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5 years ago

Nobex Radio review - a BlackBerry port with its work cut out


Earlier this summer Nobex Radio made its way onto Android after establishing itself as pretty much the only radio streaming application for BlackBerry. For the low, low price of free, users had access to thousands of traditional radio stations through a categorized, searchable database. No matter what the station, Nobex provided a listing of the songs that have been played recently, allowing you to look back and share particularly good tunes that come up. For $3.99/month, users can get in on the premium service, which provides access to stations outside your country, skips pre-roll audio ads, and a handful of other features.

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5 years ago

Nexus 7 gets a little Google homepage love


Ah, the big guns. Google today has put the Nexus 7 tablet square in the middle of its homepage. That's a page that gets a wee mount of traffic, as you can imagine. It's also a page that, aside from the infamous Google Doodles, doesn't often get clunked up with anything that might distract from Google's true sole purpose -- search. (You'll recall that the number of words on the page traditionally is limited to 28.)

But there it is. "The playground is open," Google says. And the Nexus 7 (read our full review, by the way) is suddenly in front of a lot more eyeballs.

Now some will argue that's a sign that the Nexus 7 isn't selling well. That's certainly a possibility. But then again, we have no idea what Google's sales projections are. Others will argue that it's Google promoting its products where it can. And there's precedent for this -- the original Nexus One got some homepage love as well. Hell, so did the original Motorola Droid. This has happened before, and it will all happen again. Still, this is a strategy Google doesn't use all that often. And not everybody's happy about it

As for us? It's a good thing. The more eyes on the Nexus 7, the better. End of line.

Source: Google; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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5 years ago

MetroPCS gets the Coolpad Quattro for $149


MetroPCS this morning announced it's carrying the CoolPad Quattro 4G, a 4-inch Android 2.3 smartphone. The Quattro 4G also sports a 1GHz processor, rear 3.2-megapixel camera and a VGA front-facing camera.

The phone runs $149, and plans begin at $40 a month. MetroPCS, for a limited time, also is offering a $50 rebate on the second of any two 4G smartphones you purchase. (So if you buy two Quattros, the second would cost $99.)

Source: MetroPCS

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 gets a new range of colors


Samsung this morning announced four new colors (OK, three new colors and the black one we already knew about) for the Galaxy S3. Officially, what you see here is "Amber Brown," "Garnet Red," "Sapphire Black" and "Titanium Gray."

The new colors, Samsung says, follow in the "designed by nature" theme that's surrounded this phone from the outset. Each of the colors is said to "take their inspiration from the Earth's richest materials." (Jerry's hoping for a beer-colored phone already.)

Samsung stresses, however, that the availability of colors will depend on your country, retailer and carrier.

Source: Samsung

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5 years ago

Apple v. Samsung v. Apple jury foreman: 'It was very exciting'


We're just gonna let this sit here. Draw your own conclusion. (The hostess seems to be a little excited about all this, too.)

That said, you'll also find this line 9:22 in: "The Android operating system, clear and of itself, was not something that infringed."

Source: Bloomberg

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5 years ago

John Lewis will sell Barnes & Noble Nook readers in the UK


We're slowing starting to get more details surrounding the long-awaited UK launch of Bares & Noble's Nook line. John Lewis will carry the Android-powered Nook Simple Touch and Simple Touch with GlowLight. There's still no word on the Nook Color and newer Nook Tablet, though BN does say the Touch devices will be the "first available." (The new page still has the more traditional tablets pictured, but it also appears to be redirecting to U.S. content. So take that for what you will.) 

No word on pricing or availability, other than to expect them this fall.

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5 years ago

LG Optimus G is officially official



Well, that didn't take long. Following the leak we saw just a couple days ago, LG has released information regarding the launch of its latest superphone, the Optimus G. The finalized pictures look just about the same as the leaks we saw, which we'd assume considering how quickly the release has come. It's always good to know for sure what you're getting though. The Optimus G is looking to be quite a speedy phone -- assuming LG can step up its software game -- with specs that are top of the line:

  • 4.7-inch True HD IPS 768x1280 display
  • 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 2100mAh capacity battery
  • 13MP rear and 1.3MP front cameras
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

LG is saying the phone is set to release in Korea, LTE in tow, next month. A full global launch is expected by the end of the year, hopefully with the appropriate LTE bands for each market as well.

Be sure to follow our continuing IFA coverage as we cover all of the latest and greatest in the Android world.

Source: LG Newsroom

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5 years ago

Samsung introduces Drive Link driving companion app


Samsung has just introduced the Drive Link app for its devices. The basic idea of Drive Link is to provide a safe user interface and portal to the most commonly used applications on your phone while driving -- navigation, hands-free calling and listening to music. For navigation, you get full access to the phone's GPS and mapping features, allowing you to speak destinations or pull them up from text messages. Full hands-free calling and text-to-speech message reading are available in several languages. The Music portal gives access to all media stored on the device. If you're looking to do more than all of that while driving, you're probably not staying very safe behind the wheel. Samsung also points out that a device with Drive Link installed can provide the services directly, or even connect to your car's current infotainment system with the MirrorLink protocol, a standard embraced by the Car Connectivity Consortium.

Drive link is making its debut on the international version of the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3), with other devices coming later -- provided they are running Android 4.0 -- and will be available for download via Samsung Apps on your device in 21 countries worldwide, none of which is the good ol' U.S. of A.

Source: Samsung Official Global Blog

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5 years ago

Movie player choices, Facebook is a terrible app [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

RAZR M 4G LTE leaks out full details, has 4.3-inch qHD display


What we're seeing above are leaked images of the latest offering from Motorola and Verizon, the RAZR M 4G LTE. Coming out just ahead of Motorola's Sept. 5 event, the device seems like a logical progression from the original RAZR on Verizon, with a less distinguished camera hump and some familiar design features -- like on-screen buttons -- of recent Motorola devices. Other specs are as follows:

  • 4.3-inch 540x960 (qHD) Super AMOLED display
  • dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear camera, 3MP front camera
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

We'll be following the story and let you know when we get more information, such as pricing and release dates, as soon as they become available. 

Source: Engadget




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5 years ago

SeaStorm for Android: How I'm watching Isaac


There are a number of hurricane-tracking apps available for Android, but Treknologist pointed out one over the weekend that's become my go-to app. 

SeaStorm ($1.99) culls information from the National Hurricane Center's website. And while I normally wouldn't purchase an app that that merely repackages information from a website I could easily browse, it does so in an easy-to-read manner, works well on smartphones and tablets, and greatly lessens the amount of time it takes me to digest the latest updates.

Dive into an individual storm and you have quick looks at the tracking maps, wind speed estimates, storm surge graphics, satellite images and public advisories -- basically all the important, official information you need when tracking a storm.

This one will be staying on my phone through November.

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5 years ago app beta app Jive jibes into Hooha, now available on Google Play

14 is still in its infancy as a new version of Twitter that you have to pay to get into but lacks issues like cutting developers off at the knees, and now it's starting to grow some legs. There are a number of apps in various stages of beta development. One of those apps is (was) Jive, which is now available for free in Google Play.

The two screen shots you see above are pretty much it. You get timeline views, and you can post to your stream. Simple, but effective, but also without the scope that Twitter continues to dominate with.

But these things do have to start slowly. If you're getting into, give Hooha a look-see.

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5 years ago

Heroes Call updated with new class, ditches premium currency


Yet another free-to-play action-RPG, Heroes Call, has had a significant update.Topping the new feature list is a Shadow Assassin class, complete with her own signature special abilities. Here's a full changelog of the new features.

  • The Shadow Assassin emerges from darkness!
  • Take on the ultimate challenge and start a HARD MODE character.
  • You asked, we've delivered - gem currency removed - all purchases now made with gold. If you had gems, we've turned them into gold. Lots of gold.
  • Replay missions earns much more gold and gear.
  • Story missions now play out linearly and make more sense.

Ditching gems as a premium currency is a great step towards making in-app purchases less intrusive, though beyond the base class, each subsequent one can only be bought through IAPs. Heroes Call is so far the closest thing to Diablo that I've been able to find on mobile so far, and to that end, it's a pretty fun dungeon romp with lots of loot, violence and storyline. 

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5 years ago

Apple seeks to have 8 Samsung smartphones banned in wake of patent verdict


Remember when the verdict came down for the Apple v. Samsung case and Phil was reasonably skeptical about this all being the last word? Yeah, well it wasn't the last word and likely won't be for some time yet. Apple has now filed new documentation regarding the devices they'll be seeking bans for in the U.S. and you'll find some familiar names there:

  • Galaxy S 4G
  • Galaxy S2 AT&T
  • Galaxy S2 Skyrocket
  • Galaxy S2 T-Mobile
  • Galaxy S2 Epic 4G
  • Galaxy S Showcase
  • Droid Charge
  • Galaxy Prevail

Looking at the list it's easy to say they're all old devices and people have now moved on but realistically, a lot of the devices are still being sold today and making money for Samsung. Noticeably absent though, is the Galaxy Nexus which as most know runs stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Most of Apple's claims assert infringement of Apple's design patents and trade dress. If you're looking for the full break down of how each device Apple claims is in violation, you'll find it below.

Source: The Verge

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5 years ago

iBOLT car charging dock for the Samsung Galaxy S3 review



And here we have a look at the iBOLT car dock for the Samsung Galaxy S3. If you've used iBOLT docks in the past, you'll be pretty familiar with this one. It's sturdy in design, flexible in application, and it offers a safe and effective way to use your Galaxy S3 in the car, whether it's for navigation, communication, or just to keep things charged. 

Read on for some more thoughts on the iBOLT car dock for the Samsung Galaxy S3.

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