Jelly Belly Candy Co. Releases Jelly Belly Live Wallpaper

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Is Google’s Android 4.1 firmware not enough Jelly Bean for you? The Jelly Belly Candy Company has your back with even more Jelly Bean goodness with their release of a live wallpaper dedicated to the little edible treat. The app is free to download and surprisingly offers quite a variety of options. You can select the different types of Jelly Bean flavors you’d like to show up on your home screen and even change the wallpaper to your liking.

Google has given the popular Jelly Bean company some great free advertisement with this firmware name, don’t you think? Head over to the QR code or download link after the break!

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Prelim build of CyanogenMod 10 now available for Galaxy Nexus

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Late last week, Brint Kriebel, a device maintainer with CyanogenMod, made a preliminary build of CM10 available for Galaxy Nexus phones. Kriebel indicates he has been using the build for a couple weeks now as his daily driver on his Verizon Galaxy Nexus and most hardware functions work properly. It is an AOSP build, so Google apps are not included. Being a preliminary build and not an actual release, bugs are expected and should not be reported. If you are interested in trying out CM10 on your Galaxy Nexus, hit the source link for the file. Just be sure to make your backup before you undertake the install.

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Garnet Red Galaxy S III joins stable at AT&T

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In case you missed the opening of pre-orders on July 15th, AT&T now has their Garnet Red Samsung Galaxy S III version available for purchase starting July 29th. The red version joins blue and white versions of the Galaxy S III already available from AT&T. This version sports a red back cover, home button, and bezel with a gunmetal rim running around the edges. Unlike other versions of the phone, the navigation buttons light up in red as opposed to white. This version carries the same $199 price as the other Galaxy S III models. Hit the break for some more images. » Read the rest

Google Play Store Gets Updated To v3.7.15

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A new version of the Google Play Store is rolling out, bringing it to v3.7.15. This version seems to be more of a behind the scenes bug fix update as it seems to have fixed the Sprint 4G download issue, so not quite as exciting as the last Play Store update. Other than that, we’re not seeing anything obvious.

The folks at Android Police have pulled the file for those who don’t want to wait for the official over-the-air push and wish to sideload it manually.

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Samsung 350 Pixel Per Inch OLED Display Coming Soon?

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Samsung is king of OLED and have gotten much praise over some of their displays, but OLED technology is difficult to make in the higher pixel densities that traditional LCDs can achieve.

But a story coming from Korean site etnews states that Samsung has perfected their techniques to produce OLED screens at up to 350 ppi (compared to the iPhone’s 326 ppi Retina displays). Higher pixel densities mean sharper text and images, which generally translates to better looking device displays.

Hopefully this will mean that Samsung phones will be coming with better screens later this year, and that makes us happy.

source: etnews
via: android central

2011 Sony Xpera Devices Not Getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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The UK Product Manager for Sony Mobile, John Cooper, has recently been taking questions from their customers on Facebook. This has revealed that both the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S and Xperia Mini Pro will not be receiving the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Owners of these devices are saddened by this news, but Cooper also states that “they are always developing new phones and making sure that they get the latest updates.”

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Behind the Scenes at the Olympic Opening Ceremony with Samsung

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Last Night, in London, we saw Samsung’s Galaxy Note and Galaxy S III involved in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Now Samsung, a global Olympic partner, has taken us behind the scenes, showing how Olympic staff members and Olympic performers have been using their Android phones. In addition to that, the Samsung Galaxy Note appeared in last nights show in Hyde Park. Olympic organizers, like Head of Ceremonies Martin Green, use the Note to manage day-to-day work preparing for the games. And from the looks of it, Olympic dancers got some shiny white Galaxy Notes for doing what they do best!

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ZTE Flash headed to Sprint with 4.5-inch IPS 720p display and 12.6MP camera

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ZTE recently announced the Grand X for Europe and the Asia Pacific in the third quarter, but it looks like they have something else up their sleeve for the U.S. in the 4th quarter. The ZTE Flash will debut on Sprint this October and it sports some pretty decent specs such as a 4.5-inch IPS 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 12.6MP rear camera, 1MP front facing camera, 8GB of internal storage, microSDXC slot, 1780mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, Gorilla Glass, and Android 4.0.

Hopefully there’s still a chance that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is onboard by the time this bad boy releases since this sheet was probably printed before Google unveiled it a few weeks ago. ZTE is already putting Jelly Bean on the N880E so it’s a pretty safe bet. These specs do look good, but the question is how good will they look come October?

 

HTC won’t be updating the Desire HD to Android 4.0, explains why.

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Fragmentation. The word most commonly used by Android naysayers when they’re looking for some ammunition with which to open fire on the world’s most popular mobile operating system. The problem is that the issue is very real, it’s certainly a large part of the reason why I personally only use Nexus devices these days. Whilst much of the vitriol is aimed at Google, it’s actually the manufacturers and their UI skins that we’re at the mercy of. The latest big player to cause a hullabaloo in the tech world this week is none other than HTC. The Taiwanese giant upset a large group of its customers by announcing that the, barely 18 months old, Desire HD will not be receiving an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The announcement sparked a huge influx of complaints from disappointed Desire HD owners and in turn prompted the following response from HTC:

 

We’ve heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision.

For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.

We believe an update should always improve the user experience and carefully evaluate each update based on this criteria. While we are very aware of the disappointment from this decision, we believe the impact to user experience was too great. We recognize this is a change from our previous statement and for that we’re truly sorry.

It’s encouraging that HTC care enough to take the time to explain its actions however I’m fairly sure that the words will do little to soften the blow. Once again it will be down to the developer community to pick up the slack and offer Desire HD owners some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness (Just don’t mention Jelly Bean!)

 

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Jelly Bean Factory Images Now Available for a Few Nexus Devices Including the Nexus 7

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Have you been messing around a bit to much with the system files on your Jelly Bean powered Nexus device and want to return it back to its factory state? You in luck my friends as Google just released the factory 4.1.1 images for a few of the Nexus units, including the brand new Nexus 7. The devices with available factory images are as follows:

  • Galaxy Nexus (yakju): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03C)
  • Galaxy Nexus (takju): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03C)
  • Nexus S (soju): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03E)
  • Nexus S (sojua): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03E)
  • Nexus 7 (nakasi): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03D)

As you can see, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus has been left of the list, and the Korean and Sprint Nexus S isn’t available either. This just goes to show that if you want to stay up to date with the latest Android OS it pays to go with a GSM kit. If you see your device listed above and want to grab its factory image, hit up the source link below.

source: Google Developers