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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend P1 goes on sale in the UK SIM-free

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If you've been looking forward to picking up the Huawei Ascend P1 SIM-free, today is your lucky day. The device is now in stock at UK retailer Clove and will set you back a respectable £309 + VAT. The Ascend P1 may not have been getting the same attention as the likes of the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 but specs wise it is a pretty decent piece of hardware.

Running Android 4.0 and powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU the Huawei Ascend P1 isn't to be sniffed at. With a 4.3 Super AMOLED screen, an 8MP BSI camera and Dolby Sound System new P1 owners should have plenty to get excited about. It may not be the biggest and the best in todays fast-paced smartphone market, but we gave it a great review and sales should be pretty good.

More info from Clove at the source link below.

Source: Clove

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3 years ago

Verizon announces Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

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Verizon Wireless is to launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, the carrier has announced. The Tab 2 7.0 is the 7-inch version of Samsung's second-generation Galaxy Tab, running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and TouchWiz on a 1024x600 display. Unlike other versions of the Tab 2, Verizon's model will run on its 4G LTE network. Its specs are relatively unremarkable, with a 1GHz dual-core CPU inside and 1GB of RAM, however if you're after a decent, small tablet with LTE connectivity, you could certainly do worse.

Verizon will offer the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 from this Friday, Aug. 17, for $349.99. The carrier's usual "Share Everything" data plan is available for the device, starting at $40 for 4GB of 4G LTE data.

We're seeing more and more competitively-priced 7-inch tablets as the year progresses. With this latest release, Verizon and Samsung will be hoping that the additional bonus of 4G LTE data will tempt consumers over to the Tab 2, rather than Google's Nexus 7 or Apple's upcoming 7-inch iPad.

For fans of press releases, there's more info on the Verizon Tab 2 7.0 to be found in the official presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Purported Samsung Galaxy Note 2 front panel photo leaks

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Today brings more Galaxy Note 2 leakage, though we'd put more stock in this latest photo than the questionable render that showed up 24 hours ago. The latest leaked photo comes from French site Nowhereelse, and claims to show the front panel and screen of the upcoming large form factor phone. From the setting and the way the two figures in the background are dressed, it looks like this sample may have just rolled off the production line. What's more, the ruler indicates that this screen is approximately 14cm -- or 5.5 inches -- diagonally, tying in with earlier rumors that a bump up to a 5.5-inch panel was on the cards.

More interesting is the fact that if you measure the aspect ratio of the screen, it's 16:9, not 16:10, indicating a transition to a full widescreen resolution. That, combined with the minimal amount of bezel on show, suggests that this device should be easier to hold than the original Note, or competitors like LG's squarish Optimus Vu. It also looks like Samsung's opted for a similar button setup to the Galaxy S3 and international Galaxy Note, with a large central home button and capacitive keys at either side.

However, we should mention that Samsung is now well-versed in the art of foiling online leakers and rumor-mongers. The company even designed and manufactured several alternate designs for the Galaxy S3, one of which leaked out multiple times, and bore no resemblance to the device we now know as the Samsung Galaxy S3. So while we expect the basic dimensions and aspect ratio of the Note 2 to resemble what we see here, this might not exactly match what we see in Berlin in a couple of weeks.

Stay tuned to AC for full coverage of the Galaxy Note 2 as we approach the Aug. 29 announcement event.

Source Nowhereelse, via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Black Galaxy S3 appears on T-Mobile USA site, still no word on official release

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For a device that hasn't yet been officially announced, the black Samsung Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3) is certainly getting its share of exposure. It first appeared on Samsung's Facebook page, then at various retailers in the UK, and now it seems it may be heading stateside on T-Mobile.

Eagle-eyed Tmo fans have spotted the black Galaxy S3 on the carrier's comparison site, which showcases its range of smartphones while telling viewers how awesome its network is. And the first device to appear on the carrier's virtual podium is none other than the Galaxy S3 in black. Unlike earlier promotional images, there's no room for confusion here -- this is definitely a black Galaxy S3, rather than the pebble blue variant that we first saw back in May.

There's no indication of when the black S3 might arrive on T-Mobile, but the some UK retailers are expecting stock of the international S3 in black in the next 4-6 weeks, so we wouldn't be too surprised to see T-Mobile's version launch around the same time.

Tmo subscribers, would you be tempted by a Galaxy S3 in black on your network? Hit the comments and let us know!

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

LG hails 5 million LTE smartphones sold worldwide

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Optimus Vu also reaches half a million units sold

LG has announced that it’s reached a total of five million 4G LTE smartphones sold worldwide, up from four million a month ago. Announcing the milestone today, LG notes that it now has more than ten LTE smartphones on the market in South Korea, Japan, the U.S. and certain European countries. A traditional area of strength for LG, its LTE sales are lead by its flagship Optimus LTE, which contributed more than two million to the overall total.

The manufacturer also says it’s shifted more than 500,000 units of the Optimus Vu, its 5-inch slab that aims to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note (check out our review for more on the Vu). That number’s sure to increase when the Vu arrives in the U.S. later this quarter. In addition, LG is expected to launch the Optimus LTE II on Verizon in the U.S. around the same time, under the name “LG Spectrum II.”

For more numbers and back-patting, check LG’s full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

EISA announces mobile device awards, HTC and Samsung among winners

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The EISA (European Imaging Sound Association) has revealed its mobile device award winners for 2012-13, and two leading Android manufacturers have found themselves among the winners.  Samsung’s Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3) won best mobile device, an unsurprising win given the hype surrounding that device, and the quality Samsung’s been able to bring across the board. Elsewhere, HTC has been honored by the  EISA for the second year running, with the HTC One S winning the “Social Media Phone of 2012-13” award, the company has announced. The accolade was awarded to HTC’s keyboard-toting Facebook phone, the ChaCha, in 2011.

The EISA is group made up of representatives of multimedia magazines from 19 European countries. Each year they honor the best products in certain categories with their annual awards. Another of this year’s notable mobile winner was Nokia, with its PureView Pro imaging technology (Best Mobile Photo Achievement).

HTC was the first Android manufacturer to integrate direct social media functionality in its HTC Sense software, something it’s continued in phones like the HTC One S, powered by the latest Sense 4.x. We also imagine the One S’s sleek design and exemplary build quality played some part in the phone’s victory in this category. As we noted in our full review back in April, the One S’s thin aluminum chassis means it looks great and fits easily in the hand.

Samsung, on the other hand, has already convinced millions of consumers that its Galaxy S3is the best phone on the market, as it’s sold more than 10 million of the devices worldwide. As we said in our review of the device back in May, the S3 represents a near-ideal balance of hardware, build quality, aesthetics and battery life.

For more on the HTC One S and Samsung Galaxy S3, check out our full reviews.

More: EISA.eu

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3 years ago

Latest Dropbox beta reveals new features, UI improvements for Nexus 7

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The folks at Dropbox are always letting users in on the latest app betas, and they've just dropped a new one on us with a few basic but welcome features.

  • Thumbnails for video files
  • Better video playback for both ICS and Jelly Bean
  • UI improvements on the Nexus 7
  • Ability to open Dropbox files directly in other apps
  • Various bug fixes

Probably the most important item of the list is updated Nexus 7 support, which shows that the developers over at Dropbox see the importance in properly supporting the latest Google platform release. Take a look after the break for a few screenshots of the latest beta update, and be sure to follow the source link below if you're interested in getting in on the pre-release action.

Source: Dropbox Forums

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3 years ago

Pinterest finally releases an official Android app

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Pinterest finally has an official Android app. The popular social network is currently in the middle of an event where they're showing off brand new mobile apps for their platform. The network that relies on users pinning items for their friends has grown enormously in the past year, which has contributed to the impatience users have felt about an official mobile app. We got a hands-on preview of the app back at Google I/O, but there was no release date at that time.

The official app looks a lot like the website and has been done really well. You see your tiled homepage with all of your friends' pins. You can search for items to pin yourself, re-pin someone else's, like a pin,  and comment on a pin as well. You can also find new friends to follow directly from the app. It's done very well and the app appears very fast in the small amount of time I've been playing with it.

Check it out for yourself at the Google Play Store link, and we've got screenshots after the break.

Source: Pinterest

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3 years ago

Jelly Bean coming to the S3, Nexus 7 or Samsung 7.7? [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

Contest Winners: Qmadix Xpression Cover cases for the Samsung Galaxy S3

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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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3 years ago

Win one of five Android neon lights from your pals at Android Central

The Internet's a-buzzing about a really cool neon lamp Google has offered up for sale today. It's a green (natch) neon tube bent in the shape of everyone's favorite mascot, Google's bugdroid. We had to have a look, and of course we think they're pretty darn awesome ourselves. In fact, they're so awesome we decided to grab five of them before they sell out to give away!

Entering to win one is easy. Head into the forums, respond in the forum post to let us know you want to win one. It's going to be a U.S. only contest (the fixtures are designed for standard U.S. 110-volt AC wall sockets), and everyone is eligible except the folks who are on staff here at Mobile Nations. Sorry, Kevin. Don't try to cheat, cause we'll know and make sure you don't win.

The contest is open until Friday night (whenever Friday night ends in your time zone) and we'll post the winners here on the blog over the weekend. Good luck everyone!

While everyone else talks about them, we give them away. That's how the best damn Android blog in the universe rolls.

Enter to win one of five Android neon lights from AC

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3 years ago

Acer Liquid Glow released in UK for £148 SIM free

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Acer's latest budget offering, the Liquid Glow, has gone up for sale in the UK. Priced at £147.99 SIM free at Expansys in black or white, the Liquid Glow is aimed squarely at the lower end of the market, and will go toe-to-toe with devices such as the HTC Desire C and Huawei G300.

The Liquid Glow was first seen back in February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Despite being six months further on, the Liquid Glow still offers some pretty decent specs for the price point. 

It's a pretty nice looking thing, in a similar vein to its bigger brother, the Cloudmobile. The good news is that despite the four capacitive buttons seen on the front, the Liquid Glow comes with Ice Cream Sandwich. Not just that, but it's a pretty stock looking ICS experience too. 

Hardware wise you're looking at a 3.7-inch display at 480x800, 5MP rear camera with LED flash, NFC, 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB RAM and while onboard storage is a pretty lousy 1GB, there is a microSD card slot on board too. If you're thinking of shelling out for one, be sure to check out our hands on from MWC.

Source: Expansys

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3 years ago

Pink Xperia P sighted out of its box in Hong Kong

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Does the world need another pink smartphone? Sony says yes, and looks set to bring to market a pink version of their mid-range Sony Xperia P. The folks at RingHK have got their hands on this pink Xperia P and have unboxed it to show off to the world. 

The Xperia P is a good looking device, there's no denying, and this one is definitely one aimed towards the ladies. It's not all show though, as we found out when we reviewed the device soon after launch. The 4-inch, dual-core Xperia P is well priced, packs decent specs and is finally due to receive its own Ice Cream Sandwich update in the coming weeks. 

While this may show that a pink Xperia P is indeed on the way, what we don't know is where and when. It's pretty clear that it will be available in at least some Asian markets, but beyond that we don't know a whole heck of a lot.

Source: RingHK via XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

CoPilot Live review - a trunk-full of navigation features

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If you’re planning to squeeze in one more roadtrip before the summer dwindles out, you might be shopping around for GPS navigation apps. Google’s own Navigation for Android may do the trick, but is there still a market for traditional GPS nav apps? One of the many options available is CoPilot Live, and you might be surprised at how deep its functionality runs.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 up for pre-order at the Carphone Warehouse

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Second-gen Samsung Tab launching next Wednesday, Aug. 22

It’s been almost six months since we first laid eyes on the awkwardly-named Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, but it looks like the second-generation Tab is finally due a UK launch. Today the 10.1-inch, ICS-powered tablet appeared for pre-order on the Carphone Warehouse’s website, where it’s available in Wifi-only and Wifi/3G flavors. The lower-end version will set you back £299 ($469), while the premium model is listed with a slightly eye-watering price of £399.99 ($628).

The Tab 2 10.1 is available in black and white, and the first shipments are due to be sent out next Wednesday, Aug. 22, less than a week after Samsung will release the Galaxy Note 10.1 at its flagship London store.

So, it’s good to finally see the Tab 2 launching in the UK -- it launched in the U.S. back in May, if you recall. But with strong Android competition from the likes of ASUS and Huawei, not to mention Apple’s iPad, we’re not too hopeful about the Tab 2’s chances of making a bit splash next Wednesday.

For more on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, check out our full review of the U.S. version.

Source: Carphone Warehouse; via: Engadget

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