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4 years ago

Beats Music streaming service reportedly just months away


U.S. launch on Android, iOS and the web 'within the next few months'

It seems Beats Electronics' rumored music streaming service could become a reality sooner rather than later. Beats president and COO Luke Wood has told TheNextWeb that the Beats Music streaming service will be arriving for U.S. users "within the next few months" on the web, as well as in the form of mobile apps for Android and iOS. The news follows Beats' acquisition of the MOG music streaming service last July.

The Beats Music experience will be centered around playlists, and Wood confirmed earlier reports that specially curated playlists would be offered through the service: "We’re going to focus really heavily on playlists, because that’s how we consume music and that’s how most people consume music."

"We’re talking about real depth of personalization and knowing who I am, who you are, what we’re listening to, what we like, what we’ve listened to before and then offering up music that is highly relevant to our taste profile," Wood added.

Beats Music will go up against streaming incumbents Spotify and Rdio, as well as Google Play Music and iTunes Radio, which are strong contenders on their respective platforms. It's unclear how the streaming service might figure in Beats' partnership with HTC. Beats recently bought back the Taiwanese manufacturer's remaining 25 percent stake in the company, effectively freeing it from HTC control. However future HTC handsets with Beats Audio are understood to be in the works, and the manufacturer has described beats as an "important partner."

Also see: Beats buys back HTC's remaining 25 percent stake in company

Source: TNW; via: iMore

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 arrives on Sprint on October 11


7-inch, LTE-capable tablet coming to Sprint this Friday for $49 on a two-year plan

Samsung has announced that the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 will be making its way to Sprint from this Friday, Oct 11. Priced at $49 on a two-year plan, the Tab 3 7.0 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on a 7-inch, 1024x600-resolution display. There's also a 3-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facer, and if Sprint's Tab 3 is anything like the Wifi-only version, it should be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM. (No specific internals are mentioned in today's press release.) Existing Sprint customers can add data for a Tab 3 to their accounts for an additional monthly fee starting at $5 plus tax.

As a TouchWiz tablet, Sprint's Tab 3 features some of the headline features from Samsung's smartphones, including the WatchON TV app, which uses a built-in IR blaster, and Group Play for multimedia sharing. The tablet will go on sale this Friday through Sprint's brick-and-mortar stores as well as online and telesales channels. At first it'll be available in white, with a black version to follow in time for the holidays.

More: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series review

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4 years ago

State of the Mobile Nations podcast: LIVE 10 a.m. PDT, 1 p.m. EST


We're wrapping up Talk Mobile 2013 this week and figured now's as good a time as any to get the Mobile Nations editors together. 

Join Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry, Phil Nickinson of Android Central, Daniel Rubino of Windows Phone Central, Derek Kessler of Mobile Nations, and me of this place for a look at the state of the mobile platforms!

We're going live at 10 a.m. PDT, 1 p.m. EDT. Be here!

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4 years ago

Using the Galaxy Note 3 with a Pebble? Remember to turn your TouchWiz features on again [Updated]


Update: Despite the warning message, you can use use a Pebble with the Note 3 and keep your favorite TouchWiz features

Here's a quick, updated PSA for anyone hoping to use the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with one of the leading non-Samsung smartwatches. The Pebble watch will work just fine with Samsung's latest oversized phone, despite the scary warning message that appears when you enable the accessibility service.

By default the Galaxy Note 3 disables a bunch of features when an accessibility service is enabled. And because of the way the Pebble smartwatch uses Android's accessibility features, this gives the impression that you can't use the Pebble and many of the Note's cooler features at the same time. In fact, it disables Air gestuer, air view, assistant menu, smart screen, interaction control, multi-window and direct pen input when you first enable the accessibility service.

Aside from being pretty confusing — and yes, it had us convinced that we had to choose between our Pebble and favorite Note 3 features like multi-window, for a while — it's actually possible to just go and re-enable all the TouchWiz features it turns off. Many of them can be found in the settings dropdown. Others, like Direct pen input, you'll need to search for in the Settings menu.

So hopefully that clears things up for Note 3 owners who also use a pebble smartwatch. Happy Pebbling, folks.

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4 years ago

International Galaxy Note 3 gets first OTA update


Minor 30-megabyte update for 'improved stability'

It's just over a week since the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 first launched in Europe, but already the unlocked European version of the device has received its first over-the-air update. The 30-megabyte OTA brings "improved stability" according to the official Samsung update advisory, and since we're not seeing any major changes we're inclined to believe that.

The update brings the unlocked, LTE-capable Note 3 (SM-N9005) up to firmware version N9005XXUBMJ1, and with it there's a new baseband and kernel, too. The firmware is still based on Android 4.3, build JLS15J. As far as we can tell there's been no change to the limited region-locking affecting the European Note 3 in this update.

If you've got a European Galaxy Note 3, let us know how you're getting on with today's update down in the comments.

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4 years ago

Xbox Music updated to support Intel powered Android devices


Fixes for certain devices experiencing app crashing also included

Xbox Music from Microsoft was a long time coming to Android, and its launch was a mixed bag. Random crashes on certain devices, issues with being able to play tracks and device support all marred the launch. But, at least some of those issues have been fixed, and further device support has been added with the latest update. 

Xbox Music will now for the first time work on Intel powered Android devices, such as the Motorola RAZRi and the ASUS Fonepad. Along with this, those random crashes on certain devices, such as the LG Optimus G, should now be gone. If either of these things affects you, grab the latest version of Xbox Music from the Play Store link up top. 

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4 years ago

Curved-screen LG phone could arrive in November


LG Display confirms mass-production of 6-inch curved smartphone display

Adding weight earlier rumors of a curvy LG phone being in the works, LG Display has announced that it's begun mass-production of curved six-inch phone displays, reports Reuters. The outlet also says sources have informed it that LG's first curved-display smartphone will arrive in November, corroborating earlier reports.

LG's screen will be curved from top to bottom, according to LG Display, while Reuters sources claim that Samsung's upcoming curved handset, due to arrive this month, will be curved from side to side.

LG this morning explaind the process in a press release:

LG Display’s flexible OLED panel is built on plastic substrates instead of glass. By applying film-type encapsulation technology and attaching the protection film to the back of the panel, LG Display made the panel bendable and unbreakable. The new display is vertically concave from top to bottom with a radius of 700mm, opening up a world of design innovations in the smartphone market. And only 0.44mm thin, LG Display’s flexible OLED panel is the world’s slimmest among existing mobile device panels. What’s more, it is also the world’s lightest, weighing a mere 7.2g even with a 6-inch screen, the largest among current smartphone OLED displays.

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 f, Samsung Galaxy J revealed in latest Docomo leak


A smaller Xperia Z1 and a Snapdragon 800-powered GS4 for Japan

We got to see the Sony Xperia Z1 f — a smaller version of Sony's current Android flagship — for the first time a couple of weeks ago, thanks to an NTT Docomo brochure leak. And today we're seeing further evidence of the miniaturized handset's existence from what looks like a similar Japanese carrier leak. Today's brochure images, posted by Japanese blog RBMen, once again shows the Z1 f (codenamed "Itsuki") in black, white, lime green and pink colors.

The Z1 flooks likely to pack internal hardware almost identical to the full-sized Xperia Z1 — a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 20.7-megapixel camera and IP58-rated water and dust-resistance — with only the screen being downscaled to a 4.3-inch 720p panel.

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4 years ago

LG G Pad 8.3 coming to Korea Oct. 14, 30 countries by the end of the year


LG is hoping to make waves with its newest mid-sized tablet offering

LG's new entry into the mid-sized tablet market, the G Pad 8.3, will come to the manufacturer's home country of Korea starting on October 14th. Taking to its blog, LG notes that the tablet will go on sale directly online as well as in malls and other shops in the country. But the sales won't stop there — just as it promised when the tablet was announced, LG plans to have the G Pad 8.3 on sale in 30 countries by year's end.

With a Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 1920 x 1200 8.3-inch display and several interesting software features that match up with LG's recent phones, the G Pad 8.3 is likely to be a solid proposition for many. Pricing is set in Korea at 550,000 won (about $515 USD), but official pricing isn't known yet for other markets.

If you need a refresher on what this tablet is all about, be sure to check out our extensive hands-on from IFA 2013 below.

More: LG G Pad 8.3 hands-on

Source: LG (Korean)

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4 years ago

Microsoft's game Wordament makes its way to Google Play


Find as many words as possible in the puzzle and see how you rank

Microsoft has just released one of its casual gaming titles, Wordament, into the Play Store so folks on Android can now challenge those on Windows Phone and iOS. Wordament is a word search game similar to other titles like Scramble With Friends or the tabletop game "Boggle," but with a large community leaderboard aspect. Rather than taking on individual players, everyone around the world playing the game plays the same puzzles and competes for the high scores on a single leaderboard.

The game looks and plays the same on Android as it does on the other platforms, and is pretty easy to pick up and get started with. In order to get into the leaderboards you'll need to sign in to Wordament with either your Facebook or Xbox Live account (sorry, no Google+ here at the moment) but you can play as a guest if you don't care about where you rank amongst the crowd.

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4 years ago

Samsung taps into smartwatches' sci-fi history in first Galaxy Gear ad


'A long time coming...'

A rather clever piece of advertising, Samsung's first dedicated TV spot for its Galaxy Gear wearable looks back on a half-century of smartwatches in fiction, from appearances in The Jetsons to Star Trek to Predator to Knight Rider, to name but a few. While the Galaxy Gear is a very imperfect first attempt at an Android-powered smartwatch, the company is bound to pique consumers' interest with simple yet effective commercials like this. Check it out up above (there's another version after the break), then take a look at our initial review, linked below.

More: Samsung Galaxy Gear initial review

Source: YouTube

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4 years ago

Follow the Android Central Forums Moderators on Google+


We hope everyone reading this spends at least a little bit of time on the forums.  Spend enough time there and you're sure to see the Moderators hanging around threads, helping members and just generally nerding about the latest and greatest devices like everyone else.  We do other things, too, that don't get as much focus here on Android Central.  

We're really just regular people just like all of you.  Don't believe me?  We have Google+ pages, and it's a great way to interact with us and find out, especially from your Android device.  Hit the break for the links to our pages.

Talk to you soon!

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4 years ago

Samsung HomeSync now available in the US


Build your own cloud for $300

The Samsung HomeSync can now be yours, provided you live in the US and have $300 to spend. We first saw the media-center slash network storage device back at Mobile World Congress in February, and we're a bit intrigued. 

Picture a Chromecast crossed with a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device, like a Drobo, that's attached directly to your TV. You can play all your Google Play content, like movies and music, as well as upload your own media to the device's 1TB worth of storage. It runs it's own version of TouchWiz, and has full support for other apps via Google Play.

You use your Samsung Android device as the remote, and you have your stuff on your big screen. The HomeSync can synchronize with up to eight different accounts as well, so you don't have to add your wife's Celine Dion songs to your Google account. 

The HomeSync retails for $299.99 at Amazon. It's a bit expensive, but it looks very convenient for folks who aren't into fiddling around with network devices and hard drives. We've got one on the way and we'll take a long hard look at it.

Buy the Samsung HomeSync from Amazon

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Working hard? Or hardly working?


A busy year gets even busier — and we've got lots in store for 2014

At some point earlier this year — probably back in February, between trips to  San Francisco, New York City and Barcelona — I made a conscious decision to not travel as much this year. Things haven't quite worked out as I planned, of course. That's a good problem to have. Being busy means business is good. And this is a great business to be in.

That was as apparent as ever last week in Miami, where I and the other Mobile Nations editors met up for a few days. Day 1 was spent cannonballing and hair-flipping and shooting a wrap-up video for Talk Mobile 2013. Believe it or not, it took about 11 months from inception to being damned near finished.

Days 2 and 3 last week were spent working on strategies to take us well into 2014. If you thought 2013 was ambitious, well, we're just getting warmed up. This is going to be fun — and extremely challenging. If we accomplish even just half of what we've been talking about internally, it'll be a great year.

And now I'm off to London for a few days' worth of meetings with some great folks. And chances are we'll have some Nexus-type news pretty quickly upon my return, to say nothing of any number of expected releases this fall. So we're not done yet.

As always, thanks for coming along for the ride. It makes all the travel and time away from home and family worth it.

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4 years ago

LG Nexus service manual posted online, gives us specs of the next Nexus phone


Technicial manual for an LG Nexus leaks out

Curious about the next Nexus on the technical level? If so, you're in for a treat. What's supposedly a draft of the official LG service manual for the next Nexus has been posted online. It's a 281 page document, filled with troubleshooting materials, circuit schematics and pinouts, but it does have a couple really interesting things hidden inside.

First of all, the line drawing (seen above) gives us the complete look at the overall device design. Picture the G2, with some minor cosmetic changes and no weird button placement. The back of the unit is also pictured, and it matches up well with some previously leaked images and looks similar to the Nexus 7 from a materials stand point. But most important to many Nexus fans are the specs, which we can glean from the document.

  • 4.95-inch 1080p IPS LCD
  • Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU (MSM8947) at 2.3GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • Wireless charging
  • 8MP rear camera with OIS; 1.3MP front camera
  • 2300mAh battery
  • Accelerometer; ambient light sensor; Compass; Gyroscope; Proximity; Pressure sensors
  • HDMI out via Slimport
  • Notification LED
  • NFC; Bluetooth 3 (?); A-GPS; 802.11 b/g/n wifi

It is worth noting that this is a draft, and of course it could be an elaborate hoax. Some glaring errors are present (page 8 and page 11 give conflicting info about Bluetooth specs for starters), but it sure is some juicy juice to pore through on a Saturday night. You'll find the complete doc embedded after the break.

Via: Android Police

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