Some of our readers have been reporting that Motorola is sending out emails to select members of the Motorola Feedback Network to try Jelly Bean for the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX. An excerpt from that email is posted below.
Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Droid RAZR or Droid RAZR Maxx on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new Jelly Bean software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Droid RAZR or Droid RAZR MAXX on Verizon, please excuse and ignore this email.
This leads us to believe that a Jelly Bean update for the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX is just around the corner, and with everyone looking for all the new features the latest Android OS has to offer, it couldn’t be happening at a better time.
It has been a very busy year for LG as they have flooded their Mobile World Congress booth with a total of eight smartphones on display. The most recent devices are the F series, which include the the Optimus F5 and the Optimus F7, which are both solid mid-range devices but the F7 is the most powerful of the pair sporting a 4.7-inch 720p LCD screen, dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 8-Megapixel camera, and a decent sized 2540 mAh battery. This announcement came right after the debut of LG’s L series refresher, which inludes the Optimus L3 ll, L5 ll, and L7 ll, all lower-end devices, and unlike the aforementioned F series, are only 3G capable.
With the announcement of the HTC One still fresh in everyone’s mind, the mobile giant has decided to keep the hype going by announcing the release of their IR API in their latest OpenSense SDK. HTC is hoping to attract developers that can start utilizing the IR blaster in the HTC One for more real-world applications other than just changing the channel on your TV. There are some great applications that can be made to fully utilize the IR such as, controlling a DSLR camera, unlocking real estate lock boxes, or even controlling a toy helicopter. This looks to be a promising development for the HTC One and might just give the aging IR technology the boost it needs to become more than just a form of communication between your remote and TV.
Kyocera and Virgin Mobile have paired up once again to bring another low-cost pre-paid device. The Event can be had for a low $79 with no contract. When paired with Virgin’s $35 300 minute and unlimited data plan it can be a viable choice for new users looking for a decent device without having to pay a huge retail price. The Event brings a modest set of specs to the table which include a 3.5-inch HVGA (320×480) display, a 1 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 512 Mb of RAM (Micro-SD card expandable), and a 3.2-Megapixel camera. There seems to be little presence of an OEM skin which is nice. Although the specs are far from blowing anyone away, it could be one of Virgin’s top sellers based on price. You can read the full press release after the break.
Google has just posted a new changelog that shows all the new features and enhancements made to Android 4.2 Jellybean. Along with the lock screen widgets, redesigned clock, and quick settings in the notifications bar there are even more tweaks that have been included in the latest version of Android. Some of the lesser known updates include added tweaks to TalkBack such as the ability to enable it from the power menu, ‘Gesture Mode’ to reliably navigate the UI using touch and swipe gestures in combination with speech output, and BrailleBack for full braille services. Hit the source link for the full list and let us know what changes you like most in the comments below.
Source: 4.2 JellyBean Changelog
If you’re a fan of Racing games on your Android device than you are in luck. Team Firemonkeys (the group behind the Real Racing Series) announced that the game will be hitting the Play Store on February 28th as a free to play experience, or in other words, free to download with in app purchases. Of course team Firemonkeys knows that this decision will be met with some criticism so they had this statement prepared in response.
Yesterday we got word on the updated Optimus L series and LG didn’t waste anytime making them official with a presser. The Optimus L7 II, L5 II, and L3 II will probably not be part of the announcement on 25th, but they will certainly be on display during the MWC Conference. This upgrade seems to be a way for LG to try and recapture some of the success the “L-Style” line has had in the past with around 10 million units sold since last year’s launch. In terms of specifications these devices are mid-range at best and the dual-SIM technology suggests they aim to sell this on the central/eastern European market.
LG sent invites to their press event during Mobile World Congress, and if there is anything we can take from this it’s that LG has more to offer than just the Nexus 4. You can clearly see the giant 4 to the left of the invitation which indicates, if anything, that there will be 4 new devices from LG at this years Mobile World Congress. While there have been many rumors surrounding what devices may be shown, many sources have been pointing to two main ones.
The first of these rumors is the possibility of a new device line being dubbed the “F” series which many speculate to be a line of 4G-LTE capable devices that are set to be in the “affordable” price range for consumers. The second half of this rumor is the possible refresher (upgrades) to the current “L Series” line of devices that were shown at the last year’s MWC. Possible upgrades may include a faster processor or maybe a bigger battery.
What do you get when an avid LEGO and Android lover wants an Android figure? Make a LEGO BugDroid of course. A great man by the name of GLHTurbo over at LEGO’s CUUSOO site had a great idea for combining his two passions into one and created the first of its kind LEGO BugDroid. When we first announced the story of this campaign all that was needed was 10,000 willing individuals that would buy it. Notice I said “would” because no money was needed to start this project, just the pure support of the community would be enough. Well we are glad to report that GLHTurbo has hit that mark. As of yesterday, ( February 7th) the 10,000 supporter mark was hit and LEGO is now going to look over the project. If all goes well, they will start creating these BugDroid kits for sale. Not bad for a completely free start up program right?.
As if that was not enough, LEGO will also pay 1% royalties on every BugDroid sold to GLHTurbo. While I am sure that was not his motivation behind LEGO BugDroid, it is well deserved and I hope he makes even more Android-related products that I can throw my money at. So best of luck to GLHTurbo and check back here soon as we will keep you up to date with the results of LEGO’s inspection and let you know if it becomes a reality.