I remember staying up to watch Google I/O Day 1 keynote last month and despite already knowing that Google will announce a 7″ tablet, it was still exciting to see it being revealed.
Nexus 7 went on pre-order the same day and it started selling like hot cakes. I know many of us back home were rather envious of some of our friends who were fortunate enough to attend the event.
Why is Nexus 7 an important device for Google ? Well it first of all represents a merging point for Google’s product and cloud services coming together. The latest in hardware (quad core), latest in software (Android 4.1 Jelly bean), Google Chrome and personalised assistant Google Now, among others.
For users who are already using Google’s services ie Gmail, Movies, Books, Magazine etc this device makes perfect sense, plus it’s only 7 inches making it portable and light. The… Read more
The highly anticipated iPhone 5 has finally been scheduled to reach our shores on the 14th of December. Make sure to mark your calendars as we’re pretty sure the various telcos will be doing their bit to promote and launch the phone. For those that want to get the iPhone 5 without contract, it will most likely be available in the Apple Store couple of days after the launch.
Maxis has also made available their Registration of Interest Page which can be found here. If you’re still on contract and own an iPhone 4/4S, most likely there will an option to extend your contract just like when iPhone 4S was launched.
Celcom has also launched their own ROI page here. No news from DiGi yet but we’re pretty sure they’re already working on it. iPhone 4S owners will you be getting the iPhone 5 ?
The attention of most people has been on the Galaxy Note II but thankfully Samsung has not forgotten about the Galaxy Note as there was a leaked Jelly Bean 4.1.2 firmware update for the N7000 released recently. . Sitting at build JZO54K, the leaked firmware is a Samsung internal test build, and according to SamMobile, is far from complete, with further updates expected to appear.
Some of the additions and enhancements found in the leaked Jelly Bean update are:
Do take note that there’s no S-Pen functionality with this build… Read more
Google has finally release Android 4.2.1 updates to fix some issues found on Android 4.2, especially the calendar bug which oddly enough didn’t include the month December. The update is currently rolling out to Google Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus. As usual only certain regions are receiving the update.
Now thanks to the awesome peeps at XDA you can manually update your Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus
You can install the update to your device via ADB if you have a stock recovery by using adb sideload, or from the internal storage if you’re running a custom one. This is a relatively safe operation, but back up the important stuff anyway.
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Many Nexus 7 owners have started receiving Android 4.2 updates OTA but unfortunately there are still many that are waiting, including myself. Here’s how you can manually download the updates and push it on to your device.
Prerequisite: Your Nexus 7 should be running Android 4.1.2 build JZO54K. You will not lose your data using this method.
Download the update zip from Google’s servers (MD5: 7bee9b220c20979763af563cad56af94)
If you have a custom recovery, you can just copy it to the device, reboot to recovery, and flash directly as you would any other zip. You’re done.
If you have the stock recovery, carry on.
Some users have also reported that the method below works
Reset Google Services Framework app:
1. Settings>Apps>Google Services Framework
2. Force Stop, Clear Data
3. Check for Update.
Reboot your Nexus 7 and hold the Volume Down button while it’s booting up.Once you see the fastbootmenu and the
If you’re like us you might have been in front of the computer hitting F5 furiously as the clock strikes 12, only to be left a little frustrated as Google’s playground is yet to be opened despite it officially being 13 November in Australia.
According to Googler Stefan Keuchel in Germany, the device will only start selling at some point in the afternoon/evening in the region, which could be true for all of Europe. Here’s what the Google employee said (Google translation):
As I learned today, the ordering is, however, open only on Tuesday afternoon / early evening. So it makes no sense today to persevere at midnight in front of computer to buy a Nexus device. I like to keep you informed as soon as I get new information.
Update: Keuchel later on posted an update on the matter, letting buyers know that shopping can start tomorrow morning instead of… Read more
It’s finally out !! Rovio has officially launched the highly anticipated update to the Angry Birds series; the Angry Birds Star Wars. It is now available for the Android on Google Play and for Apple devices on the Appstore. For Android owners, you’ll have a choice of getting a FREE ad-supported version, Apple owners need to pay for it but it’s ad-free.
Star Wars and Angry Birds fans will certainly be impressed with Rovio’s attention to detail as each bird and pig are dressed up in familiar Star Wars characters. This also includes sound effects, Jedi powers and light sabers.
Check out the official trailer below and download it. May the birds be with you.
Shadowgun : DeadZone Beta has been out for almost a month now and there’s been loads of people fragging their lives away. It has certainly proved to be an excellent multiplayer game and has quickly become the favourite for many.
The game has had several patches so far and it looks like the game is finally ready for prime time. The official launch of Deadzone will be on November 15th.
Check out the trailer below to have a look at what’s in store
Rovio has just released a trailer showcasing their latest Angry Birds series; Angry Birds Star Wars. From the trailer, it looks like it shares many similarities with the original Angry Birds game as well as Angry Bird Space.
The game will officially be released on November 8th, this Thursday. Have a look at the trailer and be amazed with all the new characters and the powers that come with them. The force is strong in this one.
Galaxy Nexus owners are in for a treat as tommrazek01 from XDA recently released Anddoir 4.2 Transformation Pack for the Galaxy Nexus. This will bring Galaxy Nexus owners a slew of goodies from Android 4.2 while waiting for the official Android 4.2 update.
Here’s what you get
- Camera with PhotoSphere
- Nexus 4 Sounds
- App Install (Phonesky.apk)
- Launcher With Wallpapers
- Added Gmail
- Added a Build.prop that solves most of the compatibility issues. Thanks doomed151!
- Added Google Ears
- Added the Nexus 4 Lockscreen! Not to confuse, no widgets yet.
- Andorid 4.2 Google Now and Play store.