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4 years ago

Samsung launches Wifi-only Galaxy Camera, promises better affordability

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Samsung has added another device to its ever growing portfolio, and this time it's a minor -- very minor -- change to the Galaxy Camera. Until now, the Galaxy Camera has only been available to purchase with a cellular radio inside, and cellular radios always add something to the price of a device. Today Samsung announces the launch of a Wifi-only variant of their connected camera. 

Other than the lack of a radio, everything else about the Galaxy Camera remains intact. You still get a pretty impressive 4.8 inch HD display on the back, with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Touchwiz Nature UX on there, and a quad-core processor inside making everything hum along just nicely. Samsung promises that the Wifi-only Galaxy Camera will be more affordable than its LTE capable counterpart, but fails to provide an actual price at this time. Or any availability information. But, we're sure we'll see this appear in the coming days and weeks. 

More: Samsung Galaxy Camera review

Source: Samsung

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4 years ago

Droid DNA finally gets the S-Off treatment

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Thanks to some resourceful users over at XDA, the HTC Droid DNA now has full a full S-OFF exploit tool. Having S-OFF (basically) means that the NAND storage of the device is opened up and able to be freely written to. With full S-OFF access, users can write custom ROMs, recoveries and other firmware hacks to the device, as well as obtain permanent root access. The exploit requires both root and superCID, and won't work on the latest update according to the poster (they're aware and working on it). You'll need to be somewhat handy with a command prompt or terminal, ADB and Fastboot to get it done.

If you're interested in going through with obtaining S-OFF on your own Droid DNA, hit up the source links below. Remember that while the process seems to be working, no tool is perfect and there are risks associated with any hack of this level (above and beyond the warranty issues).

Source: XDA; More: Droid DNA ForumsThanks, Shamrock!

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4 years ago

Live from HTC in London and New York! 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. EST

We're coming at you live Tuesday morning not just from two cities, but from two continents. HTC has beckoned us to London and New York for what what should be a pretty major event for the struggling smartphone manufacturer. We've seen weeks of leaks and leaks for weeks. But today it all becomes official.

We're liveblogging after the break. Alex Dobie in London, and Phil Nickinson and Anndrew Vacca from New York. It all kicks off at 10 a.m. EST, or 3 p.m. GMT.

Keep this site open, folks. It's on. 

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4 years ago

Samsung expected to hold Galaxy S4 event on March 14

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On the eve of HTC's much-teased February 19th event, multiple sources are converging on March 14th as the announcement date for Samsung's next flagship Galaxy S device. Originally alluded to by Eldar Murtazin of mobile-review and later corroborated by unnamed sources of The Verge, the Galaxy S4 will "definitely" be announced at a Samsung event on March 14th. The rumored event is expected to take place in the U.S., but it's unclear at this time what city will be hosting such an announcement.

As for the design and details of the Galaxy S4, we really don't have much to go on. Again reported by sources of The Verge, the new device may follow the design language of what we will see as the Galaxy Note 8.0 at MWC. Although the leaks we've seen thus far of that device are apparently far off from what the final design is.

With all of that being said, we'll only know the announcement date for sure when we hear it directly from Samsung.

Source: The Verge

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4 years ago

Announcing our Valentine's Day contest winners

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Back at the beginning of the month we decided to have a monster Valentine's Day contest. Now that it's closed, we're amazed at the response, and loved going through all the pictures. It's great putting a face to the names, ya know? Valentine's Day has come and gone, and Mrs. Nickinson has picked out a mess of winners. Since everyone wants to know if they won, here's your lists.

Winners of the Grand Prizes (one Nexus 4, one Nexus 7, two t-shirts)

Because there were so many great entries, we also picked eight runners-up, who will get a pair of t-shirts:

Congrats to everyone, and a big thanks for entering. If you're a winner, be sure to check the inbox of the email you used to register here at AC. We need a little information about where to send the prizes. Stay tuned for more great contests from the best damn Android site on the Internet.

Be sure to read through the break and check out the Grand Prize winning pictures.

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4 years ago

Hotel Tonight adds proper tablet UI support

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Hotel Tonight has just updated its Android app with proper tablet support, offering a better UI experience to users with larger screen devices. The service, if you're not familiar, offers steep discounts on hotels because they are only able to be booked at noon (local time) to be used that day. Users can now view and book hotels on their tablets with this properly formed tablet UI, and Hotel Tonight says that you can go from launching the app to booking a room with "just three taps and a swipe".

The designers of the new tablet UI on the app say that they specifically targeted Google's own Nexus tablets as references for the 7-inch and 10-inch design, and are extremely happy with the result. The interface takes advantage of the larger screens with bigger pictures while navigating and a better display when viewing hotel listings. You can grab a download of the new version of Hotel Tonight at the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

Unity Launcher: a little bit of Ubuntu flair on your device

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Canonical has laid out its plans to release Ubuntu phones at some point in 2014 -- but you don't have to wait that long to get a little bit of Ubuntu flair on your current Android device. Unity Launcher brings Ubuntu's interesting swipe-in sliding app selector to your device without changing your current launcher setup. 

Stick around with us after the break to learn a little more about what Unity Launcher has to offer.

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4 years ago

Reminder: HTC wants to show us something tomorrow, and we'll be there blogging it live

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HTC keeps trying to tease everybody about what may be in store for tomorrow's event, and you can find out just as soon as they tell the world by tuning in to the live blog tomorrow. We'll be on-site in both New York and London, giving you the play-by-play as it happens.

While the details are all still shrouded in rumor, we expect to see HTC latest Android phone in all it's glory. Whether it be called the M7 or the HTC One, we're all sure to find plenty to love or hate about the device before we ever get our hands on it. 

So be there at 10 AM Eastern tomorrow, and let's talk a little bit about phones.

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4 years ago

Jelly Bean rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy Note (N7000)

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The international versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note are seeing a Jelly Bean update today. Users in the far East and Germany are reporting that they're seeing an OTA to 4.1.2, namely the same JZO54K build that leaked out last November. As a refresher, meet the new change log (same as the old change log) .

  • Android 4.1.2 – Build JZO54K
  • Project Butter
  • Multi-View (can also be disabled)
  • Page Buddy
  • Notification Panel can now be customized
  • New Additions in Notification Panel
  • Smart Rotation
  • New Samsung Keyboard
  • Samsung’s Cloud services
  • Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play Features
  • New Widgets From the Galaxy S III
  • 2 Home screen modes
  • New Notifications bar
  • Google Now

Of course this leaves the question of when or if the AT&T and semi-defunct T-Mobile versions here in the states are going to see such a thing. The answer is a resounding "we don't know". The US versions are essentially a Note in name only, and whether or not AT&T and Samsung want to update them is anyone's guess. 

If you have the N7000 version though, keep an eye on your status bar or fire up Kies and see if you have an update waiting.

Source: SamMobile

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations fitness month week 3: Sleep and relaxation!

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Leave a comment below telling us your Fitness Month goals and be entered to win a FitBit!

It's February and you know what that means? Mobile Nations Fitness Month! That's when we all get together to get in shape, share tips and tricks and recipes for success, review amazing apps and accessories, give away great prizes, and have a ton of fun! This year we're doing it a little differently, though. We're doing weekly themes, and that means every week you'll have new and exciting challenges, and new chances to win!

Week 2: Sleep and relaxation!

Relaxation, whether its full on mediation or just some simple breathing exercise, is how we keep our bodies and minds centered and balanced. Sleep is our reboot, when we write our daily cache to disk and run our system repairs so we're ready for the next day. As part of fitness month, we'll be reviewing a bunch of great apps and accessories that can help encourage, track, and train us to sleep and relax better and smarter. We'll also be doing THREE cool contests!

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4 years ago

HTC Rezound and Droid Incredible 2 getting a small 'Device Enhancement' update

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Verizon and HTC have announced a small update for the Rezound and the Droid Incredible 2 today. Listed only as a "Device Enhancement", no one is yet sure exactly what is getting updated, only that said updates should be making their way to handsets soon. Keep an eye on the forums to find out more.

Source: Verizon (Rezound), (Incredible 2)

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4 years ago

The Weather Channel app gets a sizeable update with a new look

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The Weather Channel's official Android app has been given a complete makeover in today's big update. In addition to an all new user interface and tablet optimization, they have beefed up the content quite a bit with more detailed forecasts, better and faster maps, and a better selection of videos from around the world. The full change log reads like this:

  • “Expect rain to start at 3:15p”—No more guessing! If your weather is changing within 6 hrs, we let you the exact time it will happen.
  • Faster maps with past & future radar, severe weather bulletins
  • More detailed forecasts
  • A better selection of videos
  • Optimized for Android tablets
  • Set up your favorites places to take full advantage of our weather widgets and notifications.
  • What everyone has been asking for, a Refresh button!
  • It is now easy to share your weather with your friends & family

Of course, the biggest thing users are going to see is the all new UI. My first impressions are that it's quite nice. There's plenty of information, it's well laid out, and most importantly, pleasing to the eye. But according to the Play store entry's comments, many long time users aren't very happy with the changes. They note the new ad placement as a sticking point and feel it's less intuitive. Having not used the app before today's update means I have no reference, but I like it enough to keep it around for a while. This sort of thing is subjective, so the best advice I can give is to install it and try for yourself. It's free -- grab it at the Google Play link above. I've tossed a few screenshots after the break.

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4 years ago

Xperia Z now on sale at Sony Mobile France store

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It looks like Germany isn't the only country getting an early chance to pick up the Sony Xperia Z. The phone has just gone up for sale on the Sony Mobile France online store. Purchased SIM-free, the 5-inch, 1080p-toting handset will set French buyers back €649 -- that's not cheap, but nor is it significantly more expensive than the average high-end smartphone.

The phone is available in black and white -- the purple version isn't being offered unlocked, as it's exclusive to the SFR network in France.

The Xperia Z should start appearing in brick-and-mortar stores before long, starting with the Sony Store in Berlin. Other European territories are expected to follow around the end of the month.

Source: Sony Mobile France; via: XperiaBlog

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4 years ago

Start your week with the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

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There's a ton of awesome Android news coming up this week. HTC's event on Tuesday. Our trek to Mobile World Congress at the back half of the week. And if you missed Thursday night's live recording, we've got your preview for it all. Plus, we recap what's new with Android 4.2.2, and take a bunch your voicemails. 

The Android Central Podcast is your weekly peek into the world of Android, where we break down the news that really matters, and explain what's just a bunch of hype. Plus, we answer your e-mails and voicemails. You don't want to miss it. Check out the Android Central Podcast.

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