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4 years ago

Android Central 92: The HTC One X and One S, Sense 4, the Sprint EVO 4G LTE, and Instragram on Android

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We review the HTC One S and One X, get our hands on the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE, plus take a look at Instragram for Android (and all the hate that follows). You're not going to want to miss this one.

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4 years ago

Android Central international round-up - April 7, 2012

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So this week was HTC week, and there was no shortage of stories about the launch of HTC's new hero devices, the One X and One S. We had reviews, previews, hands-on features, comparisons and everything in between. If you want to learn more about HTC's shiny new toys (and trust us, you do), be sure to check out the features list below.

Both devices are out now in Europe, and every major network in the UK is offering the both phones on-contract at subsidized prices. Stateside, the One S is rumored to launch on T-Mobile in late April, with the One X tipped to follow shortly after in early May.

In non-HTC news, Motorola revealed that the GSM/HSPA RAZR MAXX would be making its way to European shores from May. Consider our interest piqued. We're eager to see what kind of longevity Moto can deliver with a 3,300mAh pack and no battery-hogging LTE radio.

Check some highlights from past week's Android developments in Europe, Asia and beyond in the list below. And if you've got international news, you can tip us at the usual address.

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4 years ago

AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G Gingerbread update finally available again, confirmed to work this time

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It's been about two months since the AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G first saw its Android 2.3 Gingerbread made available, only to be yanked back due to some bugs. On Thursday, the download was finally revived via the Samsung Kies Mini application. Yes, folks. It's finally happening. (Again.)

Here's a reminder of what you'll be getting in the Android 2.3.6 update, which takes the software version up to UCLB3: 

  • Improved Copy and Paste functionality
  • Redesigned Multi Touch Software Keyboard
  • Download manager for long running HTTP downloads
  • Improved power management and application control
  • Notification Shade: “Flight Mode” added (“Silent” removed)
  • New Fonts options added include Choco Cooky, Cool Jazz, Rosemary
  • Keyboard Changes: Android Keyboard with Wider Spaced keys and Quick Keys at the top
  • New Widgets: The name of the content provider will be listed on the widget list along with the widget name. Previously only the widget name was provided.
  • New Widget: Traffic (Android) added to list of available widgets
  • Menu Changes/New Apps: Downloads and Google Books added new, Promotional pre-load of Angry Birds removed.

A slightly odd development: AT&T in its forum post says that this update will hard-reset your phone -- as in wipe anything that was previously on it. But that wasn't the case with our update. Regardless, be sure to back up your contacts and e-mails and pictures and the like, just in case. Then be sure to download Kies, and get to updating. Should take about 5 minutes or so once it gets going.

Download: Kies Mini for the Infuse 4G; More: Update instructions
Via: Samsung Infuse 4G forums

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4 years ago

IMDb Movies & TV app updated to support HD streaming of movie trailers on tablets and smartphones

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When we chose IMDb Movies & TV as the tablet app of the year in our 2011 Android Central Editors' Pick Awards it was a pretty fine looking app and in that time, IMDb has continued to improve upon the app overall. The last update brought a new layout and ICS features but now a new update is available for download.

Movie buffs will want to grab this one for sure as it addresses some long standing bugs but more importantly it adds HD streaming of trailers for both tablets and smartphones. Download is past the break for you all, also if you're checking it out let us know what movies you're looking forward to this summer in the comments.

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4 years ago

Instant upload no longer syncing, Gonna miss the 3D feature? [From the Forums]

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It's been a busy week for Android news and just in case you missed out on anything, we're here for you. Get yourself caught up here on the blogs and in the forums plus, stay tuned for our always informative weekend content and round-ups:

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

Instagram updated once again, brings support to tablets and Wifi devices

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Instagram has received another update, this time opening the app to Android tablets and other Wifi devices. Not a lot has changed, as sideloading the old version on tablets or Wifi devices worked, but it's nice to see it done officially. The camera and picture import process is still broken on the Transformer Prime, but seems to work fine on both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 7 plus. It's a bit of a bummer, but with no support yet for the HTC One X camera, we expect the Tegra 3 has something to do with it.

The cool thing about using Instagram on a tablet is viewing the images in your stream, which works very nicely. We've got the download link after the break, grab the update if you've been wanting this on on your tablet.

Thanks, ohaaron!

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4 years ago

Max Payne Mobile coming to Android April 26th

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If you dig third-person shooter games then chances are you've checked out Max Payne at some point since its original release in 2001 and now, Rockstar Games is taking Max Payne to new territory. As announced on their blog, Max Payne Mobile will be arriving on Android devices come April 26th and will feature the full classic game optimized for mobile experiences and include HD graphics, high-resolution textures, Social Club connectivity and user-customizable controls. Sadly, Rockstar has yet to announce which devices will be compatible at launch but that will come soon enough and it should be a broad range.

Source: Rockstar Games

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4 years ago

Cricket's Muve Music now available on the Huawei Mercury

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Cricket is bringing some new life into the Huawei Mercury by now offering up its Muve Music service as an OTA download to the device. Cricket customers looking to get in on the action can bump up to the $65-a-month plan that offers unlimited song downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones from a catalog of more than five million songs. In addition, there's nationwide calling; unlimited text, picture, video messaging and 3G mobile data; mobile video; data back-up, and 411 assistance.

If you've been avoiding the Huawei Mercury due to its lack of Muve Music you can grab one now, outright for $230, and for that you'll be getting a Android 2.3 powered device with a 1.4Ghz processor along with and 8MP shooter on the back.

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4 years ago

ASUS to give away free dongle to address Transformer Prime GPS issues

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As reports of GPS issues with the ASUS Transformer Prime continue, the manufacturer is turning to a drastic solution to give Prime owners better GPS connectivity. According to an ASUS support representative quoted on XDA, ASUS will soon begin offering a hardware solution, in the form of a "GPS Extension Kit" dongle, which it'll provide for free to all Prime owners. Sure enough, shortly afterwards a corroborating statement appeared on ASUS' VIP member area.

Although the TF201 is not a professional GPS device, as part of our unwavering commitment to our customers we are offering all customers who purchased a TF201 system a free external GPS extension kit called a dongle, which may help improve signal reception and optimize the user experience. We are pleased to announce this offer as part of our commitment to customer service, but it does not replace, alter or amend any existing warranties you may have.

Prime owners can now sign up for the new dongle through the ASUS VIP. For what it's worth, the ASUS rep quoted by XDA says the kit will "will be a flush fit on the bottom of the unit if held in landscape matching the color of your Prime chassis." So no worries about unsightly bulges sticking out of your tablet.

Kudos to ASUS for stepping up to the plate and offering a genuine solution for those affected by these issues, however it's a shame it's taken four months for the real fix to arrive.

Source: LandOfDroid; via: Engadget

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4 years ago

What version of Android is the HTC EVO 4G LTE using?

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We know the EVO 4G LTE is running Android 4-dot ... something. But this was a first, at least for me. At least they didn't come at us with something like "That's for us to know and you to find out."

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4 years ago

One of the EVO 4G LTE's most important features may be one you hate the most

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I worry about my HTC One X. I live in fear that I will render its camera -- one of the more important parts of the phone -- useless by scratching the camera lens to no end. On the One X, which is made up of just a single piece of polycarbonate, there's no easy way to replace the lens cover. That's not the case with the EVO 4G LTE. The lens cover is a part of the removable cover.

And that's a bit ironic, don'tcha think? The part that is the subject of much controversy (some folks are little upset over the design) could well be the phone's savoir. The camera on the HTC One series -- as well as the HTC EVO 4G LTE -- is one of its most important features. If you're looking for another way the E4GLTE might best the excellent HTC One X, here it is.

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4 years ago

Facebook Messenger updated, with updated visuals and better support for ICS

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That other Facebook app, Facebook Messenger, just received an update that among other things is supposed to make it play better with Ice Cream Sandwich

The visuals have also been updated, and while not a major update, things do look crisper all round. They haven't totally bought into the ICS way of things though, as on the Galaxy Nexus for example, the menu button is still the 3 little dots next to the onscreen buttons. 

So what else do we get then? Faster ways to start conversations and group conversations -- faster than using the full bore Facebook app that's for sure. Hitting the + button brings up a list of your more recently contacted friends, and right at the top is the "new group conversation" button. 

Otherwise, we're treated to the usual smattering of bug fixes, and performance and battery life improvements. We've got the download links for you after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC One X - a second opinion

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If you’re a regular around these parts, you’ll already be well-acquainted with HTC’s latest beast, the One X. You’ve seen our pre-release coverage from MWC, read Phil’s definitive review and checked out our guide to Sense 4. The verdict seems clear -- the HTC One X is a hell of a device, and without a doubt the most impressive smartphone of 2012 so far.

But a phone worthy of this kind of praise deserves a second look, and so I’ve been spending the past few days getting to know the Vodafone UK version of the One X. Instead of re-hashing our existing coverage, I’m going to take an in-depth look at six of the phone’s most important characteristics, and offer a few thoughts of my own. Think of it as more a commentary than a review.

Join us after the break for a second opinion on the HTC One X.

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4 years ago

Google-branded, ASUS-made tablet reportedly arriving in July

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We've been hearing rumors of an ASUS-manufactured Google "Nexus" tablet for the past few months, mostly from unconfirmed or dubious sources. Today, though, The Verge​ is reporting that such a device is in the works, and is slated for a July launch at the earliest. Apparently the 7-inch ICS tablet is being redesigned in an effort to reduce its cost (and price tag), resulting in the release window being pushed back from May.

The old design would've made it to market at a $249 price point, but Google is apparently pushing for an even lower price. Current specs are said to include a 7-inch screen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. Of course, if this thing's going back to the drawing board, some of that may change, at least on the hardware side.

If a July launch is indeed in the cards, there's every chance we'll see this thing at Google IO in late June. However, as some of us have pointed out, it'll need to be more than "just another Android tablet" if it's to have any hope of making a dent in Apple's market share.

Source: The Verge

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4 years ago

Unaudited HTC Q1 results show 35% drop in revenues

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HTC may be riding a wave of good publicity following the launch of the One X and One S, but things aren't looking quite so rosy on the financial side. The Taiwanese manufacturer released its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of the year today, showing of NT$67.8 billion (~$2.3 billion), down from NT$104.2 billion (~$3.5 billion) for the same quarter last year -- a 35% drop. Similarly, HTC's operating income shrank from NT$16.5 billion in Q1 2011 to just NT$5.6 billion in the last quarter.

Back in February HTC said it was expecting a weaker Q1, due to "product cycle transition", insisting this was a "temporary phenomenon." Q4 2011 and Q1 2012 were dominated by the iPhone 4S launch, along with continued strong success for HTC's main Android rival, Samsung. The manufacturer will be hoping to recapture consumers' imaginations with new "hero" devices like the HTC One X and One S, which launched in Europe yesterday.

Source: HTC (PDF)

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