Shawn De Cesari
Shawn is a web developer by day and XDA's resident archivist for Nexus and Google Play Edition device OTA updates by night. When not immersing himself in code or Android, he can be found hunting down antique signs, taking road trips, listening to music, or playing video games. His phone of choice is a Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition.
17
Sep
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Hot on the heels of Sprint's launch of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, AT&T announced that it will begin selling both the 8.4- and 10.5-inch LTE variants online and in stores beginning September 26. The carrier is also taking pre-orders for both tablets right now with a shipping date of September 23.

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Big Blue is only selling the tablets in charcoal gray, so if you were hoping for white, you're out of luck.

16
Jul
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Lately, Google has been making big strides to bring the web iteration of its Play Store more in line with the Android app. The ability to report an inappropriate or malicious app seems like a no-brainer when you're running an app market. Though you've always been able to do this via the Play Store's Android app, you have never been able to do so via the web interface. A little while back, it appears that Google snuck this in without telling anyone, though the process is still more convoluted than it, perhaps, should be.

15
Jul
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Let's face it, as the world becomes more dependent on computers and the Internet for the functions of day-to-day life, security will become ever more important. Clearly encouraged by employee Neel Mehta's discovery of Heartbleed, Google has decided to do more in the area of Internet security. To help combat this ever increasing problem, they're offering up Project Zero. Essentially, Google will begin hiring "the best practically-minded security researchers and contributing 100% of their time toward improving security across the Internet." Their work will not be limited to just Google products, but will instead be focused on "any software depended upon by large numbers of people." The idea is that researchers will find the threats, then inform only the software developer.

28
Jun
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Remember a few months ago when fellow Android enthusiast Amit was sick and tired of his phone's performance being subpar? Google took notice by marking his issue as "FutureRelease," thus ensuring that one day, the Performance Boosting Thing™ that he so desperately desired would see the light of day. Well, folks, that day has now arrived. The bug has been marked as "Released" and Amit's problem is now officially fixed.

25
Jun
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If you're in the US and looking for a convenient way to get relevant World Cup video highlights sent right to your favorite device, Google has you covered. Starting today, through a partnership with ESPN, the company will begin offering video via your regular Google Now feed.

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If you recall, Google did something similar last month with NBA highlights as well.

20
Jun
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If you're still on the fence about picking up a Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Z Ultra, or HTC One M7, you may have run out of time. All three devices are presently showing as out of stock on the Google Play Store. History tells us that once devices go out of stock on the Play Store, they often tend to remain in that state indefinitely.

19
Apr
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If you want a Note 3 but don't want to pay top dollar for it, you might be in luck. Though this is almost certainly a mistake, AT&T is presently selling refurbished Galaxy Note 3s in both black and white via its website for $249.99 off contract, or $99.99 with a two-year agreement.

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Of course, there's no guarantee that AT&T will honor your order and actually ship the device, but if it does, you will have bragging rights for a long time to come.

19
Apr
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If you've been waiting for a good opportunity to join the Nexus 7 party, now is as good a time as you're likely to find in the near future. If you head over to eBay Daily Deals, you can pick up a factory-refurbished WiFI-only Nexus 7 for just $149.99. This is the 2nd generation (2013) model and comes with a 90-day manufacturer warranty.

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This price tag gives you roughly 35% off of the regular $229.99 MSRP for a brand new model.

16
Apr
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Last Updated: April 17th, 2014

Though there are a plethora of options for backing up your apps and data if you have root access to your device, for those without Superuser privileges, you basically have one option - the Android backup service. Even the backup apps like Helium that don't technically require root are simply front-ends for the backup service. The problems with this part of Android are well-known, extensive and, quite honestly, embarrassing. As if there aren't enough things to complain about with it already, it appears that some folks are having problems restoring encrypted (i.e.

09
Apr
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Now that the first shipments of AT&T's Galaxy S5 are beginning to arrive at people's doors, we are receiving reports from disgruntled customers that the "download booster" feature, which Samsung touted at the launch event in Barcelona, is completely missing from Big Blue's variant.

For those unaware, this functionality allows you to combine your Wi-Fi and LTE connections during downloads of files larger than 30 MB. The idea is that part of the file downloads over each connection interface, resulting in vastly improved download speeds over what would be achievable by each one individually.

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