Can the HTC One X+ unseat the Galaxy S III and iPhone 5?

HTC releases HTC One X+

Not wanting to be left behind, HTC has unveiled their latest smartphone, the HTC One X+.

The HTC One X+ boasts of LTE capabilities and a faster quad core processor. This new device is similar to that of its predecessor, the HTC One X except for a number of upgrades.

For one, the One X+ will have longer battery life as it has a 2,100mAh battery against the 1,800mAh battery of the One X. This comes in handy as this new smartphone supports LTE technology which is hard on a device’s battery.

It also comes with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS as compared to other devices from other tech companies that carry the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

But if pitted against the big boys, the iPhones 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III, will this HTC device stand out? Although the HTC One X+ could surely shake up the smartphone market, we still have to see whether it can directly impact the bigger players.

HTC has already been producing smartphones for a number of years and have made their name for it. Unfortunately for them, the market is currently being dominated by Apple and Samsung.

We would soon find out if the HTC One X+ can be called a Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 slayer.

What do you think?

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread still tops Android OS market


Is it a cause for alarm that Google’s latest operating systems, the 4.1 Jelly Bean and the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, have been lagging behind the old 2.3 Gingerbread OS?

According to reports, the Gingerbread OS only feel by 2% from the previous month. This number still puts it on top of the most used Android OS. This figure also shows that devices running on 2.3 Gingerbread OS are still being used by half of Android users all over the world.

Google’s latest Jelly Bean went up by only 0.6%, while the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich only gained 3%.

Interestingly enough, tech companies running on Google’s Android OS have been using the Ice cream Sandwich for their new smartphones and not the Jelly Bean. Though they have been slowly rolling out updates, many are still stuck with the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Do you want to know how bad it is for Jelly Bean? Even the Froyo, the Android 2.2 OS, is ahead of it with 12.9% of Android users that are still using it.

Is there something wrong with the 4.1 Jelly Bean OS or is it really because of the slow roll out of the upgrades that Jelly Bean is lagging behind?

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ASUS to update Transformer tablets to Jelly Bean OS

ASUS has informed their clients that their Transformer Tablets will soon be powered by Google’s latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
Google teamed up with ASUS to develop their Nexus 7 tablets, which already carriy the Jelly Bean OS.

With the Nexus 7 considered as one great product due to its OS update, ASUS will be rolling out their own Jelly Bean updates on their very own products that includes the Transofrmer Prime, Pad and Pad Infinity.

Unfortunately for Transformer Slide and the very first Transformer tablet, they are not included in the update roll out. But ASUS is planning to update these older tablets some time in the future.

ASUS is considered as one of the pioneering companies to run their tablets on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The notice to their clientele read, “We are pleased to announce that many of our tablet products are scheduled to receive an update to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. The ASUS Transformer Pad, ASUS Transformer Pad prime and ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity are all scheduled to receive Android 4.1 updates in the coming months. We will provide further guidance on our expected timeframes for these updates near their release.”

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Jelly Bean soon to hit HTC, ASUS and Samsung

For many Apple users, the question that hits their mind is “When will I get the iOS6 update?” For Android fans, however, the question they beg to ask is more akin to “Will I get Jelly Bean?” This is rather annoying for many Android fans, because for a while now, many of them are still asking when and will they get Ice Cream Sandwich.

Fragmentation sure has been a long standing problem for the platform. Android Jelly Bean just came out and people want a piece of it badly. The problem with new OS releases is that the users are not able to get the update as quickly as Apple users, and it is even a big question mark if they will ever be even lucky enough to get that update. The hardware differences and manufacturer dedication to updates has been one of the sources of frustration for many users.

So far, there are only two devices in the market with pre-installed Jelly Bean: the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus. All other devices are waiting for the update, and looks like they only have “months” to wait for now.

Samsung has reportedly reached a phase where they are almost ready to release the Jelly Bean update to their flagship phone: the Samsung Galaxy S III. Reports also suggest that they will soon update the 2nd generation flagship device: the Samsung Galaxy S II. Since the original Samsung Galaxy S did not even qualify for the Ice Cream Sandwich update of Android, it is expected that it will not get the update. People are still holding their breath with an update to other devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note. If the Samsung Galaxy S 2 is anything to go by, the Note should have that update later on.

The Samsung Galaxy S III’s rival, the HTC One X, will also get a piece of the Jelly Bean jar. It is reported to also include the HTC One XL as well, as the HTC One S in the update plans. There was no mention of how long users will have to wait for the new version of Android, but it should be a little faster than their Ice Cream Sandwich timeframe, because the Jelly Bean update is not as huge an overhaul like the Ice Cream Sandwich.

While Samsung was the host for the Galaxy Nexus, ASUS is the main contractor for the creation of the Nexus 7.  It should then be understandable that they have firsthand access to the OS and should be able to incorporate the new OS to their existing devices. ASUS confirms that the Transformer tablets will have the much awaited Jelly Bean update in the “coming months”.

You can be sure that carrier updates will prolong the process further than the international unlocked versions. Excited yet?

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Jelly Bean improves Android defenses says former hacker

Quick! Upgrade your Android smartphones to the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.

Security researcher Jon Oberheide said in analysis that the latest version of the Android OS is the very first Google developed operating system to protect you from address space layout randomization also called ASLR.

ASLR is responsible for randomizing the memory locations for the library, heap, stack and other OS data structures of your smartphone.

Charlie Miller, a known smartphone hacker who now works as a consultant for a security firm Accuvant said to Ars Technica, “As long as there’s anything that’s not randomized, then it doesn’t work, because as long as the attackers know something is in the same spot, they can use that to break out of everything else. Jelly bean is going to be the first version of Android that has full ASLR and DEP so it’s going to be pretty difficult to write exploits for that.”

If we compare it to Apple and to their iOS, they have enabled ASLR and DEP for quite some time already.

Android’s Jelly bean OS provides randomization so it will make hackers’ lives more miserable as this makes it harder for them to exploit the system.

Have you upgraded to Jelly Bean then?

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Google rolls out Jelly Bean update for Galaxy Nexus devices

Starting Tuesday evening, Google has rolled out its latest operating system to owners of Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ handsets.

Earlier this year, Galaxy Nexus devices came preloaded with Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

Google says that updates will be done over-the-air and will be completed in the coming days. The company will roll out the Jelly Bean updates to Galaxy Nexus devices first before they make it available to other handsets.

Google said in their Google+ Nexus page, “If you’ve got a Galaxy nexus HSPA+ device, you will receive a prompt alerting you to the update over the next several day.”

“Up next for Jelly Bean: all Galaxy nexus, Nexus S, Motorla Xoom and of course, nexus 7, which will ship with Jelly Bean later this month,” they added.

The Android Jelly Bean tablet features the new Google Now app which gives the users the information they need during those important times.

It also features a much improved UI, faster voice search and brings a better search experience.

Are you a Galaxy Nexus owner? Have you received your Android Jelly Bean tablet already?

Was the experience by far better than your experience with Ice Cream Sandwich?

Hit the comments bar to share your experience.

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich not embraced the way Google hoped

Google’s Android operating system is still the most preferred OS when it comes to smartphones. Still, Google is making a lot of improvements to their latest OS, the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

According to Google, about 10% of the Android devices worldwide run only on the Ice Cream Sandwich. This is a dismal number considering that the operating system is much hyped when it was first unveiled.

The most used Android version is the Android 2.3 also called the Gingerbread. It was released last 2010 and is being run on 64% of Android devices worldwide. It is followed by the Android 2.2 or Froyo with 17.3% and Android 2.1 or Éclair.

Google says that Gingerbread-run smartphones is compatible with the Ice Cream Sandwich.

One of the possible reasons that people aren’t jumping to the Ice Cream Sandwich is Fragmentation. Manufacturers need to tweak their hardware more in order to make the Ice Cream Sandwich compatible with their device. So it means added work for developers.

Add to that, telecommunication companies heed to agree to roll out each version of Android to different devices individually.

Google’s next OS, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean could even be used more than the Ice cream Sandwich when it is released in the future.

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Google Nexus 7 packs a mean battery punch!

Google’s upcoming Google Nexus 7 tablet has to be seen not from the outside, but from the inside then out.

Taking a look at the Google Nexus 7 tablet, it is not as impressive as it is. But when you take a look at its impressive battery, you’d surely stop and rethink about buying other tablets.

The Google Nexus 7 tablet has a 4,236 mAh, 16 Wh battery, which can let you tinker with your tablet for over 9 hours and 50 minutes. This data comes from iFixIt which presumably has done a test for the product.

Although the Nexus 7 tablet’s battery is smaller, compared to Amazon Kindle Fire’s 4,400 mAh, the latter can only last up to seven hours.

Some even say that the Google Nexus 7 can last up to ten hours which can be compared to Apple’s latest iPad.

What’s great about the Nexus 7 is that you can easily reach the battery of the latter without using a screwdriver. This is something new with the Nexus 7 and something that the iPad can’t do.

The Google Nexus 7 tablet has a quad core processor and is being run by the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.

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Jelly Bean by Android to arrive sooner than expected?

Google likes its teasers, but they have been known to slip as well. They are usually quick to act, but not quick enough to prevent an over excited user from taking a screenshot of the juiciest news in the Android OS development.

There are tons of people who laughed at the term “Jellybean” for the next update to Google’s Android OS. Still, Google may have liked the idea and used it in the next update.

What proof do we have? There were people who were loading up their shopping carts with the Galaxy Nexus last Thursday. As you know, items to be purchased online would usually come with a description. The description line described in the Galaxy Nexus is: The latest smartphone from Google, soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jell…” . Consider us shocked!

This new description may have been prematurely uploaded and not just a tease or mistake. Next week will be the week of Google I/O. There are now stronger speculations that Jelly Bean will then be announced to the world. This would come with the much anticipated  Galaxy Nexus 7 inch tablet. If the speculations will ring true, the new tablet will come out sporting the new update code named Jelly Bean.

This will come with mixed emotions. Why? Because thinking positively, this is a “Yay!” moment, as we are about to be graced with the next beautiful update to Android OS. This could potentially be another solidifying blow against its major competitors, if done right. Negatively, it’s a tad too soon for many people. It might build frustration for those users who are still waiting on the ICS updates that were promised to compatible devices.

ICS has barely penetrated the market, and here we are again. Much like how a lot of people on Froyo were frustratingly waiting for Gingerbread, while ICS got announced and released. This may just be the cycle of updates that Google envisions. Before the previous OS even begins to scratch the surface, they come out again with a totally new and unattainable update for most people.

I don’t want to complain. I really want to look forward to the latest and greatest from Google’s Android. I just wish that if they are going to release a new OS like Jelly Bean, they should at least make sure to coordinate with their manufacturers, so that not too many people lag behind in the experience. They are already disliked, due to the lack of updates for capable phones, they shouldn’t agitate people further. That is what drives customers away.

Well, ranting aside, there is a lot of guesswork that clouds this new update. The leaks about the Jelly Bean Android OS have been very scarce. It’s difficult to be sure at what it is exactly they are putting in the new Android OS. Will it be a Siri breaker? Will Chrome finally be the default browser? Will we finally get a more integrated cloud storage system? Who knows? Maybe this will just be a stability update. All we know is the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Nexus Tab is coming, and they are promised to be the first to enjoy this new update. Hooray for Nexus users!

What about you? What do you want to come out of the box? Time to place your bets as Google I/O starts this Tuesday.

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