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3 years ago

Amazon says Kindle Fire completely 'sold out'; successor's announcement expected next week

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Amazon today announced that it has completely sold out of the Kindle Fire, which quickly rose to prominence as the 7-inch tablet to have in late 2011 before being overtaken (in prestige, at least) by the $199 7-inch Google Nexus 7 this summer.

Amazon, still without citing any actual sales numbers, said that the Kindle Fire has "captured 22 percent of tablet sales in the U.S." It didn't give a source for that percentage either. Regardless, there's no denying that the Kindle Fire has been a hot device, even in the sales figures, opaque at best, remain disputed.

Last week we ran an unscientific poll in our sidebar, asking readers the simple question: Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet or Nexus 7. Out of more than 3,100 responses, the message about where attention currently is directed was clear, at least from our readers:

And so that brings us to the present. Amazon has an event scheduled for Sept. 6 in Los Angeles, presumably to announce a new version of the Kindle Fire, which is all but certain now that it's no longer selling the original. The question now is whether whatever it brings to the table will continue to compete both in specs, features and, most important, price, particularly with the expectation that Apple will release a smaller iPad this fall.

Tune in next week as we find out, folks.

Source: Amazon

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3 years ago

The normal-sized Sony Xperia Tablet S ... and a giagantic Vaio Tap

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Yes. That's not an Android tablet. But it's such a monsterously huge freak of nature, we're not going to ignore it, either. It might look normal, but that's the 20-inch Sony Vaio Tap Windows 8 tablet that was just announced at IFA in Berlin.

Here's the good part: Alex popped this guy up next to the relatively normal-sized (and Android-based) Sony Xperia Tablet S, also announced this week. Check out the hilarity after the break.

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3 years ago

Buying the Granny Smith game is the best buck you'll spend this week

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So imagine you're a sweet little granny, who wears roller skates and can use a cane like some sort of geriatric ninja. Add in a chubby little thief, who seems to have one goal in life -- to steal your apples. No, this isn't some bizarre M. Night Shyamalan film, it's a great new game from Mediocre. The same folks who brought us Sprinkle now have a new title, and I predict it will be an instant hit.

It's simple to play -- tap the right side to jump, and the left side to swing your cane and grab things overhead. You'll twist and turn through 36 levels where you get dirty with pigs, break through windows, and generally show some amazing parkour skills to get your apples before the thief does. It sounds simple to play because it is, and it sounds fun as hell because it is. 

If you're rocking a Tegra 3 device, it's even better. Granny Smith is fully Tegra optimized, with extra "breakables", scenery, and particle physics. That's not to say it doesn't play well on other devices, but you get that little bit of extra oompf from the Tegra. Be honest, that little bit of extra oompf is why we bought Tegra devices to start with.

Anyhoo, the game is live in Google Play and only costs a buck. Stop thinking about it and go buy it. When your battery is dead, you can come back and thank me. Video trailer is after the break.

More info at the TegraZone

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3 years ago

SwiftKey's 2012 survey results are in - here are some highlights

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Remember back in June when SwiftKey had a contest with Mobile Nations that offered three tablets as prizes to survey takers? The results are in, and some of the data looks pretty interesting. 

Granted, the sample size and demographic make these results a bit skewed compared to a survey given at a grocery store, or even a carrier store (you folks are smart and opinionated), but it's nice to peer into the collective mind that is the Mobile Nations Borg reader base. 

What's most interesting is the changes from just a year ago. It's pretty cool to see what you guys think, and how it changes. Hit the jump and have a look.

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3 years ago

Three more UK retailers for the Barnes & Noble Nook - Argos, Blackwell's and Foyles

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Barnes & Noble today announced three more UK retailers for the Android-based Nook Simple Touch and Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. And as the headline suggests, they'll be in Argos, Blackwell's and Foyles.

Argos has some 700 locations from which to assuage your e-reading needs, and you can look for purchases in October. Blackwell's serves 55 universities and is set up on major high streets in the UK. Foyles will sell in its half-dozen London and Bristol shops.

John Lewis previously was announced to carry Nook devices.

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3 years ago

Amazon App Store comes to Europe

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Amazon have today announced they will launch their App Store in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain giving European customers more options to purchase Android apps for their smartphones and tablets. As well as getting fast access to Amazons 'free app of the day' content will be localized and each countries app store will differ slightly.

Amazon will do their own app testing to ensure the quality of the product they are delivering. In addition, customers will be able to view recommendations and reviews before selecting the 1-click payment option. With sales of the Amazon Kindle Fire getting overshadowed by the Nexus 7 this looks likely to help Amazons market presence. Head over to www.amazon.co.uk/get-appstore to get access. You can check out the full press release below.

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3 years ago

The Desire is back - HTC announces the Desire X

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I wasn't sure we would ever see the Desire brand again from HTC but it is back, this time in the form of the Desire X. Over at IFA in Berlin HTC have announced the new handset which is due for release from September. Specs wise it isn't a match for the HTC One X and I think that the Desire X is more your average consumer handset. That said, it still has a lot going for it. Sporting a 4 inch Super LCD WVGA screen it will be the perfect size for many people. Combined with the familiar Sense UI and Android 4.0 the Desire X should be a crowd pleaser.

Once again HTC have focused on a couple of main features. The 5MP camera hits the spotlight with HTC's ImageChip, a f/2.0, 28mm wide-angle lens, BSI sensor, HDR mode and automatic adjustable flash. Like on the One Series devices, capturing pictures and video can be done simultaneously. Music is the other key feature with the Desire X. Beats Audio is once again on board to ensure crisp, rich music playback. Full press release from HTC is below.

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3 years ago

Live in Berlin: Samsung International Press Conference at IFA 2012

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Get ready for even more Samsung from the official IFA press conference

After last night's Galaxy Note 2-themed craziness, we're heading to the Messe Berlin exhibition center this morning for the company's second presser in as many days. This time around we're expecting a more general focus, and possibly a little less Android. Nevertheless, there should be plenty for mobile tech fans to enjoy.

And just like all the other big IFA events, you get to be here with us for the Samsung press conference. Here are the full details --

  • What: Samsung International Press Conference at IFA 2012
  • Where: Messe Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • When: 1100 CEST, 1000 BST, 0500 EDT, 0200 PDT
  • Official stream: You can find the official Samsung live stream over here.
  • Online chat: ​Rather than just telling you what we're seeing (you can work that out from the stream, after all), we'll be hosting a live chat from the event, keeping you up-to-date on everything that's going on, and letting you have your own say.
  • And much more: We're going to get some face time with whatever's announced, so check back early and often.

We'll see you this morning Berlin time. Live coverage can be found after the break!

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3 years ago

Three UK to carry newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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One of the biggest announcements of all yesterdays IFA 2012 action -- check out our recap if you missed anything -- was the official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The latest iteration of the Note line is sure to be in high demand, and we know there's a lot of folks out there that want to know where and when they can get one. 

During the Unpacked Keynote presentation in Berlin, Samsung announced that the Note 2 will be available in October. But, nothing more precise than that at this time. One of the first carriers to announce they will be carrying the Note 2 in the UK is Three. There are no details from Three on price or when they expect to offer it themselves at this time however. But, considering that Three UK offers some of the best deals on the market with affordable all-you-can-eat data, it may make a compelling companion to the Note 2. 

We're only just getting started at IFA 2012 in Berlin, so stick with AC for all the best as it happens. 

Source: Three UK

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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse to carry Sony Xperia T, expected September

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The Xperia T is the pick of the Sony smartphones announced yesterday at IFA 2012 in Berlin. The 4.6 inch Ice Cream Sandwich device is likely to turn a few heads, and we're starting to get the first information on where and when the Xperia T will be available. 

High Street UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has thrown up a pre-registration page for the Xperia T, announcing their plans to stock Sony's new flagship. While it may launch with Android 4.0.4, Sony has confirmed that an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be made available following the launch of the device. We haven't any detailed timing on that, but it does make the Xperia T even more attractive. 

No pricing information is provided at this time, but Carphone Warehouse expects the Xperia T to be available some time in September. 

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

Newly unveiled Sony Xperia J heading to Three UK

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It isn't all that long since the Sony press conference at IFA 2012, but already we're starting to see the first signs of carriers picking up some of the new devices. Three UK has announced their intentions to carry the more budget orientated Xperia J on the network. 

Sadly no pricing or release schedule information is available at this time, only that the Xperia J will be "coming soon." In their own teaser video for the device, Three specifically mentions the 4-inch screen, and that it is the biggest screen available at this price point. Certainly, if it hits the right price point the Xperia J makes a compelling case for a budget buy. 

We've got lots more still to come from IFA 2012, so stay tuned to Android Central for all the best as we get it. 

Source: Three UK

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3 years ago

PayPal updated with refreshed UI

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Although the previous version of the PayPal app was functional, it wasn't going to win any design awards. It was clearly something from a previous era -- one where phones had menu buttons to be specific. Luckily the latest version has undergone quite a bit of a makeover, following a few of the latest Android design guidelines for 4.x devices. Gone is the legacy menu button, replaced by an overflow settings button in the top action bar. The app now looks like it follows more of a "holo" UI, with separate tabs at the top of the app, but unfortunately looks can be deceiving and the only way to switch between tabs is to select them directly. It's understandable that each app will tailor the guidelines to their own needs though.

Overall, it's great to see another app developer putting in the time to update and follow the latest guidelines. The apps look and perform better, especially as a higher percentage of users move up to Android 4.0 and above. Hit the Google Play link above to download or update the app on your device.

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3 years ago

IFA 2012 pre-event day 1 wrap-up

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IFA 2012 may not have officially started yet, but for Android fans today was a pretty big day. We saw a lot of news from Sony and Samsung, and of course Alex and Richard were right there to bring it all to those of us watching from home. We're looking forward to tomorrow and beyond (you never know what you might see from the show floor), but let's have a look at todays news in case you missed any of it.

The day started with the rocking music and dazzling light show that was Sony's IFA 2012 press conference. There was three big items on the agenda, the Xperia T, the Xperia V, and the entry-level Xperia J. The Xperia T looks like Sony means business this year, with it's 4.6-inch Reality HD display and the V comes in close behind with a 4.3-inch Bravia display of its own and LTE on board. The J looks to be a really solid offering for the teen in your life or a first-time smartphone purchase, and if priced right could be worth taking a good look at. Check them all out here, and be sure to have a look at the Xperia Tablet S hands-on and the Xperia TX hands-on previews. 

We'll also get a good look at the Xperia T in the hands of the Crown's best man, Mr. James Bond, in the upcoming Skyfall film. Marketing -- that's how you move product.

Sony wasn't happy with three new phones though, as they also announced the "splash-proof" Sony Xperia Tablet S. Looking a lot like its predecessor, the Tablet S features the NVIDIA Tegra 3 under the hood and will offer a full suite of accessories. Be on the lookout for things like keyboard covers, stands, docks, and speakers. We can't wait to get our hands on this one!

As soon as Sony was done showing off, the fellas had to jet on over to see what Samsung had in store for their Mobile Unpacked 2012 show. With typical Samsung flair we got a look at two big new devices -- the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy Camera.

The Galaxy Note 2 looks to be a worthy successor to this years model, which ended up being quite the hit for Samsung globally. Its 5.5-inch 720p SuperAMOLED HD display hides the quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM. Running Jelly Bean makes this a device to consider. We'll be looking at this one in more detail as soon as Samsung makes the units available, but for now be sure to check out the hands-on from Berlin.

Maybe the most intriguing thing we saw today was the Galaxy Camera. It's a premium point and shoot, featuring a f2.8 23mm lens with a 21x optical zoom, that shoots 16.3MP pictures. Add in a 4.7-inch touchscreen, Samsung's TouchWiz (based on Android 4.1), and all sorts of wireless connectivity and you've got our interest. Make no mistake -- this isn't Samsung attempting to make a "gimmiky" phone. This is a quality point and shoot camera that uses Android as its operating system. Android was designed for this sort of usage, and we're excited to see it done. Have a look at the hands-on with the Galaxy Camera while we wait for release and pricing info. 

And last but not least, you need to check out the IFA 2102 Podcast special, where Phil, Dan, Alex and Richard get down and dirty with everything we've heard so far. Be sure to keep an eye on Android Central, 'cause IFA 2012 is just getting started! 

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3 years ago

Google Now updated in the Google Play Store - Expands support for movies, sports and more

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For those of you making use of an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device and wondering when Google Now might be updated with some new features, we now know. The latest update has gone live in the Google Play Store and is ready for download. The changelog is more so an expansion of features that already existed, though there is a few new things as well:

For Android 4.1+ (Jelly Bean) devices, this update to Google Now includes:

  • Movies - see movie showtimes and more
  • Public alerts - receive emergency messages such as storm warnings and earthquake alerts
  • Add favorite sports teams to follow in real time (from Settings)
  • Support for Korea

As some may have noticed, sports team access was there previously but it was never active, so now it is. Also, Public Alerts used to come through Google Maps, they'll now also come through Google Now. it's a nice update, so be sure to grab it.

Source: Android

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3 years ago

IFA 2012 Podcast Special Day 1

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Audio-only stream below

Alex and Richard check in from IFA 2012 in Berlin, as Phil and Dan Rubino from WPCentral.com lend a hand. We've got the latest on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the Samsung Galaxy Camera, and more from Sony!

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