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ASUS Posts The Full Jelly Bean (4.2.1) ROM For The Transformer Pad Infinity

ASUS Posts The Full Jelly Bean (4.2.1) ROM For The Transformer Pad Infinity

ASUS started pushing Android 4.2.1 to the Transformer Pad Infinity exactly one week ago, but if you've been waiting for the blob to hit the company's download site for whatever reason, it's available now. This makes available build 10.6.1.14.4 to those who wish to manually flash (or need to recovery after a catastrophic event).

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Currently the full firmware download is available for the US (United States), WW (Worldwide), and TW (Taiwan) versions of the HD tablet.

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AT&T's Galaxy S II Skyrocket Getting Its Official Taste Of Jelly Bean, Rolling Out Now Via Kies

AT&T's Galaxy S II Skyrocket Getting Its Official Taste Of Jelly Bean, Rolling Out Now Via Kies

You know the spill by now: Samsung is pushing Jelly Beans to umpteen hundred Galaxy devices, yadda yadda yadda. Now, it's the Galaxy S II Skyrocket's turn. We haven't heard anything about this phone in some time, so to see this update make its way to the airwaves was quite a welcome surprise.

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Like many of the Jelly Bean updates for other Galaxy devices, this one appears to be rolling out exclusively via Kies – at least for the time being.

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T-Mobile's Galaxy S II Now Getting Jelly Bean, Available Via Kies Only

T-Mobile's Galaxy S II Now Getting Jelly Bean, Available Via Kies Only

The Jelly Bean rollout for Galaxy device has been fast and furious as of late, with Samsung making the update available to nearly all of its current and former flagship devices. Today's the day for T-Mobile's version of the Galaxy S II – but the download is only available via Samsung's Kies software.

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In order to pull the update, you'll need to be on the latest official firmware from T-Mobile, and must have at least 50% battery.

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Talkray Undergoes Holo Refinement In Version 1.17 Update

Talkray Undergoes Holo Refinement In Version 1.17 Update

Talkray, from the makers of the incredibly popular touch-talk app TiKL, is an ambitious app – it looks to be your one-stop shop for mobile communication on the go, communicating through text, pictures, videos, and voice all for free. Until now, though, the app has had a fatal flaw – its design. While not the worst design we've seen, Talkray had, shall we say, unfortunate looks. Inconsistent styles, gradients mixed with flat elements, and Gingerbread-style tabs abound.

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U.S. Cellular Starts The Android 4.1.2 Rollout For The Samsung Galaxy Axiom

U.S. Cellular Starts The Android 4.1.2 Rollout For The Samsung Galaxy Axiom

Samsung has slowly been updating the majority of its ICS-running Galaxy devices to Jelly Bean (4.1.2) over the last several weeks, and U.S Cellular's Galaxy Axiom is the next in line. Announced just this morning, the update should be available directly from U.S. Cellular via OTA, as well as through Samsung's Kies Software.

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This bump in Android version should be a nice one for Axiom owners, as it brings the much discussed Google Now, along with expandable notifications, and several noticeable performance enhancements over Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2) Now Rolling Out To AT&T's LG Optimus G

Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2) Now Rolling Out To AT&T's LG Optimus G

If those of you on Big Blue have been jealous of The Now Network's Jelly Bean offerings to the LG Optimus G, today's your lucky day. AT&T just announced the official Android 4.1 (4.1.2 to be exact) update for its variant of the LG flagship, complete with Google Now, expandable notifications, and all the other goodies that one expects to come with the full OS update.

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The OTA also enables the ISIS Mobile Wallet, which allows users in Austin and Salt Lake City to test the waters with the new mobile payment system.

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Android 4.2 Rolling Out Now To The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) In The U.S. [Changelog]

Android 4.2 Rolling Out Now To The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) In The U.S. [Changelog]

At the beginning of March, ASUS became the first company to push Android 4.2 to a non-Nexus device when the update came to the TF300. At the time, the company promised 4.2 for the TF700 and MeMO Pad Smart sometime "in the second quarter." We're now three days into Q2, and ASUS has started pushing the update to the TF700 (Infinity). Talk about delivering on promises.

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Announced late last night on the official ASUS Facebook page, the update brings all sorts of goodies to the device:

Upgrade to Android Jelly Bean 4.2

  • Multiple account login for up-to 4 user accounts
  • ASUS Screen Saver in DayDream Feature

New app:

  • Parental Lock
  • New Camera AP

New function:

  • Lock screen wallpaper

Improvement:

  • New UI for ASUS IME.
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SoundHound Updated With A New Tablet Interface, All Hail Big Screens

SoundHound Updated With A New Tablet Interface, All Hail Big Screens

Nothing brings a smile to my face like the words "Tablet Optimized," and thanks to SoundHound, I'll be walking around with a little grin all day long. The music recognition service has updated its Android app to include a fully realized tablet UI and a few other performance enhancements. Here are a few screenshots for comparison (taken on my Nexus 7):

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The new tablet UI replaces the boring stretched out rows with drag-able lines of large cover art, making much better use of space on the main screen, discovery, and song pages.

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[Updated] Sony Delivers On Its Promise, Starts Pushing Jelly Bean 4.1 To The Xperia TX

[Updated] Sony Delivers On Its Promise, Starts Pushing Jelly Bean 4.1 To The Xperia TX

Back in early February when Sony started pushing Jelly Bean to the Xperia T and V, it promised the same update for the TX by "the end of March." Here we are, with four days left in the month, and Sony has made good on that promise. You hear that, all other manufacturers?

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At this time it's not completely clear what enhancements this brings outside of stock Jelly Bean's improvements, but it's likely similar to that of the Xperia T, V, and TL.

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Action Launcher Looks To Realize The Full Potential Of Home Screen Widgets With 'Shutters' In Latest Update

Action Launcher Looks To Realize The Full Potential Of Home Screen Widgets With 'Shutters' In Latest Update

Action Launcher is something special. The home screen replacement made its debut a short three months ago in December, and found its way into our hearts as one of (if not the) best app of the month. What makes Action Launcher a great replacement is that it's unique – AL is totally different from any Launcher we've yet seen, and it earns that distinction with a couple of signature features: first, all your apps are a quick slide away.

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