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4 years ago

LG Optimus G Pro gets wider Asian launch

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LG 5.5-incher to hit Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia

As expected, LG has announced wider Asian availability for its high-end, big-screened handset, the Optimus G Pro. The G Pro, which is already available in Korea, Japan and the U.S., will hit Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia throughout the next month. The version going on sale in these countries will be the 5.5-inch model, as opposed to the 5-incher released in Japan earlier in the year.

Besides that massive 1080p screen, the Optimus G Pro features a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD, a 13-megapixel camera and a whopping 3140mAh battery. For more on the Optimus G Pro, be sure to check out our reviews of the Korean and AT&T versions.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini specs

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Looking for the full list of Galaxy S4 Mini specs? We've got you covered.

Samsung has announced the Galaxy S4 Mini, a downsized, mid-range version of its 2013 flagship, the Galaxy S4. Like that phone, there are a lot of technical details and software features to get to grips with, so check down below for the full, official Galaxy S4 Mini specification sheet.

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4 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy S4 Mini

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Dual-core 1.7GHz CPU, 4.3-inch qHD SuperAMOLED screen, UK launch in July

Samsung has announced the much-anticipated and heavily-leaked Galaxy S4 Mini. As the name suggests, it's a miniature version of the Galaxy S4, and like the Galaxy S3 Mini, it's packing suitably downsized specs inside its diminutive chassis.

The Galaxy S4 Mini rocks a 4.3-inch qHD (960x540) SuperAMOLED display, and is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM. Around the back there's an 8-megapixel camera, on the front is a 1.9MP front-facer. There's also 8GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card. Powering everything is an 1,900mAh battery.

The Galaxy S4 Mini boasts many of the headline software features of its larger sibling. It's running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the latest TouchWiz UI, and in today's press release Samsung highlights features like Sound and Shot, S Translator and S Health, as well as WatchON TV capabilities through a built-in IR blaster.

Connectivity-wise, you're looking at Wifi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and 3G/4G radios. Samsung says there'll be 3G, 4G LTE and dual-SIM variants, though the availability of these SKUs will vary depending on country.

The Galaxy S4 Mini will be shown off to attendees at Samsung's "Premiere 2013" event at London's Earls Court exhibition center on June 20. No release date has been revealed just yet, but the manufacturer did confirm that it'll be available in black and white color options.

We've got today's press release, along with more images, after the break.

Update: UK retailer Phones4u has confirmed that it'll offer the Galaxy S4 Mini "when it becomes available in the UK in July 2013."

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4 years ago

Moto X to be the lead device for the new Motorola

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Motorola's X phone is finally confirmed, now all we need are the details

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside is speaking at D11, and he announced what many of us have been waiting to hear -- news of the Moto X. According to Woodside, who teases us by saying the phone is in his pocket but he can't show us, the Moto X will be a true game changer. Made in the USA, using all the APIs Google announced at Google I/O last month, the X is the lead device to show off the companies new direction.

He also was sure to mention that Motorola was ready to build high quality, low cost devices for emerging markets, but the X is not one of these. The X will be "more contextually aware. And you can interact with it in different ways." 

There's not much to go on here, but you can rest assured that we'll let you know as soon as we do.

Edit: A lot of the talk was about how the X will be different. Specifically mentioned was the battery tech, which we all care about. The question was asked: "How can you fix it, [battery life] when everyone else has struggled with it so much? There are ways to improve it, but can you solve the underlying problem? How do you go about doing that?"

The answer:

I'll save the more detailed discussion for later. But your question about how you understand the change in state and optimized the battery — we have some of the best engineers, and they've created a system where there are two processors that are more aware.

So we can expect an all-new "smart" battery monitoring processor of some sort. I can't wait for the details on this!

Edit 2: Motorola has also issued a mini press release, which you'll find after the break in its entirety. 

Via: The Verge

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4 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: Are you waiting for Motorola before you buy a new phone this year?

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With 2013 half over, is anyone still waiting for Motorola?

I was talking with Ben, a good friend and fellow Android nerd, the other night, and we the topic shifted to Motorola. Specifically, how we haven't seen or heard anything from them yet this year, and we're already halfway through. And that has to be making fans of Motorola and their incredible phone hardware a little antsy.

As Ben rightfully pointed out, it doesn't mean the same thing to us here at AC as it does to most folks. We go through phones pretty quickly around these parts, and we'll have a chance to use them all. But, if that weren't the case, I think I would have held off and waited to see what Motorola has to show us.

Don't get me wrong. I think HTC and Samsung, as well as folks like Sony and Huawei have pushed out some very nice gear. Maybe even far better than anything we'll see from Motorola. But part of me has this gut-feeling that Google and Moto have something big in store, and it would be worthwhile to see what it is if I were only planning on one smartphone purchase. Maybe it's spectacular hardware. Or spectacular pricing. Or both -- or neither. I just think it's something worth waiting for.

So what about you folks? Any of you guys hanging in there waiting to see what Motorola brings to the dance in 2013? Hit the break, or the sidebar to the right, and answer in the poll. Be sure to use the comments to tell us why you voted the way you did.

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4 years ago

Google Play Music updated with track removal, sharing changes

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Delete tracks, remove from 'My Library' and share directly from 'Now Playing' in new version

Don't go anywhere yet -- we haven't seen the last of today's Google app updates. Google Play Music 5.0 for Android, which first debuted following the Google I/O keynote along with the All Access subscription service, has been updated again today with a handful of essential features missing from the original release. The new version 5.0.1041J has been updated with the ability to delete tracks directly from within the app, and remove items added via All Access from your library.

What's more, a UI tweak now allows you to share tracks and add them to playlists from the 'Now Playing' screen. The update is rolling out now through the Google Play Store, so head over to 'My Apps' in the store to grab your update. Alternatively, we've got a Play Store link for you up above.

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4 years ago

Google Calendar app updated with custom color labels and new date and time pickers

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Google's Calendar app update makes those important dates easier to add and keep track of

Google has updated the "stock" Android Calendar app in Google Play this afternoon, bringing two minor, but very relevant changes. We'll start with the one most users will instantly appreciate -- setting a custom color for a calendar or event. If you subscribe to multiple shared calendars, or have several of your own, you know just how this will help. You can take the calendar your boss shares with you, and make the event labels a certain color so they stand out, or make your calendar one color and you significant other's a different color. In addition, you can mark any single calendar event with it's own custom color to help keep track of important events. 

The other change is equally as important, and it shows Google is really pushing forward with the new app design language they've been showing us as of late. The new time and date picker windows look better, but also have more functionality built in. You can set up recurring events easier, and even select the time zone right from the add event window.

You can grab the update from the Google Play link above.

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4 years ago

Google releases 'Admin' app for managing enterprise, education and government accounts

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Super administrators can now control every aspect of their user's accounts from a phone

Google released its latest in-house app today, Google Admin, targeted at administrators of Google Apps accounts in business, education, government and other applications. Although it may not apply to the largest number of people on the consumer side, having a central management app for Google Apps administrators is a big deal. With a single app, super administrators for an organization can now add users, manage logins and passwords, manage groups, contact support and so much more. These are some advanced features, but ones that can be easily done while on the go if necessary. And if you're managing dozens or even hundreds of users, you'll want any tool that can help make managing accounts an easier prospect.

Currently the app will work with Google Apps for Business, Education, Government, Google Coordinate and Chromebooks -- pretty much any basic deployment of Apps you may have today. As you would expect, the app reminds you several times over that administrators should apply a strong PIN or passcode for your device's lock screen -- although it doesn't actually require one to run the app. Google Apps super admins can grab a download of the app at the source link above and give it a try.

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4 years ago

SwiftKey hits version 4.1.1 with important bug fixes

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A few important fixes just a couple short weeks after a big 4.1 release

Shortly after releasing version 4.1 of its keyboard that brought new themes and improvements, the bump to 4.1.1 today brings a few important fixes. First up, those of you with Samsung devices using the stock email app will now have proper text input, without a cursor that jumps around in the paragraph you're typing. Also an important fix, the keyboard will no longer have an unusable "execute" button while typing in the new Google Hangouts app. Additionally, two crashes related to personalization features and using the "Pitch" theme on older Android 2.1 devices have been fixed.

There's no doubt many of you out there are using SwiftKey daily on your devices, so head to the Play Store and grab your update for these important fixes.

More: SwiftKey Blog

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4 years ago

Here's another chance to get an App.net free account - we've got 300 to give away!

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A free App.net account is a great way to test the services and feature that ADN has to offer

The last time we gave away some free App.net invites they went almost as quickly as tickets to Google I/O. Even when the great folks at ADN doubled the number we had to pass around, they still disappeared in minutes. People are curious, and we're back to help satisfy that curiosity with 300 more App.net invites.

These are for free accounts, which are a great way to try out the many services ADN offers. Services like the awesome messaging, or the cloud storage and of course the Twitter-like microblogging platform. There's a lot to ADN and we're happy to work with the folks there to bring people and the services together so they can decide if they want to go all-in with a paid account.

iIf you're looking for an invite, here's where you need to pay attention. Hit the link below and sign up. It's first-come first-served, and they're going to go quickly.

https://join.app.net/from/swzxxymxrc

By using an invitation, you'll automatically follow Android Central, but you can promptly unfollow us if you want to. This is a great way to make sure you have some content in your stream. 

Speaking of which, you'll probably want a good way to keep up with news and what's going on from the folks you follow from your Android device. There are a few nice ones out in the wild, but Robin for App.net stands head and shoulders above the crowd. It's got multi-language support, post filters, spam protection, multiple account support and everything else you would want or need from a client, and looks beautiful while doing it. It costs $2.99, but it's well worth it.

Grab your invite, grab your client from Google Play, and we'll see you there!

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4 years ago

Amazon announces 'Login with Amazon' platform for apps, games and websites

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App developers and website owners now have a simple way to authenticate users with their existing Amazon account

Amazon announced today that it is joining the single sign-on game with a new service called "Login with Amazon" that will let users sign into other sites with their existing Amazon credentials. Similarly to the service offered by Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and others, Amazon is extending the functionality to app developers and website owners to integrate on their products and make it easier for users to authenticate without making a new login and password for that specific property. Users can choose what parts of their account to share with each authenticated app or site, and can quickly get started with a new service without any extra hassle.

As is the case with the other single sign-on providers, it's in Amazon's best interest to have as many people signed in and ready to shop at any given point. So as you would expect, Login with Amazon is available to developers at no charge, and according to Amazon is extremely easy to implement. Based on early trials with its subsidiaries Zappos and Woot, Amazon saw a high amount of engagement with the new Amazon sign-on compared to other social logins. Will you be more willing to use Amazon as a sign-on at a new app or website than another service such as Google+? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Amazon

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4 years ago

Twitter for Android adds expandable notifications, picture attachment previews

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The official Android Twitter client today got an update that offers a few new features, bringing it even more in line with some of the better third-party apps out there.

On the composition side, you'll now see your avatar and Twitter handle, which gives you a better idea how your tweet will look to everyone else. If you've got more than one account set up, you can tap your avatar to switch which account you're sending from. (That's a feature I've required forever.) You'll now also see a large preview of any attached pictures, and that attachment mechanism has been revamped, too. Good stuff all around

Also, you can now remove your location from individual tweets, you can expand notifications to see more than one interaction, and there have been a few other visual tweaks as well.

All in all, a good update. Now how about a dark theme, Twitter?

Source: Twitter blog

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4 years ago

Gmail for Android, web to get tabbed inboxes to reduce clutter

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Google has been working to reduce the clutter in our inboxes for some time and has just announced a sizeable update to Gmail, both on the web and on mobile, to further combat the problem.  The update brings tabbed inboxes to your Gmail that automatically divide the mail you receive into categories.

The default categories are:

  • Primary (this is the email you want to receive from friends and family)
  • Social (updates you receive from social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+)
  • Promotions (Offers from sites like Groupon or LivingSocial)
  • Updates (Receipts from places like Google Play and Amazon)

The new Gmail will support up to five tabs, and they are of course customizable. Google understands that not all of us will want every category that it has selected, so we can choose which ones to ignore. You can move messages between tabs to tell Google to place any mail from that sender into a certain tab from now on. You can also star messages, which will tell Google that is is an important message that should appear in the Primary tab.

The update will also be sent out to Gmail for Android "within the next few weeks". The new Android app will support the tabs by placing tham in a left sidebar which you can swipe to in order to choose which inbox to view.

The new update looks nice and any way I can get to my important email faster I am all for. What do you all think of the upcoming update?

Source: Gmail Blog

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4 years ago

Major update now pushing to the Verizon Galaxy S3

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Multiwindow, Best Shot added along with scores of other fixes, features

Hold onto your hats, folks. The Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 is getting ready for a pretty major software update. The biggest bullet points probably are the addition of multiscreen and multiwindow, which let you run apps side-by-side. You'll also get some new camera functionality, including the ability to choose from five burst shots to get the "Best Shot."

That's just the tip of the iceberg for the update that has just started pushing out. Read on for the full rundown.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Exhibit available today on T-Mobile for $19.99 down

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T-Mobile this morning announced that the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit is now available online and in select stores. The decidedly entry-level device runs $19 down with 24 monthly payments of $9, or $235 outright.  For your trouble you get Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, a 5-megapixel camera, a 4-inch WVGA display, and a mere 1,500 mAh battery.

If you're looking for your first smartphone, chances are you'll get steered toward this. which essentially is a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. Just know you're starting at the low end, and work your way up from there.

More: T-Mobile

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