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2 years ago

Android Central members get lucky as Best Buy sells Verizon Galaxy Nexus a bit early

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Confused? That'd be the Galaxy Nexus with AndroidCentral loaded up

Verizon still doesn't have the Galaxy Nexus for sale yet, but that didn't stop Best Buy from selling a couple to two lucky AC forum members this morning.  Members sfbates and dubya.t both got their Nexus on, and are in the forums talking it up.  The Best Buy folks went to great lengths to sell these, as the normal procedures didn't work out, and we imagine very few people got this lucky this afternoon, as others reporting their Best Buy experience are all coming up empty handed

Congrats, fellas, and thanks for sharing with everyone in the forums.  Enjoy those rare animals and feed our addiction with pics and details until Verizon decides to take our money.  If you want to join in the fun and talk to who may just be the luckiest Android geeks in America, hit the forums and give them a shout!

Source: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

Droid XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 on sale a day early at some Verizon stores

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Officially coming out tomorrow, the Droid XYBOARD 10.1 and Droid XYBOARD 8.9 are already for sale in at least one Verizon store.  Packing a dual-core OMAP processor at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, LTE connectivity, and Honeycomb, these look like another great, albeit pricey (starting at $529 for the 10.1-inch 16GB model, and $429 for the 8.2-inch 16GB model), choice for Verizon customers who want a high-performance Android tablet. 

If you're out and about today, drop in your local Verizon store and see if they happen to be on the shelves, and hit the break for a few more pictures and a short video of the 8.2 up and running.

Thanks, Luc!

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2 years ago

Rom Review: Passion (ICS) for the Samsung Vibrant

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has yet to officially hit any phone other than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but since the source code dropped a while back everyone and their brother has been working on getting on their phone.  The Samsung Vibrant is no exception, and there happens to be quite a nice little ROM named "Passion" being developed by neobuddy89 that's getting some very nice reviews -- including this one by Android Central member Slackerjack.  Of course it's not perfect yet, but it's on a very nice path.  Check out Jack's review after the break.

XDA-Developers Passion ROM thread

Thanks, Jack!

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2 years ago

Day 6 of Google's 10-day, 10-cent, 10 billion app download celebration

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Welcome to Day 6 of  Google's 10-day, 10-cent, 10 billion app download celebration. Let's see what's on sale on Sunday:

That's it. Well, actually, that's eight. Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro and Great Little War Game are back for a second round, and that makes 10. See you Monday morning!

Also: Day 1 appsDay 2 appsDay 3 appsDay 4 apps, Day 5 apps

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2 years ago

Do not buy this Verizon Galaxy Nexus for $1,200

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Update: And as we awake this fine Sunday morning, the listing's been pulled.

We've seen a lot of crazy things when it comes to the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus. We've seen them pop up and mysteriously disappear from Cragislist, gone without a trace. And now one's made it to eBay for the high, high price of $1,200. It goes without saying, but that's just ridiculous. That's a good $500 or so over what you'd pay for an unlocked GSM Galaxy Nexus. And as much as we love LTE, it's not worth paying that much more to have it a week or so -- assuming it's indeed launched next week.

Anyhoo, $1,200's just ridiculous. Save your money. Save your soul.

Source: eBay; thanks, KLY412
More: Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Asus Transformer Prime possibly delayed until early 2012 for 'Wifi issues'

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*Update* ASUS US states there is no delay to speak of: "At this point, we still show to be on schedule to start shipments the week of 12/19."

We've received several tips from readers who have pre-ordered an ASUS Transformer Prime from Amazon or other retailers, stating that because ASUS feels the Wifi range is not adequate, they have delayed the worldwide launch until the beginning of 2012.  We've reached out directly to ASUS but, as the calendar reminds us, it's the weekend so we've not heard back as of yet. 

I happen to have our review unit of the Prime here, and will have to agree.  Signal strength apps aside (real world use trumps numbers), the Prime does have a bit weaker signal when a good distance from my router (Netgear wireless N dual-band model) when compared to most other phones, Netbooks, or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.  It's not a big issue in my environment, but ASUS rightly feels that this should be addressed before release.  The world's first quad-core penta-core tablet deserves to be done right when released.  We'll be sure to update when and if we hear anything back from ASUS.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Dec 10, 2011

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Ready for another dose of awesome applications? We thought you were, so we put a few together for you after the break, so join us there!

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2 years ago

Android Central Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and if you haven’t already started thinking about what to get your favorite Android lover, we’re here to help. You won’t find a $750 Galaxy Nexus on this list; instead, here are some affordable tips to throw in a stocking and hang above the chimney with care. Who doesn’t love a good stocking stuffer?

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2 years ago

LG Nitro HD review

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LG is an Android manufacturer that all too often goes unnoticed. But in reality, LG has been churning out devices that can compete with the best of them. One such device is the LG Nitro HD, LG's latest flagship smartphone that has found a home on AT&T's oven-fresh LTE network. LG hasn't created a million-dollar ad campaign as Samsung has for its Galaxy S II line, and it doesn't come with a trademark catchphrase like Motorola's DROIDs. Despite its low profile, though, the LG Nitro is a remarkable device that is quite possibly one of the fastest Android experiences available on AT&T today.

Keep on reading for our complete LG Nitro HD and where it stands in the scheme of things.


The 720p HD display is marvelous. The processor has yet to meet a task it can't handle. AT&T's fledgling LTE network is capable of mind-blowing speeds.


The Nitro HD's build quality feels subpar. The camera and camcorder leave a bit to be desired, as does LG's custom skin. Oh, and the battery life is a victim of the LTE vampire.



If you're an AT&T customer looking for the most beefed-up Android device the carrier has to offer, you've found it. It's thin, it's light, and it's as fast as they come. It doesn't come with the pomp and circumstance of the other "4G" devices on AT&T right now, but it quite possibly might be the network's fastest device. 

Inside this review

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