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4 years ago

White HTC EVO 4G LTE coming to Sprint on July 15




An internal document suggested that a white HTC EVO 4G LTE (see our review) would be coming to Sprint July 15th. We now have an official announcement from Sprint that confirms that rumor. The only color that's been available thus far has been black.

The white version will be available in stores and online for $199.99 with a 2-year contract.

A lot has happened since May, so if you don't remember all of the specifics of the HTC EVO 4G LTE, it boasts:

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 4.7-inch HD Super LCD display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • NFC
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 16GB ROM
  • 1GB RAM
  • Supports microSD

So if you've been waiting for the white version, it's only a matter of days before you can pick one up. If you plan buy one or are wondering how others like it, visit our HTC EVO 4G LTE Forum. Please see the press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Touch getting Ice Cream Sandwich starting today


Remember how a couple days ago we broke the news that the Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich starting today? Well, guess what. It's getting Ice Cream Sandwich starting today. Sprint's made it official that the update will be rolling out over the air. Here's what's new:

  • A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
  • Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
  • Redesigned camera which introduces panorama mode, effects like silly faces and background replacement, and a powerful photo editor
  • Android Beam™: quickly share web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube™ videos with your friends by simply tapping two Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled phones together
  • Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout and even store web pages for offline reading
  • People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
  • Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
  • New Calendar app that lets you add events quickly, sync with Google Calendar™ or Microsoft Exchange and even pinch to adjust your calendar display
  • Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly, and search for emails even without a data connection
  • Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera

Look for it to push out any time now, or dive into the settings to start the update manually.

Source: Sprint

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4 years ago

Sam's Club taking Nexus 7 preorders, but does it actually know when it's shipping?


Just a quick heads up that Sam's Club is now taking preorders for the Google Nexus 7 tablet. You know, our new favorite tablet. Prices are in line with Google Play, at up to $249 for the 16GB version (which we'd recommend getting).

But here's the thing: Sam's Club's listing July 17-20 as possible shipping dates. All other third-party retailers' dates have fallen through. (Not that we ever really though they were right in the first place.) Just something to be aware of. The official Google Play listing still has it shipping in 1 to 2 weeks, and that's the one we're keeping an eye on.

Source: Sam's Club; thanks to everyone who's sent this in

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4 years ago

Garnet Red AT&T Galaxy S III preorders start July 15, in stores July 29


If you've been waiting for the garnet red Samsung Galaxy S III on AT&T, you'll be able to preorder it starting July 15. It'll be in stores starting July 29. 

It'll still run you $199 on contract, just like the white and blue versions. And it's still only rocking 16GB on on-board storage, but don't forget it'll take up to a 64-gigabyte micro SD card, so there's that.

If you're still on the fence, be sure to check out our complete AT&T Galaxy S III review!

Source: AT&T; more: AT&T Galaxy S III forums

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4 years ago

Google Maps adds walking directions for 44 African countries


As we learned at this year's Google I/O keynote, Android adoption is booming in developing countries, including many in Africa. And so to help these new users get the most out of the platform, Google is continuing to build on its own mobile app offerings, including the launch of walking directions for Google Maps users in Africa. Following on from the launch of driving directions in Africa in 2010, walking directions are now available in some 44 African nations, with the feature being accessed in the same way as it is elsewhere.

Whether they're using the mobile app or web interface, users can select the walking icon when they choose their start and end locations, and they'll get a direct walking route from one location to the other. As ever, Google reminds us that walking directions are (still) in beta, so you'll want to take basic safety precautions when you're out and about.

Source: Google LatLong

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4 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S 3 in stores today, if you're not into that developer phone thing



Ah, the Verizon Galaxy S 3. Available in blue and white, the device comes in either a 16GB or 32GB model, priced at $199 or $249 depending on which size you prefer. If you are not sure this is the device for you, be sure to check out our reviews of the Galaxy S III, and then head into the store to play with one.

If a locked bootloader is not your thing, and you would rather the ability to freely mess around with the software, odds are that this isn't what you want and instead you will be waiting for the unlocked model to be available directly from Samsung

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4 years ago

ZTE to unleash 'advanced gaming smartphones' next week


Looks like something big is happening down at the ZTE camp. The company's just tweeted that it'll be launching 'advanced gaming smartphone' in just six days time. That'll be next Wednesday, July 18, then. We saw plenty of devices from ZTE at Mobile World Congress this year, including smartphones and tablets, but nothing which quite matches this description. We're eager to see how ZTE's new stuff differentiates itself from previous gaming-focused phones, including the ill-fated Nokia N-Gage, and the Sony Xperia Play, which wasn't exactly a resounding success.

So roll on next week, and we'll let you know what they have lined up for us. We will of course be at the event to bring you full coverage of whatever ZTE announces.

Source: ZTE

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4 years ago

O2 UK network restored after 24 hours downtime for some customers


​Update: O2 says its network has been restored for all customers affected by the recent downtime, and advises anyone still experiencing problems to restart their handset.

​Original: The O2 UK service outage that began affecting some users yesterday lunchtime is in the process of being fixed, it seems. Not all O2 subscribers have been affected, but those caught up in the past day's outage have found themselves unable to use O2's voice or data networks on their handsets. The issue has also been affecting some on Tesco Mobile and GiffGaff, both of which use O2's network.

The British carrier has been posting updates on the glitch through its service status website overnight, in addition to communicating via its official Twitter account. The last status update reads --

Following the previous update that our 2G network service has now been restored, our 3G service has been restoring gradually. We expect full service to return this afternoon. In the meantime customers who were affected should still be able to make and receive calls (and may wish to try switching their mobile phones off and on as service returns). We are sorry again for the inconvenience this has caused some customers. We continue to deploy all possible resources, and will do so until full service is restored.

A previous update said that O2 had identified an issue with its network equipment, which was preventing some customers from being able to register on the network. Such an outage is unprecedented for a major network in the UK -- usually network outages are localized and quickly resolved. Now O2, which may now be required under UK consumer law to compensate affected customers, will likely be closely examining the root cause of this to prevent any recurrence in the future.

If you're on O2 UK, be sure to drop by the comments and let us know if you're among the disconnected.

More: O2 UK status page

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4 years ago

Rovio's latest creation, Amazing Alex, now available in Google Play


It's been known about for sometime, and teased recently, but today sees Rovio Mobile's latest creation, Amazing Alex, finally hit the Google Play Store. There are three 'versions' to choose from, a free, ad-supported version, a paid version coming in at $0.99/£0.64, and a HD version for $2.99/£1.93. 

Despite the teasers we've already seen, what we hadn't seen until this point was some actual gameplay. Amazing Alex is a physics based puzzle game, which sees you creating all kinds of funky chain reactions using various objects. Often, this involves knocking stuff over. Set across four different settings, there are 100 levels to be had initially, and, knowing Rovio, probably as many still to come in future updates. 

It starts off really simple, but in a good way, as you're guided through the opening few levels to help you get a grip on the gameplay, and the controls. The controls are really straight forward, it's as easy as picking up objects, moving them, rotating them, very simple to get the hang of. 

It looks great too. We've sprung for the HD version, and it's so bright and colorful it'd be hard not to love it. It's literally just dropped, so we're only just getting into it, but first impressions are good. This is sure to be another hit for Rovio. We've dropped you guys some handy download links to all three versions below, and after the break you'll find the official trailer, as well as a few screenshots we've thrown in for good measure. Hit us up in the comments if you give this a try, and let us know your thoughts. 

Download: Amazing Alex Free, Paid, HD

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4 years ago

Late-night poll: Do you use on-device search?


We've seen two OTA updates that take away local search options, namely the Sprint Galaxy S III and the AT&T Galaxy S III. In case you've been hiding under a rock for the past month (and I wouldn't blame you one bit) you know that Apple takes issue with the way Android can search the Internet and data on the device from one search box. We're not going to argue the merits of that case tonight -- it's been done and it makes my head hurt -- but we do want to know how many folks out there use it to begin with. Let's find out, in tonight's poll.

Do you use local search to find data on your device?

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4 years ago

Gallery options, WiFi on the One X [From the Forums]


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

Google shipping the Galaxy Nexus again


Just a quick heads up here that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is once again shipping from the Google Play store, just as Google said it would this week. It's listed at 3 to 5 days, which is relatively back to normal, considering it's been a little about two weeks since it was "banned," denied a stay and then saw the ban delayed anyway by an appellate court. Confused? Just know that it has to do with search patents, and that we're expecting to see the Google Apps retooled to work around Apple's little piece of paper. It is worth noting, though, that Samsung's been pulling local-device search from its Galaxy S III line as well (to wit, Sprint and this evening, AT&T).

So if you've got $350 to burn and want some Jelly Bean action, hit the link below.

Buy now: Galaxy Nexus unlocked; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S III getting a minor OTA that removes universal search


If you're an AT&T Galaxy S III user, today it's your turn to get a minor OTA that in addition to bringing a new radio (UCLG1), removes local (on-device) search options. We saw it on the Sprint version a few days back, disguised as a Google "security update".  We appreciate the new modem, anything to make the phone work better as a phone is welcome. We also know why Samsung is removing the search options, but part of us wishes they would wait until they had to do it instead of playing the game we all hate with Apple and their lawyers.

In either case, if you take the OTA chances are an older version of the searchbar app will get universal search back for you. Keep an eye on the guys and gals in the AT&T Galaxy S III forums and see what they can figure out.

Source: AT&T Galaxy S III forums. Thanks, CarlGalgano!

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4 years ago

Jelly Bean: Will your phone get an update?


Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is official and coming soon to an Android smartphone near you. Maybe.

It's that time of year again! We've got a brand spankin' new version of Android in Jelly Bean, and almost every device isn't running it. If you've got a GSM flavored Galaxy Nexus, or aren't afraid to dive in and hack the daylights out of your phone, you might be happily enjoying the latest sweet treat from Google. That means you know what all the fuss is about. Jelly Bean may look a lot like Ice Cream Sandwich on the surface, but the performance and polish are worlds apart. If you're using one of the many other Android-powered handsets or tablets, and don't want to (or can't) get hacking, you're waiting. And probably not very patiently. And lest we advanced users forget -- that describes the vast majority of Android users.

So you're scouring the 'net, looking for news about your device and any potential Jelly Bean update. We have been, too. As usual, there isn't going to be very many "official" promises of Jelly Bean, but you'll find plenty of speculation. We are all Android, all the time. We like to think we have a bit of insight into how things work, and we love to share it with you. Hit the break, and see what we think on the matter.

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 will wake when a magnetic cover is removed (it's an oldie but a goodie)


So apparently the Nexus 7 tablet has a little magnetic sensor hidden under the display that can trigger the display to turn on. Not exactly a new phenomenon, but interesting because until now, it's a feature that's gone unmentioned.

The way it works is you have a cover or case that also has a magnet inside, and that second magnet lines up with the corresponding spot on the device. Remove the second magnet, and the phone says, "Hey! I'm alive, and it's time to wake up now!"

Again, these are not new. Not now, not with the iPad's Smart Cover. We've been using them long since the bad old days of Windows Mobile. And it's a staple on BlackBerry. (Anyone remember when software could actually screw up this sort of thing?) But it leads us to believe we'll see that feature arise again in the official Nexus 7 case from Google, and probably in the ones from ASUS as well.

There's video after the break if you need videographic proof of this force of nature.

Here's the real question, though: How the hell did iFixit, which can spot the serial number on underside of the world's smaller circuit board, miss this one? Good thing we mentioned the magnetometer in our Nexus 7 review, eh?

Via Android Police

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