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4 years ago

Looking for a new Android Device? Our Forum Ambassadors want to help!

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Read our Ambassadors’ Holiday Device Guide for some great insight into your next device purchase

With the holidays fast approaching, our Ambassador Team here at Android Central thought it would be appropriate to put together a quick holiday device guide. The guide gives you a quick look into what Android devices they’re using, and why.

The Holidays are upon us once again. In a few short weeks, most people will be bustling about trying to find that perfect gift for that one person. Cell phones and tablets are becoming popular gift ideas. Christmas time is also a time when carriers are cutting prices just to get people in the door. 

Android Central Ambassadors VDub2174, and Eclipse2K originally thought of this idea, and as Ambassadors, we collectively agreed that a list of our personal devices giving pros and cons of what we have used, and how we even set up our devices. In this manner, anyone cruising through the forums can get a breakdown of several popular devices among almost all the carriers.

If you’re trying to find a new Android device for yourself or that special someone, give this guide a read. It’s super helpful, and was put together with YOU in mind.

The guide is thorough to say the least… so if you’d like some insight from the most helpful forum members at Android Central … check it out!

Read: A Glimpse into the Ambassador devices

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4 years ago

Google pays states $17 million to settle Safari cookies flap

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Reports Reuters:

Google Inc will pay $17 million to settle allegations by 37 states and the District of Colombia that it secretly tracked Web users by placing special digital files on the Web browsers of their smartphones.

The deal, announced Monday morning, ends a nearly two-year probe by the states into allegations that Google bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc's Safari Web browser by placing "cookies" into the browser.

Google will have made back that $17 million by the end of the afternoon Monday.

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4 years ago

Moto G video walkthrough

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Cheap and cheerful

In the smartphone world, the word "cheap" often goes hand-in-hand with "nasty" when describing entry-level products. But that's a trend Motorola's attempting to break with its latest budget offering, the Moto G. Announced last week in Brazil and already on sale in some countries, the Moto G combines a 720p display and a quad-core Cortex A7 CPU with a basic, near-stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software experience. And the build quality's nothing to sniff at either.

We'll have a full review published for you very soon; in the meantime Richard Devine has taken the phone for a spin to bring you the hands-on video above.

More Moto G coverage

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4 years ago

Android 4.4 KitKat soak test for Verizon Moto X now live

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Test software available today, brings ​everything from KitKat, NFC card emulation and better camera software

The soak test for Verizon's Moto X that we told you about last week is now live, and participants can confirm that it is indeed Android 4.4 we're dealing with. Of course, this brings a slew of new changes, and it so happens that a partial list is available for people who might want to know what to expect when installing this update. 

The Motorola team told us all from Brazil to expect KitKat soon on our Moto X phones, and it looks like even Verizon wants it to be soon. We expect this test to be a little longer than the few hours the last one was, so don't fret if you don't see KitKat on a grand roll-out right away. There's also no word on when we'll see testing or an update for any other Moto X, though little birds say it will be very, very soon. 

Hit the break to see the supposed changes, including NFC Host Card emulation for Google Wallet.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Sprint and Best Buy offering 12 months free service for students

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Carrier focusing on getting teens to use phones safely and responsibly

In a season when many students may be looking to save a little money and get a new phone, Sprint and Best Buy are teaming up to offer one year of free service on the Now Network. The so-called "Best Buy Unlimited, My Way Student Promotion" (yes, really) offers eligible students who purchase a Sprint phone at a student activated price and start a new line of service a full year of free unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data per month.

If the student wants more data, they can bump up to unlimited monthly data during that year of promotional pricing for just $10 per month, which is a pretty darn good deal. The offer is exclusive to Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across the country, but if you're a student looking to pinch pennies and save on service for a year it may be worth a look.

Continuing on its push to address the younger market, Sprint is also reminding parents of its "4NetSafety" and "Focus on Driving" campaigns, which work to teach teenagers about responsible and safe use of phones. The big one here is Focus on Driving, which Sprint created in 2005 but couldn't be any more relevant than now as distracted driving laws and incidents are at the top of everyone's minds.

Source: Sprint

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4 years ago

Samsung suspends Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 rollout to investigate 'issues'

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It's been just a couple weeks since Samsung started rolling out Android 4.3 for the international Galaxy S3, bringing an updated version of Android to S3 owners along with Galaxy Gear support. But it seems the update may need a little more time in the oven, as some users are reporting stability problems with the latest firmware. SamMobile has today received a statement from Samsung Mobile UK today confirming that the 4.3 update has been "temporarily suspended" while the company looks into these issues.

“As we are currently investigating the reported issues with Galaxy S3 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the upgrading service has been temporarily suspended. We are committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience, and will ensure to resume the upgrading service at the earliest possibility.” 

The halt to the update process leaves GS3 owners on the year-old Android 4.1.2, with no immediate indication as to when the 4.3 rollout will resume.

Source: SamMobile

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4 years ago

Winners of the Samsung Pen.UP contest

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Some great digital art from some great people, and great prizes will soon be on their way

Last week we told you about a Pen.UP, Samsung's new social network for people who like to create and share digital art, and got with Samsung to hold a contest where people could show off their best stuff. Last night, things closed down and we had to sort through and pick three winners, who are about to get some great prizes from Samsung. 

Everyone has been contacted and we can share what we thought were the three best entries. Hit the break and see them.

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4 years ago

White OUYA available for preorder for $129, bumps storage to 16GB

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The fine folks at OUYA today have announced that a white version of the Android-based gaming console is now available for preorder for $129. That's an extra $30 over the original OUYA. But along with the limited-edition color comes double the on-board storage — a fuller 16 gigabytes.

It's only available in North America (for now, we suppose), and you'll want to order by Dec. 8 to have it delivered in time for the holidays, OUYA says.

Source: OUYA

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4 years ago

Recon Instruments' Snow2 HUD hits slopes starting at $399

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If you're looking for something a little more rugged than Google Glass to take skiing or snowboarding, know this: Recon Instruments has just released its Snow2 heads-up display. This little Android-based guy fits inside a compatible set of goggles and displays a number of items, including your speed, analysis of any jumps you might do, altitude, distance, navigation, buddy tracking, phone calls and texts, and serves as a music controller.

It's maybe more Borg than Google Glass sexy, but it's also much cheaper and more suited to flying down the slopes. Snow2 itself runs $399. You can pair it with a set of goggles for another $150. It also can be had right now, whereas the sunglasses-friendly Recon Jet has been delayed.

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4 years ago

Amazon releases Kindle Fire OS 3.1

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For those who have the Kindle Fire HD and Kinde Fire HDX, a software update is awaiting you. New in OS version 3.1 is the integration of Goodreads, which now ties in directly to whatever you're reading. You also an now "fling" video content to your TV, provided you're using a PlayStation 3 or Samsung Television. (Support for the PS4 is to come.) Amazon also has improved enterprise and BYOD support. Printing support also was added.

You can wait and get the update over the air, or download and install directly from Amazon. We've got the full changelog after the break.

Source: Amazon; Also: Read our Kindle Fire HDX review

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4 years ago

HTC Desire (601) announced for Virgin Mobile

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Virgin Mobile this morning announced that it's carrying the HTC Desire (this is the Desire 601 model, for those keeping score at home) for $279. This version of the Desire has a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 5MP camera, 4G LTE data and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor.

For storage, you've got 8GB on board, plus a microSD card.

Virgin Mobile's  plans start at $35 a month.

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4 years ago

Google Play Music for iPhone reviewed

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Google's music streaming service arrives on iOS looking familiar, but missing a couple of features

Google Play Music finally arrived on the iOS App Store late last week, giving iPhone owners the opportunity to access Google's library of streaming music on their devices. Over at our sister site iMore they've been putting Google Play Music for iPhone through its paces, and they've found it closely matches the Android version in terms of playback and basic functionality, as well as looks. From iMore's Richard Devine:

"If you're a user of any of Google's other iOS applications then you'll feel immediately at home with this. It's attractive to look at, and very distinctively Google. The white cards on light gray background is clean and crisp with the Google Play Music signature orange highlights adding just the right splash of color. It's basically a carbon copy of Google's own Android app, and it's so incredibly silky smooth to navigate around. The sliding motion of the menu coming out from the side, the player view minimising, general scrolling up-and-down and side-to-side is all without flaw. I actually think it performs slightly better than the Android version. But it isn't the only Google app that could be said of."

However it isn't all smooth sailing — there's no in-app purchase support, which means you can't buy content or subscribe to All Access from within the app. That's likely due to Google not wanting to share a cut of profits with Apple. So listening to your existing stuff is easy to do, but if you want to buy more you'll need to fire up the web interface.

Check out iMore's full review for the lowdown on Google Play Music for iPhone.

More: Google Play Music for iPhone review

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4 years ago

Qualcomm to make its Toq smartwatch available Dec. 2 for $349

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Qualcomm has announced that its Mirasol-screened smartwatch — the Toq — will be commercially available starting Dec. 2. The Cyber Monday launch will see a $349 price tag, and the watch will be available from Qualcomm directly.

Like other smartwatches, you'll hook it up to your Android phone (Android 4.03 is the minimum) and receive text messages and other alerts, accept and reject calls, and a number of other notifications.

The featured spec is the 1.55-inch Mirasol display. It's low-power and actually remains on all the time, but stil claims multiple days of battery life.

More: Qualcomm Toq

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4 years ago

Sprint MVNO Ting adds Nexus 5 support

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Mobile operator Ting, which runs an MVNO service on Sprint's CDMA, 3G and 4G network, has announced that it's just added support for the Nexus 5. As with most devices on Ting, the setup process is relatively simple — first get hold of a Nexus 5 (the U.S. D820 model, which supports all the right bands) then obtain a Ting SIM by signing up on the SIM priority list. However with Nexus 5 orders still subject to delays of a few days to several weeks, and Ting SIMs still in "very short supply," would-be customers may require a little patience.

If you're still on the fence, you can check out our full review of the Nexus 5 to learn more.

More: Nexus 5 review

Source: Ting

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4 years ago

Quick look: The Sprint HTC One Max

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Armed with the new Sprint 'Spark' LTE data, this large phone is largely unchanged from the European model.

Behold, the Sprint HTC One Max! This is the first iteration of the third — and largest — member of the reborn HTC One family to grace these United States. We've already taken a pretty good look at the phone in its European form, including the new and improved Sense 5.5. And, physically speaking, Sprint's version is unchanged, save for the radios.

That means what we're looking at in the Sprint HTC One Max is what we'd generally call a "5.9-inch phone." But that's the display size and diagonally, at that. The HTC One Max is big. More than an inch taller than the original HTC One. It's more than a half-inch wider. It's bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. You have to go to the likes of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra to find a bigger "phone."

It's big.

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