Best Buy Clears Up ‘Nexus Prime’ SNAFU

It looks like Best Buy is ready to man-up and take the blame for printing the wrong name for the Galaxy Nexus in their upcoming December Buyer’s Guide. Although many reported that Best Buy was in fact correct and that Verizon changed the US variant to ‘Nexus Prime’, we stuck to our guns and knew it was still to be named the Galaxy Nexus. This just goes to show that you can’t believe everything you read and some sites are more reputable than others. :-D

Now if Best Buy would only correct their online product page!

[via Android Central]


Today’s Free Amazon App, Tiki Golf 2, Puts a New ‘Spin’ on MiniGolf

Today’s free Amazon app is an alternative golf game called Tiki Golf 2 by Arb Studios. This game isn’t your average golf game and while I have not played the original, this seems to be a fun series of games. The goal is the same as regular golf, hit the ball a few times and hopefully make it in the hole, at or below par. You play on minigolf-like courses and have the ability to steer the ball once in flight, or should I say roll. It’s very seldom that you get your ball airborne unless you it hits a ramp or veers off course. Because of the mini-golf theme, you pretty much keep the ball on the ground no matter how hard you hit it, all the while steering through, over, and past obstacles.

The game offers 4 courses and over 72 holes, all different than the others. You start out as Tiki Bobby and are given the option to unlock specialized characters, clubs and balls throughout the game. 
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Retailer FAIL: Best Buy Accidentally Lists Galaxy Nexus As Nexus Prime On Website

Well this must be embarrassing for Best Buy. Someone must not care about the most anticipated Android of the year and carelessly gave it some other name. As you can clearly see, Best Buy has the Samsung Nexus Prime for sale for the great price of $299.99. That’s great and all, but we all know about the whole wrong name issue that’s happened before. Let’s see how long it takes before this slight snafu is cleared up.

[via Best Buy]

Verizon Shouts To The World They Are Selling The Galaxy Nexus With “No Customization”

A comparison chart has recently been released and it certainly will give you a chuckle or two. In the chart, there are five new or upcoming phones and their feature sets. If you look carefully at the User Interface section, you’ll notice the type of customizations for each phone. Under the Galaxy Nexus column, you’ll find there’s “No OEM Customization”. Well, duh. If there was some sort of TouchWiz customization, you can bet every Android fanatic would let their voices be heard about a pure Android phone having a custom UI courtesy of Big Red. This is certainly unusual for a mobile carrier to differentiate between whether there’s a custom skin or not in the UI. Moreover, this points out how few pure Android models there are in Big Red’s lineup. Still, you just can’t get enough of seeing those sweet, sweet features for that phone, right? We’re only days away gang. Mere days…

[via Droid Life]

GO Email Widget Provides Excellent Email Functionality Right From Your Home Screen

Finding an email widget that is both functional and good looking has become quite the challenge lately.  However, the Go Dev Team always seems to produce.  Check out GO Email Widget for Android and treat yourself to some serious functionality while on the go.  The application allows you to place an aesthetically pleasing 4 x 4 widget on your screen of choice giving you easy access to emails while on the fly.  Send and receive emails all from the comfort of your home screen.  There’s never a need to dive into the app itself.  The application works with most popular email types and allows quick configuration to get started.  You’ll need GO Launcher EX for this to work so be sure to grab it if you don’t have it already.

Available Size:
- 4×4

- Send/Receive emails
- Support POP3/IMAP
- Download/Send Attachment
- Change Themes

Ready for the download?  Hit the break where you can check out some more screen shots of the app and snag the download links as well.  There’s also a QR code for those who want it.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the app once you’ve installed it.  
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Make The Most Of That High Res Screen With Dusk Fireflies Wallpaper For Android

It doesn’t get more vibrant than this folks.  If you want a serene and slick looking Live Wallpaper, then Dusk Fireflies Wallpaper for Android needs to be installed on your daily device.  With screen resolutions going through the roof these days, you’ll certainly want to benefit from backgrounds like this.  With Dusk Fireflies Live Wallpaper you get to see simple and pleasant fireflies twinkling around your desktop reminding you on a tough day that everything’s going to be alright.  Head on over to the Android Market for the download and get started on this beautiful app by dev Movin’ Dotz.  If you find any issues, do your best to report the device you’re running this on so as to improve the application.

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Watch A Vibrant Vine Grow On Your Home Screen With “Green Vine Live Wallpaper” For Android

If you’ve been looking for a cool, vibrant and color contrasting Live Wallpaper, look no further.  You might want to give Green Vine Live Wallpaper a shot on your device and watch this vibrant vine grow on your home screen right before your very eyes.  When the vine grows enough, you can see blossoming flowers manifest for added effect.  Overall, we’re digging this simple yet colorful crisp Live Wallpaper and definitely recommend it to devices supporting Super AMOLED and Super AMOLED Plus.  We don’t think you’ll be disappointed.  Ready to give it a go?  Head on over to the Android Market for the download or check out the QR code we added below for convenience.  Feel free as always to leave a comment below letting us know what you think.  Hit the break for an extra screen shot and to snag the download links.  
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[Leak] Photos of the HTC Ville Emerge, Thinnest HTC Phone to Date

Remember the interesting HTC Ville we mentioned earlier this month? Well, a new image of the device popped up that appears to be an official rendering of the device showing its sexy brushed aluminium exterior and wrap-around display. If you ask me, this new picture looks a hell of a lot more promising than the generic one we reported on earlier.

According to Pocketnow, HTC’s upcoming little sexpot will measure in at just under 8mm thin and will run Android 4.0 and Sense 4.0 pushed by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor. Also expected is an 8MP camera with higher optics quality than found on HTC’s current feature phones and is capable of 1080p HD video capture. A few more specs include HSPA+ connectivity, Beats Audio integration, and a 1,650 mAh battery.

The name Ville is thought to be a codename so don’t get too attached. The device is expected to make a public appearance in mid-February at Mobile World Congress before beginning to ship in April. Stay tuned as we will let you know as soon as we hear more, this phone looks like it should generate quite a bit of a buzz.

[via pocketnow]




Samsung “Flashing” Galaxy Nexus to Fix Volume Issue, Distribution to Resume Next Week

Remember that nasty volume software bug the affected the Galaxy Nexus while operating in 2G and 900MHz bands? Well Google and Samsung had promised a fix in the near future and it looks like we finally get to see how the issue will be resolved.

According to the retailer Handtec, “Samsung Distribution is stating that units are currently being “flashed” to fix any issues – deliveries should commence in the week commencing 28th November.” The plan is to first fix all the devices that remain in stock so that retailers can continue to sell the device sometime next week. While this is all fine and dandy for the folks who have yet to pick up their new Galaxy Nexus; my only concern is when will the over-the-air update be pushed out to customers who already paid good money for the phone?

Are you one of the people who purchased a buggy Galaxy Nexus? Sound off in the comments below.

[via Droiddog]

GetJar to Add Update Notifications to Android Applications

GetJar just announced that they will be adding a new update notification feature that will allow developers the opportunity to reach out users to let them know when an app update is available. For example, say you have the Angry Birds Seasons app downloaded to your phone via GetJar, the developers can now push out a notification telling you that new levels or features are available for download. In addition, GetJar suggests using updates as an engagement tool so that developers can send friendly reminders about apps that users may have forgotten about.

Although still in beta, the new feature is currently being tested and should hit airways relatively soon. As far as user updates go, GetJar 3.5 began rolling out last week and it looks to be “stable and sustainable” according to GetJar. For further developer information hit the link below.

[via GetJar]