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  • Motorola’s Xoom Wi-Fi Tablets Now Receiving Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Update

    Motorola’s Xoom Wi-Fi Tablets Now Receiving Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Update

    Move over, Nexus 7 — you’re not the only Jelly Bean-powered Android tab in town anymore. According to a handful of Droid-Life tipsters, it appears that Motorola’s aging XOOM tablet is finally getting its crack at Google’s latest and greatest dessert-themed OS update. The process has been in the works for about two or three days now, with selected members of… Read More

  • Amazon’s Kindle Fire Gets A Taste Of Jelly Bean Thanks To Beta ROM

    Amazon’s Kindle Fire Gets A Taste Of Jelly Bean Thanks To Beta ROM

    Well, today’s shaping up to be a banner day for Kindle Fire owners. If the news of some nifty features for Kindle Fire games isn’t enough to get owners hot and bothered, how about a nice dose of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean? Android developers and hackers have been working feverishly ever since Google released Jelly Bean to the Android Open Source Project repository two days ago, and… Read More

  • Hooray! Google Now Gets Ported From Jelly Bean To Ice Cream Sandwich

    Hooray! Google Now Gets Ported From Jelly Bean To Ice Cream Sandwich

    Good news, Android fans. A developer over on the forever awesome XDA Developers forums has figured out how to extract Google Now from Android Jelly Bean and port it over to devices running Ice Cream Sandwich. The process for doing so requires a slightly geeky skill set, of course. You have to have a rooted device and you’ll need to be comfortable navigating through the Android file… Read More

  • Google Nexus 7 Review: When Hardware And Software (Mostly) Become One

    Google Nexus 7 Review: When Hardware And Software (Mostly) Become One

    Little by little, Google is slowly piecing together a more cohesive and complete mobile OS. Having the right hardware to drive Android doesn’t hurt either. While the Nexus 7 isn’t quite what I expected Google to roll out last week at I/O given the Motorola Mobility acquisition, it’s arguably the first real Android tablet to date. With a $200 starting price, Android users… Read More

  • Google Pumps Up Jelly Bean’s Face Unlock Feature With A New ‘Liveness Check’

    Google Pumps Up Jelly Bean’s Face Unlock Feature With A New ‘Liveness Check’

    Back when Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was first introduced in Hong Kong last year plenty of us jaded tech folk took a shine to its new Face Unlock feature, which allows users to unlock their devices with their front-facing cameras. Of course, we now know that it isn’t terribly secure — a picture of your face was apparently good enough to fool it — but Google seems to… Read More

  • Google Now Comes Online (Well, Its Homepage Does)

    Google Now Comes Online (Well, Its Homepage Does)

    Google Now, the smart personal search assistant announced yesterday at Google I/O, has now come online. Well, the landing page for the service has come online, that is. The new site introduces the key aspects to Google Now, which arrives in Google’s next mobile operating system, Android 4.1 (aka Jelly Bean), including its ability to track flights, keep an eye on traffic and your… Read More

  • Galaxy Nexus Owners Can Taste Jelly Bean Early With Leaked (And Tweaked) ROMs

    Galaxy Nexus Owners Can Taste Jelly Bean Early With Leaked (And Tweaked) ROMs

    In a move that shocked absolutely no one, Google’s Hugo Barra announced at the end of the first I/O keynote that attendees would receive a little prize pack as thanks for their support. Goodies included both of the company’s new Nexus gadgets, along with a Galaxy Nexus that would receive its Jelly Bean update that same day. In another move that should shock absolutely no one, that… Read More

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Revealed At Google I/O: Project Butter, Improved Search, And More

    Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Revealed At Google I/O: Project Butter, Improved Search, And More

    Google I/O just kicked off at Moscone West in San Francisco, and it wasn’t long at all before Google’s Hugo Barra pulled the curtains back on the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The update was originally thought to be a major one (rumors at the time referred to it as Android 5.0), and it seems like quite a treat for Android… Read More

  • The Google Nexus Tablet: The Top 6 Must-Have Features

    The Google Nexus Tablet: The Top 6 Must-Have Features

    Google I/O is nearly upon us, and all signs point to Google revealing a tablet later today. The device leaked and then over the last few hours several high-level sources confirmed the device’s existence. It’s likely a low-end, 7-inch tablet powered by Google’s latest mobile operating system, Jelly Bean. Try as they might, Google has yet to deliver an answer to the iPad. Read More

  • The Making Of Google’s Jelly Bean Android Statue

    Behind The Scenes: The Making Of Google’s Jelly Bean Android Statue

    As is customary, Google has erected a giant statue earlier today on the grounds of its Mountain View headquarters that represents the latest version of Android: version 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is expected to make its debut very shortly at Google I/O. Created by Giovanni Calabrese of Themendous, the statue is a large, clear jar, fitted with the proper Android accoutrements, filled to the brim… Read More