Google clarifies the availability and shipping dates on their Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 release

While everyone is highly anticipating the release of Google’s next 2 Nexus devices, the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, many questions has risen within the community on how Google will handle it when it’s available this Tuesday on November 13th. There were some questions whether there will be pre-orders or if Google will even ship these devices on the 13th when ordered. Thanks to the folks at Android Police, they got an answer straight from Google themselves:

AndroidPolice: Is Google going to start shipping on the 13th or open pre-orders? In other words, when will the first customers be able to hold the new Nexuses in their paws?

Google PR Rep: They’ll start shipping on that date.

AndroidPolice:Alright, thanks. Do you know when the pre-orders will start then?

Google PR Rep: Right now, it’s “Notify me” and on 11/13 it will switch to available for order.

There you have it guys, if you were to order right on the 13th then you should expect your device to ship on that same day. Although I would suggest to order it as early in the day as you can, because if you order it at night then the device will most likely ship the next day. Also, Google’s standard shipping is a 2-day flat rate, thus you should expect the device around Thursday or Friday. If you want it even earlier, I believe overnight shipping may also be available should you opt for that. Sadly, no information was given as to the exact time the devices will be available to purchase. Keep in mind that the Play Store runs on Pacific standard time as Google’s HQ is located in California. My best guess is that it’ll be available either right at 12:00am PST or perhaps sometime in the morning to give everyone a fair shot at ordering it as early as possible.

Are you all excited to order the N4 or N10? If so, I would bookmark the order pages from the Play Store and keep those fingers fresh for a non-stop round of F5′s!

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via: Android Police 

NVIDIA Reports Record Revenue For Q3, Gives Sunny Forecast For Company’s Future

 

It’s no secret that NVIDIA has much of the smartphone and tablet market cornered with its impressive line of processors and GPUs, but NVIDIA has a lot to smile about today thanks to its recently announced Q3 earnings. According to its report, the company made an astounding $1.20 billion in Q3, which is up 15.3% from Q2 2012 and 12.9% from Q3 2011. As expected, NVIDIA head Jen-Hsun Huang highlights the secret to NVIDIA’s winning formula :

 

“Kepler GPUs are winning across the special-purpose PC markets we serve, from gaming to design to supercomputing. And Tegra is powering some of the most innovative tablets, phones and cars in the market.”

 

Now that NVIDIA has jumped on its success, we should its impressive chipsets in even more Android devices. More details are available once you hit the presser after the break.


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Nexus 7 explodes, gives new meaning to ‘burning rubber’

What exactly happened to the above Nexus 7, you ask? Well, put simply–it exploded. Apparently the device spontaneously combusted as a result of being plugged in to a standard wall charger.

The owner, who posted the set of images in a Chinese forum, claims she left the device to charge for a total of 3 hours using the factory OEM charger before the tablet went up in flames. As we’ve seen before, these types of incidents leave plenty of room for controversy, though it seems as though this particular case is legitimate. In fact, ASUS has already acknowledged the problem and has sent out a fresh replacement free of charge.

Considering this is the first we’ve heard of this type of thing happening to a Nexus 7, we’re hoping the problem is isolated to this single unit. However, until we hear something official from ASUS, you may want to make sure your device isn’t sitting next to anything valuable or flammable.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II now available from AT&T

Despite being announced back in August, Samsung’s latest flagship phablet is just now making its way to North American shores. Beginning today, the company’s new Galaxy Note II is available to purchase from AT&T, both online and in brick and mortar stores. The S Pen-wielding superphone will set you back $299 with a new two-year commitment.

While that price may seem a bit steep, keep in mind that you’re getting the latest and greatest in terms of hardware, including a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel rear camera. But with other appealing smartphones like the Nexus 4 on the horizon, you’ll undoubtedly need a little insight before taking the plunge. So, why not check out our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note II before making any final decisions?

Source: AT&T

Motorola introduces ‘Test Drive’ feature for select few to test future software updates before release

Right on the heels of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update on the DROID RAZR M today, Motorola has introduced a feature they’re calling ‘Test Drive.’ This feature will allow a select group of registered users to have access to the latest software and provide feedback before it goes public. There’s no mention of how or when those users will be selected however. Tenure maybe? The first group of “a few hundred consumers” that get to be a part of this new feature will be when Android 4.2 begins to roll out. This no doubt will be a pretty sweet, distinguished group of folks, so we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

source:  Motorola Blog

Official Jelly Bean update coming to Motorola DROID RAZR M today

For you Motorola DROID RAZR M owners, today is a great day as the official Jelly Bean update for the device was set to launch today. The update will bring the version to 4.1 and you’ll receive all of its features such as Google Now and several enhancements. Also, it looks like the ISIS mobile payment will also make its way into the update.

For more information on the update, you can check the source link for Verizon’s official update page.

source: Verizon

Android co-founder says wireless carriers should spend more time and money customizing interfaces for Android phones

What was that? Everybody put your hands over your ears now, especially the carriers. At the Open Mobile Summit conference, Google Ventures General Partner and Android co-founder Rich Miner said that carrers should spend more time and money creating unique interfaces for Android phones. He’s actually surprised that carriers like Verizon and AT&T haven’t put more time into it. He points to the fact that Android is open and that anyone can modify it to their heart’s content. True, but that doesn’t mean they should.

“There’s a big opportunity that they seem to have left on the table,” Miner said. “I’m a little curious as to why” carriers haven’t done more to customize their Android phones.


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US Gets Sony Xperia Advance AKA the Xperia Go

 

 The rugged Xperia Go has made its way to the US as the Xperia Advance. The 1 GHz dual-core processor and 512 MB of RAM isn’t going to break any benchmark records but the $249 contract-free price might make it an attractive option for some. It’s designed to be dust & water resistant and its 3.5-inch display will even support wet finger tracking. The Xperia Advance looks like an excellent choice for the cheap frugal and/or clumsy. Our friends to the North should get their chance at the Xperia Go this month as well.

Source: Newegg

Nexus 10 Possibly Available At Walmart Prior To Nov. 13th Release? Sure Seems So

 

It’s only a matter of days before customers and Android fanatics alike can order what will be the most coveted reference tablet in the game, but it appears that some lucky customers at an unspecified Walmart may be able to grab the tablet sooner than the rest of us. As seen in the screenshot above, a customer stumbled upon what appeared to be a placeholder tag for the Nexus 10 32GB tablet and more importantly— it actually appeared to be in stock! Sadly though, the photo was taken late in the evening and there were no store associates to verify if the in-stock listing was accurate or not. Still, you can’t help but be excited at the prospect of owning the coolest tablet available before all your friends do.

We’ll be sure to stay on top of this story and confirm its accuracy, but in the meantime— if you live near a Walmart and have some extra time and/or money, feel free to check out the store and see if they too have the tablet in stock. Oh and be sure to let us know of your findings if you do hear of anything.

source: Brief Mobile