Verizon to Expand 4G Coverage Tomorrow, Will Now Cover up to 190 Markets

Last month we heard about Verizon’s plans to expand its LTE network even further. Until today, we didn’t know exactly which areas were going to receive coverage and many readers were hoping they would be next. If you are still without access to the nations largest 4G network, then you might want to pay attention to the following list. Today, Verizon issued a press release and says they are flipping the switch and expanding coverage on Thursday, Dec. 15th, in these locations:

New Markets

  • Dover, Del.
  • Lafayette, Ind.
  • Fitchburg/Leominster, Mass.
  • Duluth, the Rochester area and St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Manchester/Nashua, N.H.
  • Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Findlay/Tiffin and Youngstown/Warren, Ohio
  • Indiana, Pa

Expansions

  • San Diego and San Francisco
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Savannah, Ga.
  • Chicagoland, Ill.
  • Baltimore and Hagerstown, Md

At just over a year old, Verizon’s 4G network will reach up to 190 markets as of tomorrows expansion. Pretty good compared to the other carriers 4G coverage. Jump past the break if you want to read the full press release.
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It’s Officially Official: Galaxy Nexus Launches On Verizon Tomorrow December 15th For $299

We know what you’re thinking.  Damn! Finally!  And probably some other words we can’t officially type on the blog.  But here it is folks, finally made official by Verizon, the Galaxy Nexus will arrive tomorrow 12/15 and will go for $299 on contract with a new two year agreement.  You’ll be able to order the device online around 1am eastern and stores should be fully stocked already in the event you want to skip waiting for the device to arrive by mail.  Enjoy it all of you who waited so patiently and don’t forget to stay tuned to Talk Android as we get our review up of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich.  Feel free to use our comments section below to sing your Hallelujahs.

 Press release after the break  
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Google+ Update Now Includes Ability To “Go Live” In Hangouts, Shows Off Feature Using Galaxy Nexus

 Google+ continues to evolve as a social medium right on our mobile handsets. It seems like only yesterday we were given the ability to beat box with up to 9 of our friends. While it was cool knowing the app had the ability to join a Hangout from a mobile device, many of you loathed the fact it was impossible to actually create a Hangout– or “go live”.  Well friends, Google has heard your cries and the engineers have been developing a software update which should make everything all squared. With the update, users will now be able to start up a video chat Hangout from anytime, anywhere. The update is being finalized as we speak and should be available in the next few days in the Android Market. Oh and for those of you with friends who play for the other team, there’s a version for them too that’s currently in development. Everyone is certainly a winner today.

Google has a sweet ad with a Galaxy Nexus being the chosen device to showcase the new Hangout feature. Take a gander of the ad and enjoy a nice rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, why don’t you? Go on… you know you want to.

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Verizon gives us a Galaxy Nexus simulator, but where’s the real thing?

Still hoping that tomorrow will bring the release of the Galaxy Nexus? It’s not looking good since they made it clear there would be a press announcement, and as of right now there isn’t one. If you like to be teased than hit the source link and you can enjoy a virtual Galaxy Nexus compliments of Verizon. I can only imagine how many suits are at Verizon corporate right now laughing at all of us.

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Turbo Charge Productivity With “Personal”, A Private Personal Network And Data Vault (Video)

If it’s one thing I love the most about any smartphone, it’s the fact that they can highten your productivity ten-fold if you know how to use them.  That’s why I’m always on the look out for productivity applications whenever and wherever I can get them, hence the reason I’ve been scouring the 10 days of 10 cent apps deal on the Android Market. Among the many apps on my device, such as Quickoffice (one of my most favorite and frequently used applications), Google Docs, Evernote, Astro, Mobisle Notes and Business Calendar, “Personal” for Android will certainly be joining the ranks.  The application allows you to create and organize your own personal and private network & vault because lets face it, not everything was meant to be “social”.

“Personal enables individuals to own, control access to and benefit from their personal information bouncing around the digital world…The startup’s over-the-top ambition is to disrupt the online business model.”

The great thing about Personal is that you’re in total control of all of your digital content.  It’s been said that Economists call this a “life-management platform”.  The app further allows you to enter or import all kinds of data for you to use, disperse and share as you see fit with those you trust the most from the time you upload it and on.  Share personal bank acct info, lists, directions, passwords and business plans, to name a few, all while on the go.  There’s even an online UI for you to use while on a PC, laptop or Tablet.

Instantly grant select access to trusted friends, colleagues and companies – and turn off access with a click. Security and privacy are baked into Personal, and our revolutionary legal agreement makes you the true owner of your data. Make your life Personal.

Check out the video below detailing the app in its entirety and hit the break to check out some more screen shots and all the juicy features from the developer.  Feel free to let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.

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a-JAYS One+ Earphones Review

I wouldn’t call myself a sound buff, but every now and then a manufacturer ships me a speaker or a set of headphones to test out. Most of the time they don’t impress me, but I have to say the a-JAYS One+ earphones blew me away for the money. In an age where high end earphones/headphones can cost well over $100.00, these seem well worth the money at $30.00.

The packaging is really cool as them come in a black plastic elliptical-like container. In fact you might say it’s a little bit of an overkill because I’m sure it isn’t cheap.

Inside you will find the earphones and four additional silicone sleeves to properly fit your ear. The cable is flat which makes it a lot harder to tangle and it includes a one-button remote for various functions.


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Snomentum Review – Squash Eskimos and Villages in this new game!

 

Nothing says winter quite as well as rolling up a fat snowball and wreaking havoc. No snow? This app will give you your fix.

It’s called Snomentum. Players assume control of a rogue tiny snowball careening down a mountain. In doing so, it quickly grows in size, packing more and more snow as well as whatever else lies in its path, namely woodland creatures, unlucky eskimoes, and the occasional hovering penguin. There are of course obstacles on the path that if hit can slow you down and make your snowball smaller. The  bottom of the mountainside is unaware of the freezing force headed directly toward them. Your ability to build the biggest snowball possible will be measured based on how many houses you ultimately crush at the mountain’s base. This game currently holds a perfect 5 on the market and offers stunningly simple, clean, appealing graphics, comical sound effects and of course super fun and addictive game play. So what are you waiting for? Start squishing some Eskimos today, just $0.99.

Video, screenshots, and QR code after the break. 
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Samsung Mobile Brings Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Premium Flight Members on American Airlines

Good news for you premium travel folk who use American Airlines. They will be the first domestic airline to offer branded Galaxy Tab tablets onboard their aircraft, giving you access to a library of movies and entertainment inflight. These tablets will feature 10.1 inch screens and replace the current personal entertainment devices offered to American’s First and Business Class travelers. Right now a few flights will see this and they include flights between the following cities on 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft:

-  New York’s JFK and Los Angeles
- JFK and San Francisco
- Miami and San Francisco
- Miami and Los Angeles

International flights to and from Europe and South America with 767-300 aircraft, and transcontinental flights between Boston and Los Angeles with 757 aircraft will feature these devices as well. Rob Friedman, the American Airlines VP of Marketing was quoted to say: 
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Verizon Releases PR Statement on Galaxy Nexus Release Status

Well finally after a whole lot of silence after each targeted release date miss Verizon is speaking up about the Galaxy Nexus. In a short PR statement Verizon announced the following:

“The Galaxy Nexus is still on track to launch this year. We will definitely send a press release to announce availability. Feel free to visit www.verizonwireless.com/galaxynexus to sign up for email alerts to be one of the first to know.”

So with that being said, it appears that tomorrow’s rumored launch is not going to happen. Although it does say that the device is still on track for a release this year and that we will hear it straight from the horse’s mouth when it will happen. So even with the rumors of the Nexus launch flying about you can safely bet that it won’t happen until we hear it straight from Big Red. If you have missed out on any of the news regarding the Nexus you can read all about it right here. I don’t know about you guys though, but I am both saddened and relieved at Verizon’s statement.

New developments in Galaxy Nexus Builds – Yakju & Mysid are AOSP supported

Yesterday we posted an article concerning the discovery of alternative builds on GSM Galaxy Nexus Phones. Google’s own build for the Galaxy Nexus is named “yakju,” however some owners who were not receiving updates for their device discovered the problem lay in the fact that their phone sported a different fingerprint, “yakjuwx.” Android software engineer Jean-Baptise Queru, shed some light on the information, declaring that yakjuwx and yet another alternative build yakjusc are from Samsung, not Google. While the experience is largely the same between the versions, only Google’s yakju build is guranteed updates as they happen. Samsung will presumably distribute the updates to their modified build at unknown time intervals. Not having to wait on updates is one of the major draws of the Nexus brand, so it comes as no surprise that many, discovering they had the yakjuwx build, were a bit disappointed. Others, however, turned their gaze to the impending release of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. Would it be receiving updates through Google, Samsung, or shudder Verizon?

It appears that those of us waiting to purchase the Verizon version can all take a big sigh of relief today, as JBQ has chimed in once more on the situation. He writes,

After reviewing the situation, Google concluded that the only Galaxy Nexus that can be supported in AOSP are the ones that are originally sold with a “yakju” or “mysid” system.

yakju is one of the GSM/CDMA+ variants, while mysid is indeed the CDMA/LTE variant for VZW.

There you have it folks. Verizon Galaxy Nexus gets its updates through Google. Rest a little easier, until our next startling discovery…

[via Google Groups]