Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, Jelly Bean is the latest version of Google’s Android OS and picks up where Ice Cream Sandwich left off. Some of us thought Jelly Bean might be Android 5.0, but we were wrong, it’s 4.1 — a small step up from ICS, which is 4.0.
CyanogenMod (or CM, for short) is one of the most popular custom ROMs on the market and supports a huge number of different phones and tablets. Just before this year’s Google I/O the CyanogenMod team put out the Release Candidate of CM9 for 37 devices. Since we were expecting JB at [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]