Nexus 7 variant pops up in FCC filing with 3G

A French website just dug up a Federal Communications Commission filing for a 3G variant of the Nexus 7.

The filing, as first discovered by Galaxus (translated), detailed a codenamed “ME370tg” ASUS device. This, of course, would point to Google’s ASUS-made Nexus 7.

Another noteworthy aspect to the filing is that the ME370TG will receive certification Oct. 29. This date should probably sound familiar, as it is also the day of Google’s upcoming New York City event.

Unfortunately, the 3G-enabled Nexus 7 does not appear to sport LTE connectivity.

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Samsung Nexus 10 manual leaks ahead of Google event?

Apparently, keeping secrets isn’t in Google’s DNA. Following a leak of the LG Nexus 4 this morning, ahead of Google’s press event on Monday, we now get a look at what appears to be the support manual for the rumored Samsung-built Nexus 10 tablet. The Verge pointed us to these pair of images from Korean website Seeko, showing some basic specs for the 10-inch tablet.

It’s not clear if these images are legitimate. Moreover, unfortunately, we don’t learn much from the images. If they are the real deal, it appears the new Nexus 10 will sport a design much different from the current Nexus 7 lineup. As you can see in the images above, the placement of the volume rockers, and other components, line up with the Galaxy Note 10.1, but the sides of the device in landscape orientation appear to have a slight curve. None of the specs listed that we can see are surprising, including: a micro USB port, headphone jack, LED indicator, micro HDMI port, and a back camera with flash. We’ll be at Google’s event in New York on Monday where we hope to get a better look at the new device.

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Sprint wins, first carrier to roll out Jelly Bean 4.1.1 to Samsung Galaxy S III

We knew U.S. carriers would separately announce availability of Jelly Bean updates when Samsung announced the update would arrive to U.S. carriers in the “coming months.” Sprint announced today it is the first U.S. carrier to roll out the update, with Android 4.1.1 now available to the carrier’s Galaxy S III users. AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and U.S. Cellular have yet to announce a specific update for its Jelly Bean updates, but they should in the weeks to come.

Today, Sprint became the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer the Android™ 4.1.1, Jelly Bean, update to its Samsung Galaxy S® III customers. The update began rolling out today and adds a host of new and enhanced TouchWiz® features, offering a faster, richer and more responsive device experience.

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ICS-powered Sony Xperia TL to land on AT&T Nov. 2 for $99

9to5Google played with Sony’s official James Bond smartphone, the Xperia TL, last month at a media event in New York City, but now the rest of the world can experience the 007 action starting Nov. 2.

Sony just announced the ICS-powered smartphone would land on AT&T for $99.99 with a two-year contract. For a reminder as to what this 4.55-inch LTE and NFC-capable device boasts, check out our brief hands-on. More information regarding the phone’s Bond connection and upcoming AT&T debut is in the press release below.

Oh, and Sony previously promised a Jelly Bean upgrade would come “soon.” Yeah, not too specific.

YouTube video after the break, too.

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LG Nexus 4 up for pre-order on Carphone Warehouse, delivers Oct. 30

Google is set to take the stage this Monday in New York City for what many expect will be the launch of the new LG Nexus 4, among other things. Just a few days before the event, U.K. retailer Carphone Warehouse is now listing the device, specs, and more, as well as accepting pre-orders with a delivery date of Oct. 30. The phone is listed as being free with a two-year contract through Vodafone or O2 UK. This isn’t the first time the retailer has leaked a device prior to launch, but it’s always a possibility the details will change.

Many of the specs listed on the retailer’s website seem to line up with previous leaks, including: 2GB of RAM, a 320ppi HD display similar to the Optimus G, a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, and 8-megapixel camera. The website lists the device as shipping with Jelly Bean rather than Key Lime Pie, but the new OS is expected to be unveiled during Google’s media event on Monday. Other specs listed include 8GB of storage, 1080p@30fps video, and NFC. There is of course no telling how legit this, but the retailer does appear to be pretty confident. U.K. readers can pre-order the device now through Carphone Warehouse, with an expected delivery date of Oct. 30. We’ll be on hand in New York on Monday to bring you live coverage of the event.

Google announces AdWords conversion tracking for iOS app downloads

Google announced today on its Inside AdWords blog that it will now allow AdWords users to track iOS downloads from in-app display ads, a feature that was previously only available for Android app downloads. Google said iOS conversion tracking allows advertisers to “better understand which campaigns are most effective at driving app downloads.”

The feature allows marketers to track downloads that originate from “in-app” display ads, meaning the iOS conversion tracking feature at this point doesn’t include app downloads driven by Google Search or Google Display Network ads. For iOS app downloads, Google explained marketers will have to go through a couple extra steps, requiring them install an SDK, grab a code snippet from their AdWords account, and then install it into their app. The same feature is currently available to Android as a codeless solution requiring users to simply create a new conversion in their account.

Tracking downloads of an iOS app requires integrating a small SDK into your app and pasting a small snippet of code in your app’s didFinishLaunchingWithOptions method to call the SDK.

Full instructions from Google on setting up iOS conversion tracking are below: Read more

Google Street View team captures the Grand Canyon with ‘Trekker’ backpack camera

Google already offers a number of remote locations that are hard to capture with its regular Street View cars and trikes, but today it announced it is capturing even more 360-degree imagery using a new wearable backpack camera system called “Trekker”. As highlighted in the video above, the backpack allows the Street View team to capture areas on foot that it normally couldn’t access with its Street View vehicles. The team’s first project brings it to the Grand Canyon where the Trekker will collect imagery that will soon go live on Google Maps for users to explore the popular destination:

The narrow ridges and steep, exposed trails of the Grand Canyon provide the perfect terrain for our newest camera system. The Trekker—which its operator controls via an Android phone and automatically gathers photos as he walks—enables the collection of high-quality imagery from places that are only accessible on foot.

Among the locations Google will capture is the “portions of the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park, including the ridge, the famous Bright Angel TrailSouth Kaibab Trail.” Google said the new imagery would soon make its way to Google Maps.

It also explained the new Trekker backpack camera is operated with an Android device: Read more

Review: Galaxy Note 2 – Even bigger and better

I knew Samsung had a hit on its hands the first time I saw the original 5.3-inch Galaxy Note at IFA in Berlin last year. I immediately loved the monster smartphone and I knew others would too. Even though initial reviews poo-pooed it as a too big to be a phone, too small to be a tablet, I knew there would be a big market for a device with so much screen but small enough to put in large pockets or in a purse. As Apple is showing with its bigger iPhone 5 and smaller iPad mini, there is no one size fits all solution and people are after devices in the middle.

Samsung offloaded 5 million of these things in the first month of sales and  Samsung Exec JK Shin expects Samsung to sell three times as many of the Galaxy Note 2. I believe the Note 2 will sell well because it is significantly improved in almost every way:

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8GB Nexus 7 currently out of stock on Google Play

The rumors are that the 8GB variant of the Nexus 7 will be replaced by the 16GB variant—staying at the $199 price point. Droid Life noticed today that the Google Play store is currently showing the 8GB Nexus 7 as out of stock. Could this be a signal for the 8GB variant’s end of life?

The industry is jumping to claim that we may never see it again and that it will soon be replaced with the 16GB N7 for $199 followed by a 32GB N7 at $249. I’d tend to agree with that idea, especially after the number of 32GB Nexus 7 devices we have seen over the last couple of weeks. We were wondering if maybe the 16GB version would be disappearing, but this would sort of suggest that the 8GB model’s life has come to an end.

If the 16GB version moves down, the 32GB variant is rumored to move into the top spot—priced at $249. We’re sure to hear more at Google’s Oct. 29 press event.  Read more

Apple compares iPad mini to Nexus 7 at unveiling [Gallery]

Apple is right now unveiling its new 7.9-inch iPad mini at the California Theatre; and during the presentation, it took some time to highlight the difference between its tablet and the Nexus 7. As you can see in the images above, Apple execs made a point of showing off the iPad mini’s small bezel and its ability to provide extra screen real estate in browsers and elsewhere. Full coverage on 9to5mac. 

AT&T confirms Galaxy Note II lands Nov. 9 for $300, pre-orders start Oct. 25

Ahead of Samsung’s press event tomorrow, AT&T is making things official for pricing and availability for its version of the new Galaxy Note II. The carrier issued a press release today, confirming the device will land on Nov. 9 with pre-orders kicking off later this week on Oct. 25. To get your hands on it, you’ll have to hand over $300 on the usual two-year agreement. We will be on-hand at the event tomorrow, and Samsung will bring along a few NYC fans to attend the launch and Kanye West performance afterward. AT&T’s full press release is below: Read more

Samsung bringing NYC fans to exclusive Kanye West performance at this Wednesday’s Galaxy Note II event

Samsung is about to officially launch its new Galaxy Note II this week in the United States at a press event in New York City on Wednesday. We know T-Mobile and Sprint will launch the device this week, and AT&T and Verizon sometime in the near future, but today Samsung confirmed we would also get a performance from Kanye West following the presentation. Samsung’s Facebook page is offering its NYC fans a chance to attend the performance. It did not provide details on how to enter, but it said to stay tuned to its Facebook page for more details. We will be live at the event to bring you updates as they happen.
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