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Samsung Drops Open Source Files For Verizon Galaxy Camera, AT&T Galaxy SIII Jelly Bean, AT&T Galaxy Tab 8.9 Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung, continuing its habit of timely code releases, today let fly open source kernel files for a handful of devices including Verizon's newly announced Galaxy Camera (EK-GC120), AT&T's Galaxy SIII Jelly Bean update (SGH-I747), and last but not least, AT&T's Galaxy Tab 8.9 Ice Cream Sandwich release (SGH-I957).

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If you've been waiting to get your hands on a fresh batch of kernel source for these devices to tweak, develop, or ogle, now's your chance.

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Google Calendar App Updated - New Notification Actions, Event Location Suggestions, And Quick Event Creation

Google's Calendar app for Android just received an update, to version 201212060 (we're guessing the version numbers are date codes or something). The update adds a few new things.

First, you can now call a number or go to a location for an event directly from the notification for that event, as shown in the screenshots below. We figure this is just another example of Google's apps catching up with Android's rich notifications, introduced in 4.1.

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Verizon Officially Announces Galaxy S III Jelly Bean Update, Rolling Out Within The Next Week

After putting up the accompanying support documentation yesterday, Verizon just announced that the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for the Galaxy S III will be rolling out within the next week, making it the last of the major carriers to apply it. The update will start pushing to devices tomorrow, December 14th.

The update includes Google Now, expandable notifications, ISIS mobile payment support, an enhanced camera app, and more. You can find the details on the Galaxy S III support page.

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[Update: It's Live] Facebook's Big 2.0 Update Is Coming Today, Ditching The Slow HTML5 Rendering For Native Code

We've known it's coming for a while and, per today's announcement, it will finally be here soon: Facebook's revamp of its Android app that will bring a proper, native UI as opposed to the mostly HTML5-based web viewer that's been powering the application for so long. The result is photos, the news feed, and timelines will load at least twice as fast, according to the company.

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The company touts speed as the big improvement here, and it's sorely needed.

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[Android Police Holiday Giveaway #2] Win One Of Twenty (Yes, 20) Awesome Android Phones From Sprint

Winners have been selected. Congrats to:
  • Adam M.
  • Jonathon G.
  • Jesus T.
  • Troy C.
  • Mohd F.
  • Mike S.
  • Dan Z.
  • Anthony F.
  • Travis F.
  • Steven D.
  • Rocco
  • TesterInOaks
  • Melanie T.
  • Geoff J.
  • Russell S.
  • Felipe P.
  • Dough K.
  • Jessica K.
  • Matthew R.
  • Juan C.

We'll be in touch with the winners shortly.

We started off Android Police's holiday giveaway series yesterday with some great phones and other gadgets from RadioShack - today we're upping the ante.

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Verizon Posts Jelly Bean Update Support Docs For Galaxy S III [Update: It Was Gone And Now It's Back]

Update: Verizon has since removed the document (maybe to fix the typo we pointed out, though who knows), and changed it back to the document for the last update to the GS3. We'll let you know if that changes.

Update #2: The document is back, this time correctly identifying Google Now as Google Now instead of Google Plus.

Verizon has posted up the official support documentation for the Android 4.1 update to the Galaxy S III, meaning an update should be on its way in the next week or two (typically - there are cases where delays happen).

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HTC EVO 4G LTE Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out Now

Update: Sprint's posted the official changelog, here it is:

HTC EVO 4G LTE Software Update  - 3.15.651.16

Enhancements/Fixes:

- WiFi Authentication Improvement
- Personalized ringtones
- Calendar event description hyperlinks and calendar reminder improvements
- Addition of Sprint Connections Optimizer
- Upgrade to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) with HTC Sense 4+
- Improved Browser performance
- Face Unlock Improvement
- Application Improvements to YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Maps, and more
- Improved Camera including Auto Portrait and Sightseeing Mode capabilities
- Improved Gallery with ability to display photos and video albums according to when or where taken
- Tap and Go function to connect the phone to select Beats Audio speakers
- HTC Get Started support to allow device set up from a computer

Important Notes:

- Software version is: 3.15.651.16
- Updates may be released in stages.

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Verizon's Pantech Breakout Getting Update To S8995VWCA55F.BB With A Long List Of Tweaks

Listen up, Pantech Breakout owners – Verizon has just announced an update to build S8995VWCA55F.BB that brings with it a laundry list of tweaks and enhancements. While it's not a bump to the next version of Android, the update is still refreshing, given the Breakout's debut on Verizon is now more than a year behind us.

The update, which should be rolling out to Breakout owners any time now, comes with improved SMS delivery, memory management fixes, enhancements for data connectivity, and improvements made "to reduce SD Card issues" among other things.

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[One-Day Deal Alert] Get A Free MOGA Controller And Copy Of Modern Combat 4 From Gameloft And PowerA [Updated]

Update 5: It's official – PowerA has run out of free MOGA systems. In a post to Facebook on the matter, PowerA assures readers that "Santa still has something in his bag for you," so we may see another awesome deal soon.

Update 4: Well this has been a roller coaster – it seems the promo code is once again working.

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Google Announces Play Magazines Availability in The UK, Over A Hundred Different Choices Already In The Store

Google Magazines has to be one of my favorite services from Big G. I've always been a big fan of magazines in general - they just provide a different experience to the traditional blog format (oh how the tables have turned, right?). Now, all our friends across the pond can begin enjoying this fantastic service, as well.

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Officially announced last night by Google UK, the service is now available in the Play Store for UK residents.

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