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Google's apparently ready to greatly expand its Nexus program: the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company plans to give as many as five device OEMs early access to future versions of Android and sell those devices directly to consumers.
Google has just gotten back into the business of selling smartphones directly. The HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus is going to be for sale, unlocked, for $399 in a new "Devices" section of Google Play. Customers in the US could only get the GSM Galaxy Nexus previously from a "gray market" retailer, as only the Verizon and brand-new Sprint variants have been available to-date.
Some GSM Galaxy Nexus owners have found that their phones are losing the ability to stay connected to the cell network when in standby mode after updating to Android 4.0.4.
Sources close to Spotify have informed us that the company is hard at work on a "major" new version of its Android app. While we couldn't learn any more details, the news should delight the legions of Spotify Premium users flooding the company's support forums with complaints about the app, which hasn't been updated since November 2011.
Google Maps has just received an update that brings a few minor but helpful changes. Those who use the app to get directions around their favorite city will be glad to hear that there's a new option to choose which mode of public transportation you prefer (bus, subway, train, or tram). You can also have Google come up with the route that has the least amount of walking involved, the one with the fewest transfers, or just the fastest route.
Microsoft's working quickly to counter backlash it's receiving after claiming that a user who won a Windows Phone challenge wasn't entitled to his just reward.
A quick tour through the halls of Mobile World Congress reveals that Android OEMs are quickly learning to design around some of Apple's iPhone-related patents, and coming up with some pretty innovative ideas in the process.
Android has long been a great platform for tinkerers, so when user mumchristmas wasn't happy with the colors on his Galaxy Nexus, he didn't just complain about it — he worked to come up with a color profile and fix the settings himself. The "part-time photographer" with an eye for accurate colors did some tests with the assistance of a color meter, and found that the gamma, color balance, and color temperature were all off.
CNET reports that LG is "heavily in discussions" with Google to make the next Nexus device. The Nexus program produces the marquee product for the newest versions of Android.
You've probably never heard of the Samsung SGH-T999, SCH-I535 or SPH-L710, and that's not surprising, but if you regularly buy the latest and greatest smartphones, one of them may soon be part of your life.
The Kogeto Dot panoramic video lens for iPhone is moving to Android under the name iCONIC. Kogeto Dot will make a model for the Galaxy Nexus, but plans to license out the technology for OEMs to produce versions for other Android phones.
Google has released the first analytics on Ice Cream Sandwich adoption, indicating that Android 4.0 is now installed on .06 percent of all Android devices — with approximately 700,000 Galaxy Nexus phones sold to date.
The car dock for Verizon's LTE Galaxy Nexus lacks the 3-pin connector of its GSM counterpart, making it little more than a piece of plastic that holds your phone while you drive.
Some Galaxy Nexus models have experienced multitouch issues after users play 3D games on the phone. The problem appears to be a software-related bug.
Patrick Boivin and his stop-motion Nexus Ninjas have an affinity for unboxing Google's flagship Android devices — generally with some crazy flips and flying kicks — that dates back to 2010's Nexus One. For their third outing, the ninjas downgrade to 8-bit as Red seeks out the missing Galaxy Nexus in a sidescrolling brawler beautifully reminiscent of classics like Double Dragon and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Google just announced Android 4.0.3 on its developer blog. Google is calling this the "base version" of Ice Cream Sandwich that third parties will be pushing out on "production phones and tablets in the weeks ahead."