Posts tagged with: Android 4.1
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    The Asus-made Google Nexus 7 might not be in the hands of their future owners yet but those select few who managed to grab one -- either by attending Google I/O or by spending way too much on it on eBay -- are now seeing an update being rolled out. It's Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean build JRO03C. There's no changelog attached but those who took it for a spin noticed the appearance of Google Wallet -- which is kind of strange on its own on a tablet, not to mention a WiFi-only slate. Owners of the Samsung-made Google Galaxy Nexus are in for the same treat. After re-appearing in the Play Store, ...

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    It's been about two weeks since I started using Jelly Bean, both on a Nexus 7 tablet and also on a Verizon Galaxy Nexus. And soon, thanks to the efforts of the development community, many of you will get an early upgrade to Jelly Bean thanks to the release of its source code on the AOSP. Your best shot of getting the new OS won't come from manufacturers, as they have yet to firmly commit to upgrades, but it'll come from sites like XDA, where eager developers compile builds of Jelly Bean for specific devices. Or, you can wait for more finished products, like CyanogenMod 10, which is ...

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    Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is coming soon to a phone near you! Depending on how old you phone is, who makes it, and what carrier you're with it may not be coming to your phone -- but one near you, that's for sure!. Hopefully it will come to your phone, and hopefully it will be sooner than later. In the meantime, now that the source-code to Jelly Bean has hit the AOSP be ready for a whole slew of ROMs to start hitting the net! But before you get too excited, there are a few options you might want to know about. 1. Do you want to Root your phone and run a custom ROM? If you're using an "older" ...

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    We knew it was coming, whether in a matter of days, or even weeks, but sooner or later Google would introduce the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean source code to the Android Open Source Project's codebase. Sure enough, it's making the push today, releasing Jelly Bean for Android devs everywhere to start pawing through. Google's Jean-Baptiste Queru made the announcement a little earlier this evening, posting to the Android Building Google Group. Google's still in the process of syncing it with existing code on the AOSP, but it should definitely all be in place by a little later on tonight. With the ...

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    The Asus-made Google Nexus 7 was unveiled by the search engine company as their first pure-Android tablet -- also part of the elite Nexus device family -- and it scored pretty well in our review, getting an 8.7 out of 10. There are some questions regarding when exactly will the tablet ship but if you are waiting for yours to knock on your door, you should also check out this solution for protecting it. Asus took it to Facebook to show off the multitude of colors these covers will be available in. There is no word on pricing and availability but you can feast your eyes. You'll also see that ...

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    Google is serious about tablets. And they need to be in order to show leadership: most Android tablets that you can buy right now just aren't compelling. They suffer from UI lag and poor hardware. Then there's the abysmal selection of Android tablet apps. It's not a pretty picture, and as the iPad's market share continues to explode, drastic measures becomes neccessary. In a move that could have vast implications on the entire tablet market, Google has partnered with Asus to release an über-affordable and plenty-powerful tablet, the Nexus 7. Like all Nexus devices, the 7 comes preloaded ...

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    Everyone found something to be excited about at this year's Google I/O and while you and me were probably happy to see the new Android 4.1 and its Project Butter, developers of applications like SoundHound and Shazam were probably "happy" to see the new "Google Ears" or Google Sound Search offering. It listens to your songs and identifies them, plain and simple. You don't have to wait for a Jelly Bean ROM to land, you can now grab the APK which will install the widget. Place it on one of your home screens, tap when you want to identify a song and it does the job. It will also take you to ...

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    Google managed to generate a lot of buzz with its first, pure-Nexus tablet which they have unveiled at this year's I/O. Pre-orders are early indicators of success and we've already unboxed the slate -- and, as you might suspect, a full review is coming shortly. Google has posted the full OS factory image for the Nexus 7. This is particularly useful for power users; since it's a Nexus device, customization, tweaking and hacking will be activities to which the tablet will be surely exposed. Having a factory image handy means that, in case anything goes wrong, you can revert to a stable state ...

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    Now that Google has let the proverbial Jelly Bean cat out of the bag, all of us with Androids are wondering what our chances are for seeing our devices officially upgraded to the new OS. Considering that many of us still haven't gotten Ice Cream Sandwich, anxiety is understandably running a bit high. HTC, for once, has already commented on the steps it's taking to evaluate its lineup for the possibility of JB updates. We reached-out to Samsung to see what it might have to say about its own Jelly Bean prospects, and it's responded by releasing a statement: Samsung will soon announce which ...

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    Android really needed a Nexus tablet. With the exception of the Transformer and Transformer Prime, all Android tablets so far have been pretty bad. We can say this because we've used them all (more or less). Whether it's a laggy interface, poor app selection, or bad hardware, Android tablets are still miles behind in a race that Apple is unequivocally winning. The Nexus 7 just might change that. It's got Jelly Bean, an operating system that attempts to (and succeeds at) make Android lag a thing of the past. It offers a thin and light form factor only possible with a 7" display. It brings ...

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    Google's been hiding little Easter eggs in Android releases for some time now. Remember the hidden image of the zombie-fied gingerbread cookie that arrived with Android 2.3? What about the Nyan Cat-styled Android concealed within Ice Cream Sandwich? Even Chrome had its secrets, like the tab counter becoming a smiley emoticon when it passed 100. Google's not stopping there, and continues this tradition with a Jelly Bean Easter egg. Just like before, the trick to unlocking this one is tapping away at the Android version display in the About Phone settings screen. Keep it up, and a cute jelly ...

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    The face unlock Google introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich was one of those features that's about a million times more cool than it is actually useful. As was discovered quite quickly following its unveiling, it's trivial to defeat the system with a still photograph of the phone's owner, doing little to provide real security. We're still not convinced its a very safe way to keep determined individuals from accessing your phone, but apparently Google has been listening to user concerns and has implemented some stronger verification systems in the Jelly Bean version of the feature. In the Jelly ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S III, for many, the Android phone of the moment, can't be missing from an important list, like the list of devices which already received their unofficial Android 4.1 Jelly Bean treat. So far we've seen Google's latest running on the Galaxy Nexus but the HTC One X is already on that awesome list. If you have an international Samsung Galaxy S III and don't mind that there are some things not working (like WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, audio, camera,  and storage), you can have a taste of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The build is based off of the Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1 OTA and ...

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    At the beginning of November everybody was shocked to hear that Adobe was preparing to throw in the towel in relationship to the mobile world and its Flash Player. We even expected no support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but somehow we were glad to be wrong. However, Adobe said it out loud and clear this time: "we have not continued developing and testing Flash Player for this new version of Android and its available browser options.  There will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1". Starting August 15, Google Play Store access to Flash Player updates ...

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    With all the great features included with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, we couldn't stress it enough that it is highly necessary for HTC to adopt the latest version of the Google platform, and do that as soon as possible. Looks like the Taiwanese company knows exactly what to do; the real question everyone is asking is: when? "We are excited about Android Jelly Bean and are planning to support it across a variety of our devices.  We are reviewing the software to determine our upgrade plans and schedule, so please stay tuned for more updates on specific device upgrade plans", said HTC in an ...

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    You don't necessarily have to be an Android fan to know about Google's Nexus 7 tablet, the $200 Jelly Bean-powered Nexus slate unveiled by the company at this year's Google I/O. It packs a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU with 1GB of RAM, front-facing camera and battery for 9 hours of HD video playback. According to Hugo Barra, Director of Product Management for Android, the pre-orders are going very well and Google has every reason to be excited. While he didn't mention any specific numbers, he did say, with a "knowing smirk", that "it's big!" Of course, one would immediately wonder whether this ...

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    I've turned an HTC One X into one of my two daily drivers for the last two or three weeks. Not that I didn't enjoy the company of my old Galaxy Nexus, but I'm on the list of people that really do enjoy HTC Sense. I know it's either a love-or-hate relationship for many of you, but Sense is the best of many worlds for me. It has all the social integration I love about Windows Phone 7, all the polish that attracts me about iOS, and it’s running on the fluidity and openness that I've come to enjoy about Android. Sadly, the year is 2012. For many of you that are using Windows Phone devices or ...

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    Google needed some filler to stick between yesterday's double-whammy of announcements at I/O 2012. As luck would have it, those of us in the audience also needed some breathing time after the awesome improvements in Jelly Bean were unveiled, and Google also wanted to lay a solid foundation for the Nexus 7 reveal. Thus, the additions to the Google Play Store served as the meat in yesterday's news sandwich. A less-interesting meat than the bread, really -more like sliced turkey on an everything bagel- but still full of substance. The long and short of it: the Google Play Store now features ...

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    Watch this week's Android Revolution as we go through all the hot stuff that's happening at Google I/O. We begin by talking about Google's first tablet, the Nexus 7 and how it impacts other competing tablets in the market. We later talk about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and why it matters. We then cover all the details of Google's enhanced Voice Search and a new service called Google Now that plans to make Siri look like last-years technology. Then we talk about the dramatic price drop that Google just made to the Galaxy Nexus, now costing just $350 off-contract. We go through Google's new and ...

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    It was less than 24 hours ago that Google announced Android Jelly Bean, and already, we're seeing it leak onto a bevy of devices. Chief of among them is the Galaxy Nexus, which will be getting an official OTA update to Jelly Bean in July. For now, though, the OTA update has been leaked and whether you have a GSM or CDMA Galaxy Nexus, you can get it running on your phone. We loaded the leaked ROM onto a Verizon Galaxy Nexus, and in this video, we take you on a tour of how Jelly Bean feels on a phone, and not just an emulator. First impressions? Here are some remarks: Google voice search is ...

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    Now that the beast is out of the cage and Google announced all the good stuff Android 4.1 Jelly Bean brings to devices, those rocking Verizon and GSM Google Samsung Galaxy Nexus devices can already start playing with the new version of Google's mobile operating system. However, those who own HTC's flagship, the One X, can also join the Jelly Bean party -- consume responsibly though! The ROM Image is based on the Android 4.1 build for the Galaxy Nexus and has a couple of glitches (like WiFi, audio, camera and some more) but if will surely serve the purpose of learning the bits that make up ...

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    That didn't take long at all! Of course, these are the advantages of having a Nexus branded device, you have access to the most recent updates ahead of anyone else. That doesn't mean, of course, that those rocking a Galaxy S III should smash it in anger! However, if you have a Verizon or GSM Galaxy Nexus, you can now play with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Follow the appropriate link below and download the latest iteration of Android, as announced yesterday at Google I/O. Of course, you need to read a couple of lines of instructions on how to get it working but the process should be really easy ...

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    One of the main problems with the Google Android ecosystem is the lack of tablet-optimized applications. While most of the users out there reject the inflated aspect of common smartphone and tablet applications on a slate, some do indeed appreciate it. We, however, listed tablet-specific applications as one of the steps Google should take towards Android tablet domination. On this exact note, Mountain View has finally released a tablet-optimized version of Google+. The application is still the same but the bits in the code are smart and they realize you're running the app on a slate. As ...

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    Alongside all the great news about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the Nexus 7 Tablet, Google also brought some important stuff to the Google Play Store, like the ability to remote update or uninstall apps from devices, as well as the addition of magazines, TV shows, and movie purchases. However, these last bits are only accessible to those running the latest version of the Google Play store that comes on the Nexus 7 tablet or the Jelly Bean-powered Galaxy Nexus. As usual, the community comes to the rescue. The latest Google Play Store -- version 3.7.11 -- is available in a downloadable APK ...

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    One of the cool features that was officially announced at Google I/O today was the option to download maps on your Android device. Surely the feature isn't new to some, but the recent update to the Android version of Maps now brings an official and easy way to get it done. If you haven't received the update, make sure you visit the Google Play store to get yours. We know a lot of you travel constantly and may rely on saving a buck or two in roaming charges, so this feature may be what you were looking for. Sadly, it's still a work in progress if you're looking for that sort of solution. It ...

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