Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Android 4.2.2 update for Google Nexus devices

Owners of Google Nexus devices have reason to hover anxiously over their System Updates screens once again, with reports surfacing that the Chocolate Factory has slowly begun rolling out the latest update to Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean".
A Reddit user going by the handle "WeeManFoo" was among the first to report receiving the over-the-air update on Tuesday, when he posted a screenshot that confirmed his Samsung Galaxy Nexus was running Android 4.2.2.
Around the web, other Android users soon chimed in, with owners of Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 fondleslabs also claiming to have received the update.
Curiously, El Reg's research didn't reveal anything about Google's latest mobe, the Nexus 4. It looks like the update has not yet been made available for those devices – but presumably it will be soon.
Just how much this latest minor-point release actually improves on the previous one, however, is not clear. The ├╝berfans over at Android Police have posted the raw developer changelog for the update, but although it lists lots of technical tweaks, it leaves the effects of those patches largely open to speculation.
Google has yet to issue a plain-language changelog for ordinary folks, and it did not respond to The Reg's request for further enlightenment. All the update's package manifest says is that it improves "performance and stability."

  Screenshot showing Android 4.2.2 update completed  

It's here, but what does it do? (Source: WeeManFoo)
To hear WeeManFoo tell it, however, even that is debatable. He's spotted a few trivial cosmetic tweaks and he thinks some of the animations are actually slower, but otherwise he says little appears to have changed.
Many users had been hoping that the update would fix an issue that cropped up in Jelly Bean 4.2.1, when music streamed over Bluetooth would occasionally "hiccup." But while WeeManFoo says his music seems to get interrupted less often with 4.2.2, he doesn't think the problem is entirely resolved.
On the other hand, Android Police's sleuths have been digging through the screens on their updated devices and have uncovered a few new features, albeit fairly minor ones. App downloads show animated progress notifications in 4.2.2, there are new toggle controls for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi in the Quick Settings, and Google has supplied a few new system sounds.
There's also a new security feature that makes it harder for someone to slurp the data off your phone using USB debugging. But unless you're an Android developer yourself, you may never even notice it.
Other than that, most of the changes in the latest Jelly Bean release appear to be strictly under-the-hood fixes.
If Google holds to its past practice, it may be weeks or even months before the update rolls out to every Nexus device. When owners of devices other than Google's Nexus line will be able to upgrade, however, is anyone's guess.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Friday, January 25, 2013

My Top 3 Android Forums

Since getting my Android, I’ve become a member on all of these forums, and spent countless hours reading threads from the rest. All of the following sites are well worth your time if you have questions and need help with your android device.



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Thursday, January 24, 2013

HowTo Hack FoxFI and PdaNet for FREE WIFI-HOTSPOT

FoxFi is a great app but with the free version of foxfi you get knocked off the internet by the app and told to purchase the full version or restart app.
Don't want to pay your service provider or for an app to make your android phone a wifi hotspot?
This is how you hack foxfi and avoid getting knocked off the internet.
This method was tested on a samsung galaxy prevail (android 2.3.6 gingerbread.ff19) with boost mobile unlimited 2.5gb data(I know I have used more at this point).
First download the latest pdanet from the play store. Then download the latest FoxFi and addon.
Start PdaNet and select wifi hotspot mode.
Activate wifi hotspot.
Make sure it starts up properly and whatever device you want to connect connects.
Open the task manager and select the active apps tab.
Shut down foxfi and pdanet.
Your done.
I have had it working for the past week and its great. I am not sure how long this will last but I will post something as soon as it happens. Or not considering I am using it now on my laptop to post this.
Would like to hear if this method works with other phones and service providers.

Android TV Box?

What is it?
It's a little box that turns your television into an Internet television. It's got a friendly user interface that resembles a physical desktop – with a computer, a desk tidy and a little android who periodically waves at you.
Does it work?
A recent study showed that most people use smart TVs mainly to watch television, so I focused in on television and film services, but you can also connect to social-networking sites, do some reading, shopping or gaming – which all work in a similar way to a smartphone. I added a mouse to make navigation easier, and you could also connect it to a wireless keyboard if you need to type smoothly.
Film streaming is tricky. The box I played with couldn't download directly from the Netflix website and the Google Play store wasn't pre-installed either. It's not easy to add it, which made for a limited experience of watching only iPlayer or YouTube. This model doesn't have Bluetooth and you need to be quite close to the Wi-Fi access point for it to stream clearly. It's not really intended for heavy-duty use, as it's got a 1.2GHz processor, with just 1GB of RAM, so movies and games with sophisticated graphics may appear jerky. You can get an Android dongle with Netflix pre-installed for around $65. It's worth getting if you're going to use it for watching films.
Is it worth the money?
It's cheap at between $30 and $40. But it doesn't do much that you couldn't do by hooking your television up to an Android phone. It has its limitations. There are more capable products out there with wired connections and more storage but they cost at least $80 – and for that price you could get a second-hand games console that could do the same job, and more.
It might be better to wait and see what the new Apple TV box has to offer. The latest prediction is it will be released in March, but Apple has had several false starts due to failed negotiations with cable companies. When it does arrive, the Apple TV should have enough horsepower to hook up all your tech products.

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