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4 years ago

LG Nexus 4 to launch Oct. 29, says French newspaper


French national newspaper Le Figaro is reporting that Google and LG will debut the next Nexus smartphone, dubbed "Nexus 4," later this month. According to the paper, the device will make its global debut on Oct. 29, before coming to France on the Vodafone-owned SFR network in December. If true, the Oct. 29 date could point to an unveiling at Dive Into Mobile conference in New York, as has been previously rumored.

The wording of Le Figaro's article suggests a product launch alongside the announcement on Oct. 29. This would make it the first Nexus smartphone to become available immediately upon announcement since the original Nexus One. It'd also point to the Nexus 4 being released primarily via the Google Play devices store, as that's the only feasible way such a launch could be pulled off. Of course, it's also possible Le Fig just got its wires crossed, and that Oct. 29 is only the announcement date after all.

It's the second time we've heard the "Nexus 4" name today -- this morning the name appeared in a leaked photo from the Carphone Warehouse's inventory system. The name could refer to it being the fourth Nexus smartphone, or its 4.7-inch screen.

So it certainly looks like the next Nexus launch isn't far off. Stick with Android Central for all the details as they emerge.

Source: Le Figaro

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4 years ago

Microsoft Office for Android may be landing in March


Microsoft Office has been flirting with Android for awhile now, but things may be getting a lot more serious now that MS Product Manager Petr Bobek said that the full productivity suite may be landing in March 2013 on mobile. The full desktop version of Office 2013 should be available for businesses in December 2013 and consumers in late February.

If you're really interested in checking it out, a customer preview was made available over the summer. Which mobile apps do you use to handle presentbations, documents, and spreadsheets? Are they good enough, or does Microsoft need to make something that ties in really tightly with the desktop counterparts? I could certainly see some solid Microsoft Office apps getting some use on tablets with keyboard docks, but do people do a lot of serious editing on smartphones?

Update: Microsoft corporate PR is saying that the information is bogus. Take that as you will. 

Via: The Verge

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus gets gesture area care of Open webOS


Last week the Samsung Galaxy Nexus became some kind of Frankensteinian abomination when the recently open-sourced webOS was shoehorned inside. Already the beast is looking a little better now that the developers have managed to mock up a gesture area at the bottom of the screen. As you can tell in the video, things are still very much a work in progress.

Of course, since the Galaxy Nexus doesn't have any capacitive buttons, the software had to create a row of pixels along the bottom to detect gestures. Presumably, that same row will be usable for the old forward and back gestures eventually, but one thing at a time.

Google Chrome has already borrowed the idea of virtualized border gestures for switching tabs, while others, like RIM, went hog-wild with gesture areas in the PlayBook. While we're busy giving webOS some credit, Touch to Share between the TouchPad and Pre 3 was a solid precursor to Android Beam. Do we have any webOS expatriates in the house? Are there any particular features of webOS that you'd still like to see emulated in Android, or has Palm's operating system already made any mark on the world that it was fated to make? Anyone with a Galaxy Nexus interested in seeing what it's like to use webOS once the software is in a more usable state?

Via: webOS Nation

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4 years ago

Chaos Rings brings classic JRPG action and hefty pricetag to Google Play


Chaos Rings, a role-playing game franchise created by the venerable Square Enix about two years ago on iOS, has found its way to Android. If you remember the ports of their classic Final Fantasy titles, you'll know that Square Enix has a habit of charging a fair bit for their mobile games, and Chaos Rings is no different with a $12.99 pricetag. That said, reviews for the iOS version have been unanimously good, so at least you're getting quality for what you pay for.

The game's story revolves around a mysterious tournament where pairs of contestants fight for their lives in the imposing and surreal Ark Arena. There are 8 characters to chose from, spread between 5 pairs, each with their own histories and plotlines to unfold. 

On the one hand, it's easy to laugh openly at just about any app trying to get away with a pricetag of more than $10 in Google Play, but on the other, I admire developers that have the moxy to try to stem the race to the bottom in app pricing. Only really big-name publishers can afford to create high-quality apps for bargain basement prices, and even then, they only work if supplemented by ad and in-app purchase revenue. What do you guys think - is the labor that goes into making an application just as valuable as it used to be (as Nintendo would contend), or is the app market so saturated now that old models simply don't work anymore? Is it worth paying a premium up-front to combat the trend in in-app purchasing?

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini render leaks ahead of announcement


Samsung confirmed the existence of the Galaxy S3 Mini just a few hours ago, and now it seems we have a leaked press render and purported specs to go with it. According to German blog MobileGeeks, which obtained the render above, the S3 Mini will sport a 1GHz dual-core ST Ericsson U8420 CPU, along with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot. That's apparently packed behind a 4-inch WVGA SuperAMOLED display, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sammy's TouchWiz Nature UX. Other notables include a 5MP rear camera and 1500mAh battery.

So it's not quite a Galaxy S3 packed into a smaller shell, as some had hoped, but the Galaxy S3 Mini could be successful in its own right, assuming the price tag isn't too high. Speaking of which, the site reports that the Mini will go on sale from €399 SIM-free in the eurozone, which isn't terribly expensive.

Would you be up for this kind of miniature, mid-range, Jelly Bean-based handset at this price point? Let us know in the comments.

We'll know more about the Galaxy S3 Mini after tomorrow's announcement.

Source: MobileGeeks, via: Slashgear

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4 years ago

Lookout for Android gets a redesign and dialer threat protection


As mobile devices become smarter and more prolific, mobile security threats are continuing to diversify. And with more and more of us becoming more security conscious these days, mobile security apps like Lookout are becoming increasingly popular. 

The latest update to the popular security app, now available on Google Play, includes a fresh coat of paint, as well as new features. Most notable is the "safe dialer," which protects against that nasty USSD code exploit on certain Samsung phones.

  • Intuitive user-friendly design.
  • A new Activity Feed – an intelligent dashboard which allows you to see your mobile activity and how Lookout protects you in one glance.
  • Signal Flare – allows you to locate a missing device, even if the battery has died.
  • Safe Dialer – protects against a new mobile threat: dialer-based attacks. It scans every phone number you click to call from your mobile browser, alerting you to potential threats.

You can grab the latest version using the Google Play Store link above. Check past the break for the full presser.

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4 years ago

CoPilot Live announces compatibility with over 250 Android devices


It was only last week that we got the news that TomTom was available for Android devices - well, some of them. TomTom was incompatible with many of high-profile handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X, which excluded them from a large portion of the market.

In what's probably more than a coincidence, ALK Technologies has today announced that its CoPilot Live offline GPS navigation apps are now compatible with over 250 Google-certified Android phones and tablets. The company even hand picks some devices that don't play nice with TomTom  for mention in today's presser --

 “Our mission is simple – to make sure CoPilot runs brilliantly on as many Android devices as possible.” said David Quin, Head of Consumer Applications at ALK Technologies. “We have been developing GPS navigation apps for the Android platform since the launch of T Mobile G1 in 2008 and we’ve learned an incredible amount about handling differing screen sizes and resolutions. The latest additions to the Android family such as the Samsung Galaxy SIII and HTC One X are perfect for GPS navigation with their high resolution touch screens.”

So despite Google Maps navigation being bundled on all Google-certified handsets, it seems the GPS navigation market is still alive and well on the platform. We've got the rest of today's announcement after the break.

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4 years ago

'LG Nexus 4' spotted in Carphone Warehouse inventory system


With each passing day, it's looking more and more likely that LG is indeed Google's manufacturer partner of choice for this year's Nexus smartphone. Yesterday we saw three rounds of leaked photos from the device, known by its codename LG-E960. Today it seems the device has started showing up in one UK retailer's inventory systems.

The shot above was passed to The Verge by an anonymous tipster, who claims it's from the Carphone Warehouse's back-end system -- and it certainly matches earlier CPW leaks. As you can see, it clearly shows listings for an LG Nexus 4 in both black and white. Details of pricing and availability are unfortunately nowhere to be found.

The "Nexus 4" moniker has long been suggested as a name for the upcoming 2012 Nexus, ever since the Nexus 7 made its debut at Google I/O. In addition to shipping with a 4.7-inch screen, LG's Nexus would be the fourth smartphone to bear that name, so it'd certainly make sense on a few different levels. The only other plausible alternative doing the rounds was the slightly clunky-sounding "Optimus Nexus."

But this shouldn't be taken as conclusive proof of the final next-gen Nexus branding. Retailers aren't infallible, and there's no way of knowing if this isn't the result of an over-zealous CPW employee entering info into the system based upon Internet rumors. Nevertheless, it's another piece of the LG Nexus puzzle, and we're sure we'll start to see the full picture emerge in the coming weeks.

Source: The Verge

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4 years ago

4-inch Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini comes to Germany Oct. 11


Samsung Mobile head JK Shin has announced the 4-inch Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini will be available in Germany on October 11. As the smaller cousin to the 4.8-inch Galaxy S3, don't call the Mini entry-level, as Shin says it will be "full form factor". There was no word about the internals, but we're hoping Samsung has found a way to cram everything we see in the full size version into the 4-inch form factor.

Shin says the demand for a 4-inch class device is high in Europe, and we can't help but think many in North America would also appreciate a slightly smaller version. We'll keep our eyes and ears open for more on that front as it unfolds.

Source: News 24 (Korean); via The Verge

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4 years ago

Foursquare updated with usability enhancements, spam reporting options


Foursquare for Android has seen plenty of revisions since it was initially released into the Google Play Store. This time around they're once again bringing some features back while continuing the tradition of adding some other goodies that improve upon the overall app experience. The update is live right now in the Google Play Store and here's what has changed:

  • Points back in for check-in detail pages
  • We're now bolding out those shout-outs and mentions of friends for check-ins
  • Report tips that are spam, offensive or no longer relevant via the Tip detail page
  • New categorization of venue photos, now we show you what's more relevant at the top, and no more duplicates!
  • Quick save capability from the activity stream

Although the changes aren't a huge overhaul from what we know, there is still quite a bit there to appreciate. The spam reporting tool on the detail pages should come in handy as there seems to be an increase of ridiculous ads posted hidden within tips.

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4 years ago

AT&T LG Escape hands on


In its next step towards world domination, LG is here in San Diego showing off its latest wares, including the recently-released, budget-friendly Escape, available now on AT&T. The Escape joins Verizon’s Droid RAZR M as an entry-level device with specs that impress: the 4.3-inch qHD display is nicer than we would have thought, and the 1.2 GHz dual-core processor is truly hard to fault. Paired with a full gig of RAM, LTE-connectivity, and a 5MP shooter (sans flash), the Escape is hard to pass up for its $50 price.

I’ve been using the Escape on-and-off for about a week now and while I’ve become really spoiled by Droid RAZR M, which is truly top of the line in terms of performance and design, I have to give credit for creating an entry-level phone that isn’t awful. It’s not going to replace your flagship smartphone, but for those first-time buyers and those with strict budgets, the LG Escape shouldn’t be missed.

I’ll share my full thoughts in the coming weeks, but for now, enjoy some photos and a video below. (Note: the hands-on video,  incorrectly states that the Escape is available for $99 on contract, when in fact the price has dropped to $50.)

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4 years ago

First look at T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 2



Fresh off the heels of this morning's announcement, T-Mobile is on hand tonight in San Diego showing off its branded version of the upcoming Galaxy Note 2. This is the same mega-phone we've been seeing for weeks now, with the nice little addition of a T-Mobile stamp right smack dab on the back and some carrier-brand apps preloaded onto the device. T-Mobile's Galaxy Note 2 will be available in Titanium Grey and Marble White, and both look really stunning. Read on for more hands-on impressions.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile LG Optimus L9 hands-on


Entry level is the name of the game for the LG Optimus L9 on T-Mobile. We knew that, of course, from T-Mobile and LG's positioning of the Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, as well as from the specs on paper. Let's recap:

  • Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • Dimensions: 5.19 x 2.69 x 0.36
  • Weight: 4.41 oz
  • 4.5-inch qHD Corning Gorilla Glass 2 Display (540 x 960)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB built-in storage
  • MicroSD storage expansion (up to 32GB)
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 5-megapixel camera w/ LED flash
  • 0.3-megapixel VGA front-facing camera
  • 2,150mAh Battery
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n/a

Nothing the spec-conscious crowd will write home about, no? But here's the thing: It's a surprisingly solid entry-level device. You can't quite appreciate just how light it is until you grab it. 

In the hand, though, the L9's a ridiculously light device. It's decidedly plastic, but it's a soft plastic. (Kind of like a dry heat, I suppose.) The user interface seemed quick enough, though the device is loaded down in T-Mobile and LG applications. This is a buy-and-drive device, designed to be used out of the box, for folks who don't want to do a whole lot of customization.

The good news is that it's got a removable battery and microSD card. The power plant is respectable, but the four gigabytes of built-in storage most certainly isn't.

We've got a bevy of pics and video after the break.

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4 years ago

LG Nexus love and hate, Discussing Android 4.1.2 for the Nexus 7 [From the Forums]


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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4 years ago

First cinematic trailer for Arcane Legends released


Spacetime Studios is set to release another chapter in its "Legends" series of MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) games, this time called Arcane Legends. As a teaser for the upcoming game, the studio has released a full cinematic trailer.

The 30 second spot shows the highlights of the new game, including three new classes -- warrior, rogue and mage -- as well as the use of loyal battle pets. As is the case with these types of games, players will be able to level up and hone their skills over time, customizing their characters and abilities.

Source: SpaceTime Studio's on Youtube

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