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3 years ago

North Korean Arirang AS1201 and Chinese Uniscope U1202 turn out to be twin phones from different zones!

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While North Korea originally trumpeted the indigenous technology of their Arirang AS1201 Android phone, turns out it's actually the spitting image of China's Uniscope U1201. The images were posted by Japan's Blog of Mobile, as GSM Insider explains —

The images obtained from Japanese source revealed that the Arirang AS1201 is actually based on the Uniscope U1201 or the Uniscope U1201 is based on the Arirang AS1201. Of course, we are not sure which one was built first. We assume that the Arirang AS1201 is based on Uniscope U1201 and built by the Chinese firm.

There are minor differences, including branding, but otherwise it's too close to call. Both include the same 960x540 display, 1GHz Spreadtrum LC8810 processor, 4GB of solid-state storage, and 8 megapixel and 2 megapixel cameras, front and back.

What this all means and why it even exists remains a mystery, but feel free to jump into your mind palace and speculate away in the comments!

Source: Blog of Mobile via GSM Insider

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 tablet gets root, ClockworkMod recovery

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Sony's Xperia Z2 tablet is an insanely thin piece of hardware that not only runs Android 4.4 KitKat but that's now also primed and ready for ClockworkMod-based Recovery and Root.

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3 years ago

U.K. carrier EE raising prices slightly on May 28

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The U.K's EE network is set to increase prices by 2.7% — yes, two-point-seven-percent — on May 28, 2014. EE's new terms and conditions allow them to raise prices by the RPI (retail price index — i.e. the rate of inflation) once a year with 30 days notice. Here's the relevant bit from EE:

You will see a 2.7% increase to your monthly plan charge on any bills you receive from the 28th May, if you joined or upgraded to a 12, 18 or 24 month Pay Monthly or Small Business contract before the 23rd January 2014. This increase is in line with the Retail Price Index (a measure of inflation) published by the Office for National Statistics on the 25th March 2014.

If you joined or upgraded after the 23rd January 2014 then you are not affected by the price increase. If you have upgraded to a new contract in the last 30 days you may still receive a letter, however the price increase is not applicable to your new plan.

For some customers, we are also making changes to a number of other charges such as standard UK calls and texts when you go over your mobile allowance, and other services like calls to 08 numbers, international calls and MMS. These changes will take effect from the 28th May.

So, if you're on EE, consider yourself on notice. Anyone have a problem with the increase?

Source: EE via Coolsmartphone

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3 years ago

Amazon Fire TV game controller on backorder, now expected to ship in late April

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The game controller for the Amazon Fire TV is now on backorder. New orders are now expected to ship on April 24. Amazon is noting the delay as being "due to popular demand." It's also limited the number of controllers you can buy at one time to nine, which isn't really a limit for more normal folks.

For more on the Fire TV, be sure to read Andrew Martonik's first impressions of the device, including the game controller.

Are you planning on getting a game controller with your Fire TV?

To get on the controller waiting list, hit up Amazon.

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3 years ago

The Masters Tournament Android app ready to tee off

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The Masters golf tournament starts this week in Augusta, Georgia, and the official Android app has been revamped so you can keep an eye on the action. The player section now has visual player stats and media, the tee times section now includes player photography, a liveblog feed has been added to their U.S.-only live video section, and a full tournament schedule has been added to the app.

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3 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Department of Redundancy Department

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Too many remote controls

Wherein our editor resigns himself to needing too many HDMI inputs to cover his streaming bases

I don't want that much, really. Just to be able to stream All The Things to my living room receiver. Google content. Amazon content. Netflix. YouTube. Satellite radio, perhaps.

I'm not cutting the cable cord. Life without quick and proper DVR access is not something I want to consider, given the current capacity for patience (or lack thereof) displayed by my 3-year-old daughter. (Don't have kids? You don't get to judge.)

And, unfortunately, I still need something to play DVDs. Again, mostly those (ridiculously cute, lovable, wouldn't trade them for anything) darn kids.

There's still no one platform to stream them all. Each comes close but ultimately is missing one key ingredient.

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3 years ago

Koush shows AllCast mirroring to Amazon Fire TV

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Apple TV, Fire TV and Chromecast. Three solid solutions for adding more functionality to the television. But what about the times when you're sat in front of the big screen and wish to mirror what's displayed on the phone to the TV itself? While all three products can achieve this, Koushik Dutta took a quick look at testing each offering to figure out which came out on top.

The new winner? According to Koush, it's Fire TV.

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3 years ago

Motorola 'Moto X+1' branding appears in Twitter leak

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We all love a good rumor from time to time, and Twitter leaker @evleaks has revealed a tantalizing piece of possible branding today. As shown in the leaked image after the break, we're looking at the 'Motorola Moto X+1'. Nothing else has been published besides from the codename, which (as always) could change prior to a product announcement, but there's a chance we could be looking at a Moto X successor. Then again, we have no idea what this device could be.

Motorola itself has hinted at a successor to the Moto X coming this summer. And while @evleaks has a solid track record, we do recommend some degree of caution, as there's not much context here — it could refer to a smartphone, tablet or something else entirely. We'll have to wait and see what Motorola has in store for consumers with "Moto X+1." In the meantime, check out our our six-month look-back feature for some Moto X nostalgia.

Source: Twitter (@evleaks)

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3 years ago

Photos of the Asus C200 Chromebook leak online

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Asus, which is already investing in Chromeboxes, is now looking to release a Chromebook. According to photos leaked on Google+, the PC manufacturer is working on a Chromebook -- the C200. While not much is known about the product itself, it has "Intel Inside" and a rather large touchpad.

With new Intel processor chips available on the market, we'd find it difficult to believe Asus would not consider new CPUs for use in this Chromebook. Depending on when we eventually see this C200 hit store shelves, of course. Here are some features (marketing jargon) stated on one of the product stickers:

  • All-day battery life
  • Larger touchpad
  • Ultra thin and light
  • High-quality audio
  • 100GB free storage with Google Drive (2 years)
  • Free Chrome apps

There's also likely to be a HDMI out port somewhere on the chassis. Ausdroid notes the Asus Chromebook website (asus.com/chromebooks), which currently redirects to the OEM's homepage. We imagine the company will make use of this URL closer to product announcement and release.

Are you interested in seeing the above Asus Chromebook unveiled?

Source: Ausdroid

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: War Agent, LastPass, Snapseed and more!

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Apps of the Week

Kicking off another month of great app picks

It's the first Saturday of the month, and that means it's time to kick off another great set of Apps of the Week columns. Just as you know, we bring together an app pick from each of the Android Central writers and put them on display together as a recommendation of what we're currently using. They may not be new, flashy or top-of-the-line apps, but we think it says something when we consistently use them, so we want to show them off.

Read along with us through this week's picks and see how they stack up — you may just find an app or two that fit your own uses as well.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 11 M5 pushing out to download servers

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Mostly stable builds, but not quite ready for release

M5 builds of CM 11 are getting trickling out to servers over at CyanogenMod, Inc according to a blog post from the folks over at CyanogenMod. They give a little insight on why some Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 devices were left out (spoiler: one release won't work well on every phone) but we're told not to worry. Here's the short list of changes:

  • Trebuchet – Fix last icon from hotseat disappearing
  • Trebuchet – Fix custom home transition effect
  • Volume Panel – Increase opacity of transparency (previous level led to visibility concerns)
  • WhisperPush – Relocate to Privacy menu
  • WhisperPush – fix NPE on viewing identity if unregistered
  • Translations – Initial imports from CrowdIn (followup blog post next week)
  • MultiSim – Additional support patches (25+)
  • Privacy Guard – Additional AppOps permissions
  • Additional Right-to-left (RTL) layout mirroring support
  • Settings – Add ‘screen color’ support
  • Quickboot support (device specific)
  • Stylus – Fix eraser being disabled by palm rejection
  • NavBar – Allow toggle in runtime (needs kernel support)
  • Add ethernet icon support to status bar
  • Dialer – Open Source forward/backward/incoming look-up

Look for the build for your device on the download page as they make their way through the system.

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3 years ago

Android TV interface and details leaked

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Android TV

Google is not done in your living room

A bunch of screenshots of a new set-top box by Google have been revealed by The Verge, detailing a new hardware and software system called Android TV. The idea here is to provide a framework for developers to create big-screen experiences in a sensible way. With a properly fleshed-out UI, Android TV looks like it will be aimed to compete squarely against Roku, Apple TV, and the recently-announced Fire TV. Android TV is probably better to look at this as a spiritual successor to Chromecast than the ill-fated Google TV, though Android TV and Chromecast will still require developers to create two distinct interfaces. Unlike Google TV, Android TV will be steering away from trying to be a big-screen computing platform, and be more of a simplified entertainment console.

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3 years ago

Our YouTube channel has a new look — subscribe now!

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Android Central YouTube

If you've not swung by our YouTube channel lately, now would be a good time to do so. We've got a new look, new videos — and, most important, even more on the way.

We'd recommend starting with a few playlists — especially the Android Central Podcast, Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8.

And while you're there, be sure to subscribe! We've got more coming in every week. Thanks!

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3 years ago

Flixster movies app adds Chromecast support

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The movie-tracking app Flixster had an update recently which added support to stream full shows and trailers to your big screen at home via Chromecast. The update also included the ability to load up movies onto the SD memory card, so long as it's a Samsung device.

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3 years ago

Best Android Apps for March 2014

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Best Android Apps for March 2014

We’ve got the best social, utility, and customization apps for Android launched in the last 30 days right here

In our ongoing quest to bring y’all the bestest the Google Play Store has to offer, we’re going to start rounding up our favorite Android releases every month.

Often these round-ups will include big releases that you might have missed throughout Android Central news stories or our picks of the week, but we’ll try to dig up some hidden gems for you too. We’ve already rounded up the month’s games, if you’re looking for more.

For March 2014, we've got a nice spread of apps. A bit of learning, a bit personalization, and a bit of social to check out. Go ahead and dive in!

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