4 years ago

A reminder: BBM only works on one device at a time


It's 2013, the era of the cloud. But for whatever reason — it really doesn't matter why — BlackBerry's still stuck in a one-device frame of mind.

We live in a world of multiple screens. Some of us use more than one phone. More likely, however, is the combination of using a phone and a tablet. Being able to access your data anywhere is the crux of everything Google — and therefore Android — does. Apple's stumbled with iCloud, but damned if it's not trying. And for all its faults in the past, even Microsoft had this one figured out long ago with its "Three screens and the cloud" strategy

And then there's BlackBerry. BBM — BlackBerry Messenger — is finally available for iOS and Android. Sort of. You can download the app, then get on a waiting list, as BlackBerry's ramping things up slowly. But know this: You can only use one BBM ID on one device at a time. One ID, one phone. Or one tablet. 

And not at all (yet — it's coming) on a desktop or laptop computer.

Anyhoo. This isn't a surprise to anyone who's used BBM before. (Or the popular WhatsApp, for that matter.) But for those of us used to accessing our conversations on any connected device, it's a bit of a shock.

And it's really not how things work in 2013. 

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4 years ago

NVIDIA has a new Shield in the works, may feature next-gen Tegra chip


A new Shield with an even more powerful chip means game developers can go even further — and we can't wait to see what they come up with

The NVIDIA Shield is one of those niche devices that never made it big. Having had one for a long while, I can tell you that there is no better way to play the highest-end games built for mobile (on any platform, sorry Infinity Blade series, but it's true) and extras like PC game streaming make for a great little gadget for the serious gamer. The device just didn't garner much enthusiasm with the mainstream Android user.

The good news for fans of the handheld console is that NVIDIA has no plans to abandon it, and are actively developing the next version — which may have the insanely-powerful Logan chip at its heart. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has said as much in an interview with Engadget at their big event in Montreal.

To us, the reason why Android is such an important platform is, we want to do for Android what GeForce did for PCs

There was no hint on when anything would be available, or any pricing, but we're excited to see what game developers can do with an even more powerful chip to push to the limit. Be sure to visit the source link to watch the full 10-minute interview.

Source: Engadget

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4 years ago

Official BBM how-to videos show the ropes to new users


Got BBM on Android? Here are the basics.

BBM is starting to get (kinda-sorta) rolled out today on Android, and to get folks acclimatized, BlackBerry has posted a few how-to videos on their YouTube channel. Videos show how to manage groups, how read/delivered receipts work, handling multi-person chat, checking status updates, sharing files, and adding contacts.

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4 years ago

Logitech introduces enterprise-grade P710e Bluetooth speakerphone


A spendy accessory aimed at corporate users on the go

Logitech is hoping to capitalize on the increasingly mobile workforce's needs for quality speakerphone audio with its latest Bluetooth speaker, the P710e. Built to be used with any phone or tablet over Bluetooth as well as your laptop over USB, the P710e brings enterprise-level speakerphone quality to any device that you connect it to.

On the mobile side, the P710e offers Bluetooth pairing over NFC, as well as a device dock in the top of the speaker for making video calls. When working wirelessly, Logitech is quoting 15 hours of battery life for the device, which should get you through even the longest conference calls with ease.

Logitech pegs the price of the P710e at a cool $169.99, but there isn't any easy way to buy one just yet — being that this is a enterprise-focused device we may be waiting a little while before anyone can buy them directly. This certainly isn't your average consumer-focused Bluetooth speaker.

Source: Logitech; (2)

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4 years ago

BBM for Android finally here today ... later ... eventually ... NOW!


Some will be waitlisted when app is available this afternoon

Update: OK, folks. The app is (mostly) live. Go ahead and get on the list.

OK, folks. Here's the deal. BBM for Android — that's BlackBerry's proprietary messaging system — is finally going to be publicly available later today, BlackBerry announced in a blog post.

Only, things aren't quite that simple.

Here's the deal: BlackBerry is going to release it in Google Play and in Samsung's own app store in a few select locations. (Yes, Samsung has its own app store.) If you've already registered with BlackBerry somehow, you'll be good to go and BBM should work. If you've yet to sign up, you'll be able to today — and you'll be placed in waiting list. No telling how long that list will be.

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4 years ago

Announcing Android Central Live — coming to you from the Samsung Developers Conference!


Can't be in San Francisco next week for the Samsung Developers Conference? Tune into the Android Central Live show!

Samsung is hosting its inaugural Developers Conference — and Android Central will be on location in full force. We're always a fan of firsts, so in addition to our standard event coverage, we're taking Android Central's presence to a whole new level for this one with the introduction of the Android Central Live show.

As the Official Community Partner of the Samsung Developers Conference, we'll have dedicated space within the "Hacker's Lounge," where myself and Andrew Martonik will fire up the live stream each day for three hours of Android Central Live action.  We'll be interviewing plenty of guests, from Samsung engineers to app developers showing off demos of their latest apps (if you're interested in joining us on the show, email sdc13@androidcentral.com). We'll follow up soon with more details on schedule and guests, but the page you'll want to bookmark to take it all in is androidcentral.com/sdc13.

In addition to the Android Central Live show, we'll also be putting our livestreaming gear to use to bring you Samsung's opening keynote session, which kicks the event off at 11 a.m. PDT Oct. 28. You'll be able to watch the keynote both here on Android Central, and on the www.samsungdevcon.com website. 

And if you can be in San Francisco next week but haven't registered to attend yet, get on it! Tickets are only $299. We'll have some limited edition Android Central gear with us to give away, which beyond everything else makes the price of admission worth it. We hope to see you there!

Source: Marketwired

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One Android 4.3 update now live


Big update for HTC One owners on T-Mobile US

Right on schedule, the Android 4.3 update for the HTC One on T-Mobile US has begun rolling out, bringing T-Mo's version of HTC's flagship up to the latest platform version. The update also brings some extra features to HTC's Sense 5 UI, including new video highlight themes, Instagram support in BlinkFeed and greater control over the way "home" and "menu" button functionality works.

If you're rocking an HTC One on T-Mobile, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on. Next up is Verizon's HTC One, which launched with Android 4.2 and already has many of the new Sense features. That device is due to get Android 4.3 around the end of the month.

Source: Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Remastered Sonic 2 for Android among SEGA winter line-up


Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed also coming to Android this winter

Veteran games publisher SEGA has announced its winter line-up of mobile titles, which includes a remastered version of fan-favorite Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Android. Like the original Sonic and Sonic CD, the remastered Sonic 2 will feature upgraded audio and visuals, and 60fps gameplay. Release is scheduled for sometime in November.

Four other SEGA titles are coming to mobile this winter, though three — Demon Tribe, Go Dance and Rhythm Thief & The Paris Caper — will be skipping Android and heading to iOS only. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed brings transformable vehicles and four-player online and local multiplayer to the kart-racing series. The title will be heading to both Android and iOS, though there's no firm release window just yet.

Presser's after the break.

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4 years ago

Facebook is both herping and derping this morning


It's not just you. Facebook's having issues this morning, returning any number of errors on mobile as well as the old-fashioned World Wide Web.

Our suggestion? Hit us up on Google+. Or, alternatively, go outside, or read a book. Have a real conversation with an actual person. Ahhhhh, those were the days, right?

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4 years ago

Euro HTC One Android 4.3 update coming in '3 to 5 weeks'


Official estimate from HTC UK Twitter account

HTC One devices across the U.S. and Canada have been receiving updates to Android 4.3 over the past several weeks, but so far we've yet to hear anything official on release timing for the European version of the device. Today, however, the official HTC UK Twitter account has given us our clearest indication yet as to when we can expect the update on UK devices — and unfortunately there's still a bit of waiting to be done.

"We are expecting to release #JellyBean 4.3 update in the UK in 3–5 weeks," tweets @HTC_UK. That'll be mid-to-late November, then.

Android Central understands that when the update arrives it'll bring with it HTC's latest Sense 5.5 UI — as opposed to the Sense 5.0-based software rolling out to U.S. devices — which might explain the additional time required to get everything finalized. So HTC One owners in Europe might have to hold on just a little longer, but the update should be worth the wait in the end.

Source: @HTC_UK

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4 years ago

HTC bosses hint at future tablet and wearable devices


Chairwoman Cher Wang​ promises 'disruptive' tablet; CEO Peter Chou says wearables are 'a critical segment for us'

In an extensive joint interview with the Financial Times, HTC CEO Peter Chou and Chairwoman Cher Wang offered some fresh insight into the troubled smartphone maker's future plans — including hints at entries into new product categories.

The pair confirmed that Wang would be stepping up her day-to-day duties at the company, and taking on some of Chou's "sales, marketing and supplier relationships" duties, allowing him to focus on "innovation" and the product portfolio. The move will see the HTC chairwoman working six days a week at the company, as opposed to two previously, the FT reports, as HTC aims to work its way out of its current slump.

As far as future products are concerned, the HTC bosses hinted at a return to the tablet market, as well as a possible foray into the world of wearables. Chou reportedly mentions that HTC worked on a smartwatch-type device with Microsoft "several years ago," but dismissed the current crop of wearables: “It has to meet a need, otherwise if it’s just a gimmick or concept, it’s not for people’s day-to-day lives. That is an opportunity for us.” Nevertheless, he describes wearables as "a critical segment for us," adding “it matches what we do today as a mobile experience overall. That is one area we are excited about.”

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4 years ago

Sony 'Xperia Z1S' could be a mini Z1 for the rest of the world


International version of Japan's Xperia Z1 f inbound?

Ever since Japan's NTT Docomo got the Xperia Z1 f — a 4.3-inch version of the Xperia Z1, with all the juicy specs left intact — we've been hoping for news of a wider international launch. Now there's the first sign that such a device might be headed our way, as the usually reliable @evleaks has published images of a Sony "Xperia Z1S." The shot appears to show a smaller Xperia Z1 with similar button placement and software, but right now that's all we have to go on.

If it's anything like the version due to be sold in Japan, this handset should pack a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera — in essence, all the internal hardware that matters — along with a smaller 4.3-inch 720p display. Time will tell what form the "Xperia Z1S" eventually takes, but the shortage of high-end Android phones with top-level specs right now means there's definitely an audience for this kind of device.

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

HTC One Max pictured for AT&T


Complete with frontal carrier logo

We already know the HTC One Max is headed to Sprint and Verizon — and on the latter, you'll naturally be dealing with some additional carrier signage. But the same might also be true of an eventual AT&T HTC One Max, as evidenced by a new image from Twitter leaker @evleaks. Sure enough, the image reveals AT&T's globe (or Death Star, if you prefer) sitting between the "home" and "back" keys, where before there was an HTC logo. That's in addition to a AT&T text in the notification bar — standard practice for the carrier's Android phones.

There's still been no official confirmation that the Max is headed to AT&T, but this latest render leak makes it look more likely than ever.

Besides the obvious differences, AT&T's HTC One Max is presumably the same handset we've been getting to know in recent weeks — a 5.9-inch version of the HTC One Mini's design, sporting the original HTC One's internals and a fingerprint sensor of questionable value. For more on the One Max check out our full review, linked below.

More: HTC One Max review

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

Yes, the Sony SmartWatch 2 is IP57 water and dust resistant


The Sony SmartWatch 2 doesn't mind a little dunk or three

There seems to be a little confusion out there among wearable enthusiasts and soon-to-be wearable enthusiasts about the Sony SmartWatch 2 and any level of water resistance. A representative of the company has assured me that the SW2 is indeed IP 57 rated for water and dust resistance. This is the same as the Xperia Z, and it means:

  • 5: Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment.
  • 7: Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 m of submersion). 

That's all I needed to hear. Hit the break to see the Sony SmartWatch 2 meeting a glass of ice-cold West Virginia mountain spring water.

Discuss all sorts of wearable tech in the forums

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4 years ago

The One2Touch Softpad S1 NFC keyboard review


Using low-power NFC communication and made for Android, the One2Touch Softpad is a unique take on a travel keyboard

If you have ever tried to do any real work on a touch screen device, you know how frustrating text entry can be. Having a mini-computer in your pocket is mighty convenient, and applications to edit things like presentations and documents are good enough for limited use on Android, but the limiting factor, for me at least, is trying to type on a piece of glass.

I wouldn't recommend any Android device for a dedicated office computer, but for traveling and those unexpected times where you need to get something done, the One2Touch Softpad NFC keyboard is a really interesting gadget.

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