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4 years ago

GSM Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 update download link live

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That didn't take long, did it? After the first Nexus devices shipping with Android 4.2 have started going for sale in certain parts of the world, the Android 4.2 OTA for the GSM Galaxy Nexus is starting to roll out. Once one knowledgeable user gets their hands on the OTA, they make the direct download link available for everyone else, and that's what we've got now courtesy of the users over at XDA. According to the poster, this .zip can be flashed over either "yakju" or "takju" devices without issue. We've flashed it over takju, personally without issues.

Eager users with GSM models of the Galaxy Nexus on stock Android 4.1.2 can download and apply the update at their convenience, provided they have a few of the right tools and a little know-how. We have a great guide available that explains how to do just that right below, just substitute in the file names included in 4.2. There's also no shame in waiting for the OTA to hit your device.

How to manually update your Nexus to the latest Android Version

Source: Google Direct Download; XDA

More: Google Galaxy Nexus Forums

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4 years ago

First look at the lockscreen widgets in Android 4.2

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Lock screen widgets work, and they work well – but there also are some troubling security concerns

Finally, we get our first real look at the new lockscreen widgets in Android 4.2. This is a feature that was teased at the outset, but our prerelease units have now been updated with them, and it's time to put them through their paces.

Actually, this update does more than just add the ability to add lock screen widgets. It changes the way you use the lock screen itself. Previously, you'd slide the unlock button to the left to quickly access the camera from the lock screen. That's gone. The camera app itself sort of serves as a widget. Slide one panel to the right, and there it is.

Also, we've now got a clock widget, free of charge. As we've already got the world clock enabled (see our clock app walkthrough for that one), it's visible on the lock screen by pulling down. Huzzah.

But the meat of this update is in the widgets you can choose to add. Calendar, Digital Clock, Gmail, Messaging and Sound Search. They're all there, ripe for the choosing. 

And that's where the big question of security comes in.

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4 years ago

Multi-user accounts on the Nexus 10

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The consumer release version of Android 4.2 just hit our review devices, and I had to dive in and check out multiple user accounts on the Nexus 10. It's been in the works since Honeycomb, and quite a few of us are looking forward to being able to share one device with our significant other, or with our kids, or anyone. All without the privacy concern of letting them have access to your Google credentials.

I'm not sure just what we were expecting (myself included), but the process was super simple. You can add and remove users at will, and the whole process only takes a minute or two. 

According to the information we have, each user gets their own space for their own apps, desktop customizations, Google account, and just about every personal setting that would apply. Of course some global settings -- for example Wifi settings or app permission updates -- are global, but for the most part it seems a lot like switching users on your computer at home.

Our devices aren't yet rooted (I did unlock but had to stay ready for the OTA -- that will change shortly) so I can't really dive into the data folder and see how things are separated. The good news is that with the Nexus 10 secure and not rooted, there's no way I can get to the settings and data of the other account. Of course, all this goes out the window once you break security and root.

Enough talk. Hit the break and see how simple it is to add and remove users, and the easy way to switch users and login.

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4 years ago

GoPro app for Android now available

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GoPro has launched a free companion app for their rugged mountable HD cameras. The Android app provides access to the whole suite of settings, and offers a live preview of what the camera sees, which should help with framing when you're about to leap out of an airplane, wingsuit to the slopes, land on a snowboard, pop a backflip off the first jump, and chug a Mountain Dew mid-air.

Before getting all extreme, be sure your phone is running Android 4.0 and up and that your GoPro camera is loaded with the most recent software. Also, the Hero 3 cameras aren't compatible just yet. though updates are on the way. For the time being, only Hero 2 cameras with Wi-Fi BacPac accessories work. 

Any GoPro owners out there? What do you use the camera for? Will a mobile app really help things along? 

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4 years ago

Nexus 4 orders, Is 3G important to you on a tablet? [From the Forums]

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While you get yourself caught up on the blog posts from today, don't forget that in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about as well. 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.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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4 years ago

Here's what you may have missed today on Android Central

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There's a whole lot of Nexus going on on the site right now, and that makes a lot of us happy. Unfortunately, it means a lot of other interesting stories may have been pushed out of view before everyone gets a chance to read them. We had a lot of news come down today, so here's some of what you may have missed today on Android Central:

Now get yourself caught up on all the Android news out there!

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4 years ago

Pre-release Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices getting an OTA

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We received some communication from Google letting us know that the official consumer release was rolling out to Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 review units, and like clockwork it just appeared. 

This update should bring the lockscreen widgets and multi-user login to the Nexus 10, and put the lockscreen widgets on the Nexus 4. We're installing now, and will pick through it.

Stay tuned!

Nexus 4 review | Nexus 10 review

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4 years ago

Nexus 4, 10 and phone bumpers now available in Australian Google Play Store (update)

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Update: Well, that was quick. Looks like both the 8 and 16GB Nexus 4's are sold out in the Australian Play Store.

And so it begins. Aussies, get out your credit cards and head to the Play Store to pick up your Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. The folks over at AusDroid have just clued in to the Play Store going live for purchase, and everyone else in the world is envious for just a few hours while you guys get the head start.

Also in this refresh of the store we see that Google will be selling official bumpers for the Nexus 4. They come in any color as long as it's black and are $19.99 here in the states.

Source: AusDroid; Google Play Store

More: Google Nexus 4 Forums; Nexus 10 Forums

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4 years ago

Google Play Music now live in selected European countries

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Google Play Music services are now live in some European countries. Warner Music Group artists now available worldwide.

Today isn't just Nexus Eve, at least, not in Europe anyway. Today also sees the long awaited arrival of Google Play Music on these shores! Customers in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain can now not only make use of Google's cloud storage service -- officially, at least -- but also purchase music right from within the Google Play Store. With the recent announcement that the Warner Music Group artists joining the catalog, we've got all the major players to choose from.

That's not all though. Perhaps as reward for waiting so long, Europeans also get to try out Google's new 'iTunes match' type service. Uploading all your music to the cloud isn't going to be for everyone, and whatever your internet connection, it takes some time. With this service going live -- initially only in Europe -- there is actually a viable alternative to uploading all your music manually. 

It's been a long time in coming, but a huge missing piece in Google Play's ecosystem here in Europe is finally with us. Hit us up in the comments below and let us know your thoughts and experiences with Google Play Music.

Note: If you're not yet seeing the Music tab in the Google Play Store app, head to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store, and hit "Clear Cache," then "Force Stop." Upon returning to the store, your Music tab should appear under "Apps." Thanks to Paul O'Brien of MoDaCo for the tip!

Source: Google Play Music

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4 years ago

Samsung Nexus 10 review

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The screen is to die for, but how does the rest of the Nexus 10 match up? Is it the tablet to buy, or does the Nexus 7 still hold that honor?

We get giddy around here when new Nexus devices get released. Some of you guys and gals do, too. This go ‘round, we get a twofer with both the LG Nexus 4 (check out Phil's great review), and the Samsung Nexus 10 hitting Google Play at the same time.

'Tis a good time to be an Android fan.

The screen is beyond beautiful, and the next-generation hardware under the glass should be able to push Android in ways we would have never thought possible a scant 12 months ago -- and maybe it pushes it a little too far. But make no mistake -- the Nexus 10 is at the pinnacle of tablet technology. We've never seen specifications of this caliber before, and everything about the Nexus 10 just screams bad-ass.

The Nexus 10 is in an odd spot though, as one of its biggest competitors is for sale right beside it at Google Play, and checks in a good bit cheaper. I’m talking about the Nexus 7, of course. The new hardware in the Nexus 10 has to justify the extra $200 price, and that leads to the million dollar question. Is being the best spec’ed and best value 10-inch tablet enough to pick the Nexus 10 over it’s 7-inch brother? Let’s have a look and find out.

Win a Nexus 10 of your own in the Mobile Nations Passport contest!

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4 years ago

Should I upgrade? Samsung Galaxy S3 versus the Nexus 4

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It’s time for the third installment of our “should I upgrade series,” and this time we’re pitting the brand new Nexus 4 against Samsung’s 30-million-selling Galaxy S3. Over the past week we’ve already compared the new LG-built Nexus against HTC’s One X and Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. But this is the big one -- the Galaxy S3 is the year’s best-selling Android smartphone, and many S3 owners will be wondering whether it’s worth swapping out Samsung’s latest for the competitively-priced, Android 4.2-running Nexus.

When you consider hardware, software and connectivity, the choice between the Galaxy S3 and Nexus 4 is far from clear-cut. So join us after the break, as these two handsets fight to the death for your amusement.

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4 years ago

HTC One X+ and One VX hit AT&T Nov 16; One X+ pre-orders start tomorrow

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AT&T has finally announced the availability of the HTC One X+, as well as the HTC One VX, on their press site this afternoon. The One X+ (check our review of the European version) will be available in stores and online starting November 16, for $199.99 with a new agreement, and pre-orders start tomorrow (November 13). The One VX will be priced at just $49.99 with a new agreement, and also be made available starting November 16.

The One X+ offers a processor change for AT&T customers, as it ships with the Tegra 3 quad-core at 1.7 GHz. The phone will perform very comparable to the original One X, but offer the ability to play those TegraZone only games that catch so many of our eyes. Of course, the 4.7-inch 720p screen is still there, as well as the awesome HTC camera hardware. To make things really sweet, AT&T has put 64GB of storage into the One X+, which may just be the deciding factor.

The One XV really impressed us at AT&T's holiday event. Billed as a budget phone, we went away impressed with the size, performance, and value it has to offer. The 4.5-inch qHD display and dual-core Snapdragon processor make for a nice Android experience, and the same ImageSense system is on-board for an excellent camera. It sounds like a great device for those not wanting to break the bank.

If you've been watching all the Nexus 4 news, but decided it was not the phone for you, here are two you should take a good long look at. AT&T's press release, and a short video from their social media team follows.

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4 years ago

Verizon 4G LTE hitting new cities Nov 15th

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Verizon has just released information on the next set of markets that will be receiving 4G LTE coverage, starting on November 15th. Customers in the following cities will have the service available:

  • Butte, Montana
  • Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Cody, Wyoming
  • Laramie, Wyoming
  • Rock Springs, Wyoming
  • Mt. Vernon, Illinois
  • Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
  • Cities in "Central Missouri"

In its press releases, Verizon points out that the LTE coverage may not be blanketing the entire area of the cities just yet. Be sure to check out the street-level coverage maps before you go looking for it.

Source: Verizon; (2); (3); (4); (5)

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II hitting Verizon for $129.99

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We saw a couple months ago in a leaked Verizon roadmap that a successor to the original Samsung Stratosphere would be hitting Verizon. Its finally been officially announced, a little later than expected, as a logical progression from its predecessor. The Galaxy Stratosphere II is again decidedly mid-range, with a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, NFC, QWERTY keyboard and of course 4G LTE, all running on Android 4.0 with TouchWiz.

There's no specific availability just yet but we do know it'll be hitting for $129.99 (after $50 mail-in rebate) -- which is an odd pricing scheme for Verizon -- in "the coming weeks".

Source: Verizon Newsroom

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4 years ago

Google launches another new Chromebook from Acer

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More than a few jaws hit the floor when Google announced its latest Samsung Chromebook at the amazing price of $249. Well, they've just one-upped that price with an Acer model that hits the magical price point of $199. The new Samsung model kept the price down by shrinking the battery and tossing in an ARM processor, but this Acer model is all Intel still. The spec sheet lists an "Intel Core Processor" -- still to be determined which model -- 11.6-inch screen and a 320GB hard drive along with the same 100GB Google Drive offer. It's a bit thicker and heavier than the Samsung at 1-inch and 3lbs, but offers more ports in exchange. It has 3x USB, HDMI, VGA, ethernet and a Kensington lock slot.

If you'll recall back to the previous iterations of Chromebooks from 2011, the Acer model was the cheaper of the two to start, but we're still left wondering how the price can get so low on these new models. It seems one place where they've cut back is the battery, as the rated life is a not-so-impressive 3.5 hours, compared to that of the Samsung at 6.5.

The new Chromebook goes on sale tomorrow in the Google Play Store, as well as other retailers such as Best Buy that are carrying current Chromebooks.

Source: Google Official Blog; Google Chromebooks

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