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4 years ago

AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Express getting Jelly Bean update today

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Google Now, performance improvements and other features hit this mid-level Android smartphone

AT&T this morning announced that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now available for its Samsung Galaxy Express smartphone.  With the update you'll get the "Project Butter" performance improvements, updates to the notification area and, most important, you'll be able to rock Google Now, with all its prediction and search capabilities.

You'll also get "Blocking Mode," which lets you turn off calls and notifications for a specific period of time. Plus, you'll get a new data usage calculator.

You can snag the update now by going to Settings>About device>Software update>Check for updates. You'll need to be on Wifi.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

SwiftKey update squashes a number of bugs, including HTC One fixes

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SwiftKey, the popular third-party Android keyboard, this morning announced an update that will take care of a number of nagging issues. The update is now live in Google Play.

The big news, probably, is that a number of issues regarding the HTC One have been resolved. So if you're picking up the phone this week in the UK, Germany or Taiwan, you'll be able to properly use SwiftKey. (And if you're waiting for April like most of the rest of the world, it'll be ready to go then, too.

We've got the full changelog after the break.

Source: SwiftKey

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4 years ago

HTC plans successor to 5-inch 'Butterfly'

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The HTC Butterfly (a.k.a. J Butterfly in Japan, Droid DNA in the U.S.) was one of the most compelling Android devices of 2012, with its 5-inch 1080p display and speedy internals. Now, according to comments attributed to the company's marketing chief, it seems HTC may be keen to keep the Butterfly line alive alongside its soon-to-be-launched HTC One.

Spurred by strong interest in the device from Asia, Taiwan Focus reports that CMO Benjamin Ho said the manufacturer plans to launch a "successor" to the Butterfly under the same brand name "to meet consumer demand." Speaking at a media briefing, Ho apparently didn't mention when (or where) this new Butterfly might appear, but we'd guess this model would be aimed at countries or carriers that aren't getting the HTC One.

We'll have to wait and see what form the second Butterfly might take, but given the design similarities between the original and the HTC One, we don't imagine it'll be radically different from the phones we're already familiar with.

Any crazy theories? Shout out in the comments!

Source: Taiwan Focus

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4 years ago

Gmail app updated with unknown features and no change log

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The Gmail for Android application has received a small update this evening. It probably does something faster, or better. Maybe there is a new feature or two. We have no idea, because they haven't posted any new features or changes. Google sucks at providing change logs.

We're letting you know in case it is something really cool -- though we're not seeing anything just yet, and we use Gmail a lot around these parts. And even if it is just some bug fixing, an update is an update. Grab it at the Google Play link to the left.

We'll come back and update once we know what the changes are.

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4 years ago

HTC readying Desire Q and P for the Taiwanese market

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HTC is well known for pumping out well-built and budget-friendly devices in Asian markets, and it continues that run today with the Desire P (above, left) and Desire Q (above, right). While both devices have similar design language to HTC's other 2012 offerings, the Desire P looks strikingly similar to the One SV. It has a 4.3-inch 480x800 display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 8MP camera and Beats Audio, and will reportedly retail for about $365 unlocked. The Desire Q is a bit smaller and cheaper -- similarly to the previously announced Desire U --  at $235 unlocked for similar specs but a 4-inch display. Both look from the press images to be running Sense 4 and presumably Jelly Bean underneath.

The Desire brand is still very popular in price-sensitive markets, and from our time with the One SV we came away very impressed with the build quality of the device. Don't look for these to hit Western markets any time soon, but if you're in Taiwan or China you probably have a good chance at seeing these.

Source: UnwiredView

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z has its own lockscreen bypass bug

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Sony's Xperia Z is joining the ranks of the iPhone and Galaxy S3 today with some tinkering that has exposed a security flaw in the lockscreen of the device. According to Scott Reed, who found the flaw on his personal Xperia Z, the lockscreen bypass only takes a few easy steps and allows full access to the device. That's a bit further than some other recent lockscreen bugs will get you, and is certainly troubling. Sony has supposedly fixed the bug that led to some Xperia Z devices randomly bricking themselves, and now they've got another fun bug to fix on their hands.

It's always a good idea to keep your phone in your sight if it has some sensitive data on it, but you may want to be extra careful until this bug is fixed up. If you want to see the flaw in action, stick around after the break for a video of Scott doing it on his device.

Source: GSMArena

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Archos GamePad

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A couple months back, at CES 2013, we first had a look at the Archos GamePad. It's an awesome idea that fills a hole in mobile gaming -- we need good controls. The GamePad solves this by having everything you expect to see in a game controller built into the frame of a 7-inch tablet. You have dual-joysticks, directional buttons, A,B,X,Y buttons, start and select, and a pair of buttons on the left and right shoulders. This sounds like just the ticket for some of today's big, immersive games -- I'm looking right at you Ravensword: Shadowlands.

The hardware itself, both inside and out, is nothing to write home about. A dual-core A9 with a Mali MP4 GPU won't exactly get spec junkies up and moving, and the device itself is 100-percent plastic. While that will make it nice and light to hold while playing games, it certainly makes the thing feel a little cheap. The good news is that the price tag reflects this, and the GamePad will only set you back about $180.

The GamePad does more than play games, as it's basically a 7-inch tablet at heart. It runs Android 4.1.1, with very little customization done to the standard stock build of Android. But my first impressions are that it's not a very good 7-inch tablet. It seems a bit sluggish, but I'll reserve judgment here until I get everything signed in and set up. I won't hold back about the screen though -- it's terrible. You can watch movies and look at pictures on the GamePad, but you won't want to. The resolution (1024 x 600) makes things look pixilated, and the viewing angle is atrocious. The good news is that the GPU won't have to work very hard to drive the low-res screen while playing games.

I'm really looking forward to gaming on it. The controls feel excellent, and the placement is perfect. You can see a quick look at it all after the break, and after I give it the old college try I'll post a more thorough review. In the meantime, head into the forums with any questions you might have, and I'll do my best to answer them.

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4 years ago

OpenTable update brings Foodspotting photos to restaurant listings

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Restaurant reservation booking service OpenTable has just update its Android app to include images on restaurant listings from popular service Foodspotting. If you'll recall back to January, OpenTable purchased Foodspotting (which has its own app) in a natural combination of two dining-based services. Well it didn't take long to integrate the services, as now restaurant listings will show foodspotting images from other diners.

For now, if you want to participate in Foodspotting by adding your own images, you'll still need to download the Foodspotting app. We could imagine at some point in the future both apps (and services) will completely combine, but for now they're at least integrating at one point. Grab a download of the updated OpenTable app from the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

PAC-MAN + Tournaments arrives for free on Google Play

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For the first time ever, Namco Bandai has released a completely free version of PAC-MAN, and it's exclusively available on Google Play. PAC-MAN + Tournaments offers a full-featured free-to-play version of the original game, along with a new "tournaments" feature, which lets you play online against others on new stages each week. The game also has new never before seen mazes available for purchase, along with online leaderboards and achievements.

Namco Bandai also says that it plans on releasing Google Play-exclusive downloadable content in the future as well. The game is of course free to download in the Play Store, so if you're looking to take a trip down memory lane head to the link at the top of this post.

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4 years ago

LTE model Chromebook Pixel to ship in early April

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Google has updated the Play Store device page for the LTE-enabled Chromebook Pixel, and it tells us that orders should ship out by April 8. The upgraded model offers 64GB of internal storage, as well as 100MB of free Verizon LTE service per month, Users can contact Verizon for additional use, and if things haven't changed from previous Chromebooks, you can get a monthly no contract plan or a standard LTE device data plan.

The Pixel isn't cheap. Wifi only models are $1299, and the LTE version checks in at $1449. They also aren't for everyone, as Chrome OS is an entirely different animal from the Windows, Mac, or Linux operating system you're probably used to. To learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of Chrome OS, and more about the Pixel itself, be sure to check out our review

Source: Google Play. Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

How to set up your HTC One

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You've got a number of options to transfer data from your old phone to your new HTC One

So you've unwrapped your shiny new HTC One and you're ready to get up and running. In this article we'll help guide you through the process of getting your accounts and preferences in order, in addition to showing you around the new home screen dynamic.

From the BlinkFeed home screen reader to new app drawer setup, there's a lot to get to grips with before you even look at the more advanced stuff. And even more important is the addition of a number of ways to move your data from your old phone to your new HTC One. You can even parse an old iTunes backup to get your stuff off the iPhone and onto your new Android phone.

Check past the break for our walkthrough of your first hour or so with HTC Sense 5 on the new HTC One.

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4 years ago

Evernote 5 available in the Play Store with updated UI, camera, and shortcuts

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Evernote users will be happy to see that their favorite note taking app has received a large update today, bumping it up to version 5.0. Along with a minor face lift to the user interface, shortcuts are now available that let you quickly access notes, notebooks, and tags. For those that like taking pictures of their notes, the redesigned camera now automatically adjusts photo contrast and shadows for maximum legibility in Page Camera mode. Batch shooting has also been added to the new camera, letting users add multiple pictures to a single note. The new version also brings integration of the Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine. Premium users get Document Search, which adds all attached office docs, spreadsheets, and presentations to the universal search.

Grab the update using the Play Store link above. The official developer's change log, along with pictures and videos of Evernote 5's new features, can be found at the source link below.

Source: Evernote

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 now available in India directly from the Play Store

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The Nexus 7 has just appeared for sale on the Google Play store in India, with a shipping date of April 5. There hasn't been any official announcement to our knowledge, but a couple of quick people on Twitter found it as soon as it went live in the store -- and it doesn't get much more official than that. If you're in India, you can add it to your cart for Rs. 15,999 (about $295) and have it shipped "by April 5, 2013".

Even though the Nexus 7 may seem like old news to those of us who have had easy access to them for several months, it's a huge deal to see Google finally selling Nexus devices directly to India. Google has been making huge efforts to expand Android's presence in the country, which has been growing its mobile and smartphone usage dramatically over the last year.

Thanks, @sandeepnargund and @atulalvenkar!

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4 years ago

Google+ app gets redesigned feed, new sharing options

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Snapseed photo filters, other editing tools included in the iOS update

Google today announced an update to its Android and iOS Google+ applications, with a number of new features.

First off, you'll notice that your feed looks a bit different. You get more text before you have to tap through -- definitely a good change. And tapping a photo or video or link now takes you straight to the page to watch the video, view the pic in a lightbox, or to the linked site. Google also says that image previews are now shown full frame. Also, the +1 and share buttons have been moved. Comments scroll through the bottom as well. Good changes, all.

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4 years ago

The Conduit HD hauls first-person shooting from the Wii to Project SHIELD

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NVIDIA had a huge presence at PAX East 2013, and one of the big titles they were showing off on Project SHIELD was Conduit. This was a game that was originally launched on Wii a few years ago, and they've since managed to port the sci-fi first-person shooter over to Android.

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