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3 years ago

AT&T lights up new LTE markets

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AT&T has announced that it's lit up 4G LTE service in "several" new markets today, including 20 highlighted in today's news release. Check out the full list after the break.

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3 years ago

UK mobile customers hit by mid-contract price hikes must be allowed to leave

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Providers have to give you a month's notice, but you can still leave under new guidelines

Score one for UK consumers, as Ofcom the UK communications industry regulator has stepped in and declared that anyone hit by a mid-contract price hike should be allowed to leave. The new guidelines come into effect tomorrow, January 23. 

From tomorrow, consumers and small businesses taking out new landline, broadband or mobile contracts should be allowed to exit them without penalty if their provider increases the monthly subscription price agreed at the point of sale. This follows an Ofcom review into the fairness of contract price terms. This found that many consumers, in particular, were caught unawares by price rises in what they believed to be fixed price contracts.

A few of the UK carriers have implemented price increases in recent times, and while the monthly increases were small, we weren't given a choice over whether or not we were happy to pay. Sadly, it only applies to contracts taken out from tomorrow, so for those of us still signed in to one, we're stuck for the time being. But at least things are starting to swing back in our favor a little. 

To read the new guidelines in full, hit up the source link below. 

Source: Ofcom

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3 years ago

Tanktastic wins new maps, tanks, and MOGA controller support

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Android gamers who want a World of Tanks-like experience on their phones and tablets can’t do much better than Tanktastic from G.H.O.R. Corporation. Tankastic features online multiplayer, multiple game types, and tons of tanks – all in an easy-to-swallow free to play game.

Just because they’re at the top doesn’t mean the Tanktastic team is resting on their laurels, though. The game recently received a massive update, and we’ve got exclusive details on the new features it brings – plus news of a contest to win MOGA controllers!

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3 years ago

Gold HTC One arrives at UK retailer SIM-free

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Bag a champagne gold HTC One without a monthly contract

We were pleasantly surprised by the gold HTC One when we got our hands on the device recently. But until now UK buyers have been limited to picking up the golden phone through Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u, both of which have been limiting sales of the device to on-contract customers. Today UK retailer Expansys sends word that it's begun stocking the gold HTC One, which it's selling SIM-free for £479.99 a pop. That's not cheap, especially with a new flagship phone from HTC expected in the next month or so — but if you absolutely must have the HTC One in this exclusive color then it's probably your best bet.

Hit the source link for the product listing, and check out our hands-on feature with the gold HTC One for to get a closer look.

More: Gold HTC One hands-on

Source: Expansys

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3 years ago

KDDI shows off some impressive new Android devices for Japan

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Sharp coming up with the goods in the form of a new tablet and smartphone, not that we'll see them in the west

KDDI over in Japan has been rolling out a bunch of new devices today. Among them are some we're already familiar with such as the LG G Flex and the new WiFi only Sony Xperia Z Ultra. And then there are those we'll never get to see in western markets, such as this tablet, and a new smartphone from Sharp. Both of which are packing some pretty impressive hardware specs. 

The Aquos Pad pictured here is a 7-inch tablet, running the now somewhat outdated Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. But the interesting part is taking place around back. For this tablet contains a smartphone-class camera; a 13MP rear shooter. We don't know if it's actually any good, but if you're one who enjoys taking photos using a tablet, it has to be up there with the best of them. And, with a 1920x1200 display round the front, those full resolution photographs should be pretty great to look at. 

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3 years ago

Enpass wants to manage your passwords in the cloud

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Enpass is an Android application that is purely designed to store your passwords and important information. And it offers a couple of main attractions — firstly it’s a real beauty on the eye and super easy to use, and secondly, it allows for two cloud syncing options. As well as a backup and restore feature using the web, you can also sync your passwords with Dropbox. Of course, you don't have to sync at all, but bear in mind that if you were change to a new Android device you would lose your saved information.

Once you launch the application you will need to create a password to enable you to access the app each time. Within the settings you can alter the auto-lock time - just in case you leave your phone unattended.

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3 years ago

Minuum keyboard shown on the Galaxy Gear, solution to a problem we don't have yet?

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There'll be no thumb typing here

This video from the folks at Minuum shows off its innovative Android keyboard running on the Samsung Galaxy Gear. As a proof of concept, it's pretty cool, no doubts. But while it's awesome it can be done, is it a solution to a problem we don't have yet? And I'm not just talking about the fact that the Galaxy Gear isn't exactly widespread in its ownership. 

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3 years ago

Verizon 'rose gold white' Galaxy Note 3 pictured

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Bronze-trimmed Note 3 to be 'available exclusively on Verizon Wireless'

While we haven't spotted anything in the way of an official announcement, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in "rose gold white" has just appeared on Samsung Mobile's U.S. press site with Verizon badging. It's one of the three new Note 3 colors announced by Samsung in December, with the promise that it'd launch "according to each market’s preference." According to Samsung's entry for the device, this bronze-trimmed Note 3 will be exclusive to Verizon.

According to leaked Verizon docs seen by Android Central, you should be able to claim a $100 rebate on this new Note 3 color when it goes on sale. But for the moment it's unclear exactly when the gold Note 3 will land on Verizon — at the time of writing the carrier's site is only showing the black and white versions.

Source: Samsung Mobile U.S. Press

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3 years ago

Square Enix fires Deus Ex: The Fall onto Android, available now

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£4.99/€5.99/$6.99 gets you one fine looking, action packed game

Having been first announced for mobile back at E3 2013, Square Enix has today made Deus Ex: The Fall available for Android devices through the Google Play Store. This latest title to bare the Deus Ex name is the first for mobile and has been designed from the ground up for the touchscreen environment while still offering a premium level of gameplay. 

Deus Ex: The Fall is set in 2027 – a golden era for science, technology and human augmentation, but also a time of great social divide and global conspiracy. Powerful corporations have seized control from governments and command the drug supply needed by augmented humans to survive. In this chaos Ben Saxon, a former British SAS Mercenary who underwent physical augmentation, is desperate for the truth behind the drug conspiracy. Betrayed by his private military employers, the Tyrants, not only is his own life at risk but for all augmented humans, time is running out…

So, it all sounds pretty good, and our iOS using buddies have told us good things about it. Only one thing remains, and that's to grab the nearest Android device, hit up the Play Store link up top, then lock and load! 

Update: Despite being live in the Play Store at the time of writing, it appears to have been pulled again. We'll update when the link up top goes live again. 

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3 years ago

Moto G India launch details coming Feb. 5

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Motorola has announced through its social channels that the Moto G will be headed to India, with full launch details to come on Feb. 5, two weeks from today. The Moto G, which arrived internationally in November, has proved popular thanks to its low price — $179 or £135 off-contract — and relatively impressive hardware and features. In our review of the G late last year, we described it as "a lesson to other manufacturers in how to make a good, cheap Android phone." And it's gotten even better with the recent arrival of KitKat on the device.

It's unclear what price point the Moto G will hit when it launches in India, but buyers will surely be hoping for a similarly tempting price tag. With India being a hugely important emerging market for smartphones, the Moto G's launch there could be a major development for Motorola.

More: Moto G review

Source: Motorola Mobility (Google+)

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3 years ago

T-Mobile doesn't just want to be your carrier, now it wants to be your bank

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The Uncarrier wants to be the Unbank of prepaid debit cards

T-Mobile has been playing "bank" for some time now with its 24-month financing of devices, and now it wants to expand that reach to purchases and customers of all kinds. "Mobile Money" is a new initiative from T-Mobile to help with the struggles of banking in the U.S. faced by an estimated 68 million people who don't use "traditional" bank accounts.

Mobile Money isn't much different than other prepaid debit card programs — you simply load money onto the card through a variety of sources, and use the card anywhere VISA is accepted. You can make purchases, withdraw from ATMs, cash checks, setup direct deposit into the account and use it as if it were a bank-issued debit card.

Where the "Uncarrier" (er, Unbank?) vision of T-Mobile comes in here is that this is a smartphone- and T-Mobile-focused service. You'll be able to manage your account, cash checks and find ATMs through an Android app linked to your account, deposit money at T-Mobile stores with no fee and benefit from lower fee structures if you're a T-Mobile wireless customer.

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3 years ago

Sony announces Wifi-only Xperia Z Ultra for Japan

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Price set at $495 for launch Jan. 24; availability in other regions not yet confirmed

Following a string of rumors, Sony has announced a Wifi-only version of its 6.4-inch behemoth Xperia Z Ultra for Japan. Released as a nearly identical version of a phone which really felt more like a tablet in the first place, the Wifi-only model packs the same internals, screen and build as its mobile data-enabled counterpart. That means a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 1080p display, 32GB of storage and an 8MP camera.

Even down to the color options — you have black, white and purple — this looks to be the same big 'ol slab of Sony that we know from before. It's funny to see a device that was marketed as a purpose-built phone now simply called a "tablet" in marketing materials with no change in screen size, but we're inclined to think the Xperia Z Ultra is better suited as a tablet device.

Sony Japan pegs the price of the Wifi-only model at ¥51800, or about $495 USD, with availability online from the Sony store on January 24th. There's no direct indication of availability in other countries, unfortunately, but we wouldn't be surprised if Sony brings this Wifi-only model to more areas considering it doesn't need to be wrangled by the carriers.

Source: Sony Japan; (2)

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod uses incremental OTAs to fix bugs, but they still take time to prepare

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Going 'official' means complying with official certification processes, too

Using a recent bug on the Oppo N1 as an example, CyanogenMod gave an interesting look into the process of making and pushing out an OTA to devices now that it is a Google-certified software vendor. Although it has a good history of managing updates — including complete nightly software builds — for multiple devices, things change a little bit when you go "official."

Those who have installed CyanogenMod through the official installer or have a CM edition Oppo N1 can benefit from what are called "incremental OTAs," or small patches that can fix just a specific part of the system without touching anything else. In the case of a recent bug involving the O-Click accessory for the N1, the fix was small and could really benefit from the use of an incremental update — but added layers of testing required to push an OTA to devices slows down the process.

In a nice bit of transparency, CM explains that once the engineers believe they have solved a software issue, the update is packaged up and sent off to CM's QA (quality assurance) team. QA is responsible for making sure the new software fixes the problem as intended but also doesn't mess up anything else in the process. The QA team finishes up their testing, and then it's onward to CTS — this is the test suite Google uses to certify that the new software is still compatible with Android devices, features and apps. Each run of CTS takes about eight hours to complete, and must be 100 passed in order to be certified — one single hiccup, and you're back to the start.

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3 years ago

Dropbox update fixes Camera Upload issues

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A short but sweet change log wraps up today's update

Dropbox got updated today, with one very small, but very irritating bug being fixed — the broken camera auto-upload. Previously, users on Android 4.4.2 were forced to open the app and manually upload their pictures, as background uploading was not working as intended. In addition, now you can choose to upload only pictures to your Dropbox, and eave the videos on your phone to take care of later.

While this bug affected very few devices, we're glad to see such a timely fix. Go grab it.

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3 years ago

Moto Migrate app now imports your data from iCloud

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Motorola just made it easier to switch from an iPhone 

Back in October we saw iCloud-to-Google data transfer hit the Moto Maker process, and today Motorola has added it to the stand-alone Moto Migrate app.

Using the app, you can easily transfer data from your old iPhone to your new Moto X, Moto G, Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra or Droid Mini. The process looks pretty straightforward — simply supply the necessary credentials, and the app lets you know how long the heavy lifting will take. While the data transfer from another Android device will include photos, videos, text history, call history and SIM contacts, the transfer from iCloud only includes contacts and calendar events.

We're not sure there are a rush of people switching from an iPhone to a new Motorola model, but for those that do it just got a little easier.

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