Android Overload: Play Store updates, free NFC tags, 1080p phones and more

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  • guitarist5122

    wow, thx for the NFC tag share. the reprogrammable part is the only reason I signed up but I’m sure that will the reason most do. I don’t have an NFC phone yet, but will next month. Will take advantage of this tag and use it for presets for the entering/leaving the house.

    • Matt W.

      whats the secret code? link doesnt work for me for some reason:/

      • guitarist5122

        ENJOY2012

        • Matt W.

          thanks for a quick response:)

          • guitarist5122

            no prob ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      Same here, looking forward to re-programming it as a toy (my MARTA card was locked apparently).

  • scoter man1

    Now if only Google could figure out how to f’ing launch a product. I reaally hope I can get a Nexus 4 for Christmas. Its looking less likely everyday.

    how I see Google –
    http://www.memecenter.com/fun/907801/scumbag-google—referring-to-nexus-4-lauch

    • ari_free

      Google is known for making money off giving free stuff :/

    • No_Nickname90

      If it takes a month, that would be Dec. 18th… It could arrive at your doorsteps with a little extra. Never know. Google has the money to give extra to those who waited. And didn’t you learn from all those who pre-ordered the Nexus 7 early? All those 1st to order issues? LoL!!

    • master94

      Google Logic: Lets create the best device ever, and lets forget to make enough of it.

      • ari_free

        And let’s forget to market it after a week or 2

  • peanutsrevenge

    Brian Klug had already found that the Nexus 4 had some LTE support before iFixIt for Anandtech.
    However it’s apparently not currently possible to support the multiple bands of LTE on a single device.
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6440/google-nexus-4-review

  • Mark2468

    Daily Steals has the HTC Nexus One on sale for $79.99 for any of you with a fondness for the first Nexus phone, sd card support was something that this phone had, to bad Google took it from the Nexus phones that came after.

    • No_Nickname90

      *Me crying* Not because of the sale, but because my radiator decided to go out so my money has to go to that instead. =.[

      I hate being a broke college kid. Grr!!

      • Ben Kapferer

        Well, I hate being a broke high school kid. If only I had the money right now!

    • guitarist5122

      Would be cool to have that with the so many ROMs available. Just couldn’t go to a smaller/less powerful device

  • mike

    Can someone please elaborate on the nexus 4 having lte ? Why is it there? Can it be activated? What networks could it potentially work on? This seems to be a pretty big deal and no one is really saying anything

    • thedicemaster

      nobody knows, nobody knows, all US networks.

    • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

      There is a chip yes, but probably no antenna for it and definitely no power amp for it so Im going to go with a big fat no.

      • http://www.gamefans.com/ Jeremy Davis

        Why would they put a chip there with no antenna for it? Seems like a waste of money/resources…

        • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

          Actually because the phone is so close to the Optimus G they may have used pretty much the same internals leaving out a few key things that would have added to the cost. Not having to produce a whole new set of gut for the Nexus 4 would probably be pretty cost effective.

    • sc4fpse

      The LTE chips supports LTE bands 1, 2, and 4, according to Anandtech, so basically, the 2100 MHz, 1900 MHz, and 2100/1700 MHz frequencies. In the United States, that translates to AT&T, MetroPCS, and Leap Wireless. Though, if the other required components are missing in the phone, the point is moot anyways.

      • UMA_Fan

        Would this work on T-Mobile’s future LTE network on AWS? I would imagine so if it supports Metro LTE.

  • malcmilli

    potential for a future sprint nexus 4?

    • scoter man1

      Sprint is CDMA, the N4 is GSM.

      • malcmilli

        Duh. Blonde moment >.<

        • scoter man1

          No worries man, we all have them. I guess you could get the LG Optimus G, but it looks like dev support is non existent.

          • malcmilli

            I already have an evo lte. I don’t think it’s upgrade mid contract for a non nexus, unless the gs4 has that exynos 5420 with a 2500+ battery

          • Thunder18

            Actually, the Sprint Optimus G has already been rooted.

  • Jayshmay

    As far as I know, new chips aren’t made with 3G only anymore, all new radios have LTE/3G integrated.

  • steveb944

    I can’t believe I’m jumping back on FB for a free NFC tag. Smh