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4 years ago

MetroPCS announces the ZTE Avid 4G for $149


MetroPCS has announced a new phone today, the ZTE Avid 4G, which is a 4G LTE phone that costs $149.

The Avid 4G sports:

  • 4G LTE
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 4-inch screen
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 5MP camera
  • 2.3GB of internal memory
  • 32GB of external memory

The Avid 4G is eligible for any of MetroPCS's 4G LTE plans, including a promotional plans, where the carrier is offering the service for as low as $30 and unlimited for $55.

So MetroPCS customers, who's looking to pick one of these up before the holidays?

Source: PRNewswire

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4 years ago

It's about flippin' time: Flipboard finally officially updates for Android tablets


Flipboard, the popular newsreader app (which basically made RSS look like the dinosaur that it is and paved the way for other platforms like Google Currents) has finally updated itself for Android tablets. That means you can get the sweet stylings on devices like he Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, or any of those other tablets, without resorting to sideloading. 

Get your download on. Load up Android Central. And get flipping.

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4 years ago

SwiftKey 3.1 brings new theme, languages


We might be all about SwiftKey Flow these days, but it's still in beta, and SwiftKey 3 lives on in full release. Today the uber-popular Android keyboard been updated to SwiftKey 3.1. Here's what's new:

  • New Berry theme
  • New languages: Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Hindi, Hinglish, Irish, Macedonian, Spanish (Latin America) and Tagalog
  • Split keyboard for normal-sized devices
  • Improved language pack downloads
  • Improvements in key layouts on some keyboards
  • Fixes for some force close issues

Get your download on in the Play Store or at the link above.

Source: SwiftKey

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4 years ago

UK gets Samsung Galaxy S3 premium suite update


Following launches in Poland and Korea, Samsung has announced the UK rollout of the 'premium suite' upgrade for the Galaxy S3.

The update, which we've covered in some detail previously, brings Android 4.1.2 and a slew of new TouchWiz features to the S3, including full screen multitasking through the 'multi-window' mode.

Other highlights in this software update include a new gallery app, the context sensitive 'page buddy' home screen page, and new group cast features for photo sharing, among other features.

Samsung says the update will start hitting UK handsets today, so if you're a Brit with a Galaxy S3, then it's time to start hammering that 'check for updates'  button. If you've already received the new software, hit the comments and let us know.

More details in the press release after the break. 

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4 years ago

Redbox Instant app shows up in Google Play, service still in beta


The much-awaited Redbox Instant (by Verizon) streaming service has just come into an official beta, with Android (and iOS) apps being released as well. The app is available in the Google Play Store right now, but you'll need a beta invite first if you want to use it. You can hit up the source link below to try and get a code, but in the meantime you can download the app so you're ready to go when the code arrives.

If you happen to be rooted -- or using a Developer Edition device -- you shouldn't bother installing at this point though. Right off the bat when launching the app on any non-stock device you'll be greeted with an error (5141, to be exact) and a "help" link that lets you know about what rooting is.


Source: Redbox; Via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Daily news roundup: December 20, 2012




Another day full of Android news, filled with the latest about all the devices and the great software that runs on them. To help keep track of it all here's a wrap up of the past day's events.

Devices and hardware

Software and updates

Industry news

Editorial content

Good night folks!

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4 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S II getting a 4.0.4 update


The AT&T Galaxy S II got updated to Ice Cream Sandwich this past June, but tonight there are reports of users getting a slight version bump to Android 4.0.4. The LK3 update can be retrieved from Kies, but luckily users are saying they downloaded it OTA as well.

There is no change log available, and so far nobody has found much difference from 4.0.3. We doubt that the Exynos patch is included, but we'll have to wait until more people get it installed so someone can check. Of course even the smallest bug fixes and security adjustments are appreciated.

Source: XDA. Thanks, Matt!

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4 years ago

Boost Mobile to throttle after 2.5GB of usage starting next year


Boost Mobile is planning to change its data usage policy to start throttling unlimited data users starting in January. According to a post on its official Facebook page, the Sprint MVNO will throttle unlimited data customers after 2.5GB of usage down to speeds of just 256kbps. Like most throttle plans, the user's speeds will increase back to full at the start of the next billing period.

The policy is set to go into effect on January 20th, 2013. It's hard to blame Boost for the decision when it offers such competitive rate plans, but its tough to see another truly unlimited plan go away. If we have to see it though, telling users up-front what the throttle point will be is the best policy.

Source: Boost Mobile (Facebook); Via: PhoneScoop

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4 years ago

Samsung outs Verizon Galaxy Note 2 Developer Edition with product page


Samsung has just put up an official product page for the "Developer Edition" of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for Verizon on its website. This is the 16GB variant, and just like previous Developer Edition handsets (like the Galaxy S3,) things should all be the exact same except for the bootloader, which will be easily unlockable. Most of Verizons handsets come out of the box with an encrypted -- and tough to unlock without some leaked help -- bootloader, so its nice to see Samsung come through on its promise to start offering Developer Edition versions.

Unlocking the bootloader on this thing still won't fix that Verizon logo on the home button, though. There's no pricing and availability just yet, but we can assume that you'll see it soon enough.

Source: Samsung; Via: Droid Life

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4 years ago

AT&T and Rogers One X get Jelly Bean port thanks to One XL update



Rocking an AT&T or Rogers One X, and tired of watching the International One X users have all the Jelly Bean fun? If you're not afraid to get your hands a little dirty, this ported ROM from the One XL update will hook you right up. 

It's the stock Sense 4+ ROM, with all the Asian language stuff removed and SuperUser added in. There isn't a lot more to say, because everything seems working as intended. Of course you'll need to be rooted and unlocked, but after that it's fairly easy to flash. Have a look at the source link to get the files you need, and happy Jelly to everyone!

Source: XDA

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 dock available for preorder at B&H Photo


Looks like we might finally (finally!) get that fabled Nexus 7 desktop dock. When last we saw this white whale, it was being unboxed a wee bit early, presumably snagged from an Asian retailer. Now, you can preorder it from B&H Photo for $39.99 each. No word on when, exactly, it'll ship, but this is another step in the right direction, even if it's not going to hit "early December."

Preorder the Nexus 7 dock from B&H Photo; via Ausdroid

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4 years ago

Amazon app adds shipping and delivery notifications


Just in time for your last minute holiday shopping, Amazon is adding push notifications for shipping and delivery to its Android app. From the app settings, you can select to receive push notifications from the app -- both when packages are shipped and daily when there are "lightning deals" available that you may be interested in. Considering most of us will receive an Email notification (and possibly a Google Now card) at the same time as this, it seems a bit redundant to have another app notifying you. But if you're doing a lot of shopping on Amazon, its nice to get the info straight from the source.

The Amazon app is already very useful when it comes to tracking and managing purchases, so this just adds to the experience. You can grab a download of the latest version at the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

ESPN ScoreCenter updated with refreshed and improved UI


ESPN has just made a pretty substantial update to its ScoreCenter app for Android, bringing in a completely refreshed UI experience. The app now follows most of the general Google design guidelines -- aka "holo" -- throughout the app, from removing the legacy menu button to using sliding panels and tabbed navigation. This is a big step forward in design for the app, and it really makes a difference in terms of usability and overall aesthetics.

When the big companies like ESPN start getting on board with the latest design guidelines, it's a good sign that people are starting to take notice of the large numbers of devices running Android 4.0 and higher. This is what we like to see. YOu can grab a download of the new and improved ScoreCenter app from the Google Play link at the top of this post.

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4 years ago

Google sells Motorola set-top division to Arris Group for $2.35 billion



A deal between Google and the Arris Group (a cable and broadband equipment supplier) has been reached, making the Motorola Home division now an Arris property. The deal checks in a $2.35 billion in cash and stock for Google, and the boards of both companies have approved.

The Home division of Motorola generated 3.4 billion dollars in the last four quarters, and its acquisition should be pretty lucrative for Arris. The $2.05 billion and $300 million in stock also makes Google a 15.7-percent owner of the Arris Group. This sounds like a good business move for all involved, but with the market closed we're unsure how this move will affect the stock prices.

Business is business, but many of us were looking forward to seeing what the purchase of Motorola could do for projects like Google at Home or Google TV. Hopefully, we'll still see those projects improved even without Google owning a consumer set-top box division. The full Press release is after the break.

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4 years ago updated with improved tablet support


Although there is a plethora of instant messaging clients available on the Google Play Store, one of the favorite ones has consistently been It's a pretty useful app that includes a lot of features in a small package.

The latest update, available now, is aimed at improving their overall tablet experience as well as updating to OAuth for Google logins. I've been putting it to test over the past bit and all seems pretty fine with this release, if you're an user be sure to grab the update.

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