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3 years ago

Sprint to sell new tri-band Galaxy S4 in the coming weeks

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New version fully supports Sprint Spark

As part of their national Sprint Spark rollout, Sprint will be releasing a new version of the Galaxy S4 in the coming weeks. Support for LTE bands 25, 26 and 41 will be included, and the new version will be compatible with the new LTE network in the locations that currently have it available, as well as any and all expansion sites.

Today, Sprint Spark is limited to Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Tampa, but Sprint says it will expand to 100 markets over the next year.

The new version of the Galaxy S4 will cost $199 with a new agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate, or just $25 monthly with Sprint's One Up financing.

Existing Galaxy S4 phones will not be compatible with Sprint Spark. See the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

12 Days of Christmas giveaway day four: Win a Galaxy S4 Mini from AC and Sprint

On the fourth day of Christmas AC and Sprint gave to me ... A Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

The good people at Sprint have partnered with us to do something awesome for the holidays, and we're giving away a great Samsung phone or tablet every day for 12 days.

We've got a pile of great stuff, including the Galaxy Tab 3, the Note 3, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. Winning one is easy, but you'll need to follow the rules.

  • Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win today's prize. Only one comment. 
  • We'll close the comments after 24 hours and pick a winner at random. 
  • Make sure the contact details you have entered when you signed up at AC are good, because that is how I will get in touch with you. 

Today's prize is a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. Everything you love about a premium Android experience, in a smaller package, and Sprint Spark ready. 

The 12 days of Christmas giveaway is brought to you by Sprint, and their truly unlimited plans.

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3 years ago

Nexus 7 Folio case hits Google Play for $49

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New colors of Nexus 7 Sleeve, Nexus 7 Case now shipping as well

Just when you thought two new devices and a white version of the Nexus 7 was enough Google Play news for one day, Google has just made available new Nexus 7 cases as well. The Folio case is designed for just the Nexus 7 (2013), and offers an open-back bumper style along with a dual-fold cover on top. Just like many other cases of the style, the screen cover can fold up on the side to prop up your tablet at one of two angles. Buying the Folio will set you back $49.99 plus shipping, which ranges from $3.99 for 5-10 day to $15.99 for overnight. 

Google has also begun selling two new colors of the previously-released Nexus 7 Sleeve (which works with both Nexus 7 generations), yellow and grey — both will set you back $29.99, and are a pretty solid value even at that price. Additionally, the hardcover Nexus 7 Case is also now for sale in white/red, grey/blue and grey/red color combos for $49.99 as well.

You can pick up the new Folio at the Play Store link above, and the new colors of the previously announced cases at the links below.

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3 years ago

Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition announced, available now

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$649 price tag, compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile in the US

Google has dropped yet another surprise in the device section at Google Play, and this one comes from Sony in the form of their 6.4-inch Z Ultra.

The latest Google Play edition device, the Z Ultra, will have the same hardware and specifications we all know and love, but carry a basic "Nexus-like" build of the software. This has proven to be a quick track for manufacturers to get the Google Play edition devices on the latest version of Android, and keep them there.

At the same time, hardware features typically not found in Nexus devices (SD cards come to mind) are included and supported. It's a win-win situation for consumers, and one we love to see.

The Z Ultra Google Play edition is available now at Google Play, and carries a $649 price tag. As with the previous Google Play edition devices, this looks to be US only — at least for the time being. The Z Ultra GPe has full support for HSPA+ and LTE on both AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.

More: Sony announcement

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3 years ago

White Nexus 7 now available in the U.S.

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Amid all the Google Play edition news dropping today, Google has also taken the wraps off the Nexus 7 (2013) in white. Google says it'll be available in the UK, U.S. and Japan, and besides the change in color it's the same ASUS-made, current-generation Nexus 7 we've been using since the summer.

It's worth noting that at the time of writing it's only available in Wifi + 32GB versions — no 16GB or LTE at present.

For more, see the Play Store link above. It's currently marked as "coming soon" in the UK; in the U.S. it's available to order right now.

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3 years ago

LG announces Google Play edition G Pad 8.3

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LG's latest mid-sized tablet comes in a new software flavor

Following tightly on rumors that it would release a stock tablet, LG has just announced the Google Play edition G Pad 8.3. The tablet looks nearly identical to the original version of the G Pad 8.3, but is of course running a stock version of Android 4.4 KitKat, as you would expect from a Google Play edition device.

The device is only available in black (rather than black and white), and packs the same 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable by MicroSD) and an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display.

The Google Play edition G Pad 8.3 is now available on the Play Store for $349.99, and at the moment shows 1-2 business day shipping. For the moment, Google and LG aren't releasing details on availability outside of the U.S.

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3 years ago

Shutterstock app hits Google Play - find stock photography on the go

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Search, browse and share stock photos from your phone

One of the most popular stock photo and video services, Shutterstock, has released its own app into the Play Store after being available for some time on iOS. The Shutterstock mobile app lets you search, browse and view stock photography from its vast catalog, and then curate and share sets of photos with lightboxes.

And naturally if you choose to sign in with your Shutterstock account (you can browse for free regardless), your activity will be synced from mobile devices over to the web when you need to reference and image or make a purchase.

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3 years ago

Take this survey to help us find the 'AC Best of 2013 Awards' nominations

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It's time to tell us your favorites of 2013

It's getting the time of the year where we look back at all the Android stuff that got released, and sort out the wheat from the chaff. As usual, there was a ton of stuff, and we can't go through it all without your input — and we're pretty sure you would like to have some input. 

We've put together a survey, where you can tell us your thoughts on what was the best of 2013 in the Android world. Phones, tablets, apps, accessories — you name it and it's got a category. The survey will run for two weeks, and we'll use it to create a ballot where we all can vote for another two weeks. Of course, we'll share the results the first week of January.

So grab your Android (you can use your computer, too if that's how you wanna roll) and hit the link below. Tell us what you think needs to be on the ballot!

Take the Best of 2013 Awards Nominations Survey

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3 years ago

Source code points to possible Google Play edition LG G Pad 8.3

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LG-V510 could be the first Google Play edition tablet, according to open-source listing

Update: The LG G Pad 8.3 is official, and available to buy right now!

There's been some speculation online lately surrounding an upcoming LG tablet carrying the model number LG-V510. Twitter leaker @evleaks recently published info suggesting it'd be a "Google open" device, and now files in an open-source code drop from LG itself refer to it as the "G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition."

The source code and framework support files appear to be from KitKat-based software, as you'd expect from this kind of tablet. What's more, Android Police has come up with a build.prop from the purported tablet, which is consistent with what we'd expect from such a device. So there are some strong indicators that we could be on the way to the first Google Play edition tablet, which might join the existing GPe phones on Google's online store.

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3 years ago

Find your next rental with Lovely - now available on Android

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A simpler, more functional way to find a new place to live

Finding just the right place to rent for your next apartment or home can be a very frustrating experience. If you've spent any decent amount of time looking to rent, you've no doubt spent countless hours dredging through Craigslist or just straight-up Google Maps search results, and that's just a terrible experience. Rental finder Lovely is now available on Android, thankfully, and it's here to help you find your next rental with less pain.

The app's main view is just a map of where you are, and for this kind of service it's exactly what you want to see. You begin zoomed out, with circles filled with numbers placed on the map showing the number of rentals available in that neighborhood. Tap a number or zoom in manually, and you'll see the numbers broken down into specific blocks of a city — tap in further and you'll get a list view accompanying the map with the listings.

Individual listings are simple and highlight the features you'll want to see when browsing rentals — price, bedrooms, square footage, amenities and the address. The top area of each listing is devoted to pictures, and while the rental companies don't always provide the best shots, when you find one that does the experience is great.

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3 years ago

Google announces new apps, local content streaming for Chromecast

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VEVO, Plex, Songza highlight list of 10 additions

Google this morning announced a new cadre of apps for its Chromecast streaming appliance — as well as the ability to cast local content to your TV.

The new apps include the likes of VEVO, Red Bull.TV, Songza, PostTV, Viki, Revision 3 and BeyondPod. And you'll be able to stream local media from your phone or tablet over Plex, Avia or RealPlayer Cloud. Not quite the same as the direct casting we've been hoping for, but it's better than nothing at this point.

Google says the new apps will be available "over the next few days."

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Oppo N1 now available in U.S. and Europe

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$599 or €449 for oversized phone with rotating camera and CM support

As expected, the Oppo N1 has today gone on sale in the United States and Europe, where prices for the 16GB model start at $599 and €449 respectively — rising to $649 and €479 for the 32GB version. The latest high-end handset from the Chinese manufacturer, the N1 sports a 5.9-inch 1080p display, a rotating 13-megapixel camera for all your high-res selfie needs, and a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM. Powering the phone is a capacious 3,610mAh battery.

Connectivity-wise, the N1 includes pentaband HSPA+ support up to 42Mbps as well as Bluetooth, NFC and Wifi Direct — though you'll be missing out on LTE support, putting the device at a significant disadvantage for Western buyers.

The Oppo N1 ships with the manufacturer's ColorOS software, based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but buyers will be easily switch to officially-supported CyanogenMod as an alternative OS — that's currently marked as "coming soon" on Oppo's site. (It's not to be confused with the limited run of "CM edition" N1s that run the community firmware out of the box.)

So it's fairly expensive and lacking in connectivity options compared to the competition, but there's no doubt that the N1 is a unique piece of technology. If you're picking one up today, shout out in the comments.

Source: Oppo Style

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3 years ago

Google Glass as a music player: Sounds pretty good, but it's also tough on battery

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Google Glass actually is a decent little music player. OK, insofar as $1,500 face-mounted wearables go. The official Google Play Music Glassware app was made available on Dec. 2, along with $85 stereo earbuds that plug into Glass' USB port. 

Do the math, and that's damned near $1,600 to do what your phone and a $100 pair of headphones could accomplish. But that's not really the point. This is The Future we're talking about here.

So, we strap on and plug in.

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3 years ago

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 410 - mid-range 64-bit processor with LTE

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Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced a new addition to its mid-to-entry-level chipset lineup, the Snapdragon 410. The new SoC supports 64-bit processing (a technology debuted in mobile on the iPhone 5s) and "world mode" 4G LTE capable of supporting "all major modes and frequency bands." It's targeted at devices around the $150 price point shipping in the second half of 2014 — so think the next generation of affordable Moto G-like handsets.

The Snapdragon 410 features an Adreno 306 GPU with support for 1080p video playback and up to a 13-megapixel camera. Other major bullet points include Qualcomm's RF360 solution for multi-band and multimode operation, as well as Wifi, Bluetooth, NFC and FM radio, in addition to GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou location support.

The announcement follows the first news of Qualcomm's new 4K-capable high-end chip, the Snapdragon 805, a couple of weeks back.

While the introduction of 64-bit processing and "world mode" LTE capabilities in a mid-level chip are exciting, it'll be up to manufacturers to use them to their fullest potential in future products. Nevertheless, it sounds like a solid platform for the next generation of low-cost handsets.

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3 years ago

Samsung hails 10 million Galaxy Note 3s sold after second month on sale

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Samsung's latest Note inducted into '10 million seller' club

Not long after the company announced it had shipped 5 million Galaxy Note 3s worldwide, Samsung has revealed that the device has now passed the 10 million sold mark. The milestone earns the Galaxy Note 3 in the "10 million club," Samsung says, alongside recent successes like the earlier Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones, and popular clamshell phones from the last decade. 

It's unclear whether this means 10 million Note 3 devices are in the hands of end-users around the world, or whether Samsung has sold this number of handsets to retailers and carrier partners. Either way, that's a lot of Note 3s in a relatively short space of time. By comparison, the Galaxy Note 2 had shifted 5 million units shortly before the end of its second month on sale.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 also earned the title of "best oversized phone" in our recent roundup of the best Android phones on the market.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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