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!
via: Android Police
Bad news for internet users in China; reports of an outage of Google services in China are beginning to flood in. Gmail, Maps, Play Music, and anything else Google related is being blocked for Chinese users. That’s a pretty far-reaching block, and it’s likely to start interfering with many people’s daily lives and work.
This is happening right as the 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress is taking place, which is essentially where new Chinese leaders are elected. The Chinese government reserves the right to block websites that don’t comply with Chinese media regulations. Google said back in 2010 that they wouldn’t comply to those regulations. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.
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.
Rage Consulting has released an update to their popular LED control app Light Flow bringing it up to to version 3.3.0. The new update adds support for LG Nexus 4 devices just in time for that device’s release. Along with the new handset support, Light Flow now supports several additional applications, most notable among them being GMail 4.2. For those not familiar with Light Flow, the app enables users to customize the LED notifications on your device. You can configure different colors for different notifications, set priorities, match these to sounds or vibrations, and establish sleep modes to help conserve battery life.
The app does have some specific hardware requirements, with HTC devices presenting the biggest challenges. If you are interested in Light Flow, grab the $2.49 app using one of the download links below or opt for the Lite version that is available for free.
Google Play Download Link
Virgin Mobile is poised to start offering the Samsung Galaxy S II this coming week. According to sources, Virgin will make the device available for $369.99 starting on Thursday, November 15th. The device will be available in titanium and white. Users can then opt for a $35 per month plan. Although the Galaxy S II is now a generation old, the device remains popular. As we saw last week, even Sprint is working on a refreshed version to make available. The Galaxy S II still a solid smartphone device and could be a good option for some users looking to upgrade even older devices.
Verizon’s Galaxy S III has seen no shortage of leaked software updates. Earlier this month we came across an unfinished build of Android 4.1 for the handset, though it contained several bugs that hindered the overall usability of the software.
Posted yesterday, the new leak manages to address a few issues which could potentially prove to be valuable for custom ROM developers. It remains unclear exactly what has been changed, but users are acknowledging its improved performance and stability. In fact, the poster of the leaked firmware says it very well could be the final OTA that is slated to arrive for Verizon customers later this year.
You can download the leaked ROM in both odexed and deodexed versions, as well as find instructions on how to install it at the source links below. If you’re the adventurous type, let us know what you think of the new firmware in the comments.
Source: Xda-Developers, (2)
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.
Hit the break for a duo of additional images.
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?
After the recent ruling in Apple’s favor on that infamous patent case, Samsung asked the court to investigate whether jury foreman Velvin Hogan had concealed information about previous legal situations that would provide basis for an anti-Samsung bias. Naturally, a bias like that could have had a significant impact on the jury’s ruling. Judge Lucy Koh issued a statement that she would be willing to to hear out Samsung’s claims on December 6th. In that statement, she said “the Court will consider the questions of whether the jury foreperson concealed information during voir dire [jury selection], whether any concealed information was material, and whether any concealment constituted misconduct. An assessment of such issues is intertwined with the question of whether and when Apple had a duty to disclose the circumstances and timing of its discovery of information about the foreperson.”
That’s important for several reasons. If Apple had learned that Hogan had concealed information, that would be a pretty serious hurdle to jump to uphold that ruling in Apple’s favor. If Samsung succeeds in putting casting enough doubt onto the jury, and can prove that it would’ve changed the outcome of the case, the entire lawsuit will get a retrial, which could possibly swing in Samsung’s favor. After being ordered to pay out over a billion dollars, I can imagine Samsung is really hoping this pans out.
source: The Verge
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