In a surprisingly quick update, the Android Open Kang project has reached its fifth Android 4.2 release, complete with some worthy additions to the list of supported devices. The much-demanded Samsung Galaxy S III international version leads the pack, with the Verizon and Sprint variants of the Galaxy Note II also making for some pleased users. (S-Pen support has been added for these models specifically.) The LG Optimus LTE, plus its American variants the Nitro (AT&T) and Spectrum (Verizon) round out the pack.
New features for JB-MR1 Build 5 include optional traditional toggles, a revamped navigation ring menu, the aforementioned S-Pen support, and a new Quiet Hours toggle. Read More
Today is a big day for the CyanogenMod team. First, official nightlies are rolling out for three more devices: the LG Spectrum (vs920), HTC Incredible 4G (fireball), and the GSM Motorola RAZR (umts_spyder). Each of these dual-core phones can start enjoying CM 10.1 right away. For the uninitiated, CM 10.1 is based on stock Android 4.2.x. If you've decided to chuck those manufacturer skins and older versions of Android, head over to get.cm and start downloading.
That's not the only news for CyanogenMod today - the M2 release is also upon us. Starting with CM 10, the team decided to release a build every month with a focus on stability. Read More
Earlier today, we highlighted a couple of forthcoming OTA updates for Verizon's Droid Incredible 2 and Rezound. Looks like the company wasn't finished approving updates for the day, however, as it just pushed some info to its support docs about a new build set to hit the LG Spectrum.
While it's not a game changer, Spectrum owners can expect a few bug fixes and enhancements, including improved dialer performance, the ability to use the camera while on a call, a better keyboard, and an option to send all calls to voicemail. The power button will also turn the display on during a voice call after the update is installed. Read More
Ah, the poor LG Spectrum. Soon after it was released with mediocre Gingerbread-based software the Samsung Galaxy S III showed up to rain on LG's parade. Well, the Spectrum is getting a big update to Android 4.0.4 that should make owners much happier. Watch out, though. It clocks in at a whopping 384MB.
Many of the new features will be familiar to users of ICS on other devices, but some of it is part of LG's Android skin. Features include:
- Customizable lock screen shortcuts
- Customizable home screen launch bar
- ICS system theme
- ICS-style app drawer with widgets
- ICS multitasking
- ICS-style notifications
- Quick settings in the notification panel
- New power saving functionality
- ICS data usage monitor
- Verizon Remote Diagnostic Tool (if you're into that sort of thing)
Yes, Jelly Bean has been out for months, but this was not a terribly well-received phone. Read More
If you jumped on the phablet bandwagon as soon as the Intuition hit Big Red's shelves, you've probably been waiting for a root exploit to hit so you can take full control of the system. Good news! Thanks to our boy jcase, you can now have what your heart so desperately desires. Let's get started.
First off, you'll need a couple of things:
- A fully working ADB setup. If you don't have this, there are plenty or resources on the net - this one happens to be my person favorite because it's so easy and provides exactly what's needed to use ADB and Fastboot.
Big Red isn't skimping on the updates over the past couple of days (though none of them are ICS) - yesterday we saw changelogs for upcoming Droid RAZR/MAXX and Droid 4 OTAs, and today, details for an upcoming OTA to the LG Spectrum hit Verizon's site.
While this update appears to be nothing more than a incremental Gingerbread update (which brings the device up to Android version 2.3.6) it does bring quite a few fixes and enhancements to the device:
As always, there's no word as to when the update will start rolling out, but most OTAs start within a few days of the documents hitting Verizon's support site. Read More
The LG Spectrum is probably one of the most impressive phones that you'll find with a sub-$200 price tag in the current market. It may not be packing the insanely powerful NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, but don't sell it short - it's a sleek device.
- 4.5-inch 1280x720 display
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
- 8MP rear shooter, 1.3MP ffc
- 1,830mAh battery
- Android 2.3.5 (Android 4.0 update promised)
- 4G LTE
It landed on Verizon just one short week ago for the reasonable price of $200, but that just wasn't good enough for the guys at Amazon wireless. Read More
LG just made official the Spectrum at CES, confirming the below list specs. It's a beast, baby!
Here's one monster product (spec-wise, at least) that you won't have to wait months after CES for. Previously rumored as the Revolution 2, Verizon is set to launch the LG Spectrum on January 19, with a display that might even give the Galaxy Nexus a run for its money:
- 4.5″ True HD IPS display (1280x720 at 329DPI), protected by Gorilla Glass
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor
- 8MP rear camera, shoots 1080p video
- 1.3MP front camera
- 1GB of RAM
- 4GB of on-board storage, 16GB micro SD card pre-installed
- 4G LTE
- Mobile hotspot shares up to 10 connections
- Android 2.3
- 1830mAh battery (optional 3000mAh extended battery available at launch)
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Dimensions: 5.33″ x 2.71″ x .41″
- Weight: 4.99 oz.