5 years ago

Android 4.0 coming to Optimus 2X after all - at least in Korea


If you picked up an LG Optimus 2X last year, you'll already be acquainted with the frustrating experience of waiting for much-needed OS updates. The world's first dual-core smartphone shipped with Android 2.2 Froyo in early 2011, and it's been behind the curve ever since.

Optimus 2X owners had been waiting patiently for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to arrive, only to be told (after months of delays) that the update had been canned, leaving the phone stuck on Gingerbread.

However, it now seems that statement may have been made prematurely, as LG Mobile Korean today took to its official Twitter feed to inform one 2X owner that the update had merely been held up in testing, rather than canceled. Of course, this statement only applies to Korean phones, and the fate of ICS on the Optimus 2X elsewhere remains unknown. Nevertheless, the fact at least one version of the phone is getting ICS surely bodes well for 2X owners elsewhere. That said, owners of the U.S. variant, the T-Mobile G2X, probably shouldn't hold their breath.

Source: LG Mobile Twitter, via: GSMArena

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5 years ago

UK retailer confirms black Galaxy S3, new color due 'in 4-6 weeks'


Following rumors of the handset's existence, we now have confirmation that the international Samsung Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3) will be arriving soon in black. UK retailer ​MobileFun​ confirms on its blog that it'll be stocking the black S3, alongside the existing blue and white versions.

The retailer is taking pre-orders now, and expects the phones to ship in 4-6 weeks. Pricing for the 16GB model is in line with other Galaxy S3 phones, at £500 inc. VAT.

Rumors of a black Galaxy S3 started to emerge late last week, when Samsung published images of what seemed to be the new color option on its official Facebook page. This was later backed up by a leaked inventory shot from the Carphone Warehouse, showing the black S3 alongside the white and blue variants.

So if that pebble blue S3 isn't doing it for you, you should only have a few more weeks to wait before the black version arrives. Of course, it's worth remembering we're talking about the international model here -- any U.S. availability has yet to be confirmed.

Source: MobileFun blog

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5 years ago

Motorola to lay off employees, close offices and focus on fewer handsets


The Google-owned Motorola Mobility will undergo a major restructuring in the months ahead, according to reports from ​The New York Times​. The paper reports that the Motorola mobile device business, acquired by Google in May, will lay off some 20 percent of its workforce -- including 40 percent of its vice presidents -- and close up shop at one third of its offices. The loss-making manufacturer will also refocus its efforts n creating fewer handsets in general, and fewer low-end devices specifically. As such, Moto told the paper it planned to buy half as many components as a result.

The NYT​ reports that around one third of the 4,000 of the job losses will be in the U.S., while the company will leave unspecified "unprofitable" markets. Similarly, Moto will cut back its presence in India and Asia, and base its research and development efforts in Chicago, IL, Sunnyvale, CA and Beijing, China.

Compared to 2011, the past eight months have been relatively quiet at Motorola, as the company transitions to being a fully-owned Google subsidiary. We certainly welcome the idea of more hero devices and less low-end stuff. However, the mobile device business remains fiercely competitive, and the strategy won't guarantee to lift Moto out of its current slump. Taiwanese phone maker HTC has embarked upon a similar plan this year, with limited success thus far.

Source: The New York Times

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5 years ago

A Nexus 7 dash-mount that is beautifully simple


We've already seen how you can tear things apart and use some fancy wiring to install a Nexus 7 into the dash of a Dodge Ram, but some of us aren't interested in something that permanent. Also, some of us can't get permission from the wife, but that's another story. For us, the folks SoundMan Car Audio in Santa Clarita, CA. have a method that looks just as sleek, is removable, and involves no wiring or other permanent modification to your expensive vehicle. 

Android Central member Nightline happens to work with the fellows at SoundMan, loves his Nexus 7, and has a 2011 Ford Focus Edge he didn't want to modify too heavily. There's no wiring, everything is connected via Bluetooth, and the magnetic mount looks beautiful and completely OEM. Granted, it's a little more involved than using duct tape and bailing twine, but it's something a dedicated DIY-er or modder would have a lot of fun doing, and the end result is certainly worth it. Check out the video after the break.

Source: Android Central forums. Thanks, Nightline!

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5 years ago

Q&A with WhitePages - making caller ID social


WhitePages recently launched a new app that tied in a bunch of social networks to a contacts and caller ID app. With it all incoming calls from contacts show the latest status updates across Facebook and Twitter, most recent title from LinkedIn, and local weather and news. We shot a few questions to the development team about working on Android and take the oportunity to dig a bit deeper into Current Caller ID.

We all know about WhitePages, but can you tell us a bit about how you've been active in mobile historically?

WhitePages has been developing for the mobile world since 2008 and it has since become the fastest
growing part of our business with a top-50 mobile website and popular Android, iPhone, BlackBerry,
webOS and Windows 7 applications recently surpassing 8 million active monthly users. We have a top-
notch development and design team who are mobile experts across platforms and are regularly involved
in industry events such as Google I/O. Recently, we traveled to Barcelona to Mobile World Congress to
be featured in the Google booth with an early version of Current Caller ID. We’ve invested heavily in
mobile, and continue to see this as a growth opportunity for WhitePages.

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5 years ago

How to: Sync OS X 10.8 Notes with your Android device


While we're all about the little green robot in this part of the Mobile Nations, when it comes to computers there are a good few of you out there rocking an Apple desktop or laptop. The latest incarnation of OS X, 10.8 Mountain Lion -- check out our sister site iMore if you haven't already -- brings a number of iOS flavored additions to the desktop environment. Using iCloud, new apps such as reminders and notes can sync with an iOS device so you have all of your stuff, all of the time. But, what if you use an Android phone or tablet, and a Mac? Can you get some everything everywhere syncing too? Of a fashion, yes.

The stock calendar, contacts and mail apps built into Mountain Lion will still continue to sync your Google stored information to your desktop. No issues there. But what about Notes? Despite having possibly the worst font ever put onto a computer screen, the stock Notes app is pretty handy. It's always there, or not far away at worst, and is as good a way as any of just jotting down some quick points. Everyone has a different preference, but personally I haven't found a total all-encompassing note taking solution that I like. So I make notes everywhere, including on my Mac. We're never in front of a computer for that long though, so it'd be pretty swell if we could take our notes with us and luckily Apple has made it really straight forward. It only works one way though, so while you can edit notes on your Mac and sync them with your Android device, it won't work the other way. Still, it can be done, so we'll show you how. 

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5 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Notes, notes and more notes


Some quick hits for this fine Sunday morning:

  • Worlds collide: Warning - shameless familial promotion ahead. My wife's Sunday column in this week's Pensacola News Journal is on Capagami, the developer of Android app Out of Milk. The crux is that the company moved to California because it's tough to sell local investors on unfamiliar app development. 
  • Patent trial perpetuity: I have absolutely no idea what's going to happen in the Samsung-Apple patent trial. And, frankly, I don't believe anybody else does either. I'd also caution against reading too much into anything you've read. It's a condensed part of the story, but not the whole story. (Who wants to read a boring recount of days and days of testimony?) That's not to say you shouldn't keep up with the trial recaps, just don't expect to see the full picture.
  • NSFW: I was pleasantly surprised by most of the reaction last week after we launched our NSFW section. Most folks got it -- it's a page where we can park stories we might not want on the front page, but that we still want to explore. It's not a change in direction or anything. We've always done these stories, tucked in (and with far lesser frequency) with the device reviews and app roundups and news and rumors and podcasts and everything else that make us the No. 1 Android community around. If you don't like it, don't click on it. We're OK with that.
  • Pro tip: When you go back to an old single-band (2.4 GHz) router because your fancy ASUS one got zapped by lightning and suddenly your phone won't connect, make sure the phone's not set to only connect on 5 GHz. And check it before you decide to wipe the phone in hopes that a reset will fix things. (Also: Let Jerry finish his sentence before you hit that hard-reset button.)
  • Romney app late to the party: The Atlantic notes what I also saw early Saturday morning regarding Mitt Romney's official application, which promised to be the first place you'd learn about his voice for running mate. An Associated Press bulletin, citing an unnamed Republican party official, hit my inbox at 1:01 a.m. EDT, naming Paul Ryan as the pick. Romney's app caught up some time around breakfast. Score one for old media. And The Atlantic rightly points out that the real purpose of the app is to learn about you more than it is inform you. (Same goes for any politician's app, actually.)
  • The next Angry Birds?: Download Ski Safari. Watch as you lose your job, your dog, your family. It's that addictive. How is it, though, that we haven't seen another Angry Birds? Ski Safari is as casual, addictive and repetitive. It lacks the personality of those damn birds and pigs, and probably the personality and marketing prowess of the developer matters a lot, too. Regardless, give it a go. It plays pretty well on a phone (though it was surprisingly laggy on the AT&T HTC One X), and the Nexus 7 feels like it was built for the game.
  • The Olympics are over: I'm tired of complaining about NBC. It was ridiculous. I'm all about having content on phones and tablets, but it needs not be the only way to watch the Olympics live -- especially for sports that we only see every four years. I'm also hoping maybe we'll see fewer Galaxy S3 commercials now, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it. How many millions of dollars do you think Samsung spent on that one?
  • Coming up this week: We'll be live from New York City on Wednesday morning when we expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to get some more love. (So much for those exclusive anonymous sources saying it'd be the next Galaxy Note.) It is a little odd to see another semi-secretive "launch" given that the Note 10.1 was announced back in February at Mobile World Congress (and that after being outed early on the side of a damn building), but we'll take it. 

That's it for this week. Let's get to work.

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5 years ago

PolitiCards review - the unlikely mix of Android, politics, solitaire, and movie quotes


PolitiCards recently launched on mobile, bringing the unlikely combination of political cartoons, movies, and solitaire to Android. Both sides of the American spectrum are amply represented, including Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi, Glenn Beck, and pundits like Arianna Huffington and Donald Trump also show up. The twist is that they’re all paired up with movies that roughly fit into their personality. It’s not every day you see Bill Clinton done up as The Big Lebowski.

Illustrations aside, PolitiCards offers nicely polished gameplay with smooth graphics and animations. 

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5 years ago

Sony Xperia TX is reportedly the final name for flagship LT29i phone


There's been no shortage of leaked information about Sony's upcoming international flagship, the LT29i (also known by its codename 'Hayabusa'), but one aspect that's remained shrouded in mystery has been the name of the device. That mystery may finally be solved today, however. According to "trusted" sources for XperiaBlog​ the phone, which is a dead ringer for the Japanese Xperia GX, will come to market under the name 'Sony Xperia TX.' The TX name fits into Sony's new letter-based naming scheme, and would clearly position the phone as superior to its mid-range equivalent, the Xperia T (LT30p).

According to the abundance of info that's already leaked out, the phone has a 4.6-inch 720p display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 13MP rear camera, along with on-screen buttons and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Design-wise, it's the spiritual successor to last year's Xperia Arc.

The LT29i, or Xperia TX, is expected to appear alongside the Xperia T and Xperia Tablet at Sony's IFA press conference in Berlin on Aug. 29. We'll be there to bring you live coverage of all the day's Android news.

Source: XperiaBlog

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5 years ago

Apps of the Week - NFC Task Launcher, Pocket Casts and more!


We know why you are here, you are in need of your weekly fix, right? Need some new apps to check out, something new to install and play around with instead of doing house work? We understand, so without any further delay let's hit the break and check out some of our favorites from this week!

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5 years ago

Samsung drops ICS source code for Note 10.1, Tab 10.1, and Tab 7 plus


Samsung is keeping busy this weekend, as they have released the source-code for the GPL portions of the software for the Galaxy Note 10.1, as well as the Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 7 plus.  We're happy to see source code on time for the Note 10.1, but having the code for an ICS kernel for the Tab 10.1 and Tab 7 plus is even better news for the hacker inside each of us -- having the right kernel source will help folks to build fully functional AOSP-based ROMs. 

For most of us, this means sitting back and waiting for the inevitable announcement from the developer(s) of the ROM we're running, so we can download it, flash it, and hope it boots. For the developers though, this means a busy weekend of compilation and experimentation. Be sure to show them a little bit of love when they get things ready to share. 

Source: Samsung OpenSource

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5 years ago

Yahoo Beyond Gold - yet another way to follow the Olympics


With only a few days left in the Olympics, you may still be hunting around for the perfect way to follow the last few events. Yahoo has made an app called Beyond Gold with a stark, mobile friendly UI and lots of information pulled in from across their content network. We’ve got plenty of other apps for getting involved with London 2012, so be sure to check ‘em out while the games last.

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5 years ago

The best damn Android Central T-shirt in the world

5 years ago

Android Central international round-up - August 11, 2012


In international Android news, it's been a solid week of update news and IFA leaks. Sony confirmed its release plans for ICS on the Xperia P, as did Motorola with the GSM RAZR and RAZR MAXX. And HTC followed suit with its announcement that ICS would arrive before the end of August on all devices for which the update has been announced (good news Desire S and Thunderbolt owners!) The international HTC One X also got its update to Android 4.0.4, and with it some new menu key options and improved Beats Audio and browser capabilities. Vodafone Australia's Nexus S got Jelly Bean. And spare a thought for Motorola Xoom 3G owners in the UK, who are just now getting their Honeycomb-to-ICS update.

On the IFA front, we saw yet more leaked pictures of Sony's line-up of late 2012 Android products. Press renders of the Xperia Tablet leaked, and we saw even more blurry-cam photos of the LT30p (aka Xperia T). Elsewhere, the Xperia GX and SX went on sale in Japan, leaving international Sony fans wondering about a possible international launch for the GX in Berlin later this month.

And some interesting morsels of Galaxy Note 2 news dropped this week, too, with suggestions from the Korea IT Times that the upcoming 5.5-incher will feature a flexible SuperAMOLED display -- a smartphone first for the Korean manufacturer.

Check the links below for some of the main international Android stories of the past week. If you've got international news, you can tip us at the usual address.

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5 years ago

Flipboard for Android updated with improved navigation and in-app hints


Flipboard for Android has already gone through several iterations since it first appeared on the Samsung Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3) back in May. This morning, Flipboard users are waking up to another update for the popular digital magazine app. The new version 1.9.6 of Flipboard includes improved navigation, in the form of dropdown menus when you tap on the name of the sections you're currently viewing.

In addition, there are some improvements to the way Google Reader feeds are handled, and in-app hints that highlight useful features you may not be aware of (similar to what you get when starting the ICS or Jelly Bean home screen launcher for the first time). The update also includes new shopping cart features for those using Guilt Taste through Flipboard.

And unsurprisingly, the official changelog also notes some "performance improvements and bug fixes," which are always welcome. If you're using Flipboard head to the Google Play Store app to update to version 1.9.6. If you've yet to give it a try, check out the Google Play link earlier in this post.

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