Android update

Know that Android 4.0.2 update the Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners were so proud of yesterday? It's old news today. Google just announced Android 4.0.3 and an increase in API level (it's now 15). So what's new? Google gives us the big strokes:

  • Social stream API in Contacts provider: Applications that use social stream data such as status updates and check-ins can now sync that data with each of the user’s contacts, providing items in a stream along with photos for each. This new API lets apps show users what the people they know are doing or saying, in addition to their photos and contact information.
  • Calendar provider enhancements. Apps can now add color to events, for easier tracking, and new attendee types and states are now available.
  • New camera capabilities. Apps can now check and manage video stabilization and use QVGA resolution profiles where needed.
  • Accessibility refinements. Improved content access for screen readers and new status and error reporting for text-to-speech engines.
  • Incremental improvements in graphics, database, spell-checking, Bluetooth, and more.

So the next question is when will we start seeing it on the Galaxy Nexus? Time to start those fingers a'tappin'.

Source: Android Developers Blog; more: Platform Highlights

 

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Android 4.0.2 is so yesterday -- say hello to Android 4.0.3!

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So does this mean our contacts with Sync with Facebook???? I sure hope so. This big pac man looking icon on the in-call screen sucks.

No, unfortunately. That's in Facebook's court. They have to add the API to their services, but apparently they refuse to. But, this could change that if Google just sucked it up and found a new way to do it.

I wouldn't think that to be true. I have be using webOS since the beginning and when I sync my facebook account I get both the contact info (email, phone, etc) as well as the current photo. So when I get a text or call from that person I see there current profile photo. You can also link contacts in webOS so if you have the person already in your contact you can 'link' all of there contact from various sources (google, facebook, yahoo, linkedin, ets) into a master contact in your contact manager. I not trolling, I am considering switching to Android, but I thought it had a similar feature to the 'synergy' that webOS uses. Perhaps I am wrong.

Enjoy it while you can.

The prospect for us Non Nexus users is far more bleak as reported by
PCMAG.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2397729,00.asp

in May, many Android phone vendors and U.S. wireless carriers made a long-awaited promise: From then on, any new Android phone would receive timely OS updates for at least 18 months following launch, as part of the then newly christened Google Update Alliance.

The reality is it is not going to happen, and even NEW phones are unlikely to be updated on a timely basis, if at all.

You have to go with the Nexus if you want the latest versions. I'm through with the carrier/OEM update guessing game. The Thunderbolt was the last straw. Nexus only from here on out.

If only the Nexus was always available on all carriers. After the way Verizon handled this one I wouldn't be surprised if they dont get another. I don't think they want them to begin with.

Couldn't agree more. I don't see Verizon carrying a Nexus device again. I even heard a VZW rep say 'They are not making Nexus devices anymore, this is the last one' to somebody, clearly meaning the the upstairs guys at VZW didn't favor the Nexus much to their employees. Gotta hold onto my Galaxy Nexus forever...

i agree but i live in area that the big red V is king. It is hard to justify going to a different carrier just for a phone and not the service they offer. With that i say at&t broaden your hspa+ and or 3g spectrum befor jumping in the lte race.

Social stream API in Contacts provider: Applications that use social stream data such as status updates and check-ins can now sync that data with each of the user’s contacts, providing items in a stream along with photos for each. This new API lets apps show users what the people they know are doing or saying, in addition to their photos and contact information.

The phone BECOMES Facebook.

Jeeze, what could Possibly go wrong with that!??!

When you guys find out more, please post if this update includes a fix to Volume, so that I may turn down or off the Volume+ application.

The fix for the volume bug rolled out a couple weeks back though... Did you not receive it yet? It didn't change the version number

Different bug. He's referring to the case where the volume is present on the Verizon GN, but the volume is low (compared to other phones).

Volume is functional, just not quite as loud as it should be.

Sadly so. It's going to partially come down to the quality of the speaker itself. If the sound quality can be enhanced without going beyond the hardware's tolerances, we'd be good to go with a patch. People are having random success with Volume+ while hoping they don't reduce the life of the speaker from its use. Have to find that sweet spot of being a bit louder without it distorting. The sound level was disappointing having come from a Rezound and Motorola phones prior. But I'm hopeful.

from everything i read last night that was to fix the "phantom" volume issue where it would go up and down by itself. i was hoping to hear that was going to address the loudness of the volume. my nexus is very quiet and may be a deal breaker for me if its not addressed!

It would never happen but I kinda wish Google would pull back and fix this update deal. IMO the nexus devices should get the updates first followed by everything else NLT than two months after a OS release/update by Google. The manufacturer and carriers suck across the board. But this phone is staying true to the idea of nexus updates being timely so hope it stays that way.

Unless or until the carrier Skin is simply an .apk (or a collection of .APKs) this will never happen.

Android needs to be totally re-engineered so that you can slip in a new version of the OS direct from Google, and it will use all the drivers, UIs and Radio roms that already exist.

Drivers (for hardware, screen, keyboard, chipsets) and Radio control roms (essentially just another driver), need to be ripped out of the kernel and made into binary blobs using standardized hooks (calls) into the kernel.

Manufacturer's UIs and Carrier Bloatware need to be .apks, un-install-able. Stop building this stuff into the OS.

If 30 different Linux Distros can do this for 5000 different computer platforms and 4 or 5 different UIs, there is no reason Android can't do the same.

Check now, crap, Check now, crap, Check now, crap, Check now, crap, Check now, crap....when will it come!!!!

So a question I have is, with the GN, with these updates.. if you've unlocked and rooted, do you retain root after updating or lose it, like standard Android devices?

I can't even stream music from Google Music sometimes over 3G without it stopping and me having to switch to 4G.

I don't have any problems streaming Google Music over 3G on my Bionic, you're probably being throttled. If you've used over 2GB, you are. I was. I used root explorer, deleted my throttling files in /data, rebooted, and my data speeds increased by about 4x.

Bigger question is will it come out to the VZW Nexus in a timely fashion? Will it come from VZW or Google? I am glad we are seeing an update from Google this quickly-- if my VZW Nexus doesn't get it before Jan 15th I can still return it. If it takes more than a week for the VZW version to get it after anyone else, it isn't really a Nexus!

Google has already said they are controlling the updates for the mysid profile, which is the Verizon Nexus, so it should be out the same time as the other one.

I wish it would fix the volume issue too. But the funny thing about it where some things are really loud like when I am playing a game other things are extremely low.Youd think it would be universal across the board but it isnt. Still though vids and notifications need a nice boost.