As many of you know by now, Adobe Flash isn’t supporting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but there is a solution and it’s very easy. There are actually two solutions depending on which device you have. For anyone running Jelly Bean on anything other than the Nexus 7, you can simply side load the APK and enable some plugins. For those of you with the Nexus 7, you will also need to install the stock Browser since the default Browser, Chrome, doesn’t support plugins. Hit the break for all the instructions and download links.
In case you didn’t know the future is now, Samsung is out to remind you of just that. In addition to having major influence for the Olympics, the Galaxy S III is now an official keycard at London’s Stratford Holiday Inn hotel during the Games. Samsung spearheaded a collaboration with the hotel to equip 40 rooms with a technology that allows the smartphone to do just about everything: check in and out, order room service, unlock doors and control the TV without moving. Quite impressive indeed.
Before you all try to hurry up and scramble to grab a room at that hotel’s location, keep in mind that the service will not be available to all– only VIPs for now. Of course you can try and convince one of those lucky individuals to allow to shack up with them so you can utilize the cool feature and technology— though we wouldn’t recommend it.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
Huawei officially announced the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite which will be stocked with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Whether we can expect an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update or not in the future, we don’t know. When it comes to tablets, Huawei isn’t a company that really comes to mind. The tablet does look interesting and with the features that’s been released so far, I’m a little bit curious.
Starting this Friday, July 27th, Carphone Warehouse will carry the Nexus 7 tablet. Like many retailers, they will only offer the 16GB version, which happens to be sold out in the Google Play Store. You can purchase it outright for £199, but for those of you that need a constant connection, you can take the Nexus 7 for free along with a MiFi for a monthly charge of £20.50. As far as how much data they are offering, they didn’t disclose it in the presser.
Full press release after the break:
Think Jelly Bean will only be limited to chipsets such as Snapdragons and Tegra-based chips? Well think again— Android newcomer Intel has confirmed its Atom processors on both phones and tablets will eventually support the newest Android OS. An Intel spokeswoman confirmed that:
“Intel continues to work closely with Google to enable future versions of Android, including Jelly Bean, on our family of low power Atom processors”.
So there you have it. Hopefully this will be the first sign of seeing the the last of the dated Gingerbread 2.3 on current and future Intel Atom-based devices, but ummm you know— the current and future Atom-based devices need to get Ice Cream Sandwich first.
source: The Verge
Google Inc. said that less than half of the $12.4 billion it paid to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. was all devoted to patents and technology. Out of the $12.4 billion, $5.5 billion was devoted to patents and “developed technology,” according to what Google wrote in a document with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday. $2.6 billion was also devoted to goodwill, which Google said was a financial benefit they expect to receive from the acquisition.
Hot off the heels of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus fiasco, it seems as if Apple has indirectly had its way again, this time seen in a recent OTA update for the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III (I9300 model). Following suit of the Stateside models from carriers like AT&T and Sprint, reports are coming in that Samsung is pushing out an update which includes the new software version is known as XXBLG6, while the baseband included is identified as XXLG6 for the international model. In addition, OTA on the smartphone identifies itself as a “stability update”, but reports indicate the update also removes local (on device) search functions within the phone’s built-in Google Search app. It’s a bummer, I know.
While the update seems to have removed one of the most underrated functions seen in the Galaxy S III, there is no doubt the dev community will be working on a mod or hack to bring the feature back. Still, it is a major, major disappointment for the few people who did take advantage of the cool feature.
The 27MB update is available now through OTA or Kies Desktop software so I9300 users can grab it anytime now. Or of course— you can just hold off on it and you know, keep the local search feature for a little while longer.
This is hardly a surprise, but DealNews is reporting that Amazon’s Kindle Fire will experience a price drop to $169 after the new Kindle Fire 2 launches later this year. Amazon has a history of keeping older kindles around, at lower price points, when newer ones are released. According to DealNews, the Kindle Fire 2 will slide into the $199 price point.
This tactic is similar to how Apple positions its older iPads and iPhones when new versions come out. The strategy allows one manufacturer to cover multiple price levels, increasing their potential audience.
Of course, Amazon is now forced to compete with Google’s popular Nexus 7 tablet, which is leaps and bounds ahead of the original Kindle Fire spec-wise but still costs just $199. Sales forecasts for the original Fire have already been cut due to the Nexus 7′s success. Reducing the original Fire to $169 and launching the Fire 2 at $199 would essentially allow Amazon to compete with the Nexus 7 on two fronts.
Looks like the era of low-cost and genuinely usable tablets is here, folks. This is the kind of competition that helps drive innovation. Even big bully and litigious Apple will be getting in the smaller tablet game with their rumored iPad Mini, but I doubt theirs will be under two bills.
As we reported earlier, Google released a video to introduce the Google Nexus 7 tablet to new owners. We suggested at the time that it may be the first in a series of videos to help new tablet owners get acquainted with their device. It certainly looks like that may be the case as Google has released another Nexus 7 related video. This one is titled “Make Yourself At Home” and provides a brief overview of how to add apps and widgets to the homescreen along with a couple other tips. Like the first one, people who are used to working with Android powered tablets may not get much out of it. Hit the break to view this latest installment.