Will there be a Galaxy Nexus ‘S’ – Superior?

The original Galaxy Nexus was just released October last year. So that means it is 10 months old already. If Google is going to follow the Apple strategy of yearly releases, then it is about time for a new Nexus phone to hit the block. The question is which manufacturer will it be?

Many would argue, “No, it can’t be a Samsung! That would be a near monopoly on the Nexus line!” That surely rings true. While we have no say in Google’s business practices, it would seem that OEMs shouldn’t worry too much about the Motorola Google hook up, but rather worry about the budding relationship between Google and Samsung.

From a leaked spec sheet, which was historically accurate in predicting the Samsung Galaxy S3, it would seem that Samsung is planning a ‘refresh’ of sorts to the Galaxy Nexus, but it doesn’t quite feel right, like it is catching up, rather than leading a market to a new age. It would seem it will follow the footsteps of the iPhone 4S, by releasing a Galaxy Nexus Superior, or jokingly named as a Galaxy Nexus S.

The spec sheets outline that the new “Nexus” will still be stuck on a dual core processor. It will apparently be clocked at 1.6 GHz, with the rest of the specifications following that of the Samsung Galaxy S3, apart from the screen size, which will retain the same size as the Galaxy Nexus at 4.65 inches.

What makes the new device even more unlikely is that apparently, the Galaxy Nexus Superior is going to sport a micro SD card slot. Google has previously insisted that they don’t want to put external storage solutions on the Nexus devices, simply because they want to stick to cloud storage solutions like its Google Drive.

Just like everyone else, I feel that this is not a true successor to the Galaxy Nexus. At least, not yet. My take is that it’s Samsung’s “offer”, or a preemptive product, that they plan to push to Google, in hopes that they will be named once more as the Nexus provider. Being named as the Nexus provider is very good for sales. It essentially means you have a product that will be well loved, simply because it will get timely updates from Google directly.

Personally, it might be time for Google to pass the ball to another provider; maybe help out HTC get back on track and produce another Google device, and finally get a Nexus brand. Why? Simply because Motorola is too risky as a choice right now, ASUS just got their chance, Sony seems to be missing in the action, and LG just spouts so many low quality phones at the moment.

That and the fact that HTC has been making beautiful devices on their end, while proving a more “premium” feel than Samsung’s devices, according to user comments.

Still, the ball is in Google’s hands, and they can pass it on to whoever they wish. We just hope that they are not planning to make a ‘refresh’ like the iPhone 4S, and actually give us a brand new device to drool over. Which do you prefer, a Galaxy Nexus Superior, or anything else but that?

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Samsung removes local search internationally

The legal battles draw blood as Apple succeeds in forcing Google and its partners to remove a feature. It is quite funny and ironic that the company who is practically synonymous to search is forced to remove a search feature in their device.

In a recent Apple lawsuit in the US against the Samsung Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy Nexus and the Samsung Galaxy SIII, it has been ruled that Samsung and Google have been in breach of a patent allowing the device to perform a local search within the device and its installed applications.

Local search is a feature that can search for apps, contacts and other details within the device when using the built-in search bar in Google devices. Apparently, Apple owns that particular invention, despite the fact that computers, digital assistants as well as previous phones have had such a feature within the device. It is rather common to allow a basic computing device to be able to search within itself and not only through the internet.

Still, the Patent office seems to believe that Apple deserved this patent, and thus it was awarded. The Judge also sees that it was an infringing technology, and has warranted a ban on the Galaxy Nexus, as well as other devices from Samsung that uses this feature.

To work around this ban, and continue selling the device in US shores, Google saw it fit to simply remove the local search function through an update. It could be temporary, until they find another way to implement the search, or it could be permanently lost for all future Android devices.

Carriers of the Samsung Galaxy SIII understood that an update to remove the feature was necessary, they resorted to silent “stability” or ‘security” updates and removed the local search function from locked Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Nexus and the Samsung Galaxy SIII.

It is understandable that this feature was removed in US shores, because that is where the ban was ruled, but it would seem that Samsung has made an international preventive move. Samsung has been the #1 target of Apple’s litigation war against Android devices. That is why they are sure that Apple will strike again in other countries and target once more the local search function.

Samsung has issued an update that has silently removed the local search function from all Samsung Galaxy SIII devices. The update was introduced as a “stability” update. True enough; members of the XDA forums have claimed that the update indeed improved the stability of the device. People are saying that device was faster, more responsive and more stable than the previous version. It has also cured the Samsung Galaxy SIII of a problematic issue experienced by some members – the crackling sound when playing music.

Both in the US, as well as the rest of the world, fans of the Galaxy Nexus, as well as the Samsung Galaxy SIII, have faced this issue differently. There are users who simply felt the local search function was an annoyance that they were glad to be rid of.  Meanwhile, owners of these devices who used the local search pretty often have made outcries in the net at how annoyed they are that the feature is gone.

If you are one of the latter, hope is not lost. The developers in XDA have figured out how to return the function back to the devices despite the update. At times like this, people can truly appreciate the open source nature of Android, as features can be removed and restored easily. In the end, the forced removal of the local search function bolstered the Android device owner’s power of choice. They can let it be or they can install it back. What will be your choice today?

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Google rolls out Jelly Bean update for Galaxy Nexus devices

Starting Tuesday evening, Google has rolled out its latest operating system to owners of Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ handsets.

Earlier this year, Galaxy Nexus devices came preloaded with Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

Google says that updates will be done over-the-air and will be completed in the coming days. The company will roll out the Jelly Bean updates to Galaxy Nexus devices first before they make it available to other handsets.

Google said in their Google+ Nexus page, “If you’ve got a Galaxy nexus HSPA+ device, you will receive a prompt alerting you to the update over the next several day.”

“Up next for Jelly Bean: all Galaxy nexus, Nexus S, Motorla Xoom and of course, nexus 7, which will ship with Jelly Bean later this month,” they added.

The Android Jelly Bean tablet features the new Google Now app which gives the users the information they need during those important times.

It also features a much improved UI, faster voice search and brings a better search experience.

Are you a Galaxy Nexus owner? Have you received your Android Jelly Bean tablet already?

Was the experience by far better than your experience with Ice Cream Sandwich?

Hit the comments bar to share your experience.

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Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx unseats Apple’s iPhone

It seems like iPhone’s biggest rival isn’t the Samsung Galaxy S3 after all.

According to William Blair analyst Anil Doradla, the iPhone has been dethroned as North America’s best-selling smartphone since its launch.

Doradla says that although the iPhone is still the best-selling smartphone on the AT&T and Sprint list, the Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx has toppled new when we speak about Verizon.

It is good to note that Verizon has been aggressively marketing their 4G devices.

This comes as a surprise, since the iPhone 4S lacks 4G LTE capability. The Motorola 4G Razr Maxx and even the Galaxy Nexus have this capability. While the latter hasn’t really bothered the iPhone that much, Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx seems like an excellent competitor.

Dorodla added that consumers are not holding on to their plans of buying an iPhone in anticipation of future smartphones to come. But this may change in a few months. He doesn’t believe that Apple will be shaken up by this development, since he believes that Apple will release an iPhone with 4G LTE compatibility.

The Galaxy Nexus by the way is the third top selling smartphone in Verizon’s line, behind the iPhone and the Razr Maxx.

Are you holding out on buying a new phone?

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Apple Requests Samsung ban. This starts everything. Again.

Apple is at it again with another ban request for another Samsung device. With over 30 cases against Samsung on its belt, Apple seeks to request a sales ban of the new Galaxy S III phone in the U.S. This is in addition to all the other Galaxy phones that they are currently fighting over, due to patent infringements.

Samsung has assured the masses that they will “vigorously” fight against this ban request filed in the U.S. District Court for Northern California. They claim that there simply is no merit to the claims that they have infringed 2 of Apple patents. This time, it’s not just about how confident they are, they simply have to fight it because of the large potential loss they will encounter if the device does get banned. Think about a lot of disappointed customers who pre-ordered the device.

Apple has filed this sales ban of the Galaxy S III as an extension to the ongoing battle featuring the Galaxy Nexus, which they claimed to have hit at least 4 patents. For the Galaxy S III, they claim that it touches on the patent for a unified search interface and the patent for identifying patterns in data.

No one plans to back down, as the initial attempt to settle quickly broke down. Apple has the money, and they are willing to dig deep in that vault to ban the Galaxy S III and 17 other devices before it, from being sold in American soil. Many would cry that this is simply anti-competitive, as Apple has reportedly insisted that they will not allow royalties for the said patents and insists that these patent breaking functions be removed completely from the said devices, or risk a full sales ban. What they fail to admit, is that they are scared because Android devices are taking over their market share at an alarming rate.

While the battle goes on, Samsung is confident that they will be able to prove that there is no infringement and that the device is a unique Smartphone. They claim that the sales will go on as planned by June 21 this year. If this pushes through, they may just overshadow the release of the iPhone which is rumored to be released by July this year.

It would be funny to note that despite the fact that Apple and Samsung have been at each other’s throats in 3 continents all over the world, regarding this legal battle, they are still trading business as usual, with Apple being one of the Samsung’s biggest customers for chips and display screens, as well as several other mobile components. Talk about shaking your hand while stabbing you on the back.

Ever since Android got popular, Apple has been hitting nearly every handset manufacturer, big or small, with their large portfolio of patents. There is special focus on the battle for the Galaxy Nexus, simply because it is Android’s flagship phone.  They want to fight against the Galaxy S III, which they claim is another devise that slavishly copies the look and feel of their iPhone. The device is poised to take over the Smartphone market with a large demand for the device, as proven by a substantial amount of pre-orders, made for the device.

Samsung will not back down, and Apple will keep pressing charges left and right to assert itself. Innovation is at a halt due to fear of litigation. The legal wars are far from over.

Which side do you think will win? How much longer do you think the era of Smartphone litigation will go on?

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sprint has Google Wallet

Sprint has finally unveiled their Samsung Galaxy Nexus which made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Week in Vegas yesterday.

The Galaxy Nexus is powered by Android’s latest 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a Super AMOLED screen that is 4.65-inches, it definitely packs a mean punch.

Sprint Galaxy Nexus package is quite different to that being offered by Verizon. Sprint’s package includes the Google Wallet which enables those who have a Citi MasterCard or a Google prepaid card to sign up for an account with Google Wallet that in-turn gives them the ability to use their phone at participating stores to pay for their goods.

The Verizon version of the 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus won the CNET Editor’s Choice Award and Sprint’s variant may follow suit as long as their LTE network backs it up.

Though Sprint didn’t divulge when it will be available to their subscribers, but the fact is when they do release it, you might find a lot of individuals paying for their merchandise with their phones and not wallets.

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Confirmed: Software update for Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Verizon has just confirmed that their most up-to-date Android phone available in the market will be receiving a software update in January. So what’s wrong?

A company spokesperson asserted that there isn’t one, just a “confusion” on the device’s signal indicator.

In an email sent by the Brenda Raney to Computerword, the company insists that “”there is no issue with the performance of the device.” The update is said to juat “adjust the signal strength indicator to more closely match other Verizon Wireless devices.”

It seems that apparently, the Galaxy Nexus  shows a different signal indicator as compared to other phones. For instance, the phone displays only one bar when it would have 3 bars of service on another phone.

Whether this is true or not, there have also been complaints that the service being is no-so-stellar, especially for the 3G date connections which would sometimes drop down or completely unavailable.

So would this update really solve the problem? Or would just be a “cosmetic change” to placate the discontented Nexus users? We’d have to wait this January to find out. 🙂

Samsung Galaxy Nexus for lucky shoppers

Sean Bates and a few other individuals are the first lucky individuals to get their hands on the latest Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This comes after the smartphones official release was moved from December 9 to an unnamed date.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is one of the most sought after gadgets, if not the most sought after, as it carries the latest Operating System of the phone manufacturer, the Ice Cream Sandwich.

The lucky few snapped a couple of shots of their latest purchase and posted it on the web.

Unfortunately for the majority of us who want to have a piece of this gadget, we still have to wait a few more days, weeks or even months before we can get the chance to own this dream phone.

Can’t hardly wait.