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3 years ago

HTC teases 'big things ahead' (update: longer video)

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Update: HTC has also posted a longer-form version of the same video on Youtube, which you can see after the break.

Original story: HTC has taken to Vine and Instagram to tease an upcoming thing.

The company isn't giving much away — a guy, who may or may not be Robert Downey Jr, hops out of a chopper and high-fives someone else who is probably not Robert Downey Jr. The six-second trailer also fires the slogans "Here's To Change" and "Happy Telephone Company" at us. The video's description simply says "big things ahead," along with the hashtag #HTChange.

Could it be a hint at HTC's purported $12 million ad deal with RDJ? Or might "big things" refer to the rumored HTC One Max?

Whatever HTC's got up its sleeve, we look forward to finding out, six seconds at a time.

Source: Vine, Instagram

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3 years ago

Samsung's latest flip phone shows up in clear pictures

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Samsung to continue their tradition of alternate form-factor Android for the far east.

We all remember the Jackie Chan-endorsed $3,000 quad-core flip phone from Samsung from last year, or the more affordable W899 from the year before, right? Samsung is at it again, releasing another version of their Android folder which is likely headed to the Asian market. 

While we're not exactly sure why so many folks in the west are interested this time around, we know that Samsung is loving the attention. It has received a little more yesterday, as the first photos of it in the wild have appeared on the Korean Clien.net forum. According to a Korean language user manual found for the phone, we expect to see a 3.7-inch AMOLED panel at 800 x 480, a Snapdragon 400 dual-core chip, 2GB of RAM and LTE support.  

Like the rest of the Android flip-phones, chances are we'll never see this one in the west. We'll have to be satisfied with just pictures, and there are two more after the break.

Source: Clien.net; Via: Engadget

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3 years ago

NFL redesigns mobile app, inexplicably blocks rooted users

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A whole bunch of good changes, and one bad one.

Just as the NFL preseason kicks off, the NFL Mobile app for Android has received a serious facelift and also an unexpected issue for rooted users. On the design front the app looks and seems to perform much better than previous iterations, which is a big deal for the hardcore fans out there. The app now also offers even more video content including game highlights right from the app.

The last item in the changelog is puzzling to us however: "NFL Mobile not supported on rooted devices." Now we can't say that we're surprised a content producer is "afraid" of rooted devices, but it's hard to be okay with a blanket blocking of root users. Just because a phone is rooted doesn't mean that its owner is trying to do anything wrong or illegal with your content — and while it may be a small market in the scheme of things it's still a group of customers that shouldn't be blocked.

In the end its your choice whether or not to support the NFL, and by the looks of some of the recent comments on the app after its update many people are choosing not to. Grab a download of the update and check it out for yourself at the Play Store link above.

Via: @Eks193

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3 years ago

The basics: How Google TV differs from Chromecast

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A Chromecast may be exactly what you need in your living room, but it's not a Google TV replacement

While many of us have our Chromecast dongle, and are happily playing with them and sending content to our televisions, there are plenty of folks who have some very valid questions about what the device is, what it can do, and especially what makes it different than a Google TV box. We can help, and we'll start with the last question. A Chromecast and a Google TV unit are very different devices.

Join the discussion in the Chromecast forums

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3 years ago

Sony open sources Xperia Z Ultra software

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Sony continues its commitment to open-source device software

Taking to its developer portal, Sony has posted a download for the complete open-sourced software for its newest giant device the Xperia Z Ultra. Even though it hasn't been broadly released yet — currently slated for a September 12th launch — Sony is releasing a full archive of the software (version 14.1.B.0.461) for the C6802 HSPA+ model for download. Sony has a pretty good track record when it comes to open-sourcing its device software, and we're glad they're doing it again here.

Enterprising developers and tinkerers alike that are trying to get a head start on development for the device can grab a download of the full archive at the source link below. The download clocks in at a hefty 228MB for the whole deal, and will give you access to all the bits you'll want to have your hands on.

Source: Sony

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3 years ago

My Apple TV with Airplay 1, Google Chromecast 0

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Android Central Forums member danrad55 felt a little let down after learning that for as awesome as Chromecast is at this point, it can't stream live events. He writes:

I was looking for some help "Chromecasting" the LIVE Lollapalooza Concert from Chicago with my new Google Chromecast via Youtube as promised, but no luck. Yesterday it wouldn't play so I thought that because it was new, they were having some start up issues. Today the concert plays better but no Chromecast. Anyone else have the same issue? It plays other feeds, Netflix beautifully. I decided to plug in my Apple TV and try streaming using my iPad 2. Perfect. I have tried using my PC and Samsung S4 to no avail. Bummed and disappointed and sadly, I have to admit that at this point the Apple System is kicking ass. Anyone here know how to stream the Live feed. Thanks in advance.

We're feelin' ya. Welcome to the wonderful world of lawyers. Yes, you can Cast over a full Chrome tab, but i agree it's just not as good, and in some case unwatchable.

Let's hope the suits get their stuff together. Live events on Chromecast need to happen.

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3 years ago

ASUS Fonepad now available from Three UK

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£29.99 up-front plus £12.49 per month, or £179.99 outright

British mobile operator Three has today launched the ASUS Fonepad on its network. The 7-inch Intel-powered Android tablet/phone hybrid is available for £179.99 outright when bought with a £5, £7.50 and £15 data top-up, or £29.99 up-front on a 24-month, £12.49 per month contract.

So Three is positioning the device as a tablet rather than an Android phone, which is probably a good thing considering its enormous size. Here's what Richard Devine had to say in our review of the Fonepad —

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3 years ago

ZENS Wireless Single Charger review

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ZENS is taking Qi charging to the next level in style and function

 

I've been looking at Qi wireless chargers here lately, and every time the subject comes up someone wants to know more about the ZENS charger. We've all heard good things, and often enough that it was evident I needed to get one and have a look. I've used plenty of them, had some varying results, but I had never heard anything bad about the ZENS unit. At ShopAndroid.com, it has a solid five star rating after 26 reviews.

I think I understand why, after using one for a few days.

There's no secret, it's a Qi compatible coil housed in a casing that rests quietly on your desk or nightstand. As long as the Qi standard is followed faithfully (looking at you, first-run Nexus 4 and your weird issues in this area), setting a Qi compatible device on top of the coil should charge it. The Zens charger does just that, but someone put a little thought behind the rest of the unit.

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3 years ago

Samsung Apps to offer BBM for Android

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Release confirmed for Africa on all Galaxy smartphones

Samsung has announced that it'll offer the Android version of BlackBerry's BBM messaging app upon its release. A press release issued today confirmed that BBM will be "available to all Samsung GALAXY smartphone consumers across Africa" on Google Play as well as Samsung's own app store. And while today's presser refers to Africa specifically, it's likely Samsung owners in other territories (not to mention other Android device owners) will be able to download the app too.

Samsung also states that BBM "will form part of Samsung Messaging Hub" on Galaxy devices, suggesting some kind of deeper integration with the built-in Messaging app may be on the cards.

There's still no word on exactly when BBM for Android (or iOS) will appear, but it's understood to be in beta testing right now, so the public release probably isn't far off.

Source: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

Catch our Moto X special edition podcast!

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Welcome to the start of another work week here in the U.S. In case you missed it last week, we recorded a special-edition Moto X podcast shortly after attending the launch event in New York City. It's all Moto X, all the time. 

We'll get back to our regularly scheduled podcast this week, so enjoy the saturation while it lasts!

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3 years ago

Samsung Unpacked event set for September 4 - Galaxy Note 3 inbound

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New Note device strongly hinted for pre-IFA Samsung event in Berlin

It's been rumored, and now we now for sure. Samsung is hosting an Unpacked event in Berlin, Germany on September 4 just before the annual IFA show begins in the city. The star of the show? Looking at this we're certainly looking at a new Galaxy Note device, possibly the Note 3. On the same day too, Samsung will be hosting an experience in New York City, for those not able to get to Berlin.

Samsung has used a pre-IFA event for the past two years to unveil the first two Galaxy Note smartphones, so the third generation model has long been expected for the same treatment. Whatever happens though, we'll be on the ground in Berlin next month to bring you the whole thing.

Check out the invite after the break.

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3 years ago

LG G2 manual leak reveals rear buttons, nano-SIM, microSD slot

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The LG G2 is almost upon us, and we'll be live from New York City this Wednesday for LG's big announcement event. Between LG's pre-launch announcements and a healthy flow of leaks, we already know a reasonable amount about the G2, however a leak of the device's manual has a couple more secrets to spill.

Firstly, cluster of buttons on the back of the device is confirmed to contain volume up, volume down and a power button — not a fingerprint reader as had been speculated. In addition, the manual shows a nano-SIM slot, making the G2 only the third Android phone to support this standard. (After the ASUS Padfone Infinity and the recently-announced Moto X.)

Also revealed are a microSD slot for expandable storage, and a removable 2610mAh battery.

The LG G2 may no longer be much of a mystery, but we're looking forward to finally getting our hands on the phone this Wednesday regardless. Keep it locked to AC for full coverage.

Source: Nowhereelse.fr; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Could Samsung's smartwatch be the 'Galaxy Gear?'

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Trademark application specifically mentions wearable devices and wristwatches

Samsung has made no secret of the fact that it's working on its own smartwatch, and in recent days the Korean press has been reporting that the device could make an appearance at a Berlin event in September ahead of IFA 2013. Today brings the first news of a possible name for the device, as the Korean company has filed a trademark application for "Samsung Galaxy Gear" at the United States Patents and Trademarks Office.

The application specifies that the mark would be used in relation to —

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3 years ago

Feedly Pro unveiled: Article search, HTTPS, Evernote save and more

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$5 per month or $45 per year; early adopters can get Feedly Pro for life today for $99

With the demise of Google Reader, Feedly has emerged as one of the main players in the RSS world. Today it's announcing a premium reader service, which includes many frequently-requested features that are absent from the free version. Feedly Pro subscribers will get the ability to search within feeds, just like in the Google Reader days, HTTPS browsing for added security, and one-click saving to Evernote. What's more, pro users are promised "premium support" should they run into any difficulties.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Android 4.2 update now rolling out

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4G LTE version of Sony tablet first to get the 4.2 update

Sony recently promised Android 4.2 for the Xperia Tablet Z in early August, and now the updates are beginning to roll out, starting with the 4G LTE version of the tablet — model number SGP-321. The Tablet Z LTE is getting a firmware update to version 10.3.1.A.0.244, which according to XperiaBlog is the same build how hitting Xperias Z, ZL and ZR. The update juggles around the on-screen controls, moving them to the middle of the system bar in the typical Android 4.2 style. And there's now a traditional notification bar up top, too. Similarly, you'll now find quick settings in the notification shade, just like on a Sony smartphone.

We'd also expect to see Android 4.2 features like lock screen widgets, Daydreams and multiple user accounts on the tablet, though we have no specific information on whether they're included or not.

Posts on the XDA forums reveal that while some users are getting the upgrade already, many aren't — so it seems we may be looking at a staged rollout for this particular update. If you've got an Xperia Tablet Z, be sure to check for OTA updates and new firmware via the PC Companion app or Bridge for Mac. Let us know how you get on down in the comments.

Source: XperiaBlog; XDA

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