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.

blinking-face-unlock

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 trying to unlock the phone can fool the system. It’s something that Google has acknowledged back then, but only decided to act upon on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The updated Face Unlock…

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 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…

google-now-google-search-jelly-bean

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 deal with various day-to-day activities. Therefore, Jelly Bean has its own voice-assistant, and while it’s not called Majel, as we would have expected it to be named, it definitely does its job. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster decided…

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…

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 Verizon and Sprint versions did require some “illicit” activity to go down. Fortunately, both models of the “pure Google phone” already have functional Jelly Bean ports and, if you’re into flashing custom ROMs,…

HTC-One-X-Jelly-Bean

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. Here are the currently known issues: Cellular WiFi Audio Camera Note that there might be more bugs that need to be worked on. The developers’ priority is…

Jelly-bean-easter-egg

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 Bean will have – well — some jelly beans easter egg. Lots of them. Activating the Jelly Bean’s easter egg is pretty much the same as before. You just have to tap the…

jelly-bean-spam

Some Android apps, most notably the free ones, bombard users with ads in exchange of not having to spend a cent to download them. Unfortunately, not only do ads hog the battery of your Android device, but some even go as far as invading your device’s notification system. The troubling part is that it’s rather hard to pinpoint the culprit that’s sending the ads to the notification bar of the device. This will all change with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Among the myriads of goodies that Jelly Bean comes with, there’s a new feature that lets you track spam that infiltrates…

Nexus 7 front

Google announced the Nexus 7 tablet during the first Google I/O keynote and opened up pre-orders for the device in the U.S., Canada and Australia. The Google Nexus 7 is scheduled to start shipping in those countries in July and it will cost $199, or $249 depending on how much storage you require. But Google will certainly want to sell the device in more countries as fast as possible in order to beat Amazon’s Kindle Fire, a device that’s the main target of the Nexus 7. So far, Amazon was unable to sell the Kindle Fire outside the U.S. as…