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5 years ago

Samsung Mobile boss expects 30 million Galaxy S3 sales in 2012, 20 million target for Note 2


Today might be iPhone day Rex Manning Day, but Samsung Mobile head JK Shin is attempting to make some news of his own with his latest comments to the Korean press. Speaking to Korean news agency Yonhap, Shin indicated that he expects the company's flagship Galaxy S3 phone, currently sitting at over 20 million units, to hit the 30 million mark before the year's end. Such a figure would be unprecedented for any single Samsung smartphone -- even the popular Galaxy S2 topped out at 20 million earlier this year.

Shin also told Yonhap that the recently announced Galaxy Note 2 is expected to shift twice as many units as its predecessor, though this seems to be a long-term target, rather than an aim for the next three and a half months. As the original Note sold 10 million worldwide, the new target, it seems, is 20 million.

With Samsung phones in general -- and the Galaxy S3 specifically -- continuing to fly off store shelves, we wouldn't bet against Samsung reaching either of its lofty goals. Nevertheless, it'll face stronger competition than ever over the next quarter, not least of which from whatever Apple announces in eight hours time.

Source: Yonhap

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5 years ago

Jabra Stone2 Bluetooth headset review


The Jabra Stone2 is a slick-looking Bluetooth headset with a portable, pebble-shaped charging dock. The Stone2 follows closely in the design footsteps of its predecessor, leaning towards a subtle, classy, and unique form factor. 

I was particularly happy with how volume control was handled through a touch-sensitive layer on the face of the headset itself; just glide your finger up or down in order to adjust. Volume on music doesn’t go very high, even with it cranked up all the way on the device, but call volume is excellent.

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5 years ago

Kindle Fire HD preorders, CM10-M1 thoughts [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

Android hits 500 million installs


Hugo Barra, Google's director of product management for Android, just announced on Google+ that Android devices have officially hit the 500 million install milestone. That number sounds huge until you consider that 1.3 million phones and other devices are being activated daily

The folks on the Android team should be proud, and we'd all like to extend our congratulations to them on this feat. I'm sure many of you guys feel the same, so let 'em know how much we love them in the comments!

Source: +Hugo Barra

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5 years ago

OfficeDrop refreshes Android app, releases tablet version


OfficeDrop, a service -- and accompanying apps -- that helps you organize documents electronically by scanning them in via your device's camera, has released a tablet app and refreshed its Android phone app (the iOS app was refreshed as well, for those of you who use those kinds of things). The premise is simple but has plenty of potential. Whenever you have a document or something important that you'd like to keep electronic record of, you can open the OfficeDrop app and scan in the document, which is then uploaded to your account. With the latest version, document scanning has improved, with proper trimming and improved image quality. Once imported, OfficeDrop will perform OCR (optical character recognition) on the document, making it easily searchable not only by file name but by content. Documents in your account can be quickly shared thereafter in PDF form, which is convenient and platform agnostic.

Hit up the full press release after the break, and find the OfficeDrop app at the Google Play Store link above.

Source: OfficeDrop

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5 years ago

Zuckerberg admits fault in Facebook's HTML5 focus, pledges native Android app


Over the summer, Facebook had a rocky update to its iOS app when they tried to shift everything away from HTML5. Ultimately focusing on HTML5 was a mistake, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a recent interview. He promised that we would see much better native apps (including one for Android at some point), and that mobile was going to be a huge part of the company going forward. Zuckerberg went so far as to say that Facebook is now a mobile company and that he expects mobile revenue to surpass desktop in the near future. As a side-note, Zuckerberg reiterated that no, they aren't working on making their own phone and that the strategy is still to wriggle onto every platform out there. 

How happy are you with Facebook's current Android app? What improvements need to be made? Will switching to a native framework fix everything? Which apps do you use to follow Facebook? Developers, is HTML5 a viable way to go, or is Facebook right to skip it in favor of a native app?

Source: TechCrunch

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5 years ago

Keep up with SAMCRO with the Sons of Anarchy app


Season 5 of the critically acclaimed show Sons of Anarchy starts tonight, and many of us at Mobile Nations are super excited about it. If you're a fan of the show too, you'll definitely want to check out the Sons of Anarchy app from Fox Digital Entertainment. Though the app has been out for awhile now, it's just been updated and has a bunch of new material to explore as well as a whole new interface.

As season 5 progresses, you can access new content including production stills, alternate scenes, storyboards, trivia and more. Explore character bios and rap-sheets, and even shop for merchandise right from the app. One of the cool things about the shop, you can buy items you see your favorite characters wearing on the show! Some of the current content in the app includes Jax's rap sheet, Bobby's recipe for banana bread, an inside look at what it takes to be an SOA prospect, and a peek inside Happy's locker. With more to be added throughout the season, I am excited to keep up with the extras to tide me over each week while waiting for the next episode.

  • New content is introduced as the season progresses
  • Use 'Perspective' to navigate the SOA clubhouse using your devices gyroscope or using swipe mode
  • Access to alternate scenes and 'appisodes’
  • Explore character bio's and get rap-sheets of your favorite characters
  • Production Stills
  • Storyboards
  • Exclusive trivia from the upcoming board game
  • Factoids from the show

The Sons of Anarchy app is free to download and requires Android 2.3.3 and up.

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5 years ago

Motorola bringing the RAZR HD to Brazil, the country’s first 4G ready smartphone


While Verizon in the U.S. is getting set to roll out their Droid RAZR HD, Motorola has made a few announcements surrounding other variations of the device. Rogers in Canada will have their version ready shortly and more recently, Motorola added Brazil to the locations of availability. The RAZR HD is being touted as the first 4G ready smartphone for the area:

"Building on our legacy of innovation, the Motorola RAZR HD is the first 4G ready smartphone in Brazil to be manufactured locally. Combining sharp design with exceptional battery performance, Motorola RAZR HD enables consumers to always be connected," said Sergio Buniac, vice president and general manager, Motorola Mobility Brazil. "Initial tests of RAZR HD on Claro's 4G network, the first carrier to test 4G technology in Brazil, yielded incredibly high data speeds and performance unlike anything that has ever been seen before in this country. We are looking forward to the day when consumers can experience it first-hand."

At this point, no pricing has been announced for the device but Motorola notes it will become available in Q4 with Android 4.0.4 loaded. The full press release is available below for you all and be sure to check out out previous hands on with the Verizon version.

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Y Hello Kitty edition coming to Germany


If you're looking for a decidedly entry-level Android handset, have a fetish for all things Hello Kitty, and live in Germany this one's for you. Samsung will be releasing a special Hello Kitty edition of the Galaxy Y in the Fatherland, complete with all the pink trim you could ever ask for. With a special home button, a two-tone pastel pink and white case, and even special wallpapers and ringtones this one is sure to please your tweener daughter, or that creepy middle-aged guy you know.

Unfortunately, there's no spec bump so you're left with a 3-inch screen, 800MHz CPU, and on old version of the software (based on Android 2.3). Clearly, the lure here is the pretty kitty and not the blazing speeds. We'll pass on this one, and wait it out for the Hello Kitty Galaxy Note 2. Be sure to click through and see the battery cover. ^_^

Source: SammyHub

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5 years ago

Droid RAZR M review


It’s been just over a year since Motorola took the wraps off of the Droid RAZR, the device the company was counting on to keep it competitive. And with an intense push by Verizon, the RAZR managed to hold its ground in 2012 against blockbuster competitors such as Samsung’s Galaxy line and HTC’s One series. And with its follow up RAZR Maxx, Motorola managed to finally break away from the pack into a niche that has attracted an almost cult-like following. For those craving as much juice as their battery can produce, there is simply no other alternative.

With its revamped RAZRs, Motorola opted to add a third device into the lineup — the Droid RAZR M. It’s an interesting choice, considering that Motorola could have simply dropped the price of the RAZR and turned it into the entry-level device, ala what Apple does with the iPhone. Instead, Motorola took the original RAZR, added next-generation internals, shrunk it down without touching the screen, and slapped on a $99 pricetag. The result is a phone that impresses in both performance and aesthetics, and raises the bar for what entry level smartphones can achieve.

The RAZR M's performance is on-par with other flagship Android devices thanks to its top-of-the-line S4 processor. The M's size is compact without sacrificing the integrity or beauty of the healthy-sized 4.3-inch display. Motorola's hardware is unmatched in terms of quality and beauty.

The RAZR M's battery life isn't all it's cracked up to be, and its cameras are poor in both performance and quality. The M's display is of mere qHD resolution, a noticeable downgrade from 720p technology. 

The Droid RAZR M offers stunning performance, a gorgeous (albeit qHD) display, and unmatched design for the ultra-cool price of $99 on contract. It retains a large display despite its compact design, and with its top-of-the-line internals and Jelly Bean just a way's away, the M has earned itself a place among the best (and most unique) Android phones on the market today.

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5 years ago

Ematic 9.7-inch tablet on sale today for $179.99


We've got another entry into the budget full-sized Android tablet game today with the Ematic EXP8. Its got a 1.2Ghz processor (listed as an ARM Cortex A8), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (with MicroSD support) and HDMI out. The 9.7-inch EXP8 seems to check all the boxes as far as specs go, and doesn't offer any more than you'd expect at the price point. For the sake of completeness, here's the full list of specs:

  • 9.7-inch IPS display
  • 1.2Ghz processor, 400Mhz GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • USB 2.0 port
  • HDMI port
  • 8GB of storage, expandable
  • 5GB of cloud storage
  • front and rear cameras
  • 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

It's a tad worrying that no official screen resolution is listed other than "high resolution" and the sizes of the cameras are unknown, but the specs and looks of the device seem nice, and at $179.99 it's hard to argue with. The real question will be whether its worth the extra $20 to bump up to the Nexus 7, which is a known quantity.

A full press release can be found after the break.

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5 years ago

O2 UK gets Xperia T 'Bond Phone' exclusive


And AT&T's branding rears its head in promo shots once again...

As Sony's always keen to point out, the Xperia T is the official phone of upcoming 007 flick Skyfall, and now UK network O2 has secured exclusivity over a limited edition Skyfall-branded version of the phone, dubbed "The Bond Phone." By contrast, Vodafone and Three will offer the regular, less Bondier version of the Xperia T.

The Bond Phone looks virtually identical to the vanilla Xperia T, but comes pre-loaded with Skyfall-based content, including "the 007 ringtone, themes, screensavers and SKYFALL images geo-tagged to the film's locations plus exclusive James Bond packaging." (Who doesn't appreciate a good promotional geotag?) Early adopters will also get the chance to pick up the 007 Legends game on Xbox 360, PC or PS3.

Eagle-eyed readers may also notice that the promotional images for O2's bond phone actually bears AT&T's branding, adding further fuel to speculation that the U.S. carrier will eventually get Sony's latest flagship phone. Retailer Phones4U previously outed the AT&T Xperia T, as we reported last week.

Meanwhile, XperiaBlog reports via a tipster that O2 will also offer the Xperia T in white, though it's unclear whether this will be tied into the Bond Phone promotion. Whatever the case, expect a torrent of 007-based promotions as retailers and carriers start selling the Xperia T later this month.

Source: O2, XperiaBlog

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5 years ago

Vodafone UK announces Sony Xperia T and Xperia J


Three UK isn't the only one getting new Sony phones these days; Vodafone has announced the Xperia T and Xperia J will be "launched over the coming months". Vodafone wouldn't confirm the £415 SIM-free pricetag for the T or the £140 for the J. We had heard the Xperia J will be coming out this month, but no doubt we'll hear something official soon enough. We did have some hands-on time with both devices at IFA if you want to get the tour. Here's the short version:

Xperia T:

  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU
  • 4.6-inch 720p HD Reality Display
  • 13MP camera
  • 16GB of internal storage

Xperia J:

  • 9.2mm slim stylish design
  • Large 4.0” FWVGA Display
  • Social media updates with illumination
  • 5MP AF camera
  • Front chat camera
  • Available in Black, Gold, White and Pink colours

Anyone biting? That 13 megapixel camera on the Xperia T is awfully tempting to try out... 

Source: Vodafone

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5 years ago

Sonar's location-based friend-finding app for Android exits beta


Sonar, a location-based social networking app for Android and iOS, has exited beta and is now available in Google Play for free.

Although Sonar plugs into Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Foursquare to keep tabs on your existing friends, it can also be used as a discovery tool to meet new people. Users can broadcast their presence to other local Sonar users, or go black if they want to stay off the radar for awhile. All of the usual social elements are there, such as profiles, direct messages, updating statuses, and plenty more. 

Ideally, I stick with Latitude to keep up on where my friends are, but they're often scattered across multiple networks with their check-ins, plus meeting new people with similar tastes in hang-outs is always a good thing. To what extent do you guys use location-based social networking? Is Foursquare as far as you go? Do you ever actually meet anyone thanks to these networks? Is this sort of thing creepy, or the natural evolution of online socializing?

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5 years ago

What Android features will Apple 'invent' tomorrow?


Tomorrow's iPhone Day, in case you haven't heard. Or it's Apple Day. Either one is fine, we're told.

Us? We like to refer to it as Rex Manning Day

Anyhoo. You've got to be at least a little excited to see what Apple invents tomorrow. A 4-inch display? NFC? On-screen home buttons? Who knows! It's just all so exciting!

We'll be watching it all go down at our sister site,

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