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5 years ago

Google shares new video extolling the virtues of Google Maps


Over the past little while now, we've some cool new videos come from Google. Most notably, the new Nexus 7 videos received quite a bit of attention but the Google Maps team must have wanted to have some fun as well. A new video has popped up on the Google Maps YouTube page and it's a pretty fun look at the many uses of Google Maps. Saskatoon, Kowloon, Cameroon, Brigadoon, to the moon. Let's go everywhere man!

Source: YouTube

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5 years ago

You can't have this awesomely two-toned HTC One X


Pop quiz: What's black and white and too cool for you? If you answered the two-toned Cushnie Et Ochs version of the HTC One X, you'd be right. It's part of Fashion Week here in New York, and we got a quick look at it at HTC's Frequencies II event.

There's not a lot to it that you don't see here. It's half black, half white, with a barely (but still) visible seam down the middle. 

Nope, you can't buy one. It's special-made for folks, well, for folks more special than us.

But we do have some more pics for you after the break. Enjoy.

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5 years ago

Sprint's Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S 4G may be in line for Jelly Bean this week


A quick heads up for you folks on Sprint: We've gotten word from a reliable source that the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G are slated to get their Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates this week. On Thursday, to be exact. And it'll be build FH05 for the Galaxy Nexus, and JRO03R for the Nexus S, to be even more exact.

Here's the e-mail that we've been told is going out:

To Sprint Business Sales

September 5, 2012

Software updates for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (L700) and Nexus S 4G will be available beginning Thursday, 9.6.12. Galaxy Nexus Software Version: FH05 Nexus S Software Version: JRO03R Software updates will be pushed to all handsets via Google. Customers cannot initiate a download on their own.


Upgrades Device Operating System to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Fastest and smoothest version of Android released Better search experience Expandable, actionable notifications A smarter keyboard And more!

We're digging around for confirmation, but we can all agree that the update can't come soon enough, especially since Nexus S 4G owners have been able to compile their own official Jelly Bean builds for a month now.

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5 years ago

Live from the Motorola-Verizon event in New York City!


We're live from New York City this afternoon for the Motorola/Verizon event, where we're very much expecting some RAZR HD action. Maybe. Or maybe something else. Who knows. Only one way to find out, actually, and that's why we're liveblogging this thing up. Plus, if you want, you can watch along, we've got live, streaming video after the break. In living color, even. 

So click that link below, and let's get to it! The event starts at 2 p.m. EDT, or 11 a.m. on the West Coast, and 7 p.m. BST.

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5 years ago

Sony Xperia Tablet S gets bunch of official video demos


The Sony Xperia Tablet S didn't make a huge splash when it was announced last week at IFA, seeing as it looked like not much more than a marginally souped-up version of its predecessor, but this batch of video demos may change your mind. They go over a lot of the new software features that Sony is launching in their latest tablet, including guest mode, small apps, the universal remote, a Walkman app, and the custom multimedia album. 

The Sony Xperia Tablet S is a decent step up from the original Sony tablet. Here's a quick run-down of the specs. A closer look is available over here in our hands-on video.

  • Slim new aluminium body and splash-proof design
  • 9.4” HD display (1,280 x 800 IPS) with OptiContrast Panel with low-friction coating
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and Android 4.0.3 operating system
  • Weight: 1.31 lb
  • Various experiences with original applications and Sony’s network services
  • 1-megapixel HD front camera
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • SD Card slot
  • 16GB internal storage

The videos were uploaded around the same time as the announcement, but was tucked away in a separate YouTube channel for Canadian Sony Trainer reps. Are you guys finding any particularly interesting features in the videos below? 

Via: PhoneArena

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 may hit T-Mobile as the SGH-T889


The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has just recently been announced, and we're already showing signs of life on T-Mobile U.S.A. This screenshot shows a device model T889, which, after a bit of deduction and cross-referencing with UAProf data, suggests that it's the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2. the source of the screenshot says that T-Mobile's version will be keeping the Exynos quad-core 1.6 GHz processor, and tap into their 42 Mbps HSPA+ network. We're expecting this bad boy to launch in mid-October in Europe, but there's still no indication as to when we'll see the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on this side of the pond. 

What's all the fuss about? Well, here's a reminder of the Galaxy Note 2's specs.

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main (Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot

Be sure to check out our hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from IFA for a closer look. It is definitely a sweet-looking device. Hopefully we'll get some indications of a launch on other U.S. carriers soon. Any T-Mobile customers considering holding out for this one, assuming it lands before the holidays? Maybe give that new unlimited data plan a shot? 

Source: TmoNews

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5 years ago

T-Mobile kicks off new unlimited data plan


To mark its 10th. anniversary, T-Mobile U.S. has launched its new Unlimited Nationwide "4G" Data plan, available as of today.

The plan has no data caps, speed limits or overages, and includes an extra discount on new devices like the HTC One S when signing on for a new two-year plan. The data plan cost depends on your core voice and text plan; if you're on the Value plan, the new Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan costs $20/month, while it costs $30 if you're on the Classic plan. So, to get unlimited everything on T-Mobile and a subsidized phone, it'll cost $89.99/month - $69.99 without the phone. 

The plan was announced earlier this summer, and should do well to compete with Sprint (the only carrier to continue boasting unlimited plans for awhile now) for the back-to-school rush. Sprint has the added bonus of LTE for now, though that's only really a selling point if you're in a coverage area. With T-Mobile and Sprint waving the "Unlimited" flag high, what are the odds that Verizon and AT&T will revisit their decisions to nix those plans? 

If you're interested in signing up, you can check out the details of T-Mobile's new plans over here. Any takers?

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5 years ago

Software update brings S3 and Note 2 features to original Galaxy Note


The launch of the Galaxy Note 2 might be imminent, but it seems Samsung hasn’t forgotten owners of the original Note. A new over-the-air update is going out today for the international Galaxy Note (GT-N7000), adding a whole host of new features from the Galaxy S3 and Note 2. The update, which is still based upon Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, introduces Note owners to features like Pop-up Play, a new Note 2-style 3D gallery app, lock screen and home screen enhancements and ‘S Cloud’ contact back-up, to name but a few. Overall, there are some pretty sweeping changes to the phone’s UI. The inclusion of S Cloud in particular is interesting, as this has yet to be officially unveiled, but was spotted on some of the Galaxy Note 2 demo units at IFA last week.

The update to version XXLRQ is curretly pushing out over-the-air and through Kies to unlocked Galaxy Note devices in Germany, and we’d expect other territories and networks to follow in the weeks ahead. Some, like the U.S. LTE models, may have a little longer to wait.

Today’s Note update is also good news for Galaxy S2 owners. It’s now likely that phone will get this latest package of software goodies too, regardless of whether Jelly Bean for the S2 ever materializes.

If you’ve got an international Galaxy Note and have received today’s update, hit the comments and let us know how you’re getting on.

via SamMobile, XDA; Thanks, @android_indian!

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 gets UK price and release date


German pricing for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 was available for all to see at carriers’ booths at IFA, but so far the device’s UK pricing has remained something of a mystery. Today we have the first tentative UK price tag and release window for the 5.5-inch Note successor, by way of British online retailer Clove Technology.

Clove reports on its official blog that the Note 2 will cost £546 inc. VAT when it’s launched in “mid-October.” That price is undeniably steep for any smartphone, but it is in line with the Galaxy S3’s late-May launch price (and let’s also remember that the original Note wasn’t exactly cheap at launch either). As always, this is a SIM-free price, so you can expect to pay much less if you pick up a network-subsidized model.

Would a high price like this deter you from picking up a Galaxy Note 2 at launch? Hit the comments and let us know.

Source: Clove; More: Hands-on with the Galaxy Note 2

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5 years ago

Could Nokia announce an Android smartphone later today? Nah, that's crazy talk!


Nokia are holding a press event later today and all eyes are on new Windows Phone 8 hardware that we expect to see. However, the Finnish company sent out a rather interesting tweet a short time ago with the above photo:

Breakfast in New York on a big day for us! Today we dine on Jellybeans

Could this mean they are also going to entering the wonderful world of Android? We all know that Symbian is a dying platform for them and even though they have partnered with Microsoft to produce Windows Phones their market share is still falling on a global basis. They make glorious hardware, that can't be denied. Could they have have seen sense and realized that Android is the way forward?

I strongly suspect not. I think it is more likely they are teasing us Android lovers. With their deep commitment to Windows Phone and still producing S60 devices I'm pretty sure they have enough on their plate with two/three OS's. They are just messing with us the cheeky scallywags.

We will clearly keep you updated on any developing news but if you fancy keeping a close eye on tthe Windows Phone news please visit our sister site wpcentral.

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5 years ago

Mophie to launch battery case for Samsung Galaxy S3


At IFA 2012 in Berlin last week, we had the chance to see a first for iPhone battery pack maker Mophie -- a battery case for an Android device. The Samsung Galaxy S3 will be the first Android phone to have a custom-built Mophie battery pack, which we're told will offer approximately double the capacity of the phone's 2100mAh stock battery -- although design and specs for the device still aren't finalized.

Though what we played with last week was a prototype, it felt well-made, and the design was in-keeping with the S3's glossy aesthetics. We're sure we'll see an official announcement form the case-maker in the near future, and we'll be eagerly awaiting the finished product.

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5 years ago

Sony Xperia U ICS update expected in 'next few weeks'


Sony might be preparing to launch a whole new range of smartphones, but it hasn't forgotten about its early 2012 line-up, some of which remains on the rapidly aging Android 2.3 Gingerbread. One such device is the company's leading budget offering, Xperia U, which we reviewed earlier in the year, and which has long been promised an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. Now it appears Xperia U owners won't have too long left to wait for their Android 4.0 update, as Sony has revealed that the new software will be available in a few weeks time. Here's what the company posted in a post-IFA Q&A on its official blog --

"The ICS rollout for Xperia U will kick-off within the next few weeks and rollout gradually – more information to follow soon!"

That's far from specific, but at least it's a rough timeframe to work with. Now, how about some Jelly Bean updates?

Source: Sony Mobile, via: XperiaBlog

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5 years ago

Mystery HTC device poses for the blurry-cam


With HTC scheduling a media event for Sept. 19, there's been much speculation as to what the company will unveil at its NYC gathering. One possibility is the persistently-rumored 5-inch device that's supposedly headed to Verizon in the U.S. Earlier in the week we saw some leaked images purporting to show this black and red smartphone from the side. Today brings another blurry-cam shot, this time of the device's front face.

Being of poor quality, the photo gives little away, but we can discern a few things. Firstly, the phone seems to have ditched the usual HTC design language -- it doesn't look much like an HTC One phone. Second, based on the button placement and size, as well as the thin horizontal bezel, it's likely we're looking at a large-screened smartphone.

Chinese site Techorz, which originally posted the photo, reports that the device will ship with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 1080p or 720p display.  That matches up with what's been rumored, although the site also mentions that this could be the "Endeavor C2," something we're pretty sure is another phone altogether. Reports in the past month have indicated that the "Endeavor C2" or "One X+" is a refreshed version of HTC's early 2012 flagship.

So we still know very little about the phone that HTC may or may not unveil on Sept. 19. Regardless, we'll be live from New York on the day to bring you full coverage of whatever's announced.

Source: Techorz

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5 years ago

Amazon strikes content deal with EPIX for Prime Instant Video


Online shopping retailer turned media delivery service and now hardware manufacturer Amazon has struck another content deal for its Prime Instant Video service, this time with EPIX. The deal should bring some much-welcomed big name titles, such as The Avengers, Iron Man 2, The Hunger Games and more. Amazon, which has historically had weaker streaming options when compared to Netflix, notes that its Prime Instant Video service has over 25,000 titles available for streaming with no downloading on every device that supports the service - such as the XBOX, PS3, Roku and of course Kindle Fire.

While we'll never look down on another content deal, we'd really like to see what new hardware Amazon has in store to watch some of the new titles. Of course we'll be following Amazon's announcements at their press event on Thursday, September 6th and hopefully we'll be seeing several new Kindle devices.

Be sure to check out the full press release from Amazon after the break.

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5 years ago

Books on Google Play now available in Korea


Google Play Books is now available in Korea, offering thousands of Korean titles in what Google calls the "world’s largest eBookstore". We don't know about it being the largest, but we do know it's convenient being able buy all your books in one place and read them on all your Android devices.

If you're reading from Korea, fire up your Google Play app and have a look.

Source: +Google Play

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