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With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out for a while now, it’s only natural to expect the market’s major players to announce their upgrading plans. And while the first such signals have been quite shy, with only HTC and Asus making their voices heard, the past week or so has been much more spirited. Sony let us down by announcing that 2011 Xperia phones won’t be getting JB, while Toshiba and surprisingly Intel raised our spirits by making opposite announcements. Samsung is yet to unveil its Android 4.1 plans, but rumors state that their JB upgrades for the Galaxy S3 and…

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chrisjcks Good things come to those who wait. And for those who weren’t even expecting the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update to come so soon, it makes it just that much sweeter. After the OTA update to Android’s latest and greatest OS was sent out to “soak testers” two days ago, the software update is now heading to all owners of the WiFi Motorola Xoom. Understandably, you may not see the Android 4.1.1 update notification right away on your Motorola Xoom, as this thing tends to go in stages. If you’re getting impatient, you can use the same trick that…

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Google is continuing its series of videos about the Nexus 7 on YouTube, to get people more interested in it and see how it works. The latest ones are the Google Apps video, and now the Google Play video. While I wish Google promoted even more heavily the Nexus 7 and the Nexus experience in general on TV, to get the mainstream interested in Google’s stock Android experience, releasing videos on Youtube is also a good promotion strategy for the younger crowd who searches YouTube for anything. This new Google Play video for Nexus 7 puts the emphasis on the Nexus 7′s…

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Apple might have been in the spotlight with its ongoing legal fights against Android, especially now that it has actually started winning, but Microsoft is clearly the most effective patent “fighter”. The Windows creators scored what looked like an unimportant US win against Motorola a few weeks back, and now added a much more significant victory in a German court. The Mannheim Regional Court ruled in favor of Microsoft in a longstanding, but not very publicly visible trial, and granted a ban on a bunch of Motorola devices. In fact, Moto won’t be able to sell any of its Android-based…

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The Nexus 7 is turning out to be quite the big hit for Google, enough that some Canadian folks are experiencing shipment delays. If you can’t find one yet in your local stores back home, here’s an update on the Jelly Bean tablet’s availability on the Play Store. After being slapped with the ‘sold out’ tag, the 16GB model of Nexus 7 is now back on sale on Canada Play Store. If you don’t mind the 3-5 days of waiting for Google to send it across border to your porch, better hit that buy button now and get those CAD…

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 video

Two months after the Transformer Pad 300 got its official bootloader unlocking tool, it’s now time for its big brother, the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, to receive its passport to freedom. The Transformer Pad Infinity is the flagship of ASUS’ 2012 lineup of Android slates, and for many, the best Android-based tablet available on the market right now. But the device arrived (like all of ASUS’s products) with a locked bootloader, which makes tweaking and development for the device difficult. Fortunately, ASUS is one of the Android OEMs that gives savvy users the opportunity to make the most out of…

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Stop me if you heard this before: a CyanogenMod 10 preview is available for a hot Android device. We have already shown you CM10 running on very popular devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S2, and the Google Nexus 7, so we’re not surprised to hear that Android devs managed to make CM10 run on the Galaxy Note. The Samsung phablet, which is yet to receive it’s official Jelly Bean upgrade, can now run a CM10 preview build, although you should know this ROM is “nowhere near ready to be used as a daily driver (lots of…

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It looks like the summer will be very hot when it comes to patent disputes, with the main attraction of this circus show being the Apple vs Samsung battle that’s just about to start in the U.S., the largest market for mobile devices, and hence, the most important one for both parties. Just a few days ago we heard that Apple is asking for $2.525 billion in damages and royalties from the South Korean company, although it would rather choose injunctions against infringing products. The same company is willing to pay just half a cent to Samsung for the alleged…

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Google has just released a new video for the Nexus 7. Following the first two from the series, which walk users through setting up the tablet for the first time and personalizing the home screen, the latest video touches lightly on the subject of … Google apps. From the Chrome browser and its many tabs, to Gmail and the ability to swipe back and forth between messages, the two core Google services are briefly explained. The video also showcases some of Google Map’s features, which include performing a voice search for nearby places and attractions. The video then shows off…

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In case you’re not aware of it, Apple and Samsung are embroiled in a complex legal patent-based battle that spans across four continents, in 10 markets. Of the over 50 cases between the two giants, two are of utmost importance right now, an Australian trial that has already started and – even more important for the mobile business – the U.S. trial that’s scheduled to begin on July 30. So far it’s Apple that has won the most favorable verdicts in its conflict with the Android device maker, including two recent injunctions obtained in the U.S. against Galaxy-branded devices such…