Sprint Adds Music, Books And Movies To Carrier Billing Option

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If you’re on Sprint and you’ve been feeling left out as far as having the option to use carrier billing when purchasing Play Store items other than apps, welcome to the circle.  Sprint is now offering you the ability to use carrier billing instead of entering in your credit card information, adding music, books and even movies to the mix.  Just another easy way for the consumer to pay for rich media content.  We’ll take it.  If you’re a Sprint customer, enjoy.  Feel free to let us know if you prefer carrier billing over standard methods of payment for your Play Store entertainment.

source: Google+

 

HTC Wants Customers To Know Its Multitasking Is “Operating Normally” On Its One X Smartphone

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The HTC One X smartphone is perhaps the best smartphone of the year so far, but it hasn’t come without its quirks. While Sense 4.0 has been rightfully praised because of its revamped look and tweaks to Android 4.0′s multitasking, it has brought some unwanted and unnecessary confusion to how the multitasking actually works. Let me explain— the multitasking feature found in the One X is actually overaggressive in closing background apps compared to other Android devices. For example, say you close your browser or Slacker radio for longer than 30 seconds, each will close completely and not return from the state of when you left it to begin with. As you might imagine folks are not the least bit happy with this “tweak” to multitasking, so individuals like our friends at The Verge reached out to HTC to ask, what gives? Here’s what HTC had to say on its “tweaked” multitasking:

“HTC is aware of some questions in the enthusiast community about how the HTC One X handles multitasking and memory management for background apps. We value the community’s input and are always looking for ways to enhance customers’ experience with our devices. That said, right now multitasking is operating normally according to our custom memory management specifications which balance core ICS features with a consistent HTC Sense experience”.

So there you have it folks— HTC clearly states its “tweaked” multitasking is actually “operating normally”… as in there’s nothing wrong with it, so you’d best leave it alone. Here’s hoping it will continue to enhance customers’ experience with the HTC One X and improve the multitasking eventually.

source: The Verge

HTC already installed ‘work around’ software to prevent infringement of Apple patents

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HTC was off to a great start this year, but just hit a bump in the road when the U.S. Customs halted shipments of the Sprint EVO 4G LTE and the AT&T One X due to violations with Apple patents. It also caused a delay for the EVO 4G LTE launch, which was supposed to be in stores starting tomorrow. It all surrounds the messaging and browser app, in which a pop up of options appears when tapping a link. For example you might get a choice of which email client to use when tapping on an email address. This infringes on Apple patent #5,946,647.

The interesting thing is that HTC already removed these pop ups with both the Sprint EVO 4G LTE and the AT&T One X. Not only that, there is an App Associations menu (pictured above and below) that allows you to choose default apps to be associated with certain items. So when tapping on an email address, you can set Gmail to be the default or the stock Email app.

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[Video] Sony Xperia GX/SX set for Japan in multiple colors

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If you want to read the press release of the Xperia GX and SX you can do that in an article that we published earlier this month. The jist of that article was basically Sony’s announcement of the two devices. GX being the higher-end model, boasting the following: Android 4.0, LTE, 4.6″ Reality Display, 1.5GHz dual-core, 16GB internal flash storage, 13MP shooter, HD video recording and more. The SX version will be packed with many of the same features, just a little smaller, such as 3.7″ Reality Display, same processor, 8GB internal flash storage and an 8MP camera.

I will say these are some pretty sleek looking android phones Sony has come up with. The various colors just finishes off the design nicely in my opinion. We know for sure these are releasing in Japan, but what about the US? Think these devices could drop in the states? Hit the jump for a couple videos, each showcasing the Sony Xperian GX and SX.

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Japan To Receive The Galaxy S III With 2GB Of RAM?

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Well, if you suspected that the Galaxy S III would come in quite an array of different hardware configs, you’d be correct.  We’ve already seen the device sporting the Exynos quad-core CPU and we know it will arrive on some carriers with Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip.  However, up until recently most carriers releasing any modern day device has been pretty fixed in the RAM dept, steadily choosing to use 1GB.  However, following the footsteps of LG, it appears that Samsung is gearing up to release 2GB of RAM in a version of the Galaxy S III slated for Japan.  Japan’s NTT DoCoMo is preparing their shelves for the GSIII, model SC-06D around June or July sometime.  Most likely the device will be running the Snapdragon S4 chip however, thanks to a spec sheet by DoCoMo, there are a number of devices listed of which the SC-06D is showing 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.  Nothings definite as of now, of course, but this is most likely a reliable source.  It would also be nice to see a device like this hit the US this summer sporting the 2GB’s of RAM.  As of now, we’ve not heard of any outside of Japan.

source: NTT DoCoMo (PDF)
via: PocketNow 

 

Verizon To Introduce Data Share Plans, Plans On Phasing Out Unlimited Data Plans In The Process

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In a sad turn of events, Verizon has decided to end its $30/month unlimited data plan for 3G customers who were “grandfathered” into the plan because they were customers prior to Big Red’s switch to tiered data plans which began last year. CFO Fran Shammo was speaking at the 40th annual J.P. Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom conference and argued as 3G unlimited data plan customers move to 4G LTE service, they would ultimately have to switch to Verizon’s upcoming data-share plan and go off the unlimited data plan anyways. While the new data share plan is scheduled to launch in mid-summer, there’s no word on pricing just yet. Nevertheless, Shammo believes this new plan will make it simpler for families and businesses to connect multiple devices and the industry has constrained the market around connected devices because people think they need additional data plans:

“If I can add as many devices as I want, that is more efficient from a family perspective and a small business perspective.”

To convince customers to utilize the new data plan, Shammo is looking solely in the direction of 4G LTE. Shammo confirmed 4G LTE will indeed be the rock of the data plan and as customers move from 3G to 4G LTE, they will need to be on the data share plan, which allows Verizon to kill off its 3G unlimited plan. Shammo adds: » Read the rest

U.S. Customs investigation delays launch of Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE

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We have some bad news for those of you clamoring to get your hands on the new HTC EVO 4G LTE on Sprint. It was supposed to be released tomorrow, May 18, but due to the U.S. Customs holdup, it’s not going to happen. If you didn’t read about it, Apple is the culprit as they were granted an ITC exclusion order for hyperlinks in the messaging app and browser late last year. Shipment of the EVO 4G LTE along with the AT&T One X are being held up at U.S. Customs as a result.

Sprint did make a statement, but unfortunately there’s no timetable to speak of. It’s in the hands of the government, which could be really fast or really slow.

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Google Music Device De-Authorization Limit Lifted By Google

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So, you know how Google allows you to authorize up to 10 devices to access its Google Music service? Well, recently an XDA member noticed that Google had placed a cap on the number of device de-authorizations to only 4 per year. For most people, that’s not an issue. But to frequent modders, devs, and ROM addicts, this is a problem since each new ROM and every full wipe is identified as a different device and takes up one of the 10 slots. To not fill up your device slots, you have to de-authorize devices in the Google Music settings, but at only 4 allowed per year, you could easily find yourself in a situation where your music is no longer accessible on a device.

Luckily, Google reacted quickly to the uproar this caused in the community and lifted the de-authorization limit, allowing everyone to de-authorize as many times as needed to not reach the 10 device limit. This is great news, but it is unsure how permanent this fix is. It is wise to expect limits to return once they figure out how to count devices more accurately, so it’s best to do some de-authorizing while you still can by going to the settings page from play.google.com/music and clearing out old entries. I had several orphaned entries from multiple device wipes and was dangerously close to hitting my 10 device maximum.

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via: androidcommunity

 

Android Diversity Graphically Charted In Detail

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See the chart above? That’s a picture of Android fragmentation diversity as compiled by Open Signal Maps. The company compiled data from 681,900 users of its app over the last 6 months. They counted nearly 4,000 different devices running Android. That’s a lot of gadgets.

See the big green box in the chart above? That represents the Samsung Galaxy S II, which makes up about 10% of all the devices. Also, Samsung as a whole makes up 40% of all the devices. Strong showing, Sammy.

Some of us think of this as an advantage… choice, after all, is a good thing. But it comes at a price, and that price is called fragmentation. Screen resolutions of varying sizes, different versions of Android, processors at varying speeds, all make for a more difficult time developing an app that works reliably across multiple devices. It’s a trade-off, but for an OS that distinguishes itself with openness, customizability, and choice, it’s a welcomed one.

Hit the source link to see more charts and graphs that break down the data.

source: opensignalmaps
via: the verge

LG Promo’s New Optimus UI 3.0 With Upcoming Launches, Offers a Slew Of New Features

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LG, struggling to stay relevant in the mobile arena has announced that their Optimus UI 3.0 is ready and ahead of schedule.  The new UI 3.0 offers a ton of new features and claims to be “unobtrusive” unlike other skins we’re familiar with.  We’ll initially see the new UI with the release of the Optimus LTE II which debuts in Korea this week and elsewhere in the world on the 4X HD around June some time.  Check out the features below highlighted by LG and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below and whether or not you think the new skin can compete with Samsung’s TouchWiz and HTC’s Sense 4.0.  Presser after the break.

Features:

  • the ability to unlock the phone by dragging anywhere on the screen;
  • a new Pattern Lock that allows users to preset the most frequently used function, such as the camera, which automatically opens once the phone is unlocked;
  • a simpler version of Optimus UI 3.0 for new smartphone users which organizes the main applications so that they are the easiest to access;
  • a new Voice Shutter that allows users to capture photos using only voice commands;
  • a special camera feature that enables users to pick up the best shot among multiple images including the moment just before the shutter button is depressed;
  • an Icon Customizer that provides an additional level of personalization by allowing users to set their own photos as icons and shortcut images;
  • the addition of a Download category to the menu for easier organization.