Android 4.3 doesn’t appear to be anything drastic, but it is just full of under-the-hood changes. The latest change deals with Android’s powerful notification system, and, believe it or not, actually makes the notification shade even more robust. The biggest problem with many third-party apps in the Play Store today is that the only thing that can directly clear or touch notifications created by Android or other apps is the Android system itself. Many apps like DashClock have hit this roadblock, and things like smartwatches have definitely struggled to use workarounds to keeping notifications synced and cleared up.
A recent change discovered in Android 4.3 is new code dealing with Android’s notification system, complete with a settings shortcut to notifications history. This change would allow things like DashClock or Google Glass to manage your device’s notifications without having to clear them on the notification itself. This would be a gigantic asset to the swarm of impending smartwatches on the market, as well as many other kinds of wearable technology that pairs with your Android device.
Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer for Android 4.3 to become official so we can see this in action.
source: Android Police
Since the Android 4.3 leak a few days ago, every nook and cranny of the software has been under some serious scrutiny for changes and improvements. One new, noticeable improvement in the latest version of Android is the font. It’s still Roboto, but it’s seen some very minor tweaks and subtle changes, as you can see in the picture above. The red lines indicate new Roboto fonts, and the black shows old Roboto fonts. It’s clearly not a major difference, but it’s been refined and cleaned up a bit.
The curves of many letters, especially in lowercase letters, have been refined and trimmed up, and punctuation has seen some big improvements, especially the comma. Overall, I think it’s definitely a nice improvement, and it’s good to see Google paying attention to details with Android. If you want a great, very detailed full teardown of the new font, hit the Android Police source below. If you want a more hands on approach, you can grab the fonts from the download links.
source: Android Police
The Honor 3 on the other hand, plans to cater to a more mainstream crowd. In addition to a Android 4.2.2, the device will utilize a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 720p display, 8GB of on-board memory and a 13MP camera. Unfortunately this device doesn’t appear to be headed to the States, though it should see an imminent release in other markets soon.
source: Unwired View
HTC had apparently begun pushing out an Android 4.2.2 update to the HTC One, but according to UK carrier Three, the update was pulled with no specific reasoning. They didn’t, however, say when or if HTC was going to begin rolling the update out again. HTC attempted to clarify some things, saying the One is still slated to receive Android 4.2.2, but customers are going to have to wait just a little bit longer before its available. Better late than never, I guess.
Hopefully we’ll see that update sooner rather than later.
According to SamMobile, who is generally extremely reliable with Samsung leaked information, Samsung is delaying the Android 4.2.2 update for both the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, citing issues with the newer version of TouchWiz in a tweet tonight. Granted, Samsung has some newer, less powerful devices rolling out with Android 4.2.2 on board, so whatever problem they’re having will definitely be fixed sooner rather than later, so I think we can still expect a timeline for the update within a few months. Getting the update to the phones through the carriers is another story, but at least Samsung will have done their part.
U.S. Cellular customers looking for a sweet mid-range device are in luck as the wireless carrier has officially announced its latest offering— the LG Optimus F7 smartphone. In case you’ve forgotten about the basics of the phone since its original launch a while back, let’s give you a little refresher: the Optimus F7 comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage, microSD slot and a spiffy 4.7-inch 1,280 x 720 display. And yes— the device’s software is up-to-date for the most part as it not only features Jelly Bean loaded up, but some of LG’s awesome software too such as the implementation of the QSlide multi-window feature. The device will also come jam-packed with with the usual 3G and LTE radios built-in, giving users of the device quality network speeds when available.
The device is available now on the U.S. Cellular website and at U.S. Cellular retailers for a smooth $99 on-contract or customers who don’t want to feel tied down will have the option of purchasing the device for $399 outright. You’ll find more deets once you hit the source link below.
source: US Cellular
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.
source: Sony Mobile Blog
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.
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?
Source: Xperia Blog