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Editorial: The Android 4.2 Tablet UI Looks Just Like A Giant Phone's, And That's Fantastic

After BriefMobile leaked what appear to be the first shots of a near-production-build of Android 4.2 running on a Samsung Nexus 10 tablet this morning, the response from many people has been absolutely vicious: the new UI looks like a giant phone, it doesn't look it's meant for a tablet, the pull-down notification bar doesn't make sense, the centered navigation buttons are going to be harder to reach, etc.

I think, though, that this is reactionary.

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Could Android Overtake Windows By 2016? Analysts Might Be Hyperbolic, But This Is The Race To Watch

Let's start with a disclaimer, shall we? Analysts are generally full of it. When we hear a claim that says, with undeserving certainty, that come 2016 there will be 2.3 billion Android and 2.28 billion Windows devices, we're a little skeptical. The likelihood that anyone knows exactly how many units of a particular platform will sell to that level of accuracy is almost none.

However, as we approach what might just be the single biggest week for Microsoft in decades, it's worth asking the question: are Android and Windows gearing up for a battle over the next few years?

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[Update: Open Source Kernel, Too] It's Official: Sprint's Galaxy S III Jelly Bean Upgrade Starts Rolling Out Today

We heard the rumor yesterday and now it looks like our dreams have come to pass! Sprint's Galaxy S III will be receiving an OTA Jelly Bean upgrade starting today. Of course, this also bring a new TouchWiz update as well, but fortunately, things like Google Now and widget organization magic will remain intact. Here's the changelog:

Jelly Bean offers users a smoother, faster and more fluid experience with expanded feature functionality, including:

  • Google Now™ gets you just the right information at just the right time, like how much traffic to expect before you leave for work or when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform.
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55 Best New Android Games From The Last 3 Weeks (9/30/12 - 10/23/12)

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

This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up 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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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Logitech Revue Now $50 On TigerDirect After Rebate And Coupon Code

One of the most distinct disadvantages of Google TV is how expensive some of the boxes can be. To that end, the Logitech Revue, one of the first devices to run the television-oriented platform, has served as a cheap entry-level set top box for the curious. Now, it's cheaper than ever. Normally $100, you can use a coupon code (TPF73771) to get $20 off a refurbished model up front, plus a $30 rebate to bring it down to a meager $50.

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What We Use: The Apps, Tools, Devices, And Other Stuff Aaron Can't Do Without

Well, you've already seen what gear David, Cameron, Eric, and Liam use. I suppose now it's my turn - though, a disclaimer: I like to keep things very streamlined. The less clutter (physical and digital) I have, the better. While I may not have as much stuff as them, the things I do use, I use more.

The Hardware

Desktop

There's no denying that my desktop is dated, but it's capable enough for my needs.

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32GB Nexus 7 Shows Up At A Few More Retailers In Europe And In Canada

There's no secret anymore. Hasn't been for a while now. But, just in case you need a little more convincing that the 32GB Nexus 7 is a real thing, it has now made an appearance on two more retailers' websites: Dixons Retail for €199.99 (screenshot below) and Argos for £199.99. It also made a brief cameo at Best Buy Canada for $269, but the page has since been pulled. Good thing we have Google Cache to prove it was there.

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Samsung Announces Jelly Bean For The U.S. Galaxy S III, Available 'In The Coming Months'

Since the JB update started rolling out to the GSIII in Europe last night, Samsung decided this would be the perfect time to let U.S. owners know that the update will be available "in the coming months." Can you guess the reason why it's going to take so much longer? Allow me to enlighten you:

The specific timing and update method will be announced by each carrier partner, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S.

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Rdio Launches Beta For Its Upcoming App Redesign, And It Is Glorious

When it comes to streaming subscription services, Spotify has stolen the spotlight in the US, where companies like Rdio have struggled to get the attention and acclaim they used to enjoy back before the Swedish invasion. With Xbox Music looming on the horizon, promising to install 30 million free, ad-supported tracks into every computer running Windows 8, the market has never been more competitive. Which makes Rdio's newly announced overhaul to its Android app all the more timely.

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A&E Releases 'History Here', An App That Highlights Historical Locations All Across The U.S.

Ever wonder if anything interesting happened in your home town or surrounding areas in the days of old? Thanks to a new app from A&E TV called History Here, you can use the power of Google Maps to see the historical culture of towns all across the US.

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Features:

  • Thousands of exclusive points of interest, written by the history experts at HISTORY.
  • Select your current location with GPS or choose any location across the country.
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