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Angry Birds Movie on its Way

I still remember hearing the title “Angry Birds” three years ago when my friend let me know about it. I thought, really? A game about birds that are angry? Sounds stupid. And, well, it is stupid! Stupid how addicting the game is! As soon as it hit the market, it took off. The creators came up pure gold. Launching crazy looking birds at structures that green pigs sit under, is about the stupidest idea for game that anyone could come up with. Someone was smoking something mind bending, and they discussed this idea over a huge bag of Doritos Nacho Cheese chips. Soon as they sobered up, they got to work and now they are millionaires. I always wondered when the movie was going to be made. Finally, we have that answer.

David Maisel has signed on to produce the Angry Birds movie. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, are just some of the movies Maisel has been attached to in the past. John Cohen has also signed on to the project, and he was attached to Despicable Me, which is a hilarious animated flick. The movie is scheduled to release sometime in 2016. Wow. Little more than 3 years from now. I am wondering if the birds long ride will fizzle out by then. They are not as popular as they once were, which makes me think; why it is taking so long to get a movie out? Now that it is finally being talked about, we still have to wait about 3 years.

So what do you guys think? Little too late for this movie? I truly think so. I mean Rovio can do there best be releasing more versions and levels for their Angry Birds games, but by the time this movie hits the silver screen, Angry Birds will be yesterday’s news like skinny jeans will hopefully be. One can only hope.

Source: Android Police

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ARCHOS GamePad tablet now available in Europe

Hardware manufacturer ARCHOS has just made their GamePad tablet available for purchase in Europe today. Launching at 149.99€ ($194.75USD) with a North American release scheduled for some time in early Q1 of 2013.

The GamePad features 14 physical buttons and dual-analog thumb-sticks to make playing your favorite games a little easier. The screen is 7-inches at a resolution of 1024×600 and weighs in at just 330g. It is also pretty darn slim at only 10 mm. It is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean being pushed by a dual-core 1.6GHz processor and a quad-core Mali 400 MP GPU. Internal memory is only 8GB, but does support a micro SD card slot with support for up to a 64GB card. To make it even better, they also included an HDMI out port so that you can toss your favorite Android games to the big screen and still have a controller in had for playing.

“Android device users spend more than 9 hours a month gaming on their devices and yet are not completely satisfied with the touch-screen experience,” says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO of ARCHOS. “We feel this area of gaming is proven and will continue to grow. With the introduction of the GamePad we are uniquely positioned to feed the demand of gamers who want a better gaming experience on a tablet.”

We would have to agree with Henri. The mobile gaming industry is getting better and better every day. With games like Shadowgun, the Modern Combat series, Need for Speed Most Wanted and so many more high-end titles always on the way, having a permanent game pad always available that is easy to use makes it nice. The GamePad even has its very own mapping tool available so you can map the physical keys to any game you want even if it isn’t already supported by the GamePad.

We are pretty excited to see how well this new tablet performs and keeps up with the hottest titles. What do you guys think? At close to $200, is it something you would consider just for gaming? It has potential. Be sure to check out ARCHOS.com for more details on the new GamePad tablet.

 

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Sprint Launching Buy One Get One Free Promotion for the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Victory Starting From Friday

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The Samsung Galaxy lineup is one of the quickest selling smartphones in the market right now with the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy S III at the top of the list currently. But we’ll speak about the latter today, as Sprint is putting up the device on a very attractive buy-one-get-one free promotion. This promotion will go live on Friday the 7th and will last until the 24th of this month, just a day prior to Christmas. The info was gathered courtesy of a leaked Sprint brochure which has now been revealed to the world ahead of schedule.

The brochure clearly mentions that the promotion is valid on select Galaxy smartphones, but it only includes three smartphones. And no, it doesn’t include the mighty Galaxy Note II, unfortunately. The promotion will apparently be valid on the Galaxy S II from last year, the Galaxy S III and the mid-ranged Galaxy Victory. Now one doesn’t have to be a genius to guess which smartphone will sell the most, so it is advised you rush to the stores on Friday to get your favorite Galaxy device from the carrier. This isn’t exactly Black Friday sales, but it seems like Sprint is having a slightly delayed Black Friday. As you would expect, the offer is applicable for new and upgrading customers on Sprint’s network, and will require you to sign a two year contract.

The brochure also reveals an “unlimited edition” of the Galaxy S III. We presume this has something to do with the unlimited data plans that Sprint is known for. While you might be well informed about the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S III, the newly launched Galaxy Victory might be somewhat of a mystery. Well, the device was launched on Sprint in September, and it features a 4-inch display, a dual core processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. It might not appeal to the tech savvy folk, but it’s not a bad option if Sprint runs out of the Galaxy S III, which is very likely to happen. Are you looking forward to this new promotion from Sprint? If yes, let us know which phone you’ll be grabbing. It seems like the holiday sales have already begun and we expect other carriers to follow suit soon.

Source: Engadget
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[Deal Alert] The Sony Xperia TL Is Just A Penny On Amazon Wireless (New Accounts And Upgrades)

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If you head on over to Amazon Wireless this morning, you’ll find the Xperia TL has had its price dropped to a mere penny on contract (new subscribers or upgrades).

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The Xperia TL is Sony’s current flagship smartphone, and packs a 4.6″ 720p display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, LTE, and a 13MP Exmor rear camera. At the low, low, price of “basically free,” this is a pretty decent deal – $100 less than what you’d pay at an AT&T store. While I can’t say I loved the re-styled international sibling of the TL, the Xperia TX, the TL is the James Bond phone.

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The First Avengers Initiative Game Finally Goes Live On The Play Store, Launching With $5 Promo Price Tag

avengerstinyIt’s been a couple months in coming, but the first in an episodic series of Avengers games is live on the Play Store now. In case you’ve forgotten, this edition features the Hulk, leading the effort to round up a number of supervillains that escaped during a breakout of The Vault. To celebrate the launch, Marvel and NVIDIA are offering the game for a special promo price of $4.99 (normally $6.99).

Owners of Tegra 3 devices will notice some extra effects and battle damage, but the chipset is not strictly required. However, there is a pretty sparse collection of supported devices.

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Latest Rumor Says Google and Dish’s Wireless Service is Go, Launching in Mid-2013

Fresh off of this morning’s rumor, which pegged Google and Dish Network as pals looking to start up a wireless service of their own to compete with AT&T and Verizon, a new rumor claims to confirm that it’s happening. The folks over at 9to5Google heard word from sources who claim that the we could see [...]

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A week with the iPhone 5 on EE, the UK’s first 4G network

A week with the iPhone 5 on EE, the UK's first 4G network

Last week, EE publicly flipped the switch on its 4G network. Launching LTE in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and (parts of) Southampton. EE also plans for an additional five cities before the new year. The new phone network, composed of equal parts T-Mobile and Orange, has other plans — and they start from £21 SIM-only (starting November 9th) while phone packages begin at £36 per month. For that, the new network offers its customers 500MB of data, plus unlimited calls and texts.

Being an earlier adopter comes at a very specific cost — are the wonders of a next-generation network worth it?

The data plans scale up from there, all the way up to 8GB of monthly data, alongside a system of on-off data bundles. So being an earlier adopter comes at a very specific cost — are the wonders of a next-generation network worth it? We inserted a fresh EE 4G SIM into an iPhone 5 and now have been using it for over a week, get our full verdict after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera Launching in the UK on 8th; Available from 7th

If you are a fan of Android or Samsung, I am certain you haven’t forgotten the revolutionary Android camera announced by Samsung back in August, the Samsung Galaxy Camera.  Well, the Android powered camera is now coming to the market after two months of waiting – and the Britons will be the first to get it.

Samsung announced that it will be launching the Galaxy camera across the UK on November 8th but those who cannot wait may get it from Samsung-branded stores a day earlier on November 7th from 5pm.  These stores include Carphone Warehouse, Clove, Jessops and Phones4U.  If you remember well, the Galaxy camera was the first of its kind to become realistic besides the Nikon announced the Coolpix S800, the only other Android camera in the market.

According to Simon Stanford, the Vice President of Telecommunications & Networks Division, Samsung UK and Ireland, Samsung is overwhelmed by the amazing response the Galaxy camera has received from the people and they look forward to delivering a whole new type of digital photography experience through this new camera.  “The Galaxy Camera is a fantastic example of our continued passion for innovation and we are excited to be evolving our Galaxy range even further.” He added.

The press release released by the company touts the new camera as proof of the company’s “continued passion for innovation” and their excitement to evolve their Galaxy range of devices even further.  At the moment, the galaxy range of devices include smartphones, phablet, tablets and lately the Galaxy camera.

The Samsung Galaxy camera boasts of a 21x optical zoom lens, runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and has 3G network connectivity capabilities for users to easily and conveniently upload photos and videos to social sites, email and save on the cloud without the need of transferring to a computer first.  The camera also features a 16 megapixels 1/2.3” BSI CMOS sensor which makes the camera capture pictures in dazzling resolution and color – including wide-angle shots.  The camera has a vivid display too – a 121.2mm HD Super Clear Touch Display to view photos and applications on.  However, despite all these amazing features, the camera has only 8 GB memory which to me is minimal considering the size of photos and videos it will be taking.

Generally, this is more than a camera – remember how phones came and before we knew it there were phones with cameras?  Well, there were cameras and now with the galaxy camera we see a camera with features of a phone – you can even play games and send emails from.  The press release did not mention whether or when the camera will be coming to the US but what we already know is that it will be coming to AT&T.  We can only speculate the price between $399 and $499.

We just have to wait for now, most of us hope that it will be available before the start of the holiday season.

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Launching of Windows Phone 8 Headlines Busy Week in Tech World

Microsoft’s lunch of Windows Phone 8 banners a busy week in the technology industry, which also includes the release of Apple’s newest tablet – the iPad Mini and 4th Generation iPad – and the partial communication blackout caused by Hurricane Sandy.

A week after launching its latest operating system (the Windows 8), Washington-based tech power Microsoft unveiled their next-generation mobile operating system — the Windows Phone 8.

Microsoft’s newest product immediately got the attention of tech enthusiasts about its capability to support multicore processors, mobile payments and ‘tighter relationship with the Windows platform. The incorporation of the live tiles instead of icons also provides fresher look in the smartphone segment – though a patent-infringement claims is already being sought against Microsoft.

Timing is really of the essence for Mircrosoft, who launched the Windows Phone 8 just days before Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Eastern shore.

According to latest report, majority of cellular sites along the Eastern seaboard were toppled or shutdown at the height of Hurricane Sandy.

However, just a couple of days after the hurricane, hundreds of tech followers stormed into Apple’s flagship store in New York City for the launching of iPad Mini and 4th generation iPad.

CNET reported both the Minis and 4th-Gen iPad were already sold out in the NYC store but the estimated opening weekend sale of Apple’s newest tablet appears to be much lower than of its predecessor.

On other related news, Windows 8 Laptop is now taking the lead following the emergence of touch and hybrid laptops in the tech market.

Our industry is rebuilding itself around new classes of devices,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said this week in his keynote for the Build conference in Seattle, according to CNET.com

“With Windows 8 we built a generation of systems that embraces multiple worlds, the PC and the tablet…keyboard and touch,” he added.

Several business analysts said Apple could land a decisive edge over Apple in the laptop wars industry if consumers turn out to be gravitating towards touch capability of their notebooks.

“Touch is as big an addition as the mouse was more than 20 years ago. For many tasks, it’s a better way to interact with the PC. Everything is different from here on out,” said Mike Feibus, Principal Analyst at TechKnowledge Strategies in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Via: CNET

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Leak: This Is The Sprint Flash By ZTE (N9500)

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We had some internal documents regarding the upcoming Sprint Flash, a mid-range Android 4.0 handset by ZTE, leak yesterday. Today, we’ve got some actual pictures of the phone itself, which has a front fascia that absolutely screams “NEXUS!” (and no, it’s not a Nexus).

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The device model number, N9500, can be found over at the FCC complete with Sprint branding on the FCC label sample, as well. We can also now see that the buttons on this phone are definitely virtual, which is pretty cool, and quite rare, despite having been a design guideline for Android phones for over a year now.

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EE 4G LTE Launches In The UK Today

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Six months ahead of all competitors, EE – a joint-venture between Orange and T-Mobile – is launching the UK’s first LTE network today. The initial launch rollout will cover 11 major cities: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield, and Southampton.

EE is promising at least 2,000 square miles of coverage expansion every month (which is probably a better coverage metric for the UK), with 5 more cities to be covered by year’s end.

EE has a decided advantage over its competitors due to a spectrum crunch even worse than the one currently going on in the US, with T-Mobile and Orange using spectrum refarming to work around the lack of new airwaves.

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Flip Launcher for Android – Convenient App Launching With The Flick of a Finger

Multitasking – one of the many reasons why Android lovers can’t get enough of the OS. Well, here’s an app that will make switching through apps even easier on you. It’s called Flip Launcher and it runs on top of whatever launcher you are currently running. It places “flippers” on the side of the display [...]

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Steam Beta For Linux Possibly Launching At UDS On Monday

If you are like me, you probably really enjoy the digital distribution client known as Steam. That said, those that are running Linux may want to keep their eyes out on Monday at the Ubuntu Developer Summit. It is rumored that Valve may just be starting their Steam beta up.

Valve is going to appear at the event for a talk at the summit on Monday, but an interesting listing has appeared on the “Open Steam Works” website entitled “Steam Linux UDS Beta.” Valve earlier announced that they would be starting up their limited 1000 user Steam beta in October, so this is something that could highly be in the realm of possibility. Really, there is no other logical explanation for the listing aside from that. One thing I do wonder, is if any Linux users at the UDS on Monday will get a sort of guaranteed access to the beta (definitely just throwing out a guess there, but it is something that happens often at events like this, so I would not be surprised if Valve were to give out guaranteed spots in the beta at the Summit).

Whatever the case, three games also appear to be listed with the mention of the UDS beta. Those games consist of Serious Sam 3, the original Portal and even the much loved Team Fortress 2. Valve announced the Linux beta earlier this month saying that the 1000 users would get to pick one game. That said, this seems like it actually might be an entirely different client from the one announced just because it lists three titles as opposed to the one game Valve was going to give you originally (or maybe they just decided that they would be handing out three different games).

It is still unknown as to whether or not this is going to be exclusive to UDS attendants or not. Of course, what better is a place to launch one of the biggest software clients in the digital distribution industry to Linux than at one of the largest events for Linux developers? I am personally excited to see what Valve is going to be unveiled at the UDS on Monday. Seeing that they have been very avidly against Windows 8 (and rightly so) I really wouldn’t mind seeing what they can do with Linux. Considering it is a pretty open platform as well, it might even have the potential to be better than the Windows client at this point.

I guess we are just going to have to wait and see how everything plays out at the event. There isn’t a whole lot to go on besides the simple listing, but as far as I can tell, we are definitely going to be seeing Steam in beta for Linux users extremely soon. And who knows, maybe we will also be seeing a full blown launch in the next couple of months as well? That might be something to look forward to!

Are you going to be at the UDS to try out the possibly Linux Beta for Steam?

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AT&T announces Sony Xperia TL, landing November 2

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While many eyes are on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 these days, Sony's slipping out the Sony Xperia TL for $99.99 on a two-year contract with AT&T starting November 2. Yep, this is the "James Bond phone." If you missed our hands-on at AT&T's big unveiling event earlier this month, here's what you can expect. 

  • 4.6-inch "HD Reality Display" at 720 x 1080 resolution with the Mobile Bravia engine
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • PlayStation certified
  • NFC
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Launching with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, with an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to come.

Though it's not showing up in AT&T's online store just yet, you'll eventually be able to find information on snagging one at www.att.com/xperiatl. What do you guys think, does that camera impress you? Anyone looking forward to the new Bond flick?

Source: AT&T

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Sony Xperia TL Launching On AT&T Beginning November 2 For $99.99

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At the beginning of October, AT&T announced the Xperia TL would be available “in the coming weeks.” If you’ve been waiting with bated breath to get your hands on the James Bond phone, November 2 looks like the day to mark on the calendar.

Specs:

  • 4.6″ 1280×720 “Reality Display”
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 13MP fast capture camera
  • NFC
  • Android 4.0.4 (will be upgraded to 4.1 “following launch”)

The Xperia TL will be available for a mere $99 with a two-year agreement, and runs on AT&T’s up and coming LTE network.

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SwiftKey Flow brings trace input to leading Android keyboard

SwiftKey has announced a brand new version of its popular keyboard app for Android, dubbed SwiftKey Flow. Launching "soon," SwiftKey Flow will bring continuous input — similar to what's found in Swype and others — to SwiftKey, while retaining the personalized prediction tech for which it's is best known.

An evolution of the intelligent prediction software used in SwiftKey 3 powers the flow-based input, meaning it's sensitive to context, as well as individual typing styles. SwiftKey Flow will also allow users to switch between the two input modes on the fly depending on their preference, or how many hands they have free.

Android Central had the chance to demo SwiftKey Flow recently, and we were impressed with the speed and accuracy of its new trace input features. We noticed that the keyboard analyzes the pattern your finger takes in real time, rather than waiting until the pattern is complete, allowing predictions to be built up on the fly. Overall, it's an incredibly speedy typing experience.

The SwiftKey Flow beta test will begin "within weeks" for those registered on SwiftKey's VIP community site, ahead of an eventual launch on Google Play.

Check out the demo video above. We've got today's full press release after the break.

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Sony Xperia Go Launching In Canada This November

It has been questioned when the Sony Xperia Go would be making its way to Canada. Thankfully, Sony has made an announcement saying that the mid-range waterproof smartphone would be making its way to the Rogers-owned Fido carrier this November. Sony was also kind enough to announce a exclusive yellow colored model if you were to pick one up unlocked from an official Sony store, while Fido will have the standard black and white models available for purchase. Yellow is definitely an interesting color for the style that the Xperia lineup has taken, but will definitely brighten up your day nevertheless.

The Sony Xperia Go smartphone was originally announced that it would be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rolled out to the smartphone just a few weeks ago. Although it is questionable as to whether the handset will be getting the upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the real selling point here for the Xperia Go is the ruggedness that it boasts of. You should know that the Sony Xperia Go is quite durable as well. It has taken quite a bit of punishment thus far after being thrown in a pool, ran over by a car, buried in sand with a mix of water and etc. To check out who durable this guy actually is, make sure to watch the embedded video below! Keep in mind that this video isn’t in English, it solely demonstrates how durable this guy is.

If the price tag on this device be kept relatively low, there could be a lot of potential for those who are looking to get one of the Xperia Go devices. Sadly, Sony has stayed on the down low as to how much this guy is going to cost from Fido or even how much an unlocked version of the handset would cost. The Sony Xperia Go launched in the United Kingdom this past summer and was sold for a mere 200 pounds. Hopefully we can expect a price close to that to pop up in Canada. Whatever the case, I think for the durability that the Sony Xperia Go offers, a lot of us would be willing to shell out a bit more on it as it is not easily breakable, which you probably saw in the video.

We’ve seen some pretty hefty phones as of late, but so far, I think the Sony Xperia Go beats ‘em all in terms of durability. How can a smartphone really survive after being ran over by a car? Yeah. This phone is definitely something that you may just want to look further into.

Are any of you interested in picking up a Sony Xperia Go smartphone? It’s definitely no Xperia T or Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but it  may just be a rather good phone to fit your needs. Hopefully we’ll be seeing an official launch date along with details on pricing for the smartphone in the very near future before consumers settle on a different handset.

source: Android Central

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EE Officially Launching Its LTE Network On October 30th, Pricing Has Also Been Unveiled

EE is calling its new 4G LTE service 4GEE and it will be launching commercially starting this next Tuesday, which lands on October 30th. 4GEE stands for the services that are offered by EE’s LTE network, which will allow their users the standard calls and text and additionally mobile data speeds of around 8-12MBp/s, which is fantastic! Unfortunately the 4GEE services will only start out in the following United Kingdom cities: London, Manchest, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield and Glasgow. You’ll still be able to purchase the service throughout the country though. Thankfully six more cities will be added before Christmas comes around (Southhampton, Belfast, Derby, Hull, Nottingham, Newcastle) with EE having plans to cover nearly 98% of the population by the time the end of 2014 comes around the corner.

All of EE’s LTE smartphone plans currently include calls and texts, and then the ability for users to simply pick a data allowance of their own choosing. The prices of these new plans will be starting at £36 per month, which starts you off with 500MB of mobile data, and will be going up until £56, which will get you a whopping 8GBs of data allowance. Additionally, free BT Wi-Fi access is also included in this plan. While EE hasn’t launched an unlimited plan just yet, the proposed plans are fairly expensive enough as they are.

To make use of their new 4GEE service, you are, of course, going to need an LTE compatible handset purchased directly from either Orange or T-Mobile, or even any of their partner retail stores. The only exception to that rule is the newly released iPhone 5, which if it was unlocked it would operate on the 4GEE network no matter where in the United Kingdom you got the handset from. Although, if you have recently purchased an Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S III or even an HTC One X, EE would agree to upgrade your phone to an LTE version for a small price of £99. EE is not only launching its new 4G LTE service next week though, they will also be starting up their new corporate identity. Starting on October 30th,  all existing Everything Everywhere, Orange and T-Mobile stores will be re-branded as EE stores.

Any existing customers will be able to keep their plans and will have the ability to continue using the 3G network provided by T-Mobile and Orange without any sort of change. It is important to note that starting on October 30th, the network identifiers will start showing EE.

To become a new EE subscriber, you are going to have to pick up one of their new 4GEE plans. Of course, as you can imagine this is quite an odd move as not many people have the correct phones to properly use the LTE network. Additionally, there are no EE plans without LTE connectivity and LTE coverage is very limited at the time being.

Will any of our readers over seas be picking up a new EE subscription?

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Full Rumored HD Smartphones From Samsung and HTC Supposedly Launching In First Half Of 2013

As you can imagine, 1080p displays seem to be the most sensible step in terms of advancing with technology in the mobile industry. HTC may currently be one of the only manufacturers that have an upcoming, listed handset touting a very high resolution, with both Samsung Electronics and LG looking to get in on this soon as well. What isn’t surprising, is that both Samsung Electronics and LG will be launching handsets with full HD AMOLED and LCD displays in the first half of next year. This could be a hint at full HD in Samsung’s flexible AMOLED displays that have — just recently — been pushed back to 2013. This is just speculation, but we were also expecting to see these flexible displays in the first half of 2013. That said, depending if Samsung’s 2013 window for launching these displays haven’t been pushed back as well, this could be a hint at flexible displays. That, or this news concerning the full HD displays could just be another confirmation of Samsung Electronics boosting their glass AMOLED display production.

With the boost in devices’ resolution also comes with a nice boost in ppi (if you didn’t know, ppi stands for pixels per inch, which is a measurement of the resolution for display screens). That said, we’ll be looking at a bit over 400ppi with these upcoming full HD handsets. As you can imagine, this is going to produce a stunningly beautiful display, which you might be able to gauge against Apple’s retina displays. Of course, at this point we are only able to speculate as to which devices from Samsung and LG will be the first to incorporate this type of display. This makes me wonder if the rumored Galaxy S IV will be touting one of these beautiful 1080p displays. Samsung’s rumored Galaxy S IV timeline is starting to make sense, if it should have an HD display. Rumors say that it’s set to release in March after the announcement at the Mobile World Congress.

Apple’s flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5, is very well known for how clear the images are on the device. It’s ppi (pixels per inch) is set at 326. That said, if Samsung and LG were able to increase their phones by a good 60 – 70 ppi, can you imagine how crisp and clear that would look compared to what the iPhone currently offers? You do have to admit that Apple is very good at providing some great displays, so if we gauge the 400 ppi against the 326 ppi iPhone, can you actually imagine how good that would look? I personally think that it may look even better than what the Retina displays currently offer, but we’ll just have to wait and see for official confirmation on that at the upcoming Mobile World Congress.

If Samsung and HTC release a full HD smartphone, do you think that it would look better than a Retina display based off of the ppi that it is offering? Will you be one of the people to jump on that bandwagon upon the launch date of these rumored handsets?

source: talk android

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Official: Isis Mobile Wallet Launching in Test Markets on October 22

It’s official, Isis Mobile Wallet is going live in its first two test markets (Salt Lake City, UT and Austin, TX) on October 22. This matches up to the date that our sources gave us last week, along with a detailed list of additional launch details. What Isis would not confirm, is specific device compatibility, [...]

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Microsoft’s Xbox Music coming to Android … ‘eventually’

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With the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launch just around the corner, Microsoft is once again making a big push into the world of digital music with its new Xbox Music service. Launching across Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Windows Phone 8 handsets and Xbox 360, Xbox Music won't be limited to Microsoft's own platforms, though, as the company has today confirmed that it'll "eventually" be heading to Android and iOS, too

In addition to the standard music streaming service, Xbox Music will reportedly comprise a digital download service, a cloud music storage offering and an iTunes Match-like service for importing tracks from CDs or other sources.

But in order to access the service on these other platforms, though, you'll need a $10-per-month subscription, as the free, ad-supported Xbox Music experience will only be available on Windows 8 PCs. With regards to Android, Xbox Music will compete with Google Play Music, a service that's well established in the U.S., but unavailable internationally. If Microsoft can offer wide availability in enough countries, it'd could have the chance convert Android users over to Xbox Music before Google has the chance to launch its own service.

Source: Microsoft; via:WPCentraliMore

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Verizon Makes It Official – DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD Launching October 18

Verizon announced moments ago that the DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD are launching October 18 for $199 and $299, respectively.  We first reported this date a few days ago, but now it’s officially official. For those of you waiting to get the latest and greatest from Motorola, you will have your opportunity in [...]

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LG Nexus 4 Launching October 29 According to French Newspaper

October 29 – mark it down. According to French newspaper Le Figaro, the LG Nexus 4 will launch on that day. We have no idea why a French paper that has never been sourced in the tech industry before is breaking Nexus release date news, but hey, we’ll roll with it. They don’t actually site [...]

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Verizon Wireless’ LTE Rollout Is Two Months Ahead Of Schedule, Launching Its 400th Market On October 18th

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Two years ago, Verizon Wireless announced plans to launch a nationwide 4G LTE network. Since then, the company has launched hundreds of LTE markets, and that number keeps growing by dozens every single month. In fact, it will launch its 400th LTE market – Marquette, MI – along with 20 other new markets, on October 18th.

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Four-hundred markets is an impressive feat no doubt, but what makes it even more incredible is that VZW is running two months ahead of schedule. Too bad they can’t get OTA updates out that fast. Ba-zing!

Here’s a look at the new markets:

  • Gadsden, Ala.

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Verizon: VoLTE Launching End of 2013, in Testing Now

Today, Verizon is letting the public in on plans for their 4G LTE network. VZW’s Nicola Palmer first laid out the numbers, which are growing more impressive by the day. As of right now, Verizon’s 4G LTE covers 75% of America’s population with 350+ markets. Today’s announcement is big for Verizon, as they have announced that they will [...]

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Google Needs To Spend $340 Million To Slash 20% Of Motorola’s Workforce And Close Numerous Offices

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Reuters, showing its apparent inability to view anything involving spending money in a positive light, is reporting this morning that Google has revised its reorg (read: firing) costs for Motorola to $340 million this quarter, up from an initial estimate of $275 million. The article goes on to describe this “restructuring headache” – you know, the one Google bought knowing 100% full well it is was getting and had time to prepare for literally a year in advance? Yeah, that “headache.”

It seems no one bothered telling this Reuters writer that the notion Google bought Motorola simply for its patents is now considered a tad naïve, either.

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Orange And T-Mobile UK Launch Three Android 4G Phones Today Ahead Of EE’s Launch At The End Of This Month

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That means that if you’re an Orange or T-Mobile customer, you can now buy the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE, HTC One XL, or Huawei Ascend P1 LTE on contract to ensure that you’re ahead of the game before 4G goes live in the UK at the end of this month.

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Plans for the Samsung and HTC devices start at £41 a month, with the phones costing £19.99. The Huawei Ascend P1 is available for free on contracts from £36 a month.

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New GoPhone $65 monthly plan from AT&T for smartphone users

While many people prefer to obtain their mobile devices via a monthly service contract for a year or two at a time, there are buyers who are interested in obtaining service through prepaid offerings. AT&T has announced a new option in its GoPhone portfolio targeted at smartphone users.The $65 per month plan includes unlimited talk and text and adds in 1GB of allotted data per month. Along with the prepaid service plan, AT&T also released a new Android powered device, the AT&T Fusion 2, for only $99. Hit the break for the full press release.

AT&T LAUNCHES NEW, AFFORDABLE PREPAID SMARTPHONE RATE PLAN

DALLAS, Oct. 1, 2012 – Beginning Oct. 7, AT&T* GoPhone® smartphone customers will have a new rate plan option. The new Monthly Unlimited Plan with Data offers unlimited talk and text, with 1 GB of data for $65 per month. Unlimited text messaging to Mexico, Canada and over 100 other countries is also included.

This new plan is specially designed for smartphone users, and saves them $10 per month compared to previously available options.
The $50 monthly plan with unlimited talk and text and the $25 monthly plan with 250 minutes and unlimited nationwide text with optional data packages will continue to be available to smartphone customers.

Launching in conjunction with this new smartphone rate plan is AT&T GoPhone’s newest Android device, AT&T Fusion™ 2, which lets customers enjoy the convenience of a smartphone with email, apps and web access for only $99.

“As more of our prepaid customers choose smartphones, we wanted to offer them a rate plan that meets their needs while still being an excellent value,” said Judy Cavalieri, vice president – Voice and Prepaid Products, AT&T. “We’re excited to offer this new option to our growing base of smartphone customers to give them a better smartphone experience while keeping their budget in check.”

AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network** including more than 30,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 220,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers, including Fusion 2 customers, get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

More information on AT&T GoPhone prepaid rate plans can be found at http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/prepaidplans.html.


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Sony’s Xperia TL finally official on AT&T

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You'll have to excuse us for not acting more surprised to see the Sony Xperia T announced today for AT&T in the United States, as we've seen it wearing the carrier's colors for the better part of a month. But, here it is, reborn as the Xperia TL. You'll recall our hands-on with the Xperia T back at the IFA conference in Berlin last month. Here's a recap on the specs:

  • 4.6-inch "HD Reality Display" at 720x 1080 resolution with the Mobile Bravia engine
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • PlayStation certified
  • NFC
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Launching with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, with an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to come.

Things we don't yet know: Pricing and an availability date. Stick around.

Source: AT&T

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Rovio’s ‘Bad Piggies’ Hits The Play Store – ‘Get Ready To See Pigs Fly’

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Bad Piggies, Rovio’s much-awaited spin-off from Angry Birds has just hit the Play Store. For those unaware, Rovio’s latest game has been in the works for some time now. The game features the same dastardly pigs you spent hours upon hours crushing in Angry Birds, but this time they’re the protagonists…sort of.

Payers are challenged to work against gravity and physics in Piggies to take these pigs through various wild environments in contraptions and flying machines of their own design. With a simple vehicle-building interface and what look to be a huge variety of environments, it looks like Bad Piggies may just have what it takes to fill its predecessor’s shoes as one of the best time-wasting games ever created.

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