Google Drive hands-on and impressions

Google has finally made it official today. Releasing their new cloud storage option known as Google Drive into the wild. If you were thinking this was just a Dropbox competitor you were wrong. This integrates all of Google's services into one. Google Docs has been combined with Drive, and they use the power of search and more to make it a complete offering. Check out the screenshots or hit the links below to get started yourself.

Nova Launcher updated to Version 1.1

If you've got a Galaxy Nexus or an updated/modded Ice Cream Sandwich device, your choices for worthy launchers are pretty slim. The best to emerge among the short field is Nova Launcher, from WidgetLocker developer TeslaCoil Software. We've mentioned Nova Launcher before, but their latest update adds some notable new features for both free and paid users.

Google Drive app now in the Google Play Store

It's finally here: Google's Drive app is live in the Google Play Store and you can install it right now. As some had speculated, it replaces Google Docs entirely and integrates your current documents into Google Drive. Go to the Google Play Store on your Android phone, and if you've already got Google Docs installed it should replace the app entirely. Here's the official announcement, straight from Google itself.

Google Drive revealed: Dropbox beware

News and leaks on Google Drive has reached a fever pitch, with most of the information pointing to 5 gigabytes of free storage and integration on Android and other Google services. Today Google's French arm posted a full press release for Google Drive, including all the juicy details. The post went down almost immediately, but a translated copy was posted by Google+ user Gerwin Sturm.

Unlocked Galaxy Nexus on sale in the Google Play Store for $399

Here's a surprise: Google's suddenly returning to the Nexus One model of direct phone sales via its shiny new Google Play Store. You can go to the Play Store right now and order a brand new Galaxy Nexus (GSM/HSPA+ version) for the impressive price of $399, unlocked and SIM-free. This deal seems to only be working for the United States at the moment - reports from the UK say that they can't even view the page.

Samsung details its ICS upgrade plans in the US

We've heard from various carriers and manufacturers on their plans to upgrade existing phones to Android 4.0, but despite the fact that updates for the Galaxy S II have been available for multiple markets (including the US) Samsung has remained curiously quiet. Until today: the company finally posted a comprehensive list of devices that will see Ice Cream Sandwich. All four major US carriers and WiFi tablets have been detailed - with one important exception.

ZTE to make two Galaxy Note-style smartphones

The Galaxy Note has become a surprising hit: the last we heard from Samsung, the 5.3-inch Android smartphone had sold an amazing 5 million units worldwide. This has inspired some competition from the likes of LG (with the Optimus Vu) and Panasonic (with the ELUGA Power), and now it looks like Chinese manufacturer ZTE us joining in the fray. Company representatives told Reuters that they were planning not one but two "phablets" for an unspecified release date.

Samsung UNPACKED 2012 app hits the Google Play Store

You can't have a major press event these days without a companion app to go with it - tech journalists are a fickle bunch, and even if we never use it, it's nice to know it's there. So it is with Mobile UNPACKED 2012, Samsung's May 3rd event in London that most notably will host "The Next Galaxy" (Galaxy S III) press announcement. If you'll be at the event, download it from the Google Play Store to get ready.

LG Optimus M+ available now on MetroPCS

Most of the coverage for Android goes to big, powerful and expensive mega-machines, but entry-level phones need love too. So we're happy to tell you that LG's Optimus M+ is now available for MetroPCS customers. The mid-range phone was first spotted last month as an upgrade to the original Optimus M, and it's available now for $129 without a contract. It won't wow anyone who's holding out for, say, the Optimus 4X HD, but it looks like a solid smartphone at a reasonable price.