Below are the three features that you may not know your LG Nexus 4 have.
Google+ storage – Photos can take a lot of storage space in your precious LG Nexus 4 with very limited internal storage. However, you can upload the photos you took in your Google+ account. This is also a good feature in the event that you lose your LG Nexus 4.
PhotoSphere – The PhotoSphere is the update that Jelly Bean 4.2 brings with it 360 degree photos. LG Nexus 4 already enabled users to take panoramic photos. However, PhotoSphere takes this a step further and you can take photos of what is above and below you making sure you do not miss anything.
Gesture typing – This is another feature unique to Jelly Bean 4.2 update and it brings a new keyboard in the style of the Swype keyboard. This feature allows you slide over the keyboard when typing the words. If you want to enable it, just go into settings and then choose Enable Gesture Typing on your LG Nexus 4.
On the other hand, some reports said that search engine giant Google is already working on the successor of the popular LG Nexus 4.
Google has been releasing Nexus smartphones and tablets over the years. Since it was launched, the Nexus line has included handsets from HTC, Samsung, and LG. However, it seems Google may be using the recently-acquired Motorola for its next phone.
Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed sources that a new device is on its way from Google-owned Motorola. These people say Motorola engineers are hard at work on a “sophisticated” handset codenamed ‘X phone.’ However, it is still unsure whether the device will be a Nexus-brand phone.
Now that you’re the proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy S III, it’s time to accessorize. The Galaxy S III is a great device out of the box, but it’s naked, a bit plasticky, and equipped only with the stock Samsung and Google apps with which it comes loaded. If you really want to make your S III your own, you’ll need to get some add-ons. Fortunately, we know all of the best cases, apps, and other products which can add a ton of functionality to your smartphone.
Cases While the Galaxy S III doesn’t have nearly as many cases available as Apple’s iPhones do, it’s still one of the most popular Android smartphones with several dozen cases to choose from. Our list of cool Samsung Galaxy S III cases include rugged silicone sleeves, leather covers, and even aluminum shells to keep your phone safe and stylish. You can even get custom cases with photos or logos on them.
Apps The Galaxy S III currently runs Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android, and features a powerful dual-core processor and a large amount of onboard memory. This means it can run nearly any Android app that’s not made specifically for a tablet. There are almost half a million apps on the Google Play Store, and it can be hard to find the ones you want. Our list of 10 must-have Android apps can get you started, and our lists of 100 top Android apps and 25 great Android games will get you working and playing on your new smartphone.
Besides being smart, your smartphone is also a phone. However, holding up a device to your ear feels very 2004, and there are plenty of Bluetooth headsets available which let you talk to friends and listen to music with your Galaxy S III sitting in your pocket. We’ve put together a list of the 10 best Bluetooth headsets, including headphones and speakerphone add-ons, so you can get the right audio accessory for your smartphone.
We’ve been hearing about the Jelly Bean update for the HTC One S since July this year. While the One X received the update last month, the Taiwanese manufacturer seems to have kept up with its promise by beginning to roll out the Android 4.1 update for the One S. The update is available to select UK users of the device.
According to Android Central, the OTA update is rather large at 612.27MB and carries version number 3.16.401.8 and lists Android 4.1.1 as the software version. It brings along major Jelly Bean elements to the device along with a new version of HTC’s Sense UI, Sense 4+.
The Sense 4+ UI available as part of the Jelly Bean update, has several new features like HTC Get Started, HTC Watch 2.0, changes to the Gallery app and views, tweaks with the Camera app and much more. As of now, Sense 4+ is available to HTC One X (Review I Pictures) and HTC One S (Review I Pictures) users post the update. The HTC One X+ comes with Sense 4+ straight out of the box.
Other features as part of the update include a fix for battery issues that users have been complaining about as well as accessing the power saver option from the Notification menu.
Apart from the One X and One S, HTC had also confirmed its plans to upgrade the One XL with Jelly Bean. Now that two of the three have received their updates, we hope to see One XL users to be part of the Android 4.1 fraternity soon.
As a reminder, Jelly Bean aka Android 4.1 brings several performance improvements including Project Butter, which aims to make the user interface smoother. It also comes with Google Now and updates to Android Beam functionality.
Google is also facing questions from antitrust regulators in Europe and the United States over its advertising and search practices. The company was said to be near a deal with the FTC early in December, but those talks have since shown signs of fraying, according to The Washington Post.
Critics said the FTC was not being aggressive enough by passing over accusations that Google is prioritizing search results from its products over its competitors. The announcement of an agreement — once expected by the end of year — has now been pushed back to at least January, The Post reported.
Google+: Google’s play for the social space had an interesting year as the company continued to report that Google+ was growing. Google’s latest update on the site revealed that the year-old network has 135 active million users — up from 100 million in September. With the inclusion of people who use the company’s video hangouts feature, “+1” button and other elements of the network, that number jumps to 235 million. The company has continued to add features such as Google+ Communities, an answer to the Groups feature on Facebook.
Hardware pushes: Google has made some notable steps into the hardware space this year, launching branded smartphones and tablets meant to act as flagships for its Android mobile operating system. So far, Google hasn’t had any runaway hits, but its Nexus 7 tablet was a popular item on many people’s holiday wish list this year.
Other hardware experiments have been less successful: Google introduced and, within a few months, stopped production of a streaming-music device, the Nexus Q. The company is said to be working on a new phone through its Motorola Mobility unit next year. The Wall Street Journal reported that the new device, an iPhone competitor, is being called the “X Phone” within the company.
Meanwhile, the company continued to back its Android partners, many of whom were embroiled in legal battles with Apple over intellectual property. Page reportedly even met with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to discuss patent matters.
Android: Google continued to see strong growth in its Android system. The system enjoyed its fourth birthday with news from the IDC research group that 75 percent of all phones that shipped in the third quarter of 2012 were running Android. With partners such as Samsung, LG, HTC and its own Motorola unit, Google continues to go after all tiers of the smartphone market.
The company released a new version of Android, Jelly Bean, at its annual developers conference over the summer. The new system introduced features including a new form of typing, a better camera interface and a more unified system between smartphones and tablets.
Free speech: The company also increasingly had to act in a new role in 2012 as it navigated global attitudes toward free speech. As The Washington Post reported, the company was embroiled in numerous incidents around the world where it had to decide whether to remove content from its YouTube video site.
In some cases, Google cited its own community guidelines — which clearly advocate for freedom of speech — while it deferred to local laws in other cases.
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx (L) and Motorola Droid Razr (R)
The original Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx have begun receiving their over-the-air update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, according to a report at Android Central.
The update is clocking in at more than 300 MB, so it’s recommended that you upgrade over Wi-Fi only, unless you’ve got a high or non-existent mobile data cap. Many people are reporting in the Android Central forums that their updates are failing to complete install on first try, too.
To check if you’ve got the update, go to Settings, About Phone, and then System Update.
The update comes follows on the heels of the Droid Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD getting their update to Jelly Bean at the beginning of December, and keeps Motorola’s promise to update their phones more frequently.
There’s no word yet on whether the original Razr or Razr Maxx will see Android 4.2.
Samsung has started rolling out an upgrade to Galaxy SIII handsets in the UK that brings a raft of new functionality including multi-window support and camera improvements, as well as improved touch response.
The Premium Suite upgrade began to hit S3 phones running the Jelly Bean (4.1) version of Android on Thursday, Samsung said in an announcement.
“Samsung has recently provided the Jelly Bean 4.1 upgrade for the Galaxy SIII, and will bring even more enhanced features to the phone through the upcoming Premium Suite upgrade,” the company said. “The Galaxy SIII Premium Suite upgrade will include many of the innovative and productive features newly introduced by the Galaxy Note II.”
Among the new features is multi-window support, allowing two apps to run simultaneously side by side. It also has improved contextual awareness: for example, contextual tags allow a user to tag a photo, video or voice memo with the date, location and friends present. It also does things like automatically opening up the music player when headphones are plugged in.
There are a number of other photo-related improvements too, including new gallery options for categorising or viewing photos and new low-light and ‘Best Face’ features. Best Face is a reworked version of the previous Best Photo option and allows you to select the best shot of each face in the picture taken from five continuous photos.
The update includes other small tweaks too, such as making Group Cast a stand-alone app rather than part of Allshare Play to make it quicker to access.
There was a certain degree of irony to the first CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly reaching a lone device that already runs Android 4.2. What about the rest of us? Thankfully, logic is getting the upper hand with the arrival of regular test builds for a much wider hardware selection. All versions of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 get their expected turn at the code. However, the mix also includes devices that weren’t predestined to receive an official update to the latest instance of Jelly Bean, such as ASUS’ Transformer Pad Infinity and Samsung devices ranging from the original Galaxy S through to both Galaxy Tab 2 slates. It’s still throwing caution to the wind by running an unfinished version of unofficial firmware, but we’re sure CyanogenMod’s target audience is comfortable enough with the risks to visit the source link.
U.S. Cellular will ring in the holidays with Friday’s rollout of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to all Samsung Galaxy S III smartphones.
The upgrade, U.S. Cellular said, “enhances the wireless experience by making the device faster, smoother and more responsive.”
Jelly Bean comes with a number of new features, including a refined camera with built-in filters and a pause-and-resume option while recording video, as well as Easy Mode for first-time smartphone users and improved usability with multiple keyboard options.
Additionally, the new Google Now feature offers information any time check rush-hour traffic or the subway schedule before leaving work, or find out the latest score of a sports game, delivered as a notification to your phone. Google Now also serves as a personal assistant, providing users with weather, maps, navigation, search, flight status, and other information, and can be launched directly from the lock screen shortcut, or with a long press on the menu button, from any screen.
Galaxy S III owners will soon have access to rich notifications, which can expand and shrink with a pinch, showing as much or as little information as the user wants. Other enhancements allow actions to be taken directly from the notifications platform, without having to launch an app first.
Customization will also get easier, with automatically resizing widgets to fit on the screen with other icons.
U.S. Cellular is the latest Samsung’s carrier partner to receive the upgrade. Since the phone maker confirmed in early October that it would be pushing Android 4.1 to its flagship Galaxy S III, Sprint, T-Mobile, ATT, and Verizon Wireless have all begun offering their customers the latest Google OS.
On Friday, Galaxy S III users can visit the U.S. Cellular website for details on the upgrade process. Owners can upgrade wirelessly, or by connecting their device to a computer via USB cable.
In a nutshell, the newer and more powerful models will move forward, while a select few will be left behind on Ice Cream Sandwich.
First out of the gate, the Xperia T, Xperia TX, and Xperia V will receive its update starting in February and March. Once completed, Sony plans to deploy Android 4.1 to the Xperia J, Xperia P, and Xperia Go in late March.
The weeks following should see the Xperia S, SL, Xperia Acro S, and Xperia Ion picking up Jelly Bean.
It isn’t all good news for Sony handset owners, as a few models will be left running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Among those staying put are the Xperia U, Xperia Miro, Xperia Tipo, and Xperia Sola.
Sony doesn’t explain why these devices will not see 4.1, but it’s usually a matter of hardware, age, or sales. It is interesting, nonetheless, that all of these particular models are less than a year old.
Looking ahead, Sony plans to introduce some Xperia-specific features in the Jelly Bean update. With CES right around the corner, chances are good that we’ll see Sony’s Jelly Bean experience very soon.
The Oppo Find 5 was teased several months ago, but recent news from Beijing has made the device official, and revealed some truly impressive specs.
A 5-inch, 1080p display is probably the most noticeable feature of the phone, but this is backed with a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 chip.
The primary camera is 13MP with a host of intriguing software features, including super-slo-mo recording at 120fps. The front camera is 1.9MP and there’s the usual array of near-field communication (NFC), Wi-Fi direct and more, all running on Jelly Bean, specifically Android 4.1.2.
It’s 8.8mm thick, but this also allows the Find 5 to accommodate a 2500mAh battery, along with Dolby 3D sound, for some reason.
In fact, probably only the big downer is the lack of a microSD slot, meaning that you’re stuck with the default 16GB of memory.
The Find 5 is definitely getting a US release, although Oppo phones haven’t made it to some countries in Asia before. The specs for the spectrum tech used in the phone are GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz and UMTS 850, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100MHz, so parallel importing may be an option for some users.