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4 years ago

Boost Mobile's HTC One SV gets its Jelly Bean update

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome another phone into the Jelly Bean club. Boost Mobile's HTC One SV is currently getting its update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with Sense 4+ thrown in for good measure. 

The update weighs in at a little more than 400 megabytes, so you'll probably not want to do this without Wifi. In addition to the OS update, you'll get Google Wallet and Google Shopper, and a "Connection Optimizer."

Boost tells us the udpate will be available through July 17, so get to it.

Thanks to BB_BMore in our One SV forums!

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4 years ago

Chrome OS stable updated to version 28 with improvements to Files, notifications and Office Viewer

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New notifications for several apps, full-screen 'Immersive Mode' and 

Google has just released a large update to the stable channel of Chrome OS to version 28.0.1500.68, which includes lots of nifty features and purported performance improvements. First up are the user-facing features, which include a newly designed Files app that now gives access to Shared and Recent files from Google drive, as well as new notification pop-ups for Hangouts, Gmail, screenshots and others. Google has also updated the Chrome Office Viewer to make handling of Microsoft Office documents just a little easier. If you decide to dive into chrome://flags, the latest version also offers an "Immersive Mode" which hides more of the browser chrome and gives a full-screen experience.

Under the hood, version 28 brings the new "Blink" rendering engine, which supposedly speeds up browser performance but offered no distinguishable performance change on our Chromebook Pixel. Speaking of the Pixel, you will now see a visual indicator of touch screen input when clicking on a link, which can be useful for non-touch-optimized sites.

Overall this update brings a tightening of the screws around several different areas of Chrome OS, with lots of little tweaks that make living in the browser just a little easier and better performing. Hang around after the break for several screenshots of the new features in action.

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4 years ago

Google Play highlights photography with free eBook, notable apps

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Free eBook and eight great apps to get new 'shutter bugs' started with photography

As it regularly does, Google Play is highlighting a specific subject with a content promotion and this time the focus is on photography. This week's focus is kicking off with a free eBook from the Play Store -- "Android Photography" by Colby Brown is a 104 page book focusing (pun, I know) on the basics of controlling your phone's camera, which settings to use and how to shoot in different situations.

The book also gives tips on which third-party apps to use to help your photography skills, and Google Play is helping out by offering a full list of popular apps for "shutter bugs". Popular apps like 500px and Camera Zoom FX make it into this list of 8 apps focused on viewing and taking photos.

When you go to "purchase" the book from the Play Store at the link above, don't be alarmed if you're asked to enter your Google Wallet information or get GW set up, it's a necessary process for having the book linked to your account. Happy shooting!

More: 'App Focus: Photography' | 'Android Photography' by Colby Brown

Android Central Photography Forums

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4 years ago

Verizon roadmap shows potential launch dates for HTC One, Moto X

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August to see several device launches; new 'Droid' devices nowhere to be seen

Right on the heels of the latest Moto X device leaks, a new roadmap from Verizon may have just revealed the launch dates for both it and the HTC One on Big Red. According to a purported "Go To Market" roadmap obtained by PhoneArena, the carrier will finally see the previously-confirmed HTC One on August first, with the upcoming flagship Moto X hitting a few weeks later on August 23rd.

While it's a fashionably late appearance for the One on Verizon when compared to the other carriers, an August 23rd launch of the Moto X could put it right in line with the other three if current launch date rumors hold true. As for the expected launch of multiple new "Droid" devices, this roadmap doesn't give us any indication of their release windows.

It looks like Verizon may be in for an important month of August.

Source: PhoneArena

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4 years ago

Sprint announces new unlimited plans, 'Unlimited Guarantee'

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'Unlimited, My Way' and 'My All-In' plans available starting tomorrow

As a possible reaction to the sweeping changes Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have been making to their plan structure over the last year, Sprint is introducing two new kinds of plans and what it calls an "Unlimited Guarantee". First up is a new plan structure called "Unlimited, My Way", which similarly to other family and "shared" plans lets you build out a plan for multiple people, saving on additional lines all the way up to 10 per account. While the base price per line isn't yet detailed, the plans will offer unlimited data for $30 per month per line, or a cheaper $20 per month option for just 1GB of data. Unlimited, My Way plans can add mobile hotspot in 1GB increments for $10 per month as well.

On the individual side, a new "My All-In" plan gives a single line of service with unlimited talk (to any phone), unlimited text and unlimited data with 5GB of mobile hotspot for $110 per month. This plan matches its current highest-end unlimited plan, but now throws in the mobile hotspot data at no additional charge. Both My All-In and Unlimited, My Way plans include unlimited calling to any phone or number -- wireline or wireless -- which is an improvement from previous plans that would only offer unlimited calls to mobile numbers.

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4 years ago

Sprinkle Islands launches for $1.99 as a worthy successor to the original

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New gameplay mechanics through 48 all-new levels hit Google Play

Sprinkle is an extremely popular game that has been around since 2011 (yes, that long), and today developer Mediocre has finally released a much-anticipated follow up title: Sprinkle Islands. Known more recently for releasing the also-popular game Granny Smith, the developers haven't been asleep at the wheel when it comes to a sequel to Sprinkle. Islands picks up where the original game left off, adding new game mechanics and improved graphics that were already top-of-the-line.

The latest iteration of Sprinkle hits Google Play today, so let's take a little deeper look at the game after the break.

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4 years ago

Pacific Rim game launches in Play Store ahead of movie release

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Game offers exclusive in-depth look at characters not fully revealed by the movie

Capitalizing on launching the same week as the feature film from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, Pacific Rim the game is making its way to Android today for $4.99. The game pulls heavily from the movie in terms of characters, plot and art but keeps things mobile-friendly with a head-to-head fighting style of game. The game offers both a "Story Mode" with 30 levels and "Survival Mode" for extended play, with distinct challenges in each. As you move through the game, you can customize up to five different characters with upgradeable skills and armor as you unlock different achievements.

You can watch a trailer for the game above, and grab a download of Pacific Rim from the Play Store link at the top of this post. Pacific Rim the movie is set to be released in U.S. theaters tomorrow.

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4 years ago

Yet another possible Moto X photo leaks

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Photo shows what appears to be a matte plastic backing 

Despite the lack of any official reveal, we've seen plenty of the phone many are assuming to be Motorola's Moto X. The rear of the device has been allegedly caught on camera again, but it's not so colorful this time around. The camera lens, flash, 3.5mm headphone jack, and recessed Motorola logo are consistent with previous rear shell photos. The speaker grill, composed of three rows of holes, also looks similar, except it is on the opposite side of the camera lens in this photo. From this angle, we can also see what looks like a second microphone next to the headphone jack.

The above photo comes out of China, and in recent months we've also seen video of what might be the Moto X from Vietnam. Carrier-specific versions of the phone are also making the rounds, with AT&T and Sprint varieties having come to light.

With a phone this important to Motorola, we'll be watching with interest to see how things unravel in the coming weeks and months.

Source: Phone Arena

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4 years ago

Kyocera Hydro Edge coming to Sprint and Boost Mobile this month

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Coming to Sprint July 19 and Boost Mobile July 23

We first spotted the successor to the Kyocera Hydro at CTIA 2013 in Las Vegas a few months back. Now, the Kyocera Hydro Edge has become official, joining the underwater leagues of such phones as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Sony Xperia Z. As its name would suggest, the Hydro Edge was made for water resistance — up to 3.28 feet in water for 30 minutes to be exact.

On Sprint, the Hydro Edge is available on new lines and eligible upgrades with two-year service agreements for $19.99 before tax after a $50 mail-in-rebate (which comes in the form of a reward card). Boost Mobile subscribers will have to shell out more up front since they are no-contract customers, with the total coming to $149.99 before tax. The Hydro Edge is the first phone to ever be available for pre-order on Boost Mobile.

For more, see our Kyocera Hydro Edge hands-on. We've got official specs after the break

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4 years ago

Follow full coverage of Nokia's Lumia 1020 on Windows Phone Central

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2013 is, among other things, the year of camera-centric smartphones. On the Android side, we've already witnessed the launch of the Galaxy S4 Zoom, and Sony is rumored to be joining the cameraphone party later in the year with the Xperia i1 "Honami."

But today all eyes are on Nokia in New York City, with its announcement of the Windows Phone-powered Lumia 1020. Rumors — and a number of reliable leaks — suggest it'll pack a massive 41-megapixel PureView sensor with advanced optics.

Our friends over at Windows Phone Central are live from NYC today with full coverage of all Nokia's announcements, so check the link below for all the details as they emerge. 

More: Nokia Lumia 1020 event liveblog on Windows Phone Central

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4 years ago

Jay-Z: 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' app issues 'not cool'

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Issues downloading album through app 'disheartening,' says rapper

If you tried to download Jay-Z's new album Magna Carta Holy Grail through the free promotional app for Samsung phones last week, you may have run into issues. Around launch time on Jul. 4 many users reported that the app was slow, unresponsive and crashy as servers became overwhelmed with fans trying to download the album.

And the app problems haven't escaped the attention of Jay-Z himself. According to the NY Daily News, the artist mentioned in a radio interview that he was aware of the launch-night issues, saying the situation was "not cool."

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4 years ago

Google+ update lets friends see your +1's, here's how to hide your +1 history

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Google is keeping a history of your +1's, but you don't have to share it with everyone if you don't want to

The latest update to the Google+ Android app doesn't have the most exciting changelog, but the one feature it adds is a user-facing one that brings up a larger question of the service. With the latest version, the Google+ app will now show content in your "stream" that wasn't shared directly by someone in your circles, but instead was +1'd by someone. In reverse, this means that things you +1 on your own will be shown to your friends as well, assuming you keep the default +1 settings.

Now this is far from a privacy alarm -- you have these people in circles and use Google+ for a reason -- but rather something that needs to be kept in mind. When there's an app update to specifically highlight this new content type, it's important to focus on. Stick with us quickly after the break to see how to change your settings.

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4 years ago

Galaxy Note 8 LTE now available in Canada

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Canadian carriers TELUS, Rogers and Bell send word they've today launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 with 4G LTE data connectivity. The Note 8 sells for C$579 outright on TELUS — on-contract deals are also available from the carrier's website. Rogers has it for C$499 off-contract, and Bell offers it on a three-year plan for C$349.99 up-front or C$549.95 outright.

The Note 8 is the smaller of Samsung's two Galaxy Note tablets, with an 8-inch 1280x800 resolution display, a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos CPU and 2GB of RAM. There's also 16GB of storage, microSD expandability and a 5-megapixel rear camera. Naturally, Samsung's S Pen support is included, with a dockable stylus fitting the device's right side.

For more on the Note 8, check out our full review of the U.S. version.

Source: TELUS, Bell

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4 years ago

O2 latest UK operator to offer London Underground Wifi

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Tube connectivity provided by Virgin Media now available to O2 subscribers

UK mobile operator O2 has today become the latest provider to launch free London Underground Wifi connectivity to its subscribers. Like rivals Vodafone and EE, O2's offering Wifi through a partnership with Virgin Media, which has hotspots at more than 120 tube stations across central London.

After registering their devices with O2 Wifi, O2 customers can get started by connecting to a Virgin Media hotspot and selecting O2 from the list of available providers. Then to complete the process, they'll need to enter their phone number in the form that appears.

Unlike some other major cities, London's underground network lacks cellular data reception of any kind, making Wifi a necessity for anyone wanting to get connected while they travel. O2's Wifi partnership with Virgin Media means Three now is the only major provider not yet offering this service, putting the UK's smallest network at a potential disadvantage.

Source: TNW, O2 YouTube

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4 years ago

New Google Maps updated with offline maps button

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User feedback prompts new 'offline maps' card and 'where's Latitude' button

When Google launched its new Maps app for some users yesterday, it was criticized by some for the way offline maps had been handled. The feature, accessible via menus in earlier Maps versions, could only be activated by searching for "OK Maps" in the new app, in a sort of Easter egg.

Today the app has been updated once again with an easier way to download offline map caches — tap the (empty) search bar and you'll find "Make this map area available offline." It's perhaps not the most obvious place to put this feature, nor the most elegant-looking card, but we can't fault Google's fast turnaround on this issue. (The "OK Maps" shortcut will continue to function in the new version, Google says.)

In addition, there's now a "Where's Latitude" button in the main menu area linking to Google's support page on Latitude's retirement. The service, which is absent from the new Maps app, will be closed entirely on Aug. 9.

If you're running the new version of Maps, you should see an update to your app this morning. As an aside we're now starting to see the new Google Maps 7.0 on more of our devices, so if you're not updated yet you might want to check your Play Store app for updates.

Source: Google+

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