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4 years ago

Contest Winners: Lloyd mugs, Big Android BBQ tickets, and a Nexus 7 10Terra Eco Friendly bamboo case!

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If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up during the week. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to the winners!

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4 years ago

Sony's Xperia TL finally official on AT&T

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You'll have to excuse us for not acting more surprised to see the Sony Xperia T announced today for AT&T in the United States, as we've seen it wearing the carrier's colors for the better part of a month. But, here it is, reborn as the Xperia TL. You'll recall our hands-on with the Xperia T back at the IFA conference in Berlin last month. Here's a recap on the specs:

  • 4.6-inch "HD Reality Display" at 720 x 1280 resolution with the Mobile Bravia engine
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • PlayStation certified
  • NFC
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Launching with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, with an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to come.

Things we don't yet know: Pricing and an availability date. Stick around.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Rogers launches LTE in 18 new markets across Canada

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  Rogers has just kicked off LTE service in a bunch of new regions, as expected. With this, they've nearly reached their goal of covering 60% of the Canadian population by the end of the year. That's pretty solid progress overall, considering LTE only launched in Canada in the July of last year. The new LTE markets include:
  • British Columbia: Victoria, Abbotsford, Kelowna
  • Alberta: Edmonton
  • Saskatchewan: Saskatoon and Regina
  • Ontario: St. Catharines/Niagara, Oshawa/Pickering/Ajax, Windsor, Sudbury, Kingston, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, London, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Barrie
  • Quebec: Quebec, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivieres

Over the summer, Rogers had promised to bring LTE to a total of 28 cities, so we can expect at least a few more expansions before the new year. Any Rogers customers in these new markets that are happy to get LTE service? By comparison, how's Bell and TELUS coverage in your area?

Source: Rogers RedBoard

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4 years ago

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) Jelly Bean update now available

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Good morning to you, great people of Earth and owners of the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, aka the TF700. (Read our complete TF700 review, won'tcha?) Word from our forums and in our inbox is that the slightly delayed Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the top-shelf tablet is now available. So get your update on, then get into the forums to update us on how awesome the update went! 

More: ASUS Tranformer Pad Infinity forums; thanks, Jay!

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4 years ago

Monday Brief: Open webOS 1.0, BlackBerry Jam Americas, the definitive iPhone 5 review and more!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launches on Three UK

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 went on sale at selected UK Samsung brand stores last night, but today is the big launch day for most stores and mobile networks. Three is the first to announce the availability of the Note 2 on its network, with on-contract prices starting at £31 per month with a £159 up-front charge for the phone. If you're after a Three Galaxy Note 2 without a contract, you'll pay £499 for the PAYG version.

The Note 2 is available to purchase in Three stores nationwide today, and the network says online orders placed today will be fulfilled tomorrow.

For more on the Galaxy Note 2, be sure to check out our hands-on coverage. We'll bring you a full review later this week.

Source: Three

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4 years ago

EE stores getting rebranded in the UK

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The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy for EE (Everything Everywhere) here in the UK. Formerly Orange and T-Mobile, the company first announced its new EE branding at the launch of its 4G LTE network, and just the other day we saw the the network provider name on some mobiles switch from Orange or T-Mobile over to EE.

This weekend I passed my local Everything Everywhere store and instantly noticed that the sign above the shop had been changed to a new EE one. As you can see above it looks kind of odd, and almost lost, but I suppose it will just take some getting used too. As smartphone geeks many of us Brits will know what to expect when we see the EE logo, but we suspect many members of the public probably won't have a clue.

We should have some more EE news for you later in the week, so keep watching. What do you think of the new logo? Share your thoughts in the comments down below.

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4 years ago

Red Samsung Galaxy S3 now in stock in the UK, and at a pretty good price

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If you fancy picking up the Samsung Galaxy S3 SIM-free but want to stand out from the crowd why not consider the garnet red variant? Expansys has the red model in stock, along with the more standard pebble blue version. And it comes with a fairly tempting price tag, too, at £429.99 -- over £100 cheaper than the launch day price.

Getting a top of the range smartphone can be pretty cheap on a contract, but most UK networks want us on a 24 month deal. While this may suit many, Android followers are more than aware that the life span of a 'top of the range' device is pretty short.

The Galaxy S3, as we all, know has fantastic specs, a beautiful large display and with Samsung's continued marketing I can see the device continuing to sell well for some time to come. UK readers -- did you see the Samsung product placement on the X Factor this weekend?

Source: Expansys

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4 years ago

The Vodafone and O2 sharing agreement gets approved - better network coverage for customers

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Back in June of this year we told you of Vodafone and O2's plans to implement a cell tower sharing agreement which would see customers on both networks benefit from better national coverage. Well, it seems it is all systems go as permission has now been given by the regulatory authorities.

We presume the move was brought on by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile, but for the consumer this is great news. O2 and Vodafone say that by 2015, 98% of the UK will be covered by their 2G and 3G service. They also say they'll implement the necessary 4G hardware into existing cell sites, although this is still pending Ofcom's auction of the wireless spectrum.

O2 UK CEO Ronan Dunne said: “This partnership is about working smarter as an industry, so that we can focus on what really matters to our customers – delivering a superfast network up to two years faster than Ofcom envisages and to as many people as possible.

Vodafone UK CEO Guy Laurence said: “This is excellent news for British consumers, businesses and the wider economy: we are promising indoor coverage for 98 per cent of the UK population across all technologies within three years. We will bring the best mobile coverage that this country has ever enjoyed to more people than ever before.

“Our existing customers will benefit on the devices that they have today and we will lay the foundations for the real 4G network they will want tomorrow.

Good news all round for UK mobile users.

Source: mobilenewscwp

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia AX announced for Japanese market

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Japanese consumers were lucky enough to get their hands on the Xperia GX -- their version of the Xperia T -- long before other territories. Now it seems there's a new, Japan-exclusive handset to get excited about, as Sony today announces the Xperia AX.

The AX is a Japanese variant of the Xperia V, so it's packed with much the same hardware -- a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 1GB of RAM a 13MP camera and a 4.3-inch 720 display. It also sports water and dust resistance, the first 4G LTE Sony phone to boast these capabilities. On the software side, it's running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.

There's no word on when the Xperia AX will arrive on Japanese store shelves, but with the Xperia V expected before the end of the year, we imagine it won't be long.

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4 years ago

CM Updater goes live, update your CyanogenMod 10 builds automatically

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If you're using the CyanogenMod team's custom ROM on your Android device, and are running any of the nightlies from today (Sep. 30) onward, you now have a new option in your settings -- CM Updater. What it does is give you the option to automatically check for updates and install then, just like an over the air update from your carrier. We've seen this done before from other developers, and from ROM Manager, but now there's a built in option for all users of the ROM.

It's worth noting that this only checks for and installs updates to CM 10. It doesn't replace a custom recovery, so you'll need ClockWorkMod recovery installed to use it. It also doesn't update any Google Apps, so you're on your own for those. 

To find the feature, make sure you have the latest nightly build, and look in Settings > About phone > CyanogenMod updates. You can choose from a few different options, including whether or not you only want to stay on the stable release track. Everything seemed to go fine in our quick testing using tonight's nightly build for the Galaxy S3, but keep in mind that this is not a finished product yet, so there may be bugs. 

Anyone giving this a try? Sound off in the comments to let everyone else know how it goes for you. If you hit any snags, hit the forums to hash it all out.

Source: +CyanogenMod

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4 years ago

Google Play Movies and TV now available for the Sony NSZ-GS7 [Google TV]

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Google has finally made their Movies and TV app compatible with the Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV box. One would think that an app for viewing TV shows would work out of the box for a TV set-top box, but until today it just wasn't so. It's all part of the bigger issue Google has with delivering content and media to Android devices, which currently outnumber everything else on the market from a market share perspective.

The good news is that you finally can watch shows and films you're rented or purchased, right on your big screen via the Sony Google TV box. If you've been waiting to give it a try, now's your chance. Grab it from Google Play.

Via: +Google TV Friends

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4 years ago

Google's final day of 25-cent apps features Horn, Nova Launcher Prime, Air Control and more

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Google Play's 25-cent promotional sale has gone into its final day with a handful of new apps and games that are just about as good as free. Topping the list are:

Check out our list of Android apps from the first four days below! Many of them have had their prices knocked back up to normal, but maybe you'll luck out. Oh, and be sure to leave a comment if you find any others that are on sale. 

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: The silly season returns

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Ahhhhhh, fall. The temperatures finally are starting to drop. Football is in full swing. And the Android crazies are out in force.

It's kind of a weird time for product cycles, right? Most of the really big phones for the year are on the shelves, but we've still got the likes of the Galaxy Note 2 and the the Droid RAZR HD lurking for the U.S. markets. We'll still see a smattering of single-day events, but no huge shows like CES or MWC until we reach the new year. 

And that's were, I believe, the silly season comes from. Folks want to stay excited. And editors want to keep you excited. That's how we end up with rumors of 17 different Nexus devices. Or $99 Nexus tablets. Or, ZOMG, there might be a new Nexus out in the fourth quarter.

Sense the trend there?

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4 years ago

Sony begins to rollout ICS to Xperia U, Xperia Sola and Xperia Go

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Sony recent announced it has begun to roll out Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to three of their devices. The Xperia U, Xperia Sola and Xperia Go were all released with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) as they represent entry level devices in Sony's lineup. We saw an update a few weeks back for these devices and we wondered whether or not that would pave the way for ICS, and we're glad to see that it did.

Here are some of the new features you can expect with the update:

  • Lock screen with better functionality
  • Resizable widgets
  • Improved control of data consumption
  • New ways to experience your Sony content in WALKMAN, Album and Movies
  • The Xperia Sola will also be getting 'glove mode', which will add Sony's "floating touch" technology to make it work well while wearing gloves

Remember, if you are going to update, you'll need to ensure that your device is attached to a computer. The update is beginning to rollout today and it will continue over the next few weeks, so if you haven't seen it yet, hold tight.

Have you received your update yet? We'd love to hear from you in our Sony Xperia Forum.

Source: Sony

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