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4 years ago

Facebook Home now available internationally

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The U.S. exclusivity for Facebook Home has been a short one

Facebook has announced in conjunction with a talk at D: Dive Into Mobile that Facebook Home is set to be available internationally starting today. Following a brief period of U.S. exclusivity to iron out the bugs, folks around the world should have access to Home provided they have one of the supported devices. For now, those devices seem to still be just the HTC One X, X+, One; Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2; and of course the HTC First.

We can confirm on our own devices that Home is now available in the U.K. at least -- have you found it to show up in the Play Store elsewhere in the world? Let us know in the comments below. And if you're not so sure about what Facebook Home is and how it works, be sure to see some of our great guides to understanding Home.

Source: AllThingsD

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4 years ago

T-Mobile confirms HTC One launch date of April 24

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Availabile both in-store and online, pricing remains unchanged at $99 down

Responding to a rather random post on Twitter, the official @TmobileHelp Twitter account has confirmed an April 24th launch date for the HTC One on T-Mobile. This lines up directly with the leaks we saw yesterday, which pegged the launch for "select stores" on that date. In a subsequent reply it also confirms that the device will be available both in-store and online at the 24th, which is important.

No changes to pricing are given, but we've known for a while now that the HTC One will carry the same $99 down and monthly installments (in this case $20/month for 24 months) as all of T-Mobile's new high-end devices. The total cost of ownership still works out to just $579 -- not bad.

Source: @TMobileHelp

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4 years ago

Motorola following 'better is better' strategy post Google acquisition

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Motorola phones with Google's influence, running stock Android, to hit in the second half of 2013

Speaking to PCMag, Motorola design chief Jim Wicks has a whole lot of good news for Motorola fans out there. The integrity of Motorola's handset business after an acquisition by Google has been under quite a bit of scrutiny, but Wicks is quick to say that we'll be seeing phones soon that are truly designed by both Motorola and Google. If you'll recall back to previous talks, the companies had "12 to 18 months of products in the pipeline" which needed to be drained before truly new Motorola devices could hit. The strategy for Motorola is going to be quite a bit different from what we've seen before as well. First, Motorola is focusing on providing a stock Android experience with fast updates going forward. He said:

"From a software and UI perspective, our strategy is to embrace Android and to make it the best expression of Android and Google in the market. It will be the unadulterated version of Android, and I feel really good about our embracing Android and being the best Android experience."

The new Google-ized Motorola is also focusing on a strategy to fight against the "bigger is better" theme that has been a driving factor in Android device sizes, instead going for "better is better". Using the RAZR M as an example, Wicks explained that Motorola wants to make phones that feel "just right" in the hand, rather than just one-up the competition in every single spec and size -- "that's the easy way out" he says. 

The final pillar bringing this all together will be a new design and branding message that persists across carriers, rather than individual lines -- think Droid on Verizon and Atrix on AT&T -- that break up Motorola's vision. Although Wicks was quick to point out that the collaboration with Verizon has been a successful one, he says that Motorola is interested in also doing self-branded devices going forward.

That is, assuming Verizon, AT&T and Sprint are okay with Motorola attempting to do their own thing. There's nothing about this strategy that we don't like on paper, but we'll have to see how a new Google and Motorola combination can deliver on these ideas. We could be seeing some really interesting products out of Motorola in the coming months.

Source: PCMag

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4 years ago

Dungeon Hunter 4 now availabile in the Play Store

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The latest in the Dungeon Hunter franchise is now available and free-to-play on Android

When Gameloft teased us with a trailer for Dungeon Hunter 4 and said the release was "coming soon", they certainly weren't kidding. The latest iteration in the Dungeon Hunter series is now available in the Play Store, and it's also free to download and play. The game is a hack-and-slash dungeon crawler title, with single player and multiplayer co-op modes available. Building on the previous version, Dungeon Hunter 4 has all new enhanced graphics and gameplay elements that should make it feel like a whole new title.

If you're interested in giving the new Dungeon Hunter 4 a shot, you can download it from the Play Store link above. There's a pretty large "additional file" download required to get up and running, so be sure to stick your device on Wifi if you're tight on mobile data for the month.

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4 years ago

LG to 'Share the Genius' May 1 in NYC

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A mic on a stage, eh? Not sure what LG's got up its sleeves for May 1 in New York City, but it wouldn't surprise us in the least to see the excellent LG Optimus G Pro make an appearance in its U.S. form, especially with recent rumblings of it hitting AT&T shortly thereafter. (Check out our mini review of the Korean version if you've yet to do so.) "Share the Genius" likely is a nod to the software features on the phone, which LG is more than happy to tell you it had before its Korean neighbor. And "Capture the Spotlight in True Brilliance" fits perfectly with the Optimus G Pro's excellent 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display.

So, yeah. Set your calendars, folks.

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4 years ago

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Camera software update imminent

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Android powered camera getting new Smart Modes, S-Memo and compatibility with remote viewfinder app

Owners of the Verizon Galaxy Camera will be interested in this one, a software update is heading your way. The update pegged as coming 'soon' doesn't bump the Android version, but does add a variety of new features. First up is the addition of Samsung's S-Memo app, more commonly found on smartphones such as the Note 2. S-Memo doesn't appear to have the ability to take photos in-app, but allows the import of anything from the gallery. 

The camera app gets the bulk of the updates though, with an extra 4 Smart Modes being added. The new modes are for Dawn, Party Indoors, Snow and Food and takes the grand total of Smart Modes up to 19. 

Also included is the ability to make full use of Samsung's Remote Viewfinder application. Remote Viewfinder is available for a range of devices -- even the iPhone -- and lets you control timer, zoom, and a range of other options. If you manage to snag the update in the coming days, be sure to jump into the Galaxy Camera forums and let us know how you're finding it. 

Source: Verizon

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4 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S4 officially confirmed via Samsung website

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No Verizon logo on the home button, so you can cross that off your list of things to worry about

Up until a couple of days ago, we've only had leaks to confirm the existence of Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Today, Samsung has made two new pages live on its official website -- one for the black Verizon model, and one for the white.

Carrier branding looks to be more conservative than with the Galaxy Note 2 -- no home button branding in sight. Other than the Verizon logo on back, this version seems to be identical to the other carrier variants. The same specs and hardware features are shared with the entire U.S. Galaxys S family this time around.

For the official specifications list, as well as pictures from all angles of both the black and white models, check out the Samsung links at the bottom. If the previous availability leak pans out, we can expect Verizon to start selling their Galaxy S4 on May 30.

Sources: Samsung 1, Samsung 2; via Droid Life

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4 years ago

Quick app: Battery Core Live Wallpaper

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A neat new live wallpaper that adapts and changes as your phone's battery depletes

We've taken a look at several different great live wallpapers out there, and we've stumbled upon another that's worth showing off. It's called Battery Core Live Wallpaper, and it's nice to look at but also functional for monitoring your battery state and usage. Live wallpapers have come a long way as device specs have improved, and this is a nice example of a wallpaper that can be turned on and not be a big resource drain.

With a whole bunch of features even in the free version, it's certainly worth a look. Skip down past the break and see a little more of what Battery Core Live Wallpaper has to offer.

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4 years ago

The Archos GamePad review

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It’s one of those products we want to love on principle alone - but does it measure up to expectations?

Imagine a 7-inch Android tablet, and in the housing there’s a built-in game controller, complete with dual joysticks, directional buttons, even shoulder buttons. That’s what you have with the Archos GamePad. Android gamers have long been using controllers of one sort or another with their phones and tablets with varying degrees of success, but the GamePad is the first device to bundle everything together in one unit.

Just having the controls there is not enough, though. They have to function well to be useful, and integration into the games we love to play is a big deal. This is where Archos has to succeed, and quite frankly they have failed. Read through and see what I mean.

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4 years ago

DISH's bid for Sprint is a good one all around

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More money for Sprint, a potential life-saver for DISH

Early Monday morning, satellite TV innovator DISH Network threw a monkeywrench into Softbank’s plans to acquire a 70 percent interest in Sprint. It did so by offering a 13 percent premium over Softbank’s bid, and rather than buy a majority of Sprint, DISH is proposing a full merger.

For those of you who really want to understand the thinking that went into this, watch the AllThingsD video interview with DISH chairman Charlie Ergen. It’s a long video, but damn, you have to admire the straight-up answers Ergen gives to the audience. 

My take on the whole thing is pretty simple.  DISH Network is part of the old world, just like cable TV, except that it has no easy way to deliver broadband access. Cable companies, at least, have DOCSIS networks. So even if the whole planet starts to cut the cord and adopt an over-the-top Internet TV model, cable companies can still get paid for the plumbing.  Satellite? Not so much. Without adapting a new business model, these guys are dying a slow death.

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4 years ago

Logitech's next living room move makes greater use of your Android smartphone

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Using your Android smartphone to control your home entertainment system isn't exactly a new concept, especially for Logitech, maker of one of the first Google TV set-top boxes. And today, the company -- which actually is getting out of the remote control business -- announced a pair of new devices that make even greater use of your Android smartphone.

As you'd expect, the new lineup -- comprising the Logitech Harmony Ultimate and Logitech Harmony Smart Control -- includes remote controls, but that's just half the story.

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4 years ago

Rando isn't picture Chatroulette for Android - it's just boring

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Sending an receiving anonymous pictures from random people across the world - how bad could that possibly be?

It's completely possible, I suppose, that your experience with Rando will be completely different than mine. After all, this is an Android app that delivers random pictures that someone took in exchange for some of your own. Give a random picture, get a picture.

And it's completely reasonable to predict that a photo-sharing service such as this, in which the sender is as anonymous as the receiver, would quickly be inundated by random acts of nudity. (And, face it, that's hardly the worst thing that I've imagined could anonymously show up on my screen.)

But, no. I've not been bombarded by anonymous body parts. Or any kind of parts. Or anything remotely interesting, actually.

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4 years ago

Galaxy S4 pops up on AT&T website with April 30 ship date

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16GB pricing confirmed at $199 on-contract, $639 off-contract

It looks as though the early Staples document that leaked a release date of the Galaxy S4 on AT&T as April 26th was off by just a couple of days. Folks have pointed out to Engadget that they're seeing official pre-order availability and pricing for the S4 on the AT&T website. It's showing up for us as well, with pricing as you'd expect -- $199 and two years of commitment for a 16GB model in either white or black. Those willing to go off-contract will pay the hefty $639, and if for some reason you want just a 1 year contract, you can shave that down to $449.

If AT&T is your carrier of choice for the Galaxy S4, the anxious among us can get their pre-orders in today from the source link below. The site indicates free shipping, and people who have gone through with it are receiving estimated arrival dates of May 3rd for the devices. Have you pulled the trigger on this one yet? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Google details Glass specifications - bone conduction audio, 12GB usable storage, full day of 'typical use' battery life

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Full device specs round out an evening of Google Glass news

We've seen that Google is getting ready to ship out Google Glass Explorer units, the developer preview of the Mirror API, and the Android companion app already this evening, and now it's time for the device specs. Google has released the tech specs of Google Glass, and it should answer some of the questions folks have. 

  • Fit: Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face. Extra nosepads in two sizes.
  • Display: High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.
  • Camera: Photos - 5 MP; Videos - 720p
  • Audio: Bone Conduction Transducer
  • Connectivity: Wifi - 802.11b/g; Bluetooth
  • Storage: 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.
  • Battery: One full day of typical use. Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.
  • Charger: Included Micro USB cable and charger. While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.
  • Compatibility: Any Bluetooth-capable phone. The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.

We're not really worried about things like CPUs and GPUs, or on-board RAM, and it looks like they have covered what's going to be important. The all day battery life is almost a must have with any wearable computer, so we hope that rings true. Also worth noting that Any phone with Bluetooth is said to be compatible. We'll soon know more about both I imagine.

Source: Google

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4 years ago

'MyGlass' companion app hits Google Play

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Manage and configure Glass from your phone... if you actually had Glass

There's a whole lot of Google Glass news hitting today, and this is a pretty important piece of the puzzle. Google has just published the "MyGlass" companion app in the Play Store, which will be a critical part of using your Glass and phone together. Google makes it clear that the app is really only of use to Glass owners, stating in the description: "If you don't have Glass, then downloading this will be a waste of time.", but that's not going to stop us -- or anyone else intrigued by the idea -- from installing and taking a look it it.

The interface is nice and looks just like any other recent Google app, with a grey and white color scheme and simple controls. You can't get much farther than the first few screens without an active pair of Glass nearby, but the process requires accepting some terms and turning on both Bluetooth and Wifi for the pairing process. If you want to poke around with the app in hopeful anticipation of the Glass launch, grab it at the Play Store link above.

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