Google Nexus 4 is the latest Nexus device from Google & LG, As the device is shipping to more countries everyday and the Holidays season is coming and the choice is hard this year.
We want to know how it will hold up against the previous GALAXY Nexus or the popular Samsung Galaxy S III... Check the comparison below!
If you're tired of Verizon dragging their feet on an official update to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean for their 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you might be interested in checking out a newly released ROM based off the JRO03L AOSP build. The code recently hit the AOSP servers and provides the purest Jelly Bean experience you could expect for the device.
It's almost close to what you will get when an official update takes place. When that will happen is anyone's guess, so if you aren't averse to rooting your device and flashing some custom software heading to the XDA link below might be worth your while.
Adobe has just released an Update for the Adobe Flash for Android ICS to Version 126.96.36.199, even if adobe will dis-continue the developing of Adobe flash for Mobile, the Updates brings many security and performance improvements for the Android ICS devices.
Flash Player Android 4.0: v188.8.131.52
Flash Player Android (2.x,3.x): v184.108.40.206
Update Change-log :
- Seeking while video is paused will not update the frame on ICS devices.
- StageVideo using On2 and Sorenson does not work on ICS devices.
- Security Enhancements.
Head to your Market App on your Device and Update your Adobe Flash!
Android ICS 4.0 was launched on November 17, 2011 along with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus but like every new software, had some few bugs. Due to this, Google had to release the first update which was the ICS 4.0.2 on November 28 which is very close to the device release date. This version also has some bugs too.
Meanwhile, Samsung Nexus S (previous Google Nexus flagship) users is suffering with their 4.0.3 Bugs and issues such as the vibration feedback of the keys below the display occasionally fading, or the vibration stopping altogether. Then there is also the USB transfer speed, that has dropped from around 5 MB/s to 1.5 MB/s. They can't get any fix to their issues from Google or an official response. GSMArena posted a photo of some Nexus users complaining about this matter (Photo Above).
The Android 4.0.4 ROM for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus that was leaked last Month is still not Officially released by Google or even hinted to a Release date for this update. But as we say Better late than Buggy! This Update will fix all Galaxy Nexus known bugs and End the suffering of the Nexus S users.
A source for S4GRU tells the site that the Sprint Samsung GALAXY Nexus will be launched on April 15th. The source is characterized as a Sprint insider from the Product Development division who confirms the release date even if it works out to be a Sunday. Sprint has a contest featuring the device that ends on April 14th which would seem to point to a release around the 15th.
Even though Sprint has not flicked the on switch on its LTE network, a goal made harder by the end of the carrier relationship with LightSquared, the Sprint version of the Samsung GALAXY Nexus will support 4G LTE. According to the source, the default connectivity will be 3G which means that when you turn on the phone, it will boot up to a 3G connection. The handset will feature a 3G/4G toggle switch that will allow the user to switch to a faster data speed.
Vodafone Egypt Announced that it will bring the Samsung-Google latest Android Smartphone "Galaxy Nexus" Exclusively for the first time in Egypt. Galaxy Nexus was launched on many countries in Europe, USA and Middle-East, it gains a huge popularity to be the first Android ICS 4.0 smartphone from Google.
Vodafone Egypt made this announcement on a Special Android event yesterday in Cairo, The phone will be available Next Month on all Vodafone Branches around Egypt with selected data plans. no info about the price released yet.
Google released the Android 4.0.3 update to Nexus S back in December but then pulled it due to some bugs. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Nexus users were stuck on 4.0.2.
TODAY, Google Officially started pushing the Android 4.0.4 update to the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus users. According to Google, the update brings stability improvements, better camera performance, smoother screen rotation, improved phone number recognition and more.
Unfortunately, Only the GSM version of Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S are currently receiving the update. This Excludes the Nexus S 4G for Sprint and the Galaxy Nexus LTE for Verizon, which will receive the same Update Next Month.
Google Official Announcement
"We've started rolling out Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich, to UMTS/GSM Nexus S, Xoom Wi-Fi, and HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus devices, and we'll be rolling it out to more devices in the coming weeks. Some of you will be receiving Ice Cream Sandwich for the first time, while others will be receiving an update to your existing Ice Cream Sandwich experience with stability improvements, better camera performance, smoother screen rotation, improved phone number recognition and more."
Keeping your smartphone constantly connected to an LTE network can quickly drain the juice from your battery. After some users complained to Samsung, Now the Korean company is offering free i515 Battery Bundle Kit to anyone purchasing the Verizon Galaxy Nexus along with a two-year contract for $299.
Samsung official statement:
"The Samsung i515 Lithium Ion Extended Battery Cover is engineered to offer additional protection for your extended lithium ion battery. This Extended Battery Cover is to be used with the 2100 mAh extended battery included."
Many of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM version) users are reporting that their smartphone starts misbehaving after the Android 4.0.4 update is installed onto the device. The reports indicate that the smartphone loses cellular signal when it is left in stand-by mode for over a couple of minutes, meaning that it is unable to receive calls or text messages, let alone establish a 3G connection. Connectivity is restored only after the smartphone is brought out of stand-by, according to those who reported the issue.
Further testing shows that if the minimum processor clock speed of the GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus is increased to 700MHz, or if there is a background application that puts a load on the processor, the problem does not occur. Those users who tried flashing back to Android 4.0.2 report that the issue is not present after the downgrade is performed.
Have you been wishing you could get a Samsung Galaxy Nexus on AT&T or T-Mobile?
Sure, you could import one, but that tends to add a premium to the already pricey full retail price. Well it looks like you may be in luck, as for one day only you have a much more cost-effective option: 1SaleADay has the unlocked GSM version at just $429.99. All you have to do is swap in your AT&T or T-Mobile SIM card and you are up and running.
Sprint pre-order page for the Galaxy Nexus with Android ICS 4.0.3 is now live. You can pre-order your Galaxy Nexus for $199.99 with a 2-year contract. Furthermore, although it is not necessarily coming in the form of an official press release, the page also clearly mentions the following:
"We will charge your card for your phone today. Shipping: We'll do our best to get it to you before Sunday, April 22."
Also, we got the official confirmation about that April 22nd release date from Samsung, So you will get your Galaxy Nexus before that date.
The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) is an association of magazine publishers that deals with photography and imaging, They usually held an event in Cape Town every year where it gave away its annual awards. This Year an Android Smartphone Took an Award for the first time!
"The Best Mobile Imaging Device award" goes to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. TIPA was impressed with the 720p Super AMOLED screen and the zero shutter lag of the Google first Android ICS smartphone.
If you hate waiting (we all do!) for the 4.0.4 OTA update and you want to get the Verizon official Update Manually, Here is the Instructions and links you Need if you have Rooted or Non-Rooted Galaxy Nexus (Verizon's customers only).
Instructions [Non-Rooted users]:
2. Use the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit from XDA to flash a temporary custom recovery.
3. After doing that, you can flash the file and update. Upon rebooting, you will have stock recovery back.
4. So it seems like you are "rooting" but you aren't. After updating, you will be back to fully stock.
5. Links you Need: Instructions | Toolkit
Instructions [Rooted users]:
3. You also have to be running the stock radios ek02 and ek05 (found here).
4. Download the update file to your internal storage.
5. Rename to update.zip if you'd like.
6. Reboot into recovery and make a backup just to be safe.
7. Select "install zip from sdcard" and then "choose" and find the file.
8. Apply it and reboot.
After targeting the Galaxy Nexus, first Smartphone to get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the New Google Smart Voice search which looks more like Siri, Apple has just been granted a temporary injunction to ban Galaxy Nexus sales in the United States. US Court ruled against Samsung in the patent case, which was initiated in February, but gets its first ruling just now.
U.S. Judge Lucy Koh decided that Samsung has infringed 4 patents belong to Apple, although one specific patent weighs in towards this decision which basically refers to a device being able to search multiple sources through a single interface (Apple's Siri).
The rest of the patents Apple accuses Samsung (and Google) of infringing are patent 5,946,647 (actionable linking), patent 8,046,721 (slide-to-unlock) and patent 8,074,172 (touch screen word suggestion).
Last week, Apple successfully managed to block the sales of the Galaxy Nexus in the US, when the US court found Samsung/Google infringing upon some of Apple's search related patents.
Now we are finally seeing the effects of the ruling. You may know that Google began selling the GSM variant of the Galaxy Nexus on the Google Play Store in the US. Not any more. As of now, the handset page only displays "Coming Soon" as the status message where you would normally expect to see the shipping info and the "Add To Cart" button.
Apple has just posted a $95.6 million bond, an amount that Samsung demanded and is necessary for the injunction to take effect, suggests otherwise.
Verizon's Q2,2012 results are out today, US largest carrier sold more Android devices than iPhones from April to June 2012. Android device sales stood at 2.9 million, while iPhone sales dropped to 2.5 million. Best selling Smartphone in that period was the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.
While last quarter, more than half of the smartphones Verizon sold to customers were iPhones, now the numbers have switched places and Android took the lead. In the first quarter of 2012, Verizon sold 3.2 million iPhones, and now that number has dropped by half a million.
After Verizon offered the Galaxy Nexus for FREE on a 2-year contract and this offer boost the sales of the device on the carrier.
Interestingly enough, Sprint is following verizon to the same offer. Taking a quick peek at Sprint's web site today, You will find that the Sprint's Samsung Galaxy Nexus selling for FREE to those looking to start a new line of service with the carrier.
If you have a Verizon Galaxy Nexus, your Update must pass through Verizon first for testing before releasing it OTA. So you are know waiting for the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update.
We expect to see the Verizon Galaxy Nexus getting the Official Jelly Bean update probably by early October, and certainly no later than the end of the year. That's mostly an educated guess, but it helps that a test build of the Jelly Bean update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus leaked out today. And, for those of you that are rooted and comfortable with ClockworkMod Recovery, you can flash it right now.
Users of the Verizon's Samsung GALAXY Nexus and have been using Google Wallet after sideloading it onto their device, might have had a surprise when they tried to open up Google Wallet on Friday.
A little message said that "This version of Google Wallet is no longer supported." That can't be terribly surprising considering that Verizon never officially supported the application, and the mobile operator is one of the trio of carriers that is behind competitor ISIS. Just when things had finally been looking up for Google Wallet, with usage doubling in recent weeks, the news leaves Sprint as the only carrier really putting any effort into the application. But that is something that can not be counted on forever since Sprint has its own mobile payment system that it is working on.
A leaked memo meant for Best Buy eyes only reveals that some Samsung GALAXY Nexus users on the Verizon network have been having problems keeping a 4G LTE connection for more than 15 minutes.
Owners of affected units have been returning their devices and in some cases, receiving another one with the same issue. One Verizon customer went through six replacement phones before finding one that worked. The version that is affected by the bug appears to be I515.
After months of testing, The Official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus has finally been approved and it is Rolling-out to users.
The update is labeled version JRO03O (Android version 4.1.1 ) and has begun rolling out, but it is supposedly only available over WiFi until October 1st, so don't get angry if it doesn't show up when you check on a mobile connection. If it still doesn't show up there is a bit of a trick that may help: go to Settings>Apps>All, find Google Services Framework, force close it and clear data, then check for the update again.
Verizon finally got around to updating the Samsung GALAXY Nexus to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean which means that Google has updated the factory images page for the device that includes the new JRO03O software version. Despite the long delay for Verizon owners, the Samsung GALAXY Nexus is supposed to be among the first devices to update with its stock Android UI.
The Factory Image is very useful as if anything happened to your device you can download it and easily roll back to the Jelly Bean factory setting.
Walmart is offering Verizon's Galaxy Nexus at the heavily discounted price of only $0.97. There is no official confirmation about the deal yet, as the only evidence we have about it is a photo taken by a Reddit user.
If indeed true, keep in mind that the deal is only valid for Walmart's retail stores, and not online.
Samsung GALAXY Nexus, the latest Nexus in the Market even if its a year old but it still impress us with its power handling Google's latest Android updates like Jelly Bean 4.1.1... But How tough the GNexus Hardware ?
Here is some photos of a 'SEXY' GALAXY Nexus stress test that caught out attention, Enjoy!
The devices that will get the 4.1.2 Update:
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus
- Samsung Nexus S (though JZO54H)
- Motorola Xoom
Latest report indicate that the Next device to get the update this Month will be the International variant of the GALAXY Nexus bringing the same changes and performance improvements as the Nexus 7. Verizon's Galaxy Nexus users will have to wait a little bit longer to get the update.
This time around the big updates to Android 4.2 are with the camera app and the keyboard. This camera app rip is only available for the Galaxy Nexus, and obviously it must be rooted.
The update is a ZIP file, which can be flashed via ClockworkMod Recovery. Remember, if you flash the ZIP, it will replace the stock app, so it's a good idea to make backups before flashing.
1. Download the "4.2Camera.zip" file FROM HERE.
2. Place the zip file on the root of your phone's storage.
3. Reboot into your recovery.
4. Just in case, make a backup.
5. Flash the "4.2Camera.zip" file. (No need to wipe anything)
6. Once installed, reboot your phone.
Here is a Full Comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the New Samsung's Flagship Galaxy S III Main features. Share your Opinion with us on the comments section below.
If you're a Samsung Galaxy Nexus owner that's not ready to Upgrade to the new Galaxy S III or more likely it isn't available on your carrier yet, a new add-on pack brings many of the S III's features and its look and feel to your device.
The add-on give your Galaxy Nexus the TouchWiz UX launcher, S Voice, Galaxy S III sounds, the Memo app, S3 Live Wallpapers, the Apollo Music Player, and the Power-Button Menu theme. The pack works on CM9 as well as AOPK and some other ROMs. Get the Add-on Pack Here
The Google Play Store has updated its listing of the GSM Galaxy Nexus in the devices section, and for a little while checking out it said "The latest smartphone from Google, soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jell...". That would seem to make it a closed case that we'll be seeing Jellybean introduced next week, and that it will be Android 4.1 JellyBean release, in the same vein as the change between Éclair and Froyo from 2.1 to 2.2., and Froyo and Gingerbread (2.2 to 2.3).
The image in the checkout area has changed too; the phone in the image has a new background and a glassy Google Search widget, which suggests that there is a minor visual refresh coming with Jellybean.
While Jellybean seems to be confirmed, the fact that this is leaking out for the Galaxy Nexus suggests that another rumor may not pan out as expected; 4.1 had been described as a tablet-oriented update, but if the phone UI is getting a visual refresh then it suggests that it may not be a completely trivial update for Android handsets.
Do you want to Update your Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ? If YES, This tutorial help you to update Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Note: This tutorial will Work only on GSM Galaxy Nexus ONLY, Don't try on different models.
Requirements [Updated] :
- Rooted GSM Phone [Guide here]
- Backup your phone and current ROM
Instructions to Update Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean:
- Your phone must be Rooted and CWM installed
- Download the package to your computer
- Connect your phone to computer with USB Cable and transfer the downloaded package to root of your SDcard
- Now open ROM Manager and Tap on "Install ROM from SD Card" and select the ROM package you put it into the root folder of the SD card.
- Select "Wipe Data & Cache"
- Follow the rest prompts and you did it.
- Kudos You've successfully Updated your Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Thank you Koush for the package.
A User Agent Profile has been found for the GT-i9260 which is believed to be the Samsung GALAXY Nexus 2. The profile shows a display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 and an ARM 11 processor under the hood.
There are some questions regarding the processor considering that ARM 11 processors aren't really new they have been used mostly in older smartponhes like the HTC G1. However, this might be some new type of ARM 11 as well, or just an old and dated entry, so we'll just have to for this one and see.
About a week ago, Samsung Galaxy Nexus "takju" version (that would be the one most people purchased on Google Play Store) has got the Android 4.2 Update OTA and the users enjoyed all the New features of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Today, the International Galaxy Nexus "yakju" (the one you bought at a place different than the Play Store) got the Android 4.2 Update, Users is reporting an OTA update Notifications from all over the world.
Even if the OTA update Notification has not yet appeared for you, you can skip the waiting time and manually install the 4.2 Jelly Bean on your "yakju" Galaxy Nexus from the Official Factory Image provided by Google.