Posts tagged with: Jelly Bean
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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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    After far too much speculation, Android 4.4 KitKat has finally arrived. Those who have a Nexus 5 got the latest version of the operating system right out of the gate. Other Nexus owners (Nexus 4, and both iterations of the Nexus 7) had to wait a little longer. Moto Xers and those with Google Play editions have been getting their updates to KitKat, too, and even HTC has promised that HTC One owners will see their update within the next couple months. All that's great, and symbolizes one of the fastest and smoothest roll outs of an Android OS to date, but one issue remains: KitKat looks ...

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    There was no way I was ever gonna buy a Nexus 4. Sure, the price tag was appealing. Yes, the construction was sleek and I found the disco paint job fun. And the prospect of succeeding my old'n'busted Galaxy Nexus LTE with a more modern, non-hobbled replacement was definitely tempting. But the lack of proper 4G, the godawful camera, and the fragile industrial design all conspired to place the Nexus 4 firmly on my "wait for something better to come along" list. Well, something better just came along. And it's called the Nexus 5. (Way to stay consistent, Google.) We've seen how the Nexus 5 ...

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    Last week, both Android and iOS underwent changes. Android turned five-years-old, which we paid tribute to here, and iOS 7 officially received a major face-lift. (We also paid tribute to that with an extensive walkthrough, which you can find here.) In their most recent forms, both platforms look totally different from their original versions. What better time to compare them than now? We put both platforms under the microscope and compared them in design, functionality, user friendliness, ecosystem, and performance. Which one comes out on top? Well, we wouldn't want to spoil that for you, ...

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    When I first got my original Nexus 7, I loved it. Over time, however, it got slower and slower. As it turns out, I wasn't alone. These tablets that started out snappy got gradually slower over time, until they were almost painful to use. Then Android 4.3 came along, and much of that slowness went away. Why? Google sneaked in a feature that's slowly helping restore my sanity: Android TRIM support. Let's get some terminology and technology out of the way. When you think about how computers store files, you probably picture a hard drive (HDD), a rotating set of platters that stores data ...

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    Android 4.3 is still very new and some Nexus owners are probably still waiting to get their update OTA (you don't have to wait, by the way). Owners of other devices may have to wait a while before the latest flavor of Jelly Bean arrives on their handsets. In the meantime, some security methods have changed, and there may be some valid reasons why you don't want to root Android 4.3 -- not yet anyway. Android 4.3 introduces some new security features. Without getting into the technical details (of which there is a lot of misinformation floating around), put simply, the changes make your ...

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    Android 4.3 wasn't announced all that long ago, and it's still making its way across the internet to update phones and tablets over the air. Some of us hoped we'd see some mention of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie when Android 4.3 was announced, but we didn't -- or did we? On the surface, Android 4.3, "a sweeter flavor of Jelly Bean", could easily be mistaken for any other version of Jelly Bean. However, a lot has changed under the hood. What's new? What has been improved? And what does this tell us about Key Lime Pie? Let's dive right in! Multi-user support with restricted profiles If you're ...

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    Yesterday, I recounted my experience re-adopting stock Android after an extended period using skinned builds of the platform. Since the vehicle for my reintroduction to the stock lifestyle was the Google-Edition HTC One, I spent the majority of my time in that editorial comparing the device with its skinned sibling, running the third-party UI called HTC Sense. But Sense isn't the only Android layer of note in the marketplace; quite the contrary, in fact. As of February, almost half of all Android smartphones shipped came from Samsung, and almost all of those ran a version of Samsung's ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sprint's official dates and price tag for the HTC 8XT, which promises to bring a good Windows Phone offering to the carrier. The Galaxy Note III is next as rumors have Samsung working on as many as 8 variants of the phone to satisfy carriers. Google is next as the company has fixed the security exploit found on Android, but still, the patch was only sent to partners and not end-users. New images of the iPhone 5S and budget iPhone surface and show us all the color options that will be available. We end today's show talking about rumors of a ...

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    The skin/no-skin debate is the Coke vs. Pepsi divide of the smartphone space - if the cola war were an 80-20 split in favor of Pepsi, that is. Studies outlining user attitudes toward UI overlays are hard to come by, but there's no real question about the prevalent feeling in the tech press: when it comes to Android skins, you can smell the disdain a mile away. If you ask me, the almost-automatic hatred of skins is a tired, destructive artifact of a jaded tech media. It's a holdover from the days when Samsung's TouchWiz and HTC's Sense were overwrought monstrosities sitting atop Android, ...

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    We've had a busy day covering Samsung's efforts to stoke our collective imagination. We're fresh from our live coverage of the Premiere event in London, where our own Anton D. Nagy is still busily recording and uploading hands-on videos of the newest devices out of Seoul. We'll be talking about the whole suite of Galaxy and ATIV products on tomorrow's special-edition episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, but there's something I need to get off my chest first. Because I'm not quite through waxing poetic about the Samsung ATIV Q. Except this time I'm not talking about the world that is, ...

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    As much as BlackBerry can boast to you that their new operating system can run Android apps, that's not necessarily a good thing. One of our biggest disappointments after our review of the BlackBerry Z10 is that these apps are all locked to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and that means that you're stuck running anything that was optimized for an operating system that was launched three years ago. Luckily the company has just announced that this is about to get a major change with BlackBerry 10.2. Within the changes that are planned for their new upgrade, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean apps will be ...

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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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    A lot of people have forgotten about the origins of Android. It wasn't the prettiest OS, nor was it the most complete. I remember that one of my biggest reasons to avoid it was that the first version of the OS was launched without support for a virtual keyboard. Another was the fact that the UI just looked cheesy even when compared to the Windows Mobile that we had back then. We all knew of the plans that Google had for this OS, but its first couple of iterations were anything but promising. OEMs like HTC changed that. I still remember how special the HTC Hero was, specifically because ...

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    For a while now, the mobile-tech review landscape has looked much the same. Reviewers like us craft lengthy written pieces packed with charts, photos, and videos, and readers like you ... read them. Sure, you have the opportunity to respond in the comments, and most good editors will answer questions there, but there's precious little real-time interaction between reader and reviewer. There's not much chance to ask questions, seek clarifications, or take a quick look at that one little detail. For a while, we've been trying to break down the wall between reviewer and reader - to allow you ...

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    Apple is holding its developer conference (WWDC) in approximately two weeks. WWDC is roughly analogous to the Google I/O that concluded a few weeks ago. According to the WWDC website, we will be able to get an in-depth look at what to expect next in both iOS as well as OS X and developers will be shown how to take their apps "to the next level". It's really an impressive shindig with over 100 sessions, hands-on labs, events, and even the opportunity to connect with Apple engineers and fellow developers -- and Google may be laying in wait to steal Apple's thunder with Android 4.3. As ...

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    Before any large event or conference there's always a lot of speculation about what's coming next. It may come as a surprise to many of you, but any software development project is never really "done". There is always a list of features that didn't make it in, known bugs that were deemed not to be "show stoppers", bugs that weren't identified prior to release, as well as other patches and updates that come with the normal development cycle. As such, there will always be updates to software, including operating systems like Android. There are always rumors about what's coming in the next ...

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    When Samsung announced the Galaxy S 4, it unveiled a horde of new software features, features that many existing Galaxy device owners hoped would someday trickle down to their older devices. Quickly, Samsung confirmed many of the features would, in fact, find their way to other Galaxy-branded devices. But it was still unclear which would make the cut. Today, we got our hands on some leaked Galaxy S III 4.2 firmware. The update, while not totally complete, includes many new features and interface upgrades found on the Galaxy S 4. Unfortunately, this update may foretell a bleak update ...

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    Last we checked, there are 52 weeks in a year - but you wouldn't know it, given the announcement schedule of some major players in the tech space. Companies vying for the attention of fickle consumers often stack their events one right after the other in a strategic attempt to undermine competitors, sometimes hosting major announcements just days -or even hours- apart. Sometimes, it's all a tech podcast team can do to keep up. Such a thing happened this week, with Nokia preempting Google's annual I/O developer conference with an announcement of its own: the Lumia 925, a mid-cycle Windows ...

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    It's not common to see Larry Page on stage for a Google event, regardless of how big it is. Usually Eric Schmidt or Sergey Brin have been the ones that have shined the most for their showmanship, and as I watched the Google I/O keynote yesterday, Larry changed that, and he said something that really struck a nerve - "We should be doing what nobody else is doing". He also said things like "We should work on getting technology out of the way", and other phrases we've heard in the past, but by the late CEO of another company I don't even need to mention. It's no state secret that Larry Page ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Windows Phone 8 GDR2 and a a possible release date along with some billboards that show us what the Nokia Lumia 928 is all about. Then we move to HTC as the red HTC One shows itself in the UK, along with the fact that HTC has improved in sales this month when compared to last month. Then we go through the BlackBerry R10 being compared the Q10, just to make your choice for either much easier since the R10 is just ugly. Later we go through the leaks of a mysterious LG phone we assume to be the Optimus G2, and then we talk about the reports that ...

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    You've been asking for it: a head-to-head matchup of the best of Windows Phone with (one of) the best of Android. We had to get the hotter comparisons out of the way first, but here for your viewing enjoyment is the latest piece of Nokia versus Samsung hotness to come out of Pocketnow. Why the delay? Funny you should ask. We've been churning out quad-vs-octa, Samsung-vs-HTC, and Galaxy-vs-Galaxy comparisons first because, at the moment, they're the more apt head-to-heads. Nokia's Lumia 920 is a half-year old at this point, and the truth is, putting it up against the newest Samsung ...

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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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    There are a lot of things the fourth smartphone in Samsung's halo Galaxy S series is not.  It's not a reinvention, or a revolution. If it were a movie, the Galaxy S 4 wouldn't be the blockbuster revival of a flagging film franchise: the reboot that kicks a sagging series back into high gear. That's because the Galaxy S line has never been a disappointing one. For years, Samsung's flagship smartphone series has dominated the Android landscape, making the word "Galaxy" synonymous with Google's platform in much of the public vernacular. Last year's Galaxy S III accelerated that trend, ...

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    Yes, Sprint is the next lucky carrier to get the HTC One on pre-order as of today. If you're either on Sprint or considering moving towards their unlimited data, there's actually a deal for new customers that make this proposition a lot more enticing. Existing customers can get the HTC One for the usual $199 plus a two-year contract for the 32GB model, and no, there's no 64GB model in Sprint sadly. Now, if you're a new customer, there's a $100 discount on the HTC One with their new "bring your number" deal. You end-up paying only $99 for the handset, after you sign the contract of course. ...

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