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Galaxy Nexus is here!

With all of the rumors and leaks just days before the announcement, Google’s 3rd Nexus phone is finally here!  Introducing the Galaxy Nexus, formally known as Nexus Prime.  Samsung gets another chance to redeem itself from its lackluster Nexus S showing.  Questions are already popping up on whether the Galaxy Nexus will have a removable battery cover and if the 5MP camera be sufficient?  What’s new in the Android 4.0?  Battery life? HDMI output?  The answers are coming, so stay tuned!  In the meantime, check out the tech specs below and check out the official Galaxy Nexus page here.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Specifications

  • Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps 850/900/1900/1700/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
    Specifications above may differ on the LTE version
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual-core Processor (OMAP 4460)
  • Display: 4.65-inch 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED
  • OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Main (Rear) Camera: 5MP auto focus with LED Flash, fast shot2shot, Zero shutter lag, 1080p video capture, photo editing
  • Sub (Front) Camera: 1.3MP for Video Call
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Light, Proximity, Barometer
  • Memory: 1GB RAM + 16/32GB Internal memory
  • Size: 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm
  • Weight: 135g
  • Battery: Li-ion 1750 mAh
  • The back cover is removable
  • No microSD slot
  • Volume rocker left side
  • Power button right side
  • microUSB port bottom center
  • Headphone jack bottom and right of microUSB port
  • Video:
  • Codec : MPEG4/H.263/H.264
  • Playback : 1080p@ 30fps
  • Recording : 1080p Full HD Video@ 30fps
  • Audio:
  • Codec : MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
  • 3.5mm Ear Jack

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

  • On screen buttons – Home, Back, Switching Apps (multi-tasking button)  are now part of the screen
  • Multi-tasking – Swipe left/right to close apps and notifications.  Similar to WebOS closing apps by swiping cards up
  • Data usage control- New feature in Settings to monitor data usage and place data caps. This is very much needed in a very unfriendly cell phone environment
  • Face Unlock – Use your face to unlock your phone. Already used in laptops and now being brought to phones
  • Android Beam – Use NFC to share links, contacts, photos, YouTube videos, maps, directions with other NFC enabled phones
  • Voice Typing – Type text messages, emails using your voice
  • Google+  – Video chat with up to 9 friends
  • Single-Motion Panoramic Camera – easy to create panoramic pictures
  • Android Browser – Bookmark sync, offline viewing, incognito mode
  • Gmail – New “action bar” to access most used functions, swipe left/right for next/previous message, offline use
  • Calendar – Multi-touch navigation, pinch to zoom in/out from agenda to year
  • Gallery – Photo editing, “magazine UI” replacing 3D Gallery app, filter effects, instant social media sharing
  • Contacts – “People” app replacing Contacts, high res photos for contacts, swipe left/right to dialer/call log, visual voice mail now integrated in call log, reject incoming calls with a text message
  • YouTube, Maps – Will be updated

Carriers

  • NTT DoCoMo
  • Verizon
  • Three UK
  • Vodaphone UK

Source, Source 2, Source 3

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Update Your Nexus S to Android 2.3.2

https://i0.wp.com/androidandme.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/nexus-s-recovery.jpgGoogle started pushing out an update for the Nexus S that brings the firmware up to 2.3.2. The file is only about 600 KB big and the build number goes from GRH78 to GRH78C, so all signs point to this being a minor update. Samsung tweeted that it fixes the SMS bug that has received a lot of attention lately and that’s about all we know. There is no word on if it fixes the random reboot bug, but we will be testing it out and report on our findings.

You can wait for the update to hit your phone over-the-air, or you can download it from Google and manually install it now at your own risk.

-=Please install at your own risk=-

To install the latest Nexus S build GRH78C, follow these steps:

  • Download the update file from Google’s server: GRH78C-from-GRH78.zip
  • Copy the file to your phone’s internal storage (/sdcard). Tip: The Nexus S can flash any file so there is no need to rename it update.zip
  • Power off your phone.
  • Hold down the VOLUME UP button and power it back on.
  • Use the volume keys to navigate to recovery and press POWER to select it.
  • When you see the “/!\” symbol, hold the POWER button and then press the VOLUME UP button.
  • You should be presented with the Android system recovery menu. Select the option “apply update from /sdcard
  • Find the update file (GRH78C-from-GRH78) on your sdcard and then press the POWER button to flash it.
  • Wait for the update to complete and then select “reboot system now

Update Your Nexus One to Android 2.2.2

Update your Nexus One to Android 2.2.2Google started pushing out an update for the Nexus One that brings the firmware up to 2.2.2. The file is only about 550 KB big and the build number goes from FRG83D to FRG83G, so all signs point to this being a minor update. I haven’t seen the release notes yet, but the update is said to fix the SMS bug that has received a lot of attention lately.

You can wait for the update to hit your phone OTA, or you can download it from Google and manually install it at your own risk.

-=PLEASE TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK=-

To manually install Android 2.2.2 on the Nexus One, perform the following steps:

  • Download the update file from Google’s server: FRG83G-from-FRG83D
  • Copy the file to the root directory (aka not inside any folder) of your microSD card and name it update.zip Tip: Be careful not to name it update.zip.zip
  • Power off your phone.
  • Hold down the VOLUME DOWN button and power it back on.
  • Wait for your phone to load the skating Androids screen. Scroll down to recovery and press the POWER button.
  • When you see the “/!\” symbol, press the POWER button and the VOLUME UP button at the same time. You should be presented with a menu and one of the options should be “apply sdcard:update.zip”.
  • Use the trackball to navigate to “apply sdcard:update.zip” and select it.
  • When you see “Install from sdcard complete”, select “reboot system now”.

Countdown to Google I/O 2011 Begins

Google just opened up their official site for Google I/O 2011, the largest developer conference for those working with Android and Google’s other platforms. Registration has yet to open, but make sure you bookmark the site and follow @GoogleIO if you plan on attending. This show always sells out fast, so don’t delay when registration finally begins.

The site already has a sessions track which hints at some of the topics which will be discussed. Romain Guy will be discussing the highlights of Honeycomb, Eric Chu will cover the improvements to the Android Market, and Jason Bayer will teach us how to build Android apps for Google TV.

Early bird pricing will start at $450 and bumps up to $550 on April 17. Students will be able to register for $150 and this year’s BootCamp will cost you $100.

We attended Google I/O the last two years and it is by far my favorite Android-related event. I’ve already heard that this year’s event will be special and you don’t want to miss it, but we have no idea what surprises Google has up their sleeve yet.

From Google: Google I/O brings together thousands of developers for two days of deep technical content, focused on building the next generation of web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Google Chrome, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.

Android Beats iPhone In US Subscriber Numbers [Smartphones]

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The growth of Android is undeniable. Everywhere you look at CES, some company is announcing some type of Android something. Whether phone, tablet, hybrid or something else- Android is penetrating every end of the tech market. And more importantly, consumers are buying into it as well.

Moving from October 2010 to November 2010, Android overtook iPhone in total US Subscribers according to ComScore. Of the 61.5 million smartphone subscribers, 26% were Android and 25% were Apple in November. Meanwhile, 33% were still on telegram BlackBerry phones.

Think of what happened this holiday season and where this momentum of CES is taking Android… up, up, up , up, up… and above the competition. I think 2011 is going to be another amazingly fun and successful year for Android.

 

 

VIA | ComScore

EVO 4G Update

HTC has confirmed that a maintenance update is being pushed out to the Sprint EVO 4G customers. I’m sorry to inform you that it’s not Gingerbread. Sorry folks you’ll have to wait little longer for that.

This update inclues:

Software Version: 3.70.651.1
Release Date: 12/13/2010
Method: Available OTA + Retail
PRL Version: 60672
Version: 1.90_003
Hardware Version: 0002 / 0003
Fixes:

NEW FEATURES / SERVICES IN MR3
– Blockbuster (including WM DRM 10)
– Adobe Reader
– Kindle eReader
– Preloaded try/buy video game: NOVA from Gameloft
– Sprint Zone update
– Latest Telenav
– Latest VVM App
– Latest Sprint TV app
– SWYPE Keyboard
– Scan Now Widget for 4G (does not need to be available on any panel, just a widget option users could find and use).

EVO 4G update continues to roll out, new version for varying hardware models. If you are still awaiting the latest update for the HTC EVO 4G, don’t be alarmed or surprised if the version number varies from the one you expect. It appears that depending on which model number EVO you own, you are likely to receive a different version of the update. While this isn’t always typical, it isn’t too surprising given the number of hardware revisions floating around for the EVO.

If you haven’t received yours yet it may be worth checking your software update information under the ‘About phone’ menu.

As usual, if you do not wish to wait for the update to push out to your phone you can always manually install it. We advice you that you fully read all the details and specs before manually updating your EVO 4G. We do not take any responsibility of your phone or any actions you take in messing up your phone while updating it.

Follow these simple steps to manually install the update:

  1. Download the update from this link.
  2. Rename it to update.zip (but be sure not to rename it update.zip.zip). Save it to your Evo’s microSD card.
  3. Time to reboot into recovery mode. Turn the phone off. Then hold the volume down button, and press the power button. You should boot to a white screen with three Android guys on skateboards.
  4. Use the volume button to select RECOVERY, and press the power button again. The Evo will now reboot into recovery. You should see a render of a phone, with a red triangle and exclamation point.
  5. Hold the volume up button and press the power button. Choose applysdcard:update.zip. Let it do its thing.

VIA | AndroidCentral

Google Maps Updated to 5.0

It’s the moment we all been waiting for. Android users can finally get their hands on the new Google Maps 5.0 update. The next generation of mobile maps.

Two significant new features: 3D interaction and offline reliability.

 

Explore maps in 3D
Until now, Google Maps has always downloaded the map as a set of small, square images that we stitch together to form the map you see. (You’ve probably seen those gray squares getting filled in, block-by-block, as the images load over the network.) Starting today, we’ll use vector graphics to dynamically draw the map on your device as you use it, allowing you to interact with it in new ways:

  • Tilting: Drag down with two fingers to tilt the map. Tilt while zoomed in on one of the 100+ cities around the world with 3D buildings to see a skyline spring to life.
  • Rotating: Twist with two fingers to rotate the map. After tilting to see 3D buildings, rotate around them to gain a new perspective from any direction.
  • Smooth zooming: Slide two fingers together or apart, and see the map and labels continuously scale to any zoom level, stopping when your fingers stop.
  • Compass mode: Center the map on your location, and then tap the compass button in the top right corner. The map will flip into 3D mode and start rotating to match your perspective, while still keeping all the labels upright and readable.

Offline reliability
Google Maps has always been, and continues to be, a fundamentally Internet-connected experience, meaning you always get the freshest map and place data, search and voice search, live traffic conditions, satellite and Street View imagery, and much more. Still, we understand that mobile Internet connections aren’t 100% reliable. So today we’re happy to take the first steps toward greater offline reliability, so you can find your way even if you lose your connection.

In the past, you’ve probably had frustrating moments when you get stranded without a map, whether ducking into the subway, sitting at the back of a restaurant or traveling anywhere with a flaky Internet connection. But dynamically drawing maps requires 100 times less data to get maps across all zoom levels, so now we’re able to proactively cache (or store) large areas on your device based on where you use Maps the most. This way, you can rely on having fast, robust maps available to you where you’re most likely to need them.

Offline rerouting
If you’re one of the more than 10 million people relying on Google Maps Navigation (Beta), our free turn-by-turn GPS navigation feature, losing your Internet connection can be particularly painful. (This happened to me on a recent ski trip to Tahoe, and I was left trying to manually find my way back to my route.) So we’re also introducing offline rerouting. You’ll still need a connection to start a route, but if you miss a turn along the way, we’ll quickly get you back on track, even if you don’t have an Internet connection. We’ll be rolling this feature out gradually over the next few weeks.
These new features are just the first steps in maximizing dynamic map drawing technology to create a faster, more interactive experience where efficiency really matters: mobile devices. For example, we estimate that viewing maps now requires almost 70% less mobile network data overall than before. We can’t wait to take the next steps in making Google Maps faster, more reliable and even more useful no matter where you take it.

Happy Holidays: From Google, To Me, To You

Phandroid blog received this awesome video this holiday season from Google.

Phandroid is part of Google’s Adsense program that’s why they received this email from Google. The “Happy Holidays” message included this text:

Dear Rob,

Thanks to you, this holiday season Google is able to donate $20 million to charitable organizations around the world. They in turn will help improve the lives of over 50 million people. Click here to see how.

Thank you for being a part of what Google is today. All this is possible because of you.

Have a wonderful holiday.

Google

Message from Phandroid:

I’d like to pass the thank you on to YOU – Phandroid Readers – because you folks are the ones that make my partnership with Google possible. So yes… by reading Phandroid you are saving the world.

Happy holiday’s to you too Google. Thanks for another great year!

VIA | Phandroid

Google Introduces Latitude app for iPhone

Yes iPhone users, there’s an app for that. Earlier today Google announced that it’s release the Google Latitude app for iPhone.

“Where are you?”

Starting today, you’ll never again have to answer (or ask) that question when you’re on the go with your iPhone. With the new Google Latitude app for iPhone, you can see where your friends are and now, continuously share where you are – even in the background once you’ve closed the app.


 


Since launching last year, Latitude’s focus has always been on one goal: make it simple to stay in touch with friends and family by sharing where you are with each other. Simple setup. Simple sharing without fumbling for your phone. Now, you can use Latitude on your iPhone just like the more than 9 million people actively using it from Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile smartphones. Use the app to:

  • See where your friends are
  • Share your location continuously with whomever you choose
  • Contact friends by phone, text message, or email
  • Control your location and privacy


Watch the Latitude app for iPhone in action

You still get simple control over your privacy. Remember, Latitude is 100% opt-in. You must install the app and add friends (or accept requests) to start sharing your location. You can turn off background updating if you’d like and control the same privacy settings: share only city-level location, hide your location, or sign out of Latitude at any time. Learn more in the privacy tips video.

Though we released Latitude as a web application before the iPhone supported third party background applications, today’s Latitude app was built from the ground up using iOS 4’s new multitasking capability to support background updating. You’ll need iOS 4 and above on an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 to use the app.

Download Google Latitude now from the App Store in over 15 languages and 45 countries. It will be appearing in the App Store over the next day, but you can also find it directly now. Learn more in the Help Center or ask questions in the Help Forum.

Update (12/13/2010, 10:20am PST): The Google Latitude app will run on the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod touch (3rd/4th generation). However, background location updating is only supported on the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad 3G. We’re continuing to work on expanding support to more devices.

Let us know how the app works out for you.

VIA | Chris Lambert, Software Engineer, Google Latitude Team, and Google Mobile Blog

Android Market Update Coming Soon

On Dec. 10th Android Developer Blog announced that Android Market engineering team has been working hard to improve the Android Market experience for users and the developers.

The Android Market engineering team has been hard at work on improving the Android Market experience for users and developers. Today, I’m pleased to announce a significant update to the Android Market client. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be rolling out a new Android Market client to all devices running Android 1.6 or higher.

This new Market client introduces important features that improve merchandising of applications, streamline the browse-to-purchase experience, and make it easier for developers to distribute their applications.

With a focus on improving discoverability and merchandising, we’ve introduced a new carousel on the home and category screens. Users can quickly flip through the carousel to view promoted applications and immediately go to the download page for the application they want. Developers have been very active in creating great Widgets and Live Wallpapers. To make it easier for users to find their favorites, we’re introducing two new categories for Widgets and Live Wallpapers. Applications that include Widgets and Wallpapers will be automatically added to those new categories. We’ll also be adding more categories for popular applications and games in the weeks ahead. In addition, the app details page now includes Related content, which makes it easier for users to quickly find apps of similar interest.

To streamline the browse-to-purchase experience, users can now access all the information about an application on a single page without the need to navigate across different tabs. We’re also introducing application content rating to provide users with more information about applications they are interested in. Since most users who request a refund do so within minutes of purchase, we will reduce the refund window on Market to 15 minutes. This change will be largely transparent to buyers, but will help developers manage their businesses more effectively.

To make it easier for developers to distribute and manage their products, we will introduce support for device targeting based on screen sizes and densities, as well as on GL texture compression formats. We are also increasing the maximum size for .apk files on Market to 50MB, to better support richer games.

With this release, we aimed to deliver features that are most requested by users and developers. However, we’re not done yet. We plan to continue to rapidly enhance Android Market for both users and developers and make it the best content distribution service for the Android ecosystem.

Please stay tuned as we continue to deliver new capabilities in the coming weeks and months.

 

Update: For those of you who want the new Market now, Android Police is hosting the .apk via multiupload. We suggest reading the post before diving in as there is some warnings about custom ROMs and the lack of testing, specifically those of you running CM.

Update: AndroidCentral did a quick walkthrough of the new Market and posted it to YouTube:

WE DON”T SUGGEST ANYONE TO INSTALL THIS OR ANYTHING. PLEASE BE AWARE OF ALL THE RISK BEFORE INSTALLING.


VIA | Android Developers Blog, AndroidPolice