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[Manual Download] Android 4.2.1 Update (JOP40D) For The Nexus 4

If you're looking for the Android 4.2.1 update to the Nexus 4 that started rolling out this morning (it's a very minor patch, at only 1.1MB), you can find it, straight from Google's servers, at this link.

The update, JOP40D, so far has one known fix: the missing month of December in the People app (Contacts.apk). Presumably it fixes other things, too - Google probably wouldn't release a patch just for a single bug, but we haven't figured out what else this patch may address just yet. That said, there is no shortage of things it could (read: should) address.

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[Deal Alert] AT&T's Galaxy Note II Now $175 For New Customers, $200 For Upgrades From Amazon Wireless

Over the past couple weeks, we've watched Amazon Wireless continuously drop the price of the Galaxy Note II across various carriers, and AT&T's version of the behemoth is the latest to face the price-cutting ax. Effective today, customers who sign a new agreement with Big Blue can grab this powerhouse phablet for $175 - the lowest price we've seen yet on the device. If you're an existing customer looking to upgrade to the Note II, don't sweat too hard - it's only $200 for you.

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That's a minimum of $100 off of what AT&T is asking for this device, and $125 cheaper if you're signing a new contract.

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The Nexus 4 Is Back In Stock At T-Mobile For The $200 Subsidized Price, $500 Off-Contract

The Nexus 4 has been in-and-out of stock like a California burger joint, but today it's back—as long as you don't mind getting it from T-Mobile. The subsidized hardware with a two-year contract is available again from everyone's fourth-favorite carrier. If you want one without a contract, though, that's still an option. It will just run you $500.

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Of course, there's no knowing how long this will last. We'll update this post if the device well dries up, but if you really want one before the holidays, ordering sooner would be better than later. Get a move on.

Source: T-Mobile

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Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 (3G / Wi-Fi) Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out In UK, Spain, And Nordic Countries

After beginning its steady march to wide release in Germany a few weeks ago, the Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) update for the Galaxy Note 10.1 is making its way to more European nations today. The UK, Spain, and various Nordic nations (presumably Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland) have the firmware available now (grab it here or here), if you're feeling impatient. Otherwise, just keep hitting that "check update" button over the next week or two, and sweet Jelly Bean goodness should be on its way to you shortly.

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This presumably includes the "Premium Suite" upgrade we covered last week, that enhances multi-windows functionality, adds air view, and many other features found on the Note II smartphone.

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Google Pushing Android 4.2.1 OTA, Fixes The 'December Bug'

Earlier this month, we reported on a pretty big omission in Android 4.2's People app: Google forgot December. So, any birthdays, anniversaries, or other important dates you may have needed to note for that month were simply impossible to document. Now, though, it looks like El Goog is fixing that issue with a small 1.1MB update. This OTA is, of course, labeled as Android 4.2.1, and aside from the December fix, we're not sure of what else it may bring.

Update: Here's the manual download for the Nexus 4, as well as a look at all the changes within.
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Google Finally Sends Out Nexus 4 Notifications, Will Start Selling It Again At Noon PST Today (US Only)

Now that's more like it! Big G must've learned from its mistakes with the initial launch of the Nexus 4, as it just started sending out notices to those who signed up letting them know that the device will go (back) on sale today at 12:00 Noon PST in the U.S.

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That means if you didn't get one the first go around, today's your chance to give it another shot. Hopefully they won't sell out in a matter of minutes like they did the last time. Here's to hoping!

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Google+ Integration For Play Store Reviews Is Live - All Previous Reviews Say "A Google User" [Updated]

Well, folks, we don't want to say we told you so. But if you'll take a look at any app in the web version of the Google Play Store, you'll see that almost all of the reviews have had the name entry changed to "A Google User." Try to add a review, and you'll find that you're required to do so from your Google+ account.

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The change seems to have affected the on-device view a little differently - according to checks on multiple devices here at Android Police, the names that were formerly there (usually linked to the old Google Profiles) are just plain gone.

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Nexus 4 Shipping Emails Being Sent En Masse, Shipments Going Out "This Week"

Google is sending out emails to many of those who ordered Nexus 4's during the first day of availability, and were subsequently told they'd be waiting up to three weeks to get their phones. We're now hearing from numerous tipsters that Google is sending out an email indicating those orders will ship this week. Members of our team have received the email, as well. Here it is:

Your Nexus 4 order is scheduled to ship this week. We’ll send you a notification, including tracking information, when it’s on the way.

Please note that your order will be charged in full when it ships.  As a courtesy and to thank you for your patience, you’ll then receive a credit for the shipping charge within 7 business days.

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HTC Ramping Up Wide Europe / Asia Rollout Of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) To The One X

If you have a European or Asian model One X (read: Not AT&T), start frantically hitting that check update button - it's peanut butter jelly Jelly Bean time. We're hearing from multiple sources that HTC is beginning to roll out Jelly Bean to the One X in various regions today.

This update brings Android 4.1.1 and Sense 4+. Expandable notifications, Google Now, and some fairly minor tweaks like a new Gallery app in Sense are in tow. Sense also now has wonky holo blue highlights throughout the OS, so that's cool, I guess.

If you can't see the update on your phone, we've got a pretty easy explanation: your particular CID (a regional hardware identifier code, typically by country or carrier) hasn't had Jelly Bean rolled out to it.

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What Hath Science Wrought: Behold Samsung's Phone-Crushing Automatic Ass-Bot

It seems to be a growing trend among manufacturers to show off the process behind creating their products. Today, Samsung joined the ranks, bringing us an inside look of the stress test process that the company's moneymaker undergoes. To ensure that every Galaxy S III can stand up to all the punishment you can throw at it, there are a number of machines that attempt to scratch, crack, or soak the handset to see how well it can hold up. Oh, yeah, and there's an automated ass that sits on the phone over and over again.

If you've ever seen a stress test video, there won't be much here that's entirely shocking, though this clip is in Korean.

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