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T-Mobile And Sprint Release Oddly Coincidental "Android Security" Updates To One S And Nexus S - Heartbleed Related?

Both Sprint and T-Mobile announced OTA updates for two long-forgotten handsets today stuck on Android 4.1.1 - the Samsung Nexus S and the HTC One S, respectively (that is, the Sprint Nexus S and the T-Mobile One S).

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Both updates are described merely as containing security enhancements, but given that Android 4.1.1 is the only known OS version potentially vulnerable to the now-infamous heartbleed exploit, it's fairly easy to determine what this is all about (HTC's site actually confirms as much).

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The History Of Nexus Phones In 3 Seconds

Google kicked off the Nexus program back in early 2010 with the Nexus One. It was a fine phone for the time, but it's vastly different than the most recent iterations of the Nexus flagship. That's illustrated quite well by this quick GIF.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Release Candidate 5 Builds Rolling Out, For The Galaxy S III, Nexus S, And More [Update]

The gold release for CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2) is very, very close, folks. The CyanogenMod team has already gone through four (count 'em, four) release candidates to date, and the fifth has just started popping up on the CyanogenMod download page. RC5 for the Sprint, MetroPCS, Cricket, and AT&T versions of the Galaxy S III are available at the time of writing, as well as the Nexus S, Nexus S 4G, Samsung Captivate, Acer Iconia Tab A700, and the Nook Tablet.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 M-Series Builds Rolling Out Now For Select Devices, More Coming Soon

With CM10, the CyanogenMod team started pushing out M-Series releases, which are designed to be a more stable alternative to nightly builds. In fact, CM cites these builds as being "mostly stable and ready for everyday use."

We saw two runs of M builds show up for CM10, which were followed by the stable release a few weeks later. Now, the team has released the first M build of CM10.1 for several devices:

  • Samsung Captivate
  • Samsung Nexus S (+4G)
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 USA models (D2*)
  • Samsung Galaxy S (galaxysmtd/galaxysbmtd)
  • Google Nexus 7
  • Google Galaxy Nexus (all variants)
  • Google Nexus 4
  • Google Nexus 10
  • ODroid U2
  • Samsung P3100, P3110
  • Samsung P5100, P5110

Of course, this is just a starter list and more devices will be added in the coming days/weeks.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Available For The Google Nexus S, Nexus S 4G, And Asus Transformer Pad 300

Another day, another round of nightly builds for the upcoming CyanogenMod 10.1. This time, the latest release of the custom ROM that brings Android 4.2 has been made available on a further 3 devices: the Google Nexus S, Nexus S 4G, and the ASUS Transformer Pad 300 (TF300T).

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Definition: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.
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The Motorola XOOM And Nexus S Will Almost Definitely Not Receive Android 4.2

With all the excitement of Nexus availability and the Android 4.2 source code being pushed into AOSP this morning, one little statement by Android developer JBQ regarding 4.2 device support in the AOSP announcement was easy to overlook.

-There is no support for 4.2 on Nexus S and Xoom. Those devices should continue using 4.1.2.

Yep, that (very, very likely - it's intentionally vague) means exactly what you think it does: it's the end of the road for software updates on the Nexus S and Motorola XOOM (and yes, that means all variants).

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Android 4.1.2 OTA (JZO54K) For Soju Nexus S Is Now Available For Download

The dedicated Android community has a way of tracking down OTA update files almost before the rollout begins. This is again the case for the newest Android 4.1.2 update for some variants of the unlocked Nexus S. Waiting for updates is for chumps, so get your Nexus S in hand, and proceed with caution.

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To use this update file, your Nexus S has to meet the following conditions:

  • The device must be the Soju variant with model number i9020T or i9023.
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Android Binaries Updated To JRO03R For All Nexus Devices; Jelly Bean Factory Image Released For The Verizon Nexus

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)
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Updated Jelly Bean Factory Images Show Up For The Nexus S and Nexus S 4G

Back in July, Google made available the stock Jelly Bean images for a couple of the Nexus S variants, as well as the GSM Galaxy Nexus, and Nexus 7. Today, the build for the global Nexus S (soja) got updated to Android 4.1.1 (JRO03L), and the Nexus S 4G (sojas) Jelly Bean 4.1.1 image (JRO03R) made its way to Google's image download site, as well.

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Unfortunately, there's still no sign of Jelly Bean showing up for the Korean version of the Nexus S (or the LTE Galaxy Nexii, for that matter).

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Android Phones Will Power NASA's Future Nanosatellites, Going Where No Nexus Has Gone Before

After the successful landing of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars this month, space exploration is once again at the forefront of everyone's minds. While the rover goes about its mission on the red planet, there are plenty of other exciting projects happening closer to home.

One of those projects is the CubeSat Launch initiative (CSLI), in which nanosatellites built by teams across the United States are hitching a ride into orbit on rockets planned for upcoming launches.

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