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The Galaxy Nexus started at $299 with a 2 year contract and a pretty pricey monthly plan, around 7 months ago. Google announced a significant price drop to the unlocked GSM version a few months ago, and it went from something like $700 unlocked to only $399, which was great value for the money. Google has now dropped another $50 from the price, making it only $349, which is just $50 more than it was on a 2 year contract 7 months ago. As far as unlocked phones go, the Galaxy Nexus is definitely the best and the cheapest one…

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Just like day turns into night, and vice versa, you can always count on Google to slip some surprises into its mobile OS. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread came with a zombie easter egg and Android 3.0 Honeycomb got a Bumble Bee surprise. Meanwhile, the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich got its own ice cream sandwich-cladded green robot. Notice the pattern? It’s only to be expected that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will have – well — some jelly beans easter egg. Lots of them. Activating the Jelly Bean’s easter egg is pretty much the same as before. You just have to tap the…

google-now-android-4.1

  I remember hearing Eric Schmidt many years ago, about how the future will reveal a phone that will become your perfect assistant. A phone that would take in information from around you, would be based on your behavior and habits, and will give you the information you need to know before you even have to ask for it. Well, Google Now seems like the realization of that dream, or at least a strong step in that direction, and it will be available on Android 4.1 and later devices. Before you start worrying about privacy and stuff, you should know…

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We’ve been expecting this day for at least two or three years, basically since Chrome came out and quickly started to become the default desktop browser for many of us, even when it was still in beta. Since then, we wanted to see Chrome for Android, but for some reason, Google kept avoiding the subject until this year. This year we saw Chrome for Android Beta for the first time, and we were impressed by the browser’s speed and performance (you’d expect that from Chrome after all). But we also liked the app’s UI, which feels like swiping cards, something I’m…

Android Jelly Bean

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be available in a few weeks. Besides the brand new Nexus 7 tablet, the first devices to receive the latest Android update from Google will be the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and the XOOM. Following Google’s mind boggling Keynote announcement at Google I/O today, the Android team posted the platform highlights, recapping all of Jelly Bean’s new features. Here are a few we are particularly excited about.  Faster, Smoother, More Responsive Due to the success of Google’s “Project Butter”, the latest version of Android is just like the saying goes “as smooth as butter”. Jelly…

electronic arts strike force html5 game

Although EA pulled their games from the Google+ game store for lack of user interest (I don’t think Google+ users like playing Flash games that much, and they don’t like getting spammed like in Facebook, either), it seems that the video games giant will still partner with Google to release a sophisticated 3D multiplayer game for Chrome and ICS devices, that surprisingly is not made in Native Client, but in HTML5. I say that’s surprising because, so far, I’ve only seen good looking 3D games for browsers that were done in Native Client (written in C++), like Bastion or AirMech….

jelly bean google lawn

A picture’s worth a thousand words, they say. In case you are not up to date with Google’s informal traditions, the Android team celebrates major releases by decorating the lawn in front of Building 44 from the Google campus with a giant monument representing the desert that gives the codename of the release. It started with Cupcake (Android 1.5), and continued with Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and Ice Cream Sandwich. Tomorrow, we will see the debut of Jelly Bean, and if you need to know, some say that the next version will be called Key Lime Pie. We’ll be…

cm9-rc1

The ICS version of Android has been a pretty strange one from the point of view of upgrades from manufacturers and also of the hacking community that are making custom ROM’s for Android phones, like the CyanogenMod team. That’s because ICS was a huge overhaul of Gingerbread. This is the reason it has taken (some) tablet manufacturers a couple of months to upgrade Honeycomb to ICS, but it has taken at least half a year to even start seeing upgrades from most manufacturers for smartphones. It even took Google itself 4 months to upgrade the Nexus S. The ROM community…

NexusTablet-580-75

Google’s 7″ tablet is expected to be unveiled this month at Google I/O, and start selling a couple of weeks later. People attending Google I/O are probably going to get one the same day it’s announced, just like last year they received the Galaxy Tab 10.1. BusinessInsider’s sources told them that Google partnered with some major magazine publishers to offer subscriptions to their magazines on Google’s tablet. Google will most likely make some kind of catalog app for these magazines, or at the very least, they will make a separate tab/category for publications in the Play Store. Google has also…

nexus 7 benchmark

We’re only a few weeks away from the grand unveiling of Google’s Nexus tablet, which will supposedly cost somewhere around $150-$250. The device it should help Google’s Android get a higher percentage of the tablet market share. So far, Google hasn’t been very aggressive in making Android tablets a real threat to the iPad, in part because they got the pricing wrong from the very beginning, and also because they never really pushed to form a rich ecosystem of applications. That was a big mistake – instead of tackling the problem head-on and going after developers to make tablet-optimized apps,…