Justice may be sweet, but when it comes to patents, it's not usually swift. In the case of Apple's multiple, far-reaching patent disputes with Samsung, it took them a few weeks to get an injunction on the Galaxy Nexus based on the controversial results of the billion-dollar patent infringement suit. After Samsung took its case to the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals, the higher judiciary power has sided with the Korean manufacturer. The judge in the case accepted their claims that the relatively low sales numbers of the Galaxy Nexus didn't pose a threat to Apple's business, and that sales of the device couldn't be directly connected to the offending patent feature (universal search).
The newest sets of binaries for Nexus devices have been published and are now available to download on Google's Nexus drivers page. This new batch of binaries is for Android 4.1.1 build JRO03R, and covers basically all Nexus phones and tablets:
- Nexus S (crepso)
- Nexus S 4G (crespo4g)
- Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi (wingray)
- Galaxy Nexus GSM (maguro)
- Galaxy Nexus LTE (toro)
- Nexus 7 (grouper)
Today's the day, Galaxy Nexus owners - Verizon just updated its support documents to reflect the long-awaited Jelly Bean update. From what we're hearing, the OTA is already rolling out, so you should be able to pull it down right now. You'll just need to jump on Wi-Fi and head into Settings > About phone > System update.
The Jelly Bean update started rolling out to the Sprint variant of the Galaxy Nexus three short days ago, but if you still haven't gotten it or are rooted and have been waiting to install it manually, you can now grab it directly from Google's servers.
Before flashing this, a couple of things need to be in order:
- You must be on the latest Sprint OTA (FG01).
- You must be running a custom recovery, have an unlocked bootloader with the stock recovery, or be rooted with a stock/locked device.
Once those requirements are met, you're only a flash away from jumping up to Android 4.1.1.
As was reported yesterday, it looks like the Sprint Galaxy Nexus will, in fact, be receiving its upgrade to Jelly Bean. Finally. According to documents on Sprint's support page, the JRO03R build starts rolling out today. It looks like it will be an OTA update. If you want to compulsively check for it, though, you can do so in Settings.
We're still waiting to see if the Nexus S 4G will also get the promised Jelly Bean update, as we'd also heard. Until then, though, Galaxy Nexus owners, if you receive an OTA update, let us know. The release date heavily implies that it should be rolling out now, but, like you, we won't be satisfied until it's in users hands.
CDMA-based Nexuses (Nexii?) tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to timely updates. The promise of the Nexus is that you'll always have the latest Android experience just the way Google imagines it. While the international version of the Galaxy Nexus has had Jelly Bean for a while, Sprint's been left in the cold. Until, tomorrow, September 6th, if Android Central's source is correct.
Here's the email that a tipster sent in:
While the GSM Galaxy Nexus has been running Jelly Bean since Google I/O, there hasn't been a single word of the update for the Verizon Nexus. Until now.
Last night, one lucky XDA member received a system update on his phone to install build JRO03O, which is the newest Jelly Bean build we've heard of.
It's pretty evident that this is just a test build, as there's nary a word about the update anywhere else; even Verizon's support channel is void of any info. What this does indicate, however, is that Big Red is testing the update, so we'll hopefully see a final OTA shortly.
While the tech world waits with bated breath for the conclusion of Apple's United States case against the world's most prolific smartphone maker, another case is just wrapping up in Samsung's home country of South Korea. The Wall Street Journal reports that a Seoul court found both Apple and Samsung in violation of each other's patents, with the former violating two of Samsung's patents and the latter violating one of Apple's.
Samsung must pay 25 million won to Apple while they get 20 million won in return for each patent violation - in U.S. dollars, that's $22,000 and 2x$17,650, respectively. More interesting are the device bans put in place.
The post also notes that the Maguro build that hit last night actually went up by mistake and shouldn't have been posted until tonight. As a result, a new build (126.96.36.199) will go live with the rest of the stable releases tonight.
Slowly but surely, the CyanogenMod team has been working towards the stable release of CM9 (which is based on Android 4.0).
Last week, we took at a look at the best tablets for students and parents alike. Today, we've picked through the hundreds of offerings out there to pick the best overall and best on-a-budget smartphones on all the major carriers. As a bonus, we took a look at the latest offerings on some of the more popular pay-as-you-go carries, which can oftentimes be the best choice for a student.
With that, let's get started.
For the first time in the history of forever, there is one clear winner for "best Android phone" on all major carriers:
The Samsung Galaxy S III
As I started working on this roundup, I realized after completing two carrier breakdowns that nothing would trump the GSIII on any of the Big Four (or U.S.