Samsung Denied Request to Lift Galaxy Nexus Ban; Software Update From Google Could be a Workaround

Despite Samsung’s best efforts, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will, at least for now, remain banned from any future sales. The Galaxy Nexus is already unavailable in the Google Play Store and is listed as “Coming Soon.” Judge Lucy Koh denied the Korean company’s motion to have the preliminary injunction overturned, which Apple was granted last week. All Apple needs to do now is post the $96 million bond and the injunction will be all set. Google and Samsung will now most likely go the same route that HTC did when Apple went after their One X and Evo4G LTE. A software update for the Galaxy Nexus will likely be made as a “work-around” to the patent that Apple claims Google and Samsung are infringing upon with the Galaxy Nexus.


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Verizon Galaxy S III Officially Available on July 10

We previously mentioned that you should expect the official launch of Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III to be on July 10th. Verizon has now made that official with their press release. Pricing is at $199.99 for the 16GB version, and $249.99 for the 32GB model. You should be expecting the same great internals (dual-core S4 Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 4.8-inch Super AMOLED) all on Verizon’s nationwide 4G LTE network.

Not much more can be said about the most hyped phone currently available, but you can always check out our review of the Galaxy S III to learn more about it! Any of you guys that didn’t pre-order the phone planning on heading to your local Verizon store on July 10th to pick this bad boy up? Here’s Verizon’s official press release after the break:


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Pre-order Google Nexus 7 in UK through Dixons group retailers

UK buyers waiting to place their pre-order for a Google Nexus 7 device can do so now through Dixons Retail group stores. These include PC World, Currys, and Dixons. All of the sites indicate they expect availability of the Nexus 7 to be July 19th. The only version available on the store sites is the 16GB model. It is unclear whether the 8GB model will be made available through retail outlets or whether the retailers just don’t anticipate enough demand for the storage deprived 8GB model. The shopping cart systems do not give buyers the option to pick-up in store and expedited shipping does not appear to be an available option, so it is unclear as to when buyers would actually have their hands on a Nexus 7.

source: androidcentral

Get full tablet UI on Google Nexus 7

While reading all the reviews and hands-on articles about the Google Nexus 7 revealed last week at Google I/O, readers may have noticed the device runs the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean phone interface. That seems to be an odd choice for Google to make and has prompted users to work on getting the tablet UI onto the device. XDA forum member SladeNoctis has figured out a relatively simple way to accomplish this task as outlined in the source link after the break.
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Google Maps U.K. Update Brings Indoor Maps To The Party

Google has finally granted Great Britain VIP access to its Google Indoor Maps treatment. This means Android users of all can enjoy the complete indoor maps of around 40 U.K. venues, which includes everything from art galleries to sporting venues to airports to give users an inside look of their buildings. The neat thing about the recent expansion to Great Britain is the fact building owners can upload their own maps by contacting an independent Google Trusted Photographer—- which should ultimately allow the feature/service grow immediately. Looks like folks in that part of the Commonwealth are about to have their lives just a little bit easier.

source: PCMag

 

Rooted Devices Can Now Enjoy Full Features Of Play Store, Regardless Of Location In The World

It’s no secret that Google’s Play Store is getting bigger and better— well for users in the U.S. that is. Those of us here Stateside have been able to enjoy different apps, games, books, music, movies, TV shows and of course our trusty mags— all in a cloud-based experience of course. However, those trying to use the awesome features outside of the U.S. are only held to the use of apps and games at this time. But you know that it was only a matter of time some crafty and ambitious individuals would jump in and make all those wonderful features available for all— regardless of where you are in the world. Thanks to XDA Senior member kishankpadiyar, users of Play Store worldwide will now be able to access all of the same wonderful features enjoyed here in the States— though users must have both a rooted device and Play Store version 3.7.11.

Jazzing up your personalized Play Store isn’t exactly rocket science for those of you who are a little concerned. You’ll need to install something called Market Enabler directly from the .apk and then install DROIDvpn from the Play Store. Hit the break in order to see the full instructions and source links.
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Nexus S 4G AOSP issues resolved, now fully supported

Readers may recall back in February when Google dropped full AOSP (Android Open Source Project) support for the Nexus S 4G model due to problems with CDMA files. Google indicated the .apk files for CDMA binary files from carriers required non-standard signing keys. As a result, Google was not able to provide support for these and dropped them from AOSP.

According to Jean-Baptiste Queru, Technical Lead for the AOSP, the issues have been resolved as indicated in the Google Groups post below:
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Madfinger’s Dead Trigger now Officially Available on Google Play [Video]

A couple of days ago we mentioned that Dead Trigger would be available on the Google Play store beginning July 2nd. Due to last minute bug fixes, the game was delayed by one day and is now officially available for purchase on the Google Play store for a very, very low price of $0.99. This is a steal for such a great game so grab it while the sale is still going on!

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III Pre-Order Deliveries Moved up to June 6th

If you pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S III from Verizon, you can check your order status to find out when your device is expected to ship and arrive at your doorstep. The shipping of this device has been delayed numerous times by Verizon, with most customers showing a ship a ship date of July 9th with others showing a day or two after. With the official launch date set to be on July 10th, it would be easy to assume that some customers would be a little put off if they’re receiving their pre-ordered device after the official launch.

Today, Verizon has informed some customers that they will ship their device as early as July 5th (this Thursday) with a delivery by the 6th. Sadly, there’s no news whether this pertains to every pre-order or just certain pre-orders. Either way, the earlier Verizon gets these devices in their customers hands, the better. Any of our readers have their Verizon Galaxy S III pre-ordered?


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[Deal] Radio Shack Wireless Offering Sprint’s Pebble Blue 16GB Galaxy SIII For $149.99

Considering the Samsung Galaxy S III is the most hyped phone currently out, who wouldn’t want to pick up this phone on a sweet deal right? Radio Shack has your back and is currently offering the Sprint Galaxy SIII (Pebble Blue, 16GB) for just $149.99 for those opening a new account or upgrading their current device. In case you haven’t read about the phones specs enough, the Galaxy S III sports a 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED display, Android 4.0.4 (with TouchWiz overlay), 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP FFC, and all powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. If the specs still aren’t convincing you about this device, then check out our review of the Galaxy S III!

If you’re a Sprint customer looking for an affordable super-phone upgrade, then this should be right up your alley. Any of our Sprint readers looking to take advantage of this deal? Hit up the source link!

source: Radio Shack