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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S and Live with Walkman now on Three UK

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Two of Sony Ericsson's more interesting devices have just made their way onto Three UK at subsidized prices. The Xperia Arc S and SE Live with Walkman are now available for free on any of Three's standard 24-month contracts.

The Arc S, SE's new flagship device, can be yours for £28 per month, while the Live with Walkman is offered for a more frugal £18 per month. With its shiny new 1.4 GHz CPU, the Arc S gives a modest boost from the original Arc's 1 GHz chip, and boasts new functionality like 3D panoramic recording. The SE Live with Walkman, which represents the manufacturer's current budget offering, is offered free on contracts of £18 or more per month.

We'll have a review of the Arc S appearing in the next week or so, so keep wathcing. In the meantime you can check out our first impressions of the Arc S and Live with Walkman from last month's Xperia Party.

Source: Three UK

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct 15, 2011

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You want em, we got em. No, no. Not Samsung Galaxy Nexus devices, but instead applications to make your Android device even more fun than it already is. Jump past the break as we take another look at some of our favorites from this week.

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2 years ago

Minimum advertised price for the HTC Rezound and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus sneaks out

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It is always nice to see the minimum advertised price leak out for a device so we know about where we could expect it to be on contract pricing. The folks at Engadget received a tip about MAP pricing on the HTC Rezound (aka the HTC Vigor) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus device and both of them show as $299. Interesting note about it is that the pricing is effective as of November 10, 2011, which is just shy of a month away from the upcoming announcement. What is that we hear? Excitement in the air?

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2 spotted in AT&T store a bit early

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The Motorola Atrix 2 should be hitting AT&T store shelves Sunday Oct. 16, but in at least one location they are already sitting pretty and ready for fondling.  A reader sent these pics in, saying that the manager of his local AT&T store has already put them out "by mistake".  He goes on to tell us two pretty interesting things -- the H+ icon in the status bar has been replaced with a "4G" logo, and the screen on the new models is good enough that he doesn't think it's a pentile matrix display.  While the network icon is pretty lulzworthy, the news about an improved screen is good to hear.  Maybe this is a worthy refresh after all?  hit the break for another pic, and check out our hands-on.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Dear Molly Rants: Let's talk about Android 'fragmentation' ...

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Dear, Molly Wood. How's it going? Couldn't help but notice your latest rant about Android. (We've had a few ourselves.) And while we, being the biggest and best Android community, well, anywhere, think it's swell you've been giving Android a go (especially as other platforms have been wooing you), we need to clear a few things up here, particularly regarding this whole "fragmentation" thing that's got you down.

Let's everybody hold hands and hit that little "Read more" link below, shall we?

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2 years ago

X10 AirPad mini-review

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We don't normally worry about the really low-end Android tablets floating around out there, because they always seem to disappoint.  We had to make an exception when we heard about the X10 AirPad, though.  X10 is a company many of us know -- they've been around forever since 1978 and have sold many a gadget to many a gadget-lover.  And since the AirPad checks in at under $200, we figured it might be the one.

Gingerbread and a 7-inch form factor doesn't get enough love anyway -- right?  hit the break, and have a look at a video review, some pics, and all the details.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Dexter

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If you’re a fan of the show Dexter on Showtime, then you’ll want to check out the official Android app. Showtime is doing some cool things with complimentary apps for its shows, including the popular series Weeds and the aforementioned Dexter.

When you open the app, you’ll be presented with the home screen, which displays four tabs up top as well as six main features rotating on the main screen. These include guest stars for the upcoming season, behind the scenes looks, a glance at the widget and even an opportunity to watch the season premiere on your device. The four tabs that can be found up top are: Home, The Show, Videos and Photobooth.

  • Home: includes all of the options listed above
  • The Show: this tab contains 5 subtabs called About, Episodes, Airtimes, Cast, and Extras. About provides a premise for the show including the new season. Episodes allows you to sort through past shows, read recaps and watch video clips. Airtime lists all of the upcoming Dexter episodes available on various networks.  Cast provides bios and pictures of the main cast members and Extras includes wallpapers and the official Twitter account for the show
  • Videos: The Videos tab includes a full episode available for free as well as behind the scenes clips for the fans that love extras
  • Photobooth: Photobooth allows you to to put a picture of yourself inside a theme based on Dexter. Themes include Dark Angel, Kill Wall, Kill Suit, Miami Badge and Suspect File

Dexter is a fantastic app for anyone who is a fan of the popular Showtime series. It is a perfect compliment to the TV show. It's a free app available from the Android Market, we've got links after the break.

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2 years ago

Hot SGS II, Explain ICS [From the Forums]

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The weekend is upon us and that means you'll have some to catch up on all the latest Android news you may have missed from this week -- there was plenty to go around. You can jump back a few pages or check out the Android Central forums for more Android talk.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Google Voice slowly gaining MMS support

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Some great news for Google Voice users has arrived today. MMS support has now become a priority and is slowly rolling out to users accounts. As noted on the Google Voice Blog:

MMS has been one of the constant feature requests since we launched Google Voice and we’ve been hard at work trying to make this happen.

Today, we're happy to announce that we've made the first step in our efforts to bring this feature to our users. Google Voice users are now able to receive pictures and other multimedia messages from Sprint subscribers. The multimedia attachments will display on their mobile forwarding phone and in their email inbox when they enable text to email forwarding in their Google Voice settings. We are also planning on making them display in the Google Voice inbox.

We are working with other mobile operators to make this work across all mobile phones and will update our users as more and more operators offer support for this.

Posted by Ilya Frank, Senior Software Engineer

For now, only Sprint customers can make use of the MMS features but as noted -- Google is working with other carriers to have it implemented as soon as possible. Anyone been waiting on this?

Source: Google Voice Blog

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2 years ago

Google lightens their load - Buzz, Code Search and Jaiku laid to rest

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It had to happen at some point considering it was noted during Google Q3 earnings call on Thursday. Google Buzz, the short-lived social service that was never widely used and flawed from the start has been put to rest. Along with it, Code Search and Jaiku will soon be wiped from the interwebs. As noted on the Google Blog:

  • Code Search, which was designed to help people search for open source code all over the web, will be shut down along with the Code Search API on January 15, 2012.
  • In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. While people obviously won't be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.
  • Jaiku, a product we acquired in 2007 that let users send updates to friends, will shut down on January 15, 2012. We’ll be working to enable users to export their data from Jaiku.
  • Several years ago, we gave people the ability to interact socially on iGoogle. With our new focus on Google+, we will remove iGoogle's social features on January 15, 2012. iGoogle itself, and non-social iGoogle applications, will stay as they are.
  • The University Research Program for Google Search, which provides API access to our search results for a small number of approved academic researchers, will close on January 15, 2012.

While we doubt anyone will miss Buzz all that much since Google+ is what they should have done from the beginning. Code Search though was something I used often so that will be missed. Also on its way out is the Google Labs website where things will be replaced by Product Search.

Source: Google Blog

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