It appears that another Jelly Bean build is now on the way folks. Now before you all go thinking this would bring the version at 4.3 or even a 4.2.2— you may want to think again. Google published its Android-4.2.1_r1.1 and Android-4.2.1_r1.2 open source codes which correspond with the JOP40G and JOP40F Android builds. For now, it appears that the new open source codes bring some very minor bug fixes— but there may be a surprise or two trickled in there somewhere.
You’ll find additional details once you hit the source links.
source: AOSP 1 | AOSP 2
We know that most of you Android fanatics out there were no doubt tickled seeing Sammy’s Super Bowl teaser last week— but viewers of the Big Game were treated to an even better version of the ad. In this extended version of the advertisement, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen each take some time to go back and forth about who should be featured in the ad and why they should be featured, while highlighting a typical Samsung device’s noteworthy feature (i.e. being able to take a photo and scribble on the photo with the Galaxy Note II). Of course when given the opportunity, they are each given the chance to pitch their reasoning to a top Samsung exec on what should be featured in the ad— only to realize that the advertisement should feature the world’s greatest basketball player featured as opposed to something with Rogen and Rudd in the ad.
Of course only reading about the funny ad is only half the story— hit the flip to get a good chuckle from the 2:00 min ad.
With the increasing power available in modern smartphones, we have started to see manufacturers provide the ability to have multiple “windows” open at once on their devices, emulating the desktop environment. This can be useful for people who do not necessarily want to back out of one application to access another. One area where this can lead to some real benefits for the user is when a quick note needs to be jotted down. Owner’s of smartphones running older versions of Android can join in on the fun now thanks to XDA Developer forum member Mohammad_Adib who create the Floating Stickies note-taking app.
Android users who are running CyanogenMod 10 or CyanogenMod 10.1, and probably many other custom ROMs, looking to clean up their device’s display by getting rid of the notification bar now have an option to achieve that goal. Best of all, the solution ensures the user can still swipe down from the top edge of the screen to get access to their notifications. This feat was accomplished by XDA Developers forum member enryea123 through some tweaks to the SystemUI.apk and framework-res.apk files. According to enryea123, this solution will eliminate the ability to pull down the notification bar from the lockscreen. All of the changes can be undone just by restoring the stock apk files.
The guide that walks you through the process can be accessed on the XDA forums using the source link below.
source: XDA Developers Forum
Well that didn’t take long. Just yesterday we saw Sony prepping some Jelly Bean updates for Xperia T devices, and today they’ve officially started rolling out. The update that’s been hitting devices matches what was on the original website, so it looks legit. As of right now, the update is confirmed live in just the Netherlands, but it’s bound to pop up on other parts of the globe. Let us know in the comments if you’re getting your taste of Jelly Bean on your device.
source: Xperia Blog
Are you a fan of using Playstation Mobile on your certified HTC device? You’re about to get pretty excited. HTC is giving away free Playstation mobile games to users with devices running Sense 4.0 or above, and Android 4.1. This includes several HTC devices, but unfortunately leaves out AT&T and T-Mobile users that are still waiting on their Jelly Bean update. It’s hard to blame HTC for that, though, as they’ve updated their other versions of many of their devices.
They’re running a different free game every week until the end of February. This is pretty similar to Sony’s giveaway that’s going on right now. All you have to do is set up your account and download away. Happy gaming!
Paramount has released a Star Trek application for free in the Play Store as a companion app to their new movie. It adds a lot of user engagement to the upcoming movie by offering bonus material for users that go on “scavenger hunts” within the app, some of which involve photographing movie posters or billboards to unlock new content or using sound recognition while watching movie trailers. It’s a pretty cool app that’s definitely one-of-a-kind. If you’re a die-hard Trekkie or just excited for the new movie, hit the source below to download the app.
Play Store Download Link
Anytime a company releases some big, well-kept secret, you know it’s going to fly to every corner of the internet in roughly 6 seconds. Qualcomm made this mistake earlier today, with their leaked roadmap referring to a Spring release for “Key Lime Pie” several times. Oops. They tried to clean it up pretty quickly by using lawyers to demand the copyrighted materials be pulled from the internet, but the cat’s out of the bag, and there’s no better way to confirm a rumor than by panicking about it. Oops again. Of course, this back up everyone’s suspicion that Google will unveil the latest flavor of Android at Google I/O in May, as well as revealing that mysterious X-Phone. Just a few more months to wait, folks.
Intel is trying their hardest to break into the smartphone market lately, though not the American market. Next up for the chip maker is the Acer Liquid C1 that’s planning to be launched in Thailand first, then launch in other nearby markets, hopefully within three months according to a certain senior Intel executive. The C1 runs on Intel’s Lexington platform with an Atom Z240 CPU and boasts a 4.3 inch screen, 2,000 mAh battery, and Android 4.0. Not ground breaking, but coming it at about $335, it’s expected. It does also feature HSPA+ connectivity, which was a smart move on Intel and Acer’s part. The C1 marks the ninth phone in nine months powered by one of Intel’s processors.
Since that area is a new, growing smartphone market, it makes sense that Intel would want to start trying to sway early adopters to their phones, and it’s beneficial for partners like Acer to jump on board. We won’t see any immediate results from this, but it’s definitely going to be interesting to see how Intel-powered phones pan out across the globe, and whether or not they can shake up the already competitive Android playing field.
ASUS’ rumored MemoPad 10 has been revealed today in a set of leaked press photos, outing the as-of-yet unannounced tablet. According to recent leaks, the MemoPad 10 is expected to feature a 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 IPS LCD panel, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU and 1GB of RAM. Also included is 16GB of on board storage, a MicroSD slot for further memory expansion, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel font facing shooter.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Googlorola’s mysterious “X” smartphone, so it’s fitting that we’ve gotten some new juicy details about the device. According to the wunderguru Sniggly, there are already working models of the upcoming handset somewhere out there in the wild as part of the smartphone’s extensive testing process. It appears that Google is pulling no stops as it is intent on making a phone that features great battery life and is durable— something that most smartphones of today lack, but Motorola clearly emphasizes with its long line of smartphones featuring Kevlar backings and great battery lives. In addition, the phone is rumored to have a screen size around 4.8-inches, a quad-core processor, and a microSD card slot with the possibility that the internal storage is rumored to go up to a 128 GB version. Oh and those of you afraid of this upcoming device having a crummy camera can fear no more as Motorola/Google are expected to feature a much better camera sensor… perhaps even one of those new Sony Exmor sensors that the tech world has been raving about.
We still have a long ways to go before the device is expected to be announced– but boy you just can’t help but get giddy at the expected May 15th announcement date– especially for you Verizon customers.
HTC CEO Peter Chou has done his bit to added to the HTC M7 fever that continues to ratchet up in advance of an HTC event scheduled for later this month. At a year end celebration held by HTC, Chou got on stage and whipped out the new phone to take a picture of the crowd while playfully mentioning it was “a great opportunity for testing.” Chou also congratulated the M7 team for putting in extra work to wrap things up so production could start. He also touched on some of the challenges of the past year for HTC, which has seen its financial performance nosedive. However, Chou thinks HTC can rebound, let by the M7. Hit the break for the video of Chou with the forthcoming HTC M7.
CyanogenMod recently introduced an awesome new Chronus clock widget that was certainly welcome with open arms. But just as quickly as the clock widget was introduced, Chronus was taken down thanks to a friendly cease & desist letter from those who have the “Cronus” name trademarked. What this means is that the CM team just wanted to avoid any costly and unnecessary trouble by getting into a legal battle, so it took the entire clock widget down… despite the clock being unique in design compared to the general design of “Cronus”.
So while the widget is down for now— fear not gang: all the CM team needs to do is simply rename the app and it should be available again without issue. In order to rename the app, it has gone out to its Facebook page and ask you the people to do the dirty work and come up with an awesome replacement name. Hopefully the CM team will have this done sooner than later.
source: CM Facebook
Fans of popular widget app HD Widgets from cloud.tv may want to check out a new app that was released today to the Google Play Store. Developers are testing a new theme for HD Widgets and this new test packet, HDW: Colourform Test pack, gives actual users the ability to serve as beta testers. You do have to have HD Widgets installed, available from the Google Play Store for $1.99, in order to make use of this pack. cloud.tv indicates the following widgets are available with this pack:
At last year’s Google I/O, it was promised that Google Glass beta versions would be available early this year. Those of you that signed up for one might get a nice box in the mail very shortly because the Google Glass Explorer Edition passed through the FCC. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot to go on, but we know it has a Broadcom 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g WiFi radio and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE. There is also a reference to an “integral vibrating element that provides audio to the user via contact with the user’s head.” This probably has something to do with the bone conduction patent we wrote about last week.
I still wouldn’t expect full blow consumer friendly versions to be available until 2014, but I’m sure Google Glass will make another spectacular appearance at this year’s Google I/O.