Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Review

Android 4.2 is a new flavor of Jelly Bean. Those are the words that probably best describe the newest of Google’s mobile platform.

4.2 is not a revolutionary leap in Android. It is more of a feature pack on top of the 4.1 Jelly Bean. It arrived with little hype – no dedicated event, not even a change in the name, not a single big feature that would catch the eye.

But with all that, Google has managed to be the most aggressive company when it comes to rolling out updates, steady and methodical, quietly bulking up on features. While 4.1 was all about Project Butter and speed, 4.2 moves the focus back to the user. Google has improved Jelly Bean in virtually every aspect where it needed the extra coat of polish: the camera UI, lockscreen with widgets, clock app, keyboard and security. With all that, is it the most mature operating system out there and how does it fare against iOS and Windows Phone? When will it come to your device? And finally, when Google updates Android, does this make a sound in the Android ecosystem? Let’s dive right in and try to answer all those questions.

More:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Android-4.2-Jelly-Bean-Review_id37092

Features of Android Jelly Bean

1.Developer Options
Developer Options is an important settings menu for developers and those who like to fiddle with their Android device. For whatever reason in Android 4.2, Google hid the Developer Options menu in the Settings. But all is not lost; you’re only a few taps away from getting it back.

2.Lock screen widgets
From the beginning, widgets have been a key part of the Android experience, and up until Android 4.2 those widgets were only available on the home screen. Now users can add Gmail and Calendar preview widgets to their lock screen, among others. You’ll also be able to launch the camera app with a single swipe after waking up your device.

3.Disable lock screen widgets
Not a fan of random strangers being able to pick up your device and view previews of your messages or your e-mails? I can’t say I blame you. Even if you delete the widgets from your lock screen, you may not want to see the boxes blink every time you unlock your device. I can’t blame you for that either. Luckily, a developer has released an app to eliminate the widgets and camera shortcut.

4.Photo Sphere and Google Maps
Photo Sphere is a new feature in Android 4.2 that allows users to take 360-degree panoramic photos of their surroundings. Once you’re done taking the photo, you’ll have truly created a Photo Sphere and can even use the gyroscope built into your device to view it. Another way you can use your new Photo Sphere is to upload it to Google Maps, making it viewable to Google Maps users.

More:http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57559824-285/six-features-you-dont-want-to-miss-in-android-4.2/

Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Revealed For Android Phone

Custom ROM fans have a lot to look forward to in the coming days as the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) team has started rolling out its latest work. The team’s recent creation, CyanogenMod 10.1, based on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean (Build: JOP40D), is available for several Samsung devices, including the popular Galaxy Note 2 (N7100) and the U.S. variants of Galaxy S3.
At the moment, there are a bunch of new custom ROMs out there, but perhaps none more popular than CyanogenMod. The AOSP team is supporting more devices all the time, and among their most recent additions to the CM 10.1 list are the Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, and the Galaxy S3.

More:http://www.mobilenapps.com/articles/5833/20121227/android-4-2-1-jelly-bean-cyanogenmod-10-nightlies-revealed.htm

Top 5 Best Upcoming 1080P Smartphone In 2013

“Which is the best smartphone for recording 1080p full hd video?
I want to get a new phone to be able to have a “somewhat okay” camcorder on me. I don’t care much about other features, but I guess battery life and memory also is important when recording video”, someone asked.

Yes, cameras on your smartphones have come a long way, especially with the commencement of the new smartphone age. Smartphones today include cameras which include most of the features which you would usually find on pocket cameras, and to a huge extent they have successfully eliminated the need for one. These are the smartphones which allow you to record videos at 1080p full HD, some of them are quite good at it.

There are Five upcoming 1080p smartphones in 2013:oppo find 5, htc butterfly, sony xperia c660x yuga, galaxy s4, LG Optimuz G2.

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OPPO Find 5 Release date rumors

Much after rumors of the Oppo Find 5 hit the market a few months ago, the expected release date and specifications of the phone have finally been revealed. The phone is expected to be introduced into the market in the first quarter of 2013.

HTC Butterfly Release date rumors 

Back in October HTC announced the J Butterfly 5-inch smartphone in Japan and said at the time the Full HD screen technology would be used elsewhere in different markets. The corporate then revealed the HTC DROID DNA for purchasers of the Verizon Wi-fi network in the US, and more recently it seemed the machine was heading for different regions however underneath another different name. Now though it appears there shall be some HTC Butterfly European release disappointment.

Earlier this month there were reports that HTC was going to release the handset in different markets by merely calling it the Butterfly, and some days later on-line mobile phone retailerExpansys begun taking pre-orders for the machine however with none pricing or availability information.

sony Xperia C66oX Yuga Release date rumors

There is yet no word from Sony about the rumored handset. It is hoped that the company will showcase the gadget at any of the upcoming tech trade shows – the CES 2013 or Mobile World Congress 2013. Many rumor mills think that the handset will be coming to the fore at the CES expo, rather than the MWC. So let us wait for the start of the world’s largest tech trade show in Las Vegas next month to have a glance at what is going to be a stunning Android phone.

Galaxy S4 Release date rumors

It seems more than likely that Samsung will eschew MWC 2013 once more for the release of its top handset, instead focusing on the launch in May 2013, which we’d really like to see. A recent teaser by Samsung promised something at CES in January, but this is really rather unlikely.
Related:Rumors of Samsung Galaxy S4 release date

LG Optimus G2 Release date rumors

The LG Optimus G2 will enter the market during the first half of 2013.

Samsung Galaxy S IV Operating System And Release Date Rumors

As the iPhone 5 buzz comes to an end, Samsung’s next flagship smartphone-Samsung Galaxy S IV draws and holds all attention. Though it has been just several months since the South Korean manufacturer launched its Galaxy S III, it certainly feels like Samsung is taking over the world right now – at least, the Android world. There’s no doubt that Galaxy S3 is arguably the phone of 2012.

Rumour mills are already abuzz with the “what could be” in specifications of its upcoming smartphone.

While there is absolutely no guarantee that these features will necessarily be part of the final product, there is likelihood some of these speculations could surely find way into the package.

We bring you five best rumours about Samsung Galaxy S IV.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Operating System, Samsung galaxy s, s2 and s3 both with android operating system. Nowadays, there are some new rumors on s4’s system. TIZEN? Android 5.0?

1,TIZEN
A new rumor claimed that the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 will ditch Google’s Android for another operating system. Samsung Galaxy S4 may sport an entirely different operating system called TIZEN. TIZEN is an operating system for multiple device categories including smartphones, tablets, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) devices, smart TVs, and more. It is an open source operating system that resides within the Linux Foundation, with TSG (Intel and Samsung) being the primary decision-making body.

TIZEN provides a flexible environment for application developers, based on jQuery and jQuery Mobile. The software development kit (SDK) allows developers to use HTML5 and related web technologies to write applications that run across multiple device segments.

2,Android 5.0
Smartphone maker Samsung has been on a bit of a roll lately with their flagship handsets such as the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 leading the way. There was a time that the sort of leaks and speculation we now see for the company’s upcoming products were just reserved for the Apple iPhone, but now though thoughts have been turning to its next flagship model in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S4, and the handsets eventual release could coincide with the launch of the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie OS.

And Also new rumors of Samsung Galaxy S4 release date.

It seems more than likely that Samsung will eschew MWC 2013 once more for the release of its top handset, instead focusing on the launch in May 2013, which we’d really like to see. A recent teaser by Samsung promised something at CES in January, but this is really rather unlikely.
This is for a number of reasons: time to allow the current customers to buy the S3, being able to scoop up all the customers about to come out of contract from the S2 and also not making its fans feel like its throwing out a new flagship phone every three seconds.

Source:
1.Samsung Galaxy S4 release date, news and rumours

2.Samsung Galaxy S4 Rumor Says Smartphone to Ditch Android Operating System?

Review of Top 10 Best Smartphones In 2012

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iPhone 5 review
What Apple has created with the iPhone 5 is an extremely polished smartphone that oozes appeal. It’s incredibly well built, easy to use, features a beautiful screen and comes packed with enough speed and power to service all your requirements. The hardware is just stunning and it really is impressive how much is crammed into such a tiny box. For those who have already left the Apple ecosystem for Samsung or HTC, the iPhone 5 isn’t likely to draw you back. It’s good but it’s safe, and the Apple Maps issue has proved something of a disaster for the time being. Will that count against it too much for the iPhone 5 to win Best Mobile Phone 2012?

The good: The iPhone 5 adds everything we wanted in the iPhone 4S: 4G LTE, a longer, larger screen, free turn-by-turn navigation, and a faster A6 processor. Plus, its top-to-bottom redesign is sharp, slim, and feather-light.

The bad: Apple Maps feels unfinished and buggy; Sprint and Verizon models can’t use voice and data simultaneously. The smaller connector renders current accessories unusable without an adapter. There’s no NFC, and the screen size pales in comparison to jumbo Android models.

The bottom line: The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features and design, addressing its major previous shortcomings. It’s absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe.

Galaxy SIII review
There is a lot to love about the Samsung Galaxy S III. As a premium flagship smartphone, it has plenty going for it. The huge display, the power, the smooth and fast operation are all to its credit. Add to this the ability to change battery and expand storage and you’ve a very good package indeed. Of course there are always areas where we might want an improvement: the display could be brighter, for example, which is our biggest gripe. We found some bugs with screen unlock and the Smart Stay feature, designed to keep the screen on when reading, never really worked for us and, in some areas the UI is a little cartoony. Still, 30 million people can’t be wrong.

Nexus 4 review
The good: The competitively priced LG Nexus 4 delivers a pure and polished experience with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, it’s powered by a snappy quad-core processor, and it’s packed with new photo-editing and camera features.
The bad: The Nexus 4’s construction is solid but uninspiring, its call volume is too low, and it lacks 4G LTE.
The bottom line: While the LG Nexus 4 wins on internal performance and user experience, anyone shopping for an unlocked phone should consider a comparable LTE handset first.

Lumia 920 review
The good: The Nokia Lumia 920 forges new Windows Phone ground with wireless charging support and a highly sensitive screen you can use with gloves. Moreover, Nokia helps fill in Windows Phone OS gaps with a few missing features.
The bad: A thick, heavy build and slippery finish for some colors make the Lumia 920 harder to hold and carry, and the phone’s overhyped camera doesn’t have enough settings.
The bottom line: Nokia’s Lumia 920 is heavy and thick, but if you want the most powerful, feature-rich Windows phone available, this is it.

HTC one X+ review
The good: The HTC One X+ has a quad-core processor, 64GB of storage, and Android Jelly Bean, plus a great camera, all for $199.99.
The bad: The HTC One X+’s battery life is short. The phone also lacks an SD card slot, and its battery can’t be removed.
The bottom line: Although it does have some flaws, the $199.99 HTC One X+ is currently the best Android buy on AT&

There are a few disparities between the HTC One X+ and the straight One X but it’s the battery that makes the biggest difference to us. It was the weakest element of the previous device and it’s now a better performer. If you’re a One X owner, this is the thing of which you should be envious. There’s little to complain about, save a minor gripe with HTC Locations, and nothing is insurmountable. The hardware, the power, the build and the design of the HTC One X+ make this a phone we’d highly recommend, but recommend above all the others on this list? Well, we’ll see.

Galaxy Note 2 review
The Note is a device that shouldn’t work; a device that the Koreans dreamt up after too little sleep, and too many energy drinks. But somehow, it’s the most captivating phone we’ve used for a long time. Some will find it absurd, but those who want a big screen with loads of beautiful detail, a much better battery and some cool pen features will “get it” within 10 minutes of holding it for the first time. It manages to invalidate the tablet to some extent, because it’s big enough to be a powerful media device, but small enough to carry everywhere. It isn’t a phone for everyone, but those who love gadgets will take to it, and it will change their lives.

HTC 8X review
The good: The HTC Windows Phone 8X’s edgy design joins forces with a top-of-the-line processor, LTE speeds, and great call quality.
The bad: This phone’s 8-megapixel camera took a few poor pictures, the buttons are too flush, and the OS lacks some key apps.
The bottom line: With top specs and a striking design, HTC’s Windows Phone 8X makes a smart choice for anyone ready to dive into the Windows Phone OS.

Droid DNA review
The good: The beautifully designed HTC Droid DNA features a quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 4G LTE, a sharp 5-inch screen, an excellent camera, and long battery life.
The bad: The Droid DNA’s large size makes it tricky to fit in tight pockets, and it lacks both an SD card slot and a removable battery.
The bottom line: With quad-core power, 4G LTE, a lovely 5-inch screen, and a stunning design, the $199.99 HTC Droid DNA is currently Verizon’s best Android deal.

LG Optimus G review
The good: AT&T’s LG Optimus G has Qualcomm’s lightning-quick quad-core processor, supports 4G LTE, and has a gorgeous display.
The bad: The Optimus G’s camera flash is harsh and some of its photos fell flat, its battery life is short, and we found its speaker audio quality tinny.
The bottom line: With its speedy innards, LTE data speeds, and stunning screen, the LG Optimus G is one of LG’s best handsets so far, but it can’t escape its weak battery and camera.

Xperia T review
With just two announcements at CES and two more at Mobile World Congress, Sony hasn’t exactly buried us in new smartphones this year. But considering that the company enjoys big showcase events at tech trade shows, we also weren’t surprised that it used IFA to introduce a few more.

Joining the Xperia Tablet S on the Berlin stage were the new Xperia T, V, and J Android handsets. Though the devices look largely alike, they run the gamut in power and features, with the T out in front, the V in the middle, and the J bringing up the rear. As such, it’s the T that’s the most exciting of the three and the one I’ll talk about here. Oh, and by the way, Sony played a clip from the upcoming James Bond movie “Skyfall” when presenting the Xperia T. No, the phone won’t open a safe or shoot a poison dart, but it will play a starring role in Daniel Craig’s hand.

Some Reviews information in this article are collected from http://www.cnet.com

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Reviews of four popular smartphones from Samsung HTC Sony Motorola

Reviews on four popular smartphones from four powerful android phone manufacturer, Samsung Galaxy s2, HTC Sensation XL, Sony Xperia Arc S, Motorola Razr.
Above four android phones both are my favourite smartphones of the four manufactrers. And I have collected some information and reviews on these four phones from CNET.com. It’s so difficult for me to choose one to buy several months ago(Now I have own one Galaxy S3), both are very popular. Here I will share all collected reviews here.

Samsung Galaxy S II Review
The good: The Samsung Galaxy S II 4G sports a large and vivid 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. Powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, the phone also runs Android 4.0 and is 4G-capable. Camera quality is also excellent.
The bad: Call quality could be better. The device is large and has a plasticky build.
The bottom line: Despite its age, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G offers solid performance, a vibrant screen, and a great multimedia experience, which makes it the top dog on Boost Mobile.

HTC Sensation XL Review
The Good:
Beats Audio sound profile and quality headphones
Friendly HTC Sense user interface
Large screen
Solid build quality
The Bad:
Screen isn’t particularly hi-res
Average processing speed
Too many apps pre-installed
Styling won’t appeal to everyone

Sony Xperia Arc S Review
The Good:
Awesome screen
HDMI-out
Good Facebook integration throughout system
The Bad:
Low internal storage
Awkward headphone position
Same design we saw six months ago

Motorola Razr Review
The Good:
Large, colourful AMOLED screen
Nice UI design and additions
Great connectivity including HDMI
The Bad:
4G slugs battery life
Average camera
Some annoying lag