Following the recent OTA roll-out, Android 4.2.2 factory images are now available for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (Wifi-only and 3G), Nexus 10 and GSM Galaxy Nexus ("yakju" and "takju" variants). As always, the files contain a complete backup of the base Android firmware for these devices. That means they allow experienced users to restore their devices back to stock, vanilla Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which might be of use if you've managed to screw something up by flashing a custom ROM or allowing a root app to run amok. They're also one of the options open to folks who've not yet taken the 4.2.2 update and want to set things up from scratch.
Grab 'em directly from Google's developer site at the link below.
Source: Google Developers
Exisiting technology helps supported devices charge up to 40 percent faster
Qualcomm today in a blog post detailed a feature we haven't talked much about — Quick Charge 1.0. It's part of a Snapdragon-powered phone's power management and, on paper, allows it to "charge up to 40 percent faster than older phones."
It's all done with existing USB hardware on supported phones — nothing new to buy. So if you've noticed that a Snapdragon-powered phone you bought in 2012 is charging faster than one from 2011, Quick Charge 1.0 is part of the reason why.
We've got a list of supported devices after the break, and be sure to hit the source link for Qualcomm's full post.
It appears an incremental upgrade to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is now pushing out to several Google Nexus devices including the Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Galaxy Nexus, and Nexus 4.
The update is aptly titled Android 4.2.2 and it isn’t Key Lime Pie, but the 47MB update should provide some important bug fixes for Bluetooth and stability in general. Specifically, the Bluetooth streaming issue is known and acknowledged by Google and the 4.2.2 update should address this.
As usual, the update will roll out in waves to users running stock Android on either tablet or either Nexus smartphone (provided it is GSM unlocked). In addition, it is currently rolling out to AOSP and should be uploaded shortly.
Canadian carrier Rogers started its OTA rollout for the One X earlier this month, and now Telus has started pushing it as well. Stated on the official HTC Canada twitter account, the update should start coming OTA (Over The Air) to users as of last night. It will be pushed automatically, but eager users can always check in manually and should have the update waiting at that point as well. These big updates tend to roll out in groups or phases, but usually don't take long to hit everyone.
One user in our forums, guyfrombc, has the update downloading on their device, so we know it's out there in the wild at least in some capacity. Are you seeing it on your own Telus One X yet? Head to the forums and let others know what your experience is.
Source: @HTCCanada; More: HTC One X Forums
A handful of select devices are getting CyanogenMod 10.1 "M-Series" builds starting today. These builds are meant to be released less frequently, and are considered stable for daily use. You can think of M-Series builds as a step above nightly builds, which often have many bugs. The following devices are supported for now:
The CyanogenMod team says in its post that it is on-track for a stable release of 10.1 soon, and these M-Series builds are a good step in the right direction. If you have one of the above listed devices and are interested in the new builds, head to the source link below and grab your downloads.
We have some very impressive news coming out of Samsung camp earlier today, as the Korean company announced that it is sold over 100 million Galaxy S smartphones. While we tend to assume the Galaxy S III as the main Galaxy S device, it is important to remember that a considerable portion of smartphone users are still holding onto the Galaxy S and the Galaxy S II.
In any event, it is a tremendous accomplishment for Samsung to sell 100 million devices of a single brand. In terms of a time frame, the Galaxy S launched 2 years and 7 months ago in May 2010. It is a feat that I’m not sure if Motorola will come close to with the DROID brand or HTC with its One brand. On a related note, Samsung announced it sold 40 million Galaxy S III units in the past 7 months. This number equates to roughly 190,000 Galaxy S III devices being sold daily.
[Samsung on Flickr]
Samsung has announced that its Galaxy S line of Android phones has shifted a total of 100 million units “on the supply side” to date. Meanwhile, the manufacturer’s leading Galaxy S3 smartphone has reportedly moved some 40 million units.
Samsung broke the news through a Flickr post, in which it also revealed that the Galaxy S3 is currently selling at a rate of around 190,000 per day. The S3’s predecessor, the Galaxy S2, also accounts for some 40 million of those units shipped, the company says. (Our last update on Galaxy S3 sales came in early November, when Samsung had moved 30 million units.)
The history of the series stretches back just over two and a half years, to the launch of the original Galaxy S in May 2010. Since then, Samsung has gone on to dominate the Android market, and in many countries its devices account for the majority of smartphone sales.
Desirable specs, broad international availability and aggressive marketing have seen the Galaxy S3 emerge as one of the biggest-selling handsets of the year, going toe-to-toe with Apple’s iPhone 5 in recent months.
As we move further into 2013, all eyes will be on the eventual successor to the Galaxy S3, though at present Samsung remains tight-lipped about any possible Galaxy S4 device.
Ever since the initial launch of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, the company has been pushing for the adoption of it. Recently, the company decided to only launch phones complete with a 4G LTE radio, which just goes to show its confidence in the technology, as well phone’s being able to keep up with LTE demands.
Today, we learned in a Verizon Wireless interview with Fierce Wireless that 50% of Verizon’s data traffic occurs on its 4G LTE network, which is an astounding figure. In fact, in October of 2012, the number was around 35%, so the 15% increase represents a high rate of adoption of new 4G LTE smartphones during the bustling holiday season.
In terms of specific 4G LTE numbers, Verizon now covers 419 different markets, which equates to 80% of the United States or 250 million people. Verizon will continue to produce its 4G LTE network and we fully expect the number of traffic on 4G LTE to increase over the next several quarters.
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