Nexus 4 support manual suggests 8GB and 16GB storage options, wireless charging

Support manuals for the LG E960 have emerged on the company’s Australian and UK websites, ultimately confirming the ubiquitous Nexus 4 moniker. The documentation suggests that the device will be available in both 8GB and 16GB versions. As we have come to expect with Nexus-branded devices, the handset will not support expandable storage via MicroSD. According to the manual, the device will also include an induction coil to enable wireless charging by default, something that users have been interested in for what seems like forever.

Unfortunately, it looks as though we’ll have to wait indefinitely for an official announcement, considering the cancellation of Google’s Nexus event on Monday. You know what they say–safety before fun, right?
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Google Nexus event cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy

Google just officially announced this Monday’s event has been cancelled. It will obviously be rescheduled, but they are taking a wait and see approach. We certainly aren’t surprised, and although this is disappointing, we hope Hurricane Sandy’s impact is as minimal as possible for all areas involved.

We are canceling our Monday morning event in New York due to Hurricane Sandy. We will let you know our plans as soon as we know more. 

Stay safe and dry, 
The Android Team
So there you have it. We will let you know the details as soon as we get it.

Carphone Warehouse apologizes for launching LG Nexus 4 pre-order page prematurely

A couple of days ago Carphone Warehouse launched a pre-order page for the upcoming Nexus 4 along with the full specs. The page  stayed live for several hours before they were even made aware of the situation.  They later stated “Unfortunately a pre-order page for a new handset that we plan to range went live prematurely. We’ve now rectified this and apologise for any confusion caused.” Neither Google or LG provided a comment about the page.

The leak comes ahead of Google’s big event Monday, and it confirmed many rumors that have been floating around the internet for the past few weeks. The newest lineup in the Nexus family will boast a 4.7 inch LCD screen with an impressive 320 ppi, as well as a powerful quad-core Snapdragon processor and an 8 megapixel shooter. Speaking of that camera, the page listed bragged about a 360 degree panoramic shot. Again, not much we haven’t all heard before, but it’s reassuring that Google is willing to go all out on a very high-end device.

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Canonical’s installer easily loads Ubuntu onto your Nexus 7

Have you ever imagined having access to a full fledged desktop experience on your tablet? Well, today the geniuses at Canonical have released the first version of their Ubuntu installer for the Nexus 7, effectively bringing the Debian-derived Linux desktop to your fingertips.

The whole process has been stuffed into a one-click installation tool, so users can easily install the special build (based on version 12.04) on their devices. Keep in mind that in order to properly install the software, you’ll need to have fastboot already set up and functioning, enter a few commands and, of course, have an unlocked bootloader. None of these things should be a problem though, considering it’s a Nexus device after all. In fact, you can find our in-depth directions on how to root and unlock your Nexus 7 here.

Unfortunately, the tool is currently only available as a developer preview for users with machines running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or Later. However, it is expected that the service will expand with compatibility for other operating systems in the future. For full instructions and more information regarding the installation process, hit the source link below.

Source: Ubuntu (Instructions), Ubuntu (FAQ)
Via: Android Central

HTC documents ‘The Evolution of the Smartphone’, disses Apple in the process

Since the introduction of cell phones back in the 1970′s, mobile technology has progressed faster than many had ever anticipated. To better portray the broad history that has surrounded the mobile industry, HTC has composed a clever chart detailing the various milestones that have been reached over the years. From the world’s first fire hydrant-enabled mobile phone, to the infamous Apple Maps fiasco of late, HTC hasn’t missed a beat.

The infographic seems to be playing up the company’s latest line of Windows Phone devices, though it does provide some valuable insight into the Android world as well. Jump past the break to witness “The Evolution of the Smartphone.”
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Google Nexus 10 with Android 4.2 revealed in set of leaked images

A set of images has emerged, revealing Google’s upcoming Nexus 10 tablet. The Samsung-built device is running Android 4.2 which still flies under the Jelly Bean moniker. Interestingly, the new software does bring some enhancements like a pull-down settings menu, though other significant features remain unknown.

As previous rumors suggested, the device sports a 10.1-inch Super AMOLED display (2560 x 1600 resolution), a 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos processor with a Mali-T604 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Also included is 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual stereo speakers.

We had previously heard several rumors of a Samsung-manufactured Nexus 10, which leads us to believe that this bad boy is all but official. It looks like we’ll have to wait until Monday for the full scoop, though.

Source: BriefMobile

HTC issues warning – revenues, profit margin expected to decline in 4th quarter

For Android fans, today has been a day to enjoy mostly good news in terms of the continued growth of the Android ecosystem. We see that Android tablets grabbed 41% market share for the third quarter, an unexpected jump in light of Apple’s dominance in the market segment. Meanwhile, Samsung reported phenomenal third quarter profits, setting records for smartphone shipments and establishing themselves as the worldwide leader in smartphones. However, not all of the news is coming up roses. Case in point, new guidance from HTC which should serve as a warning about how quickly things can change.

HTC issued their warning Friday, indicating they expect further declines in operating profit margins and revenues during the fourth quarter. We previously reported on HTC’s third quarter financial results which continued a string of disappointing quarters. These results are a contrast to HTC’s spot as one of the top five smartphone manufacturers in the world and their former position as Apple’s chief rival in the U.S. market only two years ago. According to HTC, they expect operating profit margin to drop to only 1%, the lowest it has been in a decade. Meanwhile, they anticipate fourth-quarter revenue to fall 41% compared to the same period a year earlier. These latest projections are worse than analysts previously expected.

Do you think HTC can turn things around?

source: NASDAQ

Samsung dominates world smartphone market, sets record in third quarter for units shipped

As financial results continue to be released for mobile phone companies and manufacturers, we are beginning to get a better picture of what the condition of the global smartphone market is like. With Samsung’s release this morning of their third quarter results, combined with other reported results, we see the market is extremely healthy and that Samsung is sitting on top.
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HTC to launch money-saving app called ‘Best Deals’ for the One X+, One X, and One S

HTC just announced “Best Deals” which will deliver personalized money-saving deals direct to your HTC smartphone. It will be based on your preferences and interests, as well as your location. They can be reviewed, bookmarked, or shared with a single click.

For now it looks like it will only be available in the UK, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. They expect to have about 1700 deals at launch from 12 leading deal providers, which include Living Social, Trip Advisor, Qype Deals, and Offerum.

The application and widget will come with the new HTC One X+ and it will eventually arrive on the One X and One S with a software update shortly after. It will also be available to Windows Phone users via the 8X and 8S.

Press release after the break:

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LG Nexus 4 (LGE960) support information page now live on LG’s website


One of the worst-kept secrets just continues to spill out all the deets for the world to see. A crafty user was on LG’s support page recently and stumbled upon a placeholder for the LGE960 or Nexus 4 smartphone. What the page lacks for in concrete information such as a manual, it makes up for it by providing some not-so-subtle hints such as its availability for purchase in the Google Play Store:

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