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Predictions for Google’s Android in 2013: Freedom for All!

Predictions for Google’s Android in 2013: Freedom for All!

At the start of 2012 the folks at Google were seeing their beloved Android mobile operating system being used on more iPhone clones than we'd care to discuss - near the turn-over to 2013, big manufacturers like Samsung and HTC have made their own hero lines the likes of which Android has never known. What we saw in 2012 was recognition of the model that has worked for Apple extremely well since all the way back in 2007 - a focus on the ecosystem rather than on the individual specifications of any one device. This will continue in a very big way through 2013 with manufacturers holding up a single torch - like the Motorola RAZR brand - to keep themselves lit up brightly.

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Google UK chief blames LG for “scarce” Nexus 4

Google UK chief blames LG for “scarce” Nexus 4

Google's UK and Ireland chief has apologized for the Nexus 4 supply debacle, describing the paucity of stock as "unacceptable" and blaming LG for "scarce" supplies that have left many buyers waiting weeks for their phone. Dan Cobley, managing director of Google UK & Ireland, used Google+ to address critics, claiming the company expects to push out a fresh batch of handsets this week to satisfy UK/Ireland "pre-Christmas" delivery promises.

 

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Google’s Royal Nexus 4 Supply Miscalculation

Google’s Royal Nexus 4 Supply Miscalculation

When it became apparent not too long ago that the LG Nexus 4 was selling out of the Google Play online store faster than free bricks of gold, we immediately asked ourselves: was this by design, or was it a mistake? There are two possibilities that remain even after the information being reported today by no less than the head of mobile at LG UK has been released - even after Andy Coughlin spoke up with CNET about the fact that the device "had proven extremely popular" when it was released initially to Google Play. One possibility is that yes, indeed, Google simply did not expect so many devices to be sold, so they didn't order a supply to meet the demand - the other is more nefarious.

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SlashGear 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Smartphones

SlashGear 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Smartphones

In the smartphone universe you're going to have some sorting to do starting with the carrier your gift receiver is working with. More than likely you're a parent or a significant other if you're purchasing a smartphone on-contract for that special someone, this meaning you've got a fair understanding of which carrier they'll be working with. After that, it's all about finding the best device for them based on their specific wants and needs.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 28, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 28, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone, just two more work days to go and then we're at the weekend again. Today we found out that new Nexus 4 orders won't ship for another 4-5 weeks, and that's if you're ordering the 16GB model - those who order the 8GB model might be waiting as long as two months. Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer said that Windows Phone sales these days are four times greater than they were in autumn 2011, which is definitely a good sign, while we learned that RIM has lost a big patent case against Nokia in Sweden.

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Nexus 4 shipping time pushed back to 2013

Nexus 4 shipping time pushed back to 2013

Yesterday, the LG Nexus 4 returned to the Google Play Store after selling out in just 24 minutes on launch day, and we weren't surprised in the least to see a flood of prospective Nexus 4 owners quickly overwhelm the Play Store with orders. We were thinking for a moment that the phone would sell out once again, but fast forward to today and the Nexus 4 is still available for purchase. There's just one little problem: regardless of which Nexus 4 model you order, you're probably going to have to wait until we're into 2013 to get it.

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Nexus 4 Google Play Store availability returns this afternoon

Nexus 4 Google Play Store availability returns this afternoon

This afternoon you'll find yourself once again racing against the masses to grab that one single perfect next-level smartphone: the LG Nexus 4. This device has been available previously on the Google Play store but was sold out in a matter of hours, while the T-Mobile edition (ever so slightly different in its software build) is also either up for sale right this moment (if you're lucky) or will be again later this afternoon. Those of you looking for the unlocked model will be able to pick it up from either source, but the T-Mobile unlocked version (exactly the same as the Google Play store version) will cost you $150 USD more - so good luck with Google Play!

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A Google plan to kill carriers with WiFi is all too believable

A Google plan to kill carriers with WiFi is all too believable

Could you live your mobile life on WiFi? Attempts to ween users off of expensive, subsidized smartphone deals have been more successful this year than every before; word earlier today that Google had acquired a WiFi hotspot company - and which later turned out to be false - was believable in part because the search company is a prime candidate for ousting cellular from the mobile equation. The ICOA deal may be fake, but Google's appetite to ditch the traditional carriers and strike out more or less alone isn't new.

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LG: LTE in the Nexus 4 is an evolutionary leftover

LG: LTE in the Nexus 4 is an evolutionary leftover

The LTE modem discovered in the Nexus 4 is an evolutionary leftover akin to an appendix or tailbone, LG has explained, dashing any hopes of a firmware update unlocking future 4G capabilities. Interest was raised when teardowns of the latest Nexus smartphone revealed it had an LTE-capable modem, despite being billed as 3G only; as LG told TechRadar, however, that's just the vestigial remnants of the more advanced - and more expensive - device the Nexus 4 was based upon.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 23, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 23, 2012

Some of us are still recovering from our food comas, but luckily the weekend is here so most of us can use that time for recouping (or chowing down on leftovers). Let's recap the news from the day, shall we? Of course, today is Black Friday, with Apple kicking off a Black Friday sale of its own and the NPD saying that sales today could be what pushes tablet shipments above notebook shipments. We also heard from various companies that people were reaching for their phones and tablets on Thanksgiving to net some great deals, apparently not willing to wait until the Black Friday "festivities" kicked off.

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