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5 years ago

Notifications get a makeover in Jelly Bean


Notifications are just one of the areas of the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean UI that are getting a makeover. Buttons for callback are included now within the notification drawer when a missed call shows up. Pretty neat. 

That's only the beginning though. Notifications are now expandable. Essentially, it's like putting widgets into the notification bar. They auto expand and collapse, and there is a lot of emphasis on functionality outside of the related applications. Google+ notifications can show up the pictures within the notification tray itself, for example. 

Another example showed up the Pulse news app notifications. Currently we just get a boring old message telling us there are new stories. In Jelly Bean, it's pretty much as though the application itself is sat in the notification bar. Slick. Notifications just got a whole lot more interesting. 

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5 years ago

Jelly Bean brings offline voice typing


Google is in the middle of announcing Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) at Google I/O. One of the cool features of Jelly Bean is offline voice typing, which will be very welcomed. Up until now, you've had to have access to the Internet to perform voice dictation, but Google has fixed that. It's initially releasing with U.S. English, but other languages to follow.

If you're interested in the keynote, follow our live blog!

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5 years ago

The Nexus 7 is real, see it now!


We won't talk. You can watch the video below in peace. 

Here are some of the specs. 

  • 7-inch 1280 x 800 display
  • Quad-processor
  • Tegra 3 12-core GPU
  • 8 GB and 16 GB models
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, gyroscope
  • 9 hours video playback
  • 300 hours standby
  • 340 g
  • Chrome as standard browser
  • $199, shipping mid-July to US, Canada, Australia and UK, preorders available today
  • Includes $25 credit in Google Play store, lots of preloaded goodies

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5 years ago

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean officially announced


OK, so we've seen the statue. We've seen the rumors. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has been officially announced at Google I/O in San Francisco. Hugo Barra is on stage as we speak taking us through it, so stick around, there's a lot more to come on this one. 

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5 years ago

Google drops unlocked Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ price to $349


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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5 years ago

400 million Android devices activated, daily activations reach 1 million


Literally moments into the Google I/O Day 1 keynote, a huge milestone for the Android platform has been announced. In total, 400 million Android devices have been activated, an astonishing 300 million in the last year alone. Wow. 

Daily activations have also reached a huge milestone. We're now upto that magic mark -- 1 million Android devices are activated everyday. Impressive no? 

The keynote continues, so stick with us, there's a lot more to come. 

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5 years ago

Google I/O 2012 Day 1 Keynote Liveblog!

Here we go, ladies and gentlemen! We're up and ready and raring to go at Moscone West in San Francisco. We've got the Google I/O Day 1 keynote address coming your way, after the break. 

This one's going to be a little different, though. Unlike a lot of keynotes, Google's streaming this one live, and you can watch it with us after the break. (Might even be able to see the back of our heads.) That also means we don't have to set our keyboards on fire trying to type every little word, which is nice. That also means we'll have more time free to let you know what's really going on, behind the scenes and between the lines.

So break on through to the other side, and let's kick off this crazy ride. The keynote begins June 27 at the following times:

  • 9:30 a.m. Pacific time
  • 12:30 p.m. Eastern time
  • 5:30 p.m. in London
  • And all points east and east.

Got it? Good. Let's go!

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5 years ago

Google looks to make streaming media easier with the Nexus Q


A video has crept up on Google's googlenexus YouTube channel that introduces a brand new device, the Nexus Q. It aims to help you stream content throughout your home. In the video, they show social music streaming where multiple people adjust the queue of songs and video streaming as well. Check it out for yourself in the video above. It's very likely that we'll hear Google officially introduce it during their upcoming keynote at Google I/O.

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5 years ago

Sprint lighting up 4G LTE in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio July 15


Although Sprint hasn't had much of a wide scale roll out of their 4G LTE network just yet, they've now got a whole new list of places that will be going live on July 15th and that is sure to make some folks out there extremely happy. So who all is getting some 4G LTE love?

  • Atlanta
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Kansas City
  • San Antonio

Some of those areas we know LTE testing has been happening for the past little while as folks have reported LTE connectivity dropping in and out for the past little while in certain areas but it's nice to see some official confirmation of it. You'll find the full press release from Sprint below, if you're looking for the full details.

Source: Sprint

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5 years ago

Nexus 7 official looking image appears ahead of expected Google I/O launch


Here it is folks. What we appear to have in front of us is a pretty official looking image of the Google Nexus 7 tablet, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This apparently is the banner that will adorn the Google Play Store once the device has been announced in the forthcoming Google I/O keynote. 

Right now, we'll overlook the phone interface until we've seen it in the flesh. We're only moments away from finding out all we need to know. 

Source: Droid Life

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5 years ago

Google TV website gets refreshed ahead of Google I/O


We're pretty sure that Google TV is going to feature quite prominently at Google I/O -- just in case you forgot, we'll be there all week! -- and to go along with that, the Google TV website got all refreshed. It falls into Google's general way of designing their web pages these days. It looks clean, simple, and fresh. It also gives a good breakdown of the devices available, both "buddy box" and integrated devices. There's also a decent guide to what Google TV actually is, and the applications that you can enjoy. 

At the end of the day, it's just a website. But, for us, now lucky Brits -- and indeed several of our international cousins -- at least, Google TV is new and exciting. Being able to watch Eastenders and browse the web at the same time? Sounds good. 

Oh, care for a dose of speculation? Well, when you're taking a look around the devices section of the site, a little feller in an I/O 12 t-shirt pops up behind a newly announced, Vizio Google TV box. Probably means we'll be seeing quite a bit of this little guy over the next few days as well. 

Source: Google TV

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5 years ago

SwiftKey 3 keyboard gets update with bug fixes


If you're using SwiftKey 3 for Android on your phone or tablet, you'll want to hit the Google Play Store and grab the new version of the popular keyboard app. The first update to SwiftKey 3 fixes a couple of problematic issues that users may have been facing, related to character mapping and memory management. Specifically, a memory leaking issue has been resolved in today's update -- that's a problem where the app would use more and more memory until it crashed, or was dumped out of RAM by the OS. (That's something you'll want to avoid.)

To pick up the new version of SwiftKey, hit the My Apps tab in the Google Play Store. Alternatively, we've got web linkage below...

Download: SwiftKey 3

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5 years ago

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


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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5 years ago

Do Androids dream of Jelly Beans? We do!


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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5 years ago

Huawei Ascend D Quad delayed?


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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