Nexus 7 tablet gets Android 4.1.1 update with Google Wallet and performance enhancements

Those of you that have the Google I/O edition of the Nexus 7 tablet are getting an update to Android 4.1.1. This is the update that hit AOSP servers the other day. According to Google, it “improves performance and responsiveness system wide.” You will also find Google Wallet now on your device after the update. The other interesting news is that the local search is still enabled so it’s possible an update to Google’s proprietary apps will be coming soon. Again, this is to get around Apple’s demands.

This will most likely be the final update before units are shipped or arrive in retails stores.

source: androidcentral

 

 

Jelly Bean Rolling Out To HSPA+ Versions Of The Galaxy Nexus; Other Developer Devices To Follow

It was only a matter of time before we saw the first batch of Google devices get the anticipated Jelly Bean update since you know— it had just released Android 4.1 to the AOSP and all. And so just when you thought life with the GSM/HSPA+ version of the Galaxy Nexus couldn’t get any better, it just got better as it is officially getting the smooth and buttery update. According to its Nexus+ page, Google highlights owners of the HSPA+ variant of the Galaxy Nexus will receive an OTA prompt indicating the update will happen “over the next several days”.

Google also took some time to reiterate its other developer devices including the CDMA versions of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom WiFi are next in line to get that VIP treatment.

source: Nexus – Google+

LG VS930 for Verizon Wireless smiles for the camera and gets leaked service manual

With the LG Spectrum (VS920) on the way out the door, Verizon needs a replacement. The VS930 seems like the perfect device since it recently passed through the FCC. Engadget was able to get some pics of this device, which resembles the Optimus LTE II. There is one problem through as it doesn’t look like the VS930 will sport 2GB of RAM like the LTE II. According to a service manual that leaked, it will only have 1GB of RAM. So as far as specs this is what we have:

  • 4.7-inch “True HD IPS” display (1280 x 720)
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 SoC
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 16GB of built-in storage
  • Global radio support (GSM/UMTS/CDMA/LTE)
  • NFC (with programmable tags)
  • Android 4.0-4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 9.2mm thick

This one could launch as early as July 13th, but I wouldn’t count on it. LG hasn’t really made a lot of noise on Verizon lately, so can the VS930 compete with the Samsung Galaxy S III? Highly doubtful.

source: engadget

 

Atrix HD Will Have Locked Bootloader, But Providing User-Unlock Method Is Motorola’s Goal

Motorola confirmed tonight, in a series of tweets, that the Atrix HD will indeed have a locked and signed bootloader. This means that altering the kernel on the Atrix HD will not be possible, limiting the customization possibilities of the phone. In other words, no custom ROMs. The phone, however, should still be rootable.

It’s not the end of the world, though, since Moto also tweeted the following:

…our goal is still to provide a way to unlock the bootloaders on our devices to those who wish to do so, more details to come.

So it seems that although the Atrix HD will launch with a locked bootloader, an unlock method may be coming in the hopefully not-too-distant future.

source: motorola mobility (twitter)
via: android police

Samsung Announces Galaxy S III “Developer Edition” For Verizon, Hackers Rejoice

When we told you that Verizon was keeping their Galaxy S III tightly locked up, many folks were upset, considering the other carriers have user-onlockable bootloaders on their S III’s. Well fret no more, young hackers, for Samsung has just announced that they will be offering a developer edition S III that works on Verizon.

This hacker-friendly version will be sold directly from Samsung’s developer portal (developer.samsung.com) for $599. It’s unfortunate Verizon won’t sell it directly themselves since it won’t be subsidized, so if you want this phone for $199, you’re out of luck. But if you’re willing to spend the bucks or don’t want to be on-contract anyway, Samsung’s offer should be music to your ears. Of course, many of you who already purchased the Verizon S III are probably a little miffed. Time for a return?

All the usual warnings apply… unlocking, modding, flashing, etc. is all done at your own risk. Screw something up and you’ve got a very pretty and expensive brick. But we know you’ll be careful.

Hit the break to read Samsung’s mini-FAQ about this edition.


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Upgraded Jelly Bean keyboard now available for ICS devices in Google Play store

If you have had a chance to try out a Jelly Bean powered device or paid close attention to hands on reviews, you may have noticed an upgraded keyboard is part of the experience. Beansoft, developers of the Thumb Keyboard, have created an alpha version app to install the Jelly Bean keyboard on any device running Android 4.0.3 or higher. The app includes the predictive text engine found in Jelly Bean. You can grab the keyboard app via download link after the break.
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Songza app adds “expert-curated” playlists to feature set

Are you challenged by the process of putting together a “just right” playlist for your music listening mood? If so, you may want to check out the Songza app. The streaming music service has released an upgrade to their app to include their Concierge feature, previously only available on iOS and the Web. The Concierge promises to provide you with the right playlist at the right time.  A download link is available after the break.
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Samsung Removes Universal Search From Sprint Galaxy S III

Yesterday the Sprint Galaxy S III began receiving a security update OTA, but little information was given as to what the update addressed. Users have reported that the update has removed the universal search feature from the device, meaning only web results are given from the search bar. The removal of local search is undoubtedly in response to the recent Apple lawsuit against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for the very same ability. Google and Samsung are working together to fight that case and this move is a preemptive strike in case Apple decides to take on Samsung’s latest star.


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Pink Xperia P spotted at Sony event

If you have been searching the smartphone market for a pink handset, your potential choices may be ready to grow by at least one. According to sources, a metallic pink version of the Sony Xperia P was spotted at Sony’s Weibo event. Whenever it is released, and there is no word on when or where that may be, the pink Xperia P will join black, grey and red models that are already available.

source: ePrice