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4 years ago

Video walkthrough: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Nexus

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has arrived, in the form of a preview version of the OS on the Galaxy Nexuses given away to Google I/O attendees. As we've already mentioned in our coverage of Jelly Bean, there's lots of new improvements to the OS. These are mainly based around making Android more slick and responsive to touch input, and eliminating lag wherever it occurs. There are also new software treats in the form of expanded notification functionality. Google Search has been overhauled, and Google Now presents relevant information based on your location, calendar and other stored data. Android Beam has been expanded too, with photo and video transfer capabilities

Check out some of the changes in Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Nexus in our video after the break.

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4 years ago

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean SDK now available for download

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With Google I/O 2012 now kicked off and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean unveiled, the time has come to download the tools to make the magic. During this mornings keynote address, it was announced Android 4.1 would be rolling out mid-July while the SDK would be made available to developers today. The update has gone live now and is available for download to those who can make use of it. Some of the highlights to look forward to:

  • Faster, Smoother, More Responsive - Android 4.1 is optimized to deliver Android's best performance and lowest touch latency, in an effortless, intuitive UI.
  • Enhanced Accessibility - New APIs for accessibility services let you handle gestures and manage accessibility focus as the user moves through the on-screen elements and navigation buttons using accessibility gestures, accessories, and other input. The Talkback system and explore-by-touch are redesigned to use accessibility focus for easier use and offer a complete set of APIs for developers.
  • Support For International Users - Android 4.1 helps you to reach more users through support for bi-directional text in TextView and EditText elements. Apps can display text or handle text editing in left-to-right or right-to-left scripts. Apps can make use of new Arabic and Hebrew locales and associated fonts.
  • Expandable Notifications - Android 4.1 brings a major update to the Android notifications framework. Apps can now display larger, richer notifications to users that can be expanded and collapsed with a pinch. Notifications support new types of content, including photos, have configurable priority, and can even include multiple actions.
  • Resizable app widgets - Android 4.1 introduces improved App Widgets that can automatically resize, based on where the user drops them on the home screen, the size to which the user expands them, and the amount of room available on the home screen. New App Widget APIs let you take advantage of this to optimize your app widget content as the size of widgets changes.

There is plenty more where that came from included with the package. If you're a developer, you'll want to be digging into this stuff as soon as possible and working on getting your apps updated with the latest Google has to offer.

Download and more info: Android 4.1 SDK

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III will be available at Sprint beginning on Sunday, July 1

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If you're holding out for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III you still have a little bit longer to go. The latest official confirmation coming from Sprint has the device arriving for folks on July 1st now.

Samsung Galaxy S III will be available at Sprint beginning on Sunday, July 1. It will be offered in a 16GB version for $199.99 and 32GB version for $249.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement at Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web Sales. The 32GB version will be available in Web Sales, Sprint Business Sales and Telesales.

Sure, it's a bit later than expected but things could always be worse and it's certainly nice of Sprint to keep everyone in the loop rather than just leaving us to guess when it will arrive.

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4 years ago

Google updates Nexus site with Nexus 7 and Nexus Q info

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Google has just unveiled the Nexus 7 Tablet along with the Nexus Q streaming media player and already they've started promoting the devices to the max. The Nexus site that has been in place since the Nexus One was announced, has now been updated with a full gallery, specs and features listing for both of the devices. I got my preorder in for the Nexus 7, do you?

Source: Google

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4 years ago

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean coming mid-July

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You want it, now we know when, and how we can get it. Just announced at Google I/O, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be arriving in mid-July. 

First to get it -- not all that surprisingly -- will be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom. The open-source code for Jelly Bean will also drop at the same time. Thats next month folks! 

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4 years ago

Google drops unlocked Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ price to $349

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If for whatever reason you still don't own a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google has just now made it even harder to refuse. As we know it, Google is back to selling phones in the Google Play Store and they come unlocked with no contract. Previously Google had priced the device at $399 but with Google I/O having now kicked off they've gone ahead and dropped that to an even lower $350. you'll need to be in the U.S. to order one but that's one heck of a deal for the first device to get the freshly announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Buy Now: Google Play Store; via: Verge

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4 years ago

Reminder: Canadian sales of the Samsung Galaxy S III start today!

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If you live in Canada and have been waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S III to arrive, today is the day you can pick one up in store. If you didn't pre order though, you'll want to get into a retail location of your choosing as soon as possible as many are noting that supply is remaining limited at this time. Where can you pick one up? Have a look at the list below:

As you can see, most retailers kept pricing consistent across the board so it'll come down to whatever carrier you are with or decide to go to. If you're not ready to jump just yet, have a look at our Samsung Galaxy S III review for more information.

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4 years ago

Do Androids dream of Jelly Beans? We do!

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Do Android's dream of Jelly Beans? Maybe, maybe not. But, one thing we do know -- we're dreaming of Jelly Beans right now! It's officially, officially official. The beans may have been spilled yesterday at Building 44, but when they were picked up they were transformed into what you see here. Check out the latest Google Jelly Bean video after the break.

The countdown to the Day 1 keynote at Google I/O is almost at an end, and we expect to see the first glimpses of Jelly Bean in the next few hours. Phil, Jerry and Alex are catching what sleep they can ahead of one of the biggest days in the Android calendar. We're triple teaming I/O this year, so you can bet your bottom dollar that the very best, of the best, Google I/O coverage will be right here on Android Central.

And, for all the Jelly Bean information you can shake a stick at, you might want to bookmark our new Jelly Bean landing page. So, join us, it's going to be some ride!

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4 years ago

Huawei Ascend D Quad delayed?

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The Verge are reporting that the Huawei Ascend D Quad, that we first got hands on with at MWC back in February, is suffering a delayed release due to its powerful chipset.

Posting on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo yesterday, Yu Chengdong revealed that Huawei was experiencing "technical problems" with its ambitious K3V2 system-on-chip. But he noted that the company's R&D division was "stepping up efforts" to get it ready.

This news certainly will not do Huawei any favors with the likes of the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III already being on sale. The Ascend D Quad is on par with the forementioned handsets specs wise and will be Huawei's flagship device this year.

The 4.5 inch 720P high definition touchscreen 'beast' is powered by Huawei's K3V2 quad-core 1.2GHz/1.5GHz processor so is set to give the other big players a run for their money.

Fingers crossed Huawei can iron out any problems sooner rather than later.

Source: The Verge

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4 years ago

Daily Steals offering unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III for $599.99

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Dailysteals.com is offering the Samsung Galaxy S III i9300 for $599.99 today.  As of this writing there's about 21 hours and 45 minutes left to pick one up.  This is the unlocked international version, and although they all look the same, you won't get any carrier branding on this one.  We recently reviewed this and found it to be an amazing phone, with plenty of horsepower and battery life to make it through all but the longest of days.

As a quick reminder, this is the version with the Exynos Quad SoC inside, and not the Snapdragon S4.  That means it'll play nicely with AT&T 3G, but not T-Mobile as it lacks the necessarily 1700mhz AWS support.  Not sure if this is the phone for you or still have some lingering questions that haven't been answered yet?  Check out the Galaxy S III forums for all the answers to your questions.

Source: Dailysteals

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4 years ago

Hands on with Android 4.0 ICS on the Droid RAZR MAXX

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Verizon's finally pushing out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX, bringing Moto's U.S. flagship. This moves the RAZRs up to what is for the next day or so, the latest version of the OS. Starting right at the top, you'll notice a re-vamped lock screen, allowing you to choose to unlock normally, or launch directly into one of three apps -- the phone, camera or text messaging.

The home screen launcher has changed a fair bit too. You still get five screens to customize, but gone is the Motorola-styled launcher of old, an in its place sits the sleek stock Android launcher, albeit without the persistent Google search bar. That means you get a horizontal-scrolling list of apps, and widgets can be selected by long-pressing them and adding them to the home screen. Face unlock is included too, for whatever that's worth -- we think it's pretty clear by now that that's a bit of a gimmick.You also get the new ICS browser, which is nice, and the ability to use Chrome Beta for Android if you want.

Check out our hands-on video after the break.

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4 years ago

32GB Sprint Galaxy S III pre-orders shipping today

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Good news for anyone who has pre-ordered a 32GB Samsung Galaxy S III on Sprint -- it shall be in your hands very soon! Taking to their Galaxy S III community forum to deliver the good news, the message reads simply: 

“All 32GB Pre-ordered Samsung Galaxy SIII 32 GB phones are scheduled to ship today. Interested in the status of your order? Go to sprint.com/myorder to check. As more details become available, we will post them on the community as quickly as possible.”

Are you waiting on one of these or already received one? Shout out in the comments below and let us know your thoughts.

Source: Sprint Community

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 9 RC1 released

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The day has finally arrived, as the CyanogenMod team announced that 37 devices are receiving RC1 of CM9 today.  This is a milestone, to be sure, as these builds should be more stable than any nightlies that have come before it.  The issue tracker is also open now, so those of you that install this can report bugs and keep up on the progress of the fixes.

In the blog post, the team states that it took 225 days to get to this point since the release of Ice Cream Sandwich source code (and since work began), and because of the major changes Google made to Android they took the time to rework a ton of code for behind the scenes stuff.  The changes they've made should make it easier to accept code changes and add new devices, because the "core" OS has been stabilized.  Be sure to hit up your respective devices forums section to report back on your experience if you decide to flash this.

Source: CyanogenMod

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia P review

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Can build quality and multimedia chops redeem a phone lacking the latest version of Android? Find out as we take a closer look at the Sony Xperia P.

The fact that we’re starting to see dual-core phones at entry-level price points is a testament to the tremendous pace at which smartphone technology is advancing. Last year this kind of multiprocessing horsepower was reserved for only the most expensive handsets, but as we cross over into the second half of 2012, we’re increasingly seeing these chips in mid-range and low-end phones too.

One such device is the Sony Xperia P. Sitting between the Xperia S and Xperia U in terms of specs and price, the Xperia P is the middle child in Sony’s Xperia NXT series. It aims to differentiate itself with its own unique take on the Xperia NXT “transparent element” design, using an aluminum chassis. It also offers few extra whistles and bells, including NFC support and an 8MP EXMOR R camera.

But there’s a “but” coming, and if you’ve read our Xperia S and Xperia U reviews, you’ll probably have correctly guessed that the Xperia P ships with the 18-month-old Android 2.3 Gingerbread, as opposed to the newer 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. So is this a deal-breaker, or does Sony offer enough added value in other areas for this to be overlooked until the update arrives? Find out below, in our full review of the Sony Xperia P.

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