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Galaxy Nexus for $150 on Amazon, but backordered

Amazon Galaxy Nexus

If you’re like me and have yet to actually pick a Galaxy Nexus, Amazon is making it awful hard to resist. Despite the device sitting in backorder status on their site — the $ 150 price tag they are offering it for is pretty tempting. That’s 50% off Verizons $ 300 price tag and during the holidays, saving on big ticket items such as the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is a good  [Read More…]

Adobe Flash Player updated, now supports Ice Cream Sandwich

Adobe Flash

With many of you now armed with a Samsung Galaxy Nexus the folks at Adobe felt it was time to go ahead and update their Adobe Flash Player 11 to include support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The notes in the change log confirm there is still some issues that need to be worked out but for the most things should be working fine.  If you’re looking for the full change  [Read More…]

Google Music opens up to everyone … if you’re in the US

Android Central

Google Music has gone and gotten itself an update in the Market, and that Beta tag has finally been lost. That’s right folks, invitations are no longer required and Google Music is open to all.

Open to all though still only applies if you’re within the U.S., so for the rest of us, there’s still no official way of setting up an account.

The application update also brings  [Read More…]

AT&T’s use of Carrier IQ extends to its own analytics app, not just embedded on phone

AT&T

AT&T’s responses to questions posed by U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., over the use of Carrier IQ analytics software are probably the most interesting we’ve seen thus far.

AT&T has been using Carrier IQ only since March 2011, with the Motorola Bravo the first device to have it integrated. However, AT&T has had its own analytics tool in use since 2009. Called Mark the Spot, or MTS, it differs from Carrier IQ in  [Read More…]

Google starting to push Ice Cream Sandwich for Samsung Nexus S

Samsung Nexus S

We’ve had unofficial builds of Ice Cream Sandwich on the Samsung Nexus S for a number of weeks now. But today Google announced that the GSM version of the Nexus S will see its Android 4.0 update push out over the next month, starting today. Not a bad turnaround. Now let’s see some carrier-branded phones get some love, shall we?

Source: @GoogleNexus

 

HTC EVO View 4G drops to $229, one day only

HTC EVO View 4G

There are certainly quite a few amazing Android devices available this holiday season, but it’s still hard to find something great at a decent price. Yes, there’s the Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet, but they simply don’t have the same Android feel that most of us have come to love.

If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, we suggest you check out the HTC EVO  [Read More…]

Humor: Carrier IQ disguises government spy machine in Furby camouflage

dragonbot

No, this story isn’t really about Carrier IQ, or Furby for that matter. Rather, this story is about DragonBot, a cool student project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that turns your Android smartphone into a dancing Furby-esque dragon robot. Best of all, you can control DragonBot with your Android tablet.

I’m not even going to try to sit here and explain to you how awesome DragonBot is. Check out the  [Read More…]

Android App Review: BaconReader

BaconReader for Reddit

Not too long ago we mentioned a new Reddit app called BaconReader for Reddit. The screenshots looked so clean and slick I decided I had to try it out and give it the courtesy of a full-blown review. After having spent some time with it, I’m glad I did.

If any of you members of the Android Central nation are also Redditors, you know how hard it is to  [Read More…]

Sprint says it’s no longer collecting analytics via Carrier IQ

Sprint

Sprint today told Android Central that it is no longer using Carrier IQ to collect diagnostic data from its devices. The statement comes in response to our asking Sprint about an anonymously sourced report on Geek.com under the headline “Sprint orders all OEM’s to strip Carrier IQ from their hardware.” Said Sprint spokeswoman Stephanie Vinge-Walsh:

“That report does not appear to be accurate.”

Vinge-Walsh did go on to tell us that Sprint has  [Read More…]

Google’s 10-cent Android Market sale ends today, 25-cent Christmas song sale just starting

Here’s a final call for all Android deals hunters. Today is the final installment of Google’s 10-day, 10-cent app sale to celebrate the passing of the 10 billion app download threshold. Google has partnered with several developers over the 10 days to offer premium apps for a dime, but the fun comes to a close today.

There’s still a deal to be had since  [Read More…]