Despite canceling its Android event on Monday, Google (GOOG) still managed to announce the Nexus 4 smartphone, Nexus 10 tablet and Android 4.2. While the latest operating system update retains the Jelly Bean name, it brought a bunch of new features to Android such as gesture typing, multi-user accounts for tablets, AirPlay-like Miracast screen sharing and a new panorama photo feature called Photo Sphere. Android 4.2 will debut on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 on November 13th, however Android enthusiasts can experience some of the latest features even sooner. Hackers from the forums at XDA Developers have managed to port Photo Sphere to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.1. Installing the feature is rather simple, although it does mean that you’ll have to root your device, which in turn will void your warranty. If you are interested in checking out Photo Sphere be sure to check out the source link below.
Google’s (GOOG) Android Open Source Project technical lead Jean-Baptiste Queru on Tuesday announced a minor update to the Android Jelly Bean operating system. The Android 4.1.2 update delivers various bug fixes and improved performance and stability to the operating system, while also bringing landscape support to the Nexus 7 tablet while on the home screen. The Android 4.1.2 update is said to be rolling out now to pure Google devices such as the Nexus 7 tablet and unlocked Galaxy Nexus smartphones.
A few days back Verizon finally got the LTE Galaxy Nexus updated to Jelly Bean, and that means new factory images to play with. Google has updated the Nexus factory image page to include build JRO03O, which is unadulterated, pure Android and frankly sexy as hell. Ask anyone who just got the update — Jelly Bean brings the Galaxy Nexus right up to the front of the smartphone pack, even with the “dated” hardware of the year-old Galaxy Nexus.
We’ve received a screenshot from Verizon’s systems, showing an OTA in the works for the Galaxy Nexus. According to our tipster, the IMM76Q build is still Ice Cream Sandwich, but looks to have a newer baseband and software version. Any other changes would be pure speculation, but we expect them to be bug fixes and enhancements.
Oh Verizon, why must you constantly mess with perfection? Hackers with early access to the Verizon Galaxy S III have discovered that the phone has a protected bootloader — meaning no easy hacking or flashing unsigned images. This is in stark contrast to the rest of the Galaxy S III phones, or previous phones in the Galaxy series, or any other Samsung-built Android phone known to mankind.
A judge with the United States District Court for Northern California has rejected Samsung’s appeal to a lift a sales ban of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, Reuters reported. The rulings is the third and latest legal setback to hit the South Korean manufacturer over the past week. “Samsung is disappointed with the court’s decision that denied our motion to stay,” the company said in a statement. “We believe today’s ruling will ultimately reduce the availability of superior technological features to consumers in the United States.” U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh on Friday also banned sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone; the move reportedly enraged Google, which then rushed to its partner’s aid.
Good news, everyone! The elusive Samsung Galaxy Nexus accessories are now available directly from Google in the Google Play Store. (Where they should be!) Yeah, it’s only been about six months or so since the phone was released, but we’re not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.
Sprint’s highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus is no longer available for pre-order after initial stock sold out this week. Pre-order availability began just this past Monday, and Sprint’s pre-sales launch inventory was depleted by Thursday evening. It is difficult to gauge demand since the number of Galaxy Nexus handsets Sprint had allocated for pre-sales is unknown, but a source told BGR that “pre-sales supply was healthy” ahead of the device’s launch on April 22nd. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus features a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, 32GB of internal storage, NFC and 4G LTE connectivity, though Sprint’s LTE network has not yet launched. The Galaxy Nexus is not compatible with Sprint’s current 4G WiMAX network.
After learning about Microsoft’s latest “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge, Sahas Katta visited his local Microsoft store equipped with confidence and his trusty Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The Windows Phone challenge is issued to users with non-Windows Phone handsets, and it calls for these users to perform a variety of tasks faster than a Microsoft store sales associate armed with a Windows Phone. Microsoft was rewarding 10 winners a limited edition Hunger Games PC (HP Folio 13 Special Edition) valued at $1,049.00, and challengers who lose are given the option to trade in their current smartphone for an unlocked Windows Phone device. After waiting for his turn to challenge an employee, Katta’s task was to “bring up the weather of two different cities.” Katta smirked, knowing he had two weather widgets on his home screen. Victory was all but certain, until the employee proclaimed victory “just because.” Read on for more.
If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer or looking to become one, the carrier is offering two of its latest 4G LTE handsets, the LG Spectrum and HTC Rezound, for $99.99 each with a two-year agreement. Both handsets run a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and impressive qHD displays. When BGR reviewed the Rezound last November, we were impressed with the overall performance of the device and with the gorgeous high definition display in particular. It was recommended over Motorola’s DROID RAZR and Samsung’s Galaxy S II, although due to its lack of Ice Cream Sandwich it fell short compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. Subscribers will have until Monday, February 28th to take advantage of Verizon’s deals on the Rezound and Spectrum, which are only available online.
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