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4 years ago

Contest Winners: Nexus 7 prize packs, Google Play gift cards and Cygnett cases!

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If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up during the week. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to the winners!

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4 years ago

Two-tone Cushnie Et Ochs HTC One X appears on eBay

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News of the two-tone Cushnie Et Ochs HTC One X broke last week, and earlier today HTC gave fans a chance to win one in a Pinterest contest. Now it seems you may be able to get hold of the exclusive device using cold, hard cash. The two-tone black and white One X has appeared on eBay, where a seller has started bidding at $350 with just under seven days to go.

Seller 2012greatwhite86, who we should point out has a feedback score of zero, claims that only 150 of the devices were made, and that some were given out to members of the fashion community at New York Fashion Week. The listing is backed up by what appears to be a photo of the real deal, complete with two-tone packaging. In addition to the unique chassis design, the phone apparently comes with a “Ben Watts "Watts Up Photo" App, with Instagram-like functionality,” according to the listing.

We’d always recommend caution when bidding on this kind of thing, but if you’re feeling brave, you can find the eBay auction listing down in the source link.

Source: eBay

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4 years ago

Google discontinuing their pre-paid credit card from Google Wallet

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Back when Google Wallet first launched, Google also launched their own, pre-paid credit card for use with the mobile application. Then, just recently the service was opened up to allow the addition of other credit cards. Today, we're receiving emails in our inbox from Google themselves with further Wallet related news. As a result of opening up the service to other cards, the Google pre-paid card is going away. So you need to spend that money, and spend it soon.

It isn't just over, just like that, though. There are some key dates provided that run down to the discontinuation of the card. On September 17, additional funds can no longer be added to the card. Then, following behind a month later on October 17, the card will disappear completely from Google Wallet. If you still have remaining funds on there though, don't panic, you will be able to request a refund. 

One further point to note however, is that resetting the application after September 17 will also remove the card. And it can't be re-added. So, probably better to spend your money first. 

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4 years ago

Twitter starts allowing image uploads from their mobile site for Android 4.x users

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As if we needed any further indications that Twitter is moving away from third party clients, a new addition to their mobile website seems to have recently appeared. First spotted by the guys over at The Sociable, the mobile tweet composer now has an image upload button tucked in the bottom left hand corner. The catch, it seems the new feature is only available to users on Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. It apparently also works on iOS 6 -- not that we'd know anything about that around these parts. 

It works just as you would expect it to. You tap the icon, and you're presented with the standard Android sharing window that will allow you to choose from whichever gallery you please. Also, we're seeing an option labelled as "Android System" which in fact allows you to upload a picture directly taken from the camera. 

While adding functionality is something that Twitter should actively be doing, it still isn't likely to go any part of the way to replacing many users favorite third-party clients. The mobile site is still too clunky to navigate -- much like their official Android app. 

Source: The Sociable via TNW

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4 years ago

Naztech N15 Mini Boom Speaker review

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The Naztech Mini Boom speaker is a compact, affordable external speaker that plugs into your device with a built-in 3.5 mm jack. The interesting thing about this little guy is that it doubles as a reasonably good stand-alone music player too, thanks to a microSD memory card slot, playback control keys, and a dedicated headphone jack. Of course, if you want to share the music, the Naztech N15 Mini Boom Speaker unscrews and opens slightly to allow sound to spread evenly in all directions.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile announces pricing and availability of Samsung Galaxy S Relay

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T-Mobile announced the QWERTY keyboard-clad Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G last week without a peep about how much the thing will cost or when folks will be able to buy it. Today, T-Mobile tacked on a September 19 launch date and a $149.99 pricetag after mail-in rebate and a two-year contract.  The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is squarely in the mid-range, but a low pricetag, some new unlimited plans, and an honest to goodness keyboard may be enough to sway back-to-school buyers. Here's a recap.

  • 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor
  • 5MP rear and 1.3MP front cameras
  • 1GB of RAM
  • T-Mobile WiFi Calling support
  • SAFE enterprise-ready features and capabilities

Personally, I prefer portrait-oriented keyboards, but I think I could get used to this one. Anyone else thinking about picking up a Galaxy S Relay?

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4 years ago

AT&T announces budget-friendly, LTE-equipped LG Escape

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AT&T announced a new mid-range handset from LG today called the Escape. The LG Escape made its first unofficial appearance a few days ago, and though it might not be the highest-specced phone out there, it's hard to complain for $49.99 on a two-year contract. Here are the main features.

  • An advanced 5 MP camera with time catch shot, “cheese shutter,” and different shot modes including Normal, HDR, Continuous and Panorama
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • AT&T’s 4G LTE Network
  • The innovative and convenient QuickMemo to create and share personalized memos by writing messages or drawings on screen captures
  • A 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • True-to-Life 1080p HD recording
  • Long-lasting 2,150mAh battery
  • Bluetooth® Version 4.0
  • A crisp 4.3” qHD true-color IPS Touch Screen with Gorilla® Glass durability
  • Google™ Integration with Google Play, Google Maps Navigation and other preloaded Google apps
  • Add music and themes to videos and photos with Video Wiz
  • Data sharing with Android Beam and NFC Technology

The LG Escape goes on sale next week, starting September 16. Any back-to-schoolers looking for something affordable but decent? Or maybe the LG Escape looks a little too run-of-the-mill for you? There are a handful of neat software features included, which you can see in the video below.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Demolition Dash brings endless running destruction to Amazon Appstore

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Demolition Dash has just made the leap to Android with a launch on the Amazon Appstore. The endless running game puts players in control of Zilla, a monster that has recently awoken from an ancient slumber and is now eager to wreak some havoc in cities across the world. Although Zilla has his Disney-esque charm, there's are plenty of explosions and panicking military personnel to keep the game entertaining for us older folks. Here's a quick run-down of the features. 

  • Two game modes guarantee hours of lasting fun - World Rampage, with 24 stages, and now: Endless Run
  • Training mode: casual, relaxed pace for both newbies and connoisseurs!
  • Control Zilla with just two buttons - easy to play but challenging to master!
  • Physics-based destruction: smash everything in the cities to bits
  • High-quality sound effects with matching music in each city
  • Supported languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian - little Zilla is a cosmopolitan!

Having the games locked down to Amazon is a bit of a pain for us international folks, but I'm sure once the exclusivity period is up, we'll see it on Google Play soon enough. Until then, Demolition Dash can be found over here on Amazon for $1.99.

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4 years ago

Google Drive gets updated, new features for presentations, comments and creating folders

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Sometime last week, an overeager Tweeter let the cat out of the bag about an update to Google Drive that wasn't quite ready. Fast forward to today and it is ready, and has pushed out into Google Play. The full changelog is pretty hefty, but there's a few key points worth noting. 

Folder options are now included, allowing you to now create, upload to and move files between folders. For many of us omitting this for so long has been a cause of constant frustration with the mobile app, so it's definitely a welcome addition. 

The presentation viewing experience has also been improved, and now includes the option to swipe between slides, view slides full screen and view accompanying speaker notes. Basic table elements have also been added to the document editor, as has the ability to create, reply to and resolve comments. The full changelog reads thusly: 

  • Create folder, upload to folder and move to folder
  • Filter folder contents by file type
  • Option to auto-sync pinned content while on 3G
  • Richer Google Presentations viewing experience
  • Basic table support in Documents Editor
  • Create, reply and resolve comments in Documents Editor
  • View and change fonts in Documents Editor
  • Pinch to zoom in Documents Editor
  • Print files using Google Cloud Print
  • Option to resume interrupted uploads

Google Cloud Print may not be the most widely used service either, but a welcome integration to the mobile Drive application. Grab yourselves a copy from the Play Store now, but do also check out the video after the break. While showing off some of the new features, it also shows off a forthcoming feature that isn't included in this update -- native editing and real-time collaboration for spreadsheets. 

Source: Google Blog

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4 years ago

Prepaid: Not just for burner phones anymore

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My phone works just like yours. It makes calls, sends texts and has a high-speed data connection with nationwide coverage. As a matter of fact, I have the same device as many of you, a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. That’s all run-of-the-mill, so why’s this important? I pay $45 every month to use my phone.

“That’s crazy,” you might be saying, “I pay more for my data plan than you pay for your entire phone bill”. You’re right, it is kind of crazy. The cost of cellphone service in the United States is quite astronomical when compared to services around the world. The common misconception, however, is that there are no other options if you want to pay less for your service.

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4 years ago

Three UK to offer Sony Xperia T

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British network Three is the first to announce that it'll carry the Sony Xperia T. No release date is given for the device, but we've been told to expect a release in late September or early October, with Sept. 28 being singled out as a likely release date.

The Xperia T is Sony's late 2012 flagship phone for international markets, with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, a 4.6-inch 720p HD Reality Display, a 13MP camera and 16GB of internal storage. The phone will go up against the torrent of other devices from rival manufacturers this fall, including Samsung, HTC, Nokia and Apple.

For more on the Xperia T, check our hands-on coverage from IFA 2012. And for some insight into how the Xperia T's arc design came to be, check our report from behind the scenes with Sony Mobile's designers.

Source: Three UK

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4 years ago

Spigen Ultra Flip Case for Samsung Galaxy S3 review

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Flip cases are becoming increasingly popular, as phone owners look for an easy way to protect both the front and back of their devices. Spigen's Ultra Flip Case is one of the latest to emerge for the Samsung Galaxy S3, offering a solution for S3 owners who want to protect their phone's back cover and screen without adding too much extra bulk.

The body of the case is similar to Spigen's Ultra Thin Air Series -- it's a similar shape, and constructed to protect vulnerable areas of the phone, with cut-outs for ports, buttons, speakers and the camera. The main difference with the Ultra Flip Case is its synthetic leather cover, which extends around the back of the case, protecting the screen fro, scratches and scrapes. On the inside of the cover there's a microfiber coating, designed minimize abrasions while the front cover is closed. Like the Ultra Thin Air Series, the case is a snug fit, and it's easy to securely snap the phone into place.

While Samsung offers its own official flip case ($28.95), this replaces the S3's battery door, meaning it's not quite as easy to fit and remove the case on-the-go -- and it also means the sides and back of the phone aren't protected. If you're looking for something that's easier to hot-swap, Spigen's case is a better bet. If that's not a concern, check out our review of the official flip case for more on that model.

All in all, if you're looking for something to protect the entire body of your Galaxy S3, both front and back, Spigen's Ultra Flip Case for Samsung Galaxy S3 is definitely worth a look. It's available for $34.99 from ShopAndroid.com, and comes in blue (shown in our photos) as well as white, green and yellow. We've got more images after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC giving away two-toned One X through Pinterest contest

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Okay, so maybe you can have one of those awesome two-toned HTC One X devices Phil was showing off last week, but only one of you. HTC has kicked of a Pinterest contest whereby folks follow HTCMobile, repin an image from their board showcasing the Cushine et Ochs edition of the HTC One X, and leave a comment on that picture with a link to their repin. 

If you're really into fashion and are particularly impressed with this special edition of the One X, be sure to check out the Q&A HTC hosted with the designer

The winner will be picked soon (September 14), so get repinning, though the terms and conditions for the contest might impose some geographic limitations.

Oh, and if you're into Pinterest, I've been building up this phone-themed board over the last couple of months. The network doesn't just have to be all about fashion and food, y'know. 

Source: HTC

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4 years ago

RIP CrackBerry Kevin's HTC One X ...

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Gorilla glass is tough, but it doesn't protect from stupid.

D'Oh!!! I decided to start the week on a healthy note and went for a jog this morning. I find the One X a little too big to jog with comfortably (whether in pocket or worn on arm), so I put it to use in another way... I start the clock app's stopwatch when I leave my house, and hit stop when I get back. Sounds pretty safe, right? 

Wrong. With my 5-miler finished, I panted my way back in the house. I picked up the phone. I hit stop on the stopwatch. But between my sweaty hands and post-run shaking, the phone fell out of my hand and landed screen side down onto the hardwood floor. Game over. Gorilla glass is tough, but it doesn't protect from stupid. :/

Lesson learned. Yet again. It's always safer to wrap your phone in a case. If you don't have one yet, click on over to ShopAndroid.com. Seriously. Be smarter than me. Protect your investment.

As for my stop on Android for the Mobile Nations World Tour, I'll take this as a sign that it's time to move on. I have a couple final posts in the hopper. We'll get those posted this week then it'll be time to move on and try out another mobile platform.

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4 years ago

Sprint coughs up list of locales to see 4G LTE 'in the coming months'

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Sprint's been talking about its 4G LTE rollout -- which, along with an upgrade to its 3G speeds, is known as the "Network Vision" plan -- for what seems like forever. While in fact it has some 19 locales with the broadband-like 4G data, it's still got a long way to go to catch up with the likes of Verizon. 

Today, Sprint's proffered a list of areas where construction has begun on its 4G LTE network. While it doesn't give exact dates for LTE data to be available in the new cites, we do get the nebulous "in the coming months" phrase, but Sprint does say Network Vision is "expected to be largely completed by the end of 2013."

Let's not beat around the bush, eh? to see if your city's making the cut, hit the list below.

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