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2 years ago

How to use Google Music

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Make no mistake -- Android is multimedia-centric, and it does a darn fine job of it.  Whether you want to copy media to your device's storage, or want to stream from the cloud, Android, especially since the release of Ice Cream Sandwich, can turn your phone or tablet into a great media player.  We're going to have a look at using Google Music, Google's storage-locker style streaming music application.

Read on for a walkthrough of how to use Google Music on the web and adding media, as well as playing it back on your Android device.

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2 years ago

Samsung announces 300 million handsets sold in 2011

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Samsung announced today that it has reached a major milestone in global sales, with 300 million handsets sold in 2011. Driving the momentum, Samsung says, is its Galaxy S line, which includes the original Galaxy S devices as well as the Galaxy S II smartphones, the latter having reached 10 million units sold faster than any device in the company's history. With the American release of the Galaxy Nexus, ongoing patent battles with Apple, and next year's revamped Galaxy tablets all on the horizon, it'll certainly be worth keeping an eye on whether or not Samsung can keep its momentum going into 2012. The full presser follows the break.

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2 years ago

Video unboxing of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Yeah, yeah. We don't do unboxings. We know. But that doesn't mean it's not awesome when our readers uboxing unreleased phones. And that's what we've got here -- a proper (and rather decent) video unboxing of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus. (Only makes sense since we're seeing some sold a tad early, no?)

Not a whole lot here you wouldn't already know from reading our Galaxy Nexus review. And, yes, it's yet another teaser for a phone that still doesn't have an official release date. (Dec. 15 is the current unofficial favorite.)

Anyhoo, enjoy. And thank, anon, for sending it in!

More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Android Central members get lucky as Best Buy sells Verizon Galaxy Nexus a bit early

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Confused? That'd be the Galaxy Nexus with AndroidCentral loaded up

Verizon still doesn't have the Galaxy Nexus for sale yet, but that didn't stop Best Buy from selling a couple to two lucky AC forum members this morning.  Members sfbates and dubya.t both got their Nexus on, and are in the forums talking it up.  The Best Buy folks went to great lengths to sell these, as the normal procedures didn't work out, and we imagine very few people got this lucky this afternoon, as others reporting their Best Buy experience are all coming up empty handed

Congrats, fellas, and thanks for sharing with everyone in the forums.  Enjoy those rare animals and feed our addiction with pics and details until Verizon decides to take our money.  If you want to join in the fun and talk to who may just be the luckiest Android geeks in America, hit the forums and give them a shout!

Source: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

Do not buy this Verizon Galaxy Nexus for $1,200

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Update: And as we awake this fine Sunday morning, the listing's been pulled.

We've seen a lot of crazy things when it comes to the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus. We've seen them pop up and mysteriously disappear from Cragislist, gone without a trace. And now one's made it to eBay for the high, high price of $1,200. It goes without saying, but that's just ridiculous. That's a good $500 or so over what you'd pay for an unlocked GSM Galaxy Nexus. And as much as we love LTE, it's not worth paying that much more to have it a week or so -- assuming it's indeed launched next week.

Anyhoo, $1,200's just ridiculous. Save your money. Save your soul.

Source: eBay; thanks, KLY412
More: Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

LG Nitro HD review

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LG is an Android manufacturer that all too often goes unnoticed. But in reality, LG has been churning out devices that can compete with the best of them. One such device is the LG Nitro HD, LG's latest flagship smartphone that has found a home on AT&T's oven-fresh LTE network. LG hasn't created a million-dollar ad campaign as Samsung has for its Galaxy S II line, and it doesn't come with a trademark catchphrase like Motorola's DROIDs. Despite its low profile, though, the LG Nitro is a remarkable device that is quite possibly one of the fastest Android experiences available on AT&T today.

Keep on reading for our complete LG Nitro HD and where it stands in the scheme of things.


The 720p HD display is marvelous. The processor has yet to meet a task it can't handle. AT&T's fledgling LTE network is capable of mind-blowing speeds.


The Nitro HD's build quality feels subpar. The camera and camcorder leave a bit to be desired, as does LG's custom skin. Oh, and the battery life is a victim of the LTE vampire.



If you're an AT&T customer looking for the most beefed-up Android device the carrier has to offer, you've found it. It's thin, it's light, and it's as fast as they come. It doesn't come with the pomp and circumstance of the other "4G" devices on AT&T right now, but it quite possibly might be the network's fastest device. 

Inside this review

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2 years ago

webOS 'running' on an EVO 3D isn't really webOS 'running' on an EVO 3D

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We've all seen this by now -- it's webOS booted up on an EVO 3D, and it's got everyone in a tizzy.  While webOS fans who have spent decades (it seems like decades anyway) having the horrible hardware of the Pre and Pixi have reason to be excited, everyone seems to be getting ahead of themselves.

This has nothing to do with today's news of HP open-sourcing webOS.  In fact, Ryan Hope, the fellow who did it and took these pics is more than happy to tell everyone they are three months old.  To top it all off, nothing is working and it's not even close to being usable.

Think of it as an early SDK port of ICS, like the ones we saw last month -- those ones where radios, cameras, even the touch interface didn't work.  The EVO 3D has the same basic internals as the TouchPad, so getting webOS booting (which is a far cry from actually running) was an awesome project to start on.  Now that Mr. Hope and others will be getting source code, expect this sort of thing to happen for real.  In the meantime, stop bugging your favorite webOS and Android developers and let them enjoy the day -- it will come soon enough.

Source: Twitter; via Pre Central, The Verge

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2 years ago

What an open-source webOS means for Android

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You might have heard -- webOS just got open-sourced today by HP, joining the world of great, free software like Ubuntu, Firefox, and Android.  It's a pretty big deal for some people, including all those developers you see doing wonderful things with the software on their electronic devices.  HP made the right decision here: let the fate of webOS be in the hands of those who know it best -- like the fellows at webOS Internals.  I'll bet there's one hell of a party going on in Oz this evening.

But what does that mean for Android is what we're interested in, because we're Android Central and that's what we do.  The answer?  Maybe a lot, maybe not so much.  While we don't know what open-source license HP plans to release webOS under (remember things like HTC Sense and iOS started as open-source, but the license allowed them to keep code changes to themselves), as it sits now any code that is owned by HP should be made available to manufacturers and developers.  Some of the proprietary bits will stay closed, and provided as something that plugs in to the running system, but those are almost always hardware- or network-specific bits, so we're not too concerned.

The big and important parts will be available for everyone from the CyanogenMod team to Motorola to use and develop further.  You read that right -- we're all thinking "Wow, the CM guys can port stuff from webOS into CM9!" and we're right, but more important is that so can Google and all the OEMs out there.  Soon there will be a few million lines of new code for engineers to look through and cherry pick the best parts from to add to their existing projects -- and that's a damn good thing.

That doesn't mean it will happen though.  The cores of Android and webOS are pretty different, and things won't just drop in and work.  If it were that easy, we'd already have a bastardized version of Meego, Symbian and Android running on some awesome phone from the far east (and I'd totally be using it).  But having the code sitting there so people can see how it's done certainly makes it possible, and very interesting.  And to be honest, simply open-sourcing webOS isn't going to save it.  If someone (like Google or Samsung) steps in and nurtures it and keeps pumping money and ideas into it, it will keep getting better and better.  If nobody but hobbyists cares, it will wither and disappear, even if those hobbyists are talented geniuses like the webOS Internals guys (and gals). 

We don't know what will happen here.  Just because something can be done doesn't mean it will be done, and with everyone making money hand over fist with Android there isn't a lot of incentive for big changes.  I'm sure we'll see some ideas brought over, and someone will start porting webOS to things like the Xoom or Galaxy S II, but the big picture may not change a whole lot.  It's going to be an exciting time, and we're lucky that HP made this multi-billion dollar gift to the open source community. 

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2 years ago

HP's webOS joins Android in the land of open-source operating systems

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Android just got a new friend in the open-source playground. HP today announced that the beloved-but-floundering mobile operating system will released to the open-source community.

"HP plans to continue to be active in the development and suppport of webOS," the company said. Like the core Android OS, webOS will be made available under an open-source license.

Exactly what that means in regards to webOS as a competitor to Android? We'll just have to see. Certainly it's great news for anyone who likes to tinker -- and you know how Android folks like to tinker. Will it overtake Android as the current embedded OS of choice? We will see some sort of mutant Android-webOS hybrid emerge from these murkey depths? (And how cool would that be?) We'll just have to see.

There's loads more, including the official announcement, at the link below.

More at PreCentral.net

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2 years ago

Not so much ...

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This the only Verizon Galaxy Nexus post we intend on doing today, unless actual news breaks. But it was just too good to pass up. This store in Memphis, Tenn., apparently didn't get the message. Either that or it has a cruel sense of humor. Either way, it'll be here when it's here.

Source: Galaxy Nexus forums

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