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4 years ago

Nexus 7 Sleeve hits Google Play in US and Canada for $29

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Neoprene and microfiber protection for every model of Nexus 7.

Along with the announcement that the Nexus 7 is now available in Canada, Google has also put up the first official accessory for the device in the Play Store. The simply-named "Nexus 7 Sleeve" is a neoprene and microfiber zip-up case designed to protect your tablet. The styling seems to be pretty basic and is black on the outside with grey cloth on the inside, and has a second pouch on the outside for other cables and accessories.

The Play Store listing indicates that the Nexus 7 sleeve will work with both 2012 and 2013 editions of the tablet, which is nice. The sleeve is now on sale in the U.S. and Canada for $29.99 and indicates that it will ship in 1-2 business days, with some pretty expensive shipping options starting at $17.98. If this design isn't your thing, Google also sells a generic 7-inch tablet sleeve from its own store for less.

Let's hope this is just the beginning of official Nexus 7 accessories from Google this time around.

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4 years ago

Google investigating 'Package File Invalid' errors at Google Play

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Seeing Package File Invalid errors from Google Play? It's not just you

It seems that some users are seeing an error when trying to install or update applications from Google Play on their Androids. Instead of the expected behavior — tap a button and install or update an app — users are able to download the package but during install are fed a "Package File Invalid" error. 

There are many user fixes floating around out there, ranging from clearing app data for Google Play to removing the proxy address from your APN (this worked for me) but none seem to be a universal fix.

We’ve received reports that some users are getting "Package File Invalid" while trying to download or update apps.

We’re currently investigating a permanent solution, and there are no workarounds at this time.

We’ll continue to update this page with developments, so check back soon.

Google has addressed the fact that this is an issue for some users, and is working on a fix. We imagine this has a bit of priority, so hopefully there is good news soon.

Source: Google

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4 years ago

New Nexus 7 now available in Canada

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Prices start at C$229, shipping in 1-2 days from the Google Play Store

A few weeks after the new Nexus 7 went on sale in the U.S., Canadians can now get their hands on Google and ASUS' new tablet through the Google Play Store. The Wifi-only 16GB version of the tablet goes for C$229, while the 32GB model will set you back C$269. The tablets are listed as in stock and shipping within 1-2 business days.

If you're still on the fence, be sure to check out our full review of the 2013 Nexus 7.

Canadians, hit the comments and let us know if you're picking up a Nexus 7 today. Next stop for the tablet will likely be the UK on Aug. 28.

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4 years ago

Loewe's Speaker 2 go is a premium speaker for your Android devices

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Premium sound does come at a price, but Loewe's portable works with pretty much everything

If you're in the market for a new home/portable speaker system for your mobile device, and you want something a bit special, this is well worth a look. I first came across the Loewe Speaker 2 go at the IFA Global Press Conference in Italy where it was announced, and now it's available here in the UK I've had the time to play with it. The full review is up over on iMore, so I won't duplicate it here, but it's well worth highlighting a few key points. 

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4 years ago

Rogers will carry the Samsung Galaxy Mega (6.3)

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The giant device hits Rogers with 'super-fast' LTE

Rogers has announced today on its official Twitter account that the Canadian carrier will be offering Samsung's latest gigantic handset, the Galaxy Mega 6.3. If you somehow missed this one, the Galaxy Mega is so far the largest phone device in the "Galaxy" lineup for Samsung, with a very familiar build but a pretty crazy screen size.

While Rogers isn't providing any specifics on the device, we can expect it to be much the same as what we've already seen, with a 720p 6.3-inch display, 1.7GHz Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor, Android 4.2 and LTE data support. In its Tweet Rogers indicates that the device will be "coming soon", so keep an eye out for official dates.

Source: @RogersBuzz

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4 years ago

Verizon's Moto X launch date set for Aug. 29 per this leaked Best Buy inventory screen

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The Moto X for Verizon hits Best Buy shelves on August 29, with stock on hand as of August 15

While nothing is official until the folks at Verizon say it's official — and they hate doing that it seems — we've received another inventory screen from Best Buy showing the launch of the Verizon branded Moto X has been set for August 29. Our tipster, who originally had information that the phone was to be sold on August 23, says the phone launch was pushed forward three days.

This puts the Moto X, a device we're assuming will have less Verizonware and NASCAR-esque branding than it's DROID counterparts, a full week past the launch date of the DROID Ultra, MAXX, and Mini. Is this significant? We don't know, but Verizon thinks every decision over before they make it. 

Anyhoo if you're waiting for the Moto X on Big Red, we think you should probably set aside a few dollars for the last week of the month. We don't know how many dollars just yet, but when we know more, you'll be the first folks we tell.

Thanks, Anon!

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4 years ago

How to pick from a sky full of clouds - Talk Mobile

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If we talk about cloud services, there are several major players in just the storage-and-syncing category, plus dozens more smaller entities. Some are tied to a specific platform, some are entirely platform agnostic, and yet others are best when paired with the platform with whom they share a maker, but yet still work alright most everywhere else.

So how are we supposed to pick a cloud? Should we go with the one that comes with our phone, or is there an advantage to going off the reservation and using a third-party service?

4 years ago

Send us tips right from the Android Central App!

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Have some news you just can't hold back any longer? Want to tip us straight from your phone? Maybe we missed the latest update to the Nyan Cat app. It's easier than ever to ping us.

Just head on into the official Android Central app and scroll through the menu to "Tip Us." It's the quickest and easiest way to get our attention, submit a story or just say hi.

Give it a shot!

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4 years ago

LG G2 up for pre-order in the UK, first stock expected late Sept.

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Upcoming LG flagship priced at £468 inc. VAT at Clove

After last week's glitzy NYC launch event, we're now starting to hear when and where the LG G2 will be going on sale around the world. In the UK, independent retailer Clove Technology is first with a pre-order listing, showing the G2 priced at a surprisingly reasonable £468 including VAT (£390 exc. VAT). That's not cheap, but it's around £100 less than the launch price for Samsung's Galaxy S4.

The retailer says it'll have the LG G2 in black and white with 16 gigabytes of storage, and that the first stock is expected in late September.

Source: Clove Blog

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4 years ago

Incipio DualPro Carbon Fiber case for HTC One

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Flashy carbon fiber design meets seriously tough device protection

 

Ranging from no case at all to heavy duty hard cases, some people's phones need more protection than others. The Incipio DualPro Carbon Fiber case for the HTC One is certainly pushing that higher boundary of hard cases, and it offers some serious coverage without hindering usability in the process.

It's a tough line to walk but we think Incipio has done it with this case. Read along after the break and learn a little more about the DualPro CF case for the HTC One.

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4 years ago

LG Optimus L1 II headed to Three UK

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LG's tiny budget handset, the Optimus L1 II, has found a home on mobile network Three in the UK. The somewhat confusingly-named 3-incher packs a 240x320 display resolution, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 1540mAh battery. Upon its announcement last week, the L1 II was revealed to have a $95 price point in countries like Vietnam and Russia, so it's likely the phone will arrive around the £60-70 mark in the UK.

Three says it'll launch the Optimus L1 II "soon," and that it'll have exclusivity over the white version of the handset in the UK.

Source: Three

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4 years ago

Acer Liquid E2 lands on Three UK, contract prices start at £17

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Announced in late June, Acer's mid-level Liquid E2 handset has gone on sale on Three UK today. The E2 runs a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, and has a 4.5-inch qHD (960x540) display, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera. On the networking side, the handset supports 42Mbps DC-HSDPA, but not LTE.

So we're far from the cutting edge of smartphone tech here, but Three is offering some competitive pricing on the Liquid E2. It's available for free on 24-month contracts starting at £17 per month, which gets you unlimited data, 100 minutes and 5,000 texts. And there's a similarly cheap SIM-free price of just £149.99 up-front, too.

Source: Three UK

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4 years ago

Another Android-powered Samsung flip phone leaks out

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Dual-screen, quad-core device pictured for China Telecom

Flip phones are apparently still a thing, and so Samsung appears to be working on a couple of Android-powered clamshells for the Asian market. Last week brought the first leaked spy shots of the Korea-bound Samsung "Galaxy Folder," and today images of another similar device have leaked through Samsung fansite Sammy Hub.

The images reveal the Samsung W789 "Hennessy," a maroon red handset with bronze accents, capacitive keys, two screens and a single rear camera. Unlike the Galaxy Folder, we're looking at a fairly basic spec sheet -- a quad-core 1.2GHz processor (likely a Snapdragon 200), 1GB of RAM, 3.3-inch HVGA displays, a 5-megapixel camera, microSD support and Android 4.1-based software.

It's unlikely we'll see the W789 anywhere near Western markets, but it's an interesting addition to Samsung's endlessly-varied Android stable. The device is apparently headed to China Telecom in the near future, where it'll support both CDMA and GSM networks.

Source: Sammy Hub

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4 years ago

Kindle app receives new library sorting, sync improvements

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Small but important tweaks to make book, magazine and newspaper management simpler.

Amazon has pushed a small but notable update to the Kindle reader app tonight that adds two new features as well as performance improvements. Starting with this version 4.2.0 update, you will now have more options for sorting the items in your library including by recent purchases, title or author (A-Z or Z-A). Additionally, the update added a new feature showing the amount of time left to finish the current chapter or entire book (presumably based on your average pace).

Naturally the update includes "sync and stability improvements", although no specific fixes were mentioned. Kindle users should go ahead and snag the latest version from the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

ASUS Cube update now rolling out

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Update promises Wifi stability and new titles and support through GameNow

ASUS is pushing an OTA for the ASUS Cube with Google TV, bringing a few fixes and updates to the GameNow platform version.

The 234MB update addresses issues with the Wifi stability, updates the GameNow platform to version 1.0.31 and brings enhanced support for the Logitech F710 wireless controller, and adds the ability to see information about the camera used and date when viewing images in the Media Manager.

This update requires a full hard-restart, which means once it's completed you'll need to actually unplug the unit. You're warned of this after the initial installation is finished. 

Check yours by entering the Settings, and checking About > System updates.

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