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Android ICS Nexus S update out today for employees only

Android ICS Nexus S update out today for employees only

It has begun for those of you working at Google today running a Nexus S, the update to the official Google-distributed Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 build that you've been waiting for all these … days! Word is that the build sent out today to some (not all) Google employees is an early build of Ice Cream Sandwich, so there's certainly some kinks to work out, but this is no 3rd party street nightly build folks, Google sends out the good stuff right away. For those of you waiting at home, you can also get Ice Cream Sandwich right this moment if you wish, but you'll have to do some hacking to get it. Refer back to our post about the Rocket Launcher hidden in the system to see.

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ICS 4.0 hidden Android Dreams feature hands-on

ICS 4.0 hidden Android Dreams feature hands-on

Google is a place where even though their slogan may no longer have to do with the doing of no evil, they certainly do a lot of good AND have a lot of fun - case in point: a hidden feature in the newest version of their mobile operating system Ice Cream Sandwich by the name of Android Dreams. This feature is otherwise known as Rocket Launcher or "RocketLauncher" for those of you buzzing around the hacker circuit, and what we've got courtesy of our pal Cory from Android Community is a hands-on experience with this new way of looking at your apps. All you need is a bit of digging skills and you can see this rather spacey experience for yourself!

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Galaxy Nexus Review

Galaxy Nexus Review

A new Nexus is a big deal in Android land, and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has plenty to live up to. As close to an official Googlephone as we ever get, they demonstrate not just how Android's creators think smartphone development should progress, but set the benchmark by which the platform as a whole is compared to rivals like the iPhone. The Galaxy Nexus brings with it Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and some of Samsung's finest hardware: do the two add up to the best smartphone on the market today? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Galaxy Nexus uses same NXP NFC solution as Nexus S

Galaxy Nexus uses same NXP NFC solution as Nexus S

This week it was revealed by none other than NXP that they were the ones that have been in the Nexus S from Samsung powering its NFC component and will also be in the Galaxy Nexus, they therefore providing the NFC for both Google hero devices. This isn't a gigantic deal for those of you that just want your devices to work, not caring about what's deeply embedded in the devices to make them work so spectacularly, but for the Android need-to-know crowd out there, you'll need to know this: the same NXP PN65N solution used in the Nexus S will now be used on the Galaxy Nexus.

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Google: No Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus One

Google: No Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus One

Google's original Nexus One will not get an official upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it has been confirmed, with only the Nexus S getting the latest version of the smartphone platform. While the Nexus S will get updated "within weeks" of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) going live, Google's Hugo Barra confirmed to the Telegraph, the exec admitted that the Nexus One hardware was simply too old to support the new OS.

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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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Galaxy Nexus appears in Samsung site search results

Galaxy Nexus appears in Samsung site search results

It appears that there must have been nothing the team at Samsung.com could have done to avoid an early outing of the search results for "Galaxy Nexus" as the listing has appeared for all to see just hours before its official unveiling in Hong Kong. Anyone who might have a try can right this minute search for either "Galaxy Nexus" or "Nexus Prime" over at Samsung and the "Best Match" result will be the "Galaxy Nexus from Verizon." Oh what's that? Verizon, there you are!

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Google Wallet adds coupons, rewards, and more retail partners

Google Wallet adds coupons, rewards, and more retail partners

Google Wallet unveiled its first batch of retail partners last week, which included American Eagle Outfitters, The Container Store, Foot Locker, Guess, Jamba Juice, Macy's, OfficeMax, and Toys R Us. And today, the company has even more good news for the select few with the NFC-equipped Nexus S 4G, revealing that those retail partners will also begin offering coupons and rewards points exclusively through Google Wallet.

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Galaxy Nexus Google Hero Phone, now with much more ideal specs

Galaxy Nexus Google Hero Phone, now with much more ideal specs

Everyone loves idillic specs on their yet-unannounced gadgets, that's why when we heard this morning's news about the Android-laden Galaxy Nexus having a 5-megapixel camera and a Verizon exclusive deal, we just weren't satisfied - thus we found our OWN source, one with a much better outlook on things. Everyone has these unnamed inside-scoop-having officials that they like to toss around, so we figured, hey, lets get a few of our own! That said, it appears that there are a few conflicting stories out there today popping up since this morning's "leak", not all of them ours - see what you think!

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