Quick reminder for everyone today, in case you missed the forums announcement opening up the 2012 Android Central Community Awards for voting!
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Just over a month ago, users of Google Play Music in Europe gained the scan and match feature, allowing them to take their music on the go without having to upload it. Now U.S. users are getting the same functionality.
This service is free up to 20,000 uploads, which is quite a lot of music. Amazon, in comparison, only allows track matching for up to 250 songs for free, charging a yearly fee of $24.99 after that, though this does allow you to match up to 250,000 songs. Apple’s iTunes match, on the other hand, only allows 25,000 uploads for the same $24.99.
Not only do you no longer have to upload your music manually, you won’t even be given the option, unless Google Play Music can’t find a match in its store for a given track. Both Amazon and Apple’s services work the same way, so this comes as no surprise.
If you have already uploaded music to the service, Google plans to replace existing tracks with the versions available in its store in the near future. If you have been using high bitrate encoding for your own files, this could be upsetting, but the quality should be good enough for most users.
Do you think you’ll be putting this feature to use, or do you already have your music uploaded? If you haven’t used Google Play Music before, is this enough to get you to try it out?
It's day 2 of our week long Nexus 7-a-day giveaway, where we partner with Google so you can win a 32GB Nexus 7 of your very own, and a $25 Google Play gift card to spend with it.
We love the Nexus 7 here at the Mobile Nations offices. It's the perfect size for carrying with you, which means you'll use it for more than just surfing from the couch. It's bright, high-resolution screen makes it a pleasure to use, and the oompf under the hood from Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor means great multimedia consumption and some of the best mobile games on any platform.
We think you'll love it, too. And so does Google. That's why we got together on this — getting more Nexus 7 tablets into the hands of people who want one. If you're one of those people who want one (and I think I can speak for everyone and say we all are) entering is easy.
Head into the forums, show us a picture of your current phone or tablet. Post the picture in the thread, and we'll pick a winner. I told you it was easy. Now get in there, read all the rules, and enter today's giveaway!
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A little common sense is all that's needed to avoid the latest piece of scareware making the rounds
Here's how to avoid the latest "ZOMG SCARY ANDROID BOTNET SCARY SCAM!!!" of the week.
- Don't click on obviously spammy text messages from people you don't know.
- Don't click on obviously spammy text messages from people you do know.
- Don't leave leave your phone's built-in security features turned off unless you absolutely need to.
If it seems like we've been here before, well, we have. This week's worry is "SpamSoldier," which uses an infected phone to send a bunch of spammy SMSs to other phones, inviting them to download free apps or games or other free offers that, of course, are trojans that then send hundreds of spammy SMSs to your contacts. It's the evil cycle of life.
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OK, so the one on the left is a Windows Phone 8 device, more specificially, the much leaked Huawei W1. The device on the right however it the one we're interested in. We've heard talk of Huawei releasing a 5-inch device to the world, and according to an SVP at the company, we're going to see it at CES.
Taking to Sina Weibo, Richard Yu confirmed that the Chinese OEM will be launching their latest high end effort, the D2, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month.
According to some specs which have appeared in the TENAA database, the D2 will sport a 1920×1080 display, a 2900mAh battery, a 1.5GHz quad-core chip — likely produced in house — 2GB of RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Perhaps more interestingly, Mr Yu has also expressed his concerns that the specifications, and therefore the cost, of the device is too high. Price is still to be mentioned, but we're sure the specs are just fine. Whatever the eventual outcome, Android Central will be on the ground from Las Vegas to bring you everything you'll need to know.
Sources: Sina Weibo, TENAA via Engadget
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Seemingly out of nowhere, Samsung has said today that it will stop pursuing injunction requests against Apple products in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands. Coming on the heels of mixed news in the big Samsung v. Apple trial here in the states yesterday, Samsung looks to be slowing down on its lawsuits in Europe now. What this basically means is that in the countries listed above, it will no longer be trying to receive sales bans on Apple devices. The Verge received this quote from Samsung on the matter:
Samsung remains committed to licensing our technologies on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, and we strongly believe it is better when companies compete fairly in the marketplace, rather than in court. In this spirit, Samsung has decided to withdraw our injunction requests against Apple on the basis of our standard essential patents pending in European courts, in the interest of protecting consumer choice.
Quite the turn-around from the litigious nature of previous Samsung statements and actions, and everyone is wondering why the company has decided to make the switch. The likely reasoning is that Samsung is trying to put all of its time and effort into pushing the FRAND (Fair, Reasonable And Not Discriminatory) licensing of its standards-essential patent portfolio. This makes Samsung look like the good company that's working to keep a competitive marketplace, something that the regulators will like to see.
This surely doesn't take future lawsuits or possible sales bans off the table entirely, but Samsung would likely be happy to just license its extensive set of patents and be done with the matter if it had the chance.
Source: The Next Web; The Verge
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Yesterday we told you that Google Play would be counting down to 2013 a little differently than it counted down to 2012. Today that trend continues and celebrates a legendary musician’s birthday in the process.
Whether or not you’re excited about today’s surprise boils down to one factor: whether or not you like the Rolling Stones. See, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards turns 69 today and Google is celebrating two birds with one video.
“Beast of Burden,” a live video from the final show of the Rolling Stones’ 1982 tour is likely a great find for fans of the band, especially since this version includes an interview with Keith Richards himself, but for everyone else, well, let’s just say it’s no $35 hotel credit.
Commenters on our story from yesterday are less than excited about Google Play’s 2013 countdown, but hopefully the deals will get better as the days roll by. After all, we are only on day two. If you are excited about the video, check out the link below in the sources section.
What do you think? Are you excited about today’s surprise, or would you prefer an app discount?
If the 2100mAh battery that comes stock with the Samsung Galaxy S3 still isn't quite enough for you, you'll be pleased to hear that Samsung appears set to launch an extended battery pack for the device. The extended battery hits 3000mAh, and has appeared for pre-order at British retailer, MobileFun.
There are no images, or release date offered at this time, but the price for the battery is currently set at £39.99. Included is a replacement battery door — in white or blue only it seems at the moment — and the new battery will still come complete with NFC as with the standard one.
The new battery will no doubts increase the overall thickness of the device, but many will take that for such a large battery. It isn't overly priced either for an OEM accessory, but for now we'll have to watch and wait to see when they appear.
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Modern Renaissance man James Franco is no stranger of Samsung commercials. He starred in a hilarious episode of the Fact Checkers Unit web series along with the Galaxy Note. He also explained his multitasking ways in a promo for the Galaxy Note 10.1 from back in August.
Now, the American actor, filmmaker, writer, and all-around artist is peddling the Galaxy Camera, Samsung’s Android-powered digital camera that we reviewed here. The ad is quite entertaining although a bit long for my taste.
The premise is simple — James Franco is dealing with various nuisances of casual photography, from photo bombers to “eyes wide closed”. In the process, viewers get acquainted to the most important features of the Galaxy Camera, which is precisely what such an ad should do.
Don’t forget to let us know your opinion about it. Do you like James Franco?
Last week we reported that the Samsung Galaxy S3 might very well be on its way over to Fido. Now the long wait is over and the handset has officially launched to Fido’s network.
So how much will the S3 cost you? If you are a new customer you will have to pay $400 and sign up for a 2-year contract, which is pretty steep considering the long-term commitment required. For existing customers, you can just buy the handset outright for $550.
Though most of us probably know all about the S3′s specs at this point, as a refresher it is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM. Other specs include LTE, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and an 8MP camera.
So how about it, anyone in Canada interested in picking up the Galaxy S3 through Fido?