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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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Manually Install Froyo on the Samsung Epic 4G

Sprint says the Epic 4G update to Android 2.2 is only a test build, here’s how to install it

Over the weekend it was discovered that Android 2.2 was available for the Samsung Epic 4G, but a post on the official Sprint forums says it is only a test build. They warn users not to flash any update files that come from 3rd party developer sites, but the test Android 2.2 build (DK28) is still on Google’s servers so you can trust it is safe.

Sprint warns this software is not yet approved and they recommend that users refrain from loading it, but as long as you understand what you are getting into then go ahead and flash away. Some users at xda-developers have experienced issues with this test build, but others flashed it with no problems at all. The good thing is that it’s possible to return to the latest official build and wait for Android 2.2, but there is no telling how long that might take for Sprint to release it.

To help in the flashing process, here is a quick video that explains how to un-root your Epic 4G and return to a stock build so that this latest build can be flashed.

Manually install Froyo on the Samsung Epic 4G

  1. Download the zip file from Google’s servers
  2. Rename the file to “update.zip”
  3. Save file to root directory on your microSD card
  4. Boot the Epic 4G into recovery mode (hold down the “Volume Down” button, “Camera” button, and “Power” button simultaniously)
  5. Install or apply the “update.zip” file from recovery. Use volume keys to navigate menu. Home key is select.

Below is a statement from the Epic Product Manager regarding the leaked release (DK28):

“Sprint is working on a software package for the Samsung Epic4G that will upgrade it to the Froyo version of Android.  Over the weekend, some users were able to access and download a test build (DK28) for the Samsung Epic from some 3rd party developer sites.  Unfortunately, this is not approved software for Sprint production devices and we strongly recommend that users refrain from loading it.

Software version DI18 is the current production version of software.  When new versions of software are available, users will receive a notification from Google on their device stating that an upgrade is available for download and installation.  While we are unable to communicate a firm delivery date, rest assured that we are working on a software upgrade to Froyo and hope to have it out in the very near future.”

 

VIA | Sprint

UPDATE: Nexus S: No microSD Card Slot, Samsung not the NFC Chip Provider, Best Buy Landing Page Live

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It’s easy to get excited and overjoyed with all of the Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Nexus S news going out today, but we don’t want to flood our front page with it all. (And I’m sure you won’t want to see it all day, as well.) Here are but a few of the stories that have formed over the past hour regarding the Nexus S. Some as small as Best Buy’s landing site going live – something we figured would happen considering they’re an exclusive retailer in the states – and some as big as the confirmation that the phone won’t have a microSD card slot to expand storage.

In our list of things users and developers should know about the SDK, one of the changes highlighted talked about getting rid of the need for phones without a microSD card slot. “Ok that’s cool,” we thought as we imagined there would be scenarios where people couldn’t use microSD cards or they were quite fine with however much internal storage they have. But Google and Samsung really just needed a way to treat the 16GB of storage inside the Nexus S as an external microSD card because the phone sadly doesn’t support a REAL external microSD card slot. 16GB – while plentiful for some – just won’t cut it for others.

The beauty of having phones with expandable storage was the prospect of having as much as 32-48GB of storage for all of your pictures, music, videos, and whatever else you can think to cram into it. Sadly, this will not be the case if you opt for the Nexus S. That’s a big factor to consider when you’re at the point of sale December 16th.

Finally, through NXP’s announcement that the Nexus S features their NFC chip, we’ve ruled out Samsung supplying their own chip that they have produced (but have yet to mass produce.) It would have made a lot of sense for Samsung to be the vendor considering they manufacture the Nexus S, but it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day: it all does the same thing.

 

VIA | Phandroid

Rumor: Nexus S Headed to Verizon with 4G?

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The rumor has it that NEW Nexus S might be headed to VZW. We aren’t sure yet but this is what we have so far on the Nexus S + Verizon 4G rumor:

I usually try not to get too excited about rumors, but as a Verizon customer who is eagerly awaiting my first 4G device, this is one rumor I can get behind. While digging through the Nexus S contest rules, AndroidGuys uncovered this little tidbit of information that could be an indication of a future CDMA version of the Nexus S:

The currently available Nexus S is a GSM device and is not compatible with CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint.

Note the “currently available” part. Furthermore, @samfirmware tweeted the following, which gives this story a bit more weight behind it:

Latest news from Samsung insider its better to wait to buy this Nexus S. February!!!

Obviously Verizon and LTE is nowhere to be found in that statement, but the tweet coupled with the statement in the contest rules is recipe enough for a juicy Verizon 4G Nexus S rumor. Perhaps my judgement is clouded by pure hopefulness, so we would love to hear from you! Do you think there’s any real weight behind this rumor? Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think.

“Currently available” lends us to believe that their are other options on the way, right?  Or am I just drinking some weird Kool-aid?  Would you ditch your device and use an upgrade on the Nexus S even if a 4G LTE device was just around the corner?

Update: SamFirmware tweeted that their insiders have mentioned that the Nexus S might be more appealing come February.  4G LTE Verizon version maybe?  (Cheers Andrew53517!)

Update 2: We hit up SamFirmware looking for clarification and they gave us some.  It will not be a Verizon Nexus S in February and will likely be something even better from Samsung…

So, something better?  Now we’re really interested in knowing what it is. I guess only time will tell…

VIA | Droid-Life & AndroidGuys

Samsung’s Version Of The HTC Touch HD

The Android-powered Galaxy S incorporates a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a 1 GHz application processor that enables vibrant HD videos, rich augmented reality content through Layar Reality Browser, and advanced LBS (Location Based Services). The ‘Social Hub’ provides always-on social networks connectivity allowing users to enjoy communications with their friends, colleagues, and families whenever they want and wherever they are.

Samsung announced the Galaxy S Android phone at CTIA Wireless 2010.  The 4 inch screen of the Galaxy S will give the HTC Touch HD a run for its money.  There are some apps by Samsung that will give you a “Smart Life” experience.  It’s just another marketing buzz word to add to the list, but whatever.  Let’s see what the hardware has to offer.


Does anyone remember the original Samsung Galaxy?  I heard of complaints about Samsung no longer giving support and that users are unable to install the latest Android updates manually.  I think this time around Samsung will pay more attention to the Galaxy S since they put effort into creating their “Smart Life” experience.

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