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5 years ago

Jelly Bean feature: Camera app tweaks for easier photo management


Android 4.1 Jelly Bean introduces a couple of new features in the stock camera app, with the aim of making it easier to sort through and prune all those photos you've been shooting with zero shutter lag. Currently only available on the Galaxy Nexus (the Nexus 7 doesn't have a rear camera), the Jelly Bean camera app adds a new animation when photos are being taken, which acts as a visual hint at a new swipe gesture that's been added. Flick to the left at any time, and you'll be able to scroll through all the photos you've taken. From there, you can crop, rotate or share, just like in the gallery app. Alternatively, pinch to zoom out, and there's an expanded view from which you can swipe upwards to discard unwanted photos. And at the front of this photo stream is the live feed from your camera, which can be tapped to go back to shooting stills.

We're not going to pretend the Galaxy Nexus has the best smartphone camera out there -- indeed, that 5MP sensor is looking a little long in the tooth when compared to the latest HTC and Samsung offerings. But nevertheless, it's good to see Google addressing one of the main problems caused by shooting images in rapid succession -- the sheer volume of photos you can quickly find yourself with. Check out our video above for a walkthrough of all these new features, or hit the link below to check out our other Jelly Bean feature articles.

More: Check out more Jelly Bean features

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5 years ago

Verizon LTE expands through Georgia and New York


Verizon has just announced a bunch of new LTE markets around Columbus and Rome in Georgia, and Syracuse in New York. Here's the list of new markets.

  • Syracuse, NY
  • Cicero, NY
  • Clay, NY
  • Cortland, NY 
  • Sullivan, NY
  • Rome, GA
  • Columbus, GA
  • Armuchee, GA
  • Cave Springs, GA
  • Cedartown, GA
  • Rockmart, GA

More LTE is always awesome. Anyone in these areas particularly pumped to be getting access to LTE?

Source: Verizon

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5 years ago

Android Central weekly photo contest: Markers


If you follow my antics on Google+, you know that Markers is one of my favorite apps. It's a pressure sensitive drawing application, that's lightweight and thoughtfully done. Fooling around with it is a heck of a lot of fun. That's why this week we're doing something a little different and instead of a photo, we want to see your creations with the Markers app!

The app is free in Google Play, and works equally well with fingers or a stylus. I can promise that you'll keep this one installed. Speaking of a stylus, we'll pick five winners from the contest thread and send them a stylus of their choice from Entering is easy:

Get the Markers app from Google Play | Enter the contest in the forums

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5 years ago

Google to give Q2 earnings July 19


If you're the kind of person who loves earnings calls -- and, really, who isn't? -- get out your calendars. Google's announced that it'll release its Q2 2012 earnings on July 19, with a conference call to follow at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time. Notable is that CEO Larry Page won't be on the call, which Google previously announced. It's also worth mentioning that we're not expecting any skydiving during the call. But you should hear the world "billion" used a lot, and we might possibly get some more Android info, so be sure to join us in a week and a half.

Source: Google

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5 years ago

Endomondo gets big UI overhaul, smattering of new fitness features



If you're thinking of getting in shape this summer, Endomondo has just updated their fitness tracking app with a new look and a whole bunch of new features. The tracker in version 8.0 now has a pause state before full stop, since a lot of users were accidentally stopping their workout. The history page now lets you switch between total distance, duration, and calories sorting for days with more than one workout, along with a revamped summary screen for individual workouts. There's now a rating system for routes along friend tracking and records, so you can pick the best places to run, bike, and otherwise burn off calories. The social news feed has been tidied up so it 's easier to see what friends are up to, as well as being easier to drill into their specific profile.

Endomondo is hugely popular among fitness freaks, and even if you're only casual about your exercise regiment, the free version should be enough to keep you on task. Go ahead and get downloading at the link below! If you're still on the fence, check out our review over here.

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5 years ago

Kobo Vox mini review


Kobo's Android powered e-reader has just gained Google certification. Does that now propel it into the realms of a viable, budget tablet? Or, is it a case of "right place, wrong time?" 

The Kobo Vox wasn't a new idea when it was first launched. The e-reader-cum-tablet space already had two big name players, in Barnes and Noble and Amazon. This alone would make entering the market a difficult proposition, but the Vox suffered other issues too. It launched without a viable app store for one. While marketed as an e-reader, these types of device aren't going to be bought by a consumer who just wants to read -- e-ink devices like the Kindle, or Kobo's own offerings are a much better choice. On a device like the Vox, you'll want to be able to browse, check emails, and yes, download the odd application.

Before, this was a tedious prospect. The average consumer isn't going to be interested in side-loading to get themselves some Angry Birds fun. While there was an appstore on board, it was horribly, horribly limited. Now though, things are different. The Kobo Vox has gained Google certification. And, that means the Play Store is pre-installed, along with the host of other popular Google applications. Not even the mighty Amazon Kindle Fire can boast that. So, does that mean that the Kobo Vox becomes a viable budget tablet offering? Google just raised the bar significantly in the 7-inch tablet space, so how would the Vox stand up against the Nexus 7?

We may have skipped over it before, but we went and got hold of one to take a look, and see if the addition of the Google Apps makes a difference. We'll take you through it after the break.

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5 years ago

Why Nexus devices have no SD card


The Internet is hard at work debating the merits of the Nexus 7 tablet, and the biggest arguments are about the lack of expandable storage, or an SD card, as you likely know it. It seems like everyone and their brother has a theory about why the hottest tablet to hit Android so far will be shipping without one. The most popular reason revolves around some conspiracy that Google is to forcing you to use its cloud services. While I'm sure Google would love nothing more than users depending on Google Drive or Google Music -- and there's certainly a big push for it -- that's not the reason devices have been trending away from expandable storage.

Wanna know what it really is? Sure you do.

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5 years ago

Get a Verizon Galaxy S III? Better make sure you didn't lose your unlimited data


As you already know Verizon has eliminated their unlimited data plan, and all new lines and upgrades will require you to pick from one of their new data plans. With the Samsung Galaxy S III pre-orders beginning to arrive in the hands of lucky owners, there are a few reports of activation of the device causing their unlimited data plans to wrongfully be removed from their plan. If you placed your pre-order of the device before June 28, the start date of the new Share Everything plans, you should have been locked into your unlimited data plan again. If you placed your order on or after June 28, unfortunately you are stuck with the new plans, and nothing can be done at this point.

If you notice that your plan has wrongfully changed, don't panic. Simply dial up Verizon (*611) and explain to them the error and they will change things back to the way they should be for you. Be sure to let us know in the forums if you had to have your plan corrected, or if activation went smoothly for you.

Source: Android Central Forums

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5 years ago

Sprint Galaxy S III getting another update


Don't get your hopes up folks, it's not Jellybean but there will be an OTA update rolling for the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III over the course of the next four days. Unfortunately Sprint hasn't provided too much information about the update other than the fact that it is a "Google Security Update". What exactly that means we are unsure, but hopefully it addresses any bugs or lingering issues that you may have noticed in your time with the device. If you have not already, be sure to check for the OTA update, and if you don't have it today don't freak out -- they plan to have it to 100% of the devices over the next four days.

Source: Sprint; via: Android Central Forums

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5 years ago

New at The Galaxy S III flip case



Here's a quick heads up for those of you who were eager to snag the Samsung Galaxy S III flip case and wanted to support your favorite Android site in the process. now has the cool little case available in stock. As you'll recall from our first look at the case, it's a replacement battery door with a cover attached that wraps around the side, and then protects the phone's gorgeous 4.8-inch display. And because it's using a stock-style battery cover, it adds the bare minimum of thickness to the phone, and you can quickly flip the case open (thus the name) to get to the phone.

Folks have asked about access to the buttons and cameras. You'll have to flip open the case to get to the buttons and front-facing camera. The rear camera's as available as it is without the case, but you'll still have to flip it open to activate the shutter.

Note that currently has the blue model in stock. The white version will follow.

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5 years ago

Rogers pledges LTE coverage to 28 more cities by end of year


Canadian carrier Rogers will be expanding their LTE network to a bunch of new markets before the end of 2012 in the hopes of covering 60% of the Canadian population in 4G-ish goodness. Rogers promises to launch the Sony Xperia Ion sometime this summer to celebrate the expansion. Here's the full list of new coverage areas:

  • Abbotsford
  • Ajax
  • Barrie
  • Burlington
  • Cambridge
  • Edmonton
  • Guelph
  • Hamilton
  • Kelowna
  • Kingston
  • Kitchener
  • London
  • Moncton
  • Niagara
  • Oakville
  • Oshawa
  • Pickering
  • Regina
  • Saskatoon
  • Sherbrooke
  • St. Catherines
  • Sudbury
  • Waterloo
  • Windsor
  • Winnipeg
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Quebec City
  • Victoria

Rogers kicked off LTE in Canada last fall starting with Ottawa, and has since expanded to Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Halifax, and St. John's. Of course, big-name competitors like TELUS and Bell have also launched their shared LTE network, leaving the little regional guys like WIND and Mobilicity to make do with HSPA+. Data isn't that expensive up here anymore - $35/month for 2 GB isn't that bad at all. Of course, you still have to deal with 3-year contracts to get those rates. 

That's a monster of a list of new cities, and combined with the major metropolitan centres already covered, this will put pressure on other carriers to expand. Any Canadians happy to see LTE coming to their town? Any LTE-capable Rogers devices you're itching to get your mitts on? 

Source: Rogers RedBoard

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5 years ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Android 4.0.4 update now appearing


With Samsung pushing out Android 4.0.4 to various other versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II, it looks like they snuck in the Android 4.0.4 update for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket as well. You'll need to fire up Kies (there is also an update available for it) in order to take the update down and of course, backing up your device is first is certainly suggested but that's a minor hassle in order to get Ice Cream Sandwich on your device. No telling right now if it's a slow roll out or a free for all but it shows up as build IMM76D.UCLF6. If you manage to find it there waiting for you, go ahead and get it loaded up then drop by the Android Central forums and let us know how things are running for ya!

Source: Android Central Forums, XDA

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5 years ago

RIM CEO's other phone is a Galaxy S III


We all know where RIM is right now, and the troubles that the company is facing. But when you find out that its CEO, Thorsten Heins, is also using an Android device on a daily basis ... Well, we'll just let that hang out there for a minute.

Our friend Al Sacco from CIO got to spend some quality one on one time with Thorsten himself and dig a bit deeper into his device preferences and how those choices help him with his job at RIM. 

I know you've been with RIM for a number of years, so I'm guessing you've been using a BlackBerry for some time. Have you ever used another smartphone from a RIM rival?

Yes, I absolutely do [use a BlackBerry], however, just to stay educated about the market, I always have a second device that is a competitor device so I know where I am, in terms of the competition.

What other device or other devices do you use?

I have the Samsung Galaxy S III right now.

No iPhone? You're only using an Android device?

I did iPhone already. I really go across the board, so I had an iPhone before because it was important for me to understand touch devices at the entry level. I had the Samsung Mini for a while. I change them on a pretty regular basis.

Pretty interesting to see the CEO of a company using a competitors platform and device on a daily basis, in hopes of learning from it. So, are you buying it? Is he really using the Galaxy S III as a market research device, or is he using it to fill the void that his BlackBerry device has left in his pocket? Be sure to hop in the forums and let us know what you think!

Source: CIO; via: CrackBerry

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5 years ago

LiveShare group messaging app tries to muscle in on crowded turf


Android already has a ton of different messaging options - what can one more really add to the mix?

LiveShare, an instant messaging and photo sharing app for Android, iOS, and the web, was updated recently with a bunch of new features. 

For one, they're getting cozier with Facebook, so not only can users register for an account through the massive social network, but they can also share pictures from their group conversations to their wall. There's a new activity tab so chatters can see all of the latest conversation updates and photos at a glance. A new contact tab pulls in people from both Facebook and a device's local address book, making new additions easier. Lastly, the whole app got a fresh coat of paint by way of a user interface overhaul.

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5 years ago

Verizon: Galaxy S III officially pushed to July 12


Those of you looking to make a long trek to a Verizon store tomorrow need to change your plans. The carrier has officially announced that the in-store launch of its Samsung Galaxy S III has been pushed back 48 hours, to July 12. 

Preorders are still shipping, though the carrier's website now says to expect delivery by July 19, but we're willing to bet you'll see yours ship sooner.

Either way, it's a disappointing delay for a highly anticipated phone, but at least not everyone's left out in the cold.

More: Verizon Galaxy S III forums

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