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4 years ago

Nexus 7 getting Android 4.1.2 update, adds landscape mode

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Hot on the heels of the Android 4.1.2 AOSP announcement, an over-the-air update to the freshly-minted version of Android is slowly starting to roll out to Nexus 7 tablets. Reports from EE Times and the Android Central forums say that the update (finally) adds a landscape mode to the tablet's home screen launcher, in among the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements. We're sure that launcher change will please more than a few Nexus 7 owners sick of being stuck in portrait mode all the time.

The update package weighs just over 31MB, and is slowly starting to push out to Nexus 7 owners. We're not seeing it on any of our devices yet, but if you want to try your luck, head to to Settings > About device > Software updates and start mashing that button.

If you're one of the lucky few to have already received the update, be sure to shout out in the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: EE Times, Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Android 4.1.2 pushing out to AOSP today

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Google's Jean-Baptiste Queru has announced today on the Android Building group mailing list that a small revision to Jelly Bean -- Android 4.1.2, build JZO54K -- is pushing out to AOSP (Android Open Source Project) right now. While the Android world is still spinning following a the leaking of a whole bunch of LG Nexus pictures showing 4.1.2 on-board, JBQ's only comments in terms of this 4.1.2 release are in reference to the Nexus 7. His warning to community builders of software for the Nexus 7 is that future variants of the device are coming with a different power management chip, one that is completely incompatible with the current 4.1.1 builds of the software.

Details are sparse at  the moment, but we'll keep you posted as we do some digging and find out what this means as far as changes and updates go. If there are changes or fixes relating to other Nexus devices, you can bet we'll see OTAs start to roll out in due course.

Source: Android Building

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4 years ago

LG announces Optimus G and Mach for Sprint

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The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 isn't the only thing announced for Sprint today. LG has announced the Optimus G and the Mach as the latest LTE-enabled additions to Sprint's line-up. Sprint also snuck in a tri-mode USB modem into the announcement, if you're into that kind of thing. We're already been pretty up-close-andpersonal with the Optimus G, but what's this Mach device? Surely not the Optimus Mach from awhile back, right? Nope, though it's still in the mid-range and pales in comparison to the Motorola Photon Q as far as sliders on Sprint go. Here are the broad strokes.

  • Full QWERTY slide out keyboard
  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 4” WVGA touch screen
  • Super thin design - only .48”
  • 3G/4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Dual Cameras: 5-megapixel rear-facing with flash and video capture and 0.3 megapixel VGA front-facing camera

As you might expect, pricing and launch dates are still hazy for either one of these, but it's probably safe to assume that we'll be getting them before the holidays. Any takers?

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4 years ago

Isis Mobile Wallet launch tipped for Oct. 22 in Austin and Salt Lake City

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Google Wallet competitor Isis could go live in trial markets in a matter of weeks, according to a leaked internal document obtained by Android Central. The doc, sent our way by an anonymous tipster, says that beginning Oct. 22, customers in Salt Lake City, UT and Austin, TX will be able to use the Isis Mobile Wallet service on "Isis Ready devices" -- though no complete list of devices was provided.

The document goes on to state that payments through Isis "supporting banks'" credit cards will be supported, and that Isis users will get a complementary $10 balance on their pre-paid Isis Cash Card just for signing up and activating their wallet. That'll sound awfully familiar to anyone who's used a Google pre-paid card through Google Wallet.

Isis has some big names backing it, and whenever the eventual widespread launch comes, you can bet we'll be hearing much more about it.

Thanks, Anon!

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4 years ago

Sprint announces LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

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MobileCON kicks off today with an announcement from Sprint and Samsung for the LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. No details on pricing or dates, but they did give us the spec sheet. There are another three devices Sprint also announced, which we'll get to in a second. 

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset)
  • 10.1-inch WXGA PLS TFT 1280 x 800 display
  • 7,000mAh Lithium-Ion battery
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM and microSD card slot supporting up to 64GB memory card
  • Personal and business email, as well as IM through Google Talk
  • Google Mobile wireless services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps for Android, Google Calendar, Voice Actions and YouTube
  • 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Face Unlock uses state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to allow the user switch on the phone and look at it to get past the lock screen – no passwords to remember, nothing to type or swipe
  • AllShare Group Cast lets the user share a presentation or photo album in real time with multiple friends on the same Wi-Fi network
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

We reviewed the AT&T version of this bad boy awhile back, so feel free to take a read-through. Anyone biting?

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4 years ago

Rogers launches Motorola RAZR HD LTE

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Following an announcement last month, the Motorola RAZR HD LTE hit Rogers store shelves across Canada today for $99 on a three-year contract. It's an awful lot like the Droid RAZR HD that announced for Verizon last month, except this one is made for GSM networks. The main selling points for the Motorola RAZR HD are its 4.7-inch display, its strong battery life with LTE usage, and the triggered response software system, SmartActions. 

The Motorola RAZR HD LTE isn't showing up in the Rogers online store just yet, but feel free to call up your closest brick-and-mortar location to see what's up. There's also a bunch of information on Motorola Canada's site about detailed specs. Canadians, are you guys interested? Personally, I'm having a hard time imagining signing a three-year contract for any phone with WIND and Mobilicity in the picture. Any Americans interested in importing the RAZR HD LTE to use on A&T? Verizon customers, are you itching to pick up your version?

Source: @Motorola_CA

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4 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2 bestowed with Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade

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Motorola Atrix 2 owners can now emerge from Gingerbread now that AT&T has begun rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade. We had an inkling that the update was on the way, so no huge surprise, but welcome nontheless. The update includes Motorola's new quick-launch lock screen, along with the usual ICS features, like Face Unlock, tabbed browsing, a data usage monitor and a few other odds and ends. 

Earlier this week, Motorola also started rolling out ICS for their Droid XYBOARD tablets, but there are still a few more devices on the timeline that we're waiting for. For those that aren't getting an update reasonably soon, Motorola has a pretty sweet upgrade incentive in place

With all of these ICS updates, it's starting to actually feel like Google owns Motorola. Hopefully it won't take long before Motorola sets the standard for software update timeliness, but for the time being, which manufacturer have you been most pleased with on that front? Which manufacturers take way too long for their ICS updates? Should manufacturers even be bothering with Jelly Bean in the picture? Is Google rolling out these new features too quickly, or do manufacturers and carriers just need to hurry and catch up? 

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

ZTE says its equipment is safe, poses no threat to U.S. national security

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We reported yesterday on a U.S. Congressional report suggesting that ZTE and Huawei should be blocked from operating within the U.S. for national security reasons. The report singled out both companies with allegations of corruption, bribery and possible influence by the Chinese government. Hot off the press this morning ZTE has hit back with a statement in its defense.

In its statement, ZTE notes its status as a "Trusted Delivery Partner" for 140 other governments, and says it's "China’s most transparent, independent, globally focused, publicly traded telecom company." The company also points out that the vast majority of U.S. telecommunications equipment currently in use is manufactured in China. 

We expect this one to go back and forth before any final outcome is reached. For ZTE's full statement, check past the break. To read more about exactly what they and Huawei are alleged to have done, see our report from yesterday.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Music is official - ICS on a 3-inch display with stereo speakers

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Dual-SIM Galaxy Music Duos also confirmed

Following numerous rumors and leaks, Samsung has officially announced the entry-level, music-focused Galaxy Music and Galaxy Music Duos this morning. The Galaxy Music takes the front-facing stereo speaker design seen in certain Samsung tablets and PMPs and incorporates it into a budget smartphone with a 3-inch (QVGA) display.

The device comes in three colors -- silver, blue and yellow -- and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, backed up by Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX. The official spec list doesn't mention what's powering the Galaxy Music, but we can presume it'll be a fairly modest single-core affair. In terms of musical prowess, Samsung's plugging the phone's Sound Alive & SRS playback enhancements, as well as support for OGG and FLAC formats and FM radio capabilities.

Also announced today was Galaxy Music Duos, a dual-SIM variant which we'd expect to see targeted at emerging markets. There's no word on pricing or availability for either product, but we'd expect both to be competitively priced.

Source: Samsung

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4 years ago

LG Electronics Q3 earnings announcement and conference call set for Oct. 24th

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If you're interested in learning how LG Electronics doing financially, you'll want to tune into their Q3 2012 earnings announcement and conference call taking place on Oct. 24th at 13:00 (KST) followed by a Korean language news conference at 16:00 (KST). Just in case you're not fluent in Korean though, there will also be an English conference call that will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the following times --

  • Seoul - 10:00 AM
  • Hong Kong - 09:00 AM
  • London - 02:00 AM
  • New York City - 9:00PM (Wednesday, October 24) 

If you'd rather spend your time sleeping, don't worry. We'll be sure to follow up with any news coming from the call and let you all know how LG is faring in the business thus far. Besides, you never know what other details may happen to slip out.

Source: LG

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4 years ago

Motorola and SoftBank launch the Motorola RAZR M in Japan

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Motorola is continuing their roll out of the RAZR M internationally, after having launched the device in the U.S. a short while ago. SoftBank in Japan is the latest carrier to take on the device, and much like the Droid RAZR M we reviewed, it's sporting some decent mid-range specs, including a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, as well Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-loaded, and a promised Jelly Bean update.

And as you might expect, it's capable of running on the SoftBank 4G network. If you're looking for the full details on pricing, you'll need to head on over to the SoftBank website. If you're just looking to get the skinny on it direct from Motorola, the press release can be found right below.

Source: Motorola, SoftBank

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4 years ago

Opera launches Opera Mobile 12.1 for Android, offers better security and faster browsing

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Given the multitude of web browsers available for download in the Google Play Store, it's no wonder those competing for space on your device continue to revamp their efforts. Opera Mobile is no exception, and as such the updated Opera Mobile v12.1 for Android is now available. The latest release has Opera concentrating on several improvement, including slimming down the app install size:

  • Opera Mobile fraud detection - The fraud detection system tells you when a webpage has been marked as being suspicious or used for illicit activity. If you get a warning, it’s a good idea to think twice about visiting that site.
  • SPDY: Borrowing from the desktop version of Opera, Opera Mobile includes the SPDY for communicating to web servers around the world, the SPDY protocol makes fetching webpages more efficient. Twitter and Gmail are two early adopters of the SPDY protocol.
  • WebSockets: Rich content is the new way of the web, and WebSockets is here to make it happen. With WebSockets, the browser in your mobile device get top notch access to the web server, improving two-way communications between your mobile device and web server for applications.
  • HTML5 and CSS Enhancements: Combine the visual eye candy of CSS with some HTML5 practicality and voilá, even better mobile browsing. That’s why we’ve added HTML5 goodies like HTML5 Drag and Drop and the HTML5 Clipboard API to Opera Mobile 12.1. These features help web developers connect better to the surfer’s devices and, e.g., access clipboard content such as text and pictures.

If you're not satisfied with your current browsing experience, Opera Mobile is certainly worth a look. I've tested it out on the Mobile Nations sites and enjoy the tabs at the bottom for quick selection. I wouldn't say I'm ready to swap over from Google's Chrome browser just yet but having a decent secondary option loaded is always a good idea.

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4 years ago

Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update available in Korea, says Samsung

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Samsung Galaxy S3 owners in South Korea will now be able to update their handsets to the latest version of Android, 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, according to a statement released on the official "Samsung Tomorrow" site. The update is now available through Kies for owners of the Korea-specific SHW-M440S variant. In addition to performance enhancements through Google's "project butter" and the new Google Search with Google Now, the S3 Jelly Bean update also introduces many new improvements to TouchWiz. These include a new "easy mode" for the home screen launcher, "blocking mode" to enable you to manage when contacts can get hold of you, and that new "smart rotation" feature from the Galaxy Note 2.

The Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update began rolling out in some European countries a few weeks back, but we've yet to hear anything about U.S. availability besides the occasional leaked build. Hopefully S3 owners in the States won't have too long to wait.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow, via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Samsung and Google reportedly working on high-end, 10-inch Nexus tablet

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Here's another juicy Nexus rumor to complement all these LG Nexus photos we've been seeing over the past few hours. According to information given to CNET by industry analyst Richard Shim, Google is also at work on a 10-inch Nexus tablet, which will be developed and "co-branded" with Samsung. The tablet will reportedly be a high-end device, sporting a 2560x1600 panel, with an iPad-beating pixels density of 299ppi. Shim said the source of these reports were "supply chain indications."

Shim also claimed that Google would begin production of a $99 Android tablet in December, echoing earlier reports from industry rumor-monger Digitimes. However, he neglected to mention whether this would be a Nexus 7 variant or another model altogether.

All this is unconfirmed for the time being, but the nature of the source would seem to elevate it above the usual Internet rumors. And with ASUS already producing the Nexus 7, it's possible Google may seek to diversify with a Samsung-made Nexus 10, possibly based upon that P10 "retina" tablet that was revealed in court documents a few months back.

Would you be in the market for a high-end, Samsung-made Nexus tablet? Shout out in the comments and let us know.

Source: CNET

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4 years ago

A new week means a new winner in Android Central's Nexus 7 A Week giveaway!

Here we are at the start of week 4 of our Nexus 7 A Week Giveaway! Below you can find the winner of last week's contest, as well as information on how to enter this week. (Hint: It might have something to do with the picture above.) Keep reading!

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