This Week In Android: Feb 11th-17th

This week we saw Valentine’s Day and the industry certainly recognised our love of the robotic operating system with a consistent slew of news. Want to hear of the $10,000 Android smartphone, learn of the release of Nexus 4 wireless charging orbs or what’s new with the stock operating system? Be sure to check in after the jump!

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Android 4.2.2 Rolls Out

Wednesday, Google started rolling out Android 4.2.2 over-the-air to Nexus devices. As the incremental name suggests, there’s not much to get excited about other than a slight tweak of the WiFi and Bluetooth toggles in the Jellybean notification bar. Now, WiFi and Bluetooth can be toggled with a long press on the respective icon.

App download entries in the notification dropdown now feature a progress indicator that estimate the remaining time, a feature I’m sure that we here at AppStorm will find very helpful!

The Nexus 4 is one device receiving the stock Android 4.2.2 update.

The update has already begun rolling out to Nexus devices including the incumbent family of 10, 7 and 4. The latter will, though, no longer be compatible with the unofficial LTE workaround that became popular with the device. AndroidCentral has direct download links, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Nexus 4 Wireless Charger Released

Talking of the Nexus 4, Google this week released the Wireless Charger accessory for the phone on the US Google Play store. For $59.99 and about a week of your time waiting, you can grab one of the orb-like devices to charge your Nexus 4 with the Qi inductive charger that lives inside.

There’s currently no word on international availability or pricing.

The Nexus 4 Wireless Charger, available in a Google Play store near you (if you live in the US, that is).

Google Search for Android Update

Google updated Google Search for Android this week, introducing a number of useful new features.

The update touts the embedding of a number of third-party services for enhanced usefulness of results in the US, such as movie ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and real estate results from Zillow. Additionally, the update includes American varsity sports in Google Now’s sports team aggregation and offers Fandango users access to a QR code to be scanned when they hit the theatre.

The Google Now widget. Image credit: The Verge.

Furthermore, the update includes a homescreen widget for Google Now which offers an instant portrayal of the reminders and informations that profile your life. You can grab the update for free now.

Vertu Releases $10,000 Ti

Vertu, a notable brand in the high-end technology market, has released the Ti. Encased in titanium, the Ti has a 3.7-inch WVGA, sapphire crystal display and is handmade in the UK. It runs Android 4.0 on a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. The main attraction, though, is likely the 24-hour concierge service which offers around-the-clock access to the expert assistance of a member of Vertu’s concierge team.

At $10,000 though, i’d happily buy the equivalent 33 Nexus 4s instead.

Is the titanium exterior of the Ti worth its $10,000 price tag?

Rumours: HP is Building Android Tablets

ReadWrite and The Verge have reported that Hewlett-Packard, the company perhaps best known for their lines of printers, desktop/laptop machines, is developing its own Android tablets (and potentially smartphones too!).

The HP TouchPad, a device snatched up by many when it was discontinued and sold at Fire Sale prices.

The news comes after the company’s foray into the tablet market with the HP TouchPad on webOS some two years ago. The rumoured Android device has been quoted as running a Nvidia Tegra 4 inside, making it one of the first devices with the chipset.

Will you be grabbing an HP tablet at the earliest opportunity? Or are you content enough with your new Nexus 7 Wireless Charger? Let us know in the comments and then tune in next week for another installment of This Week in Android.


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