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3 years ago

We're answering your Sony Xperia Z1 questions on the Android Central forums!

Got questions about Sony's latest handset? Hit up the forums!

We've got the Sony Xperia Z1 in-house, and we're busy giving it the full review treatment. In the meantime if you've got questions about Sony's latest and greatest smartphone, you'll want to hit up our Xperia Z1 forums, where we're serving up the answers you crave.

Maybe you're wondering about how that 20.7-megapixel camera stacks up against the competition. Or how fast that Snapdragon 800 CPU really is. Maybe it's the 1080p "Triluminos" display that's piqued your interest. Whatever you need to know about the Xperia Z1, post in the forum thread linked below and we'll do our best to clue you in.

More: Sony Xperia Z Q&A in the Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Zombie Gunship lays down covering fire on Google Play

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Protect the bunker, wipe out zombies, help survivors, and upgrade your ship

A massively popular shooter game from iOS, Zombie Gunship, has found its way to Android today. Players man the guns in a military aircraft which is circling a zombie apocalypse survivor bunker.

From thousands of feet in the air, you've got to lay down a withering hail of fire on hordes of zombies as they move in towards your bunker, and provide cover for survivors fleeing for safety.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

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Samsung's latest hybrid device is a decent phone and a decent camera — but is that enough?

With the arrival of handsets like the Nokia Lumia 1020, Sony Xperia Z1 and HTC One, it's officially the year of the cameraphone. As smartphone designs have become more homogenous, manufacturers have looked towards advanced imaging capabilities to differentiate their devices.

Phones like the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Beam and Galaxy Mega have proved that Samsung is a company willing to try any crazy idea once. Sometimes, as in the case of the Note, the result is a runaway success. In other instances, like the long-forgotten pico-projecting Galaxy Beam, it's a quickly-discarded flop.

Which brings us to the Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung's interpretation of what a camera-centric phone should be in 2013. Smartphone on the front, camera around the back, the Zoom was one of the more interesting products to launch at Samsung's busy Premiere 2013 event back in June. But having spent a couple of weeks with the handset, we're not sure it exceeds the sum of its parts. Check past the break to learn why, in our full review of the Galaxy S4 Zoom.

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3 years ago

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing arrives on Android

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SEGA kart racer now available on Google Play

SEGA has today launched its popular kart-racing game Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing on Android through the Google Play Store. The title stars SEGA's spiky mascot himself, alongside friends (and foes) and characters from other SEGA titles. There's AiAi of Super Monkey Ball fame, Ulala from Space Channel 5 and Ryo Suzuki from Shenmue, among others.

The gameplay should be familiar to anyone who's played Mario Kart or any similar racers — race around a bunch of tracks from various game worlds and use power-ups to get ahead of the pack. Naturally, there's also a multiplayer mode allowing you to pit your skills against your friends.

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is available now on Google Play, priced at $1.99 in the U.S. and £1.60 in the UK.

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3 years ago

Unlocking the Xperia Z1 bootloader will screw up your camera, warns Sony

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Sony bootloader unlock site warns of camera woes for those who unlock the new handset

If you've just picked up a shiny new Sony Xperia Z1 and want to get hacking away at the device, you may want to hold off for awhile. A new message on the Sony Mobile bootloader unlock site warns that —

"Warning! At the moment, unlocking the Xperia™ Z1 boot loader will stop the camera functionality."

So presumably if you go ahead with the unlock process, that fancy 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera will turn into a pumpkin. It's likely this is a temporary glitch — and given Sony's track record with allowing devices to be unlocked we'd expect a fix to arrive in due course. Nevertheless, if you want to actually take photos on your Z1 it seems you'll need to keep your hands off the bootloader for now.

We've got an email out to Sony, and we'll update this post with any further info they provide.

Source: Sony Bootloader Unlock; via: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

AT&T flips the switch on four new LTE markets

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To 400 markets, and beyond

AT&T passed its 400th LTE market going live last week, and despite the milestone it is going to keep pushing along onto new markets. Starting today customers in the following four markets should see their devices connecting consistently to LTE, assuming they have the proper provisioning on their account:

If you live in or frequently travel to one of these markets, keep your eyes peeled for those improved data speeds.

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3 years ago

Nexus 7 (2013) receiving tiny OTA update, no changelog in sight

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Build JSS15R seemingly brings no user-facing changes

Many people that have their hands on a Nexus 7 (2013) are seeing a system update notification land on their tablets indicating an update to a newer build of Android 4.3. The update weighs in at just 8MB, and the only noticeable change to our eyes seems to be a build number jump to JSS15R — not to be confused with the previous update to JSS15Q a few weeks ago.

Those who have the update are still working to see what exactly has changed on the user-facing side, if anything. In the meantime most users have yet to see the update and are patiently tapping their fingers on the "check now" button of their Nexus 7. If you have received the update and notice a change, hop into the forums and let everyone know.

More: Google Nexus 7 (2013) Forums

Thanks, Noel!

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3 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: Do you edit photos or video on your Android?

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There's a wealth of photo and video editors available — do you use one?

If you haven't watched the latest Talk Mobile 13 hangout, you should. There was a lot of great discussion about being creative with your mobile devices, from people who live and breathe mobile. It also got me thinking about some of the ways a lot of us use our Android devices "creatively." I figure the best place to start is where Android excels — sharing things like pictures and video.

Read on, it's a little long this week.

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3 years ago

Verizon clarifies LTE Nexus 7 certification process

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Verizon expects the device to be certified "shortly"

Verizon has opened the curtain a bit and explained the LTE device certification procedures a little, especially in regards to the LTE-ready Nexus 7 (2013). If you recall, users are having mixed experiences trying to get the new device registered and activated on Verizon's LTE network, leading to a bit of understandable outrage.

Verizon sent a statement late yesterday noting that the Nexus 7 was not yet certified for their network, and as such could not be activated. Today they expand on that.

The Google Nexus 7 is not yet a Verizon 4G LTE certified device, though it entered our process in August and we expect it will be certified shortly. Once the device is certified, we will work with Google to enable the device to be activated on our 4G LTE network.  

They go on to explain that they have one of the most rigorous testing procedures of any carrier, and that certified third-parties, who are actively selected by both Verizon and the device manufacturer, are hard at work.

While this answer doesn't address any issues about the C block auction rules and how they may be in violation of them, at least it's something. Like you, we're waiting to hear word from Verizon that they will be happy to take your money every month while using the new Nexus 7.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Sports

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It's the perfect time of year to get some great shots of sporting events of all kinds

With the major US leagues of baseball, football and soccer all going and both school and little league sports getting into swing, now's the perfect time of year to show off your sports photography. Whether you're going to be at a massive professional sporting event or just watching your child's sports practice, there are plenty of opportunities.

We want to see the best pictures you can take that meet the topic of "sports" this week.

Just like the last contest, we're opening up and offering prizes to two winners this week. And although the contest is only set to run for one week, we've got some big prizes to give away. Two lucky winners this week will get their hands on an NVIDIA Shield prize package consisting of:

  • An NVIDIA Shield device
  • Official carrying case
  • 64GB microSD card
  • An extra piano black badge
  • A Parrot AR Drone 2.0

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (September 24) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Maxx Developer Edition now available for $649

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Yet another new Motorola Developer Edition device goes on sale

It turns out that GSM and Verizon versions of the Moto X aren't the only Developer Edition devices coming out of Motorola today, as the Verizon Droid Maxx joins the ranks on Motorola's online store as well. Just as is the case with the Moto X Developer Edition for Verizon, the Droid Maxx seems to retain the same "Verizon" branding on the back along with new "Developer Edition" etching.

The design and specs seem to be the same though, with a nice Kevlar woven back plate and massive battery. Those who want to hack around on a bootloader unlocked version of the Droid Maxx now have the option — you can pick one up at the source link below for $649.99.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Sprint to expand sales in 100 more Costco locations nationwide

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Full range of high-end products and plans coming to nearly double the number of Costco stores

Sprint announced today that it will be expanding its retail partnership with wholesale store chain Costco, bringing its phones and service into 100 additional store locations across the US. Sprint currently operates wireless kiosks inside of 106 Costco locations, which are managed by a third party called Wireless Advocates, and offer a complete range of Sprint's high-end phones and plan offerings.

This third-party group brings better trained professionals versed in the Sprint product portfolio and offerings into the stores to help customers make the right phone choices. The expansion marks a huge partnership between Sprint and Costco, which should be mutually beneficial to both parties.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Star Wars 2 launches on Android, gives pigs lightsabers

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Let's force choke some birds

Angry Birds Star Wars 2 was due to launch tomorrow, but since there's just not enough chaos with updating to iOS 7 right now, Rovio thought they'd kick off their latest physics game across Android, iOS, and Windows Phone today.

You'll find a lot of the characters form the original Angry Birds: Star Wars game, plus many more. 

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3 years ago

Moto X developer editions appear, Verizon version now available

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With a $650 price tag and 32GB of storage

The promised Moto X developer editions have made an appearance today. Available in a special black and woven white shell, with the words Developer Edition labeled across the back, the 32GB version models are now available for Verizon with a $650 price tag.

The GSM version (listed as working with AT&T and T-Mobile) has a page ready to go, but as of this writing there is no way to order them just yet.

At $650, I predict that these won't be very popular, but I know at least one person who will be clicking the button on the GSM version the minute it's able to be clicked. Anyone else out there waiting for these? Fill the comments with praise and rage. 

For more info, and ordering details, check the source links.

Source: Motorola (Verizon) (GSM)

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3 years ago

It's official: BBM for Android coming September 21

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App will be free and available for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and higher

BBM for Android (and iOS) is certainly one of the most popular ideas to come out of Waterloo in a while. There have been tons of rumors and speculation, but BlackBerry has finally set a date — September 21 for Android, September 22 for iOS.

The app, which will be free for folks running ICS (Android 4.x) or higher, has plenty of the same features that have made it a favorite among BlackBerry fans. Here are the highlights, in handy bullet-point form:

  • BBM Chat – Enjoy real, immediate conversations with friends on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. Not only does BBM let you know that your message has been delivered and read, it also shows you that your friend is responding to the message.
  • More than chat – With BBM you can share files on your phone such as photos and voice notes, all in an instant.
  • Keep your group in the loop – Multi-person chats are a great way to invite contacts to chat together. BBM Groups lets you invite up to 30 friends to chat together, and go a step further than multi-chat by sharing photos and schedules. And, with Broadcast Message, you can send a message out to all your BBM contacts at once.
  • Post Updates and stay in the know – BBM lets you post a personal message, profile picture and your current status, and lets your contacts know instantly in Updates.
  • Your unique PIN – Every BBM user has a unique PIN that maintains your privacy, so you don’t have to give out your phone number or email address to a new or casual contact.

In addition, BlackBerry says video and voice calling are planned for the Android version in the future.

The app is insanely popular across the globe. In fact, it's enough to have kept people on the BlackBerry platform while others have migrated away in droves to offerings from Google and Apple. Will the app have the same popularity on platforms where it has some serious competition is the question everyone is asking. We don't have that answer, but you can bet some of us here will be giving it the old college try.

Source: BlackBerry

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