Verizon Issues First Batch of Android 4.0.4 Updates to a Few Lucky Galaxy Nexus Owners

Well, after all the waiting and all the negative thoughts about Verizon, it appears that Big Red has finally started to roll out the Android 4.0.4 update to the Galaxy Nexus. What you are seeing above is a screenshot sent in to the folks over at Droid Life and it clearly shows that some lucky Verizon customer has already received the long overdue IMM76K update. Word has it that the update is going out in small batches because only a few people across the Twittersphere have been so fortunate to be on the recieving end. Either way this is a sure sign that the update has officially begun and we suggest that you Verizon GNex owners start checking for available updates on the regular. Let us know when you see anything.

source: Droid Life

Canadian Samsung Galaxy S III Coming June 20 With 2 GB RAM On Board

Rogers and Telus already spilled the beans about the June 20th Canadian release date for the Samsung Galaxy S III, and now Samsung has confirmed this in a press release. Samsung also outlines all the specs of the Canadian variants as well as which carriers will be getting it. Here’s the breakdown:

SGH-i747 (LTE model): Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS, and Rogers Wireless.

SGH-iT999 (HSPA+42 model): Videotron, Wind, and Mobilicity.

In the U.S., this could mean the i747 would come to AT&T and the iT999 to T-Mobile, but we’re just speculating. Spec-wise, these two models are very similar to the international versions with a couple of differences.

As we expected, the CPU is a dual-core Qualcomm S4 instead of the quad-core Exynos. The amount of RAM is doubled to a whopping 2GB for both Canadian versions. On the negative side, there will not be a 64GB version available, and the iT999 will only come with 16GB. Not the end of the world, but this may affect the buying decision for some.

Hit the break for the full press release.


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Google Play Store Now Selling Device Accessories to U.S. Residents

Google today announced that they plan to sell accessories alongside their respective devices in the Google Play Store. Yep that’s right, you guessed it, that means HSPA+ (GSM) Galaxy Nexus accessories at this time only. Too bad it took over six months for the official accessories to show up but I guess now is better than never. One thing worth mentioning, though. You must reside in U.S. in order to see the available accessories otherwise you will get the “We’re sorry, the document you requested is not available in your country,” message.

Currently available is the Vehicle Dock and Landscape dock, both of which sport the 3-pin functionality and run $54 each. Also available is the portrait style Desk dock with and HDMI output and a full USB port for charging and transferring data. The desk dock is a little cheaper at $49 and when compared to Samsung’s direct pricing, Google’s price’s are much lower all around. It’s probably worth mentioning that you LTE users will probably find that all theses accessories are not compatible with LTE devices. Bum deal, huh? Talk to Big Red about that one.

To see the newly added accesories for yourself, hit up the Play Store link below.

Google Play Store
source: Google+

 

Samsung Galaxy S III headed to Canada

Mark it in you diary Canada, the coveted Samsung Galaxy S III can be yours from June 20th. Both Rogers and Telus have today confirmed that they will each be stocking Samsung’s latest flagship device in a choice of blue or white as well as 16GB and 32GB iterations.

Both carrier’s websites have gone live with their pre-order pages. There’s no pricing as yet from Rogers and you’ll need to be an existing subscriber to place your order. Telus is offering the device to new and existing customers. You’ll be able to get your hands on the 16GB model for $160 on a 3 year contract where as the 32GB model will cost you $210 also on a 3 year contract.

You can head straight to the pre-order pages via the source links below. Now roll on June 20th!

Telus

Verizon to Push the Android 4.0.4 Update to the Galaxy Nexus ‘Soon’

We are getting ever so close now. According to a recent tweet, Verizon is gearing up to push out the 4.0.4 update to the Galaxy Nexus at any time now. This morning Big Red took to their Twitter account and said the following:

software update will soon be pushed to the Galaxy #Nexus‬ for ‪#Verizon‬ Wireless, this includes ‪#Android‬ 4.0.4

If this wasn’t a sign of a looming update, I don’t know what is. Yesterday we watched as the Android 4.0.4 support documents went live on the Galaxy Nexus support page so it is bound to happen any moment now. We may even see the update in the next 24 hours. We will be sure to keep our eyes peeled and will let you know the minute she starts rolling out.

If you happen to see the update before we do, be a pal and let us know, will ya?

source: Twitter

 

Engineer Uses HTC One X Display as a Hammer and Drives Actual Nails [Video]

Besides serving as a phone and a mobile computing device, have you ever wondered what other purposes the HTC One Xcould serve a user? How about a hammer for those annoying times you may want to drive a nail into some wood and you just so happened to be without and actual hammer? Well sure, this HTC engineer wants to show you that that is completely plausible. Not recommended, but plausible.

As you will see in the video below, this gentleman creates his own form of scratch-drop-crash test and uses the One X’s display as a hammer head. I guess the folks at HTC wern’t too happy once they got wind of this demo because the fella you see in the video is apparently now without job. Maybe he should submit his resume to Gorilla Glassnext. I am sure they love seeing someone put that much faith into their product.

Jump past the break to see the video for yourself. It’s pretty nuts.
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T-Mobile renames the Samsung Exhibit II 4G

I have heard of people changing their names after a marriage or adoption but never a phone seven months after its initial release. T-mobile has done just that and has subtly made the change within a software update set for the Exhibit II 4G. Along with the usual bug fixes comes a name change to the Galaxy Exhibit 4G.

It’s unclear why T-Mo decided that now was a great time to change things up, but it’s almost certainly going to cause a bit of confusion among customers and care reps when it comes to online purchases and over the phone triage and consultation. T-Mo already has an Exhibit 4G that just recently was taken off the sales floor. Now they will also have the Galaxy Exhibit 4G in circulation as well as several customers still referring to the device as the Exhibit II 4G. Perhaps Apple has a patent on the roman numeral two and Sammy is just trying to avoid any more courtroom drama?! All joking aside, it’s an unusual play so late in the game of life for the former Exhibit II 4G.

source: tmobile

Ice Cream Sandwich headed to the LG Optimus LTE, LTE Tag and Vu on June 4th

LG has announced that it will be updating a few of their latest handsets. The Optimus LTE, the Optimus LTE Tag, and the Optimus Vu starting on June 4th will be upgrading to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This upgrade will bring great new featured to the devices mentioned. Giving the user an all new user interface along with more features and enhancements over that of it’s predecessor Gingerbread. LG may not be the first to start upgrading their devices, but at least they have begun the transition. There isn’t yet any info on how the carriers of these handsets will be involved but as the news comes in we will report it.

Source: lg korea

 

Sony Announces Two New Android Handsets, the tough and water resistant Xperia Go and Xperia Arco S

The Xperia go and Xperia arco S are the latest offerings from Sony. Both have a nice sleek and clean look, but can also fend off  life’s busy work weekwhether it be in the office or out in the elements of nature. These two new Android devices come designed to be water resistant and very durably, boasting a scratch resistant mineral glass protecting the 3.5” and 4.3” screens respectively. The Xperia go and Xperia arco S will be available worldwide in Q3 of this year.

The Xperia go is sporting as mentioned, a 3.5” display, 5-megapixel camera, completely sealed to resist scratches to the glass, and keep out dust and water, a 1Ghz Dual-core power plant. The Xperia arco S carries a bit more weight than its little brother, touting a larger 4.3” 720p HD display also scratch/water/dust resistant, 12-megapixel camera, Playstation Certified, a front-facing camera featuring full 1080p HD video with a 720p HC shooter to compliment, and a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor. Both of these come out of the box with Gingerbread, but are upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

If you want more on these latest offerings from Sony hit the break for the full press release.


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Factory resets and Google Wallet don’t play nicely, Here’s how to avoid any issues

If you’re a Google Wallet user, you need to pay attention to this because doing a factory reset could actually cause you to lose all Google Wallet functionality on your current device. Lets face it, nobody wants to do a factory reset unless you have to, but in the case where you do, it could fix the thing(s) you were concerned with, but as a result potentially eliminate the ability to make any purchases on the device forever.

The folks over at Phandroid came up with a solution and it’s rather simple. First and foremost, this needs to be done BEFORE you perform a factory reset. Go into Google Wallet, go to settings, and tap “Reset Google Wallet.” All payment information will be deleted and you can now perform your factory reset. The only issue you may run across is when buying a used phone in which the previous owner used Google Wallet. If they did and they did a factory reset without doing this, you might never be able to make purchases. For more information on how you might be able to fix these situations, hit the source link.

source: phandroid