Original Asus Transformer Gets Experimental 3G/GSM on Jelly Bean


Android devices typically never get the kind of manufacturer support that we all want, and that’s the case with the original Transformer. The TF101 and its close cousin, the TF101G (which includes radios for 3G connectivity) have gotten ports of multiple, fully functional Jelly Bean ROMs. Unfortunately for the TF101G, the 3G radios aren’t functional in the ROMs developed for the TF101, and so anyone using those newer ROMs lose 3G functionality. And of course it’s not fair to give users the choice between losing features they paid for or staying on older software.

XDA, like always, to the rescue. One dev has figured out a way to get those 3G radios working on the TF101G. It’s still only an experimental build of Cyanogenmod 10, and it’s appropriately labeled a WIP, but if you’re the owner of a Transformer and you’re really missing 3G functionality on Jelly Bean, this is a great breakthrough for you. The dev is also planning on releasing source later for anyone to help out.

So if you’re feeling adventurous today, give the build a shot. The dev is asking for feedback, since it is still an experimental build that may have some bugs. But sometimes that’s the fun part of flashing, isn’t it?

Source: XDA

LG Nexus 4 spotted in Carphone Warehouse promotional materials

Carphone Warehouse just can’t seem to do anything right as it prepares for the highly anticipated launch of Google’s upcoming LG Nexus 4. A few days after prematurely listing the unannounced device on its official website, a slew of the company’s retail stores have begun displaying promotional materials for the handset, ultimately revealing some additional information.

Most of the details remain the same, including a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4, 8-megapixel camera and 12 hours of talk time. Although, the same listing shows the sim-free version of the Nexus 4 as being priced at £390 (about $504). Unfortunately, there’s no word on a release date, which isn’t at all surprising considering Google has postponed Monday’s Android event due to nasty weather conditions.
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Caught on video: Google Nexus 10

Since we are now in a holding mode while we await word from Google on how they are going to handle the cancellation of their event on Monday in New York City, what better way to pass the time than with a leaked video of the Nexus 10 tablet. Unfortunately, the time will be short – five seconds to be exact. You may be able to keep looping it if that will help. Hit the break to view the video.
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Yet another LG Nexus 4 render

Even though Google has been forced to cancel their event on Monday, that has not stopped fans from continuing their search for any thing related to the LG Nexus 4 smartphone that was expected to be announced. While we wait on word from Google about rescheduling the event or some other means of revealing their latest technology, you can whet your appetite a bit with yet another leak of a render of the Nexus 4. There is not a whole of note in this latest image. Perhaps a better view of the bezel surrounding the back cover and a screen displaying a stock Android install are all we can glean.

Hang in there for more updates on Google’s plans for their events and to finally see the new Nexus 4 as an official Google smartphone.

source: @evleaks

HTC One X starts getting some Jelly Bean love

HTC has made good on its promise to bring Jelly Bean and Sense 4+ to the One X this month. XDA users are reporting the roll out has begun in HTC’s home country of Taiwan. The hefty 352.87MB update (software number 3.14.709.16) will bring the One X to Android 4.1 and Sense 4+.  No news on the One S or One XL, but we remain hopeful this One X roll out is the beginning.

Of course, if you’re not willing to wait for the update to make it to your region, there are other ways to get Jelly Bean early on the One X.

Source: XDA
via: Gotta Be Mobile

Motorola DROID RAZR HD AND RAZR MAXX HD Smartphones Get Minor Security Update


Verizon’s hottest smartphones for the fall may be only a few weeks old, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t get a  welcome update, right? Well Verizon and Motorola have announced a minor security update for the DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX HD smartphones. The build— version 0.7.2.XT926— brings a “Google Security Patch”… which may or may not remove the ability for owners to partake in any shenanigans with the device.

The update is expected to reach owners sometime within the week, so if you’re an owner of either device, make sure you’re on the lookout for the update.

source: Verizon Wireless

Nexus 4 support manual suggests 8GB and 16GB storage options, wireless charging

Support manuals for the LG E960 have emerged on the company’s Australian and UK websites, ultimately confirming the ubiquitous Nexus 4 moniker. The documentation suggests that the device will be available in both 8GB and 16GB versions. As we have come to expect with Nexus-branded devices, the handset will not support expandable storage via MicroSD. According to the manual, the device will also include an induction coil to enable wireless charging by default, something that users have been interested in for what seems like forever.

Unfortunately, it looks as though we’ll have to wait indefinitely for an official announcement, considering the cancellation of Google’s Nexus event on Monday. You know what they say–safety before fun, right?
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Google Nexus event cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy

Google just officially announced this Monday’s event has been cancelled. It will obviously be rescheduled, but they are taking a wait and see approach. We certainly aren’t surprised, and although this is disappointing, we hope Hurricane Sandy’s impact is as minimal as possible for all areas involved.

We are canceling our Monday morning event in New York due to Hurricane Sandy. We will let you know our plans as soon as we know more. 

Stay safe and dry, 
The Android Team
So there you have it. We will let you know the details as soon as we get it.

Carphone Warehouse apologizes for launching LG Nexus 4 pre-order page prematurely

A couple of days ago Carphone Warehouse launched a pre-order page for the upcoming Nexus 4 along with the full specs. The page  stayed live for several hours before they were even made aware of the situation.  They later stated “Unfortunately a pre-order page for a new handset that we plan to range went live prematurely. We’ve now rectified this and apologise for any confusion caused.” Neither Google or LG provided a comment about the page.

The leak comes ahead of Google’s big event Monday, and it confirmed many rumors that have been floating around the internet for the past few weeks. The newest lineup in the Nexus family will boast a 4.7 inch LCD screen with an impressive 320 ppi, as well as a powerful quad-core Snapdragon processor and an 8 megapixel shooter. Speaking of that camera, the page listed bragged about a 360 degree panoramic shot. Again, not much we haven’t all heard before, but it’s reassuring that Google is willing to go all out on a very high-end device.

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New DMCA ruling upholds rooting of phones not tablets

The latest ruling in the ever complicated Digital Millennium Copyright Act continues to list smartphones as exempt from the rules prohibiting rooting and Jailbraking as it did in 2010. Good news if you’re waiting for the Nexus 4, not so good if you’re waiting for the Nexus 10; tablets are not included in the exceptions.  The Library Of Congress listed five categories of exemptions which will go into effect on October 28, 2012 and will be valid for three years.

The Library of Congress found the definition of “tablet” to be too broad. The ruling determined “the record lacked a sufficient basis to develop an appropriate definition for the ‘tablet’ category of devices, a necessary predicate to extending the exemption beyond smartphones.” They cited “an e-book reading device might be considered a ‘tablet,’ as might a handheld video game device or a laptop computer.”

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