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4 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S III double officially confirmed for July 9 shipping


We broke this July 9 thing, oh, yesterday in our forums and again on the blog, but tonight Verizon's making it a little more official. July 9 is the day for preorders of the Galaxy S III to be shipped. Figure they'll show up on the 10th, no?

More: Where to preorder the Galaxy S III; Also: Galaxy S III forums
Thanks to the MAC for sending this in!

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4 years ago

Flipboard for Android gets update to version 1.8.4 beta 2


Development continues apace for Flipboard for Android, as the app has been updated to version 1.8.4 beta 2. The latest version is a relatively minor update, bringing bug fixes and a handful of new features to the digital magazine app.  Sharing via Android's built-in "share" API is a welcome addition, and we're always partial to the occasional performance improvement, though we've experienced no slowdown in the app so far.

Here's the full change log for Flipboard version 1.8.4 beta 2 --

  • Added sharing via other applications
  • Fixed authentication bug which could cause repeated logins
  • Remember the position in a section if you accidentally leave it
  • Improved stability and performance

Samsung Galaxy S III owners and beta participants on other phones can grab the 2.5MB update to the latest version by firing up the app as usual -- you should get an update notification like the one in the photo above.

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4 years ago

AT&T One X update, Is the SGS III perfect? [From the Forums]


Lots happening today in the world of Android. If you missed out on anything, you can easily go ahead and get yourself caught up here on the Android Central blogs or in the Android Central forums. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? We got a spot for you!

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4 years ago

Google Wallet updated with support for new form factors, prepaid topup improvements


Although Google Wallet had some issues the other day and went down for a while it looks like there might have been a good reason for it. The app itself has just been updated and according to the change log there is improvements to the prepaid top up process but also support for "new device form factors".

The new form factor support entry is a rather interesting one, kind of makes you think there is more to this update then Google is ready to tell us right now. If you have a supported device, you should be seeing the update in the Google Play Store right now available for download.

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4 years ago

Pocket lead developer: Developing for Android is "quite enjoyable"


We've all seen those reports from app developers on other platforms, saying how developing for Android is a nightmare, and isn't worthwhile (we file those with the "Android is doomed when the next XXX comes out" reports), so it's refreshing to see the other side of the coin. Max Weiner, lead developer for Pocket., (see our interview with the Weiner brothers here) has let us in a little of what goes one behind the scenes at Pocket, and the short version of how they developed one of the best and most popular Android apps to date.

Starting with the Samsung Fascinate he got on contract for a penny, Max and company have certainly done well despite all the promises that they need hundreds of devices to test with and will face countless headaches developing for Android. It's a great read, and we look forward to seeing the rest of their tips for Android developers as the series continues.

Source: Pocket

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4 years ago

AT&T HTC One X 1.85 update now rolling out over the air


As noted by folks over on the Android Central forums, the AT&T HTC One X is now receiving an over-the-air software update to version 1.85.502.3. For those keeping score at home, that's the same version that leaked a couple of weeks back in the form of an RUU (ROM Update Utility.)

AT&T One X owners can look forward to a variety of fixes in this latest update, including a solution for the intermittent Wifi drop-outs affecting many users. Here's the full change list --

  • Wi-Fi Connectivity Improvement - improves operation when a device leaves Wi-Fi coverage.
  • Wi-Fi Throughput (Speed Increase)
  • AT&T Address Book fixes - Contacts formatting when synced to AAB

To grab the 64.55MB update, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates, and hit that button. When you're done, be sure to let us know how you're getting on down in the comments.

Source: AT&T HTC One X forums

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4 years ago

Chrome Beta for Android updated for stability and performance improvements


Google Chrome Beta for Android has an update being pushed out right now through the Google Play Store. While a minor bump, it does focus primarily on performance and stability improvements. There's also a minor reorganizing of the settings options. The official changelog reads: 

Chrome for Android Beta has been updated to 0.18.4531.3636 on Google Play.  In addition to changes through Chrome 18.0.1025.166 and a minor reorganization of Settings options, this update focuses primarily on stability and performance improvements.

Known issues:
113041 : No way to auto-hide the toolbar
114964 : Error pages are not optimized for mobile / Android devices
Other notable issues listed here

Head on over to the Google Play store to grab yourselves the update.

Download: Chrome Beta for Android

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4 years ago

Australian stores starting to receive Pebble Blue Galaxy S III


While we're currently awaiting the Pebble Blue Samsung Galaxy S III here in the UK and across Europe, it seems our Australian friends don't have to wait much longer. ​Ausdroid is reporting that various stores they spoke to across Canberra had in stock the missing 16GB Pebble Blue version. 

Optus, Vodafone and Crazy Johns all had stocks, while Telstra and Virgin Mobile were set to receive theirs soon. In the UK, retailers such as Clove Technology originally said they expected to receive the Blue versions from this week. This can only be good news worldwide for any of us that have been holding out waiting for old Pebble Blue. 

If any of you have received notification, or even received yours yet where ever in the world you might be, hit us up in the comments or head on down to the Android Central Forums and show it off. 

Source: Ausdroid

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4 years ago

Apple at it again, renews complaint against HTC and adds Galaxy S III to suit against Samsung


The final step in building a successful and desirable Android smartphone seems to be going to court to defend it against Apple. Determined to keep their mind share with the American public (they've lost the market share long ago), Apple has renewed the fight against HTC and is once again asking for for enforcement (read -- let's hold them at the border where they can't be sold) over the "data tapping" hyperlink menu. HTC claims to have worked around the patent, but Apple wants an emergency proceeding to get the following devices banned from import into the US:

  • HTC One X
  • HTC One S
  • HTC One V
  • HTC Inspire 4G
  • HTC Vivid
  • HTC Status
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Wildfire
  • HTC Wildfire S
  • HTC Hero
  • HTC Hero S
  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC EVO V 4G
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE
  • HTC myTouch 4G
  • HTC myTouch 4G Slide
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC ThunderBolt
  • HTC Flyer
  • HTC Jetstream
  • HTC EVO View 4G
  • Droid Incredible 2 by HTC

That's a hell of a list (but they forgot the original Dinc). It's worth noting that Apple says their patent covers any data that returns a menu of multiple actions -- like share, copy, or open in Web Browser. Like the one you'll probably see if you right click on any detected data in this post. I'm not even going to guess the outcome of this one.

But wait, there's more!

Apple has also tossed the Samsung Galaxy S III in with their complaint against the Galaxy Nexus, and are trying to have it stopped at the border as well. They claim the phones violate the same "data tap" patent, as well as slide to unlock, word completion, and methods of unified search. To keep things going in a timely fashion, Apple is limiting it's request for injunction to only the data tap patent and unified search patents, which they claim infringes on Siri. Apple realizes it's important to keep the Galaxy S III off the shelves come June 21. It worked once, might as well keep trying until a judge or other official tells them to stop.

This has moved beyond old rich guys fighting each other over what's in our wallets. Apple is determined to keep the American public from having what we want, and instead forcing their offerings on us all. Personal opinions aside, these sort of things are apt to be remembered, and Apple is heading down a very slippery slope. The biggest thing to remember is nothing is done until it's done, and any talk of bans and scare tactics from the usual suspects is still just that -- scare tactics. Remember that multi-billion dollar judgment many were sure Oracle was going to get ...

More:  FOSS Patents (1), (2)

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4 years ago

LG Optimus LTE2 now available in white, still limited to Korean market


LG announced today that its Optimus LTE2, the Korea-only device we first met back in May, is now available in a white variant. In case you’ve forgotten, the LTE2 comes packed with a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display, a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and 2 whole GBs of RAM. LG says that the LTE2 sold 150,000 units in its first 10 days on the shelves, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at for a phone limited to one market. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for that to change as we wait patiently for U.S. carriers to join in on the fun. 

Source: LG Korean (Korean)

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4 years ago

Clambook aims to bring laptop capabilities to your Android smartphone


This one is a far cry in appearance from Motorola's efforts with the Lapdock. The newly announced Clamcase Clambook quite simply wants to bring a laptop experience to your Android smartphone. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to the Macbook Air and containing a 16:9 widescreen display, by connecting to your phone via an MHL adaptor it brings full native keyboard and trackpad capabilities with it. As well as this, it will charge your phone while it is docked. 

The Clambook also proudly boasts that it will work with Android 4.0, and the keyboard has dedicated home, app switching and back keys. 

Motorola users can use the Clambook to launch the in-built Webtop functionality too. Exact details and device compatibility are still absent at this time, as is any idea on price. But, if you yearn for an Android powered laptop this could be the answer to your prayers. 

Source: Clamcase

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4 years ago

HP TouchPad originally was to be an Android tablet, ex-webOSer writes


The HP TouchPad originally ran Android. Or at least it was going to. Point is, it was an Android tablet before it was a webOS tablet before it was an Android tablet again

That revelation (new to some, not so secret or surprising to others) comes from Josh Marinacci, formerly of webOS developer relations, writing in response to the epic recap from The Verge of the rise and fall of former smartphone manufacturer Palm. Chris Ziegler's piece is well worth reading. I cut my teeth on a Palm Treo. Marinacci's post also has some interesting nuggets in it. That the TouchPad was designed by HP with Android in mind isn't that big a surprise. It certainly explains that one FrankenPad that appeared to come from Qualcomm with an actual native build of Android on board. Marinacci puts it thusly:

"The hardware design for the touchpad came from HP. It was designed before the acquisition and originally ran Android. That's why you'll occasionally hear rumors of a touchpad the shipped with Android on it. That's also why the specs were a bit anemic when it shipped over a year later."

Another section caught my eye, where Marinacci talks about how the original Motorola Droid didn't necessarily kill off the Palm Pre Plus -- it was Verizon. Or, more specifically, that retail employees never got behind the Pre Plus, instead going for the Droid.

"In the U.S., at least, a phone lives or dies by the retail staff in the carrier stores. Nothing else matters. Not price. Not features. Not apps. If the retail staff doesn't like you ... you die."

True enough, even in the Android microcosm. It's something to remember.

Source: Josh Marinacci; more: webOS Nation

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4 years ago

Google Maps for Android getting offline access


Google today at a small event in San Francisco announced that it's taking Google Maps offline. That's right, no more will you be beholden to your data connection. Or if traveling abroad (or on a subway, for instance), you'll be able to kill data altogether and still find your way around. This, ladies and germs, is a big deal. What's more is that it's not just macro-level mapping. You'll be able to zoom all the way down into street view, sans data. You can't have it just yet, but Google says it's coming soon enough.

Google also showed off a backpack-type Street View rig -- powered by Android, if you'll believe it -- that's taken us down to street level in places cars can't go. Pretty slick.

And then there's 3D modeling in Google Earth. Google walked us through how it does things, making them better all the time. Its modeling has taken a big leap forward with the use of airplanes and oblique mapping, with computers doing some serious number crunching to make things impossibly smooth. It'll be coming to both Android and iOS devices in ridiculous resolution.

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4 years ago

HTC releases unaudited May 2012 revenues, revises Q2 revenue guidance down


HTC's bumpy 2012 financial performance continues, with today's announcement of the Taiwanese manufacturer's unaudited revenue numbers for May 2012. The company reported revenue levels of NT$30 billion (~$1 billion), bringing the total unaudited consolidated revenue for the year up to NT$128.8 billion (~$4.3 billion). The numbers represent a slight fall in revenue from April, during which a boost in sales brought  in NT$31 billion.

HTC also revised its second quarter revenue guidance down, to NT$91 billion ($3.1 billion) in revenue with a gross margin of 27% and operating margin of 9%. The earlier guidance estimated revenue of NT$93.6 billion ($3 billion), with a 29% gross margin and 11.2% operating margin.

HTC blamed the revised figures on weaker than expected European sales, in addition to the recent delays in getting some U.S. phones through customs.

Source: HTC

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 launches in the UK


Samsung sends word that its diminutive entry-level smartphone, the Galaxy Mini 2, has launched in the UK. The phone's 3.27-inch HVGA screen and 800MHz CPU is certainly a far cry from the specs found in the company's latest flagship. But as we discovered during our hands-on time at MWC, it's a well-built and relatively speedy entry-level phone that feels great in the hand. It's definitely a solid improvement over last year's Galaxy Mini.

A cursory glance over a few online retailers reveals SIM-free prices of around £150, which isn't at all bad for this kind of handset. The Galaxy Mini 2 is also due to appear on-contract from T-Mobile and Orange in the UK.

For more info, check out our hands-on preview from Mobile World Congress.

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