4 years ago

ASUS Fonepad Note 6 hands-on


It's been a couple of months since ASUS unveiled the Fonepad Note -- its first standalone handset in a long time -- at Computex 2013. Since then the phone's undergone a bit of an overhaul, and at IFA 2013 we tracked down a slightly upgraded Fonepad Note -- or Fonepad Note 6, as it's now called -- running a faster 2GHz Atom processor and updated software with a little more ASUS customization.

Like the better-known Samsung Galaxy Note, ASUS' Fonepad Note 6 has built-in stylus functionality, and when the stylus is in use a slide-across tab allows you to easily annotate any app or web page. Overall, the device is reasonably snappy, though we did notice a few instances of lag when scrolling through widgets in the app drawer. At the same time, we're a little disappointed to see a plasticky chassis being used that reminds us of older Samsung devices, rather than the premium materials used in ASUS products like the Padfone Infinity.

Check past the break for our full hands-on video and more photos.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Gear up for pre-order in the UK


Clove Technology now taking pre-orders for all six colors, £282 to make one yours

We've literally just landed back home after IFA 2013 in Berlin, and one of the headline acts is starting to see retail information in the UK. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is now up for pre-order at online retailer Clove Technology, but it's going to cost you to get one. £282 plus delivery to be precise. 

Honestly we're not too surprised the Galaxy Gear is commanding a high asking price, but even so, that does feel like too much of a high asking price. Especially since to use one initially you'll also be handing over for a new Galaxy Note 3 as well. 

It's just one retailer, but it's an indicator of something we feared last week when we first saw Samsung's first smartwatch. If you're interested, head on over to the source link below to get your pre-order on.

More: Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear

Source: Clove

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4 years ago

The Dead Trigger 2 tease continues: Release date to be announced at Tokyo Game Show


We're not really fans of announcements that serve only to announce future announcements — but we know there are more than a few of you out there waiting ever so patiently for the release of Dead Trigger 2, so here goes.

The game that we've seen glimpses of (and played ourselves) going all the way back to CES in January will finally have its release date revealed at the Tokyo Game Show in a couple weeks — Sept. 19-22. Nothing more specific, unfortunately, but we can't imagine that the actual release will be too far behind that.

So, yeah. We're getting closer. We're just not there yet.

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4 years ago

Quick comparison: LG G2 versus the Samsung Galaxy Note 3


The LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are two of the hottest Android devices around right now. And while neither is available in the U.S. just yet, we recently had the chance to pit these two juggernauts against each other at IFA 2013 in Berlin.

While the two devices' hardware is closely matched -- Snapdragon 800, oodles of RAM, plenty of pixels — they're a world apart in physical size — the 5.7-inch Note 3 dwarfs the G2's mere 5.2 inches. And the choice between these two phones is going to come down to whether you want a traditional smartphone with a large screen or a half phone, half tablet hybrid, as we're looking at two different classes of handset here.

Check out our hands-on comparison above, and be sure to check out our preview of the Galaxy Note 3 and  hands-on redux with the G2.

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4 years ago

Microsoft makes Xbox Music available on Android


It's here, but it's short on some features next to the Windows Phone version

Microsoft has today made their Xbox Music streaming service available to Android device owners for the first time. The app requires an Xbox Music account to use, but essentially it gives you access to all the same music that Windows, Xbox and Windows Phone users have had for some time now. But, while it's great that Microsoft has made it available, it's lacking in a couple of key areas when compared to its Windows Phone sibling. It also doesn't seem to like the idea of tablets, since the Play Store is highlighting a lack of compatibility with them all. 

The first of those is the lack of artist based radio. It's not the end of the world, but it does mean you're basically limited to searching for music to listen to. The bigger omission, at least for now, is offline music. Unless you're connected to an Internet connection, you won't be able to listen to your music. Microsoft has said it will be hitting iOS and Android in "coming months" but for some, the lack of it now could be a deal breaker. 

Otherwise it's not a bad app to use. It's not exactly Holo, but it looks pretty nice, with a distinct flavor of Xbox to it. It's not mimicking the Windows Phone app, though, so it's more within the user experience we're familar with on Android. Grab the app for free now from the Play Store at the link above. Besides not liking tablets, it will also only be available in regions supported by Xbox Music. 

Source: Microsoft via Windows Phone Central

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4 years ago

Amazon says reports of rumored free-phone program are incorrect


An unnamed spokesman for Amazon has come forward and denied the rumors that they had plans to give away a free phone sometime in the near future. Speaking to the folks over at Jessica Lessin, who initially reported that Amazon was planning to produce and distribute a free smartphone this year, the company has denied that they even have plans to release a phone at all this year, but if they did release one in the future it "would not be free."

We can't say we're surprised. Even Amazon would have a hard time eating the subsidy on a completely free phone off-contract. 

Will Amazon ever offer a smartphone based on an Android fork? Probably. But we know not to expect it any time soon.

Source: Jessica Lessin

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4 years ago

A Nexus fan's take on the Moto X


It all started when Phil sent me the review unit

Motorola will ask for it back soon, but I've had it long enough to know a few things, and get a pretty good feel for this phone. And that's good, because as I've expressed before, I'm not buying one from a carrier and Motorola is taking their sweet time to offer an unlocked version. More on why that was a mistake a little later. Likely, my constant crying concern about the issue is what prompted Phil to send it here. I'm a pain in the ass when I'm whiny and cranky, and like a baby with a pacifier, the review unit shut me up. I'm able to admit this.

Anyway, like I said I've had the Moto X long enough to have a solid feel for the thing, and to make some pretty strong comparisons against what I think was the best Android phone in a long time — the Nexus 4. So let's do that.

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: So long, IFA 2013


Well, that's it, Berlin. You've been a blast, but IFA 2013 is over for us. I'm on a plane (or two) home, but a few things we learned this week:

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Buffalo Bills Mobile, YouTube Floating Player, Canvas for Pebble and more!


Another great round-up of apps from the Android Central writers

It's been a busy week here at Android Central — between travel and all of the news coming out of IFA in Berlin, we've had our hands full. But that doesn't mean we can't still bring you our great Apps of the Week column, where we show off apps that the Android Central writers are using, this Saturday.

This week we're looking at apps that will help get your ready for the NFL season, pick a new watch face for your Pebble and keep you entertained no matter what the situation. Stick around after the break and see how we did this week.

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4 years ago

A quick look at receiving a phone call on the LG G Pad 8.3


One of the more intriguing features of the LG G Pad 8.3 is its ability to pair up with the LG G2 for more than just tethering. In fact, the "Q Pair" feature is supposed to eventually work with phones made by manufacturers other than LG. That's for another day though. Today, we're taking a brief look at what it looks like when a call comes in on a phone and is then shared with the G Pad tablet.

The idea is that the two devices are tethered, with the call coming in to the phone. But as the phone rings, you also get a pop-up on the tablet, allowing you to take the call, decline it outright, or decline it with an automated response. It looks good, it's dead simple to use — and it's really something we've not seen anyone else do before.

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4 years ago

Video: Galaxy Note 3 versus Galaxy Note 2


The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 the talk of IFA 2013, but how does it measure up to its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 2? We've taken to the IFA 2013 show floor to compare the new and old Note, and you'll find a full hardware rundown in the video above.

From the front, the Galaxy Note series hasn't changed a whole lot. We're still dealing with an exceptionally large smartphone, though it's clear to see there's more screen to go around on the Note 3, made possible by its smaller bezels. The new Note is also a little more squared-off than its predecessor, likely part of the push to make it resemble a real paper notebook. Nowhere else is that more obvious than on the phone's back panel, which now sports a faux-leather effect, complete with stitching.

And then there are the obvious spec improvements — Snapdragon 800 compared to the year-old Exynos 4 Quad, 3GB up from 2GB and 1080p from 720. Hit the video above for the full lowdown.

And check out our Galaxy Note 3 hands-on feature for more on Samsung's latest handset.

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4 years ago

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Flip Wallet


Our journey through the labyrinth that is Samsung's hall at the IFA conference in Berlin continues — we're getting there, I promise — with the Flip Wallet case for the Galaxy Note 3. We've already taken a look at the S View case, which sports the transparent window so you can still get information and interact with the phone while the case is closed — now here's a more traditional folio version.

The Flip Wallet is done up in the same sort of leatherette as the Note 3 itself (maybe even a little nicer — the feel of the Note 3 changes a little depending on which color you're handling), with the same stitching as well. There's a slot on the inside to hold business cards or a credit card if you want, and little plus and minus signs on the spine point you to the volume rocker, so you don't have to open the case to turn the music up. (Who turns music down, anyway?)

The Flip Wallet for the Galaxy Note 3 comes in a variety of colors — including, yes, pink. We've got more after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands on with the 6-inch Acer Liquid S2


6-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 and 4K video recording all part of Acer's newest high-end offering

Acer recently announced its latest Android smartphone, the Liquid S2, with a monstrous 6-inch display. The device has made the trip to IFA 2013 in Berlin, so we took a quick look at what it's all about.

First that display. Yes, it's 6-inches and therefore it's pretty huge. But at the same time the whole device didn't feel as large in the hand as some other supersized devices. Make no mistake; you won't be one handing this thing properly unless you're a giant. But it's pretty light considering the size, and has a nice matt finish on the rear so its actually pretty good to hold.

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4 years ago

Win an HTC One courtesy of dbrand and Android Central!


We have a really special giveaway for you guys this weekend! The team over at dbrand has sent us an HTC One with their awesome skin in Ferrari red and black carbon fiber already installed, and one lucky Android Central reader is going to win it! We'll get to the contest in a minute, but first let's take a look at the dbrand skin on the device.

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4 years ago

Motorola posts bootloader unlock for Moto X on Sprint, US Cellular


Four Moto X variants join the ranks of Motorola bootloader unlocks

Making good on its promise from over a month ago, Motorola has just posted bootloader unlocks on its support site for several models of the Moto X. Joining many other popular Motorola devices are the Moto X variants for Sprint and US Cellular here in the states, alongside the variants for Latin America and Rogers in Canada.

The timing is just right, as both Sprint and US Cellular have just put their models on sale. As for AT&T and Verizon, Motorola has indicated previously that it will not be offering a bootloader unlock and will instead offer developer editions for use on these carriers.

If you choose to go ahead with the bootloader unlock from Motorola, you'll be voiding your device's warranty so make sure you clearly understand the pros and cons of the decision before you make it. If you do want to go on through with it, head to the source link below for more information.

Source: Motorola

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