Posts Tagged ‘Android 4.2’

There’s no shortage of unofficial CyanogenMod versions for various Android devices, and sometimes, those even get merged in the mainline, providing better, more official support. However, it’s almost always more exciting to find out that a device is getting official ROMs from the get go. In that regard, the Nexus line up of devices has always received special love from the original CM team. It makes sense, too, since these devices are Google’s flagships, and whenever a new Android version is out, they’re the first ones to official receive it, even before the source code goes live on AOSP. The best should get treated by the best, don’t you agree?

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One of the biggest freedoms of wielding an Android device is the choice of ROMs that you get. Unlike almost all other smartphone and tablet platforms, having an Android means you do not have to always stick to whatever the manufacturer has packaged with your device in its factory state, and much like a computer, you can choose to have your own OS, some with their own specialties and enhancements, while others built from ground up based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Power users always prefer AOSP ROMs over stock or stock-based offerings, because of the broader freedom of customization and tailoring that they entail. Among those, CyanogenMod needs least of an introduction – the first ever AOSP ROM to hit the Android world has now taken another hatchling under its wings – the mighty droid, Google Nexus 4.

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We may be fast approaching the fabulous holiday season which the majority of us are looking forward to throughout the year, but it would seem that the latest version of Android Jelly Bean simply does not want Android users to be celebrating. Version 4.2 of Google’s industry leading mobile operating system has been shipped with a rather startling flaw in the date picker control that prevents users from selecting the month of December when adding date information in apps that use the native picker. It might not be the biggest bug we will ever see with shipped software, but it is certainly one that should never have gone live.

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The biggest problem with text-based conversation or communication is the lack of all other elements that help in conveying the correct message. For instance, you might jokingly make a remark over something, and the tone of your voice and the emphasis of syllables will tell the listener exactly how you intended it. Likewise, a joke might not really be a joke, which will be demonstrated by your body language. According to communication experts, 70% of the interpretation of our messages is defined not by words, but by how they’re delivered. This is a serious hurdle when you use text messages, IM, email, or any form of the written word.

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When Google announced Android 4.2 last month, a lot of people were left unimpressed, mainly because it was an incremental update and not really something that would cause a lot of bells and whistles. Nevertheless, the update did bring a few fresh additions to the Android ecosphere, including the likes of Notification Quick Settings, Gesture typing (trust me, it’s not Swype), Photo Sphere, improvements to Google Now, Miracast support, multiple user accounts for tablets, and more.

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The coming days and weeks represent an extremely exciting and important time for Google and their manufacturing partners, with the official release of a wave of new Android based devices set to go live imminently. The recently announced LG Nexus 4 smartphone, the Samsung Nexus 10, and the new variants of the already heralded Nexus 7 will be available in the marketplace extremely soon and will no doubt cause a spending spree amongst the Android loving community. To make things a little more exciting, testers are starting to see Android 4.2 Jelly Bean pushed through to their test units of the aforementioned devices.

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Waiting patiently for the official release of the latest version of Android has never been an easy thing to do. Even when the switch is flipped and the latest variant of Google’s mobile operating system goes live, it still inevitably takes an eternity for it to filter through the approval process of various manufacturers and networks and make it onto existing devices. That is one of the reasons why we often see individual elements ripped right out of new Android versions and packaged up for existing users to flash onto their current installations, which is something that has happened with the core Google apps from Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

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Yesterday, we showed you how you could implement a feature somewhere representative of Android Jelly Bean (4.2)’s gesture-based keyboard, provided you were running a device on Ice Cream Sandwich or newer. As exciting as that was, it was only a going to be a matter of time before more of the new firmware’s key features and exclusives were ported through to those wielding older devices, and just a day later, here we are with the Android 4.2 camera and gallery, both of which have been successfully ported to a Galaxy Nexus running Jelly Bean 4.1.1.

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Whenever a new operating system is launched, intuitive minds immediately begin developing ways of porting some of the new features back to the majority running older software. Case in point: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean only launched yesterday, but already, one of its key components has been snatched away, bagged up, and ready to be shared with those running earlier versions of Android.

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Today has been, on the mobile front, one of the most significant occasions in recent times, with both Google and Microsoft grappling for the attentions of the on-looking tech world by releasing some pretty significant products.

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Hurricane Sandy may have stopped Google from running its special Nexus event, but with all the devices having been unveiled regardless, the world also gets its first proper look at Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. There was a genuine feeling that Google had finally delivered an Android product to be proud with in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and several months after it began trickling out, how has the Big G improved its “buttery smooth” mobile OS?

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Google’s big Android event – which was supposed to be held today – was cancelled, all thanks to Hurricane Sandy. But that didn’t stop the Big G from holding back from their announcements, and today, they have officially unveiled the fourth device in the Nexus smartphone lineup: the LG Nexus 4.

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