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Now You Can Install Android Apps Directly From Google+ Play Store Links

One of the neatest things about the Play Store is that, as long as you're signed in to your account on the web, you can install apps directly to your device without ever picking it up. Now, Google has integrated this functionality into Google+. If a user shares a link to an app on the Play Store, that friendly blue "Install" button will now be embedded directly in the post. A-like so:

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This is a nifty new addition to Google+.

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Android 4.1.1 Rolling Out To The Samsung Galaxy S III On T-Mobile Via OTA And Kies

If you have a Galaxy S III on T-Mobile, it's time to start mashing the "check updates" button, because Jelly Bean is on its way. Starting today, Team Pink has made the update available via both the over-the-air system, as well as Samsung's Kies application.

Aside from Jelly Bean, the update also brings a handful of other fixes, including improvements to Wi-Fi calling:

  • Version:
    • Android version 4.0.4/Software version T999UVLJA
    • Approved 11/14/2012
  • New Features:
    • Jelly Bean
  • Improvements:
    • Wi-Fi calling improvements
    • Camera enhancements
    • Keyboard improvements
  • Prerequisites
    • OTA and Samsung Kies update
    • T999UVLJ4, T999UVLH2, T999UVLG1 or T999UVLEM
    • Device software is not rooted
    • 50% battery life
    • Data connection
    • File size of update is 344 MB (it is recommended to connect to Wi-Fi to complete the OTA)

If you want to pull the software OTA, head into Settings > About device > Software update to see if it's available on your handset.

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Motorola Finalizes $100 Trade-Up Program For Old Devices – Basically A Rebate Deal

When Motorola announced a few months back that it was not going to update most of its 2011 Android devices to Jelly Bean, owners were understandably upset. Moto attempted to calm the masses by offering a $100 trade-in credit. Now the details have been finalized and the program is looking much less appealing than everyone had hoped.

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Eligible devices are the Droid 3, Droid X2, Admiral, Atrix 2, Atrix 4G, Cliq2, Electrify, Photon 4G, XPRT, Titanium, and Triumph.

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[Deal Alert] From Nov. 16-17, T-Mobile Is Offering The Galaxy S III Free On Contract (Yep, It's A Mail-In Rebate)

Are you a T-Mobile customer absolutely fed up with the carrier's admittedly absurd on-contract pricing for phones? I probably would be, too, if I was on T-Mobile. Fortunately, if you're a savvy consumer, a few times a year T-Mo offers some legitimately good deals on its best phones for around 48 hours, and on November 16th, one of those sales is going to happen. And no, the Galaxy Note II isn't a part of it, sadly.

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Sprint Officially Announces The ZTE Flash, Along With A Handful Of New LTE Markets

Considering the multitude of leaks surrounding the device,, you probably already know basically everything there is to know about the ZTE Flash for Sprint. And now, The Now Network has made this mid-ranger official. The device features some pretty modest specs, along with a very Galaxy Nexus-esque form factor:

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  • 4.5" 1280x720 Display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 12.6MP rear shooter
  • Android 4.0
  • 1,780mAh battery
  • 8GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 4G LTE
  • 5.27 inches (H) x 2.56 inches (W) x 0.38 inches (D)
  • 5.2 oz.
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JBQ: The Nexus 4 Is Not Supported In AOSP "At The Moment"

While Android 4.2 is now making its way into AOSP (Android Open Source Project), support for one device in that code is not, and won't be for some time: the Nexus 4. Android maintainer JBQ (an awesome guy we quote a lot on days like this) has confirmed that the "Nexus 4 is not supported in AOSP at the moment: no source files, no binaries."

JBQ is not able to comment on why this is the case, or when we might expect the Nexus 4 to join Google's big happy AOSP Nexus device family, though obviously if Google could merge it into AOSP today, they would.

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Device Art Generator Updated With Nexus 4, 10 Frames

Since the Device Frame Generator moved to Google's Android Developer site and received its new name (Device Art Generator), we've heard nary a peep about additional frames or other updates. That appears to have changed today, however – the Device Art Generator now features gorgeous new frames for both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, of course with the ability to toggle shadow, glare, and rotation. If you're a developer who needs a nice easy way to build promotional collateral, or just an average user who wants to create beautifully-framed screenshots, hit the link below.

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The Motorola XOOM And Nexus S Will Almost Definitely Not Receive Android 4.2

With all the excitement of Nexus availability and the Android 4.2 source code being pushed into AOSP this morning, one little statement by Android developer JBQ regarding 4.2 device support in the AOSP announcement was easy to overlook.

-There is no support for 4.2 on Nexus S and Xoom. Those devices should continue using 4.1.2.

Yep, that (very, very likely - it's intentionally vague) means exactly what you think it does: it's the end of the road for software updates on the Nexus S and Motorola XOOM (and yes, that means all variants).

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Hands on With The HTC DROID DNA: So Many Pixels!

Greetings from New York! I’m here at HTC’s event checking out the DROID DNA.

The DNA’s claim to fame (besides the ridiculous name) is that it has, literally, the best display ever made for a phone. This thing is packing a 1920x1080 resolution on a five inch screen. That's pixel density of 440ppi! The display is a SuperLCD 3 panel, which makes it a generation better than the previous Best Screen Ever, the HTC One X display.

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[Update] Leak: Sprint's Optimus G To Receive Update At Launch On November 11

Update: This upgrade is now live! It will be rolling out over the air starting today. Just be patient. Or repeatedly hit that "Check now" button. Either way.

The Optimus G, LG's powerhouse which serves as the base for the Nexus 4, is going to be released on Sprint on November 11th. At launch, it will receive an OTA to version LS970ZV8, we learned today from internal Sprint documents.

The update will bring the following enhancements and fixes to this quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro beast:

  • Intermittent freezing/locking up
  • Intermittent device reset during  YouTube playback
  • No power on due to Wi-Fi crash
  • Sprint ID icon randomly shows as Mobile ID icon
  • MSL protection for ##DIAG# should be on
  • Reply to All in email: Device was including the sender name, outside of normal.
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