Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 6.3 still doesn’t have an exact launch date, but it has made its way to the FCC. While the Mega was announced with LTE and HSPA+ radios, it appears that this version, model I9200, only has the latter onboard (I9205 is the LTE-equipped variant) — the Galaxy slightly-less Mega, it seems. It’s a safe bet that this particular model won’t officially make it stateside, but the reports seem to indicate that it’ll play nice with AT&T’s HSPA+ bands. In case you’re thinking of importing this 1.7Ghz device down the line, you can have a look at our hands-on here. Otherwise, you can have a look at the filing by heading to the source link.
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Well, this was a long time coming. Spotify’s upping it car compatibility by bringing its streaming services to Ford’s Sync AppLink. The voice controlled version of the app lets users perform the standard array of controls sans-hands, including play, skip, et al. More interesting are the Spotify-tailored features, like starring tracks, getting details about a song, adding to a roadtrip playlist and received shared tracks while your eyes are on the while. The updated app is “coming soon” for iOS, according to Spotify, and the service is also set to be the first music streamer for Sync AppLink’s European launch.
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Andy Rubin has added another response to Alibaba’s Aliyun OS, after Google’s insistence that Acer put the launch of its new smartphone on pause. He focuses (again) on the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), which OEMs agree to when they work with the platform, promising to keep Android a happy (and relatively compatible) platform. Amazon dodges any similar issues with its Kindle Fire tablets, because it didn’t sign up to the same alliance. Rubin says that because Aliyun uses Android’s framework and tools — as well as housing some suspect Android apps (and pirated Google programs) within its own App Store — the mobile OS “takes advantage of all the hard work that’s gone into that platform by the OHA.” Google’s looking to protect how Android behaves as a whole, and the senior VP suggests that if Alibaba’s new OS wanted “to benefit from the Android ecosystem” then they could make the move across to full compatibility. We’re still waiting to hear what Acer (and Alibaba) plan to do next.
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Google Senior VP of Mobile: Aliyun OS ‘under no requirement to be compatible’, but it won’t get help from Android ecosystem alliance originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 16 Sep 2012 11:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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While Apple was busy announcing the iPhone 5, it left out mention of whether the device would use the recently approved (and Apple-designed) nano-SIM standard. Sure enough, the leaks were right once more — Apple is relying on that even tinier subscriber module for GSM, HSPA and LTE networks. The company also makes clear that there’s no going back, so you’ll have to chuck your earlier micro-SIM card if you’ve got one. Such is the price of progress.
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iPhone 5 confirmed to use nano-SIM, current SIMs not compatible originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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hypnosec writes “The newly unveiled productivity suite from Microsoft, Office 2013, won’t be running on older operating systems like Windows XP and Vista it has been revealed. Office 2013 is said to be only compatible with PCs, laptops or tablets that are running on the latest version of Windows i.e. either Windows 7 or not yet released Windows 8. According to a systems requirements page for Microsoft for Office 2013 customer preview, the Office 2010 successor is only compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012. This was confirmed by a Microsoft spokesperson. Further the minimum requirements states that systems need to be equipped with at least a 1 GHz processor and should have 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit systems or 2 GB for 64-bit hardware. The minimum storage space that should be available is 3 GB along with a DirectX 10-compatible graphics card for users wanting hardware acceleration.”
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Spotify’s been available to a certain segment of the BlackBerry population for some time now, but as of today it’s become an official listing on RIM’s app store. The app, which exited beta last December, hasn’t changed — there aren’t any UI or performance tweaks in tow, simply a more convenient means of accessing the application without having to redirect to a dedicated mobile site. You can hit up the source below to start your download, but bear in mind you’ll need a premium account to take advantage of the company’s streaming service on-the-go.
Spotify now official on BlackBerry App World for compatible handsets originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 25 Jun 2012 16:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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For everybody whose waited with bated breath for the widespread arrival of MirrorLink, take heed because the smartphone / car stereo integration technology is about to make a significant splash in the first half of this year. Along with the Sony XAV-601BT and the XAV-701 HD — two MirrorLink-enabled Sony head units set for a Q2 arrival — we’ve also just learned Samsung will introduce MirrorLink support for its smartphones during this time frame as well. Even Sony Ericsson’s jumping into the fray, although the company wasn’t able to provide any additional details regarding availability. Be sure to read on for our impressions of the new toys, along with a video of the same.
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Two Sony MirrorLink car stereos coming in Q2, along with compatible Samsung smartphones (hands-on video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 12 Jan 2012 19:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We just heard last week that the Windows Phone Mango update was available on nearly every compatible device, and Microsoft has now made things completely official. In a post on the Windows Phone blog today, Microsoft confirmed that it’s “now delivering Mango to 100 percent of eligible phones around the world, regardless of carrier.” That feat was reached less than a month after Microsoft announced that that Mango was available on half of Windows Phones, which certainly an improvement on the pace of the earlier NoDo update. Included in this last batch is the LG Optimus 7 on Telefonica is Spain and the Samsung Omnia 7 on Deutsche Telekom. Now, about that Apollo update…
Microsoft: Windows Phone Mango now being delivered to ’100 percent’ of compatible devices originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 02:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is coming to us from Everest, who ain’t skeered to dip his toes in the Linux sea. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.
“Hey guys! I’m building a new computer with Ubuntu Linux in mind, and was wondering what motherboards (preferably from Intel or ASUS, but any reputable brand will do) you folks would recommend with great compatibility for stuff like WiFi straight out of the box? Compatibility with the first- or second-gen Intel Core i processors would be great, too. Thanks!”
Anyone who has dabbled in Linux knows the pains of incompatibility — it’s the price we pay for being exactly who we want to be — but if you’ve got any trouble-free recommendations, comments are open!
Ask Engadget: most compatible motherboard / components for Ubuntu desktop? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Sep 2011 22:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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