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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Camera now available from AT&T


As promised, today sees the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Camera in the U.S., where it's now available to buy from AT&T. The Android-powered point-and-shoot camera features a 16-megapixel BSI (backside illuminated) CMOS sensor with 21X optical zoom, and runs Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) out of the box, along with Samsung's own customizations. At $499, it's not the cheapest point-and-shoot around, but it is backed up by Samsung's latest smartphone tech, similar to what's found in the Galaxy S3.

In addition to Wifi, the Galaxy Camera supports AT&T's 4G (HSPA+) network, and the carrier's offering the following plans for use with the camera -- though the device is also available to buy with no commitment. 

  • AT&T Mobile Share: $10 to share between 1 GB and 20GB
  • AT&T DataConnect 250MB: $15 for 250MB
  • AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
  • AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB

If you're interested in picking up a Galaxy Camera on launch day, you'll find more details over at the source link.

Source: Galaxy Camera on AT&T

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4 years ago

AT&T lights up a load of new LTE locales


OK, folks. Been waiting for AT&T in your neck of the woods? Peep this list of cities that officially went live today:

  • Mobile, Ala.
  • Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Pensacola, Fla.
  • South Bend and  Mishawaka, Ind.
  • Saratoga/Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Eugene, Ore.
  • Corvallis, Ore.
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Greenville, S.C.
  • Columbia, S.C.
  • Charleston, S.C.
  • El Paso, Texas

Also, AT&T has expanded its LTE coverage in Fairfield County, Conn., as well as downriver Wayne and Monroe near Detroit. AT&T says its LTE coverage has doubled in 2012 and is now in 103 markets, with more to come this year.

Today's launch comes on the heels of other cities going live this week, including Minneapolis/St. Paul, Provo-Orem, Utah; Denver; Anne Arundel County in Maryland; Daytona Beach; York, Penn.; Tacoma, Wash.; Milwaukee, Wis.; and Louisville, Ken.

AT&T earlier this month announced that it plans to spend some $14 billion on its network over the next three years.

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4 years ago

Google Play Music matching service now live in Europe


Following Monday's Google Play Music launch in Europe, Google's music matching service has been enabled for European users. Similar to iTunes Match, the new service works through the existing Google Music Manager app, crunching your music collection and matching it to stuff already on Google's servers. This bypasses the tedious process of directly uploading music, which until now has been a necessary evil for anyone wanting to move their existing library over to Google's streaming service.

The whole process is designed to be transparent to users, so the only difference you should notice is that the music manager app completes its work significantly more quickly than before. Google Play Music now includes libraries from all the major labels, but if you have any music that's not in Google's collection, you'll still be able to upload that as before.

Right now the scan and match service is only available in Europe, though a U.S. launch is expected soon.

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4 years ago

AT&T's HTC One X+ and One VX available today


Just a quick reminder that the HTC One X+ and One VX are available as of today on AT&T. The One X+ is the souped-up version of its 2012 flagship phone, with a 4.7-inch 720p display and a Tegra 3 quad-core processor running at 1.7 GHz. The VX is more on the mid-range side of things, but that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve a look. It's got a 4.5-inch qHD display and a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Both sport HTC's excellent ImageSense camera system.

The One X+ runs $199 on contract, and the One VX is $49.

More: Win an HTC One X+ from Android Central and AT&T

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4 years ago

Android Central 116: The Google Play debacle; Verizon's DNA


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In the span of 24 hours, Verizon launches a great phone that everybody hates, and Google has a hard time selling a phone and tablet that nobody can wait any longer for. It's gonna be one of those podcasts. 

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4 years ago

O2 UK's Nexus 4 reportedly SIM-unlocked


If you live in the UK and weren't lucky enough to bag yourself a Nexus 4 from the Google Play Store, there might be a way -- albeit an expensive way -- to get your hands on an unlocked 16GB model. As we reported a few weeks back, O2 scored a month-long exclusivity period, meaning it's the only carrier able to directly sell the Nexus 4 in the UK until mid-December. (Carphone Warehouse has the new Nexus too, though officially they're not offering it SIM-free.)

Today we're seeing reports from members on the Android Central forums, corroborated by similar posts from other forums, indicating that Nexus 4s sold by O2 are in fact SIM-unlocked, despite the carrier's protestations to the contrary. Android Central forum member tomjdavies writes -- 

I got my Nexus 4 from O2 today. They were adamant in-store that it was locked to O2 but I made them put my Vodafone sim in it - and it worked, much to my joy ha. I paid £399.99 plus £10 for a pay as you go SIM.

Similar reports from XDA suggest this isn't an isolated incident, and that despite what O2 store staff are telling customers, at least some of its Nexus 4 stock is unlocked. That means if you're willing to cough up the £400 (plus £10 top-up) asking price, you could walk away with an unlocked Nexus 4, weeks before it's available again on the Google Play Store. Nevertheless, we'd advise caution until there's official confirmation that all O2 Nexus 4s are sold without a network lock.

In the meantime, we've reached out to O2 for any official comment, and will keep you updated on any new information you provide. If you've picked up a Nexus 4 from O2 in the past few days, be sure to hit the comments and let us know if it's SIM-locked.

Source: Android Central forums, XDA

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4 years ago

Issues tracking your UK Nexus delivery online? Here's why


If, like me, you're eagerly awaiting the delivery of your new Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 to a UK address, you'll no doubt have encountered some issues tracking the package online. Google sent out a TNT consignment number with every shipping email, along with a handy hyperlink to track that item online. But, tracking those numbers seems to bring up either an error or a completely different package belonging to someone else. Frustrating? Absolutely. But, the good news is it's an easy fix. 

The "TNT # ..." number provided to you by Google isn't the consignment number of the package as they would have you believe. This number is in fact your customer reference number. This can be used to track the package too though, so don't fret. On the tracking page on the TNT website, ensure that the "Reference Number" box is checked and not the "Consignment Number" box. Click track, and it should bring up all you need to know. 

More: Nexus 4 Forums, Nexus 10 Forums

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4 years ago

Morning news roundup: November 16, 2012




Good morning! While you were resting your eyes, we here at Android Central kept an eye on the Internet for you, so we could bring you up to speed on everything that happened while you slept. That's just what we do, and we love doing it. Here's what you might have missed.

Software and updates

SkyDrive gets a big update

Chameleon Launcher slashes price to $3.99

Pandora 4.0 rolls out

See your media in-line with Twitter's latest update


Boost gets the Titanium Galaxy S 2

16GB Nexus 10 sells out

Odds & ends

Verizon still kicking out more LTE

Google Now is PopSci's Innovation of the Year

RIM's game-port-a-thon is a good way for Android developers to make some extra bucks

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4 years ago

Pandora rolls out version 4.0 update with a new feature set


We got a look at the press images of a new update to Pandora -- version 4.0 -- a couple weeks ago, and now it has finally gone live for everyone to get their hands on. The app got a pretty substantial UI facelift in the previous update, and now this one brings extra features to fill out the entire experience. After linking the app to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, you can share the current playlist or song directly to each network. On the listening side, you can create and manage your different playlists, and add variety to current ones.

You can also now create a "music profile" for yourself, making a central repository for everything you do in Pandora. You can browse and follow other users' music profiles in what's being called the "music feed" as well. The update has just gone live in the Play Store, and you can grab a download at the link above.

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4 years ago

Verizon continues to roll out 4G LTE with several new markets


The Verizon 4G LTE rollout continues again today with several new markets going live across the country. Customers in  the following markets should be seeing LTE go live today:

  • Ironwood, Michigan
  • Galesburg, Illinois
  • Wheeling, West Virginia
  • St. Clairesville, Ohio
  • Louisa, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Prince George and Charles City counties in Virginia

At this point it's surprising that Verizon is still finding places that don't yet have LTE, given how many markets we see go live every single week.

Source: Verizon (2) (3) (4)

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4 years ago

Droid DNA goodness, 4.2 upgrade Bluetooth issues [From the Forums]


While you get yourself caught up on the blog posts from today, don't forget that in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about as well. 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 over 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

Twitter for Android updated with in-line media previews


The official Twitter for Android app has been updated yet again to come closer to the feature improvements that have been made in the web version of Twitter. Tweets in the regular stream now include previews of any media attached to the tweet. Pictures, videos and articles will show up in-line with the tweet so they can be easily accessed after the preview. Several improvements have been made to the search functionality as well -- there are media previews in search stream tweets, and you can now get a "Photo Stream" to see what's happening at a given moment in pictures.

If you haven't given the official Twitter app a look in a while, you may want to give it a try. A lot of improvements have come in the recent updates. Grab a download at the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

RIM hosting 36 hour game-port-a-thon, Android developers welcome to join


Yes, I know. This is Android Central and you're certainly not expecting to hear about RIM on here but hear me out for a second. As some of you may or may not know, RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 does support Android apps to a certain extent and with that RIM also supports Android developers.

Android developers can earn money on BlackBerry App World by porting their apps to the BlackBerry PlayBook and RIM's upcoming OS, BlackBerry 10. To help show that, RIM is hosting a 36 hour game porting session and offering up some cold hard cash and prizes to go along with it. Here's the deal, if you're an Android developer and interested in porting some games.

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4 years ago

Daily news roundup: November 15, 2012

4 years ago

Nexus 10 16GB now sold out on Google Play


At this rate, it feels like you won't be able to buy anything from the Play Store in the near future. Both storage capacities of the Nexus 4 sold out in record time. The HSPA+ version of the Nexus 7 lasted 36 hours longer than the Nexus 4, but sold out last night. The 32GB version of the Nexus 10 sold out yesterday as well, and now the 16GB Nexus 10 is joining it.

The last things you can buy now are the 16 and 32GB Nexus 7, and the new $199 Acer Chromebook. Everything else in the Google hardware department is sold out. Hopefully Google can get things back in order and get devices shipping again soon.

Source: Google Play Store

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