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4 years ago

Internet rumor mill says Jelly Bean coming to Samsung Galaxy S III 'soon'

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According to the fine folks at Sammobile, we might be seeing the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III as soon as August. We're certain that Samsung is in the process of figuring out the update schedule, but it's always nice to see the insiders mention that things are moving along. Of course, Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S III will not look like the Jelly Bean we've seen so far, but that's not a bad thing. Samsung has a pretty good handle on their TouchWiz operating system, and whether you love it or hate it you can't deny it's feature rich and runs pretty damn well on the SGSIII's blazing hardware.

We're excited to try Android 4.1 and "the butter" on some handsets with better hardware under the hood. The Galaxy S III is sure to impress us even more with the new features and polish that comes with Jelly Bean. We'll keep an eye on this one closely.

Source: Sammobile

 

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Bad timing for Batman, Nexus 7 shipping (or not), and other odds and ends

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Hey there, everybody! Took a week off from this column last week, as my fingers (and the rest of my body) could hardly move after installing some hardwood floors. Don't let those TV shows fool you -- that stuff is hard. On the plus side, I've decided to wear kneepads 24/7, which should do wonders for those broken joints of mine, previously abused by too many years (and one ACL replacement) on the soccer field, and currently by a few too many inches on the ol' waistline. Don't knock it till you try it.

A few thoughts as we head back into another work week:

  • As I said atop our news post last week announcing the release of Gameloft's The Dark Night, we're all painfully aware of the shooting in Aurora, Colo., just outside Denver. It's a nice little suburb I've been to a number of times, when my maternal grandmother was alive. My question: Should Gameloft have postponed the release? There are arguments on either side of that, certainly. 
  • Oh, and you'd be amazed at how quickly I can (and have, and will again) ban people who think they're leaving funny comments in regards to a dozen people getting shot.
  • So the 16-gigabyte Nexus 7 tablet is back to "Coming soon" status on Google Play. Obviously, something weird happened with fulfillment. For my part, I got the one I ordered on July 3 (though the Nexus Q I ordered with it isn't shipping yet). What's odd is that the two 16GB Nexus 7s I ordered on June 27 -- during the Google I/O keynote, actually, as soon as they hit the store -- are still in limbo. The UPS label has been printed, but that's it. For what it's worth, this is the first time I've ever had an issue ordering a device from Google Play. Countless Galaxy Nexus phones have made it without issue. Is it a Google thing? An ASUS thing? Is the Nexus 7 just that popular?
  • I picked up the Kindle Fire this weekend for the first time since getting the Nexus 7 -- only so I could watch "The West Wing." Amazon created a nice little niche for itself with the Kindle Fire and streaming video, but it's time for the company to open things up onto non-Kindle devices. And releasing a better Kindle Fire (which we fully expect to happen later this year) isn't the answer. Want to put a hurt on Netflix? Get on the iPad. And on Android tablets. And push hard on all the new Windows gear.
  • Some great thoughts from Rene Ritchie on the Nexus 7. The whole "save state" thing doesn't bother me nearly as much as it does him, though, but that could that while I frequently use an iPad, I don't use it as thoroughly and completely as he does. (Or maybe it's just difference in the way we think.)

So what's coming next? Samsung's doing something on Aug. 15. (Good lord, it's almost August already?) We'll be at the IFA conference in Berlin in late August/early September, so there's that, too. And we're already looking ahead to the CTIA conference in San Diego in October.

This week I'll be meeting up with the other Mobile Nations editors in Winnipeg, which I'm told is in Canada. (Hey, I just get on the plane ya know?) Exciting things are afoot, and those of you who frequent CrackBerry might have seen the Mobile Nations Passport teaser. This is good stuff, folks. 

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week - Shine Runner, SMod Forever, Camera Launcher and more

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Android Central's editors have once again picked their favorite apps for the week. We've got a lot of games this go around, but also a few utilities you might find handy. Anyone who picked up a Google Nexus 7 will definitely want to check out our picks this week. Dig in after the jump!

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4 years ago

Kyocera Rise render spotted with Sprint software

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As we predicted during CTIA when Kyocera first announced the Rise, it looks like it will be headed to Sprint at some point in the future. A leaked press render showing the SprintZone app and Sprint ID button pretty much nail this one for the Now Network, and the source says to expect it on Virgin Mobile as well. If you have a look at our hands-on with the Rise, you'll see that it's a solid phone for the budget conscious. With a 1GHz Snapdragon and 512MB of RAM under the glass, the Rise fares well against other entry-level phones like the HTC One V, and if the "Tissue Conduction" audio technology ends up working as advertised, the Rise could be one of the best phones on the market for folks who need a phone. 

While it's not packing quite the punch that the EVO 4G LTE or Galaxy S III is, it's nice to see options of all shapes and sizes. We'll be on the lookout for any official word from Kyocera or Sprint.

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

The Dark Knight Rises now works with the Nexus 7

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A quick heads up for everyone, The Dark Knight Rises has had an update pushed that brings it to the Nexus 7. Many of us were disappointed yesterday, when the game launched but anyone with a Nexus 7 couldn't download it. All that's changed now though, and the game is right there in the Play Store waiting.

There was an apparent issue in some cases too where the games assets were downloading twice. Thankfully, this has also been fixed with this update.

The download link is below, so what are you waiting for? Have at it folks, i'll be cashing in some of that Google Play credit now. If you're still unsure, be sure to check out our review of the game first. 

Download: The Dark Knight Rises

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4 years ago

CloudOn office app launches in 60 additional countries worldwide

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CloudOn, the app that brings a Microsoft Office experience right to your Android tablet, has just gone a whole lot more Global. The app has now been released in 60 new countries around the world. 

The app has also received a bit of an update bringing a couple of new features to the Android version. Voice dictation and password support is now included, as is the ability to open documents from within an email. 

Those lucky new countries are listed below, where you'll also find a handy download link to the application. It's free, although it does require an account. The good news, getting an account is also free. 

The list of new countries reads like this: 

Albania, Algeria, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bermuda, Bulgaria, Cayman Islands. Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus/Malta, Czech Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks & Caicos, UAE, Ukraine, and the Virgin Islands.

Download: CloudOn

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4 years ago

Android Central international round-up - July 21, 2012

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With this week being Nexus 7 launch week around the world, there's been plenty of news to keep us occupied. The Jelly Bean tablet is slowly but surely starting to work its way out to pre-order customers, and the word on the street is that the Nexus 7 is now sold out in some countries. It's still early days, but it seems the N7's on track to be a major commercial success for ASUS and Google -- a first for any Android tablet.

Elsewhere, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean reared its head on the Nexus S, with the official launch of that phone's over-the-air update. Google announced in the past few hours that five major carriers are now pushing out the Jelly Bean OTA, following the OS's official debut on the Galaxy Nexus last week.

We also reviewed the Desire C, HTC's new entry-level phone for Europe, and got to play with the ZTE Grand X down in London. Both devices represent different approaches to making a value-oriented smartphone. HTC has focused on hardware and software design on its tiny 3.2-inch phone, while ZTE's offering cuts an unassuming figure with a plastic chassis and near-stock Android, choosing instead to differentiate itself with a gaming-focused Tegra 2 CPU. Though at the £180-190, it's hard to find fault with the Grand X's specs.

Finally, ShopAndroid.com announced new, cheaper shipping options for international buyers -- fantastic news for anyone outside of the U.S. looking for great Android accessories!

We also had a fair selection of minor stories at the international desk this week, so dig into the list below. If you've got international news, you can tip us at the usual address.

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4 years ago

Late-night poll: Did your Nexus 7 ship yet?

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July 19, the day that all the early orders of the Nexus 7 were to ship, has come and gone. According to Google, everyone who ordered on or before July 11 should either have their tablet in their hot little hands (they're even showing up in Canada), or it should be in transit. We're hoping this is the case, because the shipping of these things has turned our hair a bit grey. Everyone wants one, and because we're Android nerds, we want them now, and Google can't get them out the door fast enough. Yeah, it's Google's first time shipping out a device at launch, and selling your wares as fast as you can make them is always a good problem to have, but it's easy to feel that way when you're not the one waiting for the delivery truck.

So did you get yours? Is it on the way? Or are you still waiting to hear anything about it? Tell us in tonight's poll, and discuss away in the comments.

 

Has your Nexus 7 shipped?

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4 years ago

The Dark Knight Rises review - Batman is ready for Android

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Batman is on a mission to beat the snot out of crime. If the bad guys happen to be in your Android phone, so be it. 

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters today, and along with it is an Android game from Gameloft. Much like The Amazing Spider Man, The Dark Knight Rises for Android is inspired by the movie, and though the mechanics are similar, the brooding atmosphere is what really sets the Batman game apart. 

Players get to zoom across a bleak cityscape by gliding, swinging, or motoring through Gotham. Missions follow closely in the footsteps of the movie, but as you go, you can kit out Bruce Wayne with the latest tech and upgrade particular parts of his suit and vehicles to suit your playstyle. There's plenty of open world exploration too, and a whole bundle of hidden items to find. 

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4 years ago

Color adjustment settings, Ouya console [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

HTC: Desire HD to stay on current software, no ICS update

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After all the confusion surrounding the status of the HTC Desire HD's Android 4.0 update, we have confirmation from HTC that it's completed its analysis of the software and reached a decision. Unfortunately, it's disappointing news for Desire HD owners -- the manufacturer has decided not to update the phone to Ice Cream Sandwich, saying it has the best software experience possible for its hardware on the current Android 2.3/Sense 3 ROM.

Here's the company's statement in full --

"After extensive testing, HTC has determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD.  When we consider new versions of software, we weigh a number of factors, but ultimately the customer experience on the product is the deciding factor. We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused our customers."

So it's sad pandas all around this evening. It looks like Desire HD owners will need to rely on the custom ROM community if they want a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. In any case, the device already has several unofficial Android 4.x ROMs available, so at least those brave enough to root won't be short of options.

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4 years ago

Jelly Bean is now running on the (wait for it) Optimus S via a CyanogenMod 10 port

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The LG Optimus One line will never die. I have a feeling that one day, far into the future where apes control the planet and man is farmed like livestock, The little Optimus that could will still be going strong and folks will be hacking them with their stubby, apish hands. As proof, I offer Android Developer drewwalton19216801's CyanogenMod 10 (Jelly Bean) port for the Optimus S. 

It's not perfect, as Drew puts it "There will be bugs, and things may crash from time to time", and the usual suspects like camera and MMS still need some work, but I'd wager that more than a few of the folks using and loving the Optimus S will be more than happy to run this as their daily driver. 

We're still waiting for Ice Cream Sandwich on some of last years best phones (hello there, HTC Rezound) but this is proof positive that a little bit of source code and some awesome developers can make magic happen. Whether you're using the Optimus S, or just a fan of all things awesome, hit the link below and have a look. Be sure to give Drew a little well-earned love!

CyanogenMod 10 port for the Optmus S 

 

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4 years ago

Linux Foundation E.D. Jim Zemlin: 'Android is going to continue to gain traction in the enterprise'

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Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin sat down with the Wall Street Journal to talk about Android and the enterprise market, and needless to say he's pretty confident about the future. Zemlin may be a bit biased towards Android, as are most of us here, but he does have a history with large corporate environments, having worked previously with companies like Western Wireless (now T-Mobile) and Covalent Technologies. 

Zemlin seems confident that as HTML 5 application deployment moves forward, Android and the diverse group of OEMs that bring a selection of hardware at all price points are uniquely situated to provide "a better way to provision, manage and deploy their application infrastructure." In short, choice equals strength here, too. We'll have to agree, and throw in that the ability to customize the system to better suit the needs of your company has to sound awfully good to those CIO's who are thinking of the future of mobile enterprise. We heard yesterday during Google's quarterly earnings report that G is eyeing the enterprise market, so we expect to see more features roll out across Google's services -- including Android.

He also has a few words to say about the Google buyout of Motorola Mobility, and the idea that the Nexus 7 is a service, not a product. It's a great read from someone held in high regard in the open-source community, and paints a pretty bright future for our favorite mobile OS. Hit the source link below and take a gander.

Source: WSJ

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4 years ago

Samsung to show new Galaxy device at Aug. 15 event

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"Save the date" e-mails are landing for a special event to be held by Samsung Electronics America next month, where the manufacturer promises to show off its "newest Galaxy device." The e-mail sent out today indicates that this will be a "major product announcement," but gives no real clues as to what exactly will be unveiled.  We're pretty sure the Galaxy Note 2 is on the horizon, but all indications are that that device will instead be making its debut at the IFA show in Berlin in late August. That aside, other candidates for the August 15 event include the newly-announced T-Mobile Galaxy Note, and the Galaxy Note 10.1, which we first saw at Mobile World Congress, and which is said to have recently undergone some hardware changes.

So we'll probably be in for a bit of a surprise, but our money's on some sort of tablet announcement, whether or not it's a model we've seen at a previous event. If you've got any wild theories, let us know down below...

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4 years ago

Google confirms Nexus S Jelly Bean roll-out, lists carriers

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We broke the news yesterday that some GSM Nexus S models were starting to see their Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update rolling out, and now we have the official confirmation from Mountain View. Google took to its +Nexus Google+ account to bring news that Jelly Bean is currently pushing out to customers on at least five carriers around the world, as well as the unlocked GSM models, presumably. Here's the official word --

"We've started rolling out Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, to Nexus S phones on a number of carriers including T-Mobile, H3G [Three], O2, Rogers as well as Vodafone in most countries, with more to come. Enjoy!"

No word on Sprint's Nexus S 4G just yet, but given that phone's history with updates, owners could be in for a fairly long wait. If you've already gotten Jelly Bean on your Nexus S, shout out in the comments and let us know how you're doing.

Source: +Nexus

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