Posts tagged with: Android 4.2
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    With pre-orders starting for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices it is a normal move for Google to start delivering the new version of the OS to older Nexus phones. It appears that this is exactly the case as there have been plenty of reports of Android 4.2 popping up as an OTA update for Galaxy Nexus phones. According to reports, only GSM flavors of the Galaxy Nexus are getting the refresh, complete with Gesture Typing, Photosphere and all the other cool stuff (sans multiple user support). Furthermore, if you have a Takju device you can grab the update manually from this link and play ...

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    Google has several different product lines, each one geared to different use case scenarios. Typical people tend to use their electronics in one of three "experiences": 10-inch, 2-foot, and 10-foot. The 10-inch experience When we hold our device in our hands at approximately 10-inches from our face, we're probably using a smartphone or tablet. Either of these is very touch-centric. Keyboards are on-screen and are usually tapped with one finger or two-thumbs at a time. Icons and words are relatively small because the device is relatively close to our eyes. The 2-foot experience Once we put ...

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    I'm in a bit of a quandary, readers. AT&T dropped some welcome news on our heads this morning, announcing the forthcoming availability of the HTC Windows Phone 8X, the Nokia Lumia 820 ... and the new finnish flagship Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 920. Frequent visitors to Pocketnow, especially listeners of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, will recall well my longstanding affinity for this latter device, Nokia's PureView-packing, pure polycarbonate Windows Phone. I wrote a whole article, in fact, about why I'm buying the Lumia 920 instead of the iPhone 5, which is why it's hilarious ...

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    First the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean keyboard was extracted and made available for other phones and then it was Photo Sphere's turn, and we even got to take a close look at how it works. Now it's time -- for those who can't wait any longer for the new version of Android to land -- to grab and install the core apps from 4.2 on their Galaxy Nexus phones. Those familiar with the term will know what 'gapps' stands for. You can grab the package here which contains Google's own applications from Android 4.2, including Gmail, Calendar, Maps, Talk, and the rest. As a bonus, you can also download ...

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    One of the advantages of locking down devices and only allowing apps to be installed through a "walled garden" of an app store is the ability to (theoretically) pre-screen every line of code in every app that's submitted, which virtually guarantees that your platform will be "malware free". Of course neither Apple nor Microsoft pre-screen every line of code in every app in their respective app stores, but who's counting, right? Google does things differently. Rather than approving every single app before it's listed in their Play Store, Google includes it automatically -- letting the free ...

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    One of the cool things about the mobile technology sector is its massive scale, and the sheer volume of tech news that flows daily as a result. A lot of that is hard news, but some, inevitably, is the less-firm stuff: leaks, renders, rumors, and so on. As a whole, the tech media does a fairly good job of separating the wheat from the chaff, but sometimes fakes are so good -or so alluring- that they slip by. Such was the case with the rumored Sony Nexus X smartphone "leaked" a few weeks back, a rainbow-unicorn of a device which, like so many of its ilk, ultimately proved too good to be ...

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    We were glad to see incredibly attractive prices for the LG Nexus 4 when the new pure-Android was officially announced. $300 and $350, depending on storage options, are killer prices but it appears that there is a catch, at least outside of the US (in Spain, to be more specific). The Phone House Espana has issued a press release with some very interesting bits of information. The large retailer said, on its Spanish Facebook page, that they will no longer release the new Nexus 4 by Google and LG, as planned for November 13. The reason behind this move, according to Phone House Spain, is the ...

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    The holiday period is always a busy one, but when you've got industry-defining products launching from literally every major manufacturer and platform-maker, it's a special Q4 indeed. That's what we're looking at with this episode of the Pocketnow Weekly: from Microsoft's new Surface RT and Windows Phones, to Google's new Nexus family, to Apple's iPad Mini, there's a lot to cover. Throw in a lot of Windows 8 and Android commentary, the typically awesome helping of listener mail, and the fact that two-thirds of the podcast team have bad head colds, and you get a sweet -if stuffy- hour and a ...

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    Google gave us a great idea of what to expect from Android 4.2 after announcing the new platform build earlier this week. We're still waiting to check out all the changes ourselves, but until we see those Android 4.2 updates start arriving, tablet users can get an early peek at one of them, upon the new Explore Similar Artists feature in the Play Store already going live. You won't need Android 4.2 for this to work, nor a leaked Play Store APK; the feature is reportedly showing up already on Nexus 7 devices. For now it looks to be tablet-only, but if you have the opportunity to check it ...

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    Google wisely pulled the plug on its Android event scheduled for this past Monday, keeping attendees out of harm's way and home safe from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. While we thought that might mean that Google would reschedule a possibly more low-key event for another week or so down the line, it instead decided to forgo the formality of a big launch event and just add the new Nexus devices to its Play Store lineup. That ended up being a nice surprise, but what did we miss out on? Some photos from Google's venue have now surfaced, giving us a brief look at what could have been. So, what ...

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    Last week, I shared some thoughts on who I thought Google's Nexus 10 tablet was for. The new device, a sleek plastic affair with Android 4.2 and a beautiful display, rolls out November 13th, and despite my best efforts, I'm not sure I ever properly answered the question of who would be most likely to lay down some hard-earned cash on release day. Our own Jaime Rivera made some excellent points both for and against the new tablet yesterday, calling it "both ugly and hard to resist." While I disagree on the former point -as I mentioned on last week's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, the ...

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    Android 4.2, "a new flavor of Jelly Bean", was announced earlier this week, with it comes a new Camera and Gallery app that let you take advantage of Google's Street View technology by enabling you to take quick-and-easy 360-degree, immersive panoramas. Before we get started, these files are leaks, they're not supported, and you're assuming the risk of something going terribly wrong. However, if want to give it a try, you're in luck! Here's what you're going to need: A rooted phone or tablet running Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean (some custom ROMs seems to work better than others) Root ...

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    Update: After we've seen the Android 4.2 keyboard being made available unofficially it is now time for power users who know their way around the system folder, setting permissions, and alike to grab the Photo Sphere bit. Download it here! When Google announced the LG-made Nexus 4 and the Samsung-made Nexus 10 they did so by also unveiling the next version of Android. Version 4.2, while still maintaining the "Jelly Bean" moniker, brings a couple of interesting and exciting features, like Photo Sphere, a new take on panorama imagery. The principle is rather similar to how you currently take ...

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    Android 4.2 brings a ton of the things many of us have been waiting for. Aside from some flashy lock-screen widgets and some additional quick-settings icons, one of the best features by far is the ability to have multiple user accounts. This is genius. Tablets are now becoming the new "home computer" and these get shared all the time. If your older kids are going on a trip, it's always great to lend them your top-notch Android smartphone for them to use features like navigation and others. Sadly, Android 4.2 only provides multiple-user support for tablets even if the functionality is ...

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    One of the new enhancements we saw yesterday with the launch of Android 4.2 is the fact that Google has implemented gesture functionality into the keyboard. I know many of you already know what that is through the Swipe keyboard, but Google has actually taken it to a whole new level of instant prediction. The problem is obviously the fact that you were limited to using it only if you have Android 4.2, and you guessed it, nobody does yet. Now if you want to give this keyboard a try, it's already available for download under two scenarios: Scenario 1: If your device is not rooted, but you ...

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    Our apologies for the late upload, YouTube has been under maintenance all night. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's Nexus 4, 7 and 10 announcement, pricing and availability. We also talk about Android 4.2 and all the benefits to come. We later go through Microsoft's Launch of Windows Phone 8 and our full review coverage. Then we talk about our initial review coverage of HTC's Windows Phone 8X along with our first impressions. We end today's show talking about Apple's recent announcement that Scott Forstall will no longer work for Apple as of the end of the year. All ...

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    First and foremost Android 4.2 is still "Jelly Bean", not "Key Lime Pie", not "Kit Kat", not (insert your favorite dessert that starts with the letter "K" here). Instead, Android 4.2 is "a new flavor of Jelly Bean". This means a few things: most importantly that it's an iterative build, not a major build; and it implies that all devices currently running Android 4.1.x (which is also "Jelly Bean") will get the Android 4.2 upgrade -- sooner or later. Code names aside, what's in 4.2? Google has gone on the record saying that Android 4.2 is "the simplest and smartest version of Android yet". ...

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    Google's launch of the Nexus One and the Nexus 7 have both been iconic moments of stupidity for me. Specifically because it's the only time I can remember, where I've gone crazy trying to pre-order each of them. The Nexus One in particular was simply one of the most beautiful smartphones I've ever owned and used. It was thinner than thin, more powerful than powerful for its time, and as unlocked as I love phones to be. The Nexus 7, though not breaking any records in design, was simply a gorgeous tablet with an irresistible price. With Google's announcement of the Nexus 10 today, I'll admit ...

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    Here in the northeastern United States, hurricane Sandy is starting to mess up our hair - and our schedules. Google's big Nexus-centric announcement, originally scheduled for today, had to be pushed back due to the storm, but that didn't stop the big G from dropping the news of the new Nexus 4. For 2013, the Nexus 4 will be Google's pre-emptive answer to flagships Windows Phone 8 devices, other Androids, and even the iPhone 5 and perhaps the one that comes after that. While we have yet to get our hands on the Nexus 4, the pieces have come together to create a device that will undoubtedly ...

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    There's no denying that one of the most anticipated events for this year is the one that's happening on Monday October 29th. The internet has been flooded with leaks of all the Nexus devices that are coming, and I know a lot of us can't wait. Now this is a different year when compared to previous. A couple of years ago all we got in these events was a Nexus smartphone. The Nexus 7 has changed that at Google I/O and we're expecting a lot of enhancements to Google's existing tablet along with a bigger sister tablet to compete against the world. Obviously our predictions are just predictions ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent leaks of the Google Nexus 10, which now include actual photos of the device. Then we talk about Android 4.2 and the possible additions that we might receive on Monday October 29th. We later talk about the iPad pre-orders and how they've been performing after the Apple Online Store opened again. We then move to Xbox Smart Glass now reaching Android customers for free. We end today's show by talking about our unboxing and first impressions of the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT. All this and more after the break.

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    Shortly after Jelly Bean arrived, we started hearing about the possibility of multi-user support finally coming to Android, with news that the groundwork for such a system was already in place. Indeed, it wasn't long before we saw some custom ROMs start tapping in to the system hooks for the feature, giving us an early look at how it might work. Chances are looking good that Google will announce Android 4.2 next Monday, and if this screenshot isn't fake, that could mark the arrival of Android's full-fledged multi-user mode. This image comes to us from a comment thread to a post on this ...

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    It seems like just yesterday that we were getting our first taste of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, now we're being teased with the Nexus 4, the Nexus 10, and the potential for a whole bunch of Nexi smartphones being announced in a few days. In the past, Google has used a highly public launch event to announce (though not necessarily release) a new version of the Android Operating System. Usually Google releases their new product running the new operating system on it, and it's usually not too long after the big event. This time around we're hearing rumors that the Nexus 4 will be available ...

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    We've already heard some very detailed rumors of what Google may have planned for its October 29 event, including everything from the LG Nexus 4, to a ten-inch Nexus tablet, to a 32GB Nexus 7, and even Android 4.2. We could listen to such rumors all day, but ultimately, they're just that: rumors. Well, this may not be official word from on high, but the closest thing to confirmation to cross our path yet has just surfaced, with an LG exec talking about what we can expect from Google's event. Amit Gujral, Head of Mobile Devices & VAS for LG in India, recently said in an interview, ...

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    There are lots of speculations regarding Google's October 29 event. You can clearly see in the invite that there are four towers to the left in blue and two on the right in red, which could easily indicate Android 4.2, rumored to be called Key Lime Pie (or something else starting with the 'K'). What exactly will Android 4.2 bring to the table is yet unknown but there are reports of multiple user account support, improved security, new Gmail, better settings, etc. TNW reports we can expect " ‘Content in the center,’ which will allow users to access Play Store content from a widget and ...

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