Archive for October, 2012

Android 4.1.2 Coming To GSM Galaxy and Nexus S Owners

October 16th, 2012

Customers are reporting that the 4.1.2 update has made them happy.

Just received update 4.1.2 on my Nexus S – brilliant fixed the bug on making phone calls- so very happy. Kyren Tremble

The list is not very long. In fact, the list is pretty much non-existant as far as any features go. All those goodies will be saved up for Android and the next Nexus devices.

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G for T-Mobile [video]

October 16th, 2012

There is a reason that Samsung is the king of Android. They make some of the best Android devices on the planet. There was a time when I thought that HTC was the undisputed champion of Android devices. This is no longer the case. Since the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S2, the reign has shifted to Samsung. With the arrival of the Galaxy S3, they simply insured that no one would topple their rule over the Android kingdom.

The Galaxy S Relay is a phone designed, not to take top honors, but to fill a niche market where people desire a physical keyboard and an affordable price.

Probably the most significant feature of the Galaxy S Relay is the full 5 row qwerty keyboard. Most current smartphones lack a slideout keyboard. They tend to favor the on screen keys so the device can be the tinnest possible.

Samsung did a nice job with pairing form and function with the Galaxy S Relay 4G. It has a very crisp 4 inch Super AMOLED display that is very responsive and easy to see in direct sunlight. The 5 megapixel rear facing camera that is very user friendly and takes a nice picture or records 720p HD video to capture your favorite events.

Noozy is a Zune like Music Player for Android

October 11th, 2012

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http://lifehacker.com/5950035/noozy-picks-up-the-zunes-music-player-and-drops-it-on-android Seems that some developer was smitten with the Zune’s UI and has created a new Android app (music player). Apparently it isn’t just superior in visual appeal. Sounds like it has a decent sound engine behind it as well.

Google Android Update To Add Rotating Home Screen – Hardware –

October 10th, 2012

http://www.informationweek.com/hardware/handheld/google-android-update-to-add-rotating-ho/240008757

We’re releasing Android 4.1.2 to AOSP today, which is a minor update on top of 4.1.1. As a note to maintainers of community builds running on Nexus 7: please update to 4.1.2 at the first opportunity. Future variants of the grouper hardware will have a minor change in one of the components (the power management chip) that will not be compatible with 4.1.1. The build number is JZO54K, and the tag is android-4.1.2_r1. Enjoy, Conley and JBQ

This is a quote from the developers of Android. Some people are saying that this update will include functionality that, in my opinion would be included only in a major revision. Android 4.2 (key lime pie) would benefit from any major visual change. Why waste something like this on a very minor update? Remember, Google is not stupid! Unfortunately, consumers have become accustomed to simple updates being upgrades. This puts undue pressure on coders, designers and architects.

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