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Android 4.1.2 arriving for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S

10/15, 4:21pm

Incremental update brings a few UI changes

An over-the-air update to Android 4.1.2 is reportedly now available for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S. Some owners of the device report receiving notification of the update today, and others can check if the update is available for their devices yet by going to the System Updates section under Settings. The update is an incremental one, bringing a few modifications to the user interface.

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Hands on: Nexus S with Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean'

08/16, 9:12am

How does the 18-month old Nexus S fare with Jelly Bean?

We recently reviewed the Google Nexus 7, which is the flag-bearing device for Google's latest mobile operating system, Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean.' Powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor utilizing the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture and clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM, the Nexus 7 runs Jelly Bean with aplomb. So how does the official Android 4.1.1 update for the Nexus S, loaded with much less firepower fare?

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Samsung details Android 4.0 upgradable devices for US

04/24, 9:15am

Samsung to upgrade most, but leasves T-Mo open

Samsung has posted an upgrade guide for the US that shows just which devices in the country will get an Android 4.0 update. Galaxy S II variants at AT&T, including the regular and Skyrocket versions as well as the Epic 4G Touch, are slated to get the new OS. The Galaxy Note also gets an update, while the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G either have or already are getting their upgrades.

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Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus models start getting Android 4.0.4 OTA

03/28, 5:00pm

Google resumes pushing Android 4 to Nexus S

(Update: more devices) After halting updates in December, Google has resumed pushing the latest version of Android to Nexus S devices. Those with GSM versions, such as the AT&T and T-Mobile models as well as most any version outside of the US, are getting Android 4.0.4 as an over-the-air upgrade. Users can either wait for the update check or try to manually prompt the update if they want it faster.

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On Track Innovations sues T-Mobile USA over NFC patents

03/27, 10:50am

T-Mobile USA sued for selling NFC-ready phones

Chip-based smart card maker On Track Innovations has sued T-Mobile USA because it sells phones equipped with NFC chips. OTI claims such phones violate its patents, though why it doesn't sue the makers of the phones themselves or other carriers that sell the very same phones in some cases isn't known. The lawsuit was filed in a New York federal court, though details such as the amount of damages or a licensing agreement sought haven't been revealed.

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Google Voice gets tied into Android 4.0 voicemail

03/22, 4:10pm

Google Voice for Android updates for 4.0 link

Google has pushed out a small but significant update to Google Voice on Android (Google Play Store) built just for Android 4.0 users. Those on a Galaxy Nexus or another phone on the new OS now get Google Voice's visual voicemail integrated directly into the call log. Users can both tell whether or not there's a Google Voice message in recent calls and play it directly from the stock interface instead of resorting to the stand-alone app.

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Google Wallet may share revenues after poor uptake

03/21, 4:35pm

Google Wallet said struggling

Google may be looking to implement major changes to Google Wallet after getting little support, leaks might have disclosed on Wednesday. Having only ever earned support from Sprint, the search giant was said by Bloomberg to be looking at a revenue split to get AT&T or Verizon offering support. The proposal would give a cut of Google Offers coupons and other deals.

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Mobiado intros Grand Touch Aston Martin Android handset

03/05, 11:15pm

Luxury housing placed on Nexus S internals

Mobiado has introduced a new luxury smartphone under the company's Grand Touch label. The new offering is borne of collaboration with Aston Martin, bringing a logo and design elements from the high-end British car brand, though the internals and Android Gingerbread build are taken directly from Samsung's Nexus S.

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Swype beta ready with Android 4.0 support

02/16, 7:10pm

Swype beta lets Android 4 get alt keyboard

Swype has updated its beta track to answer a common request from Android 4.0 users for support. The early version lets Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and some tablet owners get the swipe-based text recognition as well as catch up on recent features. It should include DragonGo voice commands as well as downloadable languages on tablets.

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New Google Wallet prepaid cards stopped in security worry

02/11, 10:35pm

Google Wallet prepaid cards go down for now

Google quickly reacted to mounting Google Wallet security issues by putting a temporary freeze on new prepaid cards. While at least some existing users could keep paying with theirs, Google was preventing new uses as a "precaution" before it could get a surefire fix, Wallet VP Osama Bedier said in a post Saturday. He nonetheless insisted that Google Wallet had multiple security layers, ranging from its own PIN code requirement to an auto-wipe of local Wallet data if the phone is rooted after the Android app is installed.

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Google intros Chrome beta for Android, we go hands-on

02/07, 1:40pm

Chrome beta for Android gets our early test

Google answered one of the longstanding calls among Android users by putting out a beta version of Chrome for mobile (Android Market) that we've had an opportunity to test. The app borrows the extra tricks of the desktop browser to run faster than the stock Android browser as well as simplifying its use. When on Wi-Fi, it can pre-cache pages in the search results to load them faster, and the engine itself was visibly faster on a Galaxy Nexus in our own testing, not to mention somewhat more responsive to scrolling and multi-touch zooming.

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Google stops calling CDMA Galaxy Nexus a reference phone [U]

02/03, 5:30pm

Galaxy Nexus on Verizon, Nexus S 4G degraded

(Update: Google follow-up An investigation into Google's supported device has revealed that Google has quietly demoted the CDMA version of the Galaxy Nexus. The Verizon model, and possibly the upcoming Sprint version, aren't listed anymore as supported hardware, Droid-Life said. Google now claims "no CDMA devices are supported" and has also pulled the Nexus S 4G and Verizon-edition Motorola Xoom from the list.

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Android 4.0 leaks out for Sprint's Nexus S 4G

01/31, 2:40pm

Unofficial Android 4.0.4 leaks out for Nexus S 4G

The Nexus S 4G may soon get an update to Android 4.0, as indicated by a leaked ROM for testing on Google's servers. While it's since been removed, one developer over at the XDA Developers forum managed to get his hands on the code and shared it. The software carries build number IMM26 and will update the handset to Android 4.0.4, which isn't officially on any device.

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Samsung Galaxy GTI9070 surfaces as the Galaxy S Advance

01/30, 5:50am

New Galaxy S variant seems destined for China

The Galaxy GT-I9070 that surfaced in the past few days undergoing testing at the FCC has been given a name. Turning up in the Philippines, the new model has been dubbed the Galaxy S Advance. While originally thought to be a spin-off of the Galaxy S II, it appears like a cross between the original Galaxy S and the Nexus S, amounting to a what could be described as a Galaxy S 1.5. While it carries the same 1GHz clock speed as the Galaxy S and Nexus S, it includes a more advanced dual-core processor.

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Android 4 already 0.6% of platform, may have 707,000 users

01/04, 4:30pm

Android 4 has good early start with two devices

Google's updated Android usage data has shown that Android 4 is being adopted considerably more quickly than any of its predecessors. As of early January, the new platform had a total 0.6 percent of the user base split evenly between the absolute latest, 4.0.3, and the earlier builds. Almost all of these will be from Galaxy Nexus owners, although some Nexus S owners will have been upgraded as well.

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Samsung confirms no Android 4.0 update for Galaxy S, Tab

12/23, 6:50am

TouchWiz skin culprit in Galaxy S missing ICS

Samsung has confirmed that it will not be releasing an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for both the original Galaxy S smartphone and the original Galaxy Tab. The company has explained in a blog that it cannot upgrade the devices and keep its TouchWiz layer as the devices do not have enough available memory to support both the OS and Samsung’s overlay. This is despite the fact that the Samsung Nexus S, which has virtually the same hardware, is in the process of being upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Google halts Nexus S Android 4.0 updates, Galaxy Nexus hit

12/20, 4:00pm

Google Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus hit by battery bug

Google's Android 4.0 update for the Nexus S stalled out Tuesday. The company posted on its forums that it was holding the update to "monitor feedback" after users reported unusually high battery drain. Possibly triggered by a processor use spike, the problem wasn't enough to stop updates worldwide, but the upgrade wouldn't return until Google was satisfied there wasn't an issue.

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Google Wallet could reach UK ahead of summer Olympics

12/09, 10:30am

Google Wallet rumored spreading to Britain

Google Wallet might leave the US for the first time based on the claims of French paper Les Echos. A trial run of the NFC-based wireless payment system would reportedly start up in early 2012 with the anticipation of having it ready for the summer Olympics, which start in London on July 27. Banks, distributors, and stores were supposedly in talks.

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Google staff get Android 4.0 update on Nexus S

12/02, 7:10pm

Google rolls Android 4 to employee Nexus S first

Google workers inadvertently gave away that the Nexus S was starting to get an official Android 4.0 rollout. At least Adnan Hodzic and Adel Saoud, and likely others, have reported getting the over-the-air update on their phones. It suggests that Google is ready to roll the OS to the public but is limiting the initial batch to workers in case there are any major bugs.

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Senator grills Carrier IQ as Nokia, RIM, carriers back away

12/01, 12:55pm

Senator says Carrier IQ may be in trouble

Carrier IQ's problems mounted dramatically on Thursday after Senator Al Franken sent a letter to the company demanding answers as to the company's extensive phone logging practices. He was concerned that Carrier IQ might be violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the pen register statute, and Stored Communications Act by recording without consent not just diagnostic information but phone numbers, text messages, web addresses, and the location. Carrier IQ's earlier denials that it wasn't tracking keystrokes or personal content were "especially concerning" given evidence showing just the the opposite, Franken said.

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Nexus S gets Android 4.0 early through open-source port

11/20, 4:00pm

Nexus S ready for Android 4 with AOSP build

Google's posting of the Android 4.0 source code has led to an early port to the Nexus S for those willing to experiment. The custom-built firmware has most hardware and software features working, including 4.0-specific features like hardware acceleration of the interface and Face Unlock. A follow-up Wi-Fi patch is needed to get the shorter-ranged wireless working, but it can otherwise work as a full phone.

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Samsung Secu-NFC touts much smaller, secure mobile payments

11/14, 10:55pm

Samsung preps Secu-NFC for phones, tablets

Samsung late on Monday brought out a new NFC (near-field communications) chip that promised a tougher level of security for paying through a smartphone even as it became more elegant. The Secu-NFC, known also as the SENHRN1, borrows technology from smart cards and "advanced" encryption to keep payments, such as tapping the phone at a subway turnstile, safe. As a system-in-package, though, it doesn't need to consume as much space as a completely separate NFC chip, improving the footprint in the tight spaces of a smartphone.

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BlackBerry Bold 9900, Curve 9360 get MasterCard NFC support

10/26, 9:15am

BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Curve 9360 OK for PayPass

RIM had the distinction of providing the first phones to use a SIM card that support MasterCard's NFC-based PayPass tech for short-range wireless payments. Both the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the Curve 9360 can, with the right apps, pay at a store just by tapping a receiver. The account will be attached to the SIM card, not the phone, and let users swap phones with the same account, although it may create issues with switching carriers.

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Android 4.0 arrives unofficially through SDK ports

10/21, 9:00am

Android 4.0 to be hacked on to Nexus S 4G soon

Google’s Android 4.0 has started to unofficially make its way on to onto Android devices other than the Galaxy Nexus. Users who have access to the developer SDK have started hacking the OS onto devices that have yet to get official manufacturer support. The first to get the Ice Cream Sandwich treatment is the Nexus S 4G, which is the easiest to target because of its plain vanilla installation of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and unlocked bootloader.

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ASUS Eee Pad, Droid RAZR, Nexus S to get Android 4.0

10/19, 11:55am

Android 4.0 coming to soon to popular devices

Three of the first devices have been lined up for Android 4.0 upgrades. A source at ASUS told Pocket-Lint that the company's Eee Pad Transformer tablet will get an upgrade to the new OS soon, though a release date wasn't revealed. At the same time, the successor to the tablet, the Eee Pad Transformer 2, will ship with the OS preloaded as well, ASUS confirmed.

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Google Wallet SingleTap lets phones buy, get deals at once

10/17, 4:10pm

Google Wallet mixes buying and discounts

Google updated Google Wallet to add a fresh feature for the US and rework the interface. SingleTap lets users with a Wallet-equipped phone like the Nexus S 4G both buy something using NFC but take advantage of any discounts or rewards at the same time, instead of having to handle them one at a time. A Featured Offers addition helps by showing a Groupon-style daily deal list where users can tag them to take advantage when they check out.

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Regular Google Nexus S hacked to use Google Wallet

10/03, 2:45pm

Google Nexus S gets Google Wallet thanks to hack

Enterprising members of the XDA Developers forum have found a new hack to bring Google Wallet functionality to the original Nexus S smartphone. User Venumx got the credit for the hack, though it was shared by got2best. Officially, Google Wallet only works on the Nexus S 4G smartphone for Sprint.

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New NFC spec lets two phones swap messages

09/29, 11:10am

NFC revision allows peer-to-peer message sending

The NFC Forum, an industry association devoted to Near Field Communications (NFC) tech, has just revised its specs, adding a new exchange protocol. Dubbed Simple NDEF Exchange Protocol (SNEP), it allows sending and receiving messages between two NFC-enabled devices. This is an extension of the NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF), which was only applicable to NFC tags in the past.

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Odd Google-branded SIM card shows up in Spain

09/22, 1:55pm

Google starter packs with SIM card, Nexus S show

Spanish site Xataka Android has come across a Google-branded SIM card bundled with the Nexus S. The bundle is apparently being distributed to Google engineers. Little is known about the purpose of these, though the screen shows that Google_Es is the carrier once the handset is powered up.

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Google Wallet to go live Monday, still limited to Nexus S 4G

09/18, 10:30pm

Google Wallet gets hard launch date

Google is finally expected to switch on Google Wallet on Monday after unveiling it four months earlier. Partners are receiving a notice telling them that the NFC (near-field communications) tap-to-pay service will be ready to use anywhere a MasterCard PayPass terminal is active. Although a few NFC-aware phones have launched since, TechCrunch understood that the Nexus S 4G running Android 2.3.4 would still be the only phone to support it at first.

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Google Nexus S gets Android 2.3.6 update to fix issues

09/02, 4:45pm

Google begins Android 2.3.6 rollout for Nexus S

In order to address the issue some users faced with its Voice Search feature, Google has released the Android 2.3.6 update starting with the Nexus S. The frustrating problem would have the feature active itself without any user input, making the devices unusable at times. The news broke on the Google Mobile Help Forum.

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Telus cuts iPhone 4 to $99, gives Android phones for free

08/18, 7:05pm

Android deals end September 7

Telus has lowered the price on one of its iPhones, and is running special promotions on several of its Android smartphones. The Canadian wireless provider is now selling the 16GB iPhone 4 for $99, down from its usual $159. It's simultaneously giving away Android smartphones from five different vendors for free with a three year contract in a time-limited deal that ends September 7.

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Nexus S 4G owners get first crack at new Swype app gestures

08/16, 8:15am

Swype gestures hit Google Nexus S 4G in test

Swype this morning is offering a special promo to give Google Nexus S 4G owners first access to a new feature. Billed as App Gestures, the method lets users glide from the Swype key to other parts of the keyboard to cut, copy, and paste ,or else to put text in an app. At first, owners can move text either into Google Maps or into a new Twitter update.

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich shots show iPhone-like app tray

08/11, 5:40pm

Ice Cream Sandwich photos see Honeycomb, iOS roots

A pair of leaks have provided the first glimpse at Ice Cream Sandwich. The OS has its expected influences from Android 3 tablets but also appears to take some direct cues from iOS. The always-on app shortcuts on the home screen now have an iPhone-like grid, RootzWiki saw, and now also appears to have iOS 4-style app folders.

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Visa to step up plans for payments with NFC phones

08/09, 4:10pm

Visa fast tracks NFC mobile wallets

Visa on Tuesday said it would ramp up its NFC mobile payment plans. Its support for the short-range credit card payments would now include dual-mode chips that can support Europay along with domestic standards. The hardware would also bring in dynamic authentication that would introduce very specific values for each deal: even a replica card or fake data on a phone wouldn't work because it would produce different values each time.

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Best Buy promo offers all Nexus S variants for free

08/02, 8:35pm

Free phones to be sold on August 3

Best Buy has announced a promotion that will enable new or upgrade-eligible customers to purchase any Nexus S variants at no cost when the handsets are tied to contracts. The Best Buy Mobile sale is limited to Wednesday, August 3, and covers Nexus S models available through several carriers including AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

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Sprint: 1.1m subs, $847m loss in possible last pre-iPhone Q2

07/28, 4:20pm

Sprint Q2 2011 defined by smaller adds, big losses

Sprint had mixed news on Thursday for its spring quarter. While it reached a deal with LightSquared for 4G, it posted a steep loss of $847 million, $87 million more than it lost a year ago. The company added 1.1 million new subscribers, though a lower than usual 275,000 of these were its core Sprint subscription customers, where the rest were either prepaid or those signing on through an affiliate carrier.

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AT&T: all 2011 subscription Android phones to get 2.3

07/25, 11:25am

ATT promises Android 2.3 upgrades for most phones

AT&T started off the week with promises that much of its Android smartphone line would get Android 2.3. Starting with the just-live Atrix 4G update, every postpaid (regular subscription) phone would get the OS. The Inspire 4G was next with an August upgrade, but the Samsung Captivate and Infuse 4G, the LG Phoenix, and Pantech Crossover would all get the modern OS.

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Google Nexus S 4G to get data speed update on July 25

07/22, 1:50pm

Sprint to push Nexus S 4G speed update on Monday

Sprint said Friday that it was rolling out a speed update for the Nexus S 4G. A patch will tackle complaints and improve speeds on the WiMAX network. The carrier said it had worked with both Google and Samsung to identify slowdown points.

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Google Nexus S finally gets AT&T-ready model July 24

07/21, 11:30am

Google Nexus S gets ATT-native 3G on July 24

Google on Thursday fulfilled a longstanding request as it said it would ship an AT&T-native version of the Nexus S in the US. Its version follows after the original T-Mobile version and Sprint's Nexus S 4G. The official Android 2.3 phone is functionally identical to the T-Mobile version other than a switch of frequencies to support the 7.2Mbps 3G.

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Paypal starts up NFC-based Android payments

07/13, 2:55pm

Paypal demonstrates NFC payments on Nexus S

PayPal at the the Mobile Beat 2011 conference in San Francisco Wednesday showed off its first Near Field Communications (NFC) widget for Android-powered devices. During a demonstration, funds were transferred simply by running the widget and tapping two Nexus S phones together. The new PayPal NFC widget lets users send or receive money. Holding phones together until they buzz, then entering a PayPal password or mobile PIN is all that's required to complete the transfer.

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Android 2.3.5 part of GRJ90 update, 2.3.4 leaked for Charge

07/08, 11:40am

Android 2.3.5 coming to Nexus S 4G, 2.3.4 leaked

The upcoming GRJ90 update to the Nexus S 4G written about yesterday and due for July 11 will also update the handset to Android 2.3.5, according to Droid-Life. The update will otherwise allow the secure element in the NFC chip to work, thus enabling Google Wallet functionality on the handset. Other changes the software will bring with it include a 4G Settings Widget, TTY Support, NI Push Support, and better Wi-Fi performance, speakerphone audio quality, 4G throughput and signal acquisition. The signal strength indicators get a new tune as well.

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Google's Nexus S to join iPhone on Space Shuttle Atlantis

07/07, 11:40pm

Atlantis to carry Android and iOS on last shuttle

The last Space Shuttle flight will have Android alongside the two iPhones when Atlantis launches on Friday, NASA said the day before. Two Google Nexus S phones will be taken to the International Space Station to expand the features of SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites), drones used to test spacecraft techniques and satellite maintenance. The phones will give the floating pods freedom to be controlled from the ground, cameras for a first-person view, and extra performance than they would have on their own.

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Nexus S 4G gets secure NFC update on July 11 for Google Wall

07/07, 7:05am

Nexus S 4G gets NFC update on July 11

The Google Nexus S 4G on Sprint is set to receive an OTA update on July 11. The minor update will bring the device’s software up to version GRJ90 and includes several enhancements including an update for the NFC Secure Element chip built-in to the device for Google Wallet.

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Google Videos for phones briefly shows in Android Market

07/02, 2:20pm

Google Videos for Android pops up early

Google's Videos app is near reaching phones as Android users have reported briefly finding the app in Android Market late Friday. The app as it was seen didn't enable actual playback but was clearly optimized for phones. The app was promised getting support beyond tablets a few weeks after its Google I/O conference introduction but has never seen indications of an expansion until now.

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Skype video calling reaches Android on just four devices

06/30, 12:35pm

Skype video calling finally reaches Android

Skype after prolonged delays at last enabled video calling in its Android app (Android Market). The update allows two-way calls on certain devices with front cameras and will talk to any other Skype platform, including iOS devices as well as Macs and Windows PCs. It also touts a much easier interface with better access to contacts, account info, and a new mood menu to share status independently of any call.

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VeriFone offers Square clone for Android, iPad despite feud

06/30, 12:10am

VeriFone PayWare for Tablets chases Square

VeriFone partly bowed to pressure on Wednesday with the introduction of PayWare Mobile Enterprise for Tablets. The option will give iPads, as well as Android 3 tablets, a hardware card reader and app combination that can serve as a store checkout much like Square's eponymous readers. The VeriFone option claims an edge with PIN-based debit cards and support for NFC devices that can tap to make a payment, such as a Nexus S 4G using Google Wallet.

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Hulu Plus reaches Android on just six devices, no tablets

06/23, 7:45am

Hulu Plus hits Android with fragmentation

Android caught up significantly on Thursday with the addition of Hulu Plus (free, Market). Coming a year after the iOS version, it lets users stream the full Hulu TV and movie catalog over both cellular and Wi-Fi. The service costs the same $8 per month.

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Android sees rare return to hype with early HTC Evo 3D intro

06/22, 9:20pm

HTC Evo 3D gets early Best Buy doors open

Buzz surrounding an Android phone returned for the first time in many months with Best Buy planning an early opening for the HTC Evo 3D. All Best Buy Mobile stores, and those regular Best Buy stores that offer Sprint, will open two hours early at 8AM on the June 24 launch day. The retail chain planned to keep the same $200 on-contract price.

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Millennial: Android, iPhone static as BlackBerry, WP7 bounce

06/15, 8:20am

Millennial June ad share leans to BBerry and WP7

Millennial Media on Wednesday showed a surprising spike in mobile ad share from companies that have mostly been pushed down until now. Android and iOS were largely static versus April at 53 percent and 27 percent, but the BlackBerry and Windows Phone platforms both increased in May. A rise in BlackBerry Curve use put RIM up one point to 17 percent of ad traffic, and Microsoft surged an unusual 92 percent.

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