Jelly Bean 4.3 isn’t a big update, and you might be happy to wait for Google to make available the update to your Nexus tablet, but we’re pretty impatient. Plus, we’re itching to try out the new ability to update user profiles with content restrictions, which is ideal if young children will be using the tablet.
Here’s how to get the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update on your Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 tablet the easy way.
Install Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on your Nexus 7, Nexus 10
Step 1. First check what version of Android your Nexus tablet is running. From the home screen, pull down from the top right of the screen and choose Settings. Scroll down to About tablet, then look under Android version. You’ll most likely find Android 4.2.2 here, or perhaps Android 4.1 if you’ve never updated your tablet.
Step 2. Next, check whether Google has already made available the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for your tablet. In the same menu, tap on System updates. The next screen will either inform you that an update is available, or state when the tablet was last updated. If no update is available, tap Check now.
Chances are you’ll find that still no Android 4.3 update is available. At this point you can sit back and wait a few days for the new flavour of Jelly Bean to appear, or you can force your tablet to download the update.
As expected, the new Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet running the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system. The 16GB Wi-Fi-only version will be available for $229, with a 32GB Wi-Fi-only model coming for $269. A 32GB 4G LTE (unlocked) version will retail for $349.
Among the key features are an HD screen (with 1,920×1,200-pixel resolution); front and rear cameras (1.2- and 5.0-megapixel, respectively); Bluetooth 4.0; a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor; 2GB of RAM; NFC; and an Adreno 320 GPU (the same graphics chip used in the Samsung Galaxy S4). There’s also support for dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and wireless charging using any Qi-compatible charger.
The large top and bottom bezels from the first-generation Nexus 7 return.
If Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is more phone than you think you need, the electronics giant has just offered up the smaller, more midrange — and surely cheaper — Galaxy S4 Mini.
Like a decaffeinated beverage, Samsung is hoping to give its lighter smartphone much of the same taste with just a little less oomph. Although the Mini has stepped-down specs compared to its flagship family, like a lower-resolution screen and an 8-megapixel camera instead of a 13-megapixel shooter, it’s no slouch when it comes to the Galaxy S4’s core features, like a built-in TV remote control.
As with the Galaxy S3 Mini that came before, this version is aimed more at the mass market. The mini plays the role of the lower price option compared tp the marquee Galaxy S4, but without sacrificing some of the superphone’s more defining features.
The CNET crew will first get our hands on the smaller smartphone in London at the June 20 launch event, and we’ll have more thoughts to share when we do. Until then, here’s what we know about the phone, and how it should stack up against the original Galaxy S4.