Nokia X benchmark hints at 3 megapixel fixed-focus camera and Android 4.1

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If the Nokia X ever gets announced, there’s not going to be anything left about the phone to surprise us. The latest leak comes from a CamSpeed benchmark, which is a benchmark typically to measure camera performance. Nokia’s X phone has shown up in some scores with a 3 megapixel, fixed-focus camera. The original specs we’d heard suggested the phone would have a 5 megapixel camera, so this lowers that bar just a bit.

The benchmark also showed the device running Android 4.1. A few rumors floating around said it would run Android 4.4, but it’s looking like that isn’t going to be the case. Considering how heavily Nokia plans on skinning Android for this phone, they may not have felt it necessary to use the latest and greatest software. » Read the rest

Huge Google Search update (3.1.8) rolling out, brings Google Experience Launcher to Android 4.1+ [Download]

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Today, an absolutely huge Google Search update started rolling out to all Android devices running Android 4.1 and above. The update is version 3.1.8 and is big for a number of reasons.

First of all, the update brings Google Search version 3 (or 3.1.8) to all devices running Android 4.1 and above. This is the version of Search that comes with KitKat, and brings a new UI, as well as a new refreshed animation. The update also allows the Google Experience Launcher APK to work properly when installed. Hit the break for more information on Search 3.1.8.

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ActiveNotifications gets updated with support for Android 4.1.2+ and non-AMOLED displays

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Last week we told you about ActiveNotifications, which brings the Moto X Active Display to other phones. It was created by XDA developer niko001, and is pretty slick. However, it was only compatible with Android 4.3, since this latest version includes a “Notification Listener.” The other issue was that it only worked on AMOLED displays.

Good news!! The app as just been updated and it now supports 4.1.2+ devices as well as non-AMOLED displays. This is still very experimental so don’t expect everything to go smoothly. Devices that don’t have AMOLED displays could suffer the biggest issues, which include faster battery drain. The Moto X Active Display uses minimal power from its AMOLED screen.

I should also mention that niko001 has an Alpha build that can run on Android 4.0+ devices. Hit the break for all download links.

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T-Mobile rolling out Android 4.1.2 update to Samsung Galaxy S III customers

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If you’re a T-Mobile customer who owns a Samsung Galaxy S III, you’ll be happy to learn that an update should be arriving very soon for your device, in the form of Android 4.1.2. The only issue is that we’re not really sure of what the update includes (other than multi-window support), as T-Mobile has yet to update their support page.

However, we do know that the update adds two new apps, including Paper Artist and Group Play. It also supposedly adds T-Mobile’s new “4G” logo to the phone’s notification bar. The update is a full 187MB and according to reports, owners started receiving the update as early as 3AM this morning.

Let us know how the update is if you got it, and we’ll let you guys know some more information as soon as T-Mobile updates their support page.

source: TMONews


T-Mobile Galaxy S II Receives Android 4.1.2

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Galaxy S II

Just one week after Sprint’s version received an update, T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II has finally received the upgrade to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Owners should be able to update now through Samsung KIES or via OTA by navigating to “Settings” and “About Phone”. Here are the new features and enhancements:

  • Buttery Smooth Performance & Great Stability (Thanks to Project Butter)
  • Full User Interface Revamp (Same UI as of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II)
  • TouchWiz Nature UX
  • Samsung’s S Cloud services
  • Improved Camera features
  • New Lockscreen With Many Customization Options
  • New Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
  • New Widgets (From Galaxy S III)
  • 2 Home screen modes
  • New Notification bar With More Notification Toggles
  • Google Now

Source: SamMobile

Austrian Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus beginning to receive Android 4.1.2 update

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If you’re the owner of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus in Austria, you should be receiving a notification shortly to update your tablet to Android 4.1.2. Hopefully that also means that the update is pretty close to being released in other countries, as well. The tablet has already been updated from Android 3.2 to 4.0, so this is definitely a good example of Samsung keeping their older devices relevant through software updates.

source: SamMobile

$79.99 7-inch tablet from Ematic hits the market, powered by Android 4.1

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If you’ve been itching to pick up an Android tablet without breaking the bank, a new player in the Android tablet game has something that may pique your interest. Ematic has announced today that they’re releasing a 7 inch tablet running Jelly Bean, and it’ll only set you back $79.99. The specs are pretty on par for a tablet under $100, but it’s a great bang for your buck.

It packs a 1 GHz A4 processor and 512 MB of RAM under the hood, as well as 4 GB of internal memory. It also comes in six different colors, which is something pretty unique, and it features all of the core Google apps you’re used to, which is something usually missing from these cheap tablets. It weighs about 2 ounces less than the Nexus 7 as well, so if you’re looking for something light, this may be an option.

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Android 4.1 scheduled for Motorola Droid Bionic during 2nd quarter of 2013

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Motorola has always seemed to be lagging behind with the Motorola Droid Bionic device which got off to an ill-fated product life, but things have improved a bit for owners of the device over the last few months. Verizon pushed out an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich last October. Now, Motorola has posted a short indicator on their website showing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is expected to start rolling out during the 2nd quarter of 2013. There is no information yet on what kind of carrier specific updates may be included, but owners of the device can look forward to experiencing some of Jelly Bean’s features in the near future.


source: Motorola

Android 4.1.2 Update Causing Problems for Motorola DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX Users

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Are you the proud owner of the DROID RAZR or RAZR MAXX? Did you update to Android 4.1.2 when it became available earlier in the month? Is it working perfectly? Well if that’s the case, you’re one of the lucky ones. It appears that a growing group of people are having issues with the Jelly Bean update. A tipster told Phone Arena that Verizon has received numerous complaints on the matter. People are having issues with dropped phone calls, widgets not updating, and apps not working at all.

While the hope is that Big Red will hopefully push an update out soon to fix these issues, they aren’t commenting. We’ll keep you up to speed as the story develops. What about you readers out there that own either of these phones? Are you having issues with Android 4.1.2? Let us know in the comments below.

source: Phone Arena

Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OTA Rolling Out to Xperia J (ST26i)

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Great news for Sony Xperia J owners out there! Like its brothers, the Xperia T/TL (LT30p, LT30at, LT30z) and Xperia V (LT25i), the Xperia J (ST26i) will finally see the much anticipated Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OTA update rolling out to handsets.

This is amazing in itself since the Xperia J only has a single-core CPU and 512 MB of RAM. The kernel version is 3.4 and the firmware is 11.2.A.0.21.

Rumor has it that the Xperia TX (LT29i) will be seeing its update to 4.1.2 Jelly Bean goodness here in the next couple of weeks. So fear not Sony fans, the company is working hard to ensure their Xperia handsets stay up-to-date in an ever-changing mobile market, making it that much easier to live with signing that two year service commitment…mmm, okay, maybe just a little easier anyway.

Source: XPERIA Blog