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Dec
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Finally. It's real.

After all the rumored release dates, and Verizon's best efforts to sweep this phone under the carpet, the Galaxy Nexus for Verizon is real. It's real and I have one.

I picked it up on launch day at 8am, at a pretty busy Verizon store. I went on a long Ice Cream Sandwich bender, and now I'm here to report my first impressions.

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First off, forget all that technical Pentile stuff.

17
Dec
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This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Would You Switch Carriers For A Phone? Have You Before?

With the 10-day $0.10 "10 Billion Promo" sale on the Android Market now over, we have two questions to ask you. The first we'll ask today, in part 1 of this weekend's two-part weekend poll, and the second we'll ask tomorrow. Rather simply, how many apps (including games) did you purchase during the sale?

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Dec
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Last Updated: December 29th, 2011

This afternoon we have yet another developer book giveaway, this time you'll be entering to win one of ten copies of Sams Teach Yourself Android Application Development in 24 Hours (2d Edition) by Lauren Darcey and Shane Conder, thanks to our friends at InformIT.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  • christopher Woodward
  • D.L. Wall
  • jayavignesh reddy
  • Cory JB*
  • Lucan
  • Alex Vidrean
  • gwood
  • wyngo
  • daroz
  • skmpowdjy

Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

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Dec
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Last Updated: January 13th, 2012

Another day, another giveaway. Today, we're holding another one of our "lightning" giveaways, which will continue until tomorrow, December 18th at 11:59PM PST. For your consideration, we have two Archos tablets: the Archos 80 G9, and the 101 G9. Both come in the 8GB "Classic" trim and are equipped with TI OMAP4 1GHz dual-core processors, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and allow for up to 7 hours of video playback. They're both equipped with kickstands as well, so there's no need to go buy a costly tablet folio to enjoy some hands-free video watching.

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Dec
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The Toshiba Thrive and I don't exactly have a great history. And that's probably putting it mildly. In fact, in my first review of Toshiba's first Tegra 2 tablet (yes, I had to write a second one) earlier this year, I panned it so hard that I basically just started textually abusing the poor thing. So, at the behest of commenters and colleagues, I rewrote it. My revised review (here) was a little less harsh, but I'll be the first to admit: I didn't like the Thrive, and after spending even more time with it after the review, my feelings were unchanged.

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Dec
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After a rollercoaster of emotions and months of waiting, the back-from-mythical Galaxy Nexus was finally released on Verizon yesterday, but were the main reasons for the delays, in fact, related to unstable and poor connectivity? I've had endless problems with connectivity on the Thunderbolt (even with the latest firmware), and plenty of you had similar issues with pretty much all other LTE devices.

Can the Galaxy Nexus be no different?

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Dec
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Last Updated: December 29th, 2011

Our final giveaway today is another of our developer-oriented contests, and we're giving ten copies of the massive programming reference book Android Wireless Application Development by Shane Conder and Lauren Darcey, thanks to our friends at InformIT. Again, we ask that only developers or those interested in learning Android development participate, so that they can start making even more awesome apps for the rest of us.

This contest is now over.

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Dec
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Well, that didn't take long. Here are the instructions to you your Nexus S rocking ICS right now. Do not try this on the CDMA Nexus S!
  • Download the OTA Package
  • Rename it to update.zip
  • Copy it to the root of the internal storage
  • Power off the device, hold Volume Up and Power to reboot into the bootloader
  • Select "recovery," then hit the power button
  • Once the warning triangle appears, hold the power button and hit volume up
  • Select "apply update from /sdcard" and choose the update.zip
  • Once the process is finished, simply choose "reboot system now"

Once it reboots, BAM!

16
Dec
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Last Updated: January 23rd, 2012

Are you ready for another awesome giveaway? This may be our best one yet (but trust us - we've got some even better ones coming), and once again, it's open to a whole host of countries around the world (we've added a few more EU countries, so check the eligibility list). For your consideration, today we have 3 Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 bundles up for grabs, which include the Tegra-powered Galaxy Tab 8.9, Jambox wireless Bluetooth speaker, and $25 AMEX gift card.

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Dec
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Looks like the incremental updates for Android 4.0 are rolling along nicely at this point - the VZW Galaxy Nexus received the update to Android 4.0.2 yesterday, and now Google has announced version 4.0.3. As you may expect, it crushes many bugs that have been found in current builds, along with throwing some optimizations into the mix.

This update will also bring some new goodies to the table for developers in the form of new APIs:

  • Social stream API in Contacts provider: Applications that use social stream data such as status updates and check-ins can now sync that data with each of the user’s contacts, providing items in a stream along with photos for each.