Did you know that Apple’s “revolutionary” voice assistant software Siri almost ended up as Verizon bloatware for Android users? That’s a scary though isn’t it? Well, according to a Huffington Post article about Siri’s origins, before Apple sunk its teeth into the startup, Verizon had signed a deal with the founders of Siri to make it a default app on all Android phones.
I usually don’t post on purported renders of devices yet announced and thus didn’t post up the early renders of the HTC M7. However, I’d like to point out, I was disappointed by the renders as they painted a picture of an HTC device that looked a whole lot like an iPhone 5. Thankfully, the latest batch of purported M7 images look more like an HTC device and less like, well… a you know what.
While Jelly Bean for the Samsung Galaxy S III on AT&T has been available for over a month now, it’s only been available via Samsung’s Kies software — which may or may not have been a big deal for you. However, if you’re the patient kind and prefer getting your updates OTA (Over The Air), it’s time to fire up your Galaxy S III and become a member of the Jelly Bean club.
If you happen to own a LG Optimus G, it’s time to start getting excited. It looks like Jelly Bean is on its way as LG has begun rolling out the Android 4.1 update to users in South Korea. Call me optimistic, but I don’t expect it to be very long before the rest of the Optimus G world starts seeing the update.
Every month, Google gives us look at the various Android platform versions accessing the Play store. This kind of information is crucial to developers looking to ensure support where support is needed and also gives us an idea of how fast devices are or aren’t being updated. Surprisingly, every month, good old Cupcake shows up with a proud 0.1% distribution, reminding us that Cupcakes never say die. However, I am sad to report, for the first time ever — Cupcake is missing.
The AOKP team welcomed the new year with a bit of a surprise for ROMers. After making a tough decision to start over, the team has gone ahead and built their 4.2.1 ROM from the ground up and releasing it as JB-MR1 Build 1. Most features have been forward-ported to the new build, however, there’s still a bit missing and currently features limited support.