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Google Officially Announces The New Nexus 7, Surprise Features Include Multi-Network LTE, Qi Wireless Charging

Google has announced the much-anticipated successor to the Nexus 7, released a little over a year ago, today at a small press conference. Hugo Barra introduced the device, which has been leaked extensively in the past month (several of those times being here, more recently).

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The new Nexus 7 is thinner by 1.8mm, and narrower by 2.75mm on each side of the bezel in portrait orientation. It's also 50 grams lighter.

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BestBuy.com Just Published The New Nexus 7 In Both 16GB And 32GB Flavors - Pre-Order Them Now [Updated: Sam's Club, PC Connection]

The new Nexus 7, which has already been fully revealed and benchmarked earlier today, just popped up on BestBuy.com for pre-order in both 16 and 32 GB capacities. As expected, the refreshed 2013 N7 runs:

  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (you can read about some of the new Android 4.3 features here)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro @ 1.5GHz processor with Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 7" 1920x1200 IPS display with antifingerprint and scratch-resistant glass
  • 16/32GB internal storage
  • 5MP rear and 1.2MP front-facing cameras
  • SlimPort
  • BT 4.0
  • Notification LED
  • No SD card (did you really expect one?)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • Qi wireless charging-compatible
  • 3,950 mAh battery (up to 9 hours of active use)
  • 7.9" x 4.5" x 0.3"
  • 11.2oz

Wireless charging isn't mentioned, so I'm becoming less and less convinced it's capable of such a feat.

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[APK Teardown] Google Play Music v5.1 - Beam Music To Devices With Chromecasting, And A Hack For SD Card Support! (A Download Link, Too)

Google jumped the gun just a little bit and shipped tomorrow's version of Google Music today, which means we've got about 12 hours to spoil even more of the surprises Google has in store for us at their "Breakfast with Sundar Pichai" event. Let's get to it.

Chromecast

Music ships with all sorts of support for something called "Chromecast." It's basically Google's version of Airplay. Check this out:

<string name="error_start_session_failed">Unable to start a session with the Chromecast device.</string>
<string name="error_session_ended">Lost connectivity with the Chromecast device.</string>
<string name="error_ramp_command_failed">Failed to control the media.</string>
<string name="error_no_session">Not currently connected to the Chromecast device.</string>

Connect to a remote device, and start playing media!

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Ubuntu Edge Phone Looks Cool And Dual-Boots Android, Probably Isn't Worth The $32 Million Indiegogo Campaign [Update: $3.4 Million Already]

So, the folks at Canonical have been talking up their Ubuntu smartphone platform for a little over six months. Today they revealed their ultimate plan to revolutionize the smartphone world, a fantastic Death Star of a concept device: the Ubuntu Edge. It's a beautiful slab of metal that features some of the most outlandish mobile hardware ever seen, it runs Ubuntu for smartphones, doubles as a dockable ARM-powered desktop, and dual-boots Android.

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AOKP Finally Releases Jelly Bean 4.2 Milestone 2, Complete With SwipePad-like Ribbon Feature, New Devices, And More

It's been quite some time since we heard major release information from the ROM developers at the Android Open Kang Project, or as the cool kids call them, AOKP. After three months of relative quiet (though plenty of development and testing has been going on behind the scenes) The team just announced AOKP Jelly Bean Milestone 2, a complete and hopefully bug-free build that brings a ton of new features.

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An Even Newer Android 4.3 Build (JWR66V) Leaked For The Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition

Some devices get all the ROMs. Of course, for the Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, that's kind of the point. Late last month an early version of Android 4.3 was leaked for the phone right around the time of its Play Store debut, and now an even newer build labeled "JWR66V" has popped up. According to XDA Developers forum poster Jahon, it was build on July the 11th, and now it's been re-packaged into a ROM file flashable in the custom recovery of your choice.

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How To: Update The Nexus 4 To Android 4.3 (JWR66N) From The Leaked System Dump

Several hours ago, an Android 4.3 system dump was leaked for the Nexus 4. As it turns out, even though the bootloader and the radios weren't included, the system dump is totally bootable. I'm running it right now. If you want to try it out, it's easy to do so, but be prepared to have your bootloader unlocked and flash some zips via a custom recovery. If you don't know what any of this means, I suggest you get familiarized with Android flashing first.

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Download: Android 4.3 For Google Nexus 4 Leaks (JWR66N) - Here's The System Dump [Updated]

For the past few hours, I've been observing a curious case of Jeff Williams on Google+. Jeff posted a screenshot of what he claimed was a Nexus 4 he bought from a Googler... with a build of Android 4.3 on it. The same build, JWR66N, that we saw leaked earlier on a Galaxy S4 GPE by SamMobile.

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In disbelief, some have called him a hoaxer, but a number of resourceful folks decided to get Jeff on IRC (channel #Android43 on freenode) and worked with him for hours, trying over and over to get the magical system dump that would prove Jeff's story to be real.

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Reliable Developer Indicates HTC Is Backtracking On One S Update Situation, S4 (Ville) Variant May Get Android 4.2

Community developer LlabTooFeR has reason to believe that Android 4.2 will, in fact, be coming to HTC's One S. A series of tweets late last night between Llab and a few followers indicate that the One S "Ville" model (the version using a Snapdragon S4 processor) will receive Android 4.2 one way or another.

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Google Launches New Version Of Web Play Store, Is Absolutely Stunning, Lightning-Fast, And Full Of Cards

Google has officially launched the new web version of the Play Store, and it's a looker. The new interface is based around - you might have guessed - cards and sidebar navigation. I can't find a single page that hasn't been completely revamped. The new look is quite attractive, I think, and presents information in a much more clean, readable manner.

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While functionally there aren't a huge amount of changes, the visual difference is stark.

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