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4 years ago

ForeverMap 2 brings offline-ready OpenStreetMaps to Google Play


After hanging out on the Barnes & Noble Nook since the summer, Skobbler's ForeverMap 2 has found its way to the Google Play store. Like a few other non-Google solutions ForeverMap 2 taps into OpenStreetMap for its data, which is created thanks to the collective contributions of users. The core app costs $0.99, and you can download locally-stored maps for individual cities for $0.99, single states for $1.99, whole countries for $2.99, continents for $5.99 each, or a full global map for $9.99. Though that sounds like a fair bit to ask, users get one country for free out of the box. All of the usual services are there, including turn-by-turn directions, points of interest search, and address lookup. 

Skobbler is pushing ForeverMap 2 as a Google Maps alternative, which is a pretty hard sell considering the high quality of Android's built-in navigation and local search apps. Offline access is always handy, especially if you're visiting someplace outside your data coverage, but it that alone enough? What would it take for you to switch to something other than Google Maps? Does ForeverMap 2 look like it could fit the bill, or are there other third-party maps applications that you're already comfortable with? 

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4 years ago

TELUS One X+ on-contract pricing tipped at $129


The HTC One X+ is already available in Europe, the U.S. and parts of Asia, but has yet to make its debut in Canada. That may be about to change, as leaked promotional materials for the TELUS version appears to show subsidized pricing for the Canadian carrier. The image, obtained by MobileSyrup, indicates that it'll go on sale for C$129.99 on a three-year contract. No details on unsubsidized pricing was offered.

The One X+ is a re-vamped version of HTC's earlier premium handset. With a redesigned chassis furnished in soft-touch plastic, a faster quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, 64GB of storage and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. In North America, the phone also includes 4G LTE connectivity.

For more on the HTC One X+, check out our full review of the European version.

Source: MobileSyrup

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4 years ago

EE, Vodafone customers to get Tube Wifi access


Update: Both EE and Vodafone have now confirmed that they'll offer Wifi on the Tube in 2013.

Original story: British mobile operators EE and Vodafone are said to be in talks to allow their customers free access to Virgin Media's Wifi network on the London Underground, according to reports. A tweet from the official EE Twitter account, which has since been deleted, said, "Travel on the tube? From early 2013, EE customers will be able to get WiFi access on the London Underground at no extra cost. Details soon."

Virgin Media's Underground Wifi network is currently open to all users for free, however the company is due to begin charging for access in the near future. Presumably that's when deals with mobile operators might also kick in. Virgin and EE already collaborate on on mobile services in the UK, including the Virgin Media mobile network, which runs on EE, and on-board Wifi access on Virgin Trains.

UK tech blog Pocket-Lint reports that the two are in talks to over access to Virgin Media's Tube Wifi network, which currently covers some 72 Underground stations. What's more, Vodafone is said to be in similar negotiations with Virgin to bring access to its customers, too.

Neither company is officially commenting on the deals, but the "early 2013" timeframe suggested in EE's deleted tweet indicates an agreement well may be close.

Source: Pocket-Lint

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4 years ago

Verizon launches the Droid DNA by HTC


As was promised at the launch event a week ago today, Verizon has released the latest handset in its Droid series, the Droid DNA by HTC. The phone is available to order right now on, where it'll run you $199 on a two-year contact, or $599 if you want to buy the device outright.

We'll have a full review coming up soon, but we don't think we're spoiling much when we say the DNA is one of the most impressive phones in Big Red's line-up. Packing a quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP ImageSense camera and Retina-beating 1080p SuperLCD3 display, it certainly trounces just about everything else in terms of hardware specs. And on the software side, you're running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, so you're not missing out on newer Android features like Google Now and "Project Butter" performance enhancements.

Anyone planning on picking up a launch day Droid DNA? Shout out in the comments!

More: Verizon Wireless

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4 years ago

HSPA+ 42 data speeds, Nexus 10 back in stock [From the Forums]


While you get yourself caught up on the blog posts from today, don't forget that in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about as well. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got over 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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4 years ago

Verizon expands 4G LTE coverage in New York


Verizon continues its expansive 4G LTE rollout today with improvements to its network in several markets in New York. Users in these areas may or may not already have LTE coverage, but Verizon is promising that it is expanding the network in these areas. The markets receiving updates are below:

  • Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Greene County, New York
  • Utica-Rome, New York
  • Binghamton, New York

The Verizon LTE train keeps chugging along, covering more and more markets. At this point we're not surprised that they're focusing on enhancing current markets, given that nearly all major areas already have some kind of LTE coverage.

Source: Verizon; (2); (3); (4)

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4 years ago

Pixel wars: HTC One X versus Droid DNA


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When the HTC One X arrived earlier in the year, it easily took the smartphone display crown, blowing us away with its high pixel density and super-clear zero-air-gap screen. Fast forward six months and we already have a successor in waiting, in the form of Verizon's Droid DNA. The DNA rocks a 1080p SuperLCD 3 screen versus the One X's 720p SuperLCD 2, and that means it boasts a whopping 440 ppi (pixels per inch) compared to the One X's 312.

It shouldn't be surprising to hear that the Droid DNA produces incredibly crisp images -- after all, it matches the pixel count of the average HDTV.  But the One X's screen is impressive in its own right, despite packing less than half as many pixels in total. As you can see in our close-up shot above, the differences between the Droid DNA and One X are noticeable but subtle -- when viewed up-close, icons, text and other on-screen elements do appear crisper. The perceived difference isn't anywhere near as great as going from WVGA to 720p, though.

Pixels aside, the two phones are pretty closely matched in color quality and brightness, too. The Droid DNA's screen is ever so slightly cooler and a little darker than the One X at maximum brightness, though these aren't differences you'll  notice unless you've got both devices sitting side by side. For general day-to-day use, both of these screens look stunningly good.

You'll be able to see for yourself when the HTC Droid DNA goes on sale tomorrow -- stay tuned for our full review. In the meantime, be sure to sound off in the comments, and stop by our Droid DNA forums for more great discussion.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile improving coverage, lighting up 1900MHz in 10 metro areas


T-Mobile is announcing 10 new markets that are being added to its list of 1900MHz HSPA+ areas, as part of its vision to eventually move to the frequency completely. Joining the current set of enhanced coverage cities -- Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Washington D.C. -- users in the following locations will experience improved coverage and speeds, and should start seeing HSPA+ speeds on unlocked AT&T-compatible devices:

  • Phoenix, AZ: including Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, Paradise Valley, Surprise and Ahwatukee
  • Mesa, AZ: including Chandler and Gilbert
  • Tucson, AZ: including South Tucson, Marana, and Vail
  • Silicon Valley: including Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Santa Clara, San Jose
  • Oakland, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Stockton, CA
  • Modesto, CA
  • Miami, FL: including Coral Gables and Miami Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL: including Hollywood

Users in these areas may have already seen 1900MHz HSPA+ coverage before this date, but now T-Mobile feels there are enough towers supporting the service that it has launched it officially. Our own Chris Parsons notes that it has been off-and-on operational in Arizona before this point.

T-Mobile also notes that it is working to expand the same 1900MHz HSPA+ coverage in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, the New York metro area, Philadelphia, San Diego and Seattle, and users may start seeing faster service as they work to roll it out officially.

This is a very important move for the carrier as it attempts to lure customers away from AT&T -- especially those with the iPhone -- and offer them a full-speed experience with their current handset. As we move through 2013, we'll see even more markets go live with 1900MHz HSPA+.

Source: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

Android 4.2 OTA update and factory image live for 'yakju' Galaxy Nexus


Good news for those of you waiting patiently on Android 4.2 for the 'yakju' variant international GSM Galaxy Nexus. We're seeing reports from Android Central Forums members that the OTA update has begun pushing out to those devices. Should you not wish to wait though, or just want a fresh start, the factory 4.2 image for the device has also been posted. 

This only applies to 'yakju' Galaxy Nexus owners at this time, which means people in places like Hong Kong and the UK should be seeing OTA notifications very soon. 'Takju' Galaxy Nexus owners had their updates push last week, and at this time there's still no sign of an update for the Verizon or Sprint versions of the Galaxy Nexus. 

And, because we're so good to you, we've got your download links below for both the factory images and the update package. For a run through of how to update your Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.2 manually be sure to check out our guide linked below. 

How to manually update your Nexus to the latest Android Version

Download: Android 4.2 update, Factory Image

More: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Forums

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4 years ago

Ematic FunTab is the 7-inch tablet for your kids


We're always thinking about what tablet is best in sleek design and top-notch specs, but we're not always considering that not every age group should have its hands on a full-featured device. For the younger set, Ematic is creating a tablet experience that caters to them with this, the FunTab. It's running Android 4.0 and has mid-range specs, but that's not what's important. What is important is this tablet is rugged and easy to hold, and is pre-loaded with popular games like Angry Birds, Where’s My Water, Cut the Rope and Fruit Ninja. Ematic is also partnering to put a popular childrens app, Zoodles, on the device that helps keep kids safe and allows parents to check in on their progress separately.

The Ematic FunTab is coming to Walmart for just $119.99, a great price for this type of device. Once the kids grow up though, do them a favor and get them a Nexus 7, will ya?

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4 years ago

OpenFeint gaming service closing its doors on December 14


OpenFeint -- the service that used to ask you if you didn't like fun if you ignored it -- is closing its doors and discontinuing service as of December 14. The cross-platform game platform that allows you to chart scores on leaderboards, achievements and compete against friends is being shut down by owners Gree. At the same time, Gree is hoping that developers who utilized OpenFeint will transfer over to their own platform instead. 

As of shutdown "all OpenFeint network calls will be non-functional." In simple terms, it will cease to work. The actual end date may end up being later than December 14 but developers are urged to prepare for this date. All game information stored will be lost, and should developers wish to retain it migration to the Gree platform ahead of December 14 is advised. 

Source: OpenFeint via Joystiq

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4 years ago

Say Welcome back to James Falconer, our new Mobile Nations Community Manager!


Clean James... click here for a current photo of James' dirty Movember 'stache.

On a day when our Mobile Nations family of sites surpassed the 10 Million Monthly Readers milestone, it gives me great pleasure to re-welcome James Falconer to the Mobile Nations team in the role of Community Manager.

Longtime readers may remember James, as he was one of CrackBerry's co-founders and a regular voice on the site and force behind the scenes from 2006 to 2010. James left for a while -- got stronger, smarter and faster -- and now he's back and he's here for YOU.

All of our sites, including Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, Windows Phone Central and webOS Nation are known for having the BEST forum communities - comprised of the the most passionate, knowledgable and dedicated members you'll find anywhere. We're not ones to settle for being the best though. James' new mission is to make our communities even better and members even happier, and he'll be spending every waking minute (and some of his sleeping ones too) doing just that.

You may see James drop in for the occassional post on the blogs, but where he'll spend the majority of his time is within our forums. He'll be active within the communities engaging with members and will be working with all of our forum volunteers to make sure things are running smoothly and that the forums are getting all of the support and attention they deserve.

I'll leave it to James to further introduce himself and unveil all of his awesome plans. In the meantime, join me in saying Welcome Back!

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4 years ago

Archos introduces the 13.3-inch FamilyPad, arrives in the UK for £274.99 starting in December


Archos has now introduced their latest tablet to the world. The Archos FamilyPad as it shall be called is 13.3-inches of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and aims to help you and your family capture some family time thanks to its size and 1280x800 HD display. The idea here being that the whole family can crowd around it and partake in activities.

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4 years ago

Google promises fix for Android 4.2 December birthday bug


Good news for anyone with a birthday or anniversary coming up next month, as Google has confirmed that it has a fix in the works for the recently-discovered "December birthday" bug in Android 4.2. The glitch resulted in December being absent from the date selector in the Android 4.2 People app, as you can see in the shot above.

The fix will most likely take the form of an over-the-air update for devices running Android 4.2 -- the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. No timeframe was provided for the OTA, but with December looming, we'd expect it to hit in a matter of days.

Here's the statement from the official Android Google+ account --

We discovered a bug in the Android 4.2 update, which makes it impossible to enter December events in optional fields of the People app (this bug did not affect Calendar). Rest assured, this will be fixed soon so that those of you with December birthdays and anniversaries won't be forgotten by your friends and family.

Source: +Android

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