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Last week, the Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) update rolled out to the Google Nexus 4, Google Nexus 7, Google Nexus 10, and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The update has fixed the random restart bug affecting the new Nexus device made by LG. Unfortunately, occasional crashes have been reported.
Version 4.2.1 affected users when it suddenly restarted devices without warning. Most Nexus device owners seem to be happy with Android 4.2.2, but a few reports that crashes still occur.
Android 4.2.2 rolled out to address the random restart bug that affected devices running Android 4.2.1. Aside from the bug fix, it also includes a few enhancements. One is holding down on the Wi-Fi icon on the settings menu to switch it on and off. This also works with the Bluetooth icon.
Normally, a notification is received when an update has rolled out for Nexus devices. The good thing about Nexus devices is that you don’t have to wait for manufacturers or network operators to do their testing on the updates, since Nexus device run a vanilla version of Android. If you haven’t received any notification, you can download the update from Google at this page: https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images.
It is still unknown when the update will be rolled out to non-Nexus devices.
Is Android 4.2.2 running on your Google Nexus 4, Google Nexus 7, Google Nexus 10, and Samsung Galaxy Nexus? Let us know through a comment on our Facebook page.
Luxury phone manufacturer, Vertu, is no longer owned by Nokia as of last year. It has now launched its first device powered by Android, the Vertu Ti, which will set you back a whopping £6,700. In an interview with CNET UK, Perry Oosting, Vertu CEO, said that they had Android in mind for a long time.
Vertu has made extremely expensive but utterly useless handsets, since they ran Symbian. Oosting was asked if his company wanted to use Android even during the times when they were bound by Nokia. He answered, “Absolutely.”
Once Vertu was no longer owned by Nokia, the boss spoke of the “freedom” brought by the split, saying “it’s giving you, really, to make the right choice. And we believe with Android that it’s the right choice.”
Speaking about Microsoft’s Windows Phone, he said, “You need to be first of all — as you know — part of an ecosystem.
“If you go down to ecosystems you probably have only two choices. Besides, iOS is a closed one, so that’s not a choice, and then you have Windows Phone, which is certainly a beautiful user interface but it’s still in the beginning stage.”
Android dominating the market is the main reason Vertu chose Android. However, Oosting does say that “the customisation that we were able to do on Android” is another.
The Vertu Ti runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which is disappointing considering handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Google Nexus 4 run Android 4.1 and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) respectively. However, it is a far cry from what was running on their handsets in the past years. Additionally, the titanium casing adorned with rubies and crystals is definitely an eye-catcher.
Would you get your hands on the Vertu Ti now that it runs Android? Let us know through a comment on our Facebook page.
Wireless charging has arrived for the Google Nexus 4. Sadly, it is only available in the US and not in the UK.
The new wireless charger looks like a sphere cut in the middle at an angle. This gives the sphere a flat surface, allowing you to place the phone on the charger. All you need to do is plug the charger into the wall and place the phone on the sphere’s flat surface to charge. It takes around four hours to fully charge the Nexus 4.
The new wireless charger is a Q1 charger. This means that it can also charge other handsets that can be charged wirelessly such as the Nokia Lumia 920.
Currently, the technology is not yet full blown. In a few more years, there are plans to put wireless chargers in coffee shops, pubs, restaurants, and airport lounges, making it possible to charge your phone in any place at any time.
Google Play in the US is selling the wireless charger for the Nexus 4 for $60 (£39). We’ll keep you posted if and when it goes on sale in the UK.
Would you like to have the wireless charger for the Google Nexus 4? We’ll let you know once it goes on sale on Google Play.