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3 years ago

How to unlock the Nexus 7 bootloader

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This should really go without saying, given that it's called the ​Nexus​ 7, but we'll go ahead and say it anyway. Yes, you can unlock the Nexus 7 bootloader, then have your way with it however you deem fit.

Unlocking the Nexus 7 is the same as any other Nexus device. You'll need to put it into USB debugging mode, have the Android SDK installed on your computer, and then use the ​fastboot oem unlock​ command. (Relocking is just as easy, too.)

So, no worries on that front.

Also: See our hands-on with the Nexus 7

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3 years ago

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean SDK now available for download

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With Google I/O 2012 now kicked off and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean unveiled, the time has come to download the tools to make the magic. During this mornings keynote address, it was announced Android 4.1 would be rolling out mid-July while the SDK would be made available to developers today. The update has gone live now and is available for download to those who can make use of it. Some of the highlights to look forward to:

  • Faster, Smoother, More Responsive - Android 4.1 is optimized to deliver Android's best performance and lowest touch latency, in an effortless, intuitive UI.
  • Enhanced Accessibility - New APIs for accessibility services let you handle gestures and manage accessibility focus as the user moves through the on-screen elements and navigation buttons using accessibility gestures, accessories, and other input. The Talkback system and explore-by-touch are redesigned to use accessibility focus for easier use and offer a complete set of APIs for developers.
  • Support For International Users - Android 4.1 helps you to reach more users through support for bi-directional text in TextView and EditText elements. Apps can display text or handle text editing in left-to-right or right-to-left scripts. Apps can make use of new Arabic and Hebrew locales and associated fonts.
  • Expandable Notifications - Android 4.1 brings a major update to the Android notifications framework. Apps can now display larger, richer notifications to users that can be expanded and collapsed with a pinch. Notifications support new types of content, including photos, have configurable priority, and can even include multiple actions.
  • Resizable app widgets - Android 4.1 introduces improved App Widgets that can automatically resize, based on where the user drops them on the home screen, the size to which the user expands them, and the amount of room available on the home screen. New App Widget APIs let you take advantage of this to optimize your app widget content as the size of widgets changes.

There is plenty more where that came from included with the package. If you're a developer, you'll want to be digging into this stuff as soon as possible and working on getting your apps updated with the latest Google has to offer.

Download and more info: Android 4.1 SDK

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3 years ago

Google Earth for Android improves 3D buildings, adds Tour Guide

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Google Earth was another one of the many apps updated for Android Jelly Bean, and includes a new Tour Guide mode to help you find the important sights in a new city. Collections of thousands of notable points of interest will pop up in Tour Guide, and with a quick tap, Maps will fly over to it and provide information from Wikipedia on the spot. The updated Google Earth for Android will also include improved 3D imagery created using 45-degree satellite photography. You can take a look at the new automatically-generated models in the video below. 

You can download Google Earth in the Play store here if you don't have it already. The iOS version will be updated shortly, if you're into that kind of thing. 

Anyone excited for the update? Do you tend to use Google Earth that often even with Maps around?

Source: Google Lat-Long

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3 years ago

Google Nexus 7 hands-on and initial review

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Meet the Google Nexus 7 -- the first Google-produced tablet, the first device with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the first to serve more as a direct portal to Google Play (as opposed to a tablet that just runs apps), Google's first major push into the magazine and television market, the first device to ship with Chrome as its default browser ... and that's just the start of the superlatives.

But is the Nexus 7 just another Android tablet? Can it really beat the Amazon Kindle Fire for content consumption? We'll answer those questions in the coming weeks. For now, hit the break for our initial look at Google's 7-inch tablet.

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3 years ago

Google Maps updated with offline caching

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Following up on the Maps announcement a few weeks ago, Google has released the long-awaited update for Android which will enable offline caching. That means you'll be able to keep navigating when you're outside of data coverage for whatever reason. Over 150 countries are supported, and you can store up to six large metropolitan areas (like New York, London, or Paris) using the new menu option. Bundled with this update are a few performance optimizations for compass mode in Street View.

Offline caching in Google Maps is going to be particularly awesome for frequent travelers that don't want to get nailed with harsh roaming fees and can't get their hands on a local SIM card. It also makes Wi-Fi-only Android devices viable for navigation, which was never much of an option before.

If you've got an Android device running 3.0 or higher, you can get the update over in the Google Play store. Three are also a bunch of other core apps that were updated for Jelly Bean compatibility. 

Source: Google Lat-Long

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3 years ago

Multiple Google apps updated following Jelly Bean announcement

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Fire up the Google Play Store and you'll see a plethora of updates to just about every Google app out there. The biggest change comes to Chrome for Android, which loses its beta tag and is unleashed as a fully stable product. Other updated apps include Google+, Play Books, Play Movies, Maps, YouTube and Street View, to name but a few. You'll want to check individual changelogs in the Play Store for specifics, but most of these updates seem to be minor revisions to bring the apps into line with what's shipping in the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean preview builds for the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus

More: Chrome for Android changelog

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III will be available at Sprint beginning on Sunday, July 1

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If you're holding out for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III you still have a little bit longer to go. The latest official confirmation coming from Sprint has the device arriving for folks on July 1st now.

Samsung Galaxy S III will be available at Sprint beginning on Sunday, July 1. It will be offered in a 16GB version for $199.99 and 32GB version for $249.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement at Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web Sales. The 32GB version will be available in Web Sales, Sprint Business Sales and Telesales.

Sure, it's a bit later than expected but things could always be worse and it's certainly nice of Sprint to keep everyone in the loop rather than just leaving us to guess when it will arrive.

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3 years ago

Chrome for Android exits beta, first stable channel release available now

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Fresh from the news that Chrome will be the stock browser on the new Nexus 7 tablet, today also sees the release of the first stable channel version for Android. The beta tag is no more. 

The update is live in the Google Play Store as we speak, and is available for devices running Android 4.0 and above. Along with its first stable channel release, Chrome receives some important stability and performance fixes. Additionally, there are some small adjustments to the browser's UI. especially on tablets. 

Interestingly, we're also told to "stay tune for more information" regarding other release channels of Chrome for Android. Could we be treated to some canary builds of Chrome for Android in the future? Sounds intriguing. 

Source: Google Chrome Releases

Download: Chrome for Android

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3 years ago

Pinterest for Android - First look

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Pinterest for Android is real. It exists. We've seen it. Here it is. Only, it's not quite ready for public consumption, and so this is all you get to see. But we can tell you all about what we've seen, and it's pretty much what you'd expect from a Pinterest app on Android. The pic above hosts the board, and from there you tap into the individual pins. Scrolling on the Nexus 7 with Jelly Bean was impressive to say the least. The big differentiator over the iOS version of Pinterest, of course, is sharing. You'll be able to share pins in the same way that you can share anything else on Android, and that's a powerful feature. And of course it'll sync up with your current Pinterest account.

Here's the rub, though. The Pinterest app is still very much in development, and not even the lead dev, with whom we spoke here at Google I/O, is sure exactly what it's going to look like when it's released later this year. So it's coming, it's just that nobody's sure what, exactly, it'll look like.

So stay tuned, and keep pinning.

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3 years ago

Google Play web updated, now allows for updating and uninstalling of apps

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In addition to all the other goodies Google rolled out thus far at Google IO 2012 they updated the online version of the Google Play Store with some pretty awesome features. So awesome in fact, that I'm rather perplexed as to why it was never mentioned. As you can see in the screenshot, you can uninstall and even update apps all from the site itself. Plus, any devices associated to your account will now also show an image representing that phone, tablet or Google TV. Sadly, you still can't get rid of apps you no longer use from the listing but we're getting to that point with the latest additions.

Thanks, waltesefalcon!

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3 years ago

If you're at Google I/O, be on the look out for Lloyd!

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Today is the last day of the Take Lloyd on an adventure and win 1 of 4 Samsung Galaxy S IIIs Contest. If you're in attendance at Google I/O, we're going to make it super easy for you to get a photo of you and Lloyd so you can submit it for your chance to win.

A few members of the Mobile Nations crew will be walking around the main floor of Moscone today (just look for them in the shirts above) and they're loaded up with sweet free Lloyd gear they're giving away. They have Lloyd pins, stickers and even some t-shirts. Don't be shy. If you see a person walking around with Lloyd on a t-shirt, just stop him and say hi. We'll hook you up.  

And while the contest to win 1 of 4 Galaxy S IIIs ends today, we've got a lot of Lloyd gear with us, so you'll be able to find us tomorrow too (before the keynote, look for us in front of the Cafe doors near the I/O Gear booth). That's it. Lloyd ​FTW!

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3 years ago

Google updates Nexus site with Nexus 7 and Nexus Q info

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Google has just unveiled the Nexus 7 Tablet along with the Nexus Q streaming media player and already they've started promoting the devices to the max. The Nexus site that has been in place since the Nexus One was announced, has now been updated with a full gallery, specs and features listing for both of the devices. I got my preorder in for the Nexus 7, do you?

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Google announces new Google+ app for tablets

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Google announced moments ago that they will finally be releasing a tablet-optimized version of its social network, Google+. For a long time, we've either had to use the browser or a phone app, which hasn't been the greatest experience. They announced a new app with a tablet-optimized UI. It looks pretty gorgeous and the Hangouts feature in particular has us excited.

It will be available for Android tablets as well as iPads and Google also announced that the phone app will be getting an update today to incorporate lots of these new features. Please find links to the Google+ app in the Google Play Store after the break.

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3 years ago

Google gets in your living room with the Nexus Q

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It's your cloud, in your living room, from Google. We've been hearing about a Google branded home entertainment product for a while now, an today on stage Google showed us the future -- the Nexus Q. Imagine a sexy black sphere, controlled via NFC from your Android phone or tablet, that sends out audio and video from the cloud to your existing television and stereo equipment. Since it's not streaming from your phone, that means your friends can get in on the fun and stream his or her cloud through the Nexus Q. It really is the first social streaming media device.

The hackable Nexus Q (it has the same SoC as the Galaxy Nexus and USB in/out) will be available for $299 from Google Play, starting in the US. Pre-orders stars today and the units ship in July. Check out the video after the break!

Don't miss any of our Google I/O coverage!

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3 years ago

Google Nexus 7 available for preorder now for $199, shipping mid-July

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Google announced a freakin' sweet 7-inch tablet appropriately called the Nexus 7 at I/O today, and no doubt many of you are itching to get your hands on one. You'll be happy to hear that it's available for preorder starting today, and will be shipping mid-July to the U.S., Canada, UK, and Australia. The pricetag is a low, low $199. Here's a quick run-down of the specs. 

  • 7-inch 1280 x 800 display
  • Quad-processor
  • Tegra 3 12-core GPU
  • 8 GB and 16 GB models
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, gyroscope
  • 9 hours video playback
  • 300 hours standby
  • 340 g
  • Chrome as standard browser
  • $199, shipping mid-July to US, Canada, Australia and UK, preorders available today
  • Includes $25 credit in Google Play store, lots of preloaded goodies

Want to get in on the action? Order here! So, who's excited? I'm excited. 

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