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4 years ago

HTC Bluetooth Car StereoClip review


I've always had a love-hate relationship with Bluetooth. I love the idea. Being able to easily and wirelessly connect our devices to other devices just makes sense. Wires and cables are decidedly unsightly and unsophisticated. But in actual use, well, that's where the hate comes in. Sometimes Bluetooth works great. Other times it's the devil, refusing to connect, or to hold or connection, or basically sounding crappy.

I've been pleasantly surprised by the HTC Bluetooth Car StereoClip. (Sprint currently is selling it under the "Bluetooth Music Adaptor" name.) Here it is, in a sentence: Pair it with your phone, plug it into a 3.5mm jack, and play audio to your heart's content. Done. It's that easy. (But that doesn't mean you shouldn't read on for our full review. Let's hit it!)

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4 years ago

Win a tablet or smartphone with SwiftKey and Mobile Nations

SwiftKey and Mobile Nations (hey, that's us!) are giving you the chance to win a phone or tablet of your choice. SwiftKey is one of the leading aftermarket keyboard for Android, and in return for letting the SwiftKey guys know how you use your phones and tablets, you could bag the device of your choice, up to a value of $800.

Head over to to begin, complete the survey. If you're one of the lucky three (yes, three) winners, you could get your hands on your dream phone or tablet, even if it doesn't run Android. In fact, even if you don't currently own a device that supports their kick-ass keyboard, SwiftKey still wants to hear from you, and you could still be a winner.

The survey is open internationally for smartphone and tablet owners aged 18 and over, and it runs until midnight on Wednesday, June 6.  Be sure to check SwiftKey's site for the full terms and conditions.

Head over to SwiftKey's survey page to get started!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Appeal coming June 5, brings a prepaid QWERTY slider to AT&T


AT&T announced the Samsung Galaxy Appeal today, another addition to its prepaid smartphone lineup. The Appeal will be unique because it will be the first prepaid smartphone that offers a QWERTY sliding keyboard. As more smartphones drop physical keyboards, there is still a large contingent that demands them, so it's good to see the option in the prepaid category.

The Appeal, like many of the other prepaid options, will feature lower end specs. Here there are:

  • 3.2-inch HVGA TFT 480 x 320 screen
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1.8GB ROM
  • 800MHz processor
  • 3MP rear-facing camera
  • SD slot that supports up to 32GB
  • Made with 80& recycled materials

AT&T prepaid data plans are as follows:

  • 1GB - $25/month
  • 200MB - $15/month
  • 50MB - $5/month

If you're interested in the Galaxy Appeal, it will be released on June 5th to Walmart stores. On July 15th, it can be purchased from other AT&T GoPhone locations.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Sony Walkman Z Series review


Remember MP3 players? You know, those small electronic devices that old people used to keep their music on? They didn't make phone calls. They didn't play Angry Birds. If they're before your time, you’re not alone: after reaching the height of their popularity with Apple’s iPod, digital music players saw a sharp decline in sales, due in large part to the meteoric rise of smartphones. As phones became more and more capable of becoming your sole device, the need for MP3 players quickly faded away. Why carry around an extra device when you’ve got your entire music collection, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and even FM Radio right on your Android phone?

But don’t call digital music players dead just yet. Enter the Sony Walkman Z, a revitalized Walkman that Sony is calling the “ultimate portable media player.” It’s powered by Android and it’s got a heck of a set of specs, but where does this device fall into your daily life? And is its $249 starting price tag justified? Despite its delightful music experience, it’s hard to recommend dropping so much money on a device that is so limited, especially when tablets start at around the same price. If you’re holding onto your dumbphone, though, and are constantly within wi-fi coverage, the Walkman Z is a nice option for housing your music collection.

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4 years ago

Wallpaper Wednesday - Lego Darth Vader, Ubuntu, Cherry Blossom Path



Tired of that boring wallpaper you currently are sporting on your wonderful Android device? Spend hours looking for something new to use only to come up empty? Some great creations have hit our Android Central Wallpaper Gallery lately, and we are back showcasing them for you to see.

If you don't see what you want in the gallery, and happen to find it somewhere else, do us a favor will ya? Spread the love to the rest of the Android Central Community and upload it, it's simple and takes only a minute. Be sure to log in before uploading so we know who they came from, and we can give you the proper credit when we show them off!

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4 years ago

Acer and Carphone Warehouse announce the Iconia A510 Olympic Tab


With this summer's London games approaching, it seems it's not just Samsung getting in on the Olympic action. Acer and UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse have announced a new quad-core Android tablet with an Olympic spin -- the Acer Iconia A510 Olympic Tab. The device is a 10.1-inch tablet powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU. Other bundled goodies include a microSD card port,  microUSB and microHDMI. And you've also got the famous Olympic rings engraved on the back of the tablet, for whatever that's worth.

The Carphone Warehouse says it's expecting to begin selling the Olympic Tab in June, and it has a pre-registration page up right now. In the U.S, both black and silver variants will sell for $449.

Source: Acer, Carphone Warehouse

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4 years ago

Samsung releases Galaxy Note ICS source code


As required under the open source rules, Samsung has released its Linux kernel source code -- and other open-source bits -- for the recently-released Android 4.0 firmware for the international Galaxy Note. While the source code itself isn't much for regular users (or even power users) to get excited about, ROM developers will undoubtedly be pouring over this code in the weeks ahead with the aim of bringing better, faster custom firmware to the international Note. Not that this code is for the international Galaxy Note (GT-N7000), not the North American version that goes by a different name -- GT-i717.

To grab the Ice Cream Sandwich code for the Note, head over to the source link, then enter "N7000" in the search box.

Source: Samsung Open Source Release Center

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4 years ago

Late-night poll: Which carrier will offer the best Samsung Galaxy S III?


There's a neat discussion going on in the forums about the Samsung Galaxy S III, and how carriers will screw it up -- or not screw it up. To our pals in Europe and elsewhere who may not know, in North America carriers have pretty much had their way with all the previous Galaxy phones. Different shapes and sizes abound, and I don't think any of them have the same software as any of the others. Some changes were welcome (the Epic 4G had a damn nice sliding QWERTY), some not so much (hello there locked down NFC). 

We're all expecting to hear word from Samsung about more carrier releases soon, and with that will come the big question -- who will get it right? Let us know what you think in tonight's poll.


Which carrier will build the best Samsung Galaxy S III?

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4 years ago

eBay updates Android app, brings better notifications, list views, and social network sharing


The original online auction house and Internet giant eBay has revamped their Android application, improving a number of UI elements and views.

  • Best Offers and Best Offer notifications
  • Access to Wish and Custom lists in My eBay
  • List, relist and revise Parts & Accessories items (US)
  • List, relist and revise items in Canada, France and India
  • Share items on Facebook, Twitter and SMS
  • Improved Item View design
  • Lots of other new features and improvements throughout the app

Buying and selling from your smartphone is now easier than ever. The eBay for Android app is available in all countries supported by the Google Play Store. The eBay sites supported are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. The download link is after the break.

Source: eBay Mobile

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4 years ago

Electronic Arts brings Mass Effect Infiltrator to the Google Play Store


If you're a fan of the Mass Effect series then you'll now have to decide whether or not you want to immerse yourself into more of the experience. You see, Electronic Arts has now taken the covers off of Mass Effect Infiltrator and placed it in the Google Play Store. Didn't like the ending of Mass Effect 3? Maybe you can change it:

  • You're a Cerebus Agent, gone rogue! - As Commander Shepard battles Reapers across the galaxy, veteran Cerberus agent Randall Ezno procures aliens for illicit experiments at a secret facility. But when the Director of the facility goes too far - Randall fights back and vows to bring Cerberus down! Can you fight your way off the hostile Cerberus base and deliver their secret research to the Alliance?
  • Enter a new dimension of Android Gaming - Move freely through massive exteriors and a fully realized Cerberus base. Featuring groundbreaking graphics and intensified audio, enjoy a console-like experience that marks the next leap in Android gameplay.
  • Engage enemies with swipe & tap combat - Featuring both manual and assisted aiming, use intuitive tap controls and for fast-paced fighting. Fluidly dive and roll for cover with a simple swipe. Engage in epic boss battles against Cerberus Mechs and twisted experiment victims.
  • It's you against an army - Harness the fury of high-tech armor and weapons. Unleash biotic powers, stealth cloak abilities and devastating melee attacks. Upgrade your gear and performance with credits – the quicker and more stylish your kills, the more credits you’ll earn. Also, access the bonus Turian mission and escape the medical bay...alive!
  • Impact your Mass Effect 3 experience - Gather valuable intel and upload it to Galaxy at War to boost your Galactic Readiness Rating in Mass Effect 3. Complete the game to increase your War Assets. Improve your chances in the final Mass Effect 3 battle – on the go! Crush Cerberus and shape the future of the galaxy. The outcome depends on YOU in Mass Effect: Infiltrator!

Electronic Arts has set the price a little high with this one plus, the size of the download may sway some users from grabbing it. Mass Effect Infiltrator is set at $6.99 with the download and additional content coming in at over 450MB once all is said and done. That said though, if you're a fan of the series it might be worth the buy in cost for and SD Card space to you. Download link is below for you all.

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4 years ago

Google Wallet on the One X, Which carrier will do the S3 right? [From the Forums]


It's been a fairly busy day around here for news with everything from bootloader unlocks to ICS updates and even some CEO changes happening at Motorola. If you happened to miss out on any of it, make sure you get yourself caught up ont he blogs and in the Android Central Forums:

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

Transformer Pad TF300 boot loader unlock tool now available from ASUS



ASUS has made the boot loader unlocking utility for the Transformer Pad TF300 available from their website. The tool is an Android apk that you install like any other app, but when ran the boot loader of the device is unlocked -- allowing the installation of custom firmware. This comes at a price though, that being the potential loss of warranty. While I'm a firm believer that any warranty should be void if you want the ability to potentially ruin your hardware, there are many who see differently. But we all agree that you should have access to the hardware you've paid for, especially when it's not tied to a carrier's network. ASUS agrees as well, and that's why we love them.

Hit the source link, read and heed the warnings, and get to unlocking!

Source: ASUS

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4 years ago

HTC EVO V 4G now available for pre-order at Radio Shack


The EVO V 4G, Virgin Mobile's answer to the EVO 3D, is now available for pre-order from Radio Shack. For $299.99 you get a more than capable high-end Android handset, that you own outright, runs on the Wimax 4G network, and can use on Virgin's ubercheap prepaid service. That's hard to beat, no matter who you ask.

The EVO V ships with Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 3.6, has all the hardware bells and whistles it's Sprint counterpart had -- including the stereoscopic 3D cameras and screen, and will be available at the end of this month. While it's not exactly state of the art when compared to the upcoming Android phones, this one is a great upgrade for all those Wildfire S' and Optimus V's out there. If you're thinking of making the jump, rest easy knowing that some of the best Optimus hackers are doing the same

Pre-order the HTC EVO V 4G from Radio Shack. Thanks,  GreyCelt!

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4 years ago

ClockworkMod Tether [Android App Review]


Tethering your phone to a computer can be kind of a tricky thing. First, there's a definite questionable legality to it. (The whole "if it's my data, I'll use it how I want!" argument comes to mind.) Second, you've (usually) got to have some sort of techie knowledge to install the right drivers, get all the appropriate cables plugged in, and then you've still​ got to get the app to work! Add in the issue of usually needing root, and where is a non-rooted, Android-loving simpleton supposed to turn?

The answer would be ClockworkMod Tether (hereafter referred to as Tether) by our friendly neighborhood dev, ClockworkMod. (You might have heard of him. He did ROM Manager, among other things.)

What makes Tether so great? For starters, you don't need root to use it. Next, you can use it with Windows, Macs, and​ Linux. And perhaps most importantly, it's got the most simple, easy to use interface ever created.

Open up Tether and you'll see two buttons: a big power button and a little red button with a question mark in it. To get Tether running, you hit the power button. It'll turn blue and say, "Hey! Tether is running now!" The question mark has a few basic support options.

You can download the desktop client (so you can actually tether), get a link to the drivers for your computer, or get some basic troubleshooting advice in case Tether either doesn't connect or is running slowly. If push comes to shove, the app tells you to directly email Koush.

Installing drivers for your phone is pretty self-explanatory. Double-click the little executable file you download from ClockworkMod's website, get the drivers going, and then install the desktop client. Once Tether is installed on both your phone and​ your computer, you're finally ready to make magic happen.

Once your phone is all nice and plugged into your computer, open up the desktop Tether client, and either tap the digital power button on your phone or start the desktop client. You'll get a huge screen of text on the desktop client, and, if all goes well, it'll say you're connected. You can track your data sent and received on your phone's screen.

In my experience, Tether worked like a charm. My data speeds started off a bit slow (despite the fact I was on LTE), but after three or four speed tests, my speeds were more in line with what I would expect. Even if you're only on 3G, if you don't want to pay for say, an airport's WiFi and don't want to buy a dedicated USB modem, Tether is the way to go.

Unfortunately, Tether (in its free form), is only a 14-day trial. After your two weeks are up, you're limited to a mere 20MB a day. Upgrading to the full version will set you back $4.99, but that's still cheaper than the other no-root tether apps out there, and this also has the added benefit of being backed by a big name developer that everyone knows puts out quality.

We've got a few screenshots of my speed tests, video and download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Android A to Z: Bloatware


When you think of Android phones, you think of bloatware. We wish it weren't so, and not every phone comes with, but the majority of Android phones out there come from carriers and are chock full of bloatware. We've complained about it, and found ways to remove it, but what exactly is it?

Most folks consider any applications that your carrier (or the folks who built your phone) pre-installed to the system as bloatware. Usually, these applications are a front end to some service or content that you'll have to pay for, and usually it's something you would never download and use on your own. All the carriers, and all the manufacturers, are guilty of including it, and we tend to hate it all equally. When you open the app drawer on your new phone, and see City ID staring back at you, just waiting for you to click it, you can't help but hate it. 

But why is it there? It's one down side of Android's open nature. Google gives Android away to anyone and everyone, but realistically only a very few companies can afford to make cell phones. And they don't make them with you and me in mind as their customer. HTC, or Samsung, or LG (you get the picture) makes Android phones for the carriers. They work out deals to decide hardware and software  they want to include, and part of those deals are these "value-added applications" we lovingly call bloatware. Verizon and HTC love you, but they still want you to click the app and send in the money. Because Google isn't involved and doesn't make any rules about it, they can include any app they like in your new phone. Nobody likes it, but it is the side effect of being open.

Thankfully, Ice Cream Sandwich brings along the ability to disable (most of) these apps without rooting or tinkering with the system files on your Android device, and that provides the best solution we can think of. Certainly there are some people who found a use for City ID or VZ Navigator, and they should have the opportunity to use those apps if they like. And we can disable and hide them, and forget they exist.

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