Posts Tagged ‘Nexus S’

Custom ROMs are the life and blood of Android. One of the beauties of the entire platform is the fact that you don’t have to remain stuck with whatever the manufacturer of your smartphone or tablet had chosen for you; instead, you get to make your own choices, either in the form of stock-based custom cooked firmware, or the likes of CyanogenMod and AOKP, which are direct derivatives of the Android Open Source Project.

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Over-the-air, or OTA updates make the process of reeling in new features and security patches a great deal easier on mobile device users. The rigmarole of connecting a device to a computer while the magic happened was a common occurrence just a few years ago, but such is the fast-moving nature of the mobile field, that any update can now easily applied with a few simple taps – whether at home or on the fly. For those rocking the Galaxy Nexus or a Nexus S, an airborne bundle of joy is heading your way, and if it hasn’t already reached your device, we’ll show you how to pluck it from the skies.

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We’ve already discussed everything you need to know about Jelly Bean in one of our previous post, but if you’re not in the mood to read the lengthy post itself, you should know that Android 4.1 brings vastly smoother user interface, more powerful notifications, better keyboard with next word prediction and offline typing, and lastly, the amazing Google Now.

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Android Jelly Bean (4.1) has enjoyed a much warmer welcome into mobile space than its predecessor Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), which took an age to trickle through to many Android devices, leaving quite a few consumers feeling somewhat disillusioned with the update process in general. Google has clearly regrouped and revaluated its battle plan this time around though, and as well as being arguably the best release of Android to date, the Big G isn’t hanging around with its OTA updates.

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Seeing that Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean last week during its Google I/O conference – where it also announced its home entertainment device, the Nexus Q, among a few other things – Android users are surly antsy to get the latest version of the OS onto their devices. Well, Nexus S and Nexus S 4G owners are in luck; two guys from the XDA forums – DeXmax and CooLoserTech – have ported Jelly Bean 4.1 to the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G, respectively.

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Although Android is the most commonly used mobile ecosystem on the market, it’s not without its fair share of caveats. Aside from the scores of malware outbreaks plaguing Google’s mobile OS, there’s also the long-standing issue of audio latency.

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With beautiful typography, continuous horizontal layouts and large thumbnails, Window Phone 7’s “Metro UI” is arguably the best looking mobile operating system in the market today. It provides a completely original user-experience which focuses more on information than apps.

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Google’s modestly-updated 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich almost ready to roll out for the Nexus S, but those anxious to get the update now, we’ve got the tutorial ready and waiting for you to get your teeth into!

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HTC recently unveiled it’s One series of smartphones based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Hardware specifications and advanced, next-gen optics aside, these devices come with Sense 4.0 – the latest version of HTC’s custom skin – which looks absolutely stunning and a vast improvement over Sense 3.5 and older which were very bloated.

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Progress on official CyanogenMod ROMs was pretty slow these past few weeks because of the lack of build servers. The CyanogenMod team asked for donations for new servers and a large number of people from the Android enthusiast community responded to the call.

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Those looking for a dose of Ice Cream Sandwich on their Nexus S 4G devices will be pleased to learn that an official ROM has leaked into the wild, with reports suggesting it’s a final build and will begin rolling out over-the-air pretty soon.

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For those of you who are involved in the business of modifying, tweaking or tinkering with the Android operating system, you will more than likely be aware of certain recovery methods and solutions which make an attempt to use the touchscreen display of the device for navigation purposes. You will also more be aware that until now, the offerings out there don’t exactly do a good job of touchscreen implementation.

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