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5 years ago

Apple wins a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus; we're giving one away right this second!


Apple ... blah blah blah ... Google ... blah blah blah ... Patent ... blah blah blah ... Search ... blah blah blah ... Banned ... Blah blah blah.

Frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a shit. Lawyers are doing what lawyers are wont to do. This is only growing more ridiculous with each passing day.

In fact, here's how much I don't care. We're going to give away another Galaxy Nexus right here, right now. Because despite this ruling, they're still shipping. It's just lawyers being lawyers.

Here's how to win: Leave a comment in this post about how messed up all this patent nonsense is. We'll pick a winner by noon EST Saturday, June 30. Everyone's invited. Not just in the U.S.

Here are a few links about today's news, if you still wanna read more: ReutersFOSS Patents

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5 years ago

Google I/O debrief from Android HQ


Google I/O 2012 is winding down and what a developer conference it was. If you missed any of Android Central's coverage, you'll want to grab yourself a cool bevvie, kick back and catch up on a ton of reading. Or, if you have only 3m47s to spare, you can watch the video above for Phil and Alex's quick recap on the big news of the week. 

We figured there could be no better setting for an I/O debrief than from the home of Android, so this one is coming at you straight from Android HQ, also known as Building 44 at Google's Mountain View Campus. And if you're wondering where Jerry is, well, he skipped the road trip to hang back in SF and take in more I/O sessions. That guy is hardcore.

Why are you still reading this? Hit play!!

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5 years ago

Google Analytics for Android now available in the Google Play Store


There is a countless number of websites out there on the internet these days and chances are if you're the owner of one who is seriously interested in maintaining it, you're looking at your traffic on a daily basis. One such service for doing so is Google Analytics and for a long time now, Google has ignored putting out an Android app for the service.That ends now though, as Google Analytics is available for download in the Google Play Store. The feature set looks nice though, it does seem to be a little short with this first iteration:

  • Real-Time: See the number of visitors you currently have and a list of the pages (for websites) or screens (for apps) that are currently popular.
  • Dashboard: Monitor the KPIs and user metrics you care about the most. By default, you’ll see your Daily Unique Visitors and your Goal Conversion Rate, but you can customize the dashboard to change which reports, metrics, or segments you see. 
  • Automatic and Customized Alerts: Google Analytics detects statistical anomalies in your data and can send you an alert when something unusual happens. See either automatic alerts, or customize your settings to send alerts based on your own benchmarks.

No doubt Google will expand the effort here once they get some feedback but one major gripe right now is the fact you can only use the accounts on your device for access. So if your Google Analytics account is associated to an email you don't use often, you'll need to add it to your device in order to view the information. Overall though, it looks pretty sharp and is certainly useful for pulling stats on the go.

Download: Google Analytics; More Info: Analytics Blog

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5 years ago

HTC teases something incredible for next week, it's the Droid Incredible 4G LTE


We've gone hands-on with it; we've compared it to the HTC EVO 4G LTE plus, Verizon and HTC have made it official. Now it looks as though we may actually see the Droid Incredible 4G LTE finally land into some consumers hands according to a tweet sent out by HTC.

Next week, we've got some special fun headed your way. We hear it's going to be INCREDIBLE. 

We don't think we're reading into it too much here, so if you had your eyes and heart set on the Droid Incredible 4G LTE you only have a few more days to wait and then you can give one a home. Any takers? Specs can be found here if you're looking for them.

Source: @HTCUSA

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5 years ago

Google Currents to be part of Jelly Bean OTA for Nexus devices


As you'll know if you've been following our Google I/O coverage, Google Currents will ship on the Nexus 7 tablet when it launches next month. But now it's been revealed that Google's digital magazine app will also be part of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OTA that'll be sent to ICS-running Nexus devices around the same time. An email sent to currents partners today indicate that Currents' user base is set to increase significantly as it goes from an optional app on the Play Store to a part of the core collection of Google apps. As such, we'd also expect to see Currents shipping out on future Google-certified Jelly Bean devices, as it becomes a more established member of the Google apps family.

If you're using Currents, be sure to add Android Central to your library today.

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5 years ago

Jelly Bean apps, Help installing old apps [From the Forums]


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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5 years ago

Project Glass Session shows a day in the life of a mother and daughter


We know you kids out there love you some Project Glass. So, we thought it worth sharing the latest  Google video that has emerged in the shadow of Google I/O

This one, titled Glass Session, shows a day in the life of Madame and Bebe Gayno, with Madame of course wearing a set/pair of the 'glasses.' It's not quite as impressive as Sergey Brin's skydiving extravaganza, but it does further emphasize one key point. Google Hangouts are going to feature quite prominently. That, and we're likely to see a lot more before the first developers get their hands on these things next year. 

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5 years ago

Face Unlock in Jelly Bean gets a 'Liveness check'


One of the more frivolous features introduced into Android with Ice Cream Sandwich, was the Face Unlock. While it's always been something cool to show off against your iPhone toting friends, it's never really been overly useful, or secure. It's not the most reliable feature in the world,  and it can be duped by a photograph, and generally makes unlocking your phone longer. 

Enter Jelly Bean, and an improvement to Face Unlock. Pointed out in the Android Central Forums, by member ​Jays2Kings​, within the security settings menu in Jelly Bean is a new option -- Liveness check.

So, this is supposed to get round the potential picture duping issue, by making it so Face Unlock will check for the person in front of it blinking. In other words, making sure you're alive. While it's good to see solutions for potential security risks, ​Jays2Kings ​also points out that it doesn't really pick up normal blinking too well. Seems that it works best when you have your eyes open really wide, and all it seems to do is to further slow down the process of unlocking your phone with Face Unlock

How about you guys? Anyone who's running one of the Jelly Bean ROM's already out there, and tried this out, shout out in the comments and let us know how it works for you. 

​thanks Jays2Kings!

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5 years ago

Google announces 'Save to Wallet' for offers and payment cards


Google I/O has been jam packed full of new, and exciting Google software and technology. While the headline acts are no doubt the arrival of the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean, there has been some pretty interesting stuff going on in the developer sessions. One such session, dedicated to Google Wallet, unveiled a new feature, called Save to Wallet. Initially for offers and payment cards, it is seen as the first step in opening up Google Wallet to a wider audience. 

So, what's it all about. Taking offers first, the Save to Wallet API will allow consumers to save offers from a stores website, directly to their Google Wallet. Wallet will then remind you to take advantage of it before the coupon expires. The offers can then be applied in the store, either by showing the offer code in your Wallet, or by using the NFC capabilities on your smartphone. Pretty slick. 

Adding the Save to Wallet button to an existing website requires little more than a piece of Javascript code. The benefits to retailers pretty much speak for themselves, but the consumer benefits are really nice too. By managing your offer coupons for you, Wallet will give you the notifications, to remind you to use them. After all, we all want to save some money, right? 

The Save to Wallet API also applies to payment cards as well. It works pretty similarly to offers, and allows payment card providers the ability to provide the same button on their website, and offer a seamless way to enter your card into your Google Wallet. 

Naturally, since we're dealing with potentially sensitive data here, the API isn't just opened up to anyone who wants it. It will be opened up to a limited number of users initially, in a closed beta. Anyone interested can register, but Google will only be releasing the API to approved partners. This applies to offers, as well as payment cards. 

And, what about the future? As the slide here shows, Google are promising more, coming soon. It's a smart move, if they can make a go of it. Apple's Passbook is likely the beginnings of their own Wallet solution, and Windows Phone 8 has theirs on the way. Google's taking a good first step here into expanding the functionality of Wallet. What we need now, is greater adoption -- we'd like to use our phones to pay for stuff in Europe too, Google. 

For your viewing convenience, we've embedded the Google Wallet session after the break. 

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5 years ago

WiFi issues on your Verizon Galaxy Nexus running Jelly Bean? Here's your fix


If you're among the many who have flashed a Jelly Bean ROM onto your Verizon Galaxy Nexus you no doubt realized there appears to an issue with the WiFi suffering from weak connections. No matter though, XDA member mwalt2 has taken things into his own hands and checked out the situation. Conclusion being, there is a singular file difference causing all the hassle and now that it's been figured out, it can indeed be corrected with a simple flashing of said file in CWM. Head on over to the source link to grab the file, read the instructions -- just remember, back up your device first.

Source: XDA

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5 years ago

Plight of the Zombie arrives with over 30 deliciously brainy puzzles


Although I'm not normally a fan of games that require me to think a lot, a new puzzle game named Plight of the Zombie has me rather engaged at the moment. In it, you must figure out how to collect as many brains as possible all while trying to avoid getting killed by those blasted uninfected humans.

  • Play over 30 deliciously brainy puzzles
  • Support a savory cause by helping end zombie hunger
  • Appetizing store with plenty of tasteful accessories for your zombies
  • It’s free! Some people say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. We beg to differ...

Plan your route, grab some brains and move on to the next level. If you get stuck, you can optionally purchase items to help get you past the harder levels but it's more fun trying to get past them the old school way. Plight of the Zombie is available now for free in the Google Play Store. You can jump below to check out the game trailer and grab the download.

Download: Plight of the Zombie

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5 years ago

Get the Droid RAZR MAXX for $180 during Best Buy's June 29-30 sale


If you're in the market for a new Android phone, Best Buy will be putting the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX on sale for two-days (June 29 and 30) at just $180 with a new agreement. While other phones have come along that may have better specs or fancy new features, the RAZR MAXX has that 3300 mAh battery to keep running long after all other LTE phones have bit the dust. It's an impressive beast, and we still recommend it to folks on Verizon who need a dependable Android phone. 

Thanks, anon!


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5 years ago

Missed the Day 2 Keynote from Google I/O? Watch it back now


If, for some reason, you missed out on the livestream of the Google I/O Day 2 Keynote yesterday, fear not. The presentation has been uploaded in full, for you to enjoy at your leisure. Day 2 was pretty much all about Chrome. We saw some impressive stats on the Chrome Browser, our iOS friend being treated to Google Drive and Google Chrome, and another look at the Google Glass skydivers. Enjoy.

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5 years ago

GameStop to carry the Nexus 7 as well, starts accepting pre-orders


Ordering online is not something that everyone wants to do, for folks like myself the instant gratification of purchasing and taking home the same day is rather important. GameStop has announced that they will be selling the Nexus 7 in stores and they have began their pre-ordering process as well. To spice up the deal, and bring folks in they will be accepting trade ins on other tablets, and any trade ins that are done specifically towards the purchase of the Nexus 7 will gain you an extra 30% in store value. GameStop understands that Android tablets are becoming increasingly popular, and many gaming customers are looking towards the purchase of tablets for their on the go experience, and they hope to capitalize on this with offering the Nexus 7 in store instead of having customers have to wait to purchase it online. So, will you be ordering from Google Play, or looking for some old items to trade in and grabbing one from GameStop?

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5 years ago

Three UK customers can grab Android 4.0 for the Sony Xperia S


This post will be short and sweet and more than likely overshadowed by this weeks Google I/O news, however Sony Xperia S users on the Three network will be happy.

Three kindly dropped me an email today to confirm that their customers can now proactively download the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Sony Xperia S. The update is via PC Companion only so users will not get a push notification which is odd, however Three are the first UK network to offer the update to the Xperia S. Good news!

Missed our Sony Xperia S review? You can catch up here.

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