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Google Nexus S 4G Ice Cream Sandwich update goes live

Google Nexus S 4G Ice Cream Sandwich update goes live

The Nexus S 4G is now officially primed for the latest version of Android, after some trying times left users wondering exactly when the update would happen. Users can check if their phone is eligible for an upgrade by going to the "About Phone" section in the Settings menu. Even if you don't check, though, eventually the update notification will pop up on your screen automatically.

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Android CDMA support changed slightly, Nexus may stopper updates

Android CDMA support changed slightly, Nexus may stopper updates

Today there's been a bit of a scare out there in the Android world as Google changed its official support pages to stop support for some CDMA features on devices. This seemed to include the Verizon Galaxy Nexus at first along with all CDMA devices in all ways. In fact the situation is simply this: CDMA devices have been removed from some developer support pages simply because not all features are fully supported. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus along with all other Galaxy Nexus devices in the future will continue to get official firmware updates unless Google deems them unworkable.

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ported to Nexus S

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ported to Nexus S

It appears that the folks at XDA Developers Forum have gotten a radically early port of the newest and still unreleased version of Android, that being 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, working on the Samsung Nexus S. It makes sense that this would be the first device to get the newest Android working since it is the second-newest Google hero device having been released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread back quite a few months ago. Now that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been announced and Ice Cream Sandwich is officially heading to the wild, it's been caught early via the released-to-developers SDK environment and converted to a working ROM by no less than a couple of intrepid developers hacking away all night.

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Samsung Nexus Prime pictured clear as day

Samsung Nexus Prime pictured clear as day

It's less than a week now from the final reveal of whatever Samsung has in store for us near the Autumn edition of CTIA, and would you look at that, someone's posted a photo of the next Google hero phone, clear as a bell. What's actually going on here is a cleaning up of the image we've all been staring at for about 19 hours now released by Samsung early this morning, one that showed off the next Samsung device amid signs that it'd be released at Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011: Google Edition next week. This is one good looking device.

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Google Wallet App Hands-on [Video]

Google Wallet App Hands-on [Video]

Though the update for the masses isn't technically released until Friday, we did some jimmy-rigging and honest finagling to get that Nexus S 4G Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread from the streets so we could bring you Google Wallet before it's even fully activated. You know basically how it works already - you enter your cards in, activate the card you want to use, and tap the console at your local participating store. Now you can see the interface as your humble narrator holds it.

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Google Wallet worries: NFC stickers MIA

Google Wallet worries: NFC stickers MIA

Google Wallet may have launched yesterday, but with only one handset, the Nexus S 4G, supported at launch and no mention of the NFC sticker system revealed last May, it's unclear how fast the payments system will spread. Both Google's Wallet site and the official announcement are conspicuously vague on the stickers - which were, it was originally suggested, intended as a workaround for those without the WiMAX Android phone - and there's extra emphasis on the Secure Element system the search giant uses to lock up customers' credit card details.

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich Photos Leak on Nexus S

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Photos Leak on Nexus S

Several screenshots have been leaked to a set of Android-specific fan sites that appear to show a Samsung Nexus S device hosting the newest still unreleased version of Android, that being Ice Cream Sandwich, a version which is said to tie together the smartphone and the tablet worlds, each of them now running their own versions of Android, Gingerbread for handsets and Honeycomb for tablets. A set of factoids appears to have been delivered with these photos from a source who very well may be delivering a legitimate Beta version of this operating system to the public.

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Google Wallet on Android: iOS and Windows Phone Must Be Next

Google Wallet on Android: iOS and Windows Phone Must Be Next

On May 26th, 2011, Google announced a partnership with financial groups Citi, MasterCard, and First Data, mobile networks like NXP, Sprint, and Samsung (the last two obvious since their hero device in this project is the Nexus S 4G,) and retail locations like American Eagle, Subway, and Macy's. These partnerships all converge on a single project: Google Wallet. This project is an NFC-based and will rely on several factors to be successful: the participation of major businesses, the ability to have manufacturers add compatible NFC chips to handheld devices, and the confidence of the population Google hopes will adopt the system. But wait a second - will this whole system collapse if it's only on Android phones? Let's have a chat about why Apple and Microsoft [plus RIM and Nokia] must be next on the docket or the entire project may be grounded before it even takes off flying.

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