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3 years ago

Is Verizon testing 4.2.2 firmware for the Galaxy Nexus?

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News today points towards a testing build of JDQ39 (Android 4.2.2) for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. There's even a screenshot floating around XDA (that's it above) that shows the about screen of the phone that's running it. You've got new radios there, which is great news, but the kernel version, and the reported bootloader (PRIMELC03) are old, which is not such great news.

I'm not sure what to think here. Normally I'd shy away from something like this, as a new radio, a new system version, an old kernel, and an unchanged bootloader just doesn't feel right. We all know how easy it is to fake this sort of thing, and even if real, running on one tester's phone doesn't mean a whole lot to everyone else. 

I think Verizon is trying to put out a recent version of the firmware for the Galaxy Nexus, I really do. They are close enough partners with Google, that a testing build using an old kernel and bootloader is entirely possible. And new baseband information on the about screen can't be faked with just a build.prop edit. We're going to accept this news at face value, and advise anyone with a Verizon Nexus who is worrying about an update to follow along and see how it unfolds. 

I want to believe.

Source: XDA; via: Droid-Life

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Mokriya Craigslist, Guess The Movie!, MLS MatchDay and more!

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It's the second day of March, and an Apps of the Week post is a great way to kick off the new month. As we do every week, the Android Central writers take some time to chime in with an app that they're using on a regular basis. We've got a good mix of utilities, entertainment apps and games here for you to check out.

Hang with us after the break and see how our picks stack up this week.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE accessories starting to appear at Verizon locations

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A friend just dropped some pictures of Verizon's Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE screen protector kits in our inbox, along with a note that the "products" will soon follow. This matches right up with what we heard last month at CES, so we're expecting to seem them on the shelves in very short order. Screen protectors don't usually get people excited, but we know plenty of folks have been waiting for this. There's a couple pictures after the break. 

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

HTC One now up for pre-order on Rogers

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Like so many carriers before it, Rogers in Canada has announced that it is now accepting pre-orders and reservations for the upcoming HTC One. New customers can get their pre-order in online to guarantee they'll have one when the device launches, and existing customers can "reserve" one for the same system -- although there doesn't seem to be any indication of whether or not existing customers are prioritized over new ones. The pricing will be the same regardless -- Rogers is charging $149.99 with a 3 year contract, which is a standard term in Canada. If you pre-order through Rogers before March 22, you're also entered into a contest to win a new Sharp HDTV with an HTC Media Link accessory.

Rogers is also reminding customers that HTC is offering $100 off the purchase of an HTC One if you trade in your old HTC device. If you're interested in picking one of these up as soon as they're available, hit up the source links below.

Source: Rogers; HTC

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3 years ago

Bionfly: a new retro side-scroller with lots of potential

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Retro-looking games are a big category right now, and Bionfly is a new entry that not only impresses now but has plenty of potential to offer more in the future. The game has just launched in the Play Store with throwback graphics, original lo-fi soundtrack and simple controls. We've seen games of this style before, but Bionfly still stands out as an independent game.

Hang with us after the break and learn a little more about Bionfly, a new 2D retro side-scroller game.

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3 years ago

Apple vs. Samsung: Damages cut by $450 Million, new trial ordered

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Just when you thought the Internet was safe from the the Apple v. Samsung courtroom drama, it comes back. Today Judge Lucy Koh, who is presiding over not one but two (and possibly now a third) trials between Apple and Samsung, has ordered the $1.05 Billion dollars awarded to Apple in August 2012 to be cut by $450,514,650. It seems there are some questions about per-product damages for 14 Samsung products found to be infringing. Like the Nexus S 4G, which totally looks like an iPhone.

To get things sorted and determine any actual damages for the devices in question, Judge Koh says we're going to need a new trial. Further deliberations could lead to an award of more than the $450 Million that was vacated, or less. Apple also has asked that pre-judgement interest be considered, and the court approved the 52-week Treasury bill rate (about 0.16-percent). In the end, Apple could very well end up winning more money than originally awarded after the new trial.

For us, all this means is that the price of your next iPhone or Galaxy S phone will have to be padded a little bit to cover legal fees. Samsung can afford to throw a billion dollars to Cupertino, and as we saw with the original decision, the lawsuits have done nothing to diminish interest in Galaxy S phones. As the popular saying goes, only the lawyers will win.

Now feel free to fill the comments with all your tasteful responses and thoughtful, loving words.

Via: FOSS Patents

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3 years ago

AT&T takes aim squarely at T-Mobile in newspaper ads

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AT&T has taken out full-page newspaper ads in The New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal today to remind people what it thinks of T-Mobile's network. The simple ad in traditional orange and white colors gives three bullet points about T-Mo's network offerings when compared to AT&T's: "2x more dropped calls", " 2x more failed calls" and "50% slower download speeds". AT&T wraps it up in at the bottom with a statement of "Don't be fooled by misleading claims. For the better network experience, count on AT&T."

We're not entirely sure where this is coming from, as AT&T is far from being threatened by the actions of T-Mobile considering it has about three times as many customers. It's possible AT&T is just getting out ahead of T-Mobile's upcoming launch of LTE and offering of "Apple products" in the coming months to make sure its customers don't get any crazy ideas about leaving Ma Bell. No matter the reason, it's entertaining to see the big carriers duke it out on a public stage.

The newspaper ad is quite large, so stick around after the break to see it.

Source: The Verge

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3 years ago

Android 4.2.2 code - with full binaries - now pushing to Android Open Source Project

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Google open-source guru Jean-Baptiste Queru has announced on the Android Building group that the Android 4.2.2 source code will shortly begin pushing to AOSP -- the Android Open-Source Project. The build number is the same as what's now being pushed to Nexus devices -- JDQ39  -- and the tag is android-4.2.2_r1.

In addition, proprietary bits for all supported devices have been published online, and Android 4.2.2 factory images are also available from Google's developer site. Significantly, JBQ points out the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (all variants) now have a full set of proprietary binaries available online, bringing full AOSP support to these devices.

Good news for those wanting to roll their own Android, as well as anyone looking forward to Android 4.2.2 ROMs for other devices. Download info for the Nexus binaries can be found at the link below.

More: Google Developers

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3 years ago

Rovio teaming up with Dreamworks for latest title, The Croods

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Rovio needs no introduction, the developers of the Angry Birds franchise, Amazing Alex and Bad Piggies have hundreds of millions of downloads to their credit around the globe. Breaking away from Angry Birds once more, Rovio has teamed up with Dreamworks to produce the official game of forthcoming movie, The Croods. 

Billed as 'the worlds first modern family,' The Croods will hunt and gather their way through the Stone Age catching creatures along the way. Not much in the way of gameplay is shared at this moment in time, although the few screenshots posted on the Rovio website indicate this is nothing like the Angry Birds style of gameplay. 

The Croods will be available from the Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore on March 14, and will be free to download. 

Source: Rovio

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3 years ago

Pocket Casts gets the best damned looking widget we've ever seen

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And we're not just saying that because it features the Greatest Android Podcast in the World. OK, maybe we are. Don't care.

Pocket Casts got an update and it now has a widget. And did we mention we're featured on it? Good deal. Download it now. And subscribe to our podcast. Do it today. Operators are standing by.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Sprint aims for the low end with the Sprint Force

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Four-inch Android smartphone shouldn't wow anybody, but at least it's cheap

Sprint this morning announced the Sprint Force, a 4-inch low-end smartphone of dubious origin. The Force is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by a 1.5-GHz dual-core processor. The display is a mere 480x800 is resolution. It's got a 5-megapixel camera on the back with flash, and a 1MP shooter out front. It'll serve as an LTE hotspot for up to eight devices and features Sprint ID.

The Sprint Force is available for $49.99 on a two-year contract, after $50 rebate.

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3 years ago

Photosphere Installer: An easy way to flash Photosphere on rooted devices

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Yes, that's my LG Optimus Black, and yes, it is running Photosphere. It's the same Photosphere that distant relation the Nexus 4 is running too, not the LG version found on the Optimus G Pro. Where there's a will, there's usually a way in Android, and Photosphere is one of the headline new features in Android 4.2. We love it, as I'm sure many others do, and thanks to an app available in Google Play, rooted users can have it without any more effort than downloading and opening any other Android app. 

Root access with Busybox and Android 4.1 are the only requirements. Since CM10 counts as Android 4.1, anyone running this or other Jelly Bean based custom ROM's should be fine. Upon opening the installer app for the first time, you're presented with the two steps to installation -- downloading the files and then installing them. That simple. A nice touch though is the ability to backup/restore a camera, and you can tell the app to either keep or remove the actual camera app on the device. Once installed, a quick reboot later and you're presented with the Android 4.2 camera app complete with Photosphere, and the Android 4.2 Gallery app required to view them. 

Update: The dev just pinged us to say that an update has pushed out that should address a number of bugfixes.

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3 years ago

Reminder: Spring into TEGRA Contest Ends Tonight!

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Quick reminder for all...  The 'Spring into TEGRA' contest ends TONIGHT at 11:59 PM EST! Be sure to check out the contest details below and submit your entry for a chance to win one of TWO HTC One X+ devices!*

To enter, simply follow these three steps:

  1. Take a picture of yourself with your tired and worn out mobile device.
  2. Head over to the official contest thread.
  3. Post the picture, AND tell us why you absolutely NEED a new HTC One X+.

Head over to the official contest thread and get your entry in. You never know… with a little luck and creativity you may end up with a brand new device at your front door.

* Contest closes on March 1, 2013, at 11:59 PM EST. Winners will be selected shortly thereafter via PM and e-mail. ONE entry per person. Contest open to all Android Central members.

Good luck!

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3 years ago

Amazon tablet app now finally available in some European countries

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For reasons not all that clear, tablet owners who wished to use the Amazon Mobile application outside of the United States have been squarely out of luck. More so, it's still disappointing that there has to be a separate tablet app at all. With this latest update to the application however, Amazon customers in Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the UK can now take advantage of shopping from their Android tablets. 

The Amazon Mobile tablet app is compatible with tablets between 7 and 10-inches in size, and with screen resolutions from 1024x600 all the way up to 2560x1600. Android 4.0.3 and above is required, and you can grab a copy from the Play Store link above. 

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3 years ago

AT&T Sony Xperia TL Jelly Bean update now rolling out

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Following in the footsteps of its international cousin, the Sony Xperia T, AT&T's Xperia TL is now being updated to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. In addition to the underlying OS update and all the performance and feature improvements it brings, TL owners will get a new and improved camera app with "Superior Auto" mode, a redesigned home screen launcher and a new lock screen setup. (All features from Sony's latest handset, the Xperia Z.)

Based on our recent hands-on time with Jelly Bean on the Xperia T, we'd say TL owners will want to grab this update as soon as possible. There are no reports of the new firmware heading out over-the-air just yet, but it is available as a manual update through Sony's PC Companion app.

Any Xperia TL owners out there? Hit the comments and let us know how you get on with this latest update.

Source: XDA

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