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Google Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus Getting Android 4.2 Update

There is good news for phone owners of the Google Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus. Both these devices are ready to get the Android 4.2 update beginning from Tuesday. We have seen that the whole stock of the latest Google’s Nexus 4 smartphone was reportedly sold out in just a few minutes. Android fans no longer need to wait for the supply from LG’s factory to get their hands on the latest version of the widely sought after mobile operating system.

The Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10 are the first smartphones to ship with the latest version of Android 4.2. This is the latest on the Jelly Bean update edition of the OS. Google has already begun making the update available over the air to owners of old Nexus devices as well.  Specifically both these devices are ready for the upgrade that will begin from Tuesday.

Like in the past only owners of the HSPA/GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus can get the update. Those with the CDMA versions of the device from USA carriers- Verizon or Sprint need to wait for this Android update. The duration of the wait however is not defined as of now.

The owners of the Motorola Zoom tablet and the Nexus S handset are in store for a bigger disappointment. The new Android 4.2 OS will not be available for these devices. Google has however made updates for these devices available in the past as well.

The Android 4.2 OS provides users with both security and performance enhancements. It also includes improved GPU acceleration and new anti malware capabilities as well, It also brings a number of interesting features like multi-user support and other interactive screensavers and other lock screens. There is also a support for external displays. With this software you are also able to get a complete platform of improvements that are currently available on the developer site of Google’s Android.

The rollout of the update though starting from Tuesday does not mean that all devices will get them. There are some users who may have to wait for weeks or even months to get it.

As an integral of its latest developer tools package there are images of factory firmware images made available by Google. This is provided for all the Nexus devices that currently support Android 4.2. For advanced users who do not want to wait for an OTA update they can use these images for doing it themselves manually. However, if you are not sure you should not try it if you do not know it. This can lead to disaster and please do not say that we did not warn you!

As per the latest statistics released by Google over a half of the Android devices actively being in use are still operating on the 2.3 version codenamed “Gingerbread”.  The Android 4.0 dubbed as “IceCream Sandwich is currently at second place. Jelly Bean comes third with about 2.7 percent of devices having its platform in their specifications.

November 15, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Google’s Nexus 4 Gears Up To Change Industry With Smart Moves

Google recently announced is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean flagship smartphone- the LG Nexus 4 recently.  This year has been a relatively significant year for the mobile industry. There have been several cellphone manufacturing giants releasing their products in the market. The notable among them are Google and Microsoft. Google was a little late in announcing its devices however their release is possibly changing the mobile industry for the best.

Now the obvious question arises as to how Google is changing the industry? The first is the pricing it has announced. There are some websites on the internet that have labeled the LG Nexus 4 as a budget or a mid-range handset. This is something that surprises us as the LG Nexus 4 has an impressive range of specifications and it is placed in the same group as the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini and the HTC Desire X. If you take a look at the LG Nexus 4 you will find that this mobile phone has a 1.5 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S 4 processor along with a 4.7 in 768×1280 HD touchscreen. The phone also has 2GB Ram and an 8 MP camera that is a rear facing one. This phone has an 8MP rear facing camera embedded with the latest version of the Jelly Bean OS making it ahead of other Android smartphones available in the market.

Now, for the above mobile phone specifications you typically will need to spend £400 to £550 approximately upfront. The cost of the iphone 5 in the UK is £529 SIM free and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 that costs £550. However this phone in question does not cost you high. Its pricing begins at £239 (SIM Free).

Google had planned a launch event for this new phone along with other devices however it had to be cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy. This launch event was supposed to take place in New York. There are expectations that Google will announce a later date for the event once the situation becomes normal. Google on the other hand, recently instead of laying down a date for the rescheduled event released a series of press releases where the gadgets spoke for themselves.

This move by Google however was not appreciated as this took place just minutes before another mobile company Microsoft was ready to launch the Windows Phone 8 mobile platform. If you reflect on the move you will find that this step taken by Google was a smart one. There were no excited marketing speeches or spiels just gadgets at better prices with much better prices.

Google took a bold step and did what it should have done. It permitted the gadgets to speak for themselves. There was no CEO muttering for two hours and no whopping from the crowd. The products were announced quietly and their powerful features did the talking. Once announced these orders successfully went up for pre-orders and this move is one that will definitely move the industry for good!

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November 5, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Features Of Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 Arrive Before Software

Technology is fast paced and there are innovations in the market often. With these innovations come rumors till they are either confirmed or quashed aside by the concerned company. The Android platform is all set for a new update however before coming into the market officially there is news abuzz on its features.

The device we are talking about is the Galaxy Nexus and the platform we are hinting at is the Android Jelly Bean 4.2 version. Mobile enthusiasts will not see the Android 4.2 till its official debut scheduled for November 13th. This new platform will make its launch in the Nexus 4 however as seen in some previous mobile devices we have witnessed that this new update features has already found their way into present devices with the Nexus line of Google phones being the first.

If you are the proud owner of a Galaxy Nexus device with the Android 4.1 platform here is good news for you. Users of the present version will be able to download the camera APK from the Android 4.2 platform and enjoy all camera features including the attractive PhotoSphere capabilities and the new Gallery option. This feature is ideal for photographers and camera enthusiasts.

For those users who are not sure what this new feature PhotoSphere has, permit us to enlighten you on it. This feature helps you to take 360 degree photographs in a setting similar to Panorama views. Once you click a photo you can instantly share it on various platforms like Google Maps in order to make it global.

The above feature is just one among many impressive elements packed in this new device. If you have Galaxy Nexus handset you can enjoy this Android 4.2 Jelly Bean platform for free. This new operating system version has not been named Key Lime Pie as yet. Like most cases there are many things that require to be completed beforehand and the above involves a bit of care. This implies before giving anything a try you need to take a back-up first.

This means if you are interested to check the above out you will get a complete set of instructions.  All the important download links will be available at the developer forums of XDA. In case you are not the owner of a Galaxy Nexus handset but still are interested for its 4.2 Android platform experience you can download the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean keyboard with Gesture typing. The details are available on Google as well as local retailers.

Thus, from the above it is evident that the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean platform is officially not even out yet however two major features of Google’s brand new software have surfaced for an early preview. So, if you are interested on having a play with the new Android 4.2 camera or keyboard you can give it a shot! Do let us know your experiences and impressions of both features and whether you would suggest these updates for others to use or not!

November 1, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Details Of LG Nexus Leak In UK Ahead Of Google Android Event

There is just a few days to go before the October 29th Android Event and details of the much anticipated LG Nexus Leak has surfaced. There were speculations as to what Google would be unveiling at its October 29th New York City Press Event and now the world is aware of one device scheduled to be introduced at the event.

The new LG Nexus smartphone will operate and run on the 4.2 Jelly Bean Platform and this smartphone is going to be the phone’s first official entry into the Google Nexus line of devices. This information was leaked by Carphone Wearhouse the UK based retailer after it listed the phone for pre-orders on its website according to a report from the Verge.

The Verge reported that a complete official pre-order page has been posted for the handset on its website. This device will have a display that measures 4.7 inches diagonally with a 1280×768 resolution. The other prominent features of the phone include a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, an 8 MP camera, NFC and more attractive features. Users are able to get 8 GB of internal phone storage and the device has been listed to be 9.1 mm thick.

The Android Jelly Bean 4.2 platform is anticipated to be introduced and shown off at this gala event. This platform will include a new feature known as “Gesture Typing” permitting users to input text with swiping across the screen and dragging a finger across the screen of the device. This was disclosed in the phone’s spec report. The price of this new phone is £390 and $628 listed in the Carphone Warehouse inventory system. Reports by Verge also claimed that the phone would be available from the 30th of October-one day after the press event by Google.

The forthcoming event also has news that another Android product will be launched. This product could be the 32 GB version of the Nexus 7 tablet. This event will start at 10am EDT at Basketball city in New York at the Pier 36 site. You can also get the event streamed live on YouTube. This was stated in the Press Invite.

This mega event of Google will also be held on the same day of the  launch of the Windows Phone 8 by Microsoft. This device is the next generation phone of the windows operating system. There is also a probability that the above announcement will concern a tablet device as it comes from the October 23rd Apple introduction of the Ipad Mini that is a smaller version of the popular iPad tablet. There are further additional rumors that the new 10.1 inch Android Nexus tablet is going to make its entry. This device had been co-branded with Samsung. This 10.1 inch tablet will sport a pixel density that is higher than the third generation iPad of Apple. It will boost of a 2560×1600 display with 299 pixels an inch. Compared to earlier reports this display is higher than the 264 PPI found on the 2048×1536 9.7 inch Retina iPad.

October 26, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Google Announces Android Event On 29th October

The mobile technology market is a fast paced one where players always act in a prompt and responsive manner to ensure rivals do not cross and move ahead. Google has taken such a step with its announcement of an Android Event on the 29th of October this year. This event will be held in New York at 10am local time. This announcement follows the recent Apple announcement of their launch of the iPad Mini tablet computer in San Jose (USA) scheduled for the 23rd of October i.e. next Tuesday. Google has also made a further announcement that it will have its own launch event for an Android based product in New York City.

Google’s event will be more or less the same like Apple’s. The search engine giant has already started issuing attractive press invites with its promotional tagline – “The playground is open”. This is a cryptic message suggesting there could be something extra unveiled at the event. The featured product scheduled for this event is still not clear as the company has kept it under wraps. There are rumors doing the rounds of a Nexus Android Jelly Bean Smartphone likely to make its appearance at this event. Additional rumors speculate that more than one mobile phone will be introduced and mobile enthusiasts will get to see another interesting device. There are some possibilities that this event will go beyond smartphones and signature tablet computers.

The forthcoming event will be streamed on YouTube live for the whole world to watch. You will be able to watch the event on youtube.com/android. The event is all set to begin at 10am local time with the doors opening at 9.15am. Google needs to come out with a stronger move than Apple. We have to wait and watch to find out how the Company is successful in overtaking Apple in this event. Both are rivals and mobile enthusiastic are keeping a close eye on them before they come out with their final judgment as to who wins.

There are many experts and critics who have speculated the Google Android event will witness the unveiling of the new Nexus smartphone anticipated to be the LG Nexus 4. Further rumors have suggested Google is planning to work with several manufacturers for its next generation Nexus devices with HTC and Samsung handsets possibly in the offering.

Google was also busy at the Nexus HQ as recent news surfaced that a 32GB Google Nexus 7 phone is all set to hit the UK this Xmas. There are other leading technological companies like Microsoft who is all set to be unveiling the Windows 8 OS and its Surface tablet soon. Google may also provide mobile enthusiasts an open access to the API triggering off a crazy view of Google Now Cards that are powered by voice and the Google search engine. Whatever may be the case, we just need to keep out fingers crossed to witness this 29th October event to find out what Google really has in store for us!

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October 19, 2012 | 0 Comments More