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4 years ago

LG Nexus prototype reviewed, unsurprisingly found to have software issues


What do you get when you take leaked, pre-production phone hardware running pre-production software and subject it to a full review? Well, you get something like the review that appeared at Belarusian tech site today. That's the same site that got hold of the upcoming LG Nexus ahead of time, and published several high-quality images of the device earlier this week.

In today's "preliminary review," the site describes numerous issues with the build of Android 4.1.2 loaded onto the device, from hard locks to force closes, to certain buttons not responding. So it's safe to say that the software is very much pre-release, and this matches what we've heard from our own sources, who tell us the device is now being tested with Android 4.2.

On the hardware side, the preliminary review reveals a device very similar in appearance to the current Galaxy Nexus. Main differences include a flattened front and back, an iPhone-style microSIM slot along one side, and a non-removable back panel furnished in LG's "crystal reflective process" finish. Like the Galaxy Nexus, it sports a notification LED beneath the screen.

There are also some photo samples from the device, though quality is decidedly iffy, on account of the pre-release hardware and software. Camera quality has never been the Nexus line's strong suit, but we'd expect images shot with the final version to look a bit better.

Really, there's only so much that you can tell from hand-on time with a prototype. As is the case with every Nexus, we imagine most of the exciting new stuff in this device will be software, not hardware-based.


More: What we know about the LG Nexus

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4 years ago

O2 UK network issues affecting 10% of subscribers, fix on the way


Some O2 UK customers are experiencing service issues this evening, which the carrier says is affecting some ten percent of its subscribers. The O2 service status website, which is currently being inundated with traffic, says the issue, which first emerged earlier this afternoon, has been identified. O2 says its engineers are working on a fix --

Further to the fault we reported earlier (where some customers in some areas have been unable to make or receive calls, texts or use data), we believe we have now identified the cause of the fault and are taking corrective action to restore service to those customers affected. Again we are sorry for any inconvenience this may be causing.

The official O2 Twitter account provides more information, including the ten percent figure we mentioned earlier --

Good to hear some of the 10% affected by current network issue are back up and running: others, please bear with us as we fix things.

The network issues come just months after a widespread outage resulted in a third of O2's customers being unable to make calls, send messages or use mobile data. That outage latest almost a day, and resulted in O2 offering customers refunds on future bills. Fortunately, it seems today's outage is affecting fewer customers, and a fix seems to have been found more quickly.

Anyone on O2 UK noticed any service issues over the past few hours? Let us know in the comments.

More: O2 Status, @O2

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4 years ago

Multiplayer Shadowgun: DeadZone goes into open beta


Madfinger Games has kicked off an open beta for Shadowgun: DeadZone, a multiplayer version of their widely-recognized shooter title. It's only available for Tegra 3-powered devices as you might expect, and as a beta there are bound to be at least a couple of glitches along the way. The beta's free and here's what you get with it:

  • Four playable characters (Soldier, Mutant, Assassin, Dancer)
  • Two Game Modes (DeathMatch, Zone Control)
  • Two Maps (Assembly Hall, Invasion)
  • Weapons (Bandit (SMG), Vega (Attack Rifle), Big Boy (Machine gun), Spate (Plasma Rifle), Mace (Shotgun), Osog - (Sniper), Sh*tStorm - (Rocket Launcher))
  • Gadgets (Sprint, Medi Kit, Ammo Kit, FlashBang, EMP Grenade, Frag Grenade, Sentry Gun, Mine)

There are at least a few other characters teased on the Shadowgun Facebook page that aren't included just yet, like a robot named S.A.R.A., Sheriff Moregun, the Toltech Corps scientist, and Jessica "Widowmaker" Metzger. I wasn't able to log into a matchmaking server, but am eager to keep trying in the name of science. There are already plenty of positive reviews on Google Play, so it looks like it's working for at least a few people.

There's already been one expansion squeezed out for Shadowgun, and I suspect that over time we'll be seeing at least a few more. Those that have downloaded and installed the DeadZone beta, what do you think so far? Does the engine work well for multiplayer? Any significant lag? How many of y'all enjoyed the original? 

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 coming to Canada on October 30


TELUS and Mobilicity have confirmed that they will be offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to Canadians on October 30. Mobilicity was a little coy about the information, nestling it into the e-mail response after signing up on their preorder page, while TELUS had the date front and center on their site. To encourage sign-ups, Mobilicity offered $50 off the cost of the giant new smartphone, though like every other carrier, they didn't mention anything about full pricing.

No doubt Bell, Rogers, and WIND won't be far behind in letting us know when the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be available on their shelves. Either way, it's good news since we weren't expecting the Note 2 to land in North America until mid-November. There's a lot of great stuff going on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, as you can see in our hands-on video. Here are main points. 

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot
  • GPS: A-GPS; Glonass
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE; USB 2.0 Host; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40; Wi-Fi Direct; mHL; NFC
  • Memory: 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM); microSD (up to 64GB)
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh

It's great to see such a broad release across Canada, but it certainly makes picking a carrier a bit more of a challenge for customers that are able to move around. Canadians, which provider would you go with? Is the lack of LTE on WIND or Mobilicity a deal-breaker?

via: MobileSyrup

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4 years ago

IM+ for Android updated with rage face emoticons, new notification options


The popular IM+ messaging app for Android by Shape has recently been updated to version 6.4 with a handful of solid new features, including fresh emoticons and a bunch of new notification options. 

  • Support for Rage Faces emoticons
  • New IM services: MeinVZ and Gadu-Gadu
  • Improved interface: feels like Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Bulk chat history export to SD card
  • Auto OTR: option to automatically start Off-the-Record messaging session with selected contact
  • Sleep mode: you may set specific time when IM+ won't bother you with notifications
  • Option to customize "Contact goes online" notification
  • Customizable "Go to Push in background" timeout

Rage face emoticons are a pretty sweet addition, and one I could see myself using pretty regularly. As is, IM+ ranks very highly in Google Play, and offers access to a whole bunch of networks, including the big ones like Gtalk, AIM, Skype, and Windows Live Messenger, to smaller regional services. You can get the full tour of the paid version in our review, but there's a free version available too. 

Which instant messaging services do you use most? Are your friends scattered across many of them? Do you need an all-in-one app like this, or is it just as good to have a bunch of separate native apps installed?

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4 years ago

Sprint announces 22 more LTE locations


Sprint this morning took the wraps off of nearly two dozen upcoming LTE-laden areas. They include:

  • San Francisco, CA, San Mateo-Redwood City, CA
  • Cape Coral-Ft Meyers, FL
  • Dyersburg-Union City-Martin, TN
  • Emporia, KS
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Greenwood, MS
  • Joplin, MO
  • Kokomo, IN
  • Lafayette/West Lafayette, IN
  • Lexington Park, MD
  • Marion, IN
  • Napa, CA
  • Naples-Marco Island, FL
  • Ottawa-Streator, IL
  • Punta Gorda, FL
  • Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA
  • Sarasota-Bradenton, FL
  • Sebring, FL
  • South Bend-Mishawaka, IN
  • Terre Haute, IN
  • Vallejo-Fairfield, CA
  • Warsaw, IN

Sprint reminds us that it currently has LTE turned on it 24 metro areas and expects to have its LTE network rolled out by the end of 2013. Sprint also this week confirmed it's talking with Japan's SoftBank about a possible "substantial investment," meaning we could see some major ownership moves should any deal be reached.

Source: Sprint

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4 years ago

ZTE Grand X review


ZTE continues to try and make moves into the western smartphone market with the mid-range, Tegra powered Grand X. 

In recent months, we've seen the Chinese OEM's, ZTE and Huawei, release a series of devices aimed at breaking into the western smartphone market. Their latest effort sees a mid-range device, the Grand X, land on UK shores packing reasonable specs at a reasonable price. The differentiator between this and just any old mid-range Android smartphone -- vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich. 

While not likely to excite the power users, the decision to go with stock ICS is a bold one. The market segment the device is aimed at isn't as likely to be excited for plain old Android in the same way a Nexus shopper would be. That said, sat side by side with the Jelly Bean toting Galaxy Nexus, there are very little visual differences. Priced around £100 less than the Galaxy Nexus too, could the Grand X introduce a new audience to the pleasures of vanilla Android? Click on past the break and we'll walk you through it. 

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4 years ago

Samsung, on the reversal of the Galaxy Nexus ban ...


A day after a federal appeals court overturned the (long since already stayed) injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the company released this statement via its "Samsung Tomorrow" blog:

Samsung welcomes this reversal by the Federal Circuut as yesterday’s decision confirms that the role of patent law is to protect innovation and not to unreasonably stifle competition and restrict consumer choice.  We will continue to take all appropriate measures to ensure the availability of our innovative products.

Read the full order here.

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4 years ago

First Need for Speed: Most Wanted trailer released, coming soon to Google Play


EA has released the first teaser trailer for the mobile version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted, which is due to land on Android and iOS in the next few weeks. It's a short, 30-second affair showing some gameplay highlights, including the kind of nitrous-fuelled disregard for road safety we've come to expect from one of EA's leading racing franchises. As we'd expect from a big-budget title, it's visually impressive, and we hope high-powered Android handsets will be able to enjoy this level of eye candy when the game lands on Google Play later in October.

Check out the trailer for yourself above. We'll keep you updated when the game eventually arrives on Google Play.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini up for pre-order at Phones4U, on-contract prices revealed


UK retailer Phones4U has placed the newly-announced Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini up for pre-order on its site, along with the first details of on-contract pricing. The phone, which will come in white and blue, will be sold on by P4U on Vodafone, Orange and O2, and will be available for free on contracts starting at £25 per month. That'll get you a 24-month contract on Vodafone, with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB. If you're after a little more data, O2 offers 500MB for £27 per month. Cheaper deals are available, but you'll pay an up-front fee for the phone.

SIM-free prices were revealed yesterday -- in the UK, the Galaxy S3 Mini will set you back just short of £300 if purchased by itself.

The Galaxy S3 Mini shares its design with its big brother, but the internal components have been downgraded to fit with the phone's smaller form factor and lower price tag. It's powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, and packs 8 or 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD card. Around the back, there's a 5MP autofocus camera. It does at least come with the latest version of Android -- 4.1 Jelly Bean -- along with Samsung's latest TouchWiz Nature UX.

Anyone tempted by the S3 Mini given what we now know about pricing? Shout out in the comments.

Source: Phones4U

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4 years ago

Motorola RAZR i now available on Orange UK


The European launch of Motorola's new Intel-powered RAZR i continues, with the phone's debut on Orange UK this morning. From today, UK buyers can pick up the RAZR i for free on tariffs starting at £31 per month. That'll get you 400 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB  of UK data on Orange's "Panther" plan. As ever, more expensive plans are available with larger usage limits.

The RAZR i is the first Intel-powered Android smartphone from a major manufacturer, and the first to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (and a promised Jelly Bean update). It features a 2GHz Intel Atom CPU with HyperThreading technology, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera and a "edge-to-edge" qHD SuperAMOLED display. Aside from the CPU, it shares its design and many of its software components with the Qualcomm-powered Verizon Droid RAZR M.

To learn more about the RAZR i, be sure to check out our full review. Alternatively, hit the source link to view Orange's pricing info.

Source: Orange

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4 years ago

Two new games hit the Tegra Zone -- Sumioni and Razor Salvation


If you've got a Tegra 3 device, like the Nexus 7, there are two great new games available -- Sumioni and Razor Salvation. Both are Tegra 3 optimized, meaning that the gameplay, textures and physics will be killer, When developers get together with Nvidia to build these Tegra-optimized apps, the experience goes beyond what anyone expects on a mobile device.

We've got our hands on the apps, and will be giving them a solid look in the next few days, but in the meantime hit the jump to see some screenshots and descriptions. And of course, the download links.

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4 years ago

Motorola starting Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich soak test


Some folks have sent emails into Droid-Life indicating that they've been contacted by Motorola to participate in a "soak test" for an Ice Cream Sandwich update on their Droid Bionic. If you haven't seen this go down before, Motorola likes to try and slowly offer an update to specific users to test out before pushing it to the rest of users. It's probably a good strategy in case there are any last-minute bugs, but hopefully it won't be too long of a process.

Motorola has backpedaled a bit in their commitment to update the Bionic to Ice Cream Sandwich in the past, but this will be a good way to make amends with the loyal Bionic owners.

Source: Droid-Life

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4 years ago

10-Inch Nexus tablet rumors, Extra sensitive touch on 4.1.2? [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.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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4 years ago

Heads up: No AC podcast tonight


There was this little thing in San Diego, so the podcast is on hold. Don't worry -- we have a lot of Nexus rumors to chew through and we're planning on tackling them tomorrow with a special edition of sorts. You all will just have to settle for Biden and Ryan instead of AC's fab four tonight. 

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