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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

Jelly Bean takes 40 percent share of Android devices in July

Jelly Bean is on the rise -- while Gingerbread continues its steady, slow decline.

Jelly Bean is now on 40.5 percent of all active Android devices, according to Google's Android developer dashboard page, which shows July numbers.

That compares with 37.9 percent in June.

Gingerbread, which has stubbornly maintained share since its introduction in December of 2010, had a 33.1 percent share, down from 34.1 percent in June.

As Phandroid points out, these percentages aren't representative of every Android device, particularly in markets like China where older versions of Android have been popular. The … Read more

HP launches Android-based SlateBook 'PC'

Editors' note: This story was originally published on July 30, 2013 1:39 PM PDT. It has been updated to include confirmation from HP.

The SlateBook x2, Hewlett-Packard's foray into the Android convertible market, is now available on the company's sales site.

The tablet-laptop hybrid was slated to be available in August but has arrived early on HP's U.S. sales site. HP also launched the SlateBook in Japan on Monday.

Listed as the HP SlateBook 10-h010nr x2, it is branded as a "PC," even though it runs Android Jelly Bean -- not Windows 8. … 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

LG unveils white Nexus 4, says no plans for for Nexus 5

LG unveiled on Tuesday a white version of its blockbuster Nexus 4, while an executive nixed plans for a sequel device.

An LG executive told Dutch Web site All About Phones that it has no plans to build the Nexus 5, citing Kim Wong, head of LG's Europe business. The report was translated by Android Beat.

An LG representative confirmed the executive comments, but noted that the company wouldn't rule out another Nexus in the future. The representative said that the executive intended to convey the belief at LG that it didn't need the Nexus name to … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tablet may run on Intel chip

Samsung may do something it has never done: Put an Intel chip in a Galaxy Tab.

The Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Android tablet is expected to sport a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom CloverTrail+ chip, industry sources familiar with the product told CNET. The plus sign means the CloverTrial chip packs a high-performance PowerVR SGX544 MP2 graphic processing unit from Imagination Technologies.

Other specs include Android 4.2.2 and a 1,280 x 800 display.

Samsung is slated to reveal the Galaxy Tab at Computex, which starts June 4 in Taipei.

While Intel processors power a raft of Windows … Read more

Perfect Applock Free for Android 4.2.2 Review

Something as portable and easy to lose as your smartphone deserves more than the good intentions of strangers to protect your apps and data when (not if) it goes AWOL. With so many free security apps, why would you let that happen? Perfect App Protector Free is a great example. It's also called the Lite version of a Pro app. Some users may even know it as Perfect Applock Free. Whatever you call it, this easy-to-use but effective security app from Morrison Smart Software can protect your stuff. We tried it in a Samsung Galaxy S3 with Android 4.… Read more

Possible new Samsung tablets' specs leak, high-end 10-incher among them

Leaked specifications for three new Samsung tablets show some promising additions to its already expansive lineup. Android Community reports that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, in 10.1-inch and 8-inch versions, were leaked in addition to a higher-end 10.1-inch tablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 models are rumored to ship with Android 4.1, sport a 1,280x800-pixel resolution, and house a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, as well as a 3-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, and microSD card slot.

The 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 is listed to have 1GB of RAM, in comparison to the … Read more

Get Android 4.2 Quick Settings on any device

As one of the more handy options in Android 4.2.2, the Quick Settings menu gives users easy access to common device settings.

Accessible by swiping down from the right side of the notification bar, the menu allows for toggling of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, brightness, and more.

Unfortunately, only 2 percent of today's Android smartphones run Android 4.2, with even fewer running this particular release. Enter AntTek Quick Settings.

Available for any Android device running 2.1 or later, this free application provides not only the standard Quick Settings options, but a ton of extras as well.

Even … Read more

Toggle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth from Quick Settings on Android 4.2.2

A relatively minor update for the Nexus line of devices, Android 4.2.2, was released last week by Google. The update, which included various performance improvements, also included a change to the behavior of the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi tiles in Quick Settings.

To access Quick Settings, you simply swipe down from the top of your screen with two fingers. You'll see various tiles, all allowing you to quickly access their respective settings screen. New in the 4.2.2 update is the ability to long-press on the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth icons, toggling the state of the service.

It'… Read more