Posts tagged with: Android 4.2
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    HTC continues to be its future on the mid-to-high tier of the smartphone market, and its latest quarter results show us that the strategy is working. The recent launch of the Desire 816 and Desire 610 show us a couple of products that, while mid-tier, are superior in quality when compared to the devices they compete with. Recently we learned that the company is adopting MediaTek processors for the future of that mid-tier offering, and it seems that future starts today. HTC has just launched the Desire 616 in Russia and parts of Asia, and the most interesting feature this device brings to ...

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    Two of Dell's newly announced tablets happen to be very similar; the Venue 8 and the Venue 8 Pro. These are both 8 inch tablets optimized for portrait orientation usage, but the biggest difference is that the Venue 8 is running Android 4.2 while the Venue 8 Pro is running the full Windows 8.1. Both have 1280 x 800 displays and 2GB of RAM, but the Android version has an Intel Clover Trail Plus Atom SoC while the Venue 8 Pro has an Intel Bay Trail Atom processor. Another big difference is the price. The Android tablet is about $180 while the Windows 8.1 tablet is about $300. The Venue 8 Pro ...

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    Last year, we saw Android 4.2 deliver the long-awaited multi-user support the platform's gone without for so long. While it worked, there were a few problems keeping it from finding wider availability, like a lack of support for phones and reliance on the then-new 4.2 build. Well, since then Android 4.2 (and its follow-ups) have gotten a heck of a lot more prevalent, so why aren't we seeing more tablets offering multi-user capabilities? If we're to believe one new leak, Samsung could be nearly ready to bring its users such support, as revealed through in-development Galaxy Tab 3 firmware. ...

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    We recently had the opportunity to review the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, an experience we enjoyed primarily because of the device's innovative hardware: a 6.9mm-thick, 495g chassis that manages to squeeze water- and dust-resistance onto its list of features. Pocketnow is currently in the midst of reviewing the BlackBerry Q10, a peculiar blend of yesterday's design cues with a modern OS - and we're enjoying the feeling of real physical keys under our thumbs again. The third-generation Apple iPad and Microsoft's Surface RT also share space in our office, and we love the sturdy (if heavy) hardware ...

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    I need a beer, and I'm sure many of you need a drink as well. If this was five years ago, I'd be by my second pack of cigarettes, and it has to do with how furious I am right now. Let me explain why: For starters, I wish I could express in words how long it took me to love Android. My first device was a Google Nexus One, and man, even though I started off at the right foot, it rarely ever felt that way. What a gorgeous phone and what a great experience overall, as long as I didn't turn it on. Froyo and Gingerbread were just stale and cartoony no matter how much I tried to love the device. ...

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    The Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) is one of the front-runners when it comes to Android custom ROMs. Many have lauded their forward-thinking and rapid development schedule -- especially when compared to CyanogenMod. For those of you who don't remember, back when CyanogenMod was in its infancy we would see new features, tweaks, and changes being added to the ROM very frequently. Today the goals of the CM team have changed. They're aiming for a robust but stable feature-set, and compatibility with many devices as possible. AOKP, on the other hand, are much more like CyanogenMod of ...

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    Last week, we began seeing signs that new Nexus 4 handsets appeared to be arriving from the factory with Android 4.2.2 installed. That created a bit of a mystery, as we hadn't seen Google release any such update for existing handsets, and it left us wondering just what might be changing. Today we might have at least a portion of the answer, upon learning of the resolution to a Jelly Bean glitch. Since the release of Android 4.2, users have been complaining about problematic Bluetooth audio streaming. Yesterday, a Google employee finally posted a note to the bug's comment page reporting ...

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    With 2012 now a wrap, Google has published its latest Android platform statistics, adding-in data from the final two weeks of the year. While it's still a bit disappointing to see so many devices still operating now-ancient versions of the platform, there is some cause for celebration, as the pace by which users are making the move to Android 4.x seems to be showing a recent uptick. Jelly Bean seems to be the most responsible for Android 4.x's new popularity, with Android 4.1 moving up to a 9% share from the less-than-6% it had just a month ago. 4.2 sees some more modest gains, and Ice ...

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    Another of my favorite features in Android Jelly Bean 4.2 is the new Quick Toggles panel. It's sort of like the Power Widget that some custom ROMs include in the notification shade, but devoted to its own panel. You get to it by pulling down on the notification bar with two fingers on smartphones (or by pulling down on the right side of the notification bar on tablets). Inside the Quick Toggles panel you're able to quickly check the status of various components like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and easily toggle them on or off. Unfortunately, there's currently no way for you to change what shows ...

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    Android 4.2 introduced some new anti-malware protections, letting you scan locally-installed apps to see if they throw up any red flags that might indicate they're malicious. While that sounds like a smart step towards keeping our phones secure, it's really only any use if it actually works. Researchers at North Carolina State University have put Google's scanner through its paces, and the results they got are less than promising. The team threw 1260 malware samples at Android 4.2, and Google was only able to detect 193 of them, just over fifteen percent. That's a bit embarrassing, but ...

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    Last week when we told you about the first CyanogenMod releases for the Google Nexus 4 -- since then there are now six versions out there for you to play with -- we were promised a flavor for the Samsung-made Google Nexus 10 tablet too. There are already two versions up if you want to ditch stock Android 4.2 and check out betas of CyanogenMod. More devices will be added soon, as usual, but until then, if your Nexus 10 tablet is prepared, you can head over to the source link below and grab the nightly of your choice. As always, if you understand the risks, you should also acknowledge that ...

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    If you're like me you've just received your Nexus 4, or it's in the mail to you now. After the first day has past and you want to do some fun stuff with it, how do you get started? Before you go further, as with most stuff in life, what we're about to show you isn't without risk. You could break your phone. If you're willing to take the risk, go and grab a copy of the Nexus 4 Toolkit, and press play to see how to get into fastboot, unlock your bootloader, root, install a terminal emulator, and confirm that we do, indeed have root access. We'll also show you how to quickly install ...

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    If you've got an Android tablet, chances are you've let someone else use your tablet. Tablets seem to lend themselves to being used by more than one person -- at least when compared to smartphones. In my house our kids constantly want to borrow the tablets. That wouldn't be a problem but some of us are fairly proud of our save-games, and others don't want children sending emails to people in our address books. To remedy those situations Google introduced multi-user support for tablets starting with Android 4.2 (smartphones were left out). If you've wondered about multi-users and didn't ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's exclusive offer to new Nexus customers. We then talk about certain issues many of us have detected with Android 4.2. Asus makes the news with their possible $99 Nexus variant. Microsoft is also working on a probably Surface 2 combo of tablets, and this time the design and concept changes dramatically. We end today's show by talking about Nokia's recent job posting and how this could mean either Nokia Maps info on Android, or Android powered Nokia smartphones. All this and more after the break. Links: - Google’s Got Some Free TV ...

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    Android 4.2 sure seems to be developing a reputation as one of the more glitch-filled Android release in recent memory, with issues like the embarrassing missing-December bug already prompting the release of a 4.2.1 update. The latest to be brought to our attention seems to have something to do with the new multi-user support, and it's making graphics render with some unintended transparencies. From what users have been able to work out, the issue only pops-up when you're using an app through the tablet's non-primary account. In certain circumstances, it will fail to render a screen with ...

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