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4 years ago

OnLive added to LG Smart TV with Google TV

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OnLive this morning announced that as of today it's being integrated into the Google TV build on the LG G2 Smart TV. Updates should be delivered over the air today, and it'll be preinstalled on all future LG Google TVs.

The LG G2 comes in a couple of flavors -- a 47-inch monitor for $1,699, and a 54.6-inch set at $2,299.

The OnLive gaming service also is preinstalled on the Vizio CoStar Google TV box.

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4 years ago

Top threads from the Droid DNA forums

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I've been camped out in our Verizon Droid DNA forums for the better part of the last two days, and the discussion is simply incredible. Here are a few threads you must be sure to check out:

And that's just for starters. Have a question about the Droid DNA? Register for your Mobile Nations Passport and come join us in the forums!

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4 years ago

Contest: Win an AT&T HTC One X+

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The HTC One X+ is one sweet machine. Check out Alex's awesome review of the unlocked version, you'll see what I mean. It takes everything we love about the original One X, cranks it to 11, and quadruples the storage so power-users have a place for their stuff. Let's recap the highlights.

  • It's the first phone to match Jelly Bean with the Tegra 3 (the beefy 1.7GHz version), which means you not only get the battery sipping fifth companion-core to conserve battery when it can, but you get all the goodness that comes with the TegraZone -- absolutely awesome games. Console quality even. 
  •  It has HTC Sense 4+ on board. I know, plenty of folks will moan and turn their nose up, but Sense 4+ offers a whole lot of functionality that looks good. With the ImageSense chip, the camera alone makes Sense 4+ and incredible way to enjoy your smartphone. And if you don't find Sense 4+ a feature worth keeping, you know it will be easy to change. 
  • There's 64GB of on-board storage. And it's storage has none of that goofy partitioning for apps and media, so you're free to use the entire space any way you like. This is a big deal.

  • It looks really, really cool with the exclusive carbon black finish. There's nothing wrong with looking good.

  • You can pick one up from AT&T today for $199 and a new agreement.

Yeah, the bullet points look really nice. Know what's even nicer? Winning one from AT&T and Android Central. It's up to you to get the service, but we've got the phone to give away to one lucky winner. 

Head into the Android contest forums. Read the rules. Enter the contest. Since I can't win, I'll wish everyone good luck!

Enter to win an AT&T HTC One X+

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4 years ago

TalkTalk offering up a free Nexus 7 with four Android smartphone deals

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TalkTalk are getting into the Christmas spirit -- or feeling rather generous -- as they have today announced that from Nov. 20 they'll be giving away a free Nexus 7 tablet with a selection of smartphone deals.

There are four Android devices on offer and although three of them are not amazingly high-end, they will soon have the LG Nexus 4, which will be flying off the shelves. As you'll see after the break, TalkTalk are offering options for small, medium and heavy users, ensuring they have some goodness for everyone. With the Nexus 7 being thrown in for good measure, I suspect this deal could be fairly popular.

You can catch the pricing deals along with the press release after the break:

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4 years ago

First Nexus 4 orders from EU Google Play Store starting to arrive

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The Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 Play Store launch was more than a little chaotic, with server errors and other glitches preventing some folks from getting orders in. However, if you were one of the lucky few to be able to order a Nexus 4 in Europe, you can expect your phone to arrive in the next few days. The first of ours showed up just a few minutes ago, and we're sure other early birds will be receiving Nexus-shaped parcels in the next few hours.

Anyone else seeing Nexus 4 orders arriving this morning? Shout out in the comments!

More: LG Nexus 4 review

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4 years ago

Morning news roundup: November 15, 2012

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4 years ago

Samsung now manufacturing 10 nanometer 64GB flash storage chips

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The times, they are a changin'. Devices are getting thinner and thinner, meaning space between the battery and screen is a premium. Samsung has announced that its come to a new milestone in its flash memory division, dropping down to a 10nm (nanometer)-class manufacturing process for 64GB chips. That doesn't really mean much on the face of it, but the end result is a chip that's physically 20-percent smaller, and has nearly double the performance in terms of IOPS (input/output per second) at 2,000 write and 5,000 read. These new chips have sequential read and write speeds of 260MB/s and 50MB/s, respectively, which is over 10 times faster than an external Class 10 SDcard.

That's some serious performance improvements over external storage, and at the capacities that these chips are available in, you're not exactly making any compromises. Also remember that Samsung manufactures these components for more than just their own devices. Many different manufacturers utilize Samsung for device components, so we'll hopefully start seeing these new, faster chips in phones and tablets across the board soon.

Source: Samsung; Via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 HSPA+ now sold out in Google Play

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While everyone was busy trying to see if they actually bought a Nexus 4, the newest version of the Nexus 7 has sold out as well. The Nexus 7 with 32GB of storage and HSPA+ connectivity held on for a whole 36 hours longer than the Nexus 4 and 16GB Nexus 10 did, but is finally no longer for sale. The 16 and 32GB Wifi models are still available, however.

Looks like people do want mobile data enabled tablets after all. Hopefully they'll be back in stock soon enough along with the Nexus 4 and 10.

Source: Google Play

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4 years ago

Pantech Magnus for AT&T press shot leaks out

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Frequent leak source for reliable press shots evleaks is showing off an upcoming AT&T device from Pantech, the "Magnus" (which we presume is a codename). The device, going by the model P9090, bares an uncanny resemblance to the previously announced Pantech Flex, which recently hit AT&T in September. The device looks to be running at least Android 4.0, considering the launcher style and signature on-screen navigation keys, but we'd sure like if that was actually 4.1 Jelly Bean under the hood.

Considering that this device is hitting the same carrier with a similar design, we can make a guess that its either a successor to the Flex that's just early in the pipeline, or possibly a higher-end version of the same device line. 

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

Comic book apps, Getting a failed OTA update back [From the Forums]

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While you get yourself caught up on the blog posts from today, don't forget that in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about as well. 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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4 years ago

Advanced search operators now work in GMail 4.2

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The GMail power users among us may be aware of some of the more advanced search operators that are at our disposal. Things like typing "from:david has:attachment" and getting relevant search results is a great feature for those of us with gigs upon gigs of mail waiting to be searched. These features are now part of the latest GMail app -- version 4.2 -- available on Android 4.2 devices.

In our testing of a random sampling of the advanced search operators, they all seem to work just fine in the app. The results are found quickly, even for mail that isn't already downloaded locally, and it seems to bring back all of the same results that the desktop does. You can find a full list of the supported search operators at the source link below.

Source: GMail Support; Thanks, RonDon!

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4 years ago

Long overdue update to Blogger for Android now available

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It's been quite some time since the Blogger for Android app was updated with any substantial changes but now if you head on into the Google Play Store you'll find Google has finally given it a touch of love. There is some UI changes in effect that improve the overall look plus, it'll now sign you in automatically when you go to view a blog on the web. Other changes include additional language support, the capability to view a scheduled post time and as expected -- plenty of bug fixes. If you've got yourself a Blogger account that you're making use of, be sure to grab the new app and take it for a spin.

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4 years ago

Google TV updated to version 3.0, brings Voice Search and Prime Time

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Google has officially announced the Google TV 3 software update, and along with all the behind-the-scenes changes that should help the stability issues, there are a couple really cool new user-facing features.

Voice Search allows you to interact with your Google TV by using your voice. As the name suggests, you can search for titles, or genre, or channel, but it gies beyond that. The examples given are asking your GTV "how to tie a bow tie" which finds and opens a Youtube instructional video, and asking to "search movies with Jeff Bridges" which returns results in a new, refined visual search page.

The Google TV Movies and TV app has been redesigned, and along with the new name of Prime Time comes a new way of finding your favorite content. You can access Prime Time from anywhere, and the new visual layout lets you flip through the best of live TV, your favorite channels, shows you've recently watched, and content based on things you already like to watch. It sounds pretty amazing, and if it works like we see in the video above it is.

The bad news of course is that it will be a while until anyone sees it. LG is rolling it out in "the coming weeks" to their smart television sets, and other second gen euipment will see the update in the coming months. If you're still using a first generation Google TV unit, have no fear -- both the new Youtube app and Prime Time are headed your way.

Source: Official Google TV blog

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4 years ago

Beautiful Clock Widgets app integrates with Android 4.2 lockscreen

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One of Android 4.2's forward-facing feature improvements was the lockscreen, which now has a system for integrating widgets of the users choice. In the stock shipping software, there's an anemic selection of stock widgets such as calendar and a world clock, but we know how many Android developers there are out there making great widgets. Beautiful Clock Widgets is one of the first to be updated with this functionality, and it has a great selection of customizable clock and weather widgets for the lockscreen.

It was only a matter of time before we saw more apps hitting that integrated their own widgets into the lockscreen, and we'll surely see more apps be updated with the functionality in the future. For now, go check out Beautiful Clock Widgets at the Play Store link above. It's free, and if you want to unlock more widgets you can get the paid version for just $1.29.

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4 years ago

Daily news roundup: November 14, 2012

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We know it's darn near impossible to stay abreast of all the Android news that happens. Heck, we can hardly keep track of it ourselves! To try and help, here's a recap of the biggest news you might have missed from today.

It's your last chance to enter the AC Forums Million Member Giveaway

Droid DNA news

Android 4.2 news

Carrier and network news

Other news too good to miss!

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