Nexus S gets an upgrade to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean

Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012, under

phone-galaxy-gallery-familyThe Samsung Google Nexus S is said to have received an upgrade to Jelly Bean. According to GSMArena, the update is 114.4MB and brings the build number to JEO03E.

Nexus S is a smartphone device co-developed by Google and Samsung. The device was announced and released in December 2010 running on Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread).
For screen protection, the Nexus spots an Oleophobic coating or rather, a Contour Display with a curved glass screen. The 5MP Camera at the back ensures quality output for multimedia. The phone also has a secondary VGA camera at the front.

phone-galaxy-dTo handle loads of usage, Nexus S is powered with a 1 GHz Cortex-A8, 512MB of RAM and 16GB of Internal storage. This will certainly be capable of handling the upgrade.

As with most Samsung smartphones, the Nexus S does not have a radio. The phone also disappoints for the lack of a memory card slot.

Android 4.1, Jelly Bean is known as the fastest and smoothest platform. It allows for expandable, actionable notifications, has a new look for search and a smarter keyboard.

And as GSMArena say, If you are the impatient sorts and don't want to wait for the update to arrive over the air for your device then you can also download the update from Google's servers and flash it manually. Just make sure you are running a stock ICS ROM and have a custom recovery software such as ClockworkMod installed. And as usual, make sure you know what you are doing or wait for the OTA update.

Here is the direct download link to Google's servers.

For more information, check the source link below.



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Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012, under

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Posted on Friday, February 03, 2012, under

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Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2012, under

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The initiative that originally started 2009 in Europe will now extend to more than 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East where Mobile Operator

Orange has coverage.

Users will not be charged for data access on the

Wikipedia website when they access the pages via a web browser on their mobile and so long as they stay within the website.

Wikipedia is the largest online encyclopedia that allows users to edit the files and update branches of knowledge as covered by historical events.

The initiative according to Wikimedia Foundation executive director Sue Gardner is to help keep Wikipedia free for public use from all internet enabled devices.  The announcement received a welcome call especially from students whose primary source of accessing the internet is the mobile phone.

James Mathenge, an IT student at the Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya when asked to comment about the initiative said “Its hard enough that I have to do my homework via mobile considering the heavy data charges but now thanks to Wikipedia, there will be no excuse for lagging behind in studies and current events.”

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