Google begins pushing out Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1.2 update

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Oct 152012
 

Galaxy NexusSince releasing Android 4.1.2 last week, Google has begun to release Android 4.1.2 factory images. The first was for the Google Nexus 7 and it was quickly followed by additional ones for some of the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S smartphones. Now attention has turned to device updates.

The rollout for the Nexus 7 kicked off last week (although there is no sign of it here at Gadgetorama HQ). Now, another has started for the Galaxy Nexus, albeit only for the international and Google Play versions (yakju and takju builds) at this point. Canadians (as well as users of the U.S. CDMA version) who have bought their Galaxy Nexus from a carrier will need to be patient (they just got 4.1.1 last month) or look at converting their software from the yakjuux version to yakju (not impossible but not so simple either).

There are also some reports that the GSM Nexus S (soju version) is also getting the update.

Read more: The Verge

Canadian Galaxy Nexus owners start receiving Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Sep 122012
 

Galaxy NexusGood news for Canadian Galaxy Nexus owners who have patiently been waiting for their Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean upgrades. After last week’s minor update to Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich, users are finally starting to report that they are getting Jelly Bean upgrade notifications.

So far, I’ve heard about confirmations from both Fido and TELUS.

To check for your upgrade, in your Settings, select About tablet > System updates > Check Now.

Have you seen the upgrade yet? If so, drop us a note below with the carrier you’re on.

Canadian Galaxy Nexus gets Android update – Just not Android 4.1

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Sep 072012
 

While most Galaxy Nexus owners have already received Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrades, Canadian owners of the device have been stuck on version 4.0.1. That looked like it might change today when many received update notifications (including ours). Unfortunately, the update is only taking them all the way from Android 4.0.1 to 4.0.2.

Android 4.0.2 update for Canadian Galaxy Nexus

Android 4.0.2 update for Canadian Galaxy Nexus

The Canadian version of the Galaxy Nexus carries a different model number (yakjuux) than the international version (yakju) and the model offered by Google through Google Play (takju). One key difference between the versions is that Google does not provide the yakjuux updates; those come directly from Samsung.

Could it be that Samsung had to update Canadian Galaxy Nexus devices to 4.0.2 to ensure a smooth update to 4.1? Let’s hope that this is a sign that 4.1 is coming soon…

Google begins updating Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Jul 112012
 

Samsung Galaxy NexusGoogle last night announced that it has begun to push Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices. Users should see an update prompt within the “next few days.” The push is currently limited to the HSPA+ devices but will be expanded to all Galaxy Nexus devices in the future (as well as the Google Nexus S and Motorola XOOM).

Jelly Bean makes everything feel fast, fluid, and smooth. Notifications are expandable and actionable, widgets are magical and the keyboard is smarter and more accurate.

The move comes one day after Google released the source code to AOSP where it was tagged as android-4.1.1_r1. Binaries for the Google Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus are already available. Binaries for the Google Nexus S and Motorola XOOM will follow hopefully soon.

Read more: Google Nexus (via Google+)

Galaxy Nexus U.S. ban temporarily suspended by Court of Appeals (Updated)

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Jul 072012
 

Galaxy NexusThe ink is barely dry on the U.S. ban and failed Samsung appeal on sales of the Galaxy Nexus that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has agreed to suspend the ban while it reviews Apple’s arguments.

Samsung’s victory may not last very long though. The stay on the ban will only be in effect until Apple responds. Exactly what Apple needs to provide by July 12th is unclear as you would expect that all its arguments and documents have already been submitted. The court will review whatever additional materials are needed and decide whether to reinstate the ban for the rest of the patent infringement trial.

Google halted sales of the Galaxy Nexus from its Play Store earlier this week. Sales are expected to resume next week with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean preloaded along a software update to get around the patent infringement case that led to the ban in the first place.

It was only a partial victory for Samsung. The Court of Appeals decided not to lift a similar ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.

Update: It looks like Google wasted no time! It has resumed sales of the Galaxy Nexus on Google Play. It will not ship for “2 – 3 weeks,” suggesting that it will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean when it does.

Read more: Reuters

Galaxy Nexus to return to Google Play next week with Android 4.1 preloaded

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Jul 052012
 

Galaxy NexusWhen Google pulled the Galaxy Nexus from the Google Play Store earlier this week, it only promised that it would return soon. It has now confirmed that it pulled its smartphone down in response to the pre-trial injunction obtained by Apple in its lawsuit against Samsung. It also told ABC News that it will resume sales next week.

As promised by Google, when the Galaxy Nexus goes back on sale next week, it will do so preloaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Sandwich. Functionality at the core of the infringement suit will also be removed. Namely, the “Quick Search Box” will remain but only search the web. Its ability to search the phone’s own content will be removed.

For its part, Samsung will continue to pursue an appeal of the Galaxy Nexus preliminary injunction.

Read more: ABC News (Source: Electronista)

Google stops selling Galaxy Nexus on Google Play Store

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Jul 042012
 

With Samsung having lost its appeal to lift a pre-trial injunction banning sales of the Galaxy Nexus in the U.S., Google has stopped taking orders for the Galaxy Nexus on Google Play. The buy button has been replaced with a note that says “coming soon” and customers can sign up to be notified when it goes back on sale. When it goes back on sale, it will do so with Android 4.1. If so, it may not be available until mid-July at the earliest.

Galaxy Nexus on Google Play
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While the Galaxy Nexus has been available for some time now, interest in the device was renewed when it was announced that it would be among the first smartphones (along with the Google Nexus S) to be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Samsung and Google are also working on a patch to update the Galaxy Nexus and remove functionality covered by Apple’s universal search patent.

Read more: Google Play (Source: Electronista)

Samsung request to overturn U.S. Galaxy Nexus pre-trial injunction turned down

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Jul 032012
 

Samsung Galaxy NexusOne day after it lost a request to overturn a pre-trial ban on U.S. sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, Samsung today lost a second request, this time to lift a pre-trial injunction against sales of the Galaxy Nexus. Both rulings were made by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh. “Although some consumers may be disappointed that they cannot purchase the Galaxy Nexus, the Galaxy Nexus, as Samsung itself has repeatedly insisted, is not Samsung’s only smartphone product on the market,” Koh wrote in her ruling.

Pre-trial injunctions such as these two are pretty rare and are significant wins for Apple. Both suggest that Koh feels that Apple has strong arguments in both cases and is likely to win.

Apple will need to post a US$95.6 million bond that will cover estimated Samsung losses should it eventually win the case.

Samsung issued a statement, expressing its disappointment:

“We believe today’s ruling will ultimately reduce the availability of superior products to consumers in the United States. Meanwhile, we are also working closely with Google to resolve this matter, as the patent in question concerns Google’s unified search function.”

Such a fix may be coming as early as tonight in the form of a software update. The Verge has learned that it will effectively remove much of the functionality of the quick search bar on the Android homescreen. Results will be limited to those from the web and will no longer return local results. Voice Search could also be similarly limited.

Read more: AllThingsD and The Verge

Preliminary injunctions imposed against Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Jul 022012
 

SamsungTwo separate court decisions in lawsuits between Apple and Samsung have gone in Apple’s favour (at least for now). California district judge, Judy Koh last week ordered a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. She followed that decision with another on Friday against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Pre-trial injunctions are not common. It suggests that the court sees enough evidence to suggest Apple’s accusations are valid but still to be proven in court. According to Judge Koh, “Apple has made a clear showing that, in the absence of a preliminary injunction, it is likely to lose substantial market share in the smartphone market and to lose substantial downstream sales of future smartphone purchases and tag-along products.” Apple has to post a US$95.6 million bond for the injunction to take effect. This money will be held until the trial and would be turned over to Samsung as injunction compensation should it eventually win the trial.

While the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has now been out for a while, interest in the device is likely to remain high as it will be among the first devices to be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Samsung described itself as “disappointed” by Friday’s decision. “We will take all available measures, including legal action, to ensure the Galaxy Nexus remains available to consumers,” it said in a statement. It will also appeal the Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction.

Given its success with these two cases, is there any doubt that Apple will also make similar claims against the Samsung Galaxy S III? Only technicalities held it back the first time it tried.

Update: Samsung lost its appeal today to lift an injunction against U.S. sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Read more: BBC News and Reuters

Google Play Store now offering Galaxy Nexus accessories

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May 302012
 

Google today announced via Google+ that it is now offering accessories for the Galaxy Nexus through its Google Play store. Only three accessories are offered so far: A vehicle dock, the HDMI Portrait Desktop Dock, and the Desktop Dock with Pogo Pin.

Galaxy Nexus accessory on sale on Google Play

Accessories only support the HSPA+ version of the Galaxy Nexus (the same one that is sold on Play).

Like the Galaxy Nexus, the accessories are only available in the U.S. although Google has indicated that it will expand sales to other countries in the future.

Read more: Google Play (Source: Google+)

Unlocked Galaxy Nexus now on sale in Google Play

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Apr 242012
 

Google today announced that it has begun to sell an unlocked version of the Galaxy Nexus (HSPA+) on Google Play in a new Devices section.

We started shipping Nexus phones more than two years ago to give you a pure Google experience and access to the latest Android updates. Today, we’ve started selling Galaxy Nexus (HSPA+) from a new Devices section in the Google Play web store, so you can quickly and easily purchase an unlocked version of the phone. We want to give you a place to purchase Nexus devices that work really well with your digital entertainment.

Galaxy Nexus on Google Play

Currently available only in the U.S., it ships unlocked for US$399 with no carrier commitment or contract. It also comes with Google Wallet pre-installed (with a US$10 credit).

Having learned from the first time it tried to sell Nexus devices online, Google also implemented “new customer support services to improve the purchasing experience on Google Play.”

Google hopes to expand Galaxy Nexus sales to other countries “soon.”

Read more: Google Play (Source: Google Mobile Blog)

Sprint launching Galaxy Nexus on April 22nd

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Apr 162012
 

Galaxy NexusSprint today announced that it will launch the Galaxy Nexus, its first Android 4.0 smartphone with 4G LTE capability, on April 22nd.

“Galaxy Nexus is a beautifully designed smartphone that combines the Pure Google experience with the speed of Sprint’s upcoming 4G LTE network,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “It represents the cutting-edge features and applications that customers expect and pairs perfectly with Sprint’s unlimited data plans to let our customers enjoy their wireless experience without worrying about overage charges or throttling.”

Specifications-wise, it looks like it will be the same as the Verizon model with 32GB of onboard memory:

  • Processor: 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 dual-core
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0
  • Cellular connectivity: 4G LTE
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n dual-channel Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC
  • Display: 4.65-inch Super HD AMOLED (720 x 1280)
  • Input: Capacitive multi-touch
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with LED flash and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headset jack
  • Battery: 1,850mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 135.5 x 67.94 x 9.47 millimeters / 144 grams

The Sprint Galaxy Nexus will come with a US$50 Google Wallet credit for customers who activate by May 22nd. This is US$40 more than the usual Google credit – a nice perk.

Sprint will offer the Galaxy Nexus for US$199.99 with a two-year contract. Pre-orders begin today at www.sprint.com/nexus.

Read more: Sprint Wireless

Apr 022012
 

Good news! The much anticipated Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Nexus S smartphones and Motorola XOOM tablet has begun to arrive on Canadian devices. I’ve received a few reports that users have now received the upgrade on their Nexus devices (no word on XOOM updates so far). The Gadgetorama HQ’s trusty Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S both showed “currently up to date” until today when I took matters into my own hands and forced a checkin (by dialing *#*#2432546#*#*).

Lo and behold if the upgrade did not show up for the Google Nexus S. Sadly, not as much luck with the Galaxy Nexus so far.

Android 4.0.4 on Google Nexus S

Hopefully everyone’s patience will soon be rewarded…

Let us know below if you have received the update on any of these…

Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola XOOM Google Android 4.0.4 begins

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Mar 282012
 

Google AndroidSo much for those Android 4.0.5 rumours. Google today announced that it has begun to push out Android 4.0.4 to some models of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola XOOM tablets.

Some of you will be receiving Ice Cream Sandwich for the first time, while others will be receiving an update to your existing Ice Cream Sandwich experience with stability improvements, better camera performance, smoother screen rotation, improved phone number recognition and more.

The rollout applies to the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus, UMTS/GSM Nexus S and Xoom Wi-Fi tablet. More devices will receive the update “in the coming weeks.”

Read more: Google (via Google+)

Rumour: Android 4.0.5 headed to Galaxy Nexus in April?

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Mar 282012
 

Galaxy NexusSince Google established Android 4.0.3 as the new base version, it has been relatively quiet with further updates. That may be about to change with the release of Android 4.0.5 according to @black_man_x (aka Mobile Panda). The new version could be headed to the Galaxy Nexus as soon as “early April.”

The tweet adds that the update will fix an audio reboot issue and a “data falling asleep” issue.

It remains to be seen if the Android 4.0.5 update will be the one that finally sees most Nexus S devices upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich after an aborted start back in December. An update is rumoured to be only weeks away so Nexus S owners should keep their fingers crossed.

Read more: @black_man_x (Source: Droid Life)