Posts tagged with: Jelly Bean
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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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    January: the post-holiday comedown mixes with the post-CES recovery and pre-MWC quiet to form a lull of epic proportions. Fortunately though, leaks and rumors never stop, and we've got a few of them to bat around on this episode of the Weekly. Today, Joe Levi and Anton D. Nagy each return to the podcast to talk rumored Sony Xperia tablets, LG Windows Phones, and the will-it-never-die speculation surrounding a cheap iPhone. Also making the cut: the HTC M7 and Samsung Galaxy S IV, the Huawei Ascend W2, and some far-out pseudo-news regarding LG's supposed "Nexus 5" and "Nexus 7.7." All that, ...

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    Late last year, we saw Jelly Bean updates start rolling out for Samsung's Galaxy S III on a number of different carriers. It hit AT&T right at the beginning of December, but at the time the only way to access the update was through Samsung's Kies software. That's fine for many of us, but not all Android users are comfortable doing a manual software flash, and not everyone's a Windows user with access to Kies in the first place. For the rest of us, the time has finally come for an easy OTA update, which will start becoming available today. The only restriction of which we're aware is ...

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    This year's Consumer Electronics Show from Las Vegas has come and gone. As usual, we've been both on-site bringing you coverage from events as well as the show floor, and here on Pocketnow, keeping you up to date with what's going on in the mobile world. For some the show has been excellent; for others it has been a letdown. We can't compare CES to a specialized mobile event like MWC (maybe with IFA); still, our experience from past years has taught us to expect certain things to happen at CES. They might or might not have happened in a straightforward way but there was a lot of innovation ...

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    Veni, vidi, vici! We were looking forward to CES 2013, pretty much like we're always looking forward to trade shows where there's a possibility of seeing new and exciting things from and related to the mobile world. Good or bad as it was, this year's Vegas show is just one of many to come and, probably the biggest problem related to CES is the fact that it is followed shortly by MWC, a show related to mobile and only mobile. We're seeing companies slowly moving away from shows to announce their gadgets, following Apple's lead, but even those companies who are show-centric have probably ...

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    While the LG Optimus G is substantially similar to the Nexus 4, there are still a number of differences setting the pair apart. Those include price (the big one), availability, frequency support (at least officially), and software. Now, we know that Nexus devices are going to get the first crack at the latest code when it arrives, but the Optimus G didn't even launch with Jelly Bean to begin with. Luckily for users who scooped one up, updates are on their way, and the first have already started arriving. Before you get too excited, right now only the three South Korean editions of the ...

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    "The Snowball, the 6-Inch Mate, & the In-N-Out Experience." That's the summary that led us out of our most recent podcast, and it narrowly missed becoming the title of this here episode, number 26 in our weekly series. This is a very special episode, coming to you straight from the luxurious Pocketnow suites overlooking the blink-tastic Las Vegas strip. For the past few days, we've been covering the happenings from CES 2013, bringing you video after video of devices from manufacturers of all stripes. It hasn't been the most hardware-heavy show in memory, but that doesn't mean we don't ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S II continues to be a neat little phone and while at it the Jelly Bean update will give it a fresh look and feel (not that you couldn't work some custom ROM magic on it for your needs). However, the official Jelly Bean update is on its way, as promised by the manufacturer itself, and we've got some details straight from the horse's mouth. According to Samsung Korea, the refresh will only be available via the KIES software suite and it will take about an hour to install, mainly because it will repartition the entire memory system (while reducing the internal storage by ...

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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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    Just because it's a new year doesn't mean things are changing with the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. We're still shaking up the host roster on occasion, and we're still squeezing more than 90 minutes of discussion out of the mobile-technology news sector, even in the pit of the post-holiday lull. On our first podcast of 2013, Joe Levi joins us to talk Android amid a sea of pre-CES leaks, but not before we dive into a long and detailed discussion about the new mobile version of Ubuntu - a platform we'll learn how to consistently pronounce someday, but not today. We also touch on Sailfish and ...

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    We’ve taken you on a software tour and we’ve shown you how it stacks up against the Galaxy S III - so the next logical step was to use the Samsung Galaxy Camera as our primary device for a weekend. Right? We know what you're thinking, and the answer is no: this wasn’t just a stunt. We really wanted to find out if the Galaxy Camera, which runs the full version of Android Jelly Bean on hardware sporting a cellular radio, could substitute as a daily device for a tiny niche of users: shutterbugs who don’t make a lot of phone calls, but do communicate in other ways, like via social ...

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    This message might self-destruct in the next couple of minutes. You seriously just never know when it comes to Google's ability to meet demand when it comes to their new Nexus line-up. The Nexus 4 is hit-or-miss when it comes to trying to buy one on Google's Play Store, and the same story proved true with the Nexus 10 for a while. As it turns out the Nexus 10 is now available again on the Google Play Store. Now since the last time that Google did the same thing with the Nexus 4, the fun lasted for around eight minutes (and I'm not forgetting digits there), we hope this story doesn't repeat ...

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    At Pocketnow, we do more than our fair share of comparisons. Most are serious drag races comparing features and performance of very similar smartphones. This is not one of those comparisons. This showdown between wildly dissimilar devices might go down in history as one of our strangest, some would say least-necessary, yet. So why are we doing this weird comparison between a smartphone and a camera-on-steroids? Well, despite the fact that these devices are from the same manufacturer (Samsung) and the same sub-brand (Galaxy), they've actually got a lot in common. We've already given you a ...

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    The Galaxy Camera is a curious device, but we've learned not to discount curious devices - especially when they come to us from the company that brought the world the Galaxy Note. With the Galaxy Camera, Samsung is trying once again to turn a bold idea from left field into a commercial success. Whether they'll succeed or not remains to be seen, and the internet is already riddled with reviews and hands-on videos showing the ins and outs of this new purpose-built smart shooter. What interests us the most, though, is the Galaxy Camera's particular flavor of Android -- not some gimped, ...

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    The Android development community may have already brought Jelly Bean and an enhanced version of Samsung's Multi Window View mode from the Note II to the original Galaxy Note, but enjoying these features means being comfortable enough with your phone to flash and modify a custom ROM. For those of you whose approach to smartphones is a little more pedestrian, you may still be in luck, as Samsung has now confirmed plans to bring the Note not just Jelly Bean, but also a Premium Suite upgrade delivering Multi Window View and other Note II features. This release was already teased through an ...

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    It was not "by the end of October", as previously stated, but it surely was a great surprise for those who have an HTC One S. Looks like the Taiwanese manufacturer teamed up with Santa and WWE (worldwide English) flavors of the phone are getting the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean refresh. There are a lot of CID numbers that appear to be eligible and reportedly getting the update and there's also a direct link to the firmware but we advise you to wait for the over-the-air update notification, just to be on the safe side. The version number is 3.16.401.8 and it also brings Sense 4+ so you've got ...

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    It's that time again when we slowly need to get used to writing a new number when mentioning dates; luckily thanks to our smart devices we don't need to go out and look for a 2013 wallet calendar, unless we really want to. It's that time when we look back at what happened this year, with all the goods and bads, and anxiously look forward to what next year might bring. As usual here at Pocketnow we're happy to tell you what we think, and we're excitedly waiting to hear your opinions, in our upcoming series which will contain both 2012 recaps and 2013 predictions. We'll have something for ...

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    Samsung's ATIV S might be late to the party, but the festivities are still in full swing in the Windows Phone 8 world as we close out the year. Since receiving our review unit, we've given you an unboxing and hardware tour, compared it to the Lumia 920, given it the full review treatment, and talked it to pieces on today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly. Now it's time to put it up against its Android-powered predecessor, its spiritual sibling, the Galaxy S III. Normally our comparison videos focus on specs, app launch times, benchmarks, and so forth. With a video like this, though, ...

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    On the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse, three men gather to talk strategy, survival ... and smartphones. This week on the Pocketnow Weekly, we discuss what device we'd like at our side for the end of the world, before going for a quick dip in the nostalgia pool with a chat about running new Android software on old devices. After that, we knock around some Samsung Galaxy-family speculation, then dive headlong into a rundown of the merits and drawbacks of the new Samsung ATIV S, before touching on the tablet-smartphone interaction issue. Finally, we wrap it all up with some tablet speculation ...

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    Over the past several days we've shown you CyanogenMod 10.1 running on the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and even the Samsung Galaxy S III. These were official "nightly" builds, straight from the CyanogenMod team. Nightlies, as you likely know, are works in progress. They have known bugs in them. They are not feature complete. They haven't been tweaked and polished. They are, however, sometimes stable enough for use as a daily driver -- at least if you're one of the more adventurous among us. What about older devices? Where's the love for them? Even Google has cut off Jelly Bean support for their ...

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    The Android 4.1.2 update for the Samsung Galaxy S II was leaked about a month ago and, based on internet reports, owners had every right to be optimistic and wait for a possible 2012 roll-out. Sadly, it now appears that there will be no refresh this year; the good news is that next year is just a couple of weeks out. The situation for the Galaxy Note (original) appears to be a carbon copy. Thanks to the Exynos multi-device exploit discovered and published recently Samsung might want to play it safe and, even it ROMs are in final stage, hold the update until the vulnerability is fixed. So, ...

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    Two months ago Sony published information about its Jelly Bean update plans, when approximately will the refresh hit and which devices should be those that get it. Now Sony has published new information about the matter "including uplift to Jelly Bean Android 4.1 for 2012 Xperia". February and March is where you should expect and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update notification on your Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V. If you own an Xperia P, Xperia J or an Xperia go you should be on the lookout for the new firmware starting end of March, soon after that for the Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion ...

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    This is not the Note II, nor the Galaxy S III, but if you though it was, judging from the images above and below, we won't blame you. This is the Samsung Galaxy Grand, another Galaxy, which we've seen rumored in the past and it now became official thanks to a recent Samsung announcement. It packs a five-inch screen with WVGA display of 480 x 800 resolution and 187 PPI, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD), eight-megapixel main shooter with a two megapixel webcam on the front, 2,100 mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 powering it all. There ...

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    We've already heard some good news this week when it comes to the availability of new Jelly Bean updates for some of our favorite Android phones, learning about updates arriving for both the Samsung Galaxy S III on Verizon and HTC's EVO 4G LTE on Sprint. The week may nearly be over, but that doesn't mean update news is about to slow down, and today we continue along those lines with Jelly Bean news from another carrier, as well as another manufacturer. This time it's AT&T and Motorola that take the spotlight, upon the announcement that the Motorola Atrix HD is getting its own Jelly ...

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    It's been rumored to land today and now Verizon is officially confirming it: the Samsung Galaxy S III will receive its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update starting today. Don't worry if you're not among the first ones to receive it; the roll-out process is phased. (Source: Verizon)

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