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14 Dec 12 Quick Contest: Win 1 of 3 Galaxy Nexus Fantom Tempered Glass Screen …

The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon is still to this day one of the most popular phones among Droid Life readers. It was the first Nexus (maybe the last too) to launch on Big Red, providing this passionate community the only fully open phone on their network of choice in quite some time. But now that the phone has been around for almost a year, it seems to take a backseat at times to all of the new phones that hit the market. So to show the G-Nex that we still love it, we wanted to hand out a couple of tempered glass screen protectors for it. 

The Fantom, made by XGEAR, is practically scratch resistant, keeps off fingerprints, and is thin enough to not add extra bulk to your device. At 8H hardness, you won’t find this kind of protection from any other screen protector. Then normally retail for $29.99.


Update:  Our three winners have been picked! David, ImmaDroid, and Sean, be sure to check your email!

Prize:  3 (three) Fantom tempered glass screen protectors for the Galaxy Nexus.

How to enter:

1.  In the comments, tell us why you still love your Galaxy Nexus.


Today, at 3PM Pacific, we’ll randomly choose three winners from the comments.

*Winners need to have U.S. addresses.


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07 Jun 12 Samsung Galaxy S3 to ship soon on all 4 big US carriers

The Galaxy S III is soon to land in our solar system — the American part of it, that is.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S III
Android 4.0 phone is generating so much buzz, you could almost forget the Olympics are being held this summer.

U.S. fans of the Galaxy S series have been closer to the back of the line this go-round, as the flagship Android phone is rolling out elsewhere across the globe while we twiddle our thumbs over elder-generation smartphones. Finally, the picture is becoming a little less cloudy as to when the S III will finally land stateside.

We already know that T-Mobile and Sprint will start selling the thin taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on June 21, but now it appears that ATT is telling customers who preorder the Galaxy S III that they can expect it to ship on June 18, according to droidmatters.

As for Big Red, Droid Life says Verizon customers who preorder are seeing messages that the phone will ship by July 9th, but there’s also evidence from Best Buy that it could be as soon as June 28.

There could be another bit of good news for current Verizon subscribers who are on one of those grandfathered unlimited data plans. Folks who preorder the Galaxy S III are being given the option to port that unlimited data plan over to the new phone without any hassle. Verizon had previously said it would begin moving off those unlimited plans as it updated to 4G plans, but it seems that may not always be the case, especially when you’re trying to push a cherry phone like the Galaxy S III. Sprint will also be offering an unlimited data option for the GS3.

Then again, these are the carriers we’re talking about, and the sweetest deals can sour pretty quickly. In fact, there’s one pretty big wild card out there right now threatening to keep our galaxies and the Galaxy S III from colliding — Apple has requested an injunction that would keep the Samsung phone from hitting U.S. shelves, claiming it infringes on two of Apple’s patents.


(Via Boy Genius Report)

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02 Jun 12 Android 4.0 finally on the way to Verizon’s Xoom and T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II

By (@jr_raphael) G+

Android 4.0 Verizon Xoom T-Mobile Galaxy S II

Android fans, rejoice: A couple of long overdue Android 4.0 upgrades are finally on their way into the world.

Ice Cream Sandwich will be available for Verizon’s 3G/4G Motorola Xoom starting next Monday, June 4, the carrier has officially announced. The upgrade will be sent over the air, meaning you’ll get a notification on your tablet when it becomes available to you. You can also manually check for the upgrade by going into the “System Updates” section of your Xoom’s “About Tablet” settings menu.

As a flagship “Google experience” device, the Xoom should have gotten Ice Cream Sandwich long ago. The problem, according to one Android engineer, is “operator approval” — in other words, carriers like Verizon taking far too long to review and then pull the trigger on Google’s OS updates.

(On a related note, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus may actually get its long-delayed Android 4.0.4 upgrade sometime soon, too. It’s an incremental upgrade, relatively speaking, but still one that should have hit months ago. (Thanks for that, Verizon.) Big Red posted support documents for the upgrade earlier this week, and some users have reported receiving it already.)

The other good news is for owners of T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II. The T-Mo GSII will taste Ice Cream Sandwich starting June 11, according to a tweet sent by T-Mobile USA’s official Twitter account today. The tweet says the upgrade will be delivered via Samsung’s Kies application — for whatever reason, non-Nexus Samsung phones rarely seem to enjoy the convenience and simplicity of over-the-air upgrades — and that more details would be announced soon.

Android Power TwitterRemember, you can find the latest upgrade status for any phone or tablet in my Android 4.0 upgrade list. It’s always kept up to date with the most current info available for all devices.  

SEE ALSO: Google’s grand Android plan: Finally, it all makes sense 

JR Raphael writes about smartphones and other tasty technology. You can find him on , Twitter, or Facebook.

Article copyright 2012 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

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08 May 12 Droid Incredible

$199 Samsung Galaxy Nexus may hit Verizon on April 5th

Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus on Verizon costs a steep $299 even after commitment to a two-year contract. If you’re willing to live with half the internal memory, a 16GB model could be heading to Big Red on April 5th for $100 less.

According to Android blog Droid Life, this lower-priced GNex will feature many of the same tasty features of its more expensive sibling including Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, an AMOLED screen, and dual-core processing, along with Verizon LTE 4G data.

It all sounds great but when you consider the Galaxy Nexus lacks a microSD slot and relies entirely on internal storage, this might not be such a sweet deal. This is especially true if you plan to fill the phone up with tons of audio tracks or high-quality video.

Another device is rumored to arrive a few weeks later, on April 26th, is the HTC Droid Incredible 4G. The handset is likely based on the previously reported HTC Fireball, another 4G LTE phone.

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03 May 12 What Android might bring us from CTIA

Next week as wireless fans descend on New Orleans for the annual
CTIA Wireless how, we’ll get one more peek at how the mobile landscape will unfold over the coming months. Previously held in March, but moved to May for 2012, the three-day event takes a North American focus while including the wireless movers and shakersfrom aorund the world.

At previous shows, carriers have pulled back the curtain on high-profile
Android smartphones and
tablets. In 2010, for example, Sprint announced the HTC Evo 4G and last year we got the slimmed down Galaxy Tab 10.1. So considering the rapid clip of mobile development, it stands to reason that this year will be no exception, right?

Well, maybe not. I’d love to be proven wrong, but I don’t look for too much out of Android when the fun kick off May 8. In fact, in the four year history of Android products at CTIA, this may be the least eventful conference yet.

Perhaps it’s because of the show’s later time frame, but then again Samsung decided to hold a separate press event tomorrow, May 3, to announce what should be the Galaxy S III. Sammy hasn’t said why it’s holding its own party, though maybe it just didn’t want to share the stage.

Whatever the company’s reason, I will have to watch the fun from this side of the pond. But that’s not to say that there isn’t anything to look forward to in The Big Easy.

HTC Droid Incredible 2

Will Verizon unveil a successor to the Droid Incredible 2?

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Big Red
Verizon Wireless may come away with the show’s biggest new Android announcement if it gives us the Droid Incredible 4G LTE. As the third release in the series, this model builds on its predecessors with a faster processor, more memory, and support for 4G LTE.

Considering just how fast Verizon is growing its network, last season’s edition looks more antiquated by the day. Specifications for the Droid Incredible 4G are said to include a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, a 4-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera, and NFC support. Set to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the smartphone also should feature HTC Sense 4.

Turning to handsets without launch dates, we already know that Sprint plans to offer the HTC EVO 4G LTE at some point in the near future. Recent rumors have tapped the One X variant with a May 18 debut, just one week after CTIA wraps up.

Priced at $199, Sprint’s flagship device boasts a 4.7-inch Super LCD screen, dual-core Snapdragon processor, 16GB storage, and 1GB RAM. I might look for CEO Dan Hesse to announce a shipping date as part of his keynote roundtable on day one of CTIA.

Will any one of these vendors steal the show with an Android announcement?


Keeping with Sprint, there’s a small chance that the carrier will unveil its Motorola Photon 4G successor. Known as the Photon Q 4G LTE, the details for this model are very light. Considering all that we don’t know about the handset, however, I suspect the debut could be a few months off.

Back to Samsung
I’m not holding my breath, but I’d love to see Samsung bring the Galaxy S III to New Orleans. My gut tells me that it will, but may keep it behind glass and just out of reach. Much of this will depend, of course, on when Samsung expects to ship the handset.

Since its debut in January, the Galaxy Note has been rumored to be coming to additional carriers. Whereas CTIA would be a great venue for Sprint or T-Mobile to announce support, nothing I’ve seen lately indicates there will be noise around the subject.

Given that there have not been any major “save the date” emails sent out ahead of CTIA this year, I can’t imagine any major surprises or announcements. Generally speaking, though, the conference usually acts as a smaller follow-up act to Mobile World Congress and 2012 should be no different.

Even with the later show this year, it’s only been two months since we visited Barcelona. Judging by the companies giving keynote addresses at CTIA, I’m guessing that we’ll be getting more software, services, and industry trends than products.

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28 Apr 12 Verizon Leak Reveals Android 4.0 ICS Upgrades for May

Three Verizon 4G LTE phones are slated to eat Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich in May.

If you’re one of the many, many Verizon subscribers waiting on your upgrade to Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, chances are you’ll be waiting for quite a while if you even get the upgrade at all.

Last we heard, Verizon was merely giving a short list of 4G LTE devices a frozen treat, consisting of 14 smartphones and tablets from HTC, Motorola, Samsung and LG. So far 3G smartphones aren’t even on the radar despite what manufacturers are reporting such as Sony which claims its 2011 Xperia smartpones will receive the ICS upgrade any day now. We’ll see if Verizon is that generous.

“It’s a frozen snack that many in the Android community have been eager to try since ICS launched in December 2011 on the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung,” Verizon teased back in March. “The redesigned user interface includes many cool enhancements, including upgraded multitasking capabilities, notifications and Web browsing.”

We now have a little more information about Verizon’s ICS rollout thanks to a leaked roadmap. According to the plan, the HTC Rezound will receive an over the air update on May 9th, with the Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx following on May 21st. Both the 3G and LTE versions of the original Xoom tablet are currently in testing with no delivery date set as of yet.

Unfortunately, that’s it. Nothing else is currently on Verizon’s immediate roadmap, meaning that development and testing probably hasn’t started on the company’s other devices in the lineup. As for other qualified devices not on Verizon’s Lucky 14 List, the Big Red said last month that it will continue to update the ICS upgrade lineup as additional details become available throughout the year.

Outside the ICS upgrades, Verizon’s roadmap for the week of April 24 shows that the LG Revolution, HTC Rhyme, LG Spectrum and Droid Bionic have updates in testing, or updates on hols and ready to be rolled out. These updates are expected to do nothing more than squash bugs rather than upgrade the entire OS.

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27 Apr 12 Verizon Android 4.0 push-dates leaked for Razr, Rezound?

Users of the Droid Razr and the Rezound may finally get their sweet tooth for an Android update satiated.

The wait for an update to
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich may finally be over for a number of Verizon smartphone users, as of next month. That’s if we take for genuine some leaked screens of what appears to be Big Red’s device upgrade schedule, posted to Reddit.

The anonymous poster claims to “work, in some capacity,” for the carrier and posted screen shots showing that Verizon plans to push Ice Cream Sandwich over the air to HTC Rezound users on May 9 and Droid Razr / Razr MAXX users on May 21. If you’re one of the few rocking a Xoom 3G or 4G
tablet, it seems your update is unfortunately on hold.

It’s also noted that Verizon typically pushes out updates in batches over a two-week period, so Rezound and Razr owners probably shouldn’t expect to see that little Android icon unpacking the update on the exact dates above.

The anonymous poster who captured this screen shot claims to be on their way out at Verizon.


I don’t plan to hold my breath for the next sweet little taste of Android, though. For the past few weeks, I’ve been keeping a close eye on my own Razr on Verizon looking for that friendly Android to give me the good news. And yet, other rumored upgrade dates have come and passed. Then, earlier this week, I got the notification on my phone that a system update was available — the moment had come! Hallelujah!

The update soon downloaded and installed, and my Razr restarted itself and seemed to be unchanged on reboot. I quickly tapped over to the system settings to see what was up and indeed I had been updated… to Gingerbread 2.3.6.

You are quite the tease, Big Red. Nonetheless, I’m sure I’ll be keeping a close eye on my phone next month for the delivery of the next bit of Android dessert.

If you’re an Android user, let us know in the comments when you think you might get 4.0 or when you got it (please no gloating from the Galaxy Nexus crowd).

(Via The Verge)

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