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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for July 7, 2012

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Here we are, back again. Another Saturday we get to spend together checking out some of our favorite applications, and sharing them with you. We know you guys have your favorite apps as well, so this week we challenge you to list them out -- we love hearing about the apps folks are using! Let's hit the break and see what we have for you this time around.

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2 years ago

Android Central international round-up - July 7, 2012

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With Google I/O out of the way, and two new Nexus devices and a new version of Android to look forward to, let's take a moment to check back over the past couple week's worth of international Android news.

Google's first Jelly Bean tablet, the Nexus 7, is the new hotness in the Android world, and the big international news was that Google will sell the device outside of the U.S. In the UK and a handful of other European countries, the Nexus 7 will be offered through the Google Play Store. And it gets better -- the UK price is set at just £159, offering staggering value, even if some Google Play services aren't yet available outside of the U.S.

As the North American Galaxy S III launch continued, we learned that lucky consumers in South Korea will get the mother of all Galaxy S III variants, featuring a quad-core CPU, LTE connectivity and a whopping 2GB of RAM. The device will launch on KT, SK Telecom and LG U+ from July 9th, and has every chance of emulating the Korean success of its predecessor.

Review-wise, we took the Orange San Diego for a spin, and found the first Intel phone for Western markets to be technically sound, if a little lacking in terms of design and overall polish. (Granted, shipping with Gingerbread doesn't do the device any favors) In any case, it seems Intel has a strong platform upon with to build when it enters the market in full force later this year. You'll also want to check out Jerry's full review of the Nexus 7, if you're thinking of picking one up.

Check out some highlights from the past fortnight of international Android developments below. If you've got news, be sure to tip us at the usual address.

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2 years ago

Mobile Nations podcast 17: Tasty hardware profits

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Kevin from CrackBerry.com, Phil from AndroidCentral.com, Daniel from WPCentral.com and Rene from iMore.com talk Google I/O, Windows Phone 8, WWDC, BlackBerry 10, 7-inch tablets, and media streamers. This is Mobile Nations!

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2 years ago

Nexus 7 review

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The long-awaited Google Nexus 7 tablet is upon us, and for many it is all we ever dreamed of. But not everything is perfect.

Since you're reading this, chances are you're an Android fan. That means you're as excited as we are about the new Nexus 7 tablet, and what Google can bring to the table with a tablet where it alone controls both the hardware and the software. It's good to be excited about it, it's a big step in a direction we've been wanting for a long time. 

About 6,000 lucky folks got their hands on a Nexus 7 when Google handed them out at its Google I/O developer conference, and that gives us time to use and abuse it then tell you how things worked out. We're all Android all the time here, and we're pretty impressed with this one. It's almost everything we wanted it to be. 

Almost. 

Hit the break and see what we think of Google's new baby, the Nexus 7.

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2 years ago

Buying a Galaxy Nexus now, SGS III updates already [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

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

The Amazing Spider-Man slings webs, beats up bad guys on Android

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The Amazing Spider-Man swung into theaters this week, and along with him came an Android game. 

The Amazing Spider-Man by Gameloft follows closely in the spirit of their previous web-slinging title for Android, Total Mayhem - you'll find the same 3D beat-'em-up gameplay, open world exploration, interactive cinematic sequences, and Spidey-sense dodging. 

There's plenty that's new, however - namely, the graphics have had a complete overhaul for the movie and to take advantage of the horsepower in the latest Android devices. There's also an extensive talent tree structure that allows players to unlock new abilities and tailor Spider-Man to their style. 

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2 years ago

Verizon's Galaxy S III looks to have a protected bootloader

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Oh Verizon, why must you constantly mess with perfection? Hackers with early access to the Verizon Galaxy S III have discovered that the phone has a protected bootloader -- meaning no easy hacking or flashing unsigned images. This is in stark contrast to the rest of the Galaxy S III phones, or previous phones in the Galaxy series, or any other Samsung-built Android phone known to mankind. 

Not all hope is lost, but things are looking pretty bleak. It's possible a different version of Odin is needed, or there's an issue with the way the images are being packed, but it truly looks like the bootloader is locked up in typical Verizon fashion. Now this doesn't mean the phone won't ever get rooted or hacked. It just means that it won't be as easy as is typical with Samsung phones, and trickery will need be involved like HTC or Motorola phones on Big Red. 

And no, we don't know what prompted Verizon's decision to go this way, but I've asked for some clarification. My guess is that they will point to the Galaxy Nexus when they hear the word "hacking". Hell of a way to start the weekend, isn't it?

Source: XDA. via Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Appeals court delays Galaxy Nexus ban

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A federal appeals court today said that Google and Samsung can resume selling the Galaxy Nexus while awaiting a response from Apple, Bloomberg reported this afternoon. The temporary stay is in effect until Apple responds on July 12.

The case reached the appeals level after U.S. District Judge in the past week ruled that Android was infringing on a search patent owned by Apple (also known as the '604 or "Siri" patent) and that the Galaxy Nexus could no longer be sold until the infringing feature was removed or changed.

Google on Tuesday listed the Galaxy Nexus as "Coming soon" in the Google Play store, and it remains that way as of this writing. Google earlier this week told ABC News that it expects to have a workaround next week, and that the Galaxy Nexus should resume shipping then.

Source: Bloomberg

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2 years ago

Get all hot and steamy in the shower with your Android device - wait, what?

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We can control our music from our Android devices. And our TVs. Open garage doors. Play instruments. And now, control your steam shower. If you've got a ThermaSol ProSeries, you apparently can control the start of your "steam session," including setting the time and temperature, so long as you're connected to your home's router. You also can control light and music settings, and it'll hook up to Pandora, Spotify and other streaming services for your steaming enjoyment. And it'll also run the diagnostic and maintenance features, which we presume is some sort of self-cleaning mode and that it doesn't just call over the local plumber's crack.

We're currently in the midst of a no-holds barred cage match to see who gets to demo this one. Rubber ducky not included.

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2 years ago

Meet the new Android Central Apps Editor, Simon Sage!

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This is Simon Sage. Perhaps you've heard of him. He's kind of a big deal. He's also the new Android Central Apps Editor. That means he'll be bringing you the latest and greatest apps, updates to old favorites, and everything in between. It also means that if you're a developer, he's your go-to guy for getting the word out to our hundreds of thousands of readers a day, our 140,000-plus Twitter followers, our more than 50,000 Google+ circlers, our more than 440,000 Google Currents subscribers ... You get the idea.

So if you've got app news, or questions about the latest games or keyboards or whatever, drop Simon an e-mail. He's also on Google+ and on Twitter.

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