Android Community Nightly: December 5th, 2012

December 5, 2012
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Today was another fun-filled day complete with tons of Android news. Our good friends from Mountain View had a few software updates and their once CEO Eric Schmidt was even in the news talking about Apple and their lawsuits. For all the Android news that was worth a quick roundup today hit the various links below after the break.

To start things off Verizon and Motorola reminded us that the Jelly Bean update is rolling out for the DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD, and did so by sending Android Community a bunch of Jelly Belly's. I ate half the bag and now I feel sick. While we're talking about hardware rumors are circulating about an HTC device with a 5-inch 1080p display, 13 megapixel camera, and quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro -- similar to the DNA but probably for AT&T. Then Huawei's 6.1-inch 1080p smartphone got confirmed by one of their execs, and Sony announced some new budget friendly phones.

The awesome bamboo cases for the Nexus 7 are shipping today, T-Mobile got more Nexus 4 phones in stock but decided to be rude and jack up the price. It's all about demand supply and demand folks! Then Samsung is continuing strong and have opened a new Samsung Experience Store in Paris. I want a ride in one of those Samsung scooter taxis.

Probably the most exciting news for us was the updates from Google. Both the talk from their once CEO on Apple and those pesky lawsuits, then the actual update to Google Search. They've updated their search for Android 4.1+ devices enjoying Google Now. The update brought more voice actions (post to G+ using your voice) you'll get boarding passes for United Airlines right in Google Now, better suggestions while searching, traveling, and much much more. We're loving Google Now and everything Google's done to improve it.

Dropbox updated their popular cloud service app with folder moving, almost like a file manager. Oh and Verizon was happy to celebrate the 2-year anniversary of 4G LTE today. Good stuff Verizon, keep it up! We learned that small developers don't make much money, and 50% of revenue from the Play Store was split between just 25 developers. Google Voice got a much needed update to fix SMS delays and inbox syncing, and last but certainly not least Rhapsody launched their own music-tagging Shazam rival. Hit any of the links above for more details. Enjoy this Wednesday evening and we'll see you tomorrow!


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