Saturday, 21 July 2012

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update begins rolling out to Nexus S

Posted: 20 Jul 2012 05:25 PM PDT

After being left to wonder if Android 4.1 Jelly Bean would actually come to the Nexus S, it seems that Google has begun the roll out. Unfortunately, for the moment it seems that only some carriers are getting the update, so some Nexus S owners may be left waiting for a while. In any case, Google announced via the Nexus Twitter account today that the update roll out has started, so at least we know that it’s underway.

“We’ve started rolling out Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, to Nexus S phones on a number of carriers with more to come. Enjoy!” the tweet reads. Some Nexus S owners may have received the update as early as last night, but now that it’s actually be confirmed by Google, more and more Nexus S owners should be getting OTA notifications soon. Ubergizmo says that the list of carriers includes T-Mobile, H3G, 02, Rogers, and Vodafone (in most countries), so if you use one of those carriers, keep an eye out for that notification!

The Nexus S is just the second smartphone to receive the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with the Galaxy Nexus being the first to receive it. HTC has confirmed that its One Series phones will also be getting the update, but unfortunately, didn’t get very specific as to when. We’ll be sure to update you when Google confirms the roll out to more carriers, and in the meantime, be sure to check out our story timeline for more information on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean!

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Nexus S
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : T-Mobile
    Announced Date : December 07, 2010
    Release Date : December 16, 2010
    Also Known As :
  • Screen Size : 4.00 Inch
  • Resolution : 480x800
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 4.88 Inch
  • Width : 2.48 Inch
  • Depth : 0.43 Inch
  • Weight : 129 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1500 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 713 hours
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MP3
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • SMS
  • MMS
    CPU : Cortex A8 Hummingbird
    CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
    Core : 1
    Ram : 512 MB
    Internal Storage : 16.384 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 5 MP
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth 2.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

Jet Set Radio HD announced for Android

Posted: 20 Jul 2012 02:34 PM PDT

Earlier this year, Sega announced that an HD remake of its classic Dreamcast game Jet Set Radio was in the works for Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and PS Vita. As if that weren’t already enough platforms, Sega revealed today that the HD port will also be coming to Android. Sadly, we still don’t have a release date for Jet Set Radio HD, so the knowledge that it’s coming to Android will have to be good enough for now.

Though we’re a bit concerned that Jet Set Radio HD will be a little difficult to control on a touchscreen, we’re excited nonetheless. Sega says that the mobile version of Jet Set Radio HD allows you to make in-game graffiti out of the pictures you take with the camera on your device, so the Android version will be getting some functionality that other versions lack.

The Dreamcast, as many of you are already aware, is held in high regard by many gamers out there, and when talking about their favorite Dreamcast titles, gamers usually place Jet Set Radio near the top of the list. A lot of us have some pretty fond memories with our Dreamcasts and copies of Jet Set Radio (known as Jet Grind Radio in North America), so if Sega can deliver with this HD remake, we’re all in for a treat. Look for Jet Set Radio HD on an Android device near you later this summer.

Samsung to make ‘major’ Galaxy announcement next month

Posted: 20 Jul 2012 01:21 PM PDT

Samsung has informed everyone that it’s planning to make a major Galaxy-related announcement on August 15. Naturally, we don’t know what this announcement is – that would take all the fun out of it – but our friends at SlashGear are guessing that it has something to do with the Galaxy Tab or the Galaxy Note. Since Samsung just released the Galaxy S III in May, we’re tempted to agree.

Of course, Samsung’s announcement could be smartphone-related, but with the Galaxy S III currently selling like mad, we’re thinking that Samsung would like to give it at least a little more time to soak up the spotlight. With that in mind, it seems pretty likely that Samsung will announce the next Galaxy Tab or Galaxy Note when it takes the stage next month.

Even though we think we have an idea of what Samsung is plotting, don’t forget about the possibility of Samsung announcing something entirely brand new and surprising us all. After all, if Samsung were planning to reveal a new device with Galaxy branding, it makes sense that the company would want to tease the announcement before hand. At the end of the day, however, all of this speculation is simply that, and we won’t know what Samsung has planned until August 15. It sure is exciting though, so keep an ear to Android Community for more information!

Google acquires Sparrow for Gmail mobile reboot

Posted: 20 Jul 2012 12:07 PM PDT

Google has acquired Sparrow, a company that makes a popular email client for Mac and iOS. Details on the acquisition are pretty light at this moment, but it seems that Google will use Sparrow’s talents to make a better Gmail app for smartphones, tablets, and Mac. This means that Sparrow will likely be helping Google create a more worthwhile Gmail client for Android, so this is something to keep an eye on. Neither Google nor Sparrow have revealed how much Google paid in the acquisition deal.

In a statement today, Sparrow said that it will be joining the Gmail team to “accomplish a bigger vision.”

“We care a lot about how people communicate, and we did our best to provide you with the most intuitive and pleasurable mailing experience,” the company said. “Now we're joining the Gmail team to accomplish a bigger vision — one that we think we can better achieve with Google.”

Sparrow’s work with Google appears to ramping up pretty quickly here, as Sparrow says that while it will continue to offer its current apps and provide support to its users, it won’t be adding any new features to its existing products. As stated above, it’s difficult to tell what Sparrow will be doing on the Gmail team, but you can bet that it won’t be long before Google reveals its plans.

[via SlashGear]

The Dark Knight Rises game glides onto Google Play Store

Posted: 20 Jul 2012 11:39 AM PDT

If you’re one of the many who can’t seem to get enough Batman, then you’ll be pleased to know that Gameloft‘s The Dark Knight Rises tie-in game is available now on the Google Play Store. As we told you a few days back, the game looks pretty great, and actually seems to be one of the few movie tie-in games that’s worth your time. It may be worth a purchase for that reason alone, but we imagine the solid graphics and familiar gameplay will help to further sway you.

The game appears to have a lot in common with Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham City on consoles and PC. The fighting mechanics are very similar to those found in the Arkham series, with time even slowing down as you string your combos together. Likewise, the open world exploration found in Batman: Arkham City is present in The Dark Knight Rises as well, so if you’re in the mood for something in the vein of Arkham City or Arkham Asylum, you really can’t go wrong with The Dark Knight Rises.

You can download the game now from the Google Play Store, and like most big Gameloft games, it costs $6.99. That may seem like a lot to pay for a mobile game, but the quality appears to be there, so at least you won’t be paying for a piece of garbage. You may have to clear some space on your device before downloading, however, as the APK weighs in at 1.8GB and an additional data download of 1.8GB is required after that. Still, if you’ve got the space and you don’t mind dropping $7, it looks like The Dark Knight Rises will provide you with the perfect companion game to the well-reviewed movie.

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