5 years ago

U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy S III pre-orders start June 12


The news may have just dropped last night about five US carriers all getting the Samsung Galaxy S III, but today the news train keeps on rolling. U.S. Cellular have announced their own set of dates for the release of the new Samsung flagship device. 

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S III will begin on June 12, and will be available in stores in July. The Marble White and Pebble blue variants will be available in 16GB guise, and the 32GB will be available in white. Prices for the LTE enabled device will be available on June 12 when pre-orders begin. Customers are able to sign up for updates from US Cellular from tomorrow, June 5, by heading over to their website. 

Click on past the break for the full presser.

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5 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S III preorders start June 6


Now that the cat's out of the bag on the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III, it's time for some carrier-specific announcements. First out of the gate is Verizon, which says its GSIII will be available for preorder at 7 a.m. EDT Wednesday, June 6; no actual release date was given. It'll run $199 on contract for a 16GB model, and $249 for a 32GB model. (Pretty sure we know which one we're leaning toward.)

Verizon also says that it'll be available in white or the very excellent Pebble Blue, so there's that. Peep the full presser after the break, and be sure to dive into our Galaxy S III forums for the whole skinny. 

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III officially the UK's most popular smartphone, good showing for HTC One line as well


It's been a good news kind of weekend for the Samsung Galaxy S III. Not only have we seen a five-pronged attack about to launch on the US market, but news from the UK puts the Galaxy S III at the top as the UK's most popular smartphone. And it's been on sale less than a week, which puts into perspective just how massive the latest Samsung flagship device is going to be. 

All this comes despite it only being widely available in only one color, and one storage size. Nevertheless, the latest results from the uSwitch Mobile Tracker sees Samsung reclaim the top spot from the white iPhone 4S, amid a storm of marketing, pre-orders and eventual sales this last week.

The iPhone finds itself in a full on Samsung sandwich too, with the predecessor to the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S II still holding strong in third place. The Galaxy S II had been top of the tree in the UK for an incredible 11 consecutive months, before last month finally surrendering to the iPhone. Chances are that the impending arrival of its successor might have had a little something to do with it.

Taking a look further down the list, it's an all out Android onslaught. The HTC One X sits fourth, with the Samsung Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Note inhabiting positions five and six respectively.

The black iPhone 4S appears way down in seventh position, with the remaining HTC One devices, the One S and One V taking places eight and nine. Rounding out the top 10 is the Sony Xperia S. Interestingly enough given the apparent popularity of BlackBerry smartphones in the UK, especially with the younger crowd -- they really seem to be everywhere you look -- there is no mention of a single RIM handset in the Mobile Tracker's top ten. What it does do is reaffirm what we already know -- the UK loves some Android.

Source: uSwitch

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5 years ago

Demolition Inc. escapes the Tegrazone and is available for non-Tegra devices


Demolition Inc. is somewhat of a favorite of mine at the moment. Its blend of excellent graphics, simple addictive gameplay, and most importantly, blowing things up, makes for a fantastic mobile game. The only downer for many was it's reliance on a Tegra processor, meaning only a select few could enjoy it. Not so anymore, as the developers, Zeroscale Games, have released a version in the Google Play Store that is fully optimized for non-Tegra devices. Originally we'd heard it was due on April 26, but this is definitely a case of better late than never. 

The blowing things up aspect of the game is made ever better by a truly impressive physics engine. The developers say that nothing is pre-determined, and nothing is pre-animated. The actions taken by the player truly determine the chain of events. 

There is a kind of story behind all the destruction though. You play as Mike an alien demolition worker, who flies a UFO all over Earth causing destruction and havoc wherever he goes. Using various different 'tools' such as oil slicks, super glue, and even exploding cows, Mike guides the traffic into doing his bidding and causing the series of high-rise buildings to collapse.

It's a great game, and can only be helped by now becoming available to a wider audience. Demolition Inc. HD is available now for a price of $1.99/£1.59. The THD Tegra optimized version is available at the same price. You'll also find the trailer for the game after the break.

via Droid Gamers

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Download Demolition Inc. THD

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5 years ago

Instapaper app now available on Google Play


While not quite the shocker that having the same Galaxy S III on all carriers, nobody really expected an Instapaper app for Android any time soon. Marco Arment, the creator of the service, has said as much on more than one occasion. Apparently the draw of running on six of every ten smartphones in the world has changed a few things and it's available tonight on Google Play. We'll have to give it a good look over before we pass any judgment, as it has big competition and Android is a whole different ballgame than iOS. Just a tip that you can download and install it tonight if you've been missing it. Grab at it the link below.

Download Instapaper for Android

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III coming to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular starting this month


And just like that, Samsung has ended a lot of speculation surrounding the U.S. release of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Arriving at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular this month the Samsung Galaxy S III will have a starting price of $199 though exact pricing and release dates are still forthcoming for each.

When it comes to specs, Samsung took the time to highlight the fact the U.S. versions will be getting the S4 1.5 GHz dual core processor and 2GB of internal RAM, which is exactly the same as the Japanese and Canadian releases of the device. In other words, as speculated, the device will have the same iconic look across the board, which even Samsung has noted as being an industry first. For those of you waiting, the wait is almost over now. Jump below for the full press release.

More: Galaxy S III photo gallery; Galaxy S III forums; specs

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5 years ago

ASUS partnering with BlueStacks to bring Android apps to millions of PCs


Earlier this week, ASUS took some time to go ahead and create a rather obscure video for what they will be presenting at this week's Computex 2012 showcase in Taipei, though they forgot to include anything relevant in the video. Nothing Android was mentioned, nothing Windows was mentioned though it did manage to spark much conversation about a dual-booting Android Windows 8 tablet.

As it seems now, it was to highlight their partnership with BlueStacks as the company has issued a press release fully announcing the partnership. BlueStacks, as you know if you read our review, enables over 450,000 Android apps to run on Windows PCs and now, ASUS will be leveraging that power for their own PC ventures and including BlueStacks within their @vibe platform.

"ASUS has created a phenomenal software experience on PCs. Launching with ASUS at Computex 2012 solidifies BlueStacks' leadership position as the sole provider of apps for consumer electronics and PC manufacturers worldwide," said Rosen Sharma, President and CEO of BlueStacks. "Our strong portfolio of apps from top developers, combined with our unique monetization engine makes this a revenue-generating opportunity for PC OEMs. This is a winning proposition for the entire PC ecosystem. App developers who have already built for Android can now just run their apps on Windows PCs through BlueStacks. We've done the heavy lifting for the benefit of all."

Together, ASUS and BlueStacks will be offering users of asus@vibe Android apps through their broad line of products including the ZenBooks, notebooks, Eee PCs, desktop PCs and All-in-one PCs. Pricing for it all seems rather wish washy at the moment as the press release notes, apps will be free for six months and then users can upgrade from there to unlimited apps and sync apps from phone to PC.

For those of you out there hoping for some other sort of news though, there is still some hope we suppose. This all could only be one portion of something greater, just don't get too bummed out if this happens to all it was in the end. You can jump below for the full press release from ASUS  and BlueStacks.

Source: PRWeb via: Android Police

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5 years ago

Instagram bug fixing update live in Google Play, app crashing issues fixed


Photo sharing social network Instagram, has pushed out an update to its Android application which is live in the Google Play store now. It doesn't bring anything new to the table, but does promise to fix an issue with user images that was causing the app to crash. 

While small, judging by a couple of threads started down in the Android Central forums only this morning, it could be a valuable update. There seemed to be instances of sporadic crashing on the Galaxy S III, HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE in particular.  Hopefully any issues have now been fixed, but head on down to the forums or shout on the comments below and let us know how it's working for you guys. [Google Play Link]

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5 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Checking in from a couple days off


Checking in from a couple days of R&R in New York City. It isn't often that I get time to do any tourist-type stuff here, let alone with my lovely bride. But I managed to sneak in a few thoughts on the flight up. Enjoy.

So what's next? The major U.S. variants of the HTC One line are all on sale in the U.S. That's the HTC One S on T-Mobile, the HTC One X on AT&T, and, finally, the EVO 4G LTE on Sprint, which is a retooled One X. The Samsung Galaxy S III has been released in a couple dozen countries.

So what's next in the smartphone world?

At some point we're going to get some U.S. announcements for the Galaxy S III. And it's worth taking a look back at the past couple of years. In 2010, with the original Galaxy S, Samsung managed to do the unthinkable -- get all four U.S. carriers into the same room and unveil four versions of the Galaxy S. (I was there. It was magical. Or something.) The phones, as you'll recall, were the Verizon Fascinate, T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate -- and a wild card, the Sprint Epic 4G, which added a slider keyboard for good measure.

In 2011, Samsung again gathered the major players in New York to show off Galaxy S II. Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T all were represented, with Verizon on the sidelines. (It instead got the Galaxy Nexus later that year.)

So what's going to happen this year? To be completely honest, we don't yet know. Samsung's made no public announcements yet, nor have any of the carriers. You can bet something's coming though. But where things really get interesting are with last week's leak of what The Verge says is the T-Mobile version of the GSIII. And damned if it doesn't look exactly like the European version. Now, Samsung's clout as a manufacturer is unquestioned. (See the above examples of getting competing carriers to take part in a single event.) Will we really see an unchanged version for the U.S.? (And bloat-free is probably too much to ask, right?)

We'll find out when we find out, I suppose.

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III tip: disable S Voice for better home button response


The Samsung Galaxy S III may not be available in its biggest market just yet, but the rest of the world is enjoying, and finding helpful tidbits like this one that makes the home button respond better. You can set the home button to start up S Voice when double-pressed, but that means the system has to wait and make sure what you want it to do if you only press it once -- resulting in a pause. We've seen the same behavior any time an OEM decides to add functionality to a button with a double-tap, but this time its easy to fix. Just disable it in the S Voice settings and you're home free.

This, and more in the Galaxy S III forums

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5 years ago

Bloodland: Kill. Zombies. Now.


Turn your speakers up for this one, boys and girls. Zombies approach. Twenty levels, including "rush" and "survive" modes. We'll see you after the apocalypse.

Download: Bloodland (free)

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5 years ago

Android Central Editors' App Picks for June 2, 2012


You like apps, but don't want to spend hours finding the good ones? How about this -- hit the break with us and check out some of our favorites from this week? Who knows, they may become your favorites, and if not, be sure to let us know about some of your favorites!

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5 years ago

Digital Embers Live Wallpaper [Live Wallpaper Review]


I've got to admit, ever since Google unveiled Honeycomb, with its TRON-like interface and emphasis on hexagons, I was hooked on that style. Something about digital honeycombs looked so cool to me, and as a result, I absolutely fell in love with the Digital Hive Live Wallpaper. D'Keesto has been keeping up in the wallpaper space, bringing us another entry in his "digital" line of live wallpapers, this time in the form of Digital Embers.

Digital Embers doesn't act like typical embers (bouncing around erratically and whatnot), but instead travels across the screen, usually left to right (or vice versa), igniting larger shapes from which the smaller embers radiate off of until the fade into nothingness. It's visually appealing as all getout (especially if you're easily entertained like yours truly), and if you touch anywhere on the screen, that area lights up with activity.

Hop into the settings menu and you'll see the wide variety of things you can tweak to really perfect your embery experience. There's options for your tile shape, spark shape, number of sparks, and spark color mode. You can also pick your colors here, using either single colors, colors based on battery level, or colors based off of the charging/discharging state of your device.

You can also alter how much the screen lights up when you touch a specific area and also give the wallpaper leeway to simulate screen touches (even if you're not), just to keep things interesting.

Overall, Digital Embers Live Wallpaper is great, as I'd expect from D'Keesto. It runs incredibly well, to the point that I'm not seeing any​ performance issues when swiping back and forth between screens on my old, archaic Tegra-2 tablet. (The horror!) If you're the type to venture into live wallpaper space and like what you see, I'd definitely suggest giving Digital Embers a shot.

Digital Embers Live Wallpaper is 99 cents in the Google Play Store. We've got screenshots, video, and download links after the break.

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5 years ago

SiriusXM satellite radio app gets a hefty update


Android's SiriusXM app (yes, some of us love and use satellite radio over streaming services) just got itself a fairly decent update in the Google Play store. On tap are "enhancements and fixes to the following core features:"

  • Start Now - Go back in time up to 5 hours to hear previously aired programming on most channels
  • TuneStart - Hear songs from the beginning when tuning to music channels
  • Pause - Pause and resume live programming
  • Fast Forward & Rewind - Skip forward and back on many channels
  • Show Alerts - Reminders when your favorite shows begin
  • Album Art & Artist Bios
  • Improved reliability & sound quality

A decent update indeed. We've got a download link after the break should you need it.

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