Samsung Mobile is offering a free extended battery with the purchase and 2-year activation of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus (SCH-i515). Trust me, if you’re in the market for the Verizon version, you’re going to want to utilize this deal. The regular battery just doesn’t cut it, and as we’ve mentioned before, the extended battery doesn’t add much of any bulk. The extended battery is regularly priced at $49.99, and Verizon has been offering is for $24.99 for a while, but Free is much better. Hit the source link to get started.
source: samsung direct
The FCC has just approved the Samsung Galaxy 2 (10.1), bringing it closer to release. This model is the version that supports HSPA+ on bands II and V, meaning it’s compatible with AT&T, though no official U.S. release has been announced yet. The FCC also tested and approved the Galaxy Tab 2′s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios.
Who’s looking forward to this one?
In an interview with the New York Times, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is quoted as saying, “We took out $150 in build materials, things like expensive memory. At $199, you can just about buy a tablet at a 7-Eleven.” The discussion centered around the possibility of a quad-core Tegra 3-powered tablet at the magic $199 price point by this coming summer.
Rumors of an ASUS-built 7-inch Tegra 3 Google Nexus tablet have been making the rounds, as well as the rumor of the cancellation of said tablet in favor of a cheaper non-Tegra 3 version. In any case, Huang seems pretty confident that a $199 Tegra 3 tablet will be possible very soon. Whether it’s with ASUS or another manufacturer, and whether it will be a Nexus tablet or not, only time will tell.
The Kindle Fire‘s success makes this price point very desirable, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see multiple 7-inchers around that price. If it’s possible to get there with a quad-core Tegra 3 on board, all the better.
Would a $199 quad-core Android tablet interest you? Would it be more interesting as a Nexus tablet? Let us know in the comments.
source: new york times
Google’s official blog just posted some interesting facts about Google Maps Navigation. So far, it has provided 50 billion kilometers of turn-by-turn directions. To put that in perspective that’s the same as:
- 31,068,559,611.866 miles
- 130,000 trips to the moon
- 334 trips to the sun
- 10 trips to Neptune
- 0.005 light years
Yup, that’s a lot of directions. Seemingly in celebration of this milestone, Google has updated Google Maps with some cool new features. Details after the break.
As you read a little while ago, Android 4.0.4 is being pushed out to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), but the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is left in the dark. We have some good news as Birdman created a stock ROM based on the recent 4.0.4 AOSP build that was just released, and has been specially configured for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Birdman does note “that the kernel source isn’t getting its 4.0.4 push till later this week. Still – this is 4.0.4 (and 4.0.3 kernels should work on it anyways).” You will also need to get the newest Google apps package and in order to remain rooted you must flash the superuser fix .zip to keep the Superuser app in check. And as always, be sure to complete a Nandroid backup before flashing just in case anything goes awry. If you are ready to get your early 4.0.4 on, head over to the source link and give it a try. For those who do check it out, be a pal and let us know how she runs!
It’s a big day for Android fans as Jean-Baptiste Queru (JBQ) has recently announced that Android 4.0.4 is currently being pushed to the Android Open Source Project. According to JBQ, this newest version of Android is full of many goodies, with “a few hundred changes over 4.0.3″ and is the same update that was pushed to the Motorola XOOM tablet recently. One thing to keep in mind, though, as mentioned in Google’s previous statement regarding CDMA devices, “files related to CDMA devices have not been tested in the context of AOSP.” Yes this means that your Verizon Galaxy Nexus won’t see the update as soon as some of the other vanilla Android devices. As JBQ puts it, “I do not know the schedule for deployment to consumer devices, especially in situations that involve additional per-operator customizations done by the device manufacturers and/or in situations that require operator approval prior to deployment”. This could end up being that 4.0.5 update tipper for early April and the VZW Galaxy Nexus could skip 4.0.4 altogether.
One of the biggest strengths of Android is the near endless customisation available to the user. Don’t like the stock set-up out of the box, go ahead and change it. The stock Android browser has always been extremely capable and the Ice cream Sandwich browser is one of the smoothest and fastest in the market. Mozilla’s Firefox has been steadily improving since its lacklustre arrival on Android. Google really upped the ante in the browser wars when they released the fabulous Chrome for mobile on Android ICS devices and today it’s Opera’s turn to show its hand.
The latest release offers a number of performance and usability enhancements as well as a new take on Opera’s ‘speed dial’ feature which it believes to be more efficient than the standard bookmark approach that most browsers use. Perhaps the biggest Unique Selling Point for Opera’s mobile browser is the claim that the advanced compression techniques on-board reduce the amount of data required to load a webpage by up to 90%, a huge benefit for users without unlimited data plans.
Hit the link below to try it for yourself. Be sure to let us know how it compares to your everyday browser of choice in the comments.
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Looks as though the CyanogenMod team has been busy lately! Earlier today we reported that the CM9 ICS ROM is getting under way for the HTC Sensation and now we see that CM9 nightlies are available for a couple of LG handsets. Lucky for you if you own a rooted LG Optimus LTE (GSM) or LG Nitro HD, because you can now officially board the nightly train to CM9-ville. If you own either of these devices and aren’t rooted yet, this would be a great time to look into it as the CM9 ROM is top-notch ICS in action. For those who don’t know about nightlies, these are early builds and will most likely have a few bugs here and there and will require you to reflash daily to stay up to date with the ongoing changelog. If you are gung-ho for this type of stuff, don’t hesitate to jump straight to the source link below, and for those who decide to give it a whirl, do us a favor and let us know in the comments how it goes!
Okay Android boys and girls, it looks like we have some more leaked info that we’ll tack up on our rumor board. A few days ago we reported that an anonymous user had taken a photo of the supposed GT-i9300, otherwise rumored to be the model number for the highly anticipated Galaxy S III. According to another tipster, the GT-i9300 will be released to the public in mid-May. Unfortunately it won’t be the GS III, but you didn’t expect it was going to be did you? Apparently the name or code-name of the the phone that is scheduled to ship out is listed as the Samsung Galaxy M. Now if you all recall back in August, Samsung had announced a new naming method for their future smartphones and the letter “M” is meant to be for “magical” (mid-tier) devices. So this is not the GS III that fans everywhere are yearning for. One thing is for certain, mid-May is only a month and a half away so we will find out more about the real GS III soon enough.
source: GSM Arena
Another day, another batch of Galaxy series names filed for trademark by Samsung. Earlier this month we told you that Samsung had filed for trademarks on Galaxy Thunder, Galaxy Express and Galaxy Accelerate. We haven’t actually seen any phones using these names hit the market yet however you can now add Galaxy Grand, Galaxy Premier and Galaxy Next into the mix too.
In the past Samsung has used these titles for carrier branded variations of flagship devices like the Galaxy S and Galaxy SII, we’ve also seen previous names attached to the budget Galaxy devices so it’s anyone’s guess as to what devices these new names will end up attached to.
It seems that Samsung’s marketing team is steadily working through the alphabet. Think you could do a better job? Leave us your suggestions in the comments below!
source : uspto
via : pocketnow