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HTC DROID DNA Official: 5" Of Eye-Melting 1080p, Headed To Verizon On November 21st

Update: Here's a snapshot of that ridiculous 1080p display in action. Be sure to check out Ron's hands-on with the phone, in which he describes said eye-melting resolution.

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Our own Ron Amadeo is live on the ground at the DROID DNA unveiling, but the not-quite-a-phablet phone has just been officially announced by Verizon. As expected, the DROID DNA's specifications (similar to the J Butterfly) basically position it as arguably the most lust-worthy Android phone on the market (in the US). Well, as long as you ignore the amount of internal storage, that is.

  • 5" 1080p S-LCD3 display (1920x1080, 440DPI) with Gorilla Glass 2
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • 2GB RAM / 16GB internal storage (11GB usable)
  • Android 4.1.1 with Sense 4+
  • 8MP f2.0 rear camera / 2.1MP ultra-wide angle front facing camera
  • 2020mAh battery (yikes)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with apt-X
  • NFC
  • Wireless charging
  • New 2.55v built-in headphone amplifier (should provide significant audio quality gains)

The DNA is slated to launch on November 21st, for $200 on a 2-year agreement ($600 off contract).

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Reminder Tip: Developer Options Are Hidden In Android 4.2, Here's How To Find Them

Chances are if you're a Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 7 owner (or soon to be Nexus 4 / Nexus 10 owner), you probably have reason to head into the developer options menu once in a while. Or like me, just once ever to enable USB debugging. Regardless, if you go looking for these options in Android 4.2, you won't find them. That's because Google has - for whatever reason - hidden them from view in this latest update. Probably to prevent ordinary consumers from finding them, you know, for all the damage those highly dangerous developer options could cause.

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Anyway, to access the Developer Options menu, and things like USB debugging, just do the following:

  • Open the Settings menu
  • Go down to the "System" sub-section of the settings menu at the bottom
  • Hit "About Phone [or Tablet]"
  • At or near the bottom, you should see the "Build number" header
  • Tap this area about 10 times, and the Developer Options menu should appear

Ta-da!

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[Updated] Final CyanogenMod 10 Stable Builds Being Released

After numerous nightly and monthly builds, CyanogenMod 10 is finally ready for its stable release. The custom ROM is already available to download for the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, LG Optimus Black, and the Samsung Galaxy S III (both Verizon and Sprint models).

The latest version of CyanogenMod includes a number of new features, such as an 'expandable desktop' mode, and a built-in, root-enabled file manager, as well as support for new devices.

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If you can't see a stable build of CyanogenMod 10 for your device just yet, hang tight, as some builds have been failing. Hopefully, the issue will be addressed soon, but we aren't sure how long this might take.

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PSA: US Customers, You Only Have A Few Hours To Wait – Google Confirms 9am PST Nexus Launch Time

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If you're a resident of the US waiting for your chance at one of the new Nexus devices, you've no doubt been growing envious as countries around Europe (and Australia) got to place their own orders before (and after) the rumored 12am PST launch time for the US.

Well, I've got some (kind of) good news – the wait is almost over. Google has confirmed to us that both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 will be open for order to US Play Store customers beginning tomorrow, Tuesday November 13th, 2012 at 9:00am PST. The confirmation comes via a quick call to the Nexus support line (1-855-83-NEXUS).

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Android 4.2 (Build JOP40C) Rolling Out To The Nexus 7 Now – Manual Download Link Available

Nexus 7 owners, it's your turn. Earlier this evening, before many countries even had access to Nexus 4 or 10 orders, Google began pushing the 4.2 (JOP40C) update to the Takju Galaxy Nexus. After some patient waiting, it appears the Nexus 7 is now ready for an update as well. In case you don't feel like waiting on the OTA though, we've got the download link and some super-easy instructions for manually updating your favorite 7-inch slate.

Prerequisite: Your Nexus 7 should be running Android 4.1.2 build JZO54K. You will not lose your data using this method.

Step 1.

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Nexus 4, 10, And HSPA+ Nexus 7 Orders Now Live For Customers In UK, France, Germany, Spain

It looks like we can add one more market to the list of those to which Google has opened the Nexus gates. Customers in a few European countries can now claim their own Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 from Google Play. Note: since these orders just opened up, you may see some errors or inconsistencies with ordering or availability. If any of the devices appear to truly be out of stock, we'll update this post.

The new flagships, which are both impressively spec'ed and amply powerful, have been hotly anticipated since their late-October announcement, and should be available for those in select other countries soon. 

Those of you who have been anxiously waiting to relieve that itch in your trigger finger should head to the Play Store and place your orders as soon as you can.

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Android 4.2 Update (JOP40C) Rolling Out To Takju Galaxy Nexus, Grab The Manual Update Now

Just after users began reporting that their Galaxy Nexus devices were receiving an update to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (build JOP40C, to be precise), it looks like the manual update package is available for download. As could be expected, this coincides almost perfectly with the launch of Google's newest additions to the Nexus family – the Nexus 4 and 10.

Of course, it's worth reiterating that this is an update specifically for the Galaxy Nexus' Takju variant – that means only Galaxy Nexus handsets bought from the Play Store need apply (we're still waiting to hear about the Yakju variant). Your device should also be running build JZO54K before trying to install the update manually.

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PPSSPP Is A Prototype PSP Emulator Available On The Play Store For Your Gaming And Testing Pleasure

There's no shortage of emulators for older gaming consoles on modern mobile platforms. The latest addition to the list is PPSSPP, a PSP emulator that self-admits to being a work in progress. Of course, there are a couple of things you should know up front: for starters, it's possible this won't last long on the Play Store, since emulators tend to have a pesky problem with legal and policy gray areas. Secondly, the app is still in early development, so many games will likely not work. You should expect a level of beta-ness on this one. Heck, it's only listed as version 0.2.

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Some Users Reporting Android 4.2 (JOP40C) Is Rolling Out To The GSM Galaxy Nexus Right Now

Sure, we're only a few hours away from the Nexus 4 and 10 launches, but that doesn't mean we can't have a software update or two while we're waiting. Some users on Google+ and Twitter are reporting that the Galaxy Nexus is receiving an update to Android 4.2 as we speak. Of course, if you're on a Sprint or Verizon device, you will probably be exempt right now, but if you see your miracle upgrade, speak up!

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The new software brings Photosphere support, Gesture Typing (don't call it Swype), Gmail 4.2 with pinch-to-zoom, lockscreen widgets, notification quick settings, and more.

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Multiple User Accounts (N10 Only) And Lockscreen Widgets Rolling Out The The Nexus 4 And 10 Right Now

Google promised an OTA update that brings multiple user accounts to the Nexus 10 and lockscreen widgets to both the 10 and the 4 before the official launch date of November 13th. For two days now, Ron and I have been mashing the Check Updates button on our respective devices over and over hoping to get this update as quickly as possible... and we just got it.

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This, of course, brings both of our devices up to full retail, complete with the above mentioned features. Before today, we didn't have a whole lot of info about how lockscreen widgets were going to work, and it turns out they're pretty simple.

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