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4 years ago

LG Nexus 4 back up for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

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After unceremoniously leaking its LG Nexus 4 product page last week, UK retailer Carphone Warehouse is once again showing the handset as available for pre-order. This time the expected delivery date is Nov. 13, same as the international Google Play launch date for the device.

As before, there's no SIM-free price listed -- on Google Play prices start at £239 -- and on-contract rates on Vodafone and O2 start at £31 per month with a free Nexus 4.

With O2 being the only UK network to directly confirm that it'll be offering the Nexus 4 directly, this could give those looking for a subsidized Nexus 4 on Vodafone the chance to pick one up for free. But with the Google Play SIM-free price being so low, any network-subsidized prices starting around the £30 mark are going to be a tough sell.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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4 years ago

AT&T launches new 4G LTE network locations

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AT&T has announced that it is expanding its 4G LTE network to two new markets today. Folks with LTE devices -- phones, tablets, data sticks -- in Knoxville, Tennessee (and the counties surround the city) and Ft. Myers, Florida should now be able to access the new network. These two new markets bring AT&T's total up to 77 for the nation, covering a large portion of the population.

An interesting bit of information from the press release for the Knoxville rollout indicates that the company spent over $1.3 billion on improvements in its wireless and wireline (home broadband) infrastructure in the area from 2009 to 2011. That gives you a good idea of how much these networks cost to deploy.

We've got a look at both press releases for you after the break.

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4 years ago

Android 4.2 gallery and camera ported to Galaxy Nexus

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That awesome camera app, as well as the new Gallery we saw from the upcoming Android 4.2 release  can now be installed on your Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.1.1.

There's still a bug in the photosphere portion, but dmmarck, the fellow working in it, says he has some ideas and will continue to look at things for a fix.

Be sure to visit the forum thread for the full instructions, as this one needs a bit of hackery to install. 

Source: Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Galaxy S3 gets Palm Touchstone inductive charging with modded battery door

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The Nexus 4's included inductive charging and Charging Orb got you excited about wireless charging again? We don't blame you. If you'll remember back to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3), Samsung indicated that the device would be compatible with inductive charging backs and chargers. Well that never really happened, and now an ebay seller is taking things into his own hands and offering wireless charging backs compatible with Palm Touchstone chargers.

The back plates -- which are priced at $24 for the cover or $55 bundled with a charging station and a cable -- are in a very limited run of just a few dozen units. This is understandable considering that they're being made by hand, but hopefully they'll continue to make them to meet demand.

Interested in knowing more about the mod? Hit up the source link below.

Source: webOS Nation

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4 years ago

Zombie Driver game splices Mad Max with undead apocalypse

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Zombie Driver launched on Google Play for $6.99, giving players with Tegra devices the pleasure of running over undead with a wide variety of vehicles. Of course, nitro boosts can help a bunch when the hordes get a little thick, plus military-issued weaponry can thin the ranks from range. Beyond the story-based campaign, there's a race mode where you compete with other survivors to complete three laps, or you can try to weather an endless tide of zombies in the slaughter mode. Over time, players upgrade their various vehicles according to their playstyle. Like to get up-close and personal? Crank up your armor and dozer ratings. Prefer to hit and run? Upgrade your nitro and get a fast car. 

I played the first few levels and the graphics are beautifully gross on the Nexus 7. My only serious qualm is that the controls aren't that awesome. The game came to Xbox Live Arcade and Steam first, and it really shows. The default control scheme lays out WASD-style virtual keys with some awkward diagonal movement. At least there's support for keyboards and gamepads if you've got either handy. 

In any case, if you can't get enough gruesomeness this Hallowe'en, Zombie Driver is a nice change of pace from the deluge of other slaughterfests out there. 

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4 years ago

Does Google need a physical storefront? Nexus 10 Tablet thoughts [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

Get ready for it... November is Movember at Android Central and MO-bile Nations!

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If you're taking part in Movember this November, be sure to join our Mobile Nations Network at Movember.com! Full details below...

November is almost here which means one thing... soon you'll be seeing loads of self-confident men walking around in glorious moustaches. That's right, November is MOVEMBER and this year we're going to join together across our MO-bile Nations communities to grow out our facial hair and raise funds and awareness of men's health issues.

If you're not familiar with Movember, jump on over to Movember.com and learn about it. Once up to speed, make the decision to REGISTER as either a Mo Bro or Mo Sista (that's right, ladies can participate too, no moustache required). Don't overthink it it. Commit to it. Join in as your fellow members, writers and moderators of Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, Windows Phone Central and webOS Nation put their smartphone differences aside to come together next month for Movember.

For those who make the brilliant decision to participate in Movember, be sure to join the Mobile Nations Network we've setup on the Movember website. You can join the network as an individual or as part of another Movember team. Through the Network page we'll be able to track everybody who's participating and see how much we can raise together as a community. Come the end of Movember, we'll be awarding lots of prizes to those who participate. Best Moustache. Most Money Raised. Best Moustache Photo. You name it. Expect lots of awesome prizes and recgonition for those who join in.

November 1st is just around the corner. The good news is it doesn't take much effort to prepare for Movember. All you need to do is shave your face clean when you go to bed tomorrow night after eating your Halloween treats. If you're still on the fence, hit up the links below for more information. And if you're ready to join us on our Movember challenge -- YOU ROCK -- and should keep reading for more important details.

Learn More About Movember at Movember.com
Check out the MO-bile Nations Network Page on Movember.com

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4 years ago

Skitch for Android enters v2.0 - New home screen, new tools included

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Looking for further integrate Skitch and Evernote, Skitch v2.0 was released today. For those of you out there who use it often, you'll notice plenty of changes within the updated version. To start, you get a whole new home screen that has been cleaned up to allow for ease of use. In addition to that, you'll also get a whole new subset of tools to make use of:

  • Pixelate - The new Pixelate feature is a great way to quickly obscure a part of an image that may contain personal or sensitive information. Take a photo or choose one from your gallery, tap the Pixelate tool and drag it across the section of the image that you want to hide. Now you can annotate and share an image without worrying that others will be able to read sensitive information in it.
  • Highlighter - When you need to emphasize something, the best way is often to use a highlighter. That’s why we created the new highlighting tool. Choose the highlighter, a color and line thickness, then start drawing. The lines appear just like a highlighter on paper, allowing you to clearly see the background objects.
  • Panning Tool - The left-most option on the toolbar is the Panning Tool. It lets you select, move and resize annotations. After you finish adding a shape, text or arrow, the Panning Tool is automatically selected, so that you can easily adjust the object.

The round out the update, that mentioned Skitch and Evernote relationship has been improved. Now, when you view your Skitch notes, those are actually coming from within Evernote. To coincide with the release, a small Evernote update was released today as well. You'll find both available for download in the Google Play Store.

Source: Skitch

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4 years ago

Nexus 4 coming to O2 UK next month

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British mobile network O2 is the first UK carrier to confirm that it'll be offering the LG Nexus 4 when it arrives next month. O2 doesn't offer any specific release date on its "coming soon" page, but with the Nexus 4 arriving on the Play Store on Nov. 13, we expect an O2 launch around the same time.

O2 also isn't confirming reports that it'll have a one-month exclusivity period in the UK, however the silence from other British operators suggests this may well be the case.

Also absent is any hint of pricing -- again, the Nexus 4 is to be offered SIM-free from £239 via Google Play, so if O2 wants to lure customers into a two-year contract, it'll likely have to offer the phone for free.

We'll be bringing you even more Nexus 4 coverage in the days ahead, so keep it locked to Android Central.

Source: O2 UK

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4 years ago

ADW Launcher comes back from the dead with a new update

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Just in time for Halloween, ADW Launcher is back from the dead. One of the more popular launchers all the way back in the days of Android 2.3, ADW hasn't seen an update in quite a long time. The latest update, version 1.3.3.7 cleverly, brings a completely redone UI and set of features along with compatibility all the way up to Android 4.1. Both the free and paid versions have been updated, and offer a crazy amount of customization options on the homscreens, app drawer, icons, themes, folders and anywhere else you could think of. It may be a bit overwhelming for some, but if you're willing to put in the time to customize it, you may get just what you're looking for.

There are way too many new features to list, especially in the paid version for $3.00, but overall things seem smooth and well improved. It's good to see that ADW is back in the launcher game with Jelly Bean. You can grab ADW Launcher at the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

Need for Speed Most Wanted review

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Need for Speed Most Wanted careened into Google Play today, hauling with it high expectations based on the long-standing franchise. The latest Need for Speed racing game for Android excels in graphics, and offers an otherwise pared-down, straightforward racing experience. Race types are all familiar, including the usual 6-car run, one-on-one, time trials, and checkpoint races.

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4 years ago

MetroPCS reports Q3 2012 earnings, $193 million in net income

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Most people haven't paid a whole lot of attention to MetroPCS prior to its announcement of merger plans with T-Mobile USA, but now the earnings may be worth a look. For the third quarter of 2012, the regional carrier posted net income of $193 million (operating income $292 million) on revenues of $1.25 billion. Net income was up substantially from the year previous, while revenues were nearly flat.

Subscriber churn remained high at 3.7-percent, although it was a decrease from 4.5-percent in the same period last year. Net subscriber losses of 312,291 for the quarter brought the total subscriber count just under 9 million. Even with the net losses in customers, ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) remained flat at $40.50, but on a good note CPU (Cost Per User) dropped slightly to $18.38.

This quarter was a bit of a mixed bag for MetroPCS. We'll see how things shape up as the merger comes closer to completion in 2013.

Source: MetroPCS Investor Relations

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4 years ago

Weekly photo contest: The weather

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Tuesday means another AC photo contest! This week, let's talk about the weather. Good weather, bad weather, or evil weather like you see above. If it happens outside, we want to see it.

This isn't just confined to pictures of rain or snow. Feel free to think outside the box and show us something that makes us think of good (or bad) weather. We love it when you guys get all artistic and surprise us. It makes it that much more fun to look at all the pictures.

Since it is a contest, there are prizes involved. We dug around and found we still have five Android mini collectibles left to give away, so the best five photos each get one. Read the full rules in the forum contest thread and show us what ya got.

Enter this week's photo contest

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4 years ago

Shadowgun: Deadzone open beta expanded to include Android SDK 3.0+ devices

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Roughly two weeks ago, the Shadowgun: Deadzone beta was opened to Tegra 3 devices. Now, MADFINGER games has opened up the beta to include Android devices with SDK 3.0 or higher. Besides the updated device compatibility, they also introduced some new features as well:

  • Research system (you can use a research to make weapons, items and perks)
  • Ranks
  • Protection for the beginners (players with RANKS 1-3). They are connecting to the isolated servers
  • You can make money by playing the game
  • You can now collect experience points (XP) and level up
  • New Weapons available (Atilla, Agony, Warmoger, etc.) 
  • New Gadgets available (Detector, Jammer, FlashBang)
  • Player Perks
  • Equip Enhancements

So if you've been itching to give this a try, but didn't have a Tegra 3 device, now is your chance to hop over to the Play Store and give it a try. Just a reminder, this is a beta, so don't be surprised if you find a glitch or two. Check the Play Store link above to see if your device is compatible.

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4 years ago

Nook HD and HD+ start shipping this week

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Good news if you’ve pre-ordered the new Nooks. Barnes & Noble will start shipping the 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch HD+ tablets this week.

The devices will also start arriving at the book retailer’s 700 stores in the US, and 15,000 other partner stores such as Target, Walmart and Best Buy.

B&N’s CEO, William Lynch, has said that the company received a record number of pre-orders for the devices. And it managed to ink two content deals with NBCUniversal and 20th Century Fox just in time for the new Nooks to pull TV and movies from the Nook Video service.

Along with Nook Video, Nook Catalog is a recent service launched. It will deliver shopping catalogs from retailers like Pottery Barn, as retailers try to sink their hooks into the consumer market towards the holiday season.

The services will help B&N try to close the gap with the flood of other competent tablets in the marketplace, since the Nook doesn’t connect to the wider Google Play store, but to its own Nook Apps walled garden, which only has about 6,000 apps. Amazon’s Kindle Fire also routes back to its own app store, but that has about 50,000 apps in it, by comparison.

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