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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.


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28 May 12 Motorola Videos Show Android 4.0 on Droid RAZR

Mobile phone maker Motorola’s update of the Droid RAZR to the Android 4.0 operating system appears to be on the way.

New official videos posted on the company’s Japanese website show the OS running on the handset. Spotted by Droid Life, several videos — some in Japanese –show off new features in Motorola’s custom version of Ice Cream Sandwich.

For instance, shortcuts for text messaging and the phone dialer have been added to the lock screen, so instead of unlocking the phone and then looking around for one of those functions, they’re right there; on stock ICS only the camera and unlock are available in this way.

You’ll also appreciate the way ICS lets you access your music controls directly from the lock screen when music is playing.

And if you’ve ever wanted to capture what you’re looking at on your phone’s screen, ICS makes it simple. Taking a screen shot is only a matter of pressing the down volume and power buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. The phone shows you a quick version of the image it snapped, then saves it to your gallery where you can store it or share with others.

The video lineup also includes one that shows off how Webtop 3.0 works. It’s an application that allows you to hook the phone up to an HDTV or monitor with an HDMI cable. Once the phone detects it’s connected to an external display it launches the Webtop app which lets you see all your apps on the bigger screen and access a full version of the Firefox browser.

Webtop came onto the scene back at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show when Motorola announced the Atrix smartphone and the “Lapdock” that made it act like a laptop computer. This was huge news because Motorola had somehow beat Microsoft and Apple in creating a converged smartphone-PC device. As CNET’s Jason Hiner aptly points out, now that Google owns Motorola the two companies are in a great spot.

“The success of Android has established Google as a key player in mobile computing devices, and once consumers and business users start looking to consolidate their many devices, Webtop could make Google the company that’s best positioned to make that consolidation possible,” he writes.

For the record, Motorola has said it will roll out ICS to Droid RAZR users in the second quarter, so that means anytime now.

Although it’s in Japanese, if you can’t wait to see how Android 4.0 looks on your RAZR, here’s video that will give you a glimpse.

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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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07 Apr 12 Ice Cream Sandwich Updates: HTC Rezound And Nexus S Get Android 4.0, Motorola …

Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Here’s some more news on the never-ending Ice Cream Sandwich update front for those still waiting.

First, Sprint has confirmed that the Nexus S — the collaboration between Google and Samsung that was first outed in December 2010 — will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming weeks. That’s good news for Nexus S owners, though one might note that many of those owners are likely due for upgrades in about eight months, so the joys of ICS on the Nexus S for some might be short-lived.

We’ve also gotten a few news updates on when a few newer handsets will be receiving Android 4.0. The HTC Rezound, for example, will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich any moment now, according to Engadget; a commenter on Engadget claims that a Verizon rep told him that ICS would be coming to the Rezound some time this week. So if you’re rockin’ the Beats Audio HTC handset from late 2011, you could be tasting Ice Cream as soon as this weekend.

[UPDATE: A Verizon spokesman told Wireless and Mobile News that an update for the Rezound will not be rolling out over the holiday weekend; he could not confirm a date when the device would get ICS.]

Not so lucky are owners of the Razr and Razr Maxx, Motorola’s two super-slim, super lightweight flagship smartphones. Though a popular rumor claimed that both of those phones would be receiving Ice Cream Sandwich on April 4th, but that date has come and gone; on Motorola’s official Twitter account, as spotted by Droid-Life, requests for a definitive release date have been brushed aside with a disappointing PR line: “The DROID RAZR MAXX is receiving ICS but we do not have a release date for you. We’ll share more details soon.”

According to Motorola’s official Ice Cream Sandwich release schedule, both the Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx are still in phase 1 of 4 (“Evaluation Planning”) on the long road to ICS. If that’s accurate, then Motorola still has to develop and test the software, and the mobile carriers have to test the software and give the approval before an update goes out. That could be a while, as American carriers are notoriously slow at testing and approving Android updates.

Also this week: A first look at Ice Cream Sandwich for the hot-selling Samsung Galaxy Note leaked, and early adopters can grab it now. Despite a couple glitches, Engadget’s Zachary Lutz reports that the phablet’s ICS is “in excellent shape.” Samsung has previously said that the Galaxy Note update should be coming in April or May.

And so the Ice Cream Sandwich update train rolls on. Though adoption still sits at just under three percent, early reports from HTC Vivid users who have received their ICS updates show that with Android 4.0, phone performance increased dramatically across almost all metrics. With Ice Cream Sandwich, you’re not just getting Face Unlock: You’re refreshing the power your Android smartphone as well.

As more and more Android smartphones ship with Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed, and with Android 5.0 Jelly Bean threatening to rear its head any month now, the priority for some manufacturers to update their older handsets with Android 4.0 might be diminishing. But you know whose Ice Cream Sandwich update priorities are not diminishing? The Huffington Post’s. We’ll keep you updated on all the latest Ice Cream Sandwich news as it develops.

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