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Google selling HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus for $399

Google selling HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus for $399

Well hello there, Mr. Galaxy Nexus! What are you doing over there on the Play Store? Shouldn’t you be offered through carriers? It seems Google is going to try once again to sell unlocked handsets directly to the public. They’ve just unveiled the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus on the Play Store for the very reasonable price of $399. Only those in the United States will be able to purchase the device, however.

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Samsung Galaxy S III non-Pentile 720p AMOLED tipped

Samsung Galaxy S III non-Pentile 720p AMOLED tipped

More mystery and intrigue around the hotly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III, as Korean news reports tip not only a 4.65-inch 720p display like the Galaxy Nexus, but a move away from the much-maligned pentile panel technology. According to DDaily, the upcoming Galaxy S III will use a Super AMOLED Plus display running at 1280 x 720 for 316ppi density - only a little short of the iPhone 4S' Retina Display - but not using the reduced pixel count that pentile forces. The rumors tally with talk that another recently rumored device, the GT-i9300, is indeed a midrange model not the Galaxy S III.

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Samsung offering free extended battery with new Galaxy Nexus purchase

Samsung offering free extended battery with new Galaxy Nexus purchase

The US version of the Galaxy Nexus, featuring LTE on Verizon’s network, is already slightly thicker to accommodate a larger battery. If you want to take advantage of Verizon’s high speed network, then you have to pay the price is battery life, with some users opting for an extended battery to get them through the day. If you were on the fence about the phone and had concerns about the battery, maybe this deal is for you: order a Galaxy Nexus from Samsung Direct on a new two-year contract, and they’ll throw in the 2,100mAh extended battery for free.

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Google Maps 6.5 gets HD display support

Google Maps 6.5 gets HD display support

For those of you with Google Maps on your Android device (every single one of you with an Android device), you're about to get an update to that app, and it's a big one! The actual file size of the app is not what's big, its the features you're going to get now with this update for the most advanced devices on the market. In addition to High Definition support for devices like the Galaxy Nexus, this app also has preferred public transit mode and route options and a new look for Android 4.0+ devices.

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Temple Run for Android seeks iOS success on Galaxy Nexus

Temple Run for Android seeks iOS success on Galaxy Nexus

This week one of the most hotly anticipated games in mobile, Temple Run, has finally hit the Android platform. This game has been a gigantic hit already for the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad, and the Android world is reacting with heavy downloads across the nation here in the developers first offering of the game for Google-based systems. Straight from Android Community we've got a hands-on look at the game below - see what the fuss is all about!

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Google hoping to bring Voice integration to other carriers

Google hoping to bring Voice integration to other carriers

A quick refresher if you’re not familiar with Google Voice: it allows you to choose a US phone number to serve as your central number. Any calls to that number can be filtered and forwarded to any of your phones accordingly. Other features like voicemail transcription and SMS forwarding are the cherries on top. Apps are available for iOS and Android, although carrier integration is the dream many are chasing. Google has hinted that that it’s trying to court the various carriers.

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Microsoft apologizes to “smoked by Windows Phone” winner

Microsoft apologizes to “smoked by Windows Phone” winner

This morning we learned that funny business was going on with the “Smoked by Windows Phone” campaign. Sahas Katta went to a Microsoft store and took the test with his Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Even though he won the challenge, “bring up the weather of two different cities” as quickly as possible, the store reps claimed he still lost. The story has been gaining momentum in the press, and now Microsoft employee Ben Rudolph has issued an apology.

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Smoked by Windows Phone promo fizzles after Android wades in

Smoked by Windows Phone promo fizzles after Android wades in

Microsoft's "Smoked by Windows Phone" campaign has landed the company in hot water, with claims that the competitive promotion - which pits WP7 devices against rivals in speed tests - is being unfairly judged. The marketing scheme attempts to demonstrate how Windows Phone's Live Tiles, among other things, make it a speedier platform than iOS or Android, challenging users of other devices to head-to-head tasks; unfortunately, as Skatter Tech found when pitting a Galaxy Nexus against Windows Phone in the Santa Clara Microsoft Store, it's also subject to the whims of store staff.

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