Sony Xperia S finally receiving Jelly Bean update

xperia_s_jelly_beanIt took long enough, but it seems like the Sony Xperia S is finally going to be able to enjoy Jelly Bean. Numerous deadlines have come and gone without a Jelly Bean release, but Sony France has now confirmed on Twitter that the 4.1.2 update is being slowly rolled-out to users. Sony says that “many more builds will arrive next week,” so don’t worry too much if you haven’t already received the update. When it’s time, 4.1.2 will be available via both the Sony PC companion and over-the-air.

Have any of you Xperia S users already received the update?

Source: Xperia Blog

New screenshots of Android 4.3 surface; shows slightly different camera software UI

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Thanks to XDA user chaleen, new screenshots of a Nexus 4 in Thailand’s Mobile Expo 2013  running Android 4.3 have surfaced. So far nothing too interesting in the screenshots as it just shows the build and kernel info, but one of them was fairly interesting as it shows a slightly re-designed UI for Google’s stock camera UI.  You can check out that screenshot right below.

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Chrome Beta for Android updated, adds better translation and full screen options

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Along with updates on the Google Chrome Beta channel for desktop systems that were made available yesterday, Google also announced the availability of an update to the Chrome Beta for Android app. The new update for Chrome 28 takes it up to version 28.0.1500.21. Headlining the improvements is better integration of the Google Translate service which will automatically detect whether a web page is in a different language from what your Android device is set to and will make the translate bar easily available similar to the desktop version of Chrome. Scrolling on a page will now cause the toolbar to disappear, providing a fullscreen browsing experience. Google also added in a new graph to show estimated bandwidth savings due to the experimental data compression feature and improved, mobile-friendly error pages. If you want to grab the Chrome Beta for Android app, just hit one of the download links below.

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Screenshots of redesigned Gmail app leaked during I/O session

gmail_redesignIt seems like Google may have casually leaked a preview of an updated Gmail app. During an I/O session called “Structure in Android design,” a few screenshots of what looks like a revamped Gmail app design were shown, highlighting a new navigation drawer and a moved action bar.

The navigation bar looks like it would be scrollable, considering important functions like trash, archive, and drafts are missing from the screenshot.  The action bar has been consolidated into just compose and search, and have been moved to the top of the screen, allowing for more room to read emails. There are a few more less significant changes as well, like larger stars in the inbox.

These changes look great, and should make the app easier to use. I’m interested to see what other changes, if any, the update will contain. We’ll let you know when more information comes out, and of course when it releases.

Source: Android Police

Samsung to provide OLED screens for consumer version of Google Glass

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Good news for Samsung today because Google has agreed to use their OLED screens for the consumer version of Google Glass. Samsung has been going toe to toe with LG lately, but LG has been leading the way.

“Samsung will supply its high-end OLED screens for Google Glass. This is a really big thing because its means that Google shares confidential data with Samsung on its futuristic projects,” said an executive at one of Samsung Display’s local parts suppliers.

This deal will no doubt strengthen Samsung’s OLED business. Samsung Display CEO Kim Ki-nam said, “OLED on silicon may be used for glasses-type, augmented-reality devices much like the Google Glass. The wearable market will be a major beneficiary of the free-form factor advantage of flexible OLEDs. Smartphone-linked wearable accessory products such as watches and health bands will use ultra-thin flexible OLEDs embedded with various sensors.”

Of course the next generation of OLEDs will be flexible and unbreakable, but LG seems to have a leg up in that department.

source: Korea Times

Sony’s upcoming Xperia Tablet Z launch delayed by a week

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For those of you excited to get your hands on the Sony Xperia Tablet Z tomorrow, it looks like you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer. According to the official Sony Store and Newegg the new launch date is May 29th. B&H is expecting to have it on June 4th and Amazon lists it as “temporarily out of stock.” Anyone out there planning on picking this gorgeous tablet up?

Source: Xperia Blog

HTC offering “One Phone, One Weekend, Premium Upgrade” promotion for Canadian mobile users

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As part of its sudden momentum, HTC has announced a special promotion to try and entice Canadian mobile users to jump ship and use the One smartphone instead. The new promotion is appropriated called “One Phone, One Weekend, Premium Upgrade” and invites mobile users to trade in their existing handsets for the One instead and HTC will give a sweet $100 to $300 credit that goes towards the purchase of the HTC One. All prospective customers will need to do is simply buy a new HTC One, register the device with the promo code of HTC100 and finally mail in “yesterday’s technology”. Not a bad deal, right?

The promotion will begin today and run through this Monday, May 27th for those of you who might be interested.

source: Mobile Syrup

AUO set to provide display panels for next-generation Nexus 7 tablet

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We know that Google’s second-generation Nexus 7 tablet is on the way, but not much about the device is known— especially since we didn’t see much of a tease at Google I/O this year. Fortunately, it appears that we’re finally getting some long-awaited information about the venerable device as news has surfaced that it’ll not only arrive this summer with high expectations, but it will come with a brand-new display unit. According to the hit-or-miss Digitimes, Google and ASUS are turning to AU Optronics (AUO) to develop a 7-inch, low-temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) panel at a 1,900 x 1,200 resolution. Also reaffirming what we’ve previously heard, shipments are expected to begin as early as Q2 and the tablet is expected to see the 8 million unit mark, which should more than certainly help Google keep eating away at that tablet market share.

source: Digitimes

AT&T adds new “mobility administrative” 61-cent fee to all monthly bills

ATT-billAT&T customers can expect to pay a little more every month. The carrier has decided to add a 61-cent charge to each of their customers’ bills. Beginning May 1, the “Mobility Administrative Fee” is considered a “below-the-line” fee, meaning it appears with taxes and other surcharges at the bottom of a customer’s phone bill, below the service charges.

A charge of less than a dollar might sound insignificant, but when multiplied by all of the number of customers they have, it could add more than a half-billion dollars of revenue for AT&T. AT&T is quick to say that below-the-line charges are “consistent with similar fees charged by other carriers,” and that the revenue will “help cover certain expenses, such as interconnection and cell site rents and maintenance.”

Source: Wall Street Journal