Mayans Be Damned, Google Is Bringing December Back To Jelly Bean

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No December 2012 in Jelly Bean

Google announced it will correct the bug which prohibited the entry of December events into the updated People app in Android 4.2. The good news came via a Google+ post for the official Android account. While no specific date was given we’re hopeful “soon” means sometime before December arrives. Some people I still think this may have been Google’s attempt to prevent the end of the world by not allowing 12/21/2012 to come. Read the full statement below.

We discovered a bug in the Android 4.2 update, which makes it impossible to enter December events in optional fields of the People app (this bug did not affect Calendar). Rest assured, this will be fixed soon so that those of you with December birthdays and anniversaries won’t be forgotten by your friends and family.

Source: Android Google+

T-Mobile lights up 10 new metro areas with enhanced service

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T-Mobile announced today that 10 more metro areas throughout the U.S. now have HSPA+ coverage. Customers on T-Mobile’s network in these areas with appropriate handsets can take advantage of T-Mobile’s Challenger initiative to eventually roll out service on the 1900MHz HSPA+ band nationwide. T-Mobile is also encouraging AT&T customers with unlocked phones to transfer their service to experience the benefits of T-Mobile’s network. » Read the rest

Gree to close Openfeint with less than a month notice to developers

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OpenFeint, a popular gaming network for Android and iOS devices, announced the service will be shutdown on December 14th. OpenFeint was purchased by Gree in 2011 and it was no secret the long term plan was to shutdown the service and move games to Gree’s own platform. However, indications up to this time were that the transition would not occur until later in 2013. With today’s news, developers have little time to roll out updates to customers. » Read the rest

Archos’ Arnova FamilyPad tablet hits Europe in December

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Do you ever find yourself messing around on your 10-inch tablet and thinking to yourself that it just isn’t cutting it? Well Archos may have an answer for that issue. Enter their Anova FamilyPad. This massive slab will rock a 13.3-inch display, certainly large enough to be enjoyed by you and others at the same time – hence the ‘family’ tag.

The Android 4.0 device will go on sale in Europe in December for £275 in the UK, and 299 Euros in France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. Other vitals on this device include a 1280 x 800 display, a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. It’ll also include a microSD slot for storage expansion as well as HDMI output. Availability in the U.S. will follow shortly for $349. What are your thoughts? Will this device find room in your living room amongst the crowded tablet market?

source:  Liliputing

 

Android 4.2 OTA update and factory image live for ‘yakju’ Galaxy Nexus

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With the Takju variant of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus received Android 4.2 last week, it’s now the Yakju’s turn. To be specific, this 4.2 update is for the international version of the Galaxy Nexus not purchased in the Play Store and you should be running build JZO54K as a prerequisite before updating. Along with the 4.2 update, Google was also nice enough to provide the factory images to go along with the update. The OTA should be hitting applicable devices soon, or you could always try to fetch the update yourself via setting/about phone.

source:  Google Devs

Google to take on Apple’s AirPlay, hopes to move the technology forward

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Google is apparently working on an alternative to AirPlay, and we’re not referring to Miracast either. We’ve discussed Miracast recently, and media streamers aren’t really anything new, however Google is looking to move this technology forward by bypassing the ‘external box’ part and solely use the device in hand coupled with a TV, or even a laptop. The ultimate idea is to convince third party manufacturers that Google’s version is the way of the future and to embed most devices with their technology, foregoing other attempts such as DLNA, AllShare, and others.

While Miracast and others are simply a screen sharing application, Google’s version will purportedly support data flow in both directions, enabling a sweet second screen functionality for the user. Such applications could include miscellaneous information about a movie you’re watching, or it could have functional ability with a game you’re playing. The possibilities are truly endless. What are your thoughts on this attempt from Google?

source:  GigaOm

Samsung To Present On big.LITTLE Architecture For Mobile In February

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According to EE Times, Samsung is preparing to describe a mobile processor using ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture at ISSCC (International Solid State Circuits Conference) in February 2013. This big.LITTLE concept is kind of genius. You take a couple quad-core clusters and assign one to run the OS and other less resource-intensive tasks and have the other cluster focus on the heavy lifting. The “little” cluster can be light and efficient while the “big” cluster can house the battery-draining big guns.

EE Times breaks it down like so: “Samsung will detail a 28-nm SoC with two quad-core clusters. One cluster runs at 1. 8 GHz, has a 2 MByte L2 cache and is geared for high performance apps; the other runs at 1.2 GHz and is tuned for energy efficiency.“ Kevin Krewell, senior analyst with market watcher Linley Group said, “The A7 cores should be capable of handling most [smartphone] tasks, with the A15 cores only required for maximum performance needs, like video games.

Am I the only one wondering if this will be the type of processor we’ll see when Samsung finally starts pumping out flexible display devices?

Source: EE Times

Groove smartphone added to Cricket portfolio just in time for holiday shopping

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Cricket announced the availability of The Groove, a new Android smartphone that incorporates Muve Music features. The Groove device comes with an 800MHz processor, Android 2.3, a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, a 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, all supported with a 1500mAh battery. Added to the device is Muve Music from Cricket, a service that lets subscribers access unlimited downloads of music, artist commentary, and video.

The new Groove from Cricket will be available starting on November 21st for $129.99 and data plans start at $50 per month. For more information, hit the break to read the full press release. » Read the rest

More Samsung Galaxy S IV and S II Plus specs leak, announcement rumored for CES 2013

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With the era of 1080p, quad-core phones approaching us, Samsung appears ready to unveil the next iteration of its extremely successful Galaxy series: the Galaxy S IV. Samsung’s latest entry to its Galaxy S line is rumored to sport a 5-inch, 1080p display, quad-core Exynos Adonis processor and a 13MP camera. The specs alone positions it to rival HTC’s DROID DNA and LG’s Optimus G series.

In addition to the news of the S IV, a Galaxy S II Plus is also mentioned. Among the noteworthy features of the Galaxy S II Plus are items like a qHD display and Jellybean running the show. For most customers, it should satisfy those looking for a lower cost alternative to the pricier top-tier phones of today. Its announcement is slated for late December to January.

Source: Unwired View