BLU Products tackling off contract market with Quattro handsets
Latin-owned BLU Products has rolled out its new line of quad-core based smartphones running Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The Quattro 4.5, Quattro 4.5 HD and Quattro 5.7 HD all center on large displays of 4.5-inches and up to 5.7-inches, while all run Android 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean.’ BLU Products is targetting the lineup at the unlocked market, pricing the products accordingly.
Jelly Bean comes to Galaxy Note 10.1 plus Premium Suite
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 users eagerly awaiting their update to Android 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean’ are in for another treat. Samsung has also baked in the latest version of its multi-tasking, multi-window capable Premium Suite into the update as well. Some users have already started to receive the update as it starts to go live globally, extending the functionality of their tablets considerably as the animated video embedded highlights.
Tablet packs Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.1
Toshiba lodged a new entry in its line of budget-friendly tablets today, announcing the 10.1-inch AT300SE. The AT300SE is aimed at the UK market, and offers an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor along with its 10.1-inch screen. It also runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, bringing all of the features available in the latter updates to Google's mobile operating system.
Compact camera with Jelly Bean soon to be released
Samsung has announced a release date for its Galaxy Camera in the UK. The 16.1-megapixel Android 4.1-powered compact camera will be reaching UK shores on November 8th, with a combination of mobile phone stores and camera retailers stocking the device, including Phones 4U, Carphone Warehouse, and Jessops.
Suggested Android 4.1 update due in the coming months
Samsung has confirmed that it will be providing all Galaxy S III users in the US an update to Jelly Bean. The change to Android 4.1 from Ice Cream Sandwich will be dependent on how long each carrier spends with the update before releasing it to customers, and in lieu of a definitive release date, it will be rolled out "in the coming months."
One X, One S gets update in October, One XL later in year
HTC has revealed its schedule for updating some of its handsets to Jelly Bean later this year. Previously, the company confirmed that part of its One series of handsets will receive the Android 4.1 update, with some software changes found in the newly announced One X+ also being included in the release.
UK 4G LTE version to have Jelly Bean preinstalled
The Samsung Galaxy S III will receive an update to Android 4.1 in October. A statement from the manufacturer confirmed the month for the Jelly Bean software upgrade but not the date itself, according to CNET. The 4G version of the S III that will launch on EE in the UK will have Jelly Bean installed from the start.
Google Now not functioning reliably on leaked version
A T-Mobile version of the Android 4.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy S III has leaked online. The Jelly Bean update that brings the device up to 4.1.1, appearing on the XDA-Developers forum in a post by user LuffarJoh, appears to be an early version with some parts of the operating system not working properly or unavailable.
How does the 18-month old Nexus S fare with Jelly Bean?
We recently reviewed the Google Nexus 7, which is the flag-bearing device for Google's latest mobile operating system, Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean.' Powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor utilizing the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture and clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM, the Nexus 7 runs Jelly Bean with aplomb. So how does the official Android 4.1.1 update for the Nexus S, loaded with much less firepower fare?
Acer updates Inconia Tab A110 ahead of launch.
The Acer Iconia Tab A110 has popped up at an online retailer's website sporting Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean.' When the device first surfaced ahead of its launch, it was running Android 4.0. While that is good news for 7-inch Android buyers looking for a 'Jelly Bean' alternative to the Google Nexus 7, it also suggests that the transition from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1 is not as big a leap as it was for OEM's trying to upgrade devices from Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Android 4.1 hits the first Android phone released
Unofficial developers appear to have found a way to run Android 4.1 on the T-Mobile G1. Hardware hacker jcarrz1 of the XDA-Developers forum ported the mobile OS to the world's first Android phone, showing Android's flexibility and the resilience of the G1 to any operating system installed on it. The same hack with the G1 was performed with Ice Cream Sandwich in November, also by jcarrz1.
Galaxy Note II may stay on Android 4.0 for release
Unconfirmed information regarding Android 4.1 upgrades for Samsung's Galaxy line has surfaced, fueling speculation of possible release dates. Sources of Sam Mobile claim that initial firmware for the Galaxy S III had passed testing, enabling developers to focus on the public release. The handset is expected to receive the update by the end of the third quarter this year, pending final approval and any other unexpected delays.
How does Google's first Android tablet stack up?
No longer content to watch its hardware partners launch successively unsuccessful forays into the tablet market, Google has entered the fray in a very big fashion with the small form factor Nexus 7. Developed in partnership with Asus, the Nexus 7 is not only Google's first attempt at a tablet; it is also the flagship device for Android 4.1, codenamed "Jelly Bean." The Nexus 7 comes in at less than half the price of the 2012 iPad, and that fact seems to have sparked considerable interest in the device. So do we finally have a viable, long-term contender in the tablet wars? We go in-depth with our special edition dual-review of the Nexus 7 to see if Google's got a winner on its hands.
Google publishes source code for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Google has announced the availability of the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) source code. It has been posted at the Android Open Source Project and comes just over eight months since Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which arrived last October. Google's Jean-Baptiste Queru added that Google had released the "proprietary binaries" for the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus, with the code for the Nexus S and Motorola Xoom to follow.
No dates yet on newest OS roll-out
Samsung and HTC, two of the largest Android handset manufacturers, have said that they will be providing information soon on which of their devices will be receiving updates to the latest version of Google's Android operating system. In a statement to Android Central, HTC promised forthcoming news on updates, while Samsung did so in a response to inquiries from Pocketnow.
Strike Force built in HTML5, may be showcased on Nexus 7
Electronic Arts has been showing off a sophisticated, multiplayer video game built entirely in HTML5, allowing users across multiple platforms to play against each other. The game is called Strike Force, and EA says it was developed over the course of five months, using a number of college interns. As The New York Times's blog reports, EA will demonstrate the game at Google I/O, Google's annual software developer conference, leading some to believe the game is intended to show off the gaming potential of Google's new Android 4.1 operating system.
Location-aware search, Project Butter main changes
Google has revealed changes made in Android 4.1, the next iteration of the mobile operating system. Jelly Bean is seen as less of a major leap than expected, however it still provides some needed improvements. In a nod to Siri, Google has expanded Android's web search to answer spoken questions with its own voice, now powered by Knowledge Graph. Dictation, meanwhile, can now function offline.