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New software update addresses Nexus 7 multitouch issues

A software update is rolling out to the new Nexus 7 that should fix the multitouch problems, according to new reports.

For all of the praise for the new Nexus 7, it is not above the occasional glitch. Some early adopters of the next-gen tablet found problems with pinching to zoom or using two fingers.

Word began to trickle out in the days following the Nexus 7 release that Google was investigating issues relating to the tablet's display.

Paul Wilcox, Google community manager for Android, posted the following response in an ongoing thread at Google's product forum: "… Read more

HTC One Developer Edition to jump directly to Android 4.3

HTC will skip the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the HTC One Developer Edition and jump straight to the 4.3 release.

Jason Mackenzie, HTC's president of global sales, recently took to Twitter to address concerns about timely software updates for the HTC One Developer Edition. Specifically, he was asked why Verizon's HTC One will launch with 4.2.2 Jelly Bean yet the developer-centric model is still running 4.1. The reason, Mackenzie says, is that "Android 4.3 is so close" and that the 4.2.2 is a "minor … Read more

HTC One X+ starts its Android 4.2.2 update

HTC has begun issuing an Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the HTC One X+, according to a number of reports.

The high-end smartphone of 2012 is seeing the Android 4.2.2 update with Sense 5 UI, albeit in a limited number of devices. Reportedly, only unlocked One X+ models in Asia are picking up the sizable (484MB) update.

The package gives you the BlinkFeed interface, automatic video highlights, and an updated music app with visualizations. Of course there are standard Android goodies in there, too, including lock screen widgets and the Daydreams feature.

Other HTC One … Read more

First Key Lime Pie builds begin popping up?

The first signs of a new Key Lime Pie build of Android have surfaced, albeit in a somewhat unconventional manner.

A user in the Chromium bug tracker (Chromium is Chrome's open source backbone) recently reported running tests on a variety of mobile devices. Among them, a Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 were listed as having the KRS36B build of Android.

The finding is interesting since both devices recently saw official updates that brought them current with builds JSS15J and JWR66V, respectively. The first letter in the build almost always matches up to the Android version. For instance, "J&… Read more

Android 4.3 hidden feature lets you tap into app permissions

Android users can now control the permissions granted to their apps, courtesy of the latest flavor of Jelly Bean.

Available only in Android 4.3, a hidden feature known as App Ops displays the various permissions granted to different apps, according to blog site Android Police. For example, the feature can show you which apps detect your location, read your calendar, and access your contacts.

Much of this activity is normal as you'd want an app such as Gmail to access your contacts. But you may want to peruse the list anyway to see what's going on behind … Read more

Android 4.3 to hit Sony Xperia smartphones, tablet

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean just spilled out Wednesday, but Sony has already lined up the devices slated to receive Google's latest update.

Sony's Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP, and Xperia Z Ultra were confirmed as some of the recipients for Android 4.3, according to a Thursday press release. An ellipsis after Xperia Z Ultra suggests that other devices may also be in line.

No launch date was revealed for the Android 4.3 updates. Sony is still busy rolling out Android 4.2 to certain devices, such as the Xperia … Read more

Some Samsung phones could skip to Android 4.3

Samsung might skip the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update in favor of the 4.3 release for the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3, according to a new rumor.

As some readers know first-hand, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are currently awaiting an Android 4.2.2 update. According to a source known to tech site Temefy, Samsung won't issue the next update for the two units until either November or December. Allegedly, this is so that these smartphones can scoop up the 4.3 release.

The anonymous tipster also claims … Read more

Android's Jelly Bean surpasses Gingerbread for the first time

Android's Jelly Bean operating system has finally toppled the older and uber-popular Gingerbread. According to Android usage data that Google released Monday, Jelly Bean now has 37.9 percent adoption and Gingerbread has 34.1 percent.

This is an increase of 4.9 percentage points for Jelly Bean since last month. In June, Jelly Bean had 33 percent usage and Gingerbread had 36.5 percent. The new data reflects usage from the 14-day period ending on July 8.

While Jelly Bean is now the most popular OS for Android, users are still split between versions 4.1 and 4.… Read more

Android 4.3 spotted on HTC One Google Play edition

Android 4.3 appears to be playing a game of "Where's Waldo?" -- seemingly popping up in one upcoming smartphone after another.

The latest sighting comes courtesy of the Bluetooth SIG, which uncovered an application for Google's version of the HTC One that listed Android 4.3 as the operating system. Revealing Bluetooth certification for the phone, the application was submitted on June 18 and approved on July 5.

The design name PN071xx_Android 4.3_G specifically refers to the HTC One and the operating system version, while the G likely stands for Google.

The request for … Read more

Android 4.2.2 hits international HTC One

HTC has begun deploying an Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update to the HTC One, according to Android Central.

Users living in Taiwan are reportedly starting to see the Android 4.2.2 update. While HTC has yet to make any formal announcements, the 456MB update file includes a number of changes to the flagship smartphone. Among the details are a new lock screen style and widget, an enhanced launcher bar, quick settings, and a battery percentage in the notification bar.

For now, only those in Taiwan are reported to see the update; however, we might soon expect some … Read more