Sony is continuing its 2013 assault on the mobile world by introducing the Xperia M and Xperia M Dual smartphones. Both handsets are your typical run of the mill mid-range devices and will come with a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 4-inch scratch-resistant display, a 5MP rear camera with HDR and dedicated shutter key, a microSD card out and of course, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running the show. So while both devices will be nearly identical, there is one key difference: the Xperia M Dual will utilize dual-SIM technology, allowing certain customers to operate on two wireless carriers simultaneously. And for those of you that care—the device will arrive in a trio of colors: black, white and purple.
No word yet on how much the device will cost just yet, but expect the device to launch sometime in Q3 of this year for those of you living out in European markets out there.
The number of phones upgrading from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean is slowing down, as most high-end Android devices are pretty much all shipping with Jelly Bean at this point, or are stuck with Ice Cream Sandwich with no plan for upgrade. The number will eventually come to a steady halt, and this month, the numbers only decreased by 1.9%.
Jelly Bean is up 4.6%, a pretty decent jump up from 3.4%, which I predicted in last month’s distribution update. The total Jelly Bean number of 33% will keep on increasing as more and more devices ship with the latest version of Android, and will keep moving up when 4.3 launches later this year. This month’s total distribution count can be found after the break. » Read the rest
Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the X5 smartphone— also known as the world’s thinnest smartphone. This intriguing device is developed by Umeox— a brand that’s quite popular in China, but a fairly relative unknown elsewhere in the world and comes in at 118 x 60 x 5.6mm. The 5.6mm profile effectively makes the device the world’s thinnest smartphone as of this time— taking the title from Huawei’s Ascend P6 for the time being.
Unfortunately, while the device will come in a thin profile, there is little else known about what will be inside of the device— so we don’t know what processor will be used or what type of camera will come with the phone until its July release date. Fortunately— the device will arrive with Jelly Bean loaded up, so that can be a bit of some silver lining for prospective customers out there.
It took long enough, but it seems like the Sony Xperia S is finally going to be able to enjoy Jelly Bean. Numerous deadlines have come and gone without a Jelly Bean release, but Sony France has now confirmed on Twitter that the 4.1.2 update is being slowly rolled-out to users. Sony says that “many more builds will arrive next week,” so don’t worry too much if you haven’t already received the update. When it’s time, 4.1.2 will be available via both the Sony PC companion and over-the-air.
Have any of you Xperia S users already received the update?
And just like that, HTC has formally has announced its Desire 600 smartphone— a device we only heard about a little less than a day ago. The device is a mid-ranger and features some attractive specs including a quad-core processor coupled with a 4.5-inch LCD2 display, 8MP camera, BoomSound speakers and is topped off by Sense 5. Additionally, the new toy will utilize true dual-SIM capabilities, allowing for individuals to toggle between compatible networks, if necessary.
No word yet on the cost of the device just yet, but it’ll be available in Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East and Africa by sometime in early June. You’ll find more details and information once you hit the break and check out the presser.
Hot of the heels of its unique Hydro smartphone, Sprint has announced the brand-new Hydro Edge for the general public. Developed by Kyocera, this new Jelly Bean-powered toy features a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip, a 4-inch impact resistant display and a 5 megapixel camera . Additionally, this new device will be fully waterproof and have a Smart Sonic Receiver unit.
And now for the news prospective customers have been waiting on: the Hydro Rise will land in Sprint and Boost Mobile stores sometime this summer. Unfortunately, Sprint hasn’t come out with the exact release date or the pricing just yet, but we should expect to receive further information on the Hydro Edge as we get closer to whenever it is the phone’s release date will be.
We’ve been hearing plenty of rumors of the elusive white Nexus 4 for the past few months, and now we’ve got some more fuel for the fire. According to the latest round of rumors, Google is going to launch the white Nexus 4 on the Play Store on June 10th. An even cooler detail about this variant of the Nexus 4? It’s going to be running Android 4.3.
Google spent the first day of I/O focusing on Play services instead of an Android update, and they definitely succeeded. Unfortunately, this lends some credibility to the rumors that 4.3 is likely just going to be minor under-the-hood tweaks, like new APIs. Either way, we’ll be sure to let you know next month.
Google TV has always been shunned a little more than other Google products, despite running Android. Well, if you were an early adopter of Google TV, there’s good news. According to Google, Google TV is being moved to Android 4.2.2, and Google TV is being reworked to allow OEM partners to quickly update their devices. The time frame will supposedly be cut from “months” down to “weeks.” Google TV will also be moved to the latest version of Chrome, as well as Chrome’s rather speedy six-week release cycle. Good news for owners, as this means your devices won’t be obsoleted quickly.
Google also said in their Google+ post that older devices should begin receiving updates soon, and we can expect to see new devices later this year. Nexus Q 2.0, anyone?
One of the coolest new features in Android 4.2 was multi-user supports. The feature is only available for tablets, although a bit of modding will enable it for phones as well. The new easiest way to get multiple user accounts enabled is the Modaco Toolkit, at least on rooted phones running Android 4.2.
First, you’ll need to download and install the Xposed Framework, which is a fairly new tool for Android developers to add tweaks to system framework. The Modaco Toolkit is a module for the Xposed Framework. Installing the Toolkit will enable all of the multi-user options after a reboot. This mod definitely works on AOSP 4.2 ROMs,but no word on if it’ll work on skinned versions of Android. Hit the links below to test it out on your rooted device, after making a backup, of course.
It looks like the Verizon Motorola XOOM LTE is finally going to get a taste of Jelly Bean. Motorola began sending out invitations to members of the Motorola Feedback Network to install the update as part of a soak test. An OTA update for all Verizon XOOM LTE owners is expected to arrive in the coming week.
This is good news for Verizon XOOM LTE owners, as the update to Jelly Bean is filled with some nice improvements. If you’re part of the Motorola Feedback Network, check your email for an update invitation. If you’re not, then you’ll unfortunately have to wait patiently a few days until the update hits your device.
It looks like this will be one of the last painfully long-awaited updates from Motorola, as the rocky transition period to Google ownership is nearly over.