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4 years ago

US Cellular Galaxy Note 2 pre-order page is up, shipping the end of October for $300

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After this morning's announcement that the Galaxy Note 2 would be everywhere in the next few months, we've been waiting for word from each carrier. U.S. Cellular has jumped in and put their pre-order page live, and if you can part with $300 (on a contract, of course) you can have a shiny Galaxy Note 2 shipped your way by the end of October.

That's honestly a bit sooner that we expected after hearing Samsung say carriers should have them by mid-November, but we're going to complain. No word from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon as of yet, but we expect news soon.

Source: US Cellular

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4 years ago

Samsung's latest commercial: The next big thing is already here

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How convenient. On the same day that Apple released the sixth iteration of its iOS, Samsung has released their latest Galaxy S III commercial. Must be some kind of coincidence.

In this latest commercial, you can see many consumers waiting in line in front of an unnamed store, apparently waiting for an unnamed phone. They all seem to be wearing white headphones though, I wonder if that's some sort of clue?

Perhaps my favorite line from the commercial was this one:

Girl: I heard the connector is all digital... What does that even mean?

Man: What? Who knows??..... long pause.... I'm psyched!

Anyway, the commercial does tout some of the SGS3's features such as a large screen, NFC and the fact that it's had 4G for a while now. It's pretty funny and unlike their print ad that ran a few days ago, this video was fairly clever. Head past the break to watch.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile U.S.A. announces John Legere as new CEO

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T-Mobile U.S.A. has just announced a new CEO by the name of John Legere who starts the job on September 22. Jim Alling, T-Mobile's chief operating officer, had been interim CEO since June when long-time CEO Philip Humm stepped down. Before T-Mobile, Legere had occupied quite a few senior positions at AT&T and Dell.

Legere's immediately preceding position was as CEO of a wireline communications infrastructure company called Global Crossing, a company which suffered shady executive spending and a messy bankruptcy. T-Mobile is still on a rocky financial road, so at least Legere will be in familiar territory. 

Anyone remember Global Crossing from the internet boom years? How confident are you in Legere's ability to pull T-Mobile out of last place in the U.S. wireless service provider game?

Source: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

Live from New York City with HTC!

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Android Central and WPCentral are live from New York City for a special event hosted by HTC. The Taiwanese manufacturer is set to unleash some major new products, and rumors suggest that new Windows Phone 8 devices, a refreshed HTC One X and possibly a 5-inch device on Verizon could be on the cards.

Whatever's unveiled, we'll be covering it all live, which means you'l be able to follow along with all the latest news as it emerges. And after the event's done, we'll likely have hands-on time with any new devices.

The fun begins at 11am EDT (8am PDT, 4pm BST). Check past the break for all our live coverage or click here to go to our enhanced full-width live blog experience!

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4 years ago

Motorola RAZR i initial video review

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We've spent the past day getting to know the RAZR i, Motorola's new Intel-powered smartphone. Externally, it may look like a re-badged Droid RAZR M, but the main differences lie on the inside. It's powered by a 2GHz Intel Atom CPU, which the manufacturer claims results in improved performance across the board, most notably in games and the built-in camera app. The RAZR i is also the first international Motorola phone to get the company's newly-redesigned minimalist Android skin, which is much more reminiscent of vanilla Android.

To learn more about the Motorola RAZR i, check out our initial video review above. When you're done, be sure to check out the rest of our RAZR i coverage from the past day --

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4 years ago

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will hit 5 US carriers by mid-November

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Samsung has unveiled their U.S. release plans for the upcoming Galaxy Note 2, and things are looking very nice. The Note 2 will be on all five major U.S. carriers by mid-November, making this the second time Samsung was able to pull off a (mostly) simultaneous launch of the same model across the board.

We've seen the so-called international version of the Note 2, but what do we get here in the states? A beast, that's what.

  • 1.6 quad-core Exynos CPU
  • LTE and/or HSPA+42 where applicable
  • 2GB RAM
  • Android 4.1
  • 16GB storage
  • microSD card slot

That's not a typo -- the Note 2 will be the debut of the LTE optimized Exynos. I know more than a few have been waiting for that one. Of course this all sits under the 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen an is backed up by that 3100mAh battery. Jelly Bean is an awesome bonus, and there's a chance that this will be the first phone on Verizon to offer it.

Of course the redesigned S-Pen and software optimizations are on-board, and the device will be available in Marble White or Titanium Grey, with flip-cover backs available in Titanium Gray, Marble White, Blue, Pink, Mint, Lime Green, and Orange. Full details from carriers will be coming soon, we'll keep an eye out for all the Note 2 news.

The full press release is after the break, and the Galaxy Note 2 forums are open for business!

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4 years ago

AT&T LTE goes live in eight more locations, including Detroit and Seattle

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AT&T has flipped the switch and has turned on its LTE network in eight more locations.

Here are the cities that will now be able to experience LTE:

In addition, AT&T has also expanded its LTE network in Miami-Dade County, continuing to bring it to more customers in south Florida.

It's always good to see more cities gaining access to higher speeds, and if you're a customer in any of these places, we'd love to hear how fast your speeds are now!

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4 years ago

The Beeb moves beyond Flash with BBC Media Player for Android

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With the discontinuation of Adobe Flash for Android, the BBC has had to look elsewhere for a video streaming solution on the platform. Its iPlayer media streaming service is heavily reliant on the desktop, and when Flash launched on Android in 2010, it was at the heart of the mobile iPlayer experience, too.

Today sees the corporation take its first steps into the post-Flash world, with the launch of its own stand-alone Media Player add-on for Android. The BBC Media Player can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, and it springs into life whenever BBC video content needs to be played, for example through the iPlayer mobile site. There's still some way left to go before the BBC's new home-grown app takes over all video-playing duties on Android. The iPlayer mobile app is still unsupported on Jelly Bean, and the BBC news and sports websites still default to Flash for playback (although the BBC says it's working to more closely integrate the new player with all its multimedia content). Nevertheless, being able to run iPlayer content on the web without sideloading Flash is an important first step.

If you're in the UK, you can grab the BBC Media Player app for free from the Google Play button above.

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4 years ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 gets minor software update

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 owners are waking up to a new software update this morning. The latest 82MB over-the-air upgrade brings AT&T's S3 up to version UCALH9 appears to add in some features that were added to the international model a few weeks back. The most noticeable change is the new brightness slider in the notification dropdown, though according to Android Central forums posters, there are also new VPN and enterprise security enhancements under the hood. On the whole, though, this is a pretty low-key update.

The update is still based on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich -- there's no Jelly Bean update for the AT&T S3 just yet. For the technically-minded, a new radio firmware is also included -- version I747UCLH9.

To see if your AT&T Galaxy S3 is ready to grab the latest over-the-air update, head to Settings > About phone > Software update. Once you're done, be sure to drop by the comments below and let us know how you're getting on with the new firmware.

Source: Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Vodafone UK launches the Sony Xperia Miro

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Vodafone UK sends word that it's launching the social-focused Sony Xperia Miro on Pay As You Go and contract plans. The 3.5-inch Xperia Miro, announced a few months back, combines an 800MHz CPU with 512MB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear camera. It's unquestionably an entry-level phone, and Vodafone's pricing it as such -- it'll set you back just £130 on PAYG, and it's available for free on contracts starting at a frugal £13 per month.

It's not going to blow you away with awesome, bleeding-edge specs, but the Xperia Miro is a reasonable upgrade over the bog-standard Xperia Tipo, and that 5MP camera in particular is probably worth the extra cash. It also comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, so you'll be rocking a relatively modern version of the OS. Right now it looks like Voda's only offering the black Xperia Miro, so you'll have to hold out for another network (or SIM-free deal) if you want one of the other colors shown above.

Source: Vodafone UK

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4 years ago

Duarte: I'm 'a third of the way to where I want to be' with Android

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Interface design guru and shirt connoisseur Matias Duarte has been responsible for many of the design decisions we've seen in Android since Gingerbread. Recently the Android design boss was recognized by Fast Company as one of the top fifty designers shaping the future. However, despite the sweeping design changes he and his team have brought to Android over the past couple of years, Duarte is far from done.

Commenting on Google+ in reply to an article critical of some of Android's design inconsistencies, Duarte revealed that the work he's done so far only takes Android a third of the way towards his ultimate goal.

It's true, we still have a lot of work to do. Personally I feel like I've gotten only about a third of the way to where I want to be with regards to consistency, responsiveness, and polish. Better get back to work!

The designer purportedly made similar comments at Mobile World Congress back in February. So it seems there's undoubtedly a long-term design plan for future versions of Android, beyond the changes already introduced in Honeycomb, ICS and Jelly Bean.

For our part, we look forward to seeing the remaining two thirds of Duarte's vision.

Source: +Matias Duarte

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4 years ago

Announcing Android Central's Nexus 7 a Week giveaway!

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The only thing better than a Nexus 7 is a free Nexus 7, am I right? So then, let's give one away! In fact, we're going to give one away every week! That's right, each week will be a new chance to enter to win your very own Nexus 7 for FREE from Android Central. Sometimes entering will be easy, like leaving a comment. Sometimes we might make you jump through some hoops to enter. Either way, you'll want to come back every Wednesday and enter, because every week is a new chance to win.

This week all you have to do to enter is head over to the forums HERE and leave a comment. Comments left on this blog post do not count as an entry. Your comment must be in the forums in the thread at the link below to be eligible. That's it! Come back next week to see if you've won, and for your next chance to enter. Good luck!

Enter the contest here

Eligibility: To be eligible to win, you must be a registered member of Android Central. The contest is open worldwide and anyone can enter. Only one entry per person per week, unless otherwise noted. Winners will be announced weekly on the blogs along with instructions for entering for the next week. If you are chosen as a winner, you will be contacted via email, so be sure your profile is up-to-date. 

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4 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch and MyTouch Q update offers Carrier IQ opt out

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The T-Mobile MyTouch and MyTouch Q (actually made by Huawei) are receiving an OTA update today -- to software version C85B839SP03. Although the phones will stay on Android 2.3.6 for now, there are a few good things in this one. First and foremost, the update allows users to opt out of the Carrier IQ tracking software that is preloaded on the devices. There's a lot of FUD out there about Carrier IQ, but regardless it's good to see that a carrier is letting people have the option to toggle that data collection off. Also in this update is a camera fix, allowing the phones cameras to now realize a full 5MP resolution for photos. Of course as we'd expect, there are a few other random bug fixes involved in the update as well.

You can find more information about the update in the T-Mobile Support articles at the source links below.

Source: T-Mobile Support (MyTouch, MyTouch Q)

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4 years ago

Verizon's rumored Galaxy Note 2 may have a secured bootloader

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Nobody is sure that Verizon is getting a version of the Galaxy Note 2, but the latest rumor is that the beast does exist, complete with a "locked" bootloader. Enough leakage suggests that Verizon will be getting the new Note, and we wouldn't be surprised one tiny bit to see it locked down tight as a drum. That's what the folks at BriefMobile are hearing from their ninja. 

As mentioned above, we're not surprised. Verizon has a history of wanting to keep tight control over the phones on their network, as evidenced by the extra bootloader security built into the Galaxy S3 on Big Red. The same Galaxy S3 that got cracked, hacked, and jacked to hell and back by Android hackers. We'll see the same here we think. 

Source: BriefMobile

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4 years ago

Dyzplastic previews Series 03 pt 6 of their Android collectibles

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Well, Dyzplastic is still churning out their oh so lovable Android collectibles. Today they released the design of part 6 in their third series of collectibles.The latest collectible features a "cry-on" design which is obviously a play off of Krylon spray paint. If you missed out on parts 1-5 be sure to check them out in Dyzplastic's September archive.

Back to the "cry-on" design, it's more than just a pretty paint job. I know I let out a chuckle when I saw its hidden "feature." Check out the video after the break and see for yourself.

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