With Mobile World Congress just a few months away, rumors and news about HTC’s One X successor have started making an appearance on the Internet. @evleaks who is known for leaking information about unreleased devices has posted on UnwiredView, some of the specs about the One X’s successor, codename M7.
The M7 will sport a 4.7-inch display but with a whopping 1080p HD resolution. The display will be better than the SLCD2 display on the One X with better viewing angles, outdoor visibility and color accuracy. Internally, the M7 will be packing in a powerful 1.7GHz quad-core processor from Qualcomm, along with 2GB of RAM.
Like the One X, HTC will be marketing the M7 with the same tagline “Amazing Camera, Authentic Sound”. On the camera side, HTC will be using a 13MP sensor with F/2.0 and capable of recording videos in 1080p full HD. The camera on the front will be a 2MP wide-angle view like on the 8X. HTC will be retaining the Beats Audio branding on the M7, and will be using a dedicated Beats amplifier as featured on the HTC 8X.
The M7 will have the One X downsides – a sealed 2300mAh battery and “only” 32GB of internal storage. Apart from all the other usual features such as GPS, LTE, the M7 is also expected to boast support for the next-generation Wi-Fi standard – 802.11 ac. Considering that 802.11ac based Wi-Fi routers are not yet a commonplace, I doubt that the inclusion of a 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip on the M7 is true.
HTC is expected to unveil the successor to the One X at MWC in Barcelona next year.
Android 4.2 is without a doubt one of the most buggiest release from Google ever. The latest version of Android is filled with bugs and instability issues including random reboots, minor bugs, performance issues and much more. Nexus 7 users, in particular, have been facing severe lag issues on their tablet ever since they installed the Android 4.2 update.
Thankfully, an XDA member – fishingfon – has a very simple fix for all the slowness and lags that Nexus 7 owners are facing post the Android 4.2 update. The tip is to actually disable background syncing in Google Current, which somehow magically improves the performance of the device.
To disable background syncing, simply open Google Current on your Nexus 7, press the Settings menu/the 3-dots button in the top-right corner of the app, and uncheck ‘Enable Background Syncing’ from within the Settings sub-menu.
If you don’t use Google Currents regularly, I would suggest you to simply uninstall or disable the app altogether.
Via – XDA
Earlier this month, Google released the much-awaited Nexus 4 smartphone in the US. It is the first smartphone which runs on the latest Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Now, ZTE became the first Chinese vendor to launch an Android smartphone with Android 4.2 OS. The Chinese mobile phone manufacturer has recently started rolling out latest version of the Android OS to its mid-range ZTE N880E smartphone.
I’m sure most of you might have never heard of this smartphone. The ZTE N880E was originally launched in May this year. It was one of the first handsets to run on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. This handset comes with a 4 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory and so on.
Mr. He Shiyou, ZTE EVP and Head of the Terminal Division, said,
“This announcement highlights ZTE’s long standing strategic relationship with Google and ZTEs determination to provide consumers with cutting-edge technology and the best smartphone experience. ZTE will introduce more models on Android 4.2 in the future, and will continue to make improvements to equipment performance and stability, ensuring that our handsets meet with the high expectations of today’s consumers.”
The latest update brings the usual Android 4.2 Jelly Bean goodies, including the Photo Sphere camera functionality, Gesture Typing, notification quick controls, improved search capabilities through Google Now and more. We hope other manufacturers should take a lesson and update their smartphones as soon as possible.
Yesterday, Google released the Nexus 4 in quite a few countries of the world, pushed the Android 4.2 OTA update for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7, released the updated binaries and Android 4.2 factory images for all the devices, and lastly, pushed the latest version of Android to AOSP.
Google’s lead AOSP engineer – Jean Baptiste Quèru – also announced that beginning with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google will be ending support for the Nexus S and the Motorola XOOM. This means that both these devices will not be getting any future updates from Google including the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update. This should not really come as a surprise since both these devices have been in the market for nearly 2 years or more. Even then, both these devices are actually running a much more newer version of Android compared to majority of the Android devices out there.
The surprising news, however, is the lack of support for the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 3G variant in AOSP. It was initially presumed that the Nexus 4 lacks LTE so that it could be AOSP-compliant, but it looks like Google is yet to convince Qualcomm to open-source its secret sauce! Or, Google might be facing some issues with open-sourcing the GSM stacks used in the Nexus 4 or the Nexus 7 3G variant.
Hopefully, whatever the issue be, Google will be able to solve it and support the Nexus 4 in AOSP.
The Android engineers over at Google must be having a busy day today. After rolling out the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OTA update for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7, and releasing the new Nexii devices, Google has also released the factory images of Android 4.2 for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10.
The company along pushed Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to AOSP. This means that developers can start working on integrating Android 4.2 in their ROMs.
There is a bad news, though. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will not be available for the Nexus S and the Motorola XOOM. Both these devices will remain on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and will not be supported henceforth in future AOSP releases.
Apart from all this, Google has also made the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean SDK and NDK available for download for app developers. Last, but not the least, Google also updated the Device Art Generator to add support for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10.
The Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 went on sale today via the Play Store and sold out within 20 minutes of the ordering page going live. The handset and the tablet first went on sale in Australia and sold out in exactly 20 minutes. In other regions of the world, including the United Kingdom and Europe, the ordering page of the handset was hardly live for 5 minutes.
Interested buyers who tried to purchase the Nexus 4 or the Nexus 10 usually ended up getting “an error occurred while processing your order” when they tried to purchase the devices using Play Store. However, later on, most of them got a confirmation mail from Google saying their order has been successfully approved and their credit card charged.
It is not yet known whether there was actually so much demand for the Nexus 4 or Google grossly under-estimated the demand for the handset. Even then, most buyers were not at all pleased with how the Play Store behaved when they were purchasing the new Nexii devices from Google.
The Nexus 4 is, however, yet to go on sale in the United States. The handset, along with the Nexus 10, will be available for purchase from the Play Store at 9AM PST/12PM EST as confirmed by Google.
Earlier today, Google started rolling out the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for the Nexus 7 and the takju variant of the Galaxy Nexus i.e. the handsets that were purchased directly from Google via the Play Store. .
The Android 4.2 update will bring with it quite a lot of minor yet much-appreciated changes including quick settings in the notification bar, multiple user profiles for tablets, an updated Clock app, Gesture typing for the keyboard, pinch-to-zoom in GMail and much more.
Google is rolling out the OTA update only in certain regions of the world and to limited number of Nexus 7s and Galaxy Nexus out there, so don’t expect the OTA update to be available immediately for you. The final OTA update also includes lock screen widgets that was missing in all the Nexus 4 review unit.
Google usually keeps a new version of Android exclusive to the Nexus handset for a couple of weeks before it pushes the update to other devices and the code to AOSP. However, this time Google has decided otherwise, and pushed the Android 4.2 OTA update on the same day it released the Nexus 4 in a bunch of countries.
LG India’s head of mobile product planning Amit Gujral had earlier revealed that LG will introduce the Nexus 4 in the country by the end of November. Since then, LG Electronics India has remained tight lipped about its plans regarding the new Nexus smartphone. However, thanks to an eBay, the Nexus 4 is already available for pre-order in India.
Nexus 4 is Google’s newest flagship, which was manufactured in partnership with LG. It runs on vanilla Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon(TM) S4 Pro quad-core processor, and flaunts a 4.7″ WXGA IPS display with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution (320 ppi).
Ebay seller cart2india2010 is accepting pre-orders on unlocked Nexus 4 handsets in India. The seller will be importing Nexus 4 handsets, which have been presumably purchased through Google Play store in the US. The Nexus 4 is available through Google for $299 for the 8 GB model, and $349 for the 16 GB model. However, in several European countries, LG is selling the handset for €599 (about $762). Since, Google Play store is not available in India, it’s most likely that only LG will be selling the Nexus 4. If that happens, we expect the price of to be in the range of Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 40,000 depending upon the model you chose.
Ebay’s cart2india2010 offers a tempting alternative through its imported handsets. The current pre-order price is Rs. 23,490 for the 8 GB model and Rs. 27,490 for the 16 GB model. Unless, Google comes in and subsidizes its latest flagship, Indians are unlikely to get it for anywhere near the price that cart2india2010 is offering. However, since cart2india2010 will only begin shipping the devices after December 10, it might make sense to wait till the end of November for the official announcement.
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A few days ago the Nexus 4 review embargo was lifted and all the popular websites including The Verge and Engadget posted a review of the handset. However, AnandTech — one of the most respected tech website out there – only posted an ‘in-depth’ preview of the Nexus 4, giving us a sneak peek into its performance and battery life.
AnandTech’s preview painted a very disappointing picture of the Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core Krait processor used inside the Nexus 4. On paper, the S4 Pro SoC should absolutely blow the competition apart. But, in AnandTech’s benchmark the handset performed very poorly, sometimes being bested by its own dual-core sibling – the S4. Brian Klug clearly mentioned in the preview that it looked like the Nexus 4 was constantly throttling itself down due to over-heating whenever he was running benchmarks on the phone.
Well, since we are all curious as to how the Nexus 4 performs without the throttling issues, Brian decided to put the Nexus 4 inside a freezer in a zip bag and re-run the benchmarks. So, how did the Nexus 4 perform when there were no throttling issues?
The updated benchmark score clearly reflect what the SoC inside the Nexus 4 is capable of doing. The full updated benchmark scores are not yet available, but should be soon, once Brian is done with his full review.
So do we really need to worry about the Nexus 4 over-heating and throttling itself to prevent frying itself? Sadly, I am in no position and an expert to answer this. However, Brian did tweet that “the Nexus 4 thermal limits seem rather low, the phone doesn’t get *that* hot externally to me.” It might very well be possible that the retail units of the Nexus 4 have a higher thermal limit to solve this issue.
I will suggest our readers to wait until AnandTech posts a full in-depth review of the Nexus 4 before jumping to conclusions about the performance and over-heating issues of the Nexus 4.
Via – Reddit
The Nexus 4 from Google is still a couple of weeks away from being available to the public, and so is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
However, as time has passed by, more and more Android 4.2 goodies have leaked on the Internet including the GMail app, updated keyboard with gesture typing, and the updated Camera and Gallery app.
Today, the folks over at Android Task Force have managed to get their hands on the Nexus 4 System dump. The whole system dump includes all the sounds, wallpapers, and other APKs that will come preloaded on the handset.
If you are of the curios type and want to tinker around with the system files of the Nexus 4, head over to Android Task Force to download the system dump and fulfill all your desires.