This Week in Android 02.24 – 03.02

Posted on Mar 4 2013 - 9:00am by Kyle Morris



  • Evernote requires new passwords after security breach.
  • FCC to investigate phone unlocking ban
  • Team Win Recovery Project updated to

Device Releases

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (US Cellular)
    • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
    • Quad-Core, 1.4 GHz Exynos processor, 2 GB RAM
    • 16GB internal storage
    • 5 megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera
    • 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera
  • ZTE Grand Memo
    • Android 4.1 – Jelly bean
    • Thickness: 8.5mm
    • 5.7inch, HD.TFT, 16M color, multi-touch capacitive screen
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs
    • 3200mAh super-long standby battery
    • Memory: 16GB Rom +2GB RAM
    • Mifavour UI user interface
    • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyro
    • LTE 100/50Mbps
    • 13MP Intelligent AF Camera with face recognition and panorama,1MP front-facing camera, 1080p HD video playback
  • Asus Padfone
    • 5″ 1080p (441ppi) display
    • Quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 Processor
    • 2GB RAM
    • 13MP Rear Camera (with a 2MP front shooter)
    • 2400mAh battery
    • Up to 64GB built-in storage
    • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Asus Fonepad
    • 7″ 1280×800 IPS display (that’s ~215ppi)
    • 1.2GHz Atom Z2420 processor
    • 1GB RAM
    • 4270mAh battery
    • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
    • 3MP rear camera (and 1.2MP front camera)
    • Unspecified 3G Connectivity
  • HP Slate 7
    • 7” 1024×600 display
    • 1.6GHz dual-core processor
    • Android 4.1.1
    • microSD slot
    • 3MP rear cam

App Updates

  • ESPN Bracket Bound 2013 
    • Updated for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Follow your favorite teams, enjoy the latest ESPN college basketball content, and fill out up to 10 brackets with ESPN Tournament Challenge.
  • Pocket Casts 
    • Fixes rare issue were the app could crash on launch
    • Attempts to fix download issues for some users on Android 4.0.4
    • Fixes other crash issues that have been reported to us
  • Pebble 
    • Added a setting to specify a music player to be controlled from Pebble; this should offer functionality similar to media-button-router.
    • Improved messaging around enabling the Pebble accessibility service.
    • Bug fixes for issues reported via HockeyApp.
  • Field Trip 
    • New content from Art Nerd New York, Cultureist, Mad Girl Eats, Weekend Sherpa, Wilderness Press and more.
    • When receiving a notification, unlock slider lets you swipe right to unlock, left to dismiss, up to snooze.
    • When snoozed Field Trip will not send notifications for the rest of the day.
    • Configuration option to keep screen turned off. When you hear the notification sound, press power button to read.
    • Configuration option to get notifications via standard Android notifications.
  • Google Play Books 
    • Improved performance.
    • Fixed over 90 issues, including crashes.
    • Implemented a number of UI improvements, including an added drop-down menu in the library to filter books by type, and identifying place names on the current page when the reading controls are showing.
  • AccuWeather 
    • Completely redesigned for tablets and phones, with landscape & portrait modes
    • NEW! Multi-location, resizable widgets with more detail.
    • NEW! Customizable My AccuWeather forecasts.
    • NEW! Pushed severe weather notices for tablets.
    • NEW! European radar and a snapshot view for your saved locations.
  • Chrome 
    • Improved scrolling performance
    • Increased responsiveness to pinch-zooming on pages
    • Faster interactive pages thanks to the latest version of the V8 javascript engine
    • Audio now continues to play while Chrome is in the background
    • Expanded support for HTML5 features
  • Pushover 
    • Work around a problem with Google’s notification servers sending duplicate messages
  • Poweramp Music Player 
    • improved volume handling during notifications
    • improved compatibility with 3rd party skins
    • fixed issue with pausing on screen on/off on some Samsungs
    • fixed issue with some widgets crashing in landscape (Android 2.x)
    • Route Media action bar button (JB 4.1.2+)
    • JB 4.2+ lockscreen widget
    • MusicFX API support (Settings-Audio-Advanced Tweaks)
    • Poweramp lockscreen rotation (large screens)
    • fix for playlist/library being reset sometimes

Firmware Updates

  • LG Intuition (Verizon) Build VS95011B
    • Email split view
    • Forwarded email attachments
    • Improved speakerphone
    • multiple text message error fixed
    • Color and V Cast apps removed
    • Amazon Appstore added
    • Google Updates
  • Samsung Galaxy Stellar (Verizon) Build IMM76D
    • Google Now
    • Improved Notifications
  • Sony Xperia TL (AT&T) Build v9.1.F.1.120
    • Updated Sony Media Apps
    • Increased personalization options
    • improved app organization
    • Google Now
  • Samsung Galaxy SIII (Sprint) Build L710VPMB1
    • Voicemail application update
    • SMS 3-digit support
    • Calendar sync issues
    • 3rd party software licensing

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  • u jackwgn

    Thank you

  • UdarVadar

    Love these posts!

  • Kyle Morris

    Glad you like it! If you would like to see anything else in the weekly android post just let me know!

    • Bryan

      Always a good job Kyle :)