Posts tagged with: Android 4.1
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    If you own or have ever used an Android tablet, you know that the same app will run differently on the tablet than it will on the phone. This is because each app has its own DPI setting that dictates the app's behavior. In a lot of cases, tablet apps are better: they often present split-screened views, more controls, and more customization potential. What if you could run tablet apps on your phone? Better yet, what if you could selectively choose which apps run in tablet mode, and which apps in phone mode? Then you could have your email be shown in a super-productive split-column view, ...

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    After hearing the recent rumors talking about the possibility of August 29 marking the beginning of the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update process for the Samsung Galaxy S III, we were wondering why there weren't/aren't any leaked ROMs (or proof) out there when usually these things happen sometimes even a month before the release. Well, the video below shows off just that: a Samsung Galaxy S III running what appears to be an official beta of the upcoming refresh, based on Android 4.1.1, packed with all the Jelly Bean goodies and the Samsung TouchWiz UX Nature on top of the operating ...

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    Samsung is preparing an Unpacked event in Berlin on August 29 and it is believed to be a Note unveiling of some sort (either the Galaxy Note II, the Galaxy Note 10.1, both or something else). However, the event might also hold some surprises in terms of software announcements. According to the recent rumors, the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III might be announced on the 29th. We had several rumors for the Galaxy S III's official Android 4.1 refresh and some placed the update in the August-September timeframe while others further down the road. We looked at the unofficial Jelly Bean ...

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    Android 4.1 Jelly Bean hasn't been out that long. It was announced at Google I/O 2012 along with its launch device: the Nexus 7 tablet. Shortly thereafter Google's own Galaxy Nexus started getting the Jelly Bean update, too. After less than a month, Jelly Bean is already running on 0.8% of Android devices, and Ice Cream Sandwich around 16%. Both numbers are impressive for different reasons. ICS is doing well, with strong growth and a decent percentage to its name. But Jelly Bean, with almost a full percent in less than one month, that's really great news! What Current Devices Are Getting ...

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    Last week we learned that there were no plans to update last year's Xperia models to the latest version of Android but Sony considers that the official Facebook message was sent out in error. The possibility of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean official update is being actively investigated for all devices, says Sony on it official Xperia product blog. Until then, the "Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for Xperia S and 2011 Xperia smartphones continues as planned". There are no specifics regarding which devices, whether it's the entire 2011 line-up or just a few phones, as well as no information on a ...

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    We knew that Motorola was working to bring the latest Google mobile platform to the Xoom because they confirmed it and now the tablet which was regarded by many as Google's first Nexus tablet -- even though it really wasn't -- is getting its Jelly Bean treat. One word of note right at the beginning: only the WiFi version is getting it at the moment and only if you are in the U.S. Among the features to look out for are expandable, actionable notifications so you can take action directly from the alert, seamless viewing and sharing of photos with instant view and swipe away to ...

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    Jelly Bean is increasingly becoming available for a wide range of Android phones. First we showed you the Galaxy S III, then the One X, and now the Galaxy Note with this early build of Android 4.1 via a preview of CyanogenMod 10. So far, we've found the CM10 previews to be exceptionally stable and (most importantly) fast. How about the Galaxy Note? Well, that might be the exception. While the CM10 preview works in terms of functionality, there are some performance issues that keep it from being as incredibly smooth as the other two aforementioned devices. There seems to be some lag when ...

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    Google's first Nexus tablet, the pure-Android Nexus 7, does not have a main (rear-facing) camera, as we all know. We also know, straight from the manufacturer itself, that such a camera would have increased the price tag and that a decision has been taken to not include such an imaging feature to keep the costs low. However, the Nexus 7, when designed, was thought out with a camera in mind (or Asus is re-using or planning on re-using the main board). Thanks to a rather unusual unboxing (which not only takes out the device from the box, but takes out the guts from within) we can see clearly ...

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    At last, a preview of the Jelly Bean-based CyanogenMod 10 has been released for the HTC One X! This indeed fixes our number one problem with the One X cited in the review: lag. On the One X with stock software with Sense 4.0, we found lack around every corner, which was surprising for such a high-end phone. Jelly Bean on the One X is super duper fast, whether browsing the web, opening folders, or moving between apps. In fact, we'd say that it's a pinch faster than the already-fast CyanogenMod 10 port to the Galaxy S III we recently showed you. That said, installing CM 10 on your One X is ...

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    Users of the Motorola Xoom tablet, in its WiFi iteration, will receive an official Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update soon. The tablet is regarded by many as the first Nexus tablet from Google even though this isn't entirely true. However, it is good to see Google and Motorola keeping the first Honeycomb slate up to date. The refresh will bump the platform version all the way to the latest 4.1.1 and bring, according to the official wording, an improved and more responsive user interface, expandable, actionable notifications, a smarter keyboard, improved text-to-speech capabilities, voice ...

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    The Asus-made Google Nexus 7 is now the go-to Android tablet for Nexus brand enthusiasts and power users. It is selling like candy despite isolated reports of hardware problems with loose screens and backlight bleeding, which is just normal. Testifying to that is the fact that the 16GB variant of the slate, going for $249, is now sold out. The Play Store page for the tablet now reads "coming soon", regardless if you are accessing it from the U.S. or the U.K., and we're positive that it will be back in no-time, given the high demand. You can even get an e-mail notification when that ...

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    With Jelly Bean and all of its great features which makes it pretty much the fastest Android platform ever, owners of recent hardware are wondering just when will the latest Google platform be released for their phones. In case of the Samsung Galaxy S III, rumor has it that Samsung is already allegedly finished the refresh and should be pushing it out in August or September. The Samsung Galaxy S II, while not a fresh hardware, is still a very popular Android phone (and one of the two most popular Samsung phones). Same report claims that Samsung has started testing the Android 4.1 update on ...

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    The Samsung-made Google Nexus S was kind of late to officially join the Ice Cream Sandwich party but we're glad to see Google learning from their mistakes and bringing the latest iteration of Android to the phone quicker. Some owners of the Nexus S should see an OTA update notification for Android 4.1.1. According to reports, i9023 variants of the phone should be able to upgrade and there's even a link for the file on Google's servers. It also appears that i9020T flavors can also use the refresh. However, if you want to be on the safe side, just wait for the update notification to land on ...

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    After seeing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean being ported to the evergreen HTC HD2, it was just a matter of time until the fastest Android mobile operating system got ported to the Nexus One -- given the almost twin-like similarities between the two phones. AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs were available for the Nexus One in November of last year and now it's time for a pre-alpha Jelly Bean ROM to be available for those who want to try it out on the first Nexus phone. The list of things that are working in this ROM is quite impressive so if you want to try it out, read instructions or just browse ...

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    Google Now is an impressive part of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (and it's available for Ice Cream Sandwich devices). It can provide you with relevant information depending on where you are, what you're doing, and what you've recently searched for. On the Galaxy Nexus, Google Now is accessible from both the lock screen and from doing a sliding gesture from the on-screen Home button. If you're running a Jelly Bean port on any hardware that doesn't have on-screen buttons, like the Galaxy S III, this gesture doesn't work. You can still access Google Now from the lock screen of virtual-buttonless ...

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    The availability of any version of Android for a given device can be broken down into two categories: official ROMs, and all the others. "Official" ROMs come from the company that made your smartphone or tablet (or "phablet" as Tony is fond of saying in our podcasts), all the other ROMs are either ports, kangs, or custom ROMs built from the AOSP source -- or some combination thereof. How are products born? Let's start out with how smartphones and tablets are "born". Believe it or not, the phones and tablets you buy usually aren't built for you. I know, crazy, right? Generally speaking, ...

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    It didn't take very long for the Galaxy S III to get Jelly Bean. The CyanogenMod 10 preview release, while not intended for daily use, is very much good enough to be used all day. Not only is it good enough, but it's super fast, in fact, we've found it faster than a stable release of CyanogenMod 9, which is Ice Cream Sandwich-based (and soon to reach release candidate status). In the CyanogenMod 10 preview, all the Jelly Bean goodies are there: Google Now, Project Butter (hint: web browsing is insanely fluid), improved notifications, and the upgraded launcher. Of course in order to get the ...

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    With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out, everyone with a rather recent smartphone is wondering when will their OEM of choice release Google's latest and greatest to grace us with Project Butter for our phones. Telstra in Australia confirmed that HTC is working on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates. While there is no ETA on when HTC will release the refresh to Telstra for testing, the carrier confirmed that the HTC One S and the HTC One XL (which is basically the American HTC One X, with the dual-core processor) should be getting it soon. How soon is anyone's guess but according to the carrier "HTC is ...

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    As if previous reports of Asus-made Google Nexus 7 tablets with loose screens weren't enough, we are now seeing more reports of problems early adopters are experiencing with the hottest Android tablet of the moment; this time it's all about the backlight and it might (or might not) be related to the loose display problem. As you can see in the images above, there's a horrible backlight bleeding on the left side. Backlight bleeding problems are nothing new in the world we're living in but they are usually seen against a dark/black background and affect only a portion of the display. This ...

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    For all the new features and changes we can see in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, there's also some major progress going on behind the scenes that isn't immediately apparent to the user. Security researchers have been taking a look at some of the improvements Google's made to Android's security in Jelly Bean, and discovered that the Address Space Layout Randomization Google introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich has matured into a much more resilient tool against malware. ASLR, in a nutshell, helps to increase system security by making the platform less predictable to an attacker. Think of it as the ...

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    If you've got an application that's throwing unwanted notifications up in your notification bar and you want to get rid of them, but don't want to get rid of the app, what can you do? If you've got Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, I've got your answer! Open your settings, go to Apps, find the application that you want to change and tap on it, clear the check next to "Show notifications", then tap OK and you're good to go! Want to get the notifications back? Just put the check back in the box and restart the app and you're all set!

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    There are more mobile platforms ported to and running on the HTC HD2 than those left out and the phone seems to be just as capable as it was in the day of its launch when it brought capacitive touch screens to Windows Mobile. We've since then seen it running Windows Phone 7 and Android and it looks like the story just won't stop there. We were wondering when will Windows Phone 8 be ported to older hardware, like the HTC HD2, but it looks like until then the device has one more ace up its sleeve: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean! That's right, you can run Google's latest and greatest on your HD2. Of ...

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    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 Google I/O, why did the CM team release ...

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    When Apple introduced the Smart Cover for the iPad 2 everyone thought it was revolutionary. Even though Apple wasn't the one that invented the wheel, it was a simple solution turned into a useful, day-to-day helper. It turns out that Google's first pure-Android Nexus tablet also features magnetic screen on/off functionality. If you take a look at the video below you will see the Nexus 7 turning its screen on and off, depending on the proximity of a magnet. We can't say this was a feature specifically advertised but its definitely a nice touch, as soon as case manufacturers will start ...

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    Now that Jelly Bean has hit the Android Open Source Project's online code repository, new information on some of the platform's features has started to emerge as more and more users get a chance to try it out. One we're just hearing about now has some definite PC roots, as anyone who's spent some time diagnosing a buggy Windows installation can attest to; Android 4.1 introduces the ability to booth the OS into a "safe mode". Just like safe mode on a PC, where a minimal set of drivers and programs is loaded in order to avoid any system instability caused by third-party software, Android ...

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