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LG Nexus 4 hands-on

LG Nexus 4 hands-on

Fourth in the Nexus series Google's new LG Nexus 4 has plenty to live up to. Android phones have proliferated, but the expectations of Nexus flagships by users and platform enthusiasts have arguably increased even more. Not only do they represent a glimpse into the hardware direction Google envisages for Android, but the promise of the most timely software updates in an OS world growing increasingly fragmented. With the Nexus 4, there's also a resurrected challenge at the carrier model, with some impressively competitive pricing for an unlocked device. Read on for some first-impressions.

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Google LG Nexus 4 official: $299 unlocked from November 13

Google LG Nexus 4 official: $299 unlocked from November 13

Google and LG have officially announced the Nexus 4, the latest Android smartphone, running 4.2 Jelly Bean on a quadcore processor. The LG-made smartphone has a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 True HD IPS+ display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset running at 1.5GHGz paired with 2GB of RAM; Google plans to sell it unlocked for use on GSM/HSPA+ networks worldwide, as well as via T-Mobile USA with a contract. However, there's no LTE support, which will disappoint many.

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LG Nexus 4 confirmed early: Ships October 30th

LG Nexus 4 confirmed early: Ships October 30th

LG's Nexus 4, expected to be officially unveiled by Google at its event next week, has been prematurely confirmed by a UK retailer. The 4.7-inch Android handset has cropped up in a listing at Carphone Warehouse, running 4.2 Jelly Bean and packing an 8-megapixel camera and a quadcore 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, as expected. According to the page, shoppers can preorder now for delivery on October 30, with the Nexus 4 priced from free on a £31 ($50) per month, two-year agreement.

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GSIII Jelly Bean “in the coming months” says Samsung: Specifics left to carriers

GSIII Jelly Bean “in the coming months” says Samsung: Specifics left to carriers

Samsung has committed to pushing out Jelly Bean to all US variants of the Galaxy S III, though has stopped short of saying when - beyond "in the coming months" - Android 4.1 will arrive exactly. Instead of a firm date, the Jelly Bean update is in the hands of Samsung's carrier partners, the company concedes, which will also be able to decide whether to deliver it OTA or via Kies (or, indeed, both).

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ZTE Engage to be a Cricket Wireless exclusive

ZTE Engage to be a Cricket Wireless exclusive

ZTE has unveiled a new smartphone running the Android 4.0 operating system that will be exclusively available at Cricket Wireless. The new smartphone is called the ZTE Engage and will be available on Cricket Wireless starting October 2. The smartphone promises to be a full-featured multimedia device running Android 4.0 and sporting a four-inch capacitive touchscreen.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Review

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Review

Google's newest version of its mobile operating system Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is what essentially equates to a fine tuning of the version that came immediately before it. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pushed the Google mobile OS world together, with Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, made for tablets and smartphones respectively, making a single system that's made for all devices, regardless of their screen size. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean takes what Ice Cream Sandwich has and bumps it up a notch in a handful of ways.

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Verizon LG Lucid brings LTE Android on a budget

Verizon LG Lucid brings LTE Android on a budget

Verizon has outed its latest low-cost LTE Android smartphone, the LG Lucid, a 4-inch handset set to go on sale March 29 priced at $79.99 with a new agreement. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, the Lucid has a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording and flash, and comes preloaded with an HD Video Producer app for chopping footage directly on the phone itself.

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US Cellular grabs Galaxy S II

US Cellular grabs Galaxy S II

Samsung's Galaxy S III may be just around the corner, but not everybody has the existing Galaxy S II yet: regional carrier US Cellular has just announced that the Super AMOLED Plus smartphone will be hitting its airwaves imminently. Priced at $229.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, the US Cellular GSII will have a 4.5-inch WVGA touchscreen, 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos C210 dual-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash.

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