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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Mega-Holiday Giveaway #4: Win A Motorola ATRIX 2, A Samsung Stratosphere, Or A DROID Incredible 2

You thought we'd stop the prize train because it's Sunday? Well, here at Android Police, we give away awesome stuff seven days a week during the holidays, so we've got a bag of goodies for you today, courtesy of RadioShack.

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Even in the event you do win one of the great phones we've got up for grabs today, you might want to check out RadioShack this holiday season regardless - they've got a whole bunch of phones you can get free today on new 2-year agreements on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon as part of their holiday free phone sale. The Samsung Stratosphere, HTC Inspire 4G, and more.

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[Initial Impressions] The Galaxy Nexus Is Rocking My World

Finally. It's real.

After all the rumored release dates, and Verizon's best efforts to sweep this phone under the carpet, the Galaxy Nexus for Verizon is real. It's real and I have one.

I picked it up on launch day at 8am, at a pretty busy Verizon store. I went on a long Ice Cream Sandwich bender, and now I'm here to report my first impressions.

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First off, forget all that technical Pentile stuff. I want to hate Pentile, I really do, but the screen is just gorgeous. I'm normally the type to complain about Pentile's checkerboard layout, but the pixels are so tiny I just can't see it.

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Some Users Experiencing Voice/Data Connectivity Dropouts With The Verizon Galaxy Nexus - Are You One Of Them? [Poll]

After a rollercoaster of emotions and months of waiting, the back-from-mythical Galaxy Nexus was finally released on Verizon yesterday, but were the main reasons for the delays, in fact, related to unstable and poor connectivity? I've had endless problems with connectivity on the Thunderbolt (even with the latest firmware), and plenty of you had similar issues with pretty much all other LTE devices.

Can the Galaxy Nexus be no different? I assumed loss of data (even 3G, I'm not even talking about 4G here) and voice was a thing of the past with the Nexus, but having run into this Reddit post with multiple confirmations, I decided to do a quick poll using our social media accounts.

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[Update: Manual Update Instructions Included] Ice Cream Sandwich Now Rolling Out To The GSM Nexus S

Well, that didn't take long. Here are the instructions to you your Nexus S rocking ICS right now. Do not try this on the CDMA Nexus S!
  • Download the OTA Package
  • Rename it to update.zip
  • Copy it to the root of the internal storage
  • Power off the device, hold Volume Up and Power to reboot into the bootloader
  • Select "recovery," then hit the power button
  • Once the warning triangle appears, hold the power button and hit volume up
  • Select "apply update from /sdcard" and choose the update.zip
  • Once the process is finished, simply choose "reboot system now"

Once it reboots, BAM!

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Mega-Holiday Giveaway #3: Win One Of Three Galaxy Tab 8.9 16GB + Three Jamboxes + $25 AMEX Gift Card

Are you ready for another awesome giveaway? This may be our best one yet (but trust us - we've got some even better ones coming), and once again, it's open to a whole host of countries around the world (we've added a few more EU countries, so check the eligibility list). For your consideration, today we have 3 Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 bundles up for grabs, which include the Tegra-powered Galaxy Tab 8.9, Jambox wireless Bluetooth speaker, and $25 AMEX gift card. Once again, our pals at NVIDIA have put together an amazing prize package for our readers.

This contest is now over.
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[Updated] Minor Update (Build EK02) Rolling Out The The Samsung Epic 4G Touch, Fixes Loss Of Service Issues

Update: If your device received the update but didn't successfully install it, a fix is on the way. There's no official word as to when it will be available, but they're shooting for sometime next week.

Looks like Sprint started pushing a small OTA update to the Samsung Epic 4G Touch that fixes a couple of quirky issues:

  • 4G Sprint Hotspot disconnects when in a phone call
  • Radio loses signal and may require power cycle

The update is rolling out in stages and will hit all devices within the next 10 days. To see if the update is available on your device, head into Settings > About phone > Software Update.

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[Update: x2: Prices Lowered] Galaxy Nexus Goes Live On Verizon Wireless, Amazon Wireless, And Wirefly For $299, $199, And $220 Respectively

Update x2: Amazon Wireless just dropped the price of the Galaxy Nexus for new subscribers down to $150 (still $250 for upgrades). It's only "for a limited time" so you better hurry!

Update: Wirefly just dropped the price a bit more, down to $190 with a new two-year agreement or $240 for upgrades.

Well, it's finally here – Verizon's variant of the hotly anticipated Galaxy Nexus is available at last, going live with a variety of online retailers just moments ago.

First up is VZW, offering what is perhaps their most hotly anticipated device this year for the hefty price of $299 with a new 2 year agreement.

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[Updated: Now With ICL53F] Official Factory Image ITL41D For Verizon Galaxy Nexus Released - Developers Can Now Brick Away

Update: We've also got the images for the newest update to the Galaxy Nexus, Android 4.0.2:

Google Android software engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru has just let loose a factory image of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, meaning developers now have an official software build to recover from bricks and to tinker with to their hearts' contents. You can find the image, ITL41D, here. The post also indicates more Verizon Galaxy Nexus goodies will be coming later, so we'll keep you updated as more is released.

It should be noted that this is not an image of the OTA update that was released earlier today, ICL53F.

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Getting Its First OTA Update (Build ICL53F), Fixes A Few Annoying Quirks

If you're the proud new owner of a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon, then your device should be receiving its first OTA update sometime today. It's mostly a bug-fixer, with a few optimizations thrown into the mix:

Device features

  • Optimized Mobile Hotspot when used with VPN.
  • Optimized 3G/4G data sessions for faster response times.
  • Fixed an incorrect notification that “data wasdisconnected due to roaming”.
  • Wi-Fi now automatically reconnects when returning to a known Access Point.
  • Improvements to special visual effects feature when using front-facing camcorder.
  • Visual improvements to the lock screen.

Email and Messaging

  • Fixed an issue where some email attachments would not open correctly.
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[Deal Alert] Galaxy Nexus For $155 With New Agreement From LetsTalk, $175 For Upgrades

There's no doubt that a good number of you are foaming at the mouth waiting to get your hands on the Galaxy Nexus, which is finally available today. While we've already seen a few sites drop the price a bit, none have been able to match the price that LetsTalk is offering the GN for: $155 for new customers, $175 for upgrades. That's half-off the price that VZW is asking for new customers!

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The original price for the device is $230 for new customers and $250 for upgrades, so in order to knock an addition $75 off of LetsTalk's already-low price, all you need to do is use coupon code $75VZN at the checkout (shown above).

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