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4 years ago

Plantronics Voyager Pro HD Bluetooth headset review

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The Plantronics Voyager Pro HD is one of the most sophisticated Bluetooth headsets around. A Bluetooth headset can do much more than just answer calls.

We’ve talked before that Bluetooth headsets, while once simply trendy, are now pretty much a necessity to those who drive to and from work.  Actually, in many states, if you simply drive, you need a headset. 

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4 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S III preorders hitting eager hands today!

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There she be, folks! The Verizon Galaxy S III. We knew that Verizon, the last of the four major U.S. carriers to announce availability for the GSIII, had already shipped devices, and we knew that they'd be hitting doorsteps today. But there's nothing like actually seeing the thing unboxed and fired up, and that's just what's happening in our Galaxy S III forums.

If you're looking to go the traditional, terrestrial route, the Verizon Galaxy S III will be available in stores starting July 10.

More: Verizon Galaxy S III forums

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible 4G LTE available from Verizon Wireless today

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Whether you have been waiting for the Droid Incredible 4G LTE ever since we first went hands on back at CTIA, or the recent teases are what have whet your appetite, it is finally available. Today, the Droid Incredible 4G LTE goes on sale at Verizon Wireless for $149, after $50 mail-in rebate with new two year contract, or $499 off contract. Upgrading to this device will cause you to have to pick one of Verizon's new plans, and you kiss your unlimited data goodbye, but that isn't such a loss for many of us. 

Rocking Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 on top, and featuring a beautiful 8MP camera, this device is definitely one that you will want to check out for yourself. Will you be heading to your local Verizon store to give this a once over for yourself, and see if it has the potential to be your next device? Let us know in the comments and forums if you are picking one up, and stay tuned for our full review!

Source: Verizon Wireless

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4 years ago

Google Play update rolling out to non-Jelly Bean devices

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If you fire up your Google Play app this morning and things look a little more awesome, don't be alarmed. It's just that you're now rocking the same version as the folks running Jelly Bean ROMs. And that means, along with a spruced-up layout, you also should have access to Magazines (if you didn't already).

You don't have to do anything to get the update -- it'll push out to your phone in due time. So sit back, relax and marvel at how far we've come since the old days of the Android Market.

More: Android Forums; thanks, @armaniblake!

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4 years ago

Nexus Q torn down - think it's worth $299 yet?

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Ever since the Google Nexus Q was announced last week at the Google I/O developer conference, folks have been trying to rationalize (or pan) its $299 price tag. We've been using it for a week now and believe it's justified. But if you're still not convinced, you need to check out iFixit's teardown photos.

We couldn't care less about the reparability of the Q, but it's obvious that some serious design and manufacturing work went into this spherical streaming wonder. IFixit also points out that any number of components could have (and likely were) sourced from outside the United States, taking a little luster off the "Made in the USA" claim, but for a device as complicated as the Q, that never really should have been taken as more than a bit of marketing speak anyway.

Hit the link below for the full gallery. It's definitely worth a gander.

Source: iFixit Nexus Q teardown

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Miro up for pre-order in the UK, £126 SIM-free

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The Sony Xperia Miro, the social-focused, entry level offering from Sony, has gone up for pre-order in the UK at Clove. The price is set at £126 SIM-free, which is an incredible price-point for an Ice Cream Sandwich phone. It's small, looks fantastic, and will go head-to-head in the budget stakes with the HTC Desire C

The official price and availability is still to be confirmed, but the device can be pre-ordered at the source links below. 

Source: Clove

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4 years ago

Sony releases tiny robots across the UK, catch one to win a phone

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As part of its latest marketing effort, Sony will be "releasing" thousands of tiny QR code-equipped robots in London and Manchester. And in return for capturing one of the elusive 'bots, the manufacturer will be giving Brits the chance to win a selection of Sony swag, including Xperia smartphones. In addition to breaking out in to the real world, Sony tells us the "Xperiabots" will be making an appearance online too, presumably in ad banners and social media.

The contest kicks off next Monday, and the prize list for successful 'bot capturers includes --

  • Latest Xperia NXT Series handsets
  • Sony 4-Screen packages
  • Tickets to movie premiers
  • DJ sessions
  • Tickets to gigs etc

Sony Mobile says clues will be distributed through social media channels, including the company's official Facebook page, and a new Twitter account set up for the "leader bot" @XperiaUnleashed. So if you live in the UK, you may want to keep your eyes peeled for hints over the next few days.

More: Sony Mobile on Facebook; @XperiaUnleashed

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4 years ago

Motorola Atrix HD becomes official - HD display, LTE and 'Kevlar strong'

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We all saw the leaks of a new Motorola smartphone apparently heading the way of AT&T, codename Dinara, and now the leaks have become an official device. Behold, the Motorola Atrix HD. And, it's a pretty handsome looking thing too, being available in two colors, titanium and modern white.

Once again from Motorola too, we've got a healthy dose of Kevlar in the construction. But, perhaps more impressive design wise, is the on-screen Android 4.x buttons. And, if the render shown here is anything to go by, they seem to blend into the homescreen pretty well, not like the solid black band we see on the Galaxy Nexus.

So, specs, what are we looking at? Quite a bit in truth, but we'll focus on the ones you're likely more interested in:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.5-inch 1280x720 HD Colorboost display
  • Gorilla Glass
  • 8GB on-board storage, with expandable microSD card slot
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 1780mAh battery
  • 1GB RAM
  • LTE

All in all, not too shabby. Nothing groundbreaking, but simply having expandable storage alone will be enough to sway many into purchasing the Atrix HD. Motorola also seems to be pushing this as a potential business purchase, by proudly declaring it as "business ready." The "Government grade encryption" promises to keep your data safe, while the VPN will keep you connected to the office whilst out on the road. 

As one would expect from Motorola, Webtop is also along for the ride. As too, is the usual array of OEM accessories. Theres a HD dock, a travel VGA adaptor, and a smart controller that gives you complete control of the phone remotely while it is connected to an external display. 

There's no word as yet on when the Atrix HD will be going on sale, but the AT&T branding seen here in the official render at least gives us a pretty hefty clue on where it will be going on sale. For now, interested potential buyers can head over to the official product page at Motorola, and sign up now. 

Source: Motorola

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4 years ago

Lloyd announces the winners of his Galaxy S III adventure contest!

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Well, folks, this is it. Lloyd has returned from all of his exhilarating adventures and has lived to tell the tales. You guys took him everywhere and he told me he had the best time of his life! Adventures included multiple theme parks, hiking some of the coolest places on earth like islands and volcanoes, spelunking in caves, swimming in lakes and oceans, frolicking on the beach, visiting long lost family members, and seeing a ton of far off places on all continents of the globe. Lloyd was treated to soccer and baseball games, concerts, and visits to the doctor and dentist. He even took rides on planes, trains, automobiles, boats, weather balloons, motorcycles ... you name it, Lloyd was on it.

With just under 300 entries, it was super hard for Lloyd to narrow down his favorites. He wanted to give everyone a prize, but unfortunately that's not possible. We did decide to add prizes for runners up so on top of the four grand prize winners who will each get a Samsung Galaxy S III, we have 12 runners-up who will each receive a $25 gift certificate to  ShopAndroid.com. So, without further ado, let's announce the winners!

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4 years ago

Voicemail Box limits, Nexus this, Nexus that [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. 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.

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

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4 years ago

iFixit's bible of repair available in one handy, and open-source, Android application

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If you really want to see what lies inside many of the popular Android devices -- without of course hacking your own to pieces -- there are few better places than iFixit. The popular, home repair manual is now available in a new Android application, which also boasts support for Jelly Bean. Oh, and did we mention that it's open-source?

The code has been posted over at Github, and users are encouraged to "improve or fork it." But, as it stands in its released condition, it's a pretty nice app. The ability to have the knowledge provided by iFixit, but in your pocket is really handy -- I, for one, never like having to sit next to the PC to follow instructions while I'm 'repairing.' 

It isn't a watered down for mobile version either. Contained within is the full instructions for a variety of devices complete with all the necessary images. The app is designed for Android 4.x, but works all the way back to devices running Froyo. It's simplicity is one of its most endearing factors. Finding the guides you want is incredibly easy, and the text, and images, is clear and well laid out. 

Sounds good right? Hit the links below to either download a copy of the app from Google Play, or to head to the the iFixit Github page if dabbling with the code is more your thing. 

Download: iFixit; More: iFixit Github

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4 years ago

Steve Kondik talks CyanogenMod at SF Android User Group

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The day before Google I/O kicked off, Steve "Cyanogen" Kondik of CyanogenMod fame visited the San Francisco Android User Group, were he gave a complete rundown of everything relating to the popular custom firmware. From its roots on the T-Mobile G1, right up to its current status as the leading custom ROM for Android, supported across dozens of devices.

The SF Android User Group's founding company Marakana has published a full video of the CM lead's hour-long presentation. There's a lot of detail, and it's definitely worth your time if you're the slightest bit interested in learning how the CM team takes the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code and transforms it into something that'll run on a slew of recent -- and not-so-recent -- Android phones and tablets.

What's arguably most interesting is the section on the challenges facing the CM team when a new version of Android drops, or when a manufacturer releases kernel source code, as well as the headaches posed by the proprietary code used in graphics drivers and camera firmware.

We've got the video embedded after the break, and we challenge you to watch it and not develop a newfound respect for the talented folks who bring custom ROMs to life.

Source: Marakana; via: +CyanogenMod

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4 years ago

Galaxy Tab 7.7 ICS update reportedly hitting parts of Europe

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After what seems like an eternity, Samsung's original Galaxy Tab line-up is finally starting to see Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. According to SamMobile​ and corroborated by forum reports, European Galaxy Tab 7.7 devices are first to get their upgrade. Specifically, Tab 7.7 owners in Germany and Austria have confirmed that they've received the over-the-air update package.

It looks like the ICS firmware for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is fairly recent, having been built on June 21, and based upon Android 4.0.4. In addition to all the usual ICS goodies like the Roboto font, improved Google apps and Google Chrome compatibility, the TouchWiz tablet UI has been upgraded to more closely resemble the interface on the Galaxy Tab 2 range.

So it's a promising first step, and hopefully one that signals the imminent arrival of ICS for other Tabs, including the 8.9 and 10.1. There's still no word on when to expect this update on Verizon's Tab 7.7 in the U.S., but you'd probably be best advised to not hold your breath.

Source: SamMobile; XDA

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4 years ago

Want early access to the new Google Play developer console? Sign up to request early access now

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During the first day of Google I/O, one of the post-keynote developer sessions was dedicated to Android Apps in Google Play. While the buzz was all about the newly announced Jelly Bean update, and the Nexus 7 tablet, the real meat of Google I/O was going on in the developer sessions. 

Google Play is an ever increasingly important part of the Android ecosystem, but still remains the best way to distribute, and consume Android applications. After all, before Google Play, it all started with just apps in the Android Market. 

One of the new developer features announced at the conference, is a new Google Play developer console. The emphasis is on being faster, and easier to use. It isn't ready for general use just yet, but, if you're a developer that fancies taking it for a "test drive," Google is accepting registrations for early access now. Just hit the source link below, and head on over and enter your details. 

For a more in depth look though, you'll find the entire I/O session embedded after the break. 

Source: Google Play

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4 years ago

Sky Go for Android gets fresh on-demand content, ICS support inbound

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British broadcaster Sky has announced some major updates to its Sky Go streaming application for Android. The update adds on-demand streaming of Sky Movies content, and "popular entertainment channels" including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Arts 1. The new channel listing brings the Sky Go Android app up to par with its iOS cousin. There are also additional account controls built into the new app, which allow customers to view their Sky package and monthly bills.

Compatibility is still an issue, as Sky's been slow to test and certify new devices (likely due to licensing restrictions rather than the broadcaster's own intransigence.) Right now official support is only available for the HTC Desire, Desire S, Desire HD, Incredible, Sensation, Sensation XE, as well as Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy S II. And they're only supported on Android 2.2 and 2.3, so you're SOL once you get that long-awaited ICS update.

In any case, Sky says a future update, due by the end of July, will add support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note. There's no word on Jelly Bean support, though right now the app refuses to install on our Nexus 7 and I/O edition Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Note, it seems, is currently supported, according to the Google Play Store listing.

If you're a Sky subscriber, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on with the new version. We've got Sky's press release after the break.

Download: Sky Go

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