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.

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Nov
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If you're a fan of physics-based titles, your options on pretty much any mobile platform aren't exactly limited. However, Freeze! by Frozen Gun Games definitely looks a little more interesting than your average title in the genre. Comprised mainly of tilt-based gameplay - though accomplished through touch instead of a gyroscope, thankfully - Freeze! is the compelling story of an ocular hero (no really, he's an eye) attempting to escape from an off-world prison.

29
Nov
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If you head on over to Google's factory image site, you'll find brand-new images based on the incremental update to Android 4.2.1. The devices with factory images currently available include the Nexus 7, Nexus 7 3G, Galaxy Nexus (takju, yakju), and Nexus 4. The 4.2.1 image for the Nexus 10 has been delayed, according to JBQ, due to an issue with JOP40C not being flashable over older builds. This has since been fixed, and you can download the new 4.2 factory image for the Nexus 10, though it's still build JOP40C.

28
Nov
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Seeing old board games modernized for smartphones has become relatively commonplace in the last year or two, though as Words With Friends has taught us, that isn't always a good thing. BattleFriends at Sea is enough free-to-play entry into the old-school board game foray, though it's remarkably polished and well-made.

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The game runs on the Unity engine, and includes features like leaderboards, cross-platform play, and a few twists on the classic Battleship gameplay.

28
Nov
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Samsung's released the open source code for the Galaxy Premier (GT-9260), as well as the Verizon version of the Galaxy Note II (SCH-I605), which just had its official sale details announced a few minutes ago.

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Hit up the source links to get your code on.

Samsung Open Source: VZW Note II, Galaxy Premier

27
Nov
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I understand that there have already been dozens of rants in regard to Google's "launch" (and yes, that requires ironic quotes) of the Nexus 4. And I understand that sitting here whining about it doesn't help anyone - so I'm going to avoid that. Really. I mean it. Mostly. But I am going to be critical.

From day one, the Nexus 4 has seemed - essentially - cursed. Victim to some dark techno-magic that has ensured nearly every step of the way that Google's flagship $300-350 phone would be delighting as few consumers as possible in the critical holiday sales season.

27
Nov
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Do you want a QWERTY slider phone on Verizon? Then your options are pretty limited at this point. And by "limited," I mean this is basically your only one: Samsung's Stratosphere II. It's WVGA-tacular! It's also free if you use your existing Verizon customer upgrade over at Amazon Wireless, which is a good deal. I guess. New customers looking to get in on this not-exactly-bleeding-edge slider will have to fork over a Benjamin, though $100 is still thirty bucks less than what Verizon will charge you.

27
Nov
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When Hurricane Sandy pummeled the eastern seaboard late last month, no tech event was spared - including AllThingsD's Dive Into Mobile conference.

If you're not familiar with this particular technological get-together, you probably should be. Dive Into Mobile is where the big guys in mobile tech sit down and talk shop with Walt Mossberg and friends, and the show is particularly famous (or infamous, as hindsight may have it) to Android fans as the venue in which Android 3.0 Honeycomb and the Motorola XOOM were unveiled.

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Nov
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Last Updated: December 19th, 2012

If you're looking for the Android 4.2.1 update to the Nexus 4 that started rolling out this morning (it's a very minor patch, at only 1.1MB), you can find it, straight from Google's servers, at this link.

The update, JOP40D, so far has one known fix: the missing month of December in the People app (Contacts.apk). Presumably it fixes other things, too - Google probably wouldn't release a patch just for a single bug, but we haven't figured out what else this patch may address just yet.

27
Nov
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After beginning its steady march to wide release in Germany a few weeks ago, the Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) update for the Galaxy Note 10.1 is making its way to more European nations today. The UK, Spain, and various Nordic nations (presumably Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland) have the firmware available now (grab it here or here), if you're feeling impatient. Otherwise, just keep hitting that "check update" button over the next week or two, and sweet Jelly Bean goodness should be on its way to you shortly.

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Nov
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Chrome for Android is expected to start aligning with desktop releases of the browser by "early next year," according to a post by the Chrome team on Google+.

Q. Chrome for Android is still at v18, while regular Chrome is at v23. When will Chrome for Android catch up?

A. Soon! We expect an update to Chrome for Android starting with a developer update to happen before the end of the year, and we’re actively working towards aligning releases across all platforms, including Android, starting early next year.

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