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LG Nitro HD On AT&T Getting Ice Cream Sandwich On July 31

Listen up LG Nitro owners: we have some important news for you.

Now that I have the attention of all seven of you who bought this phone, here it is: Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to your handset on July 31st. Sing, rejoice, dance, and be merry.

The update will bring LG's Optimus UI 3.0 along for the ride, as well as many other new and improved features:

  • New lock screen actions let you conveniently jump directly to a specific application without unlocking the homescreen.
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Pantech's Star Q Headed For Verizon's Budget Lineup With 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4, QWERTY Keyboard In Tow

Looking to be the successor to the Pantech Breakout, it seems that a little phone called the Pantech Star Q will be headed to Verizon. This sliding, QWERTY-packing device is decidedly a budget phone, expected to ring in at just $99 on contract, but it includes a mixed bag of low-end and surprisingly appealing specs, including Android 4.0.4, a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, a front-facing camera (of indeterminate resolution), a 3MP rear shooter, a 4" WVGA display, and of course a sliding QWERTY keyboard.

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Images, Details Surface – Samsung's Galaxy S Lightray 4G Set To Land On MetroPCS With Super AMOLED Plus Display, Single-Core Processor

Rounding out the list of budget Android handsets for which details emerged overnight, it looks like Samsung will be releasing the Droid Charge look-alike Galaxy S Lightray 4G to MetroPCS in mid-August.

The Galaxy S Lightray is not your average budget device, though – besides a 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus display (carrying an unknown resolution), 8MP rear camera (with flash), 4G LTE connectivity and (maybe) a 1.3GHz single-core processor, this phone appears to be packing a TV antenna for "Mobile TV" (evidently powered by Dyle TV).

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[Update: Public Release] Wi-Fi Motorola XOOM Update To Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.1, JRO03H) Finally Rolling Out To Soak Testers - Here It Is If You Dare

Update 7/26/12: It looks like the JRO03H update was final after all and has now started rolling out to everyone. Grab your XOOM and taste some Jelly Bean (thanks, @Fdiazreal and @iphilluv).

The Wi-Fi XOOM Jelly Bean update is almost here - after a brief delay it's finally rolling out to a limited group of soak testers who volunteer to provide feedback and test release candidates early. If all goes well, we should expect a wide release probably in the next few days, although if you're feeling brave, you can attempt to flash the update zip over your stock IMM76 build using a USB-OTG cable and these instructions.

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ASUS Releases Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Bootloader Unlock Tool: Get Your ROM On In 1080p

The original Transformer was one of the first tablets to capture the imagination of the Android community, and three iterations later the family continues to be popular among modders and ROM enthusiasts. The latest and inarguably greatest member of ASUS' tablet family, the Transformer Pad Infinity, now has infinitely more options when it comes to aftermarket ROMs and modifications. The company released the TF700 version of their bootloader unlock tool, and interested users can download it from the ASUS support website.

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Sprint's Galaxy SIII And Galaxy Nexus Receive Minor Updates

Sprint customers using Samsung's Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy SIII should expect an OTA update to roll in any time now, bringing some enhancements and fixes that – while not entirely exciting – are worth picking up.

The Galaxy SIII update brings the device's software up to L710VPLG8, and includes a handful of improvements, including enhancements to Samsung's Smart Stay feature, voice recognition, and the addition of All-Share Cast support.

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The Galaxy Nexus, meanwhile, will be bumped up to IMM76K.L700FG01.

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Motorola Will Finally Start Giving Users The Option To Unlock Bootloaders With The Photon Q

Motorola, a company notorious for shipping devices with locked bootloaders, has finally announced that they've found a solution to offer users the option to unlock their devices while still keeping carrier partners happy.

The first device to see this option will be the just announced Photon Q, which will be available on Sprint in the coming weeks.

The details surrounding how this process will work aren't yet available, but we expect more information to become available once the Photon Q hits the streets.

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Google Adds Handwriting Recognition To Search In Your Mobile Browser, Makes Search More Awesome

In its endless attempts to make searching easier for everyone, Google has introduced yet another way to search via its mobile site at google.com: handwriting recognition. If you go to Google's search page from your phone or tablet's mobile browser and enable the feature via settings, you can now scribble your searches on the screen, even after receiving results. It's pretty fancy!

Of course, this does raise the question of whether this input method is any faster.

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Google Gigabit Fiber's Kansas City Rollout Includes Free Internet Or A Free Nexus 7, Nationwide Envy At No Extra Charge

To the residents of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri: we hate you. Sincerely, every Internet user in the United States.

holy google fiber batman

We've known about Google's plan to roll out its very first fiber optical Internet and cable service in the twin Midwestern cities for months, but today the full scope of Google's plans has been revealed on the fiber.google.com page. The options are staggering, the technology is drool-inducing, and the extras are enough to make even Google I/O attendees jealous.

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Samsung Says It Didn't Mean To Remove Universal Search From International Galaxy S III, Will Put It Back Soon

Well, this is awkward. While it was recently reported that Samsung removed the universal search feature from its international Galaxy S III devices, it turns out Samsung didn't mean to. Oops. According to the Korean manufacturer, the company only intended to remove the feature from certain US variants of the handset. Samsung told TechRadar, a UK-based tech publication, that the feature would be returning to the UK variant of the Galaxy S III.

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