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4 years ago

Hands on with the 6-inch Acer Liquid S2

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Hands on with the 6-inch Acer Liquid S2

Acer Liquid S2
Acer Liquid S2
Acer Liquid S2
Acer Liquid S2
Acer Liquid S2
Acer Liquid S2

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6-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 and 4K video recording all part of Acer's newest high-end offering

IFA

Acer recently announced its latest Android smartphone, the Liquid S2, with a monstrous 6-inch display. The device has made the trip to IFA 2013 in Berlin, so we took a quick look at what it's all about.

First that display. Yes, it's 6-inches and therefore it's pretty huge. But at the same time the whole device didn't feel as large in the hand as some other supersized devices. Make no mistake; you won't be one handing this thing properly unless you're a giant. But it's pretty light considering the size, and has a nice matt finish on the rear so its actually pretty good to hold.

4 years ago

Win an HTC One courtesy of dbrand and Android Central!

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Win an HTC One courtesy of dbrand and Android Central!

HTC One with a dbrand skin
HTC One with a dbrand skin
HTC One with a dbrand skin
HTC One with a dbrand skin
HTC One with a dbrand skin

HTC One with a dbrand skin

We have a really special giveaway for you guys this weekend! The team over at dbrand has sent us an HTC One with their awesome skin in Ferrari red and black carbon fiber already installed, and one lucky Android Central reader is going to win it! We'll get to the contest in a minute, but first let's take a look at the dbrand skin on the device.

4 years ago

Motorola posts bootloader unlock for Moto X on Sprint, US Cellular

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Motorola posts bootloader unlock for Moto X on Sprint, US Cellular

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Moto X

Four Moto X variants join the ranks of Motorola bootloader unlocks

Making good on its promise from over a month ago, Motorola has just posted bootloader unlocks on its support site for several models of the Moto X. Joining many other popular Motorola devices are the Moto X variants for Sprint and US Cellular here in the states, alongside the variants for Latin America and Rogers in Canada.

The timing is just right, as both Sprint and US Cellular have just put their models on sale. As for AT&T and Verizon, Motorola has indicated previously that it will not be offering a bootloader unlock and will instead offer developer editions for use on these carriers.

If you choose to go ahead with the bootloader unlock from Motorola, you'll be voiding your device's warranty so make sure you clearly understand the pros and cons of the decision before you make it. If you do want to go on through with it, head to the source link below for more information.

Source: Motorola

4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Supplemental: Wrapping up IFA

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Android Central Podcast Supplemental: Wrapping up IFA

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We're wrapping up our week in Berlin with more on Sony, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear and the Note 10.1 2014 Edition, the LG G Pad 8.3, and ASUS.

4 years ago

Hands-on with the new Galaxy Note 10.1 Book Cover

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Hands-on with the new Galaxy Note 10.1 Book Cover

Galaxy Note 10.1 book cover
Galaxy Note 10.1 book cover
Galaxy Note 10.1 book cover
Galaxy Note 10.1 book cover
Galaxy Note 10.1 book cover
Galaxy Note 10.1 book cover
Galaxy Note 10.1 book cover

Galaxy Note 10.1 book cover

A basic protective cover for the 2014 edition Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung's unveiled a wide range of accessories alongside its new Note products at IFA 2013. We've already taken a look at the S View cover for the Galaxy Note 3, and now it's time to get acquainted with the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) book cover. Relatively simple in design, the book cover bears a slight resemblance to Apple's smart covers, though there's no magnetic attachment, and you'll have difficulty using it for anything besides keeping the screen clear of knocks and scratches.

It'll also be available in six color options — black, white, orange, pink, green and blue. Check past the break for more hands-on photos.

4 years ago

Verizon’s backing away from Canada, but are we really missing out?

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4 years ago

Sony wants developers to make great apps to control their cameras

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Sony wants developers to make great apps to control their cameras

Sony

Sony

Expect to see some great apps to control your Sony cameras on Android, iOS and Windows

Sony is in pretty deeply with Android in their mobile division, but they're also known for making some pretty good stand-alone cameras. It looks like the two teams have got together, and they've released a developer program to help the folks who make Android apps build something wonderful.

I've got a couple Android tricks I use for photography, from a Triggertap and app (once the beta app gets ironed out, look for a full review of this awesome little tool) to an app from Panasonic that lets me use my Nexus 7 as a remote viewfinder and controller for my video camera. If you take a lot of pictures or video, whether as a hobby or for work, these tools can come in very handy.

With Sony's new program and Camera Remote API, it looks like they are prepared to push that envelope a little further. The API will help you build apps that can control the camera, get the image of what the sensor sees, upload the images and even do some fancy things like time-lapse photography. The API is also platform agnostic, and will work with developers writing apps for Android, iOS and Windows. To top it off, it's JSON based so most developers will be able to learn how to implement it quickly.

With the new QX10 and QX100 gaining a good bit of interest, it's smart for Sony to do this. They have a basic app in Google Play, and one coming to the Apple app store, that you can control things with, but it needs some improvement to really use these new lens cameras to their fullest potential. The tools are in place (at the beta stage, at least) to make that happen. We're excited to see where this goes.

Source: Sony

4 years ago

Motorola Droid X (yes, really) receiving security update

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Motorola Droid X (yes, really) receiving security update

Droid X
Droid X update

Droid X

A phone over three years old still gets a few security fixes

The last time we heard any news about an update for the Motorola Droid X was February 17th of last year, but Verizon is prepping an update today for those who are still holding onto the handset. The phone may be over three years old now, but an update is pushing out that will bring folks to software version 45.621.10.MB810 with two changelog items:

  • Enhanced accuracy and reliability of the Commercial
    Mobile Telephone Alerts (CMAS)
  • Google security patches have been integrated to reduce
    potential security risks

At this point in this phone's life cycle (or death cycle, if you prefer) we really didn't expect much out of this update other than security fixes, but it's good to see Motorola and Verizon coming together to keep those last few Droid X's out in the wild safe from security vulnerabilities.

Source: Verizon; Via: AndroidPolice

4 years ago

On Nexus 5 rumors and renders

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On Nexus 5 rumors and renders

Nexus 5. Nailed it.
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Nexus 5. Nailed it.

Nexus 5 render by +Jason Lavigne. Nailed it.

You're here because you watch the Internet, and are interested in all manner of Android news. That means verified news from Google, or the folks who make the products, or even the people who sell them. It also means interesting tips and rumors from insiders and people who were lucky enough to see or hear something a bit earlier than the rest of us get to see or hear it. That's pretty cool, and we love to talk about some of that as much as anyone else does. 

Last night, a device that surely sounds like it could be the next Nexus phone showed up at the FCC. When coupled with a pulled video about the KitKat statue on Google's lawn that showed a phone we've not seen before (we all know them by sight, because we're big fans — just like you are), and the Internet rumor machine was in full swing.

But it's time to sit back, and talk about what we really know about what's next from Google.

4 years ago

AT&T's prepaid brand Aio Wireless goes nationwide starting today

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AT&T's prepaid brand Aio Wireless goes nationwide starting today

AT&T

AT&T

Smartphone plans starting at $55 with 2GB of high-speed data; BYOD SIM just $10

AT&T recently announced that its previously regional prepaid subsidiary Aio Wireless would be going nationwide sometime in "mid September", and now it looks to be opened up just a week later. Along with the expansion to customers across he country, Aio Wireless is improving its plans by upping the data speed cap to 8mbps (from 4mbps previously) and offering a couple of compelling data options and price points:

  • $55/mo for unlimited talk, text and data — first 2GB at high speeds
  • $70/mo for unlimited talk, text and data — first 7GB at high speeds
  • $15/mo for 250MB on a data-only tablet plan
  • $10 per additional 1GB of high-speed data
  • $9.99 for BYOD SIM card

While most reading here will choose to bring their own device, Aio Wireless also offers a decent set of mid-range devices for unsubsidized prices of $100 to $300. If the newly improved offerings from Aio Wireless have you intrigued, you can go shop its plans and devices at the source link below.

Source: Aio Wireless

4 years ago

Here's the blue HTC One on Verizon

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Here's the blue HTC One on Verizon

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Verizon Blue HTC One

If you've been waiting to see what the blue HTC One will look like on Big Red — here's your answer. A tipster sent in this shot of the best Android smartphone currently available (as of our August 2013 rankings) — in blue, with Verizon branding. Not a lot more to say about that. It's the HTC One. And it's blue. And it's on Verizon. (And we got an up-close look at the blue HTC One earlier this week, if you need more.)

We're told it has a street day of today — so check with your local store. (We've got an e-mail into Verizon to confirm.) You also can buy the standard silver HTC One on Verizon now.

Thanks, anon!

4 years ago

KitKat contest now live, win a Nexus 7, $5 Google Play credit or a bag of delicious

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KitKat contest now live, win a Nexus 7, $5 Google Play credit or a bag of delicious

KitKat

KitKat

There may be more than you expected inside that KitKat wrapper

If you needed another reason to be excited about the KitKat cross-branding between Google and Hershey's/Nestle, the contest everyone has been talking about is now live.

Buy a specially marked KitKat bar, and after you're done licking the chocolate off your fingers look for a code inside the wrapper. Enter it at the KitKat site, and you might win a prize.

  • 1,000 Grand prize winners will get a shiny new Nexus 7
  • 150,000 winners will get a $5 Google Play credit
  • 20,000 winners will get a free 8oz. bag of KitKat Minis

Keep an eye peeled for those specially marked bars, and be sure to let us know if you win anything!

Source: Hershey's

4 years ago

Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear pre-orders now live at Verizon

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Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear pre-orders now live at Verizon

Galaxy note 3 and Galaxy Gear

Galaxy note 3 and Galaxy Gear

Note 3 available separately, or as a bundle with the Galaxy Gear for $600

Verizon also entered the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear pre-order frenzy today, and will be offering both products. You can pick them up separately, or as a bundle that will set you back $599.98 with a two-year agreement.

They will be offering the Note 3 in both black and white, with a stand-alone price of $299.99 on contract, $699.99 up-front, or $29.16 monthly. That will get you the just Galaxy Note 3 and Verizon's nationwide service. Verizon says the devices will ship by October 10.

If you're dead-set on getting both the Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smart watch, Verizon can ship both to your door to make things convenient. The Gear has no cellular service, and retails at $299. When added to the cost of the Note 3 we see above, the bundle will set you back $599.98 with a new agreement or $999.98 if you choose to pay up front. As with the stand alone Note 3, orders will ship by October 10.

For more information and the individual pre-order pages, click away at the link below.

Source: Verizon

4 years ago

Sighted at IFA: Vodafone's giant Lego LTE tower

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Sighted at IFA: Vodafone's giant Lego LTE tower

LTE tower
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Android Central

LTE tower

We've been hitting the show floor at IFA 2013 today, and one of the more unique things we've come across stands in the center of the Vodafone Germany booth. It's a giant LTE tower made of Lego bricks. A lot of Lego bricks. It's also supporting Lego radio dishes, though alas Vodafone reps tell us it's not a functional tower, merely a decorative monument to the carrier's LTE service. Now, if only visitors to the country could actually use that service...

We've got a couple more pics after the break.

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 coming to US Cellular in October

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 coming to US Cellular in October

Galaxy Note 3

Galaxy Note 3

Pricing and release information coming as we get closer to the launch date 

U.S. Cellular customers will also be able to get their hands on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 this coming October, as the carrier has sent us a note (see what I did there?) that the latest and greatest from Samsung is on its way. It's the same Galaxy Note 3 the whole Internet has been talking about for two days, and USC will be offering the black, soft-touch model — which the boys in Berlin are saying is "way nicer" feeling than the more plastic white model.

Besides all the hot new features the Note 3 has on board, like the new Scrapbook and S Pen multitasking UI, customers will also be enrolled in USC's rewards program with their purchase. This gives points towards things like accessories, downloads and early upgrades. For more information about USC's rewards program, click here

We have no details on pricing or any release date, but as the day gets closer USC says they will let us know all there is to know. Until then, you can have a look at the press release after the break.

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