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How to follow Android Community for all the latest news and reviews

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Looking to get your fill of Android? We’re all over the place here at [#protected_0#] From apps to social media, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re taking advantage or not, here are five ways you can keep up with all things Android from Android Community.

Social

Social media is an important part of many lives. Be it the microblogging Twitter or the monster that is Facebook, we’re available just about anywhere you go via social platforms on the Internet.

Like news in quick doses? Check out our Twitter profile! Each one of our articles is posted to Twitter, so you never miss a beat. There is of course a link to the site should you come across something that sounds interesting to you, so be sure to have us in your Twitter feed if you don’t already!

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Everyone has a Facebook, right? If you use Facebook, be sure to Like us! Each article is posted to Facebook, and we always include big, bold pictures for you to check out. If you don’t like Facebook, don’t worry; we’ve not forgotten you.

Of course we’re on Google+! The tech-centric social platform is an important part to many Android enthusiasts’ day, and there is a ton of news floating around the social platform. We’re always up on the latest and greatest for Android, so be sure to have us circled for all the newest stuff.

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Don’t use social media much? No problem. If you’re not a fan of the chatter on social platforms, we have two other ways to keep you up-to-date when you’re mobile. Our Android app is really straightforward and easy to use. Like we always do, each article is available on our app, and open into a mobile-friendly version. The app works with all widely used versions of Android, so it doesn’t matter which phone you have — we likely have you covered. Check us out in the Play Store!

Another neat way to keep track of us is through Chrome. Just by visiting our site on your Chrome browser, you can save us to your Home Screen. When you’re on our home page, just click the three-dot menu at the top right of Chrome. Select “Add to homescreen”, and Chrome creates a web app for you. Each time you want to visit our site, just click on the icon saved to your Android device. Easy, up to date, and don’t worry — our site is very mobile friendly.

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Stay up to date!

However you get your Android news, we hope you at least make us part of your rotation of sites. We’re here 24 hours a day, almost every day (we need rest, too!). If you like quick videos about products we’re toying with, don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel as well. All our videos for new products are posted there, so be sure to have us in your video feed as well as all the mediums listed above.

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Rivet News Radio Talks Civic Reform in Chicago

Chicago, Illinois – A transparent, effective and ethical government is what the Better Government Association (BGA) has fought for since the 1920s in Chicago. Since his joining the BGA in 2009, Andy Shaw has led more than 80 of the organization’s 280 pending investigations.

“I know what good government and bad government looks like…[This job is] a good opportunity to use my skills and to try to recreate a vibrant, effective watchdog organization,” said Shaw, a long-time Chicago journalist, who sat down with Charlie Meyerson for Panorama, one of Rivet News Radio’s signature programs.

Shaw held up the BGA’s “Rescuing Illinois Project” as a shining example of the association’s impact. In 2012, the BGA uncovered 5 million in taxpayer-funded payouts to retired public school employees for unused sick and vacation days.

Panorama is an up-close and personal series featuring the people, places and events shaping the world. An original production of Rivet News Radio, Panorama is hosted by Chicago news veteran and Rivet’s head of news, Charlie Meyerson. Bringing years of journalistic experience Meyerson formerly worked for rock station WXRT-FM; the Chicago Tribune; and WGN-AM, where, as news director, he led his team to awards for Best Newscast and Outstanding News Operation.

About The Better Government Association:
The Better Government Association is a Chicago-based nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog group that works for integrity, transparency and accountability in government by exposing corruption and inefficiency; identifying and advocating effective public policy; and engaging and mobilizing the public to achieve authentic and responsible reform.

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* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
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Pricing and Availability:
Rivet News Radio 1.30 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the News category.

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T-Mobile CEO calls AT&T deal “desperate,” promises big CES news

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On Friday AT&T began offering a new deal to win customers from T-Mobile: up to 0 if they switch carriers and trade in their handset. This evening in a statement T-Mobile CEO John Legere called the new AT&T plan “a desperate move” and even taunted the company, explaining how T-Mobile spent AT&T’s cash that AT&T ultimately had for forfeit after the federal government stopped a merger between the two companies in 2011.

The full statement follows:

This is a desperate move by AT&T on the heels of what must have been a terrible Q4 and holiday for them. I’m flattered that we have made them so uncomfortable! We used AT&T’s cash to build a far superior network and added Un-carrier moves to take tons of their customers – and now they want to bribe them back! Consumers won’t be fooled…nothing has changed; customers will still feel the same old pain that AT&T is famous for. Just wait until CES to hear what pain points we are eliminating next. The competition is going to be toast!

T-Mobile aggressively sought to win new customers in 2013 by positioning itself as the “Uncarrier,” doing away with long-term contracts and cell phone subsidies. By the end of the year the new strategy appeared to be working, with T-Mobile reversing quarterly losses and adding new customers.

Legere comment about what will happen at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is a tease; he offered no details, so we’ll have to wait until next week to find out more. But if TmoNews is any indication, it may be another compelling monetary incentive for customers looking for greener pastures. The blog recently reported that T-Mobile plans to offer up to 0 credit to customers who break their contracts with other carriers, partly by offering to pay their early termination fees.

T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom is rumored to be in talks with Softbank-owned Sprint and possible also Dish Network for acquisition of T-Mobile, the nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier. Either way, it’s unlikely that there will be any news on that front until spring. Regardless of those plans, it’s good to see T-Mobile staying scrappy and continuing to do its part to disrupt the American wireless market, which has been in desperate need of a shakeup.

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On Friday AT&T began offering [#protected_0#] to win customers from T-Mobile: up to 0 if they switch carriers and trade in their handset. This evening in a statement T-Mobile CEO John Legere called the new AT&T plan “a desperate move” and even taunted the company, explaining how T-Mobile spent AT&T’s cash that AT&T ultimately had for forfeit after the federal government stopped a merger between the two companies in 2011.

The full statement follows:

This is a desperate move by AT&T on the heels of what must have been a terrible Q4 and holiday for them. I’m flattered that we have made them so uncomfortable! We used AT&T’s cash to build a far superior network and added Un-carrier moves to take tons of their customers – and now they want to bribe them back! Consumers won’t be fooled…nothing has changed; customers will still feel the same old pain that AT&T is famous for. Just wait until CES to hear what pain points we are eliminating next. The competition is going to be toast!

T-Mobile aggressively sought to win new customers in 2013 by positioning itself as the “Uncarrier,” doing away with long-term contracts and cell phone subsidies. By the end of the year the new strategy appeared to be working, with T-Mobile reversing quarterly losses and adding new customers.

Legere comment about what will happen at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is a tease; he offered no details, so we’ll have to wait until next week to find out more. But if TmoNews is any indication, it may be another compelling monetary incentive for customers looking for greener pastures. The blog recently reported that T-Mobile plans to offer up to 0 credit to customers who break their contracts with other carriers, partly by offering to pay their early termination fees.

T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom is rumored to be in talks with Softbank-owned Sprint and possible also Dish Network for acquisition of T-Mobile, the nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier. Either way, it’s unlikely that there will be any news on that front until spring. Regardless of those plans, it’s good to see T-Mobile staying scrappy and continuing to do its part to disrupt the American wireless market, which has been in desperate need of a shakeup.

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What’s the biggest Android news of the year?

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In this edition of the Friday Debate, we look back at a year of Android news. Android has consolidated its lead in market share, the quality of the ecosystem improved by a large margin, and a flurry of great devices gave users more options than ever. Android continued to extend beyond smartphones and tablets, with gaming consoles like Nvidia’s Shield and the Chromecast HDMI stick front and center. Voice activated search, a more intelligent virtual assistant, and a lot of polish came to our favorite operating system.

But what was the biggest development in the world of Android this year? What were the events that changed how we use Android to the greatest extent? What devices and apps had the biggest impact on the ecosystem?

Join us in the discussion, vote in our poll, and sound off in the comments!

Kevin Nether

The most exciting news for me was in the strides that Google Now has made. When the Google assistant originally came, it was a nifty feature to show off to friends. It worked good enough to use it when driving or when my hands were otherwise occupied. The only issue was it was tough to launch. I had to make a widget for it, and it still felt like a bolted-on application.

When Google Now was rebranded in July of 2012 it really showed the direction of the product. No longer is just a voice assistance, it will now begin to provide information to you when you need it. I’m excited to be there during the infancy of Google Now, and seeing it blossom into a vital part of the OS. Google Now is becoming a selling feature to users. In 2014, I can see it becoming a bigger player in this world of Android. Rumors of a Google Now smart watch are showing in my Google+ feed daily. I know Google is pushing Google+ very hard this year as well, so I wonder how they both will come together to make one awesome package.

Very excited for the future Android has.

Joe Hindy

Kevin’s answer is really good. I’m quite jealous.

It may seem one dimensional since I spend all day with apps and games, but for me it’s been the evolution of, well, apps and games. This year saw several console-level titles get released to Android including Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Final Fantasy IV, Sonic the Hedgehog (1 and 2), Riptide GP2, and many others. They have pretty awesome graphics, longer campaigns, competent mechanics and gameplay, and while some of them are remakes of actual console games, some are totally original. EA, who wins awards every year for their sports titles, have started releasing sports games on mobile as well (albeit not as good as their console titles because their IAPs are terrible). It’ll be exciting to see them put the same effort into 2014′s titles that do on their console titles every year.

Then you look at the app side of things and 2013 is truly the first year where we’ve transitioned out of the “oh my it actually works” into “oh my it actually works and looks good!” The app maturity in the Play Store has taken a large step forward and developers are focusing on things like design, smaller features, and more unique ideas instead of just adding a little #holoyolo and being on their way. Such apps include Duolingo and Cal Calendar as they have pushed the envelope forward so far in their respective genres that future offerings by devs now have a new standard to strive to.

All in all, it bodes very well for app users and gamers in 2014. I anticipate we’ll be seeing a lot more console-quality games being released (that aren’t remakes) and more unique applications that challenge the standard of design and functionality that we have now and we wouldn’t be at this point if it weren’t for the amazing stuff we’ve seen come out this year.

Adam Koueider

It was very much a year of evolution rather than revolution for smartphones and tablets, however, one device that did catch my eye was the Chromecast. At only , it became the easiest purchase I’ve ever made and it turned any dumb TV with an HDMI port into a Smart TV and turned Smart TVs into Smart TVs that were actually useful.

While it wasn’t a finished product at launch, it’s started to become a serious competitor in the space and as more and more apps start to support Chromecast it will only get better.

Smart watches were definitely the “next big thing” in mobile technology this year, and the Pebble no doubt epitomised our lust for a “Dick Tracy” style smart watch. As a Kickstarter, it blew away all expectations, and forced other manufacturers to rethink their roadmaps. For now smart watches haven’t quite caught up to our expectations of a mature platform, but the market is hungry, now somebody just has to deliver the right product.

Finally, the Ouya, another Kickstarter project which also blew away its target goal. While it isn’t quite the Android console we hoped for, it’s more evidence of Android gaming and its increasing popularity and performance.

2013 was a great year for Android users. Sony returned with a vengeance with the Xperia Z and Z1, HTC proved that the iPhone wasn’t the only premium device in town with the HTC One, Samsung refined the Galaxy S3 design in the Galaxy S4 and made sure it was still the sheriff of the large screen smartphone parish, and LG pulled out all of the stocks with the Nexus 5 and LG G2. With so many great choices for a smartphones, there was a phone to suit anyones tastes. Next on the Android devices agenda, a half-decent 10-inch Android tablet.

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Getting ‘Error downloading news’ on the iMore for iPhone app? Here’s what to do!

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We’ve been trying to figure out what’s going on with the iMore for iPhone app, but it looks like there’s a bug that prevents the news feed – and strangely, only the news feed – from loading for some users, some of the time. It’s a nasty bug, and we’re still trying to figure it out, but in the meantime, here’s how to get around it:

  1. Delete the iMore app
  2. Re-download the iMore app

Yeah, it’s the fix-equivelent of asking you to reboot, and it sucks, and we’re working feverishly to get a fix in place, but that’s the most bullet-proof way to get it working again, for now.

Thank you for your patience, and we’ll let everyone know as soon as we nail it!

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State of Android: India Monthly News Roundup (October 2013)

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It’s time again for a roundup of all the Android-related news including new smartphone releases (the Nexus 5 is here!), OS updates, app news, and network carrier news in India during October 2013. As always, there’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get started!

Smartphone News

Sony Xperia C officially launched

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In an effort to to compete better in the surging and highly-competitive Indian smartphone market, Sony has released its first smartphone, the Xperia C featuring a quad-core MediaTek processor, which is favored by most Indian manufacturers for their budget-friendly smartphones. After being up for pre-order from a few online stores, the device was officially launched by Sony for Rs 21,490. First, let’s take a quick look at the specifications of the device -

  • 5-inch display with 960×540 resolution
  • 1.2 Ghz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4 GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • 8 MP rear camera, 0.3 MP front camera
  • 2,390 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • dual-SIM support

Even though the Xperia C is more expensive than similar devices from Indian manufacturers, Sony’s brand recognition may be enough for this smartphone to be popular in the Indian market. Officially priced at Rs 21,490, the Sony Xperia C is available from online retailers Flipkart for Rs 20,429.


Spice Mobile announces Pinnacle Stylus Mi-550

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Spice Mobile launched the Pinnacle Stylus Mi-550 earlier this month, which, as the name suggests, is bundled with a stylus, in a effort to provide a low-cost alternative to the very popular Samsung Galaxy Note series of smartphones. The specifications of the Pinnacle Stylus Mi-550 include -

  • 5.5-inch display with 1280×720 resolution
  • 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4 GB internal storage expandable via microSD
  • 8 MP rear camera with dual LED flash, 2 MP front camera
  • 2,500 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • dual-SIM support

Also included with a smartphone is a free one year subscription to Evernote Premium and a free flip cover, and is available for just Rs 15,499 from online stores Saholic and Flipkart, as well has from various Spice AndroidLand stores around the country.


Xolo Q700i and Xolo Q900 now available in India

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Xolo has been busy this month, with a new tablet release (see below) as well as two smartphone launches, the Q700i and the Q900.

While the Q700i, a refresh of the Xolo Q700 released earlier this year, features a 4.5-inch IPS display with 960×540 resolution, the more expensive Q900 boasts a 4.7-inch IPS display with 1280×720 resolution. All other specifications are similar, with both devices powerred by a 1.2 Ghz quad-core MediaTek 6589 processor with PowerVR SGX 544 GPU and 1GB RAM. Both also feature an 8 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera. Surprisingly, the Q700i includes a bigger 2,400 mAh battery, compared to the 1,800 mAh one in the Q900. Both smartphones run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

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The Xolo Q900 is priced at Rs 12,999, while the Xolo Q700i is available Rs 11,699 from Flipkart.


Micromax ropes in Hugh Jackman as brand ambassador, launches Canvas Turbo and Canvas Magnus

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The biggest news this month was Micromax bringing in Hugh Jackman to be the brand ambassador for the rising Indian manufacturer, with the first smartphone to be advertised by him being the Micromax Canvas Turbo A250.

The Micromax Canvas Turbo has a lot to boast about, with specifications that include a 5-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution (another first for Micromax), a 1.5 Ghz quad-core MediaTek MT6589T processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera, 2,000 mAh battery, and running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Canvas Turbo also features multi-window view, pop-up video view, smart gestures, blow to unlock, and iFloat, a new feature which is as assistive touch button that remains on-screen all the time and lets you access key features of smartphone, allowing you to handle calls and messages, email, and more while using any application. Apart from great features and specifications, the Micromax Canvas Turbo also boasts a full aluminium body design and great design aesthetics.

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Amid the hype surrounding the Canvas Turbo, the company also quietly launched the Canvas Magnus A117, another 5-inch display smartphone which borrows a lot of its design cues from the Canvas Turbo, but doesn’t feature specifications that are as good. The Micromax Canvas Magnus has a 5-inch IPS display with a 1280×720 resolution. It is powered by the same 1.5 Ghz quad-core processor, but with 1 GB of RAM. Internal storage available is just 4 GB, but is expandable via microSD. The device also sports a 12 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera, and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

With obvious difference in specifications, the Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 is also cheaper, priced at Rs 14,999 (Flipkart), while the Canvas Turbo A250 will set you a back Rs 19,999.


Zen Ultrafone Amaze 701 FHD launched

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Micromax wasn’t the only company to launch a smartphone with a 1080p display in October, with Zen also jumping on the Full HD train with the Ultrafone Amaze 701 FHD. Other specifications of the Ultrafone Amaze include -

  • 5-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution
  • 1.5 Ghz quad-core MediaTek processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • 13 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • 2,050 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Apart from the RAM, the specifications of the Zen Ultrafone Amaze 701 FHD are quite similar to the Canvas Turbo, but is available at a cheaper Rs 17,999 from Snapdeal.


Nexus 5 listed on Indian Google Play Store

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After what felt like months of waiting, the Google Nexus 5 has finally been launched and unlike what happened with the Nexus 4, the latest Google flagship will be available in India quite soon after the official announcement. In fact, the Nexus 5 is already listed, albeit with a Coming Soon tag, on the Indian Google Play Store. First, here is a recap of the specifications of the Nexus 5 -

  • 4.95-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution
  • 2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16/32 GB internal storage
  • 8 MP rear camera with OIS (optical image stabilization), 1.3 MP front camera
  • 2,300 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat

Apart from boasting amazing specifications at a great price point, the Nexus 5 will also be the first device to feature the latest flavor of the OS, Android 4.4 Kitkat.

The Nexus 5 will be available soon from the Indian Google Play Store for Rs 28,999 for the 16 GB version, and Rs 32,999 for the 32 GB version.


Tablet News

Xolo Play Tab 7.0 launched

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While we are eagerly awaiting the launch of the Xolo Tegra Note tablet, which will boast the Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and OS updates directly from Nvidia, Xolo has launched another 7-inch tablet, the Xolo Play Tab 7.0, which is powered by the older, but quite powerful, quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.

The Xolo Play Tab 7.0 features specifications that are very similar to the Nexus 7 (2012), with The Xolo Play Tab 7.0 a 7-inch 1,280×800 resolution IPS display, a 1.2 Ghz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory with a microSD card, expansion, 2 MP front camera, and a 4,000 mAh battery, and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Xolo Play Tab 7.0 is available for Rs 12,999 from online retailers Flipkart.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) officially available in India

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First showcased at IFA 2013 in Berlin, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) is now officially available in India. First, let’s take a look at the specifications of the latest high-end tablet offering from Samsung -

  • 10.1-inch Super clear LCD display with 2560×1600 resolution
  • 1.9GHz octa-core processor (3G/ Wi-Fi version) and a 2.3GHz quad-core processor (LTE version)
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 8220mAh battery
  • 16GB/ 32GB/ 64GB internal storage
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • S Pen stylus

Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 10.1 features a plastic back with a leather-like feel, and the signature stylus of the Note series. To find out more about the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), don’t forget to check out our hands-on review of the tablet here -

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) is priced at a steep Rs 49,990 on the Samsung India eStore, which also includes Rs 1,200 worth of movie tickets from Book My Show.


Android OS updates

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update available for HTC One X, One X+, and Butterfly

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HTC is rolled out the official Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update to the One X, One X+, and Butterfly in India. While the One X and One X+ were launched in India last year, the Butterfly was released only earlier this year. Along with the not-so-new version of Android, the significant update comes in the form of the UI overlay, HTC Sense 5.

One of the key highlights of the Sense 5 UI is the addition of BlinkFeed, a home-screen news aggregator, a feature that was first seen with the launch of the HTC One. Other features include Video Highlights and a new quick settings menu, similar to what can be found on stock Android 4.2. Lock-screen widgets and Android Daydream is also now available with this update.

If you haven’t received the OTA update notification yet, you can also try going to Settings, About Phone, and Software Updates to try it out.


Samsung Galaxy S4 receives update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in India

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During the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear in India a couple of months back, it was mentioned that other high-end Samsung smartphones would be receiving an official update to Android 4.3 soon. This update is now rolling out in India for the Samsung Galaxy S4, which along with the updated OS version, brings compatibility for the smartphone with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Along with Gear support, the 685 MB update brings an improved UI, multimedia functions, and Knox security services, along with performance improvements in RAM management, display color reproduction and graphics, and overall stability improvements.

The update will be available over the air, but can also be download via the Samsung Kies desktop application.


Network Carrier News

Airtel and Idea increase international calling rates, others expected to follow

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Network carriers like Airtel and Idea have increased their international calling rates by as much as 25%, and in some cases even higher. Depending on the area code, calling rates to the US has increased to Rs 8 per minute, from Rs 6.4 per minute, with similar increases to all countries.

Some increases are quite steep as well. For example, calls on the Airtel network to Australia on ISD codes like 6113 and 6114 feature an 80% hike, up from Rs 100 to Rs 180. Luckily, most of the revised rates don’t see such a significant increase.

While Airtel and Idea were the first to make the change, other network operators are expected to follow suit.


Airtel postpaid customers can now create their own tariff plans

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Bharti Airtel is giving its postpaid customers the option to customize their plans as per their usage and requirements. Called MyPlan, a customer can tailor-make their plan in three simple steps.

For example, a subscriber can choose from five rental pack options, starting from Rs 199, and up to Rs 999. Each rental option will include the ability to pick a fixed number of MyPack units. MyPacks include different choices such as 40 national roaming minutes, 100 local minutes, 135 MB of 3G data, 200 SMS, international calling minutes, and more. So, if you go for the Rs 299 rental option, you will get 8 units of MyPack. If you want more national roaming minutes, you can use six of those units for the national roaming MyPack, giving you 240 minutes of national roaming talk time.

You can check out the table below for an easier understanding of how to create your own Airtel tariff plan. You’ll need to visit your nearest Airtel store to activate or subscribe to MyPlan.

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AA Weekly: top Android news of the week, August 11, 2013

thumb and featured This week we got news on the new Samsung Galaxy Note and some release information on the Moto X. The LG G2 has been made official and the Nexus 10 peeks out of the shadows. Unfortunately, we also got some sad news for the AOSP community. It’s Android Authority Weekly!

ADM rolling out: “find my phone”, the Google way

Android Device Manager is a smart little tool that you can use in case you misplace your phone (or someone “misplaces” it for you). The app began rolling out to users last weekend, and by midweek, the web interface that lets users manage their devices went live.

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We gave ADM a try, and we found it easy to use and intuitive, although the app doesn’t offer so many features as, say, Cerberus. Still, should “find my phone” app developers be worried? Probably.

“Note” the date: Unpacked 2 on September 4

Samsung likes to plant little hints to upcoming devices in the invitations it sends out to media, and the one from Monday made no exception. The Koreans asked us to note the September 4 date of the Unpacked Episode 2 event it plans to hold in Berlin.

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So, what do you think they will release?

Key Lime Pie, yum yum!

You hear that noise? It’s the distant rumble of a new Android release coming, one that is possibly key lime flavored. This week, an Android build bearing the KRS36B code was spotted on the Chromium project page, giving us hope that our days of eating jelly beans may finally be over. Not that we don’t like jelly beans, but Key Lime Pie certainly sounds more mouthwatering.

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We have little concrete info on the next version of Android at this point, but some pretty solid rumors point to a late fall release.

Moto X to launch on August 23? Moto boss slams Samsung and HTC

Now that the Moto X hype train came to a screeching halt, we all look forward to actually getting the device. Probably to torment us with more rumors, Motorola wasn’t very forthcoming about the actual release of the device, but a pretty reliable report suggests we’ll see the Moto X on all major US carriers on August 23.

How about the customization options? Sadly, AT&T seems to have the dibs on Moto Maker until early November. Color us disappointed (pun intended).

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But it’s no joy ride for Motorola – critics have slammed the Moto X for being a mid-ranger disguised as a flagship device. Motorola’s Iqbal Arshad felt obliged to answer the criticism, but also to trash talk the competition. Check it out, Arshad took no prisoners.

LG G2 is official

The LG G2 is here! It has buttons on the back, a great spec sheet, and a couple of really smart features. Our Kris Wouk attended the G2 launch event and got some quality time with LG’s aspiring Android powerhouse. His conclusions? It’s pretty awesome.

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We took a closer look at some of the more unique features of the LG G2, such as the Graphic RAM technology, the stacked battery, and the high fidelity speakers. Did we mention it has Viennese singing boys?

Motorola Nexus – wait what?

The guy that thoroughly leaked the Moto X casually dropped this bomb on August 8: “Motorola will release a Nexus smartphone in Q4 (that is not the Moto X)”

Whoa, where did that come from? We don’t know for now, and to make things more complicated, rumors suggested that LG was all lined up to make the new Nexus this year. Interesting times ahead!

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The maintainer of AOSP and all things holy quits

Jean Baptiste Queru, whom you might know as maintainer of AOSP and all things holy (and #holo) called it quits this week. We don’t know exactly what happened, but we think it has something to do with Qualcomm’s lawyers. Lawyers – standing in the way of technology since 1860.

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JBQ laughed off a petition that people started to get Qualcomm to allow the release of factory images for the new Nexus 7. Related or not, that happened just a couple of days later.

New Nexus 10 (2013): Samsung is out, Asus is in

For the grand finale, on Friday we heard that Asus would be making the new Nexus 10, which may or may not be great news, depending on how you feel about the new Nexus 7. All (we think) we know so far is that the Asus Nexus 10 will be in stores by holidays.

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There was some confusion about the issue, because just two weeks ago, a WSJ journalist tweeted that Sundar Pichai himself told him that Samsung would be making the new Nexus 10. As it turned out, the Android boss did not actually say that. The perils of Twitter reporting…

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AA Weekly: top Android news of the week, July 14, 2013

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This week, we almost overdosed on Moto X leaks, a solid rumor about the Nexus 5 made the rounds, two core Google apps were updated, the latest Android security scare fizzled out, the LG G2 was in the spotlight, and T-Mo launched its update club.

The Moto X hype train chugs along

Even if you wanted to, you probably couldn’t avoid reading about the Moto X this week. It started in force with reports about the phone’s Clear Pixel camera, which we think is marketing speak for a RGBW sensor. The novel type of sensor should enable the Moto X to take great pics even in low-light conditions.

Then, a variety of leaked images emerged, culminating in a veritable photo shoot of Eric Schmidt just casually using his white Moto X like he was in a secret Google lab and not at a public event with photographers all around.

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Our Nate Swanner reported on info he got from people who actually used the Moto X; his conclusion: the user experience is great, and that matters more than having the latest specifications.

The G2 looks sexy with buttons on the back

We’ve heard that the successor to the Optimus G would be sporting a unique design, but this week we finally got a clear peek at the G2. The most striking feature of the LG G2 is the absence of buttons on the front and sides of the device. LG opted to place the volume rocker and the power button on the back of the phone, under the camera module. On the front, the G2 is almost all-screen, with a very thin bezel and just LG’s logo to break the monotony.

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The G2 is just as attractive in the hardware department – one of the first devices powered by the crazy fast Snapdragon 800 processor, LG’s new smartphone could also be the first to come with 3GB of RAM. A relatively large battery and an OIS camera complete the portrait of a very exciting device.

Nexus 5 rumored to be the sibling of the G2

It’s still early in the game, but it looks that the next Nexus smartphone will be an LG job, just like the Nexus 4. At least that’s what a recent report from the Korean media claims. LG is allegedly developing the G2 and the Nexus 5 in parallel, and the two smartphones will share most of the specifications.

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The rumor says we should expect the next Nexus in October, with Android 5 pegged to make its entrance at the same point. Note that this is just speculation for now, but a number of other rumors seem to support it.

Google Maps update rolls out. Hangouts gets a voice

Two important Google apps were updated in the last week. The Google Maps app received the big update that was first teased at Google I/O, which brings a completely redesigned user interface and a bunch of new features. There was a bit of a rumpus over the conspicuous absence of offline maps functionality, but, as it turned out, the feature was only an “OK maps” away.

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Voice calling is back in Hangouts, after a few weeks of absence. When Google updated Talk to Hangouts many were shocked to discover that phone calling was removed from Gmail and the Chrome app. Well, put down your pitchforks, it’s back.

The huge security bug that wasn’t

The Android blogosphere is periodically swept by security scares, and the latest vulnerability supposedly makes 99% of Android devices susceptible to hacking. The problem (for scaremongers) is that the vulnerability doesn’t affect the vast majority of users who only download apps from the Play Store.

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Nevertheless, Google promptly released a patch for the vulnerability, which was then incorporated in the latest CyanogenMod. Now, if only manufacturers would move that fast.

Jump from device to device with T-Mobile

T-Mo continues its quest to shake up the American wireless market, and its latest offering is the most exciting yet. Announced on Thursday, Jump! is basically an upgrade club – pay a monthly fee and you get to update your device every six months instead of having to wait two years like you would on other carriers. For that price, you also get an insurance plan, so, depending on how obsessed you are with new devices, Jump! may well be your dream come true.

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AA Weekly: top Android news of the week, July 7, 2013

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This week, we’ve learned more details about the upcoming LG G2, Motorola teased the Moto X, the Galaxy S4 reached a sales milestone, HTC broke the hearts of One S users, and we got some interesting news about the Android 4.3.

LG G2: tantalizing rumors

LG is expected to stage a soft launch of its new flagship in mid-July, followed three weeks later by a grand international event in New York. With weeks to go till the official debut, leaks paint an almost complete picture of the G2.

On Monday, we learned that the Snapdragon 800 processor that will power the G2 will not be a power-hungry beast, as some have feared. The processor did as good as or better than competitors when it comes to stamina, giving us hope for a new generation of long lasting super devices.

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The G2 will be the world’s first device to rock 3GB of RAM, while mobile shutterbugs should rejoice knowing that an optical stabilization system would ensure great shots even in the midst of action.

Motorola, you better deliver something amazing

We’re entering hypebeast territory with the Moto X. And we can’t blame Motorola, happy to be in the spotlight after so many months of deafening silence – we just hope the device will live up to the hype. With that said, we’re really excited about the Moto X.

On July 3, Moto ran a full page ad in major US newspapers, announcing the world that “the first phone designed, engineered and assembled in the USA” is coming. The ad and a signup page that went live this week claim that customers will be able to design the Moto X themselves.

However, don’t get too excited about it – if a leak from Wednesday is to be believed, Motorola idea of “designing” means picking the colors of the case, choosing a custom text for engraving, and uploading a custom wallpaper. Cool, but we hoped for more.

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Samsung sold 20 million Galaxy S4s, but that’s not enough for analysts

Talk about high expectations – despite ruling the mobile industry, selling one of every two smartphones in Europe and raking in enough money to fund a small country, Samsung isn’t doing too well in the stock market.

This week, CEO JK Shin told Korean media that Samsung sold 20 million Galaxy S4 units in about sixty days, an impressive achievement that casts doubt on various negative reports that emerged over the last month.

Still, when the Korean tech giant announced its earnings guidance for Q2 2013 on Friday, analysts were not impressed, in spite of record profits. The truth is no one in the mobile industry is doing very well these days, for a variety of reasons that we discuss here.

Android 4.3 rumors and predictions

Last week, an Android 4.3 build leaked online, giving Android pundits a chance to look at what’s new, before Google makes it official. A teardown revealed that Google has been working to make Android notifications smarter, with a focus on making wearable devices such as Glass more easily controllable from a smartphone.

On Tuesday, an alleged insider revealed that Google plans to make most stock Android core apps available on the Play Store, thus making it easier than ever to obtain a stock-like experience even on unrooted devices running TouchWiz, Sense, or other manufacturer overlays. One example may be the new camera app.

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Speaking of which, Chainfire, the noted Android developer, has already rooted the Android 4.3 build that leaked last week.

HTC breaks the hearts of One S users

The One S was one of the flagships that HTC launched in early 2012. It didn’t feature the best specifications, but it was, and still is, an excellent device. So you can imagine the disappointment and frustration of One S users, when HTC announced that the phone won’t be joining the One in the Sense 5/Android 4.2 club. The news is especially vexing because the company promised a timely update to Sense 5 for the One S, just a few months back.

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Petitions rarely help accomplish their goals, but that hasn’t stopped One S users from starting one asking HTC to keep its promise and update the phone to the latest version of Android. As of this writing, the petition still needs more than 900 signatures, so if you’re a One S user itching to do something about HTC’s cruel rejection, head over here and sign away.

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