The Galaxy S4 event is just a few hours away from now, and the leaks are flowing in left, right and center. A bunch of high quality phones of the Chinese variant of the Galaxy S4, that had leaked earlier, have surfaced on a Chinese forum. While it is not yet confirmed whether this is the final design of the Galaxy S4 or just a prototype, the specs of the handset are all but confirmed.
Readers can find more high resolution pictures of the Galaxy S4 over at it168. A few videos of the Galaxy S4 have also leaked online demonstrating its new Smart Pause feature that automatically stops the video from playing when the user is not looking at the screen, and the floating touch feature that is similar to the Air View feature on the Galaxy Note 2, but it works without the S-Pen. Another video shows off the new lock screen on the handset, and the last video gives us a demo of the browsing experience on the handset.
The specs of the Galaxy S4 are all but confirmed at this point, which includes a 4.99-inch Full HD (1920*1080), 2GB of RAM, an Octa-Core Exynos 5 SoC with ARM big.LITTLE technology, 16/32GB of storage space, a microSD card slot, and a removable 2600mAh battery.
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.
An Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware has leaked for the Xperia S, thanks to XDA recognized developer – DooMLoRD. The leaked firmware gives a sneak peek into what all new features and changes the official Android 4.1.2 update will be bringing to the handset.
Xperia S users who have already flashed the ROM on their handset report that the update brings about a noticeable improvement in the performance and smoothness of the handset. Sony has also updated nearly all the pre-installed apps including their suite of media applications to the latest version as seen on the Xperia T. Other new features include Google Now, small apps as seen on the Xperia Z, enhanced Camera app, extended Standby mode, and new themes.
One of the key changes that the JellyBean update will bring is a new 3.4.x based linux kernel for the Xperia S. This should bring about some considerable improvement in performance, stability and battery life.
The leaked firmware is still in alpha stages and crashes often, along with some screen flickering issues. If you are planning to flash the leaked Jelly Bean firmware on your Xperia S, keep in mind that you won’t be able to make calls as the functionality is not present in the firmware.
The official update for the Xperia S is still a couple of months away. The leaked firmware does make the wait exciting and worth it since Sony will be adding tons of new features with the update.
The Xperia S was Sony’s first half flagship for 2012. The handset launched with Gingerbread on-board, and was later on updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While the handset was not particularly stellar, it did find its fair share of fanboys and lovers. Sony aims to update the Xperia S to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean sometime in April-May of 2013.
While the company has not announced as to what all changes the Jelly Bean update will bring for the handset, an XDA developer – DooMLoRD – has revealed some information as to what the update will bring along with some screenshots.
Firstly, the update will bring in a linux kernel v3.4.xx which should bring with it some low-level performance and security enhancements. Visually, the lock screen will be updated to the one currently seen on the Xperia T running Jelly Bean. Other enhancements include one-touch screen mirroring over HDMI, Find My Xperia, Power Management and much more.
The usual Jelly Bean goodness like Project Butter, enhanced notification bar, Google Now and others should also help in breathing a new life to the Xperia S when the update lands.
Over the last couple of weeks, an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware has leaked online for the Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3. Today, Galaxy Note owners get their fair share of Jelly Bean/Android 4.1.2 love with the latest leak from SamMobile.
While a Jelly Bean firmware for the Galaxy Note had leaked earlier, it was not in an easy flashable state. The latest leak, however, can be easily flashed on a Galaxy Note using the usual ODIN way.
The XXSLA firmware brings a lot of Note 2 and Galaxy S3 features including Multi-View multitasking, Page Buddy, Smart Rotation, Smart Stay, Google Now, Project Butter, the ability to customize the notification panel, Direct Call, Pop-Up Play and more.
Interested Galaxy Note owners should head over to SamMobile for more information about the leaked firmware and the download link.
Earlier this week, an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy S3 leaked online. The leaked firmware brought about a lot of new features to both the handsets including Smart Stay, Multi-View multitasking, new Gallery app for the S3 and a new TouchWIZ version, some gesture features and more to the S2.
Now, joining the list of leaked Android 4.1.2 firmware is the Galaxy Note II. The new test firmware does not bring as much new features as introduced in S3 or S2, but does include some minor new additions including the ability to select the notification toggles, a new Swype-like continuous input and a new animation for the lock screen.
The firmware does not contain any major bugs, indicating that Samsung is in near final stages of development of the Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy Note II.
Head over to SamMobile for the download link and other information about the leaked ROM.
A new Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S3 has leaked online that includes quite a lot of new features. Most importantly, the leaked firmware includes Samsung’s unique multitasking implementation as seen on the Note II, Multi-View.
Other new features in the ROM include Page Buddy, the ability to customize the notification toggles/panel, Smart Rotation, Continuous Input in Keyboard like on Android 4.2 or Swype, Paper Artist App, and the new Gallery app. More information about the firmware, along with the download link can be found here.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the Korean company’s flagship handset for 2012 and has been selling like hot-cakes all over the world. No wonder the software updates for the Galaxy S3 is the top priority.
After Samsung rolled out the Multi-View multitasking to the Galaxy Note II, rumors started floating around the Internet that it will be bringing the same feature to the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S3.
Sony may have received a lot of love from Android community, developers and Android’s lead engineer – JBQ – himself, but the company has consistently failed to release a true “hero” device.
The Xperia S, Xperia Ion and the much more recently released, the Xperia T, are all decent phones, but they are always a step or two behind the competition, in terms of software as well as hardware.
However, it looks like Sony is working hard on changing that with the ‘Yuga’ handset. The C6603 ‘Yuga’ sports a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch display with on-screen navigation buttons with a resolution of 1080p. While these specs won’t put the ‘Yuga’ ahead of its competition, it will definitely put Sony’s flagship handset on par with the competition when Sony announces it at CES early next year. Now, if only Sony got the release date and timing of the device right!
The leaked pictures of the handset show the unibody enclosure of the device along with an odd-looking power button. The unibody enclosure means that in all probability the handset will not have a user-removable battery. Another leaked picture shows the handset running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean albeit with a newer kernel version (v3.4), which is found on the Nexus 4.
The folks over at Android Schweiz have got a bunch of pictures of the handset showing off the device in all its glory.
When Motorola unveiled its 2012 line-up of DROID RAZR HD devices, it promised that it will be updating them to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before the year end.
While the official update from Motorola is not yet available, the folks over at DroidRzr have managed to get their hands on a leaked Jelly Bean firmware for the DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD owners.
For a leak, the firmware is pretty stable and includes all the Jelly Bean goodness including Project Butter and Google Now. Some users do report that there is a bit of lag here and there, but that is given considering that this is not the final firmware.
If you own a DROID RAZR HD or the RAZR MAXX HD, then head over to the DroidRzr forums for the download link and the installation instructions. The installation steps are pretty easy, and there is also an automated tool which will flash back Ice Cream Sandwich on your RAZR HD/MAXX HD, if you feel like doing so.
Up until now, the Nexus 10 was just a rumored tablet from Samsung and Google that sported a Retina display like resolution and an Exynos 5 processor.
Today, the folks over at BriefMobile have got their hands on some pictures of the Nexus 10 running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean confirming that the tablet is indeed real, and will be unveiled by Google at its event on October 29th.
The Nexus 10 is going to be a complete destroy all other tablets in the market whenever it is launched. Below are the ‘confirmed’ specs of the tablet -:
Dual-core Exynos 5 SoC based on the ARM Cortex-A15 architecture clocked at 1.7GHz
ARM Mali-T604 GPU
10.1-inch Super-AMOLED display with a Retina busting resolution of 2560×1600
5MP rear camera, LED Flash, NFC, front-facing camera, Wi-Fi
On the software side, the Nexus 10 will be running on Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean”. The tipster also confirmed all the features which were earlier leaked including quick settings in the notification bar, multiple user profiles, a re-designed Gallery and updated Camera app.
If Google and Samsung manage to price the Nexus 10 right, we might just see Android tablets pose a serious threat to iPad’s market domination.
Head over to BriefMobile for more pictures and other tid-bits about the Nexus 10.
P.S. – Yes, those bottom navigation buttons really look out of place and I really hope they are not final.