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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launches on Vodafone UK


Vodafone UK sends word that it's just launched the Galaxy Note 2, Samsung's latest 5.5-inch phone/tablet hybrid device. The device is available on Vodafone's "Red" price plan from £47 per month, which includes unlimited calls and texts, and 2GB of data. Other tariffs are available, although you'll pay an up-front fee for the phone if you go this route. For example, £33 per month will get you 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB, with a £150 up-front fee for the Note.

Currently, Voda's offering the Galaxy Note 2 in "marbel white" only -- there's no sign of the "titanium grey" version available from other vendors.

For more on the Galaxy Note 2, check out our hands-on coverage.  We'll publish our full review later today.

Source: Vodafone UK

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4 years ago

LG and Whirlpool end refrigerator war and settle patent dispute


LG and Whirlpool have settled their latest patent dispute, leading to the dismissal of three separate infringement lawsuits in Delaware and New Jersey district courts. This looks like the end of years of courtroom battles between the two companies over refrigerator technology, and will allow the two to keep bringing the consumer a choice when it comes to buying appliances.

The complete terms of the agreement are confidential, but we're happy that the dispute was ended without the need for either side to go thermonuclear. 

Source: LG Newsroom

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4 years ago

LG Optimus L9 leaked for T-Mobile


If you can remember back to Mobile World Congress, we first saw the LG Optimus L9 and it's fancy Quick Translator app. Later at IFA in Berlin, we had a little hands-on. Tonight we see it with T-Mobile branding plastered across the top bezel. We have no idea about any potential release date or price, or if this will even become "official" any time soon, but we do have a press render of the LG P769.

The specs on the L9 aren't quite up to the same mark as the Optimus G, but it's still a more than capable device. A 4.7-inch qHD IPS display with a Gigabyte of DDR2 RAM, all powered by a 2150mAh battery should chew through just about anything you can throw at it.

We'll keep an eye out for more about this one, but for now the picture will have to suffice. 

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

This is what a T-Mobile branded Galaxy Note 2 will look like


The Galaxy Note 2 is big, it's bad, and here's a few shots of it with T-Mobile branding. Same beastly specs, same great screen, and same release date -- unknown. Think of this as a way to tide you over until we get some official word. A couple more pics after the break.

Source: T-Mo News

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 receiving small OTA update


The Galaxy Note 10.1 has had some mixed press since its release. Today, the Note is back in the news, but in a good way. Users in our forums are reporting that their Galaxy Tab 10.1's are pulling down a small OTA update -- about 75MB in size -- that's bringing a few much needed bugfixes to the device. Although the update keeps the device on Ice Cream Sandwich, it looks to fix compatibility with 64GB SDcards, change some UI issues that keep menus from moving and fixes a bug that would show/hide the keyboard erratically.

Have a Galaxy Note 10.1 laying around? Head to the settings menu and check for an update, you may just be greeted with a 75MB download. If you receive the update, hit up the forums and let us know how it goes.

More: Galaxy Note 10.1 Forums

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4 years ago

How to follow the 2012 Presidential Debate on your Android device


Although I'm not much into politics, there is plenty of good reasons to be following along with the 2012 Presidential Debate. If you're looking to tune in and hear which each of the candidates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have to say there is no shortage of ways to do so on your Android device be it, via audio or via live video. Jump below to find out more about how you can tune in.

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4 years ago

Best Android phone for a former Apple user, S-Voice blunders [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

AC's OUYA username contest winner is ...


A couple weeks back we decided to look to the wisdom of our readers for help in picking a username for Android Central's OUYA username. The response was overwhelming, and after looking through all of them we have come up with a winner. An awesome site like AC needs an awesome username, so here's your winner:

LloydOfTheRingspicked by AC reader glazedfaith.

Besides the admiration of all of us here for thinking up such a great gamertag, you've got a couple goodies headed your way. Namely an OUYA console of your own, and while your waiting for the spring delivery date, a Nexus 7 to keep you busy. Be sure to check your inbox!

Let's all congratulate glazedfaith, and be sure to keep en eye out for more contests from your pals at AC. We love them as much as you guys do!

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4 years ago

US Cellular Galaxy S3 getting a minor update that might have Google Wallet on board


US Cellular is gearing up an update for the Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III), and while it's not Jelly Bean, it could be a pretty big deal. Besides the normal tweaking things, fixing old bugs, and introducing new ones that a maintenance release always brings, there's some evidence that this update will bring Google Wallet officially to the phone. This would mark the Galaxy S III as the first carrier approved device outside of Sprint to have official support.

First, let's talk about the update. It's definitely coming soonish, as it's already listed at US Cellular's Android downloads page. The new baseband will be R530UVXLI4, and be available OTA or via Samsung's Simple Upgrade Tool for Windows. There's no official change log, and the download isn't live from Samsung just yet, but the information is there and can't be unseen. We're pretty sure it is coming, and if we suggest you get ready and start checking for an OTA.

Now, about that Google Wallet. Android Police has a leaked internal document showing that Google Wallet will be included in the update, and that it's going live today. That's a big deal, as it's the first time a carrier besides Sprint decided to give Google's NFC payment process a chance. Other carriers have been putting time and effort into the ISIS payment system, and Verizon has actively attempted to keep users from keeping and updating Wallet on the Galaxy Nexus, doing everything short of blocking the app through Google Play. What this means for the future of Google Wallet is anyone's guess, but it's a move towards wider adoption ad that's a good thing.

Are you a US Cellular subscriber? Have you seen the update yet? Be sure to shout out in the comments and in the forums to let others know your experience.

Source: US Cellular; Android Police

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4 years ago

Sprint and AT&T getting the LG Optimus G


LG today announced that Sprint and AT&T will carry the Optimus G, the 4.7-inch Android smartphone we saw announced last month. (See our hands-on from the launch in South Korea.)

AT&T will get the version of the Optimus G that sports an 8-megapixel camera. (Other regions are getting a 13MP shooter.) That makes a difference, because the 8MP camera is flush with the body of the phone, whereas the 13MP lens sticks out slightly. Sprint says it'll carry the 13-megapixel version. (See our pre-production Optimus G camera test.)

Both phones will run on their respective carriers' 4G LTE networks and sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 pro processor at 1.5 GHz. They've got 2 gigabytes of RAM and a 2100 mAh battery. AT&T's phone will have 32GB of storage, as will Sprint's.

No word on pricing or availability yet for either carrier.

We've got hands-on video and more pics after the break.

Source: AT&T, PR Newswire

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4 years ago

Pantech Element and Pantech Burst get Ice Cream Sandwich update


Happy ICS day, Pantech Burst and Pantech Element, owners! The update to Android 4.0 for Pantech's smartphone and tablet are currently available through home page, or you can dig around in your on-device system settings to see if you can initiate the upgrade from there. So, what's new? 

  • Enhanced Home screen canvas switcher edit functionality(In the preview of home screen panels, users can change a main home screen panel).
  • Enhanced Multitasking and Notifications functionality.
  • Enhanced User Interface : Virtual buttons in System bar, contextual options in Action Bar.
  • Support for Face Unlock. (Burst only)
  • Improved text input and spell-checking (Android keyboard)
  • Control over Network data and Powerful web browsing
  • New! Self mode and Panorama capture mode in camera.
  • New! Time-Lapse recording function in video camera.

Anyone using either of these devices and itching to download? You can hit up Pantech's front page to get started. 

Thanks spudaj!

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4 years ago

Plume for Twitter updated with expandable Jelly Bean notifications


One of the leading Twitter clients on Android, Plume, has updated into the Jelly Bean era with expandable notifications. New in Android 4.1 is the ability for app developers to make dynamic notifications that can show more information when swiped down to expand. Plume takes advantage of this by giving you reply and retweet options right from the notification when expanded, also showing the number of tweets/mentions/messages you have. Even though Jelly Bean is only running on about 1.8 percent of devices, this is the kind of thing we hoped to start seeing from the big app developers at this point. It's good to see Plume taking the lead, and with quick updates like this you can see why it's one of the more popular Twitter clients out there. Also with this update, Plume has added the ability to view pictures full screen and fixes for draft, tweetmarker and facebook.

Plume is the go-to client for many of us, and definitely worth a look. It's free in the Google Play Store at the link above, with a premium version to remove ads at just $4.99. We've got a couple shots of the new notifications after the break.

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4 years ago

A 32-gigabyte Nexus 7? Nexus 2? Carphone Warehouse thinks so


Might a 32-gigbyte Nexus 7 Android tablet be on the horizon? British retailer Carphone Warehouse apparently thinks so, as seen in this inventory shot obtained by Droid-Life. The Nexus 7 currently is available in 16- and anemic 8-gigabyte versions, and we'd very much love to see some more storage. Much as Google doesn't want to admit it, there are times when we're not online -- and Android games aren't getting any smaller.

That said, we've seen screwy inventory shots before. Could be a typo on someone's part, if not more malicious. So we'll wait until we see it hit Google Play before we count these chickens. 

We will, however, speculate on price. The 8GB Nexus 7 is $199. The 16GB version is $249. Would make the 32GB version $299? $349?

Or, let's just throw this out there: Given that we're probably getting really close to seeing another "mini" sized tablet hit the market, might Google have a price drop waiting in the wings? We'll see.

Oh, right. and it mentions a "Samsung Nexus 2." Which could be anything, but we're really hoping for a 2-inch phone. Because things have completely gotten out of hand with the Galaxy Note. :p

Source: Droid-Life

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 initial photo and video samples


We've been spending the past few days getting to know the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and we'll be publishing our full review soon. In the meantime, we've got a selection of photos and video from the phone's impressive 8-megapixel camera. Like the Galaxy S3, the Note 2 packs a rear camera with a BSI (backside illuminated) sensor and f/2.6 aperture. The camera software also shares many of the characteristics of the S3's, including rapid-capture capabilities and a HDR shooting mode. And it packs some impressive macro shooting capabilities, as you'll see in our samples after the break.

Click through for a gallery containing some of our sample images, along with some 1080p video footage.

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4 years ago

Manage your business cash flow with Xero accounting for Android smartphones


This one is for you business owners out there. If you fancy keeping a close eye on cash flow all from within your smartphone the new Xero app may well be the perfect solution. Already a big success on iOS the app is designed to track your finances whether they be check bank balances, invoice customers, upload receipts or submit expense claims – all while you’re on the go.  

The Xero Touch app for Android contains unique features that give users instant insight into where their business stands – a mere screen tap allows users to check account and credit card balances, as well as detailed descriptions of transactions. Benefits that small business users can gain from using the Xero Touch app include:

  • No more delayed invoices. Create invoices on the spot right from your phone, as inventory functionality makes it fast and easy to itemize invoices. With customer contact details available in the app, new invoices can be emailed right away and overdue invoices can be followed up on with a call and re-sent with just a few taps.
  • No more lost receipts. Gone are the days of crumpled expense receipts lurking in pants and purse pockets. Users can snap photos of receipts that are then instantly uploaded into their accounts. Expenses can be submitted right from their phone.

Other features of the app include:

  • View all your accounts on your Android device – bank accounts, credit cards and PayPal balances, outstanding invoices, expense claims and all your contacts.
  • Create, approve and send invoices directly from your phone.
  • Upload receipts by taking a photo and do your expenses on the spot.
  • Find contacts, call customers and suppliers, view them on a map, and quickly save your notes.
  • Multi-currency support for foreign exchange transactions.
  • Integrates with payroll, CRM, inventory management systems, e-commerce and other popular apps including Freshbooks, 37 Signals Highrise, Salesforce, PayPal, Shopify, Zen Cart and Magento
  • Save a 4-digit PIN code to login quickly. 

Xero is free to download from Google Play - yes, that does sound too good to be true, but it's the truth! Business owners should check this one out for sure.

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