Following yesterday’s news of the LG Optimus Nexus running 4.1.2, today Google Technical Lead, Jean-Baptiste Queru, announced that Android 4.1.2 will be released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) today. Given the slight, incremental update in the version number, this is viewed as a minor upgrade bringing it to build number “JZO54K” (for the Nexus 7) and is available on the jb-dev development branch as “android-4.1.2_r1.” While a full change log is not available, the Nexus 7 notification revealed the requisite, “improves performance and stability and fixes bugs.” For those that are running custom Jelly Bean ROMs, I’m sure we’ll see 4.1.2 merged into the updates within the next 24-36 hours.
source: Android Police
A new version of the mobile web browser Opera has been released in the Play Store. Opera 12.1 isn’t a major overhaul of the app, it’s just an improvement over what was already a solid app. One big improvement is the increased security when browsing web pages. Now you will get a notification if you are visiting a website that has been “marked as being suspicious or used of illicit activity” the same way it does on a desktop web browser. This update also brings SPDY which improves the ability to fetch web pages so it may not jump out at you but you should be able to notice the difference. The latest Opera update also highlights HTML5 being the future of the web, or at least that’s what they told us during the Adobe Flash debacle, and Opera has added support including HTML5 drag and drop and clipboard APIs. Again this is not an overhaul but definitely brings nice improvements to the mobile browser. Hit the break for the full press release.
Motorola Atrix 2 owners are rejoicing today because AT&T started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update. We were expecting this but there is no doubt Atrix 2 owners will be happy to ditch Gingerbread. This update brings ICS favorites like Face Unlock, swipe away notifications and tabbed browsing. The update also brings Motorola’s quick-launch lock screen which allows users to unlock their phone directly to the camera, phone dialer, text messaging or home screen. It is still unlikely that the Motorola Atrix 4G will get ICS despite the protests, but at least Motorola is making a step in the right direction with other phones.
Sprint has announced the addition of four new devices to its 4G LTE portfolio. They indicate the devices will be available for customers to order sometime this fall. The devices include:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 able to access both Sprint’s 3G and 4G LTE networks, the 10.1-inch tablet boasts a 1.5GHz dual-core processor running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich;
- LG Optimus G running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor running a 4.7-inch HD display;
- LG Mach, an entry level QWERTY slider device capable of full HD video recording and playback;
- Plug-in-Connect, a tri-mode USB device that users can plug into their computers to enjoy broadband wireless connectivity.
Buyers of these new devices will have to sign up for a Sprint Everything Data plan. Hit the break to read the full press release from Sprint about these new options for their customers.
Jellyflop, from Concrete Software, is a brand new physics based puzzle game that just hit the Google Play Store. I doubt you ever saw a jellyfish fly did you? Well in this game, your jellyfish kind of does. It’s up to you to bounce a cute jellyfish around trying to capture raindrops and feathers. Along the way, you will meet new characters and earn achievements.
You are given a certain amount of jelly and your job is to draw lines utilizing this jelly. You can angle them however you want and make them as short or long as you need. The lines have a certain bounce to them so they will direct or re-direct your jellyfish, and hopefully you will collect all the raindrops as well as the feather. Watch out though, because if you draw too many lines, you could run out of jelly. As you would expect from a game like this, you will find obstacles like fans that could blow your jellyfish in the wrong direction. Other things like teleportals could be helpful or not depending on how you look at it. It’s really hard to explain this game, but if you check out their quick trailer video below, you will get the idea.
Yesterday we reported on a U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee report that found two Chinese technology manufacturers may pose a threat to U.S. national security. The report alleged the companies failed to provide documents as part of the investigation, may have engaged in bribery and corruption, conducted discriminatory behavior, and participated in copyright infringement.
Today, ZTE issued a full statement in its defense regarding the Committee’s findings. ZTE notes they are already listed as a Trusted Delivery Partner by 140 governments and 500 network carriers. ZTE also claims they have provided an “unprecedented standard for cooperation” for a Chinese company with the House Committee. ZTE’s David Dai Shu, director of global public affairs, chides the Committee for finding ZTE “may not be ‘free of state influence.’” Dai Shu notes this standard would apply to any manufacturer in China, including Western companies that get their hardware from Chinese partners or suppliers. Instead of focusing on the geographical location of companies, ZTE suggests the Committee should examine equipment security and application of the Trusted Delivery Model for all companies providing hardware for the U.S. telecom infrastructure.
Hit the break to read ZTE’s full statement.
We love Lookout Mobile Security because not only is it a great service with many features, but they also constantly add new features, and today is no exception. Lookout Mobile Security has a new look and some cool new features such as Signal Flare, an Activity Feed, and Safe Dialer. If you ever lose your phone, there’s a good chance your battery will deplete. The good news is that Signal Flare will automatically flag the last location of youe phone if it has a low battery, which will increase your chances of finding it. No other service offers this. The Activity Feed is a dashboard that categorizes updates, which allows you to quickly get notifications of threats, see your app download history, your data backups, and other security notifications. Last but not least, the Safe Dialer insures that any number you click to call from your mobile browser is safe. This is as a result of the recent USSD security threat found on Samsung devices.
Full press release after the break:
Samsung finally took the wraps off of the Galaxy Music and also revealed a dual-SIM version called the Galaxy Music Duos. This one isn’t going to impress you as far as specs, but it might be a great phone for the kids. What I like most about it is the front-facing stereo speakers that we have seen on recent Galaxy Tabs. It has a 3-inch QVGA (320 x 240) display and an unknown processor, but would be surprised if it’s not a single-core. On the plus side, it has a microSD slot, advanced audio features such as Sound Alive & SRS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (with TouchWiz Nature UX), and a WVGA (800 x 480) projector.
No word on pricing or availability, but trust me, it will be cheap.
Last night we showed you some leaked images of the upcoming LG Nexus device, and now we already have more leaks. This one bares the same model number, LG-E960, but looks a little different. Actually it resembles a Galaxy Nexus. It could be the fact that these pictures are a little older from the prototype stage. You will notice a label that says “not for sale hw rev 1.0″ and there are screw holes visible along the bottom edges.
We already reported this device hitting the FCC (with AT&T HSPA+ only) so everything seems to line up as far as the model number goes. At this point in the game, there’s no question the phone exists, it’s just a matter of when they are going to announce it already. More pics after the break.
All of you Android parents out there will need to get ready to open up your wallets as there’s yet another Android tablet available for children. Just in time before the start of the holiday season, Ematic has released its 7-inch FunTab Ice Cream Sandwich tablet. While it’s no screamer like some powerhouse tablets, it should more than suffice for the kiddies as it will have a snappy 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage and both front/rear cameras. The unique thing about the Ematic tablet is the fact that it will have a customized kid-friendly skin and features including the ability for parents to record themselves reading books that the child can watch.
Oh and in case you are wondering, all of this costs only a mere $149.99, which is not too shabby at all. Hit the source link for additional details.