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4 years ago

Your 'I can't believe I missed that' Galaxy S4 tip of the day

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At last count, we found some 37 pieces of thin, clear plastic protecting the (also) thin plastic that is the body of the Samsung Galaxy S4. They're on the side. They're on the top. On the bottom. They're not all that difficult to remove, but it's easy to miss one. And that's the smartphone equivalent of toilet paper stuck to your shoe. 

One of the trickiest protective pieces is hiding in plain sight. Be sure to check the camera housing on the back on the phone. There you'll find a clear  sticker. It's not affecting images, as it's got a cutout for the lens itself. But it will start to collect dust and dirt (which actually is how we first saw the damn thing), and nobody wants that. 

So give your Galaxy S4 a once-over and make sure you haven't left any plastic strips behind. Nobody wants to be that guy.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 now available on MetroPCS

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 (see our review) is now available on MetroPCS. The no-contract carrier is offering the S4 for $549 plus tax. You can then choose from any of the 4G plans, which start at $40/month. These include unlimited talk, text and data.

If you're a devout MetroPCS customer and have been patiently waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S4, your wait is finally over. Who's getting one?

Full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active for AT&T

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It's a more robust Galaxy S4, with flood insurance thrown in for good measure

If there's one picture that sums up the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active for AT&T, this is it. Drops of water, artistically (more or less) sitting atop the Android smartphone. It cares not that several hundred dollars worth of electronics are flirting with a phone's worst enemy. In fact, the Active seems to welcome it. 

Samsung has taken what arguably is its best Galaxy S yet  — that'd be the proper Galaxy S4 —  and in nearly the same breath, announced a more robust version. These are fraternal twins. Same overall look and feel, but with a few important differences that also ensure you won't mistake one for the other.

In the United States, the Active is an AT&T exclusive, sold alongside it's ever-so-slightly older brother. So is one a better buy than the other?

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4 years ago

How to get lock screen widgets on the HTC One with Android 4.2

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HTC's got its own unique way of doing lock screen widgets

The Android 4.2 update for the HTC One brings new features galore, including lock screen widgets, now a standard Android feature. But HTC's doing things a little differently in this area, and if you don't know where to look, then you might overlook it completely.

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4 years ago

Last chance: Win a 24-carat Gold HTC One from Goldgenie and Android Central!

OK, boys and girls. You've marveled over the 24-carat gold-plated HTC One — now it's time for you to win one of your own.  Yes, we're teaming up with Goldgenie to bring this one-of-a-kind Android smartphone (valued at $2,403/£1895) to one lucky Android Central reader.  Here's what Goldgenie founder and CEO Laban Roomes had to say when his company announced the gold phone last week:

"We are delighted to welcome HTC's flagship phone the HTC One to the Goldgenie family. It is an extremely powerful phone with a beautiful interface & is a guaranteed jaw dropper when people see it embellished in Gold."

And now, we're delighted to announce we're working together to give one away. Read on for the full details, and click here to learn more about the 24-carat gold-plated HTC One and Goldgenie's HTC One customization service.

Update July 8: We've closed the comments and will pick a winner shortly. We've got your winner right here, let's all wish him the best!

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4 years ago

HTC One with Android 4.3 gets Bluetooth 4.0 certification

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Google Play edition handset spotted at Bluetooth SIG with new Android version

At this point it's no great secret that Android 4.3 is right around the corner, and that among other things it'll bring Bluetooth 4.0 support as a standard OS feature. So it's just as unsurprising to see the the Google Play edition HTC One dropping by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group with support for version 4.0 of the wireless standard.

The device detailed in the certification listing is referred to as "PN071xx_Android 4.3_G" — that's the HTC One's model number, and the "G" likely denotes the Google Play edition as opposed to the common-or-garden HTC One running Sense 5. (After all, that device has only just been updated to Android 4.2.)

The listing also shows AVRCP 1.3 support, another Bluetooth feature said to be coming in the next version of Android.

For more on what's new in Android 4.3, check out our walkthrough of the pre-release build which recently leaked out for the Google Play edition Galaxy S4.

Source: Bluetooth SIG; via: Engadget

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4 years ago

LG holding an event in New York, drops plenty of clues that we'll see the Optimus G2

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G thinks we're perfect just the way we are, and they want us to know it would be great 2 have us in New York on August 7

An invite to LG's latest shin-dig in New York next month just arrived in our inbox, and in case anyone wasn't sure what to expect the whole kit is covered with the letter G and the number 2. That can only mean one thing, and it happens to be the thing every LG fan on the Internet is waiting for -- The Optimus G2. Since they announced that their next flagship handset will be equipped with a Snapdragon S800 processor, plenty of people have been excited, to put it mildly.

The available features of the S800 that LG stressed in an announcement last month give people plenty of reason to look forward to the G2. Besides the raw power of Qualcomm's newest quad-core beast, other equally impressive features like Ultra HD video recording and playback (that's four times higher density than 1080p), screen output at resolutions up to 2560 x 2048 pixels, and 1080p HD over Miracast wireless. It's clear that LG will be billing this as an ultimate entertainment device, and with these specs they probably should.

You can bet we'll be there with bells on, and hopefully we'll see the Optimus G2 and get a little hands-on time with the next generation of mobile technology. There's a very nicely done teaser video after the break as well, and it's sure to get all of us excited to see what's next from LG.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available on C Spire starting July 8

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The nation's eighth-largest carrier picks up Samsung's latest flagship just fashionably late

Regional carrier C Spire will begin to carry the Samsung Galaxy S4 starting tomorrow, July 8th, according to materials on its support site. As pointed out to us by a reader, in its product discussion forums a C Spire representative posted that the device will hit stores (and presumably online as well) starting Monday, linking to Youtube videos showing off the handset's features.

The post doesn't indicate pricing unfortunately, but given the way it has priced similar devices such as the Galaxy S3 in the past, we could expect it at $199 on-contract for the 16GB model as is the case with other carriers. If you're a C Spire customer you'll want to keep your eye on this one to get it right away.

On a related note, those looking to pick up the HTC One from C Spire should be able to do so soon as well, as the carrier has a "coming soon" registration page up.

Source: C Spire; Thanks, Jeff!

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Ultra in white appears in leaked photo

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One of the three rumored phones from Motorola that are destined for Verizon shows up in white

If yesterday's leaked press render of the Motorola Droid Maxx wasn't enough to pique your interest, maybe a version in white with a new name -- and the model number -- will. At XDA a poster named xavierk75 gives us this picture, with only  the post title "Motorola Droid Ultra XT1080 is Here!" to provide any clues.

What we can see are the three capacitive buttons and what appears to be a chin on the bottom of the device, matching up well with the kevlar skinned chin we saw on Saturday's leaked press render. 

We've been hearing the name Droid Ultra for a while from folks in the know, and FCC filings tell us the XT1080 has everything a phone would need to run on Verizon's 3G and LTE networks. I expect we'll be hearing more from Verizon about this one soon. 

Is anyone ready for a (rumored) 1080p LTE Droid branded phone from Moto? 

Source: XDA; via Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Ask Android Central: Google Play edition phones on Verizon or Sprint?

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Verizon and Sprint exercise more control over the phones that can use their network, and it takes a little more that just building one to make it happen.

In the midst of all the discussion over the merits and flaws of the Google Play edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, there's a third discussion taking place, that more than a few people are interested in -- will we ever see a Google Play edition phone on Verizon or Sprint?

Now, we can't answer that any more than anyone else who doesn't make high-level purchasing decisions at either carrier, but we can talk about the issue a little bit. Hopefully this can address some of the questions surrounding the issue and clear up a little confusion.

The Google Play edition phones that are currently being sold will only work on AT&T or T-Mobile (or any of the smaller regional or MVNO carriers who use a GSM network) here in the U.S. The HTC One will only work at 2G speeds on T-Mobile, unless you're in an area that has already had the 3G network switched over to the 1900Mhz bands. Have a look here to see an unofficial map where that's been done. The phones are SIM unlocked, so will also work on any GSM network outside the U.S. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean you can stick the SIM card you use for Verizon LTE in one and get it to work, as neither phone supports the required network frequencies. The same goes for Sprint, as well as regional carriers like Cricket, Page Plus or U.S. Cellular. The easy way to check -- will the (non-Verizon) Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 4 work on the carrier? If so, the Google Play edition phones will work, too.

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4 years ago

Motorola S11-Flex HD Bluetooth Stereo Headset review

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There are a lot of Bluetooth headsets available, in countless configurations. You've got plenty of selection, even if you're more interested in listening to music that you would be taking calls. The holy grail is finding one that's great at both. Enter the Motorola Flex-11 HD Bluetooth Stereo Headset, which fits the bill nicely.

They're stylish, they fit well, and most importantly they deliver high quality sound both for calls and the music you listen to on your Android phone or tablet. I've been testing my pair for a while, and I have to say I'm pretty pleased.

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4 years ago

Last chance: Save 15% on all Android cases and accessories!

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Independence Day for the good ol' U.S.A. is July 4, but we're kicking off the celebration savings a little early and going a little long this year, just to make sure all Android Central readers have a chance to take advantage of this special offer.

Starting now and going until midnight PST on Sunday, July 7, you can save 15 percent on your entire order using coupon code 7413 at checkout (and yes Canadians, the coupon will work in our Canada store too!).

The 15 percent coupon code covers all of our accessories, including Galaxy S4 cases, Galaxy S3 cases, everything for the HTC One — and all the spare batteries we got.  

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4 years ago

From the Forums: Independence Day through the eye of an Android phone

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Show off your best Fourth of July fireworks pictures

We recently set up brand spanking new photography forums to discuss all things related to Android and photos, and we wanted to get the discussion going with photos you took of fireworks this Fourth of July. Smart phones have drastically improved their low-light performance over the years, but there's a certain touch (and bit of luck) required to grab a great shot of fireworks with your phone.

We were able to snap a few good shots of our local firework shows, and we imagine you did as well. Hop into the forums and show off the best shots you were able to grab with your phone this Fourth of July.

Show off your Fourth of July fireworks pictures here!

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: QWOP, Skip Lock Screen, Grocery iQ and more!

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We take a moment to show off the apps that have been working for us

Just like that, it's Saturday again and that means you're in for another edition of our Apps of the Week column here on Android Central. In case you've been asleep at the wheel and missed previous posts in the series, this is our weekly column where we have writers from the Android Central team chime in with an app that they've been using regularly on their devices in the previous week.

This week we have a couple of games, a tool and  a little follow-up to last week's post from Jerry. Hang with us after the break and see how our picks stack up this week.

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4 years ago

MIUI version 5 ported to HTC One

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Version 5 of the popular alternative ROM now available for HTC One owners

We know that MIUI isn't for everyone. It's a drastic shift away from the "Stock" Android look and feel, and cries of iPhoney always seem to be heard whenever the software gets talked about. But if you're a fan, you probably aren't going to let that stop you from enjoying the unique look and feel on your new HTC One.

The multi-language ROM has a huge list of features, and the focus is on style and customization. As far as this version for the HTC One, the "not working" list is pleasantly short:

  • NFC maybe, not tested!
  • Bluetooth (similar to CM).
  • Signal strength shown needs to be fixed. RIL is fine otherwise.
  • Xposed Installer isn't compatible with MIUI because they both make changes at the same location. Avoid using it or you might end up with bootloops.

Of course you'll need to have rooted your HTC One, unlocked the bootloader and flash a custom recovery, and know how all this affects your warranty.

If you've never given MIUI a try and have an HTC One handy, now sounds like a good time to have a look. See the source link for all the details, and there are a few screen shots after the break.

Source: AdyScorpius at XDA. Thanks, Android creature!

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