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3 years ago

Android 4.2 code hits AOSP; factory images released for Nexus devices

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As the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 launch kicks off around the world, Google is in the process of releasing its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean source code to AOSP -- the Android Open-Source Project. This is the OS code upon which the new Nexus' software is built, and will be the basis for the Android 4.2 custom ROMs and OEM updates that are sure to start appearing in the weeks and months ahead.

More details, including news of factory images, after the break.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Verizon Droid DNA by HTC

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And, finally, Verizon's gotten some top-shelf HTC hardware in 2012. And what a device it's gotten in the Droid DNA

I spent some quality time with the DNA early this morning, and again at Verizon's launch event, and there's no denying that HTC's Android phones are starting to follow in the footsteps of its Windows Phones, in terms of design. The DNA is large, with that gorgeous 5-inch display. But it doesn't feel overly huge. A little bigger than the HTC One X, but thinner. Slimmer, especially as the edges taper off 4 mm at their thinnest. So think One X, but more svelte. 

The mix of polycarbonate (with its soft-touch coating) and aluminum edging is to die for. It's got just enough grip, but it doesn't look as industrial as other phones in Verizon's Droid line. Do note, however, that the red grilles on either side of the DNA are for design purposes only. The speaker is on the back of the phone.

And that screen. Oh, that screen. Have you ever seen so many pixels?

Check out our hands-on report and video after the break.

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 launch on Google Play Store in U.S. + Canada [update: N4 sold out]

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Update: Just as in Europe and Australia, it seems both flavors of Nexus 4 are now sold out in America, less than an hour after first going on sale. As of 1:20pm ET the 32GB Nexus 10 is sold out, too. The 16GB Nexus 10 is still available to buy.

Original story: Credit cards at the ready, folks. Following the chaotic European launch earlier this morning, which resulted in all Nexus 4s and most Nexus 10s selling out, Google's new tablets are now available from the U.S. and Canadian Google Play Store, along with the 3G Nexus 7.

In the U.S., the Nexus 4 comes in 8GB and 16GB flavors, which sell for $299 and $349 respectively. If it's a Nexus 10 you're after, it'll set you back $399 for 16GB and $499 for 32GB. Global pricing can be found in our earlier post.

If other territories are any indication, these new Nexus devices are sure to sell out quickly -- particularly the competitively-priced Nexus 4. So what are you doing still reading this? Hit the source link down below and go select your Nexus of choice.

Be sure to check in down in the comments, too, and let us know how you're getting on with the order process.

Source: Google Play Store

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3 years ago

Verizon and HTC officially announce the Droid DNA

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We're here in New York City, where Verizon and HTC have just taken the wraps off the highly anticipated Droid DNA. And this one's a looker. Let's break down the Droid DNA specs:

  • 5-inch Super LCD3 display at 1080p resolution (440ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, quad-core at 1.5 GHz.
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage (11GB usable)
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+.
  • 8MP rear camera with ImageSense and a new "Sightseeing mode"
  • 2.1MP f/2.0 front-facing camera with auto portrait mode.
  • Beats Audio
  • 2.5v headset and speaker amplifier.
  • 4G LTE data.

So, yeah. This thing's a bit of a beast. The Droid DNA builds off the HTC One line (remember that Verizon never picked up any of those phones earlier this year) as well as the new crop of Windows 8 phones, with a soft-touch finish that tapers down to just a mere 4mm at the edges. The sides are done up in a cool-looking speaker-grill sort of motif, though the usual rear speaker with its numerous pinholes remains on the back of the phone. The power button's up top, though it's been moved to the center of the device. 

The Droid DNA goes up for pre-order today, priced at $199 with a service agreement from Verizon. The device will be released next Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Keep watching Android Central for more Droid DNA coverage throughout the day.

More: Droid DNA event liveblog, Droid DNA gallery, Droid DNA specs, Droid DNA forum

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3 years ago

Live from the Verizon HTC Droid DNA event!

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It's a bit of a gloomy morning here in New York City, but Verizon and HTC are about to brighten it with the launch of the Droid DNA, the anticipated oversized Android smartphone. And that means it's time for ye olde liveblog. 

The event gets going at 11 a.m. EST, 4 p.m. in London, and all points in between. So have some breakfast, get a little work one, and check back in with us, won'tcha?

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3 years ago

Motorola and Microsoft set to butt heads over wireless and video patents

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Today Microsoft and Motorola are meeting in courts over royalty fees for 802.11 wireless and H.264 video patents. Microsoft is claiming that Motorola is asking for too much for the use of these technologies - 2.25% of every product sold that uses it, which includes Xbox 360 and Windows. Microsoft thinks $0.05 a product would be more reasonable.

Since these patents are standards-essential, Motorola has to license them out, though the definition of what's a fair amount to charge is clearly up for debate. The first part of the trial will have Motorola and Microsoft arguing over what the royalty rate should be, for which the judge making the final call. The second part will haul in a jury, which will decide if Motorola was breaking its existing contract with Microsoft by overcharging.

Motorola's acquisition was largely a defensive patent play, but it also meant that Google would inherit existing patent cases and open them up to future complaints. Things could backfire if Microsoft wins the case and sets a precedent for other licensors, but likewise, Motorola could cement their current rate. 802.11 and M.264 are some pretty big patents to hold, so no doubt Google will be dealing with cases like this for a long time yet. 

Anyone taking bets on who will win this case? 

Source: IDG

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3 years ago

YouTube update allows video pushing from your device to your Google TV

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Google brings word today of an imminent update to the YouTube Android application for mobile and Google TV, that brings a much welcomed feature with it. Apparently they've been working on it since 2010, and it's now ready for the prime time. The updated app hasn't been seen in the Play Store yet -- at least, not by any of the AC staff around the globe -- but when it does drop, you'll be able to send videos from YouTube on your mobile device, to your Google TV. Sweet. 

With your devices on the same WiFi network, they will be automatically paired, no setup required. When you've found a video you want to watch, tap the TV icon at the top and the video will instantly start to play on your Google TV. 

But, that's not all. Your mobile device then becomes a remote control, allowing you to pause, scroll or skip from your device. Additionally, because the two are connected via the cloud, you're free to browse YouTube for more videos to watch  without interrupting what's currently playing on your TV. And, as with the Nexus Q, multiple devices can connect to the same TV allowing for a collaborative playlist. 

This kind of added functionality is definitely welcome, although it does leave us with further worry for the future of the Nexus Q. Google has stripped some pretty hefty chunks of its functionality here for use with Google TV instead. It's hard to imagine Google would try and market two devices with the same functionality. It also seems like the YouTube Remote application may well soon disappear, with the core functionality of this app now seemingly being integrated into the main YouTube client. 

When the update drops for you, hit up the comments below and let us know your experience.

Source: YouTube Blog

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 10 stable builds starting to show up for various devices

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Update: Stable builds for many more devices are now showing up on the CM download site. Hit the source link to view the growing list. Additionally, an update by the CM team on Google+ confirms that CM10 stable builds are rolling out, and namedrops the next major version of the ROM, based on Android 4.2, as CyanogenMod 10.1.

Original: We've yet to see any official announcement, but the CyanogenMod download site is currently populating with stable builds of CyanogenMod 10. The Jelly Bean-based custom ROM reaches the milestone as the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 get their Android 4.2 updates, and Nexus 4 and 10 go up for sale around the world.

At the time of writing, stable CM10 is available for the Sprint and Verizon Galaxy S3, LG Optimus Black and Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket. More are likely to follow in the coming hours and days, so we'll be keeping an eye out for the official announcement.

If you've tried one of the stable CM10 builds, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on!

Source: get.cm

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3 years ago

Nexus 7 Android 4.2 update download link now live

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Nexus 4 and 10 orders continue to roll through the time zones as the Android 4.2 download links start to come in as well. We've seen one go live for the GSM Galaxy Nexus, and now we've got one for the Nexus 7 as well.

Eager users with a Nexus 7 on stock Android 4.1.2 can download and apply the update at their convenience, provided they have a few of the right tools and a little time on their hands. We have a great how-to guide available that explains how to do just that right below, just substitute in the file names included in 4.2. There's also no shame in waiting for the OTA to hit your device, as it'll surely be rolling out shortly.

How to manually update your Nexus 7 to the latest Android Version

Source: Google Direct DownloadThanks, Anonymous!

More: Google Nexus 7 Tablet Forums

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 go on sale via Google Play in Europe [update: N4 sold out]

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Update: Both Nexus 4 models are already sold out in the EU, less than an hour after going on sale. The Nexus 10 16GB remains available for sale at the time of writing. Google's been having some technical difficulties, as the Play Store grinds to a halt under the demand for orders. In addition, the 3G, 32GB Nexus 7 has also appeared for sale on Google Play today.

We're told to expect Google to begin taking U.S. orders around 9am PT.

Original article: Happy Nexus day, boys and girls. As promised, the LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Nexus 10 are now available to buy from the Google Play Store in the United Kingdom, and other selected territories (as you'll recall, Australia got it a few hours back). Right now countries lucky enough to have a Google Play devices store can order the new Nexus phone and tablet for delivery in the coming days.

Here's how the Google Play pricing breaks down --

Device U.S. Canada U.K. Europe Australia Nexus 4 8GB $299 C$309 £239 299€ A$349 Nexus 4 16GB $349 C$359 £279 349€ A$399 Nexus 10 16GB $399 C$409 £319 399€ A$469 Nexus 10 32GB $499 C$509 £389 499€ A$569

Let us know you're getting along with your Nexus orders down in the comments. And while you wait for delivery, there's plenty of Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 coverage here on Android Central. Be sure to check out our reviews of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, and check by the forums for a whole lot of great discussion on both devices.

More: Nexus 4 forum, Nexus 10 forum

Source: Google Play devices store

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3 years ago

GSM Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 update download link live

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That didn't take long, did it? After the first Nexus devices shipping with Android 4.2 have started going for sale in certain parts of the world, the Android 4.2 OTA for the GSM Galaxy Nexus is starting to roll out. Once one knowledgeable user gets their hands on the OTA, they make the direct download link available for everyone else, and that's what we've got now courtesy of the users over at XDA. According to the poster, this .zip can be flashed over either "yakju" or "takju" devices without issue. We've flashed it over takju, personally without issues.

Eager users with GSM models of the Galaxy Nexus on stock Android 4.1.2 can download and apply the update at their convenience, provided they have a few of the right tools and a little know-how. We have a great guide available that explains how to do just that right below, just substitute in the file names included in 4.2. There's also no shame in waiting for the OTA to hit your device.

How to manually update your Nexus to the latest Android Version

Source: Google Direct Download; XDA

More: Google Galaxy Nexus Forums

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3 years ago

First look at the lockscreen widgets in Android 4.2

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Lock screen widgets work, and they work well – but there also are some troubling security concerns

Finally, we get our first real look at the new lockscreen widgets in Android 4.2. This is a feature that was teased at the outset, but our prerelease units have now been updated with them, and it's time to put them through their paces.

Actually, this update does more than just add the ability to add lock screen widgets. It changes the way you use the lock screen itself. Previously, you'd slide the unlock button to the left to quickly access the camera from the lock screen. That's gone. The camera app itself sort of serves as a widget. Slide one panel to the right, and there it is.

Also, we've now got a clock widget, free of charge. As we've already got the world clock enabled (see our clock app walkthrough for that one), it's visible on the lock screen by pulling down. Huzzah.

But the meat of this update is in the widgets you can choose to add. Calendar, Digital Clock, Gmail, Messaging and Sound Search. They're all there, ripe for the choosing. 

And that's where the big question of security comes in.

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3 years ago

Multi-user accounts on the Nexus 10

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The consumer release version of Android 4.2 just hit our review devices, and I had to dive in and check out multiple user accounts on the Nexus 10. It's been in the works since Honeycomb, and quite a few of us are looking forward to being able to share one device with our significant other, or with our kids, or anyone. All without the privacy concern of letting them have access to your Google credentials.

I'm not sure just what we were expecting (myself included), but the process was super simple. You can add and remove users at will, and the whole process only takes a minute or two. 

According to the information we have, each user gets their own space for their own apps, desktop customizations, Google account, and just about every personal setting that would apply. Of course some global settings -- for example Wifi settings or app permission updates -- are global, but for the most part it seems a lot like switching users on your computer at home.

Our devices aren't yet rooted (I did unlock but had to stay ready for the OTA -- that will change shortly) so I can't really dive into the data folder and see how things are separated. The good news is that with the Nexus 10 secure and not rooted, there's no way I can get to the settings and data of the other account. Of course, all this goes out the window once you break security and root.

Enough talk. Hit the break and see how simple it is to add and remove users, and the easy way to switch users and login.

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3 years ago

GoPro app for Android now available

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GoPro has launched a free companion app for their rugged mountable HD cameras. The Android app provides access to the whole suite of settings, and offers a live preview of what the camera sees, which should help with framing when you're about to leap out of an airplane, wingsuit to the slopes, land on a snowboard, pop a backflip off the first jump, and chug a Mountain Dew mid-air.

Before getting all extreme, be sure your phone is running Android 4.0 and up and that your GoPro camera is loaded with the most recent software. Also, the Hero 3 cameras aren't compatible just yet. though updates are on the way. For the time being, only Hero 2 cameras with Wi-Fi BacPac accessories work. 

Any GoPro owners out there? What do you use the camera for? Will a mobile app really help things along? 

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 orders, Is 3G important to you on a tablet? [From the Forums]

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While you get yourself caught up on the blog posts from today, don't forget that in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about as well. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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