Posts tagged with: Jelly Bean
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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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    It's finally here, slowly that is. After almost a full month since Sprint launched their Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to the LG Optimus G, the software update is now reportedly reaching AT&T customers. Sadly we haven't been able to confirm this officially, as AT&T hasn't sent out any press notifications about it. What matters is that some customers are already reporting that it is arriving to their devices. LG really surprised us last October with the Optimus G. None of us here had any positive things to say about the company until this device was released. LG proved they had ...

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    The idea of comparing Sony's new Xperia ZL against Samsung's phablet is crazy in its own way. The Xperia ZL on one side is the perfect incarnation of a device that gives you big features on a footprint you can actually manipulate with one hand. The Note II by contrast is focused on showing the world that bigger is better. One of these products is designed to cater to every customer out there, and the other is clearly out to continue pushing the niche they created with the first Galaxy Note. Who will win in this battle of the large displays? Watch our comparison and find out.

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    We love us some new technology, and we certainly give it its fair shake on today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly. But every so often, you need to give a little lip-service to the tech of days gone by. The platforms and devices of yesteryear. That's right: I'm talking about dead technology. It makes sense, then, that a man going by the twitter handle DeadTechnology is here to help us dust off those fond memories. In his inaugural visit to the Pocketnow Weekly, our own Adam Doud pulls back the veil of public apathy secrecy surrounding the phenomenon of the "webOS meetup," a regular ...

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    It’s the time of year when we all start thinking about Bunnies, and Baskets and Jelly Beans – well, at least in my household it is. That’s right it’s Easter week, and that has me thinking about all sorts of goodies. Goodies like Jelly Beans and…Key Lime Pie??? Of course, ‘Jelly Bean’ has a different meaning to technology geeks like us. Jelly Bean is the current iteration of the Android operating system so many of us know and love. It’s also far and away the best iteration of Android to grace a phone or tablet ever. It’s also getting on close to a year old which ...

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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a smartphone-and-tablet reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other, less-awesome thing: you eventually have to give it all back. Empty Nest is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. ___ Normally, I have a bit longer to say my goodbyes. The device-of-the-month and I usually ...

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