Nov 14, 2012 - 11:24 AM - by dgstorm
We have sad news regarding the future fate of any Android 4.2 Updates for the Motorola Xoom and the Nexus S smartphone. Google's own Jean-Baptiste Queru recently made statements indicating that Android 4.2 will not be coming to either of these devices. Here's a quote from his post,
It's a shame that they aren't planning on moving forward with the update for those devices. They have the 4.1.2 version of Jelly Bean, but it appears something about the new features of 4.2 might be incompatible. Either that, or the company felt it was simply time to stop somewhere.
-There is no support for 4.2 on Nexus S and Xoom. Those devices should
continue using 4.1.2.
Source: Google Groups via Phandroid
Nov 05, 2012 - 7:31 AM - by Astrix
Android is 5 years old today
Here's how it all began
Android is five years old today -- happy birthday Android, have a cake! But how did our favourite green robot get started on his journey to mobile industry domination?
Five years ago, on 5 November 2007, the newly formed Open Handset Alliance unveiled Android -- an open-source operating system for mobile phones.
Although Google is Android's auteur, 34 corporations including T-Mobile, HTC, Motorola and Qualcomm formed part of the Alliance. The stated goal was "fostering innovation on mobile devices and giving consumers are far better user experience than much of what is available on today's platforms".
A noble aim, but reading between the lines Android's real target was operating systems like Windows Mobile, Palm OS and Symbian -- all of which were, to put it delicately, about as much fun to use as putting a wasps' nest down your trousers.
Android's ascension to glory has been incredible to behold (it certainly polished off those three rivals mentioned above), but at the time spectators were understandably cautious.
"I don't think it'll be a success," said ex-CNETeer Rory Reid, speaking on the CNET UK podcast in 2007. "Open-source phones have been tried before."
Formerly-of-this-parish Nate Lanxon offered an impressive bit of foresight, however, saying in the same podcast Android was "basically an attack on Microsoft in the future". Microsoft took longer to get its own smart phone-centric operating system off the ground, and now Windows Phone is racing to catch up to Android's years-long head start.
It was a little over a year before the first Android phone arrived, during which time an incredible amount of hype swirled, and people wondered whether Android would have the power to overtake the recently unveiled iPhone.
The T-Mobile G1 didn't quite manage to topple Apple's effort, but impressed us nonetheless -- we praised the physical keyboard and the Android Market (now Google Play), which let you easily add extra apps to your phone.
HTC was responsible for pushing Android into the limelight, with popular phones such as the HTC Desire putting Android into the hands of many more shoppers. Last year's Samsung Galaxy S2 was another mega-hit, and paved the way for this year's equally impressive Galaxy S3.
Android has come a long way in five years, and shows no signs of slowing. The last Android device we reviewed was the Google Nexus 4 -- likely to go down in history as one of the most important smart phones ever, thanks to its industry-rocking £239 price tag.
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Oct 29, 2012 - 1:57 PM - by dgstorm
Here are the full details on that new Samsung-made Google Nexus 10 Tablet that was just announced. We have included Samsung's full press email and you can see the pic below includes full specs on the new device. The pricing for this tablet is outstanding considering the specs and incredible battery life. For the longest time, we have seen other manufacturers smash their heads against a brick wall trying to create a tablet that could compete directly with the iPad. This new pure-Nexus Google device might be the first one to truly have shot at making that dream a reality.
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Samsung and Google introduce Nexus 10
Powerful 10” Tablet with the World’s Highest Resolution Display
Mountain View, CA—October 29, 2012— The newest tablet from Google and Samsung’s joint efforts, Nexus 10, is a powerful device that marries Samsung’s best-in-class hardware, the latest version of Android—4.2 Jelly Bean, and the best of Google. With the world’s highest resolution tablet display, all new multi-user support, immersive HD content and the best Google apps - Nexus 10 has something for everyone.
Nexus 10 packs powerful components inside a surprisingly lean, soft-to-the-touch frame – measuring an incredibly thin 8.9 mm and weighing just 603 grams, it’s the perfect couch or coffee table companion. Nexus 10 was created in partnership with Samsung and comes with a blazing fast dual-core A15 processor and advanced MIMO WiFi, giving you web browsing speeds up to 4x faster than normal WiFi.* With the 1.9MP front-facing camera, you’ll look great as you video chat with up to nine friends at once with Google+ Hangouts, and so will your friends on the dazzling 10" display.
Nexus 10 was made for everyone to enjoy. Just turn on your tablet and tap your photo to sign in to your own home screen, apps, email, photos and storage. All new multi-user support lets each user have their own separate space, and save their own individual high scores on games, all on the same tablet. With the new Daydream mode on Nexus 10 you can display useful or delightful information on your tablet when it's charging. Choose to show off your photo albums, get the latest news from Google Currents, and more.
Samsung continuously strengthens our partnership with Google to deliver the most compelling Android device experience, enabling users to be always on the top of the game.
Nexus 10 Product Specifications
- WiFi only
- 1.7 GHz A15 dual-core processor
- 10” WQXGA (2560x1600, 300 ppi) display
- Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Camera
- Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel Camera
- Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX VP8,
- Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM
- Full HD(1080p) Playback & Recording @30 fps,
- Codec: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ACC+,
Oct 29, 2012 - 1:42 PM - by dgstorm
It looks like Google couldn't wait to share their excitement despite hurricane Sandy ruining their press event. They went ahead and launched their new Nexus lineup on their Google Blog. Here's the summary, which confirms nearly every rumor we heard previously:
- First, they are launching a 32GB Nexus 7 tablet after-all. It will be at the $249.99 price point, replacing the 16GB model at that price point. The 16GB model moves downward, replacing the 8GB model at the $199.99 price point.
- Second, Google is indeed launching their newest version of Android Jelly Bean, version 4.2.
- Third, Google is launching the new Nexus 4 smartphone, manufactured by LG with this new OS.
- Fourth, Google is launching the new Nexus 10 Android Tablet.
Here are the details below on the pricing structure. You will notice that some of these prices are extremely competitive, especially the new Nexus 10 tablet.
The rumored specs on the Nexus 4 pretty much turned out to be dead-on, and as you can see above, it comes in two varieties, 8GB and 16GB. Of course we already know the specs of the 32GB Nexus 7. Coming up in a bit we will have a separate story with full specs of the new Nexus 10 "iPad killer."
- Nexus 4: 8GB for $299; 16GB for $349; available unlocked and without a contract on 11/13 on the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract (check here for more details).
- Nexus 7: 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $249; available in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan, and also through our retail partners Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples and Walmart.
- Nexus 7 with 32GB and mobile data: $299 and unlocked, on sale 11/13 in the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada.
- Nexus 10: 16GB for $399; 32GB for $499; available on 11/13 in the Google Play Store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.
Finally, Android 4.2 will have a host of new intriguing features, including improved photo sharing, gesture typing and more. You can check out the full array of new features here: Android - What's New
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