A new Galaxy Nexus commercial has popped up on the official Google Nexus YouTube channel. The commercial, titled 'Calling All', shows off Ice Cream Sandwich as well as some of the key Android features already available. The point is to see them altogether in one phone, the Galaxy Nexus.
The features shown off are:
Camera with Panorama Mode
Google+ with Hangouts
The commercial is very nicely done. It highlights the technical features while playing to the mainstream crowd. It's also a bright and happy commercial in contrast to dark world of the Verizon Droid commercials. As much as we love those intense Droid ads, they tend to intimidate sometimes so it's nice to see something different for a flagship device. It should be noted that Verizon had nothing to do with this one as this was all Google in their effort to promote the phone in general. Still no release date for US customers but UK residents were able to nab one today if they were lucky.
T'was only a matter of time, right? The Android Market -- and all of its hidden secrets apps -- now runs just fine on the Amazon Kindle Fire. There are a couple of caveats (albeit not huge ones) if you want to get this done. You're going to need to root your Kindle Fire, and you're going to need to be a little familiar with file explorers and apps permissions. Hardly insurmountable stuff, though, and the whole process takes just a few minutes. Hit the link below for full instructions.
This might be the best $6.99 you spend this holiday season. LoudCrow Interactive -- the company behind bringing the Sandra Boynton books to Android -- has brought the classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to phones and tablets.
It's the same interactive reading experience we've come to know and love, right down to Schroeder's piano. Chances are you'll enjoy this as much as your kids.
We've got demo video and download links after the break.
Say, for some reason, you just got yourself a brand new Kindle Fire and for some reason don't want to run the custom launcher Amazon's whipped up. (And it's pretty darn good, actually.) Now that we've got proper ADB access, loading a third-party launcher is just a few clicks away. (Or you can install through a file explorer on the device, if you want.)
We've got ADW.EX running with nary a problem. And just like on any other smartphone or tablet, you can set it to be the default launcher. You've still got Amazon's menu bars on the top and bottom, but everything else is third-party, along with the usual customizations.
Now, don't be surprised if you do see some hiccups -- you're basically running an app, and there are still parts of the Android framework that have been stripped out of the Kindle Fire. But if you like to tinker, here's an easy thing to try.
Well, well, it looks like our friends in the UK will be able to purchase a Galaxy Nexus starting Thursday. Phones4u announced today on Google+ that the retailer will have the flagship phone exclusively at their store in Oxford Circus (which is one of the busiest).
In addition to that awesome bit of news, the first 100 purchasers will get a £250 voucher for media content for the Nexus.
They have also stated that ice cream sandwiches will also be served, which is worth the trip in itself.
So there you have it. One store tomorrow from one retailer will have the Galaxy Nexus available for you lucky UK residents. Doors open at 8am, so be sure to get there early.
Here we have our first look at the new and improved Google Music app, which -- surprise, surprise -- is pretty much what we saw tucked into an early Ice Cream Sandwich build. Really, not a whole lot has changed in the whole Google Music experience as far as using the app goes. It's been spruced up a bit, is all, and themed more for the ICS crowd.
Take a look at the video after the break, update in the market at your leisure, and hope the updated Android Market app -- which you'll need to buy music from your phone -- hits soon.
Just in case you thought today's Google Music news couldn't get any better, T-Mobile has announced that they have partnered with Google and will be offering additional free tracks to their subscribers from now until the end of this year. Customers using a T-Mobile handset, like the Samsung Galaxy S II, can go to the T-Mobile free tracks section and download (and share via Google+) new tracks every week. This starts today with tracks from Drake and Maroon 5. You'll need the new updated Android Market on your phone or tablet, and of course have an active T-Mobile line. For the full details, follow the link below.
And just like that -- Google Music and its new music store has now gone live. If you missed any of that action or other happenings from today, be sure to check it out. Plus, don't forget to hit up the Android Central forums as well. Some threads below to help get you started:
1. Google Music is now out of beta and is open to all users without an invitation. Upload up to 20,000 songs from your personal music collection to Google Music and listen instantly on all your devices.
2. Seamless integration with the Android Market music store. All your purchases automatically appear in the Google Music app.
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