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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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3 years ago

Capital One drops from Isis during trial period

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Just three financial institutions remain on-board with Isis trials

The future of Isis as a nationwide mobile payment system just got a little more unsure as one of the four payment providers, Capital One, has dropped out of its early trial stages. According to reports, Capital One has dropped out of the Isis mobile payment trials, which are current ongoing in Salt Late City, UT and Austin, TX. The payment processor apparently has collected the data it needs to make a decision on the service, and that decision is to no longer participate at this time.

In the end its not all that surprising that a payment provider would leave the trials, despite support from Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile on the carrier side. After taking drastically longer than expected to get the infrastructure up and running in just two trial cities, the NFC-based mobile payment system just hasn't gained the traction some had hoped. Competing services like Google Wallet haven't really held onto any meaningful mobile payment market share, and niche services like Square and PayPal are still working out their own models.

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3 years ago

Avivo is releasing some Galaxy S4 cases that are just plain sexy

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A unique three-piece design and countless color combinations offer both protection and great looks

Avivo has been selling their very stylish and unique cases for a while now, and the good news is that they are about to release a line specifically for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The phone is a thundering success, and with so many of them out there it's only natural for some of the "designer" premium case manufacturers to offer their top-of-the-line gear for the Galaxy S4. And that's exactly what Avivo did with the new RAIL Carbonate cases.

Jump past the break, and let's have a good look at what Avivo is bringing to the table.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod team goes commercial, bullet-proof installer coming soon

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The CyanogenMod team is now CyanogenMod, Inc.

CyanogenMod has come a long way since the project started. I remember seeing the beginnings in the G1 threads over at XDA, and have watched the project grow and grow. Today, founder Steve Kondik has announced that they are officially a start-up on the company's website. But not everything will change — Kondik makes it clear that CM will always be about the users.

In all that chaos there have been projects that do it ‘right’, simultaneously supporting the company and the community—this is where CM will go. Our community is our biggest asset. With any change in structure like this, questions about motives and reason are going to need answered. The new products we have created should give you an idea about our motivation, and where we are going.

The new start-up has received over $7 million in funding led by Benchmark Capital — a name familiar to fans of RedHat and others. In a quote given to the Verge, Kondik and CEO Kirt McMaster say they have many ideas to pull a profit to keep things afloat. 

We've already seen some of the fruits of their new labors. The foray into things like remote device management and secure communications will differentiate them from the rest of the pack, and with an open philosophy, they will not only continue to garner attention from folks who like to root and hack at their Android devices, but draw other commercial interests as well.

The new company has offices in Palo Alto and Seattle, and the double-digit-member staff is already hard at work with new ideas and projects to make CM better. They've shown off the upcoming CM Installer, which will be on Google Play in the coming weeks. Some sample screenshots are after the break. In addition, the team will be doing an AMA on Reddit this afternoon to answer the questions we're all bound to have.

We expect big things from CM, Inc. I'm sure we'll see them. We all wish them nothing but luck, and look forward to seeing what's next.

Source: CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

Galaxy S4 on AT&T and Verizon, S4 Active now have Safestrap support for ROM loading

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Load custom ROMs without touching the original boot loader using Safestrap

Folks with a Galaxy S4 on AT&T or Verizon, as well as users with the Galaxy S4 Active have a new method of loading custom ROMs in the works — Safestrap. Originally born out of necessity for the Motorola Droid line — many of which were and still are locked down tightly — Safestrap allows you to load a custom ROM of your choosing after your phone is booted.

What happens is that a system process the runs at the end of the boot process gets hijacked by crafty Android hackers, and is pointed to a bit of custom code that loads a sort of virtual machine running a custom recovery, which can continue loading a ROM of the users choosing. The original ROM is still safe and sound, it's just not active. Of course this is a simplified version of events. For the more technically inclined, you'll want to have a look at the further discussion here

Since AT&T and Verizon seem to have a need to get manufacturers — even ones who have been typically developer friendly like Samsung — to lock down their phones, seeing this come to the S4 and the S4 Active is really cool. The project is still in its infancy, so there will be bugs galore, but I have a feeling this one will grow into something very nice. Have a look at the link below for all the information you need to give it a try.

Source: XDA. Thanks, Matthew!

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3 years ago

Sony's QX Lens Cases get priced for Xperia Z

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One of the cool accessories for the Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 lenses — those are the crazy awesome stand-alone lenses we saw at IFA a few weeks ago — is a slim-line case for the Sony Xperia Z and new Xperia Z1. It's an extremely thin case that the lens then clips onto directly.

And we've now got some pricing for the lens case — around $30 in the U.S. It fluctuates just a bit in Europe. And while you don't get a whole lot of case for that price — again, it's thin and really basic — this is the sleekest way to attach one of the QX lenses to the Xperia Z line of phones. Sony's got it up for preorder for the Xperia Z, shipping in early October.

Check it out in action after the break.

Source: Sony (US listing; UK listing; EU listing); Via Xperia Blog

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3 years ago

YouTube to get some sort of mobile offline viewing starting in November

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The fine folks at the YouTube Creator Blog this morning dropped an early heads up that starting sometime in November, we'll be able to watch YouTube videos offline "for a short period." It doesn't sound like this is full offline downloading, but instead you'll get temporary access while you're disconnected.

To wit:

This upcoming feature will allow people to add videos to their device to watch for a short period when an Internet connection is unavailable. So your fans’ ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute.

Looking forward to it. In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, wont'cha?

Source: YouTube Creator Blog

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3 years ago

Dead Trigger 2 shambling onto Google Play October 23rd

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Rocket chickens, personal hideouts, regular content updates, and some gruesomely-rendered zombies - what's not to love?

After plenty of teasing, the folks at Madfinger Games have announced that Dead Trigger 2 will be hitting Google Play on October 23. If the screenshot above is any indication, the game is retaining its tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, though there's a lot of new stuff happening. 

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3 years ago

New Android app for EE customers

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'My EE' app gets much-needed redesign

UK mobile network EE has debuted a new, redesigned Android app today, with the goal of making it easier for customers to view allowances and manage their accounts and usage. There's a new, more attractive layout, with prominent placement given to key info like remaining data, billing info and active add-ons. A new side-loaded settings menu also provides quick access to all the various areas of the app.

The new app is available now from Google Play, and can be used by EE, Orange and T-Mobile UK customers. Hit the link above to grab the new app. If you were already using the old EE Android app, you'll get the new one as an update.

Today also sees the launch of new apps for iOS, Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10.

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3 years ago

AT&T gets the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini for 99 cents starting Sept. 27

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If you're looking for a little(ish) phone with a diminutive price, AT&T's about to have it. The U.S. carrier will, erm, carry the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini starting Sept. 27 for just 99 cents on contract. It'll go up for preorder on Sept. 19.

We last took a look at this guy way back in December 2012. It's a 4-inch device running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, powered by a  dual-core 1.2 GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. It's also got a 5-megapixel camera.

The usual suite of Samsung apps is on board as well — including the TouchWiz user interface, S Beam for sharing files, and S Voice for voice control. 

Check out our hands-on video after the break.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

NVIDIA announces the Tegra Note

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The Tegra Note will serve as the new reference tablet for the Tegra 4 platform

NVIDIA has taken the wraps off the Tegra Note this morning, making the device that's been slinking around various wireless certification sites official. Complete with a special processor supported stylus, the Note serves to be the reference platform for NVIDIA's partners to use and showcase the features that are built into NVIDIA's latest Tegra 4 SoC.

Manufactured by NVIDIA but sold through trusted partners around the world, the 7-inch, 1280x800 Tegra Note will retail for $199. It certainly look like you'll be getting your money's worth, and the list of features is impressive, even if the display resolution is a little disappointing. The note name implies stylus support, and NVIDIA is promising an uncompromised experience from their DirectStylus support. Other features include a powerful camera that will be capable of 100 fps recording for slow-motion playback.

In addition, the Tegra Note, which sports a 5MP rear camera, will launch with the Android version of SmugMug's Camera Awesome, one of the top camera apps from iOS. Accessory makers are also on-board, and NVIDIA suggest that we will see "accessories galore" including smart covers, special tips for the DirectStylus, and Bluetooth capabilities that turn the tablet into a game controller.

Maybe the best news, at least for people reading Android Central, is that NVIDIA will directly handle any and all updates for the tablet. Experience from having the Shield let's us know this is a good thing, as they have been quick to respond to issues and aren't afraid to roll out the OTAs.

For more, see the link below. The full press release and another press image is after the break.

More: NVIDIA

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3 years ago

ShopAndroid.com end of summer sale: Save a Sizzling 15% on ALL Android cases and Accessories!

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As much as we hate to say it, summer is coming to an end. It's back to school, back to work, and depending where you live ... back to cold weather. We're going to keep the heat with us a little longer though thanks to some sizzling savings in our ShopAndroid.com End of Summer Sale!

Android Central readers can save 15 percent on all Android accessories for the next few days when using coupon code SS13 at checkout. We have tons of cases, batteries, chargers, Bluetooth accessories and more.

The sizzling savings won't last forever though, so take advantage while you can. The sale ends at Midnight PST on Sunday, Sept. 22.

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3 years ago

Chromecast update brings a few 'maintenance' fixes

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Google this morning announced an update to the Chromecast stick that'll roll out over the next week. It's calling this "largely a maintenance release." Here's what's new:

  • Kernel update
  • Security fixes
  • Robustness improvements
  • Security enhancements

Find more in our Chromecast forums.

Source: Google Chrome Releases

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3 years ago

Samsung UK launches 'My Galaxy' app

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Deals, accessories, support and feature guides for Samsung phones

Samsung UK has today launched "My Galaxy," a new app for its Android-powered smartphones. The app incorporates user guides for popular Galaxy phone features, official "news" from the company's social media channels, a built-in Samsung accessory store and offers exclusive to owners of Samsung devices. There's also an on-device assistant feature for troubleshooting.

To get started with "My Galaxy," you'll need to cough up some personal details through the email sign-up process (not currently working, as far as we can tell) or sign in through Facebook. The app is at least well-designed, and seems to broadly abide by Google's Android design guidelines — though you'll want to double-check the "Settings" pane to make sure you're not pestered by unwanted notifications.

The "My Galaxy" app is available now on Google Play for Galaxy S2, S3, S4, Note, Note 2, S3 Mini and Galaxy Fame users, and Samsung says it'll be preloaded on upcoming handsets sold in the UK.

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