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3 years ago

AT&T partners with Rogers to offer LTE data roaming in Canada

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Same roaming plan structure gets you 120MB for $30

AT&T announced today that it has started a partnership with Rogers in Canada to offer roaming LTE data at the same rates it previously offered for lower speeds. Those "Data Global" add-ons weigh in at $30 per month for 120MB of roaming data, $60 for 300MB or $120 for 800MB. The only difference now is that when traveling in Canada, you can burn through those relatively small data caps faster with access to the Rogers LTE network.

If it was going to partner with any carrier for the widest LTE network and fastest speeds, Rogers was probably the best bet for AT&T. The carrier claims that 70 percent of Canadians now have access to the Rogers LTE network, with 95 new LTE markets going live just this year. It's a far cry from unlimited free roaming offered by T-Mobile in over 100 countries, but for those who jump up to Canada often the access to LTE will be important.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Moto X and Moto G boot screens updated with holiday cheer

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Start up your Moto X or Moto G today and you may find you have a festive surprise waiting for you. Motorola has updated both devices' boot animations with a special holiday version, which according to a quick analysis of the APK involved will run from today until Jan. 6.

If you're running a Moto X you'll need to be on the latest KitKat update to see the animation. Moto G owners can update their Motorola Boot Services to the version with the new animation using the Play Store link above. Enjoy!

More: Full Motorola holiday boot animation

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3 years ago

Motorola holiday sale live for the last time [Update: sold out again!]

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Last chance to get an off-contract Moto X for $150 off the standard price

Update: Once again the Moto X has sold out at the promotional price in just under 10 minutes. Hit the comments and let us know if you were able to pick one up.

Original story: After Wednesday's sale sold out almost as quickly as it started, Motorola's giving customers one last chance to pick up a Moto X off-contract for $150 off the regular price. Hit up motorola.com/holiday2daysale to reserve your spot.

If you're successful you'll receive a code within a couple of hours, and you'll then have seven days to complete your customizations through Moto Maker, meaning you don't have to rush through the process. Good luck!

More: Motorola holiday sale

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 2 finally gets Android 4.3

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OK, folks. The long wait for T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to get Android 4.3 has finally come to a close. It'll need a few minutes of your time — and about 614 megabytes of your storage — but it's finally here.

Doesn't look like TMo has updated its documentation just yet (look for it here), but folks in the forums are sussing it all out as we speak, so head on over there to see what's what.

More: T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 forums
Thanks to Andrew for the pic, and everyone else who sent this in!

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3 years ago

LG G2 £350 with free cover from UK retailer

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If you missed out on Amazon's cut-price LG G2 deal last week, another British retailer is offering the device with an even lower price tag. Expansys is offering the unlocked European G2 for £349.99, with an LG Quick Window cover — valued at £34.99 — thrown in for free. Considering the G2 packs a Snapdragon 800 CPU, one most impressive displays out there and a 13-megapixel OIS camera, you're getting lot of smartphone for your 350 quid.

Here's what our own Jerry Hildenbrand had to say in his review of the AT&T version —

"In my opinion, at this very moment, the G2 is the best Android phone on AT&T if you want a phone filled with features. It doesn't look as good as the HTC One. It doesn't have the Samsung name behind it like the Galaxy S4. But it does have the best hardware available if you're into specs, and it's the only Android phone I've used that allows you to actually use all these features without affecting the performance."

Downsides include only 16GB of fixed, non-expandable storage and a decidedly plasticky exterior. Nevertheless, it's still a good deal — hit the source link to check it out.

Source: Expansys

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3 years ago

Motorola updates Active Display to fight lock screen lag

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A quick heads up for those of us rocking the Moto X or (eventually, once they're on Android 4.4) one of the new Droids — Motorola has updated its Active Display app, which should help alleviate some of the lag we've been seeing on the lock screen feature. The changelog reads thusly:

Fix for the 1- (or) 2-(second) deley seen when swiping down or up to unlock from Active Display screen.

So get your update on and let us know if you're seeing an improvement.

Thanks, @keithvlk!

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3 years ago

Nexus S back in space as part of NASA's PhoneSat project

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Smartphone innards powering low-cost satellite

Of all the various Android phones to have been blasted into space, the humble Nexus S is perhaps the most prolific. The handset first took a trip into the stratosphere in late 2010, followed by a return trip on the space shuttle Atlantis the following year. Now, just in time for its third birthday, Samsung's first Nexus is heading towards the stars once again as part of NASA's PhoneSat 2.4 project.

The endeavor, part of the space agency's plans to develop low-cost satellites, puts heavily modified Nexus S circuitry inside a four square-inch cube weighing just 2.2 pounds. A two-way S band radio allows NASA engineers to control the device from the ground, and solar panels on the cube's exterior provide the unit's power. The smartphone then acts as the satellite's brain, with sensors such as the magnetometer (compass) helping to correctly align the PhoneSat with the earth. The whole package cost NASA just $7,500 using off-the-shelf parts, according to Vice's Motherboard blog.

Further PhoneSat launches are expected in 2014, including plans to eventually network eight of the devices together in orbit.

Source: NASA, Motherboard; via: The Verge

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3 years ago

Google Play gift cards headed to Japan in new denominations

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¥1500 ($15) to ¥20,000 ($194) cards available

Japan has joined the exclusive list of countries offering Google Play gift cards for sale. According to Google's support site, the cards will be available in ¥1500 ($15) , ¥3,000 ($29), ¥5,000 ($49), ¥10,000 ($97), ¥15,000 ($146) and ¥20,000 ($195) denominations, making Japan's cards the most valuable.

The introduction of such a high denomination is a curious move, since Google Play gift cards are currently limited for use with books, music, movies, TV shows and magazines, not devices. So with the top-level ¥20,000 bundle you're looking at an awful lot of digital content.

In addition to Japan, Google Play gift cards are also available in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, France and Germany in a variety of sizes, most between $15 and $50.

Source: Google support; via: TNW

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3 years ago

Samsung unveils Galaxy J for Taiwan

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Galaxy S4-like device with Snapdragon 800 CPU

As teased late last week, Samsung has officially launched its new Galaxy J handset in Taiwan. The Galaxy J, which we've already seen launch in Japan, features a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 3GB of RAM and an external design unlike many of Samsung's international products. Besides that it's essentially a Galaxy S4, complete with 5-inch 1080p SuperAMOLED display, 13-megapixel rear camera, 2,600mAh battery and 32GB storage expandable by up to 64GB via microSD. It's also running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Samsung's TouchWiz UI out of the box.

The Galaxy J will arrive in red and white variants over the next month on Taiwanese carriers, and off-contract it'll cost NT$21,900 (around $740). So it's a high-end Samsung phone at an expectedly high-end price point. But despite its hardware leg-up over most Galaxy S4 models (excluding the LTE-A variant which also carries a Snapdragon 800), we're not expecting to see the Galaxy J outside of Asia.

Source: VR-Zone; via: SamMobile

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3 years ago

12 Days of Christmas giveaway day two: Win a Galaxy Note 3 from AC and Sprint

On the second day of Christmas AC and Sprint gave to me ... A Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The good people at Sprint have partnered with us to do something awesome for the holidays, and we're giving away a great Samsung phone or tablet every day for the next 12 days.

We've got a pile of great stuff, including the Galaxy Tab 3, the Note 3, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. Winning one is easy, but you'll need to follow the rules.

  • Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win today's prize. Only one comment. 
  • We'll close the comments after 24 hours and pick a winner at random. 
  • Make sure the contact details you have entered when you signed up at AC are good, because that is how I will get in touch with you. 

Today's prize is a Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It's the best big phone you can buy, so winning one would be sweet, right? Don't miss out on this one.

The 12 days of Christmas giveaway is brought to you by Sprint, and their truly unlimited plans.

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3 years ago

From the Editor's Donut: Back from the West Coast

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Awwwwww, ain't that cute? When your producers "suggest" you do something, I suggest you do it. And that's how I ended up in that pose inside the Donut statue last week outside Building 44 on the Google campus.

We swung by the Googleplex last week to update our B-roll pictures of the statues. That's it. No secret Nexus meetings, folks. Just a quick, 20-minute (out-of-the-way) stop on the way back to our hotel in Palo Alto, where our real work was for the week. As for that that was ... well, you'll have to wait for that.

But if you're ever near Mountain View, you really should swing by and check out the statues. Just drive up, find a visitor's parking spot and snap away. Do try to remember that folks are working in the offices above, though.

A few other thoughts for this fine Sunday ...

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3 years ago

Moto G open source components now available for download

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Kernel source and other OSS portions ready for third-party developers

If you're looking to have a go at OS and kernel development for the Moto G, everything you need (well, everything that's open-source anyway) is now available from Motorola's SourceForge page. 

You'll find the source files for the kernel as well as other essential and GPL portions of the system, and a nice set of instructions about how to get it all to compile. Most of us won't have a need for these, but I have a feeling that the best budget phone on the planet will see some serious development, simply because it is so accessible.

If you are the type who wants to dive in and have a go with these, grab them right here.

Source: +Gopinath Palaniappan

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Ravenmark Mercenaries, Android Web Developer, Knightmare Tower and more!

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Great apps to try on your own device this weekend

It's our first Apps of the Week column for December, and as we round the final corner towards 2014 we're keeping up with the same recipe as all previous columns. Each Saturday this post rounds up an app pick from each of the writers here at Android Central, accompanied with a little explanation of why it's on our device.

This week's list fills out with a couple of new games to try, some interesting tools and as usual, a few odds and ends. Stick around with us after the break and see if you can find a few new apps to install this weekend.

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3 years ago

12 Days of Christmas giveaway day one: Win a Galaxy Tab 3 (7-inch) from AC and Sprint

On the first day of Christmas AC and Sprint gave to me ... A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

The good people at Sprint have partnered with us to do something awesome for the holidays, and we're giving away a great Samsung phone or tablet every day for the next 12 days.

We've got a pile of great stuff, including the Galaxy Tab 3, the Note 3, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. Winning one is easy, but you'll need to follow the rules.

  • Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win today's prize. Only one comment. 
  • We'll close the comments after 24 hours and pick a winner at random. 
  • Make sure the contact details you have entered when you signed up at AC are good, because that is how I will get in touch with you. 

Today's prize is a Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 7-inch. It's an excellent light-weight Android tablet, and chock full of the features that make Samsung devices a favorite. Be sure to get your name in the hat for this one!

The 12 days of Christmas giveaway is brought to you by Sprint, and their truly unlimited plans.

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3 years ago

Samsung shows off something 'Just for you' in short video

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Samsung's latest teaser may be 22 seconds of the next big thing

We're not going to say we know what Samsung Taiwan is showing us here in this video. We have plenty of speculation — just like you do — but we've no idea what it is. All we know is that it just fits, and that it is simple, elegant and fast. Oh, and it is coming soon.

All that would fit something like the Galaxy S5,  or it would fit any new product. We won't feed that rumor, but we will enjoy seeing the video and hope a product that looks like this makes its way to a place where we can buy it.

And yes, that Galaxy Gear does have a date of December 9 showing.

Source: YouTube. Thanks, Chris! 

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