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4 years ago

LG Viper 4G LTE review

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A mid-range phone packing LTE for Sprint's as-of-yet-unlaunched network - is it worth the investment?

The LG Viper 4G LTE is an interesting phone. (For starters, that name is long. It'll hereto be referenced as simply the LG Viper.) It's not an ultra-high end, mind-blowing, earth-shattering, missile-launching superphone, but it wasn't built to be. It also combines some of the latest features a phone the the Now Network can have, like NFC (paired with Google Wallet) and LTE radios for when Sprint's LTE network goes live.

And it's all targeted towards parents. That's not to say you need​ a kid to buy one, but if you have one, well, LG made this phone for you. It's reasonably sized, tough, and still powerful enough to do most of what you could ask of it.

To echo sentiments expressed before, it's absolutely crazy to think the specs on this phone are mid-range at best. I still remember a time when a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor was the hottest thing on the market, so don't immediately write off the LG Viper for specs like that. Come showtime, it performs.

Join us after the break and we'll have a nice, thorough look at how LG's LTE offering stands up against the rest.

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4 years ago

Acer debuts A110 7-inch tablet, Tegra 3, ICS and sub-$200

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All the talk over at Computex 2012 in Taipai has surrounded the army of new Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, and Acer is one of the OEM's showcasing their efforts. However, snuck in between the Windows devices, is the new Iconia Tab A110. 

The A110 is a 7-inch Android tablet, running Android 4.0 over an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary there then. An Acer representative at the show though, said that the company will be pushing the A110 as their main low-end device in Q3 this year. Price -- less than $200. If true, this is a quad-core, fully featured Android tablet for Kindle Fire money. 

We've previously heard about the Nvidia Kai programme to bring low priced Tegra devices to market. While no-one would confirm this is to be one of those devices, it sure sounds possible. 

Ice Cream Sandwich is barely touched on the A110, though it sounds like it suffers from the same poor viewing angles as its predecessor, the A100. 

Also on display at the Acer booth, another new Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, the A210. Packing similar specs to the A110, the A210 comes with a 10.1-inch 1280x800 display. Additionally, both tablets pack 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot and a solitary camera on the front face. The A110 will come with a HDMI out port with dual-display support, and the A210 has a full sized USB port along with the possibility of 3G data connectivity. 

Source: The Verge

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4 years ago

Google Shopper updated, promises fixes for crashing issues

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The last update to Google Shopper brought some UI improvements and a tighter integration with Google Offers. It also seems that it brought with it a good deal of issues with the app crashing sporadically for a number of people. Hopefully those issues are now put to bed, as Google has pushed an update that promises to fix such issues. No new features are added in this minor update, which can be grabbed by heading over to the Google Play Store now. 

Download: Google Shopper

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4 years ago

O2 UK and Vodafone announce infrastructure sharing agreement

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In news that sounds more exciting than it actually is, British mobile networks O2 and Vodafone have announced an agreement to combine and share their existing 2G, 3G and (eventually) 4G network infrastructure. The country's second and third-largest network operators plan to create a nationwide "grid" upon which each company's network will run. Unlike competing operator Everything Everywhere, formed by a merger of Orange and T-Mobile UK, Vodafone and O2 will continue to operate separate, competing networks in the UK. It's important to note that this is absolutely not​ a merger of the two networks -- such a deal would never be allowed by British regulators.

The most interesting part of the deal concerns the roll-out of 4G LTE services on the two networks. Voda and O2 say the agreement to build a grid underpinning both networks will allow them to deploy 4G services more quickly than would otherwise be possible. Again, the networks themselves will remain separate, and the operators will continue to deliver competing services and price plans. The only differences, the companies say, will be in how quickly we see 4G sites being lit up following the (much delayed) 800MHz/2600MHz spectrum auction.

To oversee all this, a new 50/50 venture between O2 and Vodafone will be formed to manage the newly-consolidated infrastructure. This will consist of 18,500 sites, which the companies say represents a 40% increase for both networks. O2 will oversee "design, management and maintenance" of the sites making up the new grid in the east of the UK, while Vodafone will take up these responsibilities in the west.

So what does this mean? Again, this ​isn't​ a merger of two mobile networks, as we saw when T-Mobile and Orange formed Everything Everywhere a few years back. O2 and Vodafone (and their customer-facing networks) will remain separate, this is merely an expansion of their existing network sharing agreement. As such, there'll be no Everything Everywhere-style cross-roaming agreement to allow Vodafone customers to roam on O2, or vice-versa. Instead, the sharing will be done at the infrastructure level on both networks.

If all goes to plan, it'll mean better reception for those in areas with poor O2 coverage, but a strong Vodafone signal, or vice-versa. And in the future, it's hoped it'll help both operators establish  4G LTE networks covering more of the country more quickly -- up to 98% of Brits by the end of 2015, according to estimates.

Vodafone and O2 are currently in talks with British communications regulator Ofcom, and hope to press ahead with their new network sharing plans later in the year, assuming everything's approved.

Source: O2 News Center

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4 years ago

Logitech Revue Android 3.2 update has gone live, bug fixes aplenty

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Earlier we mentioned that there was an update to the Sony Google TV rolling out and with that announcement also came the info that an update to the Logitech Revue was on the way as well. At the time, there was not mention of what it may be or when it could be expected but as we now know, it has come fairly quickly and has brought along plenty of bug fixes with it as well. As noted from Logitech:

  • Fix for 1-way keyboard controller pairing failures
  • Fix for locking/freezing at EULA screen.
  • New Logitech Help Assistant application.
  • Fix for links within the Logitech legal documents not able to be navigated via Directional pad on the keyboard controller.
  • Fix for Picture-In-picture not resuming audio, when back from Pandora.
  • Fix for Wrong error message when Price/Quality produce no matches in TV&Moves.
  • Netflix application update.
  • Fix for Netflix - application crash with ERROR_SIGSEGV - GDL_ERR_NO_MEMORY
  • Fix for Netflix - unable to play Netflix content after update
  • Fix for Netflix - application exits unexpectedly: EXITED_SIGSEGV - max retries on ISS.mem file
  • Fix for Netflix - user receives an error saying that their account has been deactivated when no deactivation operation has been performed
  • Fix for Netflix  'Are you a Netflix Member’ sign out error.
  • Fix for cursor is missing in the search field.

Time to fire up your Revue and get the update for yourself. Keep in mind though, we have no idea if there is any sort of roll out sequence here so you'll just have to keep checking for updates until it shows up for you. Plus, as noted in the image above there seems to be more changes within than what Logitech has noted. Make sure you drop by our Google TV forums and let us know how things are going with the update after you get it installed.

via: Logitech Thanks, None!

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4 years ago

Late-night poll: What are you most excited about seeing at Google I/O 2012?

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Google I/O starts in just 20 days, and it's time to begin all the speculation about what we expect to see. Rumors have a 7-inch tablet as a lock, and there's new Google TVs and Chromebooks to show off, and some of us expect to see Google at Home revisited. 

Or maybe all of the above.

They did push things to an extra day this year, so that's 33-percent more we can hear and see. We'll be there, cameras and ears going to show you what we can, and much of it Google will be posting online, as it happens. It's a good time to be an Android geek. What are you excited about seeing at Google I/O? Shout out in the poll and the comments.

 

What are you hoping to see at Google I/O 2012?

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4 years ago

HTC One V arriving on TELUS June 8th

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Although the device has been available on their "budget" brand Koodoo Mobile for a while now, TELUS themselves are preparing to launch the HTC One V come June 8th. As we learned in our review of the device, HTC has gone back to their roots with the HTC One V making it an entry-level throwback to the HTC Legend and we mean that lovingly. With it, you'll be getting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, 512MB RAM and finally 4GB of built-in storage should you decide to pick one up. Right now, TELUS pricing looks a little something like this:

  • No-term: $289.99
  • 1-year contact: $229.99
  • 2-year contract: $189.99
  • 3-year contract: $29.99

Those numbers are of course subject to change until the official announcement comes from TELUS but they seem quite reasonable all things considered. Make sure you check out the full review we did up if this one is on your radar and we'll be sure to let you all know when it goes official.

Source: Mobile Syrup

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4 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S III double officially confirmed for July 9 shipping

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We broke this July 9 thing, oh, yesterday in our forums and again on the blog, but tonight Verizon's making it a little more official. July 9 is the day for preorders of the Galaxy S III to be shipped. Figure they'll show up on the 10th, no?

More: Where to preorder the Galaxy S III; Also: Galaxy S III forums
Thanks to the MAC for sending this in!

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4 years ago

Flipboard for Android gets update to version 1.8.4 beta 2

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Development continues apace for Flipboard for Android, as the app has been updated to version 1.8.4 beta 2. The latest version is a relatively minor update, bringing bug fixes and a handful of new features to the digital magazine app.  Sharing via Android's built-in "share" API is a welcome addition, and we're always partial to the occasional performance improvement, though we've experienced no slowdown in the app so far.

Here's the full change log for Flipboard version 1.8.4 beta 2 --

  • Added sharing via other applications
  • Fixed authentication bug which could cause repeated logins
  • Remember the position in a section if you accidentally leave it
  • Improved stability and performance

Samsung Galaxy S III owners and beta participants on other phones can grab the 2.5MB update to the latest version by firing up the app as usual -- you should get an update notification like the one in the photo above.

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4 years ago

AT&T One X update, Is the SGS III perfect? [From the Forums]

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Lots happening today in the world of Android. If you missed out on anything, you can easily go ahead and get yourself caught up here on the Android Central blogs or in the Android Central forums. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? We got a spot for you!

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4 years ago

Google Wallet updated with support for new form factors, prepaid topup improvements

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Although Google Wallet had some issues the other day and went down for a while it looks like there might have been a good reason for it. The app itself has just been updated and according to the change log there is improvements to the prepaid top up process but also support for "new device form factors".

The new form factor support entry is a rather interesting one, kind of makes you think there is more to this update then Google is ready to tell us right now. If you have a supported device, you should be seeing the update in the Google Play Store right now available for download.

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4 years ago

Pocket lead developer: Developing for Android is "quite enjoyable"

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We've all seen those reports from app developers on other platforms, saying how developing for Android is a nightmare, and isn't worthwhile (we file those with the "Android is doomed when the next XXX comes out" reports), so it's refreshing to see the other side of the coin. Max Weiner, lead developer for Pocket., (see our interview with the Weiner brothers here) has let us in a little of what goes one behind the scenes at Pocket, and the short version of how they developed one of the best and most popular Android apps to date.

Starting with the Samsung Fascinate he got on contract for a penny, Max and company have certainly done well despite all the promises that they need hundreds of devices to test with and will face countless headaches developing for Android. It's a great read, and we look forward to seeing the rest of their tips for Android developers as the series continues.

Source: Pocket

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4 years ago

AT&T HTC One X 1.85 update now rolling out over the air

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As noted by folks over on the Android Central forums, the AT&T HTC One X is now receiving an over-the-air software update to version 1.85.502.3. For those keeping score at home, that's the same version that leaked a couple of weeks back in the form of an RUU (ROM Update Utility.)

AT&T One X owners can look forward to a variety of fixes in this latest update, including a solution for the intermittent Wifi drop-outs affecting many users. Here's the full change list --

  • Wi-Fi Connectivity Improvement - improves operation when a device leaves Wi-Fi coverage.
  • Wi-Fi Throughput (Speed Increase)
  • AT&T Address Book fixes - Contacts formatting when synced to AAB

To grab the 64.55MB update, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates, and hit that button. When you're done, be sure to let us know how you're getting on down in the comments.

Source: AT&T HTC One X forums

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4 years ago

Chrome Beta for Android updated for stability and performance improvements

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Google Chrome Beta for Android has an update being pushed out right now through the Google Play Store. While a minor bump, it does focus primarily on performance and stability improvements. There's also a minor reorganizing of the settings options. The official changelog reads: 

Chrome for Android Beta has been updated to 0.18.4531.3636 on Google Play.  In addition to changes through Chrome 18.0.1025.166 and a minor reorganization of Settings options, this update focuses primarily on stability and performance improvements.

Known issues:
113041 : No way to auto-hide the toolbar
114964 : Error pages are not optimized for mobile / Android devices
Other notable issues listed here

Head on over to the Google Play store to grab yourselves the update.

Download: Chrome Beta for Android

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4 years ago

Australian stores starting to receive Pebble Blue Galaxy S III

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While we're currently awaiting the Pebble Blue Samsung Galaxy S III here in the UK and across Europe, it seems our Australian friends don't have to wait much longer. ​Ausdroid is reporting that various stores they spoke to across Canberra had in stock the missing 16GB Pebble Blue version. 

Optus, Vodafone and Crazy Johns all had stocks, while Telstra and Virgin Mobile were set to receive theirs soon. In the UK, retailers such as Clove Technology originally said they expected to receive the Blue versions from this week. This can only be good news worldwide for any of us that have been holding out waiting for old Pebble Blue. 

If any of you have received notification, or even received yours yet where ever in the world you might be, hit us up in the comments or head on down to the Android Central Forums and show it off. 

Source: Ausdroid

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