US Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Finally Gets Android 4.1.2 Update

 

If you’re an owner of the US variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, then you will probably be all smiles after hearing this news. Reports are coming in that Sammy has begun pushing out the long-awaited and coveted Jelly Bean update to owners of the tablet. The update brings the Android software to version 4.1.2 and brings with it some nice little goodies such as the multi-window multitasking feature. The update is just now being pushed out to the masses— so if you don’t see anything now don’t fret— it’s probably a good bet that you’ll see it sooner than later.

source: Android Central

 

Google confirms bluetooth audio streaming fix for next version of Android 4.2

Those of who enjoy streaming music over bluetooth may have had a few issues with Google’s latest version of Android, 4.2. Fortunately, though, Google claims they’ve fixed the issue and they’ll be pushing it out with the next release of the software. Since we’ve been hearing so many rumors about 4.2.2, this fix shouldn’t take too much longer to get pushed out to the mainstream. Have any of your had bluetooth issues since updating your device to 4.2.1?

source: Android Police

Featured Android App Review: eWeather HD, Radar HD, Alerts [Weather]

Are you a weather buff or maybe you’re someone who wants the most comprehensive weather app available on Android? Well you have come to the right place because I am going to tell you about eWeather HD, Radar HD, Alerts from Elecont Software. You might be thinking that I am talking about three different apps, but I kid you not that I am talking about one app that has all those features, plus some of the best weather widgets you will find in Google Play.

A few months ago I reviewed eRadar HD: Real-Time and Alerts, which is basically the “Radar HD” portion of the title as a standalone app. That app in itself is probably the most comprehensive radar app for Android, but if you are really into the weather, then you’re going to want to step up to this full fledged product, which adds in the forecast aspect, more alerts, and cool widgets.

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Google Nexus 7 dock now available and in stock

Late last week it appeared all the people waiting for the Nexus 7 dock to be available had a couple weeks wait ahead of them. In a bit of under-promise, over-deliver, retailer EXcaliberPC.com now has the ASUS produced dock in stock and is accepting order for $39.99. The dock provides a stand for the Nexus 7 that puts it at a nice viewing angle for movies, photos, or reading while charging the device and providing a 3.5mm port for speakers. If you are ready to order the dock for your Nexus 7 device, use the source link below.

source: EXcaliberPC.com

Study Shows 35 Percent Of Us Still Using Smartphones While Driving

 

35 percent of the nearly 4,000 people polled by McKinsey & Company said they used their smartphone while driving. Most of those who admitted to the violation, 89 percent, said they used their phone to make calls. The next highest cause was navigation, 68 percent. 39 percent of the self-admitted guilty drivers said they used some form of instant messaging and 31 percent admitted to checking email or just plain browsing the web. The report, called Mobility of the Future, also showed younger drivers were far more likely to use their handsets on the road. When asked about the importance of in-car access to data, 55 percent of 18 to 39 year-olds see it as important. Only 27 percent of geezers 40 to 69 year-olds gave it the same level of importance.

We know it’s hard to keep the phone down while on the road, like REALLY hard, but it’s the law in most states not to mention not the safest thing you could be doing. We’d like you guys to stick around to make fun of our little Android blog. Until Google’s self-driving cars are here, we’ll all need to be a bit safer behind the wheel.

Source: CNET

UK retailer Expansys opens up Xperia Z preorders

Before a phone comes out, we always have a bit of fun with accidental preorders and some leaked product pages. UK retailer Expansys kicked off this morning with an attractive price point of £399.99 ($643.70) for the newly unveiled Sony Xperia Z. This was quite a bit lower than the other preorders we’ve seen, but hey, you certainly wouldn’t complain about saving money, right? Unfortunately, that price was too good to be true, and Expansys has pulled the price back up in line with other retailers to £529.99, or $852.91. Unfortunately, they’re only listing the black color of the Experia Z, and there’s no official release date. Still, though, it’s good to see some preorders, because that means official availability can’t be too far off, and I’m sure I’m not the only one excited to get their hands on one of these monsters.

source: Expansys

AT&T Offers $100 Credit When Purchasing A HSPA+ Nexus 7 Tablet And Signing Up For 2-Year Agreement

 

Well what do we have here folks? A special offer has just appeared on the Play Store highlighting a $100 bill credit from Ma Bell when purchasing an HSPA+ version of the Nexus 7 tablet. As with most special deals— this one initially aims to save AT&T customers an extra dollar or two when signing up for a 2-year contract. Of course customers will quickly realize that they will likely pay far more money in the long run because they are not only paying full price for the 32GB version of the tablet (currently priced at $299), but they will also be stuck paying for a monthly data plan starting at $15 bucks— which really adds up in the long run.

Of course users can always splurge for a WiFi-only option or get the HSPA+ model and look for alternative monthly data options by going the prepaid route, but hey— it’s always nice to have the option of going down the carrier route, right?

source: AT&T

Itching To Grab A Nexus 4, But Tired Of Playing The Waiting Game? Try Using A Special Hack To Convert The Optimus G To A Nexus 4 Instead

 

Ah yes, the Nexus 4 smartphone. It’s no secret that waiting for that elusive device has been nothing short of frustrating and with LG’s rumored decision to take a break from the Nexus 4 production— it appears that Android fans will either need to wait for Google to have more inventory available or try to find some other sort of ummm… “alternatives” to suffice. With that in mind— the wizkid team of G33k3r, Rohan32, et. al came up with one hell of a Nexus 4 alternative for those who just can’t wait— and all you need is an LG Optimus G smartphone to start off with. As you know, the the Nexus 4 loosely based off the Optimus G smartphone (save for some minor differences like a pesky custom UI and all). With that in mind, the savvy folks basically figured out a way to overwrite the AT&T-based Optimus G firmware to that of a stock Nexus 4. What this does is literally changes everything from the bootloader to the actual AOSP software— effectively giving you an unofficial Nexus 4. Of course this special mod means that Optimus G users are willing to attempt this special modification will lose a lot which includes the coveted LTE capabilities and 8GB of the available 16GB storage space as the mod will cap the partition at a mere 8GB only.

Still, those are only minor things to nitpick really. This special modification will certainly be appealing to more than a few of you out there. If you’re up for trying this out or want more deets, hit the source link for more information.

source: XDA Forums

Are you addicted to your smartphone? My experiences using a dumbphone and tablet combination to break the habit

Smartphones are incredible tools and toys that make our lives easier, more productive, more social and more fun. All great things, right? But like anything in life, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. This is especially true with smartphones (Android, or otherwise): we can actually use them to our detriment. I discovered this the hard way…but thankfully found a solution: replacing my smartphone with a “dumb phone” and a tablet to set some healthy boundaries on my “tech time”. Read on past the break to hear my experience of disconnecting.

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LG: We haven’t halted Nexus 4 production, no Nexus 5 in the works

A few days ago, rumors were circulating that LG was halting production on the Nexus 4 to focus on its own new smartphones and a revamped version of the Nexus 4. Today those rumors come crashing to a heap. In an interview with a Korean website today, an LG official stated that production was going on without a hitch and that there is no issue regarding supply. This runs contrary to Google’s report, in which they recently claimed that shipments from LG were “sparse and erratic”. It’s hard to say who’s actually at fault, but we’re hoping that LG and Google can get these things pumped out of the factory and back into the Google Play store, which still sits as a barren Nexus wasteland. Speaking to the same Korean website, the LG official stated that the company is not planning to release the Google Nexus 5 at Google I/O this year, which is good news for all of you who are still waiting to get your Nexus 4’s! What a debacle!

Source:  Chosun