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[Updated] Galaxy Nexus And Ice Cream Sandwich Launch Live Blog

Welcome to the home of the Ice Cream Sandwich launch live coverage. Come back to this page about 30 minutes before Google and Samsung start the event in Hong Kong and join us in the chat. The official start times in various time zones are below:

  • Oct 18 4PM HAST
  • Oct 18 7PM PDT
  • Oct 18 8PM MDT
  • Oct 18 9PM CDT
  • Oct 18 10PM EDT
  • Oct 19 2AM GMT
  • Oct 19 3AM BST
  • Oct 19 4AM CEST/IST
  • Oct 19 5AM EEST
  • Oct 19 6AM MSK
  • Oct 19 10AM HKT
  • Oct 19 11AM JST

Remember, the whole event will be broadcast live at youtube.com/android - don't forget to tune in.

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Music Lovers Rejoice - Sony Ericsson Unveils "Live With Walkman" Android Smartphone

The "Walkman" brand name, originally created by Sony over 30 years ago, lives on in Sony Ericsson's newest Android device, the "Live with Walkman". This diminutive smartphone, announced in a press release earlier today, will be a music playing device first and foremost with a dedicated music discovery button and "deep Facebook integration," which means it will most likely carry something similar to (or exactly like) Sony's "Facebook inside Xperia" interface.

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Western Digital Launches The WD 2go App Allowing My Book Live Customers Remote Access To Their Data

There are plenty of network-attached storage ("NAS") solutions available, however if you are a fan of Western Digital, you may be the owner of their My Book Live line of devices (available much cheaper on Amazon). Although reviews indicate that it is a solid product, it lacks a convenient method of remotely accessing the data, especially considering its MioNet solution is "nearly useless." Owners of this NAS will be pleased to hear that WD has launched the WD 2go Android app that helps bridge the remote access gap by providing an alternative method of viewing the content on your NAS.

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Google Maps Adds Live Traffic Coverage For 13 European Countries

Google Maps continues the march of progress, officially adding traffic support for 13 European countries today. Aside from the obvious benefit of being able to see traffic in Maps, Navigation will now re-route you based on traffic conditions.

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The countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland

The new functionality is live on Android, iOS, and in the mobile browser.

[Source: Google Mobile Blog]

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New Web Android Market Is Live, Adds Several New Features

If you haven't been to the web version of the Android Market today, I suggest you go take a look. Google has thrown in a few new features, like trending apps and top grossing apps from the past 30 days. Not only that, but the navigation is much more intuitive, as the top paid and top free apps have been revamped, along with the addition of top games in the sidebar.

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Google Music Page Is Live, Request A Beta Invite Now!

We got a tip this morning for the official URL for Google Music, and we've been randomly checking it (read: mashing F5 constantly) since then. A few minutes ago, something amazing happened - it went live. Hit the link, request your invite, and patiently wait for it! GO!

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Landing page

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After clicking on "Request invitation"

Although this just went up, we can pull out a few obvious facts right off the bat:

  • Honeycomb and Gingerbread will be supported
  • At least based on what's shown in the images above, Music doesn't appear to be a store.
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[Google I/O 2011] What Would You Want To Ask The Android Team? Ask Us And We'll Do It For You

With Google I/O 2011 around the corner - in fact it starts in less than 8 hours - I can barely contain the excitement (the 5 beers at today's Samsung and Lookout parties failed to numb that feeling).

Google Music (and movies?), the new Google TV, the next-gen Android dubbed "Ice Cream Sandwich," new games, and possible tablet/phone giveaways are among this year's rumor chart toppers. Will all of them come true?

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Watch Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 And 10.1 CTIA Event Now On YouTube

One of the most exciting announcements of this week was, without a doubt, the unveiling of the 2 new super-slim Galaxy Tabs, the 8.9 and the 10.1, at the CTIA Wireless conference in Orlando.

If you followed our live blog from the event, you may have already seen the new Tabs in their on state (none of the new Tabs could be turned on at the event), but still images can only tell half of the story.

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CTIA 2011: Sprint Press Conference Live Blog

The Sprint event that we've been all looking forward to for so long is about to start in a few minutes. Tune into the live blog below for our on-location coverage.

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CTIA 2011: Samsung Press Conference Live Blog

We're live at the Samsung press conference at CTIA Wireless 2011. Tune into the liveblog below for our on-location coverage.

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