04
Feb
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Wi-Fi-only tablets are pretty popular and for good reason. No one wants to pay for a second data plan just for their slate, and the hardware is cheaper if you get it without 3G/4G radios anyway. Seems like a win. Until you get out of your house and curse your disconnected device and its inability to Google Jeff Goldblum's height at the drop of a hat. Enter FreedomPop.

The service may not be new, but it is novel: 500MB of free data per month.

04
Feb
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That seems to be the attitude that T-Mobile is taking with its domestic variations of budget-friendly Samsung smartphones. The Galaxy S III Mini (which has its own misnomer issues) is headed to T-Mobile as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, according to UnwiredView. The only difference from the international version appears to be an admittedly snazzy grey and teal trim makeover. 

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If you'll recall, this is far from T-Mobile's first Exhibit.

04
Feb
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Here at Android Police, we kind of sort of unabashedly love the Andru wall chargers. Even my black heart cannot deny their ridiculous cuteness. At $25 a pop, though, they're probably up there among the most pricey power interfaces you can purchase this side of a Best Buy Magnolia Home Theater store. But if you've been looking to get your hands on one at a discount, good news: you can grab a pair of these adorable little electrified bugdroids for just $35 - 30% off the regular price.

04
Feb
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It's not often that we see a live wallpaper that's interesting enough to feature all on its own, but Tiny Phone People fits the bill. This elaborate wallpaper makes your phone a window into the tiny life of one diminutive denizen, as he or she makes their way around the house. The wallpaper gives you a cutaway view of their living place, not unlike a modified version of The Sims... or a certain Hitchcock classic.

04
Feb
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If you've been waiting on more information about T-Mobile's up-and-coming LTE-powered Galaxy S III – like, you know, a potential release date – wait no more. TMoNews has gotten its hands on a leaked image of an internal T-Mobile slide that shows what could be a probable release time frame for the device:

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As you can see, way down at the bottom, it clearly reads Samsung T999L Galaxy S III LTE, with a launch date of either March 27th or April 3rd.

04
Feb
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If you make money on the Play Store, you should probably check your email. Google is sending out a notification to developers to let them know that in the future, payments will be sent out on a 15 day delay instead of the one or two days the company has been using for a while. What does this mean for you? Well, if selling apps is a primary source of income for you, then you'll want to do some planning.

04
Feb
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Last Updated: February 5th, 2013

Looks like it's OTA Monday for T-Mobile! The carrier just updated its support docs for three different handsets – the Galaxy Note, Relay 4G, and Blaze 4G – with details of incoming updates. While the first two devices are just receiving minor security enhancements, the latter is getting a major bump from Gingerbread to ICS. Here's a brief rundown of what to expect from each OTA:

  • Galaxy Note (T879UVMA1) – Security Enhancements
  • Galaxy S Relay 4G (T699UVMA2) – Security Enhancements
  • Galaxy S Blaze 4G (T769UVLF5) – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Mobile Hotspot Icon location fix, Add Email option fix

For all the Blaze owners out there, this may look all too familiar.

04
Feb
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While Samsung may have made quite a splash with its new ad during "the big game" here in the States, its Canadian branch had a pretty big announcement of its own: an update that brings Multi-Window and Chinese language support will be coming to the Galaxy Note II on "national carriers" beginning this Wednesday. By "national carriers," we're assuming that means Canada's big three: Telus, Bell, and Rogers.

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For those who may not be familiar with the feature, Multi-Window is Samsung's claim to fame on the Note II, as it's the standout feature that allows users to run multiple apps on the screen at one time.

03
Feb
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Reactions have been mixed to Samsung's somewhat understated Superbowl big game commercial, featuring comedy B-listers Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd. If you couldn't get enough of the pair trading jabs while pitching a meta Galaxy ad, Samsung has posted the full 4:40 cut to YouTube. The ad follows the plot and pacing of the shorter version, but there's a few extra punch lines in there. Just in case ninety seconds of middle-aged verbal jousting wasn't enough for you.

03
Feb
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Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 47.

Don't forget - the Android Police Podcast's live broadcast is every Thursday at 5PM PST (www.androidpolice.com/podcast). The unedited video version of the podcast can be found here - and will likely include various verbal expletives, technical snafus, tangents, and probably a good 5-10 minutes of pre-podcast banter as we prepare. Watch at your own risk!

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