Jelly Bean rolls out to Galaxy Nexus
In a post on their Google+ account, Nexus announced that the Android 4.1 a.k.a. Jelly Bean will start rolling out to Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices today.
Google’s pretty proud of Jelly Bean, touting it as the fastest and smoothest version of Android, so far, which introduces a redesigned search experience with a new user interface and faster Voice Search. The update is also rolling out the new feature, Google Now, which gives users the right information at the right time.
“Google Now tells you today’s weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, or your favorite team’s score as they’re playing,” the post stated. “There’s no digging required: cards appear at the moment you need them most.”
The next devices to get the update will be all Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and the Motorola Xoom. And later this month, the Nexus 7 will start shipping running on Jelly Bean.
T-Mobile’s new Huawei smartphones
T-Mobile announced two new smartphones in their myTouch line: the myTouch and myTouch Q built by Huawei. The new models feature larger screens and faster processors compared to the older versions introduced last fall, and the new models are the first in the myTouch series to be built by Huawei.
The two devices are almost identical in terms of specs, with a 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) display, 1.4GHz processor, and a 5 megapixel camera. Each phone also has a front-facing camera and support for T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network, as well as a 1500mAh battery. The only difference is that the Q features a four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Redesigned Starbucks app for Android
Starbucks released a new version of their Android app which now includes mobile pay functionality to customers in the UK and Canada. The new version is redesigned with a new code base, a fresh look, and more features that makes almost as functional as their flagship iOS app.
“Setting the stage for the future around having a robust application for Android and iOS excites us for what’s to come,” Starbucks chief digital officer Adam Brotman said in an interview with VentureBeat. “You can expect a more rapid pace of releases and innovation on all mobile platforms from now on.”
The Android app now features an enhanced loyalty and payment features, and plus allows for card reload through PayPal, including a rewards history dashboard, and comes with a pin code option for protecting your digital Starbucks card. The app also features an Android-only homescreen widget with card balance and star count (every 15 stars equates to a free drink card) indicators, and a touch-to-pay icon.
Mobile Signal Booster
Wilson Electronics, North America’s leading maker of cellular signal boosters, announced the availability of the Sleek 4G-V, the world’s first 4G signal booster designed to improve cell reception in vehicles like cars, trucks, and boats.
“Devices operating on Verizon’s LTE network can now benefit from Wilson signal boosting technology just as 3G and 2G devices have done for years,” said Laine Matthews, Wilson’s director of business development. “The Sleek 4G-V allows them to maintain a strong reliable signal in weak signal areas. It’s also an ideal all-in-one phone cradle and signal booster for any driver, especially anyone living in an area where ‘hands-free’ driving is a must, or pro-active drivers practicing safe driving skills.”
Wilson claims that using Sleek 4G-V, users will experience fewer dropped connections and no-service “dead zones,” faster data transfer rates and improved battery life for wireless devices.