Android 4.3 Factory Images Already Available for Nexus 4, 7, 10, and GSM Galaxy Nexus

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And just like that, we’ve got Android 4.3 (JWR66V) factory images already available for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (WiFi and HSPA), Nexus 10, and GSM Galaxy Nexus (takju and yakju) variants.

If you don’t want to wait for the OTA to arrive or a .zip to flash, you can always flash factory images in adb. These do wipe your phone though, so keep that in mind.

Via:  Google Developers

Daily Steals Sale: Galaxy Nexus LTE for $199, Galaxy S4 for $599, DROID X for $69 (Wait, What?), and More

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Daily Steals is currently running one of their “Last Calls” collections promos that includes a variety of Android products that may be worth a look should you be in the market for something new or “recertified” but don’t want to sign a contract. The Galaxy Nexus LTE on Verizon is one in particular that is carrying the low price of $199. And again, that’s the full retail price for the device, meaning you don’t have to sign a contract to pick it up. The phone is “recertified,” so you may only want to consider this one if you are desperate. Replacement G-Nex models are known to have issues.  (more…)

New AOKP Milestone Releases Start Rolling Out, New “AOKPush” App Keeps Track of Newest Builds (Updated)

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The new “milestone” release from the Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) is starting to roll out today. So far, we’re seeing builds available for most Nexus phones including toro (Verizon Galaxy Nexus), toroplus (Sprint Galaxy Nexus), mako (Nexus 4), and maguro (GSM Galaxy Nexus). We’re told that a post detailing the full changelog is in the works, but for now, you can expect changes to the nav/statusbar for tablets, “rewritten” RomControl, custom toggles, and a ton of bug fixes.

To grab the latest builds for your devices, hit up the source link below.  (more…)

Experiencing Issues With Your Galaxy Nexus After Updating to 4.2.2?

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Ever since Verizon approved the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus and Google started pushing it out, our inbox has filled up with users who are running into all sorts of issues. The most common appears to be battery life, but others are noticing issues with Bluetooth audio, the camera, tethering, and more. While we aren’t yet aware of specific fixes for each, in most cases, Verizon is actually recommending that you perform a factory reset.

I know that sounds like the worst option, since it wipes your phone of every last setting, but it may do the trick, especially if you are experiencing horrific battery life. The Bluetooth audio fixes on the other hand were supposed to be included in 4.2.2, but there is still a running AOSP thread that suggests a different scenario.

If a factory reset doesn’t work, you can also flash the 4.2.2 factory images that were released today.

Are you experiencing issues? If so, what are they? Have you tried a factory reset yet?

Verizon Galaxy Nexus 4.2.2 Factory Images Now Available (Updated)

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The Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) factory images for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus have been posted. For those not familiar, factory images allow you to flash your phone back to a 100% stock state, as if you had just pulled it out of the box. You’ll find instructions for flashing factory images here.

The new 4.2.2 binaries are available as well.

Update:  They also added 4.2.1 factory images for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus.

Via:  Google Developers [Binaries]

Video: How to Set Up Pie Controls on CyanogenMod Nightlies

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This week, the CyanogenMod team announced that their newest nightly ROM builds of CM10.1 would include Pie Controls. We have been a fan of Pie since we first saw it being used in Paranoid Android, so it made us happy to hear it was coming to the more widely-used CyanogenMod. To help show some folks how to enable Pie Controls and set them up, we put together this nice little video that you see below.  (more…)

Custom ROM Friday: BAMF Paradigm v3.1 For Nexus Devices

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This week, there was an overwhelming cry for us to feature BAMF’s Paradigm v3.1 for Custom ROM Friday. We touched on the original Paradigm last year, but it looks like there has been some major updating going down since then. It is based off of Android 4.2.2, and brings some killer custom features, coupled with great speeds and long battery life. What else could you ask for in a custom ROM?  (more…)

Giving Credit Where It’s Due, Verizon Turns Into an Android Update Machine

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I’ll admit that I’m one of Verizon’s biggest critics when it comes to the rate at which they update their Android smartphones to new software. They are unbelievably  slow for the most part. In fact, I’ve pointed it out a handful times, particularly with the Galaxy Nexus and the amount of time it has taken to update a device that should be the easiest of all. But we also know that Verizon stands firm on their update practices, which have a reputation for being the slowest in the business. Their network is reliable, maybe even the most reliable after all, and they attribute parts of their success to their testing practices. But something seems to have changed in 2013. I ran through a list of updates released by them this year, and the number is impressive.  (more…)