It’s been a good year for Android. Join us as we cast an eye back to December 2011 and reminisce about how far Android has come in the last 12 months. From ICS to Jelly Bean, from Galaxy S2 to Galaxy S3, and from Android Market to Google Play.
Have your past attempts to get the LG Nexus 4 in Canada failed? Good news, the Nexus 4 is returning to the Google Play store in Canada today at 3PM Eastern Time. Google sent out emails earlier today confirming the return, though it is hard to say how many handsets they will have ready.
November has been a rather busy month for Google. After rolling out the Android 4.2.1 software update to the trio Nexus devices – the Nexus 4, 7 and 10 – earlier in the week, the software giant then pushed out the same Jelly Bean update to the GSM Galaxy Nexus. Now, you can find the Android 4.2.1 factory images for the devices on Google’s website.
After we saw a glimpse of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Nexus 7 in June, it only took a few weeks for the jelly treat to arrive on the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus. The same update didn’t come to Sprint’s variant until September 6 and Verizon’s much later in the month. We’re sure we’re not the only one wondering when the newer Jelly Bean will make it to the two CDMA variants.
We’ve seen Google pushing out the “December bug fixer” update to the Nexus 4, 7, and 10 just a few days back. Showing once and for all how it pays to go the Nexus way, the Galaxy Nexus has now joined the ranks of other Nexii that sport the latest Android software. The Android 4.2.1 update (build JOP40D) is now rolling out to the GSM Galaxy Nexus, both takju and yakju variants.
Although Google has announced that the Nexus S won’t get updated beyond Android 4.1.2, this inconvenience doesn’t seem to deter developers from trying to bring Android 4.2 to the aging phone.
Although traditionally Black Friday sales happen on Fridays (duh!), it has become a custom for retailers to try to kick off the deals earlier so as to get better media coverage and more attention from compulsive shoppers.
Google is rolling out the Android 4.2 update (build JOP40C) for the “yakju” variant of the Galaxy Nexus, while the latest factory image for the phone can already be downloaded from its website.
They say patience is a virtue, but so is persistence. In fact, one Google customer was so persistent about getting his LG Nexus 4 order sorted out that not only is the order on its way, the customer is getting a free phone out of the deal.
In case you’re planning to buy a new Android handset and/or tablet this week, which happens to include Black Friday 2012, you may want to check out all the available offers from carriers and electronic retailers before you decide.