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5 years ago

Line2 update adds tablet support, MMS, and a redesigned UI

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Line2 update adds tablet support, MMS, and a redesigned UI

Line2

Line2

The app that brings a premium VoIP solution to Android gets clearer audio and new features.

First released for Android way back in early 2011, Line2 lets its users make phone calls and send texts using only a data connection -- no carrier minutes or texts required. True to its name, it gives subscribers a second phone number that the app uses for sending and receiving calls and texts.

The latest update enables picture messaging (MMS), and adds support for Android tablets. Even over a slow DSL connection, call quality was surprisingly good on my Nexus 7. The revamped UI is a welcomed addition as well; it matches Android's Holo design quite nicely.

Free accounts can only make calls and send texts to other Line2 users (incoming voicemails and texts can still come from anywhere). For a fully functional experience, a subscription fee of $9.95 a month is required. This buys you unlimited calls and texts to the U.S. and Canada, along with a host of other goodies like call forwarding and visual voicemail.

Hit the Play Store link at the top to check it out Line2's latest version.

5 years ago

'HTC First' could be the rumored 'Facebook phone'

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'HTC First' could be the rumored 'Facebook phone'

HTC First

HTC First

It has a screen and buttons

This Thursday we'll be live from Facebook HQ to meet the social network's "new home on Android," but today we're seeing what might be the "first" hardware to run the rumored Facebook-centric home screen.

The often-accurate @evleaks Twitter account has just published the image above, identifying it as the "HTC First." The timing of the leak and the (Facebook blue) typeface used strongly suggest that this could be the device codenamed "HTC Myst," reported in recent weeks to be the new HTC-built Facebook phone. (Update: @evleaks tells Android Central that this is indeed the rumored Facebook phone.)

There's not much else to say about the image in question -- we can see a 16:9 aspect ratio screen, a volume rocker and a power button, and that's about it. Its most interesting features are its capacitive buttons -- presumably back, home and menu -- though anything's possible in these heady days of Facebook-powered home screens.

If you've got any wild theories of your own, shout out in the comments!

Source: @evleaks

5 years ago

Verizon goes middle of the road with the free LG Lucid 2

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Verizon goes middle of the road with the free LG Lucid 2

LG Lucid 2 on Verizon

LG Lucid 2 on Verizon

4.3-inch, Android 4.1.2 smartphone will be available online April 4, in stores later

LG today announced the Lucid 2, a mid-range Android smartphone available online this week and in stores in the coming weeks for the low, low price of free on contract.

You get what you pay for, generally, in the smartphone world, but considering this phone won't cost you a dime, the specs manage to be middle of the road -- for 2012. Here's the rundown:

  • 4.3-inch IPS display at qHD resolution
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor at 1.2 GHz.
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage (actual available storage will be less)
  • microSD card slot
  • 2,460 mAh battery
  • 5MP rear camera

The Lucid 2 also can take advantage of the official LG wireless charger, which we took a look at back at Mobile World Congress.

More: Verizon

5 years ago

Sony Xperia ZL launches in Canada

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Sony Xperia ZL launches in Canada

Sony Xperia ZL

Sony Xperia ZL

C$675 SIM-free, also available through Rogers, Bell and Videotron

Sony's new North American flagship, the Xperia ZL, is now on sale in Canada. If you're looking to pick one up off-contract, Sony's Canadian store is selling the 5-inch ZL for C$674.99 a pop. That gets you a 1080p screened smartphone powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel Sony Exmor RS rear camera, running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It's not water or dust-resistant like its international cousin, the Xperia Z (check out our review), but it does boast a more ergonomic, hand-friendly back panel and a smaller footprint.

If you'd prefer to go the subsidized route, Bell, Rogers and Videotron are selling the device for C$99, C$124.99 and C$199.99 respectively on 36-month contracts. (Yes, that's three whole Earth years -- you'll be approaching the middle of 2016 before your next upgrade.) Pay your money, take your choice.

Stateside, the Sony U.S. Store is still taking pre-orders for the Xperia ZL at $759.99, and expects to begin shipping from Apr. 8.

We'll have a review of the Sony Xperia ZL in the weeks ahead. In the meantime you can read all about what we thought of its big brother, the Xperia Z.

Source: Rogers, Bell, Videotron via XperiaBlog; Sony Store Canada

5 years ago

HTC One tip: Keep your Events organized

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HTC One tip: Keep your Events organized

HTC One

HTC One

Renaming your events on the HTC One keeps your gallery in good order

No one in their right mind would argue that photos are the premiere feature of the http://androidcentral.com/htc-oneHTC One. Taking them, showing them, sharing them -- the UltraPixel system, along with Zoes and Highlights -- are where its at. 

Unfortunately, things get a little muddy when it comes to picture organization on the HTC One. It's not overly difficult, but the HTC One and Sense 5 do things a little differently. 

Images are grouped into "events" based on date and location. Other phones do that, too -- this isn't unique to the HTC One -- but it's much more prominent here. But if I'm going to show someone a Highlight Video the HTC One created, I don't want to have to sort through 13 "Pensacola, Florida" events to find the one I'm looking for. 

So you're going to want to make your own event titles. That's as simple as long-pressing on the event, and choosing rename. You'll also find other options for the events, such as splitting up all the images, 

There's also a side-effect. When a video highlight is created, it takes the event name and uses it at the end. So, again, a date or location doesn't give you the best result.

We explain in a little more detail after the break.

More: HTC One forums

5 years ago

EE launches the '4G Taxi' in London and Birmingham

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EE launches the '4G Taxi' in London and Birmingham

4G Taxi

Android Central

40 Hackney Carriages in London and 10 in Birmingham to offer free LTE for passengers

Not content with being the UK's only 4G LTE carrier thus far, EE is taking it's high speed data on the road by way of taxi. The carrier has made over 40 cabs in London and a further 10 in Birmingham to not only act as mobile advertisements for their LTE service, but will also offer free 4G data to passengers. 

Each taxi is adorned with an EE 4G Mifi which will provide its passengers with an LTE mobile hotspot to connect to while taking in their journey around the city. Useful? Perhaps. It's obviously all a big marketing exercise on EE's part, but in the centre of London, free LTE even for a short amount of time is worth making use of when 3G is traditionally sketchy in the busiest parts of London. So, if you're hailing a cab and one of these approaches, jump in and give it a whirl. 

Source: EE

5 years ago

Ematic announces 7-inch Jelly Bean tablet for $79.99

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Ematic announces 7-inch Jelly Bean tablet for $79.99

Genesis Prime 7 tablet

Genesis Prime 7 tablet

A new contender has entered the ring in the fight for your budget dollars. Weighing in at only $79.99, the 7-inch Genesis Prime is the company's first certified Google tablet. Apps like Chrome, GMail, Maps, and YouTube will come preinstalled thanks to the tablet getting Google's approval. The specs you get are definitely in line with the price: 1.1 GHz processor, 4GB storage memory, VGA front facing camera, and a battery life of 4.5 hours.

The scale reflects this tablet's featherweight status, with an official listing of just 0.59 lbs -- more than 2 oz less than the Nexus 7. The device comes with an HD video player, however the actual resolution of the screen itself is not listed. On-board storage gets supplemented with an included 5GB of cloud storage.

It doesn't get much cheaper than this for a certified Android 4.1 tablet. You can pick one up at Amazon, although there is quite a wait for shipping at this time. Hit the break for the full press release.

Source: Ematic

5 years ago

Dinamotxt: SMS syncing with your tablet

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Dinamotxt: SMS syncing with your tablet

Dinamotxt
Dinamotxt
Dinamotxt
Dinamotxt Themes

Dinamotxt

You'll be able to text from your tablet with your carrier number, but there are some UI struggles along the way

As Android tablets become more and more popular -- especially the smaller 7-inch form factor -- they seem more natural to want to manage text messages from. Dinamotxt does just that by linking up your phone and tablet to give you full SMS syncing between the two. The back-end service works great and is a seamless experience when switching devices, but there are some unfortunate and confusing issues with the UI.

Hang with us after the break to check out Dinamotxt, a new app that lets your tablet cover your texting needs.

5 years ago

HTC One also coming to Sprint from April 19

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HTC One also coming to Sprint from April 19

HTC One

HTC One

$199.99 with 32GB of storage, pre-orders start April 5

Following on from AT&T's announcement earlier today, rival network Sprint has announced that it too will start selling the HTC One from Apr. 19. Pre-orders on Sprint begin a day later than AT&T this Friday, April 5. Sprint will sell the phone with 32GB of storage for $199.99 on a two-year plan.

Doesn't look like Sprint's offering any free accessories with preorders, unofortunately.

Like AT&T, Sprint will carry the phone in silver and black color options.

5 years ago

AT&T's HTC One comes with a free Media Link HD for streaming (for a limited time)

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AT&T's HTC One comes with a free Media Link HD for streaming (for a limited time)

HTC One with Media Link HD

HTC One with Media Link HD

This underrated high-def streamer comes free with AT&T HTC One preorders through April 18

AT&T this morning announced that its HTC One, which will be available April 19, will come with a free Media Link HD. That begs the question: What the heck is the HTC Media Link HD?

It's not a new product. In fact, the Media Link HD is HTC's second foray into wireless streaming. As the name implies, it takes content from your phone and pushes it to your television in living color. And in high definition.

HTC made it dirt-simple, too. Plug everything in -- you use microUSB for power and HDMI to your TV -- and swipe up on your HTC One (or any of HTC's 2012 phones, too) to connect. It takes a few seconds the first time and is nearly instantaneous after that. 

The really neat thing about the Media Link is that HTC's continued to improved it over the past 8 months or so via software updates.

The caveat: To get the free Media LInk HD, you need to preorder the HTC One from AT&T, and do so by April 18.

Check out our full HTC Media Link HD from June 2012.

More: HTC One forums

5 years ago

AT&T HTC One coming April 19, starting at $199

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AT&T HTC One coming April 19, starting at $199

HTC One on AT&T

HTC One on AT&T

32GB for $199.99, 64GB for $299.99, pre-orders start April 4

AT&T has announced that its HTC One will go on sale from April 19. The device will be sold on two-year plans with 32GB of storage for $199.99, in addition to the AT&T-exclusive 64GB model that'll set you back $299.99. AT&T's also offering a free HTC Media Link HD streaming box with on-contract pre-orders.

The release timing gives the HTC One a crucial couple of weeks on store shelves in the U.S. ahead of the launch of its main competitor, Samsung's Galaxy S4.

The AT&T HTC One will be available for pre-order starting this Thursday, Apr. 4, at 1 p.m. CDT, so if you're looking to guarantee yourself a handset, that's when you'll want to place your order.

HTC One review

5 years ago

Nexus 7 32GB WiFi and 3G variants also launched in India

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Nexus 7 32GB WiFi and 3G variants also launched in India

Nexus 7

Android Central

Neither version expected to available via Google Play Store says ASUS India

Following close behind the official launch of the Google Nexus 7 in India, the larger 32GB version is also set for launch in both WiFi and cellular hats. However, while the 16GB Nexus 7 is available from the Google Play store in the country, it appears that the two more expensive versions won't be. 

This comes according to the good folks over at AndroidOS.in, who say that ASUS India has indeed confirmed to them that the 32GB WiFi and 3G Nexus 7 will only be available through their retail partners when they go on sale sometime next week. The 32GB WiFi only will cost Rs. 18,999 while the 32GB 3G Nexus 7 will set you back Rs. 21,999. 

It may seem old news to those of us in Europe or North America, but official availability of the Nexus 7 -- and now, the full range -- is big news. India is a rapidly growing mobile market, and it's great to see the big hitters entering the frame over there. 

Source: AndroidOS.in

5 years ago

Could the Nexus 4 finally be heading to Canada's TELUS?

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Could the Nexus 4 finally be heading to Canada's TELUS?

Nexus 4

Nexus 4

Price cards, dummy​ units signal arrival of Nexus 4 on Canadian carrier

Many Canadian mobile operators have been offering the LG-made Nexus 4 for the past several months, but TELUS has been a notable hold-out. Today we're starting to see signs that the carrier might be preparing to offer the Nexus for sale in-store. MobileSyrup has been tipped off with shots of pricing cards and dummy units for the Nexus 4 on TELUS, and it's also reporting that device should be going on sale from the second week of April -- that's right, next week.

Take this with a pinch of salt in the absence of any official announcement, but it certainly looks like TELUS should be getting the Nexus 4 sooner rather than later.

Source: MobileSyrup (2)

5 years ago

Here's a pre-rooted ROM for that Galaxy S4 you don't have

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Here's a pre-rooted ROM for that Galaxy S4 you don't have

ODIN flash tool

ODIN flash tool

ODIN-flashable package for Exynos 5 Octa version of upcoming handset

Very few people -- mostly folks on the payroll of Samsung or one of the major mobile operators -- can claim to be in possession of a Galaxy S4. Even fewer will have the rare Exynos 5 Octa version, as it seems most of Europe and North America will be getting a quad-core Snapdragon 600-powered GS4 instead.

Nevertheless, if you're among the lucky few currently rocking an octa-core GT-i9500-model Samsung Galaxy S4, you might be interested to see that a pre-rooted (and also pre-release) firmware is now available for download over at the XDA forums. As ever, the package can be flashed through the ODIN desktop utility, and you'll do so at your own risk. But pull it off and you'll have full, unrestricted access to that shiny new unreleased handset of yours.

More details and download instructions can be found over at the source link. It should go without saying that you shouldn't attempt to flash this onto the other Galaxy S4, the more common, Snapdragon 600-fuelled GT-i9505.

Source: XDA

5 years ago

Samsung 'Galaxy Mega' supersized smartphones rumored

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Samsung 'Galaxy Mega' supersized smartphones rumored

Galaxy Grand

Galaxy Grand

Rumored 'Galaxy Fonblet' gets a name change, reportedly coming in 5.8 and 6.3-inch varieties

Samsung clearly sees the future in big-screen smartphones. In addition to recently announcing the 5-inch Galaxy S4, it's got the similarly-sized Galaxy Grand on the way, not to mention the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2. So what's next? According to the latest round of reports, a new line of 5.8 and 6.3-inchers.

​Today's report comes from SamMobile, which has a pretty solid track record when it comes to unannounced Samsung devices. Reportedly the Galaxy Mega 5.8 (GT-i9152) will pack a 5.8-inch screen and appear from the week commencing May 27. Similarly, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 (GT-i9200) should pack a 6.3-inch screen and emerge around the week starting Jun. 17. The new "Mega" branding is apparently a replacement for the (somewhat cringeworthy) "Galaxy Fonblet" name that was being bandied about prior to MWC.

No details on internal specs are offered, but the product codes suggest neither "Galaxy Mega" device will be a particularly high-end handset. What's more, the Galaxy Mega 5.8's code suggests it may be offered in a dual-SIM "Duos" variant, like the Galaxy Grand. And the Mega 6.3's size would tie in nicely with the limits of Samsung's recently-announced game pad accessory.

So would you be tempted by a possible mid-range handset with this screen size? Let us know down in the comments!

Source: SamMobile

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