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3 years ago

AT&T's shared data plans available Aug. 23, online tool helps choose the one for you

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AT&T today announced that its new shared data plans will be available starting Aug. 23. The new plans are not -- repeat, not -- mandatory. So if you have one of those grandfathered unlimited data plans now, you'll can still have it on Aug. 23. Here's the breakdown of what the plans will cost you:

Amount of data in plan Cost for data Cost for each device Base total 1GB $40 $45 $85 4GB $70 $40 $110 6GB $90 $35 $125 10GB $120 $30 $150 15GB $160 $30 $190 20GB $200 $30 $230

So, for example, if you had two smartphones on a 6-gigabyte plan, you'd pay $160 a month. Voice calls and text messaging -- as well as tethering -- are included.

AT&T's also rigged up a little tool that will help you figure out which of these shared data "buckets" would be right for you. (Hit the link below to check it out.)

Source: AT&T; Also: Shared data plan tool

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3 years ago

InvisibleSHIELD Full Body for HTC One X review

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You bought the HTC One X because of its looks and you don’t want to cover it up in a case.

 

If you don’t want to put it in a case but you want to protect it from getting scratched, look into the invisibleSHIELD Full Body protective film.

Protective films aren’t new, but they do offer another way of protecting your smartphone. As long as you realize that a protective film won’t protect against drops and hard hits to the phone – it is worth considering if your main concern is scratching your phone.

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3 years ago

Buying a Galaxy S2, S3 or Note? Samsung's offering cash for your old phone

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If you're on the fence about whether to drop your hard-earned currency on a new Galaxy smartphone, Samsung Mobile USA is hoping to sweeten the deal with a option to take your old phone off your hands. On its official Facebook page, the manufacturer offers customers picking up a Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note the option to exchange your aging handset for up to $300 in cold, hard cash.

If you've just upgraded to a Note, S2 or S3, you can head to the Samsung Facebook page linked below and enter the details of your old phone, along with proof of purchase for your new one. You'll then be given a quote for your old handset, which is valid if you send your phone off to Samsung within 30 days.

As is always the case with buyback schemes like this, you're unlikely to make back a huge amount of money on a year-old handset, and even a newer devices like the iPhone 4S will only get you around $250 back. Nevertheless, if your old phone is just sitting around collecting dust, and you don't want to deal with the possible minefield of selling on eBay, Samsung's new upgrade program might be worth a look.

Source: Samsung Mobile USA on Facebook; via: The Verge

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3 years ago

Sony: Xperia P Android 4.0 update coming Aug. 19-25

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It looks like the Xperia P will be the next Sony handset in line for an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Sony Mobile India has taken to its official Facebook page to announce that ICS will start hitting Xperia P handsets from the week of Aug. 19-25. It's unclear whether this release window applies to India alone, but even if it does, other territories shouldn't expect too much of a delay given Sony's track record.

As we mentioned in our review of the Xperia P, it's a decent handset that was held back by the inclusion of Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. With the much-needed bump up to ICS, the Xperia P will represent better value for money in an increasingly competitive mid-range smartphone market.

The news also bodes well for owners of the Xperia U and Xperia Sola, as these handsets are powered by the same internal hardware and run an almost identical ROM.

Source: Sony Mobile IN on Facebook; via: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note rumored for Jelly Bean updates in Q4

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​Latest unconfirmed reports suggest Galaxy S3 also well on its way to Android 4.1, Note 2 currently running ICS

Samsung's Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note could be on track to be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before the end of the year, according to the latest online rumors​. The reports come from Samsung fansite SamMobie, and though they're unconfirmed rumors at this point, the site has proved fairly accurate with this sort of thing in the past.

Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III (S3) is said to be well on its way towards Jelly Bean, with internal testing proving successful, and "public" builds apparently now being put through their paces in anticipation of a late Q3 or early Q4 launch. Meanwhile, last year's leading Samsung phones, the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note are apparently being tested on Android 4.1 too. It's reported that the manufacturer currently plans to update both to Jelly Bean, though the decision isn't yet set in stone. Assuming these updates happen, the site suggests a release before the end of the year.

Looking forwards, there's uncertainty as to which version of Android the Galaxy Note 2 will ship with. The Note 2, which will be unveiled at a Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin on Aug. 29, is said to be running Ice Cream Sandwich right now, and the site's sources didn't know whether the final shipping firmware would be based on Android 4.0 or 4.1. Assuming it ships with ICS, it's suggested a Jelly Bean update will ship in the fourth quarter also.

We're well within unconfirmed rumor territory here, but the dates posited here certainly sound realistic. It's no surprise to see the S3 and Note 2 first in line for Jelly Bean, but today's reports might provide some hope for S2 and original Note owners that Samsung hasn't forgotten about them.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Kernel source code available for Korean Galaxy Note 10.1

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If today's Galaxy Note 10.1 announcements have inspired you to get working on custom ROMs for the upcoming tablet, you're in luck. Samsung has uploaded the Linux kernel source code for the Korean versions of the Note 10.1 to its Open Source Release Center.

The code won't be of much use to regular consumers, but it should kick-start the custom ROM community surrounding the stylus-wielding slate, which is due to go on sale globally later this month.

To grab the bits for yourself, head to the source link below, then type either of the Korean Note 10.1 model numbers -- "SHW-M480K" or "SHW-M480S" -- into the search box.

Source: Samsung Open Source; via: SamMobile 

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3 years ago

Samsung showcases Galaxy Note 10.1 features in introductory video

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With the Galaxy Note 10.1 confirmed for an international launch later this month, Samsung's taken the wraps off its latest Android tablet, showing off its compliment of S Pen-based drawing and multitasking features in an official introductory video. 

The five-minute demonstration, which appeared on the Samsung Mobile YouTube channel, shows off five major software areas -- multitasking, note taking, education, information and photo editing. Starting with multitasking, the Note 10.1 expands on Android's traditional task-switching and the Galaxy S3's picture-in-picture video viewing with the ability to run multiple apps side-by-side on the same screen. As for note-taking, we get a tour of apps like S Note and S Memo, which have evolved somewhat since they first appeared on the original Galaxy Note. And the tablet's educational credentials are boosted by its ability to translate formulae from written text into characters.

You'll find the full Galaxy Tab 10.1 introductory video embedded above. As we mentioned earlier today, the tablet itself goes on sale this month in Wifi and HSPA models, with LTE expected to follow later in the year.

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3 years ago

Samsung: Galaxy Note 10.1 available globally this month

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The Galaxy Note 10.1 will finally arrive on store shelves internationally this month, Samsung has announced. The stylus-toting tablet has received hardware and software upgrades since we first saw it at Mobile World Congress in February, and now has a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM and a jazzed up version of Samsung's TouchWiz UX. The tablet's chassis itself has also been upgraded since we first saw it in Barcelona, and now features a slot to hold that pressure-sensitive "S Pen."

In today's announcement the manufacturer also highlighted capabilities like the "S Note" note-taking app first seen on the original Galaxy Note, as well as the ability to run multiple apps on a single screen. Samsung seems keen to target the Note 10.1 as a more practical tablet for students and business professionals, on account of the combination of pen input and a larger 10.1-inch screen.

The tablet's certainly had an interesting path to release. As we said, it appeared at MWC earlier this year before being sent back to the drawing board. And in the U.S., the tablet remains unannounced ahead of an event in New York City on Aug. 15. Despite this, one retailer already has stock, and says it's currently shipping out to customers across the country.

No pricing or exact release dates were specified in today's presser -- we'd expect these details to be worked out on a country-by-country basis. However, we do know the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available at first in Wifi-only and HSPA flavors, with an LTE version due to arrive later in the year.

We've got today's full press release, and a complete spec list for the Note 10.1, after the break.

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3 years ago

Einstein Brain Trainer review - flex your frontal lobe

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Einstein Brain Trainer made the port to Google Play not too long ago in an attempt to get players to sharpen their wits with a series of brain teasers. The game keeps close tabs on your progress over time so you can see how much smarter (or stupider) you’re getting over time, and ranks you accordingly. 

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3 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Gearing up for the fall silly season

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​It's been in with the "old" and out with the new for me this week. The Samsung Galaxy S3 review units are going back, and I've put my AT&T SIM back in the HTC One X. It's always a good thing when I pick up a phone after a couple months away and find myself in a familiar place -- and don't want to put the phone down. And that's been the case for me with the One X.

I've had other reason to pick up the One X again -- HTC changed the way it handles the on-screen menu function. Jerry's not crazy about it, but I think it's a decent compromise. I'm probably most in favor of on-screen buttons, like on the Galaxy Nexus or the new Motorola Atrix HD, with HTC's capacitive buttons coming in second. I'm definitely over the physical home button Samsung's still in love with. (And I don't see Sammy killing that off anytime soon.) Oh, and AnandTech got HTC to say that the change in menu options will be rolling out to other Sense-based phones. Makes, erm, sense.

Also making the rounds the past few days has been talk of an HTC One X+, with a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor. A few thoughts on that:

  1. Argh. We're as guilty of it as anyone, but we all really need to stop using the number of cores as a major descriptor for these platforms. 
  2. Same goes for megahertz. If you can tell the difference 200 MHz makes on a reworked architecture, well, more power to you. But most people can't. It's just more mindless repeating of specs.
  3. NVIDIA's Tegra 3 roadmap has been public for some time now. Coming up is Tegra 3+ (aka "Kai"). That'll be followed by "Wayne" and "Gray," and finally by Tegra 3 with the Icera LTE modem. This is all old (but welcome) news.

So, yeah. New stuff is coming. A lot of it, in fact.

And now, a few other thoughts. ...

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3 years ago

How to use Motion gestures on the Galaxy S3

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The Galaxy S3 breaks new ground in lots of areas; one of the ways this phone separates itself from the pack is with the use of Motion.

When you first turn on your Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) you may not immediately be aware of all the Motion capabilities as most of them are turned off by default. Once you begin to explore the Settings and menus you will find yourself opened up to quite an array of new ways to use this phone. 

Accelerometers and gyroscopes are not new anymore to mobile phones.  Anyone who as use their phone like a steering wheel in a racing game or taken advantage of a gyroscope in navigation software knows how cool this technology is.  Essentially, when a phone can sense movement and gravity it can do all sorts of things.

Samsung has really raised the bar in this technology with the Galaxy S3. In order to use all these cool new features, we need to know how to turn them on.

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3 years ago

International HTC One X has a new custom ROM baked from leaked RUU

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If you've got a Tegra 3 edition of the HTC One X, and like to tweak and tinker, there's a new ROM out today you'll probably want to take a look at. Over at XDA, Football (yes, WM users, that Football) has cranked out a new Sense ROM based on the leaked 2.15.401.5 RUU. It's Sense 4.1, based on Android 4.0.4, and has a huge list of changes and improvements from past versions of Football's MaXimus ROMs.

  • Based on new RUU 2.15.401.5
  • Android 4.0.4
  • Sense 4.1
  • Fixed Live Wallpapers
  • Improved UI speed
  • Improved battery life
  • New kernel
  • New Radio 2.1204.127.19
  • Activated native EQS
  • Fixed Video Playback on Stock Kernel
  • Enabled hardware acceleration in 3rd-party video players
  • Bug fixes and a slew of application version updates

Like most late-model HTC devices, you'll have to flash the boot image in fastboot, but other than that it's the same easy ClockWorkMod flash we're all used to. There's full instructions and all the resources in the source link. Keep in mind that this isn't for the AT&T version, which got it's own update yesterday. Happy flashing!

Source: XDA-Developers

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3 years ago

Android Central international round-up - August 4, 2012

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As we leave July behind, we're just three weeks away from the IFA 2012 show in Berlin, one of the biggest consumer electronics events in Europe. This time around we're expecting new Android stuff from Samsung, Sony and maybe Motorola, and we already have plenty of info on what we're likely to see in Berlin.

Samsung confirmed this week that it'll be debuting the next Galaxy Note smartphone at an "Unpacked" event on Aug. 29. Rumors suggest a bump up to a 5.5-inch screen, and the possibility of a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos chip on-board. Samsung never does anything small, so it's possible we may see some new tablets too, including the soon-to-be-released Galaxy Note 10.1

It looks like this year's IFA will be big for Sony, too. The Japanese manufacturer looks set to unveil four new smartphones -- the Xperia T, Xperia J, Xperia SL and Xperia GX, and many of these reared their heads this week in leaked photos and renders. Also on the cards is another Android tablet, dubbed the "Xperia Tablet," which appeared this week in a set of leaked slides. Sony's continued its use of the "folded magazine" design first seen in the Tablet S, but has slimmed things down a bit, and replaced the plastic chassis with a sleeker aluminum shell.

Check out a selection of the major international Android news stories below. If you've got news, be sure to tip us at the usual address.

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week - WeatherEye, Ski Safari, My Movies Pro and more!

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Let's all gather around the air conditioner, take few minutes and relax. Depending on your location the summer has been kicking some serious heat off this year, so let's spend a few minutes together and check out some of our favorite applications. Just past the break you will find apps like WeatherEye, My Movies Pro, Ski Safari, and a few others that we are greatly enjoying. Let's see what they are all about.

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