Google and Asus offering refunds to certain Nexus 7 owners who purchased before recent price drop to cover the difference

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Both Asus and Google have announced a price protection program for those that bought a Nexus 7 within a specific time frame, before the price drop. First up is Asus. They’re offering UK customers that bought the 16GB Nexus 7 directly from either Google or Asus a ₤25 refund for those who bought one before October 29th. You must register your device with Asus and also provide a proof of purchase. You must also do so by November 30th. Next is Google as they are offering a $50 refund towards your account for those in the U.S. that purchased the 16GB Nexus 7 on or after October 14th.

source:  The Verge

Nexus 10 Possibly Available At Walmart Prior To Nov. 13th Release? Sure Seems So

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It’s only a matter of days before customers and Android fanatics alike can order what will be the most coveted reference tablet in the game, but it appears that some lucky customers at an unspecified Walmart may be able to grab the tablet sooner than the rest of us. As seen in the screenshot above, a customer stumbled upon what appeared to be a placeholder tag for the Nexus 10 32GB tablet and more importantly— it actually appeared to be in stock! Sadly though, the photo was taken late in the evening and there were no store associates to verify if the in-stock listing was accurate or not. Still, you can’t help but be excited at the prospect of owning the coolest tablet available before all your friends do.

We’ll be sure to stay on top of this story and confirm its accuracy, but in the meantime— if you live near a Walmart and have some extra time and/or money, feel free to check out the store and see if they too have the tablet in stock. Oh and be sure to let us know of your findings if you do hear of anything.

source: Brief Mobile

 

Google’s Barra shares some amazing Photo Spheres

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Google’s Vice President for Android Product Management, Hugo Barra, shared some Photo Spheres from some of his friends today. The images come from Barra himself along with Evan Rapoport, Sascha Haeberling, Sacha Arnoud, and Lockey McGrath, all taken with the new LG Nexus 4. Locations are from around the world and include both inside and outside shots. » Read the rest

Google Shopper update packs new UI, other additions

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The Google Shopper application is receiving an update today which brings it up to version 3.0 and includes a host of changes. Most notably is the revamped user interface that resembles Google’s other apps. The main menu now contains categories you can browse from food to popular items at the moment. Another new feature is what Google calls ‘GoodGuide.’ This feature will allow buyers to make better buying decisions about the products they’re viewing, according to Google. If you already have the app installed, you can head to the Store to update. If not, you can grab the app from the link or code below.

Google Play Store Link

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Google+ Gets Updated To Bring Even More Functionality To Users

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One of the fastest growing social networks just got a nifty little update to its mobile app. The new update brings the app to various versions depending on your device, but brings some minor bug fixes and performance improvements in addition to the expanded ability to:

 

  • View, post and comment from mobile
  • Discover people and topics more easily using ‘Find people’
  • Access photos from posts with 1-click

 

Something else that’s definitely worth noting is the fact that most users will be able to take advantage of a new home screen widget re-design, giving even more flexibility to users. The update is available now in the Play Store so if you haven’t updated yet, be sure to hit the Play Store link or scan the QR code below.

 

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Google releases factory images for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S devices on Sprint and AT&T

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It has been a good week for hackers who want to experiment with their Android powered devices. Earlier this week Samsung released source code for several devices, like the Galaxy S III Mini, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note II, and their Galaxy Tab devices. Now it is Google’s turn to contribute a little something back with the posting of factory images for several Nexus devices. » Read the rest

[Deal] RadioShack offering 32GB Nexus 7 for $229 for a limited time only

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Still haven’t nabbed yourself Google’s Nexus 7 tablet? This may be an incentive for you to finally grab one. For a limited time, RadioShack is offering $20 off on one item that exceeds $125, in which the Nexus 7 does. Just enter in the coupon code “RMN20″ and you should be able to purchase it for $229 plus taxes.

Head on over to the source link, and don’t forget the coupon code! We don’t know how long this code lasts, so buy now if you’re interested.

source: RadioShack

Google leaks info hinting at upcoming Google Wallet Card

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More news this week about a physical card coming from Google to expand the functionality of the Google Wallet app. The latest leak was discovered on Google’s own web site in the help section for Google Wallet. On the page listing eligible devices, Google’s text indicated “Eligible devices for use with Google Wallet card” and then went on to note that any device running Android 2.3.3 or better could install the Google Wallet app to use with the new card. It appears Google has taken steps to scrub the page clean, but not before visitors were able to grab screenshots. » Read the rest

Should the Nexus 4 be considered a flagship phone with the lack of LTE?

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The Nexus is a name we have come to know and love amongst the Android community. It’s the one place where we can count on the latest hardware and software meeting in a completely open environment. Powered by a completely open Android playground of the latest software, Android geeks and aficionados would often choose devices from the Nexus brand purely for development purposes because of the openness.

Every Nexus has had its flaws: the Nexus One had pretty subpar battery life, the Nexus S was just plain boring, the Galaxy Nexus had a meh camera, and now the Nexus 4 has arguably the biggest flaw yet…

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Happy Birthday: Android and the Open Handset Alliance turns 5 today

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It was five years ago today that the Open Handset Alliance and Android was born. It sure has been an awesome ride. One that has resulted in around 1.3 million activations per day and 75% of the smartphone market share. There is still a lot more to go as the tablet market needs to be seized and don’t forget, we still have 16 more desserts to go for Android versions. So Happy Birthday Android and hit the break for the video that introduced Android to the world five years ago today. It features Nice Sears, co-founder of Android; Alex Rubin, Andy Rubin’s dog and team mascot; Steve Horowitz, Engineering Director, Dan Morrill, Developer Advocate; Peisun Wu, Engineering Project Manager; Erick Tseng, Product Manager; Iliyan Malchev, Engineer; Mike Cleron, Software Architect; Per Gustafsson, Interactive Graphic Designer; Brian Swetland, System Tech Lead; Tobias Anderson, Interaction Designer; and German Bauer, Experience Designer.

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