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2 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Nexus, Streaming media help [From the Forums]

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Like we said before -- the news floating around ahead of CES is aplenty and it's only going to get better as we get closer to the actual event. New Gorilla glass, new GoogleTV and Sprint Galaxy Nexus info rounded out the news today but if you missed out on anything or are looking to discuss it further, make sure you hop on into the Android Central forums:

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2 years ago

Android Resolutions: Love the phone you're with

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There's probably absolutely nothing wrong with your phone. No, really. So what if it's a year old? Hell, so what if it's two years old? So long as it's relatively free of dings and scratches and is in reasonably good working order, chances are you've got an above-average Android smartphone. And remember that even a mid-level Android smartphone is better than, well, everything else.

Resolve that if you can't be with the phone you love, honey, love the phone you're with

The Android world moves pretty damn fast. If your phone is the new hotness today, chances are it'll seem old and busted in a month. But it's not. If we seem to forget about your phone, try not to take it personally. We love your month-old phone. Really, we do. And you should still love your phone as well.

Every now and then I charge up my Nexus One to do something or other. And I hold that little guy (remember when a 3.7-inch screen seemed big?) in my hand, feel the smoothness and contrast of the soft-touch paint and metal -- and briefly think about making it my main phone yet again. It happens every time. For me, the Nexus One was the damn near perfect device. Not flawless, but just right.

Maybe for you that phone for you is one of the versions of the Samsung Galaxy S. That was the phone to have in 2010, no doubt. We finally got it here in the U.S. in the latter half of the year, and not too long after that, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the Samsung Nexus S were announced. Whoops. So much for that Captivate/Vibrant/Fascinate/Epic 4G, which barely got Gingerbread and in all likelihood won't seen an official upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. 

The HTC ThunderBolt was the phone to have in the spring of 2011. The Bionic was hot for, what, a month? Now we've got the promise of quad cores and radios that work and Ice Cream Sandwich. The Samsung Galaxy S II -- which took its sweet time getting here, too -- has already given way to talk of an unannounced Galaxy S III. Same goes for the Droid 2, which was replaced less than a year later by the Droid 3. And the Droid 4 is already waiting in the wings. (Bloggers lazily love, if nothing else, the ideas of sequels.)

You get the point. It's basically like the first 15 minutes of Toy Story around here. What once was shiny and new and played with every day is relegated to the toy box. And it's a shame. There's an assumption that just because an aging Android smartphone isn't getting the latest major upgrade because the Earth turns too damn quickly, it should be put down like Old Yeller. That's ridiculous.

A Galaxy S or ThunderBolt or Nexus One with Gingerbread hardly is a worthless device. Still makes phone calls, right? Still browses the web. Still runs most Android apps. Still handles e-mail better than any device on the planet. Yeah, it might not do it as sexy as an Ice Cream Sandwich device. But it still does it. And it does it better and with more flare than any other smartphone available.

We're not helping matters any, we know. It's our job to stay up with the latest and greatest Android devices. We get to play with them all. It's insane. And we too quickly forget about what are some really great devices that are available within months for a not a whole lot of money. 

When you reach into your pocket and pull out that little glass and plastic miracle, don't look at it with disdain, simply because it's gotten a stray gray hair or two. Think of all the e-mails it's handled. All the games it's played. All the pictures it's taken. All the texts it's messaged. And how many more it has to come.

It's OK to look longingly at the next best thing. But if you can't be with the phone you love, honey, love the phone you're with.

Previously: Resolve to spend more in the Android Market

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2 years ago

LG Spectrum rumored for Verizon on Jan. 19

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While nothing is official until Verizon says it's official -- especially when you're talking about Verizon -- it looks like we'll be seeing the LG Spectrum hitting the shelves at Big Red soon.  It's a worthy upgrade from the LG Revolution, with hot specs on a hot network -- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon, 1GB RAM, full HD 4.5-inch IPS display, LTE radio and special HD content from Netflix and ESPN.  The only thing not to love here is that it looks to launch with Gingerbread, and we know all about LG and updates.  Look for a possible announcement at CES -- we'll be there, ready and waiting to find out more.

Source: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

Google TV is alive and kicking with new partners and ARM chipsets

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The stories about the death of Google TV seem to have all been a bit exaggerated, as Google just announced a slew of new partners -- including ARM processor manufacturer Marvell -- on board with GTV.  Before I wax too poetic (I'm a huge Google TV fan), here's the list of announced partners:

  • LG - We’re thrilled to welcome global consumer electronics leader LG to the Google TV family. LG will showcase a new line of TVs powered by Google TV running on their own L9 chipset at CES.
  • Marvell - Also new to the Google TV family this year is Marvell, an innovative worldwide leader in chipsets. Marvell will be showcasing a new generation of Google TV solutions which will help bring more products across more price points to consumers.
  • MediaTek - We’re also excited to partner with MediaTek, the leading Taiwanese chipset designer. MediaTek chipsets will power yet another wave of Google TV devices.
  • Samsung - We’re excited to work closely with Samsung to bring Google-TV powered Samsung devices to market in 2012.
  • Sony - We’re happy to build on our partnership with Sony. At CES, Sony will unveil new devices for the US and plans to offer Google TV powered products in several countries around the world in 2012.
  • Vizio - Last year we announced our partnership with Vizio at CES. This year we’re excited to join Vizio as they hold private demos at CES showcasing their new line of Google TV-powered products.

We'll be sure to get as many details as we can at CES next week, where we expect Google Android news to flow like wine. 

The "big deal" here is the ARM support (here comes that poetic waxing).  The only thing wrong with Google TV as it stands now is hardware that doesn't have enough oompf to satisfy our fickle desire for speed.  The Atom chipset has had it's day, and it's time to move forward.  Give me a set-top to replace my Logitech Revue with a quad-core chip and a sizzling GPU and I'm all over it, and expect I wouldn't be alone.  We've always thought that Google TV could capture a big portion of the set-top box market, and with news like this it might just be moving into the game console market as well.  Long live Google TV!

Source: The official Google TV blog

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2 years ago

LTE Galaxy Nexus for Sprint shown off in online advertisement

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More in the Sprint Galaxy Nexus forums!

Want an LTE Galaxy Nexus, but don't want to switch away from Sprint?  That's understandable, we should always stick with the carrier who works best for us.  Here's some (possibly) good news -- just a little while after Sprint announced their initial markets for LTE, the above ad for a Sprint LTE Galaxy Nexus appeared on the web, and there's another version showing a 1.5GHz processor, slightly faster than the 1.2GHz proc in the current versions.  We've always said that each carrier would likely announce their own version of the GNex, and if this is more than just a mean-spirited prank we just may hear a bit more at CES come next week.  Or not -- CTIA often is Sprint's big show. In the meantime, feel free to speculate and/or dance with joy.

Source: Engadget; via Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Gorilla Glass 2 coming to CES, smartphones later

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Corning, the folks behind Gorilla Glass, has just announced that they will be unveiling Gorilla Glass 2 next week at CES.  They haven't let out a lot of product details just yet, but we're pretty sure all the scratch-resistant toughness will still be there, and likely made even better with the new generation.  We'll know for sure next week, as we'll be having a close look at their booth -- complete with an 82-inch multi-touch display where folks can go hands on with some tough-ass glass.  In the meantime, the full press release and promo video are after the break.

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2 years ago

Touch-based unofficial ClockworkMod recovery now available for the Galaxy Nexus

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

If you hack or flash ROMs and various "stuff" to your Android phone, you know about ClockworkMod recovery+Nathan Grebowiec has just taken it a step further, and built an unofficial version for the Galaxy Nexus (both versions) that uses the capacitive buttons while inside recovery.  It still does all the same functions as the original, and you can even restore backups made from previous versions, but now you can do it without using the volume keys.

Is it really necessary?  Nope.  But it's cool, and how open-source works.  Nathan took the source code and modified it (and we're sure Nathan will share the source code once it's out of "alpha") to do something he wanted or needed.  Seems like it works rather well, so if you're interested, grab it at the link below.

+Nathan Grebowiec

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2 years ago

TuneIn Radio updated, gets itself a car mode

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TuneIn Radio was one of my most used apps of 2011, and it's starting out 2012 strongly as they've today announced an update to both the free and pro versions of the app. 

The biggest feature of the update is the introduction of an all new car mode complete with voice commands. Using car mode it's possible to search by artist, album or even by a song name. Tell it what you want to listen to, and it will find it. 

You also get an adapted interface tweaked for use in a vehicle, with extra large buttons to make it easier to jab at the correct button while your phone is safely docked in the windscreen. 

We also get some bug fixes, a new setting that controls how long a stream will buffer before playing, and a fix to a sleep timer and alarm clock issue. 

Curious? TuneIn have produced a handy little video exhibiting the new car mode feature. It, along with download links for the free version of TuneIn Radio can be found after the break. 

Source: TuneIn 

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2 years ago

Sprint announces its first four LTE markets

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Sprint's making the jump from Wimax to LTE in 2012 (well, Wimax will keep working for some time), and CEO Dan Hesse just annouced the first markets for the new brand of 4G. They are:

  • Atlanta
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • San Antonio

Not a bad start, at least if you're in one of those cities. For everybody else, let's hope for a fast rollout -- and some device announcements.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Say hello to iMore, our all-things-iOS cousins

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Look, we know how you feel about Apple. We know how you feel about iOS. We get it. We really do. But we also want you to keep your friends close, and your frenemies closer. And so we're tickled pink to tell you that our pals at TiPb have been rebranded the much more awesome iMore. They'll still be doing all the great iOS stuff that they do on a daily basis -- and, erm, (i)more is on the way. So go on over and say hi, won'tcha?

And let's all hope they don't try to lop a lawsuit our two our way. More at iMore

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