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Cricket Joins The LTE Smartphone Crowd: LG Optimus Regard Available Now, Samsung Galaxy S III Coming November 23rd

There are still great swatches of the American wireless industry woefully lacking in LTE coverage (we're looking at you, T-Mobile) but bit by bit the various carriers have been hopping on the bandwagon. While budget carrier Cricket Wireless has actually had LTE coverage in Las Vegas and Tucson for the last few months, it'd been restricted to USB access dongles, WiFi hotspots and the like. Their first LTE smartphone, the LG Optimus Regard.

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T-Mobile Starts Selling The 16GB Nexus 4 For $200 Today, Just In Case You Really Want That Subsidy

One of the downsides to Google's Nexus sales model is that, if you want to get your hands on a Nexus 4, you have to order one. Thankfully, T-Mobile is also going to be carrying the newest flagship phone. If you want to save some money up front in exchange for a 2-year contract, you can pick up the device for $200. It's currently available online here, as well as in select stores.

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Samsung Mobile Chief's Refusal To Negotiate With Apple Is Posturing, And It's Probably Not Even True

I can't say I'm the biggest student of Gandhi, but that whole "an eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind" bit sure came to mind this morning when I read that Samsung's head of mobile, Shin Jong-kyun, said the company "[does not] intend to (negotiate) at all" with Apple. This came on news of HTC's settlement with Apple on Saturday, which I contend is objectively good for the industry and consumers, no matter how you spin it.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Wireless Drops The EVO LTE To $20 And Galaxy S III To $50 For New Sprint Customers

If you're convinced that LTE is the way to go and aren't interested in picking up the Nexus 4, then Amazon Wireless is running a couple of deals right now for those who have been considering making the jump the Sprint.


First off, the HTC EVO LTE is now only $20. Twenty. Not a bad deal for such a solid phone, especially if you plan on installing CyanogenMod 10 on it.

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Google TV Poised To Get Update With Voice Search, PrimeTime, New YouTube Experience

Today, in a post to the Official Google TV Blog, Google announced officially the new functionality offered by the YouTube update we covered yesterday, along with a few other treats set to hit Google TV users starting with LG devices "this week."

First among the enhancements is the addition of Voice Search, allowing users to "simply speak to watch anything." Voice Search recognizes commands for opening apps, playing YouTube videos, visiting websites, and even finding channels or specific TV shows.

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Galaxy Note II Gets Official CyanogenMod Support, First CM10 Nightly Already Out

Despite having past issues with Exynos processors, the CyanogenMod team has already released the first CM10 nightly for the international version of the Galaxy Note II. This is, of course, brings stock Android 4.1.2 to the oversized handset.


Definition: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

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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:


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.


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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