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Google Wrests Controls Of GooglePlay.Com From Squatter

After what was a pretty obvious application of the ICANN anti-squatting policy, it seems Google has now gained control of GooglePlay.com from an ad-serving Japanese squatter. Google filed a complaint under ICANN anti-squatting regulations, and after the case's short stint at the National Arbitration Forum (a non-court but legally binding decision-making body in the US), Google now shows as the registrant of GooglePlay.com.

A quick 'whois' of the domain yields the following:

Registrant Name: DNS Admin
Registrant Organization: Google Inc.
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Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus Pre-Order Inventory Already Sold Out

Three days ago, Sprint finally announced pre-order and availability details for its version of the Galaxy Nexus. Turns out that the demand was more than expected, as the Now Network is completely sold out of its pre-order inventory.

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Considering we don't often hear about carriers selling out of pre-order devices, this might be a good indication that the Sprint GNex could be even more difficult than anticipated to find on retail shelves beginning on April 22.

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Verizon LG Spectrum Build VS920ZV5 Ready To Go, According To Verizon Support Docs (No, It's Not ICS)

Big Red isn't skimping on the updates over the past couple of days (though none of them are ICS) - yesterday we saw changelogs for upcoming Droid RAZR/MAXX and Droid 4 OTAs, and today, details for an upcoming OTA to the LG Spectrum hit Verizon's site.

While this update appears to be nothing more than a incremental Gingerbread update (which brings the device up to Android version 2.3.6) it does bring quite a few fixes and enhancements to the device:

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As always, there's no word as to when the update will start rolling out, but most OTAs start within a few days of the documents hitting Verizon's support site.

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CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies Now Available For The OG Seven-Inch GSM/CDMA Galaxy Tabs

You can always count on the Android ROM development community to extend a device's relevance in the tech world. Take the OG Galaxy Tab for example - this little guy was the first Android tablet to hit the scene (running a phone-specific version of the OS, no less). It has been around for about a year and a half now, and there's no hope that it will ever officially be updated to anything past Gingerbread.

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[Deal Alert] Trent iFuel 5000mAh Portable Charger For $25 (75% Off) From Daily Steals

We talk about power-on-the-go a lot around here. We've reviewed several portable chargers, and even a messenger bag with a charger built-in. If you need some extra juice in your bag but just can't justify spending $60+ on a portable charger, then you may want to take advantage of today's mobile Daily Steal: the Trent iFuel 5000mAh portable charger for $25.

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The iFuel should be compatible with any Android device that can charge over USB (including tablets, according to the DS listing) and packs enough juice to charge a 2000mAh battery more than two times.

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Spotify Shows Off All-New Android App With ICS Support, Offers The Beta For Download

If you're one of the many who jumped on the Spotify bandwagon when it finally showed up in the U.S., then you'll be happy to know that the Spotify folks have been working on a new build that will bring a whole new interface and full support for ICS devices.

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New Features:

  • Totally new app with full support for Android 4.0
  • Top-to-bottom redesign
  • All-new slide-out navigation
  • Even more social - check out friends’ profile pages and playlists on the go
  • Artist imagery in high resolution
  • Related artist view - available for the first time on mobile
  • 'Extreme' sound quality setting for 320kbps listening
  • So much faster!
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10 Best Android 3.0+ Apps For Tablets From The Last 3 Weeks (3/24/12 - 4/18/12)

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous 3 weeks or so.

This edition focuses only on new tablet apps or ones that added tablet support. Regular apps and games are coming soon.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.
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Moborobo Is An Insanely Powerful Desktop Manager For Your Android (Or Other) Device

Google has never really made it a priority to give Android a desktop syncing and management client like iTunes is for the iPhone. For the most part, it hasn't been missed that much. Google can perform cloud-based backups of app data, contacts, email, photos, music, and just about everything else you might need. If you use all of its services, of course. Moborobo, on the other hand, is a beautiful client that does all of that and more right from your desktop.

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Samsung Files Trademarks For Galaxy Metrix, Velvet, and Legend; Motorola For Electrify Icon

Looks like Samsung and Motorola have been hanging out at the local trademark office again, as both companies have registered names of some upcoming devices.

Samsung registered three new names (because we know how much they love to release at least one new Galaxy device every month week): the Galaxy Metrix, Velvet, and Legend (cough HTC cough). Aside from that, we only know that all three names were registered as "goods and services: mobile telephones, smartphones."

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Draw Something Updates Something, Now You Can Say Something, Undo Something, And Refresh Something

To say that literally every person on the entire planet is playing Draw Something right now would be an understatement. So, when OMGPOP updates its beloved drawing game, we take notice. Now, users are able to comment on drawings, undo their last line, and can use the now-familiar "Pull down to refresh" gesture to update their list of current games. Great!

The features make the already-popular game even easier to use.

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