Yesterday the Sprint Galaxy S III began receiving a security update OTA, but little information was given as to what the update addressed. Users have reported that the update has removed the universal search feature from the device, meaning only web results are given from the search bar. The removal of local search is undoubtedly in response to the recent Apple lawsuit against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for the very same ability. Google and Samsung are working together to fight that case and this move is a preemptive strike in case Apple decides to take on Samsung’s latest star.
The Google Nexus 7 tablet has been making a lot of buzz lately, with orders from Google Play shipping in the next couple of weeks. Although Google intends to sell the bulk of their new tablets directly from their online store, there will be select retailers with in store availability. The latest to announce their intentions is Staples, and they will charge the same $199 for the 8GB and $249 for the 16GB model. According to the press release, we can expect to seem them at the end of the month.
If you want to see the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean rocking Nexus 7 in person before taking the plunge head on over to your local Staples when Google makes the tablet available.
Full press release after the break:
Sony Mobile is now delivering on its promise to deliver their NXT lineup of Android devices unlocked in the U.S. The Xperia S with a dual core 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm CPU, 4.3″ (1280 x 720) HD display, and capable 12MP camera is available for $469.99 from Newegg in black or white. The Xperia P rocking a 1Ghz dual core CPU, 4″ (960 x 540) qHD display, and 8MP camera is up for $388.99 from Newegg. While the budget friendly Xperia Sola with its 1Ghz dual core CPU, 3.7″ (854 x 480) display, “floating touch” technology, and 5MP camera can be had for $299.00 from Newegg.
All three models will receive Sony Mobile’s ICS update and will work on AT&T’s 3G network. The Xperia U is not yet available, but should be up sometime soon. These are all capable devices and should only get better once they have the Android ICS update installed. Anyone interested in one of these devices?
source: Xperia Blog
Acer’s new Android tablet the Iconia Tab A210 recently passed through the FCC and is scheduled for a Q3 release. The A210 is a successor to the budget friendly A200 and will keep the 10.1″ (1280 x 800) display and single front facing camera. While most of the hardware will remain the same, the major upgrade is the change from a dual core CPU to the quad core Tegra 3. The boost in performance should keep the A210 a more than a credible performer in its desired price range. Its predecessor, the A200, started at $329 for the 8GB model.
That’s all the information available at this point, while I’m sure we will be seeing more closer to the device’s launch. Hopefully, Acer is able to release the A210 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board and all the enhancements the OS brings with it.
The Motorola MotoActv smart watch will soon be receiving a welcome new update. Version 7.10 and 7.11 (depending on your device) will bring with it a number of improvements including more useful notifications, improved fitness measuring during workouts, and even an enhanced Scorecard when playing the Back 9 on your local golf course. Fixes include less force closes during workouts, along with better battery life when Wi-Fi is in use. Those of you with the certain 8GB units that don’t have the golf features will get version 7.11.
Motorola has been pretty active (no pun intended) when it comes to updating the MotoActv and many users have reported positive reviews. If you have the 8GB or 16GB model you should see the update available for download when you connect your MotoActv to your PC. Hit the break for the full changelog.
Google knows the importance of the factory OS image for Android power users and developers, plus it’s as a safe heaven in case any unforeseen issues arise. They have made it a policy to release the factory images for all Nexus devices, and the Nexus 7 has just joined the list in a very timely fashion, especially since the device has yet to see retail availability. Attendees of Google I/O last week received a special developer edition of the tablet along with other goodies in their gift bag.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS image can be used to return the device to stock should you brick the device when flashing ROMs or if you’re stuck in a boot loop from changing settings. It is also the best place for developers to begin making custom ROMs and tweaks to enhance the user experience. If you’re in need, the image is available for download now from the source link below.
The Samsung Galaxy Note phone/tablet released last year has been a big success even though most people in the tech community initially counted it out due to its large 5.3″ screen. In the U.S. the note has only been available for AT&T even though it has been rumored to be released on all carriers, but the T-Mobile version is the only one with real photo evidence and FCC approval. The Note has had a number of rumored release dates with the most recent being July 11th. It looks like that date is no longer walid as a leaked roadmap now shows the retail date as August 8.
Its seems rather strange that T-Mobile would wait so long to release what has been a great selling device with over 7 million sold world wide. The Note is still a great option with a large display and added stylus functionality. It will be interesting to see how it fares against the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One S already on T-Mobile. The Note is mentioned along with other upcoming Samsung devices the Apex Q witch is rumored to be a QWERTY rocking device that sports 720p display. Tho other phone mentioned named Cacao is unknown at this point, but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Is the Galaxy Note still one of the phones you have your eye on, or has the wait soured the whole thing?
Adobe is getting serious about no longer supporting Flash for Android and mobile browsers in general, while continuing to develop for Adobe Air mobile apps. The Flash Team took to their blog today to announce that with the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, there will not be a certified Flash Player. In fact Adobe is taking it a step further and having the existing version removed from the Play Store on August 15. The current player supports Android 4.0 ICS in the default browser, however as Chrome is the new default browser in Jelly Bean, and does not support Flash, it is clearly on its way out.
If many of the sites you frequent use Flash and do not have an HTML 5 implementation, your best bet would be to download and keep a copy of the latest APK for future use. If you already have Flash installed on your device it will continue to function and receive critical bug fixes. If you plan to update your device to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Adobe goes as far as to say they recommend uninstalling the Flash Player, though it should work with any browser except Chrome.
How do you feel about Flash no longer being supported on mobile moving forward, has HTML 5 implementation gone far enough?
Source: Adobe’s Blog