Google Music holiday sale continues: full albums $4.99, songs 49 cents

Stretching the digital purse strings of impulse buyers to the breaking point, Google kicked off its new Google Music service with an awesome sale for the holiday season, wherein hundreds of thousands of albums and individual tracks were priced at half off. Though the promotion was marked as a limited time offer when it began in mid-December. Hark, but Christmas has come and gone, and the sale doesn't seem to be going anywhere. What are you waiting for? Go buy music now, because it isn't any cheaper anywhere else, and it might not be so for long.

Google updates: 3.7 million devices activated Christmas weekend

Yesterday Furry posted some preliminary number for mobile activations on Christmas: approximately 6.8 million iOS and Android devices were registered on Sunday alone. Unfortunately, the mobile analytics company didn't differentiate between the two biggest platforms. Google's Android boss Andy Rubin shed some light on the subject via Twitter, stating that on Christmas and Christmas Eve 3.7 million Android devices were activated in total.

Acer cuts back for 2012, focuses on high-end phones and tablets

Acer hasn't done well in the Android world this year. Their hardware is solid enough, and their no-nonsense approach to software is refreshing, but they've been beaten pretty soundly by the likes of Samsung, HTC and Asus at just about every junction. They're not shy about admitting it, either: To clarify the company's ongoing position, founder Stan Shih told DigiTimes that it wouldn't be going anywhere in 2012. He likened the rocky road it's faced in the mobile spectrum so far to its early years in the laptop market, where it currently holds a commanding position.

Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab may get “Value Pack” instead of ICS

After considerable backlash from owners and press alike over their decision to forgo Android 4.0 upgrades for the various Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab models, Samsung announced yesterday that they were considering alternatives in order to get Ice Cream Sandwich to customers. At least one option was disabling certain features, possibly including Samsung's custom skin TouchWiz. Today Korean website Daum reports that Samsung may be following another path, in the form of a smaller "Value Pack" software update.

Android Open Kang Project hits Milestone 1 for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus

There are a few ROMs and kernels out there for Verizon's Galaxy Nexus already, but the one that clearly stood apart from the rest was AOKP by Roman of RootzWiki. Thus far, his build has been the most stable and speedy while still having all the bells and whistles. Through a ROM Control quicklink within the settings, rooted users can customize their phone with ease and reliability; no need to boot into recovery. And most importantly, this ROM has just reached its first "Milestone". A milestone release aims at fixing all the current bugs, and offers an option for users that don't feel like flashing another .ZIP through ClockworkMod every other day.

Sharp unveils Aquos IS14SH with slide-out numeric keypad

There's something to be said for the old T9 input system. Most often that something is "why would you use it on a touchscreen," but for a certain type of user it's extremely useful. Sharp is playing to those users with the unfortunately named Aquos IS14SH,  heading to the Japanese market in the near future. The odd combination of a 3.7-inch touchscreen and a full number pad is achieved by a bottom-sliding mechanism.

Some Logitech Revue retail units sold with bricked firmware

Google TV has taken a beating in the last few months, especially Logitech's flagship Revue set top box. To add insult to injury, GTV Source reports that a considerable number of users who recently bought the Revue found that it couldn't authenticate with Google's servers, making the device a curvy and expensive paperweight. Apparently the issue is only happening to newer Revue boxes, though that's hardly a comfort to those affected.

MIUI custom ROM is ready for the Galaxy Nexus

New Galaxy Nexus owners: this is what you waited for. As developer devices, the Nexus phones get pretty much all the desirable custom ROMs out there, and now you can download the popular MIUI ROM for Google's favorite son. Different builds for the GSM and CDMA Galaxy Nexus are available over at XDA, both compiled from the official MIUI source code from popular ROM developer DroidVicious.
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