4 years ago

The cloud isn't all silver linings – sometimes it rains - Talk Mobile


Put everything in the cloud, they said. Sync your files, back up your phone, put it all online, they said. It'll be great, they said.

And then the cloud stopped working. It was temporary, but for a while, everything stopped. Your email didn't come for a few hours. Your music was out of reach. That file you desperately needed for your presentation only came up as a 404. The cloud was gone.

4 years ago

Where is Google Maps Street View available? A whole lot of places, with more to come


Cars, backpacks, trolleys, snowmobiles and trikes are slowly mapping the world from a first person point of view.

We know Google has been hard at work mapping the entire world with a combination of different satellite footage, but how much of that area is also covered by first person Street View imagery? On its "About Street View" page, Google has published a map that pretty granularly shows off where it has collected Street View imagery, and the number of places currently mapped may be surprising.

The interactive map (which can be zoomed, but in only partially) shows blue shaded areas where someone has personally driven, rode or walked with Google's Street View equipment to provide high-res 360-degree pictures of the area. Most of the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Korea and Japan are mapped, naturally, but so are more obscure ares like small island chains far into the ocean.

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4 years ago

This new Weather app from Yahoo! makes every day beautiful


If you appreciate beautiful, full-bleed graphics in an app that performs as good as it looks, the all-new updated Yahoo! Weather app is one you'll want to have a look at. Checking the weather on our phones is one of those things nobody needs to do —getting up and looking outside would be good for anyone — but most of us do it. It's convenient, and lets us see what the skies and temperature are like in places where we're not. Maybe you're traveling and need to know whether to pack an umbrella or which jacket to take, or you're wanting to know the forecast of the place you're going. Or maybe you just like being able to check something as trivial as the weather through your expensive smartphone. We never judge.

There are a lot (as in a whole lot) of apps out there that show you the weather, but Yahoo! has found a way to stand out from the crowd. Using high-resolution pictures from Flickr —a company Yahoo! owns — that show the location and current conditions as a backdrop, the weather never looked this good. I've been playing with the update here for a couple hours, and I'll tell you that looking at the weather in Berlin is better when the background is a gorgeous picture of the Brandenburg Gate in the background. The same goes for a sunset picture of the National Mall in Washington, DC. Of course not all locations are going to be covered, so if you live somewhere out-of-the-way like, for example, Bunker Hill, West Virginia, you'll have a generic image.

The app is also really feature-rich. The settings cover everything from unit types (Celsius or Fahrenheit) to persistent notifications and alerts. You can add as many locations as you like, and of course your current location is always available. Add in things like 10-day forecasts, 24 hour forecast, the chance of precipitation, wind and pressure numbers, the moon phase, UV patterns, sunrise and sunset times, an interactive map and a set of widgets of all sizes and you've got the recipe for an app everyone will like. There's even a lock screen widget if your Android supports them.

The app is free, and if you're already using the Yahoo! Weather app you'll be getting an update notification soon. If you're not, and want to give it a try, grab it via the Google Play link above. We've got a whole slew of screenshots of the UI and settings after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC One now available on C Spire


The HTC One is now available on C Spire. The regional carrier that covers a good portion of the Southeast is the latest carrier to offer one of our favorite phones to its customers. 

C Spire will sell the HTC One at the standard $199 price point with a new 2-year service agreement and will offer the phone in all retail stores, online as well as through its telesales group. The carrier has also said that it will be pre-installing a few apps, including Text CS and WiFiON. 

The more that the HTC One is available the better, so this is great news for C Spire customers who have been waiting for the phone. 

Source: C Spire HTC One

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4 years ago

Red HTC One launching exclusively on Sprint tomorrow with NextRadio


If you're on Sprint and have been considering the HTC One but have not yet pulled the trigger, you will have another option starting tomorrow — "glamor red." The only options up until now have been silver and black (or gold, if you want to drop some serious cash.) The red HTC One is exclusive to Sprint customers in the U.S. and will be available for the same price of $199.99, with a 2-year agreement. 

What's more, Sprint is offering a "buy one, get one free" deal on the HTC One until Aug. 30.

Customers also get NextRadio access, which means the FM radio app will come pre-installed on your new HTC One. It's an app that allows you to browse radio stations, interact with those stations and purchase songs that you like. It differs from other apps because rather than using data, it goes through your phone's FM tuner, which means the battery usage isn't as great. 

Sprint customers, have you been waiting patiently for the red HTC One? And if you're not on Sprint, are you tempted by this color option?

More: The red HTC One in pictures

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4 years ago

LG G2 coming to Canada across most carriers


Rogers, Bell, TELUS, SaskTel, WIND, and Videotron will all have the G2 available this fall. 

Following on announcements for the UK and US, Canadian carriers have chimed in with their plans for the upcoming LG G2. The big guys like Rogers, Bell, and TELUS are all going to get it, but you'll also see the LG G2 available on regional providers like WIND, SaskTel, and Videotron. There's no information on specific dates or prices, but the end of September seems to be a likely launch window. Only TELUS has a landing page in their store right now, but no doubt the others will be showing up soon.

For those unfamiliar, the LG G2 is turning a lot of heads with its super-slim bezel, high-brightness display, and a unique hardware button placement. If you're thinking of getting one, be sure to check out our hands-on video from the launch event last week. Any Canadians in the house thinking of snagging the G2 this fall?

Source: LG Canada

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4 years ago

Verizon LG G2 comes with wireless charging in addition to logos


Wireless charging feature 'exclusive,' according to VZW pre-registration ​page

Looks like a preponderance of carrier logos won't be the only unique thing about Verizon Wireless' LG G2. According to the operator's pre-registration page, it'll include "exclusive wireless charging" in addition to all that juicy Verizon branding. Presumably this means if you pick up a G2 on AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint you'll have to charge with a microUSB cable like a Neanderthal.

There's no information on which wireless standard will be used on the Verizon G2, but the last few LG phones to support this feature (the Optimus G, Nexus 4 and certain versions of the G Pro) have all used the Qi standard.

It's also not the first time Verizon has nabbed exclusive wireless charging on a major handset — last year it scooped the feature for its HTC 8X, leaving AT&T 8X owners charging the old-fashioned way.

Source: Verizon; via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Grab a Samsung Galaxy Camera in the UK for £274.99


Expansys offering decent savings on Samsung's first Android powered camera

We're approaching a full year since we first laid our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Camera, but as time has passed by the price has still sadly remained rather high. Here in the UK many retailers have dropped £50 from the initial retail price, but it's with online tech retailer Expansys we find the best deal we've seen to date. 

Head on over there, and you can pick one up for £274.99, which is still in the premium point-and-shoot price bracket, but with essentially a Galaxy S3 strapped to the back (even if you can't make phone calls on it.) It isn't without its flaws, but if the high asking price was all that stopped you picking one up, now might be as good a time as any. 

Source: Expansys

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 LTE coming to Three UK


Three UK has confirmed that it'll be offering Samsung's latest stylus-equipped Android tablet, the Galaxy Note 8, in the near future. Announced back at Mobile World Congress in February, the Note 8 features an 8-inch, 1280x800-resolution display, a quad-core Exynos CPU and a 5-megapixel rear camera. In today's video preview, Three's Brendan Arndt reveals that the operator will be offering the LTE-capable version of the Note 8, meaning it'll support Three's 4G services when they go live towards the end of the year.

There's no specific release date for the Note 8 on Three, but the network says it's "coming soon."

More: Galaxy Note 8 review

Source: Three (YouTube)

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia i1 'Honami' leaks once again, sized up next to Xperia Z


Big screen, Sony G Lens, 20.7-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor

Another day, another set of leaked photos of Sony's upcoming flagship phone for late 2013, the "Honami" or "Xperia i1." Four fresh images have popped up on Chinese forum Digi-Wo, seemingly confirming a few details about the device's impressive rear camera. Branding around the camera assembly itself points to a Sony G lens and a 20.7-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor (a step down from the rumored 1/1.6-inch sensor size.)

Another of the photos gives us a closer look at the outer trim of the device, revealing a more curved edge than that of the Xperia Z, and an Xperia Z Ultra-style magnetic charging port. There are also side-by-side shots with the iPhone and Xperia Z, and the latter in particular shows a significant size increase, possibly indicating the presence of a five-plus-inch screen.

Between all the various photo leaks we've already got a pretty good idea what the "Honami" will look like. But we'll have to wait on the official announcement, likely to take a place on Sept. 4 ahead of IFA 2013, before we learn more about what Sony's latest device can do, and when we'll be able to get our hands on it. In the meantime, you'll find more pics after the break.

Source: Digi-Wo; via: AndroidOS.in

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S2 TV arrives in Brazil


Mid-level smartphone with built-in ISDB-T TV receiver and antenna

Smartphones with built-in TV receivers are commonly found in parts of Asia, but now Samsung is bringing this technology to Brazil in a new device, the Galaxy S2 TV. Somewhat confusingly named, the S2 TV doesn't share much, if anything in common with the regular Galaxy S2. The design is completely different, as is the internal hardware — the S2 TV has a 4.0-inch WVGA LCD display and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, and has 4GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera. It's also running Samsung's latest TouchWiz UI atop Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Of course, it's the ISDB-T TV support that sets this handset apart from most others, and there's an extendable antenna found on the bottom right corner of the Galaxy S2 TV.  You'll need to live somewhere where this TV standard is used to make the most of the S2 TV's headline feature, however, and that excludes anywhere outside of South America and a few countries in the Far East.

Source: Android Beat, Samsung Brazil

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4 years ago

Amazon's Silk browser gets a new interface, features



New features and interface backup previous performance increases.

Amazon's in-house developed browser, Silk, is receiving a big update today that leverages previous behind-the-scenes updates with a refreshed UI. If you're not familiar with Silk, it is the stock browser on Amazon's lineup of Kindle Fire devices, and aims to speed up the browsing process by managing bandwidth and page loads with the help of Amazon's cloud infrastructure.

The latest version of Silk has made several improvements, starting with a new tutorial that gives users a better look at the features when launching the browser for the first time. Once the tutorial is completed, you'll now be greeted by a new start page with a listing of most-visited pages and an empty address bar so you can quickly get to browsing.

Other improvements include a better tab layout to make navigation easier, a new slide-in panel navigation bar as well as an improved "Readability view" that strips out the excess parts of a page to make it easier to get through long articles on web pages. As a whole, the Silk browser seems to have received a much-needed facelift that should impress Kindle Fire users.

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4 years ago

Google Play refunds Nexus 7 Sleeve shipping, lowers shipping rates


New "Saver" shipping option for $3.99 added, Two Day now just $11.99.

Happen to pick up a new Nexus 7 Sleeve yesterday despite the outrageous shipping costs? Well, you're likely to have your shipping costs refunded as customers have been receiving the above email tonight from Google Play. Anyone who pulled the trigger on a Nexus 7 Sleeve yesterday paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $18 to $22 for shipping on the accessory, which was a bit much considering the sleeve itself was only $29.99.

Those who purchased the sleeve yesterday are receiving refunds back on their cards, and in our case it was for $24.07 ($21.98 + sales tax) because we had chosen the 2-day shipping on our sleeve. So if you ordered your sleeve early, you're essentially getting free shipping in the end.

Google has dropped the shipping prices and included a third option, meaning that you can now choose between "Saver" 5-10 day shipping for $3.99, "Ground" 3-5 day for $7.99 or "Two Day" for $11.99. These shipping prices are much closer to what we'd expect to pay when buying a $29.99 accessory, and we're glad to see Google fix these and refund the first customers that purchased.

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4 years ago

Huawei Ascend P6 first look pictures and video


First impressions aren't everything, but feeling good out of the box doesn't hurt.

It's been a little while since Huawei officially unveiled the Ascend P6 in London, but we've finally got our hands on the new ultra-slim device for a proper look. Just in case you need a little refresher, the Ascend P6 is fantastically thin at just 6.18mm, and still packs in many high-end features you'd expect in a phone today. The P6 has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera, 4.7-inch 720p display, 2000mAh battery and is powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

All of that is wrapped up in a nice metal and plastic body that looks great to our eyes and feels nice in the hand by our first impressions. Stick around after the break for a more detailed look at the Ascend P6 in pictures and video.

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4 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: The Cloud - who does it right?


It might feel like your cloud, but the people behind it make all the difference

This week is all about the cloud and how mobile users like you and me use it, abuse it, love it and hate it. Yes, it's possible to do all these things at the same time. The "Cloud" means different things to different people at different times. Maybe you use Google Drive or Office 360 for document collaboration — that's the cloud. Maybe you use Evernote to store the things that you need to keep track of to make life easy — that's the cloud, too. So are you game saves in iCloud, or your Movies you bought from Samsung or HTC, or the music you stream from Google. The cloud is complicated.

Because things can be so complicated, some cloud service providers are better at things than others. It's hard to get the technical details just right, then add forward facing things so that users feel comfortable. Google's working on that with CARDS CARDS CARDS everywhere, Apple is revamping their look and feel, taking away some of that rich Corinthian leather look, and newcomers like Samsung and HTC are just beginning to find their stride. It's good that things stay fluid, and hopefully each iteration is better than the next.

But everyone has a favorite. It's human nature to have preferences, and even if you're like us here at Android Central and Mobile Nations as a whole and use multiple cloud service providers, you still think one company does it better. Tell us in this week's poll. You'll find it in the sidebar to the right, or embedded after the break.

Before we leave, a quick look at last week's results.

Which 'flagship' phone are you going with?

It looks like Android Central readers favor the HTC One, with the yet-to-be-announced phones like the next Nexus or the Note 3 coming in a close second. Good thing every choice was a great one, right?

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