With the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 3G all having been announced this morning in a rather unexpected way, we're having a hard enough time wading through all the stuff currently flooding our inboxes. And in this storm of hardware, the new version of Android - 4.2 - has gotten a little lost. Google announced the latest iteration of its mobile OS today, as well, and it includes some pretty awesome new features - particularly Photo Sphere.
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Well, sounds like Google decided to go ahead and announce its new Nexus devices without the fanfare or mega-event today, and just spill the beans to the world via the web. First to be announced was the Nexus 4, by LG.
Basically, this confirms everything we've seen thus far - it looks exactly like the leaks, has the same specifications, and will come in 8GB and 16GB flavors, at $299 and $349, respectively.
Welcome to the Android Police Week In Review - your source for the biggest Android stories of the week. Don't forget, you can catch a lot of these stories (and more) on our weekly podcast.
- Ron reviews the Galaxy Note II in a modest 7200 word mini-novel.
After BriefMobile leaked what appear to be the first shots of a near-production-build of Android 4.2 running on a Samsung Nexus 10 tablet this morning, the response from many people has been absolutely vicious: the new UI looks like a giant phone, it doesn't look it's meant for a tablet, the pull-down notification bar doesn't make sense, the centered navigation buttons are going to be harder to reach, etc.
I think, though, that this is reactionary.
Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 33. Don't forget - the Android Police Podcast's live broadcast is every Thursday at 5PM PST (www.androidpolice.com/podcast). The unedited video version of the podcast can be found here - and will likely include various verbal expletives, technical snafus, tangents, and probably a good 5-10 minutes of pre-podcast banter as we prepare. Watch at your own risk!
Don't forget - we're having 4 weeks of tablet giveaways for live listeners.
If you're not familiar with the 8-bit adventures developed by OrangePixel (see some of our past coverage here, and here), you should probably check them out. Their latest and greatest, Meganoid 2 - the sequel to their most popular title, Meganoid - just hit the Play Store.
Meganoid is inspired by the ultra-difficult (and ultra-fun) platformers on the 1980's and 90's. And yes, it's supposed to look like that.
If you have an Optimus Elite, it's time to hit that "check update" button - a brand-new software version (LS696ZVF) is headed out to devices this morning. It's definitely on the minor side, and no, it's not Ice Cream Sandwich. Honestly, if you have an Elite, you're probably going to be stuck in Gingerbread hell forever unless you're on a custom ROM. Anyway, here's the changelog:
- NFC driver permissions update
- Support for downloadable Sprint Direct Connect Now client from the Google Play Store
- “QuickMemo” LG application
- Sprint Connections Optimizer
Head over to the Sprint Community post to find out more.
If you don't listen to our podcast, here's a reason to for the next four weeks: we're giving away a bunch of tablets, courtesy of NVIDIA and Android Police. You'll have to listen to the live show to be eligible, which is every Thursday at 5PM PST (8PM EST), at www.androidpolice.com/podcast - make sure you're in the IRC chat room! We promise not to take an inordinately long amount of time to pick winners, but don't expect them to go out in the first 5 minutes, either.
We'll cut to the chase on this one - head over to Samsung's US mobile accessory site here, and use the coupon code 'rE155266e' when you reach the checkout page. That code will give you 50% off of all Samsung Mobile US accessories.
So, for well under $100 shipped (free UPS ground on orders over $50), you can a spare Note II battery, S-Pen, and a Samsung AllShare Cast Hub (normally $100 by itself).
Winner: Julian Lee, congrats!
If you haven't read our review of the LG Optimus G, you should definitely check it out - this is one powerhouse of a phone. And, courtesy of AT&T, you can win one on this very page. You can also pre-order the Optimus G directly from AT&T, for $199.99 on a new 2-year agreement, at this link.
The AT&T Optimus G is packing a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM, and I can tell you from first-hand experience that it is fast.