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The privy few who own a Nexus 7 got a surprise from Google yesterday, as a new small-ish update was pushed to the tablet. Thankfully, it’s not that dumbed down search feature that other high-profile Android devices were getting, but it’s just a little something that allows you to tap, pay, and save with the Google Wallet app on your Nexus 7. You don’t think Google has embedded an NFC chip in the 7-incher for kicks, do you? Well, with the activated Google Wallet feature, you can now pay for those potato chips by pulling out the Nexus 7 out…

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The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS has everyone excited and we can’t wait to get it for our devices! Unfortunately, OEMs and network carriers don’t have the best track record with OS update rollouts, as a lot of users are still waiting for an official upgrade to ICS. Although the list of devices that will eventually receive JB is slowly growing, the question of “when” is still unanswered. This is where we look to custom ROMs for our Jelly Bean fix. With the release of the Android 4.1.1 source code, third-party developers have been hard at work to get functional Jelly…

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  The Google Nexus 7 is out in stores and it’s selling like hot cakes. We’ve seen this happen before when the Kindle Fire was launched – an affordable device ready to offer plenty of features and lots of digital content choices to tablet buyers. But now the Nexus 7 is the king of 7-inch tablets, considering what it has to offer in terms of both hardware and software. Sure, Amazon will come out with a new Kindle Fire version, and Apple is rumored to bring out of hiding its 7.85-inch iPad Mini later this year, at which point the…

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The Nexus 7 is hoarding the tablet spotlight for the time being and it’s easy to forget that there are many Android tablets out there that merit some discussion – with many powered by the same powerful Tegra 3 processor found inside the Google device. With all the talks of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, word has it the Toshiba AT200 and AT300 will get a free pass to enter the jelly territory. Tabletguide apparently has received confirmation from Toshiba that the two aforementioned slates will be upgraded to the latest Android OS version. The software update will be rolled out over-the-air…

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It’s no secret to Android fans that the security of their favorite mobile platform has been often questioned after various malware programs managed to bypass security measures and affect Android devices – quite a few malware-containing apps even made it to the Google Play store. In addition to that, the Android devices themselves were prone to being attacked by smart hackers that knew what to look for in order to trigger malicious actions on the device. But that doesn’t mean Google hasn’t paid special attention to these exploits. In fact, it looks like Jelly Bean’s security has been significantly improved to…

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When Google introduced the Nexus 7 tablet, Canadian folks were more than happy to find out that their country will be one of the few to be prioritized by Google for the initial launch of the Tegra 3-powered device, along with the U.S., UK and Australia. After weeks of waiting and anticipating, those who pre-ordered the Nexus 7 straight from Google have now received shipping confirmation of the tablet. Aside from the influx of reports from customers who are now eagerly waiting for the Jelly Bean tablet to arrive at their doorsteps, the good news was shared by Google itself…

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Jumping on the humongous phone-slash-mini tablet bandwagon a bit late, it’s been expected for quite some time “that Verizon will release its variant of LG Optimus Vu”. We last heard about the 5-inch device when it made a stop at FCC, now some pictorial evidence of the device in the wild has emerged. Android Police has attained pictures of the LG Optimus Vu that dons the Verizon logo in the front and 4G LTE mark on the back. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Optimus Vu does seem giant-like. If the pictures are legit, it’s a sure sign that…

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The Nexus 7 is available officially in certain markets – USA, Canada, Australia and UK – with Google and third-party retailers already shipping the device to customers that pre-ordered the device. In fact, the tablet is sold out with some of Google’s partners that already went through their initial Nexus 7 stock. The tablet is definitely the talk of the town – we have dedicated plenty of coverage to the Nexus 7 ourselves – and the web is filled with Nexus 7-related reviews, opinions, videos and unboxings. Today we’re looking at a hilarious montage made by a Nexus 7 fan…

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After a hint or two, it’s nice to see the Galaxy Note finally being introduced by T-Mobile. The wonder phablet, which has been available with AT&T for quite some time, will be coming to T-Mo complete with all the bells and whistles of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the Premium Suite. The Samsung Galaxy Note sports a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 4G connectivity, and 2,500mAh battery. It is the first phone-and-tablet hybrid to be received exceptionally well by the market – so much that…

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In terms of impact, the Nexus 7 is, without doubt, the device of this summer. The $199 7-inch tablet packs offers incredible value, and all the reviewers, with almost no exception, have praised it as a game changer. Customers seem to agree. The Nexus 7 has been flying off the shelves and many American retailers have ran out of stock by now, just a few days from its official launch. But the first Google Nexus tablet is also selling in the UK and Australia. The device has already started shipping down-under, while in the UK only Ebuyer shipped out pre-orders…