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3 years ago

Black Galaxy S3 coming in October with 64GB of storage, says retailer

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The latest development in the black Samsung Galaxy SIII (Galaxy S3) saga sees one well-known UK retailer revealing additional details about the handset. Clove Technology got in touch to let us know that black Galaxy S3 stock will start arriving from early October, and that the black version will ship with 64GB of internal storage. This fits with earlier reports from rival store MobileFun, which suggested the black version of Samsung’s flagship was “4-6 weeks” away.

The arrival of the Galaxy S3 with 64GB of internal storage is equally big news. Previously rumored to have been canceled, the 64GB S3 would allow for a maximum storage configuration of 128GB, if you were to use a 64GB microSD card as well. There’s no word on pricing at this stage, or any details on whether the 64GB storage option will be exclusive to the black version, or vice versa. However, we can be pretty sure that any phone with 64GB included out of the box won’t come cheap.

Source: Clove Technology

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3 years ago

Sony begins Android 4.0 updates for Xperia P

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Sony Mobile has announced that it’s commencing the next phase of its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update roll-out for 2012 Xperia phones, starting with the Xperia P. ICS updates for the aluminum-shelled handset will start today, and continue “in the next few weeks in markets globally,” the manufacturer said on its official product blog.

The update will give the Xperia P a much needed bump up from the earlier Gingerbread-based firmware, and Sony’s offers a fairly substantial list of new features fro Xperia P owners in the new software --

  • New ways to experience your media with new media applications – “WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies”
  • Extended standby mode, increasing standby time by up to four times (depending on user-profile and data consumption)
  • Lock screen with improved functionality
  • Resizable widgets for improved personalization
  • Improved control of your mobile data consumption
  • Recent Apps button for a clear overview of your applications

As is always the case, some territories may get this update before others, and Sony points out that “in some cases” the ICS upgrade may only be available through its PC Companion app, rather than on the phone as an over-the-air update.

Looking ahead, Sony says the next phones due for ICS upgrades will be Xperias U, Sola and Go, promising updates “shortly.”

Source: Sony Xperia Product Blog

More: Sony Xperia P review

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast 106: Google Play gift cards, Galaxy Note 10.1, and other Android awesomeness

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Audio-only stream below

We're back yet again, fresh off the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 event in New York City. Plus, we've got the scoop on the official Google Play Gift Cards, the Pinterest Android app and Instagram update, and more of your e-mails and voicemails.

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3 years ago

Three UK updates SIM-only plans, unlimited data now starts at £12.50 per month

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A rather large box arrived with us today, courtesy of Three UK. The surprise package was to signify the network's updated SIM-only plans, which have recently been re-vamped. We all love a bargain, and the prices are certainly pretty friendly towards heavy data users, as we see a reduction in the minimum cost of Three's "All You Can Eat" data plans. Customers can now pick up a SIM on a 30-day contract with unlimited data for as little as £12.50 per month. You also get 5000 SMS and 200 minutes as part of the deal, so the new deal shaves a few pounds off previous packages, though you also lose around 100 minutes.

So the number of minutes you need each month will dictate the plan you require. There are three plan options with nine price points, each with increasing numbers of bundled minutes.

The Ultimate Internet Plans range from £12.50 to £15.50 per month, all with the same All You Can Eat data and 5000 SMS. Included minutes range from 200 to 600 per month, and you get a discount if you take the 12 month contract instead of a 30 day deal. The One Plan is still very much in full affect and remains at £25 per month. Again, data and SMS is the same as previously mentioned but in addition you get 2000 minutes -- more than enough for most people I would imagine -- in addition to inclusive tethering.

The final option is the Essential Internet Plan, and these are designed for customers who are not so reliant on data consumption. prices range from £9.90 to 12.90 per month and data allowances are either 500mb or 1GB per month. Once again, voice calls and SMS varies depending on the package.

For more information jump on over to Three and check out the deals on offer.

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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse offers Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Galaxy Y phone for £15.50 p.m.

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UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse is kicking off its latest “Smart Deal” by giving customers the chance to pick up an entry-level Android phone and an entry-level tablet for a mere £15.50 per month. The deal runs from today until next Thursday, Aug. 23, and if you take up the £15.50 per month deal on Orange or T-Mobile UK, you’ll get a Samsung Galaxy Y and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 in white or silver. The retailer describes it as a “tethering plan,” meaning you’ll get the Wifi-only version of the Tab, with the option to tether it via the Galaxy Y.

On T-Mobile, your £15.50 will get you 50 minutes, 250 texts and 750MB, while Orange offers 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB. That’s not a huge allowance, but it’s still decent value when you consider you’re getting a free phone and a reasonably-spec’d tablet.

Check the source link for more info, or see the full announcement from the Carphone Warehouse after the break.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

Sky Sports TV released on Android, supporting few phones and no Jelly Bean

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We shouldn't be at all surprised by the lack of supported devices for this, after all, it's happened before with Sky. But, in any case, the Sky Sports TV app is now available in Google Play just in time for the start of the English Premier League season. An active Sky subscription isn't required to use it, Sky customers can already view the channels through the Sky Go app should their subscription allow. You do need to be in the UK or ROI though. Figures.

Instead, subscription for the application is set at £4.99 / €5.49 with no annual contract, and payments are directed through your Google Play account. Pretty reasonable, especially if you've an unlimited data plan to really put it to use with. 8 Sky Sports channels are included; Sky Sports 1-4, Sky Sports News, Sky News, ESPN, At The Races, and their new Sky Sports F1 channel. On the face of it, sounds like a really good offering. 

Then you look at device support, and as with the Sky Go launch, this is where it starts to go downhill. The list of supported devices isn't too depressing, but still omits the latest and greatest Android phone in the UK right now -- the Samsung Galaxy S3. Another issue is Jelly Bean compatibility. While the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a supported device, Jelly Bean is not supported. And it force closes. In the UK, there is only the GSM Galaxy Nexus, which it's safe to say the vast majority of owners have now upgraded to Jelly Bean. Madness. 

The full list reads as follows: 

  • HTC Desire, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire HD, HTC Incredible, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XE, Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Galaxy Note is a welcome addition, with that massive screen it's a match made in heaven. Just don't upgrade it to Jelly Bean if anything shows up any time soon. Oh, and if you're rooted, sorry. Right out of luck. For rights reasons the app will not work on rooted devices. 

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy R ICS update reportedly starts today

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Samsung’s Tegra 2-powered Galaxy R is set to start receiving its update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich today. According to reports from SamMobile, the Galaxy R (GT-i9103), which aside form its CPU is almost identical to the Galaxy S2, will begin rolling out ICS-based firmware today over-the-air and through Kies, starting with phones sold in Sweden.

The Galaxy R ICS update should follow the same pattern as updates for other TouchWiz 4 devices, upgrading the underlying OS to Android 4.0, but leaving users on the same version of Samsung’s own user interface.

If you’ve in Europe and have a Samsung Galaxy R, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates, or fire up Samsung’s Kies desktop software to see if your ICS upgrade is ready.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's Galaxy S Blaze Q tipped to become Galaxy S Relay 4G

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Out with one awkward name, in with another. It looks like Samsung and T-Mobile’s Galazy S Blaze Q, the rumored QWERTY slider has been renamed, after it failed to hit its rumored release target of Aug. 15. Fresh training materials obtained by TmoNews suggest that T-Mobile has dropped the reference to last year’s Galaxy S Blaze, instead going for something a little shorter, though still fairly convoluted.

The Blaze Q Relay 4G reportedly sports Galaxy S3-like specs, with a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 720p screen and Androd 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Previously-leaked internal documents suggested it was due to land this Wednesday, Aug. 15. However, as we pointed out at the time, carriers’ plans can change, especially when it concerns dates that have yet to be announced publicly.

With no updated release date reported, QWERTY fans are now left wondering when they’ll be able to get their hands on this highly-spec’d slider.

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Google Voice Search adds 13 new languages

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International Voice Search users rejoice! Google's ever-evolving search service has been updated to add another 13 languages, bringing the total to an incredible 42 languages supported. The list of new languages should make a lot of European Android users happy. It includes Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, European Portuguese, Finnish, Glacian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak and Swedish.

With this update, Google claims another 100 million people will be able to use the service in their native tongue. Voice Search can only get more accurate over time with additional users, as Google uses the search queries to improve the service. This is simply a cloud-side update, which means that no additional action should be required to start using the new languages -- outside of possibly changing the device's default language.

Source: Official Google Blog

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3 years ago

How does NASA keep time on Mars? With an Android app of course!

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The Mars Curiosity Rover mission is big news, and rightly so enjoying fantastic coverage around the globe. Keeping things ticking along when it takes a signal 14 minutes to travel to and from the red planet is no mean feat. And, that's without taking into account having to keep track of the time, on Mars. 

While a Martian 'day' is split into the same segments as an earth day -- 24 hours, 60 minutes per hour, 60 seconds per minute -- on Mars, a second lasts longer than on Earth. Each day then ends up 39.5 minutes longer than on Earth, meaning that Crackberry Kevin's $500 watch app is of no use to anyone. 

There are smartphones involved though. Telling the time on Mars used to involve custom built quartz watches, but there is another way. Turns out that some of the team involved use their smartphones to keep track of time with a Mars Time app. The question about Martian watches was raised during a Q&A session on Reddit, and prompted this response from Surface Systems Engineer, Eric Blood:

Some of us do, but a lot of us have iPhone and Android apps with Mars time.

-Blood

Even on Mars, there's still room for Android. The app cited on Reddit was MarsClock by Scott Maxwell, grab it from the Google Play link above!

​Original Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Source: Reddit via TPM 

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 unboxing [From the forums]

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Someone once said that unboxings are lame. Never mind that now. Dude was wrong, especially when it comes to our readers doing some great work.

You need to check out this Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 unboxing from xeroslash in our Android Forums. The composition. The angles. The Galaxy Note 10.1. The angles. And the composition. Clearly, somebody is gunning for Alex's Jerry's my someone's job.

Keep it up, and you just might get it.

More: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 unboxing

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3 years ago

Bank of America update adds mobile check deposit

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Bank of America has finally updated its Android app to include a couple features that iOS users, as well as Android users with other banks (all the way back in late 2010, we might add), have enjoyed for a while now. The app has generally had a good and usable UI, but has lacked both mobile check deposits and notifications. We're happy to report that both of these features are now available and ready for download in the form of an update from the Play Store. Unfortunately, the tablet version of the app has yet to be updated with the same features.

Additional functionality is nice, but what we would really like to see is Bank of America choosing to follow Android style guidelines and remove the legacy menu button from the app. There's really no reason, almost a year after the release of Android 4.0, for any developer -- let alone one of this size -- to keep coding their app without an action bar and overflow settings button.

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3 years ago

The good ship Android, OTG cable support [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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3 years ago

Incipio Silicrylic case review - hybrid protection with style

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The Incipio Silicrylic case is built out of a silicone skin, hard plastic outer casing and screen protector to keep the display from suffering any dings. All of the hardware buttons, inputs, microphones, and cameras remain full accessible in the the Silicrylic case, while those more concerned about looks will be happy about the wide variety of colors available.

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3 years ago

Twitter bringing changes to API access that's bound to affect Android developers

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Twitter has announced that they will be bringing some pretty big changes in version 1.1 of their API, and these changes are something that will affect just about every third-party Twitter client . In a post today on the official Twitter blog, they explain things a bit, but there's really three major changes:

  • authentication is now required on every API endpoint
  • there's a new per-endpoint rate-limiting methodology
  • changes to our Developer Rules of the Road, especially around applications that are traditional Twitter clients

The first two deal with how often third-party applications can query Twitter, and whether they can do it anonymously. Come March 2013, all developers are going to have to use something like OAuth when making API requests, instead of the current methods that allow an anonymous grab of things like Tweets on a current trend, or with a certain string of text embedded. This really only affects scrapers and aggregators, so it's not that big of a deal for app developers. The rate-limiting will adjust how often apps can use the API, which currently sits at 350 times per hour. With the new changes, different types of API calls will have different limits. The example limits given by Twitter have 60 calls per hour, per endpoint listed. That means that you can send 60 Tweets, look at 60 user profiles, and refresh 60 times in an hour. These changes will be live in "the coming weeks". On the surface, these changes make sense, and developers should be able to work with them in most cases.

The last change is the big one. Twitter is tightening the rules for unofficial clients, in ways that isn't likely to go over very well with developers. The three "Rules of the Road" changes they have highlighted are new display requirements, pre-installed mobile applications must be approved by Twitter, and requiring developers with a large amount of users to work directly with Twitter. The new display requirements dictate how Twitter apps will look and feel, and cover things like @ links and re-tweet formats. The approval of pre-installed apps means folks like Samsung and HTC who build Twitter into their software will have to get approval if they continue to bundle in the service. If developers ship a product without this approval, Twitter may revoke the applications use of the API. The last portion, which affect popular clients like Plume, spells out that apps with more than 100,000 users will have to work with Twitter. This isn't immediate, as apps that currently have more than 100,000 users will be allowed to grow another 200-percent before they will get limited functionality from the API. 

At a quick glance, none of these changes seem too drastic. But the real stickler will be what Twitter will and will not approve. Twitter has been accused of not playing fair in the past, even leading to a probe from the FTC. Developers and Twitter power-users are rightfully concerned, as most of the third-party applications both on iOS and Android offer more than the official clients do. We can't say for sure that these changes will be a bad thing until we see them, but there's certainly plenty of ways things could go wrong. The Internet will be watching to see how this all plays out.

Source: Twitter

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