ASUS said today that the Transformer Pad, Transformer Prime and Infinity will be the lucky tablet winners to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That’s it so far. ASUS says they’re still deciding on other devices though. The other day they said on their German Facebook page that the Eee Pad Slider and Transformer would be getting Jelly Bean too. Does that mean it’s not final? As to when the updates will roll, no time frame was given. Hit the break for the full statement.
Samsung and Asian telecom provider Chunghwa Telecom released a 2012 London Olympics accessory pack for the Galaxy S III today in the Taiwan market. The pack includes three phone holders, a couple back covers, and a figurine to mount via the 3.5mm headphone jack. The base of each phone holder is adorned with the British flag as well as one of the back covers. The other back cover is a graphic of a member of the Royal British Guard. The phone holders each use a different Olympic sport for a figure that serves as a stand for the phone – Cycling, Weightlifting and Taekwondo. The figure that mounts in the audio jack is a British Royal Guard figure and serves no purpose other than bling.
In addition to the items indicated, a static wallpaper will be made available via Samsung Apps beginning July 22nd. Pricing appears to be in the $10 US range.
source: Pocket Droid
On Thursday, a U.S. appeals court turned down Samsung’s request to stay a preliminary injunction barring the sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 tabs. The preliminary injunction was granted by Judge Lucy H. Koh in patent litigation between Samsung and Apple over the design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The injunction was granted on June 26th and bars Samsung from importing or selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S. The injunction does not apply to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 II, the current model being sold by Samsung in US markets. » Read the rest
There’s been a few complaints on the Nexus 7 as far as the display separating and light bleeding within the display. Now a touchscreen defect has surfaced in which the right side of the screen will stop picking up touch inputs. A lot of people might not notice it since it only seems to be happen after playing a high performance game, as in Tegra 3-optimized, which pushes the hardware.
After playing a such a game for a few minutes, the right side (in portrait mode) won’t pick up a response from your touch or it will detect your touch, but quickly lose the connection. This “dead area” is roughly half the display. This issue won’t be subject to just the game you’re playing as it will be a problem throughout the rest of the UI. Although gaming seems to cause this issue the most, it can be caused from running other applications, but is rare. Since Tegra 3 games are the biggest culprit, it’s possible that it could be an overheating issue.
Sadly there is no fix other than turning off the display and turning it back on which can be annoying, especially if you’re playing a game. Check out the video after the break from Geek.com to see for yourself.
Here we go again with the HTC Desire HD/Desire S ICS update saga. After Telus announced the devices would not get the update, HTC came out with some damage control and said hold your horses— those phones are “still on schedule” to get the update. After some minor deliberation, HTC then revised its stance and wants to do further research in determining the Desire HD/Desire S’s ability to run Android 4.0. Here’s exactly what it had to say on the matter:
“HTC is committed to providing the best customer experience on our devices and are currently determining the ability to support Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC Desire HD. We’ll provide more information when we’ve completed our analysis.”
To sum everything up: it’s not quite certain as of now that the Desire HD/Desire S will get the ICS update after all. HTC will have to wait and do further research and investigation to see if those devices can indeed handle the current software. The best case scenario— we’re looking at a serious delay of the update, but at least it will be pushed out eventually to owners of the devices. Worst case scenario— HTC determines after its further investigation that the Desire HD/Desire S will not get the update because it deems they are not capable of handling the software.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed HTC will push out the software to owners of those devices.
source: Android Central
After what has been seemingly months of speculation, we now have an idea of what Verizon’s upcoming Samsung “Jasper” (SCH-I200) looks like. As you can see, it kind of favors Samsung’s DROID Charge in appearance, but will feature a 4G LTE chip complimented by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 dual-core processor and heavy scoop of Ice Cream Sandwich with a touch of TouchWiz. While it will feature a snappy processor and Android 4.0, it will feature a modest WVGA (800 x 480) display alongside a modest screen size. Something of note that will be no doubt exciting for prospective buyers is the fact it will include a dedicated multitasking button in the place of the usual search button.
While we finally have an idea of how the phone looks like— both Sammy and Verizon are staying tight-lipped about when it will hit Verizon stores. Though our guess it will arrive out here sooner than later.
source: The Verge
Back in May, Sony gave us a glimpse of the spiritual successor to the Xperia Arc, dubbed the Xperia GX. This 4.6-inch phone will bring with it a 13MP camera, dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU, 16GB of storage, and LTE. The GX has just gone through the FCC and we learned one more thing about it. It will also be sporting a pentaband 3G radio capable of HSPA speeds. Not a bad fallback if no LTE is available.
Other than that juicy tidbit, the FCC filing doesn’t really reveal anything new. Hit the source link below for the details.
A little less than two months ago we reported of an Ice Cream Sandwich build that leaked for the Verizon LG Spectrum. Now it seems as if the official ICS update is just around the corner. According to an LG rep over at LG’s support forum, ICS for the Spectrum is very close:
Keep an eye on our “Company Updates” which shows up on the home page
It’s getting very close…can’t wait to get the official word to post it! I think we’re just waiting on Verizon to set a FOTA schedule. :)
Needless to say, the wait shouldn’t be that much longer my friends. Any LG Spectrum owners still out there?
source: LG Support
The Sony Unlimited Music app for both mobile and tablets has been updated today. A major update for the tablet version finally adds offline listening, a feature that phone users have been able to enjoy for quite some time now. The phone version of the app also adds the following new features:
- Create your own artist-based internet radio stations with My Channel feature.
- New users can sign up for accounts from their mobile device.
- 30 second “preview mode” available with no account required.
- Move APK to SD card on supported devices.
Download links and QR codes will be available after the break! » Read the rest
Need more reasons to love your Google Nexus 7 tablet? Perhaps yet another reason to convince you to go out and purchase one? It turns out the Nexus 7 is one tough cookie compared to that other fruit bearing tablet. The guys over at Squaretrade performed several tests on the Google Nexus 7 and the new Apple iPad to test its durability. Needless to say, the Nexus 7 won in a landslide.
First off they dropped both tablets numerous times at several different angles, and while the Nexus 7 stayed fully intact (minus minor scuff marks on the back-plate) with no cracks on the screen, the iPad suffered from a cracked screen and the corners were essentially smashed and bent. Their next test was dropping both tablets in a tub filled with water. Both tablets still worked after taking them out, the the iPad’s audio speakers were nonfunctional while the Nexus 7′s were perfectly working.
There you have it folks, looks like even for a tablet starting at $199, ASUS and Google made a quality tablet that can endure drops and water damage. Hit the break to watch the video of the demonstration and let us know what you think!