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4 years ago

Phones 4u announces Boxing Day deals

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Phones 4u announces Boxing Day deals

Phones 4u

Phones 4u

UK retailer Phones 4u has announced details of its post-Christmas sale, with a number of Android devices being reduced in price from Dec. 26. The sale covers a range of Android devices across various carriers and price points —

  • HTC One free on contracts from £29 per month (was £33)
  • Sony Xperia Z free from £25 (was £29)
  • £200 instant cash back on phones including Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Moto G and Xperia SP
  • 25 percent off Vodafone 12-month 3G SIM-only deals
  • 45 percent off Sony Xperia SP — now £179.99
  • Various handsets free from £18.99 on EE 4G LTE with 500MB of data, including Galaxy Ace 3, Xperia SP and HTC One SV
  • Free wireless speaker worth £120 with every Samsung Galaxy device (3G or 4G)

Look for these deals from P4u from Thursday.

4 years ago

Sony rolls out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for four more devices

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Sony rolls out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for four more devices

Sony

Sony

Sony today announced that it's pushing out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for four more devices. They are:

  • Xperia Z
  • Xperia ZL
  • Xperia ZR
  • Xperia Tablet Z

Along with all the base Jelly Bean features, you can also expect Sony's "social camera," new experiences for messaging, smart connect, MyXperia and Walkman, as well as new themes. Plus Sony's thrown in Xperia in Business.

The exact timing and feature set may vary by market, Sony says.

Source: Sony

4 years ago

From the editor's (new) desk: Moving day

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From the editor's (new) desk: Moving day

Phil Nickinson

Phil Nickinson

On second thought, perhaps the week before Christmas — which this year is two weeks before the New Year's holiday week, and three weeks before CES — wasn't the best time to uproot things when it comes to the daily workflow, but what the hell. What's done is done. After four years of working from home — in my bedroom, no less, losing my office once we had our second daughter — I've found a new office to call home. 

It's funny how it can take a while to get moved in, though. This is a job that can be done anywhere. I've done it from too many airplanes. From a train from Los Angeles to San Diego. A racetrack in the Detroit suburbs. Outside the U.S., from such faraway lands as Spain and England. Canada. Germany. France. The Netherlands. South Korea. Minnesota. 

So what is it about these bare white walls that makes it all feel so different? I dunno. But I do know that I'm in an interesting place — the top floor will be dominated by the University of West Florida Innovation Institute — and am among the first third of private tenants to be working in the DeVilliers Square building, which is still undergoing its $1.25 million rehab. And it's located in the historic Belmont-DeVilliers area of Pensacola, which is seeing a pretty major revival. Plus there's an awesome burger joint across the street, as well as the Five Sisters Blues Cafe. So there's that. Maybe will have to set up a local meet-up at some point.

It's going to be a fun 2014.

4 years ago

Tank Domination coming to Android next year

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Tank Domination coming to Android next year

Tank Domination coming to Android
Tank Domination coming to Android
Tank Domination coming to Android

Tank Domination coming to Android

Online multiplayer combat game will be free on Android 

With World of Tanks Blitz still in development, the only proper alternative on Android is Tanktastic. But that is due to change early next year. Game Insight, publisher of the My Country series and Dragon Eternity is preparing to bring their largest game yet to Android: Tank Domination.

With 10-against-10 online battles, a large array of realistic tanks, and even the celebrity voice talent of Michael Ironside, Tank Domination aims to be a serious contender in the tank combat genre. We recently visited Game Insight in San Francisco to try the game out and came away impressed. Head past the break for gameplay details and our hands-on video with the iPad version.

4 years ago

5 quick tips for better holiday photos from your Android

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5 quick tips for better holiday photos from your Android

Android Camera
depth and balance
Thirds
zoom zoom
Snapseed
hold it still

Android Camera

Get the most out of the camera in your pocket

For many of us, taking pictures is something we do all year. But during the holidays, there are often so many moments to capture that almost everyone with a camera — including the one on your Android — will want to be snapping a few pictures and making memories they can share and keep forever. The real photobugs in the crowd will have their fancy gear out, and a few will have a good camera with them, but everyone with an Android has a capable camera, too.

With a few tips, you can get pictures you'll love from every Android phone. Maybe they won't make the cover of National Geographic or Time, but pictures you can share on Facebook or with friends and family are really what most of us are asking for. Forget all the talk about which Android phone has the better camera, grab the Android you have and follow past the break for some tips to get the most out of your holiday pictures with it.

4 years ago

Holiday Photo Contest: Day 10 collectible winner!

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Holiday Photo Contest: Day 10 collectible winner!

Holiday Photo Contest
Holiday Photo Contest Winner

Holiday Photo Contest

The tenth of 14 winners in our extra-long photo contest

We're wrapping up the second weekend of our Holiday Photo Contest, and that marks the tenth of 14 winners that will be receiving an Android mini collectible. Each winner is picked after a day of photo entries has been looked at, and that means each day someone enters they have a pretty darn good chance of winning.

Hit the break to see today's winner, and be sure to get your entry into the contest thread in the forums if you haven't yet participated. Good luck!

Enter the holiday photo contest​

4 years ago

Here is the breakdown of what Android version AC readers are running

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Here is the breakdown of what Android version AC readers are running

AC reader versions, Dec 2013

AC reader versions, Dec 2013

AndroidCentral readers love them some Kit Kat

I love data and charts. Really love them, like totally nerd out over them. Last week, we put up a poll asking you which version of Android you were running. I knew I could use your answers and do something with them. Thus, the quarterly AC reader version charts were born. And this pretty chart that is totally a remix of Google's.

For now, this is just for discussion purposes. We can compare it to December 2013 numbers from Google themselves and see a few things. The first, and biggest, is that we love our Kit Kat. I'm sure a larger percentage of our readers (compared to the general population) have one of the few phones or tablets running Android 4.4, and the number of people who said screw it, then rooted and did it themselves is going to be a much higher percentage than normal folks. 

The second thing that jumps out at me here is the very low number of people running Gingerbread. Compared to Google's 24.1 percent estimate, our 1.92 percent numbers tell me that most of us switch phones more often than usual, and the custom ROM factor is at play again. 

The Jelly Bean numbers are much closer. Google comes up with 54.5 percent of the user base running Jelly Bean, while we show 42.31 percent. This is the core group of 2013's "flagship" phones — the HTC One, The Galaxy phones (S3, S4, Note 2 and Note 3), LG's Optimus G, Pro and G2 and others — that are running the carrier version. Folks who don't want to root or ROM, and are happy with the way their device runs out-of-the-box. 

Of course, like every other analyst out there, I could be completely off. This is what I see when I look at my pretty chart. And of course, the data could be skewed by folks who didn't answer our poll or answered less-than-truthfully. 

This is something we're going to explore further. Look for quarterly polls about your Android version at a minimum, and as we geek out over the data we'll share anything and everything we find that's interesting. For now, let's discuss what we see here in the comments. 

4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Meme Generator, Google Santa Tracker, Canvas for Pebble and more!

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Apps of the Week: Meme Generator, Google Santa Tracker, Canvas for Pebble and more!

Apps of the Week
Meme Generator
Google Santa Tracker
Canvas for Pebble
Pretentious Game
Double Dragon Trilogy
Pixlr Express
Cut the Rope

Apps of the Week

A list full of tools, games and holiday fun

Welcome to another edition of our Apps of the Week column, where we highlight an app pick from each of the Android Central writers. We take a bit of time each Saturday afternoon to make up a solid list of apps for you to check out, each one being an app that is currently installed and in-use on our phones and tablets.

They aren't always the best-in-class or top-selling apps, but the fact that they're installed on our devices should at least give some idea of their worth. Read along with us after the break and see how this list breaks down this weekend.

4 years ago

Holiday Photo Contest: Day 9 collectible winner!

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Holiday Photo Contest: Day 9 collectible winner!

Holiday Photo Contest
Holiday Photo Contest Winner

Holiday Photo Contest

The ninth of 14 winners in our extra-long photo contest

Day nine of our Holiday Photo Contest closed out last night, and that means we have another Android mini collectible to give away to one contest submission. We again received dozens of photos for today's drawing, but in the end we had to pick just one.

Hit the break to see today's winner, and be sure to get your entry into the contest thread in the forums if you haven't yet participated. Good luck!

Enter the holiday photo contest​

4 years ago

Moto X in bamboo: Ridiculously awesome [hands-on]

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Moto X in bamboo: Ridiculously awesome [hands-on]

Moto X in bamboo.
Moto X in bamboo.
Moto X in bamboo.
Moto X in bamboo.
Moto X in bamboo.
Moto X in bamboo.
Moto X in bamboo.
Moto X in bamboo.
Moto X in bamboo.
Moto X in bamboo.
Moto X in bamboo.
Moto X in bamboo.
Moto X in bamboo.
Moto X in bamboo.
Moto X in bamboo.

Moto X in bamboo.

Behold, the bamboo Moto X. OK, only the back is bamboo — but this thing looks sweet. We opted for the white face this time around (and it's already collecting pocket lint), along with black buttons.

Maybe you'll love it. Maybe you'll loathe it. Maybe you'll look at the extra $100 you have to pay for it and scoff. Or maybe you're hoping one of the other three wood backs (yes, we know bamboo is a grass) we saw earlier this year will soon become available. To each his own.

Also cool: The setup wallpaper is — you guessed it — bamboo.

For now, just feast upon the glory that is the best Android phone you can buy — in bamboo.

4 years ago

Verizon's LG G2 OTA now pushing, relax it's not KitKat

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Verizon's LG G2 OTA now pushing, relax it's not KitKat

Verizon G2

Verizon G2

Update fixes some bugs, adds Verizon's Cloud app and issues a Google Security Patch

Verizon and LG are pushing out that LG G2 OTA they spoke of yesterday. The 172MB update brings the software version to VS98012B, and addresses some bugs, forces Verizon's Cloud into your app drawer, and contains a security patch that everyone seems sure will break root. Here's the official changes.

  • Video playback quality has been improved when viewing on websites
  • Dialing *611 will now appear on device screen
  • TalkBack reads each deleted letter when using Messaging Keyboard
  • Backup Assistant Plus resumes syncing after completing a voice call
  • Device lockups have been reduced
  • Viewdini application has been removed
  • Verizon Cloud app is now preloaded
  • Messaging is now supported via QSlide
  • Voice quality has been improved
  • Google Security Patch has been added

Reports of people seeing the update are growing, so there's a good chance it's waiting for you if you jump into the settings and try to fetch it. 

Everyone is discussing — especially the possible root breakage — in the forums. Jump in and have a read!

More: Verizon G2 forums; Verizon (.pdf)

Thanks, Doug!

4 years ago

Here are the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway winners

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Here are the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway winners

contest winners

contest winners

The past 12 days have been fun. Giving away great Android phones and tablets brings a good feeling to all of us here at Mobile Nations, and we were delighted to help Sprint give away 12 holidaylicious items. Everyone has been contacted, the info has been sent to Sprint for delivery, and all that's left is to congratulate the winners.

Without further ado, here's your list in order of appearance:

Congrats to all the winners, and happy holidays from everyone here at AC!

4 years ago

Motorola running short-term $150 off Moto X deal with Today Show

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Motorola running short-term $150 off Moto X deal with Today Show

Moto X

Moto X

Deal running for 'about 24 hours,' requires registration for a coupon code

Happen to catch the Today Show this morning? Well if you missed it, the last day of their "12 Days of Christmas" was today, and one of the two deals available is for a Moto X. In a pretty clever bit of marketing to hit a new audience with the Today Show, Motorola is offering $150 off an off-contract Moto X, or 50 percent off an on-contract one if you're buying from a U.S. carrier. That's the same off-contract deal it offered for Cyber Monday.

Here's how it works. If you're interested in the deal, you can follow the source link below to a Motorola page where you have to enter your information — name, email address, etc. — along with the code "todayshow50," and select whether you'll be buying an on- or off-contract Moto X. Check a box indicating you're over 16 years old, and you'll be emailed a coupon code to redeem for a discount when you make your Moto X at the Moto Maker website.

The deal is running for "about 24 hours" according to the Today Show, so if you're interested in picking up a Moto X with a discounted price, you'll want to get your registration in to get a discount code.

Source: Motorola; Today Show

4 years ago

Android Central 165: Nudge nudge, wink wink

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Android Central 165: Nudge nudge, wink wink

Android Central

It's our last show before Christmas, and it's a good one. We get up-close and personal (again) with Google Glass, sort out all the Motorola updates, talk some smartwatches — and answer a bunch of your questions. Join us!

4 years ago

Martian set to announce new voice commands and watch at CES

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Martian set to announce new voice commands and watch at CES

Martian Watches

Martian Watches

CES 2014 is set to be a big one for Martian with new voice commands and a new watch

This year at CES Martian Watches is set to debut some new voice command features as well as a brand new watch. After winning Best of CES last year Martian Watches is looking to come back this year with some more big announcements. Martian Watches is the developer of the world's first Bluetooth voice-command smartwatch, and this year they hope to bring an even better experience to everyone.

Martian Watches are unlike other smartwatches in that they are designed more towards fashion instead of just pure technology. The new watch is set to bring an unmatched quality and price allowing even more people to be able to get their hands on one.

The new device will combine old school and new school with an analog clock and an OLED display in the same piece. The OLED display will deliver real time alerts for Caller ID, Calendar, Weather, SMS, email, social networks and more. With a single button touch you can activate the speakerphone, control music, check sports scores, create a reminder and much more right from the device. Additionally you can use the watch for a camera shutter, tapping on the glass will repeat notifications and view history of previous notifications.

With tons of features that users desire, and an amazing style the upcoming device is sure to be a hit with consumers at the lower price point. Stay tuned for our live coverage of CES to see all the details about the upcoming product and to see how it stacks up against the competition.

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