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3 years ago

Lookout releases 'Mobile Lost & Found' info-site with results of phone loss study

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Did you know that over $30 billion worth of phones will be lost in the U.S. alone this year? Yeah, that number shocked me a bit as well. But it came from Lookout's 15 million strong user base and was part of their Phone Loss study compiled of last years (2011) data. They didn't stop there, either. They've compiled lists full of factoids about when and where phones are getting lost, and just how much it's costing us. Granted, Lookout sells a product to help find lost phones, but it's still fun to have a look at the numbers. 

Using the Foursquare API to turn Longitude and Latitude into a venue, they expound the numbers a bit as well. Trivia like the fact that in Chicago it's common to lose a phone in a church (number three on the list), while in London it common to do so in the pub (number one) come from this sort of data. Unfortunately, another thing they noticed is that many of the top locations in the U.S. where people "lost" their phones also happen to be cities with high crime statistics. These are just examples of the things you can find out about lost phones, but they have some good news as well -- 9,000,000 smartphones (that's one every 3.5 seconds) were lost then located with Lookout last year. That's a great reason to use an app like Lookout, or one of the many others, to help you find your phone when (not if) you lose it.

There's a couple screenshots and the press release after the break, and you can check it out yourself by heading to Lookout's Mobile Lost & Found page.

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3 years ago

Fruit Ninja updated, new multiplayer capabilities added

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The fruit-slashing favourite, Halfbricks' Fruit Ninja, has received an update today that brings with it some pretty nice new multiplayer features. 

The "pomegranate" update is now live in the Google Play Store. The multiplayer options are now available using both local and online multiplayer services. At first glance, it seems to work really well too. You can choose who you want to play against, or swipe over the quick match option to be taken to a random opponent. 

Beyond this, as with any good update we also get some bug fixes too. There is a compatibility update for a small number of devices that were experiencing a "minor audio bug." 

Download links are after the break. Note though that this update is only for the paid version of the application. 

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3 years ago

Buttonless Samsung phone appears in leaked photo, claims to be the GT-i9300

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There's been no shortage of dubious images purporting to show future Samsung smartphones over the past few days, but today we have one that actually looks like it might be a legitimate leak. The photo you see above made its way out to PhoneArena​ this morning, and the site's tipster claims it shows the Samsung GT-i9300, an as yet unannounced device.

The image reveals a buttonless Samsung smartphone with a front-facing camera running Android 4.0 and Samsung's TouchWiz UX. Unlike most of the recent "Galaxy S III" leak claims, everything's in the right place, and minor details like the style of icons in the navigation bar, and the square Google Talk logo give this image an air of authenticity. It's also interesting to note that Samsung seems to have swapped the order of the ICS soft keys -- on the Galaxy Nexus and other vanilla Android devices, the task switcher is on the right, whereas in this photo it's on the left. Traditionally, Samsung phones have always placed the back button on the right side, so it makes sense that they'd opt to swap things around here.

A quick examination of the screen reveals a 16:9 aspect ratio display, meaning anything from qHD to 720p resolution is possible. It also appears that something in the top left corner of the screen has been blanked out. If we were to speculate, we'd say it wouldn't make much sense to redact a simple notification icon, but on AT&T phones, this is typically where you'd find the carrier's logo. Just sayin'.

Of course, there's a chance this thing is the long-awaited Galaxy S III, but that's impossible to verify. Whatever it is, the fact that Samsung's using virtual buttons on at least one of its 2012 devices could pour cold water on photos claiming to show a Galaxy S III with traditional physical buttons.

In any case, there's certainly no shortage of speculation about Samsung's upcoming Android phones, partly fuelled by the manufacturer's own secrecy. As PhoneScoop's​ Rich Brome points out, recent Bluetooth SIG listings for future devices have been light on details, even going so far as to leave out model numbers.

Whatever Samsung has planned for 2012, we'll bring you full coverage in the coming months.

Source: PhoneArena, Bluetooth SIG via @rbrome

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 now available on U.S. Cellular, becomes carrier's first 4G LTE device

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is now available on US Cellular and is the carrier's first 4G LTE device. The Galaxy Tab 10.1  boasts the same specs as previous versions. It has a 10.1-inch 1280x800 display, 1GHz dual-core processor, Android 3.2, and 32GB of memory.

The tablet can be had for $399 with a $100 mail-in rebate. As far as 4G LTE, US Cellular is offering a a few different data plans. Here are two special offers currently listed on the website:

  • 200MB plan: $14.99/month for 200MB of data usage. $0.25/MB over the 5GB/mo. limit
  • 5GB plan: $54.99/month for 5GB of data usage. $0.25/MB over the 5GB/mo. limit

It's great to see US Cellular offer it's first 4G LTE device, which will be accompanied with a phone next month. If you're interested in the Galaxy Tab 10.1, please follow the source link and please find the press release after the break.

U.S. Cellular

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3 years ago

Another obvious story about when we might see the next version of Android

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In one of the more obvious claims since the Greco-Roman calendar decided to start days of the month with 1, Digitimes (you remember them?) has a source claiming that Android 5.0 Jelly Bean may be released in the third quarter. Stunning revelations, folks. Consider:

  • There's a better than average chance Google will say something about the next version of Android at the Google IO developer conference, scheduled for June 27-29. That's at the tail end of Q2.
  • Q3 starts the next week.
  • Obvious claim is obvious.

We'd still be pretty shocked to see the next version of Android actually available on mass consumer devices immediately after any announcement (and that's what a lot of folks will think is happening if and when JB is "released," but we're also happy to be surprised. More likely, we'll see code drop first, you know, just like just about every other major update.

Digitimes also is reporting that more Ice Cream Sandwich phones will be released in Q2 2012, the start of which is a little more than a week away. We can safely say that claim is correct. Le sigh.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia S actually powered by tiny robots, new ad reveals

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As part of its new "Made of Imagination" ad campaign, Sony asks kids to imagine how its new Xperia NXT smartphones work, and brings the results to life with acclaimed director Wes Anderson. The first ad, imagined by 8-year-old Jack Ryan, shows us how tiny robots, not chips and circuitry, power the recently-launched Sony Xperia S. They drive around in tiny cars, and can fly through the air to send movies, music and pictures to other devices. Makes more sense to us than any of this nonsense about electrons and radio waves.

Sony's latest series of commercials is a far cry from the creepy Xperia Play ads it produced last year, in which one hapless tourist lost his thumbs to a giant Bugdroid. The new ads form part of a global marketing campaign, which aims to establish the Sony brand in the world of smartphones following last year's Sony Ericsson buy-out.

We've got more tiny robots in the first of Sony's "Made of Imagination" ads after the break. There's also a look behind the scenes in a second video, which shows how these commercials were produced.

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3 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A510 preorders start today at $449

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Acer this morning announced that the new 10.1-inch ​Iconia Tab A510 (we're all friends here, let's just call it the A510) is now available for preorder for for $449. As you'll recall from our first look at CES back in January, the A510 is packing NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core (OK, its 4-PLUS-1) system on a chip, with the extra fifth core for low-power tasks. It's got a 1280x800 resolution (at a 16:10 aspect ratio), which is looking a bit dated next to its big brother, the A700, to say nothing of the new iPad.

The A510, as it should, comes with Android 4.0 already on board, as well as with such productivity apps as Polaris Office 3.5, and Acer's own Acer Print. Other specs of note:

  • HDMI out
  • USB 2.0 port
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • microSD card
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 5MP rear camera, 1MP front-facing camera

The A510 also is an Olympic Games Tablet Edition (that should fit nicely with Acer's new Acer Ring quick-launcher that we first saw in the A200). It's got the Acer and Olympic logos printed on the soft-touch finish, which comes in either silver or black.

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3 years ago

Leaked O2 screens confirm HTC One date, reveal late April launch for Xperia P and Xperia U

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Leaked inventory information from British network O2 appears to confirm the reported April 5 launch date for the HTC One series, while revealing a late April debut for the Sony Xperia P and Xperia U. The leaked images obtained by TechnoBuffalo ​show a busy April for O2 UK, with five major Android handset launches.

According to the site's source, the One X, One S and One V will all be available from April 5. The source also claims prices for HTC's new handsets range from £32 to £37 per month on 24-month contracts. It's unclear what up-front payment, if any, will be required for O2 customers to get their hands on these phones, though. And O2 often allows customers to cut down their monthly bills to around £20 or so per month, if they're willing to pay some of the cost of the phone right away.

Meanwhile, Sony's new mid-range handsets, the Xperia P and Xperia U, are said to be launching on April 23, and TechnoBuffalo's​ source says the U will set you back a minimum of £10 per month, while the P will be offered on a £37 per month deal. Again, we probably could've guessed those numbers, and without the up-front price for those deals, that information isn't particularly useful.

The April 5 date for HTC's stuff has already been confirmed by the unveiling of a launch event in Paris on that date, however the Sony launch date remains unconfirmed, so take that with a pinch of salt for the moment.

We got to play with the One X, One S, One V, Xperia P and Xperia U at last month's MWC, so hit the links to find out more about each model. And you can bet we'll bring you all the latest over the next month, as these phones approach release.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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3 years ago

Pro golfer Bubba Watson, Motorola team up and tee up for MOTOACTV Golf Edition

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Motorola this morning announced that it's teamed up with three-time PGA Tour winner (and fellow Northwest Florida native!) Bubba Watson for the the MOTOACTV Golf Edition. This version's being billed as "a cutting-edge GPS golf tracker, virtual caddy and online clubhouse. (Read our full review of the MOTOACTV standard edition.)

The MOTOACTV Golf Edition has 20,000 courses available, and you'll be able to check distance to the front, center and back of greens, as well as the distance to hazards. (Which for some of us often is seen in negative numbers.) It also can help keep track of your score, including clubs used and greens hit in regulation. The "online clubhouse" portion syncs your data to Motorola's MOTOACTV service, where you can then see a satellite view of the course you played, and where your shots went. You also can see how Watson has played on a course before you tee up. (Hint: Get ready to get depressed, unless you're at Tanglewood or Stonebrook here in Santa Rosa County, I suppose.)

“The new Golf Edition of MOTOACTV has features that allow players to make better decisions on the course,” Watson said in a press release. “From the weekend warriors trying to find the distance to the back of the green to great golfers who want to analyze their game and share their stats with friends, MOTOACTV helps improve scores and makes the game more enjoyable.”

You can preorder the MOTOACTV Golf Edition today for $299.99 either from Motorola, or from Amazon. It'll start shipping April 1.

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3 years ago

Gingerbread finally hits the AT&T LG Thrill 4G

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Four months to the day after the international LG Optimus 3D got bumped up to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, owners of the AT&T version, the LG Thrill 4G, are finally getting their update. The software upgrade, which brings the Thrill up to version 20P, also adds in a couple of features from the Optimus 3D's Gingerbread update, including the 2D and 3D video editor, faster gallery performance and improved video quality. That's on top of all the usual goodies you get in Gingerbread, such as UI tweaks and browser improvements.

The update is currently available through LG's PC software update utility, which can be a little unstable at times, so you'll want to make sure you have all the right drivers installed before you begin.

In the future, Optimus 3D owners can look forward to a further update to Android 4.0, though there's been no specific commitment to bring the Thrill up to ICS at the same time. But given the virtually identical hardware, we'd be surprised if the phone remained on Gingerbread forever.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Space now available for Android

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If you've been patiently waiting for the next series in Rovio's blockbuster hit Angry Birds, then you'll be pleased to know that Angry Birds Space has now lifted off. Rovio has been teasing the new series for quite some time now with it being a whole new twist on the original series. For now, it's available in the Amazon App Store for $1 so if you have access to that, you can hit the link below to grab it. If you can't access the Amazon App Store or just would rather wait until it appears in the Google Play Store, you can grab the ad-based version past the break to hold you over. Now, excuse me -- I have to go defy some gravity.

Source: Amazon

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3 years ago

Late-night poll: Buying a smartphone off-contract

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The way many of us buy our phones is like nothing else bought or sold. Carriers world-wide will subsidize about half the cost of the phone itself as long as you sign a multi-year contract to use their service. Imagine if Comcast or Time Warner sold televisions the same way -- it sounds crazy. It's a model that's been going on a while, and for the most part doesn't look like it's going away any time soon.

But what if it did? What if a company like, let's say Google, offered a phone not connected to any carrier, like the Nexus One was? Two years ago that model didn't work, and Google abandoned it completely, but a lot can change in two years. The mobile landscape has changed, and so has the way we use our devices. Has the way we would buy them changed as well?

If the next "Nexus" phone was only sold off contract and carrier-free, would you buy it? Let us know in the poll.

 

Would you buy the next "Nexus" phone off-contract?

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3 years ago

Samsung announces ICS for the Galaxy Note will come in Q2, bring 'premium suite' apps

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Samsung mobile has issued a press release all about the Galaxy Note and it's upcoming "Premium Suite" software upgrade. Sometime in Q2 of this year, Samsung expects to update the 5.3-inch Note to their version of Ice Cream Sandwich and bring better application support for the S pen as well as unnamed extra multimedia features. 

The three applications mentioned specifically are S Note, a tool that combines notes or drawings with other digital content as well as using "Shape Match and Formula Match applications that help correct and digitize geometric shapes and even solve numeric formulas hand-drawn with S Pen"; My Story, which appears to be an application that helps you design e-cards and notes with multimedia content; and of course Angry Birds Space -- the newest iteration of the Angry Birds franchise from Rovio. In addition, Angry Birds Space will be available (sans the extra-special Galaxy Note level) for all Galaxy Series devices. 

Of course the biggest draw for most of us will be the update to Android 4.0, which Samsung teased Note users about on Facebook earlier today. The version for the Note is said to include the features we've come to expect from ICS, including Android Beam and Face Unlock, as well as an "entirely new look and feel" to the Android operating system. The Q2 timeframe is coming up shortly, and International Galaxy note users are ready and waiting. Hopefully, the AT&T version follows quickly. Hit the break for the full press release.

More: Samsung's Angry Birds site

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3 years ago

US Airways expanding Gogo Wifi to 90 percent of its aircraft

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Good news for your frequent fliers who hit the skies with US Airways, as it announced today that it's adding Gogo Wifi service to its Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft, as well as its Embraer 190s. (US Airways Express Embraer 170 and 175s also will be upgraded.) The expansion will bring Internet service to 90 percent of the airlines fleet.

That means you'll be able to use the Gogo app to get your Android smartphone or tablet online while you're onboard, and that's a good thing.

The A320s will start getting Gogo in the fall, with the entire fleet retrofit by the end of 2013.

More: Press release

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3 years ago

HTC One X MicroSIM, Bootloader Relocking [From the Forums]

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Already Wednesday? We've been busy bringing you all the best in Android news. If you missed out on anything from today, get yourself caught up real quick and then join us in the Android Central forums to talk some more:

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