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4 years ago

Carphone Warehouse cuts 32GB Nexus 7, Galaxy Tab 2 prices

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UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has announced several tablet price cuts today, including two leading budget Android tablets, the Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. ASUS and Google's newly-launched 32GB Nexus tablet goes on sale from today at £189, £10 cheaper than most retailers, including the UK Google Play Store. Similarly, the Wifi-only, 8GB 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 will go on sale at Carphone Warehouse for £149. That'll get you a dual-core, ICS-based tablet which also boasts a rear camera, unlike the Nexus

In addition, Apple's short-lived third-gen iPad has been cut by £40 to £359. The new Tab 2 prices are live on Carphone's site right now, though both Nexus 7 and iPad remain at their previous price points for the moment.

Carphone Warehouse offers these price reductions as part of its push to "offer the lowest prices on tablets on the high street." With the holidays looming, we're sure to see more competitive deals emerge online and in brick-and-mortar retailers in the weeks ahead.

More: Carphone Warehouse

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia T/TX update adds Miracast streaming and more

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Sony Mobile sends word that a new software update is now pushing out for its leading European and Asian handsets, the Xperia T and Xperia TX. Very similar in design and specs, we recently reviewed the Xperia T, while we met the Xperia TX briefly at IFA in Berlin, Germany a couple of months back.

The biggest feature added in the new software update is Miracast sharing over Wifi -- a feature you might remember from the Nexus 4 and Android 4.2. This allows the phone to wirelessly mirror its screen onto a Miracast-compatible display over a Wifi network. However, as we've discovered during our tests with the Nexus 4, your network infrastructure, as well as your TV or monitor, will need to be Miracast-friendly.

The latest update also includes an optional extended standby function, which can disable data connections after a set period of time, while keeping text and call features working. Sony claims this can increase standby time by as much as four times, which could greatly increase battery life for those who switch it on. The Xperia T's mediocre battery life, you may remember, was something we highlighted in our review of the phone.

Other changes include some Sony app improvements, such as interface changes in the Movies and Walkman music apps. Check the source link below for the full list of differences.

Sony says the update will begin rolling out globally starting this week, so if you've already received it on your Xperia T or Xperia TX, be sure to shout out in the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: Sony Mobile

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4 years ago

Arcane Legends review

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Arcane Legends recently enjoyed a soft launch in Canada and Australia, bringing a fresh, colorful fantasy MMORPG to Android. The developer, Spacetime Studios, has a lot of experience in freemium mobile massively multiplayer online games, having kicked off the trend with Pocket Legends way back when, and since released other themed games such as Star Legends and Dark Legends. I've dabbled in those previously, but let me say right off the bat that Arcane Legends blows the others out of the water. 

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations Passport is now live!

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Easily access all of Mobile Nations, all with one account! You can now also register and login via Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft!

Your most-requested feature is finally here! Instead of having to maintain separate account logins and passwords for each and every one of our five communities -- Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, Windows Phone Central and webOS Nation -- with Mobile Nations Passport you can now access all of your favorite sites with one easy login.

Now, don't worry! Even though we've unified our account management, we know and love the unique identities of each of our sites as much as you do, and we're not changing that. The power to control which sites you want your account to be associated with is still all in your hands -- we're making it easy, not automatic and certainly not mandatory.  We're also maintaining your individual post history and forum profile on a site by site basis, so you get the recognition you deserve for each and every platform.

The video above will give you a quick, two-minute run-down of how Mobile Nations Passport works. Watch it, and then register or, for existing members, simply login to activate your Passport now!

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4 years ago

Tablet options for kids, Droid DNA discussion [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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4 years ago

Motorola Photon Q receiving maintenance OTA

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Sprint's leading hardware keyboard slider device from earlier this year, the Motorola Photon Q, is receiving a sizable maintenance OTA (Over The Air) update today. Software version 7.7.1Q-6_SPR-125_ASA-10 is bringing a whole host of enhancements and fixes to known bugs:

  • Improved text messaging when requesting usage and upgradeability through Sprint Zone; seamless international text messaging; Improved MMS functionality
  • Enhancements for WiFi hotspot in GSM/UMTS mode and adding new WiFi connections; select number of users to access Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Random power cycle when using Wi-Fi Direct
  • Manually send or auto-sync emails from outbox
  • Faster launch and playback using the YouTube application
  • Improved browsing with Google Chrome for Android Mobile Browser
  • More easily import contacts from SD card
  • Improved music playback, both streaming from Amazon Cloud or Internet Radio services and music saved to the phone - minimizes occasional skips or -repeats
  • Now supports 1080p HD video capture, and enhanced video settings for more responsive playback
  • Easier creating and accepting calendar meeting notices on the phone

The support page notes that the update will be rolling out in stages, and all devices should have it within the next 14 days. To apply the update, make sure your device has a 50-percent or greater charge and Wifi or 4G (preferred) for downloading. Has your device received the update? Let the other users know in the forums.

Source: Sprint Support Community(2)

More: Sprint Motorola Photon Q Forums

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4 years ago

Nyko releases PlayPad game controllers

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Gamers get set, Nyko’s PlayPad and PlayPad Pro controllers are now on sale in North America.

Aimed at bringing console-style gaming to the increasingly powerful devices we have, the two PlayPad models hook up to Android devices via Bluetooth.

Additionally, Nyko provides an app called Playground that allows keyboard, mouse and touch event mapping. The controllers require Android 3.0 and up devices, although 4.0 is needed for the touch mapping.

The smaller PlayPad will come in black and white, with the larger, more ergonomic PlayPad Pro to come in black. The latter is a full-sized controller and swaps out its smaller sibling's dual analog sliders for analog sticks.

The controllers were co-developed with Nvidia, and are meant for Tegra 2 or 3 games.

LA-based Nyko has set the pricetag for the more basic PlayPad at $39.99, although its website has left the PlayPad Pro price blank for now.

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4 years ago

Data usage on the big four: T-Mobile and AT&T up, Verizon and Sprint down

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A joint study by Fierce Wireless and NPD Connected Intelligence has been tracking data usage of Android (and now iOS) users across the big four carriers in the states. Shown above is the chart of the average data usage of the tracked users over the last 6 months. T-Mobile (after a short drop) and AT&T have both been trending upwards, while Verizon and Sprint (strikingly so) have been trending consistently downwards. Average usage in September was 1.09, 0.89, 0.57 and 0.68GB on T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, respectively.

T-Mobile offering unlimited data is enough to explain the increase in usage, and AT&T has started to move to generally data-friendly shared plans as well. It's interesting to see Verizon data usage going down considering its expansive rollout of LTE, but let's also remember nearly all recent Verizon phones have software built-in to force help users choose Wifi more often. Sprint as of late is well-known for extremely slow 3G data speeds -- and the LTE network isn't really there yet -- so it's not surprising to see data usage trending downwards on the Now Network.

Source: FierceWireless

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4 years ago

60-percent of U.S. smartphone owners want to customize their plans

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Here's a piece of information that probably isn't surprising to most of us. According to data collected by Strategy Analytics, 60-percent of smartphone owners in the U.S. would prefer if they could customize their plans. It's no secret that carriers structure plans in a way so that you're overpaying for data, calls and texts you're not actually using. Considering that truly unlimited data is only a reality (grandfathered plans aside) on two of the four big carriers in the U.S. -- T-Mobile and Sprint -- it's not surprising that users with tiered plans would prefer more options to get the most out of the money they're paying for service.

Interestingly, slightly fewer users -- 56-percent -- in the U.K. would prefer more customizability of plans. Users in china were much higher at 76-percent wanting customization. If you could design your own plan, what would it look like?

Source: Strategy Analytics

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4 years ago

Weekly photo contest: Caption this picture

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Something a little different this week, as we're going to supply the picture and you get to caption it up. Phil is putting the camera on the Nexus 4 through the paces, and this picture just begs for something witty to be done to it. That's where you come in.

Hit the contest thread in the forums, do your best work, and the best one gets a pretty cool prize -- a Plantronics Blackwire USB/Bluetooth headset (as seen here). Take a few minutes, have a little fun, and get a chance to win a pretty kickass piece of gear. Make sure to read the rules posted in the thread, and let 'er rip!

Last week we were talking 'bout the weather, and got a bunch of great entries. The winners, in no particular order are:

Nice work folks, keep an eye on your inbox!

Enter this week's photo contest

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4 years ago

Verizon HTC Droid DNA press render leaks

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Over the past few weeks we've shown you Verizon and HTC's Droid DNA (codenamed DLX) in the flesh, and we've covered various device leaks from other sources, too. But the shot above, which comes from prominent Twitter leaker @evleaks, could be our clearest look yet at the 5-inch handset. The promotional render shows the front face of the phone, complete with HTC Sense home screen and a very Verizony wallpaper. Like many HTC One series phones, it sports three capacitive keys -- back, home and task-switching, and the stylized earpiece can clearly be seen up top.

So now it seems highly that Verizon is getting its own version of the HTC J Butterfly, a Japanese handset sporting a quad-core Snapdragon S4 chip and a 5-inch, 1080p SuperLCD3 screen.

As for possible launch windows, early December seems likely. Next Tuesday we'll be in New York City for a joint Verizon-HTC event, where we're expecting to witness the phone's public unveiling.

This could be a killer handset for Verizon going into the holiday season. Anyone considering picking one up? Let us know down in the comments.

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

Motorola announces Atrix HD Developer Edition

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Well this is a bit out of left field -- Motorola has announced it will be selling an Atrix HD Developer Edition. The Droid RAZR HD Developer Edition just went on sale a couple weeks ago, and it looks like the Atrix HD will be following suit. Motorola doesn't give any price or availability -- assume its going to be expensive and coming out later -- but an official announcement is good nonetheless.

As part of the announcement, Motorola also seems to imply that the original Atrix HD is going to be part of the developer program that gives bootloader unlock tools to willing hackers. If true, this is probably more important to most users. You have to assume that most people who were interested in an Atrix HD have already purchased one and wouldn't be interested in buying a completely new handset. Unfortunately the bootloader unlock page still doesn't list the Atrix HD, so we can't completely confirm that this is the case.

Source: Motorola; Motorola Support

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4 years ago

Rhapsody for Android updated with personalized recommendations

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Rhapsody's subscription-based music app for Android has been updated with personalized recommendations on the home screen based on what you've previously listened to and what time of day it is. That last part is very reminiscent of what Songza's offering, though the update also includes a UI overhaul, and some performance improvements for offline playback. 

As always, Rhapsody offers the usual streaming music features, including creating playslists, sharing tunes out to Facebook, and offline caching.

Any Rhapsody subscribers out there, or are the existing free streaming alternatives good enough for you? What's your favorite on-demand mobile music app? 

Source: Rhapsody

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4 years ago

HTC and Verizon hooking up Nov. 13 in NYC

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Hmmmmm. HTC and Verizon are having a little get-together on Nov. 13 in New York City.

The invite doesn't exactly lend itself to interpretation, just "come experience our latest collaboration." Chances are pretty good we'll see the Droid DNA, the 5-inch smartphone we brought you the first pictures of a few weeks ago under its Droid DLX codename. The phone has since all but been confirmed through a couple of leaked renders as well.

Set your alarms, boys and girls, cause we'll be there.

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4 years ago

Verizon sales staff start talking internally about HTC Droid DNA

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As if we didn't have enough confirmation that the HTC DLX would be coming to Verizon as the Droid DNA imminently, a shot of briefing slide shows that retail training isn't far off. Sources say that the device proper is being thrown around pre-holiday sales meetings. If the HTC Droid DNA does hit the streets before Black Friday (November 20, last we heard), it would make sense that Verizon is starting to get their retail staff prepped now. 

There still hasn't been any official announcement, but we've got a pretty solid idea of what to expect based on numerous leaks, including one of our own. The HTC DLX will be running Android 4.1.1 with Sense 4+, have a 5-inch 1080p screen, and run a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM. There's an 8 emgapixel camera on the back and 2 megapixel shooter on the front, confirmed by the sales slide. 

So, who's excited for this one? When are we going to start seeing some hints of an international launch? 

Via: Droid-Life

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