Android 4.2 Pushed To AOSP

 The source code for the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2, is now available on AOSP (Android Open Source Project). This means manufacturers and custom ROM developers can start using this code to build Android 4.2 ROMs for current device upgrades and, of course, future devices. We’re all that much closer to getting Photo Sphere, built-in gesture typing, the updated notifications with a new settings tab and a few other new features. For those of you who can’t wait, you can try out the new Android 4.2 apps via a flashable zip file for the Galaxy Nexus.

Great news for all, or a consolation prize if you missed out on the Nexus 4 during the short window it was available this morning. The one bit of bad news is for the Nexus S which will not get updated past Android 4.1.2. The Nexus 7 3G and Nexus 4 are not yet supported in this AOSP source code release due to licensing issues.

Source: Android Central

 

Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 now available from the UK Google Play Store

Following the exclusive first go-around by the Australians, the LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Nexus 10 have officially gone on sale in the UK and other select European territories. If your country has access to a Google Play devices store, you can now place your order for either of the two devices, with your choice of storage capacity.

Users are reporting that Google is currently having technical issues handling the intensive load of web traffic within the Play Store, though others have confirmed that they are having success after repeatedly trying to get through. So, if you can’t place your order immediately, we suggest you give it another go.

Have you managed to place an order? Let us know what your thoughts in the comments below.

Update: And that’s that. It appears as though both versions of the Nexus 4 have sold out while the Nexus 10 is still available to purchase.

Source: Play Store

Android 4.2 now rolling out to GSM Galaxy Nexus devices, get the update here

As we wait for the launch of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, Google has taken it upon themselves to begin rolling out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (build JOP40C) to GSM Galaxy Nexus smartphones. It appears as though the OTA is being pushed to unlocked Takju versions of the device to begin with, meaning if you didn’t purchase your device from the Play Store you’re out of luck, for now. The new firmware brings along several new enhancements including magnification gestures and an enhanced Google Now platform.

If you haven’t received the update already, you can attempt to pull the software manually from Google’s servers by heading into Settings > About Phone > System Updates. Alternatively, you can download the official .zip file directly from Google via the download link below. Keep in mind you’ll need to be on build number JZ054K and have a custom recovery on your Takju variant in order to flash the software. We’ll see you on the other side.

Android 4.2 (JOP40C) Download

Final Android 4.2 OTA now rolling out to Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 review units, brings new features

Google has begun rolling out an updated version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to pre-release Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices. Just as we had anticipated, the new software brings several key enhancements, including lock screen widgets and multiple account support for the Samsung-built Nexus 10. Additionally, it has been confirmed by Google that the new firmware is the same build that will be present on both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 when they begin shipping tomorrow.

Source: Engadget

Motorola introduces ‘Test Drive’ feature for select few to test future software updates before release

Right on the heels of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update on the DROID RAZR M today, Motorola has introduced a feature they’re calling ‘Test Drive.’ This feature will allow a select group of registered users to have access to the latest software and provide feedback before it goes public. There’s no mention of how or when those users will be selected however. Tenure maybe? The first group of “a few hundred consumers” that get to be a part of this new feature will be when Android 4.2 begins to roll out. This no doubt will be a pretty sweet, distinguished group of folks, so we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

source:  Motorola Blog

Nexus 10 Possibly Available At Walmart Prior To Nov. 13th Release? Sure Seems So

 

It’s only a matter of days before customers and Android fanatics alike can order what will be the most coveted reference tablet in the game, but it appears that some lucky customers at an unspecified Walmart may be able to grab the tablet sooner than the rest of us. As seen in the screenshot above, a customer stumbled upon what appeared to be a placeholder tag for the Nexus 10 32GB tablet and more importantly— it actually appeared to be in stock! Sadly though, the photo was taken late in the evening and there were no store associates to verify if the in-stock listing was accurate or not. Still, you can’t help but be excited at the prospect of owning the coolest tablet available before all your friends do.

We’ll be sure to stay on top of this story and confirm its accuracy, but in the meantime— if you live near a Walmart and have some extra time and/or money, feel free to check out the store and see if they too have the tablet in stock. Oh and be sure to let us know of your findings if you do hear of anything.

source: Brief Mobile

 

Google’s Barra shares some amazing Photo Spheres

Google’s Vice President for Android Product Management, Hugo Barra, shared some Photo Spheres from some of his friends today. The images come from Barra himself along with Evan Rapoport, Sascha Haeberling, Sacha Arnoud, and Lockey McGrath, all taken with the new LG Nexus 4. Locations are from around the world and include both inside and outside shots.
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Android 4.2 Core Apps Now Available In One File For The Galaxy Nexus

 

As most Android users wait for the anticipated Android 4.2 update to hit their devices, Galaxy Nexus users will get to enjoy some of the major improvements found in core apps thanks to some leaked Android 4.2 apps. The boys at AndroidSpin managed to score a collection of GAPPs which includes the 4.2 versions of Gmail, Maps, Talk, Calendar, Clock, Photo Sphere, the latest keyboard and much more. All Galaxy Nexus users will need to do is grab and flash the zip files that are available for download using any recovery method— just like you would flash a normal ROM. One thing to note is that Google Wallet does comes as a separate .apk, so users will need to grab that separate file and sideload it if they are interested in utilizing the app as well.

More details and download links can be found at the source links below.

 

source: AndroidSpin | GAPPs | Google Wallet

Photo Sphere does tiny planet version of Android HQ

Since Google announced the updated version of Jelly Bean last week, taking it to Android 4.2, folks have been working to get access to the new camera app to use on other Android versions. Much of the desire is driven by the new Photo Sphere function. Photo Sphere is the function that extends the panorama photo feature of the camera to extend to a full 360 degrees on one plane and users can stitch in photos above and below that plane. The effect is to create a virtual sphere letting users pan around a photo sphere looking in all directions, very similar to what you can do with Street View. In fact, users can upload their photo sphere shots to Google Maps to enhance the database for other users.
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