Day one of Google I/O 2012 has just ended and we’ve got some cool announcements including the Nexus 7 Tablet, Jelly Bean and Nexus Q. These new additions are currently heavily dominating Twitter and Facebook streams.
But in this midst of major announcements, there is a new feature in Jelly Bean that is not getting any attention — ability to mute notifications from specific apps!
Advertisements in the notification window has been always an annoying problem, especially Airpush advertisements, which has often sparked rage among Android users. Thankfully, Google has a plan with Jelly Bean to combat this nasty problem and that is by letting users turn off notifications for specific applications.
This feature is one of those several new features that were not announced in the live presentation, but have been left for Android users to find out themselves. Credits for discovering this handy feature goes to a Reddit user who found this option in application settings in an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Emulator.
Looks like Google has added another functionality to notifications. Starting from Jelly Bean, users will be able to long-press a notification to discover which application posted it. In my opinion, it is a really nifty feature to tackle obtrusive notification ads as users will now be able to know which particular application is behind all those ads and even uninstall them if needed.
As expected, Google finally unveiled its first tablet device, the Nexus 7 at the Google’s I/O event in San Francisco. As the name suggest, this tablet comes with a 7 inch display. The Nexus 7 is manufactured by Asus and it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android Operating System. It is the first device that ships with Chrome as the standard browser. This budget tablet comes with an incredible specs. Check out the complete features after the break.
Nexus 7 features a 7 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 1.2 megapixel camera for video calls, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, MicroUSB and much more. This device is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 12-core GPU and 1GB RAM. Apart from these amazing specs, it comes with a 4325 mAh battery, which offers up to 300 hours of stand-by time and allows you to watch videos for up to 9 hours.
The Nexus 7 will be available in 8 GB and 16 GB variants. Some important features missing from this device are a rear-facing camera, microSD card slot and 3G/4G connectivity. However, it features NFC (Near Field Connectivity) along with the Android Beam. This device measures 198.5 mm x 120 mm x 10.45 mm and weighs just 340g.
Now, its your turn to guess the price of this incredible device. $499? You are absolutely wrong. The Nexus 7 comes with a price-tag of just $199. You heard it right! The Nexus 7 is not just powerful, but it is also budget-friendly. You can get the 8GB variant for $199 and the 16 GB variant for $249. The UK pricing is £159 and £199 respectively. The Nexus 7 is currently up for pre-order. This device will ship during mid-July. Google also offer $25 credit, which lets you purchase your favorite apps and games from the Google Play Store. Check out the pre-order links below.
Looks like someone accidentally pushed the wrong button at the Google headquarters by listing Samsung Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ as “soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean” on the Play Store. This puts an end to all those rumors circling around Jelly Bean and confirms that 4.1 Jelly Bean will indeed be the next Android version.
An XDA Forum member, while surfing the Play Store finding an unlocked Galaxy Nexus, found out that the description was changed as the first phone which would be getting the Jelly Bean update. What’s more interesting is that the Galaxy Nexus thumbnail image during checkout had also been changed to a newer image of Nexus sporting a different wallpaper and a modified search widget.
Jelly Bean 4.1 is the next major update to Android 4.0 and is surely going to bring several new features and improvements. However, as the screenshot suggests, the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ would be the first and by my experience, the only phone to sport it officially for a couple of months as other OEMs will surely take some time to deliver it on their phones after customizing it with their own skins.
Google was quick to revert that image and description mentioning Jelly Bean to their original form in just a couple of hours, but those few hours were enough to tease us all Android lovers. Was it an accident? Or an intentional (subtle) move by Google to hint us what we can expect to see at the Google I/O on 27th of this month? We will have to hold our nerves for four more days to find out anything more and of course, we at Techie-Buzz will always be there to keep you updated!
With Google I/O less than a month to go, some information about the upcoming $199 tablet from Google and the next version of Android has started making their way on the Internet. It is almost confirmed that Google will be releasing a new Nexus tablet at I/O this year, which will be competing with the iPad not on specs, but with its killer price tag of $199.
The folks over at Android Police have done some digging, and it looks like Google has teamed up with Asus to manufacture the $199 Nexus tablet. From the Power Board benchmark website, it looks like the “Nexus 7″ tablet will sport a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 768*1280, and is codenamed grouper. The device will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 SoC, which will help Google and Asus in delivering pretty good performance at a very low price point.
This new Nexus tablet from Google will be running a new version of Android, possibly Jelly Bean. The benchmarks indicate the OS build version of the device to be JRN51B, with the SDK and build version at 4.1. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich brought about a major visual change, so Jelly Bean will be all about new features and usability enhancements.
However, with Ice Cream Sandwich having less than 5% of the total Android market share, I am not sure how manufacturers and other Android device owners will react to a new Android OS version so soon.