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When we heard a couple of weeks back that Samsung was planning to update pretty much its entire portfolio of Android tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich in July and August, we were willing to bet big money that the actual updates will not start until the end of July, at the earliest. However, Sammy has pleasantly surprised us all a couple of hours back, when it officially kick-started the promised Android 4.0 rollout with a tasty Ice Cream Sandwich software package for the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Adopters of the 7-incher shouldn’t however wait for automatic prompt messages to encourage them…

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The recently announced Google Nexus 7 Jelly Bean tablet is available from pre-order directly from Google Play in certain markets and it’s supposed to start shipping at some point this month. But the device will not be a Google Play exclusive, as Google plans to partner up with various third party electronics retailers to sell the device. In the UK, Carphone Warehouse already announced that it’s going to have the 32GB version in stores in the near future, and now we hear that a variety of Australian stores are going to sell the device soon. Gizmodo Australia cites various companies…

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The list of devices officially announced to get Android Jelly Bean soon might not be very long, but, if you want to take the latest mobile OS version for a quick (unauthorized) spin, you can already do it on a bunch of gadgets. The Tegra 3-powered versions of the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3, as well as Sprint’s and Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus, have all been treated with unofficial and almost fully functional Jelly Bean ports, following impressive efforts from several skilled independent devs. However, those are all smartphones and we felt the need to see how Jelly Bean…

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Various rumors and leaks have recently suggested that T-Mobile will soon launch the Samsung Galaxy Note, but that doesn’t appear to be the case yet. The phablet is available exclusively from AT&T in the U.S. so far, and it will continue to be an exclusive AT&T device until August 8. A newly leaked screenshot reveals that the T-Mobile Galaxy Note will only hit stores on August 8, in time for the carrier’s Back to School sales promotion. However, there’s no price for the device, not to mention that T-Mobile will not confirm such details at this time. Previous reports revealed…

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Looking for a budget tablet that ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box? You may want to consider what Ematic has to offer. The latest and largest variant in the company’s tablet lineup is the recently introduced Ematic eGlide Pro X. The Ematic eGlide Pro X comes with a 9.7-inch display and 4:3 aspect ratio, which should satisfy those who are looking beyond the more prevalent widescreen format Android tablet. Inside the slim casing, which has a minimalistic design, you’ll find a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and up to 32GB expandable…

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Owners of the Asus Transformer TF300T are in for a special treat as the tablet is finally getting a custom recovery in the form of the TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) Recovery 2.1.5.  TWRP Recovery is a custom recovery built from the ground up, is easy to use, and features a lot of customization tools that users can benefit from. Based primarily on the recovery images from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), TWRP Recovery is loaded with all the standard recovery options but with added modifications such as a fully touch-driven interface to navigate instead of the traditional button…

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After launching its first tablet ever at this year’s edition Google I/O, a device that also happens to be the first one to run Google’s latest Android version, the company decided to release the full OS image for the Nexus 7 and make it available to anyone interested in it. The image will let Google Nexus 7 owners restore the tablet back to the original Android 4.1 Jelly Bean version (build JRN84D), in case anything wrong happens while meddling with the device. That means you won’t have to be afraid of bricking the tablet while trying out new things, although…

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Just as you’re about to pre-order that brand spankin’ new Nexus 7, you have to make the decision. Are you going to get the 8GB version for $199 or upgrade to 16GB for $249? Coming from a guy that doesn’t carry a whole hard-drive of music around, the choice was easy. I went straight for the 8GB model and sprung for that sweet dark grey cover. But let’s say you’re a music junky and like to download all of the top new movies, apps, and games. The 8GB on the base Nexus 7 model can get crowded fast, and unfortunately,…

Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean

After HTC released a vague statement yesterday in order to address potential Jelly Bean upgrade concerns regarding its smartphone models capable to receive the update, it’s now Samsung’s turn to dazzle us with a similar statement. And the South Korean Android device maker isn’t saying much either. Here’s the statement it released to PocketNow: Samsung will soon announce which additional devices are eligible for the Jelly Bean update. As the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung leads the Android community with best-in-class devices like the Galaxy S III, and is creating new device categories with products like the Galaxy Note. Samsung…

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Now that the Google I/O frenzy is coming to an end, we’ll have even more time to talk about the main products announced during the developers conference – the Google Nexus 7 tablet and the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system update being two of the most important ones. One of the aspects we’re probably going to hear more about in the near future, especially if the Nexus 7 is going to become the best-selling tablet Google is expecting it to be, is potential patent infringement. Since Google and its Android device-making partners are involved in all sorts…