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Whenever Apple releases a new iOS version, most who own an iPhone have the benefit of being able to upgrade. It's one of the biggest advantages of going Apple, while the opposite can sometimes be said about Android. Would you believe that despite having been released last October, Ice Cream Sandwich still isn't the dominant Android version? It gets even worse. The most popular Android version during all of 2012 is Gingerbread, also known as 2.3, released in December 2010. To say this is a bit disheartening as an Android fan isn't a stretch. While I sit here waiting impatiently for a Jelly Bean update to my gear, most are forced to stick with an OS, that quite honestly, began to show its age long... Read more...
Traditionally, the Nexus family of devices has been among the first to receive updates to the latest and greatest new versions of Android. The Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S 4G from Sprint are no exception to this. As of yesterday, Sprint and Google began rolling out an over the air update to Android 4.1.1, otherwise known as Jelly Bean. If your phone hasn’t received the update yet, you can attempt to update the software manually using the System Updates Feature found on the About screen of your phone. According to a posting on Sprint's forums, if your Nexus S hasn't received the prompt to Install Now or Install Later, checking for an update manually may not get you anywhere, however. Sprint... Read more...
Rumor has it Samsung is working on a next generation smartphone device codenamed "Superior" (GT-I9260) that will serve as the successor the Galaxy Nexus. It's hard not to build up expectations with such a confident codename, but will it really blow everything else out of the water? Not exactly. The Superior smartphone is said to feature a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD touchscreen, 1.5GHz dual-core A9 processor, 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.9MP front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, and an SD card slot. It's essentially a Galaxy Nexus device with a few upgrades across the board. If you recall, the Galaxy Nexus boasts the same size screen (sans HD), a slower clocked version of the same processor... Read more...
There have been plenty of legal disputes between Apple and Samsung, one of which recently affected the Galaxy Nexus. At the end of last month, a U.S. District Judge in San Jose ruled the Galaxy Nexus infringed on some of Apple's patents. As a result of this ruling, the Galaxy Nexus was banned from being sold in the U.S.   This particular dispute between Apple, Google, and Samsung involves the Quick Search Box on the Galaxy Nexus. This feature lets users search both the phone's memory and the web to find information. Apple currently has a patent for a "universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system." In order to resolve the issue, Google plans to issue a software update... Read more...
Google may not have made any official announcements per say, but the company let it slip that the Galaxy Nexus will be the first smartphone to receive an update to Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean. If you look closely at the Google Play product screenshot below, you'll notice it says, "soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jell…" Image Credit: Droid Life The fact that the text says "phone" and not "device" makes us wonder if Google's rumored Nexus 7 tablet could be the first device to receive Android 4.1. Google's I/O conference begins next week, so it's likely we'll know more about the rumored tablet as well as which OS it will be running very soon. In the meantime, Google hasn't confirmed... Read more...
Google just announced a new Devices section for its Google Play web store. With this new section comes the ability to buy the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ directly from Google. That's right, folks, if you've been waiting to get your hands on this smartphone, you can quickly and easily pick one up directly from Google rather than importing it from overseas. The 16GB version of the smartphone sells for $399 and is completely contract free and unlocked. With its HSPA+ radio, the phone will work with T-Mobile and AT&T's networks here in the U.S. Galaxy Nexus now on sale in Google Play We started shipping Nexus phones more than two years ago to give you a pure Google experience and access to the latest... Read more...
Sprint customers who have been waiting for Android 4.0 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus won't have to wait any longer. The phone is currently available for $199.99 with a two-year contract. As you may recall, the Galaxy Nexus features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich along with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED contour display, and dual cameras for video chat. Sprint's Galaxy Nexus is also among the first 4G LTE devices from the wireless carrier. Even though the Galaxy Nexus supports 4G LTE, Sprint customers will have to wait a bit before they can use this connectivity. Sprint intends to offer 4G LTE service in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio... Read more...
Sprint's 4G LTE momentum continues with the upcoming availability of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The Galaxy Nexus arrives at Sprint on April 22, 2012 (this Sunday) for $200 with a two-year service contract and qualifying data plan, but if you're feeling froggy, you can jump on a pre-order straight away. "Galaxy Nexus is a beautifully designed smartphone that combines the Pure Google experience with the speed of Sprint’s upcoming 4G LTE network," said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. "It represents the cutting-edge features and applications that customers expect and pairs perfectly with Sprint’s unlimited data... Read more...
Well, this just got even more interesting. Last October, it was reported that Samsung's Galaxy Nexus was designed to be "Apple-proof." Basically, it was engineered specifically to step outside of those bounds that has drawn fire from Apple's legal team. Guess they missed the market. Apple has just upped the ante in the Apple vs. Samsung spat by asking a federal court in California to bar Samsung from selling the Galaxy Nexus (also known as the planet's first Android 4.0 smartphone) in the U.S., saying that four patent violations are to blame. Among those are violations that include voice-command search, likely too similar to Siri for Apple's comfort. The suit reportedly shows Apple blaming the... Read more...
Sprint users who have been anxious to get their hands on Ice Cream Sandwich and LTE connectivity may not have to wait much longer. Google's official Galaxy Nexus website now offers a registration section for anyone on Sprint's network who wants to know when this hot smartphone is officially available for sale. Although no release date has been announced, the fact that the sign-up page is now available gives us some hope the phone could be coming sooner rather than later. The pre-release version of the Galaxy Nexus for Sprint that was shown off at CES this year held true to its Google roots and featured access to Google Wallet and didn't have any bloatware. We see no reason this would change.... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss AMD's hot new Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, HotHardware's Liquid Cooler Line-up with products from Intel, Corsair, and MainGear, the Lenovo IdeaPad U400 Notebook, and hints of our next sweepstakes where you could win some sweet gear! Show Notes: 01:10 - AMD Radeon HD 7970: 28nm Tahiti GPU Review 05:24 - Samsung Galaxy Nexus with ICS Smartphone Review 12:20 - Liquid Cooler Lineup: Intel, Corsair, MainGear Tested 17:01 - Lenovo IdeaPad U400 Notebook Review 22:31 - “Tablets of the Season” Winners announced, hints at upcoming contest... Read more...
If you've been paying attention to Android smartphones lately, you know there's one device that people have been talking about and eagerly anticipating for a few months now. That phone is the Galaxy Nexus. The reason this phone is so hot is because it is the first smartphone in the US to run Android 4.0, better known perhaps as Ice Cream Sandwich. As the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich is designed to offer a single Android platform that will run on both smartphones and tablets. There's another key feature about the Galaxy Nexus: It doesn’t have a lot of customizations or UI tweaks from either Samsung (the phone's manufacturer) or Verizon Wireless (who has the exclusive rights... Read more...
If you've been paying attention to Android smartphones lately, you know there's one device that people have been talking about and eagerly anticipating for a few months now. That phone is the Galaxy Nexus. The reason this phone is so hot is because it is the first smartphone in the US to run Android 4.0, better known perhaps as Ice Cream Sandwich. As the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich is designed to offer a single Android platform that will run on both smartphones and tablets. Prior to Android 4.0, users would have one version of Android running on their smartphones and another running on their tablets. Although this may not be a huge issue for some users, it can cause issues... Read more...
Not all that glitters is gold, right? Maybe not. Verizon Wireless' biggest phone launch of the year already has a problem: a signal strength problem. That was confirmed today through the wireless operator's "Support" account on Twitter, which noted the following: "The signal strength issue is currently being investigated. We don't have an ETA, but a software update is being developed." What's somewhat unusual about this is that there has been no huge outcry from users concerning the issue. Of course, VZW may be acting proactively before that outcry occurs. Either way, at least you now know that the Galaxy Nexus you pre-ordered will have a fix coming soon, but hopefully you'll be one of the few... Read more...
Looking for a new handset? Guess what -- you've got a new option! Verizon Wireless is introducing their own version of the Galaxy Nexus, an LTE-enabled build of Samsung's mega-smartphone. Users in the US can buy one today, for $299 on a 2-year contract. It's the first Android 4.0 phone, with a 4.65” Contour Display with a true high definition (720p) resolution HD Super AMOLED screen. Galaxy Nexus also features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. So, you buying in? This kid is:... Read more...
What's this? Yep, the back-and-forth surrounding the Galaxy Nexus continues, and unfortunately, it looks like the roller coaster is heading toward a dip, not a climb. While there's no doubt in anyone's mind that a 4G LTE-enabled Galaxy Nexus is en route for Verizon Wireless, we've received reason to believe that it won't be launching on 12/9, as previously assumed. It's tough to say what the hold-up is. Verizon has long pushed the DROID franchise, and they're certainly doing all they can to manuver the DROID RAZR as the flagship phone for the holidays, despite overwhelming buzz and demand for an LTE-equipped version of the Galaxy Nexus. Nevertheless, the internal note below makes it quite clear... Read more...
Yesterday, we told you about the HOT new upcoming DROID smartphone, the Droid 4. Now, new details are surfacing that suggest this new phone (which hasn't even been formally announced) could be available as early as next week. According to Droid-Life, the DROID 4 could make its debut on December 8. Another HOT new smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus, is also said to be launching on the 8th. Coincidentally, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is also pegged for a release on the same day. As you may recall, the DROID 4 has similar specifications as the recently released Droid RAZR. Key differences include a slide-out keyboard and slightly smaller 4-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display on the DROID 4. Although... Read more...
A Verizon Wireless ad for the Galaxy Nexus has appeared in various locations around the web. This ad suggests the Galaxy Nexus, which will be the first phone to feature Android 4.0, could be available for $199.99, which is $100 less than some of Verizon Wireless’ other high-end smartphones. After clicking on the Learn More button, users are taken to a promotional page for Verizon Wireless that does not list the Galaxy Nexus. It’s hard to say if this price on the ad is a long-time deal or if it will be a special holiday promotion. The ad does appear to be legit however, since it’s appeared at various sites around the web. The ads are run by NetShelter, a premium advertising network... Read more...
We all knew Samsung wouldn't introduce an LTE-enabled Galaxy Nexus last week without having a Verizon Wireless SIM card up their sleeve, right? Just a few days later than expected, VZW has announced that they will indeed be a carrier for the Galaxy Nexus -- making them the first carrier in the States to fess up. A few UK carriers as well as NTT DoCoMo in Japan have fessed up as well, but this is the first confirmed LTE model thus far. Aside from announcing that they'll get it, not much else is clear. It'll ship with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and will be "available later this year in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com." That's about as vague as... Read more...
Last week, we told you that Google and Samsung were postponing an event out of respect for Steve Job's recent passing. Now, the two companies are ready to reschedule this event. On October 19, Samsung and Google are expected to reveal the Nexus Prime smartphone and Google's latest version of Android known as Ice Cream Sandwich. The October 19 event will take place in Hong Kong. Samsung said it plans to reveal a new smartphone that will run on the latest version of Android at the event. Although Samsung didn't disclose the name of the phone, the company released the following statement, "We are unpacking our new Android phone in concurrence with Google." The Google/Samsung Hong Kong event is scheduled... Read more...
Yesterday, we told you about the Nexus Prime, a hot new smartphone that was expected to be unveiled next week. Now, we're getting word that Google and Samsung may be delaying the arrival of this highly-anticipated smartphone. In a statement released today, the two companies said they won't be showing off the Nexus Prime at the Samsung Unpacked event next week during CTIA as we expected. The Nexus Prime is also known as the Galaxy Nexus and the Droid Prime. Whatever you call it, this smartphone was expected to give us the first look at Google's next version of Android known as Ice Cream Sandwich. The two companies issued this statement: "Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement... Read more...