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3 years ago

The official Android Central app passes a major milestone, so let's give away something!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. We're proud to announce that the official Android Central app has surpassed, for us, a major milestone, amassing more than 100,000 total downloads. (And, quite frankly, with a keep rate that even I'm astounded by.) 

So from all of us to everyone who's tried the application, thanks! We've still got plenty of work to do with the app — features to add, items to improve and bugs to squash — but we're making great progress. Huge props to our developer Neil for all the hard work.

And as but a small token of appreciation for helping make us the No. 1 source for all things Android, we're going to give away a new Nexus 7 we've got laying around here. Still in the box, of course. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post. That's it. We'll close down the comments at midnight Eastern tonight, pick a winner and get the tablet shipped out on Thursday, so the winner can have it ASAP.

And if you haven't already, please give our app a try!

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3 years ago

Wikipad gaming tablet arriving in the UK on Sept. 27

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7-inch tablet with gamepad controls to sell for £249.99

Wikipad has announced that its 7-inch gaming tablet will go on sale in the UK from Sept. 27, priced at £249.99, following the U.S. launch a couple of months back.

The much-delayed tablet with gamepad controls will be sold via "from a number of well-known retailers at launch," through distribution partner MSE.

The Wikipad features a 1280x800, 7-inch display and is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. When it arrives in the UK next month it'll come up against strong competition in the small tablet space, not least from Google's cheaper and more powerful second-gen Nexus 7.

via Engadget

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3 years ago

Kobo announces three new Android tablets

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New Android 10 and 7-inch Android tablets, including a Tegra 4-powered high-end model

E-reader maker Kobo has announced three new Android tablets, expanding its "Arc" range of products.  The Kobo Arc 7, Arc 7 HD and Arc 10 HD all support Kobo's reading platform, and come with high-end, mid-range and budget-level specs.

First up, the Kobo Arc 10 HD features an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and a 10-inch 2560x1600 display, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It also comes with a special software "reading mode," which the manufacturer says can extend battery life to more than 10 days — presumably by dialing back the CPU, display and other features. The Arc 10 HD is to be priced at £299.99 in the UK.

Occupying the middle ground, the Kobo Arc 7 HD sports a Tegra 3 CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 7-inch 1920x1200 display. The manufacturer promises up to 8 hours battery life on this model, which retails for £159.99 with 16GB of storage and £189.99 with 32GB.

Finally there's the entry-level Kobo Arc 7, selling for £119.99 with 8GB of storage. That's packing a MediaTek MTK 8125 1.2GHz quad-core processor and a 7-inch 1024x600 display — pretty standard cheap Android tablet fare.

Kobo's press release states that the new tablets support content from Google Play as well as the company's own book store, which has been expanded to include a range of magazine content and kids books. All three tablets are set to launch in the UK from Oct. 16.

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3 years ago

AT&T expands LTE coverage to 9 new markets

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Another weekly LTE expansion pushing towards nationwide availability

AT&T announced a couple of weeks back that it had hit a pretty big milestone of 365 total LTE markets, but that doesn't mean that the nation's second-largest carrier is slowing its rollout. This week 13 additional markets (and four expansions) are coming online with the newest high-speed technology. Users in the following markets with an LTE device and the proper provisioning on their account should see the network live now:

  • Moultrie, GA
  • Tifton, GA
  • Champaign-Urbana, IL
  • Mayfield, KY
  • Paducah, KY
  • Tupelo, MS
  • Corning, NY
  • Springfield, OH
  • Longview, TX
  • Marshall, TX
  • Tyler, TX
  • Stevens Point, WI
  • Whitewater-Lake Geneva, WI

That gives AT&T a total of 383 LTE-enabled markets.

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3 years ago

LG G2 goes to the edge of space and back, capturing pictures and video along the way

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Is LG making the best phone available for taking pictures of the stratosphere?

In an effort to show off what the newly announced G2's camera is capable of, LG offered up the handset for some intense experimentation sending a weather balloon to the edge of space. As you'll be able to see from the video above, the G2 not only survived the trip up to over 18 miles above earth and back but captured some pretty great video and stills along the way.

Now this clearly isn't a good way to show off the practical application of the G2's camera hardware and software. But you have to think that if the phone is capable of taking fantastic pictures under ridiculous conditions like this, it has to be able to do something good a bit closer to ground.

Be sure to watch the video through to the end, it's really quite interesting.

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3 years ago

New Nexus 7 lands in the UK, parts of Europe, Japan

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Latest Google tablet now available in more countries

Update: The New Nexus 7 is also available in France, Germany and Spain (priced at €229 and €269) and Japan (27,800 yen and 33,800 yen). Check your local Google Play Store by clicking the button on the left to see if it's available for you to buy.

Original story: Just as we had confirmed with our own sources previously, the 2013 Nexus 7 has just gone on sale in the Google Play Store for residents of the UK. Fashionably late when compared to availability in the U.S. and Canada, the new Nexus 7 weighs in at £199 for the 16GB model and £239 for 32GB.

Google is also sending out an email to those in the UK who signed up for updates indicating that the tablet should be on sale at several retailers now including Currys PC World, Amazon, Tesco, Argos and John Lewis. The email also says to contact the stores for specific availability.

No word at the moment on a mobile data version of the tablet, but if you're okay sticking to Wifi you can go place your order or try your luck at a retail location now.

More: Google Nexus 7 (2013) review

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3 years ago

Google+ gets Auto Awesome notifications

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Auto Awesome — the photo enhancer built in to Google+ — just got a little more awesome. Now, whenever Auto Awesome does its thing, you'll get a notification telling you so. That saves you from having to dive into your photos and figure it out on your own. This works on the app as well as the web, of course.

A bugfix update reported is coming down for the Google+ app as well, so be on the lookout for that.

Source: +Virgil Dobjanschi

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 price drops by $100 on Google Play to $199 or $249 [Updated]

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The best deal in smart phones just got better, but why is the price dropping?

Update: The official Google Play Twitter account has just confirmed the "25% off or more" sale for the Nexus 4 is active in Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Korea, US and UK.

Original story: When Google put the Nexus 4 up for sale at an unlocked price of $299 or $349 at launch, everyone knew it was an amazing price for what you were getting. Well as we come around on a year since that date, Google has just dropped those prices by $100 to $199 for 8GB or $249 for 16GB — still fully unlocked and available direct from Google Play. For our U.K. readers, the price has also dropped to £159 and £199.

That's a pretty ridiculous price considering you're getting a fantastic device unlocked for the same as what you'd pay on-contract for other phones at a carrier store. We're not entirely sure why Google has decided to drop the prices, but you may want to snatch one up now if you've been looking to get yourself a Nexus on the cheap.

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3 years ago

FCC puts AT&T acquisition of Alltel on pause, awaiting prepaid customer transition roadmap

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AT&T must explain how it plans to transition prepaid customers to its network for deal to move forward

As it nears the (informal) 180 day timeline for approving AT&T's purchase of Alltel, the FCC has put a pause on the review in order to get more information about how AT&T plans to transition all of Alltel's customers to its network. If you'll recall back to January, AT&T purchased spectrum assets and 585,000 customers when it acquired the rest of Alltel for $780 million. At the time it seemed like a slam dunk purchase for AT&T, but now the FCC is worried that AT&T doesn't have an appropriate plan for Alltel's over 180,000 prepaid customers.

AT&T has offered an acceptable plan to bring Alltel's postpaid customers over to its network, but the FCC sees the prepaid customers as an important segment of the customer base that shouldn't be left disenfranchised when the deal completes. Jim Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs at AT&T, had this to say:

“AT&T is extremely disappointed at the FCC delay today on this small transaction.  AT&T is ready, willing and able to make significant network investments in these rural territories to bring HSPA+ and LTE services to Allied’s customers, an investment that will not occur but for this transaction.  AT&T has actively worked to address FCC concerns and will continue to work with the Commission until all issues are resolved.”

We have no doubt that AT&T will do whatever it needs to in order to get these spectrum holdings into its hands once and for all. But after seeing Verizon be forced to divest some of its holdings when it acquired most of Alltel previously, the process may not be as easy as it expected.

Source: FCC, AT&T; Via: PhoneScoop

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3 years ago

HTC One blue casing shows up at OEM parts dealer

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Still no word on the official release of the blue variation of the One

The leaks of the blue HTC One span from official-looking press renders down to parts on assembly lines, and now even third-party OEM parts dealers have the blue housing for the phone. As pointed out to us by Shen Ye, OEM parts retailer ETradeSupply now has listings up for the snappy blue version of the casing for the phone right next to the red, black and white varieties.

The case is currently out of stock, but has a price of $21.97 for the complete front housing. You'll need the back housing also to complete the deal, which the site doesn't currently offer, but given that it has complete housings for the other colors we'd expect the blue one to arrive in short order. When it does come available, enterprising tinkerers could conceivably swap the casing themselves.

What we're less sure about is when this color option will be available to purchase as a complete device. HTC hasn't yet unveiled it officially, but we're hoping they take the wraps off of it soon.

Source: ETradeSupply

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3 years ago

Action Launcher updated to v1.9, brings 'vastly improved overall experience'

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Android developer Chris Lacy has updated his great home replacement app Action Launcher, and brings a promise of a much more stable and enjoyable experience. In version 1.9 of the app, the base launcher code has been updated to the Android 4.3 launcher base. this will make Action Launcher faster, use less resources, not suffer from any redraw issues and be "smoother and more responsive than any other release to date."

The changes aren't all under the hood though. Two highly requested features have been baked in — the ability to hide the status bar, and the ability to change your "desktop" icons on an individual basis. In addition, users with a Galaxy S4 can now enable a transparent status bar.

These new features, combined with covers, shutters and the quickdrawer make Action Launcher worth having a look at in our opinion. You can grab the full version from the link above for $3.99, and read the full release notes here.

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3 years ago

Samsung official confirms Galaxy Gear smartwatch for IFA 2013

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The Galaxy Gear to be unveiled at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event in Berlin on Sep. 4

The Samsung Galaxy Gear, the company's entry into the smartwatch genre, has been outed as making its debut at IFA 2013 in Berlin next week. Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung Mobile, told the Korean Times in an exclusive interview:

We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event in Berlin on Sept. 4

We've long-expected Samsung to show us the gear at IFA this year, and Young-hee's comments cement that idea. She also states that the device will not feature Samsung's flexible display prototype that many have been waiting for, but the company was also preparing for future wearable products that may include this technology.

We'll be live in Berlin next week, and you can bet we'll be having a good look at the Galaxy Gear and anything else Samsung has to show us. Stay tuned!

Source: Korea Times

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3 years ago

Off-contract AT&T Moto X now available through Moto Maker

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Off-contract pricing of $580 for the 16GB model and $630 for the 32GB model will now get you the custom colors and options

If you've been wanting to buy an AT&T branded Moto X without signing a new contract, and still use the Moto Maker customization site, today is the day. Motorola has just announced that the Moto Maker site will now let you pay the full $579.99 (16GB version) or $629.99 (32GB version) for your customized device and keep your contract status as-is. The option for AT&T's Next program doesn't seem to be available online yet, so if that's how you want to roll you'll still have to visit a store.

While the Moto X should be landing on Verizon come August 29, and Motorola has said a developer edition is coming soon, for now Moto Maker is still an AT&T exclusive. Motorola says that other carriers and wider availability of the Moto Maker program is coming soon, but we've not yet been told any dates.

We've been liking what we see from the Moto X so far, and once it becomes more available it should become a pretty popular Android device. For now, AT&T customers get all the fun. For more information, follow the link below.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Messaging app imo launches video calling

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Instant messaging platform imo sends word that it's launched video calls across its Android and iOS mobile apps. The feature works over Wifi, 3G and 4G connections, adds to imo's array of messaging features, which includes support for nine third-party IM services.

To call a contact, users simply select the video icon that appears next to the person's name. Video calling joins existing imo features, such as group text chats, video messages and voice messages.

The new video calling feature should be hitting imo on Android and iOS in an update landing right about now, so hit the Google Play link above if you want to try it out.

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3 years ago

Moto X desk and car docks briefly available from Motorola [updated]

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Docks should ship the week of September 9, Motorola tells us

The desktop dock and the vehicle dock for the Moto X we told you about last week are now "officially" available from Motorola from their online store, and are shipping now. Update: We ordered one of each, and Motorola customer service got back to us a couple hours later to say there was a slight mix-up on the store side, and that the docks won't actually ship until the week of September 9. 

The docks are manufactured by Griffin, and each sell for $39.95.

The desktop dock is set up to hold your phone at a comfortable viewing angle while on your desk (hence the name), and has a micro USB connector pass through to provide power. It is designed to accommodate phones in a case up to 2mm thick. 

The vehicle dock has your basic suction-cup design to affix it to your windshield or dash, and the grip plate will hold "all but the bulkiest cases" in it's adjustable frame and arm. Motorola's driving mode on the Moto X is enabled when the phone is placed in the dock, and all the hands-free features will work as advertised.

We'll have a good look at both accessories as soon as they arrive, in the meantime you can have a look at the links below to learn more.

Source: Motorola (Navigation Dock); (Power Dock)

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