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Android dominates smartphones in Q3 2012, Samsung widens its sales lead

Android continues expanding its dominance of the smartphone market, Samsung keeps on increasing its lead as the biggest smartphone maker and Nokia slips catastrophically in Q3 2012. That is a quick summary of what happened in the third quarter of 2012, according to the latest numbers by Gartner.

The analytics company concludes that while overall phone sales dropped slightly, smartphone sales are growing rapidly rising by 46.9% in Q3 2012.

Android dominates smartphones in Q3 2012, Samsung widens its sales lead

Samsung cemented its position as the most prolific phone manufacturer selling nearly 98 million devices in the quarter.
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Nexus 4 review round-up

 Nexus 4 review round up: Yes, it is the phone you want to buyThe first Nexus 4 reviews are in and they have the expected verdict. If I would have to sum up all the Nexus 4 reviews that I have read in last one hour or so – the phone has a great display, great performance, so-so battery life and a decent design. I am not talking about LTE because it does not really matter much outside US right now, yes Europe is getting 4G, Korea has already it and blah blah, but I think you can manage decent browsing and other data experience on HSPA+, which is supported on LG Nexus 4.

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Yes, let’s start with that, as you would have seen in the images, there is nothing extraordinary about design. It is elegant, nice looking and but it is clearly uninspired, personally I have no issues with that. Unless you are looking for a work of art, LG Nexus 4 seems decent enough.

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Android 4.2 Jelly Bean: the new features

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean: the new features

1. Android 4.2 has widgets on the lock screen

Lockscreen widgets! If we had to point out the most exciting new feature in Android 4.2 that would be it. Now, you can add all kinds of widgets to the lockscreen, and you simply access them by swiping to the left or right without needing to unlock the phone. This is one easy productivity boost that we’ve been wishing for in a while. Google’s Matias Duarte showed how you can set up a widget to access the camera by just swiping to the right, but you could also set up Gmail, weather and all sorts of useful widgetry.

Android 4.2 has widgets on the lock screen


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LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison

Google just announced what might turn out to be the worst-kept Android secret – this year’s green robot flagship, the LG Nexus 4. It is certainly a device to be reckoned, with the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, and large the in-cell touch display.

LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison
How much of an upgrade is it, compared to last year’s Android poster child, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus? and how does it stack up against the most popular Android high-end now, the Galaxy S III?
Have a look at our specs comparison chart below, and tell us whether the LG Nexus 4 is all you hoped for, or whether you think Google has cut some corners to fit into the price point of device that will spread the Android fire fastest amongst fans with its latest Android 4.2 version, and timely updates.


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Google announces Nexus 4 smartphone, Nexus 10 tablet, Android 4.2

Google on Monday introduced a new Nexus 4 smartphone to take on Apple’s iPhone 5, a 10-inch iPad competitor named the Nexus 10, and launched a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet with cellular data connectivity.

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The trio of new products all run Android 4.2, what the company called a “new flavor” of its mobile operating system code-named Jelly Bean.

The products were initially planned to be unveiled at a media event in New York, but Hurricane Sandy prompted the search company to cancel its media presentation. As such, the new products were simply unveiled via a press release on Monday.
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LG Nexus 4 hands-on video released prematurely by Three Sweden

The LG Nexus 4 has to be one of the most-leaked phones in recent memory – the latest premature release comes from the official YouTube channel of Sweden’s carrier Three, who posted a quick hands-on with the upcoming Nexus (which was supposed to be announced today, maybe 3 Sweden didn’t get the memo about the cancellation).

The quick UI demo doesn’t really show much, but there are new notification area toggles which look quite interesting. They are not placed above the notifications as usual, but are instead a separate screen you can access by tapping a button.

The top left icon is for the user, which might mean we’re finally getting multi-user support (the makings of which are already in Android) but it could just be a link to your social networking account (like WP7′s Me tile).

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All we know about the LG Nexus 4 [with Gallery]

The closer we’re getting to October 29 and Google’s Android event, the more convinced we become that we aren’t to see multiple Nexus handsets this year. With the confirmation that the Sony Nexus was a lie, the LG Nexus 4 remains the only likely new addition to the handset line-up.

All we know about the LG Nexus 4

Having this in mind, it turns out that we already know quite a lot about the upcoming Nexus device. In fact, we think we know almost everything about it, due to all the leaks and rumors that have occurred during the recent weeks and months. With Google’s event being scheduled to take place in a about a week, let’s go through all the main details that we know about the Nexus 4 and try to fit all the pieces into their rightful places.

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