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Google Play Adds More Apps To 25B Downloads Milestone Sale

The Google Play sale continues with a fresh set of discounted apps. Each app now costs only $0.25 in this limited-time offer that celebrates Google Play’s hurdling of the 25 billion milestone in downloads. The price is a 75% discount from the original price.

The new apps that Google added in day two of the sale are Paper Camera, World of Goo, Cut the Rope: Experiments, doubleTwist Alarm Clock, SketchBook Mobile, Shark Dash, The Going to Bed Book, Flick Nations Rugby, FIFA 12, Dungeon Village, Mini Motor Racing, Color & Draw for kids (phone), and Color & Draw for kids (HD). These are several of the top apps available in Google’s app collection.

The apps offered during day one, however, are still available for downloading with the $0.25 price not only on Google Play but also on the Amazon App Store.

To recap, yesterday’s sale included Angry Birds Space Premium, Asphalt 7: Heat, The Cat in the Hat. Clouds & Sheep Premium, Draw Something, Granny Smith, Let’s Create! Pottery, London Bus Checker, NFL Kicker 13, Ocean HD, OfficeSuite Pro 6+, Runtastic PRO, Sudoku, Symphony of Eternity, and Tasks.

Apart from apps, Google is also holding a sale for books, magazines, and albums. Such content, however, have varied prices.

It may be recalled that Google Play had a sale less than a month ago to mark the end of summer. Among the apps included in such sale are The Lorax, SwiftKey 3, Star Chart, Gangstar Rio: City of Saints, Super Dynamite Fishing Premium, and Crystal Defenders, among others.

All Things Digital notes that Apple was able to read the 25-billion download milestone ahead of Android in March this year.

Google Play current has around 675,000 apps, according to All Things Digital. Meanwhile, Apple’s App Store has 700,000. Furthermore, Google notes that 500 million activated Android devices whereas Apple last June reported it had sold 400 million iOS-based devices.

More apps are expected to join the sale tomorrow. The Google Play sale will go on for five days.

via androidcentral, gmanetwork

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Google Play 25-cent sale continues with fresh batch of cheap apps

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Who likes might-as-well-be-free Android apps? You do, that's who. Today Google Play kicked off day two of their $0.25 sale with a whole slew of new titles. They are:

And then there's the stuff that went on sale yesterday…

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Kim DotCom’s New Megabox Service Will Turn The World “Upside Down”

I’d say that the average tech blog gets a lot of daily traffic, anything from 100,000+ people to 50 million people. That’s a lot, don’t you think? Well, that was easily attainable by former Megaupload founder, Kim DotCom, as he achieved a very substantial goal with his service. Kim Dotcom has had some various legal issues and protests from the anti-piracy supporters, but even in the midst of that, Dotcom is very eager to create his brand new Megabox applications, which could possibly change the entirety of the music industry.

What does this Megabox service do, that makes it so widely known and “important” though? Just a couple of months ago, Kim Dotcom had released a statement on Twitter, describing that his new Megabox application would allow users of it to easily distribute media, and especially music, freely. Earlier this week on Tuesday, he had said that his idea will, “Turn this world upside down,” and that the service will be, “Bigger. Better. Faster. Free of charge & shielded from any attacks.”

Of course, this may not be entirely true, but it is obviously no secret since the Federal Government got hold of the initial Megabox domain, Dotcom surely has something up his sleeve though. His confidence continues to loom high, but he has ensured his supporters that this new application will become available as a multi-platform tool on Android, iOS and PC. Kim Dotcom’s various statements on all of this may be a tad “far-fetched,” but this computer guru really has plans to get this software finished and published by late 2012. I’m not sure the law enforcement is going to be a big problem for him anymore. According to his lawyers and copyright law, he’s not really breaking any rules of the game. What’s going to be the issue, is getting software on the devices, because we may see Google black something like Megabox, and likewise with Apple. There is no way I can imagine Google or Apple letting this type of software on their platform, especially if it also takes a direct hit on their sales figures (due to downloading things from Megabox as opposed to Google Music).

I’m not entirely sure what I think about Megabox as of now. It seems like just another way to rebel against the Federal Government after completely taking down Dotcom’s Megaupload website. On the other hand, an interview that was conducted with Dotcom, he claimed that he was not at fault according to United States law, and it was actually people uploading to Megaupload that were at fault. All Dotcom did was offer a bunch of free bandwidth. It seems weird, but Dotcom has a very good knowledge of United States copyright law, and so do his lawyers. Who knows though? Maybe megabox will turn out to be a huge success.

Anyone curious as to what this could bring to Dotcom in the future? More Federal Government raids? Lawsuits? Let us know in the comments below, surely we have some copyright law geniuses out there!

source: talk android

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launches in South Korea on SKT, LG U+ and KT

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Samsung has announced the South Korean launch of its new 5.5-inch smartphone, the Galaxy Note 2. By now we're all familiar with the Note 2's impressive spec sheet — a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM, 5.5-inch 720p non-PenTile HD SuperAMOLED display, 4G LTE connectivity. Today the device launches across all three main South Korean carriers — SKT, LG U+ and KT, where it'll be available in "marble white" and "titanium grey" colors.

The South Korean launch marks the start of the Galaxy Note 2 World Tour, as the device spreads its reach across the globe. Samsung says it'll offer the Note 2 across 260 carriers in 128 countries, including all major U.S. and European networks.

The next stop for the Galaxy Note 2 is London, where it makes its UK debut on Oct. 1. For more on the Note 2, check out our hands-on coverage from IFA 2012.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (Translated)

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BlackBerry App World to sell music and movies, open to BB 10 app submissions on October 10th

In addition to sharing new details about its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 OS, RIM used today’s BlackBerry Jam keynote to make an announcement about App World. The company just revealed that in addition to applications and games, the store will sell music, movies and TV shows — a move that brings it more in line with rival stores like Google Play and Apple’s App Store. That should please App World’s 80 million subscribers (a nice little figure RIM dropped in its keynote just now). Another stat: there are currently 105,000 apps in the store, with 3 billion downloads logged since the store’s opening. And, RIM says, BB 10 applications will join the herd soon: the company will begin accepting submissions on October 10th. Get it? BB 10 on 10/10? Clever, Thorsten.

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Engadget Live: Join us at 4AM ET for an ‘ask me anything’ Q&A with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop!

Engadget Live Join us at 4AM ET for an 'ask me anything' Q&A with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop!

You may have since forgotten, but today was the original kick-off day for Nokia World 2012. With the big show canceled and the devices already launched, we instead opted to drop by the smartphone maker’s headquarters just outside Helsinki. We’re spending three days here in Finland, meeting with executives to get an inside look at the company’s next-generation smartphone lineup. Our first face-to-face is with Nokia’s chief executive himself, Stephen Elop, who has generously offered up 30 minutes to answer your questions. Because of the time constraints, we won’t be able to accommodate every request, but we’ll certainly do our best.

There are two ways to submit your questions: leave a comment below, or you can send us a tweet @EngadgetLive — once the session begins, we’ll only be able to accept messages through Twitter, and you’re welcome to ask questions before we start and as a follow-up to Stephen’s responses, as well. In order to accommodate the largest possible audience, we’ll be using our liveblog tool to post both questions and answers, so bookmark this page and hop on over there at 4AM Eastern tomorrow. As always, you’ll also find the local time just below. Now about those questions…

September 25, 2012 4:00 AM EDT

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ZTE Officially Launches The Blade III Smartphone For The Nordic Markets

 

ZTE has announced its newest smartphone called the Blade III— yes that same Blade III we mentioned to you we menitoned to you sometime last month. This smartphone will be featured as more or less a budget offering as it has a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 512MB, a 4-inch screen and 5MP camera. Not the most impressive device on the planet, but at least it will be loaded up with a heavy dose of Ice Cream Sandwich onboard. For now, the device will launch in Finland this month, followed by Sweden next month and cost a measly 1499 SEK ($230 USD).

You’ll find more details once you hit past break.

 

World premiere of ZTE Blade III smartphone in Nordic markets

With a 4-inch screen, ten times more memory and upgraded operating system, mobile users can enjoy an even sharper multimedia experience – without compromising on price

Stockholm,  20 September 2012 – ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today launched the ZTE Blade III, the third sequel of the ZTE Blades series. ZTE Blade III premieres on the Nordic market and once again combines high performance with a moderate price point. With an expanded storage memory, an enlarged 4- inch screen and an Android 4.0 upgraded operating system, the Blade III further improves the user experience by offering extra space to store pictures, music or apps, and providing an excellent video or gaming experience. By launching Blade III ZTE continues to deliver on its vision: better performance for money.
“With Blade III we have paid extra attention to our users. We have focused on a larger screen and expanded the storage space significantly. ZTE Blade III is the first ever smartphone in its price range with a 4-inch touch screen and Android 4.0. This enables more users to take part in an extremely sharp multimedia experience, without costing an arm and a leg,” said Mr. Ao Wen, Vice President of Europe Operations for ZTE Handsets.

The ZTE Blade III is an easy-to-use smartphone with WiFi, a 4-inch WVGA touch screen and, 2.5 GB memory which can be further expanded with a 32 GB memory card. The 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, and support for video and audio standards including MPEG4 and, AAC+ makes it easier and more fun to watch movies, use social networks and listen to music.

Blade III will be launched in black in Sweden in October and in white in Finland in September. It will have a recommended reseller price in Sweden at 1499 SEK and will launch in other key markets around Europe and the world throughout 2012.
Specifications

-  4 inch WVGA (800×480) 262K TFT Capacitive Touch Screen
–  Weight: 130 gram
–  Size: 123 mm x 63.5 mm x 10mm
–  1GHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 A processor
–  Android 4.0
–  Memory: ROM 4 GB, ca 2.5GB accessible to the user, RAM 512 MB
–  Supports Micro SD memory card up to 32 GB 
–  5.0 MP AF camera
–  HD-ljud, Dual Mic
–  Mobile standards: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) /UMTS/ GSM/GPRS/EDGE
–  Audio standards: MP3, AAC, AAC+, midi, wav, AMR-NB
–  Dolby, DLNA
–  Video standards: MPEG4, H.263, H.264
–  Wireless communications standards: Bluetooth™ 2.1, A2DP, GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
–  Battery capacity: Li-ion1600 mAh
–  FOTA (Firmware Over-the-Air) – funktion som används för att på ett smidigt sätt uppgradera smartphones
–  FM radio


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Duarte: I’m ‘a third of the way to where I want to be’ with Android

Android CentralInterface design guru and shirt connoisseur Matias Duarte has been responsible for many of the design decisions we've seen in Android since Gingerbread. Recently the Android design boss was recognized by Fast Company as one of the top fifty designers shaping the future. However, despite the sweeping improvements he and his team have brought to Android over the past couple of years, Duarte is far from done.

Commenting on Google+ in reply to an article critical of some of Android's design inconsistencies, Duarte revealed that the work he's done so far only takes Android a third of the way towards his ultimate goal.

It's true, we still have a lot of work to do. Personally I feel like I've gotten only about a third of the way to where I want to be with regards to consistency, responsiveness, and polish. Better get back to work!

The designer purportedly made similar comments at Mobile World Congress back in February. So it seems there's undoubtedly a long-term design plan for future versions of Android, beyond the changes already introduced in Honeycomb, ICS and Jelly Bean.

For our part, we look forward to seeing the remaining two thirds of Duarte's vision.

Source: +Matias Duarte

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Huawei Mercury Ice For RadioShack Wireless Quick Review: A Burner Phone For A More Civilized World

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Have you ever thought to yourself, “Gee, I wish I could get a real smartphone for $150 with no contractual commitment”? Well, you can. One with a 4″ display, front and rear cameras, a microSD card slot, and a 1GHz processor. For half the price of the original Motorola Pebl (that thing cost $300 back in the day).

Oh, how far we’ve come.

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But do you want a $150 smartphone? I mean, that all depends. Do you conduct most of your “business” via the web? Push email can be a real lifesaver. Real-time Google Maps navigation will always get you to the right empty lot as quickly as possible, and Google Calendar reminders will make organizing your protection money collection schedule a breeze.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 rumored to arrive in March 2013

Samsung is rumored to announce the Galaxy S4 at Mobile World Congress 2013 later this coming February. The S4 will most likely replace Samsung’s current flashship phone, the Galaxy S III. Our friends at SlashGear have word that the rumored phone will see a global launch in March 2013.

It’s said that the new S4 will have a larger 5-inch OLED display, as well as a better camera than the S III. Under the hood, it’s rumored to have one of Samsung’s Exynos quad-core processers and 4G LTE. However, no major cosmetic changes are planned for the new device.

The rumor comes right after the announcement of Apple’s iPhone 5, a phone that has garnered a lot of attention recently. Samsung has said it wants to continue its one-year product cycle, but the S4 will be just a tad quicker on that, since it’s rumored to release just nine months after the S III. This will be roughly in the middle of Apple’s update cycle, so it makes sense that Samsung wants to let the hype of the iPhone 5 die a down a little before playing its cards.

Overall, it’ll be interesting to see how well the Galaxy S4 does in the midst of the iPhone 5. Samsung has already sold 20 million Galaxy S III units in a matter of three months, and the holiday season is yet upon us. We’ll have to wait and see what fun stuff Samsung pulls of its hat come February at Mobile World Congress.


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Samsung Galaxy S4 rumored to show at Mobile World Congress in February

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 is all of, what, four months old, but we're already starting to laugh our asses off see rumors regarding a possible successor. The Korea Times, citing unnamed "company officials" and "local parts suppliers," says we'll see the Galaxy S4 unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in late February, with it hitting shelves by the end of March

Oh, and they say it'll be slightly bigger (5 inches) and more powerful than the Galaxy S3 (get out) and will have LTE capability (you're kidding us).

Other than a possible screen size and unveiling at MWC, there's not much in the story we wouldn't expect. Faster, better, taking on Apple, blah, blah blah. Been there, done that, will do it again next year.

It's also a little early to start with the Galaxy S4 rumors, and it wouldn't surprise us in the slightest to see this turn out to not happen until later in the year. Regardless, we'll be in Barcelona one way or the other.

Source: Korea Times

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Sprint Asks: Is the Galaxy S3 the World’s Best Phone? [POLL]

Back in June we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S3 on Sprint (watch the video below), the latest device in a series of epic Galaxy smartphones, and Kevin Krause concluded, “Consider us impressed.” Even after yesterday’s highly anticipated iPhone 5 announcement, Phandroid readers overwhelmingly picked the Galaxy S3 as the better of the two devices. And it wasn’t even close (click and scroll down to view poll).

Make no mistakes… the Galaxy S3 is the real deal. But is it the best phone on Sprint? Is it the best phone in the world? Sprint’s hoping you’ll once again watch and read our review of the Sprint Galaxy S3 and decide for yourself. Then vote below.

Take Our Poll

 (This post is sponsored by Sprint, check out their Galaxy S3 at Sprint.com!)


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LG Touts Optimus G’s 13MP Camera – Promises “World’s Best Image Quality” [Video]

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I guess the quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro processor isn’t the only thing the upcoming LG Optimus G has going for it. The South Korean manufacturer took to YouTube yesterday to upload a quick video touting the Optimus G’s 13MP camera, delivering what LG believes will be the “world’s best image quality.” There’s a lot of technicals behind it, but if you’re curious to see the tech behind LG’s claims, check out the video below.

Have to say, I’m glad to see companies step up their smartphone camera game. As an owner of the Galaxy Nexus with arguably one of the world’s worst cameras (okay, it really isn’t that bad), I do get jealous of how amazing my buddy’s HTC One X can deliver bright, crystal clear images. Guess that’s one less area of concern when it comes to LG’s upcoming flagship.

In case you’ve forgotten, variants of the Optimus G are rumored to arrive stateside later this year with the Sprint bound LG Eclipse leaked all over the place. Now if only LG could somehow prove themselves with timely software updates, we’ll have another big Android contender here in the states.


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US Cellular launches LG Splendor

Another new Android device has just been made available at US Cellular, the LG Splendor. The Splendor made a few leaks and rounds a little earlier in the month and is nnearly identical to the LG Optimus L7 that was seen and announced at Mobile World Congress. The Splendor just went on sale through US Cellular’s website for $79.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. The device packs in a single-core Qualcomm MSM8655 processor clocked at 1.0GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 and packs in Ice Cream Sandwich. It offers up just 2GB of internal storage but they do toss in a 4GB external SD car for free.

It might not be a super phone, but it does have LG’s QuickMemo for taking screenshots and adding in personal drawings or messages and DLNA support. If anyone is interested in taking a closer look feel free to pop over to USCellular.com. Word is it is only available online for the time being.

Source: AndroidGuys

 

 

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Huawei Ascend D1 quad-core smartphone hits the streets September 12

Huawei and their new flagship smartphone is finally ready to grace consumers hands. They’ve teased their upcoming quad-core powered Ascend D1 Quad more than a few times, but starting later this month it will finally be available to consumers. After making a splash at Mobile World Congress then getting delayed — it’s finally seeing the light of day.

Huawei announced the Ascend D Q with their own in-house quad-core 1.5 GHz processor that was topping the benchmark charts. They quickly realized it wasn’t so easy to get production and everything up and running and have suffered multiple delays. We’ve seen plenty of great devices out of Hauwei but this looks to be their new flagship smartphone.

The Huawei Ascend D Quad features their 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and will be running with a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720p IPS HD display. Now nearly 7 months later they’ve finally got the device ready to rock. The new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (or Jelly Bean) capacitive buttons grace the front instead of on-screen, but otherwise it looks great.

Huawei has announced that this new flagship quad-core smartphone will finally be available starting September 12th in China, and will eventually roll it out to other markets in the coming weeks and months. Most likely it won’t make it to any major markets since their production is probably still rather slow on the quad-core processor. The new Ascend D quad will be priced around 2699 Yuan — or $425 USD. Who’s interested in another quad-core smartphone?

[via Unwired View]


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New processor is what took Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD so long to come, and it’s coming in September

The Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD has eluded the grips of many for quite some time. It was first unveiled back in February at Mobile World Congress, and after a series of promotional videos, in-the-wild shots, and other rounds it had to make it still has yet to come out about 6 months later.

But Huawei’s confirmed that the 10.1 inch, 1080p goodness will be headed to retail starting this September to a variety of markets. It’ll feature a K3v2 Cortex-A9 1.4GHz quad-core processor which features a 16 core GPU. There’s also an 8 megapixel HD rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and more.

There will also be 4G, 3G, and WiFi connectivity, as well as a keyboard dock that will give users a VGA and HDMI port when the tablet is safely nestled into it.

Those in China are already enjoying it, while users in Germany, Sweden, Russia, Belarus, Korea, Bahrain, and Kuwait will see it starting in September. Huawei has confirmed more markets will follow, but refused to say who would get it, and when. Read on for full press details.

HUAWEI MediaPad 10 FHD to Ship Globally from September

Berlin, Germany, August 31 2012: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has announced that it will ship its much-anticipated 10-inch HUAWEI MediaPad 10 FHD quad-core tablet to selected markets from September, with other markets to follow. Running on Android 4.0, the HUAWEI MediaPad 10 FHD provides and unsurpassed entertainment experience with its visual and audio features, power capabilities, and stylish design.

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“Most consumers use tablets for entertainment purposes such as gaming, viewing multimedia content, browsing the internet and reading e-books,” said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei Device. “We have created the MediaPad 10 FHD to be extraordinary – to excel in all of the entertainment capabilities including speed, power, web-browsing, high definition display and audio, and packaging it all in a compact and sleek body.”

The HUAWEI MediaPad 10 FHD quad-core tablet has a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 high definition IPS display screen and 16:10 golden ratio providing optimal screen viewing for gaming and high definition video. The MediaPad 10 FHD features an 8 megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera that records 1080P HD videos and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

With its 5.1 Dolby surround sound technology the MediaPad 10 FHD provides theater-quality audio effects even with regular headphones and its dual speaker design provides superior audio performance across gaming, music, and video playing.

The HUAWEI MediaPad 10 FHD is powered by a K3v2 Cortex-A9 1.4GHz quad-core processor and a 16-core GPU. The MediaPad 10 FHD LTE version supports the world’s fastest mobile wireless data connection at up to 150Mbps LTE (compatible with 84Mbps HSPA+), in addition to Wi-Fi and 3G versions. The MediaPad 10 FHD’s 6600mAh battery provides more than 10 hours of continuous usage.

With a keyboard add-on, the MediaPad 10 FHD can be transformed into a ultra-book, and its VGA and HDMI output and office software compatibility supports all your business and entertainment needs. The MediaPad 10 FHD also supports Ethernet access via a USB adapter cable to eliminate network accessibility limitations

The HUAWEI MediaPad 10 FHD’s sleek aluminum-alloy body measures 8.8mm thin and weighs only 580g.

The HUAWEI MediaPad 10 FHD WiFi version is now available in China, and will begin shipping to Germany, Sweden, Russia, Belarus, Korea, Bahrain, and Kuwait in September, with other markets to follow.

About Huawei Device

Huawei Device believes that everyone can be the center of information and that the world would be a better place if access and information barriers were knocked down. Its strong suite of mobile phones, mobile broadband devices and home devices is testimony to Huawei Device’s focus on customers and its commitment to providing user-friendly mobile internet experiences through ongoing innovation. Based on more than two decades of success in the information and communications industry, and with our own channel expertise, operational capabilities and global partner resources, Huawei Device is transforming from a company that sells millions of devices in single transactions to large businesses, to a “Business-to-People” (B2P) brand that also sells individual devices directly to millions of people. As at the end of 2011, Huawei Device serves more than 500 operators all over the world. For more information, visit Huawei Device online: www.huaweidevice.com


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We’re the first to hit a million Flipboard subscribers, and now you can win a Nexus 7!

We're the first to hit a million Flipboard subscribers, and now you can win a Nexus 7!

There are a lot of great ways to get your Engadget news, including our fine selection of apps and our tablet magazine Distro — plus the good ‘ol World Wide Web, of course — but we’ve been shocked to see just how many of you have been consuming our wares daily on Flipboard. Shocked and, well, flattered. The service finally hit Android in June and, in the month after that, our overall Flipboard subscribers jumped and surpassed one million. That’s a huge number on its own, but that’s not all. We’re very proud to say that we’re the first to hit one million subscribers, making Engadget the biggest single property on Flipboard!

We’re so happy about that we want to give a little something back. So, we’re picking up a Nexus 7 and will be sending it to one lucky reader. To enter, all you need to do is sign in and comment below. The full rules are below, so make sure you give those a skim before commenting.

If you’re a Flipboard user with feedback on the Engadget experience there, or a subscriber who would like to sponsor us on Flipboard, email us: flipboard [at] engadget [dot] com!

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Blizzard Has Blocked Iran Access Due to U.S Law

Sorry to all you Iranian customers, but Blizzard has blocked you from accessing World of Warcraft for one simple reason. The United States trade restrictions and economic sanctions prohibit it. Blizzard wasn’t specific if it was a entire BattleNet ban, but it presumably covers all of Blizzards various online services including their most recent Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2. I’m not sure if it applies to older titles or not.

“Blizzard Entertainment cannot speak to any reports surrounding the Iranian government restricting games from its citizens,” Blizzard employee Lurdlespor said on the World of Warcraft forums.

“What we can tell you is that United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran. Several of you have seen and cited the text in the Terms of Use which relates to these government-imposed sanctions. This week, Blizzard tightened up its procedures to ensure compliance with these laws, and players connecting from the affected nations are restricted from access to Blizzard games and services.

“This also prevents us from providing any refunds, credits, transfers, or other service options to accounts in these countries. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows.”

Sorry to our Iranian friends out there. Hopefully things will get sorted out soon so the gaming can continue! I guess politics is a bit more important than gaming, but that could be arguable. Has anyone in Iran been affected by this? Any idea why all of the sudden this is just now happening? As far as I know, this has been the law for a while now and a lot of companies have either not known about it or just aren’t abiding by it.

On the bright side, you guys can always look to China for a complete replica of the game since they tend to like making replica’s of successful U.S products like the iPhone.

Any thoughts?

source: Eurogamer

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IFA 2012 Rumor Roundup

Among the most important companies participating in this year’s IFA are Samsung, LG, Sony, Acer, and Microsoft. Over the last few months, speculations about what revelations they will be giving have floated around. Here is a summary of such rumors.

Samsung

Samsung has confirmed that it would be launching the Galaxy Note 2 on August 29. This has been said to be a smart move for the South Korean tech giant as the device is launched ahead of an Apple event to be held on September 12. Apple is expected to uncover the iPhone 5 as well as the iPad Mini during said occasion. Samsung’s device is somewhere between these two iDevices when it comes to size and features, which could allow it to entice some consumers to choose their products over Apple’s.

Moreover, the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, which had been already launched in Europe before the IFA, will likely not be receiving as much attention as the Note 2, unless Samsung finally gets Jelly Bean on it.

Lastly, Samsung recently announced the S Duos which sport a dual-SIM feature but has not yet disclosed its price and the date when it will be available. The IFA would be a good time to make these announcements.

LG

LG could pose an answer to the Galaxy Note 2 through the Optimus Vu, a device that sports a 5-inch display. This device, which had been already shown during Mobile World Congress, has already been available in Korea and Japan starting March.

LG has also announced that it will be launching a hybrid device next month, making the IFA an opportune time to give consumers a preview.

An 84-inch ultra definition television is also believed to be among the company’s new offerings that will be shown during the expo.

Sony

As for Sony, it has been rumored that the company will launch the Xperia Tablet S during  the Berlin event. Said device could have a better processor, come with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and sport a slimmer body.

Acer

Acer has a new advertisement for the Aspire S5 ultrabook featuring no less than the actor Keifer Sutherland. This could hint at Acer’s focus on what is currently the world’s thinnest laptop during the expo. Apart from this, Acer could showcase the Liquid Gallant Solo smartphone, a new entry-level smartphone that runs on a single-core processor.

Microsoft

Microsoft will figure prominently in this year’s IFA through Intel’s 20 Windows 8 tablets as well as Lenovo’s Microsoft-powered Thinkpad tablet, among others that will carry Windows’ new operating system.

via itportal

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Humble Bundle for Android 3 adds 4 new games into the package

Remember Humble Bundle for Android 3? It initially launched with donators receiving 4 games: Battlefield, BIT.TRIP BEAT, SpaceChem and Spirits. If you think that wasn’t great enough, 4 more games are being added into the bundle! The new games are Osmos, Anomaly: Warzone Earth, World of Goo, and EDGE. These 4 titles were actually available in the previous Humble Bundles, so if you missed out on the previous ones, now is a great time to get them. If you’ve already donated and got this bundle before today, need not worry as these titles will automatically be added for you and you can download them any time you wish.

Nothing beats an already sweet deal getting sweeter, right? If you’re not familiar with Humble Bundle and how it works, check out our previous post which further explains how it works and how to get it.

source: Humble Bundle for Android 3


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Huawei to Release New D Quad and D Quad XL Smartphones Soon

Huawei has officially declared the launching of its latest flagship Android smartphones that are soon to hit the market this August – the Ascend D Quad and D Quad XL.  It was mentioned in the Mobile World Congress held at Barcelona last February that the Ascend D Quad is deemed one of the best-spec smartphones.

The latest Huawei Ascend D Quad is integrated with incredible features including its 4.5 inch IPS HD Display, 1.2  GHz quad core Huawei K3v2 processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP BSI rear camera, 8GB of built-in memory, Micro-SD support and will run on Android 4.0 OS. Meanwhile, the D Quad XL will also have the same specs but the difference is on its 2,600 mAh battery size that makes the phone a bit thicker.

The company was supposed to launch these smartphones earlier but it was delayed. Huawei’s own quad-core CPU inside D Quad has encountered some minor technical problems hence the company has no choice but to postpone its release. In order to fulfill the launching of their latest Android flagship devices, Huawei utilizes all means possible in order to resolve these issues. Besides, the company sets aside the notion of massive production. All these are done so that their gadgets can hit the market sooner.

The official launching is set to happen late August or early September of the current year. Huawei however, has not yet tagged specific prices on both its D Quad and D Quad XL. But the company guaranteed that once the launching date is final, updates on prices will likewise be officially disclosed.

Despite the delays on the D Quad and D Quad XL release, Huawei is already setting a goal to sell 60 million smartphones within this year. So far, Huawei’s Ascend P1 is doing well in the market sales together with the low-end Ascend G300. Pertinent reports also said that the company is likewise planning to be the first seller to come out with a mid-range Windows phone 8.

Meanwhile, a different Chinese company, Xaomi, is also planning to release its own quad-core Android smartphones later this year. But the launching is purportedly scheduled on October, which means Huawei still has time to sell its D Quad units before the other entrants could hit the market. This would likewise signal a start of competition in the market sales.

Although some people said that if Huawei would sell its D Quad phones on a much lower cost, the company has a better chance of acquiring higher market sales and therefore could establish a healthy competition with other smartphone brands. Others even forecast that Huawei can make it to the top 5 list of smartphone Chinese vendors by the end of 2012.

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Gameloft’s new Order & Chaos spin-off will be lane defense

Android Central

Gameloft has been teasing a spin-off of their World of Warcraft clone for Android, Order & Chaos, for a few weeks now, and today took off the the wraps. It turns out Heroes of Order & Chaos will be a lane defense game (or MOBA), similar to Defense of the Ancients, League of Legends, and others in that sphere.

For those unfamiliar, you pick one of many flavorful, unique heroes, and use them to defend your headquarters against waves of mindless drones coming to do destroy your towers through three seperate lanes of attack. Not only do players have to defend, but they have to push into the opposing team's area and take out their base in order to win. 6 free heroes will be available on a shifting rotation, though you'll be able to pay through in-app purchases for permanent access. 

I'm just starting to get into Dota 2, and am finding the gameplay really great; it's actually pretty surprising that we haven't seen more games like it on Android yet, and I'm pretty confident Gameloft will do a good job with adapting the experience for mobile. Any LoL or Dota fans out there? Would you be willing to weather a gauntlet of microtransactions to play it on Android? At least you're already used to it from PC, right? We can expect Heroes of Order & Chaos to hit Google Play on October 11. 

Source: IGN

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Acer Liquid Glow released in UK for £148 SIM free

Android Central

Acer's latest budget offering, the Liquid Glow, has gone up for sale in the UK. Priced at £147.99 SIM free at Expansys in black or white, the Liquid Glow is aimed squarely at the lower end of the market, and will go toe-to-toe with devices such as the HTC Desire C and Huawei G300.

The Liquid Glow was first seen back in February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Despite being six months further on, the Liquid Glow still offers some pretty decent specs for the price point. 

It's a pretty nice looking thing, in a similar vein to its bigger brother, the Cloudmobile. The good news is that despite the four capacitive buttons seen on the front, the Liquid Glow comes with Ice Cream Sandwich. Not just that, but it's a pretty stock looking ICS experience too. 

Hardware wise you're looking at a 3.7-inch display at 480×800, 5MP rear camera with LED flash, NFC, 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB RAM and while onboard storage is a pretty lousy 1GB, there is a microSD card slot on board too. If you're thinking of shelling out for one, be sure to check out our hands on from MWC.

Source: Expansys

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Acer Cloudmobile goes up for pre-order in the UK for £285

Android Central

The Acer Cloudmobile was first brought to the worlds attention back at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Fast forward six months, and the device has finally become available to pre-order in the UK. Despite having a strange name, the Cloudmobile potentially offers good value for money at this price point.

Online retailer, Expansys, is offering the Cloudmobile SIM-free and unlocked for £284.99. For that you get a really good looking smartphone, with Android 4.0 on board — complete with on-screen buttons — 720p 4.3-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB on board storage. Camera wise we're looking at an 8MP rear shooter with LED flash. Compared to the high-end devices we've seen launched at, and since MWC, the Cloudmobile might seem like a bit of a non-starter. At this price point though, it sits nicely into the mid-range. Let's not also forget that Acer won a prestigious design award for this device. 

At present, Expansys expects to begin shipping the Cloudmobile to pre-order customers from September 5. 

Source: Expansys

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It really needs no introduction.

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Are you an Android fanatic that loves to write? TalkAndroid is hiring!!

Do you have an interest in Android phones, tablets, apps, accessories and anything else Android related? Do you find yourself spending hours a day reading news sites and blogs? Would you like to write for TalkAndroid? Now is your chance! We’re looking for responsible, talented and driven writers to join our incredible team.

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Q2: Android Accounts for 68% of World’s Smartphone Shipments

According to a new report from the IDC, iOS and Android accounted for 85% of all smartphones shipped during Q2, which is a phenomenal percentage. To no surprise, Samsung accounted for about 44% of all Android smartphones shipped and actually totaled in more combined product sold than the next 7 Android OEM’s combined. Do work, Samsung. In total, Android [...]

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Official: Samsung relaunches Galaxy Note 10.1, available globally this month


Samsung isn’t waiting for an August 15th press event to introduce us to their revamped Galaxy Note 10.1 This morning the company has officially announced a retooled version of the device first shown off at Mobile World Congress last February. The Note 10.1 will sport a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB RAM and will be available with several different connectivity options, including WiFi only, 3G/HSPA+, and a 4G LTE model coming later this year. The non-LTE editions will launch globally this month.


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U.S. retailer nabs Galaxy Note 10.1 ahead of official announcement, shipping today

Android Central

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, though unveiled back at Mobile World Congress, hasn't been announced for the U.S. market yet. However, retailer Negri Electronics says it's got its hands on Note 10.1 stock ahead of time, and it'll begin shipping them to pre-order customers today, Aug. 3. Price-wise, you're looking at a cool $750 to get your mitts on Samsung's latest quad-core, stylus-toting Android 4.0 tablet.

The version on sale at Negri​ is the Wifi and 3G version, which includes a quad-band HSPA+ radio, allowing you to use it on European networks and AT&T in the U.S. Other specs include a 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad chip, 16GB of storage and a 10.1-inch, WXGA (1280×800) display for you to use with that Wacom-powered "S Pen."

The Note 10.1 went back to the drawing board after it was officially announced at MWC, getting a new CPU and a redesigned chassis with a slot for its S Pen. The tablet was widely expected to be officially unveiled at a special Samsung Electronics event on Aug. 15. If Negri's shipping plans pan out, though, devices may already be in customers hands by the time that announcement takes place.

Source: Negri Electronics, @NegriElectronic, via: Engadget

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MIPS announces $125 Jelly Bean tablet

Android Central

Low-cost chip designer MIPS has announced today that they're releasing the "World’s Lowest-Cost Android 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean’ Tablet" at the surprisingly low price of $125. If the MIPS name rings a bell, you may remember we reviewed the MIPS Novos 7 back in December of last year. Similarly to the Novos 7, MIPS has teamed up with Chinese chip maker Ingenic to produce this tablet, currently being marketed as the Karbonn Smart Tab 1, for sale immediately in India, and assumedly through other channels to the rest of the world soon.

As far as specs, the Karbonn Smart Tab 1 isn't exactly a barn burner, but you get what you pay for:

  • 7-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • 1.2 Ghz Ingenic JZ4770 processor
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 1GB of storage, expandable to 32GB
  • 3700 mAh battery

Be sure to read through the full press release after the break if you want to learn a bit more about MIPS, Ingenic and Karbonn.

Source: MIPS Newsroom, Karbonn Mobiles

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