We may be getting a clearer answer to age-old question of, “Who’s to blame for Android fragmentation?” DroidLife reports that Verizon’s (VZ) version of the Samsung (005930) Galaxy Nexus is still three updates behind other Nexus devices. The delays in getting the Galaxy Nexus new software are somewhat surprising since the device is part of Google’s (GOOG) Nexus series that runs “pure Android” without any additional manufacturer software, so approval for updates should theoretically be a breeze. But as DroidLife notes, it seems that “the carrier approval process when it comes to updates is about as broken as it gets” and is one reason why Google was reluctant to tie its new Nexus 4 smartphone to any of the three biggest American carriers.
Despite canceling its Android event on Monday, Google (GOOG) still managed to announce the Nexus 4 smartphone, Nexus 10 tablet and Android 4.2. While the latest operating system update retains the Jelly Bean name, it brought a bunch of new features to Android such as gesture typing, multi-user accounts for tablets, AirPlay-like Miracast screen sharing and a new panorama photo feature called Photo Sphere. Android 4.2 will debut on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 on November 13th, however Android enthusiasts can experience some of the latest features even sooner. Hackers from the forums at XDA Developers have managed to port Photo Sphere to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.1. Installing the feature is rather simple, although it does mean that you’ll have to root your device, which in turn will void your warranty. If you are interested in checking out Photo Sphere be sure to check out the source link below.
U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy Nexus smartphone in June. The South Korean vendor was quick to appeal the ruling however, and on Thursday a U.S. Court of Appeals reversed Koh’s decision, according to Reuters. The temporary sales ban had barely any impact on Samsung or Google (GOOG) and only halted sales of the smartphone for a few days. More →
Nearly three months after Google (GOOG) announced Jelly Bean, Sprint (S) on Thursday finally updated the Galaxy Nexus smartphone to the latest version of Android. The update includes the normal benefits of Jelly Bean such as Google Now, offline voice dictation and the Project Butter user interface, however it will also remove Flash support. “Adobe will not be certifying the Adobe Flash Player for Android Mobile devices that either release with or update to Android 4.1,” Sprint said in its update notes. “Devices that upgraded from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1, may exhibit unpredictable behavior, as it is not certified for use with Android 4.1. Adobe recommends uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.” Verizon Wireless (VZ) is now the only carrier that has not updated the Galaxy Nexus to the latest version of Android. More →
Remember when Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was released back in June and Google (GOOG) said that the Samsung (005930) Galaxy Nexus would be one of the first devices to get the upgrade? Well it’s been almost two months and Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S) Galaxy Nexus owners have still gotten no word on when they can expect Jelly Bean on their devices. CNET’s Maggie Reardon says she recently asked both carriers about an update on pushing out Jelly Bean and received the silent treatment. Reardon says that Verizon in particular deserves some grief for the slow rollout since the company “is known for a slower upgrade process” that is supposed to guarantee strong user experience but that ends up needlessly delaying important updates. More →
After building the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, Samsung (005930) is reportedly working on a new Nexus smartphone, according to a rumor from SamMobile. The device will carry the model number GT-I9260, which places it above the original Galaxy Nexus (GT-I9250) and below the new Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) in Samsung’s lineup. According to a purported spec sheet, the new Nexus device will be equipped with the same 4.65-inch display as the Galaxy Nexus, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an upgraded 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. More →
Just one week after slashing the price of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to $99.99, Verizon Wireless (VZ) is now giving the device away for free as long as users are willing to sign a two-year service deal. PhoneArena was the first to notice Verizon’s latest Samsung (005930) Galaxy Nexus price cut when it found that Best Buy is currently offering a free Galaxy Nexus to any customers who sign service agreements with Verizon. Interested buyers should note that the free Galaxy Nexus is only available from in-store Verizon purchases and that it still costs $99 on Verizon’s online store. If Verizon actually gets on the ball and pushes out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the Galaxy Nexus in the near future, then the smartphone could quickly become one of the biggest bargains on the market. More →
Android fans who want to get a pure Google device without paying top dollar are in luck because Verizon Wireless (VZ) has chopped the price of Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy Nexus smartphone down to a mere $99.99 if purchased online with a two-year service agreement. DroidLife speculates that Verizon is dropping the price for the Galaxy Nexus because the Samsung Galaxy S III is blowing other Android devices out of the water right now, thus making Verizon willing to sell older Android phones at a discount just to move them out before the next wave of Android handsets hits later this year. At any rate, this is undoubtedly good news for any Verizon customers looking to get access to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the cheap — an update should be available soon enough.
Updated to clarify that Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus does not yet ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. More →
A sales ban ordered on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the United States has been temporarily lifted, Bloomberg reports. Samsung’s request of a stay on the ban was approved by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, but the temporary lift will only last until Apple provides the judge with new information she has requested, which is due by July 12th. By then, however, it shouldn’t matter — Google confirmed that a software patch will be issued next week to address the universal search technology Samsung’s smartphone was found to be infringing. Earlier on Friday, Samsung’s request to stay a sales ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet was rejected. More →
Google’s software engineers are working overtime to thwart Apple’s always-busy legal team. Google told ABC News on Thursday that it will have a patch for its Galaxy Nexus devices out next week that supposedly will shut down Apple’s claim that the device’s software infringes upon Apple’s universal search software patent. What’s more, Google says that it will start selling the device on its Google Play store again once the patch is out. More →
With Samsung’s Galaxy S III rolling out across at least five carriers in the United States beginning this month and HTC’s One X and One S already available, the world’s most popular Android 4.0 phone is already past its prime. The phone first hit the market in the U.S. this past December as a Verizon Wireless exclusive, and while Android 4.0 adoption is still just beginning to take off, technology has been a bit quicker to shift. Newly announced smartphones tout quad-core chipsets and vastly improved battery performance, but they also carry hefty price tags. For those in search of an Ice Cream Sandwich phone without having to fork over $200 or more, Amazon is now offering Samsung’s latest pure Google smartphone starting at just $0.01 with a new Verizon Wireless contract. The offer is available to new customers for a limited time only, though Amazon did not indicate when the promotion will expire. More →
Sprint’s director of consumer acquisition, David Owens, said at the CTIA Wireless trade show on Tuesday that he’s “still bullish on Apollo,” possibly indicating the nation’s third-largest carrier plans to soon offer a wider selection of Windows Phone devices, PCMag reported. Owens at CES in January said the network’s only Windows Phone handset, the HTC Arrive, hadn’t “done well enough for us to jump back into the fire.” He did say, however, that Sprint would look into Windows Phone 8, known as Apollo, in the “August-September time period.” When asked about Samsung’s Galaxy S III, Owens said the carrier was “very pleased with the success of the Galaxy S II,” but he would not give further details about Samsung’s next-generation flagship phone. Owens did say that Sprint plans to release “12-15 LTE devices” between now and the end of the year, including smartphones, tablets, USB modems and hotspots. So far, the company has announced the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper and the HTC EVO 4G LTE. More →
Apple and Samsung each reported record first-quarter results last week and according to research conducted by one analyst, the companies combined to account for all mobile industry profits last quarter. Apple last week reported $11.6 billion in profit on $39.2 billion in sales, both second fiscal quarter records for Apple, and Samsung managed a best-ever profit of $4.5 billion in the same quarter, $3.9 billion of which came from its IT & Mobile Communications business. Read on for more. More →