Items tagged with Jelly Bean

Handset makers have a bad habit of leaving customers in the dark about upcoming Android updates or, at best, offering up vague release schedules. That isn't always the case with Motorola, which just updated its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean roadmap with a few specific dates. It's especially good news for Atrix HD owners, who are next in line to receive Jelly bean by the end of this month. According to the roadmap, Motorola's already begun rolling out updates for the Droid Razr M and Razr Maxx HD, so if you own one of the devices and are still rocking Ice Cream Sandwich, you should actively check for an update. Here's a look at the full schedule (as it pertains to the U.S.): The Electrify M and Xoom... Read more...
Today we're taking a look at Google's new Nexus 4 smartphone driven by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. With a single unbroken piece of Gorilla Glass up front the Nexus 4 looks very clean and it makes a nice change from the buttons and branding you'll see on most other smartphones. It's also quite unique if you flip it over: the phone has a series of dots below the glass surface which reflect light randomly and give a very nice look to the device. On the other hand, you do need to be mindful that there is an awful lot of glass on the Nexus 4. The screen is a 4.7" IPS panel with a resolution of 1280x768. It lacks some of the saturation of the AMOLED screen on the Galaxy Nexus but it's still among the best... Read more...
Google Nexus smartphones are usually somewhat special in their own way. Not only do they ship with the latest and greatest Android has to offer, but they also usually offer a glimpse into the future of the Android platform. Take the Galaxy Nexus for example. Not only was it among the first phones to ship with a large, 720p display but it also did away with physical buttons in exchange for virtual keys and brought a new interface to the table as well. Fast-forward to today and we have the all new Google Nexus 4, with similar looks but some major updates under the hood. With a single unbroken piece of Gorilla Glass up front, the Nexus 4 looks very clean and it offers a nice change from the... Read more...
Good news for Samsung Galaxy S III owners riding AT&T's wireless waves. An official Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update is now available for your device, beating both Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular to the punch (in the U.S.), though not T-Mobile, which has been doling out Jelly Bean for a few weeks. This is not an over-the-air (OTA) update, at least not yet. According to posts on Reddit, Jelly Bean is available on Samsung's Kies software (free download). "I can confirm this. Downloading it right now. For those who have never connected their S III to their PC on Kies via USB, you first need to download it on your PC. Then connect your device when it asks you to. Make sure your battery life... Read more...
One of the most talked-about features of Google's upcoming Android OS, 4.2, has been its app-scanning capabilities. Similar to a solution like Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows, Android's new scanning feature will be able to quickly tell you if the side-loaded APK you're about to install is dangerous. We assume that "sideloaded" is specified here because this feature won't be necessary with the official Play Store - Google is likely to filter out the bad before it ever comes up in a search result. At least we hope. While the term "scanning" makes it sound like a top-level service would literally dig deep into the app (or APK), it's actually much simpler than that. When you try to install... Read more...
Sprint is the first wireless carrier in the US to offer the Android 4.1.1. Jelly Bean update to Galaxy S III customers. With the update, users will get new and enhanced TouchWiz features as well as the expanded functionality of Jelly Bean. The update is now being delivered to devices automatically over the air; users will be prompted to install the update once the download is complete.   Jelly Bean promises a "smoother, faster and more fluid experience." Some of the new and expanded features include Google Now, expandable and actionable notifications, and Android Beam. You'll also get new widget functionality that will automatically rearrange or resize items on a home screen to make room... Read more...
The original Samsung Galaxy Note was a bit of an oddity. When it was first introduced, many reviewers, analysts, and industry pundits scoffed at the device’s relatively large form factor. The 5.3” screen on the original Note looked simply gargantuan next to anything else available on the market at the time, leading many folks to call the original Note a “phablet”. In spite of the widespread criticisms of the original Galaxy Note’s form factor, a funny thing happened—Samsung sold a boatload of them. And what do you get when the first product in an unchartered market is a success? A sequel, that’s what. Today Samsung is launching the Galaxy Note II in the... Read more...
The original Samsung Galaxy Note was a bit of an oddity in the smartphone market. When it was first introduced, many reviewers, analysts, and industry pundits scoffed at the device’s relatively large form factor. The 5.3” screen on the original Note looked simply gargantuan next to anything else available on the market at the time, leading many folks to call the original Note a “phablet”. It wasn’t quite large enough to be a full-blown tablet, but was considered too big by some to be called a smartphone, hence “phablet”. In spite of the widespread criticisms of the original Galaxy Note’s form factor, a funny thing happened—Samsung sold... Read more...
Remember the Droid X2 from Motorola? Released last year, it was the first dual-core 1GHz smartphone available on Verizon Wireless' network, and it boasted some pretty impressive specs for its generation. Unfortunately for Droid X2 owners, it's one of more than a dozen smartphones Motorola revealed will NOT be receiving an update to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The total number comes to a baker's dozen and includes some devices that aren't terribly old. Here's the full list: Droid 3 by Motorla Droid X2 by Motorola Motorola Atrix 4G Motorola Atrix 2 Motorola Admiral Cliq 2 by Motorola Motorola Milestone 3 Motorola Milestone X2 Motorola Electrify Motorola Photon 4G Motorola XPRT Motorola Titanium Motorola... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S III is widely considered to be the best Android smartphone currently available, if not the best smartphone regardless of platform (iPhone 4S and 5 owners might have something to say about that), and so it almost seems criminal that it's not rocking the latest and greatest version of Google's open source operating system, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). If you own a Galaxy S III, hang in there, a Jelly Bean update is in the works. That's the good news. The bad news? Samsung said it will be rolling out Android 4.1 to Galaxy S III owners in the U.S. "in the coming months," so there's no concrete date to work with. Is Samsung talking about two months? Three months? Four or more? We don't... Read more...
Another month is in the books (September), and that means it's time to examine the state of Android. What did we find? Well, according to data posted on the Android Developers blog, Gingerbread (Android 2.3 to 2.3.2) is still the most widely used version of Google's mobile operating system and is installed on more than half of all active Android devices (55.8 percent). The next closest build is Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3 to 4.0.4), which has been unwrapped on less than half as many devices, accounting for 23.7 percent. Where things get interesting is if you throw Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) in the mix, which accounts for 1.8 percent. Between the two latest builds, more than a quarter of active... Read more...
Samsung likes to rub it in Apple's face that "the next best thing is already here," but for tried and true Android users, the next best thing on the open source side of the mobile fence is Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x) on the Galaxy S III. Well, move over Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x), because here comes Jelly Bean. Recent forum reports reveal that Samsung has begun rolling out Jelly Bean on its flagship smartphone in Poland, via the company's Kies synchronization software. A few other eastern European countries also seem to be receiving the update. If true, the Jelly Bean rollout is a little ahead of schedule, as Samsung previously said to expect an OS update in October. "I uploaded the firmware... Read more...
Traditionally, the Nexus family of devices has been among the first to receive updates to the latest and greatest new versions of Android. The Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S 4G from Sprint are no exception to this. As of yesterday, Sprint and Google began rolling out an over the air update to Android 4.1.1, otherwise known as Jelly Bean. If your phone hasn’t received the update yet, you can attempt to update the software manually using the System Updates Feature found on the About screen of your phone. According to a posting on Sprint's forums, if your Nexus S hasn't received the prompt to Install Now or Install Later, checking for an update manually may not get you anywhere, however. Sprint... Read more...
Despite Samsung losing  a billion dollar patent case to Apple, the company's Galaxy S III smartphone isn't among the list of infringing products and, for the time being, appears safe from potential sales bans in the U.S. Regardless of whether or not that changes, current owners will reportedly be able to grab an Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for their prized smartphone next month. Samsung revealed the news during its IFA keynote in Berlin. The company didn't mention an exact release date, only that Jelly Bean is coming. The news is far from a total surprise. For one, the Galaxy S III is Samsung's flagship device, so there's really no reason not to roll out a Jelly Bean update (it's just... Read more...
While the majority of Android users are still waiting on their wireless carrier or device maker to deliver Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), Asus is taking care of its fan base by doling out Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) to Transformer Pad TF300 owners, the company announced on Facebook this weekend. It's the first of several scheduled Jelly Bean updates to the Transformer Series. "We are pleased to announce that we will be rolling out a major software update for the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, which will bring Android 4.1, Jelly Bean to the device for the first time in North America. In addition to this being the first of our planned Jelly Bean updates for the Transformer Series, we have also added... Read more...
Google claims Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean, is the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet. When we took a look at the first Jelly Bean-equipped tablet a couple of weeks back, the Nexus 7, we felt Jelly Bean had a lot to offer users, both in terms of performance enhancements as well as new functionality. Here, we'll take a closer look at some of the new and improved features that come with Jelly Bean.... Read more...
Google claims Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean, is the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet. When we took a look at the first Jelly Bean-equipped tablet a couple of weeks back, the Nexus 7, we felt Jelly Bean had a lot to offer users, both in terms of performance enhancements as well as new functionality. Here, we'll take a closer look at some of the new and improved features that come with Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean is Inherently Faster - One of the goals Google had while creating Android 4.1 was to improve upon the user experience by making the mobile OS feel fast and smooth. In this regard, Jelly Bean is most certainly faster than its older brother, Ice Cream Sandwich. In real-world usage,... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geek, Iyaz, Dave and Marco chat about the Google Nexus 7, incredible free Open Source apps for every OS, TSMC possibly building a dedicated fab for Apple, the WD My Net N900 Dual-Band Router, how Gabe Newell thinks Windows 8 will kill PC Gaming, and details of our next awesome contest where you could win a sweet killer gaming PC built with top-notch Corsair components... Show Notes: 01:08 - Google Nexus 7 Tablet: Jelly Bean and Much More 09:45 - Open Source: Incredible Apps for Every OS 12:38 - Game-Changer: TSMC May Build Dedicated Apple Fab 19:24 - WD My Net N900 HD Dual-Band Router Review 22:48 - Valve's Gabe Newell Thinks Windows 8 Will... Read more...
A couple of years ago, Google introduced its Nexus line of smartphones. Nexus branded phones feature a pure Android experience without the customizations and tweaks we generally get from smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers. Nexus-branded products also come with an unlockable bootloader which provides for further development and end-user modification. This year, however, Google expanded its Nexus line to include more than just smartphones. At the Google I/O conference in June, Google unveiled its first ever Nexus tablet, known as the Nexus 7. In keeping with the tradition that Nexus devices are among the first to run the latest versions of Android, the Nexus 7 is the lead device for... Read more...
A couple of years ago, Google introduced its Nexus line of smartphones. Nexus branded phones feature a pure Android experience without the customizations and tweaks we generally get from smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers. Nexus-branded products also come with an unlockable bootloader which provides for further development and end-user modification. This year, however, Google expanded its Nexus line to include more than just smartphones. At the Google I/O conference in June, Google unveiled its first ever Nexus tablet, known as the Nexus 7. In keeping with the tradition that Nexus devices are among the first to run the latest versions of Android, the Nexus 7 is the lead... Read more...
Google spent considerable time talking about its Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update during its Google I/O conference a few weeks ago, but only now has the sultan of search gotten around to posting a full changelog for the latest and greatest version of its open-source mobile operating system. The newly posted changelog details Jelly Bean from top to bottom, some of which Google has already highlighted. References to Project Butter, for example, appear throughout, which is the technology that makes phones and tablets running Jelly Bean feel buttery smooth compared to previous Android builds. The devil is in the details, however, and the changlog focuses on all aspects of Jelly Bean, not just the... Read more...
Google may not have made any official announcements per say, but the company let it slip that the Galaxy Nexus will be the first smartphone to receive an update to Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean. If you look closely at the Google Play product screenshot below, you'll notice it says, "soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jell…" Image Credit: Droid Life The fact that the text says "phone" and not "device" makes us wonder if Google's rumored Nexus 7 tablet could be the first device to receive Android 4.1. Google's I/O conference begins next week, so it's likely we'll know more about the rumored tablet as well as which OS it will be running very soon. In the meantime, Google hasn't confirmed... Read more...
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