Google is expected to unveil Android 4.3 Jelly Bean alongside some new hardware at a media event next Wednesday, and 4.3 has leaked out into the wild yet again. Android Central got its hands on the upcoming software by means of the Nexus 4. Android 4.3 was recently spotted on a Galaxy S4 as well, and this looks like the same (or a very similar) build.
Since this isn’t a major Android release, the changes aren’t exactly jaw-dropping. But there are a few features worth noting, like low-energy Bluetooth support and OpenGL ES 3.0. There’s a new ‘always-on’ option for Wi-Fi-based location services. The camera app has been redesigned, and there’s a new call dialer that intelligently suggests phone numbers while you type. During testing, it was noticed that 4.3 “much improved touch sensitivity to the Nexus 4.”
Anyone remember that FCC complaint we showed you last week? The one filed by a consumer against Verizon for blocking Google Wallet? Anyone remember the official response by Verizon? No? Let me refresh your memory.
One of the standout features of the Galaxy Note II happens to be its Multi Window view. Unfortunately, not every Note II model currently has this feature available to it. T-Mobile has been dragging its feet with the update but will finally push it out to users come this Wednesday December 19th.
I’m happy to announce yet another Jelly Bean update rolling out. Owners of the AT&T Motorola Atrix HD should start to see the update hit their device sometime today. If you haven’t received it yet, you can always check to see if it’s available by heading into Settings>About Phone>Software Updates.
Getting an update on Verizon is like being picked last in a game of pickup basketball. Nevertheless, Verizon has announced that it will begin pushing out Jelly Bean to the Galaxy S III tomorrow. The update is set to go out in phases so don’t freak out if you don’t get it right away.
In case you haven’t heard, Jelly Bean began rolling out to the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE today. Not only does it bring all the goodies of Android 4.1.1, but it also includes Sense 4+ — for those of you that are into that sort of thing. If the update hasn’t hit your device yet, you might want to head over to Settings>System updates>HTC Software Update>Check now and give that a go.
Another “tentative” blow has been handed to Apple as the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a first Office action rejecting all 20 claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,479,949. This multitouch patent, often referred to as “the Steve Jobs patent,” includes “touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics.”