Asus PadFone Mini benchmarks show quad-core processor and Android 4.3

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Looks like Asus is planning a Mini version of their PadFone device to compete with the flood of other mini devices on the market lately. Some early benchmarks show a device with a model PadFone T00C, similar to the model of their hybrid PadFone devices that can seamlessly turn into larger tablets with some accessories and attachments.

This PadFone Mini looks like to be a 4-inch device with a 275 PPI screen, which is slightly better than what Samsung’s GS 4 Mini offers. It’s also powered by a quad-core processor that appears to be a Snapdragon 400, so while it’s nothing extremely high end, it looks like it should be a very capable device. It’s also running Android 4.3, so the software side of things is top notch.

Hopefully Asus will make something else official about this PadFone Mini soon, considering they just announced the PadFone Infinity last month.

source: GFXBench

via: The Droid Guy

Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100) Android 4.3 firmware leaks from Samsung

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If you own an unlocked Galaxy Note II, you’re in luck. SamMobile has gotten their hands on some pre-release firmware of Android 4.3 for Samsung’s phablet for you to play with. It’s definitely not a daily driver, but hey, at least we know Samsung is going to make good on their promise to update these devices.

The update brings the Note II up to speed with the S 4 and Note 3, especially in the UI department. It has the tabbed settings interface, as well as a few more subtle changes throughout the OS. Samsung Wallet is present, as well as Samsung Knox. There may be more features added before development is halted, but that’s what we’re looking at currently.

If you’re interested, you can download the firmware at the link below. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing or you don’t have the GT-N7100 model of Note II (which means no US carrier variants) leave this one alone for a bit.

source: SamMobile

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update schedule for Samsung devices leaks online

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While many of us wait for the official release of Android 4.4 KitKat, most are still waiting on their OTA update of Android 4.3 to their devices, namely the Samsung Galaxy S 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy S4 Active.

Blind waiting will no longer be necessary, as a document leaked earlier today which listed the update schedule for the aforementioned devices.

  • Galaxy Note 2 (Verizon): November 29
  • Galaxy Note 2 (AT&T): November 20
  • Galaxy S4 (Verizon): October 28
  • Galaxy S4 (AT&T): November 13
  • Galaxy S3 (Verizon): November 22
  • Galaxy S3 (AT&T): November 13

Note 2 owners, Galaxy Active owners, and owners of any of these devices on either Sprint or T-Mobile should check the image above for specific dates. With these 4.3 updates to these Samsung devices, Galaxy Gear support comes as well.

Keep in mind that the document states that these dates are subject to change, so nothing is set in stone.

Source: Droid-Life

Jelly Bean now on just about 50% of Android devices, Gingerbread keeps on ticking

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It’s that time of the month where we find out how fragmented Android is. I guess the good news is that Jelly Bean has grown a lot faster than Ice Cream Sandwich did, which is a nice surprise. Jelly Bean is now on 48.6% of Android devices just 14 months after it was released. In contrast, Ice Cream Sandwich was only at 29.1% for the same timeframe. However, Gingerbread showed faster growth with a 58% share after the same 14 months. Granted, there wasn’t as many versions of Android at that time. Jelly Bean’s higher adoption rate is obviously due to the fact that a lot of newer phones came pre-loaded with it.

Gingerbread feels like Windows XP. It’s still on 28.6% of devices and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon. It only dropped about 2% from last month. The only way Gingerbread can shrink is when owners of those devices finally upgrade to newer hardware because the software will never get upgraded.

source: Android Developers

Sony unveils a duo of Jelly Bean powered Walkman music players

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Sony has announced a line of new Walkman music players that run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The first model is the NW-F880, which is powered by a TI OMAP dual-core processor and has 1 GB of RAM, WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, an FM radio, and a nicely sized 4-inch screen. It’s available in either pink, blue, black, or white, and you can get it in either a 16, 32, or 64 GB model. Those storage options will set you back $274 on the low end and $406 on the high end.

The second model is the NW-ZX1, which comes with 128 GB of storage and most of the features of the F880 but drops the FM radio, and that’ll run about $751. Sony plans on dropping these devices in Japan come December, but if we’re lucky we might see them hit American shores sometime next year.

source: Unwired View

Android distribution numbers released once again, Jelly Bean shows steady growth, ICS decreases

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Here we are again, checking out the latest distribution charts for Android— we certainly have some interesting developments for this month’s numbers. First, you’ll notice that the prehistoric versions of Android OS (Donut and Eclair) are no longer on the chart! Why is this? Not because nobody has them running on their devices anymore, but because data for the chart is now gathered from the Google Play Store app, which only runs on devices with Android 2.2 or greater. Either way, devices running the older versions of Android only account for around 1%.

Now, for this month’s improvements in Android fragmentation— combined, Jelly Bean is currently loaded up on 45.1% of all Android-powered devices, up from 40.5% from last month.  For the first time ever, Ice Cream Sandwich actually showed a decrease, going from 22.5% to 21.7%. Sure, it’s not a lot, but the decrease certainly shows that OEMs are doing a better job upgrading their devices to Jelly Bean.

Gingerbread shrunk a bit as well, going from 33.1% to 30.7%, and Froyo followed suit, coming down to 2.4% from 2.5%.  We’ll be back next month with the latest Android distribution numbers. Hopefully we’ll get to see a new KitKat section on the chart!

Source: Android Developers

LG announces G Pad 8.3 before IFA, set for a global Q4 release

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In an effort to distinguish its own product from those that will be unveiled at IFA this week, LG officially announced their G Pad 8.3 yesterday. The 8-incher will feature a 1920 x 1200 WUXGA full HD screen, a whopping 4,600mAh battery, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, 16 GB internal storage, and 2 GB RAM. It packs a lot, but it’s still just 8.33mm thick and weighs 338 grams.

The tablet will run Jelly Bean 4.2.2 out of the box, and features a lot of the same software enhancements loaded up on the LG G2 inlcuding QPair, QSlide, KnockOn, etc.

The device will be available globally in Q4 in two color options: black or white. Expect to hear more once we see it in full at IFA. Hit the break for the full press release.

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Android 4.3 factory images now available for Galaxy 4, 7, 10, and GSM Galaxy Nexus

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Aside from the occasional legal quirks and roadblocks, owning a Nexus device is great because you’ll always have access to factory images of your device in case you ever need to completely undo any customization or just want to start from scratch. If you happen to own a Nexus 4, 7, 10, or a GSM Galaxy Nexus, you’ll now have access to those factory images for the latest version of Google’s Android 4.3.

The Nexus 4, all older versions of the Nexus 7, the Nexus 10 and the Galaxy Nexus all have images with the build number JWR66Y. The new 2013 Nexus 7 has a different build number, build JSS15Q, but still serves the same purpose. If you’re looking for any CDMA variants of any Nexus devices, you’re unfortunately still out of luck.

source: Google Developers

LG Enact now available on Verizon, buy it now for only $19.99 (with new 2 year contract)

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LG has released a surprisingly solid device in the Enact, considering that its mid-range specs are complemented by a very nice design. It’s almost as if they took their (once highly successful) LG enV and turned it into a smartphone.

The device is now available online through Verizon for only $19.99 with a new 2 year contract and features 4G LTE connectivity, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 5 MP rear-shooter, a VGA front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, a 400 x 800 resolution display, a Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, a 2,460 mAh battery, 8 GB internal memory, and up to 64 GB of expandable memory via microSD.

Certainly nothing to sneeze at considering the price. If you don’t feel like breaking the bank on any of the new flagships that are coming out, the LG Enact definitely serves as a viable option to be your next device.

Source: Verizon

Google quietly added extra security features to all Android devices in Google Play services

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Security wasn’t really a big part of Google’s Android 4.3 announcement, which might sound odd considering how big of a deal device security has been in these past few weeks. However, that doesn’t mean Google hasn’t done anything to target malicious apps; instead of loading up Android 4.3 with beefy security features, they took those security features and implemented them into Google’s Play services application that’s updated separately from Android versions. » Read the rest