Android Jelly 4.1 Bean rollout is underway

By Sarah Halzack, Published: July 11

Stephen Lam/Reuters - An Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" mobile operating system logo is seen during Google I/O 2012 Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. June 27, 2012.

Less than two weeks after Google first showcased Android Jelly Bean at its annual I/O developers’ conference, the operating system is starting to make its way onto Android-powered smartphones and tablets.

Google announced the rollout Tuesday evening in a post on its Google+ social network. Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices, the post said, would be the first to get the update. Jelly Bean is slated to come to the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola Xoom soon after, and it will be featured on the new Google Nexus 7 tablet.

Compared with its predecessor, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean has improved photo sharing and viewing functionalities; packs a better keyboard and smarter predictive typing; and allows for more streamlined personalization of one’s home screen.

Jelly Bean, version 4.1 of the Android OS, also includes a redesign of how Google Search looks and works on mobile devices.

Google Nexus 7 obliterates every reason for buying the Kindle

July 12 (Bloomberg) — It’s the most-asked question by consumers about any new tech gadget: “Should I get this now or is something better coming along soon?”
For buyers of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, we now have the answer: You should have waited.
Google’s new Nexus 7 is aimed directly at the Kindle Fire, the seven-inch color tablet that was the runaway hit of the last holiday season. The Nexus 7 obliterates every reason for buying the current Kindle, and sets a high bar for whatever Amazon comes up with to replace it.
The Nexus 7 is Google’s first foray into selling a tablet under its own brand. It’s currently available for pre-order from Google Play, the company’s online store, with customer deliveries expected to begin next week. It costs $199 for a model with eight gigabytes of storage, same as the Kindle, or $249 for 16 gigabytes.
The device is manufactured by Taiwan-based Asustek, and Google chose its partner wisely. Asus makes some of the prettiest tablets and personal computers this side of Apple, and the Nexus 7 is as attractive and smooth as the Kindle Fire is chunky and clunky.
At 7.8 inches tall and 4.7 inches wide, the Nexus 7 is compact enough to slide into a jacket pocket. A rubbery, textured back makes it easy to grip. Like the Kindle Fire, it works only over a Wi-Fi connection; while the screens are the same size, the Nexus 7’s has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, compared to the Kindle Fire’s 1024 x 600.
More and Better
The Google tablet also has a more powerful, quad-core processor from Nvidia, twice the internal memory and better battery. At four-tenths of an inch thick and 12 ounces, it’s also thinner and 18 percent lighter.
Go down the list of standard tablet features, and the Nexus 7 wins every one. Camera? None for the Kindle; the Nexus has a front-facing camera and microphone for video calls.
Bluetooth? The Kindle doesn’t have it; the Nexus 7 does.
GPS? Yes on the Nexus, along with a newly-enhanced Google app that lets you save maps for use even when you’re offline. The Kindle has nothing like it.
The Kindle has the Nexus beat in one significant area: the depth and breadth of the online stores that are designed to keep them stuffed with content. The Kindle is deeply integrated with Amazon’s shops for e-books, music, movies and videos, which are all far richer than the sparsely stocked Google Play store.
Amazon Alternatives
On the other hand, Amazon makes an excellent free app that allows you to buy and read Kindle e-books on the Nexus 7. And there’s always Netflix for movies and Spotify for music, among many others, as long as you’re willing to manage the various accounts and log-ins yourself. (With the Kindle Fire, a single Amazon password is all you need.)
The Nexus 7 marks the debut of yet another iteration of the Android operating system: version 4.1, which Google calls “Jelly Bean.” (Who knows why Google’s sweets-themed naming system seems so much sillier than Apple’s big cats for its Mac releases?)
Google’s constant Android updates can be maddening for consumers, who often find that even recently purchased devices won’t run the latest software.
Still, this new version is the most polished yet. It’s fast and smooth, without any of the herky-jerkiness in reorienting the device from landscape to portrait, or in transitions from one screen to another, that afflicted earlier releases.
Google Now
There is also a passel of new features, notably Google Now. This is a neat app that, with a single finger-swipe, supplies useful information about where you are and what you’re doing at any given moment.
Right now, for example, it’s telling me how long it would take to drive home given current traffic conditions, what the weather’s like, nearby mass-transit departure times and the closest restaurants. At an airport, it might show flight information; in a city, nearby places of interest.
Of course, Android wouldn’t be Android without a head- scratcher or two. For instance, you can’t view your home screen or display all your apps in landscape mode. Google says it will address that one by the time Jelly Bean shows up on larger, iPad-size tablets.
And that’s the real endgame here. There’s no doubt Apple is Google’s No. 1 enemy in its struggle to establish Android on tablets, but no Android device has yet gained any traction going head-to-head against the mighty iPad. So Google, which needs a hit device to convince developers to help it dent Apple’s enormous lead in tablet-specific apps, went smaller and cheaper.
Apple, meanwhile, isn’t standing still; if reports are to be believed, it is working on its own smaller, cheaper iPad.
As for the Kindle Fire, in its current form you’d have to consider it collateral damage.
(Rich Jaroslovsky is a Bloomberg News columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.)
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Satyamev Jayate: Why untouchability is still a tradition

New Delhi: Once again the team of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ was on target. It might be a hard fact to digest for urban Indians that the practice of untouchability is still prevalent in a nation that eyes to become one of the super-powers by the end of current decade, but shows like ‘Satyamev Jayate’ is a reality check for them.
The debate regarding the caste system is not a new thing; it’s been happening for years, and different pressure groups have come up with some solutions too, but these answers couldn’t curb the demon.
However, one thing has been done; people who were very open about their apparent superiority are not so extrovert now, especially in unfavourable conditions. But this has led to a silent discrimination which is much more effective than open boycott. At least, you know your opposition in the previous case.
Satyamev Jayate: Stars Aamir Khan has created
Things have become nasty in the past due to the violent clashes between different mindsets towards the caste system. Those who have seen Stalin K’s documentary ‘India Untouched’ would understand that the film hints towards the origin of the issue, which as per the film is the control of resources. He says on the show that inter-caste marriages can be an answer to untouchability, but this seems to be a very simplified answer, because why would a resourceful person marry his or her daughter or son to someone who is not so resourceful, if there is no mutual love involved.
So, doesn’t the society and the government need to work on providing financial security to one and all in order to bring everyone on the same platform. This needs to happen before the marriage.
Justice Dharmadhikari might not be wrong in his stance about not revealing his ancestral identity, but this also fetches attention towards the so called superiority of certain sections of the society. Why can’t we simply stop taking the names (and surnames) seriously? The more Aamir mentions ‘Manvendra Singh Chauhan’ of the ‘same’ community, the more established will be the importance of being from a privileged class.
Bezwada Wilson’s anxiety needs to be addressed. Why do we consider living a life of dignity as something brave? Talk about it, discuss about it but don’t shed tears.
Believe it or not, but gone are the days when Sanskrit was associated with Brahmins only. The language is losing battle against commercial courses, so it would be better for existing patrons to accept teachers such as Dr Kaushal Panwar, if they want to preserve the inheritance.
‘Satyamev Jayate’ is a good show and there are no doubts about the makers’ intentions unless something drastically gets revealed but ‘tch tch’ and ‘OMG’ are not going to help in the longer run.
Balwant Singh was an IAS, after clearing an examination and training aimed at testing the candidate’s patience and depth of social understanding. Why did he separate himself from the system? Probably because he never wished for sympathy.
The tenth episode of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ tried to put emphasis on a topic which might have appeared like a done to death discussion for many, but fortunately that doesn’t make discussing ‘untouchability’ a crime.

Satyamev Jayate Episode 10 to deal with Corruption

Satyameva Jayate Aamir KhanSatyamev Jayate Episode 10 would deal with a thing of national importance, patriotism and if some guesses are allowed it is Corruption or Honesty.  In the Episode 10 Promo Aamir Says, Our country is touching new heights in the fields of cricket, films and science. No one can touch our country if we learn just one more thing. What is it? Watch Satyamev Jayate this Sunday at 11AM on STAR Plus and DD National, as we try to find an answer.
Watch the promo online  and guess yourself.
Aamir Khan’s  Debut TV  show would be  aired in 6 Languages and several local TV Channels. The show is also dubbed in several languages including three Indian southern languages viz., Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam, along with Marathi and Bengali. Apart from Star Plus, the show will also have simulcast on STAR World, STAR Utsav, STAR Pravah, STAR Jalsha, Asianet and STAR Vijay within the STAR Network and other channels including DD National and Eanadu TV.

Satyamev Jayate Episode 10 of on Untouchability – Dignity For All

The 10th episode of Satyamev Jayate which will air on 8th July will see Aamir Khan talk about the prevalent issue of untouchability in our Indian society. The caste system has been present in India for long where people are classified as “upper caste” and “lower caste”. The lower caste were often referred as “untouchables” in the past. Though things have changed, still a lot remains to be be done to make our society label free.
This 10th episode of Satyamev Jayate on “Untouchability – Dignity For All” will be a two hour special episode. Like every week, we look forward to what Aamir has to say about this. Have a look at the promo for the 8th July Episode of Satyamev Jayate in which the actor is asking us that “What will make our country invincible?”  Tune in at 11 AM on Star Plus on 8th July to watch this one!