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3 years ago

Reminder: We're live in London for Motorola and Intel's big event tomorrow morning!

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A quick reminder that we'll be live in London early tomorrow morning for Motorola and Intel's big "Edge" event, where we're expecting to see the smartphone maker and chip giant unveil the first Intel Atom-powered Motorola phone. A likely candidate is an international version of the Droid RAZR M, only with Euro-friendly HSPA+ radios and a Medfield chip in place of the Droid's Snapdragon S4.

Whatever happens, we'll be liveblogging the whole event, and Moto will be running a live stream too, which is mighty generous of them. The fun kicks off at 10am UK time (5am EDT, 2am PDT, 11am CEST), and you'll be able to find our live coverage here on Android Central, as well as live.mobilenations.com. After the event's done, keep watching for hands-on coverage of Moto's new devices.

The following 24 hours will be packed with more events, and we'll be live in New York City on Wednesday, Sept. 19 for LG and Qualcomm's do, and later HTC's big unveiling. Stay tuned to AC for full coverage of all the week's announcements!

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3 years ago

Scosche's new Rhythm pulse monitor includes Android fitness app

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Scosche has launched this cool new pulse monitor called the Rhythm that relays workout information over Bluetooth to your phone so you can monitor intensity, set schedules, and check progress through an app. Though Scosche previously only supported iOS, their newest app is now on Android with all of the same good stuff. Scosche Rhythm also includes a lot of audio functions, including the ability to set a Power Song to help you get through the most grueling parts of your workout, control music tracks from the armband buttons, and recieve audio prompts to pace your progress. 

It's definitely a neat idea, and for those that are serious about fitness, I could see this app and the accessory getting plenty of usage. What are your favorite smartphone accessories to use during a workout? Any suggestions for stereo Bluetooth headphones?

If you're interested, the Scosche Rhythm armband is available over here for $99.99. You can check out a video of the new app below.

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3 years ago

Shazam updated for universal TV show tagging

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Shazam, the classic music ID app for Android, is expanding its presence in television. Now activating the app while your show's on can instantly pull up information about soundtrack, cast information, trivia, related celebrity gossip, and links to helpful IMDB, Wikipedia, and official sites. As always, Shazam can share tags out to Facebook or Twitter. The downside? It's U.S.-only for now. 

 

Shazam had previously tested these waters with a few select TV programs, but they've obviously expanded their database enough to handle any show on any network. Tablets are quickly finding their calling as a second screen during TV-watching, and being able to pull up relevant show info without having to type in a thing plays into that role perfectly. Of course, expanding geographic coverage of the service is the next step and making sure the ID database is deep enough to be reliable is going to be a perpetual challenge. Plus there's a bit of competition from existing TV companion apps, such as IntoNow, but I trust Shazam will be able to give them a run for their money. 

How often are you guys checking your phone or tablet while watching TV? Do apps like this enhance the experience, or is yet another distraction from what's going on on-screen?

Source: Shazam

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3 years ago

Xperia U available for free this week as part of Carphone Warehouse's Smart Deals

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Carphone Warehouse has announced its most recent Smart Deal, featuring the Sony Xperia U (see our review). Until Thursday, September 20th, it is available for free on Talk Mobile with an upgrade or if you're a new customer for a monthly fee of £10/month. With this deal, you'll get 200 minutes of talk time, 5000 texts and 250MB of data.

In addition, if you're on Orange, 3, or T-Mobile, you can get the device on a prepay deal for £99.99, or £94.95 if you're upgrading.

The Xperia U sports a 3.5-inch, 854 x 480 display, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 5MP camera. While it isn't going to set the world alight, the Xperia U is a pretty solid little device and at these prices could be a good choice for somebody shopping for an Android phone on a budget.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

LG shows off Pocket Photo mobile printer, claiming to be the smallest of its kind

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Does anyone truly still print digital photographs all that often? LG thinks so, and has just pulled the wraps off their new mobile printing solution, the Pocket Photo, which claims to be the smallest device of its kind. The printer itself sizes up at just 2.8- x 4.7- x 0.9-inches and images are transferred via a combination of NFC and an Android application. 

The app can also be used to apply filters, a la Instagram, and also add items such as text and QR codes to the images before printing them. The printer also comes with a selection of colored accents, including silver, pink and orange. Hitting the shops in Korea the Pocket Photo will be priced around $169, although there is no word as yet on any potential release outside Korea. Click on past the break for a demonstration video.

Source: LG (translated)

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3 years ago

T-Mobile-bound Samsung Galaxy Note 2 gets additional confirmation by tipsters

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We had seen some pretty solid hints that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 would be arriving on T-Mobile as the SGH-T889, but some additional sources have confirmed that it's still on the way, despite other reports that the phablet's plans for TMo had been canceled. In fact, some of the software currently in testing for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has leaked. The firmware is labeled T889UVALIC,  and is fresh out of the oven, having been compiled on September 15. 

According to the sources, the specs are pretty much identical to the European version, which include: 

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps)
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main (Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot

T-Mobile customers itching to pick up the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 can live vicariously through our hands-on video from IFA over here

There hasn't been a lot of talk about dates, but with the back-to-school season quickly winding down, it's hard to imagine T-Mobile not releasing the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 before the end of the month. Any of you T-Mobile customers ready to go (really) big?

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

HTC One X cut to £379 at UK retailer for today only

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As HTC's likely to show off new devices in New York City on Wednesday, here's a chance to pick up one of the company's earlier stand-out products at a knock-down price. UK retailer Expansys is offering the international HTC One X in white for today only for £379.99, almost £200 less than the original launch price. The version on offer is the unlocked Tegra 3-based HSPA+ model, with 32GB of internal storage.

HTC is rumored to be preparing a spec-refreshed "One X+" for launch in the coming weeks, but If you're looking for a chance to pick up the original at a cut-down price, you'll probably struggle to find a better deal than this for the next few months. The deal is available for the next twelve hours or so at the time of writing, and runs until 11pm UK time today, Sept. 17.

You can find more details at the source link below. And remember we'll be live in New York City this Wednesday to cover whatever's next from HTC.

Source: Expansys

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3 years ago

St John Ambulance life saving application comes to Android

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Already a popular application on the iPhone; St John Ambulance are proud to announce today that the application is now available for us Android users for free in Google Play.

On the unfortunate, off chance that you come across a medical emergency, the application will assist you in the right and wrong procedures to carry out. Or alternatively, it may just make for a good read just in case your medical skills are ever required. The ‘St John Ambulance First Aid’ app for Android follows a successful launch on Apple devices in 2010, where it has been downloaded over 136,500 times and has an iTunes rating of four stars.

Sue Killen, CEO, St John Ambulance, said: ‘Up to 140,000 people die each year in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live. Even basic first aid saves lives and it’s our mission to ensure that more people have these skills. There is no substitute for learning first aid comprehensively by attending a first aid course but this app will make it easier for people with no training to be able to save a life. Now that it is launching on Android, we are making this simple, life-saving advice even more accessible.’

The app is already proven to be life saving after a mother was able to save her choking baby’s life by recalling information she’d absorbed from the app.

Got to be worth checking out. Incidentally, I shall be offering free mouth-to-mouth sessions at a location to be announced soon!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 rumored to show at Mobile World Congress in February

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 is all of, what, four months old, but we're already starting to laugh our asses off see rumors regarding a possible successor. The Korea Times, citing unnamed "company officials" and "local parts suppliers," says we'll see the Galaxy S4 unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in late February, with it hitting shelves by the end of March

Oh, and they say it'll be slightly bigger (5 inches) and more powerful than the Galaxy S3 (get out) and will have LTE capability (you're kidding us).

Other than a possible screen size and unveiling at MWC, there's not much in the story we wouldn't expect. Faster, better, taking on Apple, blah, blah blah. Been there, done that, will do it again next year.

It's also a little early to start with the Galaxy S4 rumors, and it wouldn't surprise us in the slightest to see this turn out to not happen until later in the year. Regardless, we'll be in Barcelona one way or the other.

Source: Korea Times

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3 years ago

LG brings the Optimus True HD LTE to the Middle East

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LG this morning announced that it's bringing the Optimus True HD LTE to the Middle East, starting with Saudi Arabia. Here in the States, we know the Optimus True HD LTE as the LG Nitro HD, with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP camera, and of course the 4.5-inch IPS HD display at 1280 x 720 resolution.

Source: LG

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3 years ago

Five (mostly) innocent Android apps that can help hide your naughty side [#NSFW]

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Yeah, yeah. We've heard it all before. Android and its mostly open application ecosystem in Google Play is a haven for smut. The Android Phone is for Porn, and all that. Of course, so is any device with a web browser. And as we've seen before, there are some "good" adult apps in Google Play -- as well as a bunch of crap that you'll want to say far away from.

But what about applications that for all intents and purposes are completely acceptable to have on your phone? Apps that nobody would think twice upon seeing. For parents who keep track of what their kids are downloading, some apps might not garner a second glance. Spouses might not suspect a thing.

We all know better, of course. Here are a handful of mostly innocent Android applications that can bring out the naughty side without, ahem, arousing suspicion. 

More: Our NSFW Android section

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3 years ago

Yahoo staff all getting new phones, highlights growing changes in enterprise space

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Here's a fun little story as we approach the end of another weekend. New Yahoo CEO, Marissa Meyer, has kicked off a new program at the company that will see all employees receive a brand new smartphone. Just so long as it isn't a BlackBerry. Instead, there's some pretty sweet Android devices on the list to replace those aging RIM phones that have been carried by employees for so long. 

The program is to be known as "Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun!" and is intended to get staff at the company using the same mobile technologies as their customers. So, should employees so desire a new Android smartphone free of charge -- and why wouldn't they -- they will be able to choose from a Samsung Galaxy S 3, a HTC One X or a HTC EVO 4G LTE. Or, some kind of Apple or Microsoft based products. 

While we may jest at this apparent misfortune for RIM in losing business from a pretty large company, there is something to it in the wider picture. Times are a changing, and BlackBerry is no longer the default choice for mobile solutions in business. Android is now a compelling enterprise choice, as are iOS and Windows Phone, and the move by Yahoo to adopt devices similar to their customers is an interesting one. 

On the other hand, we're actually pretty interested to see BlackBerry 10 -- if only so CrackBerry Kevin will finally be able to get a darn haircut -- because competition is good. Competition will make the mobile space better for all of us, whichever flavor OS tickles your fancy. 

Source:  Business Insider via WPCentral

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3 years ago

Why you'll never have the latest version of Android

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Inside the ‘broken’ Android updates process

If you have an Android phone, chances are it’s not running the most recent version of the OS, 4.1 Jelly Bean. According to Google’s own figures, just 1.2 percent of active devices run the latest version of Android. Some 57.5 percent remain on Android 2.3, a version rapidly approaching its second birthday.

If you were lucky enough to buy a Nexus device -- the right Nexus device -- you might get the latest sweet treat from the Mountain View chocolate factory immediately, or within a few weeks of it being finalized. But for most of the countless millions of active Android devices, it’s quite a different story. They’ll probably never run the latest version of Android, whatever that may be. They’re on ICS if they’re lucky, Gingerbread if they’re not, and by the time they get Jelly Bean we’ll already be singing the praises of Key Lime Pie.

This vicious cycle is a product of Google’s approach to its OS, combined with a mess of other factors including carriers, manufacturers and users’ own expectations. It’s one of the platform’s most significant issues, and one that’s all but impossible to solve. Read on to find out exactly why, as we dissect the Android software update process.

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3 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: That ain't Android, Samsung likes lists, Moto doing it right

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Phil has vacated his desk for the week, and I've snuck in to fiddle with his radio, adjust his chair, and change all his bookmarks. They're big shoes to fill, but Alex and I can handle it. 

In any case, there's a lot of things that happened last week we should all stop and think about, and we can't let a bit of wanderlust keep it from happening.

  • There was this little iPhone 5 thing that happened, and while we wait for it to actually become available we get to sift through everyone's opinion about why it's either a failure or the second coming. It's actually neither, but it does happen to be the perfect update for what some folks feel is the perfect phone. Anyone who expected magic unicorns with flames coming out their butt clearly hasn't been paying attention, as the iPhone 5 will look and feel like a better, faster, and this time around slightly bigger version of last years model. And it will sell millions. Samsung had a little fun with it in their recent ad, but they've forgotten that people don't buy the iPhone because of the specs. They buy it because of the whole Apple brand, and you can't fight that with a witty full color page.
  • Sony looks to be up to their same old tricks, as the Xperia T will not be available unlocked (or in the US) until 2013. That's too late, and something better will be out by then. You have a website that can ship me a laptop in three days, Sony. Put your phones on it so people can buy them.
  • Motorola, on the other hand, has surprised us all by doing exactly what they said they would do. If you are the type who likes to tinker, and love some Motorola hardware, grab the Developer Edition Razr M -- which went on sale last week right after the carrier launch. Nice job, Moto.
  • There's that whole brouhaha over Acer, a Chinese Android-ish clone called Aliyun, and Google threatening to boot the manufacturer from the OHA if the two ever meet. It's a regular soap opera, complete with CEO's talking snarky on social media, software piracy, and about a million blogger opinions on why it's right or wrong. I can see why Google is doing what they are doing, but it still feels a bit like strong-arm tactics to me. Maybe Google needs to define the rules a bit better, or maybe Acer is trying to skirt them. This one isn't finished, and I look forward to more drama over the coming weeks.
  • I'm trying to find a reason to not love the Kindle Fire HD 7. So far, I can't. It feels nothing like Android, but it's an awfully nice piece of equipment if you're in deep with Amazon. 
  • Lots' of events this coming week, we have Motorola and Intel doing a thing in London on Tuesday, and Wednesday has LG and HTC both sharing something big with us in New York. We'll be at all three, seeing what there is to see and telling you guys all there is to know. 
  • Finally, we see Jelly Bean has rolled out to all the Galaxy Nexus phones around the world, except one. Come on Verizon, this is getting a bit ridiculous. We understand that there are some radio issues that need worked out, but why not send out the updated OS with the old radio while you work on it? I'm sure a few people with the LTE Galaxy Nexus would appreciate the bone. Don't keep Google's work out of everyone's hands while you sort out yours.

A few things to think about, for sure. Phil will be back next week!

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