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4 years ago

Acer announces Liquid S2 with 4K video recording


New Snapdragon 800 phone with 6-inch 1080p display

In yet another pre-IFA, pre-announcement announcement, Acer has taken the wraps off its latest smartphone, the Liquid S2, ahead of a full unveiling at this week's show in Berlin.

The manufacturer claims it's the first smartphone with 4K video recording, a feature enabled by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 800 processor, though both Sony and Samsung are expected to announce 4K-recording phones later this week. Besides Qualcomm's latest processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, the Liquid S2 packs a gigantic 6-inch 1080p IPS LCD display and a hefty 3300mAh battery.

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4 years ago

What's behind Samsung's IFA products? Aliens


Samsung's just unveiled its first IFA teaser, revealing the shocking secret behind its upcoming technology. That's right -- Aliens.

Sammy's not giving much away in this slightly nonsensical video, but we'll be live from the Unpacked 2013 event on Sept. 4 to bring you full coverage of the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear and other announcements, terrestrial or otherwise.

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4 years ago

Is this the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch?


Samsung's smart watch leaks ahead of its IFA debut

According to sources at Venture Beat, you're looking at a prototype of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Gear smart watch. It was sent to a trusted partner, who showed it, and a demo video, to Venture Beat.

The watch is said to be about 3-inches diagonally, with an OLED display and a 4MP camera and speakers built into the strap. On the function side, the watch is said to come preloaded with health and fitness applications, which will connect with your Galaxy smartphone (and possibly all Android phones) to be a companion device rather than a stand alone solution. Also included are social integration apps like Twitter and Facebook, and the ability to initiate calls from the watch itself.

Smart watches are nothing new. Motorola has tried and apparently given up (for now) with their Motoactv series, Sony has released several models with limited success, and the Pebble is enjoying a limited, but enthusiastic, user base from fans of wearable tech. With the three giants of the mobile industry — Apple, Google and Samsung — said to be developing smart watches, we expect to see big things this holiday season. 

For more details about today's leak from Samsung, visit the source link below.

Source: Venture Beat

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4 years ago

Seidio Innocell 4500mAh battery for Galaxy Note 2


A little extra bulk gives you a big boost in battery life


The Galaxy Note 2 already packs a pretty sizeable battery, but one of the perks of having a removable cell is the option to upgrade it for a larger one. Whether you're looking for just that extra bit of capacity or want to have a spare for a day when you know you're going to drain the phone, Seidio is offering a 4500mAh replacement that offers extra juice for those who want it.

Hang around after the break to see a few impressions of this extended battery and see how it effects the usability of a device that is already quite large.

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4 years ago

Labor Day Weekend Sale: Save 15% on all Android cases and accessories at ShopAndroid.com!


In honor of the Labor Day Weekend in the USA and Canada, you, dear Android Central readers, can save 15 percent on all Android accessories this weekend when using coupon code LDW13 at checkout.

They've got tons of cases, batteries, chargers, Bluetooth accessories and more for both so many of the 35,000 (more or less) various Android devices, so be sure to browse around and take advantage of the savings.

If you don't have one yet, be sure to check out the awesome line of Lloyd Gear!

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4 years ago

LG officially announces the G Pad 8.3 tablet, will hit North America later this year


LG this morning (OK, Saturday evening in much of the world) has announced the already sort-of announced G Pad 8.3 Android tablet. It'll be formally introduced this (next) week at the IFA conference in Berlin

This will be LG's first tablet since the 3D-happy LG Optimus Pad of 2011, which pretty much flamed out alongside every other 3D device that year.

The G Pad sports the aforementioned 8.3-inch display at 1920x1200 resolution (for 273 pixels per inch). That's a little larger than our current favorite, the 2013 Nexus 7, but with a slightly lower pixels per inch — the new Nexus 7 is at 323 ppi.

The G Pad 8.3 is powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor at 1.7 GHz, with the nominal 2GB of RAM thrown in. It's running Android 4.2.2 out of the box, and has a few of the features we're currently enjoying in the companion LG G2 smartphone — namely Knock On (for turning on the display without using the power button), Slide Aside and QSlide. It's got a 4,600 mAh battery powering things.

And we called the new LG G2 a companion phone for a reason. The G Pad 8.3 will truly pair with it. When you receieve a call or message on the phone, it can also appear at the same time on the paired tablet, as part of the QPair app. Same goes for notes. And this feature won't be exclusive to LG devices — it'll work on other Android phones and tablets running Jely Bean.

The G Pad 8.3 will be available in white or black. It'll hit North America, Europe and Asia later this year, starting in the fourth quarter.

We'll get a better look at this guy this (next) week in Berlin. For now, we've got the full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

ASUS teases new Transformer Pad unveiling next week


Teaser image shows what looks like a new Android tablet to be shown off in 4 days time

ASUS is no stranger to Android tablets, and if this teaser is anything to go by it looks like we might be seeing one in just a few short days. Not much is known other than what we see here, which in the top right hand corner shows what is clearly the standard Android status bar. The "We Transform" moniker would also indicate that we could be looking at a new Transformer Pad device. 

4 days time puts us in Berlin for IFA 2013, but ASUS is not directly exhibiting at the event nor has a press conference scheduled. But, that doesn't necessarily mean the new tablet won't be on show somewhere through a partner, perhaps such as a European carrier. We'll know all next week, but as ever with ASUS tablets, we're interested. 

Source: ASUS (Facebook)

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Yahoo! Weather, Fractal, PaperKarma and more!


See what apps we're using this weekend

It's Saturday, and that means its time for our weekly post where we show off the best apps that the Android Central writers are currently using. Each week we ask the folks here at AC to chime in with a few words about an app that is sticking around on their devices and why it works for them.

This week we're looking at a beautiful way to check the weather, a way to cut down on spam in your (physical) mailbox and a few games to help you pass the time. Hang with us after the break and see how the picks stack up this week.

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4 years ago

Alcatel announces the One Touch S and One Touch Mini


Alcatel has announced two new Android-powered smartphones in their One Touch Idol line — the One Touch S and the One Touch Mini. The two devices will both launch with Android 4.2, and be offered as Quad-band GSM models for operators the world over. Other specs of note:

One Touch S

  • Bands 1,2,4,5,7 and 8 LTE (will likely vary by model number)
  • 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 HD IPS LCD
  • 8MP 1080p rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of storage with SD card slot

One Touch Mini

  • 4.3-inch 854 x 480 LCD display
  • 5MP 720p rear camera, VGA front camera
  • 1.3GHz dual-core processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB or 8GB of internal storage with SD card slot

While very few of us would consider a phone with these specs, at the right price point the new One Touch models could make quite a splash in certain markets. We've no word on price or availability. See the source links for the full details.

Source: Alcatel. One Touch S; One Touch Mini

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4 years ago

Circuitry Live Wallpaper updated - HOLO everywhere


The full Holo color palette and new settings make the Circuitry Live Wallpaper update feel like an all-new app

One of my favorite live wallpaper applications has received a big update, and it's a veritable HOLOVERLOAD. The Circuitry Live Wallpaper app as an all new design and look, with tons of new settings, and still delivers that same cool electro-geek look of ICs and circuit traces to your phones screen. 

It's one of those live wallpapers that can deliver a lot of motion and animation to your home screen without killing your battery or grinding your phone to a halt, and everyone loves those. The difference is, now during the set-up you've got a slew of options and the full HOLO color palette to choose from. I still prefer grey on black, but the new background colors, patterns and shades combined with the 16 HOLO-color component and circuit choices make it look and feel like an all new application. 

There's a new product video after the break so you can see exactly what some of these colors look like, and you can grab the app ($1.99, Android 4.0 and higher) or the update at the Google Play link above. 

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4 years ago

Talk Mobile Carrier Week Recap: The best things you said


Talk Mobile Carriers Week was one of our most contentious weeks of Talk Mobile yet, as carrier tend to be such a subject. We dove right in, tackling what carriers are doing right, what they're doing wrong, and how we can fix it all. Really it all boiled down to "give me the phones I want, don't make me pay too much for them, and give me my data free of encumbrances." Is that really too much to ask?

4 years ago

Moto X best feature - Active Display


Android Central member GMC MaXx writes in our Moto X forums (via the Android Central app, no less):

Not pushing a button to see the time doesn't seem like a big deal, but holy cow, it's awesome!

On my Galaxy Nexus I would push the button countless times a day just to see if I missed any notifications or to check the time. Now when I pull the Moto X out of my pocket the time and any notifications are already shown without hitting a button to turn on the screen. And I don't have to hit a button to turn the screen off before going back in the pocket.

Also, when the phone is sitting on my desk I just give it a nudge and the screen shows me the time. Its such a minor thing, but makes a world of difference in the awesomeness of the Moto X!

We're inclined to agree. It really does change the way you use a phone — even more than that other phone screen gimmick we're toying around with.

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4 years ago

Sony 'Lens Camera' to actually launch as the Smart Shot?


Latest leaks suggest the name and an alternative color scheme for Sony's rumored camera attachment

We're just a few days out from Sony's September 4 press conference in Berlin at IFA 2013, and the rumored 'Lens Camera' has leaked again. This time with a name and an alternative color scheme for the device. A new report from SonyAlphaRumors suggests that the naming will combine smartphone and Cybershot, and the device will launch as the Sony Smart Shot. Not too crazy all things considered. 

We're also now seeing for the first time this white and gold version. Until now we'd only seen leaks of a black device, and while a white version was perhaps to be expected, how about gold? Would be a perfect match for that rumored gold iPhone 5S. 

In any case, we're live from Berlin all next week so if this does appear as the Smart Shot, or indeed anything else, we'll be there to bring you every little bit of it. 

Source: SonyAlphaRumors via Xperia Blog

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 tipped for Sept. 16th release, at least on Three UK


Sony Xperia Z1 also expected for Sept. 24th launch

We were already all but certain that the Galaxy Note 3 would make its debut at Samsung's IFA 2013 presentation, and a leaked carrier inventory system screen shows us Samsung doesn't have much longer to announce the device. The image you see above, given to Engadget, is purportedly from carrier Three UK and shows the upcoming releases for a few different devices including the Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1 (aka "Honami").

The Note 3 is pegged for September 16th, with the Xperia Z1 coming right after on September 24th. We can't be sure that the release dates will be these exact days for all carriers and regions, but given that we dive right into IFA next week and a major UK carrier is ready to sell the phones quickly thereafter, we have to assume they'll be on sale quickly.

Source: Engadget

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4 years ago

Google working on smartwatch with talent acquired from WIMM Labs


New employees brought in to work directly with the Android team

The idea that Google will soon enter the connected smartwatch arena is getting more weight today as details emerge that it purchased smartwatch maker WIMM Labs last year. As a report from The Wall Street Journal earlier this year suggested, Google is actively working on a smartwatch competitor to the yet-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy Gear and the ever-rumored Apple iWatch. Talent and technology from WIMM Labs is expected to be a big part of the effort.

WIMM Labs, if you aren't familiar, was a small company working to make watch hardware and software centered around Android with its first product release, the WIMM One, in late 2011. Beyond just hardware and software, WIMM worked to build up a development program for third-party developers to make what it called "micro apps" that were more tailored to running on a small screen independently of a connected phone.

What WIMM did with watches is far beyond what we see with Pebble, which is a frankly basic notification system, and could give us a look at what Google intends to do in the space. It is reported that the employees from WIMM that stayed on with Google post-acquisition have been moved directly into the Android team rather than their own division.

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