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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus announced

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Samsung and Google have just announced the latest in the latest entry in the Nexus line of phones at the Samsung Unpacked event in Hong Kong, handing out press kits a bit early. It's the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, powered by stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Galaxy Nexus is the device we've previously heard called the Nexus Prime, a phone that's appeared in a number of leaks over the past few months.

The star of the show is Ice Cream Sandwich, of course, the new version of Android which includes such tasty features as "brand new People app with Google+ integration", as well as panoramic photo support, and "face unlock" facial recognition capability. But the hardware itself is also highly impressive -- the body of the phone is just 8.94mm thick, and the front is dominated by a massive 4.65-inch HD SuperAMOLED display running at 720p resolution. Inside there's a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, along with 1GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of internal storage. Camera-wise, you've got a 5-megapixel shooter on the back, along with a front-facing camera for video calls and HSPA+ and LTE connectivity.

Needless to say, we can't wait to get our hands on this one, and we're sure most you can't, either. The Galaxy Nexus is due to arrive in November in the US, Europe and Asia, with a global rollout following later.

Be sure to follow the latest developments over on YouTube, as well as our Phonepocalypse Perpetual Liveblog.

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2 years ago

50 minutes to go ...

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youtube.com/android

North America

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Hey, rest of the world. We didn't forget about you. Hit this link for a list of cities near you.

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2 years ago

Another Galaxy Nexus hands-on video

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Our Dutch is a little rusty, but we sure do know how to say "thin."

Source: AndroidWorld.nl; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus shows off its back side as we near the official unveiling

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We've seen quite a bit of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the past little while but as we get settled in for the full unveiling things are starting to come together -- like the Galaxy Nexus website. When that happens, people tend to get nosy and start poking around and oh what wonders they find. Along with a good look at the front side of the device we can now get a better peek at it's back side. All will be revealed in a few hours.

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

Rogers' Motorola RAZR to cost just $149 on three-year contract

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We'll still never understand why Canadians put up with three-year contracts. But we're definitely feeling a $149 Motorola RAZR on the only Canadian carrier to, erm, carry it. No mention of two- or one-year pricing. Trade-offs, we suppose.

Source: Rogers Thanks, @TheSolsticeBare!

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2 years ago

RIM: Still 'no plans' to bring BBM to other platforms

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By the way ... As if there wasn't enough going on today, our CrackBerry cousins are in the middle of their DevCon conference in San Francisco, where the topic of BBM on Android came up. RIM VP of developer relations Alec Saunders and Chris Smith, senior director of the BlackBerry Developer Program, pretty much shot it down -- for now -- with the former saying he "wasn't aware of it" and the latter saying "there are no plans for it."

Usually when a company says it "currently has no plans" or "we have nothing to announce at this time," it means full well they're working on it. But it's also worth mentioning that fake screenshots are fake, trollers gonna troll, our our boys on the ground at DevCon know their stuff. Keep calm and carry on.

Source: CrackBerry

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2 years ago

What time is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus event where you live?

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Sure we all know that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus event is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. local time Wednesday in Hong Kong, but what time is that for you? Confusion always sets in around event times, so we wanted to make this super simple for you.

North America

ADT (Halifax) 11 p.m. Tuesday EDT (eastern daylight time) 10 p.m. Tuesday EST (George Town) 9 p.m. Tuesday CDT (central daylight time) 9 p.m. Tuesday MDT (mountain daylight time) 8 p.m. Tuesday MST (mountain standard time) 7 p.m. Tuesday PDT (pacific daylight time) 7 p.m. Tuesday AKDT (Alaska daylight time) 6 p.m. Tuesday HAST (Hawaii-Aleutian standard time) 4 p.m. Tuesday

Hey, rest of the world. We didn't forget about you. Hit this link for a list of cities near you.

And we'll have more coverage than you'll know what to do with all day Tuesday and Wednesday. And remember that the event's being streamed at youtube.com/android. Stay tuned, folks.

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2 years ago

What you've missed so far today

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Did you blink? Today was the wrong day for that, dear friend. This is going to be one of the biggest days of the year for Android. Here's what you've missed so far:

And, of course, tonight we have the Nexus/Ice Cream Sandwich announcement, which will be streamed live. And while you wait, be sure to join our Phonepocalypse Perpetual Liveblog!

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2 years ago

Android 2.3.4 update beginning to roll out for Xperia Arc

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A new software update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is rolling out in Europe and the Middle East, according to reports from Xperia Blog and XDA. The new software version 4.0.2.A.0.42 brings Android 2.3.4, along with a handful of bug fixes for SE's Gingerbread-powered 4.2-incher.

The update isn't yet available in the UK, but seems to now be rolling out via the Sony Ericsson PC Companion in mainland Europe, India, Pakistan and Egypt, in addition to Nordic countries, which got the update first a couple of weeks back. If you've recently received the update on your Arc, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Source: Xperia Blog

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2 years ago

Eyes-on "Smart Actions" for the Motorola Droid RAZR

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As a lover of my couch, I didn't get too worked up with the MOTOACTV announcement. What did pique my interest, however, is the Smart Actions function that comes preloaded on the Droid RAZR. Motorola says that this nifty little feature is going to improve your battery life by 30%, which is great, since we won't be able to buy an extended battery for the device. Smart Actions will decrease processor speed, slow down data, and dim your display when the battery is approaching crisis levels.

But Smart Actions' purpose isn't solely battery related. For example, as you'll see in the video, it allows you to program a website to open when your alarm goes off. Now that's pretty cool.

A representative for Motorola said that the company hopes to include this on all future devices, but no word on whether or not it can be ported to existing Motorola smartphones. 

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