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4 years ago

Sprint spending additional $200 million on 3G network as LTE rolls out

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Although Sprint's "Network Vision" project -- which will eventually move customers off of CDMA and to LTE -- is in full swing, the LTE network just isn't lighting up in as many places as customers would like. Seeing increased load on its 3G network because of a spike in customer additions in the recent months, Sprint has strategically decided to invest $200 million in improving the speeds on the legacy technology.

Its unfortunate to see Sprint having to make a tactical decision to invest in 3G with money that could surely be better spent on an LTE rollout, but the speeds can only get so slow before something has to be done. Hopefully as more of Sprint's customers move over to LTE the carrier will be able to better balance its network.

Source: FierceWireless

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4 years ago

GroupMe version 4.0 hits beta for willing participants

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One of the more popular group messaging services out there, GroupMe, has just released a beta of its latest update -- version 4.0. The whole idea of version 4.0 is a cleaner and simpler to use interface, and looking at the screenshots it seems to be the case. To participate in the beta, hit the source link below. It'll involve allowing installation of 3rd party apps in your device's settings and installing it manually, but may be worth a look if you're a big GroupMe user.

GroupMe is hoping to get participants to try out the beta who have already been using the most recent stable version to get the best feedback, but if you're interested in trying out the beta you can always download the previous version first (at the Play Store link above) and register to move to 4.0.

Source: GroupMe Blog

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4 years ago

Angry Birds Star Wars review

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After a few weeks of teasers, Rovio has finally released the next iteration in their Angry Birds franchise, this time with a focus on the classic Star Wars brand. Recognizable settings such as Tattoine, Degobah, and Hoth make an appearance, not to mention all of the birds are dressed up as characters from the movies, each with their own signature special abilities.

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4 years ago

Music and Movies coming to Google TV in more countries (update)

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Update: The Google+ page has been updated to reflect that Canada and Australia won't be getting the update, and Google TV won't support Play Music and Movies in these countries.

The official Google TV page on Google+ just announced that Google Play Music and Movies will be expanding its reach to more countries. Users in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada and Australia can now use both Music and Movies on their Google TV devices without restrictions.

It's always good to see Google's content deals expanding to bring a full-featured experience to all markets that have Google TV available.

Source: +GoogleTV

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4 years ago

Humble Bundle for Android 4 features Superbrothers beta

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The latest Humble Bundle for Android has been kicked off, and includes a bunch of exceptional games. Splice, Eufloria, Waking Mars, Crayon Physics Deluxe, and an early Android beta for the excellent Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery are all available. If you pay more than the average (currently $8.89) you also get Machinarium. 

You get to pay whatever you want for these, and the money is split up between developers, the Humble Bundle organizers, and charities like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play as you see fit. Every signle one comes with the original soundtrack, and is available on Windows, Linux, and Mac PCs. 

A lot of these games aren't in Google Play, so, go get the bundle! It's a great deal, and for a good cause. Hey, if you're in the charitable mood, why not contribute to the MO-bile Nations Movember run? We're raising money for men's health by sprouting exceptionally poor facial hair. Seriously, I don't know how I'm going to go out in public like this.  

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4 years ago

Inside Android 4.2: The new clock app

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What's that? A separate piece about a clock app? It still tells time, right?

Yes. A separate piece about a clock app. And, yes. It still tells time. Actually, the new clock app in Android 4.2 is wearing four or five hats. Here's the breakdown:

  • Clock.
  • World clock.
  • Alarm clock.
  • Timer.
  • Stopwatch.

And what's more -- this thing looks good.

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4 years ago

HTC One X+ review

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Six months on from the One X, a turbo-​charged successor arrives

After a tumultuous year, HTC needs to score some big wins this holiday season. Many critics, including ourselves, have been full of praise for its HTC One series, led by the venerable One X. But every passing quarter seems to bring depressingly familiar news for the Taiwanese manufacturer -- record sales and profits for Android rival Samsung, and tumbling revenues for HTC.

On the Windows Phone side, the HTC 8X -- a great handset by any standard -- looks set to make a big impact in the coming weeks. But what of Android? Well, as the year draws to a close, HTC is hoping to put the One series back in the spotlight with a revamped high-end offering, the One X+. On paper it’s a tantalizing proposition -- one of our favorite early 2012 phones re-imagined in a soft touch polycarbonate shell, with a larger battery, a faster CPU and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

But as HTC knows, specs alone have never been enough to guarantee a device’s success. Today the One X+ is but a drop in a sea of quad-core, 720p Androids, The high-end mobile space is a lot more crowded than it was back in March, when we reviewed the original One X.

And speaking of that device, what does the One X+ mean for those who’ve already invested in the HTC One series?

Answers to all these questions, and many more, are waiting in our full review of the HTC One X+. Read on.

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4 years ago

AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Express available Nov. 16 for $99

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AT&T this morning announced that its entry-level Samsung Galaxy Express will be available Nov. 16 for $99 on contract.

As you'll recall from our hands-on with the Express last month, it's a pretty basic Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, with a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 2,000 mAh battery. It's got a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a few of the software tweaks seen in more powerful (and expensive) Samsung phones, like the Galaxy S3. It also runs on AT&T's LTE network, if you've got it where you live.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Purported Sony Yuga prototype shots emerge - 5-inch 1080p screen rumored

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It looks like HTC's J Butterfly and Droid DNA could have some competition in early 2013. Rumors of a 5-inch, quad-core Sony handset in development have been circulating for the past month or so, and today brings what could be the first images of the device, which apparently goes by the codename "Yuga."

The image above comes from a set obtained by Swiss Android site Android Schweiz, and is apparently a prototype for the next-gen Sony flagship. Along with the leaked pics, the site claims the prototype is running a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU -- most likely a Snapdragon S4 -- along with 2GB of RAM, a 12MP camera and a 5-inch 1080p display.

Physically, it's a pretty nondescript smartphone design. Earpiece, speaker and front-facing camera can be spotted in the shot above, and other images in the set show Xperia T-style on-screen buttons. The back of the device is difficult to make out, but seems to be at least partially reflective. The alleged prototype is running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean along with Sony's Xperia UI, which looks almost identical to what we've used on the Xperia T and other late 2012 Sony handsets.

Remember that both hardware and software are likely pre-production, so even if this is a legitimate Sony device, the final product is likely to differ from what we see in these leaked pics. We got to see several Sony prototypes recently, and as you might expect, they often don't quite match up with the finalized designs.

Sony tends to reveal new products first at CES each January, so we wouldn't be surprised to see the "Yuga," or whatever it's eventually called, making its public debut in Las Vegas in a couple of months.

Source: Android Schweiz (Translated)

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4 years ago

Google Shopper updated with new UI, GoodGuide product ratings and more

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Today sees the launch of Google Shopper 3.0 on Google Play, bringing several major changes to Google's mobile shopping application. First up is a re-vamped, more image-centric design with a slide-out menu similar to many other Google apps. The main menu now shows a grid of available categories, and when searching, it's possible to view larger images of all products in a similar layout.

Shopper 3.0 also introduces GoodGuide product ratings, which Google says should allow shoppers to make more informed buying decisions. A new push notification area allows users to keep up to date with new Shopper features when they land.

Existing Google Shopper users should head to the Google Play Store to grab today's update. If you've not got the app installed yet, you can jump right to the most recent version using the Google Play link above. Google Shopper is a free download for devices running Android 2.1 and above.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 was Q3's most-shipped smartphone

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18m Galaxy S3s between July and September, versus iPhone 4S's 16.2m

In case the recent 30 million milestone didn't give it away, Samsung shipped rather a lot of Galaxy S3s this summer. So much so, that S3 shipments eclipsed those of Apple's iPhone 4S during the third quarter, according to the latest numbers from Strategy Analytics. The firm's statistics for the Q3 2012 indicate that the Galaxy S3 shifted 18 million units worldwide, compared to the iPhone 4S's 16.2 million and the iPhone 5's 6 million.

Of course, things aren't quite as one-sided as the numbers would suggest. There's a good reason people weren't buying as many iPhone 4Ss during that time -- the iPhone 5 was looming large, with new features for iOS users, including a larger screen and LTE support. What's more, Q3 saw the Galaxy S3 launch in several key territories, including North America and Samsung's native South Korea. Also note that these are units shipped, not necessarily phones in consumers' hands.

So it's highly likely that strong sales of the iPhone 5 will launch Apple back to the top spot in Q4. Nevertheless, Samsung will be pleased that in this instance at the very last, it was able to best Apple's numbers.

via Engadget

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4 years ago

AT&T adds LTE in Little Rock, expands in Florida, California

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AT&T this morning announced what some of you have already noticed (and thanks for the tips!) -- the carrier's 4G LTE service has gone live in Little Rock, Ark. That means phones like the HTC One X or the new Galaxy Note 2 will download faster than they could a week ago. That's progress for ya.

Also, AT&T mentions that it's expanded its LTE coverage in Key West to include Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys, Marathon, Islamorada and Key Largo.

Also, Bakesfield, Calif., should be seeing expanded coverage.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

HTC One SV debuts in Southeast Asia

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HTC's expanding its One series with a new handset aimed at countries in Southeast Asia. The HTC One SV is a curvy 4.3-inch phone that reminds us a little of the Desire X that's currently shipping in the West.

Key specs include a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU -- Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip -- along with 1GB of RAM. Internal storage comes in at 8GB, and that's expandable via a microSD card slot. The screen is a fairly standard WVGA (480x800) LCD. Where the One SV really shines, though, is in camera quality -- the phone packs a 5MP rear shooter with some impressive optics -- a 28mm lens with f/2.0 aperture and support for 1080p video recording. In addition, it rocks HTC's ImageChip, the dedicated camera chip found on phones like the One S and One X.

4G LTE connectivity is included too, depending on market availability.

On the software side, you're looking at HTC Sense and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so no sign of the newer Sense 4+ that we're seeing on the One X+ and other recent devices.

There's no indication as to whether HTC plans to launch the One SV globally, but with this device's specs overlapping with those of of the One VX in the U.S. and Desire X in Europe, we'd expect this to remain an Asia-only phone for the foreseeable future. 

Source: HTC

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4 years ago

Jelly Bean update hits Galaxy Note 10.1, starting in Germany

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Samsung has begun updating its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, according to reports. Samsung fansite SamMobile is reporting that German Note 10.1 devices are first in line for the update, which is being pushed out to the pen-toting tablet as a 300MB over-the-air download. After upgrading, updated devices should be running software version N8000XXBLJ9.

The update comes almost three months after the Galaxy Note 10.1 launched in the U.S. and Europe with ICS -- one of the last Samsung flagship devices to ship with Android 4.0. With this latest software update, Note 10.1 owners can look forward to improved responsiveness thanks to Google's "Project Butter" enhancements, as well as other software goodies like the new Google Search app with Google Now.

We've yet to hear any reports of Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets outside of Germany getting this update, but in the event that you're seeing an OTA waiting on your Note 10.1 this morning, be sure to let us know in the comments section. If you're feeling brave, you'll find an ODIN-flashable version of the German ROM over at the source link. (If you don't know what that is, it's probably best to wait it out)

Source: SamMobile

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4 years ago

Angry Birds Star Wars now available on Google Play

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Rovio's latest cross-over title, Angry Birds Star Wars, has landed on Google Play, where it's available as a free download. The game, which debuts such things as "Pigtroopers" and a "Pig Star" (you get the idea), features familiar Angry Birds-style gameplay across four zones -- Tatooine, Death Star, Endor, "Path of the Jedi" (think Yoda's planet from Return of the Jedi) and several unlockable bonus stages. There's also Hoth-themed zone that's promised as a free update "soon."

Gameplay is pretty much what you'd expect -- fling birds at pigs, except now there are Star Wars things happening in the background. Later levels see blasters and lightsabers getting in on the action.

Angry Birds Star Wars is available in regular and tablet-optimized HD flavors, and both are available for devices running Android 2.2 or later. You can grab the free version above, or the £1.99 HD version here. We'll have a full review coming at you soon.

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