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Droid Prime/Nexus Prime Rumor Round-up.

  • September 26, 2011 7:43 am

The Nexus Prime is undoubtedly the most highly anticipated Android phone of 2011. While it was to be the first Android phone to feature 720 x 1280 (720p) resolution, that crown has since been claimed by Samsung’s Galaxy S II LTE HD. But there’s still plenty to be excited about. For starters, Nexus devices are “pure” Google phones (ie: they lack manufacturer/carrier customizations such as ugly, performance sucking skins). Even better, however, is that because of their “pure” nature, updates are received far faster and for longer into the future too. Finally, perhaps the most exciting feature of the next Nexus device is the fact that it will showcase Android 2.4/4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

But there’s a catch. There are currently two Nexus/Prime devices — the SCH-i515 (Droid Prime) and GT-I9250 (Nexus Prime).

Hop on past the break as we take a look at the numerous rumors surrounding what are sure to be two of the biggest mobile devices of 2011…

Is This Google Branded SIM Card The First Sign Of Google Cellular Service?

  • September 23, 2011 8:09 am

Rumors have long concluded that Google would ultimately move towards creating their own open cellular service in an effort truly shake up the U.S. cellular industry. Though time and time again such rumors get debunked rather quickly as the road to creating a cellular network is full of trials and tribulations, government bodies, red tape, and of course, a ton of money. But the Google-branded SIM cards above discovered by Spanish Android site XatakAndroid rekindle the long running Google Carrier rumor.

Even more interesting, however, are reports via the same site that Google is looking at two Spanish telecoms to partner with — Pepephone or Simyo — and that ultimately Google’s phone service will once again take a partner approach with current cellular providers rather than be a standalone service.

To dream the impossible dream…

Get The (Alleged) Ice Cream Sandwich Launcher Now!

  • September 20, 2011 10:01 am

Ok, ok. Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich hasn’t been officially unveiled by el Goog, but we have managed to see a few screenshots pop up here and there showing a re-styled homescreen nonetheless. So what better way to get in the ICS spirit than installing a new launcher that resembles said update.

According to the XDA members who developed the launcher, it’s still very much in alpha stage and not fit for daily use. With that said, what kind of Android fanboy would you be if you didn’t hop on the chance to have a sudo-Ice Cream Sandwich launcher before everyone else?

Download it now: XDA

Google Nexus Prime Release Rumored To Be November 3rd.

  • September 17, 2011 11:23 pm

If you’re anywhere close to a respectable Android…”junkie”…you no doubt have one big end-of-the-year device on your mind — the Nexus Prime. The next-gen phone will reportedly be built by Samsung (like the Samsung made Nexus S) and be the first Android device to showcase Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Thus far rumors have pegged the official release to “late 2011″, with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently citing an October/November release. And while Schmidt failed to get into specifics, Twitter users @tfleming223 and @Black_man_x claim the official Nexus Prime release date will be November 3rd. On top of that the pair also say Verizon will get the exclusive. With that said, the mention of an “exclusive” carrier casts doubt that the Nexus Prime will in fact be a true “Pure Google Phone”. The whole idea of a Pure Google device is that customers have the most choice possible (read: multiple carriers).

Whatever the case may be, the alleged specs for the Nexus Prime are truly mouthwatering and have our attention regardless. In the meantime, follow @tfleming223 and @black_man_x for more.

PSA: Google Chrome Updated With Full Screen Mode In Lion!

  • September 17, 2011 1:31 pm

Google released an update to it’s Chrome web browser yesterday which includes some snazzy new features. Long since the release of Mac OS X Lion this past July, those of you that use Chrome over the included Safari have been left without full screenability within Chrome.

With this update we finally get what we’ve wanted for a couple months. I am not really sure on what took so long, as Google is usually on top of things. But the feature works as expected. I do feel clicking the little arrows in the top right of the window creates a chunky - less Liony - feel to the full screen action compared to Safari. But the keyboard shortcut (cmd - shift - F) creates a fluid swap to the full screen web browsing.

Also incuded in the update for Mac users is Chrome is finally using Lion’s overlay scrolling which creates the scrollbar only when you’re scrolling. They’ve also fixed some crash bugs and added an “all-around visual polish.” There are also some technologies changed to allow developers to create even more powerful web apps and games.

If you haven’t given Chrome a try, now is the time people!

Ice Cream Sandwich Is Old News. Android Jelly Bean Is Where It’s At!

  • September 9, 2011 10:14 pm

Android 4.0 — “4.0″ according to rumor that is — (Ice Cream Sandwich) hasn’t even been revealed yet and already some over-anxious nerd is trying to steal its thunder.

According to a “trusted” TIMN source, Google’s next major Android update could take the “Jelly Bean” title. Considering desserts that start with “J” are few and far between — much less “J” desserts that are actually appetizing — we don’t see why Google wouldn’t pick it.

Of course, all this is assuming Ice Cream Sandwich itself is a major upgrade to version number “4.0″ so that Jelly Bean can claim the “5.0″ moniker. For all we know ICS could be 3.5 and Jelly Bean 3.6.

And…that is all. Continue on with your Friday night drinking league…

Rogers Discontinues Nexus S. (Making Room For Nexus Prime?)

  • September 9, 2011 2:46 pm

The Nexus S originally launched back in late 2010. And despite the rather tame specs still enjoyed a decent run, especially around the Android enthusiast scene whom live and die by the true openness of a device. Though like all things in life, nothing is forever. Today Canadian GSM carrier, Rogers, announced they are officially discontinuing the Nexus S.

While on one hand it still has plenty of pep to keep up with many of the current Android phones on the market, there’s no way to get around the fact it’s (literally) half the phone of say a DROID Bionic packed with a speedy dual-core processor.

But fret not dear Rogers customer. The carrier is scheduled to stock the Samsung Galaxy S II as well as an unnamed HTC device that just so happens to pack LTE capabilities. Of course, given the timing we wouldn’t find it too far of a stretch to speculate Rogers is also making room for the next Nexus device — the Samsung Nexus Prime.

Google Releases Official Blogger App For iOS.

  • September 8, 2011 3:34 pm

In what can only be described as arriving to a high school graduation party after the happy graduate has already made it through college, Google announced today the — finally — the availability of an official Blogger app for iOS. Features are what you’d expect: create/edit/delete blog posts from your iPhone as well as opening posts created on your computer — mobile/desktop are synced to and fro. Photos can be added via the iPhone’s camera or imported from the photo gallery. Finally, Google has added the ability to include labels and location data within posts.

The official Google Blogger app for iOS is currently English-only. Google is quick to point out, however, that blog posts can be written (and posted) in any language.

Blogger users: Saving grace?

Infograph: Google+ “Killer Facts And Statistics”

  • September 8, 2011 11:04 am

We’re huge fans (and users) of Google+ ’round these parts. What better way to show our G+ love than with another one of our favorite things — Infographs! Curious as to what would classify as “killer facts and statistics” about Google+? Teaser: Google+ apparently cost Google $585 million and 500 dedicated employees to create.

That and more can be found in the full-size infograph lurking after the break…