New Nexus 10 Commercial From Google Will Make You Want One Now!

Google has recently released some excellent commercials for its Nexus products and Google Now. Continuing this tradition, the company today released a new advert promoting its Nexus 10 tablet. The advertisement is so good, that it made me feel like buying the tablet at that very instant, even though I own an iPad.

The advertisement is about a couple who are expecting a baby, and how they use their Nexus 10 with its multi-user feature support to share their happiness with the world.

Google has done an excellent job with this commercial, and I cannot imagine Samsung coming up with such a brilliant commercial like this, even though they technically make the Nexus 10.

Apple has been known to come up with brilliant advertisements, and slowly and steadily, Google is also reaching that level with its Nexus series of commercials.

Gmail For Android Update Finally Allows You To Archive/Reply/Delete An Email From The Notification Bar

Google has finally updated the Gmail app for Android to add something that has been requested for such a long time from all Android 4.1 Jelly Bean users — the ability to reply, delete or archive an email right from the notification bar. Up until today, the Gmail app only showed you a preview of the email, but today’s update will add the functionality to Archive or Reply to it.

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While the option may not seem a biggie to some people, it will definitely be appreciated by all those people who like to keep their inbox clutter free all the time, and archive or reply to an email as soon as it arrives. The update also contains some under-the-hood optimizations and bug-fixes. Google has also changed the font used in the Email headers to a different variant of Roboto, which makes text a bit clear and sharp. The update is already live in the Play Store and can be downloaded from here.

Samsung To Update Galaxy S2 And Galaxy Note To Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

The folks over at SamMobile have received a list of devices that Samsung will be upgrading to Android 4.2.2, post which they will reach their EOL (End of Life). The Korean giant will be updating the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, its flagship devices for 2011, to Android 4.2.2 sometime this year.

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Samsung added a lot of new features to the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note when it rolled out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the devices. It was assumed that with this is going to be the last software update for these handsets, since they were pretty old anyway. However, Samsung thinks otherwise and will be bringing Android 4.2.2 to them, even though Android 4.2 does not really bring anything major to the table.

Other devices that Samsung will be bringing Android 4.2.2 to include the Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Express , Galaxy Grand DUOS and the Galaxy Grand.

Samsung will also be updating the Galaxy S III and its various variants, along with the Note 2 and Galaxy Note 8/10.1 to Android 5.0, when Google launches it later this year at Google I/O. Keep in mind that this list is not final, and Samsung can change its decision anytime they want, so don’t get your hopes too high.

Sony Xperia SP Unveiled — Dual-Core Krait, 8MP Camera, And 4.6-inch Reality Display

Along with the Xperia L, Sony also released an upper mid-range Xperia handset, the Xperia SP. The Xperia SP had leaked earlier as well, suggesting that its launch was imminent. The Xperia SP sports a 4.6-inch BRAVIA HD Reality Display with 720p resolution. It also features Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 that automatically boosts the contrasts, color reproduction level and saturation level while viewing photos and videos.

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Internally, the Xperia SP is powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8960 (S4) processor that is clocked at 1.7GHz, and is coupled with an Adreno 225 GPU. Other specs include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE,  and the other usual bunch of features. The handset is made of co-moulded aluminium frame, and will come with a beefy 2370mAh battery.

At the back of the Xperia SP is an 8MP Exmor RS camera with an LED flash. Like the Xperia L, the SP will also be running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, with Sony’s OEM skin on top of it. The device arrives in Q2 of this year in White, Red and Black.

Sony Xperia L Is A Budget Android Handset With Focus On Imaging

Sony, today, released a new budget-oriented Xperia handset – the Xperia L. The Xperia L packs in a bunch for a budget handset, and sports a 4.3-inch FWVGA display.

Internally, the handset packs in a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 (MSM8230), 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot and a 1700mAh battery. The usual bunch of connectivity features like Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and sensors are also present.

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Sony has laid key emphasis on the Xperia L’s imaging department by including an 8MP Exmor R sensor at its back aided by an LED flash. It also packs in HDR stills and video – a first for budget Android handsets. The company has also included its signature Power Key as seen on the Xperia Z.

On the software side, Sony has blessed the Xperia L with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and its own OEM skin – that is pretty light and includes its beautiful Media suite of applications. The Xperia L will hit the markets sometime in Q2 of this year at an unknown price in three colors — White, Black and Red.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Goes Official – Detailed Specs, Features And Release Date Inside!

After so many rumors and leaks, Samsung has finally unveiled its latest flagship Galaxy S handset – the Galaxy S4 to the public. As the rumors had suggested, the Galaxy S4 packs in a 4.99-inch Super-AMOLED display with Full HD (1920*1080) resolution. The ‘Adapt Display’ feature will automatically adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation points depending on the content you are viewing and the available light. The new Super AMOLED display will also work with gloves on, which should be a relief for people living in hilly or snowy region.

While the Galaxy S4 looks similar to the Galaxy S3, it is slightly larger, sleeker (7.9mm), lighter and stronger. The design has just been tweaked a bit, and the bezel on the side has been given a faux-aluminium look.

Internally, the Galaxy S4 is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa SoC that consists of four ARM-A15 cores for performance, and four low-power ARM-A7 cores for battery life. The Galaxy S4 is the first Android handset in the world to sport an ARM Cortex-A15 SoC, as well as ARM’s big.LITTLE implementation. However, the LTE variants of the Galaxy S4 will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz.

On the storage side, the Galaxy S4 comes with 2GB of RAM and 16/32/64GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot. On the connectivity side, the Galaxy S4 is fully loaded and packs NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, IR blaster, LTE, MHL 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0+LE and is accompanied by 8 new sensors. Two new and notable ones include an Infrared Gesture and a temperature/humidity sensor. Even with such a slim body, Samsung has managed to fit a 2600mAh removable battery inside the Galaxy S4 that should be enough to last a day of medium to heavy usage.

The camera on the back is a 13MP f/2.2 aided by an LED flash, with a 2MP camera in the front. The dual camera feature allows you to record videos simultaneously from the front and back cameras. There are a lot of software based features for the Camera like the ability to remove unneeded objects from photos (Eraser), click a photo with sound, a Galaxy Camera inspired UI, Drama mode and more. The ‘Story Album’ feature creates new albums that automatically sorts all your pictures depending on your date and location.

Out of the box, the Galaxy S4 will be running on Android 4.2.2 with the second generation of Samsung’s nature inspired TouchWIZ UI on top of it. The Galaxy S3 had a bunch of software gimmicks/features like Smart Stay, Direct Call and Smart Rotation etc. The Galaxy S4 includes all of them along with introducing a few new ones like Smart Pause that automatically pauses a video when the user is not looking at the screen, Smart Scroll that automatically scrolls lists for you. Other features include S Translator which is something like Google Translate on steroids with support for 10 languages, Group Play — that allows a bunch of Galaxy S4 to connect to each other and play the same music without the need of a mobile connection and even play multiplayer games and share pictures, and S Health that tracks all the calories you have burnt through-out the day. Samsung will also be releasing some accessories to track your heart beat level etc that complement the S Health feature.

Air Gesture is an enhanced version of Air View, as seen on the Galaxy Note 2, that allows you to navigate through the phone without the need to touch the screen. You can even accept phone calls using a simple gesture. The Samsung Smart Switch application will allow seamless transfer of your data from your old handset to the new Galaxy S4, using your PC. The Knox feature will allow you to keep your personal and private files separate.

The Galaxy S4 will be available from the end of April across 327 mobile operators in 127 countries. The handset will be available in two colors – Black frost and White mist. Samsung will also be releasing a bunch of covers for the Galaxy S4 including an S View Cover that allows you to receive calls and get a sneak peek of your data without the need to open the cover.

Image Credit – The Verge

Sony Xperia J Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

It is raining Jelly Beans! If the Jelly Bean update for the AT&T One XL, the original RAZR MAXX and RAZR MAXX HD was not enough, Sony has started rolling out the update for its mid-range Xperia handset, the Xperia J.

The Xperia J sports a single-core Cortex-A5 processor from Qualcomm, an Adreno 200 GPU and 512MB of RAM. While the specs are nothing to boast about, Sony thinks they are enough to run Jelly Bean in all its Project Butter goodness on the handset. Other Jelly Bean goodness like Google Now, enhanced notification bar and speech-to-text are also present, along with improved stability and performance.

The update is slowly being rolled out by Sony all over the world, so might take some time before it becomes available in your region. You can update the handset either via OTA or by using Sony’s PC Companion application on your desktop.

It is quite ironic that Sony is rolling out the Jelly Bean update first for its mid-range to lower-end handsets, and not for its previous year first-half flagship handset, the Xperia S/SL. This update schedule will definitely not go down with current Xperia S owners, and potential Xperia Z buyers.

LG Optimus 4X HD Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks

The LG Optimus 4X HD was the Korean’s companies high-end Android offering for a short while during the middle of last year. The Optimus 4X HD was a fine device by all means, but it had some terrible issues that led to it failing miserably.

Back in the first week of February, LG had confirmed that the Jelly Bean update for the Optimus 4X HD is nearly ready and is in the final stages of testing. While LG is yet to roll-out the update, the first Jelly Bean based firmware for the handset has leaked online. The leaked firmware includes all the Android 4.1 goodness including Project Butter, Google Now and an enhanced notification bar.

 

The leaked firmware has also allowed the Optimus 4X HD developers to unlock its bootloader, which should considerably make it easier to developer custom ROMs and kernels for the device. Keep in mind that the process of installing the leaked firmware on the Optimus 4X HD are not as simple as it is for other devices. So, if you are not well versed with the whole modding scene of the device, I would suggest you to wait for the official update that should be here in about a month or so.

Head over to this XDA thread for the download link of the firmware and other information.

Via – Android Central

LG Unveils The Optimus LTE III Running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

It has hardly been a week since Mobile World Congress got over, but LG is not yet done announcing new handsets. The Korean company today unveiled a new LTE enabled smartphone for its home market, and the successor to the Optimus LTE and Optimus LTE II, the Optimus LTE III.

The Optimus LTE III sports pretty mediocre specs including a 4.7-inch 720p IPS HD display inside a 9.6mm thin body, and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage space, microSD card slot, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and Bluetooth.

The rear of the Optimus LTE III sports an 8MP camera with an LED flash, and is accompanied by a 1.3MP snapper in the front. On the software front, the Optimus LTE III runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with LG’s own custom skin on top of it. The handset will be available in Korea on S K Telecom network begging from tomorrow in black and white colors.

Via – Unwired View 

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2.2 Update Leaks

Over the weekend, Verizon started the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean soak update for the Galaxy Nexus. As the norm is, it was just a matter of time before the download link of the update made its way on XDA. The OTA update package is now available for all advanced Verizon Galaxy Nexus users to flash on their phone.

Before you jump over and start flashing the OTA file on your phone, make sure that you are running 100% stock Android 4.1.1 on your Galaxy Nexus. This is an OTA update package, and not a full ROM, so you need to be on stock. If you are on stock but with root access, you can simply flash the OTA update package using CWM or TWRP recovery.

Apart from the usual Android 4.2.2 improvements including lock screen widgets, quick settings, and a new gesture keyboard, Samsung and Google have also included a new radio. Early reports on XDA suggest that the new radio has helped in increasing the 4G LTE signal for quite a few folks out there.

Verizon should roll out the Android 4.2.2 update officially for the Galaxy Nexus within a couple of weeks, so if you are not too keen on installing the update manually, just sit back and relax for sometime.

The download link along with the relevant instructions can be found here.