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4 years ago

Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 now on sale in Hong Kong and India from Google Play [update]

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Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 now on sale in Hong Kong and India from Google Play [update]

Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Nexus 5 now available in 12 countries direct from Google

Update: We now have an official price for the Nexus 5 in India, INR 28,999 (16GB) and INR 32,999 (32GB), and also have a better timeframe for the Nexus 5 launch in Saudi Arabia — LG is saying "early December" at this point, with pricing to be announced at launch.

Original story: Along with a whole boat load of accessories, Google is expanding the availability of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 in Google Play. Starting today, you can pick up Google's latest tablet and phone in both Hong Kong and India directly, building on the current availability in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea.

If you've been waiting to get your hands on the latest in Nexus devices and wanted to get them directly from Google in one of the new countries, now is the time to do so. Hit the Play Store link above for the Nexus 5, or click right here for the Nexus 7.

Source: +Nexus; More: AndroidOS.in; @LGMobileSaudi

4 years ago

Nexus 5 QuickCover, Bumper Cases and Wireless Charger now in stock!

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Nexus 5 QuickCover, Bumper Cases and Wireless Charger now in stock!

Nexus 5 bumper

Nexus 5 bumper

Google now has the three main Nexus 5 accessories in stock — that includes the bumper cases, QuickCover and wireless charger — available for purchase.

First, the links:

  • Nexus 5 Quick Cover (white or black) for $49.99
  • Nexus 5 Bumper Case (yellow or red) $34.99
  • Nexus Wireless Charger (Works with Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7) for $49.99 — U.S. and Canada only, apparently.

We've yet to get a good look at the QuickCover or Wireless Charger, but be sure to swing by our full look at the Bumper Case

4 years ago

Uber adds PayPal payment processing, offering discount until Nov. 28

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Uber adds PayPal payment processing, offering discount until Nov. 28

Uber

Uber

Receive $15 off your first ride when paying with PayPal

Black car and taxi service Uber has just updated its app to now accept PayPal in addition to Google Wallet. The PayPal payment option is available in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the U.S. at the moment, and gives you yet another way to pay for your car rides alongside Google Wallet and a traditional credit or debit card.

To encourage you to connect your PayPal account, Uber is also offering a one-time $15 discount on your first ride when paying with PayPal before November 28th — not a bad deal. You can download the latest version of the Uber app at the Play Store link above, and connect your PayPal account under "Payment" in the settings.

4 years ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 3 is Android-only, offering 6 games for your charitable donation

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Humble Mobile Bundle 3 is Android-only, offering 6 games for your charitable donation

Android Central

More games to come next week for those who donate over the average

The third iteration of the Humble Mobile Bundle is now available and accepting donations for a group of six Android-only games. As is the case each time, the donation model lets you pay what you want for the games below, with some of the proceeds going to developers and the rest going to a pair of great charities.

  • EPOCH
  • rymdkapsel
  • SpellTower
  • Swordigo (new to Android)

In addition to the above four games, if you donate over the average (currently just $4.58) you'll also receive two more games. You'll also have access to any additional games that are added to the Mobile Bundle 3 next week, as is often the case.

  • Ridiculous Fishing (new to Android)
  • Kingdom Rush

Head to the source link below and donate what you feel is appropriate to receive four or six great Android games.

Source: Humble Bundle

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy NX now available in the US

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Samsung Galaxy NX now available in the US

Galaxy NX

Galaxy NX

$1,699 will score you the Galaxy NX body and an 18-55 F/3.5-5.6 lens — and Jelly Bean

Originally expected in October, the Samsung Galaxy NX is available today for folks in the US, provided you want to pay $1,700 for it all. Sporting a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and Android Jelly Bean under the hood, the camera should do anything Android-related you want it to do. The other specs sound equally as capable — APS-C sensor, 1/6000 shutter speed, and ISO settings as high as 25,600 mean that you'll be able to get some very nice pictures out of this one.

But for $1,700 you had better get great pictures.

We're not sure if the addition of Android justifies the $1,000 premium over other great APS-C mirrorless cameras, and just don't see this one gaining any traction. This price-point is more suited to full-frame cameras, rather than an entry-level "prosumer" (I hate that term) model. 

Alex had a chance to look over the NX this past June in London, and I've had a chance to see one briefly at a Samsung store here in the states. It's a nice camera for people who want more than an average point and shoot, and the few shots I was able to take and view did look nice. If you're really into photography and Android, you might appreciate the mating thing done here. Anyone interested should visit the source link for ordering information.

Source: Samsung

4 years ago

Google gives an early look at the Glass Development Kit, shows off new apps

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Google gives an early look at the Glass Development Kit, shows off new apps

Google Glass
New Glass Apps

Developers will have deeper access to Glass hardware, offline services and new app components

Google is taking a big step towards increasing third-party app development for Google Glass with a sneak peek at the upcoming Glass Development Kit, or GDK. Developers wanting to make apps and services for Glass currently have to work with a limited Mirror API, but the GDK is going to take things to the next level. In a brief video that's just over a half hour, Googler Timothy Jordan gives an overview of what's to come with the GDK in the near future.

The three big features on display here are offline apps, real time services and deeper access to the Glass hardware for developers. Once the GDK is available, developers will have more freedom to bring up cards in the "live" area of Glass (currently reserved for Google Now-type cards), have "immersive" apps that make use of all gestures normally reserved for system-level tasks and have their apps launched from the regular "OK Glass" voice command.

4 years ago

Poetic Slimline case for the Kindle Fire HDX 7

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Poetic Slimline case for the Kindle Fire HDX 7

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Poetic Slimline case.

Poetic Slimline case.

Affordable protection for your new Kindle

Amazon has their new Kindle Fire HDX tablets ready to roll out for this holiday season, and if you're buying one for yourself or a loved one, you'll probably want some sort of case to protect that big sheet of glass and keep that soft touch back from getting all grimy. And that something needs to be well built, look good, and from a name you know. 

That's where the Poetic Slimline case comes in. It will protect your Kindle Fire HDX 7 well, has that look and feel you want without the big price that Amazon has listed for the Origami cover accessory. And Poetic is a name plenty of us know.

Hit the break and see if the budget-friendly model will suit your needs.

(Note: This accessory is for the newer, 2013 Kindle Fire HDX 7 — not the older, 2012 Kindle Fire HD 7.)

4 years ago

Motorola adds six more phones to Android 4.4 update list

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Motorola adds six more phones to Android 4.4 update list

Droid RAZR M, HD and MAXX HD

Droid RAZR M, HD and MAXX HD

List gives no indication of when updates will actually begin rolling out

Motorola was quick to refresh its software support page to indicate which devices are set to receive Android 4.4, and it has just updated the page again with six more devices. Verizon and Motorola's 2012 Droid lineup are the big new additions, including the Droid RAZR M (branded and Dev Edition), RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD.

Interestingly, Motorola's support page is also now indicating that AT&T's Atrix HD will also be updated to Android 4.4, along with the U.S. Cellular Electrify M. They join the ranks of the Droid RAZR HD Developer Edition, the full lineup of 2013 Droid phones and of course Moto X variants on the Android 4.4 update path.

As is typical with these changes to the software support page, there's no indication as to when the updates will be making their way out, but simply knowing that as of now Motorola plans to update the devices is good. Naturally we'll have a better indication of when the device will receive the updates officially as the process moves along.

Source: Motorola; Thanks, Ryan!

4 years ago

T-Mobile Xperia Z receives Android 4.2.2 update

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T-Mobile Xperia Z receives Android 4.2.2 update

T-Mobile Xperia Z

T-Mobile Xperia Z

Lock screen widgets and UI tweaks come five months after other models

Coming up on five months after over versions of the model received an update, the Sony Xperia Z on T-Mobile is getting the bump to Android 4.2.2 starting today. The software version 10.3.1.E.0.191 (coming in at 185MB) is rolling out to users over the air now, and it brings all of the same features as we saw on the Xperia Z, ZL and ZR several months ago.

That means you'll now have lock screen widgets, camera access from the lock screen, an overall facelift of the launcher and a few different styling changes through the settings and multitasking menu. You'll also have a new way to customize quick setting toggles in the notification shade, and a few other tweaks and improvements.

If you have an Xperia Z on T-Mobile you can check for the OTA now, or hook up to your computer and download the update manually via Sony's PC Companion (or Sony Bridge For Mac) software.

Sony Xperia Z Forums

Source: T-Mobile

4 years ago

Motorola makes it official: Verizon's Moto X first to get Android 4.4 KitKat

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Motorola makes it official: Verizon's Moto X first to get Android 4.4 KitKat

Moto X on Verizon

Moto X on Verizon

Updates, in their usual staggered order, to begin pushing today

No great surprise here, given that the soak test that just started said exactly that, but it's nice to see something official. Verizon's Moto will be the first in the line to receive Android 4.4 KitKat.

Motorola does note that you won't be able to downgrade your OS after this update, so mind your bootloaders, kids.

Source: Motorola

4 years ago

Gold HTC One on display tonight at Harvey Nichols in London

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Gold HTC One on display tonight at Harvey Nichols in London

Gold HTC One

Gold HTC One

If you want to get up-close and personal with the 18 carat gold HTC One produced in partnership with Goldgenie and the MOBO awards, the device will be headed to London later today. HTC UK says the limited edition "real gold" HTC One will be on display alongside BassBuds earphones at high-end London department store Harvey Nichols from 6-10pm tonight.

The gold HTC One is valued at $4,400 and one of just five in existence, though, so don't expect to take it home with you. Instead you can check out our hands-on video with the gold HTC One after the break to take a closer look. (We've also got more photos in our original hands-on feature.)

Source: @HTC_UK

4 years ago

UK MVNO Giffgaff now selling phones

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UK MVNO Giffgaff now selling phones

Android Central

GiffGaff

Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 3, Sony Xperia Z1 and HTC One among Android devices on offer

Community-based MVNO Giffgaff has begun selling smartphones for the first time today. The operator, which runs on O2 UK's network, had previously limited itself to SIM-only deals with community-based customer service through its forums. From today Brits can buy Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3, Sony Xperia Z1 and HTC One from Giffgaff, paying for the devices in one lump sum upfront, or in monthly installments separate from its service charge. Customers can choose to pay for the phone over six, 12, 18 or 24 months, with initial payments of between £50 and £200.

Service plans work just as they always have, with customers able to purchase monthly "goody bags" with a balance of minutes, calls and texts. A major draw of Giffgaff in the past has been its relatively cheap unlimited data goody bags, which start at £12 for 30 days of unlimited data and texts, and 250 minutes.

Giffgaff is marketing some of its phones as "4G ready," hinting at plans for LTE coverage in the future. While the operator doesn't currently offer LTE services, O2 has previously said it'll extend its 4G network to MVNOs, including Tesco Mobile and Giffgaff, at some point in the future.

Source: Giffgaff, Recombu, Crave

4 years ago

Newsblur Android app updated with new viewing options

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Newsblur Android app updated with new viewing options

Android Central

Newsblur

Google Reader may be dead, but RSS is alive and well. And to that end, the Android app for Newsblur received a hefty update this week.

New in version 3.0 are a new story navigation pane and text view, and quick-and-easy forward and back buttons. Plus, you'll get a new logo, hidden comments, the ability to unsave stories, and the requisite bugfixes. 

Definitely worth a look if you're in search of a good RSS reader. 

More: Newsblur blog

4 years ago

Carphone Warehouse tablet withdrawn from sale following licensing blunder

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Carphone Warehouse tablet withdrawn from sale following licensing blunder

Avoca

AvocaGoogle apps on the £49 'Avoca' tablet were not properly licensed, according to reports

Following the arrival of cheap Android tablets from British retailers Argos and Tesco, retail chain Carphone Warehouse made headlines with the launch of its own budget slate, priced at just £49. By all accounts the "Avoca" tablet packed pretty basic hardware — a 1GHz CPU, WVGA display and 512MB of RAM stands out as being decidedly low-end — but at least it included the full suite of Google apps.

Now it seems the those apps may have been loaded onto the device without being properly licensed. The UK-based Mobile Magazine reports via "industry sources" that the Avoca's software was not licensed by Google, and as such manufacturer STB Developments had loaded apps like Google Maps and the Google Play Store onto the tablet without permission. Applications like this form the GMS (Google Mobile Services) package, which is licensed separately to the open-source Android OS.

4 years ago

Samsung reportedly sells 800,000 Galaxy Gear smartwatches

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Samsung reportedly sells 800,000 Galaxy Gear smartwatches

Galaxy Gear

Galaxy Gear

Despite some functional deficiencies at launch, it seems Samsung has had little trouble selling its Galaxy Gear smartwatch over the past two months. This morning Reuters is reporting that the company has sold 800,000 of the wearable devices since its late September launch — all the more significant as for much of that time it required a Galaxy Note 3 to operate. Initial sales of the device exceeded Samsung's own expectations, according to the report.

Early reviews, including our own, criticized the Gear's compatibility limitations and poor support for non-Samsung apps. Since then Samsung has updated the Galaxy S4, S3 and Note 2 with support for the Gear, and a recent update to the phone-based Gear Manager app allows it to display notifications from any Android app, a feature which was bizarrely absent at launch.

While shifting almost a million units of what remains an accessory for a small number of smartphones is a significant achievement, there've been less enthusiastic signs from buyers at one U.S. store. Best Buy reportedly experienced return rates as high as 30 percent in October, despite a high attachment rate among Note 3 buyers.

Source: Reuters

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