Galaxy Nexus

UNCONFIRMED: Alleged Galaxy Nexus II turns out to be Samsung Galaxy Premier

Galaxy Nexus 2 Premier

Remember the earlier rumoured Galaxy Nexus II? Word has it that the device that everybody would hope for may not be a Nexus device after all. It is now rumoured to be a new model called the Samsung Galaxy Premier that’s shown on the left side of the image above. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the usual TouchWiz UI.

The device features a 4.65″ HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front facing camera. The Galaxy Premier comes with 8GB/16GB storage options with expandable micro SD. Initially, it was said to be a facelift of the current Galaxy Nexus with bumped up hardware. However with the inclusion of a microSD slot did came as a surprised considering most Nexus devices begining with the Nexus S had omitted all forms of memory card expansion.

If you’re eyeing for the next Google Nexus device, the Nexus 4 is probably the only obvious option right now which is expected to launch on 29th October.

Head after the break for the specification comparison.

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UNCONFIRMED: 3 new Nexus smart phones from different makers

Google Nexus

Almost all Android makers has already released its quad-core smart phones while the current Nexus smart phone is due for a replacement. In the recent Google IO, Google has revealed a 7″ tablet and a cloud media streaming device. So is there anything new from the Nexus program?

New rumour suggests that there will be not one but 3 smart phone makers working on the next Nexus device namely Samsung, Sony and LG. This came as NTT Docomo’s upcoming phone line up was leaked with 3 “Nexus” devices on the list.

For Samsung, word has it that the next Galaxy Nexus with bumped up 1.5GHz dual-core processor (previously 1.2GHz dual-core), upgraded 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front facing camera and surprisingly a micro SD expansion slot. The other two devices from Sony and LG are lacking details but it is worth pointing out that the LG’s Nexus device is said to be waterproof.

It was once reported that Google was looking at allowing up to 5 manufacturers early access to latest Android builds to develop “Nexus” devices. If the rumours are true, this might be the first signs of multiple Nexus devices instead of the usual single partner approach for each release. Earlier on, it was rumoured that Motorola would be part from the Nexus program after Google’s acquisition but that didn’t materialise.

The first Nexus device – Nexus One was manufactured by HTC followed by the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus which was made by Samsung. Meanwhile the recently announced Nexus 7 tablet is made by ASUS.

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How to Force Update Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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.

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If you’re a Galaxy Nexus owner and still have not gotten your Jelly Bean update yet you must be anxious, well here’s a way that might help get the latest Android version on your device faster.

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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Galaxy Nexus Gets Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Starting Today

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.

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NFC Comparison: Android 2.3 Gingerbread vs Android Beam on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

NFC in smartphones is a very promising and exciting technology. Yet it’s unfortunate that the feature is not gaining a lot of traction here in Malaysia. In any case, more and more devices release this year will come equipped with NFC and like it or not, operators will have to pay attention and start offering compelling service propositions for consumers who are obviously ready and eager to adopt the technology.

While we wait for that faithful day when we can start using our NFC-equipped smartphones as cinema tickets or Touch n’ Go cards, here’s a comparison video we made comparing the rather rudimentary implementation of NFC on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the more integrated approach in Ice Cream Sandwich through Android Beam.

What are your thoughts on NFC? We think local operators, banks and payment services are taking way too long to take advantage of this massive potential.

By the numbers: Samsung Galaxy S III specs compared

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The anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III is finally revealed in the early hours this morning. So how does the new Galaxy S III compares in term of hardware specification?

Side by side with the HTC One X, both comes with quad core processor which HTC sources from Nvidia while Samsung goes with its very own Exynos processor. In terms of screen, the Galaxy S III is bigger by 0.1″ but uses a PenTile HD Super AMOLED rather than its leading Super AMOLED Plus.

The biggest distinction between the two would be the battery which is removable on the Galaxy S III and expandable storage via microSD. Since cloud storage is an upcoming trend, Samsung also offers 50GB dropbox storage for 2 years, doubling what HTC is offering for the One X.

In the imaging section, the Galaxy S III carries a 8MP camera but with a gap closing burst mode of 20 continuous shots at 3.3FPS. As comparison, the HTC One X is capable of shooting up to 99 shots at 4FPS. Of course, speeds and quality are 2 different things and we are looking forward to see sample shots from the S III.

In terms of dimensions, the Galaxy S III is thicker and slightly heavier than the outgoing Galaxy S II. When compared to the HTC One X, the S III is thinner and has a smaller width and negligibly heavier by just 3 grams.

This time around, Samsung isn’t banging much on hardware and they have placed more emphasis on the software side of things. Along with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, Samsung has integrated its own TouchWiz UI with more natural interaction such as S Voice, Smart Stay, Automatic Social Tagging and S Beam. Will these human interactions make a difference or is it just another party trick that would easily wear off? We will find out more once we get a hands on with the device which we believe is coming soon in the next month or so.

Find out more on the Galaxy S III features here.

Display Comparison: HTC One X vs the rest

With smart phones getting larger displays and having a different use of IPS, Super AMOLED and Super LCD2, determining the best display isn’t that straight forward. The folks at PhoneArena had conducted a display comparison test that compared the screen of the HTC One X, iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, LG Nitro HD & Samsung Galaxy S II.

For outdoor visibility, the HTC One X’s Super LCD 2 is reported to be the best. While the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S II screens are readable, the Galaxy Nexus was found to be the worst performer under bright sunlight. In terms of resolution, all devices except for the Galaxy S II have higher than 300ppi. However due to the PenTile pixel arrangement of the Galaxy Nexus, text appear slightly jagged but it isn’t really a big problem for text.

Last but not least, the viewing angles are better on the Super AMOLED screens of the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus but it follows closely by the HTC One X. Overall, the HTC One X is said to be an all round performer with great visibility outdoors, decent colour reproduction and viewing angles. In our hands, the HTC One X screen is really something. The display looks as if the graphics are floating on top instead of being under the glass and the curved sides of the display somewhat contributed to the illusion. Watch out for our full review of the HTC One X soon.

You can read up the full comparison of the display over at PhoneArena.

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Galaxy Nexus face unlock capabilities further tested

The Galaxy Nexus Face Unlock is a nifty party trick to unlock your phone. While it looks state of the art, it is possible to fool it with a picture of the owner.

Singtel has done a couple of Face Unlock tests on its TGIS (Thank God It’s Singtel) show. This includes testing the Galaxy Nexus with identical twins, digital photo, heavy make up and funny faces. This video isn’t exactly new but it is still interesting to watch.

Recently Samsung has finally found a solution to the photo loophole by implementing blink detection to its Face Unlock feature. This will be rolled out together with Android 2.3 Value pack for Galaxy S.

Camera Shootout: HTC One X vs Sony Xperia S vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Which camera is the fastest shooter?

HTC claims that One X can take a picture in just 0.7 seconds. The 8MP camera is also capable of shooting 4 full frames per second up to 99 shots at one time — that’s faster that some full-fledged DSLR shooters. But how fast is the HTC One X?

We compare the HTC One X with two of the fastest Android shooters in the market right now. How will the HTC One X stack up against the Fast Capture feature on the Sony Xperia S and the Zero Shutter Lag capability of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus?

Check out the video right after the jump to find out. Get ready to drop your jaw when the One X starts that 4FPS rapid-fire mode.

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DiGi returns Galaxy Nexus bundle from RM1399

DiGi has revised its Samsung Galaxy Nexus offering with bundle offer from as low as RM1,399. This was the same offer when it started pre-orders before official availability in Malaysia. However DiGi later revised its offering with only 24 months option and the device going for a higher RM1,999.

Now the Galaxy Nexus can be yours from DiGi at the following subsidised pricing:

DG Smart Plan 48 (12 months) – RM1,749
DG Smart Plan 48 (24 months) – RM1,549

DG Smart Plan 68 (12 months) – RM1,649
DG Smart Plan 68 (24 months) – RM1,399

As usual, you get RM5/month rebate if you opt for auto billing. Unfortunately you don’t get the extra savings enjoyed previously if you go for the 24 months subscription of DG Smart Plan 68.

For more information, head over to DiGi’s Galaxy Nexus page.

Thanks @weisheatan for the alert!

Samsung Galaxy Nexus now on U Mobile

For those that are eyeing for the Galaxy Nexus, now there’s a 3rd choice if you wish to purchase it on contract. U Mobile now offers the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from as low as RM1,349 on its U88 plan.

As usual you have 3 plan options – U28, U58 and U88 that comes with pre-bundled data of 1GB, 2GB and 3GB respectively. All contracts are tied with 24 months period. The next question would be when is Maxis turn to bundle the device.

For more information, head over to U Mobile.

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Apple Launches All-Out War Against Samsung. Demands Ban on Galaxy Nexus in the US

Apple is pulling out all the stops in the on-going patent wars against Samsung seeking a preliminary injunction to ban the Galaxy Nexus in the US saying that the Korean tech company infringes multiple key Apple patents that could cause “irreparable harm” to the Cupertino tech giant.

In the filling Apple claims: “Absent preliminary relief, by the time Apple prevails in this case – and Samsung’s infringement is so clear there can be no serious dispute that Apple will prevail – Samsung will have rushed the Galaxy Nexus, which misappropriates many patented features from the iPhone, to capture market share from Apple that Samsung will be able to retain long into the future,”

“Even worse … the full harm to Apple cannot be calculated, making it impossible for Apple to be compensated by money damages.”

Apple says the Galaxy Nexus and its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS violated four of its patents: predictive text; a data-tapper feature, which recognises data such as phone numbers and provides a link directly to the dialler, for example; a voice search feature that Apple believes is imitative of Siri; and even the popular Face Unlock feature.

In addition, Apple says that Samsung is using a “follower” strategy to steal market share knowing that customers often stay with their first smartphone OS because it’s often an inconvenience to switch platforms. Apple asserts that Samsung doesn’t mind having to fork out on these patent infringement cases because the damage to Apple’s market share will already have been done.

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