Nexus Q Unboxing Video

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Here’s another quick unboxing video from Google I/O. This time we show you Google’s social streaming media player, the Nexus Q. This is a simple and elegant device that you connect to speakers or directly to your receiver and is controlled by any Android device running the Nexus Q app. The “social” part comes in when you have multiple people with the app adding their own Google Play music or videos to the queue in real time at a party or gathering. Everyone can take turns being the DJ.

The Nexus Q is available for purchase from the Play Store for $299 and ships in 2 to 3 weeks. Hit the break to watch us unpack this magical sphere of wonder.

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Google’s Andy Rubin and ASUS’ Jonney Shih talk about the Nexus 7

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All Things D had a chance to sit down with Google Senior Vice President of Mobile Andy Rubin and ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih to talk about the Nexus 7. From the beginning, the target was $200, and it had to be high-end as set by Google. There was one issue, they gave ASUS 4 months to make it.

The effort was known as “Project A-Team” inside ASUS and during two occasions they had to add another 20 people to the project. They obviously worked closely with Google which gave them a 24-hour development cycle.

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Nexus 7 models to hit UK mid- to late-July

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With the big announcement this week concerning release of the Google Nexus 7 tablet, many are asking, “when can I get one?” If you are in the UK, the answer is probably late July for the 16GB version and possibly as early as mid-July for the 8GB model. Reports indicate the 16GB version will be available to a variety of large retailers like PC World, Comet, Tesco, eBuyer, and Carphone Warehouse on July 20th. Those who pre-order and get special delivery may be able to get their hands on the Nexus 7 a few days earlier.

Pricing is approximately $247 USD for the 8GB model and $309 USD for the 16GB model.

source: Engadget

Ice Cream Sandwich Value Pack Update On The Way For LG Optimus Vu In Korea

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Sure LG has a Galaxy Note competitor that is a no-show out in the States and was supposed to release Ice Cream Sandwich a few weeks ago for the device, but at least it’s finally made good on its promise to deliver the latest necessary update in the form of a Value Pack… well for the device in Korea at least. The Value Pack update that’s currently on the way includes Android 4.0 along with improvements to its UI and productivity apps like its cool note taking software. There’s a nice video which highlights the exact features of the Value Pack, which you can find below, though if you don’t speak Korean, we’d recommend you brush up on it before trying to understand everything.

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Google Drive SDK version 2 released, Now supports mobile apps for both Android and iOS

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Google released a new API for Google Drive bringing it to version 2. It offers a simplified developer experience along with mobile app support for both Android and iOS. Mobile apps can now securely use the new API to read and write files directly to Google Drive. On the web users have the “Open with” option to view or edit, but now it comes to mobile phones and tablets in the same manner.

Drive apps for the web has new features too. Sharing is now available with the Drive sharing box that developers can add with a few lines of JavaScript. Users can also open Google document formats in any app that supports the many export formats. An example would be an app that faxes PDFs can now fax a Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation directly.

Last but not least they announced that new apps are coming. For example they are working on a mobile photo editor for cropping photos on your phone. Google Drive is still at its infancy so I’m excited to see what lies ahead.

source: google developers

Bluestacks App Player Is On Its Way To Mac Computers

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We’ve seen Bluestacks go from its subtle concept to a reality on PC computers. But what about those of us who happen to use Mac computers? And yes— many Android users do indeed use Mac computers, thank you very much. Well thankfully, the famed app player is finally making its way to Mac computers, albeit in a beta form. The software will be powered by Layercake Technology and will feature a nice bundle of apps from developer partners like HandyGames. CEO Rosen Sharma knows that the PC version of the App Play was easily a resounding success, but realizes its a significant deal being able to break through into Apple’s ecosystem as well— which would ultimately add to the program’s explosive growth.

There’s a developer sign-up page available now, so those of you developers out there interested in developing Mac-friendly apps will be able to finally go ahead and have your chance. But first, click on the break to check out the full press release from the company.

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Jelly Bean ROMs now available for GSM and Verizon Galaxy Nexus

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Yesterday the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update was available for download, but it was only for the Galaxy Nexus devices that were given away to attendees at Google I/O, which happens to be the takju GSM version. We knew the development community would be super fast and make it available to all and they delivered.

XDA developer bigxie posted the GSM version and all you have to do is download the ROM (below), wipe, and flash via ClockworkMod Recovery. He even posted a root fix with an updated radio that you can flash with ClockworkMOD. » Read the rest

Sprint To Launch Its 4G LTE Network In Select Markets On July 15th

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Those of you fortunate enough to own one of the few LTE-enabled devices on the NOW Network in select markets will now have something to look forward to in just a few weeks. Sprint has announced it will (finally) unleash true 4G speeds in the Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio markets on July 15th. In addition, it will launch an improved 3G network through its Network Vision program. While the rest of you outside of those markets are disappointed for now, cheer up— more markets will be announced for the additional 4G LTE rollout later in the year and Sprint also pledges the rollout process will be complete by the end of 2013.

Try to contain your excitement there HTC EVO 4G LTE owners. Hit the break to see the full presser from Sprint.

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Puddle THD now available for Tegra 3 devices on Google Play Store

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Earlier this month at E3, NVIDIA announced several upcoming games for Tegra 3 devices. One of the five games announced, Puddle THD, is now available in the Google Play Store. The game has been available on the Playstation and the Xbox Live Arcade.

Puddle THD makes use of the accelerometer to control the flow of liquids through a series of pipes, troughs, and other challenges. Initially, one has to control water, but as you move up in levels other liquids become available. Besides the obstacles presented by the mazes, each liquid possesses its own unique set of characteristics that force the user to account for friction, gravity and temperature. » Read the rest

Quick Unboxing of the Google I/O Nexus 7

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We just got done standing in a massive line of people to pick up our free swag from this year’s Google I/O conference. Needless to say it was well worth it. I am not sure if you heard already but every attendee at the conference received a free Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 tablet, and a Nexus Q. After we scored our new toys we went straight to the hotel to check them out and decided to film a quick unboxing in the process. As you will see in the video, the tablet that was given out today is a white-backed developer edition with 8GB of storage. The 8GB and 16GB Nexus 7 tablets that can be purchased right now from the Play Store come with black backs. If you ask me, I prefer black but you won’t hear me complain. Jump past the break to check out the full unboxing and if you missed it earlier, be sure to watch our quick hands-on taken shortly after the official Nexus 7 announcement at today’s keynote. » Read the rest