AT&T has no interest in selling the iPhone [Updated]

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It’s not like the iPhone is hurting over at AT&T as they accounted for 72% of sales during the 2nd quarter, but that may change because it appears AT&T corporate is instructing retailers to push sales of Android and Windows Phone handsets. BGR was able to get confirmation from three different sources. If a customer walks in seeking an iPhone, reps have been instructed to show them Android and Windows phones to give them a better chance at an “informed decision.”

The big question is why? As a whole AT&T grew by only 3% during the second quarter so although the iPhone still dominates their overall sales, total sales are obviously down. Many feel it’s because consumers are waiting for the iPhone 5. BGR thinks this new information is the real cause, but that doesn’t add up either because if they were  ”steering” consumers to Android and Windows phones instead, then overall sales wouldn’t have been so weak. Also if a consumer is waiting for the iPhone 5, then they wouldn’t be walking into a store to begin with.

This is probably something that just started during this quarter, but one still has to wonder as to why? They even went as far as mandating that retail staff carry an Android or Windows phone as their personal device.

It will be interesting to see what the 3rd quarter numbers show because one source told BGR that the iPhone represented 80% of their store sales, but now it’s probably around 50 to 60%. As of the time of this post, no comment was made from AT&T.

Update:

AT&T just commented with the following

The idea that we would steer any customer away from a particular device couldn’t be more farfetched.  Our reps do what it takes to align customer needs with the best device for them.  iPhone remains one of our most popular devices, which doesn’t happen by steering people away from it. Our reps are encouraged to try all devices so they are more knowledgeable on our industry-leading smartphone lineup.

source: BGR

More Sony Xperia SL Colors Leak

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It seems the as yet announced Sony Xperia SL is going to be available in more than just the blue and pink colors that we’ve seen so far ( a good thing, to be sure).  Photos have surfaced showing the phone sporting black, grey and white paint schemes.  Photos and more info after the break. » Read the rest

How to back up your contacts with your Android phone

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Normally there isn’t a major need to back up your contacts as long as they are synced with Gmail, but hey a backup of anything can’t be a bad thing. You never know what could happen down the line and if something does happen, taking a few minutes now might avoid any heartaches. Moon19th from our forums put together a really good post showing you how to do this. He details a simple export and utilizing another application called Moborobo.

As to Gmail syncing, I can’t believe how many phones I’ve seen from friends that aren’t even set to sync with Gmail. This mostly happens to people that are just getting a smartphone for the first time and the store moved their contacts over, but never went over how Gmail works. Verizon is notorious for this as they often set the contacts to only be backed up with their own Backup Assistant. So if you have any questions on if your contacts are being synced with Gmail, then Moon19th also shows you how to set that up.

Just hit the link below and make sure to hit up our forums in general if you ever have any questions or comments about anything Android. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up here.

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Samsung Galaxy Pocket Budget Smartphone Due In September

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Those of you living in the UK have yet another budget-level smartphone now available. Samsung’s Galaxy Pocket smartphone is now listed on wireless carrier Three UK’s webpage and is due to arrive in September. In case you’ve forgotten, the Gingerbread 2.3-powered smartphone has an 832MHz processor,  QVGA (240×320) display and a 2MP camera— all in a 2.8-inch frame. All of this should easily suffice for most basic-level Android users.

No word on how much the smartphone will cost or when exactly in September it’s due— but those details should leak out sooner than later.

source: Three UK

Sony On Xperia Line Getting Jelly Bean Update: Hold Your Horses Fans, We’re “Actively Investigating”

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It’s not farfetched to see a major manufacturer say no to Jelly Bean for many of its devices, so it shouldn’t be too surprising or unexpected that Sony has also confirmed many of its popular devices won’t get some Android 4.1 love. When we last checked in with Sony, a rep had confirmed via Facebook that Sony’s 2011 Xperia line of devices wouldn’t get Jelly Bean, but the 2012 devices would likely see the major update. Apparently, Sony’s top dogs weren’t too keen on the statement, so  it released a follow-up statement confirming it is “actively investigating” Jelly Bean upgrades for its devices.

So there you have it— no one knows if or when you Xperia smartphone owners will see the Jelly Bean update. But hey— at least Ice Cream Sandwich is still on schedule.

 

source: Sony Blog

Casual User Exposes Major Security Flaw On Galaxy S III, Courtesy Of Samsung Kies Desktop Software

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It’s no secret some Android devices may have a security hole or two, but what about a device’s software application on a desktop computer? Well apparently, Samsung’s Kies desktop software contains a security vulnerability which could allow  malicious applications to be installed and may affect devices such as your brand-new Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. As highlighted in Andre Moulu’s blog post, what looks like an official or legitimate app could be downloaded from the Play Store (Angry Birds Cheats, Japanese Squid Girls, etc.) for use. As a user installs the certain apps, the apps could manipulate and overtake the install_packages permission found inside the Samsung Kies application. Once the action is done, the malicious app or apps could then have an even further effect by installing more applications without the user being fully aware.

The scary thing is how simple the security vulnerability is pronounced. It seems the vulnerability was easy to pull off using little more than a few lines of Java and more specifically— this is a common vulnerability found in many system applications that come pre-installed on users’ devices thanks to custom UIs. Let’s hope Samsung (and all of the other smartphone manufacturers for that matter) will take note of this and take preventative measures to protect their devices… and quickly.

If you’re ready to see the vulnerability in action, be sure to hit the break in order to see the video.

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Sprint Begins Rolling Out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, Again

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Awesome! Sprint has once again started to push the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Samsung Epic 4G Touch. Reports indicated there were some issues with the previous roll out and it appears everything has been buttoned up! You should get an automatic push, but if you haven’t yet, feel free to hit the Menu/Settings/About Phone/System Update to see if you can manually grab it. If you’ve received your update we would love to hear about it in the comments!

Final Fantasy III Coming to Ouya Android Gaming Console

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Ouya is not missing any beats as they’ve announced a partnership with Square Enix who will have Final Fantasy III available on the Android-powered gaming console in March. You may be thinking about the current $15.99 price tag on the Play Store version, however, Ouya promises there will be a free demo available so you can try it out! They also had this to say about the launch: “This will be the first time gamers outside of Japan can play FFIII on their televisions through a console.” Final Fantasy III was actually Japan’s Final Fantasy VI, this explains why the jump to Final Fantasy VII was so major and why it was referred to as one of the “missing pieces” in FF.

As an avid gamer, I’m stoked to see Ouya making such a huge splash and seeking developers of console games. They have made a commitment to “deliver Final Fantasy III like you’ve never seen it before…” Well, we only have about 8 months to wait! What should we do till then?

source: Kickstarter

Airpush, other Android ads could end with new Google Ad Policy

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Google has made some updates to their ad policy and guidance for Google Play developers that will likely be welcome news to users annoyed with the plethora of ads present in Android apps. The changes come on the heels of a new feature included in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean that gives users the power to silence app notifications with just a long press. That change by itself can help users deal with ads that insist on pushing ads to the notification bar.

Within the Developer Program Policies, the section on Ads includes this section on context: » Read the rest

Sprint HTC EVO Design 4G Receiving Ice Cream Sandwich Update

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With Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D reportedly receiving the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, the EVO Design 4G wasn’t too far behind. Reports from users are flowing in that an OTA (over-the-air) notification is now showing up for EVO Design 4G handsets for an upgrade to ICS. Much like the EVO 3D’s update, you can expect Sense 3.6 and several updates and bug fixes:

  • A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
  • Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
  • Redesigned camera app which introduces Scenes like Panorama, and Effects such as Vignette, Depth of Field, Vintage and Posterize
  • Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout
  • People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
  • Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
  • Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly and search for emails even without a data connection
  • Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera

If you haven’t gotten the notification for the update, you can head on over to Settings > About phone > Software updates and hit the button to check whether your update to ICS is ready. Any Design 4G users out there receiving their update to ICS?

source: Android Central