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4 years ago

Sony LT30p 'Mint' leaks ahead of expected IFA launch

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Like it did last year with phones like the Xperia Arc S and Ray, Sony Mobile is expected to launch a second wave of smartphones for the second half of 2012, most likely starting with an announcement at the IFA show next month in Berlin. This year, one of the like candidates for Sony's second-half flagship is the as yet unnamed LT30p or "Mint," to give it its codename. We've seen plenty of info on this device leak out already over the past few months (including a trip to the Bluetooth SIG which revealed its specs in full), but now we have the first leaked photos of the phone itself, thanks to an unofficial preview over on ​Mobile-Review.

The site's pics reveal a phone closely resembling a flattened Xperia GX. In fact, this has to be one of the most unassuming designs we've seen from Sony in some time. It's basically a large black slab with a soft touch rear panel and a slight "chin" to the front, similar to the Xperia Sola. Android purists, however, will be pleased to see the inclusion of on-screen buttons rather than capacitive or physical keys. Other notables include a non-removable battery, a microSD card slot for expandable storage, and the inclusion of Sony's WhiteMagic tech for improved daylight visibility.

The unauthorized preview also yields a full spec list, which almost exactly matches what's been previously rumored -- a Snapdragon S4 dual-core CPU inside, a 720p display, 13MP camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. However, it's claimed that the "Mint" will feature a 4.3-inch screen, compared to the Xperia GX's 4.6-incher. Based on this -- and the slightly less ambitious design -- we'd place the Mint slightly below the expected LT29i Hayabusa in Sony's H2 2012 line-up. That phone's expected to launch with similar internals, only with a 4.6-inch display and a more curvaceous design, similar to last year's Xperia Arc.

For the moment, though, this is speculation. We'll know for certain when Sony shows off its new stuff at IFA in Berlin on Aug. 29.

Source: Mobile-Review; via: XperiaBlog

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4 years ago

HTC releases AT&T One X kernel sources

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HTC has (finally) released the kernel source for the AT&T One X, bringing themselves into GPL compliance and giving independent developers a chance to build out custom kernels. Normal folks won't need to download this one, but soon enough we'll be enjoying the fruits of dev labor and get all our flashing on. Custom kernels can make the biggest difference when flashed, and for many folks part of having an Android phone is the fun of squeezing every drop out of them.

If you're a kernel developer, or aspiring to be, grab it at the source link below.

Source: HTC Developer; via Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 launch doubles sales of Shifty Jelly's Android apps

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Application developers at Shifty Jelly have taken to Twitter to let us all know that they have doubled their Android app sales since the release of the Nexus 7 and Google's $25 Play Store credit. The developers of the popular Pocket Casts podcast app and down under weather app Pocket Weather Australia are clearly seeing the benefit of Google selling the Nexus 7 at cost with Play Store credit as a gateway to Google Play, and remarked about the influx of new users.

We’ve noticed that sales of all our apps have doubled on Android, coinciding with Nexus 7 sales and Google giving out $25 for the Play Store

 

Their attention to detail and great communication have made Pocket Casts one of the premiere podcatchers on Google Play, and we're not surprised to see users downloading the app en masse. It's also great to see Google's idea of selling the Nexus 7 as a gateway to Google Play is working -- there's a lot of great content there, and 25 bucks of it for free looks like it was a good move. Great developers deserve this kind of support, and we hope others are seeing the benefit as well.

Source: @shiftyjelly

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4 years ago

Camera click sounds, Jelly Bean on the Xoom [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.

We've got nearly 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

Google's New Nexus 7 How-To Focuses on Google Apps

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Following closely behind their first "Getting Started" tutorial for the Nexus 7, Google has produced another video to help new users gets acquainted with the device. The short video pokes around a Nexus 7's "Google" folder in the dock, highlighting the important aspects of the headline Google Apps. This is all easy stuff for the hardcore Android nerds among us, but really useful if the Nexus 7 is your first time using Android, especially Jelly Bean. Take a look at the video, you may learn a thing or two.

Source: Google Nexus YouTube Page

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4 years ago

HTC to build another Facebook phone in 2013, says Bloomberg

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Despite failing to set the world alight with 2011's ChaCha and Salsa, HTC and Facebook will collaborate once again to bring another Facebook phone to market next year, according to reports from Bloomberg. ​Details on the purported device are scant at the moment, but the report, which cites the usual "people with knowledge of the matter," indicates a mid-2013 release, after the launch was apparently pushed back from the end of 2012.

The site doesn't mention Android specifically, but we'd be surprised if Google's OS wasn't involved in some way or other, given the history of collaborations between Facebook and HTC. Bloomberg​ says the phone will run a "modified" operating system, which suggests to us that we may see a forked version of Android, similar to what Amazon's done with the Kindle Fire. For the less technically inclined, that means a version of the OS built upon the open-source code, and most likely excluding any Google apps.

Android followers will remember that last year's HTC ChaCha (aka AT&T HTC Status) and its Europe-only sibling, the Salsa, weren't met with much success. So it's possible we'll see the two companies adopt a different strategy this time around. With Facebook getting more involved in the app space, it'd make sense for the Facebook phone to be heavily invested in this, rather than something like Google Play.

In any case, it seems the rumored device is still the best part of a year away from completion, so it's possible we'll see more changes throughout the course of development.

Source: Bloomberg

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4 years ago

Non-Jelly Bean update for Sprint Galaxy Nexus reportedly due tomorrow

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Like the Verizon version, it looks like Sprint's Samsung Galaxy Nexus is due for at least one more over-the-air update before Android 4.1 Jelly Bean arrives. According to ​TechnoBuffalo​, which obtained the internal screenshot above, Sprint is set to launch the update to build no. L700.FG01 tomorrow, July 26.

According to the leaked image, the new software version will include changes to the on-screen signal strength indicator, as well as support for Sprint TV and some changes to the default Wifi and LTE settings. Both will be set to "on" as standard in the new firmware, which is to be expected as Sprint's recently-launched LTE network begins to grow.

Assuming the software roll-out goes ahead as planned, Sprint Gnex owners will want to head to Settings > About phone > System updates tomorrow to pick up the latest firmware.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note stops by Samsung's site with ICS and 42Mbps HSPA+

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The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note has been more or less official for a week or so now, after being unceremoniously confirmed in a tweet from the carrier. And now the Tmo Note has made an appearance on Samsung Mobile's website, alongside a complete spec list and some promotional shots.

On the outside, it's the same North American Galaxy Note we've already seen on AT&T and the Canadian networks -- same 5.3-inch HD SuperAMOLED display, same chassis design, different carrier logo up top. Of course, this version is lacking LTE support, though, and instead totes T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSPA+ "4G." It's also pre-loaded with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, which recently rolled out to the AT&T Note.

A launch is promised "in the coming weeks," but with a possible Galaxy Note 2 expected to be announced at the IFA show in Berlin next month, the late launch might leave Tmo loyalists feeling short-changed.

Thinking of picking up the T-Mobile Galaxy Note? Let us know down in the comments.

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4 years ago

OnLive bringing console gaming to Google TV

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We have incredible 3D games built for Android tablets -- titles like Shadowgun or Max Payne -- but what's been missing out of great games has been Google TV. OnLive, the popular streaming service that brings actual desktop PC games to any screen, will change that. Using the OnLive Google TV app and a compatible controller, you'll have a huge library of PC games to choose from, all streamed directly to your big screen via your Google TV interface. All the features of the desktop client (for Windows and Mac) are on-board, including the spectating arena and multi-view play and chat. It's a great way to fill a gap in Google TV's content warehouse, and everyone loves games.

OnLive will be shipping on the Visio Co-Star, and will be coming to the LG G2 Smart TV in a future software patch. But the best news is that a stand-alone Google TV app is in the works that will install on any box or TV, so those of us who bought a competitors product aren't left out in the cold. No mention of when exactly we should expect the app is given, but we'll be watching Google Play for any news. Read what OnLive founder and CEO Steve Perlman has to say at the source link below.

Source: Google TV Blog

 

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4 years ago

Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean finally pushed to Motorola Xoom WiFi testers

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After a little bit of a delay, Motorola and Google are now pushing out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update to Motorola Xoom WiFi owners who signed up for the testing process. Overall, it's Jelly Bean. Not much else can be said about it really. Everything you would expect to be in place, is indeed there with one exception. That one exception appears to be Chrome. You still need to download it from the Google Play Store in order to have it loaded.

All that said, there still isn't any timeline for a full blown release but it shouldn't be all that long of a wait. The OS update does feel good and added some pep to the now aging Motorola Xoom. If you're looking to load this one up, there is a few options to choose from whether you're rooted or not. One is to use a USB host cable, the other is to flash a recovery that will support the update. For me, this method in the forums worked but if you're looking to try out the USB host method, you'll find the link below. Worst case, you may have to wait for it to go official.

Guide: XDA, Thanks, Chad!

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4 years ago

Half of mobile gamers use phones and tablets as primary home entertainment console

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A recent survey of U.K. and U.S. mobile gamers by PopCap shows that around 50% of respondents preferred their phone to PC, console, or dedicated handheld gaming console (like a  PSP or Nintendo DS). Tablet owners ranked a bit higher with 57%. Despite the portability that tablets and smartphones offer, 69% reported to play on their phones at home on the couch (78% among tablet owners), 41% while watching TV (52% for tablet owners), and 57% while in bed (51%). 10% of the 602 American respondents had played mobile games while in a place of worship, driving a car, and/or while watching a movie at a theater. The survey's sample size was a little over a thousand-strong - take that as representative or not as you will.  

With stuff like Ouya coming out of the woodwork, I'd be interested to see just how much Android manages to displace the traditional console gaming industry and which players are savvy enough to get with the times. So far, EA has done a great job of adapting to and addressing the mobile market, meanwhile Nintendo has been vocally against the app store model.

Will players really take to switching to mobile full-time, though? I know I've definitely spent less time on my Alienware since getting really involved with mobile games, but what about you guys? Is your Xbox getting jealous of your tablet?

Source: Information Solutions Group

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 becomes hotel room keycard, TV remote and AC controller

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Who needs a plastic keycard to let you into your hotel room when you can have a Samsung Galaxy S III (S3). As the primary sponsor of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Samsung is getting involved in a big way. This latest collaboration sees them providing the official smartphone of the Games to 40 VIP rooms at the Holiday Inn London Stratford. 

The phones come with a custom application built in, and allow guests to express check in and out, change TV channels, activate the in-room air conditioning, order room service and even let themselves in to the hotel room in place of a keycard.  Oh, and since it is a phone, you'll be able to use it to actually call people too. For the full run down head on over to the source link below. 

Source: Samsung

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4 years ago

MLS MatchDay 2012 Updated to Fix Jelly Bean Crashes

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So let’s say you like soccer. Maybe you also live in the US. And just maybe you have a phone running Google’s latest-and-greatest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s a stretch, we know, but if you fit the bill we have an app that you have to check out. MLS MatchDay 2012 just got an update pushed in the Play Store, reiterating its latest features such as “AT&T Goal of the Week”, “High quality videos” and "Improved team schedule". All of these features have been in previous versions though, so why the update?

The big news here is the last line: “Crash fixes for Jelly Bean”. Now if you’ve used and relied on the app for all things MLS in the past, you’ve no doubt noticed the crashes. It was unstable in Ice Cream Sandwich, and downright unusable on Jelly Bean. We’re happy to report that the update sticks to its word, and the app has yet to force close a single time going through all of the menus and screens. So what are you waiting for? Fire up your Jelly Bean-equipped Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S, and go pickup MLS MatchDay 2012 in the Play Store at the source link.

Oh and of course, go Seattle Sounders FC!

Source: Google Play Store

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4 years ago

Epic Meal Time review - the bacon-covered turkey-stuffed pig of Android games

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Epic Meal Time has just turned their debaucherous online cooking show into an Android game, and as a meat-lover, I couldn't be happier. It's a simple game that involves guiding steaks, slices of pizza, and bacon strips into the host's face, while flinging away broccoli, turnips, and other greens. Energy drinks, booze, chocolate syrup, and whole pigs keeps things interesting while players earn Internet Money to finance new swag and a wider variety of food.  

For those of you unfamiliar, Epic Meal Time has been on YouTube for a little over two years, showcasing extravagant abominations that can barely be considered food by traditional standards. Rarely does a weekly episode go by that doesn't involve Jack Daniels, Four Loko, or bacon of some kind. Lately they've been branching out into desserts with obscene calorie counts, but at its core EMT is all about making carnivore dreams come true. Vegetarians (or anyone with a sense of modesty) may want to skip this video, one of their earlier breakout episodes. 

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4 years ago

YouTube, Play Movies and Nexus Q app all updated to further support Nexus Q

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With the Nexus Q no longer in stock on the Google Play Store, it looks like Google thought now would be a good time to go ahead and update several of the apps the Nexus Q supports in preparation for those who will be getting their units. Previously, the apps were locked down to devices running Jelly Bean for support on the Nexus Q but not any longer. YouTube was updated, along with Play Movies & TV and now, the Nexus Q app can be installed on phones and tablets running earlier system versions of Android to support the Nexus Q.

  • YouTube - Nexus Q support, Turn your phone into a remote, to play YouTube videos on other devices, bug fixes
  • Nexus Q App - Version 1.0.8.406084 of the Nexus Q app includes improvements to the social mix (guest mode) feature and unlocks support for phones and tablets running earlier system versions of Android.
  • Play Movies & TV - Faster downloads, Fixes a playback failure on some LG (and possibly other) devices, Other bug fixes

The updates are all available right now in the Google Play Store, for those of you looking to get the Nexus Q app on your device you can hit the link below as well to get it downloaded. That is, assuming you are in the U.S. since you know, it's not available elsewhere.

Download: Nexus Q App

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