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Verizon claims Galaxy Nexus LTE signal is fine, update still coming to change meter

This is interesting. Verizon has now released what appears to be official statement to the crew over at The Verge basically saying that their new Samsung Galaxy Nexus with 4G LTE has zero signal or service performance issues like many (us included) have reported. They go on to mention it just reports the signal bars different and will change the meter in a future update.

Archos unveils the 70b Internet Tablet packing Honeycomb for a dirt cheap £180 [UPDATE]

Tablets are expensive. Americans know this all too well, as many of them are still saddled with mostly unnecessary carrier contracts - see the recent DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2. That's what makes devices like the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet so popular. But it could be worse, yankees: over the pond in the UK, most tablets cost at least as much in pounds. Throw in a nasty conversion rate and Value Added Tax, and the £400 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus becomes a whopping $750 equivalent. Archos, ever ready to strike at the budget-conscious segment, is preparing its latest 7-inch tablet at a price well below the UK median. The Archos 70b Internet Tablet will sell for just £179.99, about which works out to about $340 after taxes. Considering that tablets are primarily media consumption devices (which is a polite way of saying "toys"), a lower price is always preferable. For that price, you get a WiFi Honeycomb 3.2 tablet with a 7-inch 1024 x 600 screen, a 1.2Ghz processor and access to the Android Market and Google's other proprietary apps. 512Mb of RAM means that it should perform much better than the older Archos 70, though that's still a little pokey for Honeycomb. Storage space isn't mentioned, so it will probably be available in multiple capacities. Archos' press release did not mention an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, but industrious modders will probably have a version ready soon enough. The 70b Internet Tablet is not to be confused with the previous Archos 70b eReader. [timeline] There's no news on the tablet making its way stateside just yet. Archos has a history of delays in getting its low-priced hardware out of Europe, but it usually does get here eventually. At this price for the UK version, you can probably expect a $200-250 price. That's hard to beat as far as Honeycomb tablets go, and might be worth considering if you're a fan of Archos' rich media format support and generally minimal changes to Android. As an upgrade to the popular Archos 70 Froyo tablet, the 70b Internet Tablet looks promising. UPDATE: It looks like the Archos 70b is scheduled for a US release next month at $199.99. The company's US branch just sent out its own press release. Who called it?

DROID 4 pops up on DROID DOES, could land in stockings December 22nd

We'd previously heard that Motorola's 4th generation DROID was scheduled to be released on December 8th, a day before Verizon was to finally push out the Galaxy Nexus. Neither of those dates bore any fruit, and while the Nexus released just a week later, the DROID 4 is still nowhere to be found. According to another of Droid Life's internal Verizon leaks, the phone is currently headed for a December 22nd release, just two days from now. Considering the amount of PR and other information that's already leaked, this certainly seems plausible.

Android Community Weekly: December 18, 2011

This week in tech news we finally nab ourselves a Verizon branded Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE, review some excellent devices, and see Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) progress through some much needed updates. Monday, by no surprise - Facebook topped Nielsen’s list of most popular Android apps. To be honest, carriers should start including it with devices from now on, as it is probably the first application downloaded from the market by many.

Verizon’s white DROID RAZR on sale tomorrow, mum’s the word on the Galaxy Nexus

If you've been holding on to your three hundred bones, waiting on the prospect of chillier version of the Motorola DROID RAZR to land in time for Christmas, you needn't wait much longer. Verizon announced availability for the white variant via press release, just one day shy of its December 15th debut. Speed freaks and fashionistas can pick one up tomorrow at the regular $299 on-contract price.

Android Community Weekly: December 11, 2011

We've finally finished a couple excellent reviews, have a better understanding of whats been holding up the Galaxy Nexus, and learned of some cool new accessories for your new (or older) device! The first review definitely worth taking a look at is of the ASUS Transformer Prime. Cory Gunther put it to the test through some rigorous benchmark tests and great video demonstrations. To date, it has performed better than any current Android tablet on the market. Next up, Michael Crider posted a review of the new Nitro HD by LG. It turned out to have quite a crisp IPS LCD display, but turned out to be a quite bland device in general.

Rumor: Verizon Galaxy Nexus bumped again, no show on December 9th

Stop me if you've heard this one before. Numerous anonymous tipsters are crying that the rumored December 9th release date for Verizon's long, long, long-awaited Galaxy Nexus is now invalid, and there's no news on a revised release date. This comes weeks after the flagship Ice Cream Sandwich phone was released in the UK and other markets, and Americans eager for a taste of Android Ice Cream Sandwich are growing furious at Verizon's tongue-tied non-launch.

Motorola DROID RAZR gets a white version for December

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like the world's most neutral color. In addition to a rather subdued DROID XYBOARD announcement, Verizon let slip that an all-white version of the Motorola DROID RAZR would be available this month. Aside from a frosty casing, there's no difference from the model that launched last month - you'll still need to fork over $299.99 and sign up for a new two-year contract, or be eligible for a renewal. A specific date was not mentioned.
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