Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 4, for all its virtues, has a significant flaw: It lacks LTE connectivity. Or does it? Engadget reports that some XDA-Developers forum members have been fiddling around with the Nexus 4 and have found that the smartphone can indeed run LTE — but only on LTE band 4, which encompasses the 1700MHz and 2100MHz frequencies. Sadly, none of the LTE carriers in the United States run their networks using this band on a nationwide basis, but good news for our neighbors up north: Canadian carriers Telus, Rogers and Bell all use LTE band 4. A video of the Nexus 4 running on Rogers LTE in Canada follows below.
The French government has been causing a lot of headaches in Mountain View, California recently. The government believes it is unfair that Google (GOOG) receives advertising revenue from searches for news and may force the Internet giant to pay for the privilege of linking to its news sites. Google has threatened to remove all French news sites from its index, however, potentially eliminating 4 billion views per year. Eric Schmidt, the company’s chairman, is now reportedly planning on traveling to Paris next week to discuss the issue, according to Quartz. Fleur Pellerin, France’s minister of technology, said that if Google can reach an agreement with French newspaper publishers, legislation would not be necessary.
We’re less than two weeks away from one of the biggest Android events of the year, where it’s possible we’ll see a new version of Android, and new phones and tablets. We’ve already seen just about all there is to see of the LG Nexus 4, and rumors suggest a possible Samsung Nexus 10, as well as a new 32GB Nexus 7. But in amongst all the rumors, leaks and speculation, we’ve also had a fairly busy week of news for existing devices.
To little surprise, Android has not only remained the most popular smartphone operating system in the United States by a wide margin, but Google’s (GOOG) platform continues to see impressive growth in an over-saturated market. In a three-month study ending in August 2012, research firm comScore found that Android was on more than half of all smartphones in the U.S., increasing from 50.1% in May to 52.6%.
As it tends to do, Google has released a breakdown of what versions of Android devices out in the wild are currently running as of today, October 1. We’re now over the milestone of having one in every four Android devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher — unfortunately Jelly Bean makes up just 1.8 percentage-points of that right now, but let’s not be too down on these numbers. Rounding out the rest of the chart is 2.3 Gingerbread at 55.8 percent, naturally, with all previous versions adding up to just 16.8 percent of active devices.
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AOKP has released the JB 3 build of their popular Jelly Bean ROM, with a few new features, some bug fixes, and device support news. Support for the Samsung i9100, Samsung i9100g (OMAP version of the Galaxy S 2), and Samsung i9300 has been added to the project, as well as the return of the two Sprint Nexus devices, the Toroplus and Crespo 4G.
The folks at Mobile Syrup have received confirmation that the LG Optimus 4X HD will be coming to Canadian carriers WIND and VIdeotron in October. The Optimus 4X HD is a pretty spectacular device, packing a 1.5GHz Tegra 3 SoC, NFC and an 8MP camera under a beautiful 4.7-inch IPS True HD display. It’s one of the best we’ve seen from LG.
Back at IFA 2012 in Berlin, we went hands on for the first time with the Samsung Galaxy S 3 LTE. OK, so it’s a Galaxy S 3, and it has LTE, nothing too extraordinary. However, what we did find on that demo unit was a fully loaded, fully working build of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We’d seen leaked builds — and gone hands on of course — but Berlin was the first time we’d seen it out in the wild.
Whew — there’s been a lot of news from Amazon today, and plenty of folks are excited about the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch and the Kindle Fire 8.9-inch. Make sure you see the hands-on videos (click here for all the day’s news in one handy list), and see everything Amazon had to say about the new tablets.
Guten tag! We’re fresh off the floor for the first official day of IFA 2102 and wanted to take a few minutes to round all the news up in one easy-to-read post in case you missed any of it. IFA is an exciting show for Android fans everywhere, as it shows us all what’s in store for the second part of the year. What started as a consumer electronics show for the European market has turned into a global showcase of new technology for all of the world to see.
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