Report: Google to launch Android 5.0 Jelly Bean in 2Q12


Just as you are getting content with Google’s latest Android offering Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, there are more rumors tonight on Google’s next version of Android. The sometimes-accurate Digitimes reported that Google might launch Android 5.0 Jelly Bean this summer.

This new version of Android will reportedly have a focus on tablet PCs, but hopefully not like the tablet exclusive Honeycomb. Ice Cream Sandwich hoped to pick up on Honeycomb’s mistakes by unifying both the handset and tablet platforms.

Digitimes said Android 5.0 would have a unique feature, because it will have a dual operating system approach. It will reportedly be able to boot into both Android and Chrome without having to shutdown. Perhaps Chrome will be part of the experience like it did with the launch of the browser as an app.

We will most likely hear more at Google I/O in June where Google does many of its big announcements.

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Nexus S 4G reportedly to get Ice Cream Sandwich update tomorrow

Attention Nexus S 4G users: The moment you have been waiting for is finally hitting tomorrow. Android Police reported that the Nexus S 4G would receive the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update tomorrow, according to a screenshot of Sprint’s internal systems (seen after the break). The over-the-air update should hit any time now, so get ready. Let’s hope nothing goes wrong in the process.

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Gigabyte GSmart G1355 features dual-sim card slot, 4.3-inch screen

Gigabyte announced a new Android handset called the GSmart G1355 that is launching at the end of the month. The GSmart G1355 looks as if it is the best phone to feature a dual-SIM card slot—a rarity in many upscale devices. Most dual-SIM devices do not have the best list of specs, so this sure looks like a solid device.

Specs for the device include 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227T chipset, Android 2.3, 512MB RAM, 4.3-inch screen, and 5-megapixel camera.

The GSmart G1355 is set to see some action on the show floor of Mobile World Congress, and it is releasing at the end of the month. There is no word on pricing as of yet. Again, not the best specs, but they are decent for a dual-sim device. (via GSM Arena)

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Samsung leaks ‘Galaxy Note 10.1′ tablet for Mobile World Congress?

Spotted by The Verge, Samsung’s invitation to the upcoming “Samsung Developer Day,” set to take place at Mobile World Congress later this month, might have revealed a yet -to- be announced product: “The Galaxy Note 10.1″. The product name appears next to “Galaxy Note,” which is Samsung’s current 5.3-inch device (pictured above) that integrates the S Pen stylus. Of course, it is likely the invitation was supposed to read “Galaxy Tab 10.1.” However, the invitation does list only the S Pen SDK and bada 2.0 SDK as software being demoed. While the company already confirmed it would not be holding any press events at MWC, it will still be attending the event that is taking place Feb. 27 to March 1 in Barcelona, Spain. We will keep you posted.

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Motorola details device-specific ICS updates and timing

Handset maker Motorola Mobility, about to be acquired by Google for $12.5 billion, published today a list of devices eligible for an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade (it previously explained why device updates are taking so long). The Xoom Family Edition tablet will get ICS in the second quarter. Unfortunately, owners of other devices will have to wait even longer, particularly the Photon 4G, Atrix 2, Atrix 4G and the non-Verizon Xyboard 8.2 and 10.1 that are slated to get ICS upgrades in the third quarter. Worse, many Verizon devices lack windows, including The Razr, Razr Maxx, Droid 4, Droid 3 and Droid Bionic.

This suggests Verizon certification is pushing back the planned ICS roll out for some of Motorola’s high-end phones sold in the United States. International version of the Razr is due for an ICS upgrade during the second quarter of this year. The company re-iterated that “Our engineers and designers are combing through the code and preparing it for you.”

 

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Google’s autocomplete is at it again: Search results add character to US presidential possibilities

To get the above search results, go to Google’s main page, type in “Mitt Romney,” and take a gander at the hilarious generated autocompletes for the U.S. presidential possibility.

The top suggestions for the former Massachusetts governor are: “Mitt Romney is Mexican,” “Mitt Romney is a tool,” “Mitt Romney is an idiot,” and “Mitt Romney is a serial killer.”

ABC News was the first to notice the search displayed a host of comical suggestions that also included: “Mitt Romney is a robot,” “Mitt Romney is evil,” and “Mitt Romney is satan.”

A quick inspection for Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich revealed similar rib-tickling phrases:

More information is available below.

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Google restores new prepaid cards in Wallet, issues fix preventing re-provisioning

After we learned that Google Wallet was cracked rather easily on rooted phones, and then shortly after on non-rooted devices, Google quickly addressed the problem by temporarily disabling provisioning of prepaid cards. The flaw would allow a user to access an existing pre-paid balance after loading up a new prepaid card on a device that did not belong to them. Today Google announced a fix was issued yesterday afternoon that “prevents an existing prepaid card from being re-provisioned to another user”:

 

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NBC recruits Google and ComScore to measure viewership for 2012 Olympics

This year’s world Olympics are set to take place in London this summer. NBC Universal will do the majority of the broadcasting worldwide, and according to PaidContent, NBCU recruited Google and ComScore to develop new ways to track viewership over broadcast, mobile, cable, and Internet.

According to the report, Google will track viewership by creating a small panel of 3,000 consumers. Google will also— in its typical style— create an algorithm to help. As for ComScore, it will be conducting a study from 750 AT&T U-verse customers.

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Google+ for iOS updated: Instant upload, see who +1d posts and ‘What’s Hot’ stream

Google just released an update to its Google+ for iOS, bringing it to version 1.0.9.4278. Today’s update for the iOS app brings it up-to-par with the Google+ Android app, which was updated last week. The update brings three new updates: Instant upload of photos, you can see who +1d posts, and the new “What’s Hot” stream.

You can grab the update on the iTunes App Store.

Marketing expert talks tactics to get Apple fans ‘Samsunged’

While Samsung does not think Apple can compete in the television market (and it is not alone), the company is moving aggressively to win over Apple’s fan base with the now infamous ‘Samsunged’ campaign— a cornerstone of the South Korean conglomerate’s communications strategy. So, who is behind those pesky adverts? Director Bobby Farrelly, who is the brother of movie director Peter Farrelly of the “There’s Something About Mary,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Kingpin fame.”

However, it was Samsung’s ad agency 72andSunny that hired Farrelly to film a series of anti-Apple adverts depicting bored Apple fans waiting in line for a new iPhone. The mocking began last November and culminated with a 90-second Super Bowl commercial for the 5.3-inch Galaxy Tab device with a stylus. An interesting profile by AdWeek revealed some of the secrets and tactics marketers use to talk iPhone fans into considering Samsung products for their next gadget…

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Google Public DNS: world’s largest DNS service, with 70 billion requests a day

Google has announced on their Official Google Blog that Google DNS is now the world’s largest DNS service, processing a whopping 70 billion requests a day. Google’s DNS efforts make for faster load times if you choose to use the service. Google describes DNS as, “If you had to look up hundreds or thousands of phone numbers every day, you’d want a directory that was fast, secure and correct.”

We launched Google Public DNS in December 2009 to help make the web faster for everyone. Today, we’re no longer an experimental service. We’re the largest public DNS service in the world, handling an average of more than 70 billion requests a day.

Google also dropped word that they currently have over 10 million users using the service. 70% of Google DNS’ traffic comes from outside of the United States, with key markets being North America, South America, Europe, and an emerging Asia.

Not using Google DNS? Check out how.