Introduced on Monday, Android 4.2 brings a slew of new enhancements and features that rectify the minor jump in the version number. One of the most–if not the most–heavily touted features is Google’s entirely redesigned Camera and Gallery interface. The new build brings with it an intuitive options ring that pops up wherever you place your finger, allowing you to easily control the focus and various user settings. Also new is Photo Sphere, which has the ability to capture 360-degree images, similar to Google Maps Street View.
You may be thinking, “all this is great, except I don’t have a Nexus 4.” This may be true, but if you have a Galaxy Nexus, the entire new app has been ripped from Android 4.2, and packaged into a nice .apk for easy installation. Hit the break for download links.
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Source: Android Police
Those of you that are sporting CyanogenMod 10 will be happy to know that they are incorporating their own file manager, appropriately named CM File Manager. It maintains the Holo UI and of course leverages root capabilities. So far it looks like it won’t have any network capabilities like the ability to access any of your network drives over WiFi. I’m sure this will be added at a later date, but if it’s something you need, you won’t be able to dump ES Explorer or File Expert just yet.
It was already forked into their project last night, and should show up in the next round of nightlies.
If you own an NFC-equipped device like the Galaxy S III, then you’ve no doubt utilized the interesting TecTiles technology at some point, which definitely needed some improvements and all. Well Samsung has worked behind the scenes and presented a new TecTiles that’s better than ever. TecTiles 3.0 now allows users to write multiple actions to one tag (as opposed to having one action for each tag), customize your profiles and even create a private TecTile that only a specific smartphone can read. The update is pretty extensive and lengthy– so if you’re interested in checking out the specific details, hit the break for the full presser from Sammy.
The latest OTA update for AT&T’s HTC One X broke the current methods for rooting the device, but of course it never takes the folks over at XDA too long to find another work around when it comes to rooting. This method will use two different exploits to modify your CID and allow you to unlock your bootloader and root the device.
Of course, as with anything that has to do with rooting, this procedure is can be harmful for your device so please read up before you attempt to do this! Check out the source link if you’re interested!
I know the Optimus G on AT&T and Sprint is on many an Android fan’s wish list this fall. However, this bit of news may curb that enthusiasm just a bit. Our pals over at Android Central have personally written LG and received this response from LG themselves:
The Optimus G doesn’t support an unlocked bootloader.
Straight and to the point. I can’t say that this comes as a huge surprise, it’s just a little perplexing why manufacturers continue to do this. But there it is, right there in black and white. How will this decision affect your decision on a new device, if at all? LG Nexus anyone?
source: Android Central
It’s no secret that the upcoming Optimus G is going to have a cool— and I mean really cool multitasking feature, but most of us want to know how in the world the manufacturer came up with its spin on multitasking. Well LG took some time and had its stud senior research engineer Sebastian Hochan Song explain the idea behind QSlide and how it is tasked with having “multitasking to the extreme”. As already seen before, QSlide allows for two videos to be displayed on one screen simultaneously, but the really cool aspect about the multitasking feature is how it came to be— and let’s just say that kids can truly inspire anything and everything innovative. I won’t give out the exact details of the inspiration behind QSlide’s creation, so you’ll need to check out the video for yourself once you hit past the break.
Swype has issued an update to its beta keyboard software which adds several new features and enhancements over the previous version. Users can now sync their personal dictionaries across multiple different devices, eliminating the need to re-teach abbreviations or names to each device. In an attempt to cash in on social features, Swype is introducing “hotwords”, a new addition which adds globally trending words to your dictionary.
Also new, is a smaller, more convenient split keyboard for tablet users. Customization serves as a main focus in the newest version of the keyboard too, with the company now allowing users to choose between ten unique keyboard themes. Add this to the plethora of backend overhauls and enhanced support for Japanese and Chinese users, and the new iteration is definitely the one of the best option on the market. Now, if only it we’re actually available on the Play Store.
Source: The Verge
Excellent news for unlocked Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 owners like myself who enjoy the pleasures of fiddling with those respective devices. The Google Development team has officially released the official Android 4.1.2 build JZO54K factory images for the unlocked Galaxy Nexus (“takju”) and the Nexus 7, respectively. This means that should you happen to take your general tomfoolery too far and create an “oopsies”, you’ll be able to restore the device back to normal as if nothing ever happened. And who wouldn’t want the ability to bring their device back to its original state?
Full details and links to the factory images are available once you hit the source link below.
source: Google Developers
Samsung continues their connected devices push by adding the Galaxy Camera. A variation of the Galaxy Camera made it through the FCC with 3G connectivity and looks like it will be on the AT&T network. This likely won’t be the only variation released in the US and there is already one available for pre-order in the UK. There is a likelihood that the camera will also be available on other LTE networks, but those devices just haven’t made it to the FCC yet. With the imminent arrival of the Galaxy Camera, Samsung hopes to start a new era of Smart Cameras. It is not known when the Galaxy Camera will be available on this side of the pond, but if Samsung has their way, it will be the first of many more android powered devices on the horizon.