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4 years ago

Talk Mobile You Week: The best things you said!

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Mobile You. The last of ten weeks of Talk Mobile 2013, and it was all-too-appropriately all about you. From how to find the right smartphone for you to how to customize that phone to how to manage your family of mobile devices and mobile device users, week ten was about the mobile you.

The modern smartphone is a beast that has changed the way that we live and communicate. It's uniquely personal and yet is our gateway to the furthest reaches of the globe. Unsurprisingly, you had a lot to say about that.

4 years ago

Hands-on with the 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

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The delivery man was working on a Saturday and delivered our 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX this afternoon, and we wanted to make sure you fine folks had a chance to see a quick peek of it.

The new 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is extremely thin and light (9mm and 303g, respectively) and has an incredible 323ppi 1900 x 1200 pixel screen. Under the hood is a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU clocked at 2.2GHz, and paired with 2GB of RAM the new Mojito UI absolutely flies. 

A few quick first impressions left us feeling good about what we are seeing here. The package is very well built and assembled, with a mostly soft-touch backing (it almost feels rubberized) and the few buttons are solid and functional. The screen is excellent, as are the dual stereo speakers and Dolby audio system. Of course, we'll know more about things like battery life and wireless performance after a bit of use.

I'm an unapologetic Kindle Fire user. I've found that when it comes to consuming the content I want to consume, Amazon and their hardware deliver it better than anyone else out there, and it's the tablet that sits on my nightstand and puts me to bed every night. Having said that — and yes, I realize it's likely an unpopular opinion — I'm the perfect person to review the latest and greatest Amazon has to offer.

I'll be doing just that, and I've already filled our 16GB unit with some books from my library, signed into my Amazon cloud and migrated my Amazon apps and settings from my older Kindle to the newer one. Look for further thoughts throughout the week, with a full review soon. 

In the meantime, there's a short video and some pictures after the break.

Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch at Amazon

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4 years ago

Nexus 5 appears in clearest leak yet, gets the full hands on

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It sure looks like the next Nexus in this 7 minute hands on video 

Looks like we've all got a little weekend treat here. What this is, apparently, is a full 7 minute hands on video with the LG Nexus 5. We've been seeing and hearing things for the past few weeks, but this is the clearest view yet at what we're expecting to be Google's next Nexus phone. The video is plastered with smartphones.sfr.fr whom it appears we have to thank. 

We've not had chance to digest it all yet, but jump in and take a look for yourselves in the video up top. Early thoughts are that it shows the phone to be running Key Lime Pie, so it's likely an older build of the software and doesn't show us anything new. Also, on the hardware front, the large Nexus logo we've seen repeatedly in previous leaks on the rear of the phone seems to be missing, So maybe this is an earlier prototype of the hardware too. That, plus the "not for sale" sign on the back would indicate this probably isn't a retail unit we're looking at. What do you think of it all? 

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4 years ago

Retail materials further confirm HTC One Max details

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Solid specs, huge screen and fingerprint scanner all shown on retail page

We've seen quite the grouping of leaks associated to the expected release of the HTC One Max, and the latest leak all but confirms it. The above retail material (related to purchasing the phone) was originally found on Chinese site Weibo and seems to give us further confirmation of the expected specs of the device.

Just as had been previously rumored, we're looking at a device with a 5.9-inch HD (1080 x 1920) display, a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, HTC's "UltraPixel" camera, 3300mAh battery capacity and 16GB of storage. Around the back of the device the associated device renders show off an all-but-confirmed fingerprint reader, which is found underneath the camera on the back.

Source: GSMPedia

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: FBReader, PlayerPro, Headless and more!

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See what apps have made their way onto the devices here at AC

It's time again for another edition of our Apps of the Week column, where we show off the apps that are on the devices of the Android Central writers. Whether they're tools, media players, live wallpapers, readers, games or something obscure and fun, you can count on us to bring you a grouping of apps every week that are worth looking at.

This week we have a tool to help you read, a media player, a couple of great games and some odds and ends for you to check out. Read on past the break to see how the picks this week stack up against the rest.

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4 years ago

4.3 update for T-Mobile HTC One coming next week

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Update still "on-track" for middle of next week says HTC America president Jason Mackenzie

HTC One users on T-Mobile, get ready for your moment in the sun next week, as the Android 4.3 update is headed your way as scheduled according to HTC America president Jason Mackenzie.

We've seen unlocked editions, as well as Sprint and AT&T versions get the update here in the states, and folks on T-Mobile and Verizon are understandably getting a little antsy. Hopefully, no "last second issues" keep the timeline from unfolding as planned.

Mrs. Hildenbrand says "whoop-whoop!"

Source: @JasonMacHTC

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4 years ago

Samsung's new Note 3 commercial is a piece of genius

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Samsung has taken stop-motion animation and the Note 3 and turned them into a really great ad

Samsung always makes commercials people like to talk about. On that level, they are doing exactly what they need to do, because the first rule of advertising is to get people to talk about your product. But sometimes, a company does it so good we have to comment. With the latest Galaxy Note 3 commercial, this is one of those times.

A great commercial shows just what your product can do, how well it can do it, and shows you why you want a product that can do these things. Samsung hits it out of the park this time. 

There may be no mockery of other products, or over the top acting and production (or lens flares), but this one is real gold in my book. Let's see more like this, Sammy.

Source: SamsungMobile on YouTube

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4 years ago

The future of CyanogenMod: 'We still have a lot of convincing to do'

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The 'how' of loading custom firmware isn't as difficult as the 'why'

Speaking to what would traditionally be the target audience for custom Android ROMs at the Big Android BBQ, Steve Kondik of the newly-incorporated CyanogenMod Cyanogen, Inc. spent a little time laying out the future prospects for the company. As we would expect this close to the announcement of its plans, we were given much of the same information.

Yes, a so-called "one click" installer is on its way. As are several new and inventive features like cloud backup and secure messaging. The Oppo N1 will even be released in short order as the first phone to ship (at least in some capacity) with CyanogenMod pre-loaded.

And even with 8.2 million users of its custom firmware, there are clearly still hurdles in CyanogenMod's future.

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 leaks out for T-Mobile U.S.

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Looks like at least some folks in the U.S. might be able to get Sony's latest and greatest after all

Just this morning we reported on comments from Sony CEO Kaz Hirai regarding breaking into the U.S. market. The comments weren't that promising, but some better news may be breaking now with the leak of this image from the serial tipster @evleaks. What we're looking at is reportedly the Sony Xperia Z1 for T-Mobile. 

We're only treated to the rear of the device, but the Sony G-Lens with 20.7MP sensor is clearly present. No other information is available at this time, but it's sure to be a glimmer of hope for American Sony fans. 

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

C Spire HTC One also getting Android 4.3 update

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Like Sprint and AT&T before it, C Spire Wireless' HTC One is also getting the Android 4.3 treatment. A post on HTC's official blog confirms the update to version 2.04.563.3 for C Spire users, bringing with it a similar blend of new Sense features and the latest version of Google's OS.

We're still waiting on Android 4.3 for T-Mobile and Verizon HTC Ones, as well as European handsets.

Source: HTC; via: AndroidPolice

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4 years ago

Verizon might offer Developer Edition Galaxy Note 3, official site suggests

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Could a bootloader-unlocked Verizon Note 3 be on the cards?

Back in June Verizon and Samsung teamed up to offer a special "Developer Edition" Galaxy S4, with an unlocked bootloader, for those who like to tinker with their devices. Today it seems a second such handset might be on the cards, as a listing on Samsung's U.S. site makes reference to a "Developer Edition Galaxy Note 3."

Enter the start of the Note's model number on the Samsung support site and one of the predicted options is:

"Coming Soon! Samsung Galaxy Note® 3 (Verizon) Developer Edition | SM-N900VMKEVZW"

No such device has been officially announced just yet, so we'd take this leak -- potentially revealing as it may be -- with a pinch of salt until we get word from Verizon or Samsung.

Are you in the market for a hackable, unlocked Verizon Galaxy Note 3, or are you happy with the regular retail version? Make yourself known in the comments!

Source: Samsung US Support; Thanks, Johnny!

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4 years ago

AT&T kicks traditional data plans to the curb, it's Mobile Share or nothing

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Under then banner of simplifying their array of plans, AT&T today announced that they're ending the availability of the traditional cellular plans on October 25 in favor of their Mobile Share plans. Mobile share, if you'll recall, is AT&T's shared data plan system, wherein you received unlimited phone minutes (you still use those?) and texts plus a bucket of data of a size of your choosing. Data packs range from 300MB per month for $20 up to 50GB for $500. Oh, and there's a monthly charge for every smartphone connected to the plan that starts at $50 on the lowest data tier and drops to $30 by the time you hit 10GB.

The mobile share plans are more reflective of how we use our smartphones these days, where most of us could care less how many minutes are attached to our plan, but care very much how much data we have available. AT&T's move to dump the traditional minutes+text+data per line also mirrors that of US rival Verizon.

AT&T claims that the Mobile Share plans offer a better value for "95 percent of customer use cases," and is careful to point out that those currently on traditional plans won't have to switch to a Mobile Share plan, even if upgrading.

But is this really a good deal for you?

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S4 Mini home button leaks

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Just in case you forget where to send the money each month

OK, so this is a leak from @evleaks and might not really be the Galaxy S4 Mini for Verizon. But if it's real, we can't help but think Verizon is just trolling the crap out of everyone here. If that's the case, we say well played Verizon, well played. In any case, it appears that the S4 Mini, which we already saw leaked today for AT&T and Sprint, will be going to Big Red sooner or later. 

Comments are open. 

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

Google Play changes coming Nov 21, will focus on tablet apps

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Apps designed for tablets will be more visible from your tablet come November 21

Google has announced that some changes are coming to Google Play on November 21, and that the tablet app section will take front and center.

With all new tablet sales being 50 percent Android, Google wants to expand and showcase the "Designed for Tablets" section of Google Play, where applications that have been written to take better advantage of the extra real estate that a 7-inch or 10-inch tablet can offer are highlighted.

Come late November, users browsing the Google Play app on their tablet will now have the "Designed for Tablets" view as the default when looking through the top lists (Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New Free, and Trending). We'll still be able to switch to see all apps if we like, but this should make sure we notice the apps that will look and run best on out tablets.

If you're an app developer, you'll want to get in on this action. The Android Developers Blog is a great place to start, and getting your app primed for the big tablet push is their goal. Hit the source link and get started. And don't forget to holler at us when you're done — we're always looking for the best apps to feature on the blog.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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4 years ago

Customization, colors, and accessories: making the smartphone fashionable - Talk Mobile

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For all the time we've spent in Talk Mobile talking about specs, services, carriers, and usage, we haven't spent much time on what these devices look like. Sure, they're mostly glass slabs with white or black framing (with a few exceptions), but beyond that glass, what else is there?

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