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2 years ago

Today is Galaxy Nexus day in the UK

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If you're in the UK and want to buy a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you can now hand over your hard-earned cash and do just that -- with a few conditions. The phone is now available from brick-and-mortar Phones4U shops, as well as the retailer's online store. It seems Phones4U has been given a one week head-start on other vendors, however it's not selling the phone without a contract online -- you'll need to head in-store if you want a SIM-free Nexus.

Most retailers are now expecting to stock the ICS-powered Nexus next Tuesday or Wednesday -- Nov. 22/23. So if you're not up for committing to another 24-month contract, and aren't near a Phones4U store, you may have to endure another week with whatever smartphone is currently in your pocket.

If you are after a new contract, you'll be able to sign up for a variety of 18 to 24-month plans with Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange or O2 over on the Phones4U website (check the source link). Notably absent from the list is Three, which appears to be in the same boat as everyone else, shipping on the 22nd or 23rd. See the source link for more info.

Source: Phones4U

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2 years ago

Verizon's Galaxy Nexus revealed to be unsurprisingly thicker than its GSM counterpart

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Google this morning has outed the tech specs on the LTE (aka Verizon's) version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Surprise, surprise, it's a tad thicker, as LTE devices are prone to be. How much thicker? According to the new specs, Verizon's LTE version (that's the one you see at right above) is a portly 9.47 mm, while the GSM version (seen here at left) is 8.94 mm thick. By our math, that's .53 mm thicker if you opt for the Verizon version here in the states (and it's still looking like that'll be the only domestic version for a little while).

By comparison, the new HTC Rezound is about 13.7 mm thick, the Droid Bionic is about 10.16 mm, and the Droid RAZR is 7.1 mm at its thinnest point.

The other spec of note, of course, is that Verizon's version will carry an 1850 mAh battery. That's a little larger than what you probably have in your current phone. And while we welcome any additional juice, an extra 100 mAh or so really isn't going to boost your usage by all that much, when you remember just how thirsty LTE radios are. But we're not looking that gift horse in the mouth.

Source: Google
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

New Google commercial shows off the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich

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A new Galaxy Nexus commercial has popped up on the official Google Nexus YouTube channel. The commercial, titled 'Calling All', shows off Ice Cream Sandwich as well as some of the key Android features already available. The point is to see them altogether in one phone, the Galaxy Nexus.

The features shown off are:

  • Face Unlock
  • Android Beam
  • Camera with Panorama Mode
  • Google+ with Hangouts
  • Voice Typing

The commercial is very nicely done. It highlights the technical features while playing to the mainstream crowd. It's also a bright and happy commercial in contrast to dark world of the Verizon Droid commercials. As much as we love those intense Droid ads, they tend to intimidate sometimes so it's nice to see something different for a flagship device. It should be noted that Verizon had nothing to do with this one as this was all Google in their effort to promote the phone in general. Still no release date for US customers but UK residents were able to nab one today if they were lucky.

Source: YouTube

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2 years ago

Android Market on the Kindle Fire? Done!

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T'was only a matter of time, right? The Android Market -- and all of its hidden secrets apps -- now runs just fine on the Amazon Kindle Fire. There are a couple of caveats (albeit not huge ones) if you want to get this done. You're going to need to root your Kindle Fire, and you're going to need to be a little familiar with file explorers and apps permissions. Hardly insurmountable stuff, though, and the whole process takes just a few minutes. Hit the link below for full instructions.

Source: XDA Developers; via Kindle Fire Forums

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2 years ago

Good grief! 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' now available on your Android phone or tablet

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This might be the best $6.99 you spend this holiday season. LoudCrow Interactive -- the company behind bringing the Sandra Boynton books to Android -- has brought the classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to phones and tablets.

It's the same interactive reading experience we've come to know and love, right down to Schroeder's piano. Chances are you'll enjoy this as much as your kids.

We've got demo video and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Kindle Fire runs third-party launchers just fine, thank you very much

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Say, for some reason, you just got yourself a brand new Kindle Fire and for some reason don't want to run the custom launcher Amazon's whipped up. (And it's pretty darn good, actually.) Now that we've got proper ADB access, loading a third-party launcher is just a few clicks away. (Or you can install through a file explorer on the device, if you want.)

We've got ADW.EX running with nary a problem. And just like on any other smartphone or tablet, you can set it to be the default launcher. You've still got Amazon's menu bars on the top and bottom, but everything else is third-party, along with the usual customizations.

Now, don't be surprised if you do see some hiccups -- you're basically running an app, and there are still parts of the Android framework that have been stripped out of the Kindle Fire. But if you like to tinker, here's an easy thing to try.

Check out our hands-on video after the break.

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2 years ago

Galaxy Nexus available in the UK Thursday from Phones4u!

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Well, well, it looks like our friends in the UK will be able to purchase a Galaxy Nexus starting Thursday. Phones4u announced today on Google+ that the retailer will have the flagship phone exclusively at their store in Oxford Circus (which is one of the busiest). 

In addition to that awesome bit of news, the first 100 purchasers will get a £250 voucher for media content for the Nexus. 

They have also stated that ice cream sandwiches will also be served, which is worth the trip in itself. 

So there you have it. One store tomorrow from one retailer will have the Galaxy Nexus available for you lucky UK residents. Doors open at 8am, so be sure to get there early. 

Source: Google+

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2 years ago

First look at the updated Google Music app

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Here we have our first look at the new and improved Google Music app, which -- surprise, surprise -- is pretty much what we saw tucked into an early Ice Cream Sandwich build. Really, not a whole lot has changed in the whole Google Music experience as far as using the app goes. It's been spruced up a bit, is all, and themed more for the ICS crowd.

Take a look at the video after the break, update in the market at your leisure, and hope the updated Android Market app -- which you'll need to buy music from your phone -- hits soon.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile offers more free tracks via Google music store to customers until the end of the year

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Just in case you thought today's Google Music news couldn't get any better, T-Mobile has announced that they have partnered with Google and will be offering additional free tracks to their subscribers from now until the end of this year.  Customers using a T-Mobile handset, like the Samsung Galaxy S II, can go to the T-Mobile free tracks section and download (and share via Google+) new tracks every week.  This starts today with tracks from Drake and Maroon 5.  You'll need the new updated Android Market on your phone or tablet, and of course have an active T-Mobile line.  For the full details, follow the link below.

More: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Details released on current regional limitations of Artist Hub

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As with much of today's Google Music announcement, the new Artist Hub service is also subject to some regional limitations at present. 

At launch, to upload and publish music through the Artist Hub, you must be a resident of the United States and its territories. The full list is as follows: 

  • The 50 United States and the District of Columbia
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)
  • Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

No word as yet on if or when the service may be opening up to the rest of the world, so we're all going to have to sit tight.

Source: Google

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