Android Jelly Bean : Download the Wallpapers for your device now

After every new Android version is out, devs always meet the one day deadline to leak parts of the new OS, as well as whole ports. Today , we have already gotten the whole set of wallpapers from Jelly Bean , available for download and use straight on your device. I’m using it myself, and I have to say , I’m really liking the new wallpapers. The direct download is available here and is a 2.2 MB file , which gives you 12 stunning wallpapers. If you cant wait for the update to arrive, here’s something that can get you that Jellyfied feeling.

Nexus 7 Tablet : Specs, Price and Availability in Malaysia

Google’s day one conference at I/O was arguably the best conference from the search giant. There were a ton of announcements, all giving glimpses of Android’s future and where it’s headed to. Android 4.1 , the Nexus 7 and Q , and Project Glass were highlights of the show. But what stole the show was definitely the Nexus 7. The fruit of Google’s partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer Asus was unveiled, an certainly whetted many appetites. Google was in the tablet market, and with the best slate for the job. A sub-$200 pricing and flagship specs make this purchase a no brainer. You woudn’t even consider Amazon’s Kindle Fire, with the Nexus beating the Fire in every way possible , except one – content. So what exactly is so great about the Nexus 7? When is it going to be available in Malaysia ,and for how much? Read on to find out.

Specifications and Hardware

As you can see from the pic above, the Nexus 7 has some very eye catching features, some only available to flagship tablets like the Transformer Prime, which also costs RM1000 more. It’s a miracle how Google and Asus managed to keep costs down in spite of the specs. The Nexus 7 is a buttonless tablet has a 7″ 1280 x 800 HD display , that’s strengthened by Gorilla Glass. It runs on a quad – core Tegra 3 CPU , clocked at 1.2Ghz but it can upscale to 1.3Ghz anytime paired with its 12 – core GPU which proved to boost this tablet’s gaming performance dramatically in the demo. There’s no back- facing camera, but there’s a front facing 1.2 MP one. The Nexus also comes with the standard slew of sensors and of course NFC. The highlight of this tablet that sets it apart from every Android device available, is that it comes with Android’s latest version, Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean brings a lot of new and much wanted features to the table. Among the new features is a new search , Google Now, new Maps features , auto resizing widgets and finally , Android is going to be silky smooth with the introduction of Project Butter. The tablet is also being branded a Google Play tablet, with all Play’s services integrated very well with the OS. Magazines, Books, Games, Apps, Music and Chrome are all readily accessible and offer robust features.

Pricing and Availabilty

After looking at the specs, you’d sure to be looking at a RM1500 – 1800 ( $400-500) pricing for the slate. Well, you were wrong. Google has set the price of the tablet at $199 ( RM 600 ) for the 8GB version and $249 ( RM 780 ) for the 16GB version. That’s incredibly cheap and more than half the price of the cheapest iPad 3 model available. Which also brings us to the availability of the tablet itself. Google is already taking pre-orders for the tablet in its own Google Play Store, and is expected to ship the Nexus sometime mid – July. It’s unfortunate that the Play Store isn’t available in Malaysia currently. However , Google have assured us that the Nexus would be sold in other stores around the world, with Google absorbing marketing costs. When that will reach Malaysia, we don’t know . But ASUS is an Asian company, and they have been quick with Transformer launches here. We have reason to believe that ASUS will push the Nexus sales in Malaysia, and expect it to arrive here around August – September. We have reached out to ASUS on the matter of availability and will let you know when we have confirmation.

Stay tuned to CrackTech for all the latest info.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean review: a look at what’s changed in Google’s mobile OS

Android 41 Jelly Bean review a look at what's changed in Google's mobile OS

Google’s next iteration of Android wasn’t quite the full-point release jump that many of you were perhaps anticipating. Rather than using Google I/O 2012 as the launching pad for Android 5.0, we’re being formally introduced to v4.1 — a mere 0.1 ahead of where Ice Cream Sandwich placed us around six months ago. Aside from grabbing a name change, the minor numerical bump also provides Jelly Bean the opportunity to usher in a few new features for Nexus owners to enjoy.

If you missed yesterday’s keynote, Google revealed that Android 4.1 would arrive on Nexus devices in “mid-July,” but there’s no clear word on when partner companies will begin pushing it to their products. Moreover, pundits are quick to point out the legions of Android products that still haven’t made the leapto 4.0, leaving us to wonder if those Froyo and Gingerbread laggards will simply take the fast track to 4.1 now that it’s (almost) available. Care to see if the latest and greatest will live up to your expectations once it lands in a few weeks? Head on past the break as we discuss some of the larger changes that Jelly Bean has to offer.

By and large, Jelly Bean is Ice Cream Sandwich. Just … nicer. And smoother. And with a few additions that make it worth yearning for. Here at I/O, we were provided with a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, preloaded with v4.1. Outside of the new Android build, it’s the same phone we first saw in Hong Kong last October. As these things tend to go, the actual UI changes only tell a portion of the story. It’s tough to talk about Jelly Bean’s significance without first talking about Project Butter. Continuing Google’s long obsession with cuisine, the whimsically named initiative is an appreciated one. Effectively, Google has retooled Android to be even more responsive, so that it ramps up whatever power lies within the moment a finger touches the screen. The goal here is to achieve 60 frames per second across the board on modern hardware; that could mean bad news for older devices that may or may not get the update, but phones like the Galaxy Nexus seem to gain horsepower simply due to coding improvements.

In our testing, an already zippy phone simply felt perfectly smooth. Buttery, even. Chrome loaded in an instant. Toggling voice search didn’t result in a single pause. Swiping between photos was shockingly brisk. We could go on, but it’s really simple: Android is finally at a place where it feels completely buttoned-up from a silkiness standpoint. In the past, you needed cutting-edge hardware to overcome some irregularities and inefficiencies in the code. With v4.1, you’re actually getting more features, without feeling there’s a speed hit on the other end. In fact, you’re gaining features and perceived speed. And really, who wouldn’t be into that?

Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the more significant changes introduced in Jelly Bean. Click on after the break to check out the full rundown .

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Google Nexus 7 vs. Asus Transformer Pad Infinity: Tegra 3 vs. Tegra 3

Google Nexus 7 vs. Asus Transformer Infinity - Comparison

 

Asus’s Transformer Pad Infinity is the best Android tablet on the market. Unfortunately, its reign may be short lived, as Google’s Nexus 7 is hitting consumer hands in mid-July. (Ironically, Asus is responsible for manufacturing both.) There are obvious discrepancies in size, and the Nexus 7 doesn’t transform into a faux laptop via a keyboard dock. But folks will likely pay no mind to that, as the Nexus 7 is just $199 for the 8GB model. Basically, it’s like the blueprints from every great Android tablet was implemented into one 7-inch super device. So which one should you choose?

Nexus 7
Processor Quad-Core Tegra 3 NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core T33 1.6GHz
RAM 1GB 1GB
Display Type 7-inch HD 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with 600 nits brightness
Display Specs 1280 x 800 (216 ppi) 1920 × 1200
Operating System Android 4.1 Android 4.0
Storage 8GB or 16GB 32GB or 64GB
Rear Camera No 8-megapixel Auto-focus w/LED Flash, F/2.2 Aperture, 1080p video recording
Front Camera 1.2-megapixel 2-megapixel
Battery 4325 mAh (Up to 8 hours of active use) Pad only: 25Wh – 9.5 hours
Pad + Dock: 25Wh+ 19.5Wh – 14 hours
Cellular (on select models) NA NA
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes Bluetooth 3.0
Ports Micro USB, 3.5mm headphone jack 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Head Phone / Mic-in) /
1 × Micro-D HDMI 1.4a port / 1 × microSD Card Slot /
Connectivity 40-pin connector
Height 7.81 inches (198.5 mm) 10.3 inches (263 mm)
Width 4.72 inches (120 mm) 7.11 inches (180.8 mm)
Depth 0.41 inch (10.45 mm) 0.33 inch (8.5 mm)
Weight 0.74 pounds (340 grams) 1.31 pounds (598g)
Colors Black Amethyst Gray, Champagne Gold

Google I/O 2012 : What to expect?

This year’s already been filled with exciting announcements and much awaited events. Apple’s WWDC conference just ended, arguably the biggest event of the year, and the most anticipated so far. Google ‘s I/O conference is Google’s version of it , and has certainly been gaining traction over the years. This year is gearing up to be the most exciting I/O conference yet, with tons of rumours pouring in from as early as March. The conference kick – starts at June 28 , 12.30 AM Malaysian Time ( GMT + 8) . That’s June 27 , 5.30PM for all you UK readers. So , what should you be expecting from the conference? Read on to see our breakdown of the rumours .

Google and Asus Nexus 7 Tablet

Ah, the Nexus 7. People started speculating about from the days of the Motorola Xoom and original iPad announcement. At the time, Android was never tablet ready, and its app offering wasn’t either. Meanwhile, the iPad stole the show for 3 years with its polished iOS and 100,000 exclusive apps. Of course, Google hasn’t been keeping quiet. Honeycomb launched specifically for tablets, and Ice Cream Sandwich followed last year , bridging the gap between smartphone and tablet . Finally, Android tablets actually made people consider them , with their budget pricing and big spec sheets.

This year, Google is about to bring its renowned Nexus branding to a tablet, and that tablet is going to be manufactured by Asus. It only seems fit, as Asus has been doing a spectacular job with its Transformer series, especially the Prime. Great specs and build quality paired with excellent battery life and docking functionality, all it needed was a lower price. Google might actually pull it off. With the Nexus 7 certainly running a vanilla version of Android , most probably a new version , Android 4.1 Jelly Bean , which also might make a cameo today. The Nexus 7 also pleases in the specs front, with a Tegra 3 CPU reportedly keeping this thing going, paired with a front facing camera and 1GB RAM, as well as a 7 – inch 1280 x 720 display.  There’s no mention of a rear-facing camera, which would make sense considering its RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP purported pricing of $199 for the 8GB version and $299 for the 16GB version. Most people dont actually use the rear – camera on their tablets anyway. The front camera is of course usefull for Skype and Face Unlock.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Jelly Bean is Google’s latest offering of its open source Android OS, and is set to be an incremental update,like Gingerbread over Froyo,  rather than a large overhaul like Ice Cream Sandwich was over Gingerbread. Not much is actually known about what new features Google might bring to the table. The only thing actually confirmed is the name and its unveiling today, as Google have already erected its trademark statue of Jelly Beans outside its HQ. Google has done this for every new iteration of the OS, from the early days of Cupcake to the Jelly Bean of today. The screenshots above were released by Google to show off its Google I/O app. Sharped eyed readers of course picked out the differnce between the search bar above and the search bar in existing ICS builds. Could this be a cameo of Jelly Bean from Google themselves? Cheeky aren’t they.

Once again , everything will be revealed in their conference , kicking off today. Stay tuned for all the updates at CrackTech.

 

[Leaked] Photo shows Nexus booth at Google I/O Conference venue

Photographic Evidence That a Nexus Device is Launching at Google I/O

Google most anticipated conference is here, and that is the Google I/O 2012. Rumours have been trickling down all the way back from March about what exactly Google has up its sleeve for the rest of 2012 and 2013. One of them , is the rumoured Nexus 7 Tablet. Much info has leaked, and this photograph taken by Reddit user Michael Evans only proves that there is certainly going to be a Nexus branded launch today. From the grainy photo above, you can make out a booth with Nexus branding on the third floor. This is certainly whetting our appetite and we can’t wait to see what happens during the conference.

Stay tuned for all the latest updates from CrackTech

Native Firefox Android browser adds speed, Flash, HTML5 and a fresh look (hands-on)

DNP Native Firefox Android browser adds speed, fresh look, Flash, HTML5 and, er, speed

After a brief stretch in beta followed by some vague teasing, Firefox’s native Android app update is finally set to hit Google Play. While there are a raft of other bells and whistles — a new welcome page, curvy Australis tabs, Flash and HTML5 support, for starters — the company is giving the browser’s newfound speed the MVP treatment. That rapidity is as good a place as any to start a quick hands-on, especially since the native browser lag on our older Galaxy S handset often makes us want to hurl it through a pane of glass. Mozilla claims it built Firefox to a new benchmark it developed called Eideticker, resulting in an overall browser experience twice as fast as the stock Android one. As advertised, initial loading is quasi-instant, and navigation, zooming and tab switching seemed smooth as well, even on the two-gen-old phone.

Feature-wise, preferences and other desktop settings imported easily with Firefox Sync’s shared password system, and the unfortunately named “Awesome Page” is the new home screen shown above, from which it’s fairly simple to launch your preferred sites. Flash and HTML5 generally displayed correctly despite a few minor rendering bugs, and appearance-wise, the curved tabs and other design touches make it one of the more elegant Android browsers we’ve played with. We were disappointed that the browser didn’t detect and display mobile sites by default, but the installation of the Phony 3.2 add-in allows mobile site detection based on the criteria of various android browsers, and seems to work well. We also didn’t like that tabbed browsing now requires two taps, unlike the previous version, but we imagine that the new way was required for the increased speed. Overall, Firefox is a welcome addition to the Android ecosystem — we bet you’re just as eager to start browsing as we are, so stay tuned for the app to hit Google Play later today, or jump past the break for a quick speed demo from the kind folks at Mozilla.