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4 years ago

Sony: Work on Jelly Bean for several Xperia phones in final stages, more news next week

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Sony says Jelly Bean is close for a range of 2012 Xperia phones via an official Twitter account

An official Sony Twitter account has spilled the beans on the upcoming Jelly Bean update for a handful of Xperia phones today. Users with an Xperia P, Xperia Go, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia Arco S and Xperia Ion should be seeing Android 4.1 in short order, as work on the updates is in the final stage.

Sony has come a long way in a very short time when it comes to Android versions and compatibility. The company that once left phones to die on old versions of Android is now the company that has worked with the AOSP maintainer and is taking an active hand in providing code and updates. We love seeing that sort of communication and cooperation between manufacturers and Google.

Sony says to expect more news about Jelly Bean for the mentioned Xperia phones next week. We'll keep an eye on things, and let you know as soon as they have more to say.

Source: @SonyMobileNews; via Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 kernel source released

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Kernel source code is now available for the GT-I9500, GT-I9505, and SGH-I337M

GPL compliance is a wonderful thing -- Samsung has just posted the kernel source code for three Galaxy S4 models: GT-I9500, GT-I9505, and SGH-I337M. All three sources are currently available for download through the Samsung open source repository. While this doesn't help the average user (plus nobody actually has the phone yet), it will allow kernel developers to begin tweaking Samsung's kernel in order to get flashable zips ready for root users once the phone launches.

The Galaxy S family has been huge with the aftermarket developer community in the past, and despite some initial bad news, there is no reason that the Galaxy S4 can't reach the same level of support and popularity among ROM and kernel devs. It will be interesting to see how far this powerhouse of a phone will be pushed. The links to the source code can be found below.

Source: Samsung; via Android Police

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4 years ago

HTC apologizes, gives more details on dev edition delay

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Weather, security in wake of Boston terror attack affecting shipping nationwide

Update: I, and others in our HTC One forums, have started to get shipping notifications, backing up what HTC told us .

Original: We've just gotten some more details from HTC regarding the shipping delay for its 32-gigabyte SIM-unlocked HTC One as well as the 64-gigabyte "developer edition" with its unlockable bootloader.

The official word form HTC is still "before the end of April," but things might well not be that bad. 

We'll explain ...

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia SP hands-on

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Sony looks to follow up the Xperia Z with a worth mid-range contender

Back in March Sony announced the Xperia SP - a mid range device but still with some pretty impressive specifications. Of course the device is overshadowed by the Xperia Z, but we were reasonably impressed during our recent hands-on time with the SP, and it should give other mid range handsets a run for their money.

The Xperia SP sports a 4.6-inch 720p "HD Reality display," and combined with Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine 2 the screen looks super crisp, and the colors really pop out when viewed front-on. Sony's 8MP camera is on board with 'Exmore RS for Mobile' for producing some decent photographs thanks to its stacked image sensor. In addition, the "battery stamina mode" should improve battery life over long days, as we saw in our review of the Xperia Z.

Powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip performance seems fast and I didn't experience any lag with my short time with the device. The SP's aluminum frame feels great in the hand. It's not the thinnest of phones but it's still sufficiently comfortable.

We'll have a full review of the Xperia SP coming up in the near future, so if this one looks your cup of tea then keep watching Android Central in the weeks ahead.

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4 years ago

HTC One gains greater availability today - here's what you need to know

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Who's got the HTC One, and what to do with it once you've picked it up​

Today's the day many of us have been waiting for -- the HTC One is finally available. Folks in the UK and a couple other countries have had it for a week or two now, and even a few in the U.S. sneaked one out over the past few days. But today it's official. Three U.S. operators and others worldwide are now selling the phone that many believe is a must-win for HTC.

We've been using the HTC One for more than a month now -- be sure to read our full HTC One review --  and it's safe to say that this is a lot of phone. The hardware is certainly is something to crow about -- the display is gorgeous, the phone is fast and the new front-facing speakers have to be heard to be believed. The new camera has some excellent features and is capable of taking excellent photos. And HTC got some interesting new software features.

So if you're just getting started with the HTC One, or if you're just now looking at getting one, strap it. We'll explain it all for you.

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4 years ago

Dungeon Hunter 4: The latest action-packed RPG in the series

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Quality graphics, content and gameplay packed into a mobile RPG

Gameloft has taken the wraps off of the fourth iteration in its Dungeon Hunter franchise, and it doesn't disappoint as a worthy successor to the first three. The franchise is a top-down hack-and-slash game, but just leaving the description at that sells it a little short. There's also an extremely expansive RPG component to the game, with character management, skills, upgradable weapons, item crafting, quests and so much more.

The depth of content available in games on mobile platforms is baffling, and the experience provided in Dungeon Hunter 4 is a great example of this. Hang with us after the break and learn more about what Dungeon Hunter 4 has to offer.

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4 years ago

HTC One developer edition and unlocked editions delayed

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E-mail notification says 'slight delay' in shipping; cases won't hit until mid-May

Uh oh. If you ordered the 32GB unlocked or 64GB developer version of the HTC One directly from HTC (via Let's Talk), you might have just received the same e-mail we did, indicating some sort of delay.

Hello Phil

We have an important update about your order. Due to shipping issues with the 32G unlocked and 64G Developers Editions of the New HTC One®, there will be a slight delay in shipping your HTC One® to you. We expect to have your phone delivered to you, via overnight shipping, before the end of April. We’ll do everything we can to get it shipped to you as soon as possible.

Also, due to overwhelming demand, there will be a delay in shipping your free case. We expect to begin receiving the Double Dip cases in mid-May, and will ship them as soon as they’re available.

We understand the excitement and anticipation that comes with a new phone, and we are confident that the HTC One® will exceed that anticipation

Thanks for the support,

HTC ShopAmerica

That's no bueno, especially since HTC has had a couple dates -- April 18 and April 23 -- listed thus far, and no new shipping date is listed here. And that's to say nothing of the HTC One facing a global delay from March in the first place.

We're gonna rattle some bushes and see what we can find out. Stay tuned.

More in the HTC One forums.

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4 years ago

Dish urges FCC to postpone Sprint-Softbank deal

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Dish merger proposal currently before the Sprint board of directors for consideration

In a rather curious turn of events on April 15th, Dish made a buyout offer for Sprint of some $25.5 billion dollars, over $5 billion more than what has been agreed upon by Sprint and Softbank previously. In order for Dish to increase the chances of its deal being accepted, however, it is urging the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to postpone its review of the Softbank deal. As Sprint's board looks over the deal independently, the FCC's evaluation of Softbank's proposal will move along as planned if it isn't blocked or postponed.

The original deal, according to chairman of the FCC Julius Genachowski, was expected to go through by the end of May. Postponing the deal would give Dish more of a fair shot at convincing Sprint that its deal is more lucrative. The up-front purchase price being $5 billion higher certainly sounds better on paper, but there are more components to these large deals. Though Softbank's bid has been on the table for some time now, we would expect Sprint to take a long, hard look at the latest offer.

Source: Bloomberg

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4 years ago

One Today by Google launches to support non-profit organisations

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Google's limited pilot program brings people and non-profit projects together through the act of giving $1 a day

Google's latest efforts to change the world have been unveiled, with the launch of the One Today app. The app, currently limited to the U.S and only to Android users, is designed to highlight non-profit organizations and their work and allow you to support them through giving $1. Each day a new project is highlighted with a new opportunity to donate. As with so many other Google projects, you will need to request an invite to take part, so if you're interested hit up the source link below. You will need a Google Wallet account to donate, but if you get in and take a look at this, be sure to jump into the comments below and let us know what you think. 

Source: One Today by Google

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4 years ago

Vonage Mobile adds video calling for Android 2.3 and up

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After so many years as a voice-only service, Vonage is no longer just for phone calls

Vonage is releasing an update to both its Android and iOS apps today to offer users completely free video calling over both Wifi and mobile data. The video calls are of course locked to only being available between two Vonage users, but will support some pretty handy features. You can choose to display either your front or rear camera, which can let you show off what is going on around you. While in a call you can also seamlessly switch between a video and just audio, something that isn't simply done on most video calling solutions.

This puts Vonage more squarely in the camp of services like Skype, which seem to dominate the space currently. The app says it hasn't yet been updated, but when we took a look the feature seems to be live now. So if you're a Vonage user, go grab your update. Those who haven't yet given Vonage a try may now be compelled to give it a shot as well. 

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4 years ago

The HTC One dev edition contest - Let's try this again ...

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In hindsight, I suppose I should have known better. Ask folks to "Like" their favorite forum post video entry, and soon enough some joker's going to start making multiple accounts to try to stuff the ballot box. And it's come to our attention that it's happening in our HTC One developer edition giveaway. Multiple folks appear to have created multiple accounts. That don't fly on normal days, and it's a damn shame to see it spoil what otherwise has been a pretty heart-warming contest. I've loved seeing all the entries from all across the globe. And with all the horror that we've had to witness this week, a little pick-me-up was sorely needed. 

There is hope, however. We know who's been creating multiple accounts. And those accounts are no longer with us. And we're still going to give away a phone. But we're also not going to use the "Like" method of picking a video. I don't know how we'll pick one just yet. I'll announce that on Friday. But for now, everyone can quit jamming up that thread. 

For those who followed both the letter and the spirit of this contest, I thank you -- and especially those who have submitted videos. It really does mean more than I can express to see the faces and hear the voices of the people who truly make Android Central the greatest Android community in the world. (That's you guys and gals.) I'm sorry a few tried to ruin the fun for everyone else. 

Stay tuned. We'll still get this done yet.

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4 years ago

ES File Explorer hits v3 with new UI, features

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One of the most popular file managers on Android steps up its design chops

File managers on Android usually fall into one of two camps -- they're either well-designed and less than functional, or packed full of features and left back in the Gingerbread design days. ES File Explorer is hoping to span the gap between the two with today's update to v3. The new interface makes better use of a bottom action bar to hold common items like creating new items, searching and refreshing. The entire UI itself went to a cleaner and more visually appealing grey, blue and white scheme.

The update also brings many back-end features, including multiple window support, Wifi file transfers, gestures for navigating and many new tools. The UI and features together make this feel like a great new update to an app that really needed it. You can grab a download of the new version from the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

Verizon confirms Samsung Galaxy S4 coming in May

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No date was given, but previous leaked information points to May 30

Verizon has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available on their network during the month of May via Twitter this afternoon. We've previously seen a May 30 date leaked from Staples for the Verizon version of the S4, but no actual date was given today.

As just about every other US carrier has given out release information on their version of the Galaxy S4, it' nice to see Verizon say something -- even if it is just the month. With May right around the corner, I've a feeling we'll know more soon. Of course, we'll let you know as soon as we do.

Source: @VZWnews

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4 years ago

Facebook Messenger VOIP calling expands outside of Canada

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Completely free VOIP calls between Facebook users now available around the world

Unlike when it enabled the new Chat Heads feature with an update via the Play Store, Facebook has silently pushed out a feature to its Messenger app today to enable free VOIP calling. If you'll recall back to the beginning of March, the same happened to iOS users and Android users in Canada, but now we're looking at expanded availability in the U.S. and several more countries as well. The calls are of course completely free, and work between two Facebook users over data rather than the carrier's voice networks.

To check and see if you have the option available, tap into an ongoing chat and hit the "i" button in the top right corner. You should then see a simple "Free Call" button. It isn't the most elegant solution, but as a first release we're not going to complain much. Are you seeing the feature enabled in your own Messenger app? Let us know in the comments below.

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4 years ago

Google Q1 2013 earnings: $13.97 billion in revenue, $3.48 billion profit

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Revenues increase notably, Motorola still posting a loss this quarter

Google has just released its Q1 2013 earnings report, and while we listen in on the earnings call we're going to break down some of the raw numbers for you:

  • $13.97 billion in revenue for the quarter, up 31-percent year-over-year
  • $3.48 billion in operating income, up slightly y-o-y but down as a percentage of revenue
  • Google-owned sites represented $8.64 billion of those revenues
  • Google Network (partner sites) represented $3.26 billion of revenue
  • Motorola posted $1.02 billion in revenues, 7-percent of Google's total
  • Motorola ended with an operating loss of $271 million for Q1

A strong quarter for Google is seeing revenues increase largely over the same quarter last year, but while revenues did increase in nominal terms they did decrease in terms of share of revenues. Income from each different area of Google were strong, and though the number of paid clicks (for advertisements) increased about 20-percent the cost-per-click fell slightly by 4-percent. Speaking to Motorola specifically, the unit had $1.02 billion in revenue for the quarter, but is still posting a loss of $271 million in the end.

Source: Google

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