There is no question that the Nexus 4 is the hottest Android device right now, but how many did they sell? Since the wait times have been so long, the assumption is there could be millions in play or was it just the fact that LG and Google went too conservative in their estimates? Well you certainly aren’t going to get this information from Google so the only thing left to do is a little sleuthing. No problem since Android has the biggest enthusiasts around. Nexus 4 owners took their IMEI numbers and backtracked the production number of their devices by adding it to the end of an LG mobile link (see below). The site returns the IMEI followed by a long string of characters. Hit the break to interpret the results.
Google head honcho Eric Schmidt is all set for for a visit to North Korea as part of a goodwill mission with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. While the country is identified as a potential hotspot oozing with technological and academic talent, North Korea country is mainly known for its almost militaristic-style government and a country with restrictive internet policies. For now, North Koreans currently has access to a built-in intranet, though access to outside content through the internet is currently not available. While Google is not likely to launch a business venture in North Korea, it is likely that the country is interested in Google specialties as email, maps and products and services. But then again, there is the potential that Google may push for North Korea to embrace access to the World Wide Web: Schmidt is no doubt a supporter for granting internet access for any and all people in the world and also believes “the Internet and mobile technology have the power to lift people out of poverty and political oppression”. It’s also possible that we may see the overall expansion of Android into the country as well.
Regardless of what it is that comes out of this meeting, it should be something that should progress the isolated country. We’ll know what happens soon enough as Schmidt and Richardson are due to arrive to North Korea possibly as early as this month.
source: Associated Press
If you’re still dying to grab the Nexus 4 but were unable to due to the influx of orders that crammed Google Play, then you may be in luck as T-Mobile is planning on carrying the device on every store starting this month. Thanks to an image obtained by TMONEWS, we should expect every T-Mobile store to carry the device, presumably for the same $200 on contract price tag.
Will this finally be your chance to nab the elusive device?
Those of you who are still patiently waiting for your Nexus 4 smartphone to arrive are officially in luck and will get the phone just in time for the start of the new year. According to various reports, Google has gone ahead and shipped out a new batch of smartphones to anxiously waiting customers. As good as the news is– both the 8GB and 16GB are still listed as sold out on the Play Store. This will no doubt make many Android fans continue to be peeved at Google for its Nexus 4 availability miscues. And of course, there are still no bumper cases available on the Play Store as of this writing as well. Still— you gotta hand it to Google for trying to do its best at least— one shipment at a time.
source: Android Central
Just before Christmas, Google released an update to their Google Music app to incorporate the heavily requested “scan and match” function. Scan and match is a process for users uploading music to the cloud to help save bandwidth. Instead of actually uploading a music file to the Google cloud servers, the scan and match function will examine the music file being uploaded and if it can match the music, it will just copy over the song from Google’s catalog to the cloud drive. Unfortunately, it looks like Google users may be heading down a path already trodden by Apple users as Google appears to only copy over a “clean” version of songs that include explicit lyrics. » Read the rest
Google Talk is one of the most popular video chat clients for Android and shares some tight integration with Google’s own Gmail clients for communication. Many people even use Gmail as a pseudo-phone replacement. According to Google’s own blog, it looks like they’ll continue to push that calling feature set by letting you make free calls to the US and Canada throughout 2013. There’s no Android app for this yet, but hopefully this is a sign that Google’s willing to push to make that happen.
source: Gmail Blog
The source we cited a couple weeks ago indicating the Nexus 10 Pogo charger would be available within 10 days on Amazon and eBay came close to being accurate. A magnetic charger from MagNector has not turned up on Amazon yet, but it has made an appearance today on eBay for only $19.99. The seller indicates units will ship from Korea starting December 28th for the four foot long power-charging only cable.
A few days ago Google announced that it was selling the set-top box division of Motorola to ARRIS for a combined stock and cash price of $2.35 billion. This event has triggered a look back at the original purchase of Motorola by Google for a publicized price of $12.5 billion by the folks over at Forbes. According to their analysts, two items of value can be backed out of the original purchase price. » Read the rest
The Nexus Google+ account posted four “Happy Holiday Cards” for you to share or dowload. You can share the post with your friends or download the full high-resolution files as wallpapers for your phone, tablet, or desktop. Hit the source link for the original post and to grab the full size images.
Sure I am a fan of Google and Android, but putting that aside, Google puts together some of the best promo videos. Today’s Happy Holidays video from team Android is another one to throw into the mix. This one is set at Google headquarters during a holiday party when one employee notices a lonely bugdroid. He sets up various Nexus devices around him showing a Christmas tree, a snowfall, and a fireplace, along with a little holiday music. All of this sets the stage for a magical ending. Hit the break to see it for yourself.