Sony is firing off Jelly Bean updates for a few handsets this week, starting with the Xperia T and V, with the TX to receive its Android 4.1 update in March. This conforms with the statement Sony issued previously about updates to these devices, back in December. Here's what Sony says is contained in the update:
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Dropbox integration is something I've come to rely on in Android - I honestly don't know if I could do without it. Whether through the native share interface, or via direct integration with a particular app, Dropbox is my go-to for cloud storage, and has been for a while. Mobile developers wanting deep Dropbox sync integration in their apps, though, have generally been left to their own devices, necessitating the creation of custom-made solutions for those wanting to go beyond simple upload and download.
That all changes today, though, with the introduction of the Sync API. Its job is relatively simple: if you're using an app that either pulls files from, or send files to Dropbox, the Sync API will allow that app to hand off the job of making sure everything gets from point A to point B (and back again) correctly to Dropbox.
Twitter for Android received its first update in almost two months today, though it's a rather focused one: the 'search' experience has been substantially revamped. Now, instead of merely getting people and tweets results tabs, you get a mixed feed of results that can be refreshed by pulling down.
The results, as far as I can tell, are organized in three ways: tweets, people, and top tweets. If there are any Top Tweets for a particular search term, you'll see those tweets on top of the general tweet results. Above those will be the people results. Pulling down from the top of the results page will give you the newest tweets matching your search, up to about the last 15 seconds.
Mobile data hotspots aren't the world's most exciting products, though if you travel consistently, they can be an absolute lifesaver. But let's be brutally honest: the average mobile data consumer really doesn't care about the hotspot itself - as long as it works. They care about the network, and the monthly pricing. That's really it.
The hotspot is basically just a tiny little Wi-Fi router with a cellular modem and a lithium-ion battery inside. If it functions properly, you only remember it exists when the battery dies. If it doesn't, it's the worst thing in the universe, and you actively contemplate just how many pieces it would shatter into after a fall from the 4th story window of Homewood Suites.
Update: We've heard from US Cellular that the rollout will begin on February 12th - apparently someone jumped the gun on the update page.
After promising to do so in Q1 2013 back in December, Motorola has officially begun rolling out Android 4.1.2 to the Electrify M on US Cellular. The Electrify M is basically a de-Verizoned RAZR M, so it makes sense that the Electrify's update follows after its DROID kin's.
You can find a link to the standard Motorola Jelly Bean upgrade overview on US Cellular's website. The build number is 9.8.2Q-50_SLS-7. The OTA update will probably be rolling out in stages, so keep hitting that 'System Updates' button over the next week or two.
After a several-month-long stint on the Amazon Appstore (and an even longer one on iOS), epic open world RPG Aralon: Sword and Shadow is finally on the Play Store. The title is by Crescent Moon Games, the team also responsible for the decidedly less hack-and-slashy Paper Monsters.
Aralon promises 30 hours of story-infused action, with four character classes and three races to choose from. Visually, it looks like a mashup of Neverwinter Nights and The Elder Scrolls, which certainly adds to the appeal.
Reviews of the actual content and gameplay from buyers on the Amazon Appstore have generally been quite positive (its rating is heavily marred by technical issues, sadly).
After an initial debut in France, Motorola has begun distributing the Android 4.1 update to RAZR i handsets in the UK today. Just hit that 'Check for update' button as often as possible over the next week or two, and you should be able to get it. Here's Motorola's statement on the rollout.
We’re excited to announce that MOTOROLA RAZR™ i with Intel Inside is getting upgraded to Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean. Starting today, the upgrade will be rolled out to users in phases. Jelly Bean includes a number of fantastic new and improved features, including Google Now, Voice Search, and improved notifications.
Just a quick note to those Nexus 4 owners and developers out there looking for a quick and reliable way to download the official factory image: Google has put it back online. While the image has been readily available in the community during its unexplained absence, it's nice to see that whatever issue prevented Google from posting it has presumably been resolved.
The Android version and build numbers remain unchanged, as do the checksums, so it appears this is the same file that was posted originally.
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