David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

08
Feb
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Not much to say on this one - T-Mobile just lowered the price of the 16GB Nexus 4 to $50 as an online-only deal for new subscribers (same old price for upgrades, unfortunately - $199), after a $50 mail-in rebate. That's $100 to buy it today.

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This is by far the best deal we've seen on the Nexus 4 to date, beating out the $76 promo price from Let's Talk (which required a more expensive monthly plan, and contains a separate ETF), after the rebate.

07
Feb
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Yet another significant Nexus 4 bug has emerged over at the Issues section of the Android project page, this one relating to the camera. Apparently, under some conditions (several days of being powered on, or taking a low-light shot with flash), the Nexus 4's camera app simply won't capture images anymore. Rebooting resolves the problem, but obviously a problem like this could ruin an opportunity for a candid snap or otherwise quick photo-op, since rebooting will obviously take some time to accomplish.

07
Feb
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If you're into old school shoot-em-up sidescrollers, it's hard to beat the Metal Slug series. One can only imagine the insane amount of time and devotion that SNK put into making these 16-bit wonders back when they were headlining titles for the Neo-Geo brand. They were near instant cult classics in Japan, and when they found a new home on the original Play Station console, saw even greater worldwide acclaim.

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When the first Metal Slug came to Android, we were quite excited.

07
Feb
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Oh boy, LG. I don't know if you're going to be able to live this one down: PhoneArena just leaked a couple photos of the allegedly-upcoming Optimus G Pro, but it's not the one you've already seen before (headed for NTT DoCoMo in Japan). Nope, this is a super-sized 5.5" version, and the leaked shot of it out in the wild is going to draw a lot of attention, if only for visual comparisons.

07
Feb
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Sony is firing off Jelly Bean updates for a few handsets this week, starting with the Xperia T and V, with the TX to receive its Android 4.1 update in March. This conforms with the statement Sony issued previously about updates to these devices, back in December. Here's what Sony says is contained in the update:

  • Updated, more intuitive versions of Sony Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies

A slick, easy-on-the-eye library that lets you view and access all your snaps, videos and tunes in one place – not to mention the signature Sony audio and imaging tech that makes your content stand (and shout) out!

06
Feb
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Dropbox integration is something I've come to rely on in Android - I honestly don't know if I could do without it. Whether through the native share interface, or via direct integration with a particular app, Dropbox is my go-to for cloud storage, and has been for a while. Mobile developers wanting deep Dropbox sync integration in their apps, though, have generally been left to their own devices, necessitating the creation of custom-made solutions for those wanting to go beyond simple upload and download.

06
Feb
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Twitter for Android received its first update in almost two months today, though it's a rather focused one: the 'search' experience has been substantially revamped. Now, instead of merely getting people and tweets results tabs, you get a mixed feed of results that can be refreshed by pulling down.

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The results, as far as I can tell, are organized in three ways: tweets, people, and top tweets. If there are any Top Tweets for a particular search term, you'll see those tweets on top of the general tweet results.

06
Feb
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Mobile data hotspots aren't the world's most exciting products, though if you travel consistently, they can be an absolute lifesaver. But let's be brutally honest: the average mobile data consumer really doesn't care about the hotspot itself - as long as it works. They care about the network, and the monthly pricing. That's really it.

The hotspot is basically just a tiny little Wi-Fi router with a cellular modem and a lithium-ion battery inside.

06
Feb
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Last Updated: February 8th, 2013

Update: We've heard from US Cellular that the rollout will begin on February 12th - apparently someone jumped the gun on the update page.

After promising to do so in Q1 2013 back in December, Motorola has officially begun rolling out Android 4.1.2 to the Electrify M on US Cellular. The Electrify M is basically a de-Verizoned RAZR M, so it makes sense that the Electrify's update follows after its DROID kin's.

06
Feb
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After a several-month-long stint on the Amazon Appstore (and an even longer one on iOS), epic open world RPG Aralon: Sword and Shadow is finally on the Play Store. The title is by Crescent Moon Games, the team also responsible for the decidedly less hack-and-slashy Paper Monsters.

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Aralon promises 30 hours of story-infused action, with four character classes and three races to choose from. Visually, it looks like a mashup of Neverwinter Nights and The Elder Scrolls, which certainly adds to the appeal.

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