Various Galaxy Nexus Accessories Finally Arrive

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Even more Galaxy Nexus news, The folks over at MobileFun appear to have gotten their hands on a bunch of different docks and accessories for the Galaxy Nexus. These accessories include a car dock, HDMI dock, spare battery charger, and a pin dock. Hopefully these will be released in the U.S. for whenever the Nexus itself is released. Rather than go into detail, I will let the videos do most the talking. Hit the break below to check these accessories out.  » Read the rest

Shine Runner Hits Onto Android Market

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Vector Unit is at it again trying to give gamers an alternative experience to racing games. Fresh off their Riptide GP, Vector Unit has created Shine Runner. Shine Runner is a water-based racing game similar to Riptide GP– with a few (humorous) differences. Visually, the game is gorgeous as it has the same fluid gameplay and clean graphics found here as it was seen in Riptide GP. However, users will be able to race through the muddy waters of the backwoods bayou using a fanboat. You’ll be able to smash and crash through a destructible world filled with rickety swamp shacks, fishin’ boats, chicken coops, gators, and more. You essentially will race against other fanboats and literally hit anything that impedes your way– docks, chickens, etc. Oh there’s more for those of you who want to act on your secret inner criminal. You can buy and sell contraband goods like Moonshine and Tobacky, smuggling them from one colorful locale to the next in a race for maximum profit. Moonshine? Hitting chickens? Smuggling? Sounds like a tootin’ good time I reckon. You can find Shine Runner in the Android Market now for $1.99. Hit the break to see some screenshots, a nice clip, the Android Market link and QR code. » Read the rest

Rovio Addresses New Permissions In Angry Birds Seasons

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Tis the season to be… concerned? That’s how many people feel when a new update to Angry Bird Seasons arrived to the Market. Apparently included were new levels, a “Big Pig” and wait for it… wait for it– new permission requests! We’re not talking about the ‘prevent phone from sleeping’ permissions either. We’re talking about the game accessing phone states and SMS permissions. Now before everyone becomes skeptical and causes an uproar, Rovio has come out addressed users’ concerns: » Read the rest

Another Galaxy Nexus at the FCC Suggests AT&T Will Be Getting One of Their Own

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The Galaxy Nexus has been making a lot of news lately with various rumors and what not, and if you have missed out on any of the news that the Galaxy Nexus has been making, you can get your fill here. Well you can also add this article to the pile because it appears that the FCC has approved the GT-i9250T. That is, a Galaxy Nexus with 3G frequencies at 850MHz and 1900 MHz, which is what AT&T and other non-US carriers use. The GSM model that has already been imported is lacking T-Mobile 3G (AWS) 1700MHz frequency and given the possible merger, it appears AT&T is trying to cover all their bases.

While we knew that the Galaxy Nexus would be sported by multiple carriers, it appears that things are moving right along to make it an actual reality. Who knows, maybe AT&T will have theirs out by the time Verizon decides to launch theirs. Another question posed to you the readers, would you prefer an AT&T version or a Verizon version of the phone?

Update: While it was said that the 3G (AWS) 1700 MHz frequency was lacking it appears that it does work. Thanks to the readers, crazifyngers and Tenkely for the update.

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Amazon Kindle Fire is outselling the iPad at Bestbuy.com

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The Amazon Kindle Fire was released with high expectations. How could it not be one of the hottest items this Holiday season priced at $199.99? The real question is how well it will do against the iPad, everyone’s measuring stick. Unfortunately these two devices are completely different, but the Kindle Fire has the ability to get into more hands of mainstream Americans since it costs $300 less.

The results are starting to show as Best Buy is showing the Kindle Fire as the best selling tablet. Is this a shocker to anyone? It all comes down to price and with a name like Amazon the Kindle Fire will have continued success. Eventually Android will take over iOS for tablet market share, and the Kindle Fire will be one of the biggest contributing factors even though it’s not marketed as an Android device.

[via techcrunch]

Gingerbread now on the majority of Android phones

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It’s that time of the month again when Google reports what percentage of Android phones have what versions of Android running. Last month Gingerbread was sitting at 44% of all Android phones. For the 14-day period ending December 1, Gingerbread showed up on 50.6% of all Android phones.

So basically it took about one year to get on half of the Android phones. This is not good news folks. With Ice Cream Sandwich just released, does anyone want to take a guess on what percentage of devices will have ICS this time next year? I said it before, and I will say it again, if you want ICS and you’re not a hacker, don’t buy a device unless ICS is already on it. Promises of a month or two down the road don’t mean a thing these days.

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus gets LTE speed test and update to 4.1.0

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The saga of the Galaxy Nexus is starting to get real old. This isn’t as long as the DROID Bionic affair, but it’s starting to feel like it. Either way, it continues to dominate the news. We already reported that it hit the Verizon Cellebrite systems again, but the way Verizon is dragging their feet, you might be starting to wonder if the phone really exists. If you need proof, we now have video of a download speed test over Verizon’s 4G LTE. It hit 8667 kbps downloads and 2892 kbps uploads with only 2 bars of signal.

If you’re still clammoring for more Galaxy Nexus news, we can now tell you that the Verizon version received an update to 4.1.0, which includes an update to the radio and a new screensaver, which could be the one we showed you yesterday called Android Dreams.

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CyanogenMod Posts Update on CM 9 Progress

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Chomping at the bit for some Ice Cream Sandwich action brought to you by CM9? Then you’re in luck, sort of. The developers of CyanogenMod released an update to their blog showing progress for CM9. As they say things are “slowly starting to come together.” I think however, that given they got the source code a little over two weeks ago, they are moving along pretty well. They have a number of devices running CM9 and they are focusing on getting it on more devices.  OMAP4, MSM8660/7×30 and Exynos devices will most likely be the first ones ready for this ROM. Tablets are being shown some love too as both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Asus Transformer are in the “pipeline” early.

Older devices will be seeing CM 9 as well. As the blog put it:

“Our goal is to provide continued support to all CM7 devices back to the QSD8250 series of devices such as the Nexus One. I don’t want to make any promises at this time, but that is the plan.”

Bad news for those of you with the original Droid. CM9 will not be seen on your device. As the CyanogenMod puts it, “time to upgrade.” Given that the Android framework has had some major changes the CyanogenMod team has had trouble with compatibility with older proprietary camera and graphics drivers, but, they are pretty confident that they will be able to overcome these issues like they have in the past. The CM team has also created a solution to CM7‘s long spin-up time by adding new devices on-demand which saves bandwidth and avoids long start-up time.  » Read the rest

Galaxy Nexus shows up in Verizon Cellebrite system again, This time with the right name

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About two months ago, the Galaxy Nexus showed up in the Verizon Cellebrite system, but it was called the Nexus Prime. It has appeared again, this time with the same model number, SCH-i515, but now it’s called by its proper name, the Galaxy Nexus. What does any of this mean? Everyone will tell you that we are that much closer to a launch, but seriously, we saw it 2 months ago. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say that we have another 2 months to go.

For whatever reason, Verizon is really dragging this one out. Maybe its because of a software update or maybe its to sell more DROID RAZR’s, but we’re all praying that December 8 will be the date (or possibly December 11). Unfortunately until we get confirmation, the only thing any of this means is that it exists, nothing more.

[via phandroid]

Today’s Free Amazon App: Pool Bar HD

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Today’s free Amazon app, Pool Bar HD, is a pretty fun billiards game with lifelike gameplay and super realistic sounds. After downloading this game this morning I was pleasantly surprised to find that playing was quite fun and rather addicting. I guess it didn’t hurt that I cleaned the table in one run on my first attempt at playing the game on the easy level so for the second round I decided to play as expert.

Unlike the easy setting, expert mode was void of any visual aids to help in determine ball travel, where easy mode shows you a short travel line that your ball will follow, and articulates when you set up aim for your shot. With those aiming guides gone I had a much more difficult time and it made the game seem a bit more realistic. Speaking of realistic, the game has a few features that when used properly can emulate a real game of pool. At each shot you can chose to add spin to the cue ball by selecting where the cue will make contact. I had a hell of a time doing this successfully but I liken that to my lack of having any real life pool skills, those of you sharks out there may know exactly what to do. You can also really crank the ball or just give it a gentle tap depending on how fast you swipe your finger. Over all, the physics used in the game seem to be spot-on with the real deal. » Read the rest