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

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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

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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?

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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. » Read the rest

Google video shows how Photo Sphere works in Android 4.2

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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. » Read the rest

Google announces Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean

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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. » Read the rest

[Update] LG Nexus 4 video surfaces online, subsequently pulled, purportedly showed off “quick settings”

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Another day, another leak regarding the LG Nexus? That seems to be the case for the lucky few that were able to view it before the “Google police” swooped in. The leak apparently originated on a Swedish site showing off the LG Nexus 4 in video, walk-through form.

Granted, a video that’s been pulled is not quite newsworthy. However, what may be of interest is the rumored “quick settings” being a feature as mentioned here before regarding Android 4.2. The subjects in the video described a feature as “easily accessible settings.”  There’s no mention of the “double pulldown” feature we touched on in that article however. It even looks like they make mention of the feature looking “different than we might expect” possibly alluding to that original sketch. What were they looking at in the video and how exactly did it look? Anyone able to view it before it was taken down? Hopefully we hear from Google soon regarding an official announcement of the announcement.

Update:  It appears from the newly acquired shot, pulled from the video, that the quick settings are in fact not part of a double-pulldown menu. Also, thanks to one of our readers (Ronny), he was able to view the video before being pulled and confirmed that the quick settings are accessed via the notification pulldown through a separate icon, not through an additional pulldown.  Thanks, Ronny!

 

source:  Android Central

Walmart Becomes Latest Retailer To List 32GB Nexus 7 For $249

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OK OK— I’m sure you all are well-aware that the 32GB Nexus 7 is very much real and on the way, but one retailer isn’t letting the crummy weather stop it from putting up some very important information for interested customers. Walmart has casually listed the 32GB Nexus 7 tablet in stock and is available for an expected price of $249. More eye-popping is the fact Walmart also has the 16GB Nexus 7 officially lowered in price to $199, which lines up with what we’ve seen in recent days. Oh and for those of you that care– there’s no listing of the 3G Nexus 7 just yet, but probably won’t hold our breath until Google decides when it wants to reschedule its Nexus event.

 

 

source: Phandroid

Original Asus Transformer Gets Experimental 3G/GSM on Jelly Bean

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Android devices typically never get the kind of manufacturer support that we all want, and that’s the case with the original Transformer. The TF101 and its close cousin, the TF101G (which includes radios for 3G connectivity) have gotten ports of multiple, fully functional Jelly Bean ROMs. Unfortunately for the TF101G, the 3G radios aren’t functional in the ROMs developed for the TF101, and so anyone using those newer ROMs lose 3G functionality. And of course it’s not fair to give users the choice between losing features they paid for or staying on older software.

XDA, like always, to the rescue. One dev has figured out a way to get those 3G radios working on the TF101G. It’s still only an experimental build of Cyanogenmod 10, and it’s appropriately labeled a WIP, but if you’re the owner of a Transformer and you’re really missing 3G functionality on Jelly Bean, this is a great breakthrough for you. The dev is also planning on releasing source later for anyone to help out.

So if you’re feeling adventurous today, give the build a shot. The dev is asking for feedback, since it is still an experimental build that may have some bugs. But sometimes that’s the fun part of flashing, isn’t it?

Source: XDA

HTC One X starts getting some Jelly Bean love

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HTC has made good on its promise to bring Jelly Bean and Sense 4+ to the One X this month. XDA users are reporting the roll out has begun in HTC’s home country of Taiwan. The hefty 352.87MB update (software number 3.14.709.16) will bring the One X to Android 4.1 and Sense 4+.  No news on the One S or One XL, but we remain hopeful this One X roll out is the beginning.

Of course, if you’re not willing to wait for the update to make it to your region, there are other ways to get Jelly Bean early on the One X.

Source: XDA
via: Gotta Be Mobile

“Guru” Gives All Google Talk Users Google Now Features, Regardless Of Mobile OS

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If you happen to be on a Jelly Bean-enabled device like me, then you’re always itching to try new and cutting-edge stuff that Google brings to the table like Google Now. Unfortunately, most devices aren’t going to see Jelly Bean and especially Google Now– but Google has indirectly given all Android users (or Google Talk users for that matter) the ability to use a Google Now-like feature called Guru. It works in a simple way too: you add guru@googlelabs.com and Guru is added to your friends’ list. Once he’s a friend, you’re able to issue commands such as the following below:

 

  • Score *team*: Let’s you search the score of the specified team
  • Weather *city*: Tells you the current weather on defined location
  • Define *word*: Dictionary
  • Translate *word*: Translator

 

While Guru won’t speak to you, at least all Google Talk and Android users will be able to enjoy Google Now finally— if at least at a basic level.

source: Droid Dog