Monthly Archives: October 2012

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Google Announces LG Nexus 4, 32 GB Nexus 7 WiFi+3G And Samsung Nexus 10

Google is ready to take on the competition and, even though Hurricane Sandy ruined their plans regarding the highly-anticipated New York-based launch event, forcing the search engine giant to postpone it, the creators of Android unveiled not less than three devices today. You’ve already met one of them before, the Nexus 7 tablet which received more […]

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Official AOKP JB Milestone 1 ROM Has Been Launched Today

Since everybody went crazy about today’s announcement of Google’s brand new Nexus device, the news about the official launch of the 1st milestone of AOKP Jelly Bean almost passed unnoticed. The Android Open Kang Project team is currently working hard on their Jelly Bean based custom ROM as it has reached the Milestone 1 version […]

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Best Android Web Browsers Of 2012

Since the release of Android OS, most web browser developers begun to develop mobile versions and as the time goes by these are getting better and better. In this post you will find ten different web browsers that you can use on your Android smartphone and, most of these are working on devices that are […]

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Google Nexus 7 vs. iPad Mini Compared

We compare the Google Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini based on device specifications and features. With Apple trying to say their iPad Mini is a better option by comparing nothing more than a webpage and its size seems a bit close minded so we have decided to go through everything and see how they rally compare. Not actually having an iPad Mini in hand does pose some difficulty when comparing some features so we will leave those out for now.

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No LTE for Nexus 4, Andy Rubin explains why

With all the hub-bub going around today about the Nexus bomb that Google dropped, some have noticed that in the specifications for the Nexus 4, there’s no mention of LTE. Google covered every base with the Galaxy Nexus, launching it in LTE variants on Verizon and Sprint, and of course an unlocked HSPA+ device for the GSM carriers. But with the Nexus 4, it appears that they’ve taken a different approach.

It might not make too many Big Red customers very happy, but in an interview with The Verge, Andy Rubin explains the reasoning behind Google’s choice to launch the Nexus 4 with only HSPA+ radios. It’s a great interview, and Rubin makes some very valid points from Google’s perspective. When asked about the Galaxy Nexus, Rubin had this to say:

“A lot of the networks that have deployed LTE haven’t scaled completely yet — they’re hybrid networks.. which means the devices needed both radios built into them. When we did the Galaxy Nexus with LTE we had to do just that, and it just wasn’t a great user experience.”

As if the user experience with LTE radios wasn’t enough motivation, we all know how Google had to play by Verizon’s rules when it came to bloatware and updates with the Galaxy Nexus. The point of the Nexus line is to provide users with a purely stock experience, and this is another reason Google may have stayed away from the CDMA carriers with the Nexus 4. Furthermore, the unlocked GSM variants were updated to Jelly Bean almost immediately after the release, but Verizon users had to wait for months to get their hands on Project Butter and Google Now.

When it comes to the GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, however, it’s a different ballgame. These carriers allow unlocked devices to run on their network, and AT&T is even allowing any unlocked device to access their LTE network (although the technical details are still being worked out). There’s also the question of financial motivation (or lack thereof) for Google to make LTE variants of the Nexus 4. Providing LTE versions of a device can be costly without subsidies from the carrier, and the incentives aren’t really there for Google just yet anyway. LTE is still a growing technology, and it wouldn’t really be in Google’s best interests to sully their device just to get a few more Nexus 4′s sold. Some say that if Verizon would allow unlocked LTE devices to work on their LTE network, this might change. But for the time being, Big Red users won’t be getting any Nexus 4 love.

In the end, it really boils down to one of two things, each with its own arguable point. Google either doesn’t have time to play by the rules of LTE-equipped carriers (read: Verizon) when it comes to Nexus devices, or those carriers are adding too many unnecessary bells and whistles for Google’s taste. While it is a somewhat controversial move on Google’s part, Andy Rubin sums it up pretty well:

“Tactically, we want to make sure the devices are available for every network on the planet.”

So, what are your thoughts on the lack of LTE in the Nexus 4? Anyone on Verizon thinking about switching carriers just for the Nexus 4? Drop a comment below!

 


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Rovio provides first gameplay footage of Angry Birds Star Wars

Up until now we’ve only heard about Angry Birds Star Wars and its upcoming November 8 launch.  Sure, we’ve seen teaser footage of the game but nothing that shows how the game will look when we get our greasy fingers on it.  That changes today as Rovio has given us our first in-game footage of Angry Birds Star Wars.  We’ll not say anything else here except we are really, really digging what we’re looking at.  Pigs dressed as sand people?!  Shut up and take our money

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T-Mobile touts fall and holiday smartphone lineup

Even though T-Mobile decided to scrap plans for their New York press event this evening,they went ahead and issued a press release tied to the same topic. It was expected that they would show off their fall lineup of devices, including stuff running Android and Windows Phone, and other products.

You’ll see from the press release (below) that T-Mobile does have quite a bit to choose from this coming holiday shopping season.  In terms of Android alone, the carrier has the Nexus 4, Galaxy Note II, Optimus L9, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy S Relay 4G.<em

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Nexus 10 specifications

  • OS: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor:1.7 GHz A15 dual-core processor
  • Memory: 16/32GB User memory + 2GB (RAM)
  • Display: 10” WQXGA (2560×1600, 300 ppi) display
  • Camera:
    • Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Camera
    • Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel Camera
  • Video
    • Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX VP8,
    • Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM
    • Full HD(1080p) Playback & Recording @30 fps,
  • Audio
    • Codec: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ACC+, eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB), MIDI, WAV,
    • AC-3, Flac
    • 3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo speaker
  • Google Mobile Services: Google Chrome, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps for Android, Google Search, Voice Search, Google Now Google+, Gmail, YouTube, Google Currents, Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies, Google Play Magazines
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® v 3.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (MIMO+HT40), microUSB, microHDMI, Pogo pin, Dual Side NFC, GPS+Glonass, Sensor, Barometer. Accelerometer, Gyro, Digital Compass, Light, Opening sensor
  • Network: WiFi only
  • Dimension:263.8 x 177.8 x 8.9 mm, 603g
  • Battery: Li-ion 9,000mAh

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What’s new in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean?

It’s official, there’s a new Nexus smartphone coming in about two weeks.  Oh, and there’s also a new Nexus tablet coming on the same day.  Both are set to hit Google Play store on November 13 and will come loaded with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.  What’s new about this version of Android?  Well, here’s what we’ve pulled together from the news today.  We’ll update this if we come across more details, so be sure to check back.

New to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean:

  • Photo Sphere – capture images in every direction to create 360-degree photos that can be shared on Google+, Google Maps, etc.
  • Gesture Typing – glide your finger over the letters you want to type on the keyboard (think Swype, SwiftKey Flow)
  • Support for wireless display – Wirelessly watch movies, YouTube videos and play games right on Miracast-compatible HDTV.
  • Support for multiple users – Users can log in and have their own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games (high scores and levels). Available only on tablets.
  • Daydream: Set your tablet to display photos, news and more when docked or idle.  Same applies for Nexus 4 on wireless charger.
  • Enhanced, Actionable Notifications: Same stuff we saw in Android 4.1 but enhanced a bit for this release.

Other new stuff:

  • Updates to Google Now – New cards for flight information, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations, shipping details, nearby attractions, interesting photo spots, movies times at nearby theaters or concerts by your favorite artists.
  • Updates to Google Play – Movie purchasing in Canada, the U.K., France, Spain and Australia. New magazines and content from Time, Inc. (InStyle, PEOPLE, TIME, etc) as well as music from Warner Music Group.  Google is now working with all major record labels globally, and all the major U.S. magazine publishers, as well as many independent labels, artists and publishers. Google Play Music is coming to Europe (U.K, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) on November 13.

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Nexus 4 Gallery


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