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LG Optimus Black CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Now Live

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If you’re an Optimus Black owner, you may be interested to know that CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly builds (see blurb below) have arrived for the LG handset. CyanogenMod 10.1 is based on Android 4.2, and includes many of the cool new Android 4.2 goodies like notification bar power toggles, Swype-style keyboard input, and a brand-new camera app.

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Definition: A “nightly” is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day’s worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

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What I used in 2012: Simon Sage

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It's time to get up close and personal with the Android Central editors. You get a taste of the apps we're trying on a week-by-week basis, but what about those that actually stay on our phones for the long haul? Given, all of the authors here have wide and varied preferences, but hopefully this series will give you guys an idea of which apps have serious staying power. 

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Top 5 Android Apps Of 2012

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A lot of outstanding apps were released this year and it is extremely hard to narrow down the thousands of apps that were released to only a few. I’ve personally picked out my favorite releases that I now use on a day-to-day basis, even though there may be a ton more! You can check them out below!

Instagram — I was hesitant to add Instagram to the list, as it was already released on iOS long before it made its way to Android. Regardless, Instagram did release on the Play Store this year, and it is by far, my most used and favorite app on Android. It probably has a lot to deal with my love for taking pictures, but aside from that Instagram is one of the best photo apps available. The app has a very large array of filters to choose from with a few editing tools thrown in. Albeit the app could use more editing tools (a crop tool would be outstanding!), it is still one of the best out there.

Motiongraph — Sony’s Motiongraph app is wonderful. It allows you to take small videos and turn it into a gif with really handy editing tools. While motiongraph could use a few more features to add more appeal, its definitely one of the apps that I have been using daily.

Falcon Pro — Falcon Pro, as it says it is, is the ultimate twitter experience. There is no third-party twitter application that can even compare to how high quality this specific app is. As with anything, it does have its own shortcomings like the lack of functionality to sign into multiple accounts at once. Regardless, I’d even go as far as to say that Falcon Pro is much better than twitter’s own application. It is without a doubt worthy of being one of the best apps this year.

Shush! — Shush! is different from other phone silencers. You can set Shush! to shut your smartphone’s volume off for an allotted time. After the allotted time is up, Shush! will turn your smartphone’s volume to whatever you like. When you set the timer you can also set the volume you’d like it turn to after the timer is complete. Those who are in meeting or are going to movie can turn Shush! on for how long the meeting/movie lasts and have their smartphone automatically turn back to previous volume settings. Quite a handy tool.

MagicLocker — MagicLocker is a free app that will allow you to switch out your lock screen for another of your choosing. There are a very wide array of MagicLocker themes. The majority of the lock screen themes all have their own different way of unlocking your device. Not to mention that most of the MagicLocker themes have a lot of customizing options. So if you’ve gotten tired of your old lock screen you may just want to look at what MagicLocker has to offer!

Those are my top 5 apps for this year. Be sure to let us know the top five on your list in the comments section below!

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From the Editor’s Desk: What we’re using, 2012 edition

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As we close out the year, it's time to take a look back at things. I've never been all that keen on "year's best" lists for applications, though that doesn't mean they don't necessarily serve a purpose. There are so many good apps, so many updates. Instead, I think it's a little more fun to take a look at how each one of us uses our phones and tablets. 

Are they travel companions? I, for one, remember all too well navigating the backwoods (or what seemed like the backwoods) or Louisiana and Mississippi and Georgia and Florida during my school-age years, playing soccer. We did it with maps. On paper. That didn't move. Or update. That any of us made it back alive is a miracle.

What about bedside readers? Does your tablet even make it out of the boudoir? Does it spend as much time (or more) in the bathroom as you do?

I'm always fascinated to read about how folks use their technology, and inevitably I learn a trick or two that I'll want to try as well. So let's walk through what I used in 2012, and how I used it. In the coming days, you'll hear from the other names and faces behind Android Central and see just what it is we use on a daily basis. Want to get in on the fun yourself? Hit up this forum thread and share your stash with the world.

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Google Play Surges, Apple App Store Still Lords Over Mobile App Market

Google-PlayGoogle Play recorded a big surge in its sales of mobile applications but it is still Apple’s App Store that reigned supreme after garnering the largest share in the pie, Mobile analytics Distimo released Wednesday.

Google Play has been on a tear in the mobile app market over the last four months, recording a 43 percent jump in its daily sales across 20 countries as reported by Distimo.

Then again, the figure was not enough to topple the App store from its thrown as Apple’s app distributor also registered a decent surge in its sales after gaining a 21 percent increase on a daily basis.

The App store also benefited from its strong performance in the first months of 2012, especially in January when it chalked up 51 percent on daily sales.

Destimo pointed out that the decline of App Store’s sales is caused by an already higher revenues, leaving Apple with limited room to generate more money. A good example for this is the Apple’s huge sales November, when it surpassed the $15 million threshold while Google Play only registered $3.5 million across 20 countries.

According to Destimo, the United States was the biggest market for Apple’s App store in 2012, while Japan, the United Kingdom, and Australia rounded up the Big 4. On the other hand, the United States and Japan are the largest markets for Google Play while Android-heavy using country Korea ranked third.

Naver’s Line Pop is the most successful game on any app store recently, recording 1.75 downloads three days from its release. It already racked up a cool $1 million in sales within its first 12 days.

However, the mobile app market is not always a mine of gold as an influx of new applications continued to crowd the market daily, hurting in the process start-up developers.

“And a small number of apps still account for a disproportionate share of overall usage. In November, just seven apps grabbed 10 percent of all sales for the App Store for the iPhone. That number was down from January when 11 apps took in those 10 percent of sales. And just 31 apps generated 10 percent of all free apps downloaded,” Distimo released Thursday.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Come To The Samsung Vibrant

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Own a Samsung Vibrant? Or, probably more correctly, recently pawned off a Samsung Vibrant to a relative and / or child, and want to make them hate it less? Good news! CyanogenMod 10.1 nightlies (based on Android 4.2 AOSP) are officially out for the Vibrant now, and you can get them at the CM website.

Definition: A “nightly” is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day’s worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

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OPPO reveals a 32GB version of the Find 5 smartphone

We saw the official announcement for the OPPO Find 5 smartphone earlier in the month. Nonetheless, it looks like OPPO has taken to Facebook and offered some additional details. This latest includes a 32GB model and a wider international release.

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Diving right in here, according to the teaser image that was posted on Facebook, the OPPO Find 5 will be available in a 16GB and 32GB model and priced at $499 and $569 respectively. The one catch here, while we are expecting the release to begin in early 2013, OPPO has yet to offer anything more specific.

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Otherwise, aside from a Chinese and US release, the latest details also show the Find 5 as coming to the following countries; Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Australia, Germany, France, Belgium, Malaysia, Sweden, Singapore, Finland, Greece, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, Japan and Hong Kong. Simply put, it looks like the OPPO Find 5 will indeed be launching on a global basis.

Finally, as a recap on those specs. The Find 5 has a 5-inch 1080p display with a 441 PPI, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,500 mAh battery, HSPA+ connectivity and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The handset will also have a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera as well as other goodies such as NFC, GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Available For The Google Nexus S, Nexus S 4G, And Asus Transformer Pad 300

cyanogen-mod-10.1 Another day, another round of nightly builds for the upcoming CyanogenMod 10.1. This time, the latest release of the custom ROM that brings Android 4.2 has been made available on a further 3 devices: the Google Nexus S, Nexus S 4G, and the ASUS Transformer Pad 300 (TF300T).

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Definition: A “nightly” is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day’s worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

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Asus ME371MG Packs Intel CPU, 7-Inch Display

A new Asus tablet has been spotted on the website of a Russian retailer called Oro 1. Called the Asus ME371MG, it is one of the 7-inch devices that Asus is releasing following the success of its collaboration with Google last year on the Nexus 7.

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Some of its specifications are already available on the website, which is selling the tablet on a pre-order basis. These specifications, however, have not been confirmed by Asus, so they cannot be called official yet. In the past, some pre-order websites incorrectly have already given wrong sets of specifications, so it is best to take these with a grain of salt.

According to the Oro 1 website, the the Asus ME371MG features a 7-inch in-plane switching (IPS) display like the one found on the Nexus 7. Said display has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, as well, like the Nexus 7.

Inside, it boasts of an Intel Atom Z2420 Processor running at the speed of 1.2GHz. It also comes with 1GB of RAM as well as a 16GB SSD for its internal storage. Its operating system is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device supports various modes of connectivity, including Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and 3G. Also onboard are a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. Listed in the website are two color options for the tablet: gold and silver. Oro 1 is selling the device for 9,490 rubles or around $284.

This device is considered to be the upgraded version of the ME172 tablet, another budget tablet which also comes from the same ME product line. For its part, the ME172 does not support 3G cellular connectivity. It also features an inferior processor and screen, namely a 800 MHz VIA WM8950 CPU and a TN-type display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution.

Are you interested in the Asus ME371MG?

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Available For The Samsung Captivate, AT&T Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III (Metro PCS, US Cellular), And Acer Iconia A700 [Updated]

nexusae0_1_thumb52It’s going to be a long time yet before devices like the Galaxy S III and Acer’s Iconia Tab A700 get Jelly Bean 4.2, and the Samsung Captivate and Galaxy S II probably won’t ever get another OS version update. That’s why we love us some custom ROMs, and the CyanogenMod team has released nightlies of CM10.1 to all of these devices, including the MetroPCS and US Cellular variants of the GSIII.

Definition: A “nightly” is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day’s worth of new code has been committed.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Available For The Samsung Captivate, Galaxy S III (Metro PCS), And Acer Iconia A700

nexusae0_1_thumb52It’s going to be a long time yet before devices like the Galaxy S III and Acer’s Iconia Tab A700 get Jelly Bean 4.2,  and the Samsung Captivate probably won’t ever get another OS version update. That’s why we love us some custom ROMs, and the CyanogenMod team has released nightlies of CM10.1 to all three devices, including the MetroPCS variant of the GSIII.

Definition: A “nightly” is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day’s worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

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Another One Bites The Dust: Apple’s Pinch-To-Zoom Patent Deemed Invalid By USPTO

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It seems Apple isn’t making many friends over at the patent examiner’s office lately – yet another high-profile patent used by the company in litigation has been deemed wholly invalid on a preliminary basis.

The patent in question is often called the “pinch-to-zoom” patent, because that’s basically what it patents – a pinch gesture to zoom in on content on a display. This patent had been used successfully by Apple during the first Samsung lawsuit, with numerous (all but two) Samsung devices found to infringe it. The claim (#8) involved in the suit, below (heavily redacted, reformatted):

determining whether the event object invokes a scroll or gesture operation by distinguishing between a single input point applied to the touch-sensitive display that is interpreted as the scroll operation and two or more input points applied to the touch-sensitive display that are interpreted as the gesture operation;

issuing at least one scroll or gesture call based on invoking the scroll or gesture operation;

responding to at least one scroll call, if issued, by scrolling a window having a view associated with the event object;

and responding to at least one gesture call, if issued, by scaling the view associated with the event object based on receiving the two or more input points in the form of the user input.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Come To The International Galaxy Note (n7000) And Note II (n7100)

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You know what time it is? Time for more CM 10.1 nightlies! This go around everyone’s favorite custom ROM is rolling out for everyone’s favorite phablets: the international Note (n7000) and Note II (n7100). The oversized handsets got their first taste of CM10.1 yesterday, and the latest build just hit CM’s download site a bit ago.

Definition: A “nightly” is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day’s worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

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[New Game] OverLight Alpha Lets You Have Fun With Lasers, Without The Warning Labels

unnamedAsk any mad scientist worth his fortress of evil: lasers are awesome, shark-mounted or otherwise. This has been the basis for many a shoot-em-up game (see our Hyperwave review for a good example) but they’ve been lamentably absent from the puzzle genre, until now. OverLight uses a series of lasers and prisms to mix up the conventions of falling block and match-3 puzzles, with no small amount of visual flair. It’s available now on Google Play for one dollar.

Lasers can come from all four directions, heating up and eventually breaking the glass panels, but not before being redirected through them.

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Samsung stops injunction requests in several European countries

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Seemingly out of nowhere, Samsung has said today that it will stop pursuing injunction requests against Apple products in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands. Coming on the heels of mixed news in the big Samsung v. Apple trial here in the states yesterday, Samsung looks to be slowing down on its lawsuits in Europe now. What this basically means is that in the countries listed above, it will no longer be trying to receive sales bans on Apple devices. The Verge received this quote from Samsung on the matter:

Samsung remains committed to licensing our technologies on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, and we strongly believe it is better when companies compete fairly in the marketplace, rather than in court. In this spirit, Samsung has decided to withdraw our injunction requests against Apple on the basis of our standard essential patents pending in European courts, in the interest of protecting consumer choice.

Quite the turn-around from the litigious nature of previous Samsung statements and actions, and everyone is wondering why the company has decided to make the switch. The likely reasoning is that Samsung is trying to put all of its time and effort into pushing the FRAND (Fair, Reasonable And Not Discriminatory) licensing of its standards-essential patent portfolio. This makes Samsung look like the good company that's working to keep a competitive marketplace, something that the regulators will like to see.

This surely doesn't take future lawsuits or possible sales bans off the table entirely, but Samsung would likely be happy to just license its extensive set of patents and be done with the matter if it had the chance.

Source: The Next Web; The Verge

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Samsung Drops All Bids For Injunctions Against Apple Products In Europe

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Samsung has officially sought to end all of its claims requesting bans of Apple products in Europe, according to a company official. The decision comes on continued probing by the European Union’s anti-trust body, on allegations that Samsung is abusing its standards-essential patents by seeking product bans for their infringement. Note that this does not mean Samsung has dropped its lawsuits – merely the injunction demands involved in them.

Standards-essential patents have played a pretty important role in the mobile patent wars to date, though that role has been one which is increasingly under question. SEPs are patents on technologies that are used across broad parts of an industry (such as the underpinnings of 3G connectivity, for example), and because of their value as technological standards, are required to be licensed on a reasonable and non-discriminatory basis to anyone seeking such a license.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Arrive For Verizon And Sprint Galaxy S III Variants

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The CyanogenMod team has been slowly but surely rolling out CM 10.1 builds for various devices – mostly Samsung – over the last week or so. A handful of new tablets and phones hit just yesterday, including the LTE Galaxy Nexus variants, 3G Nexus 7, Galaxy S, SII, some SIII variants, and Galaxy Tab 2. Adding to that list, builds for the Verizon and Sprint variants just hit the scene this morning.

Definition: A “nightly” is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day’s worth of new code has been committed.

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Five more cities get lit up with AT&T LTE

If you’re not with a carrier whose name start with “V” and ends with “erizon” you might feel like LTE launches are coming in at a snail’s pace, but AT&T’s looking to pick the pace up as it has announced five more cities are getting 4G LTE. This is on top of several more which will be getting expansions to provide even better coverage.

The new markets include Green Bay, Wisconsin; Oxford, Mississippi; Tucson, Arizona; Springfield, Massachusetts; and Melbourne, Florida. On top of that, those in Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles, California; New York City, New York; and Salt Lake City, Utah will all benefit from even better coverage wherever they go within their respective towns.

AT&T has made very nice on its promise to quickly and effectively roll LTE out as it enjoys regular launches on — at the very least — a monthly basis. The carrier straddles the line between its biggest competitor, Verizon, and its closest counterpart in Sprint in terms of both volume and frequency of rollouts. Verizon tends to roll new coverage out at the same rate as AT&T, but in bigger chunks, while Sprint isn’t doing as many launches but promises that more cities are being added to a list of eventual launches all the time.

We suspect Sprint will want to make sure it builds up its coverage a bit so that it can drop a bombshell on the American airwaves as the carrier has long promised that it would get a vast majority of its network complete by the end of 2013. Sprint 2013 will likely be the carrier’s target point for beginning rollouts, but it has been mum on the roadmap outside of the bigger picture.

As it stands, though, America is getting drenched in LTE by the day no matter which carrier you decide to stay loyal to (unless, of course, you’re with T-Mobile, but your day should be coming at some point next year). In the meantime, folks with an AT&T LTE phone should turn that 4G radio on without delay and experience just how fast it can be for themselves.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Roll Out For Galaxy Nexus On Verizon (Toro), Sprint (Toroplus), And 3G Nexus 7 (Tilapia)

cyanogenmodtinyAnd the nightlies come in the niiiight! Or, in this case, in the middle of the afternoon. Today, the fine folks over on the CyanogenMod team have seen fit to release CM10.1 nightlies for several Nexus devices including both CDMA variants—the Verizon version named ‘toro’ and Sprint’s ‘toroplus’—as well as the brand new 3G Nexus 7 hardware. ROMs for all three of the variants are available for download on get.cm.

Definition: A “nightly” is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day’s worth of new code has been committed.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Arrive For Samsung’s Galaxy S, S II, S III, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0/10.1 [Updated]

cyanogenmod-10.1Update: More devices added – see the list below.

CyanogenMod 10.1 is continuing to bring Android 4.2 to more devices each day, and Samsung fans will be glad to know that nightly builds are now available for:

Definition: A “nightly” is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day’s worth of new code has been committed.

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Is Foxconn Making The Amazon Smartphone?

Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. is reportedly making a new smartphone for Amazon, according to an article from Taiwan Economic News.

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Citing industry sources, the newspaper indicates that the phone will be made “on an exclusive basis.”

Reportedly, the Amazon smartphone will be released sometime between next year’s second quarter and third quarter. This would place it around April to September. Pertinent events that will be occurring at said time frame are Google I/O, which is scheduled for May, and a possible Apple event in June.

The Amazon smartphone will allegedly have a price tag of around US$100 to $200, as revealed by some manufacturers of the smartphone’s parts. Furthermore, Foxconn will be sending five million units of the smartphone to Amazon in 2013. Slashgear notes that five million units does not appear to be a very large number if one considers that Apple was able to sell five million units of the iPhone 5 in three days in the United States.

Taiwan Economic News points out that Foxconn wanted the Amazon deal because it needs a new company that will be a “driver for its handset shipment.” It would be recalled that Foxconn’s old partner, Nokia, has not been as successful as other smartphone companies in recent times.

Foxconn is expected to be working with parts suppliers such as J Touch Corp. and Young Fast Optoelectronics Co., Ltd., both makers of touch panels, in the Amazon project.

Since it entered the hardware manufacturing industry in 2007, Amazon has made itself into a key competitor among other hardware companies. Its strength mostly lies in the low prices of its mobile devices, including the Kindle Fire tablet, which was able to best other more established electronics companies.

Along with its new smartphone, Amazon is also expected to release a new version of the Kindle Fire tablet, which might be available on the third quarter of next year. Quanta Computer Inc. and Compal Electronics Inc. are reportedly the two companies that will be making the device.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightly Builds Arrive On Samsung’s Galaxy S And Galaxy S III

cyanogenmod-10.1 CyanogenMod 10.1 is continuing to bring Android 4.2 to more devices each day, and Samsung fans will be glad to know that nightly builds are now available for the Galaxy S and Galaxy S III (AT&T and T-Mobile varieties).

Definition: A “nightly” is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day’s worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

If you want to download the builds for your device, you can do so by heading over to the CyanogenMod downloads site.

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The Original Samsung Galaxy S (I9000) Gets Official CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies [Updated]

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Looks like we jumped the gun on this one – turns out regular 10.1 nightlies aren’t actually yet available for the GS, and the solitary build was triggered manually as a test. Sorry to get your hopes up, guys!

Up to this point, we’ve only seen official CM 10.1 nightlies show up for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, but an unlikely device just got its first taste of Android 4.2: the original Galaxy S (I9000). The builds are currently marked as “experimental,” so if you’re looking for something stable, this probably isn’t the best direction to go.

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Definition: A “nightly” is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day’s worth of new code has been committed.

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[Update: False Alarm] The Original Samsung Galaxy S (I9000) Gets Official CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies

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Looks like we jumped the gun on this one – turns out 10.1 nightlies aren’t actually yet available for the GS, and the solitary nightly was simply a manually triggered test build. Sorry to your hopes up, guys!

Up to this point, we’ve only seen official CM 10.1 nightlies show up for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, but an unlikely device just got its first taste of Android 4.2: the original Galaxy S (I9000). The builds are currently marked as “experimental,” so if you’re looking for something stable, this probably isn’t the best direction to go.

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Definition: A “nightly” is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day’s worth of new code has been committed.

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The Original Samsung Galaxy S (I9000) Gets Official CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies

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Up to this point, we’ve only seen official CM 10.1 nightlies show up for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, but an unlikely device just got its first taste of Android 4.2: the original Galaxy S (I9000). The builds are currently marked as “experimental,” so if you’re looking for something stable, this probably isn’t the best direction to go.

Definition: A “nightly” is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day’s worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

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EE offering Galaxy Note 10.1 and Nexus 7 on 4G data contracts

New 4G network EE has started offering a couple of Android tablets on a subsidised basis, with both the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE, and Google Nexus 7 about to become available for order alongside a monthly 4G data allowance.

Obviously the Nexus 7 doesn’t support 4G out of the box, so it’ll come with a Huawei E589 Mobile Wi-Fi unit bundled alongside it to connect to the magical LTE wires in the sky. Not a particularly elegant solution, but still.

Here are the prices and data allowances you’ll get:

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£26 a month for 3GB of data isn’t that bad if you’re in a 4G-enabled city and would actually use it. EE says these bundles will go on sale “this weekend.” Its tablets section is all iPads at the moment.

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Leap Wireless and MetroPCS starting handset financing programs

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Leap Wireless and MetroPCS, both smaller prepaid carriers, are starting to offer handset financing programs for their devices. One of the issues facing carriers that only operate on a prepaid basis is the high up-front cost of handsets. Even though the customers will be saving lots of money in the long-run, the $500 or more required to buy a high-end device may turn some away. 

Leap, which operates the Cricket Wireless brand (which is somewhat confusing,) started offering its financing plans a couple weeks ago and now have them rolled out to all of its stores nationwide. Purchases of $200 or more — both phones and accessories — can qualify for financing of up to 90-percent of the purchase price. If the loan is paid off within 90 days, there are no fees or interest charges as well. This means that someone buying a device that is normally $500 will be paying just over $100 out the door for the device and the first month's service paid in full. MetroPCS wouldn't comment specifically on its financing plans, but intends to launch a similar setup of handset financing to its customers very soon.

Even with the financing plans, neither Leap nor MetroPCS will require a contract for its services and will remain completely prepaid. Both operators aren't requiring a credit check for financing either — just an active bank account — which is a big deal to many customers. Anything that can help users make the choice on going to prepaid to save money on their cellphone service is a good thing.

Source: FierceWireless

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EE confirms plans to rollout LTE to 17 more UK locations

EE has just confirmed its plans to rollout high-speed mobile data to 17 more UK towns and cities by March 2013. In addition to adding new locations, EE is working to improve coverage in existing LTE areas. EE says 4G density is “being increased on a daily basis.” EE is also working to improve its 3G network to support DC-HSPA, which will improve things for users who do not have 4G devices or are in an area where 4G has not rolled out.

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The DC-HSPA part of the this update will certainly improve things for Orange and T-Mobile UK. While these two companies combined to form EE, customers on these networks do not actually get access to LTE data. EE plans to have 40-percent of its network covered by the faster DC-HSPA, but customers on the network will need to have devices that can support the higher speeds.

The complete list of new locations to receive 4G LTE in this new rollout is as follows: Bradford, Chelmsford, Coventry, Doncaster, Dudley, Leicester, Luton, Newport, Reading, Rotherham, St Albans, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich, and Wolverhampton. While those cites will go live by the end of Q1 2013, EE also says Belfast, Hull, Maidenhead, and Slough will be switched onto 4G by the end of this year.

EE’s goal is to cover 98-percent of the UK population by the end of 2014. That’s certainly a loft goal, but one that should be great for UK customers. That being said, EE’s competition is bidding on 4G spectrum, with equally aggressive rollout plans promising LTE competition as early as midway through 2013.

[via Slashgear]

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Nexus 4 Bumpers Now Available In The U.S. Play Store

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Lucky owners of the coveted Nexus 4: you don’t really want to cover that slick design with a clunky case do you? I wouldn’t either, albeit you may still want something to protect your new Nexus 4 from harm. Good news, as the official bumper for the Nexus 4 is available in the Play Store in the United States. It’s been out of stock for quite some time now, but you can pick one up for $19.99 now. Customers will be happy to hear that there is only a 3 – 5 business day shipping time as well!

This bumper protects the sides of the Nexus 4 by covering them up. That way you can keep your device protected and also show-off you shiny new device to the world. Granted, that is on the basis that you have a shiny new Nexus 4 unlike a lot of us. The bumper also raises it a bit off of its surface to refrain from the glass backing getting any sort of scratches (which was a great idea, I might add). Make sure to head on over to the Play Store before they run out of stock again. Albeit, I assume that they would have a whole lot more to sell this time around.

Make sure to hit the Play Store source link below to go and grab your own Nexus 4 bumper!

Have any of you managed to grab your own Nexus 4 bumper yet? How’d the ordering process go? Make sure to let us know in the comments section below!

source: Play Store

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Pandora app update brings streaming to Australia and New Zealand

Those living in New Zealand and Australia now have another option when it comes to streaming radio on an Android device. The new option is Pandora, which despite having been around for a few years now, is now rolling out on an international basis. In fact, it was said that this marks the first international expansion for Pandora.

The updated Android app can be found just where you would expect — in Google Play. Aside from the support for those in New Zealand and Australia, this latest release also included “various” bug fixes and enhancements. Nothing anymore specific on which bugs were fixed or which enhancements were made.

Otherwise, Pandora has arrived for those in New Zealand and Australia just as we would have hoped — for free. The Pandora app can be downloaded and used without having to shell out any money. Users will be able to create personalized stations with nothing more than an artist or song name. The stations are then further customized to your liking using the thumbs up and/or thumbs down.

Also important to note, as opposed to simply rolling out the service, the folks at Pandora are offering hand-picked genre based stations for those in both countries. Some of these stations include Summer Hits, New Wave, Hottest 100s, Indie Rock and Alternative. These stations are also further broken down by decade. With that, if you are in either of these countries, fire up Google Play and check out Pandora.

[via Pandora Blog]

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