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4 years ago

Sprint fires up LTE in nearly 2 dozen new cities

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Next round of LTE upgrades also announced​

Sprint today announced that it's turned on high-speed LTE data in 22 new locations. They are:

  • Baton Rouge, La.
  • Centralia, Wash.
  • Clarksville, Tenn.
  • Corsicana, Texas
  • Dalton, Ga.
  • Dunn, N.C.
  • Fond du Lac, Wis.
  • Gainesville, Fla.
  • Henderson, N.C.
  • Kingsport, Tenn.
  • Lansing/East Lansing, Mich.
  • Longview, Wash.
  • Miami
  • Napa, Calif.
  • New Orleans
  • Palatka, Fla.
  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Sebring, Fla.
  • St. Cloud, Minn.
  • St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, Mich.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • Warsaw, Ind.

That gives Sprint a total of 110 LTE locations. The company also listed a number of cities that will receive LTE service in the coming months in Texas, Wisconsin, Washington and Michigan.

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4 years ago

Start your week with the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

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Welcome to Monday, boys and girls. For better or worse, we're at the start of a new work week. But we can help kill at least one hour of the day. The gang got back together Friday afternoon for our first Android Central Podcast in a couple weeks. This one's audio-only, and it's a great listen from directly within the all-new Android Central app!

So pour a cup of coffee and let us lead you through the past week or so in Android news. We'll cure what ails ya.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini priced by UK retailer ahead of July release

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Clove opening pre-orders for the S4 Mini at £390, expecting stock in early July

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is one of a raft of new devices Samsung has announced in recent weeks, and the first pricing information is beginning to appear in the UK. Clove has announced they are opening pre-orders now for the SIM-free and unlocked S4 Mini, which will cost a fairly pretty hefty £390 inclusive of VAT. 

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4 years ago

Samsung to launch LTE-Advanced Galaxy S4

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Qualcomm-powered LTE-Advance​d handset headed to Korea 'as early as this month'

Samsung is aiming to launch the first smartphone supporting the faster LTE-Advanced wireless data standard, company co-CEO JK Shin has revealed. Speaking to reporters at Samsung headquarters in Suwon, South Korea, Shin said the new, LTE-A-capable Galaxy S4 could go on sale as early as this month in Korea. Reuters reports that the new Galaxy S4 will use a Qualcomm chipset, as opposed to the Exynos 5 Octa used in the Galaxy S4 phones currently sold in Samsung's home country.

LTE-Advanced has the potential to deliver significantly faster 4G speeds than existing LTE networks, but it hasn't yet seen widespread implementation by carriers around the world. Wikipedia lists Russia's Yota Networks as the only commercial LTE-A network at present, currently marketed as supporting speeds of 300Mbps. Operators in most Western countries, including the U.S., are focused on growing their vanilla LTE networks, while UK operator EE has said it'll begin trialing some of the tech behind the new standard before the end of the year.

Shin says his company is in talks with several foreign carriers regarding the LTE-Advanced Galaxy S4. However with supporting networks expected to be few and far between, this new GS4 might end up being a niche variant for the foreseeable future.

Source: Reuters

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4 years ago

HTC Desire 200 prototype caught on camera

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Entry-level device said to sport HVGA screen, 1GHz CPU

HTC is keeping the "Desire" brand around for its entry-level and mid-range line-up, as we've seen with the recent announcement of the Desire 600. But we've yet to hear much about the Desire 200 since that device dropped by Taiwan's NCC certification body around a month ago. Today Vietnamese site Thế Giới Di Động has what it says is video footage of the device, along with a tentative spec sheet.

Internal hardware is said to include a 1GHz CPU, a 3.5-inch HVGA (320x480) display, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, expandable via microSD, a 1400mAh battery and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The video shows the device running what appears to be Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4 -- as opposed to the more recent, -based Sense 5. Physically, it's clear we're dealing with a smaller handset, though one inspired by the HTC One's industrial design. There's a One-style speaker grille, and Beats Audio branding on the rear, though no front-facing "BoomSound" speakers.

There's no telling whether the "Desire 200" will still be running ICS when it hits store shelves. What's shown in the video appears to be very glitchy, prototypey software, so there's every chance the final software may take a different form. Share your own speculation down in the comments, and check out the video for yourself after the break.

Source: Thế Giới Di Động; via: GSMArena

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4 years ago

One Million lucky Samsung owners can get Jay-Z's new Magna Carta Holy Grail release free on July 4

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Be among the first to hear Jay-Z's latest, for free, from Samsung

Friday we told you that Samsung and Jay-Z had something in store, and it would be announced during the NBA finals game five on television. Everything has been announced, and it turns out that it's a pretty big deal. Jay-Z will be releasing his latest, titled Magna Carta Holy Grail on July 4, and one million lucky Samsung owners will get a free copy.

It's going to work like so. On June 24, Samsung is going to publish an app to Google Play, and folks using a Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, or a Galaxy S4 will be able to download and install it. We imagine the app will keep you up to date on the happenings surrounding the upcoming release, but the magic happens on July 4, when the new tunes are released.

As soon as July 4 rolls around, the first one million users who have installed the app will get a free copy of the album. We've no details on the format, but what we understand is that it's yours to download and keep. Keep your eyes on the #MagnaCarta site to count things down.

Not too shabby!

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4 years ago

Talk Mobile App Week begins tomorrow; join us for daily Talk Mobile hangouts!

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The second week of Talk Mobile 2013 kicks off tomorrow, and the discussion is going to center around mobile apps. With five days of awesome content lined up and sure to be some great conversations in the comments, we really want to expand your interaction with the whole Talk Mobile crew.

Starting tomorrow after fresh Talk Mobile content goes live we're going to do something we wanted to do for the last week of Talk Mobile, but couldn't thanks to everybody traveling for the awesome Talk Mobile launch party: we'll be holding a live video hangout with a rotating cast of Talk Mobile editors, developers, designers, our special guests, and everybody else involved in making Talk Mobile happen. You can expect the hangouts to go live a little bit after we publish the Talk Mobile articles. After all, they're pretty big hunks of text and video, we want you to have some time to digest it all first!

So tune back in to your favorite Mobile Nations site(s) tomorrow for more great Talk Mobile content. It's time to get the conversation about apps started!

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4 years ago

From the mail bag: How do I clear default applications?

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Ryan writes,

I need to know how to change the default option for choosing photos under Facebook Messenger. The current option is File Expert and I do not know how to change it back to gallery. I need help with this.

One of Android's best features is the ability to choose default apps -- but how do you clear defaults and choose again?

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4 years ago

Seven months after release, the Nexus 4 is still the best way to experience Android

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The Nexus 4 may not do everything some of the others do, but it has one thing going for it -- the Android Jelly Bean experience

There are a lot of choices for folks looking for an Android-powered smart phone. None of us here want it any other way, and we know that a big part of the reason for Android's success is that it's available in hundreds of different ways. To take that even further, once you get an Android phone in your hands, you can do all manner of things to the way it looks and feels to mold it even more to your liking, all without changing the firmware. Custom launchers, keyboards, dialers and more can make any Android phone into something that you control. Some people obsess over this, and their creations are simply amazing.

I just think that most of the people buying a smartphone aren't doing it with the intention of changing everything about the phone, and are generally interested in the way it works right out of the box. When I think of it that way, without things like Nova Launcher and Swiftkey in play, I've come to the conclusion that seven months after its release, the Nexus 4 is still the best way to experience Android Jelly Bean. 

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4 years ago

Google's latest 'moonshot' idea: balloon-powered internet for all

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Advanced system of high-altitude balloons delivering 3G-like speeds to rural areas

The latest project to come out of Google may seem like an April Fool's joke at first, but Google is serious when it says it intends to launch an internet delivery service based on high-altitude balloons. Known now as "Project Loon" and coming out of the research arm of the company, Google[x], the initiative is taking off (so to speak) out of the need for better internet access in many parts of the world. As it explains in its official blog post about the project, 2 out of every 3 people in the world still don't have reliable access to the internet, leaving many large swaths of the world in the past.

Rather than try to bring traditional wireline or satellite internet into these areas, which can be quite costly, with Project Loon Google plans to set up a system of free-floating high-altitude balloons to create a network with a wider reach. In its preliminary testing Google says it can create networks that have speeds comparable to today's 3G networks -- an impressive feat considering these balloons are flying twice as high as commercial airplanes.

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4 years ago

Your Android device is not the place to store your photos

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When (not if) you lose everything on your phone or tablet, you'll be thankful you backed up the important things

We just got another heart-breaking email from a reader who has lost all their pictures and video because the SD card in their Android device went belly-up. We get at least a few of these every week, and it's horrible having to tell folks that there is a very good chance they'll need to use complicated forensic data retrieval tools to have any hope of getting those memories back if they can even get the media to be recognized in a computer again. Not having a good answer is the worst part of our jobs.

Now, this is not the SD card vs. no SD card debate. The same thing can happen with the internal storage on your phone, and while corruption isn't as common, accidentally erasing everything is more frequent -- especially when folks are tinkering with things and wiping and flashing "stuff". Don't go thinking this doesn't apply to you, because it does.

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4 years ago

Hardware identification tool CPU-Z makes its way to Android

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Know everything you would ever want to know about your device hardware with CPU-Z

The folks at CPUID have been around for a while. Folks using Windows computers have been using their software to get information for overclocking their computers, optimizing performance, and getting hardware information to install Linux since 2009. Yesterday, they brought a beta version of their wildly popular CPU-Z tool to Android.

The app is super simple to use, you just open it and read the screen. There no challenge, or high score, or inviting of friends involved, you just get a pretty darn complete set of information about the hardware inside your Android that you can use for debugging, or optimizing, or tweaking just like you would a Windows computer. 

Everything is nice and simple, with different tabs for your SoC, system build information, battery stats and live sensor data. The interface is superb, and follows Google's Android app UI guidelines -- no black bar on your HTC devices to be seen. There's also an easy method to send debugging information to the folks at CPUID if you find any problems, as well as a setting for temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit. Not a lot of fuss is needed to get just about all the data you would ever need about your phone or tablet.

There are plenty of apps out there that will give you this same information, but people are excited about CPU-Z because  of who is behind it, and what else they may have to offer. The folks at CPUID have a few legendary performance and monitoring programs for Windows, and seeing an app like TMonitor or PerfMonitor2 come to Android would get every Android nerd in a tizzy, and your favorite ROM developer would have an amazing set of tools at his or her disposal. 

Of course, there's no promise that any of the other products will make their way to Android, but it's nice to dream. If you want to give CPU-Z a try -- and you should, it's free -- grab it from the Google Play link above. There are a few screenshots after the break showing you just what you'll see.

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Bandsintown Concerts, Google Translate, Runtastic Pedometer and more!

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Another diverse set of picks to give a try this week - see if some are right for you

It's hard to believe we're already half way through June, but that means we have another edition of our weekly app picks for your enjoyment. Every week the Android Central writers take a few moments to show off an app that they're using on their own device regularly, and we group them up to show off each Saturday. They aren't always the newest or flashiest apps out there, but they always serve a purpose for us that other apps just haven't.

Hang around with us after the break and see how this list stacks up against the rest -- you may just come away with a few new apps to try out for yourself.

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4 years ago

Next-gen Nexus 7 pictured in tiny photo, Snapdragon 600 CPU listed

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Bluetooth SIG listing shows new 7-inch Nexus tablet alongside spec details

After dropping by the FCC a couple of days ago, the ASUS K009 -- a new "Nexus"-branded tablet, according to FCC documents -- has appeared in a tiny photo at the Bluetooth SIG. It's rectangular and tablet-shaped, with a front-facing camera... and that's about all you can tell. Squint really hard and you might be able to make out the outline of the screen, which seems to indicate slightly less bezel than on the existing Nexus 7.

But it isn't all tiny, illegible pictures -- the Bluetooth SIG listing also contains an interesting paragraph about the new Nexus 7's internal specs.

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4 years ago

ShopAndroid Father's Day Weekend Sale: Save 15% on ALL Android Accessories!

In honor of Father's Day this Sunday, all weekend long we're celebrating dads everywhere with a sale in our Shop Android store. That's right... until midnight PT on Monday, you can save 15% on ALL Android cases and accessories. To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is use coupon code DAD13 at checkout. It's as simple as that. Enjoy the savings, and happy father's day!!

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