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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Android 4.1.2 Update For Samsung Galaxy Note Speculated To Feature TouchWiz Nature UI And Multi-Window, Video Surfaces Adding Further Speculation

 

As original Galaxy Note owners eagerly await the possible arrival of Jelly Bean 4.1.2 on their devices, we are now beginning to see signs of which custom features will be found in the update. Similar to the Galaxy Note II smartphone and the incoming Android 4.1.2 update due to for the Galaxy S III next month, the original Galaxy Note will include the awesome TouchWiz Nature UI and the multi-window feature, allowing for true multitasking and the ability to use multiple apps at once on the Galaxy Note.

To corroborate this news is the surfacing of not one, but two preliminary Jelly Bean builds being spotted in the wild for the Galaxy Note. The first build has a firmware version of N7000XXLS3 and is currently being tested at Samsung bringing not only the TouchWiz Nature UI and multi-window feature; the second build has a firmware version of N7000XXLS7 which not only highlights the same mentioned custom Sammy features, but actually has video footage of those features in action. Of course Sammy has stayed mum on whether or not this evidence is actually factual or not, but considering these builds are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before— we’re willing to bet that these are not only authentic— but that we’ll likely see the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 updates announced for the Galaxy Note sooner than later.

 

source: SamMobile 1 | SamMobile 2 | YouTube

LG Rumored To Sell Nexus 4 At A Significantly Higher Cost Than What Is Found In The Play Store

 

While it’s exciting that Google is selling the Nexus 4 through its Play Store for as little as $299 here in the US and parts of Europe, it looks like those in other parts of the world may not be so lucky to grab the device for such a low price. According to Androidos, there are reports coming in from Europe indicating that LG will be selling the Nexus 4 directly for as much as €599 or $768 USD in countries like Italy. Additional reports indicate similar pricing for other markets including Spain and India, which will likely see the device priced at INR 34K or 35K (roughly $650 USD). The increased pricing is beginning to have a major negative effect as well: LG’s supposed pricing structure seems to have a ripple effect as several retailers such as Phone House will not sell the phone due to the high pricing, which potentially means less availability for many Android fans abroad.

There’s no official word yet from LG and/or Google regarding this, but as soon as we grab further details, we’ll be sure to share it with you all.

source: Androidos

Motorola sends invites for Droid RAZR M soak test; Is a Jelly Bean update looming?

Looks like we’ve got some great news for you Droid RAZR M users! Motorola has sent out invites to their feedback community for a soak test for the RAZR M. This can only mean that an update is impending and should be expected out to the masses in due time.

Hi,

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Droid RAZR M on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback.  If you are not currently using a Droid RAZR M, please excuse and ignore this email.

Before you register, please successfully login to our Motorola Owners’ Forums at forums.motorola.com. Be sure you can see the message “signed in as {your user name}” at the upper left hand side of the page. You will be asked to verify this step during the registration process.

Click this link — *retracted* – to take the enrollment survey if you wish to take part. Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to be included. The registration window could close without notice so please respond as quickly as possible.

This is a confidential test under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this on any public sites or provide copies of this email or any information about the test to others.

Thanks — please understand that start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.

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Any RAZR M users out there excited for this great news?

source: Droid Life

Security Features a big part of Android 4.2

Amongst the many other additions that will be part of Android 4.2, it looks like keeping your device secure will be a priority as well. I know we don’t like the idea of malware on our Android devices, but the fact is, it’s out there. Google is looking to combat that in 4.2 by offering the option of scanning an application before it’s fully installed. Once the app is scanned, if it finds something suspicious within the app, it’ll then prompt you and inform you as such and give you the option to continue. Additionally, the scanner will block the installation completely if the fingerprint matches existing malware.

Google isn’t forcing this however. This is an opt-in type of setup and option. I think it’s a good start by Google offering this option. Our devices these days are worth quite a bit of change and hold some valuable information on them, so keeping everything on the up and up is definitely on the top of my list when talking about my mobile device.

 

source: Android Central

New Jelly Bean Build Leaks Out For The DROID RAZR HD And DROID RAZR MAXX HD Smartphones, Brings Us One Step Closer To Buttery Goodness

 

Sure it sucks that some of you who splurged on the Motorola DROID RAZR HD or RAZR MAXX HD smartphones got shafted with Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Jelly Bean loaded up, but fear not— because the Jelly Bean is officially circulating in the wild… well sorta. The gang at DroidRzr found a mysterious software system build of version 9.1.39 which brings the Android OS to version 4.1.1 and as you can see, brings all the typical Jelly Bean goodies like Google Now. Unfortunately, while the build is indeed leaked out, there is no way to tell how stable it is, so there is room for potential disaster on your smartphone. Still— we know there are plenty of you owners who are feeling lucky or ambitious, so if you’re ready to test out the Jelly Bean goodness on your device, hit the source link for the full instructions.

source: DroidRzr
via: Droid-Life

Samsung Announces Galaxy S III mini For The UK

 

It seems like the UK is just getting all the good stuff lately, doesn’t it? Well Samsung continues to bring good things for the those of you living there and brings the intriguing Galaxy S III mini smartphone’s availability in the UK. This means those of you itching to grab that 4-inch, Jelly Bean-powered device will finally be able to grab the device on November 8th— meaning you will all be able to enjoy all the luxuries of Android 4.1. No word yet on which retailers will carry the device yet, but we suspect we’ll see that information surface as the day goes on.

More details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.


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Could Google’s new Gesture Typing keyboard show up as standalone app in Google Play Store?

Earlier today some folks discovered apk files for Google’s “Gesture Typing” keyboard. As you may recall, Gesture Typing is a new feature included in the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update. The new functionality provides an input method similar to Swype, letting users glide their fingers from letter to letter on the keyboard instead of having to tap the letters.
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Google video shows how Photo Sphere works in Android 4.2

Earlier today Google announced the release of Android 4.2, an update to Jelly Bean. One of the big features being touted is the new camera app that introduces a feature called “Photo Sphere.” To help folks visualize the new capabilities, Google produced a video showing how it works and a taste of the final product. Like normal panoramic photo mode, the camera will guide you to where your next snapshot needs to be aimed using a targeting system. Unlike panoramic photos, the app guides you to take some photos on more than one level, some higher and some lower than your initial plane of focus. All the photos are then stitched together to effectively create a “Street View” type photo. You can move right or left, up and down some, and you can zoom in and out.

Anyone want to guess how long before Google enables users to upload these videos to Google Maps, effectively making anyone with a Photo Sphere capable device a part of their Street View fleet? Hit the break to view the video showing this new capability.
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Google announces Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean

Google has announced the release of Android 4.2, an update to Jelly Bean, that promises to bring a new camera app, typing improvements, and other upgrades to the Jelly Bean experience. No doubt this was going to be part of Google’s announcement at their event today. While a hurricane may dampen the fun that was planned, it cannot stop the march of Android on to bigger and better things.
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