Motorola issues updated Android 4.1 upgrade timetable


Motorola has revised its software upgrade timetable yet again, this time denoting specific devices that will be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Surprisingly, the list is larger than we had anticipated. The chart indicates that every device released after the Droid Bionic will receive a taste of Jelly Bean. This leaves the following devices eligible for the firmware upgrade:

  • ATRIX HD (MB866)
  • DROID 4


Considering Motorola’s disappointing history with software updates, it would probably be wise to take the above information with a rather large grain of salt. As always, Motorola says it’s still evaluating things and updates are subject to change. Head past the break for Motorola’s full list of currently planned US software updates.
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Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro available for $100 on AT&T starting Oct 21

As a follow up to the Samsung Rugby Smart, Samsung has created the Galaxy Rugby Pro, another phone made for people who tend to be a little more physical with their phone. It’s no Galaxy S III, but for for $100 the features are not so bad considering you can probably play ice hockey with this phone and it would survive. The Galaxy Rugby Pro comes with a 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) Super AMOLED screen, 5MP camera, 8GB onboard storage, enhanced Push-to-Talk, 810g military-spec certification and it all runs on Ice Cream Sandwich. Again this won’t go down as the greatest phone ever, but if you’re the type of person that needs a phone that can handle a tumble more than anything else, I would suggest checking this out on Sunday.

Source: Engadget

Yes the 32GB Nexus 7 will come in a box, here’s proof

As if we haven’t seen enough evidence that the 32 GB Nexus 7 exists, here’s is a little more fuel for the fire. A recent picture surfaced in the wild showing the box label for the very device. There is good reason to believe we will see this device get announced at the October 29 event for $249, which is the current price for the 16 GB. We could also get an announcement of the 3G variant, but let’s not forget the main event, which will be the Nexus 4. Does anyone think Google has anything more up their sleeves?

Source: Android Central

Interior of LG Nexus 4 unmasked

With all of the leaked images and information floating about regarding the upcoming LG Nexus 4 device, it probably should be no surprise that someone has obtained images of the inside of the device. At least as much of the inside as you can see by taking off the back cover. That in itself, taking the back cover off, may be a bit of a surprise for some since the device is intended to not have a removable back cover. Nevertheless, it appears the removal of a few screws is all that is needed to get inside the device.
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UK carrier O2 starts Jelly Bean rollout for Samsung Galaxy S III; Vodafone to start on Monday

UK wireless carrier O2 has confirmed it is starting to roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Samsung Galaxy S III owners on its network. They have not indicated how long it should take to reach all device owners, but some should start to see it on Friday, October 19th. O2 joins Three in rolling out the Jelly Bean update for Samsung’s flagship device. Vodafone has issued a statement via their forums that Jelly Bean will be deployed to Galaxy S III devices on their network starting on Monday. T-Mobile and Orange have not yet released any information about timing for users on their networks. The update will be available to O2 owners as a WiFi over-the-air update or through Kies.

source: TechRadar

The Microsoft Surface Tablet: Average Features In An Average Package That Doesn’t Even Come Close To Challenging Android Tablets


If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few days, you’re probably well-aware of the upcoming Microsoft Surface tablet. Dubbed as one of the saviors for Microsoft’s rapidly degrading brand, the Surface tablet has already been identified as the true iPad and Android tablet challenger. With its thin profile and abundant storage space (comes in 32GB or 64GB configurations with an expandable storage slot), the Surface tablet will have at least the physical features to make it an interesting product. However, the hardware is just one aspect of the tablet— the real kicker is Microsoft’s brand-new OS: Surface for Windows RT technology. The OS will essentially mirror its upcoming Windows 8 OS, while having exclusive offerings like Microsoft Office 2013 and a special version of Netflix included with the tablet. So in essence, upcoming Surface tablet seems to be a true productivity workhorse— at least on the surface (no pun intended folks).

Now while the upcoming Surface tablet certainly looks to be an interesting and perhaps attractive product, Microsoft is treading into dangerous territory. As RIM and certainly HP can attest, Google’s Android platform has a clear stranglehold of the tablet market share— something that both the Blackberry Playbook and HP’s TouchPad certainly couldn’t achieve during their brief lives. Consumers love seeing a new product, but expect reasonable value of what a product offers. The Surface tablet is going to debut at $499 for the 32GB entry-level model– which doesn’t even include the $130 Touch Cover keyboard/cover combo that’s necessary helpful for doing all that increased productivity like using Microsoft Office 2013, as Microsoft is hyping. As indicated by numerous studies, the number of iPad and Android tablets are growing at an astronomical pace. Oh and don’t forget– newer Android tablets are being released on a seemingly daily basis and the prices of the those tablets (and subsequent accessories) are becoming much more reasonable— if not lower overall. So considering Microsoft is certainly unproven, while Apple and more importantly— Android have a clear understanding of not just what consumers want, but what consumers actually need in a tablet— Microsoft doesn’t offer any compelling reason for why consumers should give their product a try. Microsoft’s Surface tablet is a painfully basic product that has a premium price won’t even put a dent in Android sales or overall market share.

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NCC listing gives further confirmation that a 3G Nexus 7 exists

Last month we heard rumblings of a 3G Nexus 7 as it was originally rumored to launch about now. A good indication on any device is commission filings like the FCC here in the U.S. Well there is a similar organization called the National Communications Commission  (NCC) in Taiwan and it looks like a Nexus 7 with UMTS / HSDPA was just certified. I noticed some sites thought this was a retailer listing and could be fake, but no, this is a government listing.

The model number is ME370TG and is made by ASUS. It’s not referred to as a Nexus 7, but since the original Nexus 7 was ME370T, it’s safe to assume this is a Nexus 7 variant. The listing does reveal that it will have 32GB and will support GSM, WCDMA, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. German’s Tabletblog is speculating that it could be priced at 299 Euros, which translates to $399. Again, this is an opinion, but doesn’t seem all that far fetched. I would expect to see this baby announced at the October 29 event in New York City.

source: tabletblog

Huawei Ascend Mate Outed By Chinese Website, Features Massive 6.1-Inch Display And 1.8GHz Quad-Core Processor


As the phablet craze continues to really take off, we are seeing more and more offerings from respective Android manufacturers. Not content to allow HTC and Samsung dominate the party, Huawei has gone ahead and a 6.1-inch beastly phablet called the Huawei Ascend Mate. This device will come in at 9.9 mm of thickness, a 6.1-inch 1080p display, 1.8GHz K3 V3 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and a whopping 4,000 mAh battery. Boy oh boy those specs are a bit overwhelming. Good grief.

There are no actual photos of the device and no additional details for now, but if all holds true to what we’ve seen on the screenshot from the Chinese website above— we should see the device appear sooner than later.

source: Unwiredview

Sony Provides Updated Guidance On Jelly Bean Updates: Most 2012 Xperia Devices Will Get Update, 2011 Xperia Devices Will Not Get Update


Sony has been more than proactive about pushing out timely software updates for many of its premium devices in the past, so the time has come for it to answer the dreaded question: when will its devices get the coveted Jelly Bean update? Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is for owners of most Xperia devices made in 2012, you will in fact get the Jelly Bean update. Sony confirmed the Xperia T, Xperia V and Xperia TX will get the update in Q1 2013, while the Xperia S, Xperia acro S, Xperia Ion, Xperia P, Xperia go and Xperia J will get Jelly Bean at some point next year. So now that the good news is out of the way, here’s the bad news: 2011 Xperia smartphones will not get Jelly Bean because:


“After thorough evaluation, Sony concluded they will not be upgraded beyond Ice Cream Sandwich”.


The guess here is that those Sony devices probably don’t have the resources to handle the added needs found in Jelly Bean— who knows. At least Sony promised to “support all these products with firmware maintenance releases” because hey— something is better than nothing, right?

source: Sony Mobile Blog

When There’s Smoke, There’s Fire: EXIF Data Supposedly Points Out A 10-Inch Nexus Tablet


All eyes may be on the upcoming Nexus 4 (or Optimus Nexus, whichever you prefer), but we haven’t forgotten about the fact that a possible 10-inch Samsung Nexus tablet is quietly being worked on. So while we have no specific details or nary an idea of what this special tablet will feature, we at least know that the possibility of it being a reality is very much true thanks to some leaked EXIF data that surfaced on the Picasa website. According to what was posted on the Picasa website, the image supposedly taken by a “Nexus 10″ has a resolution of 2560 x 1920, which lines up with earlier rumors suggesting the device will have a 10.1-inch display at a 2560 x 1600 resolution. The image that was posted clearly looks like it was intended to highlight the standard camera capabilities of this “Nexus 10″– so we see everything from the 2.7 Aperture & Exposure of 1/15 sec. One major item to note of this image is the Android build of “JVP12C”, an unspecified Jelly Bean (or higher) build— which may imply that this “Nexus 10″ may hold the keys to what should be the latest Android software.

Naturally we don’t want to make too much out of this, but then again— when there’s smoke, there’s always fire. Hopefully we’ll start seeing additional leaks and info of what should cutting-edge features in the upcoming tablet. Maybe just maybe, we’ll see everything we need to see on October 29th.

source: Picasa