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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 getting multi-window support starting Dec. 19

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Despite a little bump in the road, Samsung has been on a bit of a roll with updates lately and next in line appears to be the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2. According to new documents on the T-Mobile site, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is all set to receive an update starting December 19. The list of changes isn't huge but it's sure to make quite a few people happy:

Improvements

  • New multi-window feature
  • Resolves Exchange calendar events not appearing on device Calendar
  • Resolves issues with being unable to swipe through Gmail messages

Yup, that multi-window feature we went hands on with back in October will be included and we're pretty sure we're not only ones who are digging that news. The update, when it arrives, will be available via OTA as well as Kies and will show as version Android 4.1.1/T889UVALK8. Need more info? The link to the T-Mobile documents can be found below.

Source: T-Mobile, via: TMoNews

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3 years ago

U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update set to arrive Dec. 21

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If you're a U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy S3 owner, you've no doubt been wondering when Jelly Bean will arrive for your device. Wonder no more. U.S. Cellular has now announced the update will indeed start rolling out as of Friday, December 21. As highlighted on the information page, the update will arrive OTA in addition to being available via Kies and bring along with it many improvements to the camera, browser, user interface, notifications, calendar and widgets and more.

Source: U.S. Cellular

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3 years ago

Enter the Nexus 7-a-day giveaway for a chance at a Nexus 7 and a $25 Google Play card

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To end the year with a bang, we're (in partnership with Google) giving away a 32-gigabyte Nexus 7 tablet and a $25 Google Play gift card every day this week!  

The Nexus 7 is one of this year's hottest devices, and with good reason. The 7-inch size turned out to be a popular favorite (even Apple has to agree), and the Nexus 7 packs the specs for high-end gaming and entertainment. This makes it just about perfect for relaxing with on the couch, watching a movie, browsing the web, or playing a killer Tegra 3 game. Ask anyone who has one and they'll likely tell you that they just love it. 

Combine a great tablet like the Nexus 7 with the Google Play ecosystem steadily getting better; signing new music artists and expanding into other countries, and with a developer program that works together to make the best apps. Added all up and you have a great experience right in you hands. 

It's hard to make that experience better, but we think a free Nexus 7 and $25 Google Play gift card has got to be as close as it gets. You get to enjoy your tablet, and have enough credit to rent a few movies, buy a great book or two, and buy the great games. Here's your chance to make it happen.

Head into the forums, and get yourself entered into the daily contest drawings. Since the Nexus 7 is sans rear camera, it is going to be a photo contest with a twist -- we want to see your goofy mug. Take a self-pic with whatever look you want to go for, and upload it. We'll pick a winner for each day and ship out a N7 and gift card to each winner. You don't want to miss out on this one!

Enter the Nexus 7 day one giveaway in the forums

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3 years ago

Amazon Wireless offering great deals for new Sprint customers

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For a limited time, Amazon Wireless is offering some of Sprint's top devices for cheap. This deal only applies to new customers, so if you're already on Sprint, this doesn't apply. But if you've been considering switching carriers, this may be a good time to do so.

For a short time and with a new 2-year contract, you can get deals on the following devices:

If you're interested in the deals, head on over to Amazon Wireless.

Source: Amazon Wireless

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3 years ago

Android Central 2012 Gift Guide: Alex's holiday wish-list

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The holidays are just a week away, and as our thoughts turn to celebration, food, drink and gifts, we're here to bring you a run-down of some of the top Android-centric gift ideas from around the web. Phil, Jerry and Richard have already delivered their gift guides, and now it's my turn to write up an Android-themed holiday wish list.

It's a mix of the shiny, the useful, the cheap, the expensive and the delicious. And you'll find it all after the break.

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3 years ago

First Xperia Jelly Bean updates due Feb/Mar 2013, but some 2012 phones will be left behind

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Sony Mobile has provided another update on the progress of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates for its 2012 Xperia smartphones.

First up, the company confirmed that its high-end late 2012 devices, Xperia T, TX and V, are on target to receive Jelly Bean in February and March. Once those updates are out the door, Sony will upgrade the Xperia J, Xperia P and Xperia Go in late March. The remaining devices, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion and Xperia acro S, will get Jelly Bean in the weeks following.

However, there's bad news for owners of the Xperia U, Xperia miro, Xperia tipo, and Xperia sola, as Sony has confirmed that it will not upgrade these devices beyond Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That's particularly disappointing considering all these devices are less than nine months old.

So, as is often the case with Android software updates, it's a mixed bag. Sony has shipped more mid-range phones than ever in 2012, however it's been unable to provide upgrade support for these devices just a few months after release. On the other hand, at least all the more expensive devices are accounted for, although there's no official word on the fate of U.S.-specific phones like the AT&T Xperia Ion and Xperia TL.

On a more positive note, Sony says it's excited about some Xperia-specific functionality in its upcoming Jelly Bean software, so Xperia owners who do get upgraded will likely get some new stuff to play with. Sony is expected to unveil a new high-end smartphone at CES in Las Vegas next month, so it's likely that's where we'll get our first look at the company's new Jelly Bean-based firmware.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

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3 years ago

Samsung audio dock images leak out, could be seen at CES

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Audio docks are pretty common over in the iOS camp, with a wide array of OEM's getting behind Apple's devices to create such accessories. Over here in Androidland, things aren't quite so plentiful. Samsung seems set to make a change to that if the leaked images we see here ring true. 

The leak was obtained by the guys over at Sammobile -- usually known for their firmware leaks -- and they claim it could be seen in the wild at either CES, next month in Las Vegas, or at Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona in February. They look pretty good, but with a speaker of course, that's only half the story. The images were accompanied by a set of leaked specs: 

  • USB Audio Class
  • Universal dock station
  • Bluetooth version 3.0
  • Power: 6W (3W x 2)
  • Power volume button
  • Charging Port
  • 3.5mm Audio Plug-in

The beauty of course, is that any Android device with a bottom mounted microUSB charging port will be able to take advantage of the charging facilities. 

Source: Sammobile

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3 years ago

Samsung 'conducting an internal review' on Exynos kernel vulnerability

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There was potentially worrying news for Samsung phone owners this weekend, as a serious kernel security vulnerability was identified in Android devices running Exynos 4210 and 4412 chips. The list of affected devices includes some of the most popular Samsung phones, like the international Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3, and all Galaxy Note 2 models. The exploit in Samsung's kernel could give a malicious app free reign over a device's memory, allowing it to take complete control of it.

We reached out to Samsung for comment, and the company has today informed us that it is "currently in the process of conducting an internal review" into the matter. That's not a whole lot of information, but it at least confirms that Samsung's aware of the issue and is looking into it.

We'll keep you apprised of any further developments. In the meantime, if you're concerned about whether your own phone could be affected by this security vulnerability, check out our full report from yesterday.

More: The Samsung Exynos kernel exploit - what you need to know

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3 years ago

Sprint to buy 100 percent of Clearwire for $2.2 billion in spectrum play

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Sprint this morning announced that, as rumored, it will pick up the rest of Clearwire for $2.97 a share, or about $2.2 billion. The purchase of the rest of Clearwire's shares (remember that Sprint already had a controlling stake) paves the way for "better strategic alignment and the full utilization and integration of Clearwire's complementary 2.5 GHz spectrum assets," Sprint said in a news release. That'll boost its LTE service -- but it'll take some time (and regulatory approval) before we see any real-world benefits.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Applorer adds friends and groups to game discovery app

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Applorer, a free game discovery portal for Android, updated today with a whole bunch of new social features. Users can now see which titles their friends and other users have installed, create groups (dubbed circles, appropriately enough) for those with common interests to keep tabs on one another, and leave comments, mark favorites and share screenshots with the community at large. Applorer also provides tailored app recommendations based on what's installed on your device and what's popular among your friends. 

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3 years ago

Expansys UK removes HTC Butterfly from listings, won't be flying into Europe after all

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Following the announcement of the 5-inch, 1080p HTC Butterfly for China, a lot of people -- including us -- started getting a little excited when some signs of the device appeared on European retailers websites. HTC confirmed to us at the time that the device was officially only launching in China, leading us to believe that any purchases made in Europe would be of grey imports.

Seems that even this many not be the case anymore. The chaps over at the UK based site Coolsmartphone, actually went and pre-ordered a Butterfly from UK based Expansys. Granted, there was no price, no mention of when they would become available, but a definite intent it seemed that they would be offering the device for sale. Over the weekend they received this email from Expansys, detailing that in fact the device would not be coming to the UK at this time: 

Thank you for your recent interest and preorder of the HTC Butterfly. Unfortunately, we have now been informed by HTC that this device will not be available in European markets, and as such we have had to remove it from our website and cancel your preorder.

We're not all that sure where the Expansys stock may have been sourced from in the first place, but it's pretty clear cut that we won't be getting any. But, then again, Mobile World Congress takes place in just a couple of months, so who knows what the future may hold. 

Source: Coolsmartphone

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 once again sold out in UK, Germany

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After a couple of weeks of being on sale with lengthy waits for delivery, the LG Nexus 4 is officially sold out on the Google Play devices store in the UK and Germany. While the 8GB model sold out within hours of the second batch of stock going on sale, it had been possible to order the 16GB model, albeit with a 6-7 week shipping estimate. Today both flavors of Nexus 4 are marked as "sold out," in Britain and "ausverkauft" in Germany.

The news follows difficulties in getting some orders out to customers. Some who'd received 3-5 day shipping estimates had not received their orders as of Sunday, leading to Google UK & Ireland boss Dan Cobley getting involved. In a Google+ post made over the weekend, Cobley apologized for the delayed orders, and said stock from LG had been "scarce and erratic." Orders with pre-Christmas shipping estimates, he said, should be processed this week.

Did you manage to bag a Nexus 4 while it was available to order? Has yours arrived yet? Let us know about your Nexus 4 ordering experiences in the comments.

Source: Google Play

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia 'Yuga' prototype revealed in leaked images

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It's been a while since we've had reliable leaked details about Sony's upcoming 2013 torch-bearer, codenamed "Yuga". The device had been rumored to sport a 5-inch 1080p display of the kind set to become increasingly common at the high end in the next twelve months. Back in November, the first set of leaked photos showed an unassuming slab-shaped design with Sony branding.

Today a couple of fresh images have emerged, showing what seems to be the exact same device. There's the same unique earpiece design, and the same back cover which, like LG 's Optimus G and Nexus 4, seems to be coated in glass. The source of the leaked shots, Russian site Mobile-Review, says the device will be powered by "the latest chipset from Qualcomm." presumably a Snapdragon S4 Pro. The site dismisses other recent rumors of a Samsung Exynos-powered Sony flagship.

The back design happens to match up closely with an FCC filing for the Japanese variant of this phone, which carries the model number SO-02E. That listing suggested the device would pack a 2330mAh battery.

For the past several years, Sony Mobile has used CES as a launch platform for its new high-end stuff. So, with the pace of leaks increasing, and FCC filings starting to appear, we think it's likely the "Yuga" could be revealed in just a few weeks in Las Vegas. Whatever Sony shows at its CES press conference, we'll be there to cover it live.

Source: Mobile-Review (Russian)

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3 years ago

Android Central Stocking Stuffers week 2 winners

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We're into the third week of our month long Stuff Your Stocking contest here at Android Central, and that means that we have more winners to announce.

Last week we asked you to follow us on Youtube and comment on a video, and we've checked our list, rifled through our Youtube inbox, and picked winners for each day's contest. Each winner will need to check their Youtube inbox for all the details, but there's a $10 Google Play gift card with your name on it. I imagine everyone wants to know who those winners are, so let's get on with it!

  • timecop1080
  • laurel2510
  • elemental1
  • vmmini91
  • milton abaunza
  • what316austin1
  • sleepyhollow57

A big holiday congrats goes out to each of you from all of us here at Android Central, and we know you'll find something great in Google Play to spend your gift cards on. Plus, you're automatically entered to win a Nexus 4 from us!

Don't forget that starting tomorrow is a new week, and we have more gift cards to give away. Keep an eye on the blog for just how we're going to do that. Good luck, congrats to last week's winners, and thanks everyone for entering!

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