Canonical has lifted the curtain off of Ubuntu for tablets. What separates this OS from others is the ability to change subtle things about the UI depending on the device. Features include new side stage multi-tasking, which allows for simultaneous usage of tablet apps and smartphone apps and full encryption and multi-user logins which have always been at Ubuntu’s core. Paired with Ubuntu’s newest HUD (heads up display), Canonical has released a very clean and elegant UI that is sure to be on many tablets to come.
Just because the OG Samsung Galaxy Note is considered a little old in the tech world, it doesn’t mean that it still can’t get timely updates in order to keep things fresh and modern on the device, right? That’s why Samsung has gone ahead begun the initial push of its Android 4.1.2 update for the international variant of the Galaxy Note smartphone. The update brings the Android build to version JZO54K and brings with it the following:
Senior Vice President of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, is making news after a comment he made regarding the camera quality of Nexus devices. There’s no doubt that with each generation of Nexus device, special attention is paid to the camera and the quality of images and video it is capable of taking. An example of this is the implementation of Photo Sphere, which allows for a 360 degree panoramic image that was introduced with the latest Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 4.
One of the few complaints I’ve heard about Google Doodles is “I never see them!” The complaint usually stems from users who, like most of us I assume, type their searches into the “omnibox” or via a mobile device. Google has managed to spread the Doodle love to Android users via Google Now. The Doodle isn’t exactly the same as what you’d find on Google.com and you won’t be able to interact with the image in the same way but it will, at least, give you an idea of what everyone is talking about. If you haven’t updated to get yesterday’s awesome Google Now upgrades, do it now!
Google announced a new update to Google Now today, including the availability of a widget for home and lockscreens, a function we first spotted yesterday. The widget is not the only new feature included in this update, the fourth released since Google Now was launched. Google has incorporated Rotten Tomatoes movie ratings on the Movie cards to help you make a decision about what movie to go see. Support for Fandago is included so users can pull up their ticket to be scanned at the movie theater. Combined with Google Now’s trip estimating function, you can even get a reminder about when to leave for the theater so you don’t miss the previews. » Read the rest
One of the real hidden gems in the ROM community has just been updated to become one of the best apps imaginable. For those of you not familiar, Paranoid distinguishes itself from other custom ROMs because of its “Hybrid Engine”, which allows users to select both dpi and layout on a for each app available on a device—- meaning that instead of users being forced to modify the look of the device UI, users can instead optimize various apps to what works best for each one. While the concept of the app is certainly cool, everyone knows that there is always room for improvement and the developers have certainly delivered. The new Paranoid Android build includes the release of the PIE control system which allows users to disable onscreen buttons and instead, utilize a swipe gesture to access various common functions— giving users some extra screen & display to use. Oh and for you Nexus 4 users: there is a special screen calibration feature available which allows users to greatly optimize the display and allowing for all that content to be displayed with some extra pop.
As of now, this ROM looks like it’s only meant for Nexus users— so if you’re an owner of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 or Nexus 10— the new ROM is ready and waiting to be used by you today. Hit the break to check out one (or all) of the source links to get additional info and grab yourselves the ROM— but be sure check out a few of the videos highlighting Paranoid’s neat features first.
It’s February friends– so that means it’s time for the latest edition of the Android Distribution Chart highlighting what OS it is that us Android folk are using on our devices. Similar to what we saw in the last edition, Gingerbread is still on the vast majority of Android devices, but the overall number continues to decline at an almost free-fall rate. As of the time of this writing, Gingerbread is found on about 45% of all Android devices, down over 2% from the number seen in the previous Distribution Chart. In addition, the number of Jelly Bean devices continue to creep upwards as we are now seeing just a shade under 14% of all devices featuring a variation of Jelly Bean, while Ice Cream Sandwich also creeping upwards to 29%.
So yes friends we can finally breathe a sigh of relief— more and more of our devices are featuring current software (finally). Let’s just hope we see the overall number of Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich devices continue to creep upwards before Google’s next dessert arrives.
It appears that another Jelly Bean build is now on the way folks. Now before you all go thinking this would bring the version at 4.3 or even a 4.2.2— you may want to think again. Google published its Android-4.2.1_r1.1 and Android-4.2.1_r1.2 open source codes which correspond with the JOP40G and JOP40F Android builds. For now, it appears that the new open source codes bring some very minor bug fixes— but there may be a surprise or two trickled in there somewhere.
You’ll find additional details once you hit the source links.
Those of you out there who own a variant of the Sony Xperia T smartphone are about to get a taste of some buttery goodness in the near-future. According to the PTCRB website, a new firmware version of 9.1.A.0.489 has been certified for the Xperia T (LT30p) and Xperia TX (LT29i) smartphones— which effectively moves the software up from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean. Oh and owners of an American variant of the smartphone won’t be left out either— the Xperia TL (LT30at) for AT&T is also getting a new firmware version certified with 9.1.F.1.120, which would also bring the device up to Jelly Bean as well.
So while the new pieces of firmware have been certified, it would still be a matter of weeks before we see the update land on the respective devices. Hopefully the different Xperia T owners out there will be able to contain themselves in the meantime.
The day has finally come for all of you Galaxy S II owners that have been patient and waiting for all that Project Buttery goodness: the Jelly Bean update is starting to roll out to the international variant (GT-I9100) of the popular smartphone. SamMobile reports that the Jelly Bean update brings the Android version to 4.1.2 and build JZO54K, while bringing a whole host of improvements. One of the major things to note is Samsung completely left the horrible old UI and has implemented the Nature UX interface— which is the same as that found in the Galaxy S III. In addition to the newfound fluidity and speed of the UI, additional features include items like S Cloud support, new widgets, a new lock screen and of course, Google Now.
While the update is finally out in the wild, only owners of the international flavor of the smartphone can grab it at this time. This means that those of you on those carrier-branded models will need to wait just a little while longer. Don’t fret though— the update should be ready sooner than later for you folks. In the meantime— if you’re an owner of the international variant of the smartphone, feel free to check for the update at this time via Samsung Kies or OTA.