5 years ago

Weekend news roundup: November 18, 2012




The weekends are usually a pretty quiet time for Android news. It's no wonder, with all the stuff flying around between Monday and Friday, the folks making the news and those of us reporting it need time to breathe. That being said, there's always something going on, and here's what happened this weekend in case you missed any of it.

Device stuff

Software stuff

Editorial stuff

See everyone in the morning!

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Vizio Co-Star review


Will anyone ever get Google TV right?

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5 years ago

ZTE Grand X Pro leaked, details remain a little scarce


It's been a busy week for those serial device leakers, @evleaks, with a vast array of devices to share with us. Granted, not all of said devices have been of interest to Android fans, but they're back with yet another that could well be. 

What we see here is the ZTE Grand X Pro. And, that's it. That's all we've got. No specs or carrier information this time, just a name and a render. That said, it's a nice looking render though. And if it proves to be an accurate render, we're looking at an edge-to-edge display. 

Like the original ZTE Grand X, it appears to be running almost stock Ice Cream Sandwich. But, unlike the original, no capacitive buttons to be found anywhere. 

The guys at @evleaks have a pretty good track record when it comes to devices they share with us, so we're relatively confident that we'll be seeing this one down the road somewhere in the future. But, we'll have to wait until that time -- or until it gets leaked again -- to find out what's under the hood, and such boring details as price and availability. 

Source: @evleaks

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5 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Droid DNA, Android 4.2, and other quick thoughts


We're inundated with a couple really new phones -- namely the Nexus 4 and the Droid DNA -- and that means it's a working weekend ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. It's also decision time for a lot of people. Get a Nexus 4? Get a Droid DNA? What about the Galaxy S3 or the Galaxy Note 2? And AT&T's still powering ahead with the One X+ and One VX.

Some quick thoughts to send you on your way this week:

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5 years ago

16GB Samsung Nexus 10 showing in stock in U.S. Google Play Store


If you missed out on a Samsung Nexus 10 earlier this week during the Nexus day pandemonium, there may be another chance. While the 32GB version is still showing as sold out, the screen we see here greets us when we head over to the 16GB page. We haven't tried purchasing -- namely because this writer isn't based in the U.S. -- but it's there for all to see. It seems to be potentially isolated to the U.S. Play Store, as the UK is still showing both sizes out of stock, but it might be worth checking where you are.

But, if you were disappointed to miss out on a Nexus 10, head over and try and snag one now. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you were successful, equally if you find any outside of the U.S. They're not likely to be around for long. 

Source: Google Play

More: Samsung Nexus 10 Review, Nexus 10 Forums

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5 years ago

Santa's going to be mad, Google forgot about December


We all know -- and hopefully accept -- that with any new version release of Android, there's bound to be a few little bugs hidden within. While Google will test, test and test again, there's always likely to be something that slips the net, many of which most users never come across. What we find in Android 4.2 however, definitely belongs on some kind of blooper reel. They forgot December. 

Google Calendar is unaffected, so we're all good on that front. But, when adding events to profiles within your People application, there is no option to add dates in December. Loved ones birthdays, Christmas, New Years Eve, all don't exist, at least in this part of Android 4.2 anyway. We've still got a Nexus 7 lying around with Android 4.1.2 on it, and indeed over there all is well. 

If nothing else, it's pretty embarrassing. The issue has been reported to the Android bug tracker, and we can imagine that a fix will be rolled out in the not too distant future.

Source: Android Police

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5 years ago

Feeling nostalgic? Grab a Nexus One for $80 from Daily Deals


The Nexus One's not LTE enabled, but it does have an SD card slot. And it will never get Jelly Bean. But if you've got $80 to spend on what many people think was the best built phone ever, you can find one at the source link.

Source: Daily Deals

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5 years ago

Nexus 10 gets ripped open and it's full of Samsung


The Nexus 10 says Samsung on the back, and after a detailed teardown we find that most of the innards say the same thing. The folks at Powerbook Medic have yanked that gorgeous screen off and had a peek at what's inside, and they found that the battery, processor and flash storage are all genuine Samsung parts.

Not surprising, considering that we've seen those same components be made by Samsung in plenty of other popular mobile devices.

More good news is that it looks like there is very little glue used, and most of the unit can be disassembled with just a few tools -- making the DIY'er in me get a little itchy when I look at our review unit. Meh, I still think it looks better on the outside than the inside, so I'll just watch another 1080p movie instead. Check the source for all the gory details.

Source: Powerbook Medic

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5 years ago

The week in international Android news - Nov. 17, 2012


This week was Nexus week, and Google's new smartphone and tablet dominated the past seven days' international Android news. The Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 went on sale, and promptly sold out in Australia, Europe and the United States, as buyers battled against technical issues with Google Play and Google Wallet and attempted to place orders. As of this weekend, many devices are in buyers hands -- the first Nexus tablets started arriving on Wednesday, followed a day later by the initial batch of Nexus 4s.

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5 years ago

Beware: Fake Apple apps on Google Play


There seems to be a crop of fake apps from “Apple Inc” on the Google Play store. The six apps are masquerading as Apple’s Garageband (erroneously called Garage Band on the faked version), iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers and Pages.

They are priced similarly to the legit versions on the iOS store for the iPad and iPhone, so it only makes it seem more authentic. It seems some users have already paid for and downloaded these apps, so please beware.

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5 years ago

Apps of the Week: Notification Weather, Flick Widgets, Brainsss and more!


Now that we're squarely in the aftermath of Nexus ordering time, the writers here at Android Central all have a minute to give you our app choices for the week. We've got some sports news, a few tools and of course, a zombie game all for your enjoyment

So go ahead and close that Play Store Nexus 4 device page for a couple minutes and take a look at some great apps with us.

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5 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Video Unboxing


To be totally honest, when the doorbell rang earlier today and the UPS man handed me an Amazon package, I could not for the life of me recall what I had ordered. It was only when I opened the package and saw the box within for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" that I remembered pre-ordering one the day it was initially announced over two months ago. 

Phil's Fire HD 8.9" should arrive on Monday and team will take it from there, but in the spirit of the unnecessary yet mandatory unboxing, I fired up the video camera to get one done. Check out the video above to see what's in the box, the Epic Mickey ad on the start screen, and how the HD 8.9" sizes up to Apple's iPad. For more information and to order, you can jump over to Amazon.

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5 years ago

How to set up the right APN on your Nexus 4


For many people, buying the Nexus 4 will be their first time stepping into several different arenas. First GSM device, first unlocked device, first time using a prepaid carrier. Once everything is setup there's not a whole lot of difference in using an unlocked GSM phone, but unfortunately it's not always 100 percent frictionless. One of the only things that the user is likely to have to change on their devices when putting a SIM in is the APN (Access Point Name) settings.

Each carrier has distinct APN settings that let the phone operate on the network. It works in conjunction with the SIM to get you setup and registered on the network for full-speed data as well as texts and MMS. We're going to give you a quick run-down of the most popular U.S. carrier's APN settings and just how to set them up on the Nexus 4. Join us after the break.

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5 years ago

New version of Google Play app pushing, with new install screen and ability to delete wishlist items


Version 3.10.9 of the Google Play app is pushing out to phones tonight, but there aren't any major changes. In fact, a cursory glance shows it as basically the same as the 4.2 Google apps version except that now you can delete items in your Wishist and you get a new screen when apps are installing. More than likely there are more behind-the-scenes changes as well.

The apk is floating around in the usual spots and will install right over your existing Play Store app. Or you can just wait it out and you should see it "soon". Hit the break to see what it all looks like.

Via: @WinDroidGuy

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5 years ago

Tweet Lanes also falls victim to Twitter's 100,000-token limit


Some bad news for fans of the Tweet Lanes Twitter client. Developer Chris Lacy drops word tonight that the app won't be able to get past Twitter's 100,000-user token limit, which it's recently begun enforcing ahead of the March 2013 API changes. (A promising Windows Phone 8 client also just bit the dust because of this as well.)

Writes Lacy:

So it saddens me greatly to announce that going forward, I won't be actively developing Tweet Lanes as I have to this point. The cold hard reality is that with this immovable, 100,000 user ceiling, my plans for growing and eventually monetizing the app are no longer feasible.

This will likely be disappointing news for many of you, but given I spent a good chunk of my spare time for 10+ months working on this app, believe me when I say this decision pains me more than it does anyone else.

I'm disappointed that the app is not feature complete, that I won't be able to implement my planned premium features, and that I won't be able to demonstrate some of the cool UX ideas I had (especially in the tablet space). Also, I continue to feel strongly that Twitter users are under-served on Android, and I regret that I won't be able to give my all to try and change that situation.

For what it's worth, I have given serious consideration to creating and selling a new 'Tweet Lanes Pro' application. If I ever reached the 100k user limit for such an application, that would clearly be well worth my time, and I could do whatever I saw fit in creating that app with regards to Twitter's requirements. I am however, very hesitant about pursuing this course of action, as it seems like a bit of a slap in the face to the people who helped me promote the app via 'free for life', even if this circumstance was brought about by factors outside of my control.

One little ray of sunshine is that Lacy says he'll provide bugfixes and new features "as time permits," as well as possibly ("if/when," Lacy says) an App.net port.

Give Lacy's full post a read at the link below. And be sure to let Twitter know what you think of its move to shut out developers.

Source: +Chris Lacy

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