Lenovo appears to be working on a pair of mid-range devices to compete for buyers looking for more affordable devices. Although projected to be a middle tier device, the Lenovo S920 will reportedly come with a 5.3-inch screen in a case with narrow bezels, a quad-core processor, dual-SIM support, a decent battery clocking in at 2,250 mAh all running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean when launched. » Read the rest
Not too long ago we heard about a web data compression feature Google was testing out. It was only available to Android 4.2 users, however, so not many of us got a chance to play with it. After some digging around in the source code for the latest Chrome browser, it turns out that Google has somewhat implemented the data compression feature into Chrome for anyone to try out.
It’s a little tricky to get to the setting, as there’s no actual UI for turning it on yet. In Chrome, type chrome://flags in the address bar, and from there you’ll be able to switch the flag on to start data compression. All HTTP websites you visit will then be sent to Google’s proxy server to be intelligently compressed and optimized for Chrome, then sent to your smartphone, speeding up the web loading process as well as consuming less data. Pretty handy trick if you’re dealing with a data cap from your carrier.
Hopefully we’ll see this feature make it into the stable release of Chrome before long.
source: Google Developers Blog
Earlier we showed you some leaked screenshots from what was supposed to be the Galaxy S IV, but it might have only been from a leaked Android 4.2.1 ROM that will end up on the GSIV. Now we have some more screenshots out of Israel, and these look like they are definitely from the GSIV, or at least one of the variants (SCH-i337 and most likely AT&T). The screens confirm what we are already expecting and that’s a 1.8GHz quad-core CPU (on certain variants) and a 13MP camera. We also get confirmation of the expected 1080p screen, but I believe for the first time, we get the PPI, which is 441 and a touch lower than the HTC One (468). Another screen confirms the smart scroll feature, but that will end up being a feature that will end up on all devices that receive the Android 4.2.1 update. Hit the break for the rest of the screens.
Looking forward to that major Sammy device that’s set to be introduced next week? Yeah— so are we gang. With that in mind, we have some additional leaks to share with you all highlighting how the Galaxy S IV’s UI may indeed look upon its arrival. As indicated in some screenshots from the Galaxy S III’s leaked 4.2.1 firmware, we can see the Galaxy S IV will indeed have the Smart Scroll and Smart Pause features, just like we’d previously heard before. In addition, the inclusion of these features all but confirm the Galaxy S IV will utilize a full 1080p HD panel, giving users all the detail and quality they can handle on the rumored 4.99-inch display. Could it be possible that the upcoming device will have even more custom or unique inclusions to the UI? We’re certainly inclined to believe that its not that hard to fathom seeing something an even more updated version of its Touchwiz Nature UI.
It’s only another week before the big event gang. Just one more week…
Use of Android is constantly evolving and the latest distribution data shows Gingerbread on devices is down while use of Jelly Bean is up 3.2 percent. This news comes just one month after our last reported findings. To Android enthusiasts’ dismay however, Gingerbread is still on the majority of devices at 44.2 percent. Here are the latest stats:
- 2.3 Gingerbread – 44.2 percent
- 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – 28.6 percent
- 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean – 16.5 percent
- 2.2 Froyo – 7.6 percent
- 2.1 Eclair – 1.9 percent
- 3.1 and 3.2 Honeycomb – 1.2 percent
- 1.6 Donut – 0.2 percent » Read the rest
Remember that leak of Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) we saw over the weekend for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus? Well thanks to a little help from XDA member oldblue910, the download is now available for you to install. Now it’s unlikely that this is the final version of the build, but that doesn’t mean you can enjoy a little 4.2.2 goodness. You don’t need to be rooted, but if you are, you need to be running 100% stock Android 4.1.1 (JRO030) in order to apply the update.
Exciting news for those of you on the edge of your seats in anticipation for the Galaxy S IV release! @evleaks claims to have first hand leaked images of the new handset, along with an impressive list of specs for your oogling pleasure. » Read the rest
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything major out of the Cyanogenmod team, but if you’ve been itching for something new to flash, you’re in luck. They’ve just announced that CM10.1-m2, which is a build more stable than a nightly but still not quite a full stable release, is available for a handful of devices. Popular devices like the Nexus lineup, Galaxy S III, and HTC One X are among the first to get the builds, but others are sure to follow.
If you like to stay on the more bug-free types of ROMs, this is going to be one you’ll possibly want to test drive. If you’re the type who has to flash something new every day… well, you were going to try this one out regardless. Be sure to post your bug reports to help get the kinks worked out for the final builds.
source: CM Blog
Last week we saw a Galaxy S IV (SCH-i959) variant show up in AnTuTu benchmarks, but with a quad-core CPU. It is widely believed that Samsung will utilize the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 for quad-core variants, but there is also belief they will utilize the new Exynos 5 Octa in at least the international version. This latest benchmark is believed to be the international version (GT-i9500) and it has the Exynos 5 Octa. It came in at 24,894, which is pretty impressive, but is actually lower than what the SCH-i959 showed, which was 26,250. There’s no question the CPU is important, but what about the rest of the specs? Hit the break to find out.
ASUS has always been one of the best manufacturers of Android tablets, but they’re also one of the best for updates. Today is no exception as the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 will be the first tablet (non Nexus) to get the Android 4.2 update. The best feature of Android 4.2 is multiple user accounts, which allows each user of your TF300 to keep their own settings, apps, and app data.
The update will take place today in the U.S. via over-the-air followed by other regions throughout the month. The TF300 is one of the most successful tablets for ASUS, so it’s not surprising it would be the first to get this update. ASUS won’t stop there as they plan on updating the Transformer Pad Infinity, MeMo Pad Smart 10″, and MeMo Pad to 4.2 during the 2nd quarter. Hit the break for the full presser.
[Update] We believe this is going to be version Android 4.2.1