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3 years ago

Nexus 4 teardown by iFixit is finished, phone parts found inside

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These devices all look very smooth and nice on the outside -- the Nexus 4 is no exception -- but what makes them tick on the inside? Popular teardown and repair website iFixit has taken apart its fair share of devices, and now the Nexus 4 is on the table (figuratively and literally) as the next one to be torn down.

The teardown is finished and we now have a completely comprehensive walkthrough of the internals of this device. In typical fashion you can get a really good look at every component, including that non-removable battery and diagrams of chips on the board. And its all captured in stunningly nice photography.

They give the Nexus 4 a 7 out of 10 for a "repairability" score, which is pretty good. For comparison, the Galaxy Nexus was a 6, and the iPhone 5 is a 7 as well. The Nexus 4 picks up points for being easy to open and access components with minimal screws and prying. It loses points for a battery that's very well sealed to the frame and screen glass that's fused to both the display and display frame, making it more expensive to replace.

Let's face it, most of us will never do this to our devices, but its still cool to look at. Take a gander at the source link below.

Source: iFixit

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3 years ago

HD Widgets updated with Android 4.2 lockscreen compatibility

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We saw just yesterday that Beautiful Clock Widgets was updated to support Android 4.2's new lockscreen widget functionality, and now HD Widgets is following today with its own update. There are many to choose from, and the update includes 11 new widgets in total -- 5 for the phone and 6 for the tablet -- for you to customize your lockscreen with.

We'll surely see more developers update their apps with this functionality as Android 4.2 gets onto more devices out there. For now, there are a couple good ones to choose from at least. HD Widgets will only set you back $1.99, and is available at the Play Store link above.

Source: Cloud.tv

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3 years ago

T-Mobile and MetroPCS deal was in the works from Dec. 2011

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According to a proxy statement filed with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) by MetroPCS, the merger with T-Mobile USA has been in talks much longer than first assumed. A deal with Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile's parent company) for a merger with T-Mobile USA began just 2 days after it failed to sell the company to AT&T. This means that the merger talks between the companies began all the way back in December of 2011.

MetroPCS reports that it was in talks with "several" wireless carriers for possible merger, buyout and spectrum licensing deals before finally settling on terms with Deutsche Telekom. Aside from its attempt to sell to Sprint earlier in the year, MetroPCS was also nearly acquired by an unnamed company that is a current roaming partner. The company also attempted twice to buy different chunks of spectrum from different satellite companies.

It seems there was quite a lot going on in the wireless industry while everyone was still confused about the fall-through of AT&T and T-Mobile's merger. Surely makes us wonder what else is in the works as we speak.

Source: WSJ; SEC; Via: FierceWireless

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3 years ago

Markers updated to version 1.1, brings new features and more of the smooth

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Markers is one of my favorite apps. I'm definitely not an artist, but I have a ball doodling and scratching an image or two on my tablet. It's fun, and keeps me occupied. Today Markers gets a pretty significant update, chock full of new features, and just as important, changes to make it even smoother on large screen devices like the Samsung Nexus 10. Here's the official change log.

  •  You can now set the background color! Press and hold on a color in the palette to choose an opaque background, and long-press the checkerboard to go back to transparent.
  • 10 undo steps.
  • Retains color & tool selections between launches.
  • Much smoother and more responsive on devices with large displays.

To make things even better, Markers is entirely open-source. The source code has been updated as well, grab it here.

Markers was already one of the smoothest digital sketchpads available, and today's update makes it even better. If you like to doodle, especially on a tablet, check it out.

Via +Markers

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3 years ago

Samsung seeks details of Apple's HTC patent settlement

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In an effort to stop Apple from imposing a sales ban on their products in the U.S., Samsung is seeking to have Apple disclose the terms of their patent settlement with HTC. The grounds for the court request are that the patents in question may be related to those that Apple had claimed were infringed upon by Samsung - in particular, user experience patents which Apple had previously refused to license to anyone. If they turned around and licensed these patents to HTC, Apple will have a hard time convincing courts that the $1 billion in compensation isn't enough to keep them happy. 

Though a sales ban is seeming increasingly unlikely for this particular case, Apple and Samsung will be duking it out in courts well into 2014, and the outcome of this request could easily set the stage for patent disputes to come. 

It's great to see that Apple may be put in a position where they have to license their more ridiculous patents more freely, but one still has to wonder what made Apple ease up and accept a settlement with HTC in the first place. Any ideas? Maybe Tim Cook wants to relax Apple's image a bit, or maybe just save on legal fees? 

Via: Reuters 

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3 years ago

Announcing the winners of the Million Member Giveaway

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Our gigantic Million Member Giveaway has wrapped up, and it's time to announce the lucky winners. We want to thank everyone for entering, but more importantly we want to thank you for participating every day. Without folks like you we couldn't be the best Android site on the planet. 

Without further ado, here's your winners list!

Grand Prize: paul-c won a Samsung Galaxy S3, case, screen protector and car charger & 16GB Google Nexus 7 combo pack.

First Prize Winners: jude526 and cyanogen-man will each receive a $100 ShopAndroid.com coupon code.

Second Prize Winners: will each receive a $50.00 Google Play Gift Card:

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Active member prize pack: Congrats to digital slacker on his new Samsung Chromebook, a $100 ShopAndroid.com coupon code, a $50 Google Play gift card, and a Lloyd T-shirt from ShopAndroid.com.

Attention Winners:

To claim your prize, please send an email address -- from the address you have on file -- to cory.streater@androidcentral.com. Please include all shipping information.

Thanks again to everyone for making this the best and fastest growing Android Community on the web, and cheers to another million!

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 get an official ClockWorkMod recovery

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Koush has released the official builds of ClockWorkMod recovery for the LG Nexus 4 and the Samsung Nexus 10 this afternoon, giving us all a quick and easy way to back everything up and flash bleeding-edge stuff and try to break out new Nexus devices.

You'll find them in the usual places -- the ClockWorkMod site and ROM Manager, but for now Koush is suggesting everyone skip the ROM Manager route and flash by hand. 

Because I can't seem to listen to instruction or reason, I had to try the ROM Manager method, and sure enough it doesn't work. If you are as thick-headed as I am and try, you just need to flash the stock recovery back into place and boot into it once to fix your non-booting Nexus 4. Flashing or booting from fastboot works a treat though. 

Now we have root and recovery for the N4, let's see how bad we can break stuff!

Source: +Koushik Dutta. 

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3 years ago

Pit might against magic in upcoming Dragon Slayer game

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Today Glu announced their next free-to-play game, Dragon Slayer. It's shaping up to incorporate a lot of Infinity Blade's one-on-one dueling format, except instead of wielding steel, players cast a variety of spells to subdue all manner of menacing dragons. Details are scarce for the time being, but you can count on upgradeable equipment and in-app purchases being in the mix somewhere. Plus, as you can tell, the graphics are pretty slick. 

What do you guys think of the trailer below? Glu has been publishing a lot of the duel-style games lately, including Blood and Glory: Legend and Death Dome... Any favorites, or is the freemium model an instant turn-off? Either way, expect to see Dragon Slayer in Google Play next week. 

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3 years ago

Kobo Arc now available in Canada and the UK, France from Monday

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Perhaps a little late to the party, but arriving nevertheless, eReader maker Kobo has brought their latest creation to market today. The Kobo Arc, based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich -- with a Jelly Bean update already in the works -- is on sale today in Canada and the UK, and will arrive in France starting Monday. In the UK the Arc is exclusive to high street retailer WHSmiths -- available online only until November 21 -- and will cost £160 or £190 for the 16GB or 32GB versions respectively. In Canada these two run for $200 and $250 Canadian. 

Differentiating from the competition somewhat though, there is a 64GB version of the Arc too. This one doesn't seem to be up for sale in the UK just yet, but in Canada costs just $300 Canadian. 

We first saw the Kobo Arc back at IFA 2012 in Berlin, and while running in direct competition with the Amazon Kindle Fire and even Google's own Nexus 7, there is a lot of potential appeal for a casual tablet user. The custom Kobo UI, known as Tapestries, aims to provide a content focused experience. And, unlike the Amazon offerings, the Arc runs 'regular' Android, and as such has full access to the Google suite of applications and the Google Play Store. Full press release can be found after the break. 

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 Dot Live Wallpaper brings the back of the Nexus 4 to your wallpaper

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The simplest things in life often bring us the most pleasure, and this one sits somewhere in that category. One of the defining features of the new LG Nexus 4, is of course the pattern on the rear. Paying homage to the original Nexus One live wallpaper pattern, caught in the right light it's a pleasure to look at. Not content with limiting to the rear of Google's latest baby, there's now a live wallpaper that attempts to bring the effect to the front. 

Simply known as Nexus 4 Dot Live Wallpaper, it's available for free download from the Google Play store now. There's a bunch of advertisements to deal with, but only in the settings menu. There's a few different settings to customize, namely color, size of the dots and the speed of the animations. Our personal preference is for small white dots -- the closest resemblance to the actual pattern on the Nexus 4. Click on past the break to see how it looks in a couple of other colors, or head on over to the Play Store and snag yourselves a copy.

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 gets rooted, we feign surprise

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It's a Nexus. It's got an unlockable bootloader. So it was only a matter of time before someone worked out how to plug root access and superuser into Google and LG's new baby. We've been here before, folks.

In addition to a working root method from AddictiveTips's HQRaja (via XDA), there's also now a working version of ClockworkMod custom recovery for the device. This expands upon stock recovery with a bunch of new features for advanced users.

Nexus phones are Google's developer devices, so they're supposed to be easy to crack open and fiddle with. So if you're looking to run rooted apps, or even tinker with the phone's system software, this Nexus is as good as any other. AOSP support for the Nexus 4 has yet to arrive, unfortunately, but we imagine Google will be publishing the code sooner rather than later.

Source: AddictiveTips via XDA

More: How to unlock the Nexus 4's bootloader, Nexus 4 forums

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3 years ago

HTC Desire C coming to RadioShack No-Contract Wireless for $119.99

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RadioShack is adding to its lineup of entry-level devices that it offers on its self-branded prepaid wireless service today with the HTC Desire C. This pint-sized HTC handset may carry the Desire name, but it looks very much like the One series of devices from HTC in 2012. The internals are decidedly low-end, however. The Desire C has a 3.5-inch 320x480 (HVGA) display, a 600MHz processor and 512MB of RAM -- all running with Android 4.0 and Sense on top.

The 'Shack offers the Desire C for $119.99 on its no-contract prepaid service with monthly payments of $50 for unlimited calls, texts and data (first 1GB at full speed) or $60 for the same and 2.5GB of full-speed data. Both prices include a subscription to the Muve Music service, which offers both streaming and downloads of a wide music selection on the device. 

Source: RadioShack

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3 years ago

Droid DNA and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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They're both big, for sure - but the waistline is where things really show

What a difference a half-inch can make. So in one hand we've got the new Verizon Droid DNA. A 5-inch display that's taller than most phones, but retains the slim waistline. And in the other hand we've got the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It's 5.5 inches diagonally. And while it's even taller than the DNA -- by about a centimeter -- it's the extra width of the Galaxy Note 2 that really separates the two phones. 

The Droid DNA still feels like a relatively traditional Android smartphone in your hand. A big one, sure. But HTC's new design, with the battery sandwiched between the PCB and the display, keeps it feeling slim, when, in fact it's actually 0.33 mm thicker than the Note 2. 

But it's that difference in width that sends the Note 2 over the top. Again, it's a full centimeter difference. And what the Note 2 makes up for in size it lacks in resolution, still sporting a 720p display, whereas the DNA is a full 1080p. That'll likely change in the next generation. But for now, the DNA takes it in pixels per inch, and it's definitely apparent.

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3 years ago

Spark socket to turn your phone into a light switch and make bulbs app-friendly

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A fresh Kickstarter project is aiming to provide smartphone-friendly home lighting through a socket accessory.  The Wi-Fi-enabled Spark goes right into normal light sockets, then your light bulb goes into the Spark. Once that's done, users will be able to set flashing rules for notifications, fade-in for alarms, and otherwise remotely control your home lighting. 

Spark isn't alone in trying to bring home lighting to Android, though. Lifx recently wrapped up funding for their smart light bulb, which includes a wide range of color options and the same degree of programmability. Of course, when a Lifx Bulb burns out, you're out $70, while Spark seems like it will weather the test of time a little bit better, plus there are APIs available for developers to plug their apps into Spark. My only worry is that the added bulk in the socket might not be practical for all lamps. 

Spark is only a few days into its Kickstarter campaign and still has a ways to go to meet its $250,000 goal, though they've already sold out of the early bird special. You can still back them and preorder on for $59, though. Any takers? Would you rather Spark or Lifx? Are there other solid smart home lighting solutions out there?

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3 years ago

ZTE Warp Sequent hands on

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We dropped by the Hammerstein Ballroom here in New York last night for Pepcom's annual Wine and Dine Demo, which promised a first look at some this holiday season's hottest gadgets. And while there aren't many surprises for the big manufacturers left to spring in terms of new devices, it was a nice chance to spend some quality time with the smaller, tighter operations who have shifted their focus on the growing prepaid market.

Case in point: ZTE, the Chinese manufacturer who has focused mainly on the entry-level, prepaid market here in the States. Their hottest seller, the ZTE Warp, recently underwent a nice little refresh in the ZTE Warp Sequent, which is on sale now at Boost Mobile. The Warp Sequent is undoubtedly entry level, but for $200 up front and unlimited plans starting at $55/month, it's a nice option for those who want to keep their cellular bills to a minimum. 

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