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Google Working On Its Own Version Of Game Center, Says Business Insider

Google Working On Its Own Version Of Game Center, Says Business Insider

In a continued attempt to make Android more viable as an entertainment platform, Google is working on a social gaming app in the same vein as Apple's Game Center, if Business Insider's sources are to be believed. The app would be a huge boon for social gaming on Android. As the platform grows, and gaming along with it, Google risks losing a golden opportunity to be even more deeply embedded within one of the biggest growth markets in mobile.

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Sony And Google Show Off New GoogleTV Box With A Remote That Resembles A Space Shuttle Control Panel

Sony And Google Show Off New GoogleTV Box With A Remote That Resembles A Space Shuttle Control Panel

You guys remember Google TV, right? It's the project that every CEO and their mothers stood on a stage with to declare war on Apple's AppleTV hobby? Yeah, those guys have been pretty quiet since about that platform for a while now. Sony, however, got up the nerve to announce a new Google TV box at a special event in Palo Alto. Where "announce" means "say some words near, without actually talking about."

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[Deal Alert] Sprint's Galaxy Nexus Available For $149.99 From Amazon Wireless

[Deal Alert] Sprint's Galaxy Nexus Available For $149.99 From Amazon Wireless

If you're yearning to get a Sprint-connected Galaxy Nexus but missed Wirefly's pre-order deal, you're in luck – Amazon Wireless is offering one of the Now Network's first LTE devices for just $149.99 with a new activation or eligible upgrade, a $50 discount over Sprint's normal subsidized price of $199.99.

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Just in case you've forgotten what makes the Galaxy Nexus an awesome device, here are its specs one more time:

  • 4.65" 720p Super AMOLED display
  • Sprint LTE Connectivity
  • NFC (With Google Wallet Support)
  • 1.2GHz Dual-Core OMAP 4460 Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP Camera / 1.3MP Front Shooter
  • 1850mAh Battery
  • Pure Android Experience

If you want to get your hands on Sprint's Galaxy Nexus and save about $50 at the same time, just hit the source link below and take advantage of the deal.

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Google Announces Carrier Billing For Movies, Music, Books, And Apps From The Play Store On Some Carriers

Google Announces Carrier Billing For Movies, Music, Books, And Apps From The Play Store On Some Carriers

If you prefer not to give Google your credit card info, and would rather consolidate all your Play Store payments into one big carrier bill, then we've got some good news for you. Google just announced an expansion to the carrier billing system that now includes the ability to charge books, movies, and music to your carrier bill, in addition to apps.

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The full list of carriers that support the new billing is above.

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Sprint's Galaxy Nexus Gets Treated To CM9 Nightlies, ClockworkMod Recovery

Sprint's Galaxy Nexus Gets Treated To CM9 Nightlies, ClockworkMod Recovery

Despite recent reports of data connectivity issues, it looks like owners of Sprint's Galaxy Nexus have a couple of things to be excited about as we head into the new week.

First off, the CyanogenMod team has begun cooking up CM9 Nightlies for the device, offering users a nightly dose of cutting-edge, ICS-powered code.

Additionally, the Sprint-connected Nexus is now privvy to its own builds of ClockworkMod's recovery solution – both touch and otherwise.

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Movie Rentals From Google Play And YouTube Now Available In Australia

Movie Rentals From Google Play And YouTube Now Available In Australia

Despite Australia's historically diverse movie industry, up until recently, Aussies found Google's Play and YouTube services devoid of films available to them.

But no more! As of late yesterday, Australian Google users can access both the Movies page on Google Play and the YouTube counterpart. They'll have access to countless movies, both from US studios (e.g. The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Village Roadshow Pictures and Lionsgate) and from Australian producers (e.g.

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[Deal Alert] Expansys USA Drops Unlocked Galaxy Nexus To $399.99, Beats Google By Almost $50 With Free Shipping And Lack Of Tax

[Deal Alert] Expansys USA Drops Unlocked Galaxy Nexus To $399.99, Beats Google By Almost $50 With Free Shipping And Lack Of Tax

Just yesterday, Google started selling the Galaxy Nexus on its Play store. The news caught many off guard - not only had Google not done anything of the sort for quite some time, but the price ($399) was surprisingly low for an unlocked, contract-free device. Unfortunately, however, there was a catch: namely, the gadget was still subject to all the usual taxes and shipping fees (at least in all the states we tested - CA, TX, KY, MN, and likely many others), bringing the total cost up by almost $50.

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[Update: Now Live] Zynga Zombifies Mountain View's Android Statue In Preparation For ZombieSmash Global Launch

[Update: Now Live] Zynga Zombifies Mountain View's Android Statue In Preparation For ZombieSmash Global Launch

This morning, Google employee Steven Le posted a photo of the Android statue outside his office, which looked a bit stranger than usual:

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While the statue's makeover was mysterious at first glance, a press release and accompanying video from Zynga soon clarified the situtation:

Indeed, the occasion was a promo of ZombieSmash!, a new Zynga game being launched on Google Play later this week. To be clear, the game is technically already on Play, but only in Canada; this week, ZombieSmash!

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The Takju Mystery Unraveled: It's The U.S. GSM Galaxy Nexus

The Takju Mystery Unraveled: It's The U.S. GSM Galaxy Nexus

A couple of weeks ago, we analyzed a crash log that referred to a mysterious Galaxy Nexus software profile called 'takju'. It was completely unknown at the time what takju was, but we know that Google has been using it to test the next version of Android, referred to as "Jelly Bean" in the crash log.

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The veil of mystery has now been lifted, as we now know what this build is: it's the U.S

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