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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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2 years ago

Sense 3.0 updates rolling out for HTC Desire HD, Incredible S

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And the Wildfire S gets a new lockscreen

Looks like HTC is going on something of an updating spree. According to reports from multiple HTC users, the Desire HD and Incredible S have both received updates to Android 2.3.5 and HTC Sense 3.0, bringing their software in line with more recent phones like the Sensation and EVO 3D. In addition, the Wildfire S has apparently received an update of its own, and while it's still on Sense 2.1, its Android version has been bumped up to 2.3.5, and it's now sporting the fancy Sense 3.0 lockscreen that we've enjoyed on high-end HTC devices for some time.

To grab the updates on your device, head to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates and tap the button (note that if you're on a carrier-branded device, you may have to wait a little longer before it's rolled out to you). If you've already upgraded, let us know how you're getting on over in the comments.

Source: XDA (1, 2, 3); thanks, Dingbums!

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2 years ago

The Verizon HTC Merge? It's a Christmas miracle!

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Tired of waiting on the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus? Could we, perhaps, interest you in another sought-after Verizon smartphone that was all rendered extinct without ever really being launched?

What you see here, according to AllTechEverything, is an ad from a newspaper (ask your parents) in Greensboro, N.C. And at the bottom of that pyramid there is a $49 buy-one-get-two-free offer for none other than the Verizon HTC Merge.

Why's that a big deal? The Verzon HTC Merge, as you'll recall, is that mythical phone we got an exclusive look at way back in late August 2010. Rumored launch dates came and went, and the Merge was never really officially released on Verizon, put out to pasture as some sort of online/third-party only deal. Sad, really. It was a great phone.

Anyhoo, if you're in or around Greensboro and are jonesing for the greatest phone that never was, maybe swing by and see what you can see.

Source:  AllTechEverything; thanks, Daniel!

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2 years ago

Team Hydro Bootmanager coming soon, puts an end to bootloops forever [hacking]

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Ever do something you shouldn't have whilst hacking away at your phone, and end up stuck in a bootloop?  Of course you have, because we all have.  That will soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the Team Hydro Bootmanager.  Usually getting to your Android device's bootloader menu or recovery menu involves mashing and holding buttons, pulling batteries, or in the case of some phone (looking at you LG Optimus Black) a bit of luck because there are no button combinations that work.  This jewel resides in the boot image on your phone, pauses the boot-up, and lets you choose how you want to proceed.  According to lead developer Drew Walton, it works great, it's stable, will run on just about any phone, and will be ready for public consumption very soon.

*Spoiler alert* Drew is also pretty sure he will be able to expand this, using custom recovery builds (like ClockWorkMod recovery) and create a bootmanager with more options.  This would of course be more device specific and less portable, but offer a new way to manage your device.  You normal, well adjusted users out there may not be as excited as we hacker types are, but all you crack flashers know just how cool this one will be.  I can't wait!

More: Android Central forums

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