Android Overload: Nexus 4 only $76 on T-Mobile with LetsTalk, Activist calls for legislation requiring quicker Android updates from carriers, and more


The Android Overload is where we feature the biggest news stories from throughout the day (see above video), as well as stash all of the stories/articles/news bits that didn’t make it onto our front page. But just because they weren’t featured doesn’t mean they aren’t worth taking a look at. In fact, there’s almost always a little something here for everyone. So, take a look around and let us know if you find anything of interest.

  • Able Remote compatibility fix for the Vizio Co-Star. [GTVSource]
  • Motorola Atrix 4G gets one final Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update (mostly bug fixes). [Motorola]
  • Activist Chris Soghoian makes a call for legislators to get involved in Android updates from wireless carriers. [ThreatPost]
  • Wireless carriers are leaving millions of Android devices vulnerable to hackers. [Wired]
  • Been eying the Nexus 4 and thinking about switching to T-Mobile? The Nexus 4 is only $74 for new service or lines after using coupon code: TALK4TEN. [LetsTalk]
  • Google’s 6-year long legal battle is over in Australia. Wins landmark advertising case ruling that Google is not responsible for paid advertiser claims. [Reuters]
  • LG Optimus G will be available in Australia March 16th as Telstra exclusive. [AusDroid]
Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. woah at nexus price

    1. $76 on contract vs $300 off


      1. Vs $350 off contract* and depending on what plan you get, you might only be saving $10 a month by not being on contact

    2. bloody americans are so lucky. in the uk, they are ripping people off when you buy it on contract

      1. But your plans are priced cheaper than ours i think, we think you guys have it good compared to the USA.

  2. Hi from the UK. Big fan.
    I personally would rather have firmware that that worked rather than a rushed bug filled mess because someone has had to work to a ridiculous dead line.

    1. Funny you should say that. It may not be popular opinion around these parts, but I feel very much the same way. I hated how buggy my Galaxy S3 became after updating to Jelly Bean. In fact, I found myself running to my more stable LG Optimus G as my primary device, even though it’s “only” running Ice Cream Sandwich.

      1. I’m 100% in agreement w/you on the stability issue, especially when comparing ICS vs JB. However, as an SGS III owner, what bug issues led you to choose the OPTIMUS G w/ICS over SGS III w/JB?

        Outside of a weird scrolling/zooming issue on selected applications, I’m quite pleased w/the jump from ICS to JB on my SPRINT SGS III.


        1. i cant speak from first hand experience, but a friend of mine on verizon says the jelly bean update to his S3 has hammered his battery life.

          My Evo LTE however has seen many bugs.

  3. Nexus 4 now $84.99

  4. My initial reaction to Chris Soghoian wanting legislators to get involved with Android updates was that it was a ridiculous idea. Just because some schmuck bought a low-end device (or any device from Verizon) and now doesn’t see Android updates until months or years after Google releases them, doesn’t mean that the government needs to get involved. But then I read the linked article and saw that the focus was on security.

    It should be demanded of carriers and manufacturers that all available security updates be made available to devices within a reasonable period of time, especially for devices that are purchased in conjunction with a service contract, and the contract is still in effect, or for devices that are still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. This demand doesn’t have to come from legislation though – it can come from consumers. When it’s time to upgrade to a new device, if you weren’t happy with the update policies of your carrier or your current device manufacturer, switch to a different carrier or manufacturer. This is easier said than done, but taking your money elsewhere is often the only message that gets heard.

    1. If consumers cared about privacy and security we wouldn’t have Windows or Facebook

      1. Or the rest of the Internet as it is today.

      2. privacy and security are two separate points. and the point that Michael brings up is a very valid one for security. Microsoft releases security bulletins very quickly when vulnerabilities are exposed.

        It should be top down from Google. Google updates the OS to close security vulnerabilities, manufacturers and carriers ensure that their apps and overlays aren’t affected, then push the fix to customers.

    2. He’s not all there. He’s a publicity hound like most of these so-called “activists.”

  5. In fact, Android is overloaded everywhere and every organization now makes their own native apps for Android devices.

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