installation instructions

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3 years ago

'Arctic blue' Galaxy S4 now available in the UK

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British retailer Phones4u sends word that from today it'll be stocking the Samsung Galaxy S4 in a new "arctic blue" color option. The blue GS4, which until now we've only seen in Asia, sells on contracts with Vodafone, EE, T-Mobile and Orange, with prices starting at £37 per month for a free phone. Besides the color change, you're getting the same Galaxy S4 we've been using since late April — a speedy, feature-packed smartphone that's been getting better with recent software updates.

Unfortunately Phones4u doesn't seem to be offering the "arctic blue" GS4 without a contract, but if you're in the market for a monthly deal you can check out price plans over at the source link.

Source: Phones4u

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3 years ago

IDC: Samsung still largest smartphone manufacturer, LG and Lenovo see huge growth

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Vast amounts of the smart phone market still spread among dozens of small manufacturers

The worldwide market for smart phones is growing at a dramatic pace, and Samsung is still the top dog when it comes to device shipments. According to a quarterly report on phone shipments by IDC, Samsung and Apple are still chopping up the top of the market in terms of both shipments and market share, with everyone else picking up their own small piece. Comparing to Q2 2012, Samsung saw a 43.9-percent increase in shipments to 72.4 million for the quarter, although its overall market share dipped slightly to 30.4-percent.

While smaller manufacturers are nowhere near the market share of Samsung, there are some notable points of growth out there. LG saw a 108.6-percent increase in sales from the year-ago quarter, up to 12.1 million and a 5.1-percent market share. Oddly enough Lenovo also shot up considerably by 130.6-percent in the last year, with 11.3 million smart phone shipments.

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3 years ago

Chromecast three-month Netflix promotion ended on Day 1

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'Overwhelming demand' causes Google to shut down limited-time offer quickly

One of the biggest selling points of the Chromecast for many people was a promotion that Google offered for three free months of Netflix subscription with the purchase of the dongle. At just $35, factoring in the cost of three months of Netflix at $24 it made the Chromecast a no-brainer purchase. It was that big of an impulse buy for enough people that Google, in a statement to The LA Times, said it has ended the promotion:

"Due to overwhelming demand for Chromecast devices since launch, the 3-month Netflix promotion (which was available in limited quantities) is no longer available."

While the promotion was listed as a "limited time offer" from the beginning, nobody really thought that it would have been this limited. With shipping dates on Amazon and Google Play alike now pushing into the range of weeks rather than days, the demand for these dongles may have just pushed over the limited number of free months Google and Netflix agreed to offer.

The Google Play page for the Chromecast has been updated to remove the Netflix promotional offer, and even though we wish it was still available the Chromecast is still a darn good deal at $35 without it.

Source: LA Times

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3 years ago

New Nexus 7: First impressions and detailed video

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A new Nexus 7 to provide another year of great Android tablet experiences

It's been a year since the release of the original Nexus 7, and following up on the undeniable success of the device Google has released a new tablet by the same name with a completely new look and feel. Our full in-depth review of the new Nexus 7 is under way, but we just couldn't hold back our excitement and need to share some of our initial thoughts on the device.

Hang with us after the break for an in-depth video look at the new Nexus 7 now that we've had a little time to give it a proper once-over. If after watching you still have some burning questions about the tablet, be sure to ask us in the forums!

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3 years ago

Hisense Sero 7 Pro gets maintenance update

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Software update P756.6.02.11.00 is 52.2 MB in size, contains under-the-hood changes

The Hisense Sero 7 Pro is receiving an over-the-air update, with a widespread rollout in full effect. The Android version stays the same in what appears to be a small maintenance update, 52.2 MB in size. While there doesn't appear to be an official change log just yet, Google Currents was added to the stock apps, and some more advanced users are reporting changes to a few drivers and the kernel.

It's good to see Hisense's support behind this tablet, as the company is relatively new to the Android market in the United States. Good, frequent updates are sure to build the product brand and keep customers coming back for more.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out the Sero 7 Pro full review. A screen shot of the "About tablet" screen can be found after the break.

Thanks, George, for the tip!

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3 years ago

In pictures: Two generations of Nexus 7

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See what Google has changed since its first attempt at a 7-inch tablet

The original Nexus 7 was a serious improvement to Android tablets when it was announced last year, and Google is trying hard to build on its success with the newest iteration of the device. Dubbed the "New Nexus 7", it packs a new set of internals -- Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, rear camera and stereo speakers. We also have the pleasure of seeing a full 1920x1200 display around the front, showing off Android 4.3 in all its glory.

These internal updates are all wrapped in a new casing that adds a few things -- such as a soft touch back and thinner profile -- but drops the charging pins and relocates the headphone jack and microphone. All together we find this to be a leaner and better looking Nexus 7 that is worthy of the name. Hang with us after the break for a full side-by-side comparison of two generations of Nexus 7 hardware from ASUS and Google.

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 improves Photosphere alignment and exposure

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The Photo Sphere team has been hard at work correcting errors and fixing inconsistent colors

With yesterday's event came the official announcement of Android 4.3, and the incredibly fast push to get this latest OS version out to devices everywhere. There were many changes included in the newest incarnation of Jelly Bean, among those being improvements to the camera and its Photosphere feature.

Googler Evan Rapoport has detailed some of the changes that went into Android's 3D panoramic image capturing, the photo sphere. Those who have taken photo spheres in the past have probably noticed errors in the image, where portions were not aligned or missing. Alignment and stitching have been improved in Android 4.3, minimizing errors and making images much more consistent.

Consistency was also improved for colors, eliminating much of the past problems with gray areas and areas of high contrast. Exposure compensation now gives beautifully exposed photos, says Rapoport.

Be sure to check out the Photo Sphere forum for great examples of photo spheres or to post your own. And that Photosphere above? That's shot with the new improvements.

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3 years ago

We're answering your Nexus 7 questions in the forums!

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You have questions, we have the new Nexus 7

This is the device so many of us have been waiting for -- the successor to the original Nexus 7. With a new design, improved internals and a serious bump in screen resolution, the new Nexus 7 seems to check all of the boxes on paper. Now that things have settled down a bit following a whirlwind of news out of Google in San Francisco yesterday, we're back home with our very own Nexus 7 and we want to answer those burning questions you all have about the device.

While a lot of digital ink has already been spilled over the specs and availability, there are some things you can only know by holding the tablet in your hands. Hop into the forums below and ask those questions that just haven't been answered yet.

Ask me about the new Nexus 7!

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3 years ago

Get 30 extra lives in Google Play Games (or at least an achivement)

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The Konami Code lives on as a hidden Easter egg in the new Play Games

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start -- old school and hardcore gamers will recognize this code as the "Konami Code" or the "Contra Code," as noted by Ron Amadeo and demoed (after the break) by Renaud Lepage. This sequence of buttons dates all the way back to the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), most popularly know for its power to bestow 30 lives to players of the game Contra, and has been in multiple games since.

The developers of the new Google Play Games have decided to pay homage to these games of old, by adding a special achievement for anyone who puts this O.G. (original gamer) code to use. While it's not as good as 30 lives, an achievement is an ​achievement. Check out the video after the break for the code in action.

If you missed the Google Play Games announcement, now would be the perfect time to watch yesterday's event.

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