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4 years ago

HTC Watch movie rental prices slashed for Easter


If you picked up a shiny new HTC One X or One S this Easter weekend -- or you already own an earlier Sense device -- then you'll find a special offer waiting for you in the HTC Watch app. Until the end of Easter Monday, the rental price of many movies in HTC Watch has been cut down to almost nothing -- in the UK, the cost is just £0.05.

The HTC Watch catalog has been growing slowly but steadily since the service launched on the Sensation last spring, and it's bundle on Sense 3.0+ smartphones, as well as tablets like the Flyer and Jetstream.

A few highlights in this weekend's Easter Special offer include --

  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • The Hangover 2
  • Final Destination 5
  • Cloverfield
  • The Matrix
  • 300

To view the full list, fire up HTC Watch and select the "Easter Weekend Special" option from the main menu.

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4 years ago

Hop on over to this weekend to save 15% on all Android accessories!


Today's the last day to hop on over to to shop and save all weekend on Android accessories. Use the coupon code "hop15" during checkout.

  • This offer is not valid with any other coupon and expires at tonight at midnight (that's 12 a.m.) Pacific time.
  • Don't forget about our Fast Free Shipping on US orders of $50 and higher.
  • Share this hopping great coupon code with your friends and family.

Enjoy this special sale while it last! Happy Holidays!

Hop on over to ShopAndroid and let the savings begin!

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4 years ago

Nonexistent LG phone to compete against nonexistent Samsung phone


Although Samsung hasn't yet announced a Galaxy S III, and we still have no reliable information on what the device will be like, it seems LG may already be preparing a direct competitor. Korean news site DDaily has the first reports on a device dubbed the "LG D1L", which is described as a "Galaxy S3 killer."

Citing anonymous sources within LG, the site reports that the "D1L" will include a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, a 4.7-inch 720p display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. None of that's  particularly surprising, but the fact that LG has an unannounced high-end handset is a little odd. As far as we know, the manufacturer's new flagship device is the Optimus 4X HD, a quad-core phone which we saw at MWC in February.

In any case, it shouldn't surprise anyone to see that LG, Samsung's main Korean competitor, is preparing a rival handset. For what it's worth, the D1L is rumored to launch in May, around the same time as the rest of LG's 2012 line-up.

Source: DDaily (Korean); via: The Verge

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4 years ago

'Berry pink' Galaxy Note launches in Korea


If the one thing standing in the way of your buying a Galaxy Note was the lack of a garish pink shell, then you'll be pleased to see that Samsung has addressed your concerns with today's launch of the Note in "berry pink" in South Korea. It's unclear whether Samsung plans to plans to bring this model to international markets, but for now it says it's targeting "the female consumer and the younger generation" with the new pink Note. Naturally, it includes a equally pink "S Pen" stylus and optional pink protective cover. The pink version will join the white and "carbon blue" versions which have been available since late October 2011.

Perhaps a little more interesting to smartphone nerds outside of Korea is the appearance of ICS-based software in today's promotional images for the pink Note -- that's unmistakably the ICS, not Gingerbread search widget in the image above. Then again, we've known for some time that the Note is due an update to Android 4.0, so it's not too surprising to see the updated software shown off in a promotional shot.

The "berry pink" Samsung Galaxy Note launches today in stores across South Korea.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (Korean)

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4 years ago

HTC not bundling Beats heaphones anymore


In a move that shouldn't surprise anyone, HTC won't be bundling Beats headphones with it's devices anymore.  Ever since HTC announced their partnership with Beats they've been talking up the benefits, namely better sound quality from your handset.  Regardless of whether or not you agree that the sound quality was actually better, the fact that you got some pretty decent earbuds with your phone was a major plus.  Everything you needed to have great sound was included in the box.  Apparently HTC realized that people don't buy phones based on what buds are included in the box.

Now that won't be the case, and it probably has more to do with Beats than with HTC.  It may or may not be common knowledge, but Monster was the manufacturer of Beats headphones.  We say was because the partnership has ended, which leaves Beats without a manufacturer.  So even if HTC wants to continue to include the buds, they can't, because Beats can't supply them anymore.

Source: CNET

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4 years ago

Sync your Instagram photos to Google+ [How-to]


We've had quite a few folks ask about a way to post their Instagram pictures to Google+, and an equal number of methods to do so hit our inbox recently. Because Google+ doesn't yet have a public API (tools programmers need to be able to write apps to do this sort of thing), most of the methods are pretty convoluted -- including this one. 

But if you can install a few free programs to your desktop computer, this is entirely possible. It's a messy workaround, but once setup it works really well. This method won't automatically post the Instagram pictures to your G+ stream, but it does place them in a public album in your photos.

Hit the break for the instructions.

Source: Wired

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4 years ago

New AT&T LTE markets go live today


Just as they previously announced, three new markets went live today.  Bloomington and Muncie, IN and Bryson-College Station, TX now have AT&T's fastest data offering available.  The new markets are part of a previously announced 12-market expansion.  We've seen first hand how fast LTE can be on AT&T's fledgling network, but they still have some catching up to do with coverage compared to Verizon. This latest expansion closes the gap a little.

With the announcement of the HTC One X at Mobile World Congress, AT&T is bringing another high-end device to join the ranks of phones like the Samsung Skyrocket, the HTC Vivid, and the LG Nitro and take advantage of the extra speed that comes with LTE. Just mind your data cap, at these speeds you'll reach it in no time.

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: HTC all up in here; all your SGSIII's are fake; apologies to Dropbox


Exciting times, folks. I'm writing this from somewhere over New York and Pennsylvania and Maryland and Virginia, on the way home from the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE event, and recuperated from the 3 a.m. release of our HTC One X/One S/Sense 4 content earlier in the week. And I'm excited. I'm excited for us to have new devices to play with and explore and write about. And I'm excited for you folks to get your hands on them, too. (And if you haven't waded into our EVO 4G LTE forums, you're missing out on some great stuff.)

It's easy to get caught up in it all, even for us. It's easy to see what we want to see. The One X isn't perfect. The One S isn't perfect. The EVO 4G LTE has a ridiculous name (though at least it doesn't have any commas in it), and folks are freaking out too much over its design (which hardly is the worst thing in the world) without having actually held the damn thing.

A deep breath might be needed. And judging by our completely unscientific poll, 70 percent of you are plenty happy with what you've seen so far.

But you know what the really fun part is? This is still pretty early. HTC's just the first of the major manufacturers to unveil its new generation of Android smartphones. Samsung and Motorola are still to come. We've gotten an early look at LG, but still need to spend some quality time with them. So, yeah. Right now we're all focused on HTC, and that's fine. But there's still more to come.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for April 7, 2012


Looking for some new applications to help pass your Easter weekend? Let's jump past the break and take a look at some of our favorites for this week.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus my way: Joshua Muñoz


Seeing as how we've got this new rootin', tootin', fancypants series showing off how us Android Central staffers set up our phones, I figured I'd volunteer myself, write this little doodad, and step up to the plate. I don't move from phone-to-phone as often as my gadget lust would like (hey, I'm on a student's budget, ya know?), but no matter what device I've got, I tend to set them up the exact same way. Steel yourselves, and when you're ready to have your minds blown, join me after the break.

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4 years ago

LG Lucid Review


With new devices rolling out on what feels like a daily basis, making the decision of which device is worthy of signing the next two years away with can be a daunting task. While the push is towards the evolving and new technologies such as 4G LTE and others, that doesn't mean they are for everyone. LG has hit before with some great devices like the LG Spectrum among others, and they are back at it again with the LG Lucid.

Could a device that launches with Gingerbread and promises Ice Cream Sandwich in the future be your next device? Could you put aside the fact that the display isn't 720P, or are these not things you are needing and just want a reliable Android device? Either way, let's hit the break and check out how the LG Lucid stacks up, and if it may just land in your pocket or purse.

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4 years ago

Android Central 92: The HTC One X and One S, Sense 4, the Sprint EVO 4G LTE, and Instragram on Android


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We review the HTC One S and One X, get our hands on the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE, plus take a look at Instragram for Android (and all the hate that follows). You're not going to want to miss this one.

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4 years ago

Android Central international round-up - April 7, 2012


So this week was HTC week, and there was no shortage of stories about the launch of HTC's new hero devices, the One X and One S. We had reviews, previews, hands-on features, comparisons and everything in between. If you want to learn more about HTC's shiny new toys (and trust us, you do), be sure to check out the features list below.

Both devices are out now in Europe, and every major network in the UK is offering the both phones on-contract at subsidized prices. Stateside, the One S is rumored to launch on T-Mobile in late April, with the One X tipped to follow shortly after in early May.

In non-HTC news, Motorola revealed that the GSM/HSPA RAZR MAXX would be making its way to European shores from May. Consider our interest piqued. We're eager to see what kind of longevity Moto can deliver with a 3,300mAh pack and no battery-hogging LTE radio.

Check some highlights from past week's Android developments in Europe, Asia and beyond in the list below. And if you've got international news, you can tip us at the usual address.

Special Features:


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4 years ago

AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G Gingerbread update finally available again, confirmed to work this time


It's been about two months since the AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G first saw its Android 2.3 Gingerbread made available, only to be yanked back due to some bugs. On Thursday, the download was finally revived via the Samsung Kies Mini application. Yes, folks. It's finally happening. (Again.)

Here's a reminder of what you'll be getting in the Android 2.3.6 update, which takes the software version up to UCLB3: 

  • Improved Copy and Paste functionality
  • Redesigned Multi Touch Software Keyboard
  • Download manager for long running HTTP downloads
  • Improved power management and application control
  • Notification Shade: “Flight Mode” added (“Silent” removed)
  • New Fonts options added include Choco Cooky, Cool Jazz, Rosemary
  • Keyboard Changes: Android Keyboard with Wider Spaced keys and Quick Keys at the top
  • New Widgets: The name of the content provider will be listed on the widget list along with the widget name. Previously only the widget name was provided.
  • New Widget: Traffic (Android) added to list of available widgets
  • Menu Changes/New Apps: Downloads and Google Books added new, Promotional pre-load of Angry Birds removed.

A slightly odd development: AT&T in its forum post says that this update will hard-reset your phone -- as in wipe anything that was previously on it. But that wasn't the case with our update. Regardless, be sure to back up your contacts and e-mails and pictures and the like, just in case. Then be sure to download Kies, and get to updating. Should take about 5 minutes or so once it gets going.

Download: Kies Mini for the Infuse 4G; More: Update instructions
Via: Samsung Infuse 4G forums

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