Upcoming Google Now widget leaks

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We all know that Google Now is only in its infancy. I can only imagine what it will be capable of in a few years, but one easy and useful addition would be a widget. It looks like Google is working on one because it appeared on a Google support page yesterday. We have no idea when it will be unveiled or if it will be a standalone update or part of the next version of Android. I presume it will be a standalone update and it will be shown at Google I/O.  It’s not available on the support page anymore, but thankfully the above image will give you an idea of what it will look like.

source: Google (no longer there)
via: AndroidCentral

LG makes the Optimus L7 II, L5 II, and L3 II official

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Yesterday we got word on the updated Optimus L series and LG didn’t waste anytime making them official with a presser. The Optimus L7 II, L5 II, and L3 II will probably not be part of the announcement on 25th, but they will certainly be on display during the MWC Conference. This upgrade seems to be a way for LG to try and recapture some of the success the “L-Style” line has had in the past with around 10 million units sold since last year’s launch.  In terms of specifications these devices are mid-range at best and the dual-SIM technology suggests they aim to sell this on the central/eastern European market.


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Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update now hitting GSM Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 [Update - Nexus 10 as well]

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Owners of Nexus devices will be happy to know that the latest version of Android Jelly Bean is now rolling. We have reports that Android 4.2.2 (build JDQ39) is now hitting the GSM Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7. We don’t have a changelog yet, but we are certain it will contain fixes for Bluetooth streaming, among other things. We haven’t heard word on the Nexus 4 or the Nexus 10 officially receiving the update, but they can’t be too far behind. Make sure to hit your Settings/About Phone (or Tablet)/System Updates to see if you can pull it manually before the automatic over-the-air update takes place. Let us know if you received your update and what device(s) you have.

Update: Looks like Nexus 10 owners are seeing the update as well.

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User Satisfaction Survey Ranks iPhone 5 Well Behind Android Devices

The phone you we I love to hate  got its butt kicked in a user satisfaction survey. In the US, the iPhone 5 came in behind the Motorola Atrix HD, Droid RAZR M, HTC Rezound 4G  and Samsung Galaxy Note II. The survey found a correlation between high satisfaction ratings and 4G service. A less than level 4G-playing field, such as the UK with only a single 4G carrier,was still not enough of an advantage for the iPhone. The HTC One X was the UK’s top phone followed by the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III Mini (not a typo) and the Galaxy S III.

The survey, clearly good news for Motorola, HTC and, to a lesser extent, Samsung was not all bad news for Apple. It was still rated the top smartphone manufacturer in terms of satisfaction, just slightly ahead of Google. This may be a result of Android manufacturers producing mid-tier and budget phones along with their flagship devices as opposed to Apple, which focuses on the release of a single handset. On Device Research surveyed 320,000 mobile and tablet users in six countries for this report.

Source: On Device Research

Google Play gets in a romantic mood with sales on Valentine’s Day movie collection

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Need a quick idea for a special Valentine’s Day date? Why not rent several romantic movies from Google Play and spend a night in with that special someone? Google’s got a large collection of romantic movies on sale pretty cheap this week to help you get together that perfect date. You can rent some movies for as low as $1.99, or buy them and hang on to them for next year. Google’s got your back. Hit the source below to check out all the movies they’re offering.

source: Google Play

Droid DNA to receive incremental update with several fixes and enhancements

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The newest addition to Verizon’s Droid family, the HTC Droid DNA, is set to receive a minor update OTA relatively soon. It’s not a major update to 4.2, unfortunately, but it does contain quite a few other enhancements WiFi, Bluetooth, and audio quality, among other things. Regardless, updates are always a good thing. No official word on when this update is going to roll out to devices, but since Verizon has officially put up their support page, it shouldn’t be too much longer. Hit the source below to get the full changelog for the update.

source: Verizon Wireless

No Nike Fuelband App For Android

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Typing “Fuelband” into the Google Play store’s search box doesn’t lead you to the Nike+ Fuelband app for its new workout tracking bracelet. According to @NikeSupport, an official Nike Twitter channel, that’s not changing anytime soon. Nike cited its desire to focus “on the FuelBand experience across iOS and nikeplus.com” as its reason for ignoring the Android market. The Fuelband has a lot of things going for it but mobile sync won’t be one of them, at least not for Android users.

Fitbit, who makes similar workout tracking devices, does have an app in the Play Store but only supports direct sync to a small number of Android devices (including the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II). Their current product line-up looks much more like conventional pedometers but Fitbit is set to release its own bracelet, the Fitbit Flex, this Spring. If this is a race for Android-fitness dollars, one contestant just dropped out.

Source: DroidLife

ASUS Unveils MemoPad 10 Ahead Of MWC

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We had seen images and pricing leaked earlier this month but today ASUS delivered the official announcement for the MemoPad 10. The announcement came at Thailand Mobile Expo, well ahead of Mobile World Congress, where many had expected the announcement. Spec-wise, the 9mm-thick tablet doesn’t break new ground. It has a 1.2 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 10.1-inch WXGA display, 16 GB internal storage and a handy microSD slot. The MemoPad 10 has a 5 MP rear-facing camera, a 1.2 MP front-facing camera and will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It will come in your choice of white, blue or pink for about $360.

Source: GSM Arena

AOKP releases Jelly Bean 4.2 Build 3 for Acer Iconia Tab A510, T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II and international Galaxy Note II

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The AOKP developers have released a new version of their Jelly Bean 4.2 work. This latest release includes support for the Acer Iconia Tab A510, T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II, and the international version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The build originally included support for the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, both the Exynos and OMAP versions, but those have been temporarily pulled. AOKP indicates they should have new builds for those devices available on February 12th.

This latest version includes several new features like a UI mode selector with options for phone, “phablet” and tablet and transparency control for all UI elements. The UI can now support dual panel at any DPI setting and the Car Home function is back. AOKP has re-introduced a quick unlock feature on the lock screen so the Enter key does not have to be tapped once you enter a PIN or password. For minimalists out there, a hidden NavBar option is now available. The Statusbar now has a LastApp toggle.

If you are interested in trying out AOKP, hit the source link for more information on how to grab it.

source: AOKP
via: Android Police

 

Nexus 4 wireless charging orb finally makes its way to the Play Store

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In case you weren’t familiar, the Nexus 4 smartphone arrived with full wireless charging capabilities— but unfortunately, there weren’t many options available to utilize and take advantage of the awesome feature… until now. Google has (finally) broken down and listed its wireless charging orb as available on the Play Store for a fairly modest $59.99 listing price. The neat thing is that the device is fairly small— coming in at a mere 130 grams, so the device is fairly small in size and won’t need to take up too much space.

Now only if only Google could solve those Nexus 4 shipping woes, we’d be in business.

source: Play Store