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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    The Nexus 4, just like any other Nexus, is meant for hacking, that is aside from offering the pure Google experience, and CyanogenMod is one of those ROMs that needs no introduction at all. The latest Nexus phone (and tablet) come pre-loaded with Android 4.2 but a little bit of CyanogenMod treatment never hurts. Nightlies are out for the LG-made Google-phone (already two, to be more specific) in case you want to give them a try. The Nexus 10 tablet will join the party as soon as it will be ready, according to the team (which shouldn't take too long though). Head over to the source link ...

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    My recent jump to Windows Phone for my daily driver, in concert with my continued love affair with the Nexus 7 and endless respect for Apple's iPad, have provided an interesting opportunity to compare the three platforms in a number of ways. The OSes have many distinctions setting them apart, but maybe none so evident as their respective approaches to voice dictation. I'm not talking about Siri or S Voice or Google Now here; just the stock speech-to-text dictation software you'd use if you were drafting an email or text message by voice, or speaking a shopping list out loud for your ...

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    Android 4.2 brought with its arrival a number of changes to the platform, many of which we detailed late last month. Not everyone's a fan of everything that's new, though, and if some of the new functionality Google brought to the Android lockscreen just isn't your cup of tea, we've got some good news for you: one developer has cooked-up a free app to quickly revert those tweaks to the way the lockscreen used to work. Lockscreen Policy, as its dev has named the app, is nothing if not straightforward. It provides a pair of toggles, allowing you to disable the new camera access, lockscreen ...

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    If you were disappointed that Google or LG (or both) released the latest Nexus phone, the Nexus 4, without LTE support, let us tell you that you are not alone! A recent teardown of the device confirmed the existence of an LTE chip and we thought it might have been because of the shared internals with the LG Optimus G. However, it turns out that the Nexus 4 can reportedly do LTE (at least in Canada, on Telus with 1700/2100MHz bands). What you need to do to test this out is to go into the Dialer app and input *#*#4636#*#* (that is *#*#INFO#*#*) and forcibly choose and automatic mode which ...

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    A few days back, a pretty glaring oversight in Google's release of Android 4.2 came to our attention, upon the discovery that the platform's People app wasn't letting users enter dates that occurred during the month of December. As word of this issue spreads, Google has now spoken out about the problem on its Android Google+ account, letting us know that a fix is on the way. For now, we don't have a specific ETA, but given how December's right around the corner, we imagine that Google's working overtime to get a small update addressing this issue released before then. At least, that's the ...

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    We recently let you know about an interview Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn) had with Steve Ballmer (CEO of Microsoft), in which Ballmer went on record about Microsoft's competition: Apple and Android. To preface Ballmer's statement, he's talking about Android apps, not necessarily the Android platform. "The ecosystem of Android is a little bit wild, relative, that is, from an app compatibility perspective, malware perspective is, maybe, in a way that's not always in the consumer's best interest. Uncontrolled. (SIC)" Android has 72.4% of the market compared to Windows Phone's ...

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    If you have a friend whose birthday is in December, as in the last month of the year, or maybe your own birthday anniversary is coming up next month, you'll notice that if you fire up your People app on Android 4.2 you will not be able to add any day in December to a contact since the month itself is missing. The issue seems to be present on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or pretty much any device running Android 4.2. Looking through the comments on Google it seems to be "a problem with the API (particularly android.widget.NumberPicker) rather than the DatePicker widget being used in ...

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    Google started selling their Nexus 4 and tablets with Android 4.2 earlier today -- though the ordering process hasn't been ideal. Another special treat was the beginning of Google's roll-out of Android 4.2 to Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 owners. As with all updates, the Android 4.2 roll-out will come to your device when it's your turn in line. We're not that patient, so of course we found out how to get the official OTA update and flash it on our devices without having to wait in that dreaded line! First off, like any other "flashing" procedure, you assume the risk of potentially bricking your ...

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    We wish Google would have given more specific details about when the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 tablets go live for pre-orders so that people who were hitting the refresh button since midnight wouldn't have pulled an all-nighter. If you're one of those then you can go grab a quick nap as there is still a bit more waiting in order. 9a PST is the time at which the new Nexus phone and ten-inch tablet will go live, according to information obtained by AndroidPolice from Google. That translates to 12p (noon) EST which is a little more than four hours away from the time of this post. Check out our ...

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    Earlier today we've head that Google has flipped the update switch and some GSM Galaxy Nexus owners are receiving the Android 4.2 refresh --with a manual link available too-- and now it's time for Google's latest and greatest to be delivered to the seven-inch Nexus tablet. You have to run Android 4.1.2 build JZO54K in order to be able to receive Android 4.2. If you haven't received the official OTA update yet and you want to apply the refresh manually you will need to grab the ZIP file from Google's servers and do your magic with Recovery and adb. Opposed to the Galaxy Nexus refresh, the ...

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