This Week in Android 11.25 – 12.01

Posted on Dec 3 2012 - 9:28am by Kyle Morris

News

  • Nexus 4 in stock and out of stock yet again.
  •  Mozilla wants to bring Open SWF to Android.
  • Oracle drops patent claims against Google.
  • HTC releases Droid DNA kernel source.
  • Google Maps goes live in Mexico
  • You can now pre-order books on The Play Store
  • Android 4.2.1 Build JOP40D live in AOSP
  • Google looking to align releases of Chrome across all devices by early next year.
  • Google+ integration in Play Store now live.
  • Facebook pushing employees to switch to Android if they haven’t already.

Device Releases

  •  Samsung Galaxy Note II (Verizon) $300
    • 5.5” Super AMOLED display at 720 x 1280
    • Quad-Core Cortex A9 processor at 1.6GHz
    • 2GB of RAM
    • 16GB of storage
    • Micro SD slot
    • 8MP Rear Cam, 1.9MP front
    • WiFi
    • 3100mAh
  • Samsung Galaxy Axiom (US Cellular) $80
    • 4” Display
    • 1.5GHz processor
    • 4GB internal storage
    • Android 4.0

App Updates

    • Drag & Drop
    • Streaming Media Player
    • Better Root Support
  • Chrome 
    • Stability and performance improvements.
  • Google Drive
    • Edit Google spreadsheets in new native editor
    • Edit contents of tables in Google Docs editor
    • Formatting is maintained when copy/pasting within Google Docs
    • Single tap to enter edit mode in Google Docs editor
    • Add a shortcut to Drive files/folders to your homescreen for quick access
    • Send Link now supports copying link to clipboard
  • Adobe Photoshop Touch 
    • Optimized user interface for 7-inch devices (minimum screen resolution 1024×600)
    • Smoother brush strokes
    • Two new Effects: Lens Flare (under “&” menu) and Stamp Pattern
    • Improved grid layout for projects, tutorials, and images
    • New support for sharing to Facebook, Twitter, and other registered apps
    • Quick access to last 5 colors with new shortcut (drag down on Color)
    • Various bug fixes
  • Netflix 
    • Large volume button
    • Easy scrubbing with new screen stills
    • Added support for Android v4.2
    • Improved stability and playback bug fixes
  • AnTuTu Benchmark 
    •  Full support multi-user feature on Android 4.2.
    • Display CPU core number in benchmark information.
    • Lock screen orientation on benchmarking to avoid some error.
    • Fixed submit page display twice on first time submit scores.
    • Fixed crash on some device.

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  • Bernie

    These posts rock. I seriously get my android fix with this.