ASUS has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the first-generation Padfone, which the company had unveiled at last year’s Mobile World Congress.
The Jelly Bean update for the original Padfone will bring with it Project Butter, Google Now, enhanced voice recognition with offline voice-to-text support, and minor UI improvements. ASUS has also taken this opportunity to tweak the camera performance and application, and bundled in an improved File Manager and support for NTFS and FAT formatted microSD cards.
ASUS is not really known for rolling out software updates to its devices via OTA, and the hefty Android 4.1.1 JB update for the original Padfone needs to be downloaded from the Taiwanese marker’s website.
It was only last month that ASUS had unveiled the PadFone Infinity at MWC in Barcelona. While the Padfone coupled with its docking accessory, now known as the FonePad, is really a nice idea, ASUS has consistently failed to execute it properly with limited availability of the handset(s) and extremely high prices.
Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the 7-inch and 10-inch Galaxy Tab 2 in the United States. The Korean giant had started rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the European Galaxy Tabs a couple of months ago.
The Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Tab will bring with it some much need improvements in the overall UI performance thanks to Project Butter, expandable notification bar items, enhanced voice-to-text recognition which works even without an active data connection, Google Now and much more. Samsung has also added some minor additions and enhancements to its TouchWIZ UI for improving the overall usability.
Tab owners in the United States can get the update either via OTA or by using Samsung’s KIES software.
ZTE today officially announced its much leaked handset – the Nubia. With the Nubia, ZTE joins the race of bringing 1080p resolution touting screens on Android smartphones. Like the DROID DNA and the HTC Butterfly, the Nubia packs in a 5-inch 1080p display made by Sharp, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, an Adreno 320 GPU, and 2GB of RAM.
At the back of the handset is a 13MP of camera with an LED flash and accompanied by a 2MP camera in the front. Other specs of the handset include 32GB of storage space, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with a skin that inspired the popular MIUI ROM, a 2300mAh battery and the usual connectivity features like Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC inside an impressively thin 7.6mm body.
As of now, ZTE plans on bringing the Nubia only to its homeland, China at a competitive price of around US $550. Rumors do suggest that ZTE will announce the global variant of the Nubia at the upcoming CES 2013.
HTC One S owners, here is a nice Christmas gift for you. HTC has finally started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for your handset. While the Taiwanese maker had originally announced that it will roll-out the update back in October, it took its own sweet time to begin the roll-out.
The Jelly Bean update for the One S will bring with it Project Butter for a lag-free UI navigation, Google Now, slight UI tweaks, improved voice search, offline speech-to-text and more. HTC has also updated Sense’s version to 4.1 that brings with it some new software goodies including an enhanced camera app, along with some major performance boost by reducing the number of unneeded transitions.
As of now, HTC is rolling out the Android 4.1.1/Sense 4.1 Jelly Bean update only for a limited CID variants of the One S. Also, the update is only being rolled out for the One S that use the Qualcomm S4 Krait processor, and not the older-generation Qualcomm S3 SoC.
HTC One XL a.k.a AT&T and Telstra One X owners, here is some good news for you. While AT&T still has not approved the Jelly Bean update for your phone, HTC started rolling out the update for the handset in other regions of the world. The update has effectively been ported to the AT&T and Telstra One XL without any issues.
For the lesser known, the One XL is same as the International One X except that it is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Krait processor instead of a quad-core Tegra 3 processor.
The Jelly Bean update for the One X/XL brings with it Project Butter, an enhanced Notification bar, improved speech-to-text and more. HTC has also updated the Sense version to 4+ that brings with it major performance improvements and an enhanced Camera app.
If you own an AT&T or Telstra One XL, head over to this thread on XDA forums to download the ported ROM.
T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 owners, here is some good news for you. Beginning from tomorrow, Samsung and T-Mobile will start rolling out a new software update for your device that will bring with it some multi-view multi-tasking goodness.
For the lesser known, the multi-view feature will allow Note 2 owners to simultaneously use two apps at once on their screen. Samsung recently rolled out the same feature to the international Galaxy S3 with the Android 4.1.2 update. Below is a video of the multi-view feature in action -:
In addition to the multi-window feature, the update will also fix some Exchange related bugs and other issues with Google Apps. The update will be available to all T-Mobile Note 2 owners via OTA as well as via KIES from 19th December.
If the Android 4.1.2 update for the international Galaxy Note 2 is anything to go by, the U.S variants of the Note 2 should also get a lot of new features whenever the update arrives for them.
Its raining Jelly Bean updates! After the One X, S3, and the Note 2, its time for the Motorola/AT&T Atrix HD to get some Jelly Bean love.
The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the ATRIX HD will bring with Google Now, an enhanced notification bar, Project Butter for a lag-free experience, improved battery life, enhanced Camera app with improved auto focus, filmstrip mode for the gallery and more.
Motorola has also included some of its own new features including Drive Smart with enhanced voice search, which lays special emphasis on texting and driving, and automatically sets the phone to auto-reply to calls and texts when the user is driving.
While Motorola has already started rolling out the update, it can take up to two weeks for the roll-out to be complete. If you own a ATRIX HD and cannot wait for the update, just head over to Settings -> About Phone and select the ‘Software Update’ option. Make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network before proceeding though, since the update is pretty hefty in size.
ASUS has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Padfone 2 in certain regions of the world. The company had released the Padfone 2 back in October and promised to update the device to Jelly Bean before the end of this year.
The Jelly Bean update for the Padfone 2 brings some Project Butter goodness, Google Now, enhanced notification bar, and more. The Padfone 2 runs on a relatively light skinned version of Android, and the Jelly Bean update does not change that. The usual ASUS applications are all included in the update including free 50GB of cloud storage space.
The Padfone 2 is one impressive handset, especially when coupled with its dock. However, the handset cannot be termed a success mainly because of its limited market availability, and the high pricing.
With the Jelly Bean update for the Padfone 2, ASUS continues its impressive track record of providing timely software updates for its devices. The company has already updated its tablets to Jelly Bean, and is working hard on bringing the Android 4.2 update to them before the year-end.
A couple of months ago, Motorola had updated its Android OS update page to reflect which and when it would be bringing Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to its devices. Now that the company has updated its high-end handsets to Jelly Bean, including the RAZR M, RAZR HD and the RAZR HD MAXX, it has once again updated the page to include an estimated timeframe for the JB update for its other handsets.
Motorola RAZR HD and ATRIX HD owners in Canada will only be getting the Android 4.1.1 update sometime in Q1 of next year. RAZR i owners in the Middle East, Africa or Europe will also be getting the Jelly Bean update around the same time.
In most other regions of the world, Motorola RAZR series owners are at the mercy of their carriers and their ‘rigorous testing’. Other Motorola handsets including the DROID 4, Electrify 2 and Photon Q will be getting the Jelly Bean update sometime next year.
Hopefully, the company will soon be announcing its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean upgrade plans and release a list of handsets that it will be updating as well.
Samsung has announced that it will be rolling out a Premium Suite upgrade for the Galaxy Note 10.1 with the Jelly Bean update for the tablet. Along with the announcement, the company has also released a video detailing all the new features that the Premium Suite upgrade will bring.
The Premium Suite Upgrade will consist of Multi-Window multi-tasking like on the Note 2, Dual view, Air View, improved S-Pen functionality and S-Note app, and much more.
Below is the video that shows all the new functionality in action on the Galaxy Note 10.1 -:
While most companies are clearly struggling to update their devices to the latest version of Android, Samsung keeps adding a bunch of new software features and enhancements to its devices with every new software update.