2 years ago

Verizon going with 'Nexus Prime' after all? This Best Buy flyer sure thinks so


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Look, we know the wait for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus here in the United States is making people act a little crazy. We get that, and we're not really blaming anybody. But this sort of thing isn't helping matters any. What you see here, according to new forums member mynewride, is a Best Buy Mobile flyer that is due to come out Dec. 1. And in it we have the Samsung Nexus Prime on Verizon. Or the Samsung Nexus Prime 4G LTE, if you turn the page. Or the Samsung Nexus Prime, member of the Samsung Galaxy S II family.

What. The. Hell.

OK. So, Best Buy doesn't exactly have a spotless record when it comes to Photoshop blunders. (See Exhibit 1, Exhibit 2 and Exhibit 3.) But the "Nexus Prime"-- the unofficial code name for the Galaxy Nexus that we all worked with for months -- has been seen in Best Buy's internal systems before, which might or might not mean anything here.

We're nowhere near sold on this one yet. But it's just one more chapter in the strange saga that's been the Verizon launch of the Galaxy Nexus.

We've got more pics after the break, and hit the source link for all the discussion from mynewride's original post.

Source: Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus gets 'opened'


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It’s not “rooting,” it’s openness

-- Nick Kralevich, Android security engineer

There's a bit of brouhaha on the Internet today about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus being "rooted."  While I applaud the gentlemen who take the time to build binaries needed to flash the superuser/switchuser files to the GNexus, I think it's more important to re-visit something from the past.  Namely, you don't need to exploit a Nexus device to root it.  The tools to unlock the potential of a Nexus phone are included, so pushing new software that allows more access to the system isn't really a surprise.  Hopefully, someone can go further with this access and do something that does surprise us. 

Mr. O'Brien, I tip my hat to you for taking the time to build your superboot image.  Most users wouldn't take the time needed to learn how do it, and you've provided the easy path for them.  Now there's no excuse for anyone with a GNexus to not jump in feet first and see what Android can do when given the proper tools, and openness.

More: MoDaCo

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2 years ago

CES coming up, USB Mass Storage [From the Forums]


Kicking off another week, and we've got plenty lined up for you all. Make sure you stick with us as we take you through all the latest and greatest Android news. Plus, don't forget to pop on into the Android Central forums and check out the latest hot topics in there as well:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Welcome to the cloud, iOS users


A quick jaunt across the Internet today and I see that Apple is pushing out working on yet another iOS 5 update to address battery life issues.  On behalf of Android users and fans everywhere, I'd like to take a moment and welcome all of you to the cloud.  It's nice up here -- things sync without wires, your phone knows where you are in case you want to share your location, and updates are a breeze when they're pushed Over The Air.  But like all good things, there's a price, and in this case it's measured in milliampere-hours.

Our boss and friend Phil has some sage advice -- plug your phone in.  Follow his wise words.  I'll also add that buying a spare battery is a good idea ... oh, never mind.

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2 years ago

Using SwiftKey on the Amazon Kindle Fire


If you've got your hands on a Kindle Fire and are having loads of fun playing around with it but would love to have the SwiftKey keyboard to replace the stock Fire issue, you're in luck.  Any computer software or operating system is hackable, but because the Fire runs Android we already know how most everything works -- including the settings database.  Add a few Android hackers, who want SwiftKey on their Fire, and you have a solution.  The method itself isn't for the faint of heart, and you'll need to be rooted (you can un-root afterwards if you like) and have adb working.  I'll point everyone to the source link for the full instructions, but to help answer a few questions I'll try to explain what's going on. 

Amazon has removed the GUI from the settings menu that allows you to select an input method and set a default keyboard.  Android is still smart enough to know where to look for these settings, so we just have to find a way to set them, which can be done on your computer after pulling out the settings database, moving it to the USB storage, and editing it.  After adding the entry to the database for SwiftKey (or any other third party keyboard), you push it back in place, edit the permissions, and reboot.  It sounds pretty scary, and we won't blame you if you pass on this for now, but the instructions are very clear and will work if you follow them to the letter.  If you do give this one a run, be sure to shout out in the forums so others can benefit from your guinea pig-ness.  In the meantime, we're looking at alternative methods to edit the database while in place, and we'll update if and when we figure anything out.

Source: XDA-Developers

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2 years ago

Documents to Go is today's free app from Amazon


While it's easy to overlook the Amazon Appstore's daily free app picks, we'd be remiss if we failed to mention this one: Documents to Go, the powerful document editing app, is today's featured freebie. Regularly priced at $14.99, Dataviz's full productivity suite can edit and create Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents, and can also read PDF files. The full version offers customization options and syncing with your Google Docs and your desktop files. Nice way to kick off a week of bargain shopping if you ask us. Hit the source link to grab it before it expires tonight at midnight. 

Source: Amazon Appstore

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2 years ago

SIM free Galaxy Nexus shipping in UK on Nov. 22


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That's right, boys and girls, the picture you see here is a SIM free, carrier unlocked Galaxy Nexus ready for shipping to a lucky British owner tomorrow morning.

The guys over at Clove have received their batch of devices this evening, and are ready to ship them out tomorrow with the final batch of intial orders being shipped before the end of Wednesday. There is enough stock to cover the initial pre-orders, with a "limited amount" available for new orders.

Furthermore, they also claim that their batch are not subject to the EDGE/volume bug, having had an "additional quality control check." That much remains to be seen, but if you've pre-ordered the Nexus, expect something special in the mail anytime now. 

Source: Clove

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2 years ago

Verizon expanding 4G LTE to nine New Hampshire communities on December 15


Verizon is continuing their roll out of 4G LTE across the Nation and come December 15 they'll be adding nine New Hampshire communities to the mix. If you happen to live in any of the areas listed below -- you're in luck:

  • Bedford
  • Goffstown
  • Hudson
  • Litchfield
  • Loudon
  • Manchester
  • Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
  • Merrimack
  • Nashua
  • Pelham

As of November 17th, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network is available in 179 markets across the country and supports 16 4G LTE-enabled devices. You can catch the full press release past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Galaxy Nexus 'volume bug' on EDGE networks captured on video


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We've received several tips about a possible bug on the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus (check our review) which results in the phone schizophrenically switching between volume modes, or randomly muting itself. During the course of our review we didn't notice this at all, but today we received a tip suggesting it could have something to do with the EDGE (2G) radio. As such, we set our Nexus to 2G-only mode, and sure enough, when switching between EDGE and 3G or EDGE and Wifi, we found that our unit fell victim to the glitch, too.

Right now we're guessing that something about the way the EDGE radio works is interfering with the volume rocker, causing the down volume key to be triggered repeatedly. There've also been suggestions that only 900MHz EDGE networks are affected, but we haven't been able to confirm this.

In any case, we've got the whole thing captured on video. Hit the jump if you want to take a look.

Thanks to Andrew and everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Android App Mini Review: Mobile Checkbook


Guest review by Kerri Neill

Mobile Checkbook, a hugely popular personal accounting application on the BlackBerry platform, is now available for Android devices. Mobile Checkbook allows the user to quickly enter in both deposits and withdrawals while maintaining an accurate bank balance on the go.

Mobile Checkbook allows you to ditch that paper transaction register and record their transactions as they occur. You can also transfer funds, reconcile accounts as well as set up automatic/recurring transactions. There is no limit on how many accounts you may create and the application allows you to use one of many currency options.

  • Transaction lists can be exported via email with optional XLS or QIF attachments which can then be imported easily into most computer financial software like Quicken or Quickbooks.
  • PIN code password feature that you can set just in case you're worried about someone seeing your financial information if your phone gets lost.
  • Secure cloud based Backup/Restore option
  • Show/Hide Available Balance on the apps main screen
  • Reconciliation
  • Multiple date formats

Mobile Checkbook is currently available in the marketplace for only $0.99! Hit the break to download this fantastic financial application today.

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