LG Nexus 4 review: Does LG have what it takes?

Google’s Nexus 4 isn’t just any Android device; it’s the flagship Android device. It’s the only current smartphone that wields the premium Nexus name, and the only handset running Google’s latest iteration in Android, version 4.2 Jelly Bean part deux. Moreover, the Nexus 4 undoubtedly serves as the most highly anticipated smartphone of 2012, and quite possibly the most rumored. Partnering with LG, Google has attempted to perfect the performance and design of the rather mundane Galaxy Nexus released last year, but does it live up to the hype? Read on to find out.


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Nexus 10 toolkit now available for all your rooting needs

The Nexus 10 may not be selling as well as LG’s Nexus 4, but that hasn’t detracted from its surmountable capabilities. A little more than a week after making its global debut, the Nexus 10 has received a fully functional root toolkit.

This custom toolkit will allow users to easily root the Nexus 10, as well as perform various root-related functions like unlocking your bootloader, backing up system partitions and installing USB drivers, all without a need to touch that often-feared command line. It’s a fantastic tool for those who are new to rooting their device, or simply want to save valuable time.

Be sure to check out the full list of features, as well as the official download at the source link below. Before proceeding, ensure that you read the instructions at least twice before initiating the rooting process. Godspeed, friends.
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Nexus 10 available once again through the Play Store in both storage options

Following a brief stint in the Play Store, Samsung and Google’s 32GB Nexus 10 sold out in record time, later superseded by the attenuated 16GB model. Well, after taking a trip to the Play Store, it seems as though Google has managed to roll out another batch of the 10-inch slates, as both variants are showing up with the option “add to cart.”

There’s no telling how long they’ll be available for, so if you’re interested it’d be wise to act fast. Are you planning on picking one up?

Source: Nexus 10 (32GB), Nexus 10 (16GB)

Republic Wireless sets up shop, offers pre-orders to the masses

Republican Wireless is a new kind of MVNO carrier who has been testing its newfangled service for several months. The company is attempting to reinvent the mobile network space, offering a single device engineered to utilize Wi-Fi whenever it’s available for calls, texts and mobile data. When there’s no Wi-Fi within range, the device will automatically switch to a cellular network.

The service runs $19 per month with no contract and unlimited data, texting and calling. The carrier is poised to offer just one device, a Motorola Defy XT which will be sold outright for $249.99, alongside a one time $10 start-up fee. Sure, it’s not the most appealing handset, but at such a low price point it could prove to be the most viable option for those looking for an economic-friendly option.

So, what do you guys think?

Source: Republic Wireless

Firefox for Android now available for surfeit of new devices

Mozilla announced today the availability of its Firefox for Android browser for a slew of new devices including the HTC Status, HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola Fire XT, LG Optimus Q and many more.

Before today, Mozilla’s mobile browser only supported devices utilizing an ARMv7 processor. The company has now opened up the software to support ARMv6 architecture, meaning another 50 percent of the world’s entire fleet of Android devices can now download and run Firefox for Android. While this may not seem like a significant milestone, Mozilla believes otherwise, claiming that “this is an important step toward making the open Web free to all.”

Source: Mozilla

CyanogenMod Apollo music player now available on Google Play in both free and paid capacities

Earlier this year, the CyanogenMod team announced that Apollo would be replacing the stock music player to allow for a fully customizable and enthralling experience. When it was first announced, we were told to expect it to arrive in the Android Market within the next couple of weeks. Here we are nearly 10 months later, and the highly anticipated application has finally made its way to what we now call the Google Play Store.

It’s the same music player we’ve come to know and love, and now everybody can take part. Apollo comes in two different capacities: the regular free version and the paid Apollo+ version. Apollo+ costs just 99 cents, features quicker updates and removes pesky advertisements. Future updates are said to bring concert information, tablet optimization, personalized widgets and notifications, as well as support for Google’s Daydream service.

Be sure to scan the QR codes or hit the Play Store download links after the break to try out Apollo. Keep in mind you may need to disable your stock music player within the application settings menu. Also, let us know what you think of the CM team’s new third party music organization tool in the comments below.
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Nexus 4 Dot Live Wallpaper provides you with the ultimate Nexus experience

Perhaps you were lucky enough to score a Nexus 4 when it went on sale last week. Or, maybe you’re simply envious of those who did. Either way, Wasabi’s new Nexus 4 Dot Live Wallpaper is destined to give you an even heftier dose of that desirable Nexus 4 goodness.

The fresh animated background mimics the the excitable rear exterior of Google and LG’s new brainchild, offering a dazzling Nexus-esque experience. The entire feel can be tailored to your personal tastes, with a variety of color choices. In addition, you can also change the speed by which the dots fade in and out, as well as their size.
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Android 4.2 thinks there are just 11 months in a year, omits December

The newest iteration of Android, version 4.2 Jelly Bean, seems to think there are just 11 months in a year, effectively leaving out December altogether. No presents? No Santa? What ever shall we do?

The updated People application found in the stock AOSP version of the software doesn’t allow users to select the 12th month of the year, meaning people who have birthdays, anniversaries or any other sort of special event around Christmas time aren’t able to have it recognized.

The issue has been reported to the official bug tracker and has already been acknowledged by Google. We’re expecting an update to Android 4.1.2 soon. Perhaps, before non-existent December rolls around?

Via: AndroidPolice
Source: Google 

Samsung Galaxy S II 4G now available from Boost Mobile in Titanium for $369.99

Leaked earlier this month, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G in Titanium is Boost Mobile’s newest prepaid handset. The device is essentially a re-purposed Galaxy S II, sporting the same specifications of Samsung’s 2011 flagship smartphone. The “4G” branding stems from the included WiiMax radios, which Boost Mobile is now borrowing from its parent network, Sprint.

The revamped Galaxy S II is available today from Boost Mobile for $369.99 off contract which, in all fairness, seems a bit outrageous for what you’re getting. If you don’t have your heart set on Boost, there are plenty of other options at more appealing price points. In fact, you could purchase the Nexus 4 off-contract and take it to T-Mobile for as low as $30 per month, so long as you can wait three weeks for Google to restock the pure Android smartphone.


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Get a Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Victory 4G LTE for free from Sprint on Black Friday

As we gear up for a busy holiday shopping season, there’s nothing better than finding out what deals will be available ahead of time. Come Black Friday, Sprint will be offering a trio of steals, including a Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE for free with a new two year contract. These two devices will be available throughout the weekend, so you won’t have to camp out overnight on a full stomach.

Like we heard previously, subscribers will be able to pick up a Samsung Galaxy S III for just $50 when signing up for a new commitment, though you’ll need to show up bright and early on Friday to get your hands on one.

Source: Phandroid