Following its new Xperia Z flagship, Sony has wasted no time in revealing its next tablet dubbed the Xperia Tablet Z. Just like the Xperia Z, it features the same sharp and sleek rectangular look and the screen size has increased from its usual 9.4″ on the Xperia Tablet S to a bigger 10.1″. With its new design language, Sony has finally do away with its curled edge look on its earlier Xperia Tablets. As you would expect with a new high-end device, it comes with a Quad-Core 1.5GHz processor mated with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. On board it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
At the front, the 10.1″ display pushes a WUXGA resolution of 1920×1200 which gives a pixel density of 224ppi which is similar to the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity but lower than the iPad Retina Display’s 264ppi. Just like its Xperia Tablet S, the Xperia Tablet Z also boast water and dust resistant as well with Grade IPX5/7 rating. For photo and video recording, the Xperia Tablet Z has a back illuminated 8.1MP camera with Exmor R and a front facing 2MP camera.
Bundled with a 6,000mAh battery, the Xperia Tablet Z weighs only 495 grams and has a thickness of just 6.9mm. As comparison, an iPad mini is 7.2mm thick and most 9.7-10.1″ tablets in the market weigh more than 550 grams. This is probably the lightest and thinnest 10″ tablet right now.
So far the Xperia Tablet Z is only announced for Japan with no mention of international availability at the moment. It also comes with 3G and LTE connectivity that’s catered for Japanese market.
For more information and if you can read Japanese, head over to Xperia Tablet Z product page.
More product images and video after the break.
UPDATE: Multi View is only available with 4.1.2 update and it is not applicable with the currently rolled out 4.1.1 version.
It’s been a long wait but that doesn’t matter because not its finally here. Yes, we’re talking about the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III and it is now available for Malaysian users, four months after Google officially Announced the latest Android OS in July of this year.
How can you get the update? There are two ways, one is via over-the-air or OTA. To the Jelly Bean update using this method, just go into Settings > About Phone > System Updates and check for update. If via this method the device tells you that your OS is up to date, then try Kies. Kies is something like Samsung’s version of iTunes. It is a software that helps you manage the contents of your Samsung device using your computer. You will need to download and install Kies into your computer first before you can proceed to update you Galaxy S III using this method. Here’s the link to download Kies.
Updating the Galaxy S III via Kies is pretty straight forward. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the software into your computer, just connect your phone to your computer via USB and just follow the on screen instructions.
So what can you look forward to with Jelly Bean running on your Galaxy S III? For starters, you can expect smoother and faster performance with Project Butter. Also, there’s the Multi View feature first seen on the Galaxy Note II, that will be available on the Galaxy S III with Jelly Bean too (for version 4.1.2, not in version 4.1.1).
Check out the demo video about Multi View on the Galaxy S III after the jump.
The upcoming Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III comes with extra surprises. It is reported that the new update will bring the welcomed Multi-View feature that offers split-screen functionality which was first introduced on the Samsung Galaxy Note II.
This was spotted on the Japan version of Galaxy S III α which runs on the latest OS version. According to Sammobile, multi-view will be available with Android 4.1.2 update but so far no availability dates for Malaysian units. Once this is available, it will definitely boost multi-tasking and make full use of the Galaxy S III’s 4.8″ display.
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Update (27 November, 2012): We have confirmation that Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is now available for HTC One X in Malaysia.
Having a smart phone with cutting edge hardware is only half of what makes it a great device. The other half is the device support especially when it comes to software updates. As the Android operating system is evolving quickly especially with the announcement of Android 4.2 coming next week, smart phone makers are being pressured to keep its latest and current models up to date.
HTC today has announced that the current Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean will be rolling out starting today for HTC One X users in Asia. The update is expected to bring on a more updated HTC Sense 4+ UI as well. Its other sibling, the HTC One S too will be getting it but no dates have been provided. Since its latest HTC One X+ and J butterfly is shipping with Android 4.1 on board, it shouldn’t take too long for it to roll out to all users. So far they haven’t reveal its full Jelly Bean roll out plans and the fate of other 2012 models is still unknown.
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Samsung has started rolling out its latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III beginning with users in Poland. The update is expected to be released gradually by markets and Malaysian users should be getting the update soon. Along with the OS update, Samsung has improved some of its Samsung specific features such as an improved Pop-up play, new Easy Mode and Blocking Mode.
Samsung has also released a full list of other devices that will be upgraded to Jelly Bean, which includes:
Galaxy S II
Galaxy S Advance
Galaxy S II LTE
Galaxy Ace 2
Galaxy Ace Plus
Galaxy Mini 2
Galaxy S Duos
Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Galaxy Note 10.1
There’s no timeline for the above mention devices but hopefully they will get them soon within this year.
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Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 10.1 will get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean but the company offered little information on when exactly this will happen, and if past experiences are anything to go by, those who are using Samsung Android devices will understand that that it would be weeks or even months for an update to be available after it is announced.
In any case, it’s still good to know that an update is available for you device. It’s just that the waiting in uncertainty is tremendously annoying. Let’s hope Jelly Bean will come sooner rather than later.
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Update: It looks like this method works only if your device runs the yakju/takju of the Galaxy Nexus ROM. yakjuxw/jp versions — the ones that Malaysians get — will have to wait a little while more to get Jelly Bean. Sorry folks. For those who provided feedback, thanks for the info.
Alternatively if you don’t want to wait, you can convert your Galaxy Nexus to yakju/takju. This version is fully supported by Google whereas the other versions will get their updates pushed by Samsung or in some cases via operators. It’s a fairly simple process provided that you know what you are doing, and the methods are easy enough to find on the internet machine, just Google it.
From your Galaxy Nexus homescreen here’s what you do:
Go to Settings > Apps > swipe to look for the “All” panel.
In the “All” panel, scroll down and look for “Google Service Framework” and tap that. Inside the “Google Services Framework”, tap on “Clear Data” and then “Force Stop”.
Once you’ve done that go back to settings and look for the update under “Systems Update” in “About Phone”. If it doesn’t work the first time around, try it for a few times, you might get lucky and get Jelly Bean faster than scheduled.
Head on over to after the jump for a video instruction, the step-by-step starts at minute 1:37. We don’t have a Galaxy Nexus to test this on, if you do and you tried it, let us know if it works or not. Thanks and good luck!
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This time, the stop-motion animated ninjas are in life-sized form to unbox the Nexus 7. In addition to the ninjas, the video features UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre as Dr. Paul, an Android fan getting ready to record his own unboxing video when he is rudely interrupted by the three ninjas. What happens next? Watch the video for yourself.
Update: Here’s a trick you can try to force update your Galaxy Nexus to Jelly Bean.
Here’s some great news for Galaxy Nexus owners today. Google has announced that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is available for your device starting today complete with all the great improvements that comes with it. So you can start checking your device for an update notification, if you don’t get it right away, give it a couple of days as Google servers typically rollout the update by batches.
Google say the Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom are up next to receive Jelly Bean later this month.
If you’re wondering which version — Yakju or Takju — gets the update first, our checks reveal that update for both versions are being deployed at the moment, so essentially, it makes not difference.
With Jelly Bean, you get a smoother and more fluid interface, much improved expandable and actionable notifications, smart icons and widgets that move out of the way and resize themselves when you’re rearranging your homescreen, as well as an improved keyboard that’s faster and more accurate. Jelly Bean also features a new user interface and faster Voice Search. Check out all the new features and improvements from Jelly Bean here.
The improvement that we’re most curious about is Google Now – Google’s response to Apple’s Siri. Judging by what we’ve seen in videos so far, Google Now is something definitely worth looking forward to but the question that still needs answering is how great is the local support for the feature.
If you’ve already gotten Jelly Bean loaded on your Galaxy Nexus, let us know what you think about Google Now and the new OS overall in the comments section.
The Android Face Unlock which was introduced with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was a pretty neat trick. However it isn’t really a secured option as it can be easily fooled by a static picture of the owner. Now on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean release, the Face Unlock is further enhanced, taking a leaf out of Samsung’s own face unlock enhancement.
On the set up menu, there’s now a new “Liveness Check” where it requires you to blink while unlocking the screen. The moment you wake the phone, there will be an indicator at the bottom which signals you to blink before allowing you access to your phone.
Pretty simple solution to enhance Face Unlock’s security.