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I've never liked Android. It's an opinion born out of ignorance and bias: The iPhone is the only smartphone I've ever owned. I love it, and I think Android is generally an inferior mess. I'm OK with that. But wow, Jelly Bean: the greatest version of Android ever, cold-blooded Apple-killer. Thousands upon thousands of man-hours from one of the largest collections of smart people on the planet, explicitly devoted to winning over jerks like me. Shouldn't that be enough? I gave Jelly Bean an open channel into my heart, using it as my only phone for nearly a month. How'd it do?


How many times have you gone to an event, walked into a meeting or even just got onto a plane and seen someone open their bag to reveal an iPad or Android tablet, while their laptop just sits there unloved because of its bulk? The person might then fish around awkwardly for their smartphone to tether to the tablet before they actually get down to what needs to be done. Asus knows these people, and is here to help with its new convertible: the Padfone.


When Asus demonstrated its ME370T at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it impressed a lot of people. $US249 for a 7-inch, Tegra 3-powered tablet was looked like mind-blowingly good value and I, for one, couldn't wait for it to come to market. All went quiet on the ME370T-front for months, before it was finally revealed that the tablet had piqued Google's interests, too. 7 months went by, but finally we have the Nexus 7. You know the hype, you've seen the keynote, but what's it really like for Aussies to use?


Vodafone Australia's Nexus S customers were set to be the first to get upgraded to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean today, until the telco realised that the software it was rolling out to customers didn't meet Australian regulatory standards.


Google I/O brought us many goodies. One of those was a sneak peek at Android 4.1, codenamed Jelly Bean. As with every Google conference, we rubbed our hands together for when we'd have it on our local handsets, but as of right now, not a single telco is testing it in Australia.


With the right skills, you can port Jelly Bean's Google Now over to your Ice Cream Sandwich Android device. If you want to try the oh-so-creepy predictive assistant, but you're not yet running a build 4.1 operating system, you can do so following a set of instructions posted on the XDA Developers forums.


The Galaxy S III has turned out to be a raging success for Samsung, selling 10 million units worldwide in mere weeks. It might just be another phone, but the Galaxy S III introduces a bigger challenge that will affect Android phone manufacturers, Google's Android platform, and you and me as end users. It could see users end up with a nerfed version of Jelly Bean, or even Samsung ditching Android altogether in favour of its own platform.


Android devices may at last get the kind of sound performance that makes music and audio apps satisfying to use. We've suffered through generations of the OS and hardware that were quite the opposite. But material, measurable changes to software, combined with more rigorous standards for hardware makers, could change all of that soon. And using the free, cross-platform libpd library, you can be ready now to take advantage of what's coming.


How much is Angelina Jolie worth? Where did Natalie Portman go to college? How do I get to the Moscone Centre on foot? What's the height restriction for the Space Mountain ride? What fish species are in Lake Tahoe? Google's new voice search knows the answer to all of these questions and in Jelly Bean it can speak them to you without even breaking a sweat.