Google’s US GSM Galaxy Nexus gets separate software image

Google made a splash earlier today when it reanimated its direct phone sales, selling the Galaxy Nexus directly from the Google Play Store for $399 unlocked. In a Google Groups post, a representative stated that while the hardware is identical to the GSM model that’s been available overseas for almost six months, the software gets one important revision: Google Wallet support is added natively. Google Wallet is still only available in the United States.

Google said that the differing software build, “takju”, has been posted to the Google Developers website. These AOSP builds are especially handy for modders, who tend to rely on them for backup purposes. The latest Android 4.0.4 build is available for the US “takju” galaxy Nexus, the international “yakju” Galaxy Nexus (both have the identical hardware codenamed “maguro”). Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners who haven’t flashed a custom ROM are still waiting around on Android 4.0.2, though a 4.0.4 ROM has been leaked.

And one more thing: the yakju and takju builds are interchangeable on the GSM Galaxy Nexus. You can load either one onto either identical phone and they’ll work. So if you imported a GSM Galaxy Nexus months ago and want to get onto the official US release schedule, you can download and flash the takju build to do so. Likewise if you’re outside the US and you want to play around with Google Wallet, you can flash the takju build.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : GALAXY Nexus
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : October 18, 2011
    Release Date : December 15, 2011
    Also Known As : Nexus Prime
Display
  • Screen Size : 4.65 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x720
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.33 Inch
  • Width : 2.67 Inch
  • Depth : 0.35 Inch
  • Weight : 135 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1750 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
Hardware
    CPU : OMAP 4460
    CPU Clock Speed : 1200 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 5 MP
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
  • CDMA
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via androidcentral]


Acer Iconia Tab A100 Android 4.0 ICS update rolling out

Good news folks, if you’re rocking an Acer Iconia Tab you’ll be receiving the update to Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich this week. Acer has confirmed the update should be available for both the Acer A500 and the smaller Iconia A100 starting April 27th, although we are hearing reports of the update rolling out as early as last night.

It appears the update for Acer’s tablet has been rolling out across Europe for a few weeks now, but the US and Canada have been told they’ll have to wait until April 27th like stated above. According to AndroidPolice a few lucky users in Canada received the update last night, so we should be seeing this rollout any time now for the US too.

A build of ICS for the Acer tablet was leaked back in February, but this is the real official version from Acer themselves. We are currently looking for an official changelog or more details but have yet to find anything. If everything goes as planned the update should be arriving for the A500 and A100 on Friday for users in the US, and if you’re lucky it might come sooner. Sources also confirm a small 17MB update will hit after the ICS update, most likely a small bug fixer of some sort.

Have you received ICS on your Acer A100/A500 yet? If so how is everything running?

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : ICONIA A100
    Manufactuer : Acer
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : February 14, 2011
    Release Date : June 21, 2011
    Also Known As :
Display
  • Screen Size : 7 Inch
  • Resolution : 600x1024
  • Screen Type : LCD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 7.68 Inch
  • Width : 4.61 Inch
  • Depth : 0.52 Inch
  • Weight : 470 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1530 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 3.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • MP3
    Video Playback:
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
Hardware
    CPU : Tegra 250 Dual Cortex A9
    CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 512 MB
    Internal Storage : 8.192 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 5 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 2.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


Original Eee Pad Transformer receives minor update

Amidst all of the criticism aimed at many of the top Android manufacturers surrounding software updates, there is one company that has been pretty much on point since day one and that’s Asus. Whether it be minor bug-fixes or the roll out of Android 4.0, Asus has been consistently prompt and hassle free.

With the Transformer Prime getting a lot of love recently it’s the original TF101 that’s ready for a refresh this time around. The Android version is 4.0.3 and the build is 9.2.1.21. The update is a minor one bringing some optimisation, bug fixes and most importantly it solves the UI lag many users have been suffering. Asus has provided a changelog listing the following improvements :
 

Improves system stability
Improves email stability
Improves AppBackup App
Improves MyLibrary stability
Supports Wi-Fi Direct
Supports unzip in File Manager
Add restore tab function in Browser

Perhaps it’s the impressive dedication to timely updates that scored Asus the gig as manufacturer of the first official Nexus tablet. Now what are you waiting for, fire up your Transformer and hit that ‘check now’ button as the update is already rolling out. Let us know your thoughts on the latest update in the comments below.

 

source: Android Community

 

 



Meizu schedules ICS update for MX and M9 in June

Meizu, the little Chinese phone manufacturer that could, is still basking from the PR glow of its MX Quad-core announcement. But they want to make sure that owners of the older MX and M9 phones don’t feel left out of the party. In a press release today, they stated that both phones will be getting the same version of Android 4.0 software as the MX Quad-core. Well, sort of: they’re both getting “Flyme OS 1.0″, Meizu’s skinned version of Ice Cream Sandwich.

The updates for the MX and the M9 are currently scheduled for sometime in June, via the standard over-the-air method. That’s a month (give or take a week or so) after the MX Quad-core is scheduled to go on sale in China. Meizu hasn’t released any details of the newest version of Flyme, but if it’s anything like the older versions it’ll be a considerably altered version of Android without access to Google’s services, but which can still run Android apps without much issue.

Meizu’s dedication to existing hardware is commendable. While I’m sure M9 and MX owners would have proffered to receive an Android 4.0 update sooner, releasing one just a month after the latest flagship is a better move than many of the more well-known carriers  can claim. (Right, Galaxy S II owners?) Meizu still doesn’t have any plans to release any of its smartphones outside of the Chinese market.

[via Engadget]


Chrome for Android coming out of beta soon

Google’s push to extend its Chrome browser to the Android platform has been a successful one for the most part, and apparently they’re done making it sit at the software equivalent of the kiddie table. Google’s senior vice president of Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai said that Chrome for Android will lose its beta label “in a matter of weeks”, making a statement about the mobile version of Chrome’s readiness to take over Google’s web presence on Android. Pichai did not give a more precise date for the transition.

Chrome has already seen some important updates since it was released back in February. Last week’s update saw the addition of tab syncing and a desktop mode, the latter of which was one of the few things holding it back from taking over the default ICS browser in terms of features. The speed and stability of Chrome, even with a hundred tabs or more open, just can’t be beat on Android at the moment.

Getting rid of the Beta tag introduces some interesting questions. Google probably won’t make Chrome available for older Android phones or tablets without Ice Cream Sandwich, just to give users (into to mention manufacturers and carriers) another reason to upgrade. But if Chrome isn’t a beta anymore, will Google get rid of the default Ice Cream Sandwich browser and replace it with Chrome? That would certainly help from a promotional standpoint, but then again, the open source code for Android doesn’t use any of Google’s separately developed apps like Gmail and the Google Play Store. It may be important enough to keep Android as a “pure” open source project that Chrome won’t become an automatic addition.

In either case, we’re likely to find out within the coming weeks. Keep an eye our for the next revision of Android, be it Jelly Bean or something simpler, to see what Google is planning. It’s more than likely that we’ll hear more about this at Google I/O.

[via Cnet]


Tin Man Games starting to bring their Gamebook Adventures series to Android

Way back during GDC 2011 we got to sit down with Tin Man Games and take a look at their Gamebook Adventure series which, at the time, was currently available on iOS only. However, they did tell us that there were plans to bring the series over to Android and it seems as though that is finally happening with their first title GA 1: An Assassin in Orlandes.

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Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. 3 coming soon – first trailer revealed

The extremely popular shooter from Gameloft we all know and love called N.O.V.A. is about to get a third installment. We’ve been big fans of N.O.V.A. here at AC and today Gameloft has just released the first video preview trailer of the new NOVA 3. What you’ll see below they claim is actual game footage and looks pretty awesome. I’m excited already.

NOVA has been extremely popular and is still one of my favorite first person shooters for Android. The controls are excellent, and same goes for the gameplay and graphics. A nice mix of Halo and Gears of War is what NOVA could be considered if you ask me. Without further interruption check out the awesome new video trailer provided today from Gameloft.

We don’t have any details at this point as the preview trailer was just released earlier today. According to Gameloft this will be their next big blockbuster release (hopefully in time for summer) and will be available on Android and iOS. Hopefully they release it at the same time for both platforms, that has been a common practice as of late. I can’t wait to see more from Gameloft as this looks to be one of their best yet.

Who’s excited?

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Scalado Album Review

The additions to the generic Android Gallery in Ice Cream Sandwich are pretty great, but of course, they don’t do much for the 90+% of user which don’t have access to Android 4.0. If you’re a shutterbug who wants better experience that the unfortunately slow 3D album from Android 2.3 or whatever replacement your manufacturer has provided, have a gander at Scalado Album, which goes for 99¢ in the Google Play Store. It’s fast, easy to navigate, and a has a few unique features that even the ICS gallery could use.

Upon opening Scalado album you’re greeted with an organization scheme that’s somewhere between folders and tags. The two primary options are the camera roll (whichever folder your phone or tablet puts its pictures in) and All, which scours your phone for every single JPEG it can find. Elsewhere your photos are divided into those taken nearby, photos taken by month, photos taken by area, and last (and from Scalado’s viewpoint, least) the actual directories on your phone or SD card. It’s a unique way at looking at your photos that’s very geo-centric… and makes me wish I had actually geotagged any of my photos.

Navigating through your photos is fast and natural, even with hundreds on your phone. Hi-res photos from the camera and relatively low-res screenshots get the same snappy response. Zooming and navigating uses the same swipes and pinches that you’re used to, and Scalado takes the liberty of removing the notification bar (but not Ice Cream Sandwich’s navigation bar). You can select multiple images to rotate them, delete them, or share them via Android’s built-in share function. There’s no real editing to be had.

The unique aspects of Scalado come when you tap the “Map” icon in the home screen (next to the “Camera” icon that immediately takes you to the camera app – Scalado Album is designed to be a complete replacement for the Gallery). You’re then taken to a Google Maps interface with your current location highlighted, and albums overlayed on the areas where you’ve taken groups of photos. It’s a pretty unique way of organizing your photos, and for certain types of users it will be very useful indeed. Video thumbnails are something we haven’t seen on any other app.

Scalado Album could use a little more in the editing department, but as a pure viewer app it’s well worth the entry price. If you’re tired of the default Android Gallery and need something that’s easy, flexible, and most of all fast, give it a shot.

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Show your love for Android with this ridiculous hoodie

New in the Google Store (not the Google Play Store, that’s the Galaxy Nexus) is this $50 hoodie that will let folks know from a mile away how much you really dig Android. It’s green and fuzzy, but the giveaway is a set of antenna and eyeballs atop the hood, placing your head somewhere in the gaping mouth of the mobile operating system’s mascot. We never said it would make you look cool.

Quantities appear to be pretty limited so you will want to jump on this one now if wearing the pelt of an Android is your sort of thing.

[via Google Store | Thanks, Jason!]


Chrome for Android to soon lose beta tag

Chrome for Android could shed its beta tag “in a matter of weeks,” said Sunday Pichai shortly after the release of the app’s latest update. Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and Apps, addressed the apps status in an interview with CNET, saying the major focus is on providing a stable, bug-free experience for users, a task his team at Google is currently tackling.

Chrome for Android first appeared on what was then called the Android Market back in February, and this week’s update, which brought desktop view functionality and homescreen bookmarks, is considered the second beta iteration of the browser. The timing means we could see a “stable” release of Chrome for Android just in time for Google I/O.

[via AndroidGuys]