Android 4.2.1 Pushed To AOSP; OTA Update Available To Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus

Yesterday, Google rolled out the Android 4.2.1 update for the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10. The minor bump in the Android OS version does not bring any major changes except for fixing the missing December month in the People’s app.

Today, Google has pushed Android 4.2.1 to AOSP for developers to base their ROMs on the latest version of Android. While its nice to see Google fixing the December update so soon, the company should have tried to fix other issues present in Android 4.2. as well.

Android 4.2 is one of the most buggiest release ever from Google. The update is plagued with lots of bugs and stability issues including random reboots, poor performance on Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus and much more.

Google has now also started rolling out the Android 4.2.1 update for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7. The update was initially only available for the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10.

Meizu MX2 Unveiled; 1.6GHz Quad-Core Exynos Processor, 2GB RAM, 4.4-Inch Display For $400

Meizu and Xiaomi are two popular Chinese Android OEMs that are known to provide some extremely powerful handsets at dirt cheap prices. Proving this statement true again today is the Meizu MX2, which was officially unveiled by Meizu today.

The Meizu MX2 packs in a 1.6GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor (same as the one in Galaxy Note 2), 2GB of RAM, ARM-Mali 400MP GPU and a 4.4-inch “gapless” display with 1280*800 resolution and an efficient “New Mode 2″ technology. The handset will come in three different storage options – 16, 32 and 64GB.

At the back of the MX2 is an 8MP F/2.4 BSI camera accompanied by an LED flash, and a 2MP snapper in the front. Other features include an MHL port, dual-mics for noise cancellation, S/PDIF audio out, Bluetooth 4.0 and a non-removable 1800mAh battery.

The MX2 will be running on a non-identifiable version of Android – Flyme 2.0 – which includes more than 3400+ enhancements from the Chinese OEM. The handset goes on sale in China from mid-December with the 16GB variant costing ¥2,499 ($400)m while the 32 and 64GB variant costing ¥2,999 and ¥3,999, respectively.

Via – Engadget


Nexus 4 Comes Back In Stock On U.S Play Store AT 12PM PST Today

Google has just sent out emails to everyone who signed up to be informed about the Nexus 4 availability that the handset will be back in stock in the United States Play Store at 12PM PST.

The Google Nexus 4 launch has been nothing short of a painful experience for all interested buyers. The handset was sold out within 20 minutes in nearly all the regions it went up on sale via the Play Store on November 13th.

Looking at how quickly the Nexus 4 sold out last time, I would suggest all interested Nexus 4 buyers to be on top of their game if they want the handset – order as fast as your Internet connection allows you to.

Google has also imposed a limit of two Nexus 4 per Google account this time. This means that if you have already ordered two Nexus 4 the last time, you won’t be able to order it this time. You can, however, order two 8GB variant of the handset.

This move from Google will definitely reduce the amount of people who will try to bulk order the Nexus 4 and then sell it on eBay for a premium.

Android 4.2.1 Update Rolling Out For Nexus 4 and Nexus 10

Looks like the Android team over at Google is back from their Thanksgiving weekend and are now working in full force. The company has pushed the Android 4.2.1 OTA update for the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10, which fixes the December bug.

For the unknown, Android 4.2 had a bug where users could not add birthdays of contacts who were born in December. The month was simply missing from the list. Apart from fixing this bug, the update does not bring any other visible changes.

Since this is an OTA update it won’t be available to all the lucky Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 users immediately. The roll-out takes some time and should be completed within a couple of weeks.

While it is not yet confirmed if the update is being rolled out to the Nexus 7 or not, some people on XDA are reporting that they have already got the Android 4.2.1 update on their Nexus 7.

I wonder if the Android 4.2.1 update will fix the poor battery life and lag issues that many Nexus device owners have reported post the Android 4.2 update.

Play Store Reviews Now Require A Google+ Profile

Beginning from today, Android users would need a Google+ profile to post app reviews in the Play Store. All the previous user reviews from Android users are now shown as from ‘A Google User’.

From now on, all reviews in the Play Store will include the reviewer’s Google+ Profile name along with his G+ profile picture. As of now, new reviews from users who have connected their account to Google+ are still being shown as ‘A Google user’, but this problem should be rectified soon from Google.

This move from Google will definitely help in reducing the amount of poor app reviews in the Play Store, along with Spam comments. It will also allow developers to actually reach out to people who have posted reviews.

Via – Droid-Life

Cyber Monday Deals – Here Are Some Irresistible Deals on Laptops, Games, Tablets and More!

If you missed out on some of the awesome deals during Black Friday, fear not since Cyber Monday is here. While Amazon, Best Buy and eBay are filled with deals, I list some extremely tempting deals for our readers.

Xbox 360/PS3 -:

Amazon has some really nice deals going on for all kind of gamers out there – Xbox, PS3 or PC. The whole Mass Effect Trilogy for PC is up for grabs for a mere $34.99, while PS3 owners can get LA Noire for only $9.99. Readers can also find tempting deals on more than 400 games on Amazon right here.

Laptops -:

  • MSI GT70-0NC (Specs – GTX 670MX, 12GB DDR3, I7-3630QM, Matte 1080p screen, Blu-ray player, Windows 8) for only 1300$
  • Lenovo Y50 (Specs – Core i7, GTX 660M, 8GB DDR3 RAM, Glossy 1080p screen) for $900
  • Free $200 gift card with selected Ultrabooks

More tempting deals for laptops can be found on this Reddit thread.

Android -:

  • Virgin Mobile is giving $100 off on three of its most popular mobile devices – HTC EVO 4G, Galaxy Reverb and HTC One V
  • Amazon is selling the 8GB Kindle Fire with a 7-inch for only $129 until Wednesday (Code: FIREDEAL)
  • AT&T Galaxy S III for only $24.99 on a two-year contract

Random -:

A huge list of all apps and games that are on sale on the iOS and the Play Store can be found here.

Galaxy S2 Gets Multi Window Multitasking From Galaxy Note 2!

The Multi-Window multitasking introduced by Samsung on the Galaxy Note 2 is probably one of the most lusted features in the Android community right now. While Samsung originally introduced the feature on the Note 2, it will be bringing the Multi-Window multitasking to the Galaxy S3 and the original Galaxy Note as well via the Android 4.1.2 update. The Galaxy S2, however, will not be getting the Multi-Window multitasking update probably because of its lower resolution screen and small screen size, which makes the multi-window multitasking kind of redundant.

Even then, some of the developers over at XDA forums have managed to port the Multi-Window feature to the Galaxy S2. The mod will only work on the leaked Android 4.12 XXLSJ firmware for the Galaxy S2.

As clear from the screenshot above, the multi-window mod is not really useful on the Galaxy S2 because of the low resolution screen on the device. Even then, the mod does bring you bragging rights and it might just be useful for some people out there.

If you own a Galaxy S2 and are interested in the Multi Window mod, then head over to this thread on XDA forums and flash the attached ZIP file via CWM.

Samsung Ships 5 Million Galaxy Note 2 In Just Two Months!

At the beginning of this month, Samsung announced that it had managed to ship around 3 million Galaxy Note II units since its launch. Now, just a couple of weeks later, Samsung has announced that it has managed to ship mor ethan 5 million units of the Galaxy Note II within two months of its release.

The Galaxy Note II is already available in more than 120+ countries, including the United States, which has played a major role in this hybrid device success. The original Galaxy Note took around 5 months to reach the 5 million units mark, and its successor achieved the same milestone in less than half the time.

The Galaxy Note was originally criticized for its big size and was termed as a niche device. However, Samsung has proved everyone wrong with strong sales of the Note as well as the Note 2. With the Galaxy S3 sales already exceeding the 30 million mark, Samsung is all set for another big quarter, in terms of profit as well as volume of devices shipped.

Via – SammyHub

HTC DROID DNA Bootloader Can Now Be Unlocked

The HTC DROID DNA is the first smartphone to be available in the United States to feature a 5-inch 1080p HD display. The handset is the big red’s flagship handset for the holiday season. However, like all other handsets released on Verizon’s network in recent times, the DROID DNA also has a locked down bootloader.

HTC has a web-based bootloader unlocking system in place, but that does not support the DROID DNA and other recent DROID branded handsets from the Taiwanese maker.

Thankfully, some of the talented Android developers have managed to find a way to unlock the DROID DNA using HTC’s own bootloader unlocking tool. The ‘softmod’ changes the carrier information ont he DROID DNA allowing it to be unlocked easily.

So, if you own a DROID DNA and are interested in unlocking it, head over to this post on Android Police for a step-by-step guide. Keep in mind that unlocking the bootloader will void the warranty of your brand new DNA so decide if the risk is worth it or not, and proceed with caution.

Nokia’s Lead Imaging Experience Manager – Damian Dinning – Leaves The Company To Join Land Rover

There is absolutely no doubt that Nokia is light years ahead of other OEMs when it comes to providing stellar camera performance in mobile phones. The Nokia N8’s performance is still unrivalled by any smartphone in the market, and no handset comes even close to the Pure View 808.

One of the main masterminds behind all these stellar camera phones from Nokia is Damian Dinning. Damian started working at Nokia in 2004 and has been the Finnish giant’s lead program manager for Imaging Experience. Sadly, Damian has decided to leave Nokia on November 30th, and will be joining Jaguar Land Rover group.

The official statement from Nokia UK regarding this matter -:

Following the relocation of key strategic roles to Finland, and with great reluctance, Damian Dinning has made a personal decision to leave the company effective 30 November 2012. During the past nine years, [Damian] has made many innovative and valuable contributions to Nokia, most recently as a lead program manager in our Smart Devices business. We thank him for his service to the company and certainly wish him the best.

Damian has, however, revealed as to why he will be leaving Nokia and joining Land Rover instead in response to the PureView club -:

As reported in Nokia’s own statement regarding my forthcoming departure, a number of key strategic roles have moved to Finland. My family and I are based in the UK at a stage in our lives where relocation is unfortunately not an option. I have therefore made the tremendously difficult decision after nearly 9 years with Nokia to leave the company.

Do head over to PureView Club and read Damian’s full response and why he is joining Land Rover.