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Google Nexus 7 Jelly Bean tablet design includes back camera slot

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A few days ago we showed the response Asus gave when asked why the Nexus 7 tablet that it created together with Google – apparently the device would have been a little more expensive with a back camera on board. Therefore, the final Nexus 7 design offers only a front-facing camera with support for video chatting. The lack of a rear shooter has been mildly criticized by some users that for some reason want to take pictures with a tablet, no matter how big such a device is.   A recent xda-developers unboxing and teardown of the Nexus 7 reveals…

Samsung updates ChatON with Olympic buddy feature, tells the latest on London 2012 games

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Who needs real life friends when you have all your virtual buddies online and available to chat with 24/7, right? If you’re rather partial to Samsung’s ChatON instant messaging app, the phone maker has just updated the app with more features and bug fixes. The first thing you probably notice when you load the app is the new ChatON logo, but the other changes do go beyond skin deep. Being one of the major sponsors of the 2012 Summer Olympics, it’s only natural for the company to try and bring the excitement over to customers. Hence, you can now befriend…

Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean factory images for Nexus 7, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus available

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Android fans, and especially developers, that own Nexus-branded devices such as the Nexus 7 tablet or the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus smartphones, should know that Google has already posted the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean factory images for these devices, or at least, for most of them. Verizon Galaxy Nexus users alongside Sprint Nexus S buyers and Korean Nexus S owners will still have to wait for the corresponding Jelly Bean factory builds for their devices, as Google did not make them available yet. The factory images will help you restore your device to the initial settings if anything goes…

Best Buy says some Galaxy Tab 10.1 buyers thought they purchased iPads, returned the Android tablets

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Things continue to look not-so-good for Samsung in its complicated patent-based lawsuit against Apple. The two giants are going to face each other off in courts starting with July 30 in the U.S. case, the most important one of for both companies – and they’re fighting it out in over 50 cases in 10 countries. Earlier today, we heard that Google warned Samsung that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looked too much like the iPad, which is what Apple was able to get apparently from Samsung documents. Now we hear that the iPhone and iPad maker scored other similar documents that…

Apple says Google told Samsung that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looked too much like the iPad

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The Apple vs Samsung patent-based U.S. case is set to start on July 30, but until then we already have various tidbits to show you from the cases each company will try to prove in court in this legal clash of the titans – and they surely have a complex relationship. The two companies are fighting for market share and profits in the smartphone and tablet business, but they are also bound by a multi-billion dollar component supply partnership. Also important is the fact that they are facing each other off in more than 50 cases spread across 10 countries,…

Amazon Q2 2012: Kindle Fire best-seller device, net income down 96%

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All the main companies in the tech business are posting their financial details for the second quarter of the year, ending on June 30, and after we looked at various players in the mobile business – including Google, Apple, AT&T or Samsung – we now have Amazon’s financial report for Q2 2012 to inspect. As expected, the most important product for the company remains its own tablet, the Kindle Fire, a device that’s sold at cost, as the giant retailer tries to make money off the digital content purchased on the tablet by its owners. But Amazon’s numbers weren’t necessarily…

Acer says Jelly Bean updates are coming for several tablets, no names and dates mentioned just yet

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With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out for a while now, it’s only natural to expect the market’s major players to announce their upgrading plans. And while the first such signals have been quite shy, with only HTC and Asus making their voices heard, the past week or so has been much more spirited. Sony let us down by announcing that 2011 Xperia phones won’t be getting JB, while Toshiba and surprisingly Intel raised our spirits by making opposite announcements. Samsung is yet to unveil its Android 4.1 plans, but rumors state that their JB upgrades for the Galaxy S3 and…

Official Jelly Bean update rolling out to WiFi Motorola Xoom

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chrisjcks Good things come to those who wait. And for those who weren’t even expecting the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update to come so soon, it makes it just that much sweeter. After the OTA update to Android’s latest and greatest OS was sent out to “soak testers” two days ago, the software update is now heading to all owners of the WiFi Motorola Xoom. Understandably, you may not see the Android 4.1.1 update notification right away on your Motorola Xoom, as this thing tends to go in stages. If you’re getting impatient, you can use the same trick that…

Watch the new Nexus 7 video. Today, Google Play

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Google is continuing its series of videos about the Nexus 7 on YouTube, to get people more interested in it and see how it works. The latest ones are the Google Apps video, and now the Google Play video. While I wish Google promoted even more heavily the Nexus 7 and the Nexus experience in general on TV, to get the mainstream interested in Google’s stock Android experience, releasing videos on Youtube is also a good promotion strategy for the younger crowd who searches YouTube for anything. This new Google Play video for Nexus 7 puts the emphasis on the Nexus 7′s…

Motorola’s entire Android lineup banned in Germany

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Apple might have been in the spotlight with its ongoing legal fights against Android, especially now that it has actually started winning, but Microsoft is clearly the most effective patent “fighter”. The Windows creators scored what looked like an unimportant US win against Motorola a few weeks back, and now added a much more significant victory in a German court. The Mannheim Regional Court ruled in favor of Microsoft in a longstanding, but not very publicly visible trial, and granted a ban on a bunch of Motorola devices. In fact, Moto won’t be able to sell any of its Android-based…