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Nexus G not going to happen – but not for lack of trying

Nexus G not going to happen – but not for lack of trying

It's become apparent today that the teams working with Google for the last couple of Nexus devices - the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 - may very well have wanted the device(s) to be called something else entirely. While back before the Nexus 4 was revealed - all the way back in 2012 - when we were still calling the upcoming device the Nexus G, we were apparently closer to the mark than history ended up suggesting. While Samsung has been able to key-in on branding both of the Nexus smartphones they've worked on with the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, LG has been tipped to have been turned down as such.

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SlashGear 101: is Google Wallet safe?

SlashGear 101: is Google Wallet safe?

We've had our fair share of experience with Google Wallet since it launched several months ago, and now that it's been updated to include all major credit and debit cards, it's time to once again address the most important question of all: is it safe? As it turns out, Google Wallet is really, really safe. You've got several ways to lock down your account, and starting today, you've also got a remote shutdown option too. Additionally, just as it is with any other use of a credit card, each use of Google Wallet at "more than 200,000 retail locations" across the USA require that you show a picture ID to make it work.

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Google Nexus lineup hits multiple partners in 2012

Google Nexus lineup hits multiple partners in 2012

The folks at Google may well be breaking its long-standing streak of working with one single partner for each new Nexus device starting this year. This tip comes from a person familiar with the matter speaking with the Wall Street Journal this week, they also noting that the seven "lead devices" they've produced in the past will not be evidence that they'll continue this strategy in the near future. This new strategy would have Google working with what we can expect would be more than just Samsung, HTC, and Motorola for their next software release code-named "Jellybean" in the latter half of 2012.

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Google Nexus Ice Cream Sandwich delays explained

Google Nexus Ice Cream Sandwich delays explained

Google has responded to the criticism that it took too long to roll out stable updates to its Nexus devices, the ones that should always get the first and most reliable versions of any Android upgrades. It's one of the benefits of owning a Nexus phone. That most certainly was not the case with Ice Cream Sandwich, unfortunately. With Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, there was a very different story.

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Android Fragmentation does not matter to you

Android Fragmentation does not matter to you

If you are an everyday average user of a smartphone that just so happens to use Android instead of iOS or Windows Phone or BlackBerry, you might have heard the word "fragmentation." This is a word that in this case means there are many different kinds of hardware surrounding the Android software and many different versions of Android out there on these devices today. This can pose a problem for developers making apps that, if at all possible, should work on every different Android-laden device. For you though, the problem with fragmentation is this: it's a scare tactic.

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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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Google holds Android 4.0 updates for Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus

Google holds Android 4.0 updates for Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus

Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Nexus S hit a snag today, as Electronista reports that the company posted on its forums that it was holding the operating system update to "monitor feedback", after users saw atypically high battery drain on the devices. Possibly induced by a spike in processor usage, the issue wasn't enough to halt all updates worldwide, but the upgrade "wouldn't return until Google was satisfied there wasn't an issue."

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