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3 years ago

Download the Android Central Pebble watch face!

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If you've got a Pebble smartwatch, you're probably already known as a stylish, discerning person. We know how you feel. And to that end, our own Jerry Hildenbrand — both stylish, discerning and one hell of a dancer — has whipped up an Android Central-branded Pebble watch face, featuring our beloved mascot, Lloyd!

Installing is a simple endeavor.

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3 years ago

Xiaomi announces Mi3 with Tegra 4 processor, 1080p display

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Phone designed in conjunction with NVIDIA and offers a great value for your money

Xiaomi may be on many people's minds with its recent acquisition of Hugo Barra from Google, but the Chinese handset manufacturer took the stage today to announce its latest high-end handset, the Mi3. Wrapped up in a nice-looking aluminum-magnesium body that is available in a variety of colors, the Mi3 is claiming to be the world's first handset to go on sale with NVIDIA's latest processor on-board (regardless of what ZTE may say).

The Mi3 is powered by a 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor, along with 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080p IPS display (441 ppi), up to 64GB of storage and a 13MP (a Sony Exmor RS unit) camera. Clocking in at just 8.1mm thick, the Mi3 has a 3050mAh battery on board, and together with the power-saving technology of the Tegra 4 Xiaomi is claiming all-day battery life. On the software side, you'll find Xiaomi's highly customized MIUI experience.

As is the case with all other Xiaomi phones, the Mi3 will be going on sale directly from the manufacturer in the Chinese market. While this particular Tegra 4 LTE model is China-specific and doesn't seem to support any US 3G or LTE frequencies, Xiaomi has also announced a Snapdragon 800 version of the Mi3 which supports common US and European radio bands with HSPA+ 42.

Amazingly, the fully unlocked and unsubsidized price for the Mi3 is just $327 (1999 yuan) — an absolutely great deal considering the complete package here.

Source: NVIDIA; Xiaomi (Chinese)

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3 years ago

Samsung posts its own extensive Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear tutorial video

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No part of these devices is left untouched in a new promo video

Some of us may be feeling a bit of "Galaxy" overload after the crazy flurry of announcements yesterday, but Samsung is moving right along today by posting an extensive video walkthrough of its latest big devices — the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear. The 18-minute long video, which you can see above, thoroughly covers pretty much every new function that can be found in the new Galaxy Note, along with a good portion of explanation about how the Galaxy Gear fits into the mix.

The most interesting portion relating to the Galaxy Gear is a walkthrough of the "Gear Manager" app, which is the portal for customizing and setting up the device when paired to your phone. If you're interested in just the Gear angle you can skip ahead about 12 minutes, but the entire video is quite informative.

Read: Galaxy Note 3 hands-onHands-on with the Galaxy Gear

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3 years ago

PayPal redesigns entire app, revamps in-store payments

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New interface that looks great and makes it easier to manage all functions of your account

While the previous version of the app wasn't exactly hard on the eyes, PayPal is completely revamping its interface and adding new functionality in its latest update. First and foremost is an entirely new design that is simpler and better fits in with the latest Android design looks — we're now seeing full use of the action bar and left edge slide-in menu. The entire app makes use of a nice blue, white and grey color palette and seems to perform extremely well.

Underneath all of the clean new design is a reimagined PayPal experience, making it simpler to use the app for shopping, managing your account or transferring money. The new app makes it easy to find retailers that accept PayPal as a payment method and help you choose your payment methods and even order or pay in advance at certain retailers.

It's now even easier to manage your payment methods from the "Wallet" menu, check your recent transactions or transfer funds to and from other people as well. If you're a big PayPal user, this is going to make your day — you can grab the update from the Play Store link at the top of this post.

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3 years ago

Kobo Arc 10 HD hands-on

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High-res, high-performance tablet with a focus on reading

Kobo recently announced a range of new Android tablets, at the high-end of that range sits the Kobo Arc 10 HD. With a Tegra 4 tablet with a 2560x1600-resolution display, the e-reader company finds itself positioned squarely at the high end of the Android tablet spectrum.

Nevertheless, despite the raw power — and presumably, gaming prowess too — under the hood, the Kobo Arc 10 HD's primary purpose is as a premium reading device. Kobo's built a custom launcher for its tablet based around navigating through magazine and book content. Most impressively, the magazine reader app itself allows users to easily jump between paragraphs by tapping either side of the screen, rather than scrolling and zooing around using the touchscreen. There's also a dedicated reading mode that dials back the screen brightness and background tasks, with the aim of giving users an uninterrupted reading experience.

The Kobo Arc 10 HD also sporting a unique chassis design, with an unusual geometric pattern on its rear. Despite these sharp lines, it's comfortable to hold and use — at least, as much as any other 10-inch tablet.

Check past the break for our hands-on walkthrough and more photos.

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3 years ago

Sprint offering Moto X for $199 starting Sept. 6

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Carrier claims Moto Maker will be available for its customers 'in the coming months'

Playing a little catch up with AT&T, Verizon and US Cellular, Sprint will be offering the Moto X for $199 on-contract starting tomorrow, September 6th. We're looking at the same situation as any other carrier that isn't AT&T here — woven white and black versions only, and limited to a 16GB storage option. Most folks will be paying $199 on-contract for the device, but Sprint is still offering its $100 discount for new customers that port their number over to the carrier as well.

While just black and white variants will be available this week, Sprint claims that the Moto Maker customization options will be coming to its network "in the coming months", offering the same customization of colors and storage as is exclusive to AT&T at the moment. Naturally no specific timeframe for Moto Maker was given, but we at least know it will be an option soon.

Read: Moto X review

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 coming to EE

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Pre-order September 5, £149.99 on a £41 per month, 24 month plan

At the Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin, JK Shin promised that we would see the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 world wide, and soon. We've heard from EE, and they are on board. The new Note will be available on their "superfast" 4GEE network, and will also work great on an Orange or T-Mobile 3G plan.

As a CAT 4 LTE device, the Note 3 will offer 4G service in over 100 towns and cities across the UK at launch. A fast network combined with the CAT 4 radio will make the Note 3 perfect for high speed data transmission, and the Note 3's big screen should make watching video or live TV especially nice.

In addition, EE customers who purchase the Note 3 will also get a few perks:

  • EE Film – the only service in the UK which combines 2 for 1 cinema ticketing, listings, trailers and film downloads or streaming in one place
  • A discount of £5 per month on EE superfast Fibre Broadband – so they can get blistering speeds at home and on the move
  • Fast track customer service by dialling ‘33’ from their handset
  • Clone Phone Lite – giving people 500MB free storage to back up the content that matters most
  • Choose an add-on – customers who take a 4GEE phone plan from £41 per month can also choose from a Deezer music, Games or TV add-on to enjoy

You'll be able to pre-order the Note 3 from EE from retail stores on September 5, for £149.99 on a £41 per month, 24 month plan. This will get you unlimited UK call minutes and texts as well as 2GB of UK mobile data per month. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will also be available 4G-ready on Orange UK and T-Mobile UK plans for £42 a month on a 24 month plan, with an upfront cost of £119.99 on Orange and £139.99 on T-Mobile.

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3 years ago

LG G2 coming to AT&T September 13, $199 down with new agreement

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LG's G2 expected in stores September 13, pre-orders start September 6

After hearing that Verizon and T-Mobile had announced the dates and pricing for the G2, you just knew that we would be hearing from other carriers shortly. AT&T just sent out a press release with their pricing and sales dates, and once again they are smack dab in the middle of this month.

Pre-orders will start tomorrow, September 6, and devices should be in stores and out for deliver on September 13. For pricing, you're looking at $199 with a new two-year agreement or $27 a month if you go with AT&T Next — the company's special financing program.

For full details, or to just read that the G2 has a Snapdragon 800 once again (words that can never be seen too much), visit the link below to the press release.

Source; AT&T. Pre-order; Press Release

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3 years ago

This is not how you take the NVIDIA Shield apart

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But it sure is fun as hell to watch in slow-motion.

Shield forums | Shield review

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3 years ago

Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at Phones4U and get an accessory pack plus £100 off the Galaxy Gear

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Pre-orders will receive £100 off on a Samsung Galaxy Gear, a free Note 3 flip case and a free wireless speaker worth £120

British retailer Phones4U has dropped us a line to let us know that not only will they be carrying the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but that pre-orders start now and include a nice bundle of goodies.

Folks who pre-order will receive a free Samsung Galaxy Note 3 flip cover (worth £39.99), a free wireless Bluetooth speaker (normally £120) and £100 off the new Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch's £299 price tag.

This is a very nice deal for folks interested in both the Note 3 and the Gear, which we imagine is a pretty big number. The Note 3 will be available for upgrades and new contracts from free (on £47 a month contract), and will be available starting Wednesday, September 25.

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3 years ago

Sony QX10 lens camera now up for pre-orders at Amazon for $248 [Update - QX100, too for $498]

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Deliveries start on September 27

Update: AC reader skippyrulezzz points out that the QX100 is now listed as well. The bigger sensor will cost a bit more, and it checks in at $498. Still the same September 27 date for shipping.

The Sony QX10 — that quirky lens camera that attaches to your smartphone we saw yesterday — is already listed for pre-order at Amazon. Checking in at $248, the lens attachment comes in both black and white, and other vendors have built starter kits with cases, wee little tripods and SD cards built around the camera.

AC reader Horaland H tells us that it ships September 17 in the UK, but it's a little more costly at $279. 

While the DX10 doesn't give you the power you get from something like a DSLR or good micro 4/3 camera (that lack of RAW image files is puzzling), for the average consumer they should take great pictures. Surely better than anything you would get from any other smartphone, no matter how many Lumapixels MegaPixels are on board.

If anyone's interested in having a play with one of these (guilty) hit the link below to check things out. No word on when to expect to see the bigger QX100 just yet.

Source: Amazon (QX10), (QX100). Thanks, Tony!

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3 years ago

Quick look: LG G Pad 8.3 cases

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LG's reveals protective accessories alongside new tablet 

LG officially re-entered the Android tablet game at IFA 2013 today with the launch of the G Pad 8.3, and alongside it the Korean company unveiled a couple of accessories for the device. LG's protective cover for its new tablet comes in two parts — the first is a plastic shell for the device, but there's also a detachable magnetic front cover (think iPad Smart Cover) to keep the screen free of damage. And like Apple's cover its also possible to extend it around the back of the device to use as a stand — though in a slightly different way, as the case has a clip-out area to connect to the front cover.

We've got more photos of LG's cases after the break, including a bonus shot of a lone Thomas the Tank Engine cover found wandering the aisles of the LG booth here in Berlin.

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3 years ago

LG G2 release date and pricing confirmed by T-Mobile and Verizon

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T-Mobile: September 18 for $99 down, $21 monthly; Verizon: September 12 for $199 with new agreement

We told you a couple weeks back that the LG G2 was going to hit the US carrier scene sometime in the middle of September, and today those same carriers have started sending out press releases with dates and pricing.

First we heard from T-Mobile, who will be offering both the black and the white models for pre-orders starting today, with a delivery date of September 18. It's going to cost you $99 down, with 24 payments of $21 monthly (or $629 up front) and will work on any of T-Mobiles non-contract plans. The white model is available only online. The pre-order page is live and you can find it here.

Update: We just heard from someone "on the inside" that the G2 will be available for sale in T-Mobile stores starting September 9, but advertising doesn't start until September 25. You might want to ask to see if your store has one for sale next week.

Next up is Verizon, who will be offering the G2 starting September 12 for $199 with a new customer agreement. Color selection and full off-contract price were not given by Big Red, but we expect both choices will be available and you'll be forking over about $600, just like the rest of the carrier models.

Many of us are looking forward to that Snapdragon 800 CPU and rich "Hi-Fi" audio from the G2. It looks like we won't have very long to wait.

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3 years ago

Hands on with the LTE-Advanced Samsung Galaxy S4

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Samsung's LTE-Advanced capable Galaxy S4 is coming to Europe, and we've gone hands on

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is something we're pretty familiar with by now, but the LTE-Advanced (GT-i9506) version isn't. The main difference to the regular Galaxy S4 is under the hood, where the CPU has been uprated from the Snapdragon 600 to the Snapdragon 800 to handle the LTE-A. 

The good news is that this version of the Galaxy S4 is coming to Europe, at the very least to Germany, and we've gone hands on with it at the German T-Mobile booth here in Berlin at IFA 2013. The short version; it's a Galaxy S4, with different internals and some blazing fast LTE here in Germany. Otherwise, it's pretty much the exact same phone we know and love. Check out a quick hands on after the break!

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3 years ago

LG G Pad 8.3 hands-on

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LG re-enters the Android tablet market with a device designed to balance size, specs and weight

Welcome back, LG. It's been a couple years since we saw a tablet from the South Korean company — a hot mess of 3D at that — and it's back in fine form with the G Pad 8.3.

We got our first look at this guy here at the IFA conference in Berlin, and from the get-go — it's fairly impressive. Thin, light and big but not too big, LG's got what should be a nice little option.

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