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4 years ago

Tablet maker goes bust after row with retailer over Google services

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Tablet maker goes bust after row with retailer over Google services

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Argos MyTablet

'MyTablet' maker enters liquidation after Argos withholds £3.2m over lack of GMS license, The Guardian reports

Penryth, Wales-based hardware maker KMS has entered liquidation after a row with high street retailer Argos over use of Google Mobile Services on tablets without the proper license, according to The Guardian. KMS manufactured Argos' £99 "MyTablet" slate — released late last year along with a flurry of other low-priced Android tablets from UK retailers — as well as other low-cost Android tablets.

The newspaper reports that Argos withheld payments of £3.2 million ($5.3 million) from KMS after it discovered the company had loaded Google Mobile Services — the package including Maps, Gmail and the Play Store — onto its tablets without a license from Google. While the core Android OS is free and open-source, Google's proprietary services and apps are not, and manufacturers must obtain a GMS license in order to legally load them onto devices.

4 years ago

Leaked images claim to show LG's new G Pro 2

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Leaked images claim to show LG's new G Pro 2

LG G Pro 2
LG G Pro 2

LG G Pro 2

Slim, rounded design with buttons on the back

We know that the LG G Pro 2, the company's big-screened follow-up to last year's Optimus G Pro, is coming next month, but for the moment that's about all the official info we have on the device. So today it's interesting to note the appearance of a couple of leaked images claiming to show the back and sides of LG's next oversized handset.

Korean site DC Inside has published two shots purportedly showing the upcoming device, and it appears LG's sticking with the G2's design language for its next big thing. The photos show G2-style back-mounted buttons, along with a camera and LED flash, and a similarly curved design. It seems loudspeaker has moved from the bottom trim, and now lives on the back panel. Besides these obvious details, it appears we're looking at a slim, curved chassis similar to that of recent LG high-enders.

Rumored G Pro 2 specs include a 6-inch Full HD display, 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 800 processor, though today's leak gives us no further info on the device's internals — or its software, which is said to be based on Android 4.4 KitKat. But with Mobile World Congress just a few weeks away, hopefully we won't have to wait long to learn more. Check past the break for one more photo.

Source: DC Inside; via: Engadget

4 years ago

NVIDIA releases TegraZone app for all Android devices

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NVIDIA releases TegraZone app for all Android devices

TegraZone

TegraZone

For those who always wanted to discover Tegra-optimized games on your non-Tegra optimized device.

NVIDIA has expanded the potential install-base of its TegraZone app this afternoon, as it is now making the application available to all Android devices running Android 2.2 or higher. If you're not familiar, TegraZone is a game discovery "network" focused on titles optimized specifically for NVIDIA Tegra-powered devices. Think of it as a news blog, a mini-review site and a storefront all in one. You can read about new games, see what others think of them, and get pointed at Google play to download them.

Today's update won't make those games available for non-Tegra devices, but it does expose users to some great game titles — many of which are available in non-Tegra versions as well. The feature-list of the new version:

  • Supports Google Play Game Services – provides achievements for downloading games, submitting reviews and ratings, and spreading the word about games featured in TegraZone
  • Uses your Google+ login to personalize your TegraZone experience
  • TegraZone Collections will allow highlighting of special interest groups of games by feature, genre, or publisher
  • Sharing shortcut icon makes it easier to share via your favorite social network
  • Dynamic loading of additional content when you scroll to the bottom of games lists and news
  • Archived news items are now viewable

We understand the "why" here — you always want your product to be in front of as many eyes as possible. We're just not so sure users will want to do it this way. Using the TegraZone app on the Shield, for example, is a great way to discover new and upcoming titles to play. I'm not convinced I'll want to do the same on a device I can't play most of those titles on. You can grab the app at the Google Play link above and give it a spin.

4 years ago

T-Mobile releases bizarre press release with fake quotes to bash AT&T

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T-Mobile releases bizarre press release with fake quotes to bash AT&T

John Legere
T-Mobile Ad

John Legere

A new high — or rather a new low — for the Uncarrier

One of the few things T-Mobile is known for recently is using ... unconventional advertising methods. The nation's fourth-place carrier, led by CEO John Legere, is taking things one step further today with a satirical press release aimed directly at AT&T. Released strategically after AT&T's earnings report today, the fake press release pokes fun at AT&T's recently-announced promotion to pay customers $450 to switch back from T-Mobile. Written in completely non-traditional wording for a professional press release, it even goes so far as to include fake quotes from AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega:

“Call it an awakening,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility, “but I felt it was time to really stir things up and put the customer first for a change.  And by “customer” I’m referring to our former customers who switch to T-Mobile, because our current customers don’t really qualify.”  De la Vega said that the new T-Mobile switching offer was custom designed to entice its millions of contract customers to go ahead and give T-Mobile a try. “If for any reason you don’t love T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network, which is now faster than ours, we’ll actually pay you up to $450 to come back to AT&T, I kid you not.”

The quote is followed by an admission, "Ok, De La Vega didn’t actually say that, but he might as well have." at the end. Some may see this as light-hearted poking fun at an opponent — something Legere loves to do on-stage and online — but this may just go a step too far. Legere himself follows up with a real quote in reaction to the fake one, acting flabbergasted that the CEO of AT&T would make such a revealing statement.

The press release finishes up with a full explanation of the fact that AT&T's $450 offer is so generous and matches up perfectly with its offering to pay off your ETF, giving you the chance to try T-Mobile "risk-free." Far after the press release itself ends, bold print reads, "Editor’s Note: The preceding mock press release was written with tongue firmly planted in cheek." Really, you don't say?

T-Mobile has also released a new advertisement that sums up the point much more elegantly with big bold letters. You can catch that after the break.

Source: T-Mobile

4 years ago

Packaged Chrome apps come to Android and iOS with dev preview toolset

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Packaged Chrome apps come to Android and iOS with dev preview toolset

Chrome-based Calculator app

Chrome-based Calculator app

Existing and new Chrome apps can run on Android using today's new tools

The picture you see above is Google's future. No, not a poorly designed calculator application that doesn't even fill the window it is drawn in, but the code behind it. You see, the same code that runs this Chrome packaged application was used, line for line, to build this Android application.

This is a very big deal.

It's part of a new set of developer tools that Google has put out today, designed to do one thing — run "native" Chrome packaged applications on Android and iOS. Using a new set of scripts and tools built around Apache's Cordova, the toolchain can take your HTML, JavaScript and CSS files currently used to make Chrome apps and wrap them neatly into a package that compiles and runs natively on Android or iOS.

While I'll leave the iOS development to someone more familiar with the platform, I spent the afternoon checking out just what it takes to turn a Chrome app into an Android app. I was surprised to learn that it's not all that much.

Using a few simple commands your existing (or new) Chrome apps can be wrapped into a project that will open in an IDE like Eclipse, or one that will easily build its own apk file with just a few commands at a terminal. These apps can be installed just like any other app, and are even able to be uploaded to Google Play or Apple's App Store.

4 years ago

AT&T Q4 2013 earnings are in: $18.4 billion wireless revenue, 566,000 customer adds

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AT&T Q4 2013 earnings are in: $18.4 billion wireless revenue, 566,000 customer adds

AT&T

AT&T

Postpaid churn of just 1.11%; data revenues up by 16% over Q4 2012

AT&T has just reported its Q4 2013 financial results where the company as a whole posted $33.2 billion in revenues in Q4, which is up 1.8 percent over last year, and $6.91 billion in net income. We like to focus on the wireless side of things, however, which are more relevant to the Android world.

For its wireless business, AT&T saw operating revenues increase by 4.5 percent year-over-year to $18.44 billion, with a 16 percent bump in data revenues making up a large portion of that growth. Net income still dipped in the quarter, however, due to high expenses — the end result was $3.92 billion in income, down 14.7 percent over Q3 2013 but up 54 percent over Q4 2012.

AT&T still managed to add a total of 556,000 net postpaid customers in the quarter, as well as 440,000 branded net tablet additions. That leaves the carrier with a total of 110.37 million customers, 72.6 million of which are postpaid. The carrier had record-low Q4 churn of 1.11 percent, although it was still several basis points above previous quarters in 2013. Phone-only ARPU was up 3.9 percent year-over-year as well, marking the 20th consecutive quarter that ARPU has increased.

Of the 7.9 million phones sold in the quarter, 93 percent were smartphones. AT&T also says its Next financing program was used for over one million device sales, equivalent to 15 percent of all postpaid smartphone additions and upgrades. A full 77 percent of AT&T's postpaid customers are using smartphones, up from 70 percent in Q4 2012.

Source: AT&T

4 years ago

Rdio and Shazam expand partnership to 29 new countries

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Rdio and Shazam expand partnership to 29 new countries

Rdio

Rdio

Search for music and listen with your Rdio subscription instantly in more places

Building on a partnership that started in late 2012 to let users find and instantly stream music they hear, Rdio and Shazam have expanded their music partnership to 29 new countries around the world. This means that Shazam users in a total of 35 countries can now identify music — in either the free or paid version of the app — and instantly listen to the tracks streaming via their Rdio music subscription.

And now with the latest version of Rdio, you can sync up and keep a history of all your Shazam-found tracks in your Rdio library. It's a big deal for music junkies out there who are always looking to discover new music, and this is a partnership that really pays off for all parties. You can grab the latest version of the Shazam app at the Play Store link above.

4 years ago

Canadian Moto Xs getting Android 4.4.2 update

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Canadian Moto Xs getting Android 4.4.2 update

Moto X KitKat

Moto X KitKat

Moto X on Rogers and Fido in Canada getting KitKat, along with the Moto G on Boost Mobile

Motorola has announced that Canadian Moto X owners are next in line for a taste of KitKat, with Android 4.4.2 now rolling out to handsets on Rogers and Fido in the country. In a blog post today, Motorola VP Punit Soni says the Canadian phones are the first Moto Xs to get the bump up to 4.4.2 — existing Moto X KitKat builds are based on Android 4.4, remember. Though we've also heard isolated reports of some Sprint Moto X devices getting that same update in recent days.

In related news the Moto G on Boost Mobile is also being updated to Android 4.4.2, according to Motorola. And later this week the Moto X is due to launch in the UK, also running Android 4.4.2 out of the box.

Source: Motorola; via: Android Central forums

4 years ago

Sony really, really wants you to take great pictures using a tablet

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Sony really, really wants you to take great pictures using a tablet

Sony QX cameras

Android Central

Tablet mount inbound for the QX10 and QX100 cameras, to make one giant camera

Part of the beauty of the Sony QX10 and QX100 cameras is the versatility. The ability to use it which whichever Android smartphone you have in your pocket at the time, or even an iPhone should you so desire. The included adaptor to strap it to your phone accomodates most current devices, but not tablets. But Sony looks set to change all that; it really, really wants you to use it with a tablet. 

This image courtesy of the folks at Xperia Blog shows a new mount to strap either of the cameras to a tablet. It isn't going to be available until April, and initially in Japan only, but it shows us what is essentially a 10-inch camera. Yowzas. 

Sure, you can already kind of use the QX cameras with a tablet, and there's no doubt that picture viewing and editing would be better on a big screen. But this goes one step beyond even those folks who wander around taking photos with an iPad. 

One other thing of note; the selection of images shows the camera mounted to a Sony Vaio tablet. Is there a Windows 8 client of the Playmemories Mobile app on the cards? We like the QX cameras, but for us this might be a step too far. How about you? 

Source: Xperia Blog

4 years ago

THX tune-up app now available for Android devices

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THX tune-up app now available for Android devices

THX tune-up
THX tune-up

THX tune-up

Get the most out of your home theater with the help of THX

So you have a home theater in your house that you want to use to watch the Super Bowl or Olympics, but it just isn't running quite the way you had wanted. Whether you need to optimize the video quality or change the audio levels to improve your sound system, you will want to download the THX tune-up application.

The app works by launching a series of step-by-step instructions to walk you through a series of tests. These tests include Video Features, Audio Features and Bonus Features. Inside the Video Features you will be able to adjust aspect ratio, brightness, color and more, while the Audio Features will make sure the correct speakers are being used at the right time through phase adjustment and some other tweaks as well.

If you are looking to take better control over your home theater system you'll definitely want to check out THX tune-up for your Android device now. The application is currently free until February 3rd, when it will jump up to a $1.99 purchase.

4 years ago

Glass Explorers can now buy Titanium Collection frames for $225 each

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Glass Explorers can now buy Titanium Collection frames for $225 each

Android Central

Android Central

Frame accents come in various colors to match your existing Glass hardware

Google swiftly unveiled its new line of custom frames and shades for Google Glass last night, and now existing Explorers have the chance get their hands on them. By heading to the Glass store, where you could previously pick up things like earbuds and replacement shades, Explorers can pick up one of the four new frames for a cool $225 each, or new shades for $150 each.

The frames themselves all come in black, but you select an accompanying accent color to match your glass hardware. Although we suppose you can technically choose any color if you're considering mixing-and-matching. The two new styles of shades are currently out of stock, but all four frames are ready to order. Shipping is free (oh what a deal!) and the orders ship within 5-7 days according to the order page.

Are any Explorers out there considering Titanium Collection frames? At this steep price they aren't the simplest way to customize your Glass hardware, especially if you don't need prescription lenses.

Source: Google

4 years ago

BlackBerry to bake version of BBM for Gingerbread phones

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BlackBerry to bake version of BBM for Gingerbread phones

BBM Gingerbread

BBM Gingerbread

Update will bring support for older devices

While the folks behind the BBM Twitter account may be making some questionable posts, the team behind the scenes has been hard at work adding support for Gingerbread users. Jeff Gadway of BlackBerry has posted that over the past few months the team has been adding support so more users can enjoy what BBM brings, and the update is due to come in February. 

With 21 percent of Android devices still running Gingerbread there is definitely a bunch of users that BlackBerry hopes to capture with the added support. Will you be downloading BBM on your Gingerbread device?

Source: BlackBerry

4 years ago

Smartwatch Fans reviews Pebble Steel!

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Smartwatch Fans reviews Pebble Steel!

Pebble Steel

Pebble Steel

We're halfway into a new era for the Pebble smartwatch. Pebble Steel starts shipping today, bringing an updated (and more sophisticated) version of the smartwatch to our wrists. It's available in either matte black or stainless steel, with links or a leather strap — and it's damned nice.

While we're still waiting on the updated Android app and the Pebble App Store, our pals at Smartwatch Fans have the lowdown with their own Pebble Steel review. Give it a look-see.

Pebble Steel review at Smartwatch Fans

4 years ago

How to turn on and off autocorrect on the Samsung Galaxy S4

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How to turn on and off autocorrect on the Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 keyboard
Samsung Galaxy S4 keyboard options

Samsung Galaxy S4 keyboard

Need help toggling auto-correct on the Samsung Galaxy S4 keyboard? We've got you covered.

The auto-correct options on the stock keyboard for the Samsung Galaxy S4 might not be your cup of tea; maybe you'd rather have the extra screen real estate, or maybe you can't trust the corrections. Or maybe you've somehow lost auto-correct on your keyboard and desperately need it back to keep spelling with any amount of lucidity. Whatever the reason, we won't judge you. Here's how to get rid of auto-correct on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Samsung Galaxy S4 keyboard options

  1. Tap on any text field, such as a search box, e-mail body, or a browser address bar to summon the keyboard.
  2. Tap the gear in the bottom left of the keyboard, beside the Sym button.
  3. Tap Predictive text to turn it off and on. You can also toggle automatic capitalization, spacing, and punctuation as desired.

Voilà. You are now typing freely without any interruption from those damned dirty robots or have enabled your spelling savior, whatever the case may be. Remember, there are fantastic third-party keyboards out there to check out too, like SwiftKey and Swype

4 years ago

How to record your screen in Android 4.4 KitKat

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How to record your screen in Android 4.4 KitKat

Android Central

We've previously walked through the basics of screen recording in Android 4.4 KitKat. For those of us familiar with command-line tools, it's just a matter of plugging in and issuing a single command, really. You don't need root access.

But if you need a little extra help, the Google's Joe Fernandez and the Android Developers account have put together a great walkthrough video, showing each step and offering up some great tips.

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