Google video shows how Photo Sphere works in Android 4.2

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Earlier today Google announced the release of Android 4.2, an update to Jelly Bean. One of the big features being touted is the new camera app that introduces a feature called “Photo Sphere.” To help folks visualize the new capabilities, Google produced a video showing how it works and a taste of the final product. Like normal panoramic photo mode, the camera will guide you to where your next snapshot needs to be aimed using a targeting system. Unlike panoramic photos, the app guides you to take some photos on more than one level, some higher and some lower than your initial plane of focus. All the photos are then stitched together to effectively create a “Street View” type photo. You can move right or left, up and down some, and you can zoom in and out.

Anyone want to guess how long before Google enables users to upload these videos to Google Maps, effectively making anyone with a Photo Sphere capable device a part of their Street View fleet? Hit the break to view the video showing this new capability. » Read the rest

Google announces Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean

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Google has announced the release of Android 4.2, an update to Jelly Bean, that promises to bring a new camera app, typing improvements, and other upgrades to the Jelly Bean experience. No doubt this was going to be part of Google’s announcement at their event today. While a hurricane may dampen the fun that was planned, it cannot stop the march of Android on to bigger and better things. » Read the rest

Google Nexus 10 with Android 4.2 revealed in set of leaked images

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A set of images has emerged, revealing Google’s upcoming Nexus 10 tablet. The Samsung-built device is running Android 4.2 which still flies under the Jelly Bean moniker. Interestingly, the new software does bring some enhancements like a pull-down settings menu, though other significant features remain unknown.

As previous rumors suggested, the device sports a 10.1-inch Super AMOLED display (2560 x 1600 resolution), a 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos processor with a Mali-T604 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Also included is 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual stereo speakers.

We had previously heard several rumors of a Samsung-manufactured Nexus 10, which leads us to believe that this bad boy is all but official. It looks like we’ll have to wait until Monday for the full scoop, though.

Source: BriefMobile

Android 4.2 could be Key Lime Pie and is a Motorola Nexus and DROID RAZR X on the way?

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We have another leak to throw into the rumor mill. There is no way to tell if this is legit or not, but it sure is interesting. What you are looking at is a Motorola document that specifies Android 4.2.2 as Key Lime Pie and proceeds to show when devices will get the upgrade. As you know, all of them don’t even have Jelly Bean yet. Now the other kicker is the first two devices mentioned: The DROID RAZR X and Motorola Nexus, which show them as being shipped with the said update. Now if a Motorola Nexus does exist, it doesn’t mean we will see it this Monday, it just means that it could come out at a later date. The other thing I find odd is that there is no DROID RAZR i. It’s simply the RAZR i since it’s not on Verizon. Furthermore, no international device names (non Verizon) are mentioned, just DROID devices, which appears fishy. All in all, there is no way to verify the source. I guess this information is somewhat plausible and not completely insane, but we need to caution you that it could really mean nothing. I need more information before I’m buying.

source: droidforums

Thanks Michael

More info found in LG Nexus dump for Android 4.2; Gallery redesign, multiple user accounts and more

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If you read our previous article on this, folks over on Android Police have gotten a hold of a one month old LG Nexus ROM. The ROM is in fact Android 4.2 and with it, they’ve been able to uncover what we should all expect once 4.2 is officially revealed. For starters it looks like the “Gallery” application is getting a complete re-design and as you can see, it follows Google’s Holo UI look and looks very similar to the Google+ application. I actually liked the old look a lot, but I can understand why Google wants to give it a uniform look to match their other apps like Google+ and YouTube. Keep in mind that this is still a work in progress and I would bet that it’ll look different than what it looks in this photo. For one, the header could certainly still use some work as it just look completely bland at the moment. Either way I personally think it’s a great move, what do you guys think about the new gallery? Also, according to Android Police, the gallery icon that you see here is just a “place holder” and will by no means be the final icon used.

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Thanks to an LG Nexus system dump, a couple Android 4.2 features have been uncovered

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Thanks to an Android 4.2 system dump obtained via an LG Nexus by Android Police, several new features of 4.2 have been unearthed for all of us to see. Keep in mind that these are builds that aren’t by any means final and could very well change once the LG Nexus is actually released. These are features that may or may not be in the final builds, but it looks like it is what we should expect once we officially see Android 4.2.

Ron Amadeo from Android Police wrote up a great article on this and detailed each new feature. He carefully detailed SELinux, Always-On VPN and Premium SMS Confirmation. All of these should make its way into 4.2.

If you have some free time and would like to see what Google has been up to for 4.2, then head on over to the source link and give Ron’s post a read!

source: Android Police

Android 4.2, Double Notification Pulldowns?

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First there was that Gmail 4.2 leak. Now we’re beginning to see some really juicy details about Android 4.2. Turns out,the guys over at Android Police are holding a little more than a leak of Gmail 4.2. They’re sitting with a full system dump of Android 4.2 from the LG Nexus. While we’ve seen reports of the LG Nexus containing Android 4.1.2, their leak has the full version of 4.2, and full tear-downs have ensued. Hit the break for the juicy details. » Read the rest

Reports on Android 4.2 with Project Roadrunner, updated Google Now, and Customization Center apparently false

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Last week Android and Me originally broke the story that the soon to be released Android 4.2 would feature a Customization Center, an updated Google Now, and Project Roadrunner. Just like that, they have retracted the story saying it was completely false. On the good news front, it looks the like the rumors about the LG Optimus G Nexus, or whatever they are going to call it, appear to be true as well as some some sort of Android 4.2 update.

source: androidandme

Evidence suggests Android 4.2 could already be running on two new Motorola devices

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New evidence has surfaced suggesting that Google’s upcoming version of Android may not be too far off. The folks over at Android Police have gone through their internal server logs, only to discover a slew of devices appearing to be running Android 4.2, which is rumored to be an iterative update to this year’s Jelly Bean release.

Linux; Android 4.2; Nexus 7 Build/JOO92B
Linux; Android 4.2; Nexus 7 Build/JOP02B

Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-us; Galaxy Nexus Build/JOP04C
Linux; Android 4.2; Galaxy Nexus Build/JOO92B
Linux; Android 4.2; Galaxy Nexus Build/JOP04

Linux; Android 4.2; occam Build/JOO92B
Linux; Android 4.2; occam Build/JOP04B
Linux; Android 4.2; occam Build/JOP04C
Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-us; occam Build/JOP03B
Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-gb; occam Build/JOP03B
Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-us; occam Build/JOP04

Linux; Android 4.2; manta Build/JOP04C
Linux; Android 4.2; manta Build/JOP03
Linux; Android 4.2; manta Build/JOP05

The code above signifies the naming scheme for the new Jelly Bean build, as well as two new pieces of hardware. Along with the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus, two new devices, code named Occam and Manta, are listed as running the new software. The Occam has been pointed out to be a philosophical reference to “Occam’s Razor”, implying that the device could turn out to be a RAZR M or RAZR HD Nexus variant (hence the ironic name choice). The Manta on the other hand is reminiscent of Google’s  long tenure of using aquatic code names. You may remember the Nexus 7 being called Grouper before it launched, while the Motorola XOOM was known as both the Stingray and Wingray for Verizon and Wi-Fi models. This new device could very well be a new tablet, quite possibly the Nexus 10.

Obviously, this is pure speculation at this point. However, the evidence is starting to stack up as we draw closer to the end of October. So, while we may be confident in the idea of several Nexus devices–perhaps even Motorola-manufactured ones– it seems as though we’ll need to wait for a bit more information until we can truly say what exactly Google has in store for us.

Source: Android Police

Rumor: Upcoming Nexus Featuring Android 4.2 To Feature New Customization Center, Updated Google Now And Project Roadrunner

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As we all await the arrival of the latest Nexus device (or devices if all holds true), we are also eagerly awaiting what Google has up its sleeves in the latest Android OS. Well it looks like the gang at Android and Me may have the inside scoop on not only the latest OS which is expected to be software version 4.2, but details on the direction of its Nexus line of devices. According to an anonymous source, Google is trying to promote its Nexus line among all major manufacturers. The various manufacturers will work directly with Google in regards to the hardware and driver details, though Google will be responsible for the hardware updates directly. Moreover, although these special Google devices are part of the Nexus line, they don’t necessarily need to be called Nexus as part of its name– sort of like of what Google did with the Motorola Xoom WiFi tablet. The thought is that by manufacturers joining the Nexus program, it would allow for the special variations of the devices to have even more access to specially-optimized Google content.

Of course since there will be added content, it’s only natural to have an idea of what exactly the Nexus devices will feature in regards to the newest Android OS, Android 4.2. The biggest features in the new OS are rumored to be identified as the new Customization Center, Project Roadrunner, an updated Google Now and revamped Play Store. The new Customization Center will be useful for all Android users as it essentially allows users to update the base Android OS, without having to wait for OEM manufacturers to update their skins. Here’s how it works: it is basically a way for you to do basic customizations through a range of options through the Play Store. When a new update is available, new items like filters and icons would be available via the Play Store. So when Google upgrades Android and a manufacturer doesn’t provide a compatible version of their custom UI initially, the device reverts simply to the stock UI or wait for the upgrade until the manufacturer catches up.

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