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2 years ago

A close-up look at the Verizon Galaxy Nexus extended battery

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Here's a great look at the Verizon Galaxy Nexus extended battery that should be available at launch this week, courtesy of forums member reflekt2099. It's not a huge boost in available juice at 2100 mAh -- about 13 percent -- but with an LTE radio tucked inside, we'll take whatever we can get.

And unsurprisingly, the battery cover appears to be just a tad thicker than the one we've got on our GSM Galaxy Nexus. (If it wasn't, they obviously wouldn't have included a new battery cover.) Accessory compatibility's a big question here, but we've got a feeling this exetended battery and cover will just squeeze in.

Two days to go.

Source: Verizon Galaxy Nexuxs forums

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus arriving in select Radio Shack stores 'this week' with a $300 price tag

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This just came in through the Android Central app, and it lets us know that the Verizon Unicorn Galaxy Nexus should be arriving in select Radio Shack locations "this week".  The pricing will be $299.99 on a new plan or an upgrade, and a whopping $799.99 unactivated and off-contract.  Visual merchandising (a.k.a. in-store posters and other advertising material) can be displayed Thursday, Dec. 8, and it's likely that the phones will be available for sale if they've arrived in the store by then.  As we can barely make out on the last line, the Galaxy Nexus will be replacing the Samsung Droid Charge on the shelves at Radio Shack, which originally sold for $299.99 as well.  We're getting there folks, two more days.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson 'Xperia Arc HD' sighted in Hong Kong, rumored for unveiling at CES

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It's been just over a month since we got our first glimpse of Sony Ericsson's next big thing, the Xperia Arc HD (previously known by its codename, "Nozomi"). Today a new photo has emerged of the device, which is reportedly going through carrier testing in Hong Kong. Despite sections of the phone being strategically blurred out, you can clearly see that the Xperia UI has undergone a bit of a facelift, and that the chassis seems to be incredibly thin, just like its predecessors. Some mystery still surrounds the purpose of the glowing section at the bottom of the device though -- as we've seen in the earlier shots, it seems to extend all the way around the shell.

Chinese blog Techorz, the source of the leak, claims an unveiling at CES in early January is on the cards, which wouldn't surprise us considering that's where we first saw the original Arc almost a year ago. As for rumored specs, the site reports exactly what we've heard elsewhere -- a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU inside, with 1GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch, 720p display and a whopping 12MP camera, presumably sporting Sony's Exmor R tech. Crucially, though, there's no mention of which version of Android is powering the Arc HD at present. Last time we saw it, it was rocking Android 2.3.5, though if it does launch with Gingerbread we'd expect a relatively speedy upgrade to ICS.

Fingers crossed, hopefully we'll be getting our hands on this beast sooner rather than later.

Source: Techorz, Thanks, Alfred!

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2 years ago

Secure tokens will cause issues with NFC and battery swapping on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

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One of the little bombshells dropped from the Verizon Galaxy Nexus training materials concerns NFC and the swappable battery.  Because the NFC chip resides on the battery itself, the hardware changes when you change the battery.  Not only does your replacement battery have to have NFC capabilities, but the system and NFC chip use a token to match things together for security.  We're speculating that ISIS requires this sort of extra layer, but that's just an educated guess.  Note that this doesn't mean things won't work, Verizon simply says:

Customers attempting to use more than one battery with the Galaxy Nexus may have less than an optimal experience since the NFC chip within the battery must register a token between the device and the battery each time the battery is swapped.

Less than optimal may mean different things to different people, so this may mean that it takes a bit longer for the system to initialize, NFC settings will need adjusted, not all apps will work properly, or the whole enchilada may not work.  We'll know more when the Verizon version hits the shelves.  Hopefully, that's soon.

Thanks, +Butch Yon for the heads up!

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich coming to Archos G9 series in Q1 2012

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Archos sends word that its G9 series of tablets, which includes 8-inch and 10-inch models, will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich during the first quarter of next year. The Archos 101 G9 and Archos 80 G9, which launched with Honeycomb (version 3.2 to be precise), were unveiled earlier this year as Archos' first products to ship with the Android Market.

With a dual-core OMAP CPU inside and an update to ICS now assured, we have to admit that £199 (around $279 in the US) price point is looking ever more tempting. Check out our hands-on coverage for more on both G9 tablets.

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2 years ago

Best Buy getting its Galaxy Nexus stock starting today (but don't tell anyone)

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Shhhhh. Don't tell anybody, but Best Buy's starting to get its Samsung Galaxy Nexus stock today. And don't bother asking, though, cause they can't tell you that it's starting to get its Galaxy Nexus stock today. But we can, and we did.

Now only if we knew when it was going to be released. Hmmmmmmmm.

Thanks, anon! More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Verizon says it's not blocking Google Wallet, it just doesn't have it because of an integration thing

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We're just going to let this one from Verizon hang out there:

Recent reports that Verizon is blocking Google Wallet on our devices are false. Verizon does not block applications.

Google Wallet is different from other widely-available m-commerce services. Google Wallet does not simply access the operating system and basic hardware of our phones like thousands of other applications. Instead, in order to work as architected by Google, Google Wallet needs to be integrated into a new, secure and proprietary hardware element in our phones.

We are continuing our commercial discussions with Google on this issue.

Whether it's Verizon doing the blocking, as 9 to 5 Google's anonymous source reportedly said, or if it's just not allowing the app, or whatever -- or if it's the current deal with Sprint that's keeping Google Wallet off every other Nexus device -- it's still bad for Google Wallet in short term, not to mention disappointing for those who don't want to hack their phones. Will Google Wallet survive in the long term? Just have to see. 

Source: Verizon

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus in Verizon stores on Dec. 9, Droid 4 on Dec. 8, according to leaked screen

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We have been waiting, and speculating, and hoping that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus launch date would get confirmed by Verizon, and while it hasn't, Engadget received a nice tip. It appears as though all the merchandising materials will be showing up for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Dec. 8 -- just two days away -- and also on that day the Motorola Droid 4 will be launching. Unfortunately their source tells them that Thursday won't be the launch day for the Galaxy Nexus, and we will have to wait a whole 24 hours more until Dec. 9 to get our paws on it. Here's to hoping for an official Verizon announcement!

Source: Engadget; More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Verizon announces Droid RAZR in white

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Verizon this morning also announced that the new Motorola Droid RAZR (read our complete review) will be available in white for the winter holidays. No availability date was given other than "this month," but it'll cost $299.99 with a new two-year contract. You'll also have to have a $39.99-a-month voice plan and $30-a-month data plan.

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2 years ago

C Spire gets the Xperia Play

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U.S. regional carrier C Spire (former Cellular South) announced today that it's carrying the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play for $49.99 on contract (and after $50 rebate). The so-called Playstation phone -- nicknamed for its Playstation-like slide-out controls -- is the same as we've crawled all over for the past year or so, with a 4-inch display, 1GHz Snapdragon II processor, 5MP rear camera and a slew of available games.

We're not yet seeing the Xperia Play on C Spire's website, but you can call telesales (855-277-4734) or get it in a C Spire store.

Source: Press release
More: Read our Xperia Play review

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