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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 rumored to show at Mobile World Congress in February

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 is all of, what, four months old, but we're already starting to laugh our asses off see rumors regarding a possible successor. The Korea Times, citing unnamed "company officials" and "local parts suppliers," says we'll see the Galaxy S4 unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in late February, with it hitting shelves by the end of March

Oh, and they say it'll be slightly bigger (5 inches) and more powerful than the Galaxy S3 (get out) and will have LTE capability (you're kidding us).

Other than a possible screen size and unveiling at MWC, there's not much in the story we wouldn't expect. Faster, better, taking on Apple, blah, blah blah. Been there, done that, will do it again next year.

It's also a little early to start with the Galaxy S4 rumors, and it wouldn't surprise us in the slightest to see this turn out to not happen until later in the year. Regardless, we'll be in Barcelona one way or the other.

Source: Korea Times

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4 years ago

LG brings the Optimus True HD LTE to the Middle East

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LG this morning announced that it's bringing the Optimus True HD LTE to the Middle East, starting with Saudi Arabia. Here in the States, we know the Optimus True HD LTE as the LG Nitro HD, with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP camera, and of course the 4.5-inch IPS HD display at 1280 x 720 resolution.

Source: LG

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4 years ago

Five (mostly) innocent Android apps that can help hide your naughty side [#NSFW]

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Yeah, yeah. We've heard it all before. Android and its mostly open application ecosystem in Google Play is a haven for smut. The Android Phone is for Porn, and all that. Of course, so is any device with a web browser. And as we've seen before, there are some "good" adult apps in Google Play -- as well as a bunch of crap that you'll want to say far away from.

But what about applications that for all intents and purposes are completely acceptable to have on your phone? Apps that nobody would think twice upon seeing. For parents who keep track of what their kids are downloading, some apps might not garner a second glance. Spouses might not suspect a thing.

We all know better, of course. Here are a handful of mostly innocent Android applications that can bring out the naughty side without, ahem, arousing suspicion. 

More: Our NSFW Android section

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4 years ago

Yahoo staff all getting new phones, highlights growing changes in enterprise space

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Here's a fun little story as we approach the end of another weekend. New Yahoo CEO, Marissa Meyer, has kicked off a new program at the company that will see all employees receive a brand new smartphone. Just so long as it isn't a BlackBerry. Instead, there's some pretty sweet Android devices on the list to replace those aging RIM phones that have been carried by employees for so long. 

The program is to be known as "Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun!" and is intended to get staff at the company using the same mobile technologies as their customers. So, should employees so desire a new Android smartphone free of charge -- and why wouldn't they -- they will be able to choose from a Samsung Galaxy S 3, a HTC One X or a HTC EVO 4G LTE. Or, some kind of Apple or Microsoft based products. 

While we may jest at this apparent misfortune for RIM in losing business from a pretty large company, there is something to it in the wider picture. Times are a changing, and BlackBerry is no longer the default choice for mobile solutions in business. Android is now a compelling enterprise choice, as are iOS and Windows Phone, and the move by Yahoo to adopt devices similar to their customers is an interesting one. 

On the other hand, we're actually pretty interested to see BlackBerry 10 -- if only so CrackBerry Kevin will finally be able to get a darn haircut -- because competition is good. Competition will make the mobile space better for all of us, whichever flavor OS tickles your fancy. 

Source:  Business Insider via WPCentral

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4 years ago

Why you'll never have the latest version of Android

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Inside the ‘broken’ Android updates process

If you have an Android phone, chances are it’s not running the most recent version of the OS, 4.1 Jelly Bean. According to Google’s own figures, just 1.2 percent of active devices run the latest version of Android. Some 57.5 percent remain on Android 2.3, a version rapidly approaching its second birthday.

If you were lucky enough to buy a Nexus device -- the right Nexus device -- you might get the latest sweet treat from the Mountain View chocolate factory immediately, or within a few weeks of it being finalized. But for most of the countless millions of active Android devices, it’s quite a different story. They’ll probably never run the latest version of Android, whatever that may be. They’re on ICS if they’re lucky, Gingerbread if they’re not, and by the time they get Jelly Bean we’ll already be singing the praises of Key Lime Pie.

This vicious cycle is a product of Google’s approach to its OS, combined with a mess of other factors including carriers, manufacturers and users’ own expectations. It’s one of the platform’s most significant issues, and one that’s all but impossible to solve. Read on to find out exactly why, as we dissect the Android software update process.

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: That ain't Android, Samsung likes lists, Moto doing it right

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Phil has vacated his desk for the week, and I've snuck in to fiddle with his radio, adjust his chair, and change all his bookmarks. They're big shoes to fill, but Alex and I can handle it. 

In any case, there's a lot of things that happened last week we should all stop and think about, and we can't let a bit of wanderlust keep it from happening.

  • There was this little iPhone 5 thing that happened, and while we wait for it to actually become available we get to sift through everyone's opinion about why it's either a failure or the second coming. It's actually neither, but it does happen to be the perfect update for what some folks feel is the perfect phone. Anyone who expected magic unicorns with flames coming out their butt clearly hasn't been paying attention, as the iPhone 5 will look and feel like a better, faster, and this time around slightly bigger version of last years model. And it will sell millions. Samsung had a little fun with it in their recent ad, but they've forgotten that people don't buy the iPhone because of the specs. They buy it because of the whole Apple brand, and you can't fight that with a witty full color page.
  • Sony looks to be up to their same old tricks, as the Xperia T will not be available unlocked (or in the US) until 2013. That's too late, and something better will be out by then. You have a website that can ship me a laptop in three days, Sony. Put your phones on it so people can buy them.
  • Motorola, on the other hand, has surprised us all by doing exactly what they said they would do. If you are the type who likes to tinker, and love some Motorola hardware, grab the Developer Edition Razr M -- which went on sale last week right after the carrier launch. Nice job, Moto.
  • There's that whole brouhaha over Acer, a Chinese Android-ish clone called Aliyun, and Google threatening to boot the manufacturer from the OHA if the two ever meet. It's a regular soap opera, complete with CEO's talking snarky on social media, software piracy, and about a million blogger opinions on why it's right or wrong. I can see why Google is doing what they are doing, but it still feels a bit like strong-arm tactics to me. Maybe Google needs to define the rules a bit better, or maybe Acer is trying to skirt them. This one isn't finished, and I look forward to more drama over the coming weeks.
  • I'm trying to find a reason to not love the Kindle Fire HD 7. So far, I can't. It feels nothing like Android, but it's an awfully nice piece of equipment if you're in deep with Amazon. 
  • Lots' of events this coming week, we have Motorola and Intel doing a thing in London on Tuesday, and Wednesday has LG and HTC both sharing something big with us in New York. We'll be at all three, seeing what there is to see and telling you guys all there is to know. 
  • Finally, we see Jelly Bean has rolled out to all the Galaxy Nexus phones around the world, except one. Come on Verizon, this is getting a bit ridiculous. We understand that there are some radio issues that need worked out, but why not send out the updated OS with the old radio while you work on it? I'm sure a few people with the LTE Galaxy Nexus would appreciate the bone. Don't keep Google's work out of everyone's hands while you sort out yours.

A few things to think about, for sure. Phil will be back next week!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 3 LTE heading to Singapore, packs Jelly Bean out of the box

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Back at IFA 2012 in Berlin, we went hands on for the first time with the Samsung Galaxy S 3 LTE. OK, so it's a Galaxy S 3, and it has LTE, nothing too extraordinary. However, what we did find on that demo unit was a fully loaded, fully working build of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We'd seen leaked builds -- and gone hands on of course -- but Berlin was the first time we'd seen it out in the wild. 

Now, over in Singapore, Samsung is preparing to launch the Galaxy S 3 LTE from the end of September. Good news for them, but better news for everyone else is that the LTE S 3 will come out of the box running Jelly Bean. Which, is extra good news for potential buyers of the British LTE version on EE -- which it seems will come in the lovely shade of Titanium Grey -- as it further shores up talk of the device having Jelly Bean at launch in the UK. 

The Singapore S 3 LTE will be the quad-core Exynos based version, complete with 2GB of RAM. This is of course different to the US version which packs a dual-core Snapdragon S4 under the hood. 

Oh, and do you have room for some more potential good news? Seems Samsung Singapore also announced the Jelly Bean update for the non-LTE version in October. It isn't surprising though, we know it's pretty much ready for release, we're just waiting on Samsung to flip the switch. 

via CNET Asia (1),(2)

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4 years ago

Iterate Podcast Episode 29: Esmaeili on Carbon for Android

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Marc and Rene talk about the Amazon Kindle and Nokia Lumia events, 4Cast.me, and Retinizer, and interview M.Saleh Esmaeili of Carbon for webOS, Windows Phone, and Android fame. This is Iterate!

 

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4 years ago

Samsung would rather you buy a Galaxy S3 than an iPhone 5

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Samsung has proved several times before that it's not afraid of directly attacking bitter rival Apple (and on occasion its fans), so it should come as no surprise to see the company's latest print ad taking aim at the recently-announced iPhone 5. With the tagline "it doesn't take a genius," Samsung pokes fun at Apple's retail stores (ironically, a setup it's trying to imitate itself), before telling us that "the next big thing is already here." Most of the ad space is taken up with a direct -- though highly slanted -- feature and specification run-down from both iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3.

We'll be the first to admit that the comparison is far from fair, and the iPhone 5 has a lot more going for it than "a totally different plug." Then again, this is an advertisement. Samsung wants you to buy a Galaxy S3, not an iPhone 5, and it's taken a characteristically direct approach to deal with the threat of Apple's latest and greatest smartphone. It's not subtle, and it won't change the minds of die-hard fans, but that's not its purpose. Its purpose is to put the Galaxy S3 on the radar of consumers considering picking up an iPhone 5 on Friday, and that's something we think it'll succeed in doing.

Sure, it's slanted and biased, but that shouldn't come as a surprise. After all, a fair comparison between the two devices wouldn't make for a very good full-page advertisement, would it?

Source: Business Insider

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4 years ago

Carbon for Android potentially days away according to developers

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Carbon for Android has been a long time coming, and has to be one of the more hotly anticipated apps of recent times. While the original projected release date may have come and gone, no-one can deny that the developers, Dots and Lines, have been working hard to complete. A recent tweet posted to the official Carbon for Android account gives further hope that soon we'll be able to try it for ourselves. 

Turns out, that we might only be a few days away from launch; 

Matter of a few dayz now...yea, still alive and kicking! Next up will be a full video and our Google Play link...

Exciting news for sure. The Twitter client space has seen some interesting competitors in recent months such as Boid and Tweet Lanes, but it's no secret that this is the one a lot of people are going to want. And of course, it's going to be free. 

Source: @CarbonAndroid

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4 years ago

Got a new Kindle Fire HD 7? Keep an eye on the offers for $5 worth of free music

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If you grabbed an Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7, or have one on it's way, keep an eye on the lockscreen offers for a chance to get $5 free credit at the Amazon mp3 store. I ran across this one last night while playing a movie or two, and just had to share the news.

I'm catching some flack for saying I think the offers (read -- ads) on the lockscreen are a good thing in this case, but this is why I'm saying it. I'm an Amazon junkie, buying everything I can through Amazon Prime. I want to see ways I can save a few bucks, and having those "pesky" ads on the lockscreen keeps me from having to dig through Amazon.com to find deals and sales. I almost wish Google would do it for Google Play content. Yeah, I just said that.

Anyhoo, in case you're wondering, I spent my fiver on Eat a Peach by the Allman Brothers Band. It's one of a hundred full albums that are on sale for five bucks at Amazon this week. I had the Fire download them to it's storage, and am in the process of uploading it all to Google Play Music for the best of both worlds. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to relive the sweet sounds of my youth and enjoy my free tunes. 

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4 years ago

Google develops tool to translate Java to iOS friendly Objective-C code

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Google has authored J2ObjC, an open-source tool that can convert all the non-UI bits of Java code into Objective-C source code for use in iOS apps. It's not the first translator of this type we've ever seen, but coming from Google makes us have a serious look at this one. 

Put away your fanboy hats for a moment, and stop caring which OS has more market share or which OEM sold the most phones last quarter. Mobile will be is the next frontier of tech -- especially the Internet. Google building a robust and fully working tool to convert code for things like data access and program logic from Java to Obj-C is a big deal. This helps developers code once and port things to another platform with an automated tool, saving time and money. 

Google has stated that several of their own products are using this (no, they don't give specifics) and that it's currently between alpha and beta quality. If you're a developer, hit the source link to see all the requirements and helpful tips to get you started. If you're not a developer, just know that things like this will make mobile applications and services better for everyone.

Via Google Open Source BlogJ2ObjC project page

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week - Tasker App Factory, ESPN Radio, Bombshells: Hells Belles and more!

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We've got a jam-packed week of app picks for you guys today. Everyone around Android Central is chiming in with their favorite app. This is another diverse week where we hit all the different app genres -- games, sports, productivity, tools and more. The best part about these picks is they're all either completely free, or have a free version. That's how we like it, folks. Read on.

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4 years ago

Android Central international round-up - September 15, 2012

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This week may have been iPhone week (and we'll have more Apple stuff over the next seven days), but there was plenty of international Android news to go around, too. The UK got its first 4G LTE network from the newly-minted EE (formerly Everything Everywhere, formerly Orange and T-Mobile UK), and with it two leading 4G Android phones. When EE lights up all four Gees in a few weeks time, it'll bring with it the HTC One XL and Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE.

We also learned more about the pricing and carrier availability for Sony's new flagship, the Xperia T. The phone is expected to arrive around Sept. 28 in the UK, on O2, Vodafone and Three, as well as independent retailers Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse. There's a little uncertainty, however, as to whether the device will be available off-contract before the end of the year -- we certainly hope it will be.

Looking ahead, we've got big announcements from HTC, LG and Motorola lined up for next week, so stick around for full coverage of those. There's also the small matter of the iPhone 5 launch, which will undoubtedly keep the iMore team busy next Friday.

Check out some of the major international Android news linked below. If you've got news, be sure to tip us at the usual address.

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4 years ago

Ebay pushing an 'update' to previous version of the app, v2.0 has been recalled

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The official eBay app recieved a much needed update just a few days ago, bringing a much improved visual experience and some new features depending on where you are in the world. Now though, v2.0 has been recalled, and replaced with an 'update' to the previous version of the app, which is now live in Google Play. There isn't much clue as to what the issues may have been -- unless you experienced them personally -- as eBay is being a little vague at this time. Whatever it is, must be something pretty big. Opening the application now greets you with a message as we see here, and has been accompanied by an email from eBay which dropped into our inbox this morning. 

By now, you have probably noticed that we experienced an issue with the latest version of our Android app. As a result, we have temporarily replaced the latest version with the previous one. We value our customers and regret any inconvenience. Delivering the very best shopping experiences to our customers is our goal – anywhere, anytime and on any device.

Thank you,

eBay Mobile Team

So, there's no choice in the matter, even if it worked perfectly OK for you. To carry on using eBay on your Android Device head on over to the Play Store and grab the latest -- and previous -- version. In the meantime, what issues did you guys see? Sing out in the comments below and share with us all. 

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