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Manual update instructions for Google Nexus S to Android 2.3.4!

Manual update instructions for Google Nexus S to Android 2.3.4!

I'm many things and none of them is patient. I want what I want right now. Don’t judge, you know you are the same way. If you have a Nexus S smartphone and you have been checking over and over to see if the OTA update for your device to Android 2.3.4 was available for you yet, you can stop waiting. The official 2.3.4 update file has been found and you can get the directions for installing it manually below.

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Gtalk video calling for Android phones tipped for Google I/O

Gtalk video calling for Android phones tipped for Google I/O

The front-facing camera on Android handsets like the Nexus S and Desire S haven't seen much official use yet; third-party video calling apps like Fring can use them, but video functionality in Google's own Gtalk has so far been limited to Android 3.0 Honeycomb on tablets. That may well change at Google I/O next month, however, with claims that a test build of Android 2.3.4 with video-capable Gtalk has been doing the rounds.

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Google Places Rolling out NFC Stickers in [at least] Five US Cities

Google Places Rolling out NFC Stickers in [at least] Five US Cities

It appears that Google has chosen Identive's ACIG Technology subsidiary as their exclusive supplier of NFC stickers for at least one of the five major US cities receiving NFC window decals across America. ACIG Technology will be in charge of supplying these stickers while they're manufactured by another Identive Group company by the name of Smartag, which is based in Singapore. These stickers are approximately 80x50mm and are currently being handed out in a big push in Austin to re-promote the Places environment.

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Google readying Android NFC payment system with MasterCard and Citigroup?

Google readying Android NFC payment system with MasterCard and Citigroup?

Google is reportedly partnering with MasterCard and Citigroup on NFC payment technology, using VeriFone NFC-enabled payment terminals to turn Android handsets into electronic wallets. According to the WSJ's sources, those with Citigroup-issued debit and credit cards would be able to use a new Android app - initially for the Nexus S, but then for subsequent NFC-equipped phones - rather than their physical cards when the service launches later in 2011.

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Sprint adding Google Voice Integration to all devices [Video]

Sprint adding Google Voice Integration to all devices [Video]

The Integrated Google Voice functionality announced alongside the Sprint Nexus S 4G will be available to all Sprint CDMA handsets, regardless of whether or not they run Android. The carrier has signed a deal with Google that will see them offer subscribers the opportunity to use their Sprint number with Google Voice, no porting required, as well as using Google's voicemail transcription service.

Video demo after the cut

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Google Nexus S 4G hits Sprint this spring

Google Nexus S 4G hits Sprint this spring

The Sprint Nexus S 4G has been made official this morning, the first Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone with 4G WiMAX support, and the first to bring the new Integrated Google Voice Experience to Sprint Android devices. The same Nexus S handset as we've seen from Google before, only with the added benefit of WiMAX connectivity, the Nexus S 4G will allow existing Sprint subscribers to use their current number as their Google Voice number, without having to pay to port it over.

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Sprint tease Nexus S 4G with WiMAX and “fully integrated” Google Voice

Sprint tease Nexus S 4G with WiMAX and “fully integrated” Google Voice

The WiMAX version of the Google Nexus S has been confirmed, with a mention briefly spotted on Sprint's site. Caught by an Engadget tipster (and then promptly yanked by the carrier) the Nexus S 4G will apparently be "the first smartphone with fully integrated Google Voice." That means "the same number for all your calls and get cool features like voicemail transcription, web calling and more."

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Nielsen: Android leads US smartphone segment but Google weaker than Apple & RIM

Nielsen: Android leads US smartphone segment but Google weaker than Apple & RIM

Android holds pole position in the US smartphone battle when it comes to OS marketshare, but Google is at a weaker position versus iOS and BlackBerry because it is reliant on third-party manufacturers producing devices. That's Nielsen's stance at least, going by the latest set of postpaid mobile subscribers across smartphone platforms between November 2010 and January 2011. The researchers claim Android has 29-percent of the market, but shared predominantly between HTC (12-percent), Motorola (10-percent) and Samsung (5-percent).

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Nexus S losing Facebook contacts sync as Google tightens data policy

Nexus S losing Facebook contacts sync as Google tightens data policy

Facebook integration with the Nexus S is set to be scooped out after the Android 2.3.3 update currently being distributed OTA, with Google claiming that the social network's cloud-based contacts violate its terms of service. According to the search giant, while currently Facebook contacts can be synchronized with the Nexus S' contacts, the fact that the data can't be exported from the phone "created a false sense of data portability." It's the latest jab in the ongoing war over data access between the two companies.

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