Posts tagged with: Nexus S

[Full Google Nexus S Review] The Google Nexus S is an Android 2.3 smartphone. The Nexus S is the first Android device to hit the market with the Gingerbread version of Android. Inside it's packing a Qualcomm Hummingbird 1GHz CPU, coupled with 512MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM. It is also the first phone to include a Near Field Communications chip. The bright screen uses Super AMOLED technology and is 4" and WVGA 800x480 resolution. Read on for the latest Nexus S news, reviews, and videos:

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    Rumors and leaks have referred to it as Shamu for the last several weeks, but today we now know it as the latest addition to Google’s beloved smartphone line, the Nexus 6. Not surprisingly, most of the rumors were spot-on. This smartphone is a behemoth – not only in size, but also on paper. The Nexus 6 seemingly has it all: a 5.96-inch QHD AMOLED display, 3GB RAM, either 32 or 64GB of inbuilt storage, dual front-facing speakers, a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, a Snapdragon 805 with a quad-core Krait 450 CPU clocked at 2.7GHz and Adreno 420 GPU, and a ...

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    Nexus has been a big name in the news again recently, but not for the reasons you might think. Sure, there's the small matter of all those red Nexus 5 rumors alongside whispers of a device some are calling the Nexus 8. And then there's the impending Nexus-themed giveaway we're about to drop on the world - the one so secret we're not even linking to it yet (this little sneak preview is your reward for clicking on this story; you're welcome). Rather, the principal reason the Nexus name has made a return to the front page is a tweet from noted leaker Eldar Murtazin, who dropped this ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent improvements to the Google Now service for current Jelly Bean users. Then we talk Nokia, and the sad news that all the recent tablet rumors were pretty much just a good thing to dream about. Then we move to LG as they've just confirmed that their Optimus G Pro is going to show Samsung just how well the Galaxy Note II can be copied. Wireless charging is next as Michael Fisher walks us through the way to get it on your Galaxy S III today. We end today's show talking about Motorola's X Phone, and how Google in contributing in ...

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    If your phone or tablet is in Google's Nexus family you can quickly and easily restore your device to the latest, stock image. If you've already applied a custom ROM and don't want it anymore, want to force an update to the lastest version of Android, or even convert your YAKJUxx Galaxy Nexus to a TAKJU or YAKJU version for faster OTA updates, this is how you do it. Before we get started, following these instructions will wipe what's on your device, and anytime we talk about flashing there's a risk (albeit slight) that your device may never wake up again. Proceed at your own risk. Next, ...

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    The Kindle Fire HD 8.9" is one of the newest Amazon tablets and in case you missed our unboxing you should watch it right now, especially the software parts, because the ROM from this tablet has been ported to the Samsung Nexus S. We've seen ports left and right but this Kindle Fire HD 8.9 port is among the select few Amazon-made ROMs to run on another device. Expect a lot of unstable operation and bugs but if you have to check it out, and you know you do, you should know that it boots just fine, if you do you it right. However, the camera doesn't work (since there's none on the Kindle ...

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    As you're probably well aware by now, Android 4.2 has hit the Android Open Source Project, and we're seeing the availability of updates for a number of Nexus-series devices. For most of them, you can check out our how-to guide for help getting started with your upgrade, but not everyone will be making the move. For some models, like the brand new 3G Nexus 7, support for Android 4.2 will be forthcoming, but issues with drivers prevent Google from releasing the software right now. In other cases, though, this could mark the permanent end of ongoing Android support. In announcing all the ...

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    A few days ago Michael wrote an article about how how Samsung is ruining the Galaxy brand. There's no question that Samsung has some very high-end, well-built phones that carry the "Galaxy" moniker. There are also some "Galaxy" devices that don't serve to build up the Galaxy brand, instead they're trying to ride the wave of popularity that the "good" Galaxy devices have built up over time. The Galaxy Camera, really Samsung? This got me thinking about the other forefront Android brand, Google's own Nexus. What is a "Nexus"? Just what is a "Nexus"? According to Dictionary.com, "Nexus" is a ...

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    Reducing costs seems to be among the top items on to-do lists these days and NASA is no exception either. The agency's latest project, dubbed PhoneSat, is aiming towards building and launching the "lowest-cost and easiest to build satellites ever flown in space". We've seen Android being used officially in some instances before (Army tryouts and other Government-related tests alongside private corporate adoption) but this time the little green robot will go into space. PhoneSat 1 will be powered by a Google Nexus One (first gen, HTC-built), and its main purpose will be to send pictures ...

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    Factory images are those files which can save your device should you run into trouble. After all, these are Nexus devices, and power users will likely be flashing all sorts of custom ROMs. You can use factory images to restore your Nexus device's original factory firmware. Following the source link below you will be able to grab the Jelly Bean factory images for the Samsung-made Google Nexus S (soju and sojua versions), Samsung-made Google Galaxy Nexus (yakju and takju variants) and the Asus-made Google Nexus 7 tablet (nakasi). Sadly, they're not available for the Korean (sojuk), Sprint ...

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    When Google introduces a new Nexus-series device, we know we'll have a fresh Android revision to play with, along with all the new features and improvements that arrive with such a release, but that's only a part of what makes Nexus models so captivating. Google's been taking full advantage of the high-profile spot these devices take to draw attention to new hardware, which we often see subsequently adopted by manufacturers all across the Android spectrum. You can call it Google leading the direction the market's heading, or just acting as inspiration, but there's no doubt that its Nexus ...

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    The Samsung-made Google Nexus S was kind of late to officially join the Ice Cream Sandwich party but we're glad to see Google learning from their mistakes and bringing the latest iteration of Android to the phone quicker. Some owners of the Nexus S should see an OTA update notification for Android 4.1.1. According to reports, i9023 variants of the phone should be able to upgrade and there's even a link for the file on Google's servers. It also appears that i9020T flavors can also use the refresh. However, if you want to be on the safe side, just wait for the update notification to land on ...

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    Google Wallet is Google's payment processing system. There's an online version and an Android app that runs on certain phones with specific hardware and lets you use your smartphone like a credit card. In the past we've described Google Wallet as "the coolest app that you can't have" because it's been limited to a very few phones on only a couple carriers. What have been the problems? First of all, your phone has to have an NFC chip and a "secure element". Today, not many phones have the necessary hardware, and ironically, some phones have the hardware built-in, but it's sitting dormant. ...

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    With the NFC-enabled Google Wallet app arriving on more devices, more phones coming with NFC, and batteries not getting any bigger, is is safe to upgrade your battery? Given the fact that batteries in these phones have a message on them that indicate they include NFC inside the battery itself, can you you simply swap your battery? Will doing so make Google Wallet stop working? How does all this magical NFC stuff work, anyway? We'll answer that, and more, in today's episode of the Android Guy Weekly! What is NFC? NFC, or Near Field Communication, is essentially just another transceiver ...

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    As the past generation of Android smartphones ever-so-slowly starts receiving updates to bring them forward to Ice Cream Sandwich, we've heard plenty of promises from both manufacturers and carriers about which devices would end up making the Android 4.0 cut, and which would be left behind. Today we've got some updated info on the manufacturer side of things, with Samsung publishing a carrier-by-carrier breakdown of which models would be seeing ICS updates in the States. Since we've already heard commentary about many of these models and their prospects for ICS before, this document isn't ...

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    Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was first released on Google's flagship phone the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Before long updates were rolling out for Google's previous flagship phone, the Nexus S. Unfortunately, things didn't go that great on the Nexus S and Google discontinued the update, leaving many phones with Gingerbread, and others with a somewhat poor ICS experience. All that should be fixed with the latest ICS build: 4.0.4. In this build, which is rolling out to Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola XOOM devices, screen rotation is improved, the multi-task feature is much faster, and ...

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    Last year's "pure Android" only saw Ice Cream Sandwich via custom ROMs which could be found luckily for both the S and the S 4G. However, if you were waiting for an official Google treat, you were so far out of luck. According to recent reports, Google is preparing to officially update the Samsung-made Nexus S (and the Nexus S 4G on Sprint) to the latest iteration of Android really soon. Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to hit the phones "in the next few weeks" and, given that it's still a rather capable device (and one made by Samsung, just like the Galaxy Nexus), we are wondering what took ...

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    Those of you who rock a Samsung-made Google Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Nexus S 4G or even a Motorola Xoom tablet and are CyanogenMod fans are now able to download CyanogenMod9 nightlies and have their fair share of both flashing and testing. Of course, CyanogenMod nightlies are far from being the real deal but they can definitely be used if you can close your eyes to some of the bugs. Since you're a CM9 fan you probably know the drill by now so head over to the source link below and choose the proper nightly from those that are available, all dated February 24. Source: CyanogenMod

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    One of the components of Google Wallet's mobile payment system is the secure element of the phone's NFC transceiver, which stores account details supposedly out of malware's reach. This also affords the opportunity for adding a security layer to mobile payments by requiring the entry of a user-defined PIN before the secure element will release your payment info. At least, that's the way things are supposed to work, but a couple recent discoveries are raising questions about just how secure this implementation is, after all. The first attack on Google Wallet demonstrates the ability to ...

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    CyanogenMod is undoubtedly the most popular custom ROM offering for many Android phones and tablets and its latest iteration, CM9, is set to bring some Ice Cream Sandwich love to Android fans (way ahead of official manufacturer or carrier updates). However, the team is experiencing some problems with closed-sourced device drivers; until those are available don't expect to see everything working as it should (or a port for that matter). Devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Galaxy Tab 10.1, HP TouchPad and Motorola Xoom are on the official support list; if you have one of these ...

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    Many of us grew up with relatively small, low-resolution televisions as the primary -- perhaps the only -- screen in the home. We didn't think about it at the time, but these displays had a resolution of roughly 480i. That's the number of horizontal lines that are drawn across the screen. The "i" means "interlaced": only half of those lines are changed at a time. Back in the day, that was the best we had. As screens started getting bigger, the lines became more obvious -- and the picture got worse. The industry has standardized on two primary television resolutions: 720 and 1080. While the ...

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    Just yesterday we've heard of an Android 4.0.4 version being available, unofficially, for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and now we're hearing about the existence of Android 4.0.5. The information comes from French carrier SFR who also published the table above regarding versions and dates. As you can see, HTC Sensation will get the Android 4.0 update (together with Sense 3.5) and so will the Samsung Galaxy S II. The carrier talks about a March availability which goes nicely with manufacturer statements about Q1 roll-out. However, we know about the update from HTC when they announced the white ...

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    Whether you run Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on your Samsung Nexus S the official or community-way really doesn't matter as last year's "pure Android" does a great job. Face Unlock, however, is missing but there's a way for you to enable it. It doesn't matter how well it works as a concept or whether if it's more of a gimmick than something useful, you can now take advantage of the VGA front-facer of the Nexus S to enable the feature. It was left out of the code but thankfully the community proves once again that great things can be achieved in Android-land. Regardless if you have ...

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    Last week, owners of the Nexus S became the first users around to make the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich via OTA distribution, rather than by flashing a custom ROM. Some reports, though, suggest that things aren't going as smoothly as possible, and power-related issues may be causing Google to modify its distribution plans. Users are reporting an odd behavior where they receive a notification that an update is ready, and download the update successfully, only to have the process stop and inform them that their phones are already up-to-date at the last moment. A message on Google's help ...

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    A few days ago we let you know of the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update that Google was preparing for the GSM version of the Nexus S. As with most OTA updates, this one is being distributed in a staged release, and it's fairly large (128MB or so). If you'd rather not wait, or don't want to download the whole update on your Nexus S, you can flash the update by following these simple steps. It should be noted that this is the official ICS update and requires that you have the stock recovery image to properly apply. If you've got a custom recovery or custom ROM loaded you'll probably ...

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    Back at the beginning of the month, we learned that Google employees with Nexus S phones were lucking-out, and becoming the recipients of early Ice Cream Sandwich updates. Now the rest of you can join in on the Android 4.0 fun, as Google announced this afternoon the start of OTA distribution for the Nexus S's update. Google took to Twitter to announce the news, noting that the update will start to go out today, and proceed to reach Nexus S phones around the globe over the course of the next month. This update is only applicable to the original GSM Nexus S; there's no word on when users of ...

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