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[No Surprises] HTC Confirms Jelly Bean For The One X, One XL, And One S

Whenever a new version of Android is announced, everyone is curious whether or not their device will end up getting the update. While it's usually assumed that the latest flagship devices will receive this sort of update, HTC has issued a statement removing all doubt:

We know HTC fans are excited to get their hands on Google's latest version of Android. At this point in time, we can confirm that we have plans to upgrade our HTC One X, HTC One XL and HTC One S to Jelly Bean. Please stay tuned for more updates regarding device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Jelly Bean.

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[New Game] The Dark Knight Rises From Gameloft Lands In The Play Store

The long awaited day is finally here: the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy - The Dark Knight Rises - is playing in theatres across the world. To celebrate the finale of this epic trio of films, Gameloft has released a game of the same name into the Play Store.

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In The Dark Knight Rises you play the role of Batman, who has been re-awakened after eight years of silence, to stop Bane from torturing Gotham. The game gives you access to Batman's arsenal of butt-kicking gadgetry, and puts you in all the appropriate situations to use it: car chases, bomb threats, hostage situations, and more.

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[Deal Alert] OfficeMax Has The 16GB Nexus 7 In Stock For $219.99 With Phone Order Coupon Plus Free Shipping

UPDATE: Many readers are reporting that the Nexus 7 is now on backorder from OfficeMax and that the coupon may not work any more. That being said, the website still indicates that the tablet will ship in 1 to 3 days. Let us know if you have any luck getting the discount.

There's no doubt that Google's Nexus 7 has been exceedingly hard to find since its launch. From nebulous shipping schedules to stock problems at brick and mortar stores, customers everywhere have had a hard time getting their hands on the device.

Luckily, it has been discovered that OfficeMax has Google's hit 7" tablet in stock (shipping in "1 to 3 days") for $219.99 when you apply a coupon code over the phone.

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Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean OTA (JRO03E) Available For The Nexus S i9023/i9020T [Download] [Update: Now i9020A Too]

Good news for Nexus S owners – your OTA update to 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is ready and at least one user has reported it rolling out to his i9023 already.

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The 114MB update, which brings the Nexus S' build up to JRO03E, is also available to download directly from Google's server for users with either the i9023 or i9020T hardware variants. For those wondering, this update shouldn't wipe data during installation.

assert(file_getprop("/system/build.prop", "ro.build.fingerprint") == "google/soju/crespo:4.0.4/IMM76D/299849:user/release-keys" ||
       file_getprop("/system/build.prop", "ro.build.fingerprint") == "google/soju/crespo:4.1.1/JRO03E/403059:user/release-keys");

Those who don't want to wait for an OTA notification to hit their device can download the update from the link below.

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XFINITY TV Player App Updated To Support The Nexus 7, Promises A 7" UI Soon Enough

Leave it to Comcast to be ahead of the curve on keeping up to date with new technology*. The Comcast subsidiary Xfinity has just updated its TV Player app to be compatible with Android 4.1, with special emphasis on supporting the Nexus 7. The app is technically compatible, though the release notes say that the next version of the app will include a UI designed specifically for the 7" form factor.

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While Xfinity probably isn't the first company to announce plans for or produce a 7"-specific UI for an app on the Play Store, it does highlight yet again the beginning of the trend we all knew was coming since I/O: 7" form factors are going to be a beast unto themselves.

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Great Big War Game Review: I Love The Smell Of Well-Balanced Strategy In The Morning

As mobile gaming starts to mature, new developers and properties have had a chance to shine. While Rubicon's Great Little War Game hasn't reached the lofty heights of some of the more mainstream titles, its mix of cartoonish humor and solid turn-based strategy has made it one of the most popular games on Android. The sequel, craftily named Great Big War Game, brings elements from both new and old strategy games to make a more cohesive whole. Is it worth three bucks? Well, even with the new editions the core gameplay remains the same -the visuals and feel haven't gotten as big a shift as the change from "Little" to "Big" might imply.

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[Quick Look] AViiQ Portable Charging Station With Cable Rack System

You know what I can't stand about packing to stay away from home? Having to bring 40 different chargers to power all of my gadgets. Camera, smartphone, tablets, laptop, etc. - and they all use a different chargers. It seriously drives me nuts. Then I heard about the AViiQ Portable Charging Station ($99, direct from manufacturer), which combines a cable management system with a USB hub and a single charger for charging up to four devices at once. Could this finally be the end to my age-old quandary?

In short: kind of.

Before I get into details, though, let's take a look at the product itself.

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[Update: Amazon, Too] Deal Alert: AT&T Motorola Atrix HD On Sale, Already Half Off ($49.99) At Best Buy

Update: If you have some sort of unholy vendetta against Best Buy and refuse to order anything from there, you'll be glad to know that Amazon now has the same deal. Both white and black versions of the Atrix HD are now $50 for new and existing customers.

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Well, would you look at that. The new Motorola Atrix HD "4G" officially went on sale just today, and Best Buy has already chopped off fully half of its reasonable asking price. You can pick up the 4.5-inch, 1.5Ghz dual-core ICS phone for just $49.99 online. The sober black ("titanium") version is in stock, but the white version going for the same price is not.

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CyanogenMod 9 Hits RC2, Adds Support For Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Skyrocket, International SIII, And More

Each and every day we inch closer to a final release of CM9. While we're all excited for CM9 to hit the stable channel, we all know what that really means: we're one step closer to CM10 nightlies and Jelly Bean goodness across the board. In fact, a few devices have already gotten an early taste of what CM10 will be like.

As excited as we all are for CM10, though, those who are currently running CM9 will be glad to know that RC2 was released late last night. As expected, this basically just brings stability improvements and bugfixes, but it also adds support for a handful of new devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (all variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
  • Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note (AT&T)
  • Samsung Galaxy S III i9300 (International version only)

As noted above, RC2 for the Galaxy S III is for the version of the device with the Exynos processor only.

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31 Best New Android Games From Last Two Weeks (7/7/12 - 7/18/12)

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon.

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Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Petri

This roundup is sponsored by Petri, from developer MobilWerx.

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