CyanogenMOD 10 to follow Android 4.1 Jelly Bean release

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Jul 072012

CyanogenMODWhile good progress is being made on CyanogenMod 9, currently at the Release Candidate 1 stage, Google’s announcement of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has prompted the CyanogenMod team to outline its plans for this latest version of Android in a Google+ post. Get ready for CM10:

Many have asked whether JB will be CM9.1 or CM10. Keeping with the pattern thus far, every newly named AOSP update results in a bump to the CM major version. This has the added benefit of fitting into the pattern of [insert codename position in the english alphabet] = CM version. Examples being: G is the 7th letter thus CM7, I is the 9th letter thus CM9 and J = 10.

Without having seen the source code, the team expects that the changes will not be as dramatic as Android 4.0 was and “should not be a huge pain to merge.” They also expect that any device that met CM9 criteria should support CM10.

CyanogenMod will release a stable CM9.0.0 as well as any needed point releases. After that, they will focus on CM7 and CM10 given that they expect most CM9 devices to eventually jump onto CM10.

As usual, no timelines were given.

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Google Jelly Bean statue suffers meltdown

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Jul 032012

Google added a Jelly Bean Sandwich statue to its front lawn last week to announce the launch of its latest Android release. According to a Google+ post by Android engineer Dan Morrill, a hot spell has not been kind to the statue causing its head to partially melt and pop off.

Cordoned off Jelly Bean statue

To add insult to injury, someone apparently stole one of the jelly beans, prompting Morill to ask, “People: please don’t steal out jelly beans.”

The Google Jelly Bean statue is now cordoned off and is awaiting “a bug fix” from the designer.

Let’s hope that this is not an omen of some kind…

Read more: Dan Morrill (via Google+) (Source: The Verge)

HTC to support Android 4.1 on variety of devices

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Jun 292012

HTCHTC today issued a statement about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean support on its devices.

“We are excited about Android Jelly Bean and are planning to support it across a variety of our devices. We are reviewing the software to determine our upgrade plans and schedule, so please stay tuned for more updates on specific device upgrade plans.”

It’s likely that HTC’s new HTC One devices will get the upgrade but it remains to be seen what other devices will get Android’s latest version. With Google indicating that the Nexus S is up for an upgrade, there is hope for some older devices – as long as carriers are also on board.

There are no timelines yet but hopefully upgrades will roll out faster than the Android 4.0 ones are…

Read more: Android Central

Google I/O 2012: Google announces Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Jun 272012

Google AndroidAs anticipated, Google today announced the latest version of Android as Google I/O 2012 kicked off. The rumours had it right: The next major release will be known as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. While it comes with a number of new features, Google also focused a lot on improving the overall responsiveness. As Android User Experience Director Matias Duarte put it during the keynote, “We declared a war on laginess.”

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will incorporate “Project Butter,” a new framework designed to make the interface “smoother, faster and more fluid.” For example, a consistent framework will be delivered using “vsync timing across all drawing and animation done by the Android framework” and triple buffering in the graphics pipeline. Other small touches include applying a CPU input boost at the next touch event to eliminate any latency after a period of inactivity.

Widgets will now automatically resize, based on where the user drops them on the home screen. Arranging widgets will also be easier and separate landscape and portrait layouts will be offered.

Android notifications have also received a facelift. Notifications will be able to display more information in a collapsible format. They will also be able to support multiple actions. For example, you could trigger an email or call directly from a notification.

Search has also been improved with a new user interface and a faster, more natural Voice Search. It will also, much like Apple’s own Siri, talk back to you.

International support has been improved with support for bi-directional text as well as user-installable keyboard maps

Google also introduced Google Now which makes Android more aware of your surroundings and situation and bring the relevant information forward:

Google Now is a new feature that gets you just the right information at just the right time. It tells you today’s weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, or your favorite team’s score as they’re playing. There’s no digging required: cards appear at the moment you need them most.

Android 4.1 will be available pre-installed on the Google Nexus 7. It will also be pushed as an upgrade to the Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus S, and the Motorola XOOM tablet starting in mid-July.

Read more: Android Developer (Source: Android Official Blog)

Android Jelly Bean arrives at Google HQ

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Jun 262012

Did Google just spill the beans? Sorry, it just had to be done.

If there was any doubt that Google would announce Jelly Bean as the next major version of Android at Google I/O 2012, the tradition of putting a statue on its campus to mark the completion of a major release should put those those to rest. Joining other statues, including Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb, Gingerbread, Froyo, and Eclair, today on Google’s lawn are plenty of jelly beans.

Google Jelly Bean Android statue

Jelly Bean looks set to bear version number 4.1.

Is it too early to start guessing what the next release will be called? Key Lime Pie or Kulfi (a frozen milk dessert from India?)

Update: Looks like Android Jelly Bean is fixed and ready now:

Google Jelly Bean Android statue

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Google Play confirms Jelly Bean to be Android 4.1

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Jun 212012

Google appears to have inadvertently confirmed that Jelly Bean, the next major version of Android, will in fact bear version number 4.1 when it is announced. A description of the Galaxy Nexus in the Google Play cart indicates that it will soon be “the first phone with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.”

Android 4.1 spotted on Google Play

A second image, of the Galaxy Nexus itself, seems to sport elements of Android 4.1 including a new skin for the search bar and a new background image.

Google is expected to announce Android 4.1 (along with the Google Asus Nexus 7 tablet) at next week’s Google I/O event.

Read more: XDA-Developers (Source: The Verge)

More information on upcoming quad-core Tegra 3 Google Nexus tablet

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May 252012

Google AndroidOn the heels of yesterday’s rumour that Google’s 7-inch Nexus tablet will begin shipping in June for July availability come new details about the tablet itself. A ” trusted source” has told TechnoBuffalo that Google will indeed announce Asus-built Nexus tablet at its Google I/O event in June. Attendees will also be happy to learn that they can expect to receive one at the event.

The report adds that it expects the tablet to come with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. There are also conflicting reports on whether it will come with Android 4.0 or Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean). It will be interesting to see if Google launches another major version of Android with Android 4.0 adoption currently hovering around the 5% mark.

Best of all, Google and ASUS have apparently managed to get the price down to the US$200 mark without having to use a dual-core processor. This is likely due in part to NVIDIA’s Kai platform strategy which aims to allow manufacturers to produce US$200 quad-core Tegra 3 tablets.

Google I/O could be quite the event with the launch of the Nexus tablet, the possible announcement and launch of Android 5.0, and possible announcements of additional Nexus devices (possibly to launch on November 5th).

Rumour: Google to launch 5 Nexus devices on November 5th for Android’s 5th birthday

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May 232012

Google AndroidGoogle could mark Android’s upcoming 5th birthday with quite the celebration. Rumours last week suggested that the next major Android version (Android 5.0/Jelly Bean?) would launch with multiple Nexus devices from different manufacturers on Google Play by Thanksgiving. Talk Android has learned from a “reliable source” that Google will launch five Nexus devices on November 5th. It just happens that this will date will also mark Android’s 5th birthday.

It’s unclear at this time whether the devices will just be announced or actually go on sale on that date. Perhaps more will be revealed at the upcoming Google I/O.

It’s all rumour right now but I like the sound of 5 Android 5.0 devices launching on November 5th.

Read more: Talk Android

Rumour: Samsung to manufacture next Nexus smartphone

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Apr 252012

Google AndroidThe same report that indicates that HTC and Facebook are collaborating on a new Facebook-branded smartphone provides a possible explanation for this deepening relationship. Digitimes‘s “industry sources” indicate that Samsung will likely manufacture the next Google Nexus smartphone (to go along with Jelly Bean).

The report gives two reasons for the ongoing partnership. It will allow Google to leverage Samsung’s “innovation ability” and “its ability to control the supply of key components.” A third reason may also driving this: With Google set to acquire Motorola, one might have expected the next Nexus device to come from there. But not only has the merger not closed yet but Google is likely not willing to upset its Android partners. Not having Motorola manufacture the next Nexus device would help address concerns about preferential treatment.

A number of Android partners have reportedly approached Google about manufacturing the next Nexus smartphone. Among them are LG and HTC (who manufactured the original Google Nexus).

Read more: Digitimes

Rumour: Google to launch Android Jelly Bean in Q3 2012

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Mar 222012

Google AndroidDevices running Android 4.0 are still rare. Google’s latest distribution numbers show that Android 4.0 is barely on 1.6% of all Android devices. But that is set to change in Q2, according to Digitimes. While new devices and upgrades are expected to grow that number significantly in Q2, Google is hard at work on the next major version. Citing its “industry sources,” Digitimes is reporting that Google could launch the next major Android version (Android 5.0?), likely to be known as Jelly Bean, in Q3.

A previous rumour had suggested that Google would launch Jelly Bean in Q2. A more likely scenario is that Google will announce it at Google I/O 2012 and then launch it in Q3 with the next Nexus device (perhaps from HTC or LG?).

The report adds that “the rapid shift of OS may not be healthy for the development of the Android ecosystem. Do you agree?

Read more: Digitimes

Feb 162012

Google AndroidGoogle Android 4.0 has barely made it onto about 1% of all Android devices that Google may be gearing up to launch the next major version of the mobile OS. Digitimes is reporting that Google could launch Jelly Bean (Android 5.0) sometime in the second quarter (perhaps at Google I/O 2012?). The move could be tied to Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 release and the claim that “Android 4.0 has fallen short of original expectations.”

The report adds that Android 5.0 will feature further optimization for tablet devices. The new version could also make it easier for tablets to support both Android 5.0 and Windows 8 and allow customers to switch between the two without rebooting. Could Google be about to once again split Android into smartphone and tablet versions (as it did with Android 3.0 before reunifying them in Android 4.0)?

Given that most people are still waiting for Android 4.0, a new version (especially with the capabilities listed here), such a launch seems premature. It could end up harming the Android ecosystem more than help it.

This one will stay in the wild rumours category until more information comes to light…

Read more: Digitimes

Google I/O 2012 dates announced

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Oct 172011

GoogleGoogle today announced that Google I/O 2012 will take place on April 24th and 25th. It will once again take place at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

The last event saw the introduction of Chromebooks, the Android 3.1 announcement, and confirmation that the next version of Android would be called Ice Cream Sandwich and would reunite smartphones and tablets under a single version.

It remains to be seen if Google will announce Jelly Bean (if that is to be the next major release’s name) at Google I/O 2012. Jelly Bean is rumoured to contain “game-changing stuff” originally scheduled for Ice Cream Sandwich.

Registration details will be revealed in the near future.

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Google Android Jelly Bean to follow Ice Cream Sandwich (Updated)

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Sep 092011

Google AndroidWith the next major release of Google Android nearing release, you know that attention is already starting to turn to the next version. ThisIsMyNext has learned that “Jelly Bean” will follow in Ice Cream Sandwich‘s footsteps to continue Google’s tradition of naming releases after tasty treats. The version number is still unknown (not a surprise given that we don’t yet know Ice Cream’s number).

ThisIsMyNext‘s “trusted source” adds that much of the “game-changing stuff” originally planned for Ice Cream has been pushed out to Jelly Bean. What this would have been remains unclear though.

Ice Cream Sandwich, expected in October or November according to Eric Schmidt, will reunify Android into a single version after it was split to run on smartphones and tablets as different versions.

Update: A second “well-regarded” source has indicated that Google has not finalized the name for Ice Cream Sandwich’s successor. It’s not clear what other options Google could be considering. This second source has also added that, despite some features being pushed out to the next release, Ice Cream Sandwich will still be a significant update with major architectural, functional, and design changes.

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