Posts tagged with: Jelly Bean
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    When it rains Jelly Beans, it pours Jelly Beans. Samsung's Galaxy S III on Verizon will be seeing its update arrive tomorrow, but for HTC fans who have been using the EVO 4G LTE on Sprint, their own Jelly Bean update has already become available. EVO 4G LTE system software 3.15.651.16 delivers Android 4.1.1, outfitted with the latest Sense 4+ UI enhancements. Even though the update is currently accessible for EVO 4G LTE owners, for the moment you'll have to pull this one down yourself, which is just as simple as checking for updates through your phone's settings menu. In case you forget ...

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    Another of my favorite features in Android Jelly Bean 4.2 is the new Quick Toggles panel. It's sort of like the Power Widget that some custom ROMs include in the notification shade, but devoted to its own panel. You get to it by pulling down on the notification bar with two fingers on smartphones (or by pulling down on the right side of the notification bar on tablets). Inside the Quick Toggles panel you're able to quickly check the status of various components like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and easily toggle them on or off. Unfortunately, there's currently no way for you to change what shows ...

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    Jelly Bean updates have been starting to trickle out for Samsung's Galaxy S III in the US, and a little earlier this month we brought you word of AT&T's update becoming available for its GS3 owners. If you went with Verizon's Galaxy S III, instead, you may have been feeling a little left out, but you won't have cause to for much longer; Verizon has just published support docs on its website announcing the arrival of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the GS3, signaling its imminent release. Verizon has a tendency to get these kind of docs up a tad early, so it could still be a few days before ...

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    With the Galaxy Note II, Samsung has already achieved a sort of double-surprise success. The manufacturer has not only forced an Android-based smartphone/tablet hybrid into mainstream popularity; it's done it for the second time in two years. And this time around, it's not just featured on one national US carrier, but all four - and it's available in 128 countries at the time of this writing. How Samsung achieved this level of success with such an unusual product is no puzzle if you've read our full Galaxy Note II review. The device scored higher than almost any other smartphone we've ...

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    Microsoft kick-starts the smack-talk machine, which blows up in its face just as Nokia sells its own headquarters. The Lumia 822 gives us an excuse to launch a brand-new review format, while a Nexus 4 trade lets us take a post-review look at Google's latest smartphone. The iPhone 5S breaks its cover -maybe- while the Nexus 10 gives everyone a reason to care about big Android tablets - again, maybe. Rumors of a new 1080p device from LG get the speculation bonfire going again, but a cool bucketful of Google Play-colored cold water got us back on track. And, of course, it wouldn't be a ...

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    Are you one of the growing number of us rocking a Jelly Bean device? If so, Google's got a new version of Google Search all ready for you to check out, introducing a bunch of new cards. Google Search gives you access to Google Now, and with these new features, your voice-commanded phone sounds like it could be quite a bit more useful this holiday season. Google knows that for many of us this time of year means travel, and there a couple new cards to help ease your journey. If you're traveling by plane on United, the app will pull up your electronic boarding pass (additional airline support ...

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    There are still letters in the alphabet and Sony is sticking to its recent naming convention trying to use up all of them. The new smartphone is here and it is called the Xperia E; it will become available in both single and dual SIM versions from starting from the first quarter of 2013. Color options include black, white, and pink. It features a 3.5-inch HVGA 320 x 480 display and it is powered by a 1GHz processor. Other specs include HD Voice features, an 1,500 mAh as well as the capability of accepting two SIM cards (for the dual-SIM version) which will allow for easy switching ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through Google's announcement of their I/O event in 2013 and what we might get. Then it's all Nexus talk as we go through the CyanogenMod advances on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, aside from the probability of the Nexus 4 returning to sales in Europe. Then we go through the recent changes in the Facebook Messenger app and how this affects Whatsapp. Then we talk about the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrades to the Galaxy S III on AT&T and the new Droid HD line-up on Verizon. We end today's show by talking about Nokia's recent decision to sell Nokia House ...

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    If you've been following Pocketnow for any length of time, you know that one of our favorite custom ROMs for Android-powered phones and tablets is CyanogenMod ROM. It's fast, it's lightweight, and for the most part it's pure Android. CyanogenMod has some advantages over other ROMs, specifically the way its built allows one set of developers to maintain and improve the core ROM, and another set to maintain the many, many devices they support. The reasons to flash a custom ROM are many and varied. Top reasons include performance improvements, increased features, and being able to run the ...

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    Last week when we told you about the first CyanogenMod releases for the Google Nexus 4 -- since then there are now six versions out there for you to play with -- we were promised a flavor for the Samsung-made Google Nexus 10 tablet too. There are already two versions up if you want to ditch stock Android 4.2 and check out betas of CyanogenMod. More devices will be added soon, as usual, but until then, if your Nexus 10 tablet is prepared, you can head over to the source link below and grab the nightly of your choice. As always, if you understand the risks, you should also acknowledge that ...

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    If you've got an Android tablet, chances are you've let someone else use your tablet. Tablets seem to lend themselves to being used by more than one person -- at least when compared to smartphones. In my house our kids constantly want to borrow the tablets. That wouldn't be a problem but some of us are fairly proud of our save-games, and others don't want children sending emails to people in our address books. To remedy those situations Google introduced multi-user support for tablets starting with Android 4.2 (smartphones were left out). If you've wondered about multi-users and didn't ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's launch of the iPhone 5, now carrier unlocked. Then we talk about the Samsung ATIV S and its possible release date, even after all the drama of it being the first Windows Phone 8 device to be announced. Then we go through the retail price of the Microsoft Surface Pro with Windows 8, and obviously our thoughts on that price. Later our review of the Nexus 10 becomes a topic, and how well it scored. We end today's show talking about how to get Adobe Flash on Android devices launched with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and beyond. All this and more ...

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    The Nexus 4, just like any other Nexus, is meant for hacking, that is aside from offering the pure Google experience, and CyanogenMod is one of those ROMs that needs no introduction at all. The latest Nexus phone (and tablet) come pre-loaded with Android 4.2 but a little bit of CyanogenMod treatment never hurts. Nightlies are out for the LG-made Google-phone (already two, to be more specific) in case you want to give them a try. The Nexus 10 tablet will join the party as soon as it will be ready, according to the team (which shouldn't take too long though). Head over to the source link ...

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    You know what happens when you get a bunch of geeks swapping hot new gadgets and talkin' tech? The Pocketnow Weekly podcast, that's what. We just hit our twentieth episode, and to celebrate, we decided to tie the podcast into our latest giveaway contest. So in addition to in-depth discussion on the Nexus 4 versus the world, the Lumia 920's camera ups and downs, and the Android-to-Windows Phone learning curve, there's something special for your ears only. Somewhere in today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly is the special hint word you need to email us at contest [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com ...

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    Do you remember the Android 4.2 December bug? Google promised a quick fix and it is apparently rolling out in the form of an Android 4.2.1 update for the LG-made Nexus 4, Asus-made Nexus 7 and Samsung-made Nexus 10. Of course, there's more to the update than just the December bug fix, even though the file is kind of lightweight. Bluetooth glitch fixes are also in and that's just about it when it comes to the little-more-than-one-megabyte update. There are four days left until December so those with a birthday next month can, after the update, go ahead (or their friends) and finally enter ...

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    HTC was supposed to push out the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the One X in October, according to official wording from the company at the time of the HTC One X+ press release, but only one month ago, at the end of October, did the Taiwanese manufacturer deliver the refresh to some devices in Asia. "Better late than never", they say. HTC One X owners in Europe, Asia and South America should be on the lookout for Jelly Bean on their unlocked phones with CID_038 and CID_044. After the update process, which contains two stages (a smaller file and the main refresh), you will ...

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    My recent jump to Windows Phone for my daily driver, in concert with my continued love affair with the Nexus 7 and endless respect for Apple's iPad, have provided an interesting opportunity to compare the three platforms in a number of ways. The OSes have many distinctions setting them apart, but maybe none so evident as their respective approaches to voice dictation. I'm not talking about Siri or S Voice or Google Now here; just the stock speech-to-text dictation software you'd use if you were drafting an email or text message by voice, or speaking a shopping list out loud for your ...

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    If you were disappointed that Google or LG (or both) released the latest Nexus phone, the Nexus 4, without LTE support, let us tell you that you are not alone! A recent teardown of the device confirmed the existence of an LTE chip and we thought it might have been because of the shared internals with the LG Optimus G. However, it turns out that the Nexus 4 can reportedly do LTE (at least in Canada, on Telus with 1700/2100MHz bands). What you need to do to test this out is to go into the Dialer app and input *#*#4636#*#* (that is *#*#INFO#*#*) and forcibly choose and automatic mode which ...

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    The Nexus 4 launches, and a man in Pennsylvania does his best to keep Google's latest and greatest -and slipperiest- from sliding off tabletops. The Lumia 920 lands, and a man in Boston moves back into an old apartment called Windows Phone - but the place isn't the same as he left it. The Droid DNA launches, and all America is atwitter with talk of 1080p, nonremovable storage, and HTC making Sense out of Jelly Bean. And over in Romania, one man watches, waits, and wonders what all the fuss is about. That's about the shape of this week's installment of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, on the ...

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    We recently let you know about an interview Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn) had with Steve Ballmer (CEO of Microsoft), in which Ballmer went on record about Microsoft's competition: Apple and Android. To preface Ballmer's statement, he's talking about Android apps, not necessarily the Android platform. "The ecosystem of Android is a little bit wild, relative, that is, from an app compatibility perspective, malware perspective is, maybe, in a way that's not always in the consumer's best interest. Uncontrolled. (SIC)" Android has 72.4% of the market compared to Windows Phone's ...

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    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. -W.C. Fields Like all corporations, Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has seen its share of ups and downs; this year, it's mostly faced the latter. The company's financials continue to tumble as it struggles to recover from a rough 2011, when it pushed out a bevy of mediocre smartphones instead of honing its focus on one flagship line. HTC executed something of a reboot earlier this year, pushing out the One X to generally favorable reviews, but then found itself almost immediately steamrolled by ...

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    If you have a friend whose birthday is in December, as in the last month of the year, or maybe your own birthday anniversary is coming up next month, you'll notice that if you fire up your People app on Android 4.2 you will not be able to add any day in December to a contact since the month itself is missing. The issue seems to be present on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or pretty much any device running Android 4.2. Looking through the comments on Google it seems to be "a problem with the API (particularly android.widget.NumberPicker) rather than the DatePicker widget being used in ...

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    What do you get when you cross the biggest, baddest Samsung hardware with the latest and greatest HTC superphone, the one everyone insists on mislabeling a phablet? You get this Galaxy Note II-vs-Droid DNA video, of course, except with the names inverted. Because in this biz, the new-hotness gets first-word respect. Dig? In the video below, we take the Note II and the DNA on a short spin around the block, comparing their benchmark scores, in-hand feel, app launch times, browser performance, and -of course- their massive displays. We don't yet know the DNA well enough to put its other ...

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    Sometimes you pre-order a technology product and it doesn't go as well as you'd like. Sometimes you talk about that rough pre-order process on a podcast episode, and right after you hang up the mic, life hits you square in the irony with a buzz at the door from the delivery man. That's what happened just a few minutes ago here in our Boston office. We'd just wrapped up recording this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast when a mysterious package arrived at our door. Putting aside our qualms about the ominously unspecific return address, we promptly busted out our Old-Timer unboxing knife, set ...

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    "Shorten your topic list," they said. "The show won't run as long," they said. An hour and a half later, another lengthy episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast is ready for your listening enjoyment. And make no mistake: we could have talked for another 40 minutes at least. That's not because it's been a huge news week, but because our discussion topics are dense and detailed. Topics like phone reviews, new platforms, and 1080p screens. Subjects like GPS navigation, wide-angle smartphone cameras, and whether Google should become a wireless carrier. The merits and shortcomings of the Lumia ...

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