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The Ubuntu phone’s time, if ever, is now – not in 2014

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And any number of hurdles still stand in Canonical's way, no matter how cool things look now

Canonical has been buzzing in our ears about Ubuntu as a mobile device operating system for a while now. We've seen them tout integrating a solution into Android for a year, and before that they had plans for their own mobile version of Ubuntu that more than a few Linux geeks were following. Today they came full circle and showed off a native OS on an Android phone, getting some of us pumped for the "next big thing."

But with yet another announcement without a single flashable image, will Ubuntu OS even have a chance?

Let's discuss the pros and cons, and see why 2014 might be too late for any success for Canonical. Read on.

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A Touchstone charging mod for the Nexus 7

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We've seen the Palm Touchstone be repurposed to work with a number of Android phones before, but Rod Whitby of webOS Internals fame is working up a method to use the charger with his Nexus 7.

Using two regular phone Touchstone coils (and currently experimenting with a TouchPad coil) it looks like Rod has the charging circuit figured out, and the rest is a matter of assembly. We're pretty confident that he can make it happen, so we're giving the early heads-up.

Who knows, this might just be the only way we'll ever see any sort of dock for our Nexus 7 that's more than "coming soon".

Source: +Rod Whitby

 

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16GB Nexus 4 Now Shipping in 6-7 Weeks or Not Until 2013

The amount of time before new orders for the 16GB version of the Nexus 4 will be fulfilled is increasing rapidly. After going back up for sale on Tuesday, the estimated ship date had gone from “1-2 weeks” to “3-4″ weeks in a matter of hours. By the following morning, it had jumped again to [...]

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Mugen Wants to Turn Your Galaxy Note 2 Into a 6,400mAh Monster, Do You Need All That Battery Life?

Sometimes you just got to have long battery life on your device, no matter what the cost. For uber power users of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Mugen has a battery that will keep you going for days on end. Their new battery clocks in at 6,400mAh, which is almost double the RAZR MAXX’s [...]

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Amazon kicks off Black Friday week with smartphone accessory deals

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Black Friday's tendrils have crawled upwards to Monday, which means Amazon already has some excellent deals posted. For those of us into all things smartphoney, there are quite a few great accessories and devices that have been significantly marked down. There are also a lot of crazy flash sales going every couple of hours and offer lots of opportunity for those of us that want to get our holiday shopping done early. I just missed out on a 64 GB microSD memory card for $38; they were all sold out in a matter of minutes, so you're going to have to be fast. Let's see what else Amazon is offering…

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Google to Create Own Wireless Service in Partnership With Dish?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Dish Network is looking to build out its own wireless service thanks to spectrum that it acquired back in 2008. While it has talked to multiple potential partners, one of them should get you excited – Google. A source close to the matter said that the talks between the [...]

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Google wants to change your reality with Ingress, a mobile game played out in real life

Google wants to change your reality with Ingress, a mobile game played out in real life

All the viral ads courtesy of Niantic Labs told us something was coming, and now its here — an alternate reality game from Google called Ingress. The theme is one of worldwide mind control, and it’ll be played out in real life, where you’ll be a part of one of two teams which either embrace or fight “the power” — The Enlightened or The Resistance, respectively. With a companion mobile app installed, you’ll venture out into the world collecting energy known as “Exotic Matter” (XM), found at real locations. This can then be spent claiming, stealing or reinforcing “portals,” which are positioned at key public places. Teamwork will be essential, as the goal is to create zones controlled by your faction, and attacking those occupied by the enemy. One team will eventually win, although this end point is expected to be a year to 18 months down the line.

John Hanke of Niantic Labs said some of the inspiration for Ingress came from JJ Abrams, and hardcore Lost fans may remember a similarly cryptic internet ‘game’ focused around the show. The Ingress app is available on Google Play today, with an iOS version in the pipe, and if you want you play, sign up at the source below to request access. Your mobile device will provide you with an overview of your local battlefield when you’re out and about, but a web client can keep you up to date on the global war while you’re sat at a computer. Check out the video and app screenshots below, and if you’re still confused as to what it’s all about — well, that’s how they want you to feel.

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Beautiful Clock Widgets app integrates with Android 4.2 lockscreen

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One of Android 4.2's forward-facing feature improvements was the lockscreen, which now has a system for integrating widgets of the users choice. In the stock shipping software, there's an anemic selection of stock widgets such as calendar and a world clock, but we know how many Android developers there are out there making great widgets. Beautiful Clock Widgets is one of the first to be updated with this functionality, and it has a great selection of customizable clock and weather widgets for the lockscreen.

It was only a matter of time before we saw more apps hitting that integrated their own widgets into the lockscreen, and we'll surely see more apps be updated with the functionality in the future. For now, go check out Beautiful Clock Widgets at the Play Store link above. It's free, and if you want to unlock more widgets you can get the paid version for just $1.29.

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Analysis: Apple Got A Design Patent On The Shape Of The iPad, And It Probably Doesn’t Matter

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Can you patent a shape? That is a question so many media outlets have been asking since Apple’s more generic design patents have gotten more legal attention, and unfortunately, it’s resulted in a rather severe oversimplification of just what a design patent is, and what it can protect. Yesterday, Wired reported that Apple finally received a long-awaited design patent on the shape of the iPad, a patent which lists none other than Steve Jobs himself as a co-inventor (and, of course, Jonathan Ive).

Before we go to the patented design, it’s important that you have a grasp of just what a design patent is.

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Analysis: Apple Got A Design Patent On The Shape Of The iPad, And It Probably Doesn’t Matter was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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LG Nexus 4 System Dump Available for Download

It was only a matter of time, right? With the new 4.2 Camera app and keyboard leaking, we figured it wouldn’t be long before the entire system dump from the LG Nexus 4 dropped. So, here you go. Feel free to download it all or in pieces. There are links to the full system, just [...]

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Download: Android 4.2 Keyboard With Gesture Typing (Probably an Early Build)

Hey, look! It’s the Android 4.2 keyboard pulled from a Nexus 4 dump! It’s probably an early build, hence the ugly white and blue floating word prediction, which is unlike the subtle floating word prediction that Hugo Barra showed off yesterday. No matter what though, it’s neat to use and it works well. It predicts [...]

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32GB Nexus 7 3G Officially Outed On Latvian Website

 

While we know the 3G Nexus 7 is very much real and on the way, there have been no real details of the pricing and possibly what size the device will come in. Our friends at MoDaCo may finally have the answer as one of its readers got a tip that a Latvian store called 1a has pricing and availability for the 3G Nexus 7 32GB— which should make more than a few readers happy. The 32GB 3G model priced at 219 Lat, which comes to around £249 or $400 USD. More importantly— 1a has the device listed as shipping on November 12th, meaning it’s only a matter of weeks from now.

Try to contain your excitement and enthusiasm there folks.

source: MoDaCo


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Listen to hilarious ‘sh*t Android fans say’

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting with a friend who whips out their iPhone, ultimately leading you to pull out your very own Android powered smartphone. From there you begin making snotty remarks, claiming superiority with your allegiance to Android. Well, a new YouTube video accurately depicts the “sh*t Android fans say” on a daily basis. The subject matter is appropriate, so grab a snack and hit the break for the full video.

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For good measure we’d thought to include a couple videos portraying the crazy  sh*t Apple fan say.

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LG Spectrum’s ICS update finally approved by Verizon; Should arrive in a couple of days

It took quite a bit of time, but I suppose it’s better late than never right? It looks like Verizon’s LG Spectrum ICS update has finally been approved by Big Red and should hit devices shortly. The build is VS920ZV7 and should start hitting devices in a matter of a couple days. You can also check out the source link for Verizon’s page the details the update and shows off the new features that you’ll be receiving!

source: Verizon


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32GB Nexus 7 Pops up on Staples’ Business Portal, cheaper than 16GB version

It’s been mentioned numerous times already. Now we can add another source regarding the 32GB Nexus 7. This time it’s making an appearance on Staples’ business site, Staples Advantage, with a retail price of $248. Additionally, coming in a few bucks cheaper than the 16GB version is a little concerning, and backing what has been confirmed regarding it replacing the 16GB. Seeing as this hot device is popping up more frequently, it’s probably only a matter of a week or so until its availability is officially announced.

source:  Android Police


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Motorola Droid Bionic users receive word of incoming soak test, Ice Cream Sandwich likely

Members of the Motorola Feedback Network have started receiving an invitation to take part in an upcoming soak test for the Motorola Droid Bionic. The email is the standard one issued before any incoming software test, and therefor doesn’t provide any details in the slightest as to what the update will contain, but it’s safe to say Ice Cream Sandwich is likely.

OK, it’s never safe to say that until the matter is confirmed, but unless we’re talking about a minor maintenance update, the soak test fits neatly into Motorola’s timeline for providing Android 4.0 to their devices. We’ll know soon enough, as those registering for the test should start seeing the new software any day now.

[Thanks, anonymous!]


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LG Nexus Takes on the iPhone 5 in Latest Picture Leak

The LG Nexus went from being the best kept secret in tech to being the worst in a matter of days. At one point a few weeks ago, this phone was nothing more than a rumor that most sites were afraid to touch. Today, it has been leaked in more photoshoots than I can even [...]

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Isis Mobile Wallet launch tipped for Oct. 22 in Austin and Salt Lake City

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Google Wallet competitor Isis could go live in trial markets in a matter of weeks, according to a leaked internal document obtained by Android Central. The doc, sent our way by an anonymous tipster, says that beginning Oct. 22, customers in Salt Lake City, UT and Austin, TX will be able to use the Isis Mobile Wallet service on "Isis Ready devices" — though no complete list of devices was provided.

The document goes on to state that payments through Isis "supporting banks'" credit cards will be supported, and that Isis users will get a complementary $10 balance on their pre-paid Isis Cash Card just for signing up and activating their wallet. That'll sound awfully familiar to anyone who's used a Google pre-paid card through Google Wallet.

Isis has some big names backing it, and whenever the eventual widespread launch comes, you can bet we'll be hearing much more about it.

Thanks, Anon!

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AOKP’s Kangerator App Will Make Sure You Have the Newest Build Available

In a matter of days, fans of the Android Open Kang Project will never have to worry if they’re running the latest build or not. Kangerator, created by member adamthecashew of their development team, is an app that will list all current builds with release logs right on your phone. No more searching forums and trying to find [...]

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Infographic: 7 Things You Wanted to Know About Android Users

The folks over at Mr. Number have thrown together this infograph that shows some habits of your typical Android user and how they use their device. According to their research, about 85% of Android owners text someone everyday and that 63% of owners say they don’t want any new iPhone, no matter what the price. [...]

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iPhone Owners Waiting on Google Maps App, the Wait is Over – It’s Not Coming

In a recent outing, Google’s Eric Schmidt made one thing very clear – Google has no Maps application in the works for iOS devices. According to Schmidt, the decision was entirely Apple’s and he still feels that they should have stuck with Google’s app. Both Google and Apple were in constant communication on the matter, [...]

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Intel readying next-gen, dual-core Medfield, LTE devices

If there’s one knock on Medfield-based Intel smartphone chips when comparing them to the ARM-based chips, it’s that they do not support 4G LTE connectivity. Intel is looking to change that “later this year and ramping into 2013.” While Intel’s current Medfield devices feature Hyperthreading making them “appear” to have multi-cores, they’re looking to move into the true multi-core device segment to gain a foothold with U.S. carriers. While they aren’t quite ready to jump to the quad-core offerings, their dual-core phones will still feature Hyperthreading, thus acting like a quad-core device. How will this play out in the U.S. market with so many folks stuck on specs these days? And by the time we see these new Intel devices, are potential buyers going to want true quad-core devices, no matter the marketing speak? We’ll keep you posted with any updates on this front.

source:  TechCrunch


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Google Play expands social horizons with official Twitter account

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We know lots of you still use the Twitters for a lot of your social networking needs — no matter how good Google+ becomes — and so we bring news of a hot new account that you all should follow. Google Play is widening its horizons, and now has an official Twitter account, @GooglePlay. 

The first tweet from Google Play read like this: 

Hello World! Follow us for special promotions, exclusive content, updates, and awesomeness from Google Play

We don't know about you guys, but special promotions on its own makes it worthwhile. Hit the source link below to get your follow on. 

Source: @GooglePlay

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Google+ Hits New Milestone – 100 Million Active Users Per Month, 400 Million Users Total

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One year since Google+ opened to the public, Vic Gundotra announced today that Google’s budding social network has now officially hit the 400 million mark in total users, with 100 million active users per month. While that number sounds impressive, it still can’t hold a candle to Facebook’s 955 million active users per month. There’s still a lot to do, and with the growing number of consumers choosing Android and finding themselves sucked into Google’s ecosystem, it’s just a matter of time before everyone you know is on Google+. Whether or not they’ll be active, is another question entirely.

How about you guys? Are you guys active on Google+ or any social network for that matter? Or has G+ begun to lose some of its luster?

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Carbon for Android potentially days away according to developers

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Carbon for Android has been a long time coming, and has to be one of the more hotly anticipated apps of recent times. While the original projected release date may have come and gone, no-one can deny that the developers, Dots and Lines, have been working hard to complete. A recent tweet posted to the official Carbon for Android account gives further hope that soon we'll be able to try it for ourselves. 

Turns out, that we might only be a few days away from launch; 

Matter of a few dayz now…yea, still alive and kicking! Next up will be a full video and our Google Play link…

Exciting news for sure. The Twitter client space has seen some interesting competitors in recent months such as Boid and Tweet Lanes, but it's no secret that this is the one a lot of people are going to want. And of course, it's going to be free. 

Source: @CarbonAndroid

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Amazon’s Free App of the Day is Tetris, Go Relive Your Childhood

If you happen to still have the Amazon Appstore installed on your device, then you may want to hurry and go pick up today’s free app of the day. For those who feel the need to become extremely frustrated at blocks, it’s Tetris! Need I say anymore? It’s a game that everyone has played and no matter [...]

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Prepaid: Not just for burner phones anymore

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My phone works just like yours. It makes calls, sends texts and has a high-speed data connection with nationwide coverage. As a matter of fact, I have the same device as many of you, a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. That’s all run-of-the-mill, so why’s this important? I pay $45 every month to use my phone.

“That’s crazy,” you might be saying, “I pay more for my data plan than you pay for your entire phone bill”. You’re right, it is kind of crazy. The cost of cellphone service in the United States is quite astronomical when compared to services around the world. The common misconception, however, is that there are no other options if you want to pay less for your service.

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PayPal Updated With UI Overhaul, ‘Features That Matter To You Most’

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PayPal’s official Android app received a big update recently, bringing it up to version 4.0.0.1. The update carries a much-needed interface redesign, bringing the web payment solution’s mobile client more into line with Android’s design language. Using a warm, espresso-and-orange color scheme with a few well-placed textures and conservative gradients, the app’s new interface looks infinitely better than its previous iteration.

The update isn’t just about looks though – it also carries some functional improvements. While PayPal is a bit vague on just what is new, it assures users that the update brings them “the features that matter to you most,” including new functionality surrounding account management as well as sending and requesting money.

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HTC Releases Kernel Source for the Rezound’s ICS Build 3.14.605.12

Good news, HTC Rezound owners. The kernel source for the latest Ice Cream Sandwich update, build 3.14.605.12, the one you received on your devices at the end of July, has been released! This certainly should help in development going forward. For those that aren’t developers, well, this probably doesn’t matter much to you until a [...]

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Nobex Radio review – a BlackBerry port with its work cut out

Earlier this summer Nobex Radio made its way onto Android after establishing itself as pretty much the only radio streaming application for BlackBerry. For the low, low price of free, users had access to thousands of traditional radio stations through a categorized, searchable database. No matter what the station, Nobex provided a listing of the songs that have been played recently, allowing you to look back and share particularly good tunes that come up. For $3.99/month, users can get in on the premium service, which provides access to stations outside your country, skips pre-roll audio ads, and a handful of other features.

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