Itching to get the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update on your Samsung Galaxy S III? Well today could be your lucky day. A pre-release version of the software has been leaked online, allowing Galaxy S III owners to get the latest Jelly Bean features in advance of Samsung’s official release.
The software comes with a long list of new features — some of which are currently only available on the Galaxy S4 (officially) — plus some user interface tweaks and other improvements.
We’re now just six days away from Google I/O, and in preparation for the event, Google has updated its official Google I/O app for Android. Aimed at both those attending the conference and those keeping up from home, the app now offers maps with session information, HDMI video output for live streams, Google+ login support, and more.
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The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 will become the first non-Nexus device to be upgraded to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Asus has announced that the update is rolling out over-the-air to users in the United States today, while those in other regions should start receiving it by the end of the month.
I’ve been in love with the iPhone for the past five years. I got the original as soon as it went on sale in the U.K. in November 2007, and I’ve had every model Apple has released ever since. My job has given me the opportunity to play with plenty of other devices over the years — including those powered by Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone — but I’ve always remained loyal to the iPhone and iOS.
That was until a couple months ago, when my contract ended and it was time to decide which smartphone I wanted for the next two years. I already have the iPhone 5 — I bought it unlocked when it was launched back in September — and I wanted an Android device to replace the Samsung Galaxy Nexus I broke late last year. So I decided to pick up the new LG Nexus 4.
I was lucky; I didn’t have to wait six weeks for the device to arrive from Google Play. My carrier had plenty in stock, so a unit was delivered to my door the day after I ordered it. I was looking forward to testing it out, but I figured I’d play around with it for a little bit, then switch straight back to my iPhone 5 for everyday use. Like the Galaxy Nexus, I thought the Nexus 4 would be mostly used for work — testing apps and writing the odd tutorial for Cult of Android.
O2 has begun rolling out the Sony Xperia T’s Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade, just a day after it was announced by Sony. The update brings a number of changes and improvements, including a bunch of new apps and some enhancements for the launcher.
Sony unveiled the Xperia Z, its latest flagship smartphone, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, and the device has been very well received. It looks good, and it has some great specifications. But there was one thing we didn’t like. The device is set to launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean — not Android 4.2, the latest release, which offers features like Daydream and lock screen widgets.
Thankfully, Sony has now confirmed that the Xperia Z will get the Android 4.2 update “shortly after launch.”
When Android 4.1 was released, Google introduced it’s own sound search widget to help users identify songs and direct them to Google Play to purchase them. It’s basically Google’s version of Soundhound or Shazam. It’s a great feature to have built into Android and it’s even better now that it’s built right into Google search. Now, Google has decided to release the standalone widget onto the Play store so that users running Android 4.0 can also enjoy it.