It astounds me that Google took the easy way out and didn’t make a version of the phone for LTE networks. No one likes the fact that the carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, & T-Mobile) really hold the power in the U.S. cell phone market, but you can’t just ignore the reality for a high-end phone.
Essentially Google & LG should have taken a cue from Samsung; make versions that work for each carrier and then sell their own unlocked versions. This is rather disheartening. Fortunately, I buy phones every two years — and thus I’m waiting for the next edition of the Nexus.
(via Google Nexus 4 review | The Verge)

It astounds me that Google took the easy way out and didn’t make a version of the phone for LTE networks. No one likes the fact that the carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, & T-Mobile) really hold the power in the U.S. cell phone market, but you can’t just ignore the reality for a high-end phone.

Essentially Google & LG should have taken a cue from Samsung; make versions that work for each carrier and then sell their own unlocked versions. This is rather disheartening. Fortunately, I buy phones every two years — and thus I’m waiting for the next edition of the Nexus.

(via Google Nexus 4 review | The Verge)

I mean, it’s a Nexus so it fascinates me, but I’m not breaking contract for a phone with a max of 16 GB storage and no micro-SD slot. I’ve not owned my current phone for a year yet. There will be another Nexus before I need a new phone. However, the wireless charging orb is freaking awesome.
(via The Nexus 4: Google’s flagship phone lands November 13th for $299 | The Verge)
thisistheverge:

‘Chrono Trigger’ for Android finally available outside Japan on Google Play
There goes the rest of the day.

can we talk about how many hours I lost to both this and Final Fantasy VI (III in the U.S.) as a teenager?
Via the Verge again, we note that Facebook has updated its Android app once again yet the thing still remains complete crap. It’s absolutely inexcusable how bad it is compared to the iOS app. (The same goes for Twitter’s official mobile app, although the gulf between Android and iOS there is not as great.)
Hey Zuckerberg: the coders you’re paying to work on this aren’t doing their jobs particularly well, and certainly aren’t anywhere near Google’s app design guidelines for 4.0 and up. 

Via the Verge again, we note that Facebook has updated its Android app once again yet the thing still remains complete crap. It’s absolutely inexcusable how bad it is compared to the iOS app. (The same goes for Twitter’s official mobile app, although the gulf between Android and iOS there is not as great.)

Hey Zuckerberg: the coders you’re paying to work on this aren’t doing their jobs particularly well, and certainly aren’t anywhere near Google’s app design guidelines for 4.0 and up. 

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mindbabies:

upanddowns:

Go. Go go

Going!

13MB and no app2SDcard support? I’m not going yet.

having 32GB on my phone makes this less of an issue. I’ve downloaded. What do I need to know?

the Galaxy Nexus so far.

Generally, Joshua Topolsky’s review at The Verge is pretty accurate and fair. It surprises me that the camera quality is so poor, but that’s probably the biggest complaint about the phone. The action and features of Ice Cream Sandwich take some adjusting. Here’s some short takes:

Phone feel: The unit by itself is slim and only relatively thickened if you buy an extended battery (which you should). It’s a little weird to get a grip on without some form of case on the back. I feel a lot better holding it with the silicon case on than without. I’m still getting used to having the power button on the right side (where the volume was on my old Droid) and the volume on the left. It feels a bit plastic — which is kind of a Samsung thing from what I understand. I wish it was sturdier in my hands, but I’ll get used to this and the case helps.

Screen: Really nice and eye-catching to look at. Futz around with the live wallpapers and you’ll really like it.

Camera: 5 megapixels? That’s it? Not that I care heavily about camera or picture quality from a cell phone, but considering the advances in cameras this is underpowered, especially with the pic editing features Google showed off with the phone announcement. The regular and front cameras are pretty easy to operate, but the camera quality’s a bit of a disappointment considering the screen quality.

Internal space: It’s 32 GB with no slots for SD cards or extra space. Unless you use your phone for music this isn’t going to matter terribly.

User interface: Slick stuff and fun to play around with. Organizing apps into groups is easy and saves a lot of space for app widgets. You’ll have trouble filling five screens if you use it properly. It takes a while to get used to ICS’ lack of a dedicated menu button and not holding down the home to see all the apps you’ve used recently. The feature to swipe away individual notifications and swipe away programs to close them is great. The “bloatware” that Verizon put on the phone is minimal and actually useful — VZW Backup Assistant is another back-up for your contacts and My Verizon Mobile is pretty much what I use to pay my bill (if you do not have unlimited data, you’ll want it to check your allowances, although you can do this internally in the phone’s settings as well.) If you really don’t want either of them, you can kill them in the settings. I hate skins with a passion, so it’s been a nice experience so far. Running apps has been largely a stress- and slowdown-free experience save some repetitive contact “joining” that crashed the “People” app a couple of times.

Apps: some of your favorites may not have ICS-ready versions yet, but most of them run fine and are ready to go.

Keyboard: Vast improvement over the last virtual keyboard on Android, a bit more touch-sensitive and better auto-complete options. As a dedicated Swype junkie, I’m re-adjusting to using straight-up standard Android keyboards since the latest version of the Swype beta for Android doesn’t work with these screen dimensions. I suspect I may go back as soon as it’s available, but the standard keyboard is quality.

Contact synchronization: Minor annoying bugaboo due to the slap fight going on between Google and Facebook — you can’t sync FB contacts any more unless you root. Expect to spend a bit of time “joining” together contacts from Google accounts, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and even the Verizon Backup Assistant if you happen to have that.

Battery life: Buy an extended battery. The phone made it 15.5 hours on moderate usage until it demanded I charge it (less than 4% left) on the extended battery. I imagine the regular battery’s about half that. There is a way to turn off 4G LTE in the “Wireless and Networks” settings if you want to conserve battery or know there’s no 4G in the area — 3G is more than enough in most settings anyhow. That switch should be in the Power Control widget, though.

In the car: Car mount’s sturdy, you’ll have to take it out of any case to mount properly. The base holding the phone can be loosened or tightened to your specifications. Navigation works well — Maps has always been one of the big appealing features of Android because you don’t have to pay for an extra GPS device any longer. Android users pre-ICS are all familiar with Google’s “Car Home” app — there isn’t an ICS compatible version yet, which I think’s a bit of an oversight. Hopefully that’s upgraded for ICS soon.

Data speed and making phone calls: There are two major things that keep people like me paying somewhat high monthly bills for Verizon service: the data speed and call quality. Rest assured that web browsing on the Nexus is remarkably zippy — while it’s dealing with less information than my home internet connection at all given points and times, it often feels faster. As for phone calls: no dropped calls yet and the quality’s pretty crisp. Hanging up by accident can be an issue as the bar to end a call stretches across the screen and you can bump it by accident.

I’ve not tried out the Beam sharing feature because I’m the only person I know here with the phone, so that’s kind of hard to test.

Questions?

I think this is my next phone in a month and a half. I’ll be watching the announcement and unveiling on YouTube like a big dork in 15 minutes.
(via Samsung Galaxy Nexus official specs and release details | Android and Me)

Tumblr Android app verdict.

FIX THE FREAKING PHOTO POST FUNCTION ALREADY.

The rest of it seems nice and functional. However, getting a force close when I try to post a picture is incredibly annoying and defeats most of the app’s purpose for me.

Please, oh please be true. If this thing comes with stock Android 4.0 and has 4G capability, it’s my new phone when my upgrade kicks in come November.
(via Verizon Wireless exclusively launching Samsung DROID Prime in October)

I wish I could mash the mobile versions of TweetDeck & Seesmic together.

TweetDeck’s notification system is better and its “Me” column lets you see every re-tweet, response, comment on an FB status, liking of your FB updates or comments, and keeps it all in one unified column.

Seesmic lets you actually post to FB pages, has auto-complete for Twitter usernames, lets you change your profile pictures, Twitter trending topics, and shows the full list of who’s following you. Also, its developers seem to update more.

Someone please get their shit together and make the ideal app here.

I’m addicted to this game now.

Android 2.2.

My OG Droid got the update last week and everything became wonderfully zippy. I’m still trying to figure out what all has changed, although I must admit it’s nice that Android has finally figured out how to attach Google Voice functions to any Bluetooth headset with this update.

This is one Android app I’m pretty sure I want no part of. But hey, if you’re otaku, more power to you, I suppose.

(iva Kotaku)

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