Congratulations Google: you’ve botched the Nexus 4 launch and should feel embarassed


There are many things in life for which to be embarrassed. Like Steve Ballmer’s first Windows OS commercial. Or Christina Aguilera forgetting the words to the National Anthem. Or Apple’s latest Maps release. Embarrassment comes to those who deserve it, and after yesterday’s debacle, I think Google deserves to feel awfully embarrassed. In my eyes, yesterday’s product launch of the company’s new Nexus line-up was a complete and utter failure, if not for the company itself, then at least for its reputation in the eyes of loyal customers. Would-be buyers were plagued with non-stop server errors, buggy shopping carts, flawed payment methods, and jammed phone support lines. What should have been an exciting and fulfilling moment ultimately left thousands of would-be buyers frustrated, angry and worst of all, empty handed.


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Should the Nexus 4 be considered a flagship phone with the lack of LTE?

The Nexus is a name we have come to know and love amongst the Android community. It’s the one place where we can count on the latest hardware and software meeting in a completely open environment. Powered by a completely open Android playground of the latest software, Android geeks and aficionados would often choose devices from the Nexus brand purely for development purposes because of the openness.

Every Nexus has had its flaws: the Nexus One had pretty subpar battery life, the Nexus S was just plain boring, the Galaxy Nexus had a meh camera, and now the Nexus 4 has arguably the biggest flaw yet…


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How to use the iPhone 5 to get a Free Nexus 4 on contract

If you’re planning to pick up the Nexus 4 and don’t mind getting locked into a 2-year contract, there is a way you can pick up the latest Nexus handset for FREE. You might even get a little bit of spending money for your troubles too. Carriers offer a subsidized phone in exchange for a two-year commitment. They do not do this out of the kindness of their hearts. They do this because it’s a smart business decision. Perhaps it’s time more consumers make equally smart business decisions regarding mobile devices and service contracts. For some that might mean opting for a pre-paid service and seeing a substantial savings over a subsidized phone and two-year contract, but if you want to play ball with the major carriers this strategy might be the ticket for the free Google lunch you’ve been waiting for.

Making the smart business decision when selecting your subsidized phone means getting the most money for your commitment. For most carriers that still means iPhone. The AT&T 16GB iPhone 5 has a subsidized price of $199. It sells on eBay for about $700 to $900. If we put the value of the iPhone at $800 then you can look at it as AT&T is paying you $600 for your two-year commitment. The 16GB Nexus 4 on T-Mobile will also sell for the subsidized price $199. You’ll soon be able to buy it from the Google Play Store for $349. Accepting this subsidized phone means you’re accepting a $150 payoff. Does that sound like a smart business decision?

Hit the break to see how to best take advantage of the phone subsidy model and grab a free Nexus 4 and possibly have some cash left over for some accessories.


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Featured Play Store Newbie: Eggventure Jump [Arcade & Action]

Eggventure was pretty popular on BlackBerry AppWorld and now it has made its way to the Google Play Store. Created by WallWizz, it’s similar to Doodle Jump and Mega Jump. You will start by playing with Eggskimo Eddie. You must guide him upwards and collect as many coins as you can by using your phone or tablet’s tilt controls. You can eventually use the coins you collect to buy different characters like Sheriff Scramble and Boiled Berg The Brave. Each character brings their own special abilities, and there are six characters in all. Coins can also be used to purchase power ups such as wings and jetpacks.

Eggventure offers endless gameplay and you will get a different experience each time you play it. There’s even a global scoreboard so you can see how you rank against everyone else. Eggventure is fun for all ages, but it appears more geared towards the younger audience. It’s simple enough that anyone can play and it’s a great time killer. It’s absolutely free so give it a try. Check out the video trailer below and hit one of the download links to get started.

Features:

  • Collect coins and upgrade your superpowers! Unlock new characters, grab crazy powerups, and evade traps to boost yourself to the edge of the Universe and beyond!
  • Six cute egglings, each with unique power-ups and backgrounds.
  • Many upgradeable power-ups like jetpack, tiny wings, coin magnet.
  • Global scoreboard.
  • Boost your powers even more and unlock characters with in-app purchases.

 

 

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Featured Play Store Game: My Kingdom for the Princess 3 [Gaming-Casual]

 

Interested in building a fairytale kingdom and win the love of a princess? Then look no further than My Kingdom for the Princess 3, which is the third installment of the series. The first two didn’t make it’s way to Android, but iOS users know how popular they were. It was created by one of the top developers, Nevosoft. We’ve covered a lot of game from these guys so it’s no surprise that you will find fantastic landscapes and interesting gameplay. This one is all about time management, simulation, and strategy.

The premise is that three heroes are fighting for the beautiful princess Elizabeth’s hand. All three of them happen to be brothers and it will be up to you to decide who gets the prize. It’s quite simple, just perform multiple tasks, survive treachery, and save the country from ruin. Can you handle that?

Nevosoft does promise some surprises:

Your workers are more diligent;

  • Buildings bring in more resources;
  • five magical artifacts;
  • Unexpected bonuses;
  • More charming mini games;
  • New colorful interface;
  • Unique trophies;
  • Beautiful comics;
  • Well balanced levels, that gradually become more challenging;
  • A wonderful new castle to build – this time with a bear!

You will find both free and paid ($3.99) versions of My Kingdom for the Princess 3. The free version includes a decent amount of the 60 levels that are on the paid version.  Check out the trailer video below and hit one of the download links to get started.

 

 

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Contest: Win one of two Nexus 7 tablets courtesy of NVIDIA and TalkAndroid [Updated with winners]

Earlier today we posted our review of the latest Tegra game to hit the Google Play Store and TegraZone, called Zombie Driver. In celebration of this release, NVIDIA gave us two 16GB Nexus 7 tablets to give out to our awesome readers. We are going to keep this simple folks. We know it’s Halloween, but we aren’t going to ask you to send us photos of your costumes or any of that. Just follow these simple rules.

  1. One Nexus 7 will be given out here in the main site and one will be given out in our forums
  2. To enter the main site contest, comment below telling us what your favorite candy bar is
  3. To enter the forums contest, go to this post, and reply with what your favorite game is currently
  4. For chances to win both tablets, you need to enter in both places (although very unlikely, you can’t win twice)
  5. You have until tomorrow night, November 1 at 11:59PM EST to enter either contest
  6. We will pick the winners at random and announce them on Friday, November 2
  7. If you are a winner, you will receive an email with instructions to the one associated with your account

That’s it. Remember you need to enter both here and in our forums for a chance to win both tablets.

Good Luck!!

UPDATE

Congratulations to our winners:

Main site –  Paul Mekelburg who likes Cookies and Cream Hershey Bars

Forums – AZNguyen who likes to play World of Tanks

Thank you all for playing and special thanks to NVIDIA for sponsoring this. Look for another contest soon!!

Droid World heads to San Francisco this February 2013

Leading Android developers, Google Android representatives, handset manufacturers and operators will be appearing on Apps World’s Droid World stage early next year at the world famous Moscone Center in San Francisco, California delivering valuable developer advice and ideas around the world’s most popular smartphone OS.

Some of the industry’s most successful developers will there to shed light on their creative, technical and business processes in open, interactive workshops where attendees will be encouraged to suggest discussion topics, debate and collaborate.


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The Upcoming LG Nexus: What We Know Up To This Point & What We Can Expect

 

As we patiently wait for October 29th to arrive, we are expecting to see at least one addition to the Nexus family, the LG Nexus. After countless leaks for the past month and much speculation, we think we may finally have a somewhat concrete idea of what the upcoming device giving the true “Google Experience” will offer. The device will as always, introduce new technology— while making existing technology a little bit better. Read on past the break to have a brief breakdown of what is known and what we can expect in this new superphone.

 


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The Microsoft Surface Tablet: Average Features In An Average Package That Doesn’t Even Come Close To Challenging Android Tablets

 

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few days, you’re probably well-aware of the upcoming Microsoft Surface tablet. Dubbed as one of the saviors for Microsoft’s rapidly degrading brand, the Surface tablet has already been identified as the true iPad and Android tablet challenger. With its thin profile and abundant storage space (comes in 32GB or 64GB configurations with an expandable storage slot), the Surface tablet will have at least the physical features to make it an interesting product. However, the hardware is just one aspect of the tablet— the real kicker is Microsoft’s brand-new OS: Surface for Windows RT technology. The OS will essentially mirror its upcoming Windows 8 OS, while having exclusive offerings like Microsoft Office 2013 and a special version of Netflix included with the tablet. So in essence, upcoming Surface tablet seems to be a true productivity workhorse— at least on the surface (no pun intended folks).

Now while the upcoming Surface tablet certainly looks to be an interesting and perhaps attractive product, Microsoft is treading into dangerous territory. As RIM and certainly HP can attest, Google’s Android platform has a clear stranglehold of the tablet market share— something that both the Blackberry Playbook and HP’s TouchPad certainly couldn’t achieve during their brief lives. Consumers love seeing a new product, but expect reasonable value of what a product offers. The Surface tablet is going to debut at $499 for the 32GB entry-level model– which doesn’t even include the $130 Touch Cover keyboard/cover combo that’s necessary helpful for doing all that increased productivity like using Microsoft Office 2013, as Microsoft is hyping. As indicated by numerous studies, the number of iPad and Android tablets are growing at an astronomical pace. Oh and don’t forget– newer Android tablets are being released on a seemingly daily basis and the prices of the those tablets (and subsequent accessories) are becoming much more reasonable— if not lower overall. So considering Microsoft is certainly unproven, while Apple and more importantly— Android have a clear understanding of not just what consumers want, but what consumers actually need in a tablet— Microsoft doesn’t offer any compelling reason for why consumers should give their product a try. Microsoft’s Surface tablet is a painfully basic product that has a premium price won’t even put a dent in Android sales or overall market share.


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Contest: Win a Nexus 7 courtesy of Security Coverage and TalkAndroid [Updated With Winner]

We recently reviewed Password Genie Data Protection, which is a fantastic app for keeping all your accounts and password information safe. It’s one of the must have apps for every Android user. The makers of Password Genie, Security Coverage would like to reward one of our loyal readers with a brand new 8GB Nexus 7. Who’s going to argue with that? Just complete the following two steps to enter for a chance to win.

  1. Like Password Genie on Facebook.
  2. Head over to our forum post and tell us if you have ever been a victim of password theft (I know I have).

What could be simpler? You have until Thursday, October 18 at 11:59pm EST to complete the tasks at hand. On Friday, October 19 we will post the winner. If you are the lucky winner, you can expect an email to the account associated with your username. Good Luck.

Click here to enter

UPDATE

Congratulations to eureb who luckily never suffered from password theft. We hope enjoy your Nexus 7 and keep that trend going.

Thank you all for playing and look for another TalkAndroid contest soon.