Jellybean Android Monument arrives at the Google

So, after Google I/O, we all expect Android 4.1 (Jellybean) in the Nexus 7 Tablet! Though, it is heard that Galaxy Nexus will be the first phone to taste the Jellybean, n I own it, so kinda happy n eagerly waiting for the update, hope to see it soon. Still I think that this update has been brought up a bit early as the aroma of ICS has not spread to everyone.

Still can’t say as there ain’t any news for the launch of the Jellybean, still lets see what Google wants to show us!

PINTEREST coming for Android next week?!


How exciting, Pinterest appears to be headed for its Android debut next week at Google I/O. How do we know? Well, the official Google I/O app has every woman’s favorite obsession app listed in the Sandbox as a presenter. That basically means that they will have some sort of spot set up on level 2 of the Moscone Center to let everyone take their newest creation for a test drive. Many times, these Sandbox presenters are showing off future releases of apps, however, the listing for Pinterest mentions specifically that the app is “now available for Android.” It’s not yet, but likely will be within the next 2-3 days.

Ladies, how you feeling? Your cupcakes, shirtless men, Louboutins, and celebrity outfits will soon become mobile.

Via:  AusDroid

 

Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ gets the first taste of Jellybean (Android 4.1)

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Google’s let a bit of info slip a little early via the Play Store. When purchasing a Galaxy Nexus via the site, while checking out, the device is listed on your order as “Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ – The latest smartphone from Google, soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jell…” This marks the first time the name Jelly Bean, and the version number 4.1 has been referenced publicly.

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More interesting than that, however, is that the listing specifically says that the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus from the Play Store is “soon the first phone” running the new OS. While most major versions of Android are launched alongside flagship devices, this implies that 4.1 will not have it’s own new Nexus phone. This lends even more credence to the idea that Google will instead be launching a Nexus tablet at I/O along with Jelly Bean.

Just a few more days until we know more for sure. At this point, though, it’s hard to not get excited.

Update: As our own Ron Amadeo has pointed out, there’s more to this story. Just prior to the above screen, when confirming your order, the thumbnail photo appears to be of Jelly Bean. TheGalaxy Nexus in the image sports a new background, and the search widget appears to be the same frosted white that we’d seen before in screenshots on the Google I/O 2012 app page.

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Here’s a (marginally) closer look at the image:

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Aside from the frosted white search widget, it looks remarkably similar to ICS, which is good. Now that Android has found a good UI, it’s definitely ideal that Google settle in for a while. So, what do you think? Is Google dropping subtle hints? Or are our eyes deceiving us?

Via : Android Police

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ICS for Galaxy S2…Finally reached INDIA

There has been a lot of good news for Android and Samsung fans in India in the last week. First, the Galaxy Note got the upgrade to Android 4.0, available OTA or via Kies. There was later an announcement that all new Samsung Galaxy S2s that would be sold in India would ship with ICS out of the box. Leaving the best for last, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is already up for pre-order and will likely be available in the next two weeks.

But, all the good news did nothing to stem the increasing disappointment and anger felt by current Samsung Galaxy S2 owners, who have been eagerly awaiting the update to Google’s “latest and greatest” iteration of the Android OS. Galaxy S2 owners who swore by Samsung were almost on the verge of looking elsewhere for their next smartphone, even with the Galaxy S3 on its way, because of the lack of updates on the part of Samsung.


Well, the wait is finally over, and Galaxy S2 users have a reason to celebrate. The ICS update for the device is now available either OTA (Over-the-Air) or via the Samsung Kies software suite, for both versions of the phone, the GT-i9100 (featuring a dual-core 1.2 Ghz Exynos processor) as well as the GT-i9100G (featuring a dual-core 1.2 Ghz TI OMAP 4430 processor).

The 220MB update is rather large, so if you are doing the OTA update, it is recommended to do so over a WiFi connection, to avoid heavy data usage charges. As expected, other than the performance enhancement, the ICS update brings along with it a host of other features including:

  • Updated TouchWiz UI
  • Face Unlock
  • Re-sizable widgets
  • New People app
  • Mobile network data usage function

It looks like Samsung Galaxy S2 owners in India won’t have to look at other sources for their Ice Cream Sandwich fix after all. Samsung swooped in and saved the day just in time. Does “all’s well that ends well” apply here?

VIA : ANDROID AUTHORITY

Facebook Tries, Tries Again on a Smartphone

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Can a software company build its own smartphone? We may find out soon.

This past week, Google completed its acquisition of the hardware maker Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, which could lead to the search giant’s making its own smartphone. But another software titan might be getting into the hardware game as well: Facebook.

Employees of Facebook and several engineers who have been sought out by recruiters there, as well as people briefed on Facebook’s plans, say the company hopes to release its own smartphone by next year. These people spoke only on the condition of anonymity for fear of jeopardizing their employment or relationships with Facebook.

The company has already hired more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone, and one who worked on the iPad, the employees and those briefed on the plans said.

This would be Facebook’s third effort at building a smartphone, said one person briefed on the plans and one who was recruited. In 2010, the blog TechCrunch reported that Facebook was working on a smartphone. The project crumbled after the company realized the difficulties involved, according to people who had worked on it. The Web site AllThingsDreported last year that Facebook and HTC had entered a partnership to create a smartphone, code-named “Buffy,” which is still in the works.

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Now, the company has been going deeper into the process, by expanding the group working on Buffy, and exploring other smartphone projects too, creating a team of seasoned hardware engineers who have built the devices before.

One engineer who formerly worked at Apple and worked on the iPhone said he had met with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, who then peppered him with questions about the inner workings of smartphones. It did not sound like idle intellectual curiosity, the engineer said; Mr. Zuckerberg asked about intricate details, including the types of chips used, he said. Another former Apple hardware engineer was recruited by a Facebook executive and was told about the company’s hardware explorations.

When asked Friday, Facebook did not deny or confirm that a project to build a smartphone existed, but pointed to a previous statement it gave to AllThingsD last year that said in part, “We’re working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers.”

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For Facebook, the motivation is clear; as a newly public company, it must find new sources of revenue, and it fears being left behind in mobile, one of the most promising areas for growth.

“Mark is worried that if he doesn’t create a mobile phone in the near future that Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms,” a Facebook employee said.

Facebook is going to great lengths to keep the phone project a secret, specifically not posting job listings on the company’s job Web site, but instead going door-to-door to find the right talent for the project.

But can a company that is wired as a social network learn how to build hardware? Mixing the cultures of hardware and software designers is akin to mixing oil and water. With the rare exception of Apple, other phone makers aren’t very good at this.

The biggest names in consumer electronics have struggled with phone hardware. Hewlett-Packard tried and failed. So did Dell. Sony has never done very well making phones.

“Building isn’t something you can just jump into,” explained Hugo Fiennes, a former Apple hardware manager for the first four iPhones who has since left Apple and is starting a new hardware company, Electric Imp. “You change the smallest thing on a smartphone and you can completely change how all the antennas work. You don’t learn this unless you’ve been doing it for a while.”

He added, “Going into the phone business is incredibly complex.”

Facebook also faces hurdles, often of its own making, on mobile. Twitter, for example, is fully integrated into the Apple iPhone and allows people to seamlessly send Twitter messages with photos or article links. Facebook, which has had a contentious relationship with Apple, is still not integrated into iOS.

One Facebook employee said the phone project had been rebooted several times because Facebook originally thought it could figure out hardware on its own. The company has since learned that it needed to bring in people with phone-making experience, several people said. So it is hiring hardware engineers to work with a phone manufacturer and design the shape, style and inner workings of a Facebook phone.

Despite the difficulties, Facebook seems well positioned in certain ways to enter the smartphone market. It already has an entire operating system complete with messaging, calendar, contacts and video, and an immense app store is on its way with thousands of highly popular apps. There’s also that billion-dollar camera app, in the form of Instagram.

If Facebook fails with its own team of engineers, it could buy a smartphone maker. The company took in $16 billion from its bumpy I.P.O. It could easily scoop up an infirm company like Research in Motion, which is valued at less than $6 billion, and drop a beautifully designed Facebook operating system on top of RIM’s phones. HTC, which is upset with Google for buying Motorola, is worth about $11.8 billion and becoming cheaper by the day.

Facebook would not necessarily challenge Apple if it entered the smartphone marketplace. Instead, it could be Facebook vs. Google, which makes the Android operating system, with both companies going after a huge number of buyers of lower-priced smartphones.

“When you offer an advertising-based phone, you’re targeting all the users on prepay that are budget-conscious of their communications costs,” said Carolina Milanesi, a vice president and analyst for the Gartner Group.

Ms. Milanesi said that at a mass market level, both companies could take the same approach as Amazon, offering low-cost hardware, like the Kindle, and subsidizing some of the costs through advertising.

After all, both Facebook and Google make their money through advertising. If the companies have the opportunity to continually put ads in front of people on a smartphone screen, you would think the only question left would be to pick the right ringtone that makes that ka-ching sound.

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New EVERNOTE with ICS Interface

I don’t know about you but I use Evernote to save all of my notes on-the-fly. Evernote for Android received another major update today bringing a new ICS look, a slew of new enhancements and updating its software version to 4.0. Here is the changelog:

Completely new look

  • New home screen lets you create and find your notes easily
  • Redesigned note list for easier reading and browsing
  • Updated notebook list unifies user notebooks with shared notebooks
  • New contextual Action Bars for easy access to functionality

Swipeable navigation

  • Swipe right from your note and note list to show the home screen
  • Swipeable navigation to go from Notebook to Tag to Place views

I have to admit that I am really liking this new UI and that the app seems to run a bit smoother than before. Although, they adopted an ICS-like look, they still kept some of their signature icons and designs which I don’t blame them for doing if they want to differentiate themselves from other brands. If you want to grab the update, hit the download links below.

Via: Droid Matters

New Spotify iPad app…!

Streaming music service Spotify took the wraps off of its native iPad app this morning, offering Spotify Premium subscribers an attractive new way to enjoy the service’s 17 million song library on the go without resorting to running the iPhone version on their tablets. The iPad app offers crisp, high-resolution album art and graphics, sports a “Now Playing” screen with huge cover art, and features gapless playback and crossfading so you’ll never notice when the song changes.

The Spotify iPad app has also been optimized for Retina displays like those on the new iPad, and allows you to search for songs, playlists, and users all from the main screen without having to tab around or stop the song that’s currently playing. You can just as easily search for hot and trending music if you’re looking for something new to listen to, or find out what your friends are listening to from the same screen. The mobile app is free, but you’ll need a Spotify Premium account to use it—or any—of the mobile apps. It’s available now in the iTunes App Store.

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CyanogenMod 9 for the HTC One X (Tegra 3 model)

If you’ve been waiting to get the pure Android experience on your HTC One X via CyanogenMod, the wait is over, sort of. TripNRaVeR of the TripNDroid Mobile Engineering team has released a version of CyanogenMod 9 that is compatible with the new HTC One X. The ROM, which is built completely from source, doesn’t include any HTC Sense parts at all. Although most of the features are working properly, there are still a number of issues being worked on. For example, both the camera and Wi-Fi hotspot features don’t work. In addition, mobile data takes a long time to connect.

If you do decided to try out CM9 on your HTC One X, you will get working mobile network, GPS, Bluetooth, Bluetooth tethering, Wi-Fi, hardware video decoder, hardware acceleration, audio, and MIC.

Unfortunately, this version of CM9 for the HTC One X is only compatible with the Tegra 3version of the phone. We’re sure that a version for the LTE-capable Snapdragon S4 HTC One X will be made available at some point in the future.

If you’re feeling like trying something new,

head over to Modacofor complete instructions on how to install CM9 on the Tegra 3 HTC One X.

via The Verge

Wave Control..! AMAZED- Touchless Touchscreen

Today while browsing the net…I just came through this article…

Courtesy :- Android Authority

Without doubt, touchscreen technology has revolutionized the way we interact with our devices, making them friendlier, more accessible, and more useful. However, although touch is the ideal form of interacting with your phone in most cases, there are some moments when you need an even easier method of controlling your device. French company Noalia was one of the first to tease us with touch-free touchscreens last month, and the Sony Xperia Sola is set to be the world’s first ever smartphone with touch-free controls when it will hit the market, sometime this summer. But buying a device with integrated touch-free technology isn’t an accessible option just yet. Luckily, there are apps that run on any Android device (with a front facing camera) that let you control your phone with just a flick of your hand. One such app is Wave Control. Dubbed by its makers a “touchless media controller”, Wave Control doesn’t allow you to answer or make calls without touching your device, but it should still make your life much easier. Just think about all the times you want to listen to music on your phone, skip a song, or turn the volume up and down, and you simply can’t use your hands! With the Wave Control Android app, you’ll be able to wave your hand over your device’s screen and “magically” control music and video playback. As you can see in the video demo at the end of the post, there is a set of commands corresponding to separate gestures and the app works with pretty much any video or music player that has “media button” controls.” 

Courtesy :- Android Authority

And guys, when I first saw it…I too was thinking that what the hell is this..! But when I gave it a try…AMAZED…It was perfectly working on my Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus. The app is just awesome. But this is only for the people who want to listen songs…seated on their bed…while working on the laptop or pc…simply saying…this app won’t work properly (I won’t work for the purpose its made) But at least for me..its extremely useful.

Watch the video for more details :-

Get it here from the android market…

Photo-Sharing site 500px- ENTERS ANDROID

500px, the professional photo-sharing website is now on Android. The company releases its official app today, which is now available in the Android Market. If you haven’t heard of 500px, it’s basically a site where people who are good at photography post their best work. The site is filled with amazingly-beautiful pictures (check out 500px.com).

With the Android app, you will now have access to all of the great photography on 500px directly on your Android device. 500px for Android features the following:

  • Browse Popular, Editors Choice, Upcoming and Fresh. Photos change in real-time, so come back often for a fresh dose of inspiration
  • Filter by categories (tap and hold the icons on the left)
  • Full search
  • View beautiful, full size photos without distractions
  • Login or sign up for a 500px account to see your photos, friends’ photos and your favourites
  • Vote for photos, add to favourites, read and leave comments
  • View photo descriptions, EXIF information, and location
  • Share photos on Twitter, Facebook, or see them in browser
  • Create a slideshow for every photo stream

So, you’re looking to share some of your greatest pictures, sign up a 500px account today. Head over to the Google Play store and download 500px for your Android phone or tablet!