Nexus 4 gets its first taste of CM 10.1 nightly builds

Proud owner of a Nexus 4? Tired of waiting for Cyanogenmod? Good news! The CM team has rolled out their first nightly build based on Android 4.2. You’ll have to be rooted to install it, of course, and it’s important to remember that nightly builds may not always be perfectly stable, but it’s great to see the next generation of CM taking shape. Hit the download link below to get started.

source: Cyanogenmod

ZTE “Apache” Smartphone Rumored To Be In Development Featuring An 8-Core CPU


As ZTE quietly prepares for smartphone supremacy, it is working on new and cutting-edge devices that makes existing devices look well… outdated. Rumors have surfaced indicating a mysterious device codenamed “Apache” is currently in development and will have a chipset that other manufacturers won’t have (for now)– an 8-core CPU. That’s right folks— not a dual-core chip, not a quad-core chip, but an 8-core (octuple-core?) CPU unit. This chipset will be developed by Mediatek and have a ARM15 MT6599 chip with TSMC’s 28nm technology. The device will come fully loaded too as it will it will have a full 1080p, a 13MP camera and full WCDMA/4G LTE/TD-SCDMA support. This device is expected to be ready for the masses by sometime next year.

This sure sounds like the makings of a mighty attractive device, doesn’t it? We will wait and see if there’s any more information that surfaces about the device, but as of now— it’s looking like it should be the world’s fastest phone if it does hold its form. In the meantime, we’ll naturally hope that ZTE has learned from its competition regarding the whole “world’s fastest smartphone” claim and all.

source: Unwired View

[Deal] Grab The Samsung Galaxy Camera For $450, A $49 Savings


It’s the holiday season and I’m sure many of you may be in the market for a new camera, right? Well may have a reason for you to pull out the wallet and fork over the cash for a new camera— a solid one at that. It currently has the Samsung Galaxy Camera listed for a cool $450.00, which is a $49 savings off the original list price. What this deal gets you is a Exynos quad-core CPU powering the device, a 16.3MP resolution, 21x optical zoom, 23mm wide-angle lens and a 4G LTE radio— all powered by a buttery smooth Jelly Bean.

We’ll be sure to post our review of the Galaxy Camera in the coming days which should help you decide whether you should splurge on the deal or not.


Android 4.2.1 Update Now Ready For The (“Takju”) Galaxy Nexus


We’ve already seen the Android 4.2.1 update being pushed out to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10— but now the venerable Galaxy Nexus smartphone is starting to get some love too. Thanks some keen eyes, we now know the minor Android 4.2.1 update is now available for the takju variant of the Galaxy Nexus. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when the other variants of the Galaxy Nexus will see the update, but the hope is that it will be sooner than later… especially since the latest Android build is already in the open for all the tinkerers out there.

If you’re on the “takju” variant of the Galaxy Nexus, hit the download link below to grab the update and flash that sucker on your device today. All of you other G-Nex owners just sit tight and be patient for now— your update will be here before you know it.

Download: Android 4.2.1 for takju Galaxy Nexus

Canadian Samsung Galaxy S III to receive Android 4.1 update December 3rd

Anxious for that sweet taste of Jelly Bean? Well, if you’re rocking a Canadian Galaxy S III you’re in luck. Samsung Canada has announced via Twitter that an over-the-air update to Android 4.1.1 will begin rolling out next Monday, December 3rd. Despite the majority of American carriers still lagging behind in terms of firmware upgrades, this Canadian roll out could potentially serve as a good indicator that we may be seeing similar updates arrive south of the border on AT&T and Verizon in the near future.

Source: Samsung (Twitter)

Samsung’s Galaxy Axiom now available on US Cellular free on contract


Not too long ago we heard rumors of the Galaxy S III Mini hitting US Cellular as the Galaxy Axiom. If you were holding out for this phone, you’re in luck, as the Axiom is now available on US Cellular for an attractive $0.01 on a new contract or upgrade. The specs are in line with the rumors: 4 inch WVGA screen, 1.2 ghz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel camera, 1.3 megapixel front-camera, and ICS running TouchWiz on top. It also features 4G LTE radios, but only if you live in a supported US Cellular market. It also has Google Wallet out of the box, which is rare.

If you don’t want to spend much on a smartphone but want a small piece of Samsung’s flagship brand, the Axiom is a great choice.

source: US Cellular

Google Branded Touch Chromebook Rumored To Be Released Early 2013

The Chinese news organization, The Commercial Times is reporting Google will launch its own 12.85-inch touch notebook with Chrome OS in the first quarter of 2013. Yes, that said TOUCH. The news agency says Compal Electronics and Wintek are already working on OEM and touch panel production. The screen will reportedly combine the touch sensor and glass via a process called optical lamination which allows for a much thinner device. New iMacs and some smartphones also use this process to achieve razor thin form factors.

Since Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility there has been a great deal of speculation regarding when Google would produce its own hardware. That speculation along with comments from former CEO Eric Schmidt about Google’s desire to be in the hardware business and you get a sense this might be the beginning of Google hardware. A touch chromebook would certainly place Google in a position to compete with Microsoft’s Surface and maybe even go after Apple’s iMac market.

Source: The Commercial Times
Via: The Next Web


After stops on Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 devices, Android 4.2.1 lands in AOSP

Android 4.2.1 Update

Over the course of the past day, we have seen Google start to rollout an Android update, first to Nexus 10 devices, then to Nexus 4 devices, and most recently to Nexus 7 devices. The OTA update to version 4.2.1 is probably still in the process of propagating to all device owners. In the meantime, the source code has landed in the Android Open Source Project according to Technical Lead Jean-Baptiste M. Queru. Factory images for devices are expected to be available in a few days according to Queru.

The update is small, but packs an important fix in correcting the missing month of December. According to sources, the update also includes support for HID gamepad/joystick devices and some improvements to handling of vibration notifications.

source: Android Building Google Group

Ordering a Nexus 4 appears possible right now

About 4 hours ago the Nexus 4 went on sale, and things appeared to be no different than two weeks ago. It was nothing but adding it to your cart with the inability to get anywhere further than seeing it in your cart. After about an hour Google announced, “Google Play is currently experiencing very high traffic, Nexus 4 is not sold out and will still be available for purchase.” At that point I walked away with disbelief, and few minutes ago I went back to my computer and I was able to purchase one on the first try. Thinking I was just lucky, I just tried again right now and I was able to get to the Google Wallet page again. Things seem to be calm at the moment so if you threw your computer down in frustration a few hours ago, go back and pick it back up and click add to cart. Your dreams could finally be answered. There’s one issue though as Google is now saying 6 to 7 weeks for delivery, which means you probably won’t see it in 2012. It’s possible that Google is kind of using this ordering system as a means to “pre-order” to appease everyone, and they really don’t know when they will fill it. Let us know if you landed one today.