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Jelly Beans available at Future Shop

by Retired Blogger ‎08-01-2012 02:21 PM - edited ‎08-02-2012 10:09 AM

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Android is quickly becoming one of the most popular mobile OS’s in the world, and while it has yet to grow to be as popular as iOS or Blackberry in Canada, it is catching up with them fast. With the popularity of Samsung’s recently released Galaxy S III, and the launch of the Nexus 7 tablet, I expect Android to become the mobile OS of choice for the majority of Canadians next year.

 

Despite its popularity, there has been a lot of criticism directed at Google for producing a less than stellar OS. While I think Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) went a long way to address a lot of the lingering issues with Android, there was still room for improvement. However, with the latest version, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), I think Google really nailed it - they finally have, in my opinion, made the BEST mobile OS on the market. 

 

While 4.1 isn’t a completely new version compared to 4.0, there are still a lot of refinements that take it to another level. Rajio detailed those changes and new features in his earlier post on the Tech Blog. To summarize, Google has improved the smoothness and speed of the OS, tweaked the notification system, improved the keyboard, and enhanced the voice search to outdo Apple’s Siri. They also added the awesome ‘Google Now’ app, which intelligently provides information about your day without you having to prompt it.

 

Now that Jelly Bean is available from Google, you probably want to know how you can get your hands on it. Currently there are only two devices (the Nexus 7 tablet and Galaxy Nexus phone) on sale at Future Shop right now that run it, but you can expect that list to grow longer soon.

 

I’ll be taking a more detailed look (with video) at Jelly Bean running on both the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus in a future article, so check back with the Tech Blog soon.

 

You can read more about the Nexus devices, and what other Android devices might be getting an update to Jelly Bean, after the videos below.

 

Video showing off Jelly Bean's innovative new 'Google Now' application: 

 

 

Video highlighting Jelly Bean's faster 'buttery graphics and silky transitions'

 

 

 

 

 

Asus Nexus 7 Tablet: Jelly Bean available now

 

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Google made a big splash when they announced the Nexus 7 at the end of June. Not only would it be the first device to run Jelly Bean and the first official ‘Google Nexus’ tablet, it would also be small (it has a 7” screen) and inexpensive, without sacrificing any quality and performance. You can read more about the Nexus 7’s features in Rajio’s post on the Tech Blog.

 

This combination of price, performance, and a stellar OS has made the Nexus 7 an extremely popular device, with it selling out everywhere (including Future Shop!) within days of its release. I managed to get my hands on one as soon as it was in stores, and I have been very impressed with it so far. My other larger tablets (a 10.1” Lenovo Android and an HP TouchPad) are both gathering dust right now. Also, one thing to keep in mind is that if you want to experience Jelly Bean right now, the Nexus 7 is the only game in town, since it’s the only Android device that ships with Jelly Bean out of the box.

 

You can read more about the Nexus 7 on Google’s site.

 

 

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The long-awaited Google-created Nexus 7 tablet has arrived and it's everything you expected it to be and more. The 7-inch Corning glass display features a high resolution that's perfect for HD video and gaming. A 10-hour battery life means you're in for the long haul. And new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean works alongside an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor to deliver unsurpassed performance.


 

 

Nexus 7 unboxing video with Canadian UFC Champion Georges St-Pierre:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Nexus: Jelly Bean available very soon

(or now with a little extra work)

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the third ‘Nexus’ phone from Google, and it is widely available in Canada (and Future Shop) from most major carriers. Since it’s an older phone (in the phone world anything more than a couple of months old is wrongly considered ancient), you can get it for a really good price, with many carriers offering it for $0 on a 3-year term. However, despite the fact that it’s older, it’s still the best Android phone you can get today, simply because you can get Jelly Bean on it.

 

The Nexus series of phones are considered ‘developer’ phones by Google, and always ship at launch with the latest version of Android. They are also the first devices to be updated to the newest version of Android by Google. When the Galaxy Nexus originally launched late last year, it came with Ice Cream Sandwich, and now that Jelly Bean is out, it will also be one of the first devices to be updated to Jelly Bean. 

 

Despite being ‘old’, the Galaxy Nexus’ hardware specs still make it a very capable phone, no matter what version of Android it runs. It has a Super AMOLED HD 4.65” screen, 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor, and in many ways is comparable to the latest and greatest in Android phones, the Galaxy S III.

 

The update to Jelly Bean has already started to roll out to Galaxy Nexus’ in the US, but the Canadian models have yet to receive it, however they should be getting it very soon.

 

However, if you have a Galaxy Nexus in Canada, and want Jelly Bean on it right now, there ARE ways to make that happen today.

 

WARNING: FUTURE SHOP AND THE TECH BLOG IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR DEVICE THAT MAY BE INCCURED BY UPGRADING TO JELLY BEAN BY THE METHODS OUTLINED IN THE LINK BELOW

 

You can find directions on how to do this on a few different sites, but a good place to start is xda-developers.com. If you are not familiar with rooting and flashing software updates, I would suggest reading as much as you can on those forums first before committing to the upgrade. As with anything technology-related, if you don’t follow the directions to a T, things can go wrong pretty quickly.

 

 

 

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a game-changing smartphone. It's the first phone to be powered by the much anticipated Android 4.0 platform, and it comes complete with a stunning 4.65-inch HD screen, a dual-core processor and a unique curved design. It also houses a zero-shutter lag 5MP camera that captures brilliant Full HD 1080p video, alongside an array of truly unique, powerful, and useful features.




 

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a game-changing smartphone. It's the first phone to be powered by the much anticipated Android 4.0 platform, and it comes complete with a stunning 4.65-inch HD screen, a dual-core processor and a unique curved design. It also houses a zero-shutter lag 5MP camera that captures brilliant Full HD 1080p video, alongside an array of truly unique, powerful, and useful features.




 

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a game-changing smartphone. It's the first phone to be powered by the much anticipated Android 4.0 platform, and it comes complete with a stunning 4.65-inch HD screen, a dual-core processor and a unique curved design. It also houses a zero-shutter lag 5MP camera that captures brilliant Full HD 1080p video, alongside an array of truly unique, powerful, and useful features.




 

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a game-changing smartphone. It's the first phone to be powered by the much anticipated Android 4.0 platform, and it comes complete with a stunning 4.65-inch HD screen, a dual-core processor and a unique curved design. It also houses a zero-shutter lag 5MP camera that captures brilliant Full HD 1080p video, alongside an array of truly unique, powerful, and useful features.




 

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a game-changing smartphone. It's the first phone to be powered by the much anticipated Android 4.0 platform, and it comes complete with a stunning 4.65-inch HD screen, a dual-core processor and a unique curved design. It also houses a zero-shutter lag 5MP camera that captures brilliant Full HD 1080p video, alongside an array of truly unique, powerful, and useful features.




 

 

HTC One X: Jelly Bean available soon(ish)

 

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Unlike the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus, the HTC One X isn’t a developer phone. It doesn’t run a stock version of Android (it uses HTC’s own Sense UI interface on top of stock Android), so the decision to when it gets Jelly Bean is all up to HTC. Thankfully, HTC has been quick to go on record as the first Android phone maker, outside Google, to commit to a Jelly Bean upgrade for some of their phones. The Verge received this statement from HTC Global Communications manager:

 

“We know HTC fans are excited to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android. At this point in time, we can confirm that we have plans to upgrade our HTC One X, HTC One XL and HTC One S to Jelly Bean. Please stay tuned for more updates regarding device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Jelly Bean.”

 

While this statement is still deliberately vague, it does mean that the Rogers and Telus One X will definitely be getting an update to Jelly Bean. Let’s just hope that the update is sooner rather than later.

 

You can read more about the Telus HTC One X and Rogers HTC One X on the HTC’s site, and also check out Ted's review on the Tech Blog.

 

 

 

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There can be only one...only one phone that's this amazing. The Rogers HTC One X with Beats Audio provides the incredible clarity and booming bass that Beats is known for. Rogers' blazingly fast 4G LTE network makes web browsing quick and snappy, and the 8MP camera takes sharp, clear photos and Full HD 1080p video. Games look amazing on the huge 4.7" Super LCD display with HD 720p resolution.


 

 

 

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The HTC One X LTE is the flagship smartphone in the HTC One family, and it's ready to give you an amazing mobile experience. The dual shutter 8MP camera allows you to capture gorgeous HD video and stunning still shots - at the same time! - and the integrated Beats Audio technology provides amazing, studio-quality sound for all of your music, videos, and games.


 

 

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