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The Jelly Bean Keyboard Now Available


Available on Google Play is the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean keyboard, and it is ready to be installed on all devices based Ice Cream Sandwich.

The application to be installed is called Jelly Bean Keyboard and allows you to try out another of the features introduced since the last release of Google’s mobile OS.

Although still in beta, the Jelly Bean Keyboard works pretty well. We installed it on our HTC One X and found no problems or whatsoever. So much that in a few hours, it became our keyboard reference.

And the thousands of downloads that porting this keyboard Jelly Bean scored in such a short time, once again confirmed the great interest that Android 4.1 has managed to create among the users.

The Jelly Bean Keyboard can be downloaded from Google Play. If you are interested, you have to hurry. Soon, the application will be removed from the store waiting for the full release.




Nexus Q, Dim Star of Google?


The Google Nexus Q is awesome. With 2 pounds and 4.6 inches in diameter, the new center integrates digital media player 33 LED bulbs in black metal shell that changes color and intensity. It is interesting to touch, and even the hear. Without doubt, this is one of the most attractive devices in the market.

But despite all the elegance of this true mini-Death Star from Google, it falls short in terms of functionality. Sold at 299 dollars, its price is much higher than the Roku player LT (50 dollars) or the Apple TV console (100 dollars) but their functions are less.

Currently, the Nexus Q allows users to access services related to Google and Google Play Music, Google Movies & TV Play and YouTube, but users who seek admission to services like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Spotify, and MLB.TV are disappointed.

In addition, music and videos played must be purchased in Google Play, while the multimedia content from outside sources must be uploaded to Google servers in the company before they can reproduce.

There is another problem: now you need a phone or tablet loaded with Android 2.3 or higher to control the Nexus Q. It comes with its own remote control as many devices Roku bring, and no other way to control it.

If users have an Android  device, the configuration is very simple: just download the application from the Google Play store on the phone or tablet and quickly communicate with the Nexus Q to premiere.

Also with the Nexus Q, we reproduced movies and music for hours, and although there was a noticeable delay to start up, for example, ‘Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon”, High definition was magnificent and smooth.

Skipping from song to song in the Nexus 7 tablet was also quick and easy. The user has the option to adjust the volume through the Nexus Q application or turning the top of the device.

Although the Nexus Q is a beautiful piece of hardware, it is a device that only appreciates the aesthetes of early adoption.

With its drawbacks, however, it may change when Google updates the device in the software aspect, perhaps opening it to third party services. But for now, it is little more than a curiosity beautifully constructed.



Google Dismisses China for Nexus Q


When Google Inc. decided to build its new Nexus Q in Silicon Valley and not in China, the company was not thinking about cost, but speed.

“We wanted to innovate faster. This is the first integral Google hardware,” said John Lagerling, director of global partnerships for Google Android.

The cost of building the Nexus Q media device is considered the most direct rival of Apple TV. “We wanted to see if we could do it quickly instead of our engineers fly around the world,” said Lagerling.

Google’s decision to manufacture this product in the U.S. is a significant departure from “Made in China” model and other companies have long considered essential to their competitiveness.

The Nexus Q will also be sold in limited quantities, which makes finding the cheapest manufacturer may not be as important.

The Nexus Q combines the power of Android and Google Play to stream music and video at home, all controlled by an Android phone or tablet.

The device is a small sphere that connects to speakers and TV you have in your home.

Nexus Q will be available through pre-order first in the U.S., from Google Play for $299 and will ship in mid-July.

Stable Chrome Version is Out!


When the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was announced, so was the Chrome for Android BETA. It took sometime for Google to have this great browser to be part of their Android system. And when it finally was, it then became the primary browser.

Today, the Chrome Team is happy to announce that the stable version is out for Androdi 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later. This stable update improves the performance of the browser along with some bug fixes and user interface improvement, especially for the tablet.

You can go to Google Play to download the stable version for Chrome. Or, you can update your current Beta version.

The Xperia™ PLAY

The Xperia™ PLAY takes gaming into a new level. It is The first PlayStation™ Certified Android smartphone. You can enjoy all the features of a smartphone and a portable gaming system in one. Just visit Google Play™ and gain access to the latest games available and more than 250,000 apps to power-up your phone.

Xperia™ PLAY specifications:

  • Dimension: 119 x 62 x 16mm
  • Weight: 175 g
  • Network bands: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; HSDPA 900/2100 MHz
  • Screen: 4“ scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen with 16 million colours 854 x 480 pixel
  • Processor: Scorpion ARMv7, 1 GHz
  • Camera: 5.1 MP camera with auto-focus
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.0
  • Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • USB: USB 2.0 and microUSB
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM; 1 GB internal memory, microSD slot up to 32 GB
  • Battery: Talk time (up to): 8 hours 25 minutes, Standby time (up to): 425 hours, MP3 playback: 30 hours 30 minutes, Game play time (Java): Up to 5 hours 35 minutes [1]
  • Operating system: Android OS 2.3
  • Special Features: 3D motion gaming and dedicated gaming keys