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4 years ago

International Galaxy Note 2 receiving Android 4.3 update

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Updates rolling out for GT-N7100 and GT-N7105 in some countries

There might be a few issues with the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3, but htat hasn't stopped Samsung pushing ahead with updates for other 2012 handsets. Today the international Galaxy Note 2 — both 3G and 4G variants, GT-N7100 and GT-N7105 — have started receiving their Android 4.3 updates in some regions, according to reports from XDA and SamMobile. As with previous 4.3 updates for Samsung devices, the new firmware brings Galaxy Gear smartwatch support, along with Samsung's KNOX enterprise security layer and all the new OS-level features you'd expect from Android 4.3.

The upgrade will be a significant jump for Note 2 owners, who have been running Android 4.1 since the phone's release more than 12 months ago. SamMobile reports that the 3G Note 2 should be getting its update in India first, while Nordic countries will be first to get the update for the 4G version. Meanwhile in the U.S., a leaked update timetable that's proved mostly accurate in recent weeks points to a rollout for the Sprint and AT&T Note 2 possibly commencing as soon as tomorrow.

Source: SamMobile, XDA

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4 years ago

Asus Transformer 701 updating to Android 4.3 today

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275MB update specifically addresses stability of the system while docked

Asus' Transformer Pad 701 has a 4.3 Jelly Bean update pushing right about now. The 275MB update boosts the version up a number, and specifically addresses stability and performance of the keyboard dock. You'll need to restart a couple times to get all the dock updates according to reports we've received. 

You also might want to hold off for a little while on this one. Everyone wants Android updates, but as we've seen before, they don't always make things better. We've seen several reports of tablets being locked awake draining the battery both while docked and while free-standing. While these may be random issues, dismissing the update notification for a day to find out may be the smart thing to do. If there is a problem, we'll be sure to let you know.

In either case, the forums is the place to discuss this one.

Via: Android Central forums

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4 years ago

This is why your HTC One Google Play edition may not get the best data coverage on T-Mobile

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'Compatibility' isn't always a guarantee of the best experience

pasadenabill posted in the forums with a question:

I bought the HTC One Google Play Edition because I wanted an unlocked phone for when I travel overseas. I am a longtime T-Mobile subscriber and after getting the GPE I immediately noticed that it would not connect to the 4G network very reliably. Thinking this was a possible local network issue, T-Mobile loaned me a T-Mobile version of the HTC One to use side by side. In most cases, the T-Mobile version had good or full 4G connectivity, but the GPE version did not. When it does not, it gets very slow 2G service.

I am able to get 4G about 1/3rd of the time but I can be sitting right next to someone with T-Mobile HTC One or a Galaxy or iPhone and they have full 4G service.

T-Mobile says that the unlocked phones are missing some code that only their phones have. I don't know if that is a line of BS or not, but I am hoping someone on the forums can tell me what is up before I start complaining more to the CEO of T-Mobile.

We can absolutely see how this can get confusing and frustrating, and the information provided by T-Mobile, Google and HTC on the matter doesn't always make things clear either. In the end it basically comes down to the incompatibility of what radio bands the HTC One Google Play edition supports and the radio bands that T-Mobile is operating its network on. Read along after the break for a complete explanation.

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4 years ago

Motorola now selling the Chromecast

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Motorola's online store offering Chromecast devices, so when do we see the Moto X at Google Play?

Motorola wants you to believe that they have no plans to become Google. Acting as a separate company, releasing their own devices with their own take on what Android means to them, they are seemingly a distinct entity of their very own.

Then they put the Chromecast up for sale on their website.

There's noting wrong with this, but it's not like the Chromecast is hard to find any longer You can buy one from retailers like Best Buy, or online from Amazon, and of course at Google Play. And now you can also send $35 to Motorola to get one.

It's worth the $35, and when the SDK finally goes public (we're waiting) we know some great stuff can be done. If you don't have one or more yet, tell someone to buy you one for the coming holidays. You'll probably find it's a neat little gadget.

We're just surprised to see it pop up at Motorola's store.

Source: Motorola (A Google Company). Thanks, Derek!

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4 years ago

Looking for a new Android Device? Our Forum Ambassadors want to help!

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Read our Ambassadors’ Holiday Device Guide for some great insight into your next device purchase

With the holidays fast approaching, our Ambassador Team here at Android Central thought it would be appropriate to put together a quick holiday device guide. The guide gives you a quick look into what Android devices they’re using, and why.

The Holidays are upon us once again. In a few short weeks, most people will be bustling about trying to find that perfect gift for that one person. Cell phones and tablets are becoming popular gift ideas. Christmas time is also a time when carriers are cutting prices just to get people in the door. 

Android Central Ambassadors VDub2174, and Eclipse2K originally thought of this idea, and as Ambassadors, we collectively agreed that a list of our personal devices giving pros and cons of what we have used, and how we even set up our devices. In this manner, anyone cruising through the forums can get a breakdown of several popular devices among almost all the carriers.

If you’re trying to find a new Android device for yourself or that special someone, give this guide a read. It’s super helpful, and was put together with YOU in mind.

The guide is thorough to say the least… so if you’d like some insight from the most helpful forum members at Android Central … check it out!

Read: A Glimpse into the Ambassador devices

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4 years ago

Google pays states $17 million to settle Safari cookies flap

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Reports Reuters:

Google Inc will pay $17 million to settle allegations by 37 states and the District of Colombia that it secretly tracked Web users by placing special digital files on the Web browsers of their smartphones.

The deal, announced Monday morning, ends a nearly two-year probe by the states into allegations that Google bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc's Safari Web browser by placing "cookies" into the browser.

Google will have made back that $17 million by the end of the afternoon Monday.

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4 years ago

Moto G video walkthrough

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Cheap and cheerful

In the smartphone world, the word "cheap" often goes hand-in-hand with "nasty" when describing entry-level products. But that's a trend Motorola's attempting to break with its latest budget offering, the Moto G. Announced last week in Brazil and already on sale in some countries, the Moto G combines a 720p display and a quad-core Cortex A7 CPU with a basic, near-stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software experience. And the build quality's nothing to sniff at either.

We'll have a full review published for you very soon; in the meantime Richard Devine has taken the phone for a spin to bring you the hands-on video above.

More Moto G coverage

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4 years ago

Android 4.4 KitKat soak test for Verizon Moto X now live

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Test software available today, brings ​everything from KitKat, NFC card emulation and better camera software

The soak test for Verizon's Moto X that we told you about last week is now live, and participants can confirm that it is indeed Android 4.4 we're dealing with. Of course, this brings a slew of new changes, and it so happens that a partial list is available for people who might want to know what to expect when installing this update. 

The Motorola team told us all from Brazil to expect KitKat soon on our Moto X phones, and it looks like even Verizon wants it to be soon. We expect this test to be a little longer than the few hours the last one was, so don't fret if you don't see KitKat on a grand roll-out right away. There's also no word on when we'll see testing or an update for any other Moto X, though little birds say it will be very, very soon. 

Hit the break to see the supposed changes, including NFC Host Card emulation for Google Wallet.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Sprint and Best Buy offering 12 months free service for students

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Carrier focusing on getting teens to use phones safely and responsibly

In a season when many students may be looking to save a little money and get a new phone, Sprint and Best Buy are teaming up to offer one year of free service on the Now Network. The so-called "Best Buy Unlimited, My Way Student Promotion" (yes, really) offers eligible students who purchase a Sprint phone at a student activated price and start a new line of service a full year of free unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data per month.

If the student wants more data, they can bump up to unlimited monthly data during that year of promotional pricing for just $10 per month, which is a pretty darn good deal. The offer is exclusive to Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across the country, but if you're a student looking to pinch pennies and save on service for a year it may be worth a look.

Continuing on its push to address the younger market, Sprint is also reminding parents of its "4NetSafety" and "Focus on Driving" campaigns, which work to teach teenagers about responsible and safe use of phones. The big one here is Focus on Driving, which Sprint created in 2005 but couldn't be any more relevant than now as distracted driving laws and incidents are at the top of everyone's minds.

Source: Sprint

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4 years ago

Samsung suspends Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 rollout to investigate 'issues'

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It's been just a couple weeks since Samsung started rolling out Android 4.3 for the international Galaxy S3, bringing an updated version of Android to S3 owners along with Galaxy Gear support. But it seems the update may need a little more time in the oven, as some users are reporting stability problems with the latest firmware. SamMobile has today received a statement from Samsung Mobile UK today confirming that the 4.3 update has been "temporarily suspended" while the company looks into these issues.

“As we are currently investigating the reported issues with Galaxy S3 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the upgrading service has been temporarily suspended. We are committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience, and will ensure to resume the upgrading service at the earliest possibility.” 

The halt to the update process leaves GS3 owners on the year-old Android 4.1.2, with no immediate indication as to when the 4.3 rollout will resume.

Source: SamMobile

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4 years ago

Winners of the Samsung Pen.UP contest

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Some great digital art from some great people, and great prizes will soon be on their way

Last week we told you about a Pen.UP, Samsung's new social network for people who like to create and share digital art, and got with Samsung to hold a contest where people could show off their best stuff. Last night, things closed down and we had to sort through and pick three winners, who are about to get some great prizes from Samsung. 

Everyone has been contacted and we can share what we thought were the three best entries. Hit the break and see them.

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4 years ago

White OUYA available for preorder for $129, bumps storage to 16GB

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The fine folks at OUYA today have announced that a white version of the Android-based gaming console is now available for preorder for $129. That's an extra $30 over the original OUYA. But along with the limited-edition color comes double the on-board storage — a fuller 16 gigabytes.

It's only available in North America (for now, we suppose), and you'll want to order by Dec. 8 to have it delivered in time for the holidays, OUYA says.

Source: OUYA

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4 years ago

Recon Instruments' Snow2 HUD hits slopes starting at $399

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If you're looking for something a little more rugged than Google Glass to take skiing or snowboarding, know this: Recon Instruments has just released its Snow2 heads-up display. This little Android-based guy fits inside a compatible set of goggles and displays a number of items, including your speed, analysis of any jumps you might do, altitude, distance, navigation, buddy tracking, phone calls and texts, and serves as a music controller.

It's maybe more Borg than Google Glass sexy, but it's also much cheaper and more suited to flying down the slopes. Snow2 itself runs $399. You can pair it with a set of goggles for another $150. It also can be had right now, whereas the sunglasses-friendly Recon Jet has been delayed.

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4 years ago

Amazon releases Kindle Fire OS 3.1

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For those who have the Kindle Fire HD and Kinde Fire HDX, a software update is awaiting you. New in OS version 3.1 is the integration of Goodreads, which now ties in directly to whatever you're reading. You also an now "fling" video content to your TV, provided you're using a PlayStation 3 or Samsung Television. (Support for the PS4 is to come.) Amazon also has improved enterprise and BYOD support. Printing support also was added.

You can wait and get the update over the air, or download and install directly from Amazon. We've got the full changelog after the break.

Source: Amazon; Also: Read our Kindle Fire HDX review

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4 years ago

HTC Desire (601) announced for Virgin Mobile

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Virgin Mobile this morning announced that it's carrying the HTC Desire (this is the Desire 601 model, for those keeping score at home) for $279. This version of the Desire has a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 5MP camera, 4G LTE data and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor.

For storage, you've got 8GB on board, plus a microSD card.

Virgin Mobile's  plans start at $35 a month.

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