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4 years ago

Preview of WhitePages social caller ID app for Android

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One pleasant little tidbit to roll out of Mobile World Congress 2012 was an upcoming app from WhitePages. They're expanding their standard caller ID features to a bunch of social network tie-ins, so you can see LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter updates of whoever's calling as they're calling. It can even pull in weather for where they're calling from, and offer a link to any web headlines about them. Once the call's over, you can view some extremely detailed stats on how often you call people, how long your calls last, and how text messages factor in. Of course, you'll need to have these people in your address book already. 

Now, this might not necessarily be much of anything new; RIM bought a whole company, Gist, that did something like this, and we're starting to see a more social-savvy address book emerge on PlayBook 2.0. As far as caller ID specifically goes, HTC did some similarly clever stuff, like pointing out if it was a caller's birthday. It seems to me the biggest thing WhitePages could do with this is provide a ton of information on incoming callers who aren't already in your address book - it could be both creepy and awesome. 

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Vu now available in Korea

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LG's answer to the Galaxy Note, the LG Optimus Vu, is now available in South Korea on the SK Telecom and LG U+ networks. The Optimus Vu combines a 5-inch 1024x768 IPS display with capacitive pen input and a thin chassis design reminiscent of the LG Prada 3.0. It's also got a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm chip inside, along with 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage and an 8MP camera. You also get the usual combination of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and LG's own UI layer, and during our time with the Vu at Mobile World Congress, we found its software to be a little uninspiring compared to Samsung's competing device.

LG is hoping to tempt early adopters with a free case and extra battery for the first 20,000 people to pick up the Optimus Vu on both LG U+ and SK Telecom.

No information is available as to when (or even if) the Optimus Vu will see any kind of broader international release, but Koreans can pick it up now for 999,900 won (~$890). We're going to go ahead and assume that's the unsubsidized price.

If you want to find out more about the Optimus Vu, check out our hands-on report from MWC.

Source: LG Newsroom; via: FoneArena

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4 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy Player 70 Plus, a 5-inch PMP for Korea

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Adding to its line-up of Galaxy Player personal media players, Samsung has today announced the Galaxy Player 70 Plus for the Korean Market. The Player 70 Plus is a 5-inch device powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Samsung's TouchWiz UI. Other specs include a WVGA (800x480) TFT LCD display, microSD card and Wifi support, a 5-megapixel camera and a hefty 2500mAh battery. It also has the ability to receive Korean terrestrial TV transmissions broadcast over T-DMB.

Like just about every PMP released these days, it packs fairly up-to-date smartphone tech without the ability to make calls or use cellular data (and the associated monthly bill). The Galaxy Player 70 Plus will retail for 399,000 won (~$350) with 16GB of storage, or 469,000 won (~$410) with 32GB. Head over to the source link for the full press release (in Korean), along with pictures of people who are cooler than you enjoying the Galaxy Player 70 Plus.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow; via: UnwiredView

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4 years ago

AccuWeather Android app gets push severe weather notifications

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AccuWeather today announced that it has updated its Android application to push severe weather alerts to your phone. That's a big deal, because it means you won't actually have to check the app to get an alert -- it'll be sent to your notification bar, which means you'll see it sooner. And as we've unfortunately seen again in the past week, having a few extra minutes to take cover before a storm hits can be a life-or-death difference. 

If a severe weather alert is enacted in your area, you'll get a notification, and your phone will vibrate, too.

“Proactively alerting our users that severe weather is in their forecast is very important to us,”  Pascal Racheneur, AccuWeather Vice President of Interactive Media, said in a press release. “Pushed severe weather alerts are another way that we can give you immediate access to your local and up-to-date weather conditions. In addition to pushed severe weather alerts, we added lifestyle forecasts – special weather forecasts for specific hobbies or activities such as, travel and sports, and forecasts that impact specific health conditions, such as asthma and migraines.” 

AccuWeather cooked a few other improvements into this update, including detailed hourly forecasts, a new lifestyle section, in-app purchasing for an upgrade to AccuWeather Platinum, UI updated for consistency, and you can now exit the app.

We've got download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the rest of ZTE's Android phones at MWC, including two quad-core devices

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The last batch of devices we looked at from ZTE at Mobile World Congress included two quad-core devices, and a few lower-end ones. At the top of the heap was the PF112. It has a 4.5-inch 1080 x 720 display, an 8 megapixel camera on the back, and it's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (just like everything else ZTE announced). Down a notch is the Era, which has a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 screen, but keeps the 8 megapixel camera and quad-core 1.3 GHz processor. The Mimosa X is about on par with a 1.2 GHz processor, a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 display, and again, keeping the 8 megapixel camera. On the wireless side, it supports 7.2 MBps HSPA. 

The other two phones are on the lower end of the value chain. The Acqua has a 1 GHz processor, and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with an ICS update due in June), sports a 4-inch 800 x 480 display, and a 5 megapixel camera. Finally, there's the Kis, which has a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 display, and is powered by an 800 MHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. Unfortunately, the unit I was playing with at the show wasn't booting up, so there wasn't much to say about the software. 

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4 years ago

HTC Desktop Docking Station for EVO 3D [Android Accessory Review]

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For every HTC EVO 3D owner who yearns for the best desktop dock, know that the jivest hepcats are sporting the official HTC Desktop Docking Station for the EVO 3D.

Designed with the HTC build quality you've come to know and love, the HTC Desktop Dock for the EVO 3D gives you the most attractive, space-friendly, and viewing angle-efficient dock you could ever hope for.

The dock itself is pretty no-frills; you've got a video button, a port for your phone to dock into, and a microUSB port on the back. Fortunately, the minimalist approach doesn't detract from the experience of using it. It's shiny, glossy, and black, but best of all, it works.

 

Once you've got the phone plugged into the dock, you can sync between your computer and phone (just like with the standard USB cable), or, if you're using the MHL adapter, you can watch media on your attached HDTV, straight from the phone.

Say you just want to use your phone as a desk clock, or perhaps you want to play a game or two while you're docked up. The dock puts your phone at the absolutely perfect angle for anything you could ever hope to do, and the best part, it's all hands-free. (Fruit Ninja has never been easier.)

If you're worried about the dock sliding around all willy-nilly, don't! HTC loves you and placed four rubber feet on the bottom, giving you all the grip and security you'll need, so no phones will go flying. (I promise.)

As far as desktop docks go, this one is definitely the tops. Sure, there's no extra slot to charge an extra battery at the same time, but when you get this one, you know you're getting quality, and that's something worth investing in.

More pictures are after the break.

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4 years ago

Domino's Pizza USA [Android App Review]

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Ordering pizza is important. Pizza is the everyman's food, and without it, countless people wouldn't know what to eat at birthday parties, late night gaming sessions, or when they're just hanging out with friends.

Giving people the easiest, most seamless way to order said pizza hasn't always been a priority for the Android faithful, but now there is change, thanks to the Domino's Pizza USA app. (There's also a killer promotion for a free Android phone, too!)

The Domino's Pizza USA application is the standard by which all pizza ordering apps should be held. It's clean, visually appealing, and incredibly easy to navigate. All the options you could ever dream of are there for you to use, be it extra cheese, more pepperoni, or something else on the menu that isn't pizza at all! With everything just a single tap away, you'll wonder how you ever called in an order in the era before smartphones.

Once your order is complete, you're taken to one final confirmation screen to review your options, and if everything looks good, you move to the checkout screen to input your payment information. This is pretty standard stuff, but the fact it all looks so good and works so well keeps me singing its praises. (And you will, too.)

Perhaps the coolest part of the app is the pizza tracker, which lets you follow the progress of your pizza all from your phone, as soon as you've placed your order. With each passing second, your excitement will grow, as you watch your order blossom from a few bits of data into a hot, delicious pizza, on its way to your domain.

If all of this pizza talk has got you hungry and salivating, we've got download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Contest Winners: ShopAndroid Daily winners and a Galaxy Note from Bell Mobility!

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If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up shortly. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to this week's winners!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with ZTE's quad-core tablet, the PF100

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Last week at Mobile World Congress 2012, ZTE announced a lot of devices, including two LTE devices that should be coming to North America, and this 10.1-inch quad-core tablet called the PF100. 

Beyond the quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, the ZTE PF100 will support 28 MBps HSPA+, run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and pack a 5 megapixel camera on the rear. The usual ameneties, like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and HDMI-out are also included. Build-wise, the PF100 was reasonably slim, though heavy, and had a Xoom-style design on the rear. In addition to the PF100, ZTE also announced three dual-core LTE tablets that looked like they would work on North American bands - the V6, V8, and V96. During their press conference, ZTE confirmed that one of them would be landing in the U.S. in Q2, but didn't specify which. Sprint is already offering the suspiciously-cheap ZTE Optik; maybe the PF100 would offer a nice upper-end counterpoint. 

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4 years ago

MIT Android App Inventor beta launches, caves under initial traffic

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Update: Everything seems to be up and running now.

A little ahead of schedule, the first beta version of MIT's App Inventor for Android landed on the web today at appinventor.mit.edu. The App Inventor, first launched by Google in mid-2010 before being discontinued and open-sourced last year, allows just about anyone to dive directly into Android app development with a simple web-based interface. To get started with the public beta, all you need is a Google Account and a little creativity.

However the launch seems to have been a little bumpy -- earlier this morning the site was working just fine, but now MIT's servers seem to be having trouble dealing with the influx of traffic. Hopefully it'll be back up before too long -- we'll update this post whenever there are any further signs of life from MIT's site.

More: MIT App Inventor; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 is/isn't coming, Part VIII

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Hate to say we told you so, but ... Samsung, in Korean on its official Twitter account, says recent reports that the Galaxy S III -- which, by the way, hasn't been announced and therefore doesn't officially exist --  will be released in April are not true.

We're shocked.

Samsung also tells The Verge that it'll be announced in the first half of the year (note that it calls it the "successor to the Galaxy S II," because the Galaxy S3 or Galaxy S III doesn't actually exist) and that ... WAIT! In the first half of the year but not March or April? That means May or June! Sixty-one more days for wild-ass guessing! Breaksclusive, yo!

Seriously, folks. It'll be announced when it's announced. And we'll all swoon. Promise.

Sources: @Samsung; The Verge

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4 years ago

UK Xperia Arc S price plummets ahead of Xperia S launch

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As Sony prepares to launch the first of its 2012 smartphones in the UK, one retailer has taken the initiative to offer the earlier Sony Ericsson flagship at a significantly reduced price. Right now British online store Dialaphone will sell you an Xperia Arc S for £199.89 off-contract -- a good deal less than the £350+ you'd have paid in late 2011. The offer applies to PAYG Arc S models locked to O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile or Orange, assuming you purchase a £10 top-up with either network at the same time.

As we discussed last year, the phone packs a pretty comprehensive feature set, including an excellent EXMOR R camera, in a slim, stylish chassis. It's also due an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the weeks ahead, which should give it a new lease of life. For more on the Arc S, check out our exhaustive review. Or if you're wondering what's next from Sony, you'll want to take a look over our initial review of the Xperia S.

Source: Dialaphone; via: Eurodroid

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Mobile World Congress hangover edition

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It's good to be home.

Don't get me wrong. Mobile World Congress is a blast. That we get to work for a week in Barcelona, Spain, is but one perk of this job, and certainly not one that should be taken for granted. As always, it's great to see old friends and make a few new ones, too. And to top it all off, we had great weather this year. (The past two had been cold, wet and relatively miserable, especially for those of us from Florida.)

Oh, and we got to see the next generation of smartphones. So, yeah, there's that, too.

And with that, a few thoughts on the far side of MWC ...

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4 years ago

Beats Audio software ported to non-HTC devices

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Audio quality is always something that will be subjective. Opinions on what good sounds like will always differ from person to person. This definitely applies to Beats Audio, and the inclusion of Beats on new HTC devices. HTC have just opened up the API to the Beats software for third-party apps to take advantage, but XDA member RockoDev has gone further than that. He has managed to port the Beats software for use on non-HTC devices into a flashable zip file.

Beats is essentially a branded equalizer. The files have been pulled for flashing to other devices. Expectations shouldn't be set too high though, as again everyone has different tastes in sound quality. Flashed to my LG Optimus 2X, I actually do feel there was a general improvement. 

When comparing it's important not to fall into any placebo effect. Just because it's there doesn't make it better. The test setup was a song that I know very well, and a pair of good quality Bang and Olufsen earphones. In listening to the same song a few times before and after flashing Beats, there was a noticable change. Nothing groundbreaking, but the bass was improved and the overall sound did feel better.

You'll find more at the source links below if you fancy trying it out for yourselves. We know a lot of you don't like Beats, but there's a lot of people that do. Shout out in the comments with your thoughts if you do decide to try it. 

Source: XDA Developers

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