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4 years ago

Google Translate updated with tablet and copying improvements

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Having an app like Google Translate on your phone can be indispensable when you're traveling, and the latest update to Google's multilingual app adds a few improvements that should make it easier to use. The latest version 2.4.2 includes quick navigation between conversation, history and favorites modes on tablets (phones have had this feature for a while), in addition to easier copying of translations (there's now a button for that).

Other additions include text-to-speech options for your original text, and handwriting recognition options for more languages, though no word on which languages specifically.

If you've already got Google Translate installed, be sure to head by the Play Store to grab the latest update. Alternatively, you can install via the web interface.

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4 years ago

AT&T gives another update on Galaxy S III availability

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Like every other U.S. carrier (except perhaps Verizon, which hasn't really given a launch date yet, other than to say preorders will ship around July 9 or 10), AT&T's found itself in a pickle with the Galaxy S III. There just aren't enough to go around. We've finally gotten an official statement from the carrier, which reads thusly:

Manufacturer supply constraints of the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy S III have caused a delay to expected pre-order shipments. Customers who were previously quoted a delivery date of June 21st should now expect their device to arrive no later than Monday, June 25th. We currently estimate future pre-orders to arrive within 10 business days based on available supply. Impacted customers will receive both an SMS and email notifying them of this change.

So, if you've preordered and were given a June 21 date, look for it by Monday. (And it wouldn't surprise us in the slightest to see phones hitting doorsteps before then, as some folks in our forums are expecting.) If you preorder today, chances are it'll take longer, but AT&T's now saying online that it should ship within 10 business days.

You'll note that there's no mention of in-store availability. We're pressing on that, but it's easy, folks. Call the store before you go. Use this link to find your local contact info.

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4 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich update available for AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II

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If you happen to be holding an AT&T branded Samsung Galaxy S II in your hands, you will want to locate the nearest USB cable, plug your device in and fire up Kies as quickly as you can. The long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update is finally hitting the AT&T branded devices, and this is currently only available through the companion software, Kies. While exact information about the update and the changes that it brings is not currently available, we do know it brings some great updates for the device. Delay no more, go grab your cable, launch Kies, and get updated! After the update be sure to hop into the forums and let us know any issues or changes you find, and how your experience with the update goes!

Source: Galaxy S II forums; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Android 4.0 rolling out for the Sony Xperia S

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The word on the street -- and straight from the horse's mouth -- this morning is that those nice folk at Sony Mobile are rolling out the Android 4.0 update to their recently released flagship device, the Xperia S. The update, in addition to being Ice Cream Sandwich, also brings some additional tweaks to the Walkman, Movies, and Album features on the device.

Of course this will be most welcomed by existing Xperia S owners but it may also give sales a boost. While many consumers do not know the difference between the different versions of Android, some will and this may well influence them when purchasing a new device.

Sony promised the update to Ice Cream Sandwich when the device was announced and they have stayed true to their word. It seems that gone are they days of Sony (or what was Ericsson) failing to keep up to date with software versions.

Good on ya, Sony. Check out the full feature video after the break.

Source: Sony

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4 years ago

SwiftKey updated to version 3 and packed full of features; developers also announce SwiftKey Healthcare

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The folks at TouchType have made SwiftKey 3 official, and available today in Google Play. Many of us have been keeping an eye on the beta version, so we know just how well this Android keyboard works and the great features it has. If you're not part of the beta testing group, here's what to expect --

  • Smart Space –  adding to SwiftKey's already cutting edge correction, Smart Space detects mistyped or omitted spaces across strings of poorly typed words in real-time.
  • Two new themes – a new theme, 'Cobalt', to match SwiftKey's new look and feel, and an Ice Cream Sandwich-styled 'Holo' theme, as voted for by SwiftKey's VIP community.
  • An enhanced UI – a much larger space bar and smart punctuation key help improve accuracy and make it quick and easy to access common punctuation.
  • Additional languages – SwiftKey 3 now offers support for an additional seven languages, bringing the total up to 42. The new languages are Korean, Estonian, Farsi, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian and Serbian.
  • A dedicated comma key, and the <123> key in the bottom-left corner.
  • Refined Smart Punctuation pop-up for better, more consistent behaviour.
  • Improved Smart Space functionality for easier email addresses and URL entry.
  • Reduced lag on some devices for a more responsive experience.
  • Reintroduction of the long-press duration setting by popular request.
  • Further improved prediction algorithms for even more accurate next word suggestions.
  • Updated gestures for easier shortcuts.
  • Several bug fixes.

That's quite the impressive change log! SwiftKey has always been a favorite (they won one of our 2011 Editor's Choice awards), and it's amazing prediction engine really does make typing easier. Rich downloadable language dictionaries, combined with personalization through social media and your e-mail make it accurate -- so accurate it's scary sometimes. As a special, the app will be on sale for a limited time for just $1.99. Well worth the two bucks in our opinion.

Speaking of personalization, TouchType has also announced SwiftKey Healthcare, which uses the prediction technology to take faster and more accurate notes on tablet devices. TouchType's initial trials indicate that healthcare professionals will save up to half the amount of time they currently spend typing, and it's a great step into the enterprise space for the SwiftKey team. Hit the break for a short product video and a smattering of screenshots from the new build.

Android apps by TouchType LTD. on Google Play; More info: SwiftKey

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4 years ago

Amazon expanding its Android appstore to Europe, developer portal updated and accepting apps now

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Amazon has announced that they will be opening their appstore to the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain this summer, with a "global" expansion planned to follow. There's no firm date as of yet, but they have changed the developer agreement and are already accepting submissions for apps to be distributed in the listed countries, so it can't be too far off. 

This is a pretty big deal, both for customers and developers. End users get access to more content for their devices, and the folks who write the apps have a broader customer base to solicit. It's good for business, and for many, Android apps are their business.

Hopefully Amazon will start offering more of their services on both sides of the pond, and other companies (hello, Google!) can work out the issues and follow suit.

Source: Amazon

 

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4 years ago

T-Mobile confirms previously leaked Galaxy S III pricing

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T-Mobile has reached out to us to confirm the previously leaked pricing for the Galaxy S III, and now it's officially official -- this puppy's expensive.

Starting tomorrow, T-Mobile will offer the Samsung Galaxy S III in 16GB or 32GB memory options paired with T-Mobile’s Value or Classic service plans.

Available with a qualifying Value voice and data plan with a two year service agreement, the Galaxy S III will cost an out-of-pocket down payment of $229.99 (16GB) or $279.99 (32GB) with 20 equal monthly payments of $20 per month via T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (EIP).

Also offered with a qualifying Classic voice and data plan, the Galaxy S III will cost $279.99 (16GB) after a $50 mail-in-rebate card or $329.99 (32GB) after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement.

Folks on the Value plan will be shelling out $230 (16 GB) or $280 (32 GB) plus $20 a month for 20 months, and folks on the classic plan will be facing a $280 (16 GB) or $330 (32 GB) price tag after the $50 mail-in rebate card.

Cha-ching.

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4 years ago

Samsung to roll out Android 4.0 to the tab line up starting next month?

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There be rumors out there I tell ye. The word on the street (well according to sammobile.com) is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab collection is to get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich starting next month with a roll out through August.

As far as we are aware there is no official word from Samsung regarding this so believe what you will, but it would be jolly nice wouldn't it?

The tipster that has 'alleged ' the ICS updates will improve both battery life and general speed. I should think so too!

The list of devices mentioned are as follows:

Clearly if we get the nod from Samsung on this one we will let you know. Until then you Galaxy Tab owners had better keep your fingers crossed.

Source: sammobile

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4 years ago

Rezound ICS love, Verizon client login errors [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

Rogers Samsung Galaxy S II LTE ICS update now available through Kies

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As we're all looking toward the Samsung Galaxy S III, Rogers in Canada has managed to slip out the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE available on their network. Sadly, there is no OTA update to be found here though meaning, you'll have to fire up Kies on your computer to get the party started but overall that's a minor issue. Need to know the process for updating via Kies? No worries, head on over to the Samsung site using the link below. You'll see the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE SGH-I727R (Android 4.0.3) PDF available for download.

Source: Samsung

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4 years ago

HTC gets official with ICS for the Rezound, no word on an OTA just yet (update - or not)

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Update: and just like that HTC has pulled the listing for the 3.14.605 update to Ice Cream Sandwich from the support page. Back to waiting.

HTC has posted the official news that ICS is available for the Rezound, but we can't find anyone who has found it yet. Version 3.14.605.10 710RD should be hitting devices shortly according to HTC and will update devices running the stock firmware to Ice Cream Sandwich, and is installed like any other OTA update through the settings menu.

It's worth noting that this is the same build as the last leak, and one that's been kicking around from HTC in RUU form for those who don't want to wait for an OTA. That's where the Rezound forums come into play, where folks live and breathe this sort of thing and can point you in the right direction for any assistance you might need. In any case, we'll update when we hear news that it's pushing out over-the-air.

Source: HTC

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4 years ago

Stitcher Radio for Android updated with new features, bug fixes

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Stitcher Radio has been serving up podcasts and internet radio for quite some time now on Android but it's been a while since the app was last updated with a new subset of features. Apparently, it was all for good reason as there is a new update available right now that shows off some new features and a slightly redesigned user interface:

  • Smart Station – Never be in the dark about which shows and programs you should be listening to. An industry first for talk radio, the Stitcher Smart Station makes recommendations based on your listening activity. By culling your listening history, favorite shows and thumbs up, the Smart Station recommends shows you’re most likely to enjoy.
  • Lock Screen Album Art – Make your listening experience more visual. See the currently playing show on your phone’s lock screen while you’re listening to Stitcher.
  • Sleep Timer – Set Stitcher to automatically stop playing after you nod off. With Stitcher’s most requested feature, you can set specific sleep settings to have your shows automatically stop. Whether you’re setting it for sleep or for your regular morning commute, your Stitcher app is more in-tune with your listening habits.
  • Easier Sharing on Twitter – Keep the sharing alive. With pre-populated show descriptions and sources, Stitcher is now making it easier and ever to share your favorite shows.

The Smart Station feature is certainly my favorite addition to the app. I find that if I go looking for podcasts on my own, I never end up listening to any. Instead, just look around until I give up. With Smart Station, it shows me stuff I may be interested in based on what I am listening to so there is more likelihood that once I'm done listening to the Android Central podcast on Stitcher I can then move onto something else closely related and just as interesting.

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4 years ago

Win a Samsung Galaxy S III and other great prizes from Belkin and Android Central!

Itching to get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S III when it's available? We know you are, and we want to help you get one, free! We're teaming up with Belkin this week to give away some fun prizes as well as a grand prize pack that includes a Samsung Galaxy S III! Keep reading for details.

Today through Thursday this week we are going to be giving away 3 sweet prize packs from Belkin that include a Samsung Galaxy S III case, a PowerPack 1000, and a screen protector. On Friday, we're going to choose a grand prize winner who will receive not only the prize pack listed above, but a brand new Samsung Galaxy S III, and a $25 Starbucks gift card as well!  To enter, head on over to the contest thread at the link below and leave a comment. You can enter once per day, and all entries from the week will count for the final drawing for the grand prize. Of course, you must be a registered member of Android Central to enter, so if you're not already a member, what are you waiting for? As a bonus, you can head over to Facebook, "Like" Belkin and Android Central, and post “Hoping to win a Samsung Galaxy S III courtesy of Belkin and Android Central!” on Belkin's page for an extra entry!

This time around the contest is only open to US residents. Also worth noting, the prize is just the phone, service is your responsibility. If you're international and wanting to enter to win a Samsung Galaxy S III, we still have our photo contest going on, so be sure to check that out if you haven't already. The winners will be announced Monday in our regularly scheduled contest winner post. Good luck!

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4 years ago

Sprint says demand outweighs inventory for the Galaxy S III, working with Samsung on a delivery schedule

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Sprint just given us word with news about the Galaxy S III launch. It pretty much mirrors their posting on the matter yesterday, and the short version is that they just won't have enough handsets to go around.

Due to overwhelming demand for Galaxy S III worldwide, Samsung has informed us they will not be able to deliver enough inventory of Galaxy S III for Sprint to begin selling the device on June 21. We are working closely with Samsung on a delivery schedule to support our launch.
 
We have begun shipping pre-orders for the 16GB version of Samsung Galaxy S III and anticipate they will be delivered by June 21. We hope to begin shipping pre-orders for the 32GB version next week as we receive inventory. Customers can check the status of their pre-order at www.sprint.com/myorder.

Having people buying your product as fast as you can produce it is a problem every company would like to have, but that doesn't ease the sting for those with money in hand waiting for the new hotness. Now that Sprint and AT&T (and T-Mobile unofficially) have pushed back the release date, it looks like the US will face the same shortage that Canada will. Sprint just got Samsunged.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile's Galaxy S III to cost $arm.leg

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Pricing for the T-Mobile Galaxy S III has been leaked out, and it matches pretty well with previous rumors (and fears) -- expensive. The 16 GB version is shown above (we're almost afraid to see a 32 GB version) and it's going to cost either $230 bucks up front and $20 monthly on the Value Plan, or $280 after a $50 mail-in rebate on the Classic Plan. If you're willing to extend your equipment-free contract, you can snag it for $450 after rebate with an early upgrade.

If all those plans confuse the hell out of you (it's OK, they confuse everyone), you can just buy it outright for $630. That's a lot of folding money for a phone that is carrier locked and possibly won't have world-wide 3G bands. Sometimes, the best things in life are not always free.

Source: Engadget

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