Samsung and T-Mobile have started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the carrier’s variant of the Galaxy S3. This makes T-Mobile the second major U.S carrier, after Sprint, to roll-out the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 in the United States.
The Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 brings with it Project Butter for a lag-free UI experience, slightly updated UI, re-organized Settings menu, ‘Blocking’ mode, Google Now, enhanced notification bar, two homescreen modes, some bug-fixes and more.
The update is being rolled out via OTA and should be available to all T-Mobile Galaxy S3 owners within a couple of weeks.
HTC and Verizon have teamed up to announce the first Android smartphone — Droid DNA — in the United States that will sport a 5-inch S-LCD3 display with a mind-numbing full HD (1920×1080) resolution.
Inside the Droid DNA is a beefy 1.5GHz Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro Krait processor, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 320 GPU and more. Other features include the same 8MP BSI F/2.0 camera on the back, a Smart LED flash, an ImageSense chip, and a 1.3MP camera in the front. All the usual features that are present in HTC phones like GPS, bunch of sensors, NFC, non-removable battery, no microSD card slot are all present.
Like all other HTC’s, the Droid DNA runs on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+ on top of it. The handset also sports the Beats Audio logo, and thankfully, beefed-up amps for the rear speaker and handset.
HTC Droid DNA will be coming on Verizon’s LTE network on the 21st of November for $199 with a two-year contract. The handset will go on pre-order from today itself.
Sprint has started rolling out a minor software update for the Motorola Photon Q. Before you jump with excitement thinking its the Jelly Bean update, read the last statement again. The update is only a minor one and brings some bug-fixes, improvements and enhancements.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
Improved text messaging when requesting usage and upgradeability through Sprint Zone
Select number of users to access Wi-Fi hotspot
Random power cycle when using Wi-Fi Direct
Manually send or auto-sync emails from outbox
seamless international text messaging
Faster launch and playback using the YouTube application
Improved browsing with Google Chrome for Android Mobile Browser
Improved MMS functionality
Well, Photon Q owners need to content themselves with this OTA update until Motorola and Sprint prepare the Jelly Bean update for the device. Considering that Motorola has not mentioned any exact timeframe as to when the Android 4.1.1 update will be available for the handset, the wait might just be a long one.
The OTA update will be available to all Photon Q owners within a couple of weeks. Alternatively, Q owners can keep tapping the Check for updates option under About Phone to manually pull the update from Sprint’s server.
After rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 in quite a few regions of the world, Samsung has turned its attention to the Galaxy Note 10.1. Beginning from today, Samsung has started rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Note 10.1 in Germany.
The update is only available via OTA at the moment and weighs in a whopping 300MB, so make sure you are connected to a Wi-FI network before proceeding with the installation.
So what does the Jelly Bean update bring for the Galaxy Note 10.1? Early reports suggest that Project Butter is in full-flow here, giving the tablet and its user a lag-free experience. All other Jelly Bean enhancements like an enhanced notification bar, same S-Pen features as on the Note 2 including Air View, Pop-Up Play, and a bunch of new Mini apps from Samsung.
Samsung will be slowly rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Note 10.1 in other regions of the world. This can take quite sometime, up to a couple of months, so please be a bit patient. if you are bold enough, you can always manually update your Note 10.1 to Jelly Bean.
Sony may have received a lot of love from Android community, developers and Android’s lead engineer – JBQ – himself, but the company has consistently failed to release a true “hero” device.
The Xperia S, Xperia Ion and the much more recently released, the Xperia T, are all decent phones, but they are always a step or two behind the competition, in terms of software as well as hardware.
However, it looks like Sony is working hard on changing that with the ‘Yuga’ handset. The C6603 ‘Yuga’ sports a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch display with on-screen navigation buttons with a resolution of 1080p. While these specs won’t put the ‘Yuga’ ahead of its competition, it will definitely put Sony’s flagship handset on par with the competition when Sony announces it at CES early next year. Now, if only Sony got the release date and timing of the device right!
The leaked pictures of the handset show the unibody enclosure of the device along with an odd-looking power button. The unibody enclosure means that in all probability the handset will not have a user-removable battery. Another leaked picture shows the handset running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean albeit with a newer kernel version (v3.4), which is found on the Nexus 4.
The folks over at Android Schweiz have got a bunch of pictures of the handset showing off the device in all its glory.
One of the key new features in the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the multi-window multi-tasking. This feature allows Note 2 users to simultaneously use two different apps on their device at the same time.
However, the recently released U.S variants of the Galaxy Note 2 from T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and AT&T lack this feature out of the box. Since, this is a software feature, it is bound to be available to all the U.S variants of the Note 2 down the line via a software update.
Today, Sprint became the first operator to offer this software update to its brand new Note 2 users. Along with multi-window multi-tasking, the update also brings a bunch of other bug-fixes and minor enhancements including GPS improvements and SMS notification improvements.
The update is being rolled out via OTA by Sprint and most users will be automatically notified once the update hits their phone.
Back at IFA this year, Sony announced its updated Xperia line-up of handsets including the Xperia T and V. Back then, Sony had stated that it will release the Xperia V in late-November/early-December.
However, it looks like Sony has decided to push back the release date of Xperia V to early-January. The company announced via its Sony Xperia France Twitter account that it will be releasing the Xperia V in January 2013 now. The reason behind this delay is that Sony wants to release the handset with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on-board instead of Android 4.0.4 as it had originally announced.
Along with this, Sony will also be reducing the price of the handset to €529 from its original intended price of €549 to compensate for the delay.
It is not yet confirmed whether the Xperia V will be delayed in France only or the whole of Europe. The handset will, however, go on sale in Japan this week under the KDDI network as announced.
Samsung keeps announcing new phones every passing week that look similar to its current flagship, the Galaxy S3. If the Galaxy S3 Mini was not enough, yesterday Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Premier.
The Galaxy Premier is a successor of the Galaxy Nexus with design cues borrowed from the Galaxy S3. The specs of the handset include a 4.65-inch Super-AMOLED HD (1280×720) display, 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of internal memory, a microSD slot, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC and a beefy 2100mAh battery. The dual-core OMAP 4470 processor inside the Premier is clocked at 1.5GHz, and is accompanied by a PowerVR SGX544 GPU.
At the back of the handset is an 8MP camera with an LED flash, while a 1.9MP camera in the front takes care of all your video calling needs.
Even though the Galaxy Premier is a successor to the Galaxy Nexus, it does not carry the Nexus brand with it. Samsung has made full use of this opportunity and has infested Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with its TouchWIZ enhancements like S-Beam, Pop-Up Play, S-Voice, Smart Stay and more.
The Galaxy Premier will go on sale from next month in Ukraine and other surrounding regions for around 5,555UAH ((650$). It is not yet clear whether Samsung will be releasing this handset in other regions of the world or not.
Back in late September, HTC promised that it would be upgrading the two of its One series handsets – the One X and the One S – to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean sometime in October. Now, with just a few days left for October to end, reports are pouring in on XDA forums that the Jelly Bean update for the One X is live in Taiwan and certain other regions of the world.
The Jelly Bean update brings with it quite a lot of enhancements and new features to the One X including an enhanced notification bar, Google Now with enhanced Voice Actions, Project Butter for a lag-free UI navigating experience, and more. HTC has also taken this opportunity to bump the Sense version to 4+. The latest version of Sense is even lighter than before with quite a few unneeded animations removed, improved Camera app, a new Power Saving mode, and other minor UI enhancements.
For the Tegra 3 variant of the One X, the Jelly Bean update also includes a new kernel that brings USB OTG support to the handset and also noticeably improves performance and battery life. The 340MB+ update is being rolled out via OTA, so make sure you have enough battery and access to a fast Wi-Fi network before you start the download.
Surprise surprise! Samsung and Sprint have started rolling out the official Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III in the United States. It was only recently that Samsung started rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the international Galaxy S3, so such a quick JB update for the Sprint Galaxy S3 is quite surprising.
The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the U.S Galaxy S3 will bring it with an enhanced notification bar, Project Butter for a buttery UI navigating experience, offline text-to-speech support, Google Now with enhanced Voice Search, Android Beam, updated keyboard with next-word predictions and much more.
The update is being rolled out via OTA, and users will be automatically notified once the update is available for their phone.
U.S carriers are known for delaying OS or software updates to Android devices through their internal carrier testing, but it looks like Sprint decided it would be nice to give some priority treatment to its Galaxy S3 owners for the Jelly Bean update.