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

Report Claims “Almost Every Device Is Compromised With Some Kind Of Malware”

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Is it possible that the Android platform has one too many flaws? Well as great as Android may be, there are some notable issues that continue to haunt it such as rampant malware in apps. According to the British Times (via Forbes), more than one-third of all Android apps contain some form of Android malware. Jill Knesek, head of the global security practice at BT and former cybersecurity expert for the FBI, highlights her findings when analyzing 1,000 applications:

 

“We analyzed more than 1,000 Android applications and found a third compromised with some form of active or dormant malware. Almost every device is compromised with some kind of malware, although often it’s not clear if that code is active or what it is doing.”

 

While the results are nothing short of surprising, there are a few major issues with Knesek’s findings: no one knows what exactly she means by ‘malware’ and she doesn’t offer concrete evidence to support her argument. We’re only going to assume that ‘malware’ is used in the context to describe items such as apps that send back data without the user’s consent and that the apps tested were apps from untrusted developers. Still, these types of studies certainly raise an eyebrow or two and can possibly create fear and pandemonium. Of course we here at Talk Android recommend that you check out our “How To Spot Malware Guide” and always do your homework on both apps and the developers the apps come from, before downloading an app. Oh and it doesn’t hurt to have some sort of antivirus application installed on your smartphone or tablet.
source: Forbes

More Leaked Photos of the Xperia J (ST26i) Surface

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Back in May we reported some leaked photos of the Sony Xperia J (ST26i) and as you saw back then, the green Sony Ericsson liquid energy ball was missing from the back. Well more photos have surfaced and confirm the green orb is still gone plus there are some fancy new colors (pink and white)

The Sony Xperia J is rumored to have a 4-inch (480×854) display, 1Ghz single-core processor (MSM7627A) and will launch with Android Ice Cream Sandwhich 4.0.4. The camera on the other hand will more then likely be a 5MP sensor with LED flash. Not very impressive I know, but at least there are some cool colors! I suggest this device will be somewhat of an entry level device. Hit the break to see more.  » Read the rest

Motorola Infringes on Microsoft’s FAT patent, German Android Devices Banned

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The Mannheim Regional Court has ruled in Microsoft’s favor regarding the FAT patent. What is FAT? FAT stands for File Allocation Table, a legacy file system still widely used, mostly for backward compatibility. The German court has granted a request for a ban on all relevant devices, according to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents. Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, David Howard had this to say.

“Today’s decision, which follows similar rulings in the U.S. and Germany, is further proof that Motorola Mobility is broadly infringing Microsoft’s intellectual property. We will continue to enforce injunctions against Motorola Mobility products in those countries and hope they will join other Android device makers by taking a license to Microsoft’s patented inventions.” » Read the rest

New imagery released for Google Earth and Google Maps

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Bernd Steinert, Geo Data Specialist with Google, announced on the Google Lat Long Blog today that new imagery has been added to Google’s Earth and Maps applications. The imagery consists of new, high resolution aerial and satellite images that cover 25 cities and 72 countries or regions. Some of the locations to get new aerial images include Bryce Canyon, UT; Green Bay, WI; and several locations in Spain to name a few. New satellite images are available for a long list of countries. In addition to the aerial and satellite images, new 45° imagery has been added for locations like Chicago, IL; Idaho Falls, ID; Pittsburgh, PA; and London, UK. Full lists are available by hitting the source link.

source: Google Lat Long Blog

Original Final Fantasy released in Google Play Store

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Old school gamers with Android devices may want to get ready to part with $6.99. That is the price for the original Final Fantasy game just released for Android devices. If you remember what it was like to engage in the turn-based battles guiding the Warriors of Light on their quest, then you will probably appreciate being able to play Final Fantasy again with improved graphics. If you are too young to remember Final Fantasy or only played some of the sequels, now is your chance to try something from the early days of video gaming. Hit the break for the download link if you are interested. » Read the rest

Samsung SCH-R940 Galaxy S Lightray 4G headed to MetroPCS

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According to the FCC, the Samsung SCH-R940 Galaxy S Lightray 4G (yet another mouthful of a name) will be heading to MetroPCS. According to the FCC filings the device will offer a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash on its back, a 1.3MP FFC, a 16GB microSD expandable memory slot, 4G LTE connectivity and will likely include a single-core 1.3 GHz processor (likely the first-gen Hummingbird).

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Radio Shack and AT&T offering HTC One X for $99 on July 29th

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Radio Shack has officially confirmed our previous report that the AT&T HTC Once X‘s price will be slashed in half to $99 starting July 29th. This move is likely due to the Samsung Galaxy S III‘s monstrous sales numbers and this could be HTC’s way of attempting to keep up. AT&T is also going to drop the price as well and it’s been reported that they already have, but we just checked online and at the time of this post, it still shows $199.

While the One X is a couple of months older than the S III, it’s still an Android powerhouse and at this price it would be hard to pass up. Any one out there planning on taking advantage of this price?

source: CNET

OnLive to be available on OUYA at launch

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OnLive has officially announced that their service will be available on the OUYA console at launch next year. If you’re not familiar with either products, you can check out our coverage on both the OUYA and OnLive. OnLive on the OUYA console should be a wonderful pairing as it allows future users a broad library of games to enjoy. Are you a current backer of the OUYA project? According to OnLive, here’s what this will do for you:

  • OnLive will deliver a full console-class experience, bringing hundreds of top-tier games from more than 80 publishers to the OUYA console for play on demand.
  • OUYA owners will be able to jump in and play any of these games both at home on their OUYA console, and on the go on PCs, Macs, tablets and phones, never leaving a game behind.
  • Instant demos will be available for nearly every game in our ever-growing library—from eagerly anticipated indie titles like Ravaged, to hot blockbusters like the upcoming Darksiders® II. Players can experience up to 30 minutes of each game for free before deciding what to buy. If they like it, they can continue playing where the demo left off.

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Samsung makes predicting Olympic results fun and sociable with their London 2012 Predictor app

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With the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic London games just minutes away, Samsung has been working hard in aiding their Android users to follow and enjoy the event. Samsung has launched the “London 2012 Predictor” app that makes predicting events and medal winners fun by being able to go up against your Facebook friends. Aside from challenging your friends, the app also allows you to follow every event live with the Olympic scheduler that’s included.

I love the idea of Samsung making the Olympic games more fun and sociable for people as it helps make you feel like you’re part of the event. This app is available for most devices that are running Android 2.2 and up. Oddly enough, my Samsung Galaxy Nexus is listed as “incompatible” when I try to install the app myself.

If this app is right up your alley, then you should also check out our coverage of the official London Olympics app! Hit the break for the download links.

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