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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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4 years ago

Android tops LGBT 'buzz list' in the U.S.

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Android has been chosen as the "best perceived brand" among the LGBT community in the latest BrandIndex rankings. This is the first year Android has made the list, and it edged out the iPhone by just a couple points. The folks at BrandIndex tallied up scores for over 1,100 brands, and asked “If you've heard anything about the brand in the last two weeks, through advertising, news or word of mouth, was it positive or negative?” The negative was subtracted from the positive, and after filtering results for those who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender, Android got a score of 38.2.

We're not exactly sure what this means, except that it's pretty fabulous, and we know Google and the guys and gals on the Android team support all folks without caring about who or how they love. And that's the way it should be. 

Source: BrandIndex, via HuffPo; Thanks; J-Weezy, for the tip!

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4 years ago

Light Flow LED Control v3.0 brings new user interface and notification volume controls

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Looking to gain better control of your LED notifications? If so, Rage Consulting has now released the latest update to their popular Light Flow LED control app. We reviewed it not all that long ago but v3.0 brings some welcomed changes to the mix including a new user interface because honestly, the old one was rather bland. In addition to the new UI, you can now also adjust notification volumes individually so you'll no longer have to deal with all notifications set at the same volume. Those are just two of the changes within. The full change log is rather lengthy and contains plenty of bug fixes, app additions and more:

  • Volume controls - each notification can be set with its own volume (either fixed or relative to the standard notification volume)
  • Notifications can be configured to play a sound even when the phone is in silent mode (for those very important notifications)
  • ICS devices can have a different notification volume set to the ringtone volume.
  • Widgets - 2 styles of basic widget for viewing and resetting notifications.
  • New custom color picker with HEX input available
  • New camera flash method selector with additional support for some Motorola phones
  • New Labs section: currently with Instant Alert to vibrate the phone when picked up for important messages
  • Added Chinese language
  • Control sleep time via near field communications - toggle by tapping a NFC tag

There are two versions of Light Flow available, lite and full. The lite version is available as a free download but only offers limited features while the full version costing $1.99 opens up the full functionality. Important to note, Light Flow will not work on all devices so best to give the lite version a go first to ensure compatibility.

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4 years ago

Otter Text and Drive solution now free in the Google Play Store

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Texting and driving is still on the rise, despite numerous laws now being put in place. There are quite a few solutions available in the Google Play Store and one that has received some attention recently is Otter. With Otter you can use automatic text message replies coupled with GPS to let folks know you're driving, working or otherwise preoccupied. In addition to that feature, you can also set text messaging black out periods so there are no interruptions at all.

Previously a premium app that sold for $3.99, the developers have removed all fees associated with Otter and are offering it as a free download. The full press release from Otter can be found below or you can hit the download link to check it out for yourself.

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4 years ago

The big list of Verizon's June 21 LTE expansion

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Verizon's greatly expanding its 4G LTE network on Thursday, June 21. Without delay, here's the full list. Enjoy.

New markets:

  • Florence, Ala.
  • Harrison, Ark.
  • Yuba City/Marysville, Calif.
  • Panama City, Fla.
  • Carrolton, Gainesville and Newnan, Ga.
  • Lihue, Hawaii (launched June 11)
  • Blackfoot, Idaho
  • Decatur/Effingham, Kankakee/Bradley-Bourbonnais and La Salle/Peru/Ottawa, Ill.
  • Columbus and Michigan City/La Porte, Ind.
  • Greater Portland, Maine
  • Greenville/Greenwood, Jackson and Tunica, Miss.
  • Houghton and Traverse City, Mich.
  • Jefferson City, Lake of the Ozarks and West Plains, Mo.
  • Binghamton, Elmira/Corning/Hornell and Oneonta, N.Y.
  • Burlington, Hickory/Lenoir, Jacksonville and New Bern, N.C.
  • Bedford and Sharon/Farrell/Hermitage, Pa.
  • Anderson, Florence and Greenwood, S.C.
  • Lufkin/Nacogdoches, Midland, San Angelo and Waco, Texas
  • Danville, Va.
  • Ashland, Ky./Huntington, W.Va. and Logan, W.Va.
  • Fond du Lac, Janesville/Beloit and Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Gillette, Wyo. 

Twenty-two markets will see expansion in their LTE coverage. They are:

  • Denver and Fort Collins/Loveland, Colo.
  • Philadelphia., Pa./Wilmington, Del.
  • Daytona Beach, Gainesville and West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Boise/Nampa, Idaho; Chicagoland, Ill.
  • Lafayette, Ind.
  • Hammond, La.
  • Springfield, Mo.
  • Glens Falls and New York, N.Y.
  • Charlotte/Gastonia and Greenville/Washington, N.C.
  • Indiana, Pa. and Hagerstown, Md./Chambersburg, Pa.
  • Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Seattle, Wash.
  • Appleton/Oshkosh, Wis.

Source: Verizon

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4 years ago

Microsoft rolls its own Wallet solution for Windows Phone, does Google Wallet one better

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One digital wallet to rule them all? Not so much, apparently. Microsoft today at its Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco announced Windows Phone Wallet, which appears to take the best of Google Wallet and Apple's new Passbook and roll it into a single app. 

Oh, and it throws in PayPal for good measure.  Wowzers.

Just like Google Wallet, Windows Phone Wallet uses NFC for the transaction. But Microsoft's solution appears to dive deeper than just a basic way of linking your credit card to your phone. It'll also serve as a direct link for in-app purchasing and store personal information, all on the phone. Again, the best of both worlds.

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Google's got to get rid of this Sprint exclusivity for Google Wallet, pronto.

More: WPCentral at the Windows Phone Summit

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4 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S III shipping date slips a week

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Just a quick heads up that while we're waiting on official word from AT&T regarding actual availability of its Galaxy S III (you'll recall that Sprint and possibly T-Mobile have pushed things back a little), do note that the arrival date for preordering devices is now showing "on or before June 28" instead of June 21. (It's unknown whether that affects previously preordered devices, or new ones. We'll update you here when we find out.)

We'll likely be told any change is due to the unprecedented popularity of the phone. Or, if you're like us and would really like to give someone some money for a phone or two, you'll start to wonder what the holdup is, and whether it links back to previous production problems.

Anyway, looks like we'll be waiting an extra week on AT&T.

More: AT&T Galaxy S III

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