iFixit delves inside the Nexus 7 [Photos]

iFixit is hardcore when it comes to breaking open our favorite electronics to see what’s inside, and the website did it again today with the refreshed Google-flagship, Asus-built Nexus 7 that unveiled at the Google I/O conference last week.

Teardown highlights:

— The 7-inch tablet offers GPS, NFC, and Wi-Fi antennas all manufactured between April 20 and May 25, 20011.
— The Nexus 7 boasts a 4326 mAh battery that lasts 9:49 hours, whereas the Kindle Fire has a 4400 mAh battery that lasts 7:42 hours. Meanwhile, the new iPad battery, which is “significantly larger” at 11,500 mAh, only lasts 9:52 hours for HSPA and 9:37 hours for LTE.
— The official Nexus page stated there is one “speaker” in the back, but iFixit spotted
— Hydis manufactures the 7-inch, 1,280-by-800 HD display designated by model HV070WX2.

What’s inside:

— NVIDIA T30L Tegra 3 processor
— Hynix HTC2G83CFR DDR3 RAM
— Kingston KE44B-26BN/8GB 8GB flash
— Max 77612A inverting switching regulator
— AzureWave AW-NH665 wireless module
— Broadcom BCM4751 integrated monolithic GPS receiver
— Invensense MPU-6050 gyro and accelerometer

A gallery is below.

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Some T-Mobile users experiencing network data issues, company says (update: service back)

Update: T-Mobile has tweeted again to say that full data service has been restored to customers.

According to a tweet from T-Mobile, its network in the U.S. is currently suffering some network data issues. It appears that the current network issues are not affecting everyone, but enough people for the company to take to Twitter with acknowledgement. T-Mobile says that they will keep users posted, and we will be sure to update when more information becomes available. Are you experiencing T-Mobile issues tonight? Let us know in the comments.

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Roundup: Judge rejects Samsung’s requests to remove Tab 10.1 injunction, HTC avoids emergency ban

As we reported today on 9to5Mac, a few crucial patent rulings related to Android devices have emerged today. Notably for Android and HTC device fans, Apple’s request for an emergency ban on HTC product imports into the United States has been overruled by the International Trade Commission. Select HTC devices were briefly banned from being imported into the United States in May, and today’s decision will keep HTC device imports into the U.S. alive for the time being. Apple had asked for the ban due to a data detection patent that the Cupertino, California company feels is violated in the Google Android operating system.

The second important ruling of the day, one that is less successful for Google and its device ecosystem, is related to Samsung. Last week, Apple was awarded two bombshell injunctions: one on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and one on the flagship Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Today, the judge presiding over the Samsung versus Apple lawsuits has rejected Samsung’s request for a removal of the injunction. Today, the judge is also hearing Samsung’s request for a removal of the preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Nexus smartphone. That ruling has yet to come in, but we will report when it does.

Of note, these current patents wars mostly come down to patents in the Google Android OS, not the hardware designs as previously targeted by Apple.

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HBO finally brings its HBO Go Android app to Ice Cream Sandwich tablets, adds bug fixes

HBO has updated its popular HBO application for Android to add tablet support. HBO Go was previously exclusive to Android smartphones and the Amazon Kindle Fire, but now it is available for all Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich tablets.

HBO Go is HBO’s online show streaming service that opens up over 1400 HBO television programs to the Web and mobile devices. The service is available free of charge to HBO subscribers, and the application on Google Play is also free to download.

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Google replaces Google Places for iOS with Google+ Local, adds voice search and new UI

Last month, Google replaced their Google Places service with a new service called Google+ Local. The new service takes the best of Google Places and merges it with Google+’s business places feature. Today, Google has swapped their Google Places iOS application with a new Google+ Local app. The new app features a tweaked user interface in addition to a voice-based search feature. The app is supported on the iPhone and iPod touch and is free on the App Store.

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Google improves Search by Image results with Knowledge Graph

Google launched Search by Image last year, and then updated algorithms for it almost every week since, but now the search engine will use its Knowledge Graph to power the popular feature.

Search by Image allows users input an image, and then Google offers images and search results related to that image. Users select an image through the ‘ole drag-and-drop, and then uploading, or even inputting a URL. Meanwhile, the Knowledge Graph is new technology that allows Google to provide search results for concepts linked between words, rather than showing results for just the query term.

Software Engineer Sean O’Malley explained the inclusion on Google’s Inside Search blog today:

With the recent launch of the Knowledge Graph, Google is starting to understand the world the way people do. Instead of treating webpages as strings of letters like “dog” or “kitten,” we can understand the concepts behind these words. Search by Image now uses the Knowledge Graph: if you search with an image that we’re able to recognize, you may see an extra panel of information along with your normal search results so you can learn more. This could be a biography of a famous person, information about a plant or animal, or much more.

Google wants to improve its image search. When a user uploads an image of a specific type of flower, for instance, Google would previously give general flower search results. Now, Google will try to guess the exact type of flower. Google will also show the most recent content in search results, which is helpful for news images.

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ComScore: Android continues to lead in OS marketshare, Apple behind in second

Research firm ComScore is out with new quarterly numbers today, giving us a look at the current state of mobile marketshare in the United States. Over the last three months, nothing too dramatic has changed. Android still has the lead in marketshare, now boasting a 50.9-percent share of smartphone customers (0.8-percent gain over three months ago but down from March), whereas Apple is in second with a 31.9-percent share (1.7-percent gain).

As for OEMs, Samsung has a commanding lead with 25.7-percent marketshare, followed by LG with 19.1-percent (had a 0.3-percent loss). Apple is third with 15 percent (boasting a 1.5-percent increase). The real story will come when companies report their earnings to investors in a few weeks. You can check out the charts after the break for all the details:

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CamUp sues Google, says Google+ and YouTube stole Hangouts feature

CamUp filed a lawsuit late last week that claimed Google ripped its video-chat feature for Google+ and YouTube.

The lawsuit filing revealed Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president, along with a few Mountain View engineers, approached the New York-based startup at the South by Southwest Festival in March 2011. They later met in London to negotiate adding a Hangout-like button, called “Watch with your friends on CamUp,” to Google’s popular video-sharing platform, YouTube. Despite receiving accolades on its product, CamUp did not hear from the Googlers after the meeting.

By May 2011, CamUp detected an alarming amount of visits from Google’s headquarters in California. The startup suggested that the traffic is evidence of Google beginning to examine its product for copying purposes. Google launched Hangouts with a “Watch your friends” button just one month later, which were allegedly indistinguishable from CamUp’s offerings.

CamUp is seeking damages, an injunction to remove Hangouts on YouTube and Google+, and it is suing Google UK’s Director of Business and Markets Richard Robinson.

The filing (via GigaOM) is embedded below.

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HTC Droid Incredible 4G launching on Verizon for $149 on July 5

Verizon announced in a press release this morning that the HTC Droid Incredible 4G is launching on its network July 5 for $149 on a two-year contract. The Droid Incredible 4G was previously shown off at this year’s CTIA after running its course in the rumor-mill for months. It is packed with a 4-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, front-facing camera, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 4G LTE, and the option for up to 32GB of expandable storage. It will be interesting to see how this device will stack up against the Galaxy S III, which launches on Verizon fairly soon but is currently facing delays. At any rate, this looks like a sleek device.

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After facing delays, Samsung Galaxy S III goes on sale at Sprint

As we told you last week, Sprint officially began selling the Galaxy S III in stores and online today. The Now Network priced the 16 GB and 32GB Galaxy S III at $200 and $250, respectively. However, if you are looking to pick up one in-store, you will have to settle with the 16GB version. The 32GB version is only offered online. Is any of you picking one up? Samsung pegged shipments of the Galaxy S III to be over 10 million units for the month of July (also due to high demand).

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‘Gayglers’ celebrate LGBT Pride Month, World Pride [Photos]

Google is once-again touting support for the LGBT community by participating in worldwide Pride events and expanding company-wide benefits.

According to “Gaygler” Randy Reyes on the official Google blog

We encourage people to bring their whole selves to work. And this month Googlers, Gayglers (gay Googlers), and their families and friends took this spirit to the streets in Pride parades and celebrations around the globe. In Sao Paulo, a group of 50 marched as a Google contingent for the first time ever. In San Francisco, more than 1,000 Googlers and allies marched (nearly doubling the number of people we had in 2011!). In New York, more than 700 of our friends and colleagues took over 5th Avenue marching alongside our double-decker Pride bus. And this weekend in Singapore, we’re sponsoring the Pink Dot celebration for the second consecutive year.

Reyes further revealed action-based plans to celebrate World Pride in London this year. The Mountain View, Calif.-based Company will host a “Legalise Love” Conference at Google London, with hopes to “eliminate homophobia” and “decriminalize homosexuality.”

Google also significantly increased coverage of transgender health care for its U.S. employees. Transgender-inclusive benefits, such as “transitioning procedures and treatment in accordance with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care,” now receive a lifetime maximum coverage of $75,000.

“Next month we’ll carry the energy of Pride into our fourth annual company Diversity & Inclusion celebration, the Sum of Google. The Sum is an opportunity to celebrate and engage in a discussion about diversity and inclusion across our offices around the world,” Reyes concluded.

A picture gallery is below.

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Google Crisis Response team launches new crisis map for raging US wildfires

The Google Crisis Response team just issued a new crisis map for the 2012 U.S. wildfire season.

Major media outlets are reporting on the massive wildfires wreaking havoc in Colorado and Utah, and Google is working to provide related information to those affected by way of maps that feature fire perimeters cropped from the U.S. Geological Survey, Red Cross, and satellite imagery by DigitalGlobe.

“Use the checkboxes along the right-hand panel to turn on and off the layers of information, and the ‘Share’ button at the top of the map to grab the URL or embed code. Note that both the URL and the embed code will automatically restore your current view of the map, including the set of layers that you have turned on,” wrote Googler Pete Giencke on the Google Lat Long Blog, while explaining how to navigate the crisis map.

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