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4 years ago

BlackBerry Messenger to be preloaded on LG phones

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BlackBerry has announced that its BlackBerry Messenger app for Android will be preloaded on LG smartphones, with the LG G Pro Lite being the first come bundled with the messaging service. The decision to preload BBM on the G Pro Lite initially suggests that the companies are targeting emerging markets with the move — the entry-level 5.5-inch handset is sold in Russia, China, India and the Middle East.

Today's announcement follows recent hints from BlackBerry that it'd secured deals with "leading OEMs" to preinstall BBM on Android handsets. BBM will continue to be available as a free, standalone app for Android and iOS, the company says.

More coverage: CrackBerry

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4 years ago

Red HTC One Max launching in Taiwan

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Hot on the heels of the black variant that appeared first in Hong Kong last week, HTC has launched a red version of the 5.9-inch One Max in its home territory of Taiwan. Hardware-wise the red Max is identical to the silver version — including the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner — but sports a red plastic trim in addition to the anodized coating found on its metal parts. That gives it a pretty striking appearance, perhaps more so than the red HTC One, which has black accents.

The red HTC One is available now from local retailers priced NT$23,900 (around $804.) There's no word of any plans to launch the red version in other markets.

More: HTC One Max review

Source: Engadget Chinese

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4 years ago

Gold HTC One now available in the UK

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UK retailers selling golden handset on-contract

Remember the gold HTC One? No, not the real gold HTC One — the one that's still made of aluminum but has a pale gold-colored exterior. The most exclusive of all the HTC One colors is now available from UK retailers Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u. Both outlets are selling the phone on-contract, but apparently not SIM-free, so you'll need to sign up for a monthly plan to get your hands on the champagne-hued device.

Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u have deals on all the major UK networks except Three, with prices ranging between £17 and £62 per month depending on monthly data allowances and how much you want to pay upfront for the phone. The cheapest deal for a "free" gold HTC One is a £29 per month plan on Vodafone with 1GB of 3G data.

Source: Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u

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4 years ago

7-inch Kindle Fire HDX down to £169 in the UK

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£30 discount on all 7-inch, Wifi-only HDX models until January 2

Amazon UK has announced that it's lowering the price of all 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX Wifi models by £30 until the new year. The promotion runs until Jan. 2 and sees the cheapest 16GB varaint "with special offers" — i.e. lock screen ads — coming down to £169. As always, buyers can configure their devices with up to 64GB of storage, ads or no ads, and Wifi-only or Wifi + 4G LTE.

Amazon's latest small form factor tablet features a 7-inch 1920x1200 display, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, with Android-based software built around Amazon's content ecosystem. Here's what our own Jerry Hildenbrand had to say about the HDX in his recent review —

Should you buy one? That's going to depend on what you're looking for in a tablet. If you want something that has access to all the cool apps and Android features we talk about here at AC daily, then no — the Kindle Fire HDX is not for you. On the other hand, if you want a simple, yet elegant portal to a rich content library — and don't mind that it's Amazons — then you should definitely grab one.

Buy now: Kindle Fire HDX on Amazon.co.uk

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4 years ago

Pink Samsung Galaxy S4 arriving at Phones 4u in January

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New color variant available to pre-order now

UK retailer Phones 4u has scooped up yet another color exclusive — this time the Samsung Galaxy S4 in pink, which will be available from early January. The device comes with a light pink front and back, similar to the "blush pink" Galaxy Note 3, and sports a new bronze-color trim around its edges. P4u says it'll have exclusivity over the pink Galaxy S4 throughout January, and a pre-order page is live right now.

The pink GS4 will be sold on contract with prices starting at £33 per month for 3G (with 1GB of data on Vodafone) and £38 per month for 4G (6GB, also on Vodafone). And 4G buyers will get a free wireless speaker valued at £120 to sweeten the deal, the retailer says.

So... any takers?

More: Phones 4u

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active LTE-A headed to Korea

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New Galaxy S4 Active model for SKT features Snapdragon 800, faster data and upgraded camera

Samsung has unveiled a new version of the Galaxy S4 Active in its home country, featuring an upgraded CPU, faster data speeds and an updated camera that brings it in line with the company's other 2013 flagships. The device boasts LTE-Advanced data speeds of up to 150Mbps, and as such it runs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 CPU as opposed to the Snapdragon 600 used in the global GS4 Active. The camera is now a 13-megapixel unit, up from 8 megapixels on the original.

Like the global model the GS4 Active LTE-A is IP67-certified, meaning it's resistant to dust and water — for up to 30 minutes at three feet — and there's also a 1080p LCD display and 32GB of internal storage and a 2,600mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active with LTE-A will be headed to Korean carrier SKT, priced at 900,000 won (around $855).

Source: SamMobile, Samsung (Korean)

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4 years ago

Google Play Movies expands to over a dozen new countries

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27 countries in total now have access to the expansive movie collection

Google Play is expanding its reach for Google Play Movies to 13 new countries today. That brings the total number of countries served by the movie service to 27, which is a solid number considering the deals that likely have to take place to make that happen.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Fiji
  • Hong Kong
  • Jamaica
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Zimbabwe

Unfortunately, Google Play TV shows is still lacking in its distribution, only being available in the U.S., U.K. and Japan at this time.

Source: Google Support

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4 years ago

Evernote improves note editing, attachments and keyboard support

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Cross-platform text formatting will now be preserved on Android

An update to the Evernote app is now available that improves note taking functionality whether you're on your phone or tablet. First up is improved attachment support — in the latest update, you can now attach files like images to a note and have them in-line with the words. Further, on the editing front Evernote on Android now supports the same set of text formatting and styles as other platforms. No more wiping out formatting when working with notes created elsewhere.

If you're one that uses an external keyboard with your tablet, Evernote now supports keyboards fully, along with several keystroke combinations for easier note management. New note, bulleted lists and more are all available with a key combo rather than reaching up for that touch screen element.

Source: Evernote Blog

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4 years ago

LG unveils 21-inch all-in-one Chromebase desktop

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New Chrome-powered desktop will debut at CES 2014

LG has taken the wraps off their latest project, and announced the Chromebase. It's a 21-inch desktop with a twist. This all-in-one runs ChromeOS instead of a more traditional desktop operating system.

Inside the HD 1920 x 1080 IPS display, you'll find basically the same internals as the existing Samsung Chromebox. The 16GB SSD, 2 GB of RAM and Intel CPU provide more than enough power to run Chrome, and should offer the user a decent experience.

LG is bullish on the public acceptance, and head of the business division at LG Hyoung-sei Park says:

Simple to operate for all types of users, the award-winning LG Chromebase computer represents the successful combination of simplicity, power and great design. LG Chromebase is the wave of the future for desktops, expected to be widely adopted not only at home, but especially in schools, hotels, call centers and other business settings.

No pricing or release dates were announced, but LG says the Chromebase will be at CES next month. We'll be sure to have a good look at it then. Skip past the break for the full press release.

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4 years ago

Humble Bundle PC and Android 8 now accepting donations

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Six games, and more to come, for a small donation

The latest Humble Bundle, PC and Android 8, is now available and offering up some great games. As is the case each time around, the Humble Bundle is accepting completely user-chosen donations to help benefit both charities and the game developers. This time around, they have four games available at any donation level:

  • Little Inferno
  • Gemini Rue
  • Aaaaa!!! for the Awesome
  • Jack Lumber

If your donation is over the current average, you'll also unlock two more games, plus any more that are unlocked for the current bundle at a later date:

  • Hero Academy
  • Anomaly 2

The current donation sits at an average of $3.94 at the time of writing — a steal for six DRM-free games that also benefit charity. Head to the source link below to check them out for yourself.

Source: Humble Bundle

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4 years ago

Latest Dropbox update makes mobile sharing even easier

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Invite and collaborate right from the Android app

We use Dropbox a lot around these parts. With native clients for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux — as well as access from any modern web browser — it's the best way we've found to share files with everyone at Mobile Nations. That's why we get happy every time we get a new feature.

The latest update for Dropbox is small, but it delivers something that will come in handy — folder sharing right from the Android app.

Just create a file or choose an existing one, tap the quick-action button and choose "Share." You can then send a link to the folder, or invite someone to help fill it up. We'll get a lot of traction out of this one. 

Grab your update from the Google Play link above.

Source: Dropbox

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4 years ago

Holiday Photo Contest: Day 5 collectible winner!

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The fifth of 14 winners in our extra-long photo contest

The Holiday Photo Contest to give away 14 Android mini collectibles is fully under way, and it's time to announce the fifth winner in our series. Each day we're picking out one photo entry that follows the prompt "holidays," and showing off their winning submission here.

Hit the break to see today's winner, and be sure to get your entry into the contest thread in the forums if you haven't yet participated. Good luck!

Enter the holiday photo contest​

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4 years ago

Google Glass updated to XE12, brings a wink camera, proper Hangouts support and iOS compatibility

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As Glass matures, better app support and cross-platform functionality is added

Heads up for Glass Explorers, the December update — XE12 — for Google Glass is now available. 

New this month is a long list of tweaks and features. You can find all the details at the source link, but we'll go over them quickly here.

  • iOS app —  as we noted earlier, XE12 brings along better support for iOS. Expect an update in iTunes later in the week.
  • Google Play Music support has been enhanced, and the new Listen menu will let you browse playlists and open radio stations if you are an All Access subscriber.
  • Screen lock — set a screen lock from the settings menu and anytime you deactivate Glass or take them off (if you've set-up on-head detection) the screen lock will activate.
  • Hangouts Glassware — now you can send and receive chats, photos and make video calls with any Hangouts contact.
  • YouTube Glassware — share your videos to YouTube, with support for private and public uploads.
  • Wink — Explorers with a new model Glass (purchased or swapped after October 28th) can now take pictures via blinking. This works with the display off, and seeing the privacy outrage over this feature should make for loads of fun.
  • New Google Search features — searching for how far you are from a place or how many calories are in a food is now supported.
  • Removed Signature from Messages — no longer will your SMS messages say Sent Through Glass. Email will, though.
  • Removal of Guest Mode — maintaining Guest Mode was too much strain on the programmers, says Google. It is no more. Google recommends using a "demo Google Account."

The update should be pushing out now, so get your Glass plugged in and on Wifi!

Source: Google

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4 years ago

Moto X bamboo back arrives on Moto Maker, carries $100 premium

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Delivery delay of up to 14 days indicated on the website

Motorola said we wouldn't have to wait much longer for Moto X wooden backs, and today Moto Maker has just added a new "bamboo" option. A new category of materials called "Natural" is listed above the other plastic color options, and are listed as online exclusives. Currently the only option available is bamboo, which also adds $100 to the price of your Moto X, as well as a delayed shipping time.

After choosing the wood back you'll be stuck with white edges, but you still have all of the other color options for the front and accents on the phone — you'll also still be able to inscribe the back with your own message. The main Moto Maker page indicates that you're looking at a 14 day delivery time once you add a wooden back to your phone, but as we go through the order process we're being given an estimated delivery date of January 6th.

Source: Motorola

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4 years ago

12 Days of Christmas giveaway day eleven: Win a Galaxy S4 from AC and Sprint

On the eleventh day of Christmas AC and Sprint gave to me ... A Samsung Galaxy S4

The good people at Sprint have partnered with us to do something awesome for the holidays, and we're giving away a great Samsung phone or tablet every day for 12 days.

We've got a pile of great stuff, including the Galaxy Tab 3, the Note 3, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. Winning one is easy, but you'll need to follow the rules.

  • Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win today's prize. Only one comment. 
  • We'll close the comments after 24 hours and pick a winner at random. 
  • Make sure the contact details you have entered when you signed up at AC are good, because that is how I will get in touch with you. 

Today's prize is a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4. It's the best selling Android phone in the world, and a favorite with modders, tinkerers, and users alike. Be sure to try to win one of your own!

The 12 days of Christmas giveaway is brought to you by Sprint, and their truly unlimited plans.

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