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3 years ago

Sony Mobile launches 'Night of Imagination' with Labrinth

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Not content with hiring acclaimed director Wes Anderson to create a series of TV commercials, Sony's brought in another big name to promote its new Xperia NXT line-up (that's the Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U, in case you were wondering).

Its latest promotion sees Sony Mobile joining forces with British singer-songwriter Labrinth to launch a 'Night of Imagination' event in London's Mayfair district next Wednesday, April 4. Sony and Labrinth promise an exclusive set, including a secret collaboration and "a never-before-seen performance." Coincidentally, Labrinth also has a new album, Electronic Earth, coming out a couple of days before the event.

Sony's giving away tickets to the spectacle, as well as assorted Labrinth-signed goodies away on its official Xperia Facebook and Twitter accounts, so you'll want to head that way if you're interested in getting involved.

We've got the full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Zite for Android officially launches, learns your habits and tailors your news

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If you're a big consumer of news and information on your Android device, you'll be happy to hear this news. Zite, the personalized magazine app that's been popular on iDevices for about a year now, has finally been brought over to Android.

Zite aims to bring you the news most tailored to your interests, and it continues to learns what your preferences are the more you use it. Fortunately, the app doesn't leave you out in the cold after your first boot. Once you've opened the app once, you can link your Twitter and Google Reader accounts to give Zite a starting point for what your interests are.

After you've linked some accounts, you can then pick from a list of different genres to further tailor the news you'll be brought. The list is fairly expansive, and should give nearly anyone all of the options they could hope for (and more).

Navigation around the app is easy; simply swipe left or right to move from genre-to-genre. Articles are presented in a list fashion, and if you tap an article, you're shown the full contents of what was written. A little niggle I noticed is that certain articles decided to automatically launch in the browser instead of the app. I'm hoping that's just an early release issue and will get fixed soon.

Otherwise, on a tablet, the UI is pretty plan, but functional. Zite doesn't look like it was optimized for Android tablets, but it runs, nonetheless. With Ice Cream Sandwich out, I was kind of hoping for more in terms of visual polish, but if just getting a working app out the door was the goal of the developers, they've done that much.

Zite for Android definitely comes off like it's still in beta, but it's been a hit on iDevices for some time, so if you were pining away for it, it's finally here. If your run-of-the-mill RSS feeds (or Pulse or Google Reader) weren't cutting it, definitely give Zite a shot. If they were, maybe you should give Zite a shot, anyway. It's definitely got room to grow, but I'm sure the developers will be hard at work, ramping up their app for the Android faithful.

We've got a whole bundle of screenshots after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One S may launch April 22, leaked screen suggests

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The HTC One S may be going on sale in some parts of Europe as early as next Monday, but the phone's U.S. launch might not be far behind. ​TmoNews​ obtained the T-Mobile internal screenshot you see above, which references a launch date of April 22, just over three weeks from now. The image shows the T-Mobile version of the device, alongside a countdown clock displaying the purported date.

As ever, carrier launch plans are subject to change change -- just ask anyone who tried to buy a Verizon Galaxy Nexus last November. So this is no guarantee that the One S will be arriving in Tmo stores on this date, but it's probably safe to say T-Mobile's first Android 4.0 device isn't far off. Keep it locked to AC for all the latest on the One S as release approaches.

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Gangstar Rio: City of Saints now available in the Google Play Store

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If you're not a thug in real life but want to live out that lifestyle Gameloft has now released something to help make you get a little bit closer. Gangstar Rio: City of Saints is now available in the Google Play Store for all if you're willing to fork over $7 for it.

As you can tell by the name, this portion of the series takes place in Rio de Janeiro and offers over 60 missions to play through as well as a whole arsenal of weapons to choose from with your customizable characters. If you're into some gangster action, you'll find the NSFW trailer and download link past the break.

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3 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime updated with Ethernet accessory support

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Good news, ASUS Transformer Prime owners! You should have a new over-the-air update waiting for you this morning. According to reports from the Android Central forums, the new software version 9.4.2.21 is now rolling out on devices in the U.S.

ASUS says the update introduces a raft of new features, including support for an upcoming Ethernet accessory, which will plug into one of the Prime's USB ports, allowing connectivity to wired networks. Also said to be included is a fix for the screen flicker issue affecting some devices, along with various ASUS app updates, improved HDMI support and enhanced lock screen options.

If you're rocking an ASUS Transformer Prime, then be sure to head to the usual spot in Settings -> About and check for updates. If you're already updated, then let us know how it went in the comments.

More: Transformer Prime forum

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3 years ago

HTC One series reportedly launching in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on April 2

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We've known about the HTC One series' UK launch date of April 5 for some time now, but now it appears some European countries may get HTC's new smartphones a few days before the rest of the world. According to a press release from HTC's German arm, the HTC One X, One S and One V will launch in Germany, Austria and Switzerland from next Monday, April 2. The One X will reportedly retail at €599 SIM-free, while the One S and One V will sell for €499 and €299 respectively.

The One X is HTC's flagship phone for 2012, and (in Europe, at least) ships with a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU and a 4.7-inch, 720p display. While still a formidable smartphone, the One S pares things back a bit with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip and a 4.3-inch qHD SuperAMOLED panel. Finally, the One V represents HTC's new entry-level offering, with a 1GHz single-core CPU, a 3.7-inch WVGA display and a design reminiscent of the old HTC Legend. Software-wise, all three run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC's Sense 4 software.

The next week is sure to be an exciting time for HTC fans. If you plan on picking up a HTC One series device in the next few days, be sure to shout out in the comments.

Source: The Unwired; via: The Verge

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3 years ago

Verizon LG Lucid now available

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Right on cue, Verizon Wireless has today launched the Lucid, a mid-range 4G LTE smartphone from LG. The Lucid packs a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch IPS screen and a 5MP rear camera. On the software side, there's Android 2.3 Gingerbread with LG's Optimus UI, and the promise of a future upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in the future. It's nothing too fancy, but for $79 on a 2 year contract (after a $50 mail-in rebate), you wouldn't expect a bleeding-edge device.

We'll have a full review of the LG Lucid in the next week, so stay tuned.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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3 years ago

Android 4.0 update for HTC Sensation on Vodafone UK launching today

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Considering Vodafone UK carried the HTC Sensation exclusively for the first month of its availability, there should be more than a few Vodafone Sensation owners eagerly awaiting the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That waiting ends today, though, as Voda has announced the availability of the new software upgrade, which also bumps the phone up to version 3.6 of HTC Sense.

Here's what the carrier had to say -- 

Great news. The testing of the ICS update for HTC Sensation is complete, and we plan to start rolling out the update [today], 29th March.

The update will be rolled out in phases by the Over The Air service, so if yours doesn’t appear right away, you can either wait for it to appear, or go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check now.

Vodafone remains quite about the release date of the ICS update for its version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. That update is already available on O2 and Three-branded handsets, though bizarrely not on unbranded ones. An earlier statement given by the network says it aims to release ICS for the Galaxy S II "as quickly as possible."

Source: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Samsung launches 'store within a store' at leading Phones4U branch

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Remember that thing Samsung was meant to be doing at Phones4U on Oxford Street, London on March 30? Shockingly, it turns out it's not a Galaxy S III launch event, but instead the opening of a store within a store at the leading branch. What this means, according to Samsung, is that a large portion of the store will be dedicated to all things Samsung, with the latest phones and tablets on show, and "play areas" for prospective customers to try them out.

Samsung already operates "Samsung Digital Plaza" locations in South Korea, but this is the first we've heard of the manufacturer getting more involved in the retail world outside of its home turf. We're not expecting any new products to show up at Phones4U tomorrow. But the store's prime location in central London, combined with the new Samsung partnership, may make it an ideal spot for showing off upcoming Samsung phones in the future

We've got Samsung's press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 'value pack' comes to Korea, adds ICS features to Gingerbread

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Despite some confusion as to whether it was or wasn't real, the fabled Samsung 'value pack' for original Galaxy S phones (the 'GT-i9000' GSM version, that is) has now started rolling out, beginning in Samsung's native South Korea. The pack attempts to make up for the fact that the OG Galaxy S isn't getting an official Ice Cream Sandwich update by bringing a handful of high-profile ICS features to the current version of Gingerbread. Same goes for the mid-range Galaxy K and Galaxy U.

These include face unlock, the ability to snap photos while recording video, enhanced photo editing features, and improved folder functionality in the Launcher. We're there are some who will settle for nothing less than a full ICS update, but it's nice to see Samsung offering something​ to owners of the Galaxy S, which launched in mid-2010 with Android 2.1 Eclair. The good news for anyone still holding out for ICS is that there's a great selection of Android 4.0 custom ROMs available for the phone, if you're willing to root.

No word on anyone outside of Korea getting this update, and we're not holding our breath when it comes to the U.S., where original Galaxy S hardware (and branding) is all over the place.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Late-night poll: It's all about the kickstand!

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We got wind of a new rumor about what may be next in the EVO line this afternoon, and some of the best reactions were about the kickstand. Yes, it's rumored to have one, and yes, lots of folks are happy about it. I understand, because I am, too! To me, of all the things that were great about the original EVO 4G (and there are a lot of them) the kickstand always stood out the most. The OG EVO not only changed the game with it's big screen, but having a method to lean it back and watch a movie or two was huge. It was a stroke of genius, other phones have come with one since, and many of us are hoping HTC and Sprint bring it back.

Of course, there's likely just as many folks who don't give a hoot, and even some who think we're a bit crazy to love the kickstand so much. Maybe they're right. But that isn't about to change anyone's mind now is it? Whether you love the kickstand, hate the kickstand, or just don't care, let us know in the poll.

 

What do you think about a built-in kickstand on your phone?

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3 years ago

Getting Google Play store errors? You're not alone

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If you're having trouble accessing paid apps on your Google Play account, or seeing cryptic server errors when trying to browse for apps, you're not alone. We've been getting reports, some as old as three days ago about errors where paid apps aren't shown as purchased, both on the phone and on the web, as well as the RPC (Remote Procedure Call) error you see above. 

We're pretty certain it's some sort of server glitch, and your paid apps are safe and sound in the Googleplex basement, but it sure is annoying -- I just got myself a Transformer Prime and want to set it up! We've pinged Google, and we'll let you know what they have to say when they get back with us.

Update: And things are better for us again, but we're still hearing a bunch of you are having issues. Hang in there.

Thanks, Johann!

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3 years ago

What is the HTC One XL?

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We've all seen the HTC One X with the Tegra 3 processor inside, and we've seen the AT&T version with the Snapdragon S4 inside.  What about the One XL?  We heard HTC talk about it a little bit, but what exactly is it?  The easy answer is that it's the AT&T One X without the AT&T branding.  HTC has two different version of the unlocked One X then, one with the Tegra 3 and one with the Snapdragon S4.  But why would they do this?  Why not just have one version?

As other carriers roll out LTE networks they need devices that will work on them.  HTC's answer is the One XL.  It makes sense when you think about.  HTC doesn't want to compromise on battery life or performance.  In order to integrate LTE with the Tegra 3 you have to use a separate chip, which as we've seen hurts battery life.  The Snapdragon S4 integrates LTE so they decided to use that for LTE.  Besides, why make a version specifically for AT&T and not take advantage of it in other parts of the world?

We're not sure why HTC and AT&T decided not to use the One XL name. Maybe it's a branding thing, or for better name recognition in the U.S. Whatever the case, under the glass it's the same phone we'll be seeing worldwide as the HTC One XL.

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3 years ago

DoubleTwist Player gets an update, now supports pinned Google Play Music tracks

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The folks at doubleTwist have updated their Android app to version 1.7.3, and it brings a pretty nice change log along with. In addition to playing your music collection from the device and syncing to your Windows or Mac computer, you can now play music you have downloaded and pinned from Google Play Music. We gave it a quick test and sure enough -- music downloaded and pinned is accessible through the doubleTwist player as well as across the network through the doubleTwist media server. This is a great addition for those that need to sync their music or simply prefer to not use drag and drop to copy songs.

In addition to the Google Play Music tool, album art search and download has been improved, AirPlay support has been tweaked to work with the latest AppleTV update, improvements have been made to the search feature, and the whole app has been trimmed down in size and bug fixes have been applied. It's worth mentioning that not all features are available in the free version of doubleTwist Player, but the ability to play pinned tracks from Google Play Music is. We love it when premium features come with a zero cost app. If you are using doubleTwist Player, grab your update from the Google Play store, and if not you can find a download link after the break.

Source: doubleTwist

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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire version 6.3 software update now available

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The Amazon Kindle Fire has seemingly done quite well for itself since its release and behind the scenes Amazon has been working on the next update for the device. Currently the Amazon Kindle Fire is sitting at version 6.2.2 but Amazon has just released version 6.3 they've highlighted some of the forthcoming changes:

  • Sharing: Customers will be able to easily share favorite passages and notes from their books directly from Kindle Fire, without even leaving the book. Customers simply highlight a passage and select "Share" or choose the "Share" option from the toolbar within a book, write a note if they choose, and select which social network to share with. Passages or notes a customer chooses to share will be displayed to other Kindle readers viewing the same book, and customers can also choose to share via Facebook and Twitter. Amazon already has a vibrant community of readers who choose to share favorite passages and notes from their reading through Kindle.amazon.com. This update brings these notes and highlights to Kindle Fire, so a reader can easily see what other readers are saying about their books.
  • Book Extras: Powered by Shelfari, Amazon's community of book lovers, Book Extras make it easy for customers to see supplemental material about the book they are reading, without even leaving the book. Customers can view descriptions of characters, a glossary of common terms used in the book, information on the authors and common locations referenced in the book, and more. To view Book Extras from within a book, customers simply tap the top of the screen to bring up the toolbar, tap the menu button and select "Book Extras."
  • Archive of Personal Documents: Customers' personal documents will be stored in the Amazon Cloud and available for re-download at any time from the Documents tab on Kindle Fire. Just as with Kindle books, Whispersync will automatically sync notes, highlights and last page read for personal documents.
  • Print Replica Textbooks: Students can buy thousands of print replica textbooks to read on their Kindle Fire and save up to 60% off the list price of the print textbook. Print replica textbooks maintain the rich formatting, color and layout of the print editions, with features including notes and highlights, zoom and pan, linked table of contents, real page numbers and whispersync of notes, highlights and last page read.
  • Reading View for Amazon Silk: There is a seemingly endless array of interesting and engaging content available on the Internet. Sometimes, unfortunately, that business article, blog post, or sports recap you clicked on is surrounded by a host of competing material. With Reading View on Silk, the content that you're interested in is elevated above the clutter. When invoked by the customer, Silk will load the body of the page in a reading-optimized, single screen view (even for multi-page articles). The full page is still available in the background, allowing the reader to easily toggle back to a traditional view to see other interesting features on the page.
  • Movie Rentals: The rental period for movie rentals that are downloaded to Kindle Fire now starts when a customer starts watching the movie, rather than when a customer starts downloading the movie.
  • Additional Enhancements: This update will also bring some of the features customers have requested, including faster re-connect of Wi-Fi after Kindle Fire has been asleep, and general performance enhancements.

The update is currently available from Amazon, but if you're rooted you'll be pleased to know you can maintain root if you follow directions at the XDA link below. For the rest of us, hit the jump for installation instructions.

Source: Amazon, XDA

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