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Android 4.2.2 Shown Running On A Nexus 4

Rumors about Android 4.2.2 running on a Nexus 4 started floating around since last week, when an image of a Nexus 4 running Android 4.2.2 surfaced in Brazil. The rumor indicated that the latest batch of Nexus 4 rolling out from LG’s factory in Brazil is already running Android 4.2.2.

Today, a Czech site – SmartMania.cz – casually showed off Android 4.2.2 running on a Nexus 4 in an overview video of the phone. The previous image and this video all but confirm the existence of Android 4.2.2. Don’t expect Android 4.2.2 to bring any new features or UI changes though.

The minor bump in the Jelly Bean version is only aimed at improving the overall performance, stability and battery life of all the Nexus devices, that has gone down considerably in Android 4.2.1.

If you think that the above video is fake and just a build.prop edit, then check the video again. The leaked picture and the video show the Nexus 4 using a newer .44 radio/baseband that at least, for me, proves the authenticity of the video and image.

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 And 7 Get Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean In The United States

Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the 7-inch and 10-inch Galaxy Tab 2 in the United States. The Korean giant had started rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the European Galaxy Tabs a couple of months ago.

The Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Tab will bring with it some much need improvements in the overall UI performance thanks to Project Butter, expandable notification bar items, enhanced voice-to-text recognition which works even without an active data connection, Google Now and much more. Samsung has also added some minor additions and enhancements to its TouchWIZ UI for improving the overall usability.

Tab owners in the United States can get the update either via OTA or by using Samsung’s KIES software.

Via- GSMArena

Vizio Unveil A 7-inch And 10-Inch Tablets Running Stock Android 4.2

Vizio, known for making cheap TVs that offer a great bang-for-the-buck is stepping into the highly competitive tablet market with the launch of two tablets running Android.

The 10-inch tablet from Vizio packs in a whopping 2560*1600 resolution and is the first tablet to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 4 SoC – currently the world’s fastest mobile SoC. Other specs of the tablet include 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a micro-HDMI port and the usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors. Surprisingly and stupidly, the 10-inch tablet uses a Mini USB port and not a microUSB port.

The 7-inch tablet from Vizio aims to compete directly with the Nexus 7 and packs a 12800*800 IPS display, Nvidia’s Tegra 3 SoC, 16GB of storage space, and a 1.2MP front-facing camera.

Like its PC line-up, Vizio has decided to go stock and bare, which means the tablets run on stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. However, hands-on pictures of the 7-inch tablet clearly show it running Jelly Bean with the older Ice Cream Sandwich like tablet UI. It will be interesting to see if Vizio decides to ship the retail units of 7-inch tablet with the same old ICS like tablet UI.

The company did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablets, but given the company’s nature, they should be priced very aggressively. The tablets should hit the market sometime in the first half of this year.

Via – The Verge

Samsung Korea Announces The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update For Galaxy S2

The Galaxy S2 was Samsung’s most popular and hottest selling phone in 2011. It went on to become the company’s most successful model ever in its history, before being overtaken by its successor in 2012 – the Galaxy S3.

Samsung upgraded the Galaxy S2 to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but did not add any new features since then like it has been doing with the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3 or the Note 2.

The good news is that Samsung Korea today announced its Jelly Bean upgrade plans for the Galaxy S II. The company plans to bring a lot of features from the Galaxy S3 to the Galaxy S2 including its nature inspired TouchWIZ UI, Smart Stay, improved performance thanks to Project Butter, enhanced camera app and more.

An Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S2 had leaked last year, giving advanced users a taste of all the new Jelly Bean goodness and other features.

All these additional features will come at a cost though. Galaxy S2 owners will need to use KIES to install the update on their handset since the update re-partitions their internal memory and also updates the bootloader. The other downside is that post the update the free internal memory of the handset will be reduced by 1GB, because of all the new system apps, libraries and features.

Samsung has not announced as to when they plan to roll-out the Jelly Bean update, but considering this announcement, the update should not be far away.

Via – SamMobile

Android 4.0+ Now On 39% Of Devices Out There; Gingerbread Still Rules At 47%

It is a known fact that OS updates is one of Android’s key weakness. While Google has been trying its best to improve the situation with the help of Platform Development Kit (PDK), the Nexuses devices and other such measures, the harsh truth remains the same – Android 2.3 Gingerbread – an update to Android that was released at the end of 2010 is still the most used version of Android out there.

In the latest Android platform distribution chart from Google ending on January 3, 2013, Android 2.3 Gingerbread still remains the largest version of Android, with a share of 47.4%. The good news is that compared to the last time, the adoption rate of Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean combined have seen a huge jump. Android 4.0 and Android 4.1/4.2 together are now running on more than 39% of Android devices out there. Individually, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is running on a measly 1.2% devices, while 4.1 is on 9% devices.

The huge jump in the Android 4.0/4.1/4.2 adoption rate is probably because of millions of people getting their hands on an Android tablet or handset as a gift during the holiday season.

AT&T Galaxy Note 2 Multi-View Update Coming Tomorrow

After T-Mobile started rolling out the multi-view multitasking update for the Galaxy Note 2, it is now time for the AT&T Note 2 owners to enjoy the update. AT&T is the only major carrier that has not yet rolled out the multi-view update for the Galaxy Note 2 in the United States. Verizon’s Note 2 shipped with the feature out of the box, while Sprint and T-Mobile rolled out a software update to enable the feature.

Below is the full statement from AT&T regarding the software update -:

AT&T plans to begin rolling out a software update for Samsung Galaxy Note II customers that includes the Multi-Window feature, which allows the user to divide the screen into two active “windows” creating a split screen that enables fluid multitasking between applications. The update will be available for download over the air beginning Dec. 27.

AT&T confirmed the news about the roll-out in an email to none other than Engadget themselves. The update will be rolled out via OTA and in batches so don’t get impatient if you don’t get the update tomorrow.

ZTE Announces The Nubia; Comes With A 5-inch 1080p Display

ZTE today officially announced its much leaked handset – the Nubia. With the Nubia, ZTE joins the race of bringing 1080p resolution touting screens on Android smartphones. Like the DROID DNA and the HTC Butterfly, the Nubia packs in a 5-inch 1080p display made by Sharp, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, an Adreno 320 GPU, and 2GB of RAM.

At the back of the handset is a 13MP of camera with an LED flash and accompanied by a 2MP camera in the front. Other specs of the handset include 32GB of storage space, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with a skin that inspired the popular MIUI ROM, a 2300mAh battery and the usual connectivity features like Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC inside an impressively thin 7.6mm body.

As of now, ZTE plans on bringing the Nubia only to its homeland, China at a competitive price of around US $550. Rumors do suggest that ZTE will announce the global variant of the Nubia at the upcoming CES 2013.

Via – GSMArena

Motorola DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

One S owners are not the only one receiving a Christmas gift from HTC. Motorola also has surprisingly started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX.

The 320MB+ update automatically started rolling out for some DROID RAZR owners since yesterday. The Jelly Bean update for the DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX brings with it the usual Jelly Bean goodness including Project Butter for a super-smooth Android experience, enhanced speech-to-text, enhanced notification bar along with an improvement in stability and battery life. Motorola’s own OEM skin is pretty light and does not really interfere much with the stock Holo theme so

Motorola only recently updated DROID RAZR HD, RAZR HD MAXX and RAZR M to Jelly Bean. Even DROID RAZR owners are going to be surprised that the Jelly Bean update has landed so quickly for their handset. With the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update rolling out to RAZR/MAXX owners, the device is now officially two Android OS updates ahead compared to a Nexus handset – the Verizon branded Galaxy Nexus.

Via – Android Central

Xperia T Running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Shown Off On Video

Sony Xperia T owners, if any, want a sneak peek for the Jelly Bean update that is coming sometime next year for your device? Sony Viet has managed to get their hands on a video that shows a development Android 4.1.2 firmware from Sony running on the Xperia T.

The Android 4.1.2 update for Xperia T will bring with it quite a lot of new changes including all the features that Google added in Jelly Bean. This includes Project Butter for a buttery-smooth UI experience, expandable notifications in the notification bar, minor UI updates and more. Sony has also added some of its own customizations including a new launcher, enhanced lock screen, a ‘ClearAudio+’ mode for better audio quality, a new Albums app, improved Camera app, improved battery life and other minor software goodies.

Below is the video showing Android 4.1.2 in action on the Xperia T -:


One of the most important under-the-hood changes is that the kernel version gets bumped to v3.4 with the Jelly Bean update. Only the Nexus 4 runs on the latest version of linux kernel for mobile devices.

Sony should start rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia T sometime in January next year. Until then, Xperia T owners need to satisfy their hunger for Jelly Bean with the above YouTube video.

The Problem Of Every Nexus 4 Owner – Severe Battery Drain Thanks To “msm_hsic_wakelock”

I got a Nexus 4 in the first week of December, and have been loving the device since then. It has nearly everything that I would have asked for in the next Nexus. A stunning screen, blazing..and I mean absolutely blazing fast performance, a usable camera and good battery life with a catch. The catch here is that I need to use my Nexus 4 connected to a Wi-Fi network if I want it to last me a day with 3-4 hours of screen-on time.

On 3G/HSPA+, the Nexus 4 suffers from some serious battery drain. The over-night drain on 3G can be as high as up to 20%, which should not happen. After all, the device is just idling for 8-10 hours. Why should there be such a high battery drain?

I am not the only one facing this problem. Each and every Nexus 4 owner has been facing the same issue. For some reason, there is a very high battery drain on the Nexus 4 when it is connected to mobile data. The culprit behind this is the “msm_hsic_wakelock” process. From what I have read on XDA forums, this process is used every time by the OS for any kind of mobile data activity, which causes a wakelock. While this is completely fine, the problem is that the wakelock is not dropped or released after the task is done, causing excessive battery drain. If your Nexus 4 is facing the same issue, you will see a very high % of “Android OS” and “Android System” usage in the Battery stats.

The worst part? In all likelihood, this problem can only be solved by Google and LG/Qualcomm. Flashing a custom ROM or a kernel or formatting your phone is just not going to solve this issue.

The only temporary solution to this problem is to use Wi-Fi on your Nexus 4. For some reason, the “msm_hsic_wakelock” wakelock is greatly reduced when the Nexus 4 is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

There are quite a few Nexus 4 owners out there that face severe battery drain that is not caused by the “msm_hsic_wakelock” process. For them, some random apps or process will create a wakelock and drain their phone’s battery. Sometimes these apps or processes will be some key system processes that cannot be disabled or uninstalled.

We, the Nexus 4 owners, are at the mercy of Google and LG/Qualcomm for now. Until and unless, Google and or LG/Qualcomm release a software update to fix this severe battery drain, there is not much Nexus 4 owners can do. I had hoped that Google would release a software update to fix this issue before the holiday season starts, but that did not happen. Hopefully, Google will roll-out a software update to fix this issue sometime in early January.

P.S. – You can comment/star or up vote on Google’s Android bug tracker.

For more reference, head over to this XDA thread.

One XL Jelly Bean Update Ported To AT&T One X

HTC One XL a.k.a AT&T and Telstra One X owners, here is some good news for you. While AT&T still has not approved the Jelly Bean update for your phone, HTC started rolling out the update for the handset in other regions of the world. The update has effectively been ported to the AT&T and Telstra One XL without any issues.

For the lesser known, the One XL is same as the International One X except that it is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Krait processor instead of a quad-core Tegra 3 processor.

The Jelly Bean update for the One X/XL brings with it Project Butter, an enhanced Notification bar, improved speech-to-text and more. HTC has also updated the Sense version to 4+ that brings with it major performance improvements and an enhanced Camera app.

If you own an AT&T or Telstra One XL, head over to this thread on XDA forums to download the ported ROM.

Via – Reddit

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 Software Update Brings Multi-View And Bug-Fixes

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 owners, here is some good news for you. Beginning from tomorrow, Samsung and T-Mobile will start rolling out a new software update for your device that will bring with it some multi-view multi-tasking goodness.

For the lesser known, the multi-view feature will allow Note 2 owners to simultaneously use two apps at once on their screen. Samsung recently rolled out the same feature to the international Galaxy S3 with the Android 4.1.2 update. Below is a video of the multi-view feature in action -:

In addition to the multi-window feature, the update will also fix some Exchange related bugs and other issues with Google Apps. The update will be available to all T-Mobile Note 2 owners via OTA as well as via KIES from 19th December.

If the Android 4.1.2 update for the international Galaxy Note 2 is anything to go by, the U.S variants of the Note 2 should also get a lot of new features whenever the update arrives for them.

Via – T-Mobile

HTC One X Successor Specs Leak; Includes 4.7-inch 1080p Display, 13MP Camera And More!

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.

Sony Provides A Timeframe For The Jelly Bean Update For Its Xperia Devices

Sony today provided Xperia owners an update on its Jelly Bean roll-out plans. First in line to get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update from Sony will be the Xperia T, Xperia TX and the Xperia V sometime in February or March.

The Xperia P, J and go are next in line and will get the update by the end of March. In the following weeks, the Xperia S, SL, Ion and acro S will get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.

Sony also confirmed that it will not be bringing Jelly Bean to its budget-oriented handsets including Xperia U, miro, tipo and Sola.

By the time Sony will start rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the Xperia T and other devices, Samsung and HTC would have already rolled out Android 4.2 to the Galaxy S3, Note 2 and the One X.

I am not sure what Sony is doing here, but if it takes you more than 7-8 months to roll-out an Android OS update for your devices, something is definitely wrong.

Sony has been supporting the Android community a lot recently by providing them with binary/blobs, free devices and more. This has made them a favorite among the Android community. However, until and unless Sony does something about its ridiculously slow Android updates roll-out times, the company will have a hard time surviving in the mobile industry with fierce competition.

Motorola ATRIX HD Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

Its raining Jelly Bean updates! After the One X, S3, and the Note 2, its time for the Motorola/AT&T Atrix HD to get some Jelly Bean love.

The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the ATRIX HD will bring with Google Now, an enhanced notification bar, Project Butter for a lag-free experience, improved battery life, enhanced Camera app with improved auto focus, filmstrip mode for the gallery and more.

Motorola has also included some of its own new features including Drive Smart with enhanced voice search, which lays special emphasis on texting and driving, and automatically sets the phone to auto-reply to calls and texts when the user is driving.

While Motorola has already started rolling out the update, it can take up to two weeks for the roll-out to be complete. If you own a ATRIX HD and cannot wait for the update, just head over to Settings -> About Phone and select the ‘Software Update’ option. Make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network before proceeding though, since the update is pretty hefty in size.

Via – AT&T