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3 years ago

SIM free Sony Xperia Z in purple available in the UK from early April

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Purple might not be the first color choice you think of when choosing a new smartphone, but Sony's Xperia Z actually looks pretty hot in that color. In the UK, carrier O2 managed to snag themselves the early exclusive on the purple versions, but that looks set to end pretty soon. 

Retailer, Clove Technology, has today announced that they will begin to sell the purple Xperia Z, completely carrier unlocked and SIM free beginning in early April. Orders for the phone can be placed now ahead of their shipping date next month. Pricing is the same as the black and white versions, at £498. Clove also says that the Xperia Z has proved pretty popular so far, with the other colors currently having sold out with more stock becoming available at the end of March. 

More: Sony Xperia Z Review

Source: Clove

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3 years ago

Motorola announces RAZR D1 and D3 for Brazil

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Motorola is announcing two new affordable additions to the RAZR line for Brazil -- the RAZR D1 and RAZR D3. Brazil has often received one-off designs and SKUs of devices to address its particular market segment, and that seems to be what's happening here again with these new RAZR devices. Both devices look very similar to that of the RAZR M, but hit two different markets and price points. The D1 is the lower-end of the two, with a 3.5-inch display, 1GB of RAM, 1GHz processor, 1785mAh battery and 4GB (plus SDcard) of storage. The D3 sports the same RAM and storage, but bumps up to a 4-inch display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 2000mAh battery.

An interesting thing to note about this announcement is that Motorola is launching both devices with Android 4.1 on board, as well as "a guaranteed upgrade to the next Android version". It seems Motorola since being acquired by Google is continuing its push of software updates as a feature of its devices, and we'd tend to agree that it is.

The D1 will hit stores today in single- and dual-SIM variants at R$549 (about $280 USD), and the D3 will follow in "several weeks" at R$799 (about $408 USD). While the D1 is clearly aimed at lower-end markets, the D3 could be an acceptable prepaid phone in places like Europe and the U.S. in the future. But for now, you'll have to be in Brazil to get your hands on one.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Android installs hit 750,000,000 milestone

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While announcing that Andy Rubin was leaving the Google Android team, Google CEO Larry Page also dropped another big bombshell -- there are now over 750,000,000 installs of Android devices.

Android is the most used mobile operating system in the world: we have a global partnership of over 60 manufacturers; more than 750 million devices have been activated globally; and 25 billion apps have now been downloaded from Google Play. 

That's 750,000,000 official installs, which isn't counting spin-offs like the Kindle series, knockoff craplets, or phones that aren't running any of the Google apps or services. Three quarters of a Billion bona fide devices have the little green robot we all know and love inside them. And they've downloaded 25,000,000,000 apps. 

We fully expect this number to climb. Who knows how many devices will be running Android this time next year.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch now for sale in Europe and Japan, lower price in tow

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Amazon is announcing both wider-scale availability of its largest Kindle Fire -- the HD 8.9-inch -- along with a price cut of both Wifi and 4G versions. Starting today the new, larger tablet will come to Europe -- UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain -- as well as Japan. That's quite a big increase in availability, as Amazon has typically struggled to push out its Kindle products to other countries which has likely been due to a lack of content deals to sell media on the devices. Along with the increased availability, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch is receiving a price cut to $269 for the Wifi model and $399 if you want a 4G data connection.

That's a drop of $30 on the Wifi model and  whole $100 on the 4G model. As for the data pricing on the 4G model, the plans are staying the same at $50 per year for 250MB of data per month through AT&T. In typical Amazon fashion the new, cheaper Kindle Fires are immediately available for purchase.

Source: Amazon; (2)

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3 years ago

Andy Rubin leaving the Android team, Chrome boss Sundar Pichai to take over

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Google has announced today that Android founder and longtime leader Andy Rubin will be leaving the Android team to explore a "new chapter at Google." Larry Page posted the announcement on Google's Official Blog, which delved into how much Android has grown since its inception and under Rubin. Google says that Sundar Pichai, who currently leads Chrome, will take over. Sundar will continue to work on Chrome as well as take on Android, so he will be taking on quite the workload.

It's a big deal when one of the original founders leaves Android and he will be missed. But it sounds like he has found other opportunities at Google that he would like to explore.

Where will Android go under Pichai? Leave us with your best idea in the comments!

Source: Official Google Blog

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Super Hexagon

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Super Hexagon has been out for a little while in the Play Store, and it's just as insanely difficult now as part of the Humble Bundle 5 as it was when it was released. The retro arcade styling and accompanying soundtrack keep you sucked into this game for hours, and we're completely fine with that. For some reason we enjoy playing a game that feels impossible to get a high score on.

This is the same Super Hexagon many of us know and love, but if you haven't yet seen it stick around after the break and see what it's all about.

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3 years ago

Google I/O 2013 tickets sell out in under an hour

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Update: Fifty minutes after, Google I/O tickets are officially sold out. That's a little longer than it took last year, however that's likely down to Google's new method of allocating tickets rather than any decrease in demand. Shout out in the comments if you were lucky enough to snag a ticket.

Original story: Google I/O registration is now open for general attendees and academic tickets. GA costs $900 and academic will set you back $300. If registration is anything like last year, we can expect tickets to sell out in record times. And as such, Google's warning against refreshing, attempting to register in multiple tabs or browsers, or fiddling with JavaScript to get ahead, saying these "will decrease your chances of getting a ticket."

Good luck to everyone trying to pick up a ticket today!

More: Google I/O registration

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3 years ago

Android Central 127: Xperia Z, Galaxy S4, HTC One

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Audio-only stream below

We sneaked in a quick podcast before we hit the road again for the Samsung Galaxy S4 event in New York City. On tap -- the Sony Xperia Z, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and the LG Optimus G Pro. Join us! Note: Audio only this week!

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3 years ago

EE confirms Galaxy S4 coming with 4G LTE support, we feign surprise

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If there were a flagship phone launching in the UK -- or anywhere, for that matter -- without 4G LTE capabilities, we'd be a little concerned. That's why we're not terribly surprised to see EE, the UK's only LTE operator, revealing that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 will come with support for its burgeoning LTE network.

"Ready for #TheNextGalaxy? It's coming to superfast 4GEE," the company tweeted out this morning. EE's also got a pre-registration page up for those wanting to show their interest in the Galaxy S4. (As we reported yesterday, other carriers and retailers are doing the same.)

Not long to go now -- we'll be live from New York City tomorrow evening to bring you full coverage of Samsung's big Galaxy S4 launch.

Source: EE, Twitter

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3 years ago

Vivid Games' Real Boxing now available for Tegra 3 devices

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Real Boxing.

Get ready to rumble boxing fans, because Real Boxing is now available for Android devices running NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chip. A smash hit on iOS, Real Boxing has been updated for Android, and optimized for Tegra devices with enhanced textures, increased poly count and animations, per pixel specular effects and true depth of field.

And it really kicks ass. It's powered by the Unreal Engine which means very realistic looking graphics, fluid gameplay and animations, and a fully 3D immersive experience. You fight in four different arenas, and you can see the differences in the way they are laid out and how they look. Your opponents each have a unique fighting style, and their movement is ultra-lifelike because the movement was captured from professional boxers using real-life motion capture. Extras like career mode and character customization using different combinations of hair, skin, tattoos and clothing, and a gym where you can train your abilities really take things over the top and put you in the game. Simple on screen gestures are used for controls, with punches and defensive moves performed with just one finger or thumb. 

We've been playing with the press demo for a while on the Nexus 7 and the Transformer Prime, and I think our Moderator Team Leader and part-time game tester Kevin O'Quinn pretty much nailed it:

O. M. G.

It really is something special on Tegra 3 devices, and proof positive that wonderful things can be done with optimized software. It brings back that same "wow" factor we all had when we first saw a Tegra-optimized game. It's really that good looking, and playing. And it's going to get better. NVIDIA tells us that work is being done that will further optimize the game and assets to take advantage of the Tegra 4 and Project Shield. I know what I'm trying the minute I get my hands on a Tegra 4 powered device.

Real Boxing costs $4.99, and you can download it at the Google Play link above, and hit the break to see a handful of screenshots and the release trailer. We'll be taking a closer look at this one in the next few days.

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3 years ago

A mystery Motorola phone leaks that's not the rumored X Phone

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Motorola phone

An unannounced Motorola phone has leaked out, and it really shows Google's influence over the software. Carrying the XT912A model number, the folks at the Vietnamese site Tinhte are quick to tell us that they are sure this one isn't the rumored X Phone based on the screen size, but it does have some impressive specs -- a 4-inch 720p screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (possibly better) CPU, an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM and a 2,000mAh battery.

The back is beveled and very thin at the edges, with a non removable plastic battery cover. They also note that the speaker holes lack the precision you would see from a phone like the Lumia 920 or the HTC One X. Probably the most important thing to note is the mostly stock Android 4.2 experience the video shows us -- lock screen widgets and all. It certainly looks like a 4-inch stock Android device. That should make plenty of folks happy. There's a four minute video after the break showing it all off, be sure to have a look.

Source: Tinhte (Vietnamese)

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3 years ago

HTC One Developer Edition announced with unlocked bootloader and SIM slot

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As rumors swirl that the HTC One may or may not be delayed, the company announced today that it will make a Developer Edition of the device available as well. Following up on HTC's continued commitment to its HTCdev program, the Developer Edition handset will have identical hardware to those sold by carriers and retailers, but will have both its SIM slot and bootloader completely unlocked out of the box. Regarding that SIM slot, HTC's announcement post reiterates that the radio frequencies of this device will be those most often used in the U.S.:

  • HSPA/WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz (US)

This device is a big deal for those who want to use the HTC One for android application and software development, giving them easier access to the hardware. HTC says the Developer Edition One will be available in "limited quantities" in the U.S. as soon as the carrier models are released, and will have the expectedly high price tag of $649.

Source: HTC

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3 years ago

Google I/O 2013 registration: Get it before it's gone

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Registration for Google I/O, Google's yearly developer conference held in San Francisco, opens Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (to check your local registration time, go here). The event is set to be held May 15-17 at the Moscone Center. It has been extremely difficult to buy tickets the last few years, with I/O 2012 tickets completely selling out in a mere 28 minutes.

General tickets will set you back $900 apiece, while student and educational faculty tickets get discounted to $300. There will only be a limited number of academic tickets, and they can only be used by currently enrolled (or 2013 graduating) full-time students and faculty. If you do not fall into one of these two categories, do not buy an academic ticket, because academic tickets can not be changed to general admission and are non-refunable.

Hit the break for how to prepare for registration day, and some tips to maximize your chances of grabbing some of this year's I/O tickets.

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3 years ago

The HTC Sense 5 app drawer: Making simple complicated

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If there's one feature of HTC's new Sense 5 that's taken us extra time to get used to, it's the new app drawer. HTC's attempt to simplify things has, in fact, made them more complicated. That's partly due to the new home screen scheme, with BlinkFeed anchored to the far left at all times (even if you never use it). It's also partly due to the app drawer itself. 

That's not to say it's without some interesting new features. But they almost seem forced together in a way that makes sense once you're familiar with them. Good luck explaining all this to a first-time Android user, though.

We'll explain.

Join the discussion in the HTC One forums

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3 years ago

HTC Droid DNA gets a taste of Sense 5

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If you've got an HTC Droid DNA, and are feeling a bit left out seeing all this Sense 5 talk about the HTC One, you might want to take a good look at this one. Using a software dump from the HTC One, Sense 5 has been ported over to the DNA, and folks are saying good thing about it.

There are a few bugs (some camera stuff and MMS for Verizon users isn't working) but most of the features (including BlinkFeed) are up and running. In addition, the features you expect from any custom ROM, like proper root and busybox, are included and good to go in the latest version.

Of course you'll need to have a DNA that's rooted (or running a software version that can still be rooted) and unlocked with a custom recovery in place. This may be the only way you'll ever get to experience Sense 5 on the DNA (this is Verizon we're dealing with, after all), so it's definitely worth looking at. Hit the source links below for all the information you need.

Source: XDA-Developers; via: Android Central forums

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