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5 years ago

Angry Birds Star Wars now available on Google Play


Rovio's latest cross-over title, Angry Birds Star Wars, has landed on Google Play, where it's available as a free download. The game, which debuts such things as "Pigtroopers" and a "Pig Star" (you get the idea), features familiar Angry Birds-style gameplay across four zones -- Tatooine, Death Star, Endor, "Path of the Jedi" (think Yoda's planet from Return of the Jedi) and several unlockable bonus stages. There's also Hoth-themed zone that's promised as a free update "soon."

Gameplay is pretty much what you'd expect -- fling birds at pigs, except now there are Star Wars things happening in the background. Later levels see blasters and lightsabers getting in on the action.

Angry Birds Star Wars is available in regular and tablet-optimized HD flavors, and both are available for devices running Android 2.2 or later. You can grab the free version above, or the £1.99 HD version here. We'll have a full review coming at you soon.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile posts Q3 2012 earnings, prepaid doing well


T-Mobile has finally posted its Q3 2012 earnings and they're looking pretty good. We'll start first with the carrier's postpaid contract earnings. On the postpaid side, T-Mobile posted total revenues of $4.9 billion, down 6.4-percent year-over-year. Contract ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) dropped slightly by 3.3-perecent to $56.59, mostly due to the move to Value Plans which make up a quarter of postpaid subscribers. T-Mobile in the end lost 492,000 postpaid customers for the quarter, which is an improvement from last quarter.

The positive side of this quarter's earnings is in prepaid. T-Mobile added 365,000 prepaid subscribers on the quarter, and prepaid revenues were up 38-percent (year-over-year) to $450 million. ARPU was also up 12.5-percent to $27.35 for prepaid customers. Wholesale customers (that's M2M and MVNO) also increased by 287,000. These are pretty big growth numbers, and you can understand why T-Mobile has started to push towards prepaid more and more.

Overall, T-mobile's net income for the quarter was a loss to the tune of $7.8 billion. That sounds bad, but let us quickly explain why they made a loss this quarter. Because of the merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS, the carrier had to take a non-cash "impairment charge" of $8.1 billion, and chose to write it all down in one quarter. This turned a quarter that would have been a $400 million profit into one with a considerable loss. Mergers aside, expenses for the quarter were down 0.4-percent year-over-year.

When looking at the root causes behind the numbers you can hardly call this a "loss" for the quarter, all things considered. Money was well spent on a merger that will improve T-Mobile's position in the U.S. market considerably, and prepaid growth is looking positive for the future.

Source: T-Mobile Newsroom; Extended Financial Summary (PDF)

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5 years ago

Google has no plans to sell the Nexus 4 in Taiwan


According to a statement given to Digitimes, LG Taiwan has said that there are no plans to release the Nexus 4 in Taiwan. The handset will be available in multiple countries in the Americas and Europe at launch, and more countries worldwide will be coming in the future, but it sounds like Taiwan won't be one of them.

LG did state that they plan to release several new flagships featuring their own brand in Taiwan sometime during the beginning of 2013, and this should increase brand awareness. Luckily, there should be several wholesalers who will gladly ship to Taiwan if users need to get their Nexus on.

Source: Digitimes

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5 years ago

Qualcomm posts FQ4 and FY2012 earnings with record revenues


Qualcomm has just posted its FQ4 and FY2012 (fiscal quarter/year, not calendar quarter/year) results. For the quarter, the popular chip maker hit record revenues of $4.87 billion, up 18-percent year-over-year. Net income rose by 20-percent (again year-over-year) to $1.27 billion.

For the year, earnings were just as impressive. 2012 brought $19.12 billion in revenues, up 28-percent. Net income for the year was up 43-percent to $6.11 billion as well. CEO Dr. Paul E. Jacobs had this to say about the earnings:

"I am very pleased with our performance this year. We delivered record revenues, earnings and MSM chipset shipments driven by increasing global consumption of wireless data across a diverse range of devices, particularly smartphones. As we continue to invest in and execute on our strategic priorities, our broad licensing program and industry-leading Snapdragon and 3G/LTE chipset roadmap position us for double-digit revenue growth again in fiscal 2013."

Things are looking good for Qualcomm, and it doesn't look like this growth is going to slow any time soon. Take a look at the source link below if you're into finance.

Source: Qualcomm Investor Relations

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5 years ago

I want a white Nexus 4, Waiting on the DNA [From the Forums]


Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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5 years ago

Huawei Ascend D Quad XL headed to WIND per leaked promo


A leaked promo poster from WIND mobile shows the carrier getting the Huawei Ascend D Quad XL (along with a pair of movie tickets to see Django Unchained with purchase). There is nothing about a date or a price, but we're going to guess that it will be "soon" and "relatively cheap" respectively. 

While the price on the D Quad should be low, a quick look at our review will let you know that this isn't your average budget handset. During the week Andrew had it for evaluation, we tried to find fault with it but came up short most times. It's a good, solid ICS phone with a great screen.

As soon as anyone says anything official, we'll let you know. Believe it or not, this is one to keep an eye on.

Source: MobileSyrup

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5 years ago

Official eBay for Android app hits version 2.1


After a little slip-up with a bad v2.0 update, ebay has charged ahead with a feature release, v2.1 to its official app. What we're looking at here is a smattering of fixes and a couple of feature enhancements. As for new features, you can now save multiple draft listings, shipping can now be calculated (in the U.S.) and there are more pre-populated fields to simplify posting. As for fixes, there are improvements to saved searches, improved tracking information handling and better image handling.

Snag the update at the Play Store link above.

Thanks, Ellis!

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5 years ago

OUYA Development Kits up for pre-order at $800 US


If you're a game developer, or the sort of fellow who just has to get your hands on cool stuff as soon as you can, you might want to have a look at OUYA's page today. The Development Kits -- an OUYA console, two controllers, and access to the ODK (software development tools) -- are now available for preorder. The kits check in at $800 US per piece, and should be available in January 2013.

Now before the comments fill with lunacy, remember that this is not the retail price of the units. This offer is designed for software developers who want or need early access to make sure their stuff is ready when the OUYA consoles launch later in 2013. We're not going to second guess the pricing of the developer kits, as we assume that the people in charge know what they are doing. 

All this means for the consumer (that's you and me) is that there's an even better chance the OUYA will launch with support for more apps and games. That's a good thing.

Source: OUYA

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5 years ago

AT&T to invest $8 billion in wireless infrastructure


AT&T has just released its plans regarding a massive investment in both its wireless and wireline infrastructure. Over the next three years, AT&T plans to invest a total of $14 billion -- $8 billion in wireless, $6 billion in wireline -- to improve all aspects of its services. Although its 4G LTE network has been rolling out at a steady pace, it is upping expectations with this new influx of spending. The new goal is to cover 300 million Americans with 4G LTE coverage by the end of 2014.

AT&T plans to leverage its recent spectrum acquisitions in the most populous markets to help improve 4G LTE networks that have already been deployed. Hopefully with this new round of investment AT&T will offer a truly nation-wide LTE network in the near future.

Source: AT&T Newsroom

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5 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S factory images now available


One of the greatest parts of owning a Nexus is the software support from Google. Now this goes beyond just updates, as Google also posts complete "factory images" for Nexus devices so that willing hackers can always return their devices to stock firmware through first-party approved methods. Things got a little sticky when the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and Sprint Galaxy Nexus (and Nexus S) were released, however, because they included closed-source bits related to CDMA and LTE. This put a damper on Google's ability to release the images for anyone to download.

Thankfully, the Sprint Galaxy Nexus ("mysidspr") now has a complete image available for download by anyone that includes everything you need to return your device to stock 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Additionally, Google has posted the 4.1.1 factory images for the Sprint Nexus S 4G ("sojus") and 4.1.2 images for the AT&T Nexus S ("sojua") as well. It's good to see Google not leave out older hardware, even though it's two Nexus revisions behind now.

The process is pretty simple if you've got a little bit of patience. Need help using these tools? Head to the forums, there's plenty of great info and helpful users at the ready.

Source: Google Developers; More: Sprint Galaxy Nexus Forums; Sprint Nexus S 4G Forums

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5 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Note 2 OTA bringing Multi Window View


When the Galaxy Note 2 started showing up on carrier store shelves here in the U.S., there was one curious omission to the firmware. The U.S. variants of the device were shipping without Samsung's touted Multi Window View software that lets users move around different apps in small windows while they do other things on the device. Well, fear not if you're on Sprint because the feature is rolling out OTA (Over The Air) starting today.

The update to software version L900VPALJC is primarily to bring the new Multi Window View feature, but also includes a few other fixes. GPS lock settings can now be controlled by corporate administrators, email messages properly go into the Outbox when sending with no signal (or in AIrplane Mode) and SMS notifications will now beep while in a phone call.

Have you received the OTA yet? Let the other users know in the forums.

Source: Sprint Support Community; More: Sprint Galaxy Note 2 Forum

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5 years ago

LG Nexus 4 review


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The Google Nexus 4 is easily the best since the original, but this one does come with some compromise​

There's something about taking a Nexus phone out of the box that still gives goosebumps. Even now, with the LG Nexus 4 -- a phone that leaked every which way to Sunday before finally being announced, sans Google event, thanks to Hurricane Sandy -- hands tremble a little bit. This time around, however, those tremors are from a sense of unease as much as they are from excitement.

After two generations of Samsung devices, Google's Nexus phone line shifts to LG. Worldwide standing aside -- and make no mistake, there's a big world out there, and a lot of it owns LG hardware -- it's not a company with much cachet here in the States.  

Add to that the preconceived hangups folks have about some of the Nexus 4's specs, and we're in for a drama-filled start for the fourth iteration of Google's premier smartphone. 

This is going to be fun. Strap in, everybody. It's time for the full Android Central review of the Google Nexus 4 by LG.

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5 years ago

Rogers, TELUS, and Bell announce nearly identical unlimited talk and text plans


Today Bell announced a handful of new unlimited talk and text plans for Canadians. Surprise! They're pretty much identical to the ones we've seen from Rogers, which have coincidentally also gone public today. Here's what you get on Bell starting November 9.

  • $55/month: 1000 minutes, unlimited text and MMS, 200 MB broadband data
  • $65/month: unlimited local talk, unlimited text and MMS, 1 GB broadband data and 10 hours of Bell MobileTV
  • $75/month: unlimited local talk, unlimited text and MMS, 3 GB broadband data and 10 hours of Bell MobileTV
  • $95/month: unlimited Canada-wide talk, unlimited text and MMS, 5 GB broadband data and 10 hours of Bell MobileTV

Rogers, starting today?

  • $55/month: 1000 minutes, unlimited text and MMS, 200 MB data
  • $65/month: unlimited local talk, unlimited text and MMS, 1 GB data
  • $75/month: unlimited local talk, unlimited text and MMS, 3 GB data
  • $95/month: unlimited Canada-wide talk, unlimited text and MMS, 5 GB data

Is it just me, or is there a shocking lack of honest competition between the big carriers in Canada? Now we just have to wait to see if TELUS will follow suit. Update: Aaaaand there it is. Slightly different mix. Includes caller ID, voicemail, and unlimited family calling on all three, but you pay five bucks more.

  • $70/month: unlimited local talk, unlimited text and MMS, 1 GB data
  • $80/month: unlimited local talk, unlimited text and MMS, 3 GB data
  • $100/month: unlimited Canada-wide talk, unlimited text and MMS, 5 GB data

Anyone interested in the new plans can hit up Bell and Rogers, though Bell's plans aren't live yet. Or you can just hold out for another 6 GB/$30 promo, or better yet, switch to WIND or Mobilicity.  

Source: Rogers, Bell

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5 years ago

HTC Sense 4+ video walkthrough


The HTC One X+ has just launched in Europe, and it comes pre-loaded with the latest version of HTC's Android UX, dubbed Sense 4+. It's a minor revision to Sense 4, with a handful of new features stacked atop a familiar UI. The biggest change is the bump up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, bringing improved performance through Project Butter, and the new Google Search app with Google Now.

In addition, there's a new Sense gallery app, incorporating content from Facebook, Picasa, Dropbox and other sources, as well as a redesigned version of HTC Watch. The Sense camera app has also grown a couple of useful new abilities -- there's a countdown timer for the front-facing camera, as well as "sightseeing mode," which lets you lock and unlock directly into the camera app, bypassing the lock screen.

Other new stuff includes "Get Started," HTC's web-based setup assistant, and full USB host capabilities, which brings USB keyboard, mouse and memory stick support to the phone via a USB OTG cable.

Check out our complete video walkthrough above. We'll have full review headed your way tomorrow.

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5 years ago

AT&T fined $700,000 by FCC for overcharging PAYG customers



Back in 2009, AT&T started shifting pay-as-you-go data subscribers to full monthly customers, despite promises that they would be able to grandfather their old plans in. This meant that customers would end up paying $25 - $30/month more than they used to, but thanks to a tidal wave of customer complaints and the intervention of th FCC, not only are those customers getting refunds, but AT&T is coughing up a $700,000 fine. The FCC chairman Julius Genachowski commented on the resolution: 

"Today’s action sends a clear signal that wireless carriers can’t wrongfully charge consumers. These strong FCC accountability measures will ensure customers are not over-charged. I am pleased that AT&T is taking the appropriate steps to resolve this issue."

FCC Enforcement Bureay chief Michele Ellison also chimed in.

"This Consent Decree puts precious dollars back in the pockets of consumers—where they belong. We strongly encourage AT&T subscribers to check their bills closely and contact the company if they spot any overcharges related to wireless data."

That's some tall talk, and AT&T is understandably on the defensive. They say that fewer than 0.03% of their customers had been affected, and that the vast majority of them have already been refunded. 

Was anyone affected by this transition years ago? Experience any other similar forced transitions with other carriers? 

Source: FCC

Via: Reuters

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