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3 years ago

We're podcasting live today at 4:30 p.m. EDT!

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OK, boys and girls. The travel gods have been kind to us today (so far), so we're going to attempt a live podcast broadcast this afternoon, at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

On tap: The LG G2 is now in more important hands than ours (that'd be yours!), we're playing around with the new LTE version of the Nexus 7, there's much-ado in the custom ROM world — and we'll be taking more of your questions, live through the Google Hangouts Q&A function. So be sure to hit up the event page.

If you're in more of a kibitzing mood, you can simply watch from our live page. See y'all in a bit!

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3 years ago

Will CyanogenMod, Inc. debut on the Oppo N1?

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CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik promises "exciting news ahead" in his announcement that they will be attending the Oppo N1 event in Beijing, China. Does that mean what it sounds like it means? We'll know shortly, as the event is just three days away on September 23.

Should be interesting!

Source: Oppo

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3 years ago

Omate TrueSmart exceeds Kickstarter goal with $1 million in funding

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With funding secured, the Omate TrueSmart is now available for general pre-orders

The folks at Omate have exceeded their $100,000 Kickstarter goal, with the TrueSmart watch getting $1,032,352 from 4,378 backers. More than just another Bluetooth accessory, the TrueSmart will attempt to be a replacement of sorts for your smartphone, as it runs a full build of Android and has it's own MicroSIM card slot.

On the specs side, it certainly looks more like what we would see in a phone or tablet than a run-of-the-mill smart watch. Running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on its 1.54-inch (240 x 240) capacitive display, it has a dual-core 1.3GHz ARM Cortex A7 processor and 4GB of storage (and a microSD card slot) under the hood. Standard features we see from more robust devices, like Bluetooth 4, GPS and 802.11 b/g/n Wifi round out the mix. Users also have the choice between 512MB or 1GB of RAM, and the device is IP67-rated for water resistance and has a sapphire crystal.

Possibly the best feature is that the watch requires no specific brand of smart phone to operate. It should pair with any Android device, and is truly stand-alone in its own right. 

Now that stage one is complete, stage two begins — where the company tries to meet it's shipping goals. In addition to the Kickstarter pre-orders, which are scheduled to begin shipping to early-birds in October, the general pre-order page is also live. For more information, see the links below.

Source: Kickstarter. More: Omate.com

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3 years ago

Some Sony Xperia Z1s getting first firmware update

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HSPA+ Xperia Z1 owners reporting small firmware version bump

The Sony Xperia Z1 has only been available for a few days, but it looks like the first firmware upgrade is already pushing out for some devices. Reports from XperiaBlog say the HSPA+-only Xperia Z1 in India is getting an update to firmware version 14.1.G.1.531 (from .518), though there don't seem to be any obvious changes in the new build. As such, we're guessing it's mostly bug fixes and minor tweaks — and we've noticed one or two software issues on our review unit that could use a fix.

We're not seeing the update on our LTE-capable Xperia Z1 just yet though, so it's likely the new version will be pushed out in stages, as has been the case with earlier Sony OTAs.

Source: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

Sprint introduces 'One Up' annual upgrade program

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$65 ​per month plan includes unlimited calls, texts and data

Following recent early-upgrade plans from T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T, U.S. carrier Sprint has announced its own program allowing subscribers to upgrade their devices more regularly. "One Up" costs $65 per month and gives customers unlimited calls, texts and data. On top of that you'll agree to pay 24 equal monthly installments to cover the cost of your new smartphone, though after 12 months you can return the device (in good working order) and start the process over with a new phone.

Sprint says it'll offer "One Up" with no down payment "for a limited time," though the carrier didn't go into specifics on just how long this would be. The plan launches today for new customers and those eligible for an upgrade, though it's not currently available in Florida or Washington, D.C.

More: Sprint

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3 years ago

More evidence that the next Nexus 10 may be ASUS-made

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16GB model may sell for £350 in the UK, fresh retail leak suggests

It's been a little over a month since we first caught wind that Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS might be making the next 10-inch Nexus tablet, and now a fresh flurry of retail leaks brings some corroborating evidence. Yesterday a PC World employee tweeted a screenshot showing the tablet's name in the UK chain's systems; today we've received some more details from an anonymous tipster at Currys, a UK retailer owned by the same company.

The images given to us corroborate the £349.99 price point for the device, and suggest that this could be the price for the 16GB model. (By comparison, the current 16GB Samsung Nexus 10 sells for £319 on Google Play.) It's still far from official, but the buzz around the purported tablet certainly seems to be growing. While we wait on an official announcement, hit the comments and let us know what you'd like to see in an ASUS Nexus 10.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Fess up: Who's buying an iPhone today?

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Here at Android Central it's just another Friday. But elsewhere it's iPhone day, with Apple releasing two new smartphones simultaneously for the first time ever. And we're sure some of you will be tempted to pick up the new iPhone 5s, with its optional gold exterior and 64-bit CPU. Or maybe the plastic fantastic iPhone 5c is your thing, with its numerous color options.

We're not here to judge, so feel free to fess up down in the comments. And if you're staying loyal to the Android army let us know which Android phone you're using — or thinking of picking up — instead of Apple's latest.

You'll find more iPhone launch day coverage from our friends over on iMore.

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3 years ago

Samsung releases open-source bits for new Galaxy Note 10.1

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Code for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 '2014 edition' published ahead of October launch

Samsung has released the kernel source code and other open-source bits for its latest high-end tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. A retail release for the tablet isn't expected until next month, but developers can now get their hands on code for the Wifi-only, Exynos 5 Octa-powered version, which carries the model number SM-P600. (There'll also be a Snapdragon 800-powered LTE version, SM-P605.)

The new Note 10.1 is the highest-specced Samsung tablet we've seen so far. Aside from the high-end CPU, it packs 3GB of RAM and a 2560x1600-resolution display, as well as the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a new version of Samsung's TouchWiz software. For more on the Note 10.1 2014 edition, check out our hands-on feature from IFA 2013. Developers can find the source code at the link below.

Source: Samsung Open-Source Release Center; via: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Sony's 'no more leaks' sign gets leaked

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When it comes to information about upcoming handsets, Sony has proved to be a rather leaky organization. We were hearing details about its current flagship phone, the Xperia Z1, some four months ahead of its announcement. Understandably, Sony higher-ups want to put a stop to this trend, and so anti-leaking posters have been deployed throughout the company's headquarters. Naturally, that poster itself has now been leaked online.

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3 years ago

Google bar on the web taking on unified styling, borrowing from mobile

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New 'app launcher' makes it simpler to switch between Google properties

In an effort to unify its design across the web and mobile, Google is taking on a bit of a redesign of the well-known "Google bar" at the top of many Google web properties. Gone is the (rather ugly) black bar that has propagated across its pages, replaced by a simple new button and slightly different display of your Google+ profile.

That button, which looks like a grid of boxes and follows the same design as Android and Chrome OS, is a one-click access to every Google app you interact with. Youtube, Search, Gmail, Drive, Google Play and more are all displayed in a drop-down box called the "app launcher" that quickly lets you switch between Google properties.

The changes are subtle but should help bring a more cohesive feel across apps on your mobile devices and their web components on your desktop — the black bar on the web simply felt out of place before. The new design is expected to roll out to everyone in the next few weeks.

Source: Google Search Blog

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3 years ago

Take the Talk Mobile Creativity survey for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card!

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We've closed out mobile creativity week of Talk Mobile, so it's survey time! Yep, another Talk Mobile week, another Talk Mobile survey, and another chance to win some money in exchange for giving us some quantifiable data! Mobile creativity week touched on photography, videography, mobile business, and more, and it was just great.

So, without further ado, here's the mobile creativity week survey - it's not too long, tackling photos and video and business and the like. And it's multiple choice, so don't feel like you have to study or cheat or anything. And as a bit of incentive, completing the survey enters you for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Best Buy. Sounds like a good deal, eh?

Click here to take the Talk Mobile State of Mobile Creativity Survey!

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3 years ago

Madden 25 for Android now available

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Looking to get your fix of Madden 25 on Android? It's now available for the low, low price of free — and a little more than a free gigabyte of space on your favorite tablet.

It's a pretty monstrous download, but the gameplay is smooth, the graphics are tight, and there are a whole lot of options to keep things interesting. 

And in case you're wondering how so much game is available free of charge — yes, there are some opportunities for in-app purchases. You'll need "Madden Cash" to unlock more plays — with bundles starting at $3.99 for 25 Madden Bucks — or $$74.99 for 700 bills from the big guy. We'll see how long the game holds our interest before we break out our wallets.

Thanks, Ted!

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3 years ago

LG G2 tips and tricks: Long-press the volume buttons for app shortcuts

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The LG G2 brings with it some interesting new features. Chief among them is the moving of the power button and volume buttons to the rear of the phone. Used in conjunction with the "Knock-on" feature for turning on the display, it brings (somewhat) of a sense of normalcy to a very different phone.

But there's a bit of added functionality that we'd recommend you not forget about — and that brings us back to those rearward-facing volume buttons.

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3 years ago

HP announces four new Android-powered tablets

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Four new tablets in three different sizes to fill out HP's Android lineup

Along with a whole grouping of other laptops, tablets and convertibles, HP announced four new Android tablet offerings today covering multiple screen sizes and feature sets. First up are the HP Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD, which are your standard run of the mill 7-inch and 10-inch tablets, both with 1280x800 displays, dual-core processors, 9 hours of quoted battery life, Beats Audio and 200MB per month of free mobile data from T-Mobile for 2 years.

Next up is the Slate 7 Extreme, which packs a Tegra 4 quad-core processor but the same 1280x800 7-inch display as HP's other same-sized offerings. You do get a stylus in the box as well, but no special digitizer with the screen to take advantage of features like pressure sensitivity.

Then we come to the Slate 8 Pro, which is a slightly larger device, also with a Tegra 4 quad-core processor inside. The tablet is in a 4:3 aspect ratio with a 7.98-inch display at 1600x1200 resolution, and also packs 8MP rear and 2MP front cameras. The Slate 8 Pro also has an SDcard slot and HDMI out.

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3 years ago

Best Motorola Moto X Cases and Covers

The time is now or never to start shopping for the best Motorola Moto X case for you, and we've chosen a handful of staff and community favorites to help you make your decision.

While the Motorola Moto X is still relatively fresh from its release across multiple carriers, the selection of cases is still pretty minimal. That's not to say that there aren't great cases and covers for the Moto X currently available, because there certainly are. And we're going to dive right in to some of those after the break.

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