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4 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S II getting a 4.0.4 update

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The AT&T Galaxy S II got updated to Ice Cream Sandwich this past June, but tonight there are reports of users getting a slight version bump to Android 4.0.4. The LK3 update can be retrieved from Kies, but luckily users are saying they downloaded it OTA as well.

There is no change log available, and so far nobody has found much difference from 4.0.3. We doubt that the Exynos patch is included, but we'll have to wait until more people get it installed so someone can check. Of course even the smallest bug fixes and security adjustments are appreciated.

Source: XDA. Thanks, Matt!

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4 years ago

Boost Mobile to throttle after 2.5GB of usage starting next year

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Boost Mobile is planning to change its data usage policy to start throttling unlimited data users starting in January. According to a post on its official Facebook page, the Sprint MVNO will throttle unlimited data customers after 2.5GB of usage down to speeds of just 256kbps. Like most throttle plans, the user's speeds will increase back to full at the start of the next billing period.

The policy is set to go into effect on January 20th, 2013. It's hard to blame Boost for the decision when it offers such competitive rate plans, but its tough to see another truly unlimited plan go away. If we have to see it though, telling users up-front what the throttle point will be is the best policy.

Source: Boost Mobile (Facebook); Via: PhoneScoop

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4 years ago

Samsung outs Verizon Galaxy Note 2 Developer Edition with product page

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Samsung has just put up an official product page for the "Developer Edition" of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for Verizon on its website. This is the 16GB variant, and just like previous Developer Edition handsets (like the Galaxy S3,) things should all be the exact same except for the bootloader, which will be easily unlockable. Most of Verizons handsets come out of the box with an encrypted -- and tough to unlock without some leaked help -- bootloader, so its nice to see Samsung come through on its promise to start offering Developer Edition versions.

Unlocking the bootloader on this thing still won't fix that Verizon logo on the home button, though. There's no pricing and availability just yet, but we can assume that you'll see it soon enough.

Source: Samsung; Via: Droid Life

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4 years ago

AT&T and Rogers One X get Jelly Bean port thanks to One XL update

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Rocking an AT&T or Rogers One X, and tired of watching the International One X users have all the Jelly Bean fun? If you're not afraid to get your hands a little dirty, this ported ROM from the One XL update will hook you right up. 

It's the stock Sense 4+ ROM, with all the Asian language stuff removed and SuperUser added in. There isn't a lot more to say, because everything seems working as intended. Of course you'll need to be rooted and unlocked, but after that it's fairly easy to flash. Have a look at the source link to get the files you need, and happy Jelly to everyone!

Source: XDA

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 dock available for preorder at B&H Photo

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Looks like we might finally (finally!) get that fabled Nexus 7 desktop dock. When last we saw this white whale, it was being unboxed a wee bit early, presumably snagged from an Asian retailer. Now, you can preorder it from B&H Photo for $39.99 each. No word on when, exactly, it'll ship, but this is another step in the right direction, even if it's not going to hit "early December."

Preorder the Nexus 7 dock from B&H Photo; via Ausdroid

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4 years ago

Amazon app adds shipping and delivery notifications

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Just in time for your last minute holiday shopping, Amazon is adding push notifications for shipping and delivery to its Android app. From the app settings, you can select to receive push notifications from the app -- both when packages are shipped and daily when there are "lightning deals" available that you may be interested in. Considering most of us will receive an Email notification (and possibly a Google Now card) at the same time as this, it seems a bit redundant to have another app notifying you. But if you're doing a lot of shopping on Amazon, its nice to get the info straight from the source.

The Amazon app is already very useful when it comes to tracking and managing purchases, so this just adds to the experience. You can grab a download of the latest version at the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

ESPN ScoreCenter updated with refreshed and improved UI

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ESPN has just made a pretty substantial update to its ScoreCenter app for Android, bringing in a completely refreshed UI experience. The app now follows most of the general Google design guidelines -- aka "holo" -- throughout the app, from removing the legacy menu button to using sliding panels and tabbed navigation. This is a big step forward in design for the app, and it really makes a difference in terms of usability and overall aesthetics.

When the big companies like ESPN start getting on board with the latest design guidelines, it's a good sign that people are starting to take notice of the large numbers of devices running Android 4.0 and higher. This is what we like to see. YOu can grab a download of the new and improved ScoreCenter app from the Google Play link at the top of this post.

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4 years ago

Google sells Motorola set-top division to Arris Group for $2.35 billion

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A deal between Google and the Arris Group (a cable and broadband equipment supplier) has been reached, making the Motorola Home division now an Arris property. The deal checks in a $2.35 billion in cash and stock for Google, and the boards of both companies have approved.

The Home division of Motorola generated 3.4 billion dollars in the last four quarters, and its acquisition should be pretty lucrative for Arris. The $2.05 billion and $300 million in stock also makes Google a 15.7-percent owner of the Arris Group. This sounds like a good business move for all involved, but with the market closed we're unsure how this move will affect the stock prices.

Business is business, but many of us were looking forward to seeing what the purchase of Motorola could do for projects like Google at Home or Google TV. Hopefully, we'll still see those projects improved even without Google owning a consumer set-top box division. The full Press release is after the break.

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4 years ago

imo.im updated with improved tablet support

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Although there is a plethora of instant messaging clients available on the Google Play Store, one of the favorite ones has consistently been imo.im. It's a pretty useful app that includes a lot of features in a small package.

The latest update, available now, is aimed at improving their overall tablet experience as well as updating to OAuth for Google logins. I've been putting it to test over the past bit and all seems pretty fine with this release, if you're an imo.im user be sure to grab the update.

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4 years ago

LG and Google show off Nexus 4 in new commercial spots

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LG has just put a new commercial up on its official Youtube page showing off the design and features of the Nexus 4. In two minutes of gloriously edited and produced footage, LG shows the device being handed off between multiple people, each accomplishing something new. Photo Sphere, Google Maps Navigation, Google Now and Wifi display mirroring are all shown off here, along with several nice shots of the rear panel's crystal reflective process. The commercial spot definitely has some of LG's style in it, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Google has also just put up a new Nexus 4 commercial of its own, specifically highlighting the use of Android 4.2's Photo Sphere at a holiday family get-together. It's just a minute long rather than two like LG's, and you can check it out after the break.

What do you think about the commercials? Do they do the Nexus 4 justice? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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4 years ago

Android Central 2012 Gift Guide: Simon's holiday wish-list

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It's coming down to the wire for holiday shopping, but you still have time! If you're looking to buy a present for that special technophile in your life that seems to already have two of everything, I've got a few solid suggestions here. Over the last couple of months, I've been on a big home automation kick, and though those kinds of gadgets aren't cheap, they're sure to put a smile on a few faces. 

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Camera review

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It's a camera. It's Android. It's an Android camera!​ And it's the best one yet, but not without room for improvement

On a sweltering August afternoon, Samsung ushered a handful of tech journalists into a conference room in Berlin, Germany, to show off two new mobile devices. The first, the Galaxy Note 2, was much as we’d expected it to be. But the second would’ve come as a complete surprise were it not for a last-minute online leak. As we frantically took notes, Samsung reps doled out what seemed to be a Galaxy S3 bolted to the back of a digital camera. This, we were told, was the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

An unusual product, the Galaxy Camera was introduced as a “convergence device,” a smart camera powered by the latest version of Android, but with sufficiently advanced optics to push it beyond the performance of high-end smartphone cameras. All the imaging, sharing, video and photo editing prowess of Android and Samsung’s TouchWiz software were present, put behind a real dedicated camera with a 16-megapixel sensor, 21X optical zoom and optical image stabilization. The popular reaction was split into two camps -- some dismissed it out of hand, others, like ourselves, were cautiously optimistic.

Days later, I wrote that the Galaxy Camera makes perfect sense. I still think it does, but Samsung’s initial implementation is not flawless. And the finished product, though promising, is some way off being a perfect union of smartphone and camera.

Read on to find out why.

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4 years ago

There once was a free Nexus 7 ...

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We're now at Day 3 of our weeklong Nexus 7 (and $25 Google Play Gift Card) contest, courtesy of the fine folks at Google. And today we're looking for the best Android-related limerick you can come up with. Why a limerick? We can't stand haiku, that's why. Just one of those things.

So hop on into today's forum thread and get a little silly. And good luck!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Camera video walkthrough

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Our full review of the Galaxy Camera is coming later today. In the meantime, we've got an extensive video walkthrough of Samsung's Android-powered point-and-shoot camera. We'll take a look at hardware, software, image and video quality, and that all-important camera app. If you're after a quick primer on one of the first Android-based smart cameras, it's definitely worth a click.

Check back later to for our full verdict on the Galaxy Camera.

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4 years ago

Sprint recaps network improvements, lists cities soon to get LTE

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Sprint today put out a nice little recap of its network progress in 2012, the year we finally saw it start to roll out its LTE network (and start to stick a fork in its old Wimax line).

The big strokes: 49 markets are now live, with a total of 150 "in the coming months." Some 70 markets have seen improved 3G service. You should see better signal strength for phone calls and data, and fewer dropped calls. Voice quality has improved. And data speeds are faster. Of course, you have to be in one of those improved markets, but progress comes one step at a time, we suppose.

But the more important part, we suppose, is that Sprint's teasing upcoming LTE roll-outs. We've got that full list after the break.

Source: Sprint

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