WHAT: Google Removes Galaxy Nexus From Its Support Pages (updated)

Updated: Apparently according to Google, this has nothing to do with Google Wallet. In fact, it has to do with CDMA tech and other stuff. Also, Google will continue to support the Galaxy Nexus’ firmware updates. Whew.

This is beyond our imagination. Google has removed the Verizon Galaxy Nexus from its support pages perhaps due to the Google Wallet fiasco/delay, where Verizon has seemingly been unable to allow Google to add Wallet support to their version of the Galaxy Nexus. Furthermore, the phone (model codename “toro”) has disappeared from Google’s list of downloadable factory ROM images; all mentions of toro are “archived, for reference only.”

This all essentially meaning that Samsung and Verizon are now responsible for future updates and the Galaxy Nexus is no longer support for Android development.

This is not supposed to happen.

Via: Droid-Life

Samsung Focus Flash Review: A Great Budget Windows Phone

Of all of the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphones in existence, the Focus Flash is the best if you’re on a budget. That is outright my opinion on it in a sentence, but since reviews cannot be condensed to a single sentence (unless you’re trolling your audience and the companies who make said product), the review after the break will take you on a brief journey on what makes the Focus Flash both amazing, its faults, as well as its uncanny performance. Confound it, I think the review was just completed in a single paragraph. Full review after the break.

Windows Phone 8 “Apollo” Details Leaked: NFC, Dual-Core, Skype, And microSD Support

Apparently a leaked dev video for Windows Phone 8 “Apollo” has detailed all if not most of the upcoming features for the operating system. New features include dual-core processor support, NFC, Skype integration, official microSD card support, four new screen resolutions, and tons of new security tweaks for business integration. There is also a great deal of additional features, like Windows 8 desktop integration. Full details of the leak available at Pocketnow.

Samsung: Galaxy S III Will Launch At Another Event, Not At MWC 2012

If only tech news were so simple. Any Galaxy S II successor will not launch at MWC 2012, says Samsung. Instead, it will be an event in the first half of the year, which is closer to the launch of the SGS III. For your information and enlightenment, Samsung’s statement is pasted below:

“Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012.

The successor to the Galaxy S II smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product.

Samsung stays committed to providing the best possible mobile experiences for customers around the world.”

At the very least, they are launching some sort of new hardware at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, of which speculation assumes is a new Galaxy Tab.

Via: TechRadar

Update: Mozilla Firefox 10 Now Available

With Mozilla’s new launch cycle of every six weeks, Firefox 10 is not much of a jump from previous versions. There are bug fixes, minor improvements, and a few user interface switches. Also, according to Mozilla, updates will change versions once every seven releases, making the next release due around November, essentially meaning Firefox 11. Keep in mind this forced effort is mainly a response to get Firefox back to the honorable position it once was in; Google Chrome has taken Mozilla’s spot of world’s second favorite browser, with Internet Explorer being first. Via: Mozilla

Samsung Galaxy Note Made Official On AT&T — $299 On Feb. 19th

AT&T has announced that the massive Samsung Galaxy Note will be made available on their 4G LTE network this February 19th for $299 on a new contract. Specs include a rather large 5.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display at 1280×800 resolution with Samsung’s S Pen stylus for “increased productivity”. As for computational hardware, the Galaxy Note’s press release does not mention the camera, Android build, or processors, but AT&T was sure to mention that it would be available for pre-orders on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th.

Hrm. Marketing strategies.

This Week On LaptopMemo: It’s Back And Better!?!

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Back in 2010, I used to write a wonderful roundup post entitled, “This Week On LaptopMemo”. Its goal was simple: to compress this week’s stories into one post, with links to each of the aforementioned stories. After its success, like a true oaf, I stopped writing it (due to laziness, I concur). So today, it’s been decided (confound it!), that This Week On LaptopMemo is back! It will be presented in different formats each week, but for the 1st week, it will be in the form of– dun dun dun —  bulletpoint links.

That all being said, let’s get on with this week’s best tech news, which had all the elements for awesomeness: a former CEO departs, tweets can be censored, and Apple has enough cash to make another Apple pie.