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2 years ago

Contest: Win a copy of Android Tablets Made Simple

We've got 15 copies of Android Tablets Made Simple by Marziah Karch to give away to you fine, oustanding Android Central Readers. So, let's give some away. Just leave a comment in this post and we'll pick 15 of 'em at random. This one's U.S. only (don't worry, we'll have something for you international folks on Friday), and we'll shut it down at the end of today. Good luck!

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2 years ago

Verizon keen on making major changes in January, it seems

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It really doesn't seem that long ago, but with today's news that Verizon will be charging an extra $2 a month for some methods of bill payment starting Jan. 15, 2012, we got to thinking about some of the bigger changes we saw in 2011 -- and exactly 366 days before this latest move takes effect. To wit:

And both of those major changes came on Jan. 16. That's not really a great surprise -- start of the year and all. But does anyone want to do some doomcasting and predict what Verizon customers will lose come January 2012?

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2 years ago

Chris's most-used apps of 2011

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While I spend a lot of time checking apps out so that I may share them with you all, friends and family and just generally know what I'm talking about it, fact is -- I rarely stray away from my main ones. I'm a creature of habit, and once I find something I like I find it hard to move on to something else. My main apps of choice may interest you though, and if that is the case -- jump on past the break to see what I use most often.

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2 years ago

FYI: Android Wallpaper Gallery gets larger previews

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Just a quick heads up that we've added larger preview images to our Android wallpaper gallery. Now when you're checking out an individual wallpaper, you can click the small thumbnail to open up a larger image. It's a little thing, we know, but it's one you guys wanted. And now you have it. 

Free Android Wallpapers | Upload your own wallpapers

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2 years ago

Verizon to charge $2 fee for some methods of bill payment

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We're used to getting nickled-and-dimed by our wireless carriers, but this is just getting ridiculous. Verizon confirmed to PhoneScoop today (update: and issued a press release - link below) that it's set to start charging a $2 "convenieince" fee for paying your bill come Jan. 15. With a few caveats, of course. Here's the breakdown:

You'll be charged the $2 if you:

  • Pay with a credit or debit card online
  • Pay with a credit or debit card via Verizon's call-in channels

Now that's not necessarily a complete stroke of evil by Verizon -- it wouldn't surprise us at all to learn that Verizon's getting charged more for those transactions by whichever service it uses. Passing the buck to the customer isn't new, but nor does it make it any easier to swallow. 

The "good" news here is that there are ways to avoid that $2 fee. You can:

  • Pay by electronic check
  • Use auto-pay -- which allows you to pay via  debit or credit card, or electronic check
  • Direct bill pay via your bank
  • In-store payments
  • Verizon gift, rebate or rewards cards
  • An old-school paper check mailed to Verizon

It's pretty clear that Verizon's looking to push people toward automatic bill payments. But we'd rather see Big Red use a carrot than a stick here. Perhaps discounts for using auto-pay instead of penalties for using completely reasonable and accepted payments might be a better way to go, especially given that Verizon is very much in the doghouse of late.

Source: PhoneScoop; Verizon Wireless

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2 years ago

Santa bring you a new Sony Ericsson phone? Sony has a gift for you

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Did Santa leave you a shiny new Sony Ericsson smartphone under the Christmas tree? If so and you live in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain or the UK, Sony would like to give you 5 free movies and 90 days free access to their Music Unlimited service.

The offer is in fact open to anyone who takes ownership of a current Xperia smartphone or the Live with Walkman handset between Nov. 1, 2011, and Jan. 31, 2012. If you qualify, hit the source link for more information.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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2 years ago

Verizon, on Twitter, says 4G is up and running again

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Verizon's Twitter account this morning tells us that its latest 4G LTE outage has been resolved.

4GLTE issue resolved overnight. 3G operated normally; calling, texting were unaffected.

It wouldn't surprise us to still see a few stragglers, but hopefully things are copasetic for most of you out there.

Source: @VZWNews

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2 years ago

Qello concert video app heads to Google TV

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When we reviewed Qello previously it was for the tablet and smartphone version but they've now moved onto the next obvious step for their content within the Google ecosystem. Through the newly released Qello for GoogleTV app, Qello will be bringing music fans everywhere plenty of HD content to rent all from the comfort of their living room. Whether you're looking to rock out to some Jimi Hendrix or just enjoy a documentary on the Doors, Qello has plenty to offer. The download link is past the break for you all, or you can hit the source link for more information.

Source: GoogleTV Blog

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2 years ago

Early build of CyanogenMod's 'Trebuchet' launcher available for Android 4.0.3 devices

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One of the most anticipated features of CyanogenMod 9 -- the upcoming custom Android distribution based on Ice Cream Sandwich -- is its new home screen launcher, dubbed "Trebuchet." Much like CM itself, Trebuchet expands upon what's offered in stock Android with a host of new settings and features, like the ability to customize the number of home screens, and kill the persistent search bar if you want. Now, thanks to the release of an initial alpha build, early adopters can test out Trebuchet before it's rolled out in CM9 next year.

The catch is that to install the Trebuchet alpha you'll need a rooted Android 4.0.3 device, along with some command line skills. Currently the GSM Nexus S is the only phone that has 4.0.3 officially, though other devices like the Galaxy Nexus can run 4.0.3 code built from the Android Open Source Project.

The current Trebuchet alpha includes just over half of the planned feature set -- for example, extra functionality like infinite scrolling and transition effects have yet to be implemented. However, if you want a sneak peek at what's coming in CM9 in the months ahead, you can find out more over at the source link.

Source: XDA
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

All HTC phones launched after September 2011 are now 'unlockable' from HTC Developer site

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HTC has updated their Developer site's bootloader unlock page, and the news is good:

All HTC Android devices launched after September 2011 are unlockable. The website will be updated accordingly to reflect this in the coming weeks. We continue to work on models launched prior to September 2011, please check back often for the status of older devices.

We've verified this with the HTC Vivid, which does not appear on the "official" list. Same goes for the HTC Rezound. This is a big step in the right direction, and HTC has made good on their promises.  Thanks, HTC!

HTC Developer. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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