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3 years ago

Galaxy S3 gets Palm Touchstone inductive charging with modded battery door

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The Nexus 4's included inductive charging and Charging Orb got you excited about wireless charging again? We don't blame you. If you'll remember back to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3), Samsung indicated that the device would be compatible with inductive charging backs and chargers. Well that never really happened, and now an ebay seller is taking things into his own hands and offering wireless charging backs compatible with Palm Touchstone chargers.

The back plates -- which are priced at $24 for the cover or $55 bundled with a charging station and a cable -- are in a very limited run of just a few dozen units. This is understandable considering that they're being made by hand, but hopefully they'll continue to make them to meet demand.

Interested in knowing more about the mod? Hit up the source link below.

Source: webOS Nation

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 coming to O2 UK next month

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British mobile network O2 is the first UK carrier to confirm that it'll be offering the LG Nexus 4 when it arrives next month. O2 doesn't offer any specific release date on its "coming soon" page, but with the Nexus 4 arriving on the Play Store on Nov. 13, we expect an O2 launch around the same time.

O2 also isn't confirming reports that it'll have a one-month exclusivity period in the UK, however the silence from other British operators suggests this may well be the case.

Also absent is any hint of pricing -- again, the Nexus 4 is to be offered SIM-free from £239 via Google Play, so if O2 wants to lure customers into a two-year contract, it'll likely have to offer the phone for free.

We'll be bringing you even more Nexus 4 coverage in the days ahead, so keep it locked to Android Central.

Source: O2 UK

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3 years ago

How to try out a Nexus 4 (and GSM) with no commitment

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The Nexus 4 has a whole lot of features to be excited about -- that is, unless you're on Verizon or Sprint here in the states. For reasons you can probably figure out on your own, Google has decided to only launch an unlocked GSM model of the Nexus 4, and offer it around the world. This means no LTE -- fear not, it has DC-HSPA+ 42mbps -- but it also keeps the price insanely low. At $299 (8GB) and $349 (16GB) without a contract, it's an extremely tempting proposition.

But as we noted earlier, what if you're on a CDMA carrier? Well there are actually some compelling options if you'd like to "test drive" a Nexus 4 -- and GSM -- before you commit to making it your primary device.

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3 years ago

Open webOS on the Galaxy Nexus is starting to look good

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Work continues on Open webOS for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (and likely will for some time), and today the webOS Ports team has brought a video of UI scaling. As you can see, it's looking more and more like a working smartphone user interface (and animation is getting pretty smooth, too), though we wouldn't recommend getting anywhere near this as a daily driver yet.

More: webOS-Ports; webOS Nation

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 starts shipping in Canada

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Samsung is now shipping out the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 across Canadian retailers and will be available to buy at most stores in the next two weeks. Last we heard, TELUS, WIND, and Mobilicity would be offering the phone, and since then Bell and Rogers have confirmed that they'll have it. In fact, Rogers and Bell are already taking orders online for $199 on a three-year contract. (Update: TELUS just dropped us a line to let us know that they're facing delays and won't have the device until later this week at the earliest.) To celebrate the launch, Samsung has Psy of Gangnam Style fame performing in Toronto tonight.

You can get a deep-dive with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in our hands-on video, but here's a quick run-down.

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot
  • GPS: A-GPS; Glonass
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE; USB 2.0 Host; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40; Wi-Fi Direct; mHL; NFC
  • Memory: 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM); microSD (up to 64GB)
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh

It's a monster of a device, and no doubt many Canadians are itching to get one of these. Who's buying? What are you digging most about the GNote 2? 

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3 years ago

LG Spectrum 2 available on Verizon for $99 on contract

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Verizon this morning announced the LG Spectrum 2, a 4.7-inch, Android 4.0 smartphone available online today for $99 on contract (after a $50 rebate). It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera, rocks 4G LTE data and has NFC. (This is the same on Best Buy outed last week.)

For those of you hoping for an Optimus G on Big Red, this might be as close as you get. (It's actually an offshoot of the LG Optimus LTE 2, but who's counting?) Let's take a close look at the specs. The display is the same IPS True HD panel as LG's premiere phone. Processor? Same quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.5 GHz. Verizon doesn't list RAM here, but we're willing to bet it's at  as well. It's also got the same software tweaks as LG's version, plus some Verizon thrown in.

All in all, for $99, you probably could do worse. We've got the full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE launched on TELUS

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The extra-tough Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE was launched in Canada through TELUS today for $49 on a three-year contract. It's fairly entry-level, but if you're primarily concerned about having a phone that can take a beating, specs won't really matter. 

  • 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display (480 x 800)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • 4G LTE smartphone
  • 1850 mAh battery
  • Built to military specifications (810g)
  • Waterproof, shock resistant and dust proof
  • Submersible in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • Bluetooth v4.0

We got our hands on the version coming to AT&T, if you want a closer look. Any rough-and-tumble Canadians can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE from the TELUS online store over here. Any takers?

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3 years ago

O2 reportedly secures Nexus 4 exclusivity in the UK

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O2 UK will be the only British network to offer the recently announced LG Nexus 4, according to reports. UK tech blog Pocket-Lint says O2 has secured a one-month exclusivity period, meaning customers wanting to use one on another network will have to pick it up online via the Google Play Store, or wait until mid-December when other networks will be given a crack at it.

O2 and LG are said to have partnered to give away free LG TVs to the first hundred Nexus 4 buyers in the UK. And as with its iPhone 5 launch, O2 will reportedly be erecting a pop-up store on top of the O2 Arena in London, where customers will be able to buy the phone on launch day (assuming paying Google to deliver one on the 13th is just too convenient for you).

O2 will be hoping to generate some positive buzz from its exclusive Nexus launch, as it's recently suffered a couple of major network outages. If nothing else, O2's exclusivity bid proves that the Nexus name still holds weight with some carriers around the world.

Source: Pocket-Lint

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3 years ago

Daily Steals selling unlocked Galaxy Note 2 for $579

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Here's one for the folks who aren't feeling the draw of the Nexus 4. The Galaxy Note 2 is a killer device, and deals site Daily Steals is offering it at a pretty great price. For just $579.99, this 16GB unlocked European model (GT-N7100) of the Note 2 can be yours in either white or gray.

If you're interested in picking up one of these tablets giant phones, hit up the source link below.

Source: Daily Steals

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3 years ago

The case for the 8GB Nexus 4

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Why spend an extra $50 and still not have enough space on your smartphone when it comes with Google's cloud? 

When you visit Google's Nexus 4 page and click on the "Shop now" link, it takes you straight to the 8GB version. (Go straight from the Play Store and you get 16GB. Go figure.) There's a reason for this, they want you to see you can buy the smartphone with the best specs available for (a whole dollar) under $300. That puts the Nexus 4 squarely into the impulse buy realm, and serves as a notice to other people selling phones for a whole lot more. It's $400 dollars cheaper than the closest competitor, and that means something.

Read on.

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3 years ago

Don't buy the 8GB Nexus 4

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An 8GB Nexus 4 for $299 sounds great. But you know what's better? Not running out of space for all your crap.

When you click on the LG Nexus 4 in the Google Play devices store, you're taken to the 16GB version by default. There's a reason for that. The cheaper 8GB model is a loss leader, something to grab headlines, but not a product Google wants you to buy. And in our opinion, it's not something you should buy if you care about getting the most out of your next phone.

The Nexus 4 is a technological beast. With a quad-core Snapdragon S4 inside, 2GB of RAM, a 1280x768 IPS display and the latest version of Android, the fact that you can pick one up for under $300 is just a little mind-blowing. But Google had to skimp somewhere, and like the $200 Nexus 7, Nexus 4's internal storage was sacrificed in order to keep costs down.

Read on to find out why you should stump up the extra fifty bucks for the 16GB model.

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3 years ago

FYI: The Nexus 4 rocks 42 Mbps

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There's been some banter in our Nexus 4 forums regarding data on the Nexus 4. For those who were still wondering, the new LG Nexus 4 rocks HSPA+ at 42 Mbps. So if you're in a T-Mobile coverage area that supports those speeds, you should get those speeds. Google's got it listed in its press site specs, though the specs on the Play Store page only list 21 Mbps. (TmoNews says it's confirmed 42 Mbps as well. Update: And we've received separate confirmation that the specs below are correct.)

As a recap, here's what we're looking at for network specs:

  • Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
  • GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • HSPA+ 42 Mbps

Source: Google; More: Nexus 4 forums

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 vs. iPhone 5 - spec shoot-out

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We've lined up the Samsung Nexus 10 with the latest and greatest tablets out there, but how does the LG Nexus 4 compare to its competition? Of course we line up the Nexus 4 against other big-name Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X, but the iPhone 5 is probably the more interesting comparison. Windows Phone fans can also see how their Nokia Lumia 920 shapes up, and BlackBerry? Well... We'll have to wait until early next year to find out.

The Nexus 4 beats out the iPhone 5 in screen resolution, and only at a slight cost to pixel density. On local storage, the iPhone 5 has a bit of a lead; neither support microSD, and Apple's offering additional 32 GB and 64 Gb denominations. The iPhone 5 also takes the lead in cellular connectivity thanks to LTE. The iPhone 5 is slimmer, lighter, and has a smaller overall footprint, though the LG Nexus 4 has a significantly bigger battery, plus that cool inductive charging technology and NFC.  

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is certainly looking nice, though we'll have to reserve judgment until we really get our hands on it. On paper, the LG Nexus 4 has an uphill battle, but we all know that phones are more than a spec sheet. How all of the device's disparate parts come together will be what really counts, and we'll be finding out . 

Is anyone sold on the Nexus 4? What should LG and Google have included that is noticeably absent? How does it shape up against the other Android smartphones out there?

via: iMore

More: LG Nexus 4 forums

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3 years ago

NFC sharing between Android and Windows Phone 8

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Android has supported NFC (near-field communication) technology since Gingerbread, and Android Beam has enabled easy URL, app and contact sharing since ICS launched last year. But our friends in the Windows Phone world are just now getting their first introduction to NFC in the latest windows Phone 8 release.

In addition to a new NFC-enabled wallet, WP8 includes "tap + send" support, which enables Android Beam-like functionality between NFC-enabled Windows phones. But because it's a multi-platform standard, many of these features work just fine between Windows Phone 8 and Android, as you'll see in our demo video below.

We tried bouncing web pages and contacts back and forth between a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and an HTC 8X, and were able to do so without a hint of trouble. Unfortunately, NFC file transfers remain off-limits for the time being, so if you want to share photos over NFC, it's strictly Windows-to-Windows or Android-to-Android.

Check out our quick video demo below to learn more.

More: Windows Phone 8 launch coverage at WPCentral

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3 years ago

LG Nexus 4 versus the iPhone 5 (and others!) in an epic spec battle

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OK, ladies and germs. You want specs, you got specs. Here we have the new LG Nexus 4 versus the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920 and (ha!) the BlackBerry 10. Full version's here if you get tired of squinting.

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