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4 years ago

IDC numbers are in, Android leads the way

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According to the IDC, Android accounts for 59% of all smartphone sales worldwide.  This is a healthy jump from last year when Android accounted for 36.1% of smartphone sales.  iOS is second, with 23% of sales.  Last year the two smartphone OS's owned 54.4% of the market combined, ​so this is impressive growth.  Android showed a 145% year-over-year change, at the expense of Symbian, which went from 26% in 1Q11 to just 6.8% in 1Q12.

Samsung is the big winner here, accounting for 45.4% of all Android smartphone sales.  This is due in no small part to the success of the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, both of which have racked up impressive sales numbers.  With the looming launch of the Galaxy S III Samsung is showing no signs of slowing down, either.

Source: Business Wire

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4 years ago

Beautifully redesigned Google+ experience is here!

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Our iOS-loving pals got this one a couple weeks ago, but now it's our turn. The redesigned Google+ app is now available for Android. And quite an update it is. In addition to the visual refresh, you'll get the following:

  • Initiate a Hangout from the main menu
  • Support for ringing hangout notification
  • Support for post editing
  • Messenger suggestions for people you may know
  • Download photos from posts or Messenger conversations

The ability to edit posts is a godsend, as well as being able to download photos from posts. Hit the link below to snag it directly. And don't forget to circle Android Central as well!

Download: Google+; More: Google

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4 years ago

NVIDIA Icera modem validated for AT&T's LTE network

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NVIDIA has announced that their Icera 410 multimode data modem has been tested and approved for use with AT&T's LTE network. This means that NVIDIA has officially entered the race with Qualcomm to provide embedded LTE equipment for Tablets, and interestingly enough clamshell devices (mentioned by name) on AT&T. The Icera 410 will provide multiband connectivity for 2G, 3G, HSPA+, and LTE category 2 (50Mbps) from one chip, which we've already seen gives a nice boost in battery life compared to multiple hardware radios. No word on anything phone related just yet, this sort of thing goes in baby steps. We're excited every time we see a new player in the game, and can't wait to give a new NVIDIA powered LTE device on AT&T a try. Hit the break for the full, but brief, press release.

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4 years ago

Panasonic Eluga Power now expected in Q3, says retailer

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If you had your eye on the Eluga Power, Panasonic's gigantic ICS-powered beast, it seems you may have to wait just a little big longer. According to British online retailer Clove Technology, the Eluga Power's UK launch has slipped into the third quarter of 2012 -- a change from the previously-announced Q2 launch window.

As we saw when we went hands-on with the Eluga Power at MWC, it's a thin, light 5-inch device with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU. When we saw it back in February, the Power was running vanilla Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, though it's possible the the finished product will feature some kind of UI customization. Other notables include a 720p screen based upon Panasonic's own LCD tech, IP57 water resistance, and an 8MP rear camera.

Check out our full hands-on report for more on the Eluga Power.

Source: Clove Technology

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia P, U and Sola now available internationally

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Sony unveiled the Xperia P and Xperia U at its MWC 2012 press conference, and wasted no time in announcing the Xperia Sola a few weeks later. And now all three devices have gone on sale in Europe and Asia, further fleshing out Sony's 2012 smartphone line-up.

The Xperia Sola is arguably the most interesting of the three -- it features the manufacturer's new "floating touch" technology, which enables the device to detect when your finger is hovering over the screen, without any contact being made. Sony has highlighted a few uses for this tech -- for example, precisely selecting links on a webpage before tapping to confirm. But we're also eager to see what community devs are able to do with this tech in the months ahead.

Next up there's the Xperia P, which is essentially a miniature Xperia S with an aluminum shell and slightly pared-back specs. Inside there's a 1GHz dual-core CPU (down from 1.5), a 4-inch qHD screen (down from 720p), and an 8MP rear camera (down from 12MP). And specs are further cut back in the entry-level Xperia U, which rocks a 3.5-inch FWVGA screen, 5MP camera and a matte plastic finish, though it's still running a dual-core 1GHz CPU.

However, Sony's Achilles' Heel is Gingerbread -- all three devices use Android 2.3, though ICS updates are promised before the end of June.

In the UK, the Sola will set you back around £250, while Xperias P and U will run you around £320 and £170 respectively. If you're after a network-subsidized deal, O2, Three, T-Mobile and Orange offer the Xperia U, while O2 has the Xperia P. No major network has yet announced the Xperia Sola.

We'll have reviews of all three going up in the days and weeks ahead, so keep watching.

Source: XperiaBlog

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4 years ago

Three UK increasing prices from July, applies to pay-monthly plans set up before March 8 2012

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It might only be 3.6%, but a price increase is still a price increase. That's how much Three UK has announced that price plans will be increasing by come July 16. It doesn't apply to all customers -- anyone joining after March 8 this year or that is on a 1-month SIM only, a business or a pay-as-you-go deal won't be affected. So, should you be heading down to Three for a new Samsung Galaxy S III in the next couple of weeks, the price you sign up to is the price you'll continue to pay.

On my current plan, it looks like I'll be hit for about another £1.30 per month, or just under £16 per year. Ok, so hit is probably too strong a term. Thankfully, it's just a small price increase. No increase will be applied to any add-ons, so if you're paying extra for all-you-can-eat data (like I am) the increase will only be applied to your basic tariff price. 

Three say that their plans still represent "excellent value for money," which is a pretty fair comment to make, considering they're one of the few UK networks offering unlimited data. Anyone affected will be receiving a text, email or letter -- yes, people do still send letters -- outlining their additional charges. The increase will then take effect from the first billing date on or after July 16.

It's the first time in the company's history that their prices have had to increase in such a way on their pay monthly tariffs. While price rises are never welcome, we can at least be grateful that it isn't a big increase. More importantly, Three aren't taking anything away. After all, there is a recession on.

Source: Three UK

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4 years ago

Asus Padfone and TF700 set for Australian launch in July

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Asus Australia have taken to their Facebook page to hint at an eta for the forthcoming Transformer Pad TF700 tablet, and the tablet-phone-laptop combined Padfone. Following the launch at MWC in Barcelona, there are eager customers waiting around the world to get their hands on these devices. There isn't much to go on, but according to Asus both devices can be expected in July. 

There is also no indication on a potential price point for either device, but you would expect it to be towards the more 'premium' end of the price scale. The Padfone in particular is an interesting concept, but one which could be massively let down if the price is too high when all the accessories are taken into account. 

The TF700 is no slouch either, packing a full HD Super IPS+ display at a 1920x1200 resolution over either a Tegra 3, or a Snapdragon S4 processor. Oh, and there's Asus' signature keyboard dock as well. Price will again play a part in the success of the TF700 -- and not just in Australia -- but on specs alone, it's a winner. 

via Ausdroid

More: Hands on with the Asus Padfone at Mobile World Congress

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4 years ago

AT&T One X RUU leaks, brings version 1.85.502 with it

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There's not a lot to go on here, and so far nobody has come forward to tell how well (or how poorly) it runs, but a new RUU has leaked out for the AT&T One X. The update brings the One X to version 1.85.502, and breaks all current rooting methods. It's a standard HTC RUU, so that means Windows only and the proper drivers need to be installed. Note that this may not be the final update version, and you may end up stuck with it if you flash it.

Anyone who gives this one a try should be sure to let the rest of us know about any changes or improvements. Grab it at the source link.

Source: XDA-Developers

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4 years ago

Intel releases x86 system image for Android emulator

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Intel has released the long awaited x86 system image of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Android SDK and emulator. This will allow the Android emulator (long plagued with slow and buggy performance) to run at native speed on computers using the Intel x86 architecture.  Grabbing it is easy enough, just refresh the SDK Manager and grab it under the Android 4.0.3 tree. Of course, it seems like everyone else has the same idea so the download times are a bit high and you may want to wait an hour or so. We love seeing the developer tools get updated as much as we love seeing Android phones get updated. Better tools mean better apps, and everyone loves better apps. Don't forget us here at AC when you design the next great one!

via: +Xavier Ducrohet

 

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4 years ago

Leaked memo says Best Buy to fill EVO 4G LTE orders as soon as May 24

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We just got a tip from one of those ninja types, and we now know that the rumors of truckloads of EVO 4G LTE's en-route to Best Buy are true, and they will be used to fill all the pre-orders. According to the leaked memo above, folks who pre-ordered can start getting their phones as soon as they arrive at stores, which may be as early as tomorrow (May 24). What's interesting is that this inventory is set aside only to fulfill pre-orders, and any phones left over can't be sold until an official launch day announcement. Then there's the notice that pre-orders are still open, so those that didn't get in on the initial pre-order, but want to buy one of the EVO 4G LTE's that may be sitting on the shelf, can pre-order one, then get it that same day. I think. Maybe. And only off by one day

Welcome to BizarroWorld. 

Anyhoo, we're excited that this messy launch is almost behind us, and phones will soon be in Android-loving hands where they belong. 

Thanks, Anon!

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4 years ago

HTC One X software, Verizon Galaxy Nexus updates [ From the Forums]

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Some pretty big news happened today in the world of Android, especially with the Oracle vs. Google thing going down. If you missed out on anything, get yourself caught up on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums. Check out some threads below:

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4 years ago

Is the third time the charm? OTA package for Verizon Galaxy Nexus now available from Google

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Another new month, another new OTA package for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. For those that just want to get it on, here's the link direct from Google. Note that it's not a full ROM, and you'll need to be stock to flash it. Now where were we ...

This may play out like the last OTA update that mysteriously appeared, then just as quickly disappeared from Google's servers, but we're hearing that the OTA is pushing, so you might want to check your phone and see if it finds an update itself. Hopefully, this is the real deal and we can go from worrying about when the update will come and get back to complaining about the update like we're supposed to do. I kid, I kid. 

For instruction on what to do if you're rooted and ROM'd, be sure to hit the Verizon G Nex forums and read a bit -- everything you want or need can be found there. Our fingers are crossed this time!

Thanks, JD!

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4 years ago

Samsung Australia hosting event next week, official Galaxy S III announcement due?

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Despite not being specifically mentioned as a world tour venue, it seems that Sydney, Australia is set for a Galaxy S III event on May 31. When the venue cities were shown off during the keynote presentation in London, the closest to Australia was an unannounced location in South-East Asia. PC World Australia however, are reporting that Samsung Australia have started to send out invites for an event in Sydney next Thursday. The current official line from Samsung sits a little more discreetly: 

“Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased there is continued interest about our GALAXY range in Australia, but we have no plans to make any announcements at this time.”

Australians are expecting to see Sammy's latest flagship launch on all the major carriers, plus potentially Virgin Mobile as well. Telstra are likely to be eying up a 4G LTE version too. 

via Ausdroid

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4 years ago

Android A to Z: ClockworkMod Recovery

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We're getting a little hacky in this round of Android A to Z, and we're going to have a look at ClockworkMod recovery -- the de facto standard of custom recoveries for Android. It's open source, based on the stock Android recovery, and brings a ton of options to the table that aren't possible otherwise.

First, let's look at why anyone would use a custom recovery. The standard Android recovery can do two things for the user -- flash system files that have been signed and verified as coming from the correct source (either Google or an OEM), and wipe away user data and cached information. Both these operations are pretty important, but there's more many users want and need from the recovery mode of their phone. Things like backing up all user data into image files that can be restored easily, or flashing software that doesn't come from Google or the OEM -- like custom ROMs -- and wiping some residual data to troubleshoot things like file permission errors. It's pretty advanced stuff, but it's very handy to have it for many of us.

ClockworkMod recovery (we'll call it CWM from here on out) does all this, and does it very well. It's provided free, and has a pretty handy wrapper around it so it can be used while the phone or tablet is up and running. We're talking about Rom Manager, of course. With CWM you can erase the user data from your system completely -- including that extra data that may cause an issue, selectively erase portions of it (a godsend for troubleshooting), create a restore image of the running system, and flash custom firmware at will. If you're running a custom version of Android on any newer phone or tablet, you're probably using it right now. If you're thinking about trying your luck with a custom ROM or tweak, CWM is where you'll get started.

Check out the complete Android Dictionary

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4 years ago

Google Shopper updated with refreshed UI and tighter Google Offers integration

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Seems as though Google has been making plenty of little updates to their bevy of Google branded apps in the Google Play Store and now the latest to get some love is Google Shopper. Although it doesn't bring massive change, the latest update available for download brings a slightly refreshed UI and tighter integration with Google Offers to the mix. In addition to those changes, history and search suggestions will now appear in the app to help with speeding things up overall.

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