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Nice, real Nexus 7 intro from Google, and I hope its Android partners sit up and take notice. No flashy scenarios, no CG, no special agents repelling down a vault and dodging security systems, no devices that transform into robots, no bullshit.

Just executives looking comfortable, talking about how excited they are, and a real device being used in real-world scenarios. It’s great.

Just real.

Flipboard for Android exclusive to Galaxy S III, wider availability in the 'coming months' - The Verge

http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/3/2996872/flipboard-android-galaxy-s-iii

A number of iOS apps, especially games, have made the leap to Android. But developers, of course, have had mixed and even not-so-great results.

Flipboard is among the A-list of iOS apps to recently make the jump, though, with Instagram being the first. Unlike Instagram, however, Flipboard actually makes money.

Might upgrade to the paid version someday – Marco.org

http://www.marco.org/2012/04/24/might-upgrade-someday

Marco Arment:

It’s a very common user mindset: they tolerate a lot of limitations, ads, and nags to avoid paying. It’s not that they’re cheap, per se: they just really don’t believe that apps are worth paying for, and they feel cheated or defeated if they end up needing to pay for one.

[…]

Mobile ads pay very poorly. In my case, ads didn’t even come close to delivering similar value as the $4.99 paid-app sale — I was lucky to get even $1 of value out of an Instapaper Free user. What I’ve heard from other developers and other ad networks suggests that this is pretty close to the industry average.

Thanks, Google and all the other companies who give everything away for free. You’ve created a culture of people who “feel cheated or defeated if they end up needing to pay” for something.

This needs to change.

Samsung devices confirmed for Android 4.0 don't include one Galaxy S II - Ars Technica

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2012/04/samsung-devices-confirmed-for-android-40-dont-include-one-galaxy-s-ii.ars

Casey Johnston:

But when it comes to T-Mobile devices, Samsung states only that they “are in close communication with T-Mobile to ensure that eligible devices are upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months.” T-Mobile has only two high-end smartphones from Samsung, once of which, the Galaxy S Blaze 4G, likely won’t receive the upgrade as it is a variation of the Galaxy S. Samsung has already stated those models will remain on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The fate of the Samsung Galaxy S II, however, hangs in the balance.

Samsung released the Galaxy S Blaze 4G barely over a month ago, but won’t upgrade it past an OS that was released nearly a year and a half ago. What a joke.