Google Experience Launcher exclusive to the Nexus 5 for now

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For now, the Google Experience Launcher will remain available only on the Nexus 5. Google has told The Verge that its exclusivity could extend to last year’s Nexus 4, but for now they’re analyzing how users handle it on the newest Nexus device. Another possibility is for the Google Experience Launcher to be made available in the Play Store; however, that is likely far off as they would rather like to see devices get upgraded to the latest software version. So if you don’t have the Nexus 5, hang tight or see if there’s a KitKat ROM or leaked build available for your device. They’re showing up quite frequently. Hit the break for the full quote on what Google shared with The Verge.
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HTC rumored to only release a limited number of One Google Edition units for the general public

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So now that the HTC One Google Edition is very likely on the way, it’s only natural that HTC will be prepared to accommodate the presumably high demand and avoid various shipping problems by unleashing a boatload of Google Edition units, right? As Lee Corso would say, “not so fast my friends”— it appears that HTC will be releasing only a limited number of units for the general public. As indicated by an unknown Pocket-lint source, HTC will unleash “around 1 per cent of total sales of the device so far”— so if total sales are at 5,000,000+ units so far, then we should hypothetically expect something like 50,000 One Google Edition units available to the general public. If this is true, then there would almost certainly be some pandemonium for this specialized version of the device– which may or may not be a positive thing for HTC at this time.

Of course there is nothing totally concrete just yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see how everything plays out upon the device’s imminent release.

source: Pocket-lint

After much speculation, HTC may in fact release a “Sense-less” stock Android version of their HTC One

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Remember during Google IO when an HTC employee hinted at a “stock Google experience” HTC One in response to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Google Edition? Well, that seems to be inching closer and closer towards the truth as even more “tipsters” have confirmed such a device is indeed coming. Now before you write this out as just another rumor, keep in mind where this rumor comes from. Russel Holly from Geek.com first outed the Google Edition of the S4 the night before it was announced, and now he claims the same sources that gave him that information are now providing the same in regards to a “Sense-less” HTC One.

No actual date has been given, but he did say that one of the sources said the device should be announced in the next two weeks or so with a summer release. Of course, this is still a non-factual rumor so take it for what it is. The Sense software helps make the HTC One as great as it is in my opinion, thus I’m not sure if having a stock Android HTC One device would make it any better. Either way, having it out there as a choice is certainly a great thing and something plenty of people will be excited for.

What do you guys think of a Google Edition HTC One?

source: Geek

Samsung Galaxy S 4 with stock Android to launch only in US

google_edition_galaxy_s4Google has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with stock Android that was announced at last week’s I/O will launch only in the United States. Again, the phone that will run for $650 will come with a stock version of Android 4.2 with the bootloader unlocked, making it a perfect device for developers.

Google did not say that the phone will never be available overseas, just that it will initially be launched only in the US, so there is still hope for the “Google edition” fans around the world.

Source: CNET UK

 

Three flaws Google needs to fix to make stock Android even better

Our favorite little green robot has made a lot of progress over the last four years. From humble (and ugly) beginnings with Android 1.0 to the smooth and sleek styles of Jelly Bean 4.2, we have seen some tremendous growth and progress of our favorite mobile operating system. Google has worked hard at ironing out the kinks and improving the user interface with some exciting new features. The result has been a much smoother, better, faster, prettier operating system, but it has surprisingly left some simple yet important features out in the cold. Here are three features (or lack thereof) that I believe are major oversights in Google’s current OS.


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Motorola says stock Android is ‘the right thing,’ however balks on pure Android experience

One of the positives that many may have been looking forward to with Google’s acquisition of Motorola was the possibility of one of the newer Motorola devices running on stock Android software. However, the irony is that Google’s acquisition of Motorola shows no signs of releasing a stock Android experience. It seems like a no-brainer, right? A company that Google acquired – that happens to manufacture phones – will surely release a pure Android phone, right? Not so much.
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Google Developer Team Releases Android 4.1.2 Factory Images For The Nexus 7 Tablet & Galaxy Nexus Smartphone

 

Excellent news for unlocked Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 owners like myself who enjoy the pleasures of fiddling with those respective devices. The Google Development team has officially released the official Android 4.1.2 build JZO54K factory images for the unlocked Galaxy Nexus (“takju”) and the Nexus 7, respectively. This means that should you happen to take your general tomfoolery too far and create an “oopsies”, you’ll be able to restore the device back to normal as if nothing ever happened. And who wouldn’t want the ability to bring their device back to its original state?

Full details and links to the factory images are available once you hit the source link below.

source: Google Developers

Galaxy Nexus May Have A Notification Light And Ice Cream Sandwich Is Seeing Daily Updates

The Galaxy Nexus is still hanging out in Rumorville until next Tuesday, but the rumors will keep flying in until then. DroidLife seems to have a tipster of their own, and while the specs from earlier seem to have been debunked, we’ll take a look anyway. Their source says that the Galaxy Nexus will have a multi-colored notification light and it will be right smack in the middle of the lip on the bottom of the phone (this is OK since there will be no hard buttons down there). It’s also being reported that, while ICS is close to being unveiled, daily updates are still going out continuing to help ICS to run faster and faster every day which is going to lead to an awesome pure Android experience. I don’t believe the video leaked showing off ICS last week was fake, so if you missed it you can catch it right here. More awesome leaks to chew on until Tuesday are sure to keep coming so stay tuned!

[via droidlife]

Earlier Samsung Galaxy Nexus Specs Debunked?

Rumors on the Galaxy Nexus are sure to keep pumping along, and we’ve got some more for you. It seems GSMArena is reporting the specs leaked earlier today are incorrect. According to the tipster from inside Google, the new Nexus will in fact be shipping with Samsung’s own processor clocking in at 1.5GHz, which is probably an Exynos. There will also be a dual-core GPU from Imagination that may be the PowerVR SGX543MP2 which is the same GPU that’s in the iPad 2. Instead of the 5-MP camera that was reported earlier, the new report says it will have an 8-MP, full 1080p video recording with an improved sensor that wasn’t elaborated on. The battery should also be a 2050mAh instead of an 1,750mAh. This continues to keep sounding more and more amazing! Next Tuesday can’t come quick enough and Talk Android will be there live at the event so stay tuned! What do you all think of these rumors so far?

[via gsmarena]

Full specs for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus revealed, Verizon exclusive and more

Now that the Apple announcement is out of the way, we can concentrate on a really innovative device.  We’ve heard a lot about the specs of the Nexus Prime, but BRG just scooped the “real” specs before next Tuesday’s annoucement. It will be called the Galaxy Nexus as Nexus Prime is the codename.

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 9mm thin
  • 4.65-inch 1280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED HD with curved glass
  • TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 32GB of built-in storage
  • 5-megapixel camera on the back, 1.3-megapixel in the front
  • 1080p HD video capture support
  • LTE/HSPA depending on carrier
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • NFC
  • 1,750 mAh battery


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