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3 years ago

HTC Desire C coming to RadioShack No-Contract Wireless for $119.99

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RadioShack is adding to its lineup of entry-level devices that it offers on its self-branded prepaid wireless service today with the HTC Desire C. This pint-sized HTC handset may carry the Desire name, but it looks very much like the One series of devices from HTC in 2012. The internals are decidedly low-end, however. The Desire C has a 3.5-inch 320x480 (HVGA) display, a 600MHz processor and 512MB of RAM -- all running with Android 4.0 and Sense on top.

The 'Shack offers the Desire C for $119.99 on its no-contract prepaid service with monthly payments of $50 for unlimited calls, texts and data (first 1GB at full speed) or $60 for the same and 2.5GB of full-speed data. Both prices include a subscription to the Muve Music service, which offers both streaming and downloads of a wide music selection on the device. 

Source: RadioShack

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3 years ago

Droid DNA and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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They're both big, for sure - but the waistline is where things really show

What a difference a half-inch can make. So in one hand we've got the new Verizon Droid DNA. A 5-inch display that's taller than most phones, but retains the slim waistline. And in the other hand we've got the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It's 5.5 inches diagonally. And while it's even taller than the DNA -- by about a centimeter -- it's the extra width of the Galaxy Note 2 that really separates the two phones. 

The Droid DNA still feels like a relatively traditional Android smartphone in your hand. A big one, sure. But HTC's new design, with the battery sandwiched between the PCB and the display, keeps it feeling slim, when, in fact it's actually 0.33 mm thicker than the Note 2. 

But it's that difference in width that sends the Note 2 over the top. Again, it's a full centimeter difference. And what the Note 2 makes up for in size it lacks in resolution, still sporting a 720p display, whereas the DNA is a full 1080p. That'll likely change in the next generation. But for now, the DNA takes it in pixels per inch, and it's definitely apparent.

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3 years ago

Spark socket to turn your phone into a light switch and make bulbs app-friendly

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A fresh Kickstarter project is aiming to provide smartphone-friendly home lighting through a socket accessory.  The Wi-Fi-enabled Spark goes right into normal light sockets, then your light bulb goes into the Spark. Once that's done, users will be able to set flashing rules for notifications, fade-in for alarms, and otherwise remotely control your home lighting. 

Spark isn't alone in trying to bring home lighting to Android, though. Lifx recently wrapped up funding for their smart light bulb, which includes a wide range of color options and the same degree of programmability. Of course, when a Lifx Bulb burns out, you're out $70, while Spark seems like it will weather the test of time a little bit better, plus there are APIs available for developers to plug their apps into Spark. My only worry is that the added bulk in the socket might not be practical for all lamps. 

Spark is only a few days into its Kickstarter campaign and still has a ways to go to meet its $250,000 goal, though they've already sold out of the early bird special. You can still back them and preorder on for $59, though. Any takers? Would you rather Spark or Lifx? Are there other solid smart home lighting solutions out there?

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3 years ago

ZTE Warp Sequent hands on

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We dropped by the Hammerstein Ballroom here in New York last night for Pepcom's annual Wine and Dine Demo, which promised a first look at some this holiday season's hottest gadgets. And while there aren't many surprises for the big manufacturers left to spring in terms of new devices, it was a nice chance to spend some quality time with the smaller, tighter operations who have shifted their focus on the growing prepaid market.

Case in point: ZTE, the Chinese manufacturer who has focused mainly on the entry-level, prepaid market here in the States. Their hottest seller, the ZTE Warp, recently underwent a nice little refresh in the ZTE Warp Sequent, which is on sale now at Boost Mobile. The Warp Sequent is undoubtedly entry level, but for $200 up front and unlimited plans starting at $55/month, it's a nice option for those who want to keep their cellular bills to a minimum. 

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3 years ago

Samsung and Apple allowed to add new products to patent lawsuits

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Both Apple and Samsung have been granted requests to add additional devices to their respective patent claims against one another by a federal judge recently. This means that Samsung can claim patent infringement by the iPhone 5, while Apple can target Galaxy Note, the Galaxy S3, and Jelly Bean useon the Galaxy Nexus. 

Though Samsung suffered a significant blow over the summer against Apple, CEO JK Shin is still digging in his heels and vowing not to settle their patent disputes. This next round isn't even due to reach trial until 2014, and at time of filing, included iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch models, versus 19 Samsung devices. 

It's a little disheartening to hear that we're still going to be dealing with the same patent disputes more than a year from now, but at this point we should probably all be used to it. Will Apple and Samsung ever get out of this legal grappling? Samsung hasn't been shy about applying some pressure from the supplier relationship angle, but I can only see that antagonizing Apple into getting more aggressive in the courtroom rather than pushing them into settling. 

Via: Bloomberg

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Camera now available from AT&T

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As promised, today sees the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Camera in the U.S., where it's now available to buy from AT&T. The Android-powered point-and-shoot camera features a 16-megapixel BSI (backside illuminated) CMOS sensor with 21X optical zoom, and runs Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) out of the box, along with Samsung's own customizations. At $499, it's not the cheapest point-and-shoot around, but it is backed up by Samsung's latest smartphone tech, similar to what's found in the Galaxy S3.

In addition to Wifi, the Galaxy Camera supports AT&T's 4G (HSPA+) network, and the carrier's offering the following plans for use with the camera -- though the device is also available to buy with no commitment. 

  • AT&T Mobile Share: $10 to share between 1 GB and 20GB
  • AT&T DataConnect 250MB: $15 for 250MB
  • AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
  • AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB

If you're interested in picking up a Galaxy Camera on launch day, you'll find more details over at the source link.

Source: Galaxy Camera on AT&T

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3 years ago

AT&T lights up a load of new LTE locales

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OK, folks. Been waiting for AT&T in your neck of the woods? Peep this list of cities that officially went live today:

  • Mobile, Ala.
  • Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Pensacola, Fla.
  • South Bend and  Mishawaka, Ind.
  • Saratoga/Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Eugene, Ore.
  • Corvallis, Ore.
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Greenville, S.C.
  • Columbia, S.C.
  • Charleston, S.C.
  • El Paso, Texas

Also, AT&T has expanded its LTE coverage in Fairfield County, Conn., as well as downriver Wayne and Monroe near Detroit. AT&T says its LTE coverage has doubled in 2012 and is now in 103 markets, with more to come this year.

Today's launch comes on the heels of other cities going live this week, including Minneapolis/St. Paul, Provo-Orem, Utah; Denver; Anne Arundel County in Maryland; Daytona Beach; York, Penn.; Tacoma, Wash.; Milwaukee, Wis.; and Louisville, Ken.

AT&T earlier this month announced that it plans to spend some $14 billion on its network over the next three years.

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3 years ago

Google Play Music matching service now live in Europe

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Following Monday's Google Play Music launch in Europe, Google's music matching service has been enabled for European users. Similar to iTunes Match, the new service works through the existing Google Music Manager app, crunching your music collection and matching it to stuff already on Google's servers. This bypasses the tedious process of directly uploading music, which until now has been a necessary evil for anyone wanting to move their existing library over to Google's streaming service.

The whole process is designed to be transparent to users, so the only difference you should notice is that the music manager app completes its work significantly more quickly than before. Google Play Music now includes libraries from all the major labels, but if you have any music that's not in Google's collection, you'll still be able to upload that as before.

Right now the scan and match service is only available in Europe, though a U.S. launch is expected soon.

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3 years ago

AT&T's HTC One X+ and One VX available today

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Just a quick reminder that the HTC One X+ and One VX are available as of today on AT&T. The One X+ is the souped-up version of its 2012 flagship phone, with a 4.7-inch 720p display and a Tegra 3 quad-core processor running at 1.7 GHz. The VX is more on the mid-range side of things, but that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve a look. It's got a 4.5-inch qHD display and a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Both sport HTC's excellent ImageSense camera system.

The One X+ runs $199 on contract, and the One VX is $49.

More: Win an HTC One X+ from Android Central and AT&T

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3 years ago

Android Central 116: The Google Play debacle; Verizon's DNA

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Audio-only stream below

In the span of 24 hours, Verizon launches a great phone that everybody hates, and Google has a hard time selling a phone and tablet that nobody can wait any longer for. It's gonna be one of those podcasts. 

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3 years ago

O2 UK's Nexus 4 reportedly SIM-unlocked

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If you live in the UK and weren't lucky enough to bag yourself a Nexus 4 from the Google Play Store, there might be a way -- albeit an expensive way -- to get your hands on an unlocked 16GB model. As we reported a few weeks back, O2 scored a month-long exclusivity period, meaning it's the only carrier able to directly sell the Nexus 4 in the UK until mid-December. (Carphone Warehouse has the new Nexus too, though officially they're not offering it SIM-free.)

Today we're seeing reports from members on the Android Central forums, corroborated by similar posts from other forums, indicating that Nexus 4s sold by O2 are in fact SIM-unlocked, despite the carrier's protestations to the contrary. Android Central forum member tomjdavies writes -- 

I got my Nexus 4 from O2 today. They were adamant in-store that it was locked to O2 but I made them put my Vodafone sim in it - and it worked, much to my joy ha. I paid £399.99 plus £10 for a pay as you go SIM.

Similar reports from XDA suggest this isn't an isolated incident, and that despite what O2 store staff are telling customers, at least some of its Nexus 4 stock is unlocked. That means if you're willing to cough up the £400 (plus £10 top-up) asking price, you could walk away with an unlocked Nexus 4, weeks before it's available again on the Google Play Store. Nevertheless, we'd advise caution until there's official confirmation that all O2 Nexus 4s are sold without a network lock.

In the meantime, we've reached out to O2 for any official comment, and will keep you updated on any new information you provide. If you've picked up a Nexus 4 from O2 in the past few days, be sure to hit the comments and let us know if it's SIM-locked.

Source: Android Central forums, XDA

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3 years ago

Issues tracking your UK Nexus delivery online? Here's why

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If, like me, you're eagerly awaiting the delivery of your new Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 to a UK address, you'll no doubt have encountered some issues tracking the package online. Google sent out a TNT consignment number with every shipping email, along with a handy hyperlink to track that item online. But, tracking those numbers seems to bring up either an error or a completely different package belonging to someone else. Frustrating? Absolutely. But, the good news is it's an easy fix. 

The "TNT # ..." number provided to you by Google isn't the consignment number of the package as they would have you believe. This number is in fact your customer reference number. This can be used to track the package too though, so don't fret. On the tracking page on the TNT website, ensure that the "Reference Number" box is checked and not the "Consignment Number" box. Click track, and it should bring up all you need to know. 

More: Nexus 4 Forums, Nexus 10 Forums

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3 years ago

Morning news roundup: November 16, 2012

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Good morning! While you were resting your eyes, we here at Android Central kept an eye on the Internet for you, so we could bring you up to speed on everything that happened while you slept. That's just what we do, and we love doing it. Here's what you might have missed.

Software and updates

SkyDrive gets a big update

Chameleon Launcher slashes price to $3.99

Pandora 4.0 rolls out

See your media in-line with Twitter's latest update

Devices

Boost gets the Titanium Galaxy S 2

16GB Nexus 10 sells out

Odds & ends

Verizon still kicking out more LTE

Google Now is PopSci's Innovation of the Year

RIM's game-port-a-thon is a good way for Android developers to make some extra bucks

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3 years ago

Pandora rolls out version 4.0 update with a new feature set

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We got a look at the press images of a new update to Pandora -- version 4.0 -- a couple weeks ago, and now it has finally gone live for everyone to get their hands on. The app got a pretty substantial UI facelift in the previous update, and now this one brings extra features to fill out the entire experience. After linking the app to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, you can share the current playlist or song directly to each network. On the listening side, you can create and manage your different playlists, and add variety to current ones.

You can also now create a "music profile" for yourself, making a central repository for everything you do in Pandora. You can browse and follow other users' music profiles in what's being called the "music feed" as well. The update has just gone live in the Play Store, and you can grab a download at the link above.

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3 years ago

Verizon continues to roll out 4G LTE with several new markets

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The Verizon 4G LTE rollout continues again today with several new markets going live across the country. Customers in  the following markets should be seeing LTE go live today:

  • Ironwood, Michigan
  • Galesburg, Illinois
  • Wheeling, West Virginia
  • St. Clairesville, Ohio
  • Louisa, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Prince George and Charles City counties in Virginia

At this point it's surprising that Verizon is still finding places that don't yet have LTE, given how many markets we see go live every single week.

Source: Verizon (2) (3) (4)

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