It’s been a long time coming for you owners of the Sprint variation of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone— but Android 4.2 glory is now available and ready for you to conquer… sort of. Reports are coming in that a 100MB update file that is identified as JOP40D has been leaked on Google servers and can be accessed and download simply by clicking a link. Once the file is downloaded, all that’s needed is to simply flash the update to your phone and bam!— you’re in business.
Unfortunately there is no indication of when the update will be available over-the-air for all Sprint G-Nex owners, but we suspect it will be out sooner than later. All we need now is to see the Verizon variant of the Galaxy Nexus seeing its Android 4.2 update and we’ll be in business…
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Are you still rocking a Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile? Well, first things first–you should probably consider upgrading. However, if you’re not into buying a new phone, you’ll be somewhat pleased to know that your now two and a half year old device has been given a breath of new life in the form of CyanogenMod 10.1. Based on Android 4.2 AOSP, the latest Nightly builds are now available for flashing, offering up Google’s newest software on your forgotten Samsung handset.
Sure, there may be a few bugs, but let’s get serious for a minute. Android 4.2 on a device released in 2010? This is exactly what separates Android apart from the rest. Now, only if we could somehow manage to get manufacturers on board.
Cyanogenmod is the most popular after-market software for Android devices. It usually doesn’t take long after the latest iteration of Android hits AOSP that CyanogenMod starts to roll out nightlies of their custom software to a few devices, and CM 10.1 is no exception. A handful of devices have officially received the first run of nightlies and will continue to receive CM 10.1 support. Of course, many other devices will join them in due time. The list of supported devices and the download link to the first wave of nightlies is below.
Google has created quite the debacle in the process of selling the ill-fated Nexus 4, with customers facing a frustrating and absolutely embarassing ordering experience through the Google Play Store. And, customers in the UK who had been promised an early shipping date, quickly found the shipping window had passed, despite any notification from Google.
Customers went on a justifiable rage, trying their hardest to get in contact with the head of Google UK, Dan Cobley. Thankfully for customers, Cobley has now responded to the thousands of complaints, offering an “unreserved apology,” as well as a notice that shipping refunds would be provided.
The letter reads:
I know that what you are going through is unacceptable and we are all working through the nights and weekends to resolve this issue. Supplies from the manufacturer are scarce and erratic, and our communication has been flawed. I can offer an unreserved apology for our service and communication failures in this process.
For those that originally received a 3-5 days shipping estimate, your orders are now in process for fulfillment. You can expect an email notification early this week which will include tracking information. Although you will be initially charged in full, you will receive a credit for the shipping charge soon after.
For others that received pre-Christmas shipping estimates, we anticipate processing your orders for fulfillment this week.
I realise that the people who ordered the Nexus 4 so early are among our most committed and loyal users and we are doing all we can to put things right.
So, if you ordered your Nexus 4 with a shipping estimate slated for before Christmas, your order will soon ship out. Other orders have not been addressed, but were sure more information will arrive as Google gets an idea of what it is doing.
Do you fancy the new minimalistic look of Android’s Jelly Bean clock app, but are afraid to root and hack your device just to get it? Well, good news for you: a developer in the Play Store has just released Android’s shiny new clock app for all devices running Android 2.2 and up. It’s called Clock JB+ and costs $0.99 which gets you all the features of Google’s new alarm layout, timer, stopwatch, world clock, plus some new customization options. Jump past the break to see screen shots and a QR code or download link.
Users of the ever-popular keyboard app, SwiftKey, are reporting problems after updating their devices to Android 4.2. For many users, the keyboard disappeared entirely from devices after installing the Android 4.2 update. In some cases, the keyboard is simply soft-disabled, but others found the software to be uninstalled completely from their device.
SwiftKey is aware of the problem and is working closely with the Android team to get it solved. For now, the quick fix is to simply re-download the app and go through the installation process again. Unfortunately, this will not restore the lost user data or all the predictive word sequences that you worked so hard to build up. Hopefully SwiftKey will have this resolved soon. To read Swiftkey’s response for yourself, hit the source link below.
One of the cool features included in Android 4.2 is the DayDream Clock feature. This feature, if you’re not familiar with it, essentially turns your 4.2 device’s lock-screen into a desk clock screensaver. There are a few canned features that you can add to the screen to go along with the clock such as a Google Currents feed and a photo slideshow. However, Clock Plus DayDream makes it a little more robust by providing more options. These additional options include unread Gmail, texts, and displays missed calls. The good news is that you don’t have to be running Android 4.2 to get the benefits of this app, but you do have to be running 4.0 or above. You can grab the free app from the link below.
As many Nexus 4 customers are being forced to wait until 2013 to get their hands on the new device, eBay has found it necessary to impose sales restrictions on the stock Android 4.2 smartphone. The online retailer usually warrants these types of restrictions to prevent fraudulent listings from being posted, most often for items that have overwhelming demand.
A couple months ago Netflix released a major update to their app for Android users that brought significant changes to the user interface. Netflix is back at it, this time releasing a smaller update that includes support for Android 4.2, just in time for all the Android 4.2 devices being snapped up during the holiday shopping season. In addition to supporting Android 4.2, Netflix included improvements to the screen scrubbing function with better screen stills, a larger volume button, and some stability and playback bug fixes.
You can download Netflix or update your copy using one of the download links below.
Google Play Download Link
Users are reporting severe performance issues after updating their Nexus 7 to Android 4.2. General lag, choppiness, and stuttering performance seem to be plaguing nearly every aspect of the device, from swiping across the home screens, opening the app drawer, typing on the keyboard, scrolling in the browser or even simply unlocking the device. Even getting the screen to turn on takes several seconds after pressing the power button! Needless to say, this is causing quite a frustrating experience for many users, especially since we’ve grown accustomed to the buttery smoothness of Android 4.1.
I personally experienced all of these issues and more, so I decided to do some research on how to fix it. Turns out the fix is a very simple one. Read on after the break to get the scoop.