5 years ago

Sony announces Xperia E - budget phone for Europe with dual-SIM option


Sony Mobile's not depleted the alphabet just yet, so here's another mid-to-low-end Xperia phone, the Xperia E. A 3.5-incher aimed at the budget-conscious, the Xperia E packs a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, a 1GHz Qualcomm CPU and a 3.2MP rear camera, so it's a no frills Android experience on offer.

The regular version of the Xperia E will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean -- perhaps the first Sony phone to do so -- while a dual-SIM variant will be offered running ICS out of the box, but with an upgrade promised. Other notables include a 1500mAh battery, fairly sizeable for a device of this kind, and HD Voice support for improved call quality on supporting networks.

The Xperia E will launch in single and dual-SIM flavors Europe in Q1 2013. The single-SIM version will be available in black, white and pink, while the dual-SIM model will come in black and gold.

More info in the presser after the break.

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5 years ago

Android 4.1.2 update hitting global Galaxy S3, multi-view and other features included


International S3 gets full-screen multi-tasking and a slew of other features in latest firmware; Poland first in line for update

It's early December, and as rumored, the Android 4.1.2 update has started rolling out on international Galaxy S3 phones (HSPA+ version, GT-i9300), starting with devices in Poland. But there's more to this update than the minor change in OS version would indicate. As was also rumored, the new update adds the "multi-view" multitasking feature previously seen on the Galaxy Note 2 and Note 10.1. Multi-view allows you to hold down the back key to bring up a multi-tasking menu, then partition your screen in two in order to run two apps on-screen at the same time.

Also new is "page buddy," which adds additional context-sensitive home screen pages that activate when you've got headphones connected, or if you're roaming overseas. There's also a redesigned gallery app -- again, from the Note 2 -- and a customizable notification panel. The Paper Artist app from the Galaxy Note 2 is included too, in addition to Group Cast for media sharing.

Smart rotation from the Galaxy Note 2 has also made it across, and the Samsung keyboard has been upgraded too. We can't yet confirm whether it's the same SwiftKey-based keyboard that's found on the Note 2, but given that just about every other Note 2 feature is present and accounted for, it's pretty likely that's exactly what it is.

So there's a lot of new stuff for Galaxy S3 owners to get stuck into. Kudos to Samsung for porting these new features back to the S3. SamMobile has a direct download for the Polish version of this update already; other territories should start to get this update over-the-air and through Kies in the coming days and weeks.

If you're curious about multi-view, we've embedded our quick video walkthrough on the Note 2 after the break.

Source: SamMobile

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5 years ago

Amazon introduces Kindle FreeTime Unlimited


Amazon is rolling out a new service for all Kindle Fire devices that offers an all-you-can-eat buffet of books, games, apps, movies and TV shows geared to kids ages 3-8. For one monthly payment of $2.99 per child or $6.99 for the whole family with an Amazon Prime membership ($4.99 and $9.99 for users without a Prime account) the little ones can download and interact with as much content as they wish.

This sounds like a really convenient way to provide the kids with content they will love, and makes the Kindle Fire much more interesting for families. FreeTime Unlimited will be part of an OTA update for Kindle Fire devices in the coming weeks. We'll be on the lookout for that one. Hit the break for the full press release.

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5 years ago

Me In My Place web app update brings the sexy back to Android [#NSFW]


When we last left Me in My Place, the photography series had just launched a web app that ... was a bit lacking on our Android devices. Great for iOS. Bad for us. No longer. The web app has undergone quite the overhaul, and we're happy to report it's working beautifully on Chrome.

What's the big deal? It's tough to read through Esquire magazine without seeing shots from the series' semi-mysterious mastermind, Michael Edwards, and MIMP (as it's known on the street) has come to have quite the following over the past couple years.

MIMP is a fun and flirty series, with the occasional celebrity mixed in among the less famous (but no less gorgeous) women from throughout the U.S. -- and more recently from around the world. The photography is casual, but still extremely professional. The MIMP website (based on Tumblr) believe it or not is the tame version. The web app is where things get a little more NSFW, but still with the same amount of class and respect you've come to expect.

Why shell out $15 a year (or $4.99 a month if you're not into saving money) for access to the MIMP web app? For one, I like supporting semi-indy projects like this. For another, this is a really good web app update, showing what can be done outside of a native application. A slideshow mechanism has been added, along with forward and back controls, and the ability to share individual pictures on Twitter. Plus, you can view hundreds of exclusive pictures on your Android phone and tablet. So there's that. 

Check it out at app.meinmyplace.com.

More: Me in My Place

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5 years ago

Hey, Microsoft - you really wanna see 'DroidRage'?


I can't imagine how this could possibly go wrong. If anyone feels like replying to old 'Softie, here's the tweet from which to do it.

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5 years ago

Qualcomm expands Snapdragon S4 family with China-specific features


Call it the S4, Snapdragon, or Krait -- it makes no difference. The latest and greatest from Qualcomm is a proven performer and in high demand because of it. Today they have announced the expansion of the S4 line with a pair of new quad-core Snapdragons destined for mainland China.

With built-in support for various dual SIM network designs, this will give Qualcomm a leg up when manufacturers are looking for materials to build modern smartphones for Chinese telecoms, and give the consumers buying them the performance they want from them. With support for 1080p video capture and display, the Adreno 305 GPU, and up to 13MP cameras, these chips help deliver everything you could want from a high-end smartphone. Android (or Android-based derivatives) will surely be a big part of these new devices. It's a win-win situation, and nobody should be surprised to see it happening.

The Chinese market is huge -- even bigger than you think. Qualcomm just made it easier to break into it with the MSM8226 and MSM8626.

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5 years ago

Droid DNA or Galaxy Note 2 - let's come to a decision!


Like a lot of Verizon Wireless customers this holiday season, I’m facing one of the hardest choices in my entire 12-year history with the carrier. Big Red’s got one of the most robust portfolios ever this year, complete with arguably the two best Android devices on the market today: the Droid DNA by HTC and the Galaxy Note 2 by Samsung. I’ll be using an upgrade, so I’m in the market for a device that can get me through the next two years, or at least will remain relevant in 2013.

I’ve been using the DNA for the past two weeks, and I’ll be using the Note 2 along with it for the next few. I’ll be looking for those subtleties that often don't make it into reviews, but can be mean the difference between love and hate.  Both devices are as top of the line as you’ll find, so this race is really going to come down to the wire.

If you’re a fellow Big Red customer and are facing the same choice, join me in the forums as I decide which device will earn my upgrade. Shoot me some questions, share your opinions, and help Android Central make our endorsement in time for the holidays!

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5 years ago

Weekly photo contest: All work and no play


Tuesday means it's time for a new photo contest. Looking through the entries is always one of the highlights of my work week, and I always get a kick out of the creative shots folks come up with. I love taking and looking at pictures. This week let's expand on that a little bit. Show me something from your daily job. Whether you work in an office, out in the field, at home, or are in school we want to see what defines your job in a picture.

As always, the format is loose -- get as creative as you like -- but there are rules. You'll find those rules in the contest entry thread in the forums. Read them and follow them and you might win this weeks prize -- a case of your choice from ShopAndroid.com. Whether you need something rugged because you work in the great outdoors, or something slim that fit in your dress slacks in the office, you'll find one that keeps you covered.

Last week we asked to see a scene from the streets, and arvu2k wowed us with his picture. Check your inbox arvu2k, some details about your prize are headed your way. 

Enter this week's photo contest

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5 years ago

Etsy app now available for Android


The official Etsy app is now available for our favorite platform, and now you can shop for handmade trinkets without ever firing up your computer. 

The app itself is geared towards the shopper. The entire 17 million item marketplace is available, and you can easily browse all the shops or other members favorite items, then purchase directly from the app. With categories like seasonal and for her, shopping is easy, and the shops search feature works excellent.

The app itself is done well. It's very holo-esque, with no extraneous menu buttons or other design "mistakes", and is smooth and responsive. It's nicely done, and we appreciate nicely done apps around here. The app is free, and will run on Gingerbread or higher. Grab it from the Google Play link above.

More: Etsy blog

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5 years ago

Google Play Private Channel will host internal apps for your business



If you're a Google Apps for business, education, or government customer; there's a new update to Google Play that you'll probably want to check out. You can now host private internal apps right in Google Play.

Once it's enabled in the developer console, applications can be uploaded to the Play Store, and users who sign in with the same domain name will have a new section to browse, download and update internal applications without any sideloading. This is a great way to host accounting apps, a help desk, or anything your team might need, and a really easy way for the folks who need them to get them installed. It's great to see Google catering to the enterprise.

For more details about how to get started and set up your own Google Play Private Channel, be sure to have a look at the source link. 

Source: Google Enterprise blog

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5 years ago

Ask AC: How to tell when HDR is enabled in Android 4.2


D3lit3 writes in our Nexus 4 forums,

I was taking pictures with my baby and I realized that the HDR mode does not show a tick when you enable it. Thus I am left in confusion because I never know if my pics have HDR. Am I missing something? Thanks.

Don't be left in confusion, D3lit3! While this only applies to the stock camera app in Android 4.2, it is a change, and a little easy to overlook. When you're in HDR mode -- or any other scene mode, you'll see it listed in the circle in the corner. That circle may move around a little bit, depending on which way you're holding the phone. (Also, tap that circle to pull up the settings buttons.) But that's where you'll see it.

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5 years ago

Back in Black at ShopAndroid.com: Cruzerlite Andy Splat T-Shirt


It's here, it's black -- and it's now available in small sizes, and all the way up to XXXL. Scheduled to start shipping on Wednesday. 

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5 years ago

Google I/O 2013 set for May 15-17


Google has just dropped word that the Google I/O 2013 developer conference will be May 15-17 at Moscone West in San Francisco. 

While the location is the same, the May date shifts the conference back to earlier in the year than we saw in 2012, which moved the event to the end of June. (It also puts it the week before the spring CTIA event, which will be in Las Vegas.)

Highlights of the 2012 conference included the unveiling of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the addition of movies, TV shows and magazines to the Google Play Store, the introduction of the Nexus 7 tablet, the first look at the semi-defunct Nexus Q, and a little skydiving with Google's Project Glass.

The 2012 conference sold out in a mere 28 minutes -- ridiculously fast. Gundotra wrote that registration details for the 2013 conference will be announced in February.

Hit the break for a look back at Google I/O 2012.

Source: +Google Developers

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5 years ago

Samsung launches Muse 'music companion' device


Remember when Samsung awkwardly (and unexpectedly) came out with the "S-Pebble" music player at a press conference earlier this year with the Galaxy SIII (S3)? It has chosen to finally release the device, and probably for the better, they've also decided to rename it "Muse". The basic idea is that the Muse pairs with your Galaxy S3 (or any other major recent Samsung device), and syncs music between the two so that you don't always have to use your phone for listening.

Syncing is managed with the Muse Sync app, which is now available in the Google Play Store, and the device can be purchased for a cool $49.99 -- in either blue or white -- at the source link below.

Source: Samsung (2)

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