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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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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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Samsung Teases Ice Cream Sandwich device for CTIA release

Samsung Teases Ice Cream Sandwich device for CTIA release

What you're about to see may alarm you - do not be frightened - this may well be your first glimpse at the first Android Ice Cream Sandwich device, and it's dangerously curved. Samsung has been pretty good about promoting their devices over the past few months, always letting us know that there's something magical around the bend with teaser videos galore - this time it's a set of combos from real life, this all leading us to believe that the Ice Cream Sandwich hero device (that operating system being one that combines tablet and smartphone functionality) is right around the bend. And bent it is, ladies and gentlemen, bent it is.

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Google’s Next Nexus Phone Details Roundup [Mid-Sept 2011, pre-release]

Google’s Next Nexus Phone Details Roundup [Mid-Sept 2011, pre-release]

Each time Google creates a new version of Android, they work with a manufacturer of smartphones or tablets as well as a processor manufacturer to create a hero device to host a completely vanilla (otherwise known as totally nude, clean) version of their software. The most recent examples of this come in the Nexus S, out for sale now on three carriers across the USA working with Google's latest smartphone OS, Android 2.3 Gingerbread. For tablets, there's the Motorola XOOM, available as both a Wi-fi only device and a Verizon-carried device featuring Google's latest tablet-based mobile OS, Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Though the XOOM isn't technically following the naming scheme, each Google Android hero phone is part of the "Nexus" line, the next of these set to feature the Android system to tie handsets and tablets together in one: Ice Cream Sandwich. While we still do not know the Android number (2.4 or 4.0), we have a collection of details on this device that's sure to get you salivating.

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Nexus Prime Chassis Specs Reported, Support Page up at Samsung

Nexus Prime Chassis Specs Reported, Support Page up at Samsung

It appears that rumors and confirmations are coming on the daily here on the upcoming Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device known thus far as the Nexus Prime. We've heard it called the Nexus Prime, the DROID Prime, codename GT-I9250, and today a new name: Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This comes from a tipster that's also revealed the fact that Samsung now has a support page up for the soon to be live device, though this support page is nothing if not incomplete to say the least, showing only the device code and a bunch of placeholder links on all sides. The real juicy bits come from a tipster who notes that this new device is likely to be 8.8mm thin with a full metal chassis.

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