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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...

Google-Currents

Chrome won’t be the only app coming pre-installed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, although Chrome is actually meant to replace the stock Android browser, while Google Currents will be added... to all the other Google apps, such as Gmail, Maps, Play Store, and so on.

Google Currents is kind of a hybrid between a RSS reader and a social reader, much like Flipboard, although Flipboard star...

GoogleSoundSearch

“Google Ears” or Google Sound Search is one of the new features of Android Jelly Bean. Google Sound Search isn’t a launchable application, but a home screen widget that helps you identify songs. Identifying songs you aren’t familiar with isn’t anything new to Android. If you’re familiar with Shazam or SoundHound, you know exactly what these types of applications do. However, Shazam and SoundHound don’t allow you to purchase music directly from the Google Play Store after it’s been identified, Google Sound Search does.

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A year ago, Google introduced the Face Unlock feature on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It is a novel and convenient way – when it works, anyway — to quickly unlock your Android phone... after it recognizes your face, with security not being the main focus.

The main criticism that is often leveled against the quirky Face Unlock is that flashing a still photo of the user when tryi...

Nexus 7 front

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 origina...

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One of the main Android 4.1 Jelly Bean highlights is without a doubt the new Google Search, an app that has been completely redesigned to offer Android device users... quicker results and an improved overall experience. The new Google Search app now has an advanced voice component and offers a Google Now feature that can be used as a personal assistant when having to...

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:

Samsu...

Nexus Jelly Bean

The latest (and hopefully greatest) Android OS version, 4.1 Jelly Bean, is only a couple of days old, but independent developers have already done a magnificent job of porting it to some of... the most popular smartphones around.

The GSM Galaxy Nexus might not have needed any unofficial hacking work, as it was the first phone to get an official OTA update to Android 4.1, but the Ver...

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The buttery smooth Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has made its way to the international version of HTC One X, days after the new OS first wowed attendees at the Google I/O conference, thanks to the... fine works of the folks at XDA-developers.

The Jelly Bean port for the HTC One X, which was based on the Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1 ROM, is by no means perfect as it’s still in its early days...

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Just like day turns into night, and vice versa, you can always count on Google to slip some surprises into its mobile OS. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread came with a zombie easter egg and Android... 3.0 Honeycomb got a Bumble Bee surprise. Meanwhile, the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich got its own ice cream sandwich-cladded green robot. Notice the pattern? It’s only to be expected that Android 4.1 Jelly...