Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

27
Nov
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And the tip of the day, month, year goes to... Syko Pompos! Here I was, sitting on the couch, trying to order the 16GB Nexus 4 for the last 4 hours. That's a lot of hours practically wasted. And I'm not even talking about the first batch which resulted in exactly the same failures and poor experience.

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Turns out, there's a little trick you can use to defeat these errors and finally place your Nexus order.

27
Nov
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Android 4.2.1 along with its source were released today, but outside of the December bug in the People app, it wasn't immediately apparent whether it contained other fixes and improvements or not. The list of files touched by the Nexus 4 OTA was extensive, but now thanks to developer Al Sutton, we can confirm that most of those were probably just minor edits to bump the version number.

According to Al and his handy AOSP diff script, here are the only changes in Android 4.2.1 (4.2.1_r1) open source code compared to Android 4.2 (4.2_r1).

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Nov
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Last Updated: February 12th, 2013

Earlier today, both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10 started receiving small ~1MB OTAs to Android 4.2.1 with fixes to the missing month of December in the People app, among other things. The corresponding open source files are being pushed by Google to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) as we speak, Android release engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru just announced in the Android Building group.

The build number is JOP40D and the tag is android-4.2.1_r1.

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Nov
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Last Updated: November 20th, 2012

File this one under How did Google not have a test for this? Got a birthday or anniversary in December? Sorry - Android 4.2 doesn't know what December is. Well, rather the People/Contacts app that comes stock and is part of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) doesn't. Wait... what?

We couldn't believe it either, but it's true. Google forgot to include December. As in, there are 11 months in a year.

17
Nov
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Last Updated: October 13th, 2013

Google is pushing out an updated Google Play Store version 3.10.9 that follows the previous versions 3.9.16 and 3.9.17. As always, we have the APK for your downloading pleasure (thanks, @WinDroidGuy!).

What's New

So far, I noticed a new screen that pops up after you start installing new apps.

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Nov
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ASUS hasn't forgotten Transformer Prime owners - after rolling out Jelly Bean back in September, the company is pushing a small bug fixer over the air with version 10.4.2.17. The update actually began yesterday, but we waited a bit for the official changelog to come through - after all, what's the point of playing the guessing game if we can't add anything of value, right?

As I mentioned, the changes are pretty specific and far from critical, but it's better to see them and know what ASUS didn't do than run all over TF201's dark corners looking for something that isn't there.

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Nov
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Update: This upgrade is now live! It will be rolling out over the air starting today. Just be patient. Or repeatedly hit that "Check now" button. Either way.

The Optimus G, LG's powerhouse which serves as the base for the Nexus 4, is going to be released on Sprint on November 11th. At launch, it will receive an OTA to version LS970ZV8, we learned today from internal Sprint documents.

The update will bring the following enhancements and fixes to this quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro beast:

  • Intermittent freezing/locking up
  • Intermittent device reset during  YouTube playback
  • No power on due to Wi-Fi crash
  • Sprint ID icon randomly shows as Mobile ID icon
  • MSL protection for ##DIAG# should be on
  • Reply to All in email: Device was including the sender name, outside of normal.
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Nov
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Last Updated: November 14th, 2012

The new Nexus devices just went live, and, as promised, Google has simultaneously started pushing the code for the latest iteration of our favorite mobile OS - Android 4.2 Jelly Bean - to the Android Open Source Project. Jean-Baptiste Queru, chief Android release engineer, announced the news via a post to the Android Building group.

Update 11:22am: Android 4.2 source just finished replicating to AOSP. "The platform source files for 4.2 have finished replicating, you can now sync." -JBQ

The build number is JOP40C, while the AOSP tags is android-4.2_r1.

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Nov
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Following the ATRIX HD, the recently announced Electrify M destined for U.S. Cellular is Motorola's newest member of the bootloader unlock program. The Electrify M is basically the RAZR M with minor visual tweaks but, unlike its Verizon sibling, won't come in a separate, more expensive developer-friendly flavor. Instead, like the Photon Q on Sprint and the RAZR i/HD outside of U.S., it's unlockable out of the box.

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An unlocked bootloader means Electrify M owners will have full blessing of US Cellular and Motorola to customize software on their devices and flash custom ROMs, in exchange for losing the warranty, of course (in case there is any confusion, Motorola specifies: "Once you get the unlock code, your device is no longer covered by the Motorola warranty; in other words, please don't blame us if things go wrong, even if they appear unrelated to unlocking the bootloader.").

02
Nov
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Last Updated: October 13th, 2013

On the heels of the Android 4.2 dump from the Nexus 4, today we have a slightly updated version of the Google Play Store with version 3.9.17 that follows the previously released version 3.9.16.

What's New

Upon closer inspection and analysis, I found a new set of XXHDPI 144x144px icons for tablets with similar to the Nexus 10 high density as well as some changes to the code for recommendations and Play Store widgets, though I couldn't pinpoint the exact differences in those.

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