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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus accessories showing up on Samsung U.S. website, but we can't have them just yet

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The seemingly endless wait for the official Samsung Galaxy Nexus accessories continues to drag on. Latest developments see the range added to the Samsung US website. Sounds good right? Before you all go rushing on over there waving your credit cards, you might want to take a step back. 

The range is showing up as out of stock, and worse still is on a two week backorder. Being on backorder is practically the same as no order, but perhaps we're gradually edging closer to getting our hands on  these -- particularly that sweet car dock. We really want one of those. 

On the other side of the Atlantic over here in the UK, things aren't looking any brighter. Clove Technology were hoping to have had their first stocks for the GSM Galaxy Nexus by now. Their product pages have been updated to reflect "availability to be confirmed" and "first stock delayed."

Expansys UK are still showing availability over Tuesday and Wednesday next week, but their dates haven't changed in some time now. We're all hoping they're accurate, but sadly not holding out too many hopes. 

If Samsung themselves have placed a two week backorder on stocks though, perhaps that means we will actually be able to get our hands on some in two weeks. Looks like for now though the wait continues. 

Source: Samsung Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket getting an update, failing for many

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Folks are letting us know that the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is in the midst of receiving an update. However, that update's failing for a good many. We're not seeing any official changelog just yet either on AT&T's or Samsung's side, but we've got inquiries in. Chances are we're looking at bugfixes with just a 21MB update, but we'll let you know if/when we hear more.

Source: @travis_benjamin; Skyrocket forums
More: AT&T Skyrocket support

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4 years ago

Initial Snapdragon S4 benchmarks show promising performance

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It's not often we get excited about benchmark numbers, but we'll make an exception today. Early benchmarks of the first chips based upon Qualcomm's new Snapdragon S4 ("Krait") architecture have appeared, showing dramatic improvements from earlier Snapdragon chips. The tests run by AnandTech on Qualcomm's S4 Mobile Development Platform (powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8960 chip), show single and mutli-threaded CPU performance dwarfing earlier models. This includes TI OMAP chips used in phones like the Galaxy Nexus and Droid RAZR, as well as the much-vaunted 1.2GHz Exynos chip in the Galaxy S II.

The chip produced leading web benchmark scores too, according to AnandTech's results. The site recorded its lowest (best) SunSpider Javascript score with Qualcomm's new MDP, at just 1532 in the stock Android 4.0 browser. And graphical tests on the MSM8960's Adreno 225 GPU were almost as impressive, with Qualcomm's MDP being beaten by the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S II in just a couple of GPU tests.

So the MSM8960 is shaping up to be an impressive chip indeed. We're expecting to see it in a number of mid-range and high-end devices this year, including HTC's "Ville" (rumored to ship as the HTC One S).  We'll no doubt hear more about this chip, and the devices it'll be powering, at MWC next week.

Source: AnandTech

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4 years ago

Free Android Wallpaper of the Day: Spiral staircase

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Android Central member androidforall took this dizzying shot at a wedding reception using a Canon D60D. Don't look up.

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4 years ago

Finally, a second official Cristiano Ronaldo app for Android!

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If last year's Cristiano Ronaldo Freestyle app wasn't enough for you, you can now download another official Ronaldo app, this time from developer Mobile Roadie. The official Cristiano Ronaldo app for Android gives fans access to up to the minute news and "never before seen" photos of the Real Madrid striker -- including pictures of him standing in front of a green screen, and another of kicking a football (as you do).

There's also a "fan wall", where Ronaldo enthusiasts can pour out gushing tributes to the star player (we counted two at the time of writing). And you can also earn points and compete for signed Ronaldo merchandise, if that's your thing.

If you're crazy enough to want not one, but two officially-sanctioned Cristiano Ronaldo apps on your phone, then we can only hope you're still sufficiently lucid to use the QR code and Market link after the break.

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4 years ago

Ubuntu on Android becomes real, looks to take on Moto's Webtop experience

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This, folks, is Ubuntu on Android. An honest-to-goodness, not janky or VNC'd, full build of the Linux distro powered by an Android smartphone.

We'll let that sink in.

Canonical -- the company behind Ubuntu -- today announced that it's bringing the full Ubuntu experience to multi-core Android phones in the same way that Motorola has attempted to extend its hardware to a more traditional computing experience with Webtop. That is, you'll connect your phone to a keyboard and display, and from there have full control over a proper Ubuntu experience, all powered by the phone. Because your Android smartphone is already running a Linux kernel, the marriage between your phone and Ubuntu is darn near seamless. The Ubuntu build actually shares the kernel from your phone and boots in parallel.

Canonical gave us a walkthrough of the experience, and it really couldn't be more simple. Dock the phone, and Ubuntu Unity fires up. Photos and videos are instantly available in the desktop experience.

But photos and videos are chump change. You've got full Chromium and Thunderbird apps. VLC. The Ubuntu Music Player. If it's on Ubuntu, it can be on your phone.

But the real power is in the ability to launch your Android apps within that desktop experience. Same goes for contacts. Or your network settings. Or your notifications. It's Android within an Ubuntu experience. And it's pretty slick.

As for hardware requirements, you'll need a dual-core smartphone with at least a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. You'll need 2GB of storage free as well, plus USB host mode and HDMI out (MHL adapters will work, Canonical tells us), plus video acceleration. Older phones need not apply, basically.

It's worth repeating that this is your phone powering Ubuntu -- not the Ubuntu desktop on your phone. We're going to get a close look at Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona, Spain. Stay tuned. For now, we've got Canonical's full press release after the break.

More: Ubuntu

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4 years ago

SwiftKey apparently makes the leap from Android to BlackBerry PlayBook

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So our pals at CrackBerry have been killing it with their BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 coverage. Killing it. But in keeping an eye on it -- remember that part of BB's MO now is to just use Android applications -- something looked strangely familiar. 

See, the third-party Android keyboard I use loves to mock me by suggesting "Collins" every time I type my name. Phil Collins. Har. Only, the PlayBook does that, too. Odd. Either somebody has a strange sense of humor (and/or is stalking me), or perhaps that keyboard has leapt from Android to BlackBerry.

That keyboard is SwiftKey.

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4 years ago

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 launched, Android apps available to all

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It sure has been a long time coming for our brothers over in the BlackBerry camp, but today is a day to remember. PlayBook OS 2.0 has finally been released, bringing with it access to Android applications through the Android Runtime. 

Many have been tinkering for some time now with the Developer Beta of 2.0 and porting apps to try out on the device. But as of today, any Android apps that were repackaged and submitted to BlackBerry App World will be available to everyone. 

We won't boast too hard about how great they're all going to be and that everyone will enjoy all of them -- that wouldn't be fair, a lot of them will probably suck. But with the level of interest seen at the recent Devcon Europe, it might not work out too badly. 

There has been at least one big name Android developer who has ported over for launch though. Automattic who produce Wordpress for Android have relaunched the same app as Wordpress for Playbook. It also looks like the built in keyboard is BlackBerry's very own version of the Android third-party keyboard, Swiftkey. Pretty sweet. 

A little easter egg too for any of you out there that are running a BlackBerry smartphone and an Android Tablet. Our very own Chris Parsons has been doing some investigating, and it seems that with version 2.0 of the BlackBerry Bridge application it's not just PlayBooks that can be remote controlled. Because it utilises the Bluetooth HID standard, Bridge can be used with all sorts of devices like a PS3, and even Chris' Motorola Xoom. Hit the link below to check out that video. 

It just leaves us to say -- welcome to the family, sort of. It's been a long road to OS 2.0 that's for sure. We hope that Android developers will really get on board and show you some of the great quality applications that we're used to in this part of the Mobile Nations. For full coverage keep it locked to our sister site Crackberry.com

More: BlackBerry Bridge controlling a Motorola Xoom

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4 years ago

Viber update adds Ice Cream Sandwich compatability

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Viber, the cross-platform VoIP app popular for its free voice calling and text messaging, has received its official upgrade for Ice Cream Sandwich-compatability, available now in the Android Market. Viber arrived on Android last summer and just recently announced that it has reached a 50 million registered users milestone. Viber uses your 3G/4G or WiFi connection to call or text other registered Android or iOS Viber users for free. 

In addition to support for Android 4.0, the most recent update also brings with it "significant enhancements" to the Viber voice engine, promising better voice quality, improved support for lower-end devices, and better handling of poor network quality. Other recent updates have brought location and photo sharing, as well as UI improvements, including the ability to see when another person is typing a text message. 

If you've got a Galaxy Nexus or a shiny new ICS ROM on one of your devices, you'll want to grab the update from the Android Market after the break.

Source: Viber

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 9 gets some bad-ass boot animation

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

We're just gonna shut up and let you watch this one. via +CyanogenMod

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4 years ago

US Cellular officially getting the Samsung Galaxy S II

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It's been a couple months now since we broke the news that US Cellular would be getting the Samsung Galaxy S II, and today the carrier manufacturer made it official. Samsung's flagship phone from 2011 will be making its debut on the regional carrier sometime in the future (no date was given) and it'll launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Don't everybody go rushing to the store at once.

That's not to say you'll be getting a bad phone -- it'll cost $229.99 after $100 mail-in rebate. It's odd timing considering we'll be seeing new fare from Samsung in the coming weeks and months, most likely. And nor is it slated for USCC's fledgling LTE network. But you do get Samsung's 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor, an 8MP rear camera and 16GB of storage tucked into that 4.5-inch form factor, which is nice, we suppose.

More: US Cellular

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4 years ago

Me In My Place Android 'app' doesn't do the women justice (or the photographer, either)

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Update (Dec. 5, 2012): The web app has been updated and now works very well on Android. See our post here.

Original: For far more than a year now, a semi-secretive series has graced the pixels of a Tumblr blog as well as the pages of Esquire magazine. Dubbed "Me in My Place," the series was shot by "a notable photographer, who has shot portraits of many notable people," said Esquire. The man behind the camera wasn't the point, after all. (He's since been unmasked, but we're going to make you work for it, too.) It was the subjects -- the various girls next door, Manhattan (and later L.A.) style -- who made the series at hit. The tag line: "Real girls in their own place. Not too crazy and just a pinch of naughty…"

Yes, the portraits are what they are -- probably not-safe-for-work photos of "real" women in their homes, comfortable in various stages of undress. The pics are sexy and a bit raw, and that's the appeal. Not too crazy and just a pinch of naughty. 

Esquire magazine got involved, the odd actress made appearance and things, erm, took off from there. An app was promised. And now, an app has arrived.

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4 years ago

8GB Nook Tablet is official at $199; Nook Color drops to $169

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Barnes & Noble this morning officially took the wraps off of an 8-gigabyte version of the Nook Tablet. Available today for $199 -- $50 less (for half the storage -- and half the RAM, down to 512MB) than the original Nook Tablet. That brings the price (and lower storager) in line with Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet.

Also, Barnes & Noble annoucned that the original Nook Color has been discounted to $169.

Full presser's after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 and Mini 2 headed to Three UK

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Three is the first UK network to announce that it'll be carrying the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 and Mini 2, which were announced just a few hours ago. These are two entry level devices from Samsung, with screens ranging from 3.2 to 3.8 inches, and respectable (if not mind-blowing) internals.

We first saw the Galaxy Mini 2 a couple of weeks back, in a leaked promotional image, and it looks like Samsung's built on the hardware of the original Galaxy Mini, with some much needed upgrades. The CPU's been bumped up to 800MHz, while display resolution has been upgraded to HVGA (320x480). Internal storage has been expanded too, giving it enough internal flash to be "upgradable to the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich", according to Three product manager Brendan Ardnt.

The 3.8-inch Galaxy Ace 2 offers a little more horsepower, with a dual-core 800MHz chip, 768MB of RAM, a WVGA screen and 5MP camera. Like the Mini 2, the Ace 2 runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, backed up by TouchWiz 4.0.

We'll be watching with interest to see where both devices land in terms of pricing, as both could be tempting for first-time smartphone buyers if priced competitively.

Source: Three UK Blog

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4 years ago

High-end Panasonic Android phone rumored for MWC

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Panasonic may have just announced the Eluga, its first smartphone for the European market, but it may preparing to announce something more impressive at MWC next week, if the latest round of rumors are to be believed.

British tech site Pocket-Lint reports, via sources at Panasonic, that the manufacturer will unveil a "premium" Android handset at next week's show, with a bigger screen and meatier specs. Rumored specs include a dual-core CPU, presumably at a faster clock speed than the Eluga's 1GHz, along with a display powered by a new Panasonic technology. A rear camera based on Panasonic's Lumix range is also reported, in addition to a front facing camera. 

We're sure we don't need to tell you by now, but we'll be live at MWC next week to cover all the announcements live.

Source: Pocket-Lint

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