As most Android users wait for the anticipated Android 4.2 update to hit their devices, Galaxy Nexus users will get to enjoy some of the major improvements found in core apps thanks to some leaked Android 4.2 apps. The boys at AndroidSpin managed to score a collection of GAPPs which includes the 4.2 versions of Gmail, Maps, Talk, Calendar, Clock, Photo Sphere, the latest keyboard and much more. All Galaxy Nexus users will need to do is grab and flash the zip files that are available for download using any recovery method— just like you would flash a normal ROM. One thing to note is that Google Wallet does comes as a separate .apk, so users will need to grab that separate file and sideload it if they are interested in utilizing the app as well.
More details and download links can be found at the source links below.
source: AndroidSpin | GAPPs | Google Wallet
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
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.
All eyes may be on the upcoming Nexus 4 (or Optimus Nexus, whichever you prefer), but we haven’t forgotten about the fact that a possible 10-inch Samsung Nexus tablet is quietly being worked on. So while we have no specific details or nary an idea of what this special tablet will feature, we at least know that the possibility of it being a reality is very much true thanks to some leaked EXIF data that surfaced on the Picasa website. According to what was posted on the Picasa website, the image supposedly taken by a “Nexus 10″ has a resolution of 2560 x 1920, which lines up with earlier rumors suggesting the device will have a 10.1-inch display at a 2560 x 1600 resolution. The image that was posted clearly looks like it was intended to highlight the standard camera capabilities of this “Nexus 10″– so we see everything from the 2.7 Aperture & Exposure of 1/15 sec. One major item to note of this image is the Android build of “JVP12C”, an unspecified Jelly Bean (or higher) build— which may imply that this “Nexus 10″ may hold the keys to what should be the latest Android software.
Naturally we don’t want to make too much out of this, but then again— when there’s smoke, there’s always fire. Hopefully we’ll start seeing additional leaks and info of what should cutting-edge features in the upcoming tablet. Maybe just maybe, we’ll see everything we need to see on October 29th.
It certainly seems like that time of year, when retailers begin their holiday inventory and setting their price points. Tonight we’re hearing that Walmart pricing has been leaked on a couple of T-Mobile phones that may be of interest to you. TmoNews has information revealing the pricing of select T-Mobile, on-contract devices from Walmart. The rumored pricing are as follows:
Walmart is typically cheaper than T-Mobile on its devices so it’s a little interesting that these prices are a mirror version of T-Mobile’s. Just keep in mind that with all leaked pricing, it’s always subject to change. What are your thoughts or experiences on purchasing your device and plan through Walmart?
As Google continues to be mum on its all but confirmed 32GB Nexus 7 tablet, we continue to see additional specs and info leaked out for our viewing pleasure. Just like we had reported earlier in the week, the gang at Android Central managed to get a tip that famed UK retailer Argos has created its Christmas guide and lo and behold— the 32GB Nexus 7 is listed at a cool £199.99 ($323.00 USD). The significance of this is the pricing point pretty much confirms the upcoming tablet will indeed replace the existing 16GB tablet— while also adding that Google has
finally listened to its customers (like yours’ truly) and will offer up more storage space.
So now that we know it’s very much real and on the way, all we need now is for Google to just finally stop holding out on the inevitable and give up the details on when we can grab one of the tablets for ourselves.
source: Android Central
Google’s Gmail for Android app has seemingly reached the next step in its inevitable evolution. Our friends at Android Police report the upcoming Gmail version 4.2 will achieve some much-needed features, with the long awaited pinch-to-zoom making its first appearance in the app. As seen in the video below, when users open up an email and scroll down to the displayed content on the screen, they are able to completely pinch inwards in order zoom in and see the content in greater detail. Also from the looks of it, it appears that this upcoming Gmail feature will not just be limited to the newest Android software either, as the video was taken with the Gmail 4.2 app running on a Jelly Bean-flavored Galaxy Nexus.
There’s a couple of additional noteworthy items to highlight as well in the newest iteration of the Gmail app. One major note is the ability to actually swipe to delete or if you desire, archive your emails from the email list. According to Android Police, Gmail has this feature developed to be very flexible for users. For starters, users can go through options that will let you change your swipes to “No effect”, “Archive or delete” or “Always Delete”. The “Archive or delete” option is the default option, which will archive swiped messages when you’re in the inbox, delete swiped messages when you’re in All Mail or Sent and remove a label when you’re in a label-only view. The last feature is for users to be able to report a specific email or message or phishing, which effectively gives users one less thing to worry about when it comes to those pesky spammers and all. Huzzah!
Unfortunately, the .apk can not be shared with the masses at this time. However, the hope is that we will be able to grab a leak as soon as possible… or Google just goes ahead and releases the update for the rest of the world to see. Hit the break to see additional photos and video of this in action.
As we get closer and closer to the inevitable announcement of Google’s newest addition to the Nexus family, we now see yet another leaked photo of the Nexus 4 (or Optimus Nexus, whatever you prefer). Belerusian website Onliner.by obtained some sweet photos of the LG E960. As you can see off the bat, the device seems to feature a special coating and the traditional Google & LG logos on the back, while the front is all screen, nearly identical to the existing Galaxy Nexus smartphone. All in all, these photos seem to line up with the previous shots that we’ve seen before.
In addition to the photos that have surfaced, the website also takes some time to confirm some specs that were previously rumored to be featured in the smartphone. As of now, Onliner.by highlights the newest upcoming Nexus will feature a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 gigs of RAM, a 1280×768 HD display, 8MP rear camera and 8GB of on-board storage. Leave it to the Nexus line to stay consistent with featuring the best features and cutting edge technology.
In case you’ve forgotten, the device is expected to be announced at the end of the month. In the meantime, we’re sure you’re all itching to get more peeks of the upcoming device, so hit the break for all the photos you can handle.
As we all await the arrival of the latest Nexus device (or devices if all holds true), we are also eagerly awaiting what Google has up its sleeves in the latest Android OS. Well it looks like the gang at Android and Me may have the inside scoop on not only the latest OS which is expected to be software version 4.2, but details on the direction of its Nexus line of devices. According to an anonymous source, Google is trying to promote its Nexus line among all major manufacturers. The various manufacturers will work directly with Google in regards to the hardware and driver details, though Google will be responsible for the hardware updates directly. Moreover, although these special Google devices are part of the Nexus line, they don’t necessarily need to be called Nexus as part of its name– sort of like of what Google did with the Motorola Xoom WiFi tablet. The thought is that by manufacturers joining the Nexus program, it would allow for the special variations of the devices to have even more access to specially-optimized Google content.
Of course since there will be added content, it’s only natural to have an idea of what exactly the Nexus devices will feature in regards to the newest Android OS, Android 4.2. The biggest features in the new OS are rumored to be identified as the new Customization Center, Project Roadrunner, an updated Google Now and revamped Play Store. The new Customization Center will be useful for all Android users as it essentially allows users to update the base Android OS, without having to wait for OEM manufacturers to update their skins. Here’s how it works: it is basically a way for you to do basic customizations through a range of options through the Play Store. When a new update is available, new items like filters and icons would be available via the Play Store. So when Google upgrades Android and a manufacturer doesn’t provide a compatible version of their custom UI initially, the device reverts simply to the stock UI or wait for the upgrade until the manufacturer catches up.