Sometimes, it's a good point to look at exactly what you're getting when you're talking about something. In this case, we're talking about Android 4.1, code named Jelly Bean.

Jelly Bean brings some interesting features to the table, so we decided to create this guide to bring you up to speed.

Note: at the time of this guide, 4.2 has come out, but there was enough changes that it will have a guide of its own. Thanks.

Speed is one of the top concerns of Jelly Bean. Everything is supposed to feel fast, fluid, and smooth. Each screen should be moved through like flipping through the pages of a well loved novel. There are some performance boosts, including faster responses when going between apps, as well as great rendering through the whole system. Vsync and triple buffering take care of that for you.

It's all about responsiveness as a whole. Jelly Bean is taking things to the next level by adding in reactive and uniform touch responses. Your device's CPU can be raised or lowered based on how you're interacting with your device. How cool is that?

It gets better, of course.


Accessibility has been a hot button issue in Planet Android land, for good reason. Open access to everyone is very important, and it would definitely make waves for Android to lead the way to a new era of accessibility in 2013 and beyond.

Jelly Bean lets blind users use Gesture Mode to navigate around the entire user interface -- coupled with speech output, of course.

For people that have a hard time seeing the screen's text due to small fonts, you can enlarge instantly. What more could you want than that?

Actually, a screenreader would be nice. Meet TalkBack, a screenreader for Android that supports gestures to the fullest. There's also BrailleBack, which gives better accessibility options in the Braille category.

Android Beam also makes a big splash. You can easily share all of your photos and videos. To activate Beam, you can just pair your phone or tablet to any Bluetooth enabled device that supports Simple Secure Pairing -- just tap the devices together to activate the magic.

There's better support for USB audio docks, something that many Android users have been looking forward.

The browser got a major update in Jelly Bean, focusing hard on HTML5. It's the new web standard and many sites are switching to HTML5 full stop. It's good to know that android will give the end user the ability to experience the full richness of HTML5 while they are on the go. HTML5 video support has been enhanced a great deal.

Calendar got an update as well -- content fades in and out, animations are there to remind you of important tasks, and you can quickly swipe through days. If you've given your event a specific color, it's going to keep that color on the phone.

The today button on the action bar will show you the events of the day -- and remind you of what's around the corner. You can even auto-email guests of events to let them know that you’re on your way to a particular event.

Camera is looking great as well -- you can swipe from the camera viewfinder to review photos that you just took. You can also view photos in Gallery through filmstrip mode, flipping through photos with ease.

Data usage has gotten better than ever -- you can disable background data usage on certain Wi-Fi locations by making them mobile hotspots. Android will automatically detect this from then on, saving you precious data -- perfect for those that aren't on an unlimited data plan.

The keyboard is all about customization. Tired of QWERTY? Go QWERTZ, AZERTY, or even Dvorak!

This leads to messaging perfectly. The new notifications display gives you the full text of incoming SMS messages -- something that has long annoyed Android users for a while now. You will also see the full photo in a notification. This is great when you really don't want to have to open up the full app just to see a quick message.

Networking updates? Yes, please! Jelly Bean lets you make sure that you avoid bad Wi-Fi networks that have poor connections. You can stay on mobile data and get the best connection. Who really wants to deal with some wimpy data line when you have LTE, honestly?

There is a People app that truly makes your phone quite social. You can retrieve high resolution photos automatically and display them as you're looking through to find contacts on the fly. This helps you really connect with who is in your network and who isn't. You can also add new contacts much faster than before.

The phone app got some updating as well. When you miss a call, a new notification will easily let you call them right back or even send a quick SMS. This is really smooth, and we like that a great deal.

The best thing that you can do for yourself would be to check out the full list of features at Google Android headquarters, then see if your handset has an upgrade to 4.1 -- you will not regret it at all!

Look, we don't always get into the latest and greatest technology...but...oh, who are we kidding! We're totally checking out the Galaxy Camera, and we think that you should as well.

If you don't believe us, check out this video:

Isn't that hilarious? If you didn't catch why this little camera should be on your post-Christmas shopping list, here are a few reasons why:

First and foremost, this is a camera that definitely understands not every picture starts out perfect. You still have the power to edit photos, give them the Best Face treatment (you can even fix "shut eyes" and red eyes with ease), and keep everything backed up in the cloud.

Clearly, this isn't your father's bulky camera that only got a good picture every once in a blue moon. This is the social butterfly's camera, a camera that focuses on making you the star of the show.

Tired of that person who jumps in at the last minute? You can crop them out without damaging the rest of the shot. Photobombers, your days are numbered.

What about if you suddenly dropped your camera in water. It's every social butterfly's worst nightmare, right? Right! You will need to actually make sure that you're looking at the bigger picture by backing up your photos...without even thinking about it. This camera is one that does that for you all on its own. There's no more reason to worry or fret anymore. Everything is set up for you, and everything will work flawlessly out of the box. What more could you want than that?

Oh, what's that? You want good panoramic mode? The Galaxy Camera serves that up nicely for you. So even if you have a whole group of friends to photograph, they will be taken care of with ease.

This is a camera that goes beyond mere smartphone like abilities -- it fits into your life. Everyone should be able to have a great camera that they can rely on. Even though you might not think of Samsung first when it comes to technology like this, there's no reason why you can't test it out.

Bonus feature: 21x zoom. You will never lack a chance to really get in that perfect shot. Check it out today!

If you need more information about this great product, you can visit Samsung Camera Facebook page or Samsung GALAXY Camera website. For more videos on this product - visit Samsung YouTube channel.

This post was sponsored by Samsung.

OK, we admit to being biased. We’re really into anything brainy that lets us flex our nerdy side. It just can't be helped. There are some good apps out there for this sort of thing, but we had to stop and write about Mark My Words Free.

This is all about figuring out well known phrases in terms of who actually quoted them first. You have to use your own knowledge and a few clues -- but it's harder than it appears.

When we checked out Mark My Words, we were really impressed by the artwork. This is a free app that really stretches the boundaries of free by delivering solid quality. You’re not going to be disappointed downloading this one.

Be sure that you check for device compatibility in Google Play -- it'll lead to a great experience.

You get 4 clues for each quote, which we found pretty generous. There’s no need to feel like you're going to be stumped. There were some obvious ones, some not so obvious ones, and everything in between.

If you want something a little brainier than the classic "race" or "brickbreaking" games, then this game is definitely more your speed.

One thing that we really liked is that you have access to a premium version -- Mark My Words Pro. You get even more quotes and it's just a nice way to support the hard work it takes to deliver such a quality app to Android. At $2.99, it's really a no brainer purchase anyway.

If your friends don't get your sense of humor, or really get into all of the trivia games out there, this is y our chance to "unplug" a bit from what they think and just go your own way. While they're playing something that doesn't take much skill, you get to flex your knowledge and entertain yourself on a completely different level.

It's up to you -- but we definitely enjoyed the app, and we are definitely going to see what other apps come down the pipeline from here. It's obvious that the developer knows what they're doing, so we want MORE! 🙂 Check it out for yourself!

If you’re thinking about a new Android game, you might want something that's going to let you pass the time without getting too caught up. There's nothing wrong with games that take forever and ever, but you probably only have so much down time before you have to do something else. For example, you might be waiting to catch your flight. That's not a time where you want to get so sidetracked or caught up in a game that you don't hear when you're going to be boarding your flight -- what a costly mistake!

You are much better off looking into a game like Slots Social Casino. We know, we know -- free Android apps are a dime a dozen, but we really try to find apps that are at the top of the pile. This app is one of them.

First and foremost, it's not your ordinary slot casino game. It's a free casino where you can play slots based off of real casinos in the United States. You are getting 3D slot action here, folks. You can make new friends, invite and follow other friends, send messages, gifts as well as chips. You get fresh chips everyday to play, and you can also buy some chips as well. You will be part of a global ranking system -- can you reach the top? There’s only one way to find out. If you add more friends, you get more chips.

It's all about having a good time rather than anything serious. You might feel that you don't have too much time to play another game but you would be wrong here. You can start and stop playing this game with ease. Though, we'll be honest if you're really excited about playing the game you'll probably want to play it for a while. There's nothing wrong with making sure you have something that you're going to play more than once. After all, space can be at a premium with Android sometimes if your SD card is already full.

This app is 100% free, and it's only play money. If you want real money gambling, you're still going to have to look elsewhere. Good luck!

Look, not everyone looks at technology the same way. If you're a bargain hunter that is purposefully late to the party while companies work out the bugs in their products, we salute you. This is a good way to really make sure that you’re going to enjoy a new piece of technology. it would be better to look at all of these things rather than just say that you're going to get something brand new that isn't really want you're seeking. After all, not everybody in the world of tech has money to blow without reason. If you're in that category right now, we completely understand what you're going through.

So let's dig in. The Nexus line isn't really known for being more than developer candy, in many ways, but that's changing. Google has been hard at work thinking about the tablets in a different way, and this new push has also made the Nexus 4 into something that might just be worth having. Google has also made the price point very attractive, something that doesn't hurt matters either.

On overview, this is a device that has a nice 4.7 inch HD display, along with a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. There are also plenty of other components on here, but you’re going to really need to make sure that you dive in and see what's waiting for you. If you find what you're looking for at $299 no-contract, then why wouldn't you want to see what else is in store?

So, let's start with hardware. You're getting a smartphone that weights 4.9 ounces and 0.36 inches. It's lighter than the Optimus G, but it's a bit thicker.

It's easier to hold in your hand thanks to the tapered edge that gives your fingers a real place to actually rest. Very cool!

The display includes a full panel of Gorilla Glass 2, which means that this is one tough phone already. It's very likely that you'll drop your phone at least once, and this protective glass should keep it looking good for a long time.

There's a front-facing video camera, but it's only 1.3 megapixels. There's a notification light on the front as well, but no buttons -- it's all about virtual navigation here, baby.

There's also a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB worth of internal RAM storage. There's also a 2100 mAh battery, which provides modest battery life.

The volume rocker hides on the left, and there's a secondary mic and headphone jack that sit on the top of the phone. There's the power button right in reach as well. There's a micro-USB / Slimport socket on the bottom. Slimport allows you to mirror your phone's display on your TV, but it's not the only way to do it.

Scratch resistant doesn't mean that it's unbreakable. Give your sanity a Christmas present by not dropping this phone. Trust us, it just makes sense.

This is a penta-band phone, which sets it away from the pack. You'll get 850/900/1700/1900/2100 HSPA+, along with quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/EDGE. This is a pretty nice world traveling phone, but if you were looking forward to LTE, you're going to be out of luck there. ...continue reading Visiting the Nexus 4 Again

Look, let's get real for a second. Even if you hate presentations, there’s nothing that's going to get rid of them once and for all. Need to impress a new round of investors? Surprise, you're going to have to give a presentation or two to seal the deal. There's just no getting around your need to handle presentations with ease. If you have a smartphone already, why not make your life easier?

Convenience is worth checking out, and that's why we had to check out the EasyPPT. It's an app that does what it says it does -- gets you the power to control your presentation via your phone.

You can also remotely connect to your PC and control the presentation directly, if you wanted to.

What's convenient about the app is that it works well with smartphones like the Galaxy S III, that has a pen to go with the device. The app responds to pen pressure, which means that you can even make annotations as you present your presentation.

If you write on the phone screen, the markings will show up. You can also take photos and even turn pages.

Could you imagine having to give a presentation on the go and not being able to take your laptop along? Believe it or not, it happens a lot more than you can imagine. The best approach then would be to get an app that can adapt itself to your environment.

When you are really having more presentations than you know what to do with, why wouldn't you want to make things easier?
Just manipulating the presentation from the phone would be cool, but this app goes one step further. You can actually manipulate it from the PC itself. All you have to do is download a small file and then connect to a specific IP address with your phone. The app will handle the rest of it.

We love apps that are creative like this but also serving a deep need that everyone can relate to.

It's a free app, but if you're on the fence, think of it this way -- it's designed to help you. Surely there's no real harm in testing it out for yourself, right? Why not look into it today while it's on your mind?

Are you thinking about going out and about with your Android phone? Still need to print things without being at a computer? If you have an Epson All in One printer, PrintJinni is going to be your friend. This is an app that was ported from the iPhone first, but that's not a problem. You’re getting fully functional software for your 'Droid that will definitely handle print queues for you.

Of course, you can't forget about all of the items that you can print. This isn't just limited to black and white printing. If you want to print out a photo that’s saved to your phone, you can definitely handle that with no problem. Important series of charts and graphs? The PrintJinni can handle all of this and still wait faithfully for you to come up with something else to print. You can print emails, Word documents, PDF files, and even full out web pages.

Some things are just easier to discuss when you can visually display them to other people. There's nothing wrong with admitting that you really do need to have a visual aid, of course.

Taking your show on the road with Android is something that's pretty easy, but you just need to have the right apps. PrintJinni comes in two flavors -- you can do the free version, or you can buy the paid app. The free version gives you a realistic demo of the app, but if you're going to be a power user, we definitely recommend the paid version instead.

All in all, this is an app that really speaks for itself -- why not check it out today?

Trying to get your gaming fix while you’re traveling can be a little difficult. One would imagine it wouldn’t be that hard, though. After all, this is the age of technology -- if you can be entertained by YouTube memes while you’re at your desk, why not be entertained by great Android games when you're on the go?

We're not talking about mobile Yahtzee and chess, though. That's for another article. You want great graphics, great sound, and plenty of action, right?

Absolutely! We thought the same thing when we stumbled across Dark Summoner. This is one of the most intense MMORPGs we've come across for the Android platform.

There's a lot to like. It's completely free, which means that you can play to your heart's content. In addition to it being a free game, it’s already got a great reputation. This is a game that was ported over from the iPhone App Store, and a game that also has a massive following. If you're a true fan of dark fantasy, you will have a lot of fun playing this game.

It's not just about rising through a lot of levels. It's a social game, so it's all about the interaction. And it's done with stunning artwork. That was one of the top things we noticed right away.

Keep in mind that this is going to be a very connection-intense game, as many of the best MMORPGs really are. So you want to be on Wi-Fi as much as possible for this. Does it matter? Not in the grand scheme of things, but if you’re all about the best experience possible, then Wi-Fi is where you want to be with this.

If you really just want to play on breaks, you'll find that you can still advance in the game without falling behind. You can make allies in the game that will confront Dark Lords in battle, join Clans, and even make new friends as you conquer the in-game world -- or watch your character die trying!

If you're stuck at an airport and you have a lot of time to kill, this is definitely an upgrade from those "brick breaking games". It's all about being able to relax, unwind, have a good time...okay, and it never hurts to be able to crush enemies on the battlefield. You get all of that and more with this style of game, so why not check it out for yourself today? You'll be glad that you did!

Summer is in the air and like many other individuals; you may be due for an upgrade this summer. If you’re planning on getting an Android, we congratulate you. Excellent choice! However, if you can’t decide which phone to get, read our top five list. It may just help you make an informed decision.

Samsung Galaxy S III

At the top of our list is the Samsung Galaxy S III (GS3). It’s the third generation from Samsung’s flagship line of phones and the best thing about this device is it is available on all the major U.S carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile). Better yet, it’s available in Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada and South and Central America (sorry Antarctica).

You really cannot go wrong with the Galaxy S III. It has a great camera, comes with the latest version of Android, dual or quad core processors (depending on region), and for those living in the United States or South Korea, LTE is on board.


It was a tossup between this and the GS3 for the top spot but the GS3 took the prize thanks to its worldwide availability and multi carrier support. The HTC One X is another great choice as well. We rather the design of the One X over the GSIII mainly because of its unibody design. It also has dual or quad core CPU as well as LTE depending on your geographical location. Best of all it comes with one of the best Android UI skins we have seen. Our only drawback is the battery life of the One X is not as great as the GS3.


Sporting the best battery we have seen in a smartphone since BlackBerry, the DROID RAZR Maxx also packs a dual-core processor, LTE, 720p HD screen, great camera and a super thin design that is even thinner than the iPhone 4S or the GS3. It’s the perfect phone for anyone who would rather make it through a 48 hour cycle without having to recharge their device. ...continue reading Five Best Android Phones (Summer 2012)

When it comes to staying in touch with the people that really matter most to you, most would agree that a cell phone is the way to go. However, a lot of people avoid getting one because they worry about trying to get a phone on contract. There’s no need to fear this type of thing anymore. You can get the perfect phone without spending a lot of money.

One of the reasons why so many people go with getting a phone on contract is that they spend a lot less than someone in a prepaid plan. You will basically be trading your loyalty to the company for a discounted or even a free phone. There are plenty of smartphones out there that are actually free if you sign up for a specific contract.

This also means that you’re going to rest easy knowing where your phone service is actually going be coming form. Some people like knowing that they really don't have to jump around carriers. They can just use their phone and keep going on with their lives.

If you’re going to get a contract phone, you might want to stop and think about what type of features you want with your plan. This is where you get to be a little creative, because you will have different needs than someone else.

Keep in mind that some of your phone choices may be limited by your plan, or you might have to add on other features in order to qualify for the discount. This is true with many Android plans, which require you sign up for a qualifying data package. However, you really do need to get the data plan in order to truly appreciate the power of the Android platform.

From here, you might want to also think about the accessories that you’re going to need. It never hurts to have an extra battery, and it certainly never hurts to have a Bluetooth headset so that you can go handsfree. Staying safe on the road while talking on your phone really does depend on the type of setup you have -- Bluetooth is just one option. You can always use a regular wired headset if your phone doesn't come with Bluetooth.

Hopefully you've gotten some ideas on how to keep your costs low while still enjoying staying in touch with everyone during your day to day errands on the road. Check it out today!