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Better Late Than Never: AT&T Galaxy S II (SGH-I777) Finally Gets Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update, Build UCMD8

Months after its flighty sibling, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket, received an update to Android 4.1.2, it seems that the vanilla GS2 on AT&T is finally ready for its Jelly Bean bump. Threads on XDA and the official AT&T forums confirm that the update - build number UCMD8 - is now available, just check for an update through Kies.

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We don't yet have a changelog for the update, but you can assume that for Galaxy S II users, the number of changes coming from the Ice Cream Sandwich TouchWiz builds won't be huge.

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Sprint Announces The Previously-Leaked ZTE Vital, Mid-Range Specs And Stock Android On The Cheap

There's a place in every carrier's line up for a mid-range phone, and that's what the Sprint Vital is. We got the early details on this device back in March when it was known as the ZTE Quantum, and the official announcement jives with the leak pretty well. This phone has a few notable features, but the hardware is a bit lackluster.

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Samsung Announces The Galaxy Ace 3 In 3G And LTE Versions, Coming Soon To A Budget Carrier Near You

It's been said that a rising tide lifts all boats. So it is with the smartphone market: today Samsung announced the latest addition to its budget line, with hardware and software slowly rising as flagships push for newer horizons. The Galaxy Ace 3 is the latest of Samsung's innumerable additions to an already huge smartphone lineup, packing a 4" WVGA LCD screen, a 1Ghz dual-core processor (1.2Ghz for the LTE model), and Sammy's highly-skinned version of Android 4.2.

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[One-Day Deal Alert] Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Is Woot's Daily Sale: $299.99 Refurbished

If $350 for the newer Galaxy Note 8.0 is too much and you're looking for something a bit bigger anyway, you'd do well to head over to the geek-friendly Woot.com sometime today. They're offering the 16GB WiFi Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 for $299.99, although it's a refurbished model. That's a solid $200 off the retail price, though you can certainly get it for less if you're prepared to hunt (Amazon has the new 16GB version for $449).

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Support Added To Galaxy S4 International LTE (i9505) And Cricket Models, Sony Xperia Tablet Z WiFi

In their never-ending quest to bring CyanogenMod to every Android device on the face of the planet (or at least all of them with unlocked bootloaders, modern hardware, and a big user base - not all that many, in fact, forget I mentioned it) the CM team is expanding the 10.1 build to three new devices this weekend. The unlocked international LTE version of the Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505) and Cricket's branded variant both get new nightly builds of the ROM, as does the WiFi-only version of Sony's Xperia Tablet Z.

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Sony's NSZ-GS8 With Voice Search Is The Latest Google TV Box, Coming In July For $199; New Remote Available For GS7 Owners

Here's a nice nugget of new for Google TV fans - we know you're out there. There have been rumors of an update to Sony's stylish NSZ-GS7 model (more colloquially known as the "Internet Player") for some time, and now they've made it official via the company blog. The NSZ-GS8 will be available for $199 starting in July, the online Sony store and the usual retail suspects. For the moment, Sony is selling the older model with a $30 discount, bringing it down to $169.99.

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Report: Google Set To Buy Collaborative GPS Navigation Company Waze For $1.3 Billion

If you haven't been following the broader tech news lately, GPS navigation provider Waze has been the corporate equivalent of a desperate college freshman, trying to find a match before the end of the first semester. The scuttlebutt is that both Apple and Facebook have shown interest in acquiring the Israel-based company within the last year. Now two credible sources, Israeli business websites Globes and Calcalist, report that Google has swooped in and agreed to purchase the company for a cool $1.3 billion.

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[Deal Alert] Barnes & Noble NOOK HD/HD+ On Sale For $129/$149 Until Father's Day

Do you want to give a flashy gift on Father's Day? You know, something to really show up your siblings. Barnes & Noble has a pretty sweet offer that might just help to turn you into dad's favorite, again. Until Father's Day, the NOOK HD will be on sale for $129 (8GB) and $149 (16GB), while the NOOK HD+ will drop all the way to $149 (16GB) and $179 (32GB).

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Nook HD

  • 7-inch 1440x900 display (243 PPI)
  • 1.5Ghz dual-core TI OMAP4470 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB / 16GB built-in storage + microSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • HDMI Compatible (proprietary 30-pin connector)
  • Based on Android 4.0

Nook HD+

  • 9-inch 1920x1080 display (256 PPI)
  • 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP4470 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB / 32GB built-in storage + microSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • HDMI Compatible (proprietary 30-pin connector)
  • Based on Android 4.0

As a reminder, both tablets recently gained access to the Google Play Store to go with B&N's own curated platform.

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Bloomberg Report: "Google Wallet Has Become A Money Pit," Some Expansion Projects Reconsidered Or Abandoned

After two years on the market, Google Wallet has failed to gain any kind of meaningful foothold in the mobile payment world. That's the gist of a new report from Bloomberg Businessweek, slamming Google's mobile and NFC payment service as a "money pit" and unlikely to succeed against existing and upcoming competitors. Among the publication's chief complaints are $300 million in investments and acquisitions, and hundreds of developers on staff, all for less than 10 million downloads in the Google Play Store.

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[Deal Alert] Cricket Offers $200 Off The Galaxy S4 (Just $329!), Galaxy S III, And HTC One SV Via Mail-In Rebate

If you're in the market for a Cricket Wireless phone, the carrier is offering some downright fantastic deals at the moment. They're offering massive mail-in rebates of $200 off the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, and HTC One SV (in addition to their regular web discounts), delivered in the form of a Visa prepaid card. Thanks to a surprisingly low starting price, Samsung's Galaxy S4 is just $329.99 with the rebate - and that's not a contract price.

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