Video: Google Nexus 4 ads from Google and LG

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Dec 202012

The Google Nexus 4 is the subject of two new ads, one each from Google and LG. Google’s ad focuses on Photo Sphere, a feature introduced in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. LG’s ad is more encompassing, showing different people using the smartphone for different purposes by using different tools including Photo Sphere, Google Now, Wi-Fi Display, and Android Beam. The latter also features a number of shots of the reflective pattern on the back of the smartphone.

Now, if Google and LG could only do something about those scarce and erratic” supplies and get these in the hands of all the people wanting one…

Read more: Google [via YouTube] and LG [via YouTube]

List of HTC devices to be updated to Android Jelly Bean revealed?

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Dec 112012

HTCHTC has taken its time announcing which of its devices it would upgrade to Android Jelly Bean. To date, only the HTC One X and HTC One S have been confirmed. Its last update back in mid-November indicated that it was still deciding which other devices to upgrade. We may now have more information courtesy of the usually reliable @Football4PDA:

Translating codenames, we get the following list of devices:

  • HTC One XL (Evita)
  • Verizon DROID Incredible 4G (Fireball)
  • Sprint HTC EVO 4G (Jewel)
  • HTC One SV (K2)
  • HTC One VX (Totem C2)
  • HTC One S (Ville and Ville C2 variant)
  • HTC J ISW13HT (Valente)

The HTC One X+ (Evitare) also features on the list. Given that it already ships with Android 4.1, this could be an indication that it will be updated to Android 4.2 (which is also known as Jelly Bean).

It remains to be seen if HTC will add more devices to this list (assuming it is legitimate) or if it will limit itself to just these devices. Based on the fact that HTC has already confirmed that it would not upgrade devices with 512MB RAM or less, a number devices have already been eliminated but a number, including the HTC Amaze 4G, remain in limbo for now.

Read more: @Football4PDA [via Twitter] (Source: Brighthand)

SwiftKey working with Google on Android 4.2 update bug

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Dec 042012

If you upgraded to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, you may have run into an issue where your SwiftKey keyboard has disappeared. It may be completely gone or simply disabled. SwiftKey is aware of the issue and is working with Google on a resolution:

This is a rare but unfortunate report that we’ve recently been made aware of. We have contacted the Android development team to understand what caused this in their code. We are doing what we can on our end to resolve this issue for those affected.

While SwiftKey works on a permanent fix, there is a fairly simple fix: Redownloading and reinstalling SwiftKey. Be sure to download it using the same account and store you bought it from originally to avoid being charged a second time.

It does not affect everyone – Gadgetorama’s own Nexus 7 did not exhibit this behaviour either during the 4.2 or the 4.2.1 upgrades.

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Google Android 4.2 pushed to AOSP

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Nov 132012

Google AndroidGoogle today pushed out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). It can be found under the name “android-4.2_r1.” Factory images for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and the Galaxy Nexus (“takju” version) will also be available.

The Google Nexus 10 was billed as “the best choice for AOSP work on 4.2.”

Everything except the GPU code is Open Source, and the only proprietary binaries besides the GPU libraries are firmware files that get loaded into the various peripheral chips. No flagship device so far has been so open, and no flagship device so far has had that level of AOSP support at launch.

This news will not mean much for most users but, for developers, this is the chance to dig into the source code. It also opens the door to custom ROMs.

The announcement came with some bad (although not completely unsurprising) news. Google 4.2 will not be supported on the Google Nexus S or Motorola XOOM. Both will remain on Android 4.1.2.

Read more: Android Building Google Group

Google Nexus 7 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update coming in mid-November?

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Nov 112012

Google Nexus 7Google was originally expected to start pushing out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to its Nexus 7 tablet in late October. Clearly that did not happen and owners are still waiting for an indication as to when they can now expect it. ASUS, the tablet’s manufacturer, explains that the update “is expected shortly” but provides no specific dates.

According to an ASUS spokesperson, the delay is due to Google itself:

“We’re still waiting on Google for the update. We haven’t put out an official statement as it is a software issue rather than hardware.”

Android 4.2 is mainly an incremental update and retains the Jelly Bean name. Among the new features are the new Photo Sphere camera app, user accounts for tablets, and new gesture-based software keyboard.

Both the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and Google Nexus 10 tablet which go on sale on November 13th will come with Android 4.2 pre-loaded.

Read more: CNET

Google announces Google Nexus 10 tablet with Android 4.2

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Oct 292012

Google Nexus 10To go along with its new Nexus 4 smartphone, Google announced the Nexus 10 tablet. Billed as “a premium entertainment device,” it was developed together with Samsung. As expected, it comes with a 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560×1600) display. With Android 4.2 preloaded, it also introduces support for multiple users with switching on the lockscreen.

We believe that everyone should have quick and easy access to their own stuff — email, apps, bookmarks, and more. That way, everyone can have their own home screens, their own music, and even their own high scores.

Google Nexus 10 specifications:

  • Processor: 1.7GHz dual-core Cortex-A15 Samsung Exynos 5250 with Mali-T604 GPU
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.2
  • Cellular connectivity: None
  • Other connectivity: GPS/Glonass, 802.11 b/g/n (MIMO+HT40), Bluetooth 3.0, NFC
  • Display: 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560×1600)
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 1.9MP
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB, micro-HDMI, pogo pin
  • Battery: 9,000mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9 millimeters / 603 grams

The Google Nexus 10 will go on sale on November 13th in Canada and the U.S. (as well as the U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Japan.). It will sell for CA$409/US$399 for the 16GB model and CA$509/US$499 for the 32GB one.

Read more: Google Play

Google announces Google Nexus 4 smartphone with Android 4.2

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Oct 292012

Google Nexus 4As widely expected and oft-rumoured, Google today announced the Nexus 4 smartphone. It was developed together with LG.

Google Nexus 4 specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.2
  • Cellular connectivity: GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • Display: 4.7-inch HD (1280×768)
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB or 16GB onboard (no microSD card slot)
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB, SlimPort HDMI
  • Battery: 2,100mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 millimeters / 139 grams
  • Other: Wireless charging

Somewhat surprisingly, Google opted not to include LTE connectivity on the Nexus 4.

The Google Nexus 4 will go on sale on November 13th for CA$309 (US$299) with 8GB of storage and CA$359 (US$349) with 16GB.

Read more: Google

Another LG Nexus 4 picture (Updated)

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Oct 242012

Another day, another LG Nexus 4 image. This device is definitely in the running for Most Leaked Device Ever.

Rumoured LG Nexus 4

There are no specification details to go with the new image but past rumours have indicated the following: 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset (APQ8064), Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 4.7-inch HD (1280×768) display, 2GB RAM, 8or 16GB of onboard storage (and no microSD slot), an 8MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front camera, and a 2,100mAh battery. It will be 9.1 millimeters thick and weigh 139 grams.

Update: And one more for good luck!

Rumoured LG Nexus 4

Read more: @evleaks and @evleaks

Rumour: What Google has on tap for October 29th Android event

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Oct 212012

Google AndroidWith the promise that “the playground is now open,” Google will host an Android event on October 29th. It is widely expected that Google will use the event to unveil at least one new Nexus device and an updated version of Android. Courtesy of “a source with knowledge of Google’s plans, The Next Web now claims to know exactly what Google has in mind.

On the tablet side, Google will announce two new models for its Nexus 7 lineup. The first will boast 32GB of onboard memory (and sell for CA$269.99?)while the second will match that and add HSPA+ connectivity.

Google also looks set to announce its rumoured 10-inch tablet built by Samsung. Supporting earlier rumours, the report indicates that it will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and offer a 16:10 display with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels (299 PPI). The tablet is codenamed Manta and looks set to be launched at the Google Nexus 10.

On the smartphone side, Google is set to partner with LG to launch the oft-rumoured LG Nexus 4. Specifications are well-known (1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4.7-inch display, 2GB RAM, and 16GB of storage) at this point and it is set to run Android 4.2.

As for Android 4.2 itself, it will retain the Jelly Bean name. It will come with a number of new features. “Content in the center” will allow users to access Play Store content from a widget while “Tablet Sharing” will offer support for multiple users, giving each their own email and apps. The panoramic camera setting will also be enhanced to support both horizontal and vertical movements.

All in all, October 29th promises to be quite exciting for Android fans.

Read more: The Next Web

Google and LG to unveil LG Optimus G Nexus in November?

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Oct 042012

Google AndroidRumours that LG will manufacture a Nexus device continue to gather steam. Android And Me has learned that LG and Google will co-host an event sometime in November at which they will introduce Android 4.2 and the LG Optimus G Nexus, a variant of the LG Optimus G.

Android 4.2 is not expected to come with major changes. It should include improved power management and an updated Google Play Store. The homescreens may also be represented by tabs going forward.

As important is the possibility that Google will make significant changes to its Nexus program. Going forward, any manufacturer will have the option of launching Nexus devices as long as they adhere to the requirements of the program. Among the requirements will be the use of stock Android and 64MB of secure memory for media streaming. Other hardware requirements will likely be added to ensure that Nexus devices will be able to support Android 5.0 which could launch in late 2013.

Building on prior rumours of an announcement in the “next 30 days”, the report adds Google’s Andy Rubin will probably talk about the new Nexus program at the AllThingsD: Dive into Mobile conference at the end of October but that no devices will be announced.

Read more: Android And Me