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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 10 M2 builds released

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The CyanogenMod team sends word that they've released the second "M" -- milestone or monthly -- build of the Jelly Bean-based CyanogenMod 10 ROM. "M" builds of the popular custom firmware are described as "essentially stable" and "ready to use as your daily driver", compared to the more common but less stable nightly builds. Fittingly, M2's release comes around a month after M1 landed.

M2 builds are still rolling off CM's servers, but right now the ROM is available for all three Galaxy Nexus variants, as well as numerous Galaxy S2 and U.S. Galaxy S3 phones, among others. The newest builds of CyanogenMod 10 are available via the CM updater, as well as via ROM Manager.and the get.cm download site.

For the full list of supported devices in this latest version of CyanogenMod, check the source link below. And when you're up and running, be sure to hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

Google+ app updated with pages support

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The Google+ app for Android has just been updated to version 3.2, bringing a few notable features. First and foremost, "Google+ Pages" owners -- like businesses -- can now view, post and comment from mobile. Also in this update is a new "find people" feature -- which is pretty self explanatory -- and the ability to access photos from posts with one tap. Viewing photos was a bit of a pain in the previous version, requiring a series of taps to eventually get to it full screen, so this is a good improvement.

You can grab the app if you haven't already from the Google Play Store link above. We've got a couple screenshots of the UI for you after the break.

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3 years ago

The LG Optimus G launching on NTT Docomo; tentative launch date of Oct 19

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We saw NTT Docomo dump out their upcoming holiday lineup just a few minutes ago, but they left this nugget out of the general press release -- the LG Optimus G will launch on the carrier, with a projected sales date of October 19.

This particular model will closely mimic the Asian model Phil and his esteemed cohorts had a look at in Seoul last week, with a slightly customized set of software features, high speed Xi-LTE, and a TV tuner for the ultimate in time-wasting. Under the hood is the same quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM we're used to talking about, and the camera on the Docomo model will be of the 13MP variety.

It's apparent that LG is serious about a global push for the Optimus G, and that should make Android fans everywhere happy.

Source: LG Newsroom (Korea); More: NTT Docomo (Japan)

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3 years ago

NTT DOCOMO launches 10 new Android devices including Galaxy S3 and Note 2

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As Japanese carriers love to do, NTT DOCOMO just dropped a huge release of Android devices for the holiday season with 9 smartphones and a tablet. The headline phones that are bound to draw the biggest attention and sales are part of its "next" line, which includes the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) and Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The devices physically look very similar to their European and North American counterparts, but as is usually the case the software is a bit tweaked for the Japanese market.

As far as hardware specs go, they're very similar as well. We're looking at the same Super AMOLED 720x1280 screens at either 4.8 or 5.5-inches, an Exynos 4412 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 100mbps LTE networking and both are launching with Android 4.1 on board. One thing found on the Japanese models that you won't really see anywhere else is the One-Seg digital TV antenna -- a staple on Japanese devices.

The Galaxy Note 2 will be launching in November, with the Galaxy S3 to follow in December. More pricing information for these devices and the rest of the expansive DOCOMO lineup -- we recommend taking a look at the sweet Android flip phones -- can be found at the source links below.

Source: NTT DOCOMO; Spec sheet

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3 years ago

Verizon will sunset 2G and 3G CDMA networks by 2021

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You can toss this one onto your Google calendar -- Verizon will sunset its 2G and 3G CDMA networks nearly a decade from now. After recently announcing at CTIA MobileCON that it will launch its 400th LTE market 2 months ahead schedule, Verizon is talking about when CDMA will finally go the way of the dinosaurs.

The network report from FierceWireless expresses that this decade-early heads up on the CDMA sunset is important mostly for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, and not necessarily for consumers. Verizon has been pushing LTE harder than any other carrier lately -- and already plans to start rolling out VoLTE as soon as possible -- so we'd expect most customers to move to LTE well before 2021.

Source: FierceWireless

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3 years ago

Fighting with S-Voice, Is getting a Galaxy Nexus now a good idea? [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

Use LinkBuster to parse short URLs (Android app review)

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A couple weeks back I delicately expressed my concern about clicking shortened URLs on our Android phones. If you weren't paying attention, there's a nasty bug in some Samsung phones that can delete all user data if you click a malicious link -- one that's easily hidden behind a URL shortener like bit.ly or goo.gl. I promised to make someone famous if they would create a great solution for all of us on Android.

Quite a few folks sent apps in, and while all of them worked as intended, I have to give the hat tip to JP2014 for the LinkBuster app. It does two things I'm crazy about -- uses Android intents, and incorporates the Web of Trust service.

Using it is really easy. Install it from Google Play using the link above, and any time you click a URL you get the choice to open it in LinkBuster. If it's a link you trust, just choose your browser. But if it's a link that looks sketchy, or is shortened and you have no idea where it will take you, choose LinkBuster from the menu provided. 

One the LinkBuster app is opened, you get the full version of the URL as well as the Web of Trust rating for it. The Web of Trust is crowd sourced data from folks like you and me, and it's usually spot-on about the safety and validity of links. Cory turned me on to it last year, and I think it's a great tool. Having it incorporated this way is perfect -- you use it when you have reason to question a link, and the rest of the time it's out of the way.

The web is a nasty place. Plenty of folks want to make things miserable for others, and we have to be on guard against it. Tools like LinkBuster can help. It's free, so give it a try!

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3 years ago

Need for Speed Most Wanted racing towards Google Play

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EA has announced that Most Wanted, the latest iteration of their Need for Speed franchise, will be arriving on Android this month. Takedowns, vehicle damage, and a whole bunch of recognizable vehicles from Porsche, Dodge, and Maserati are going to be available in this racing game. Firemonkeys are behind Need for Speed Most Wanted, which is great since they already have plenty of experience with these kinds of games after doing Real Racing. 

There's no mention of pricing, but I wouldn't be surprised to see this one placed in the premium $6.99 tier along with other Firemonkeys / EA games like Dead Space, Mass Effect: Infiltrator, and The Sims 3. Still, it looks like it would be worth it, especially if you're a fan of high-end racing games on Android. Gamers, do you prefer moderately realistic racing titles like this, or do you prefer goofier arcade-style racers like Asphalt 7? 

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3 years ago

Sprint holding off on MetroPCS counter offer

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Following the official announcement of a reverse takeover between T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS, Sprint reportedly started setting up a counter offer to buy the company and break up the deal. Reports now indicate that Sprint may have thought better of this, and is considering waiting for more information before making a decision on the deal.

Although the agreement between Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile USA's parent company) and MetroPCS for the takeover is official, it could take up to three months before MetroPCS investors will take a vote (because it is a public company) to approve it. During this time, more information on the bidding process and agreement should be released, giving Sprint a better look at the situation before putting in an offer.

In the meantime, MetroPCS' stock will be trading as a proxy for the new combined carrier, possibly affecting the final pricing of Sprint's eventual offer. Also throwing a wrench into things, if MetroPCS decides to back out of the deal with Deutsche Telekom, they must pay a $150 million "breakup fee". Surely Sprint would have to include that cost in their offer.

It's clear that Sprint sees the importance of this deal, realizing that T-Mobile and MetroPCS combining could be another strike against them getting out of third place and challenging Verizon and AT&T. Sprint vehemently opposed the AT&T / T-mobile merger from a regulatory and competition standpoint, but won't have such luck on this one given the size of MetroPCS compared to AT&T (Metro being about 1/10 the size). Their only chance to stop this takeover will have to come in the form of a very large counter offer.

This one is far from over, folks. Be sure to stick with us for our continued coverage of the merger.

Source: Bloomberg

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3 years ago

The Economist app updated to fix battery drain issues

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The Economist app hasn't been the most visually appealing out there, but it was always at least functional. One of the main usability gripes facing the app was a nasty bug (or two, or seven) that caused some serious battery drain if you didn't look out for it and force close or reboot. Now that's no way to code an app, and today its been updated specifically to fix the battery issues. Unfortunately, the app still uses the legacy menu button configuration, which really shouldn't be around in modern apps anymore. Plenty of other developers (big and small) have removed it, and we think The Economist could do the same.

The app is of course most useful if you've committed a bit of money towards a yearly subscription, but there are still some free portions available if you want to get a feel for the content. You can find the app at the Google Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 on sale for £399 from ASDA Mobile

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There seems to be no shortage of U.K. retailers putting Samsung's latest flagship Galaxy SIII (S3) on sale lately, and today you can add ASDA Mobile onto that list. Starting at midnight tonight, the giant supermarket will be selling the Galaxy S3 for just £399 via its mobile portal. Its quite the steal if you're in the market for the latest Samsung superphone, especially considering the best of the high-end devices currently on sale from ASDA is only the Galaxy SII (S2).

It's quickly approaching midnight in the U.K., so if you're interested in picking one of these up, go find that credit card and head to the source link below. The price is certainly right, you don't want to miss out on one of these.

Source: Eurodroid; ASDA Mobile

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3 years ago

Android 4.1.2 JZO54K factory images for the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus now available

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If you've been on the hunt for the factory images of Android 4.1.2 (JZO54K) for the Nexus 7 or Samsung Galaxy Nexus (takju devices only), you can now grab them directly from Google. A lot of folks are still waiting for the OTA's but if you're looking to tinker around in the meantime, this would be a good start. Plus, the files are always good to have on hand just in case you ever need to go back to stock.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Google Play Magazines updated, now available in Australia

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The gradual worldwide spread of Google Play content wrote another chapter today. The Google Play Magazines application has received an update which brings with it availability in Australia. Magazines was one of the additions to the Google Play content portfolio following the launch of the Nexus 7, and while the tablet becomes available in more and more markets, sadly the content is slow in following. 

Additionally, users outside of Australia will benefit from todays update. We're promised a "significant performance improvement for all devices." in particular relating to page turning. Performance improvements are always welcome improvements. 

If you're a reader down under, why not hit up the comments below and let us know how you're finding the new service. 

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3 years ago

LG Nexus 4 to launch Oct. 29, says French newspaper

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French national newspaper Le Figaro is reporting that Google and LG will debut the next Nexus smartphone, dubbed "Nexus 4," later this month. According to the paper, the device will make its global debut on Oct. 29, before coming to France on the Vodafone-owned SFR network in December. If true, the Oct. 29 date could point to an unveiling at Dive Into Mobile conference in New York, as has been previously rumored.

The wording of Le Figaro's article suggests a product launch alongside the announcement on Oct. 29. This would make it the first Nexus smartphone to become available immediately upon announcement since the original Nexus One. It'd also point to the Nexus 4 being released primarily via the Google Play devices store, as that's the only feasible way such a launch could be pulled off. Of course, it's also possible Le Fig just got its wires crossed, and that Oct. 29 is only the announcement date after all.

It's the second time we've heard the "Nexus 4" name today -- this morning the name appeared in a leaked photo from the Carphone Warehouse's inventory system. The name could refer to it being the fourth Nexus smartphone, or its 4.7-inch screen.

So it certainly looks like the next Nexus launch isn't far off. Stick with Android Central for all the details as they emerge.

Source: Le Figaro

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3 years ago

Microsoft Office for Android may be landing in March

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Microsoft Office has been flirting with Android for awhile now, but things may be getting a lot more serious now that MS Product Manager Petr Bobek said that the full productivity suite may be landing in March 2013 on mobile. The full desktop version of Office 2013 should be available for businesses in December 2013 and consumers in late February.

If you're really interested in checking it out, a customer preview was made available over the summer. Which mobile apps do you use to handle presentbations, documents, and spreadsheets? Are they good enough, or does Microsoft need to make something that ties in really tightly with the desktop counterparts? I could certainly see some solid Microsoft Office apps getting some use on tablets with keyboard docks, but do people do a lot of serious editing on smartphones?

Update: Microsoft corporate PR is saying that the information is bogus. Take that as you will. 

Via: The Verge

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