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3 years ago

Week of Nov. 21 enters the Galaxy Nexus date grab bag

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It's been a couple dates since the last rumored Galaxy Nexus launch date surfaced. But a couple of things have changed since then. First, we've heard through our sources that Verizon's finally picked a launch date. (Remember that the Nov. 11 memo we saw was a "work in progress.") Secondly, this one makes a little more sense.

Start with the Droid RAZR Nov. 11 date, which is official. (We'll overlook the lowercase branding whoopsie here.) The HTC Rezound (check out our hands-on) has already been made official at Nov. 14 -- also lining up with more unofficial chatter we'd heard. There's the Samsung Illusion -- a phone we've seen around since September -- on Nov. 17, but who knows how the hell a 3G-only Gingerbread device fits into things at this point. (Dilution, much?)

And, finally, we have the Galaxy Nexus, with a date of Nov. 21. That's still unofficial, mind you, and it's not yet known if you'll actually be able to walk out of a store with a phone, or if it'll be direct fulfill (aka ship it to you) instead.

Almost makes you miss the old Best Buy exclusive or Google Phone Store days, no? Anyhoo, we're one day closer to whenever this damn thing's going to launch.

(BTW: Looks like the Xoom 2 and Media Edition are headed to Big Red as well. How's about a 64GB version?)

Update: As TWong1200 points out, w/o probably means "week of." And we're getting more rumbles that the phone will in fact be available in stores, so that's a good thing.

Source: Droid-Life; More: Galaxy Nexus Forums

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3 years ago

The Galaxy Nexus vs the Droid RAZR vs the HTC Rezound -- Verizon's three amigos

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It looks to be a very nice Q4 if you're a Verizon customer and an Android fan.  Three hot new phones are coming out, and if you're due for an upgrade (or finagle things around so you can get a new phone -- I've been there!) you'll have a choice to make.  Do you choose the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and its Nexusy goodness, the Motorola Droid RAZR and its industrial design, or the HTC Rezound with Sense and Beats by Dre?

It's a tough call for many reasons.  We can't help you when it comes to your personal preference -- there's great reasons to want a Nexus, the Droid line, or HTC's latest sexy -- and on one level or another every choice is the right one.  But we can offer you up some tech specs, which we've done after the break.  Read the charts, read the news, and read the forums and you'll be better armed to make the right decision when it's time to buy.

Galaxy Nexus forums | Droid RAZR forums | HTC Rezound forums

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3 years ago

Girls Gone Gadgets 01: Premiere [NSFW-L]

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Georgia and Ashley Esqueda talk Android Xoom 2, geek dating dos and don'ts, how to rock (and not rock) your BlackBerry, advice for celebrity sexters, iHelicopters and Whale Trail for iPhone and iPad, and the next creepy step towards robot apocalypse. This is Girls Gone Gadgets! [NSFW-L]

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3 years ago

AT&T's first LTE Android smartphones available today

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AT&T's first pair of LTE-capable smartphones -- the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid -- are available for purchase today for $249 and $199 $149 and $99 (AT&T apparently lowered the price since the announcement) respectively. While both phones will function fine on AT&T's existing HSPA+ network, the cities where you can actually get LTE data are still pretty limited. As of today, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Athens, Ga.

The Skyrocket pairs alongside the Galaxy S II already in AT&T's stable, but it ups the Super AMOLED Plus display (at 480x800) to 4.5 inches. It's also got a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP rear-facing camer with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording, 16GB of on-board stoarge, and a microSD card slot.

The HTC Vivid has a 4.5-inch qHD display at 540x960 resolution. It's got a 1.2 GHz processor, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, 16GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot.

More at AT&T: Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket; HTC Vivid

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3 years ago

Up close and personal with HD SuperAMOLED

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Because we know some in the Android community (and elsewhere) like to get worked up over things like the PenTile matrix used Samsung's new HD SuperAMOLED displays, we decided to snap some close-ups of the tech in all its high-def (1280x800) glory on a shiny new Galaxy Note. If you're a regular around here, you'll know that the same technology is used on the Galaxy Nexus's 720p display too.

Take a look at the pics below -- we think it's safe to say you don't have anything to worry about when it comes to image quality. HD resolutions on a hand-held SuperAMOLED device look just as gorgeous as you'd expect, even when viewed up-close. The extra pixel density more than makes up for the fact that it's PenTile, not RGB.

Hit the jump for a few more photos...

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Nov 5, 2011

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Mmmmm. Apps. We got some more here for you, so let's hit the break together and take a look at our favorites from this week!

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD (Nozomi) caught on camera

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Everyone is getting into the 720p display game it seems, and Sony Ericsson is no exception.   The Xperia Arc HD (formerly known by it's Nozomi code name) has finally shown up on camera, and it's a stunner.  We don't know the specifications just yet, but the juicy bits have been revealed -- 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, front facing camera, Android 2.3.5, and of course the 4.3-inch 720p HD display @320dpi.  There's a couple more pictures after the break (including a respectable 1800 Quadrant score if you're in to that sort of thing).  SE, please bring this one to the states for us, OK?

Source: Just Another Mobile Blog; via: Android HDblog

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3 years ago

Best Buy drops Nook Color to $199 ahead of Monday's announcement

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Barnes & Noble might be waiting for Monday to drop the Nook Color to $199 as the Nook Tablet takes over, but Best Buy's coming out of the gate first, already shaving $50 off the popular 7-inch e-reader. No word on whether it'll drop the Nook Simple Touch to $99 as well.

Stay tuned for all the fun Monday morning in New York City. We'll be there for all the festivities.

Source: Best Buy; via press release

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3 years ago

Costco planning to sell the Galaxy Nexus for $289

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Looks like Costco's gearing up to sell the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, according to this inventory screen we just received. Price is slated at $289.99. But like anything else of this nature, it ain't official until it's official. But we would note that only a Verizon version is listed here -- we're still unsure if there's going to be an HSPA version available in the U.S. anytime soon. But importing will always be an option.

Thanks, anon!
More in the Galaxy Nexus Forums

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3 years ago

HTC makes available a whole mess of new source code

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If our calculations are correct, HTC just dropped more source code than we've got time for all weekend. To wit: we're now seeing kernel source and Gingerbread updates for the HTC Rhyme, myTouch 4G, Jetstream, Sensation XE, EVO 4G+ (which launched in South Korea), Sensation XL and the HTC ThunderBolt, along with the proprietary binaries for ADP1.

Not bad for a Saturday. Remember that this is straight code, and not flashable updates, so for most of us they're useless. But for developers, they're gold. You can check it all out at the link below.

Download: HTCDev.com

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3 years ago

Google+ updated to v2.1.1 - Home screen widget returns, bugs fixed

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The last version of Google+ to roll out, while having some nice additioons with it -- also brought along some bugs as well. Google saw fit to go ahead and correct those for everyone and now v2.1.1 is available in the Android Market. You'll get the homescreen posting widget back, installation issues should be fixed along with some various other unmentioned bug fixes.

Thanks, Brian!

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3 years ago

German courts grant injunction against Apple for Motorola patent infringement

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Courts in Germany have found in favor of Motorola in two cases of patent infringement by Apple.  These are the same types of proceedings that Apple has used to get Samsung products pulled from shelves and show floors in the past, and the current documents from Germany look to affect all Apple mobile products, and have enabled damages that go back to April 2003.  But let's not get too excited, because I doubt that Motorola will ask for Apple products to be banned from sale in Germany, even though the courts have said they can do so.

Of the two patents in question (EP 1010336 (B1) and EP 0847654 (B1)), Motorola has already declared that one (the US version -- U.S. Patent No. 6,359,898) is "essential to ETSI standards (GSM, UMTS, 3G)".  There's a very good chance the other patent will be essential to use as well.  These are not patents on ideas, they are methods to use specific hardware.  Motorola did invent the cell phone, after all.  It's speculated that Apple "allowed" this ruling to happen so they stand a stronger chance during the appeals process, but that sounds very un-Appley and I doubt anyone in Cupertino is happy about the situation.  In addition, Motorola has communicated to Engadget the following:

As media and mobility continue to converge, Motorola Mobility's patented technologies are increasingly important for innovation within the wireless and communications industries, for which Motorola Mobility has developed an industry leading intellectual property portfolio. We will continue to assert ourselves in the protection of these assets, while also ensuring that our technologies are widely available to end-users. We hope that we are able to resolve this matter, so we can focus on creating great innovations that benefit the industry.

It certainly sounds like Motorola wants to license these patents out versus force Apple to stop selling their 3G devices in Germany, and I applaud them for it. 

It's worth noting that Apple has tried and failed to negotiate a better price for network technology patents in the past against Nokia, and while these patents are not the same, the premise is -- without them, you can't make a cell phone.  It's mandated all over the world that fair license fees are charged for these types of patents, and anyone using them has to pay the owner -- even Apple.  Fees will be paid, agreements will be reached, and iPhones will stay on the shelves in Germany.  The full court judgment (in German) is after the break.

Via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Google TV - Sing your heart out with the new karoke channel!

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Since Google TV 2.0 has been rolling out, a lot of new apps are being added to the mix. One of those apps will help you channel your inner rock star or maybe your inner pop star. Yes, the Karoke channel is now available for Google TV.

"Stingray is thrilled to launch The KARAOKE Channel App for Google TV", says Eric Boyko, President and CEO of Stingray Digital, owner of The KARAOKE Channel. "Google TV owners will be the first to experience the best karaoke experience of both worlds: HD karaoke videos displayed on large screen tvs with the catalog, features and convenience that Internet streaming allows on the Google TV platform".

With the app you'll have access to the Karoke channels library of over 8,000 licensed, high-quality songs available for streaming to your TV with full video in HD. A subscription will be required to access the full library of content but the free song list is updated often so that you always have some fresh songs to be rocking out to. Full press release is past the break for you or you can hit the source link for more details.

Source: The Karaoke Channel

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3 years ago

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit now available in the Android Market, we go hands-on!

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Gentlemen, start your engines!  Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is now available in the Android Market.  No longer an exclusive for the Xperia Play, the latest in the Need for Speed series, Hot pursuit promises racing action from the perspective of both sides -- the pursuer and the pursued.  Play as a scofflaw in one of the exotic super cars like the Pagani Zonda Cinque, or be Johnny Law in your high speed police interceptor (the Lamborghini Reventon makes for a hell of a cop car!).  If you love racing games, this looks like a real treat.

The game is available in both U.S and international versions (links below) and you'll need to be running Android 2.0 or higher -- also don't expect stellar performance without a beefy piece of hardware.  The Market download is about 7.5MB, and you'll need to download an additional 291MB of content on the first run. 

Check out our hands-on video after the break!

Android Market link (US version)
Android Market link (international)

Thanks, @niwasiuk!

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3 years ago

Taking the root plunge, Xoom 2 talk [From the Forums]

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Huzzah! Another weekend is upon us and its been busy this past week for Android news. If for some reason you managed to miss out on anything, make sure you head on back a few pages -- get yourself caught up. Check out the Android Central podcast, and be sure to cruise on into the forums as well.

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