While I was a bit too preoccupied at ASUS's press conference to really pay attention to the details of its products (you can find said details here), later in the day, I headed over to the ASUS booth on the MWC show floor to check out the Padfone Infinity and the Fonepad.
The Padfone Infinity was first on my list. After a few minutes with the phone portion, I wasn't particularly impressed, but I wasn't appalled, either.
We're here at ASUS's press conference in Barcelona, where the company has just unveiled two new Android products: the Padfone Infinity and Fonepad.
The Padfone Infinity is the follow-up to the Padfone 2, released late in 2012, which was the successor to the original Padfone that debuted at MWC last year. The Fonepad is a tablet that also works as a phone. Right (if you actually want to know more about those things, see this post).
At an afternoon press conference across the street from MWC 2013's enormous venue, ASUS has just wrapped a (hilarious) press conference that saw the introduction of two new devices (or three?) – the Padfone Infinity and the Fonepad. Before we dive in for hands-on, let's take a quick look at the specs and pricing for the devices.
Jonney Shih with the Padfone Infinity
The Padfone Infinity is the tablet/phone combination we were expecting from ASUS today.
One of the more annoying things about the Android app ecosystem is that there are loads of apps and games that are needlessly restricted to one device or another. If you care to get down and dirty, you can edit the build.prop file on rooted devices to make your device appear to be something other than what it is. Market Helper gets you the same results, but it doesn't touch the build-prop and it's easy to revert to your original profile.
With the Android 4.2.2 update finally rolling out for most Nexus devices (minus Sprint / VZW GNex), Google has posted factory images of each on the Nexus Factory Image page. These images are useful for flashing your Nexus device back to stock, whether to get an OTA update, or fix that brick you just caused.
These images are for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi and 3G), Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus (Yakju / Takju variants).
If you're looking for the Android 4.2.2 update for the Nexus 7 3G, good news: we've got the link to download it from Google's servers (download). To get a sense of what's new in Android 4.2.2, check out our post on the new features here. And if you want an even deeper dive into the changes, you can check out the developer changelog here.
So, how do you go about flashing the Android 4.2.2 update to your Nexus 7 3G right now, instead of waiting for it to be pushed to your device over the air?
So this is interesting, Google just updated the product page for every Nexus 7 model on the Play Store, and the change on every one is the same: estimated battery life. Previously, the Nexus 7 was listed as having "Up to 8 hours of active use," but now the figure has been revised to 10 hours - within a day's time of the release of the Android 4.2.2 update (manual update download here).
We've already identified some obvious user-facing changes, which we'll post about separately soon to keep it clean and organized. The purpose of this post is, as before, to find the low-level changes that may not be obvious.
While the official OTA update to Android 4.2.2 began rolling out to the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 7, and 10 last night, you may not have received it yet. We already posted a link for the Galaxy Nexus takju build, but now we've got a couple more to share.
Update: JDQ39 from JOP40F for the Nexus 10 added.
Nexus 7: Android 4.2.2 update (JDQ39 from JOP40D, 47.7MB) (Note: Wi-Fi model only, aka grouper/nakasi)
Nexus owners may have a reason to stay up tonight, as a couple of Reddit users report that Android 4.2.2 has begun rolling out to the GSM Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7.
There's not much word regarding what the update (which carries build JDQ39) includes just yet, but readers may remember that Google promised a Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming fix in the "next release" of 4.2 after 4.2.1.