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3 years ago

Motorola pokes fun at iOS 6 Maps, wants to prevent people becoming #iLost

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By now, the vast majority of Android users -- no, make that people in the world -- have heard about Apple's new replacement for Google Maps in iOS 6. Proudly announced during their iOS 6 keynote, replacing Google Maps was another step away from using Google services for the Cupertino giant. Since the launch, much has been said about the maps, and their apparent lack of some key information within the maps themselves. 

We'll admit it. It makes us chuckle. As we sit here using our native Google Maps, more and more we see comments arising from iPhone owners, both new and old, slating iOS6 Maps. And now, Google owned Motorola is joining in on the fun. 

Looking for 315 E 15th in Manhattan? Google Maps on DROID RAZR M will get you there & not #iLost in Brooklyn.

Seen on the Motorola Mobility Google+ page, and on their Twitter page, the message is clear. While an obvious advertisement for their latest handset -- and perhaps the RAZR M's edge to edge screen, compared to the 'stretched' iPhone 5 -- rather than Google Maps itself, we wonder how long before the #iLost tag will catch on. Probably until Google releases a third-party Google Maps application into the iOS App Store, but until then, we can but chuckle away.

Source: Motorola (Google+) (Twitter)

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3 years ago

Google Play expands social horizons with official Twitter account

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We know lots of you still use the Twitters for a lot of your social networking needs -- no matter how good Google+ becomes -- and so we bring news of a hot new account that you all should follow. Google Play is widening its horizons, and now has an official Twitter account, @GooglePlay. 

The first tweet from Google Play read like this: 

Hello World! Follow us for special promotions, exclusive content, updates, and awesomeness from Google Play

We don't know about you guys, but special promotions on its own makes it worthwhile. Hit the source link below to get your follow on. 

Source: @GooglePlay

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3 years ago

Developer version of the Verizon Galaxy S3 already on backorder

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The unlockable developer version of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3, which just went on sale yesterday, already is on backorder. That means it either was popular as hell, or there weren't all that many available in the first place.

Both the 16- and 32-gigabyte versions are no longer available. There's no telling for how long, but the good news is if you just can't wait, the retail version can be hacked open pretty easily.

More: Verizon Galaxy S3 forums

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3 years ago

Motorola posts RAZR i event replay video

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In case you missed it live, Motorola has uploaded the full presentation from London of the RAZR I unveiling. 2GHz of x86 CPU wrapped in the same great package we saw from the Droid RAZR M make this one of the phones we're keeping our eyes on.

Have a watch, then be sure to check out our hands-on with the edge-to-edge RAZR I.

Source: Motorola on Youtube

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3 years ago

"Miscellaneous" files in storage, Jelly Bean official for the Verizon GNex [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

Dyzplastic reveals the 8th piece in their third series of Android collectibles

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Well we know that Dyzplastic's Series 03 of their Android collectibles are being released on September 24th, All that's left now is for them to release the rest of the designs for the series. Their newest one (part 8) is cleverly named Professor Skully McRivethead and it's obvious to see how they came up with that. 

In case you've missed the last few previews, check'em out: Part 6 & Part 7

It's obvious these guys have quite the creative force behind them, as I would've ran out of ideas for these little guys a long time ago.

source: Dyzplastic

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3 years ago

HTC Trade Up: Trade in your iPhone, buy a One X & get a $99 urBeats headset

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If you're a current iPhone user who has no interest in the latest from Cupertino, HTC wants your business. If you trade in your working, non-cracked iPhone and purchase their One X, they'll throw in a $99 urBeats headset.

If you remember our article on the Trade Up program from a few days ago, the going rate from HTC for a 16GB iPhone 4S is $215. However a quick eBay search will reveal that the same phone is going for roughly double. But if you don't trust eBay, need a new headset, and/or are OK with getting less money for your phone, then this deal might be for you.

The deal ends on October 21st, so you've got some time to make up your mind.

source: HTC

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3 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S 3 developer edition now available

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Look who showed up late for the party! It's the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 3 (Galaxy S III) "developer edition", and it's available for sale to the last few people who still care. It's in Pebble Blue, and the 16GB version will set you back $600, while the 32GB version is $650. The rest of the details -- specs like a Qualcomm S4 Krait and 2GB of RAM under a 4.8 Super AMOLED screen -- are identical to the retail version, but the bootloader on the dev model is easily unlocked.

Hey, that's just like the retail version, too.

OK, I'll stop sounding so bitter. Verizon releasing an unlockable developer edition of this one is a really good thing. They just took way too long, and with the retail model getting cracked nobody really cares anymore. I really wanted to get behind this idea and support Verizon (who has been less-than-hacker-friendly on occasion), and hope the next time they get 'er done in a more timely manner.

If you're interested, hit the source link below and get out your credit card.

Source: Samsung; via Android Task Force, Phandroid

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3 years ago

Manually update your Verizon Galaxy Nexus to the official Jelly Bean build

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You've been waiting since July for some Jelly Bean on your Verizon Galaxy Nexus, and you just can't wait any longer. It's pushing out as we speak, but who knows when it will make it to your device. There's no way in hell you're going to sit one more day and read about everyone enjoying Jelly Bean while you mash the button to check for updates. We got ya.

The good news is you don't have to wait. The easy to unlock bootloader on the Nexus means it's relatively easy to flash the update yourself, and you too can join in the Jelly-fest. (I'm trade marking Jelly-fest, BTW). You'll need to be running a stock build, and have all the right tools, but thankfully the fellows in the Verizon Nexus forums have you covered.

They'll have you up and running in no time with clear and simple directions, and they're there to answer any and all questions should something go haywire. Click the link, grab your cable, and don't forgot to thank the dedicated folks who took the time to put this one together.

How To: Official Jelly Bean JRO03O for the Verizon GNex

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE hands on

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Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the quieter Android launches, like the low-key release of the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE earlier this week by Sprint. It’s a 4-inch budget-friendly device that Sprint is touting as one of their most affordable LTE-capable options, and it's in stores now. For $100 on contract, you can’t really go wrong with that the Victory has to offer; It’s got a 800 x 480 display, a Snapdragon S4 MSM89610 Lite processor, 4  GB of internal storage, and ships with Android 4.0.4 onboard. It’s also got a decent 5 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front shooter, and Samsung’s signature TouchWiz interface. We took a brief look at it last night here in New York—hit the break for our knee-jerk reactions.

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3 years ago

Rumored Verizon roadmap features LG Spectrum 2, HTC Droid Incredible X, and others

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A fresh batch of upcoming release windows for Android devices on Verizon has been leaked, giving us a rough idea of what to expect all the way to the new year. The supposed source document identifies the HTC Droid Incredible X as the ADR6435LVW, and is due to launch in November with LTE connectivity. The LG Spectrum 2 should be available in early October. The Samsung Stratosphere 2 is expected by the end of the month, while something called the Pantech Perception, a follow-up to the Breakout, didn't get a solid release date or specs. There are also two ZTE tablets on the roadmap, though the 10-inch one may have been canceled. Finally, the Motorola Droid RAZR HD should be landing in the middle of Q4, with the Droid RAZR MAXX HD dropping sometime in the middle of November. 

As with any rumor provided without any kind of documentation to back it up, take this information with a grain of salt. That said, how likely do you guys think it is that this roadmap will pan out?

Source: PhoneArena

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3 years ago

ASUS Padfone 2 gets rumored pre-announcement specs

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We're expecting ASUS to unveil the Padfone 2 on October 16, but why wait for details? This is the back of what looks to be the back of the box for the next smartphone from ASUS, and breaks down all of the important specs. 

  • Model A68
  • LTE, DC-HSPA+: WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100, EDGE/GPRS/GSM E 850/900/1800/1900, Class 10
  • Qualcomm 8064 quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM
  • 137.9 x 68.9 x 9 mm, 135 g
  • 2140 mAh battery
  • 4.7-inch Super IPS+ 1280 x 720 display
  • 13 megapixel camera with zero shutter lag LED flash, auto-focus, and HD video recording
  • 1.2 megapixel front camera
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • MicroUSB 2.0 with MHL support

Keep in mind that this is coming from some random dude on a Chinese forum, but it looks convincing enough to me. We had already heard from some leaked benchmarks that the next Padfone would have a quad-core processor, and this certainly corroborates that. What I'm mostly interested in is the dock and tablet companion devices; how much will they cost, and will they do anything more than the originals? What would the ASUS Padfone 2 have to offer in order to pull you away from more established smartphone makers?

Source: Mobile 01

Via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 now available in Canada

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After a few hints of an impending launch, Samsung has announced that the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is now available at a variety of retailers across Canada starting at $499. The Android tablet includes all of the good stuff you'd expect, like the dual-screen multitasking, the S Pen accessory, and 50 GB of DropBox storage.

Online stores like Best Buy and Future Shop are still showing preorder status and an expected release in five days, but with any luck that may change before the end of the day. Pop in to your local store to see if they have stock, and let us know in the comments. An LTE model for Rogers, Bell, and TELUS may find its way to shelves before the end of the year, but no official word on that just yet. 

Full specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 are tucked away below in the press release. Any Canadians considering getting one of these? Our review had a few criticisms of the tablet, some of which may be deal-breakers for you. 

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3 years ago

What do you take to an Apple party? Why, a Samsung Galaxy S 3 of course!

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This one definitely brought a smile to our faces. Of course, today is iPhone 5 day. And, like all good siblings, we've been helping out our sister site, iMore, cover the day's craziness. The crowds at the UK's flagship Apple store, Regent Street in London, were plentiful -- to the number of 2000 we heard from one member of staff. Yes, 2000. 

Naturally, scouring the crowds produced a sea of Apple devices. So, imagine our delight to see this proudly lofted high above the iPhone toting masses. Literally, as the doors were opened, a member of the gathered press lofted this Samsung Galaxy S 3 high above the crowds to film the action. And, we can't be sure, but at the same moment it was as if a black cloud gathered above the Apple store. OK, we kid. While we may have been rocking Android devices ourselves, given the storied history between Apple and Samsung, this one just made us smile. And, we thought it might have the same effect on you guys, so it's got to be worth sharing. 

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3 years ago

Pink Samsung Galaxy S3 sighted in Korea

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Samsung's proved in the past that it's not afraid of putting out phones in bright, bold colors -- recall the infamous "berry pink" Galaxy Note that emerged earlier in the year. Now it seems a pink Galaxy S3 may follow in the footsteps of that device, as that's exactly what's been tipped by GSMArena this morning.

The site reports via its tipster that the pink version will arrive on Korean shelves from next week, and branding has been leaked for all three of the major Korean mobile networks. The baby pink Galaxy S3 will join the brown, red, black and grey versions announced last month, as well as the original marble white and pebble blue.

There's no word on whether Samsung will seek to launch its pink S3 outside of its home territory, but given the endless variety found within the company's mobile line-up, we wouldn't be surprised if this model found its way to Europe before long. 

Source: GSMArena

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