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4 years ago

Sprint announces 70 new LTE locations

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Sprint announces 70 new LTE locations

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Sprint

Sprint this morning announced some 70 new LTE locations, bringing its total to some 300 nationwide. 

We've got the full list of additions after the break.

4 years ago

'World's cheapest tablet' arrives in the UK, priced £30

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'World's cheapest tablet' arrives in the UK, priced £30

Android Central

UbislateThe race to the bottom of the Android tablet market continues with the launch of the UbiSlate 7Ci in the UK, priced at just £29.99. Originally part of a program run by the Indian government to bring cheap tablets to educational establishments, the UbiSlate is, according to its manufacturer, the "world's cheapest tablet."

So what do you get for your thirty quid? Well, the spec page lists a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, 512MB of RAM, a WVGA (800x480) 7-inch display and 4GB internal storage expandable via microSD. On the software side, the company claims its tablet runs Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, though the launcher and UI on its product render appears to be from version 2.3, Gingerbread.

The UbiSlate 7Ci is just one of many super-low-cost tablets to arrive on the UK market in recent months. Tesco launched its Hudl tablet for £119 in September, followed shortly after by even cheaper offerings from Argos, Carphone Warehouse and even discount supermarket Aldi.

With the holidays looming, the temptation to pick up such a cheap Android tablet may be strong. But as we always point out, when you pay such a small amount for a tablet you're likely to get exactly what you pay for.

Source: UbiSlate; via: The Guardian

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Core Advance brings new accessibility features

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Samsung Galaxy Core Advance brings new accessibility features

Galaxy Core Adance

Galaxy Core Adance

New features for disabled and visually impaired users in latest Samsung mid-ranger

Samsung has today announced a new mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy Core Advance. With a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch WVGA display, a 2,000mAh battery and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean running the show, the Galaxy Core Advance doesn't stand out much in terms of specs. But Samsung is highlighting a range of new accessibility options on this device, designed to make it easier to use for disabled users and those with visual impairments.

A new optical scan feature uses the camera to recognize text, and reads it aloud. A new light-sensing feature can detect the direction and brightness of light. And an instant voice recorder app allows users to make quick spoken notes. "Screen curtain" allows the device to be operated with a black screen, "to ensure privacy and save battery life." A voice-guided camera app can also provide audio feedback on the picture being taken, for example giving the number of faces detected in the image.

The Galaxy Core Advance also sports a soft-touch plastic rear, much like the black Galaxy Note 3, in place of the glossy plastic more commonly found on Samsung smartphones. And there's a Galaxy S4 Active-style physical button setup on the front of the device, presumably to allow users to more easily feel each button before pressing.

Samsung says Galaxy Core Advance will be made available in "deep blue" and "pearl white" color options early in 2014.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra Android 4.3 updates rolling out

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Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra Android 4.3 updates rolling out

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Xperia Z1

Performance tweaks and camera improvements for Z Ultra among changes in latest Sony firmware

Sony had previously promised that the Android 4.3 rollout for certain Xperia phones would begin this month, and now the first two devices on the list are being updated. Android 4.3 for the Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra has started rolling out today, bringing an update from 4.2.2 and some Sony software improvements.

Among the changes are enhanced performance and updates to Sony's suite of built-in apps, such as Messaging, My Xperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, Track ID, Sony Select and the media apps, including Walkman, Album and Movies. As of this release the Xperia Z Ultra also gets access to Sony's "Smart Social Camera" feature from the Z1, which lets the rear camera use Sony's downloadable camera apps. The new firmware also supports downloadable themes through the Xperia Themes system, a feature Sony says it'll expand upon in the future.

Update: Xperiablog also reports that the Z1 camera issues for bootloader-unlocked phones has also been fixed.

The update should be available now for some Z1 and Z Ultra devices, though Sony points out that as with all updates it'll take time to roll out to all regions and carriers. (We're not yet seeing anything on our unlocked UK Z1, for what it's worth.) If you're updating your Xperia Z1 or Z Ultra today, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: Sony Mobile blog

4 years ago

Google Play edition Z Ultra software bug prevents uninstalling applications

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Google Play edition Z Ultra software bug prevents uninstalling applications

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Critical software flaw restarts UI when trying to remove a user-installed application

Update: These issues are fixed in the Android 4.4.2 update for the GPe Z Ultra, which is rolling out to devices now.

Original story: A second ugly software bug has reared its head in the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition. Applications installed from Google Play can't be uninstalled — the process instead causes the entire phone UI to restart. This is the second serious bug found in the software on the Z Ultra, the first being no way to open the "Security" section of the device settings, as found by JR Raphael at Computerworld

Both bugs are more than mere inconvenience to the user, and present security as well as usability concerns. This latest bug affects all user-installed apps, and is present regardless of network state. We were unable to test side loaded applications, as access to side loading is currently blocked because we can't get into the security settings.

We can't be 100 percent certain we are running the final consumer build of the operating system, though we have questions out to Google and Sony to get the definitive answer. I've been talking with a few other early adopters about the issue and we've found it to be present on all devices so far. The device is currently available from Google Play for purchase.

We're fairly certain Sony will push an update to fix these issues in short order, but if you've already received your Z Ultra, or it's on the way now, it looks like you'll have some issues to deal with. 

More in our Z Ultra Google Play edition forums.

4 years ago

LG announces 5.5-inch GX, moves back to hardware navigation buttons

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LG announces 5.5-inch GX, moves back to hardware navigation buttons

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LG GX

VoLTE and new software features highlight a refreshed Optimus G Pro

LG has just put out information on its latest handset for the Korean market, the LG GX. This phone seems to be more of a lateral move from the LG Optimus G Pro, highlighting some new network and software features inside of a slightly redesigned case. Announced on the LG U+ network, the LG GX supports new LTE bands and technology as well as VoLTE (Voice over LTE), something that's becoming more standard in the Korean market.

Beyond the networking, LG is talking up the new software features available. The first is "Smart Day," which shows more glanceable information on the lock screen than on previous LG devices. Next, you have "Media Time," a quick way to access media directly from the lock screen, as well as launch automatically when plugging in headphones.

Further, you have new automatic car dock mode, including a new navigation interface and voice controls while driving. When you're back at home, the LG GX can link up with your LG TV to show calls, texts and other information on your TV screen, even when the phone isn't with you.

4 years ago

LG G2 KitKat update coming to Korean model starting this month

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LG G2 KitKat update coming to Korean model starting this month

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LG G2

Future plans for rollout in other markets not yet available

LG has announced that it will begin rolling out an update to Android 4.4 KitKat for Korean variants of the G2. Speaking specifically of the model for its own domestic market, LG says that KitKat will be hitting its flagship by the end of the month, and considering that we're half way through December we have just two more weeks to wait before at least some G2s start seeing the software.

Unfortunately no specifics are given on what changes LG plans to bundle along with the move to KitKat, nor does it offer any timeframe for G2s in Western markets. Considering the carrier involvement here in the states that's not hard to imagine, but knowing that LG has the software ready for at least one variant has us hopeful that it won't be too long before we have more information on a more advanced rollout.

Source: LG (Translated)

4 years ago

Motorola starting software soak test for Verizon Droids

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Motorola starting software soak test for Verizon Droids

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Motorola Droid Ultra

Attention, owners of the Verizon Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Mini and Droid Maxx: Motorola has just sent out invites for a software "soak test" for the trio of devices. Nothing definite, but that could well mean Android 4.4 KitKat is on its way. (Or it could be a lesser version. We've got our fingers crossed.)

It generally takes a few days for the soak test update to push — and it's entirely possible the update will push to everyone — soak test or not — at the same time. It's happened before.

Stay tuned.

More: Verizon Droid forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

4 years ago

Use Google Now reminders to keep you from burning your house down this Christmas

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Use Google Now reminders to keep you from burning your house down this Christmas

Google Now reminders

Google Now reminders

Every year around this time we all see stories of tragedies that occur because of house fires — and dry Christmas trees often are to blame. (We had one here in my town just last week.)

This year, I'm using my phone to help make sure that doesn't happen. Google Now has an excellent reminder feature. Just tell your phone what you need to be reminded of, and it'll take care of the rest. So in this case, I said:

"Remind me every two days to put water in the Christmas tree."

You can adjust the start date, what time you want to be reminded, and how often you want to be reminded to water your tree. I'm going to look every two days. Simple and effective. Stay safe out there, folks.

4 years ago

Pebble smartwatch on sale for $120 at Amazon and Best Buy

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Pebble smartwatch on sale for $120 at Amazon and Best Buy

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Pebble

Heads up, folks: If you're still looking to get a Pebble smartwatch, Amazon currently has them on sale for $120 — that's 20 percent off the full retail price. Best Buy does, too. We've no idea how long that price will last, and it's only good for the black or red colors.

While you're at it, be sure to read through our Pebble roundtable for our take on the wearable.

Thanks, Caleb!

4 years ago

Motorola reminds us that we still don't have wooden backs for the Moto X

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Motorola reminds us that we still don't have wooden backs for the Moto X

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Wood

Maybe Motorola are growing their own trees

Motorola has taken to Twitter to once again tell us that wooden backs for the Moto X aren't ready. Shown off at the launch event, and talked about every few weeks since, the wooden backed versions are the new Unicorn from Motorola.

Put this DIY project on hold. Trust us.

We've been trusting you, Moto. A little less "coming soon" and a little more wooden backs in Moto Maker is what we want now.

Source: @Motorola

4 years ago

Holiday Photo Contest: Day 3 collectible winner!

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Holiday Photo Contest: Day 3 collectible winner!

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Holiday Photo Contest Winner

Holiday Photo Contest

The third of 14 winners in our extra-long photo contest

We're heading into our first weekend of the two week long Holiday Photo Contest, and it's time to announce the third of 14 winners. We're picking one submission each day that fits the prompt of "holidays," as you would expect, and posting their winning photo on the site for all to see.

Hit the break to see today's winner, and be sure to get your entry into the contest thread in the forums if you haven't yet participated. Good luck!

Enter the holiday photo contest​

4 years ago

Get your new Kindle Fire HDX and pay for it over time with Amazon's new installment plan

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Get your new Kindle Fire HDX and pay for it over time with Amazon's new installment plan

Kindle Fire HDX

Kindle Fire HDX

Four equal payments and no hidden fees make for a great way to get a new Kindle HDX

We've talked about the Kindle Fire HDX tablets before. If you're looking for a great way to consume content from Amazon — that means music, books, movies, audiobooks, the web and apps — there is no better way. They have displays to die for, are absolutely fluid and smooth because of the Snapdragon 800 inside them, deliver great sound and are built well. They aren't a typical Android tablet in any way, but no tablet from any company is better for reading or watching video. 

And now, you can get them on four payments.

Amazon has a new deal where you pay one installment to get your Kindle HDX, then pay three more 90 days apart. Each installment is 25 percent of the total plus tax for the same exact Kindle as if you paid it all up front. The $229 7-inch version will cost $57.25 every 90 days, and the $379 8.9-inch version comes in at $94.75 per installment. There are no finance charges, no interest, and no credit check.

There are a few restrictions, though. Folks from Washington, DC or Florida need not apply, and you have to have been an Amazon customer for two years. In addition, you need to have a credit card on file that expires no earlier than March 2014 — no debit cards are accepted.

If you're interested, know that you need to order by December 24, and this is only valid while supplies last. Visit the link below for all the fine print.

Source: Amazon

4 years ago

12 Days of Christmas giveaway day nine: Win a Galaxy Tab 3 (7-inch) from AC and Sprint

12 Days of Christmas giveaway day nine: Win a Galaxy Tab 3 (7-inch) from AC and Sprint

Android Central

12 days of Christmas

On the ninth day of Christmas AC and Sprint gave to me ... A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

The good people at Sprint have partnered with us to do something awesome for the holidays, and we're giving away a great Samsung phone or tablet every day for the next 12 days.

We've got a pile of great stuff, including the Galaxy Tab 3, the Note 3, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. Winning one is easy, but you'll need to follow the rules.

  • Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win today's prize. Only one comment. 
  • We'll close the comments after 24 hours and pick a winner at random. 
  • Make sure the contact details you have entered when you signed up at AC are good, because that is how I will get in touch with you. 

Today's prize is a Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 7-inch. It's an excellent light-weight Android tablet, and chock full of the features that make Samsung devices a favorite. Be sure to get your name in the hat for this one!

The 12 days of Christmas giveaway is brought to you by Sprint, and their truly unlimited plans.

4 years ago

The Nexus 7 Folio case

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The Nexus 7 Folio case

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A solid case with a few neat tricks, but how can it ever be worth the price?

Google is no stranger to releasing disproportionately expensive accessories for its inexpensive devices. Since the days of the Nexus 4, you've been paying a premium to have an official "Google" accessory from the Play Store. The Nexus 7 Folio, the latest $49 case from Google for your tablet, falls right in line with that history.

The first thing you'll notice about this new accessory is that it follows much the same design (and two of the same colors) as the recently-released Nexus 5 Bumper Case, although this offering is ironically more of a "bumper" than what's available for the phone. The Nexus 7 Folio will cover just the edges of your tablet, with either the back or front protected by a flip cover, depending on whether you're using the device or not.

Let's see if it's worth your investment.

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