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Initial Impressions Of The Nexus 4 - Raising The Bar For Design, Materials, And Build Quality

Finally. Since Hurricane Sandy flooded out New York and canceled Google's press event, we've been trying everything we can think of to get a review unit. Late yesterday we got an email back from an awesome Googler (thanks!), and I immediately flew out the door to go rescue a Nexus 4 from New York. We got one! Mission accomplished!

I have a million things to work on now: a full review, a bunch of GTKAs, and teardowns of everything.

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U.S. Cellular Announces Its Newest 4G LTE Handset, The Motorola Electrify M

If you've been considering a jump from U.S. Cellular to Verizon for the Droid RAZR M, you may not have to make the change after all. USC just announced its newest 4G LTE handset: the Motorola Electrify M. Like its name suggestions, it's basically a Razr M, albeit with a few visual changes.

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The Electrify M sports a 4.3-inch "borderless" display, along with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear facing camera with HDR, 1.3MP front shooter, 2,000mAh battery, water and scratch resistant coating, NFC, and Android 4.0 (will be upgraded to 4.1).

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LG Nexus 4 System Dump And New Wallpapers Available For Download

The Nexus 4 may not be officially available until November 13th, but that didn't stop someone from yanking the system dump and uploading it for all the world to enjoy. Devs can grab the file now and start tinkering away with the goodies found inside the 291MB zip.

For those who may not be interested in grabbing the entire thing and only want some visual goodies, though, we've pulled the new wallpapers from the dump:

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LG Viper On Sprint Finally Getting An OTA Update To Ice Cream Sandwich

It's hard to believe that any high(er) end  phone released within the last six months shipped with Gingerbread, but sadly, that's the case. Sprint's first LTE smartphone, the LG Viper, was one such device. Thankfully, the company is now pushing out an OTA update that will bump the Android version up to 4.0. It may not be the latest and greatest that Google has to offer, but it's still a huge improvement over Gingerbread.

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Creatives At San Francisco-Based Autofuss Release Gorgeous Promo Video For Google's Nexus Family

If you thought Google's official Ask Me Anything video was a good promo for the new Nexus family, wait till you see this. A design studio called Autofuss (based in San Francisco) has created their own promo video for the Nexus 4, 7, and 10, that does a great job of showing off the new line. Take a look:

Not only is the thirty-second spot a pixel-perfect promo in terms of style, polish, and overall concept, but it stays true to Google's own Nexus branding, art style, and features copy that feels right at home in a promo made for Google.

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The Tiny HTC Desire C Makes Its Way To Cricket Wireless For $179

Hey Cricket customers! Want a new phone that may or may not be better than the one you already have? You can get the new HTC Desire C, a dinky little 3.5" thing inspired by the One series.

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The Desire C features some of the things you'd expect from its higher end counterparts, like 25GB of Dropbox space, Beats Audio, and Sense 4, to go along with its 3.5" touchscreen and Android 4.0.

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[Update: Winners] Giveaway: Win One Of Two 16GB Nexus 7s Courtesy Of NVIDIA And Android Police

In the spirit of Halloween, let's give some stuff away! It's about treats after all - isn't it? And what better treat is there than free gadgets?

Since this is a Halloween giveaway, let's talk about the undead for a moment, shall we? In fact, let's get specific - let's talk about killing the undead with an assault vehicle made for mowing 'em down. Sound familiar? It should, because I'm talking about the newly released Tegra-exclusive title Zombie Driver.

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Google Docs Can Now Share Directly To Google+, Natively Embedding PDFs, Videos, And More

The integration of all the services you use from your favorite search provider just keeps on getting better. Today, Google announced that you can now share content from your Google Drive directly to Google+. It's not just a matter of a simple link, either (unless you're on mobile). A built-in viewer for PDFs, videos, slideshow presentations and more make the experience virtually seamless.

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To share to Google+, you simply click the Share button like normal where you'll find the new option waiting, in addition to the usual Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Google Integrates AMBER Alerts Into Search And Maps On Desktop And Mobile

If all this wide world of information is used for is to figure out who that one guy was in that movie you saw, it feels like a waste of a good future. Which is why it warms our hearts just a bit to see things like this: now, in both Google Search or Maps, if you search for information related to a a missing or abducted child, AMBER Alerts will now be included among your search results.

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Thinking Of Leaving Verizon Or Sprint For The Nexus 4? Several GSM Carriers Compared (Pre- And Post-Paid)

The time has finally come: after spending the biggest part of a decade with Verizon Wireless, I'm moving to a GSM carrier. This isn't just because of the Nexus 4, though - I've been debating on making the move for months now. However, Big Red delayed the inevitable change when they turned on LTE in my area.

Still, I'm sick of being tied down to CDMA carrier, and the recent Nexus 4 announcement is the straw that broke the camel's back.

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