Android 4.1.2 Update Rolls Out On Nexus 7 Tablet

After various rumors on Android 4.2 today, Google rolled out update for existing Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Named Android 4.1.2, build JZO54K brings various new enhancements, expected bug fixes and performance boosts. The software lets the home screen rotate to landscape mode on a smaller Jelly Bean slate. The update size is 31.3MB.

Official note from Google Groups read as:

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.

Conley and JBQ

Jean-Baptiste M. “JBQ” Queru
Technical Lead, Android Open Source Project, Google.

Android 4.1.2 is currently rolling to Nexus 7 Users but devices like

  • Nexus S (though with JZO54H)
  • Galaxy Nexus
  • Xoom

will also get Android 4.1.2 update.

Source: Google Groups

Samsung Announced Galaxy Note 2 And Galaxy Camera

So here’s the news that all Android lovers were waiting for! Yes you got it right!! Its the announcement of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 but Samsung also gifted Samsung Galaxy Camera. After several rumors, Samsung announced both the devices at IFA  2012 in Germany. First coming onto Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which is a new variant or successor of Samsung Galaxy Note. The most talked about point of this new Galaxy Note is its Stylus. It is thinner and taller than the older version. The best part of Galaxy Note 2 is that it is running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Features:

  •  5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen
  • 1,280 x 720 Resolution
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 1.6GHz quad-core processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • Quick Commands
  • Air View
  • Easy Clip

Currently pricing and availability details are not out. It will debut first in Asia, Europe and Middle East in White and Gray Color. So we need to wait for 1-3 months to get hands on it. There are three versions of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – 16, 32 and 64GB. Now its the turn for the gifted device and that is Samsung Galaxy Camera. Its rumors were started yesterday after an image leak but today Samsung announced it ending all rumors. It is the second camera after Nikon’s S800c to run on Android. It has much better hardware than Coolpix and even some Android powered smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Camera Review

Samsung Galaxy Camera Features:

  • Android 4.1 jelly Bean
  • 21x zoom lens
  • 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 4.8-inch HD SLCD display
  • 1.4GHz quad-core processor
  • 1650 mAh battery
  • 8 GB Storage
  • Wi-Fi connectivity

This is much better camera than Coolpix. Samsung Galaxy Camera will be released in the market during Q4 2012. Currently there is no information regarding pricing and availability. So guys share your views about both Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Camera via comments below. Stay connected with us! Also check out our Comparison of Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III And Galaxy Note!

Google’s Nexus 7 Selling Quickly Claims Retailers

Google Nexus 7 which was announced last month is now officially available for buying across various retailers. If you want to buy it than buy it before retailers run out of stocks as its booming sales are decreasing stock piles of Nexus 7 at various Retailers stores. The $199 tablet is becoming hit due to its hardware and new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

American video game and entertainment software retailer, Gamestop spokesperson said [quote]We blew through the first two allotments.[/quote] Third allotment will be available in August. It may break Kindle Fire’s record and will compete hard against Apple’s iPad. Similarly Sam’s Club also run out of stock for 16 GB variant of Google Nexus 7.

But there’s no figures or number by which we can say its a hit around the world. Google executives also have been quoted saying that the company will not generate a profit margin when the Nexus 7 is sold in retail stores.

Until now Nexus 7 isn’t available in various parts of world including India also. Shares in the company climbed 1.1 per cent to $576.52, buoyed by a broader U.S. market rally.

Jelly Bean’s Best Feature: Google Now

As we know last month at Google IO 2012 in San Franscisco. Google announced its next version of Android known as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. With several advancements and new features there’s an awesome technology which Google revealed in the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and its known as Google Now. This feature was announced and detailed at Google IO with huge applause showing how developers and attendees like it. Google Explains it as:

[quote]It tells you today’s weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform, or your favorite team’s score while they’re playing. And the best part? All of this happens automatically. Cards appear throughout the day at the moment you need them.[/quote]

Google Now is a system which came into effect according to time and location. Google Now works closely with your search, calendar and location history to provide you needed information at that particular time and location. It alerts you to things you’ll want to know about before you search for them. Google tried to create intelligent, constantly updating, ambient information system by giving you information.

For example if you searched for a music event in your city, then Google Now will remind you about it in future or when it is going to happen and will also provide additional information like tickets availability, etc. Another example, if you take the bus, it tells you how long it will take to walk to the bus and when the next bus will arrive. One more on the go, if you booked a ticket to travel from one place to another with Airlines, then Google Now will remind you about its departure time, terminal details and it will also give you information if it is delayed. Check out Google Now’s Introductory video from Google:

There are several other judgments are coming through from this launch by Google, some are saying that its the step forward to make Google Search ready for Google Glasses. If you want it now on your rooted Ice Cream Sandwich device than you need to head over to XDA.

What’s New In Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

After various rumors and reports, Google has revealed Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which was earlier supposed to be Android 5.0. Google came up with Jelly Bean last week at Google I/O 2012, where new products like Nexus Q and Nexus 7 Tablet were announced. Apart from all these, Google redefined many of its products with many improvements and features. Let’s now take a close look at Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Google focuses on better UI and refinement of various features that were earlier launched in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Coming down to all features first of all we’ll talk about

Project Butter And Performance

Android 4.1 is equipped with Project Butter which actually meant higher frame rate and triple buffering. It will make all features run smoothly and will provide a smooth experience to its users. Check out the video below provided by Google to checkout the difference between Android 4.0 and 4.1 with smooth experience over Jelly Bean:

Now, Google has just improved it directly, making relatively old hardware feel new again.

Google Now

Google Now in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Google has provided a new feature called Google Now, which many companies are expecting from this new version of Android. Google tried to create intelligent, constantly updating, ambient information system by giving you information that you were about to search for anyway. Google now gives information which you recently searched or crawled and in actual words it uses your search history to provide you information regarding your search in future. For example if you searched for a music event in your city, then Google Now will remind you about it in future or when it is going to happen. Another example being , as you booked a ticket to travel from one place to another with Airlines, then Google Now will remind you about its departure time, terminal details and it will also give you information if it is delayed. So this new feature is quite interesting. Similarly there are various other features in Google Now which you will get to know about when you use it.

User Interface and Design

User Interface and Design in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

The design in Jelly Bean is such a breath of fresh air. The trend of Neon Blue which came into existence from Honeycomb is now fully back lashed as it is now the least seen Colour in the Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean has an understated look that is every bit as identifiable as iOS or Windows Phone. Buttons are now squared off. Google has refined the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich look into Android 4.1 Jelly bean. Other subtle additions since Android 4.0 include more animation, including one for launching and closing apps that pops up from where you tapped. You guys will definitely love it.

Homescreen of Jelly Bean is also improved and new features are here too. Now widgets will resize themselves and now they will automatically move icons around to make space for themselves. If you want to remove a widget, then just toss it and it will get removed. The old hassle of having functionality scattered across on all four corners of the OS is now gone.

There are also changes in the presentation of images and videos in new Android 4 .1 Jelly Bean. Now Gallery and Camera App are fully integrated with each other. Pinch in to zoom out and you’ll be presented with a horizontal “filmstrip view” of your photos which you can flick through. If you want to delete a photo then swipe up to delete it.

Enhanced Notifications

Enhanced Notifications in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean


Now Android is the best OS in Notifications field. As of now, Jelly Bean came up with Enhanced Notifications which means you can now expand any notification and could take required action from the Notification bar itself. If you want to reply to SMS which you get notified via Notification bar, then open notification and no need to open it, just expand it and respond. Similarly various other App integration and Calendar features are there waiting for you in the Notification bar.

Google Search and Voice Recognition

Google made its search more functional by adding it to Google Now. Google’s Voice Recognition is also improved as Google introduced Offline Voice Recognition with additional features. Now Voice Recognition not only hears you but it also speaks to you. Like if you asked for weather it will answer you by speaking.

Other Features

There are many other new features which also serve as building blocks for Jelly bean. Now there is a support for custom calendar colors. There is a Sound Search widget which works like soundhound. Now Android users can modify their Apps which are installed on their Device from Desktop by changing Apps status to remove, update or install. Google Maps offline is now available to all Android users which help them to download them on their devices and surf later when connection is not available. By Google Beam now you can also share photos and videos. FaceUnlock also gets a new feature by unlocking device with Blink Detect.

Overall its excellent what came out of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. These new features surely will give Apple a headache to make the new iPhone 5 better than these listed features. It is supposed to be released in October and we are waiting for it. Google also released Nexus 7 Tablet which will run on Jelly Bean. Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom and Nexus S users will get Jelly Bean by the end of next month.