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.
A developer over at XDA forums – eybee1970 – has managed to get his hands on a half-baked Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean firmware for the original Galaxy Note. The firmware is in very early stages of development, and is not really usable as a daily driver.
The leaked Jelly Bean firmware confirms that Samsung will be bringing some of the software features of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 to the original Note. While the multi-window multi-tasking won’t be coming to the Note, Samsung will be bringing all the sensor based gestures from the S3/Note 2 to it.
As stated, the firmware is in very early stages of development and has a lot of bugs. It is not even available in a CWM flashable zip format, and the installation steps are pretty complex as well.
If you are willing to put the life of your Galaxy Note on risk for some Jelly Bean goodness, head over to this XDA thread and start searching for the download link and installation instructions.
Samsung will be rolling out the official Jelly Bean firmware update for the Note before the end of this year.
LG today announced via a press release that it will soon start rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for some of its devices. LG has hardly updated its handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, with only the Korean version of the Optimus 2X tasting Android 4.0 until now.
The first handset from LG to receive the Jelly Bean update will be the Optimus LTE II. The handset should taste Jelly Bean next month, but LG is known to delay its Android OS updates, so don’t get your hopes too high. Second in the list is the LG Optimus G, which should taste Jelly Bean sometime in December.
Last, and hopefully not the least, are the Optimus Vu and Vu II devices. LG will update them to Jelly Bean sometime in the Q1 of next year, which shows how slow the company is in rolling out updates for its high-end devices.
Surprisingly, the LG Optimus 4X HD was missing from LG’s press release, which is shocking considering the handset was the Korean maker’s flagship handset for sometime in 2012. If the list is anything to go by, it looks like LG won’t be updating any of its 2011 handsets to Jelly Bean including the Optimus 2X and the Nitro HD.
The Jelly Bean update will bring with it Google Now, minor UI tweaks, Project Butter along with some new apps from LG including Q Slide.
Back in September, Google Motorola released a couple of trio of new RAZR branded handsets, the RAZR HD/HD MAXX and the RAZR M. The RAZR M is a small powerhouse, packing in a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED display with an edge-to-edge design, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor.
The only problem is that the RAZR M runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, instead of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Motorola promised that it will update all the three RAZR handsets to Jelly Bean by the end of this year, but by that time, Google would have released a new version of Android along with a new Nexus handset.
For all the impatient RAZR M owners out there, veteran Motorola developer – P3Droid – has leaked a Jelly Bean firmware for the handset.
Keep in mind that if flashing the leak on your phone will void its warranty. The installation steps are pretty easy. Simply download the zip file from here, and transfer it to the RAZR M’s memory card. Then, reboot your phone into recovery and select the install zip from SD card. Once the zip file has been flashed, reboot your handset. Do keep in mind that the first boot is going to take a long time, so please be patient.
Just a day before Samsung is going to announce the Galaxy S III Mini, the specs of the handset have leaked online. While the name of the handset will lead many people to believe that the Mini is just a smaller version of the S3, that is not the case according to the leaked specs.
The Galaxy S III Mini will sport a smaller 4-inch Super-AMOLED display with WVGA (800×480) resolution, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth, GPS, 16GB of internal memory, NFC, microSD card slot, and a 5MP camera at the back aided by an LED flash. Sadly, the S III Mini will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8420 SoC coupled with an ARM Mali-400 GPU.
From the specs of the handset, it is clear that Samsung will be positioning the S III Mini a notch below the Galaxy S2. Even then, the name of the handset might just mislead people into thinking that the S III Mini is just a smaller variant of the Galaxy S III when it actually is a pretty huge downgrade, specs wise.
Also, releasing a mid-tier handset with Jelly Bean while your previous flagship handset is still running Ice Cream Sandwich? Not cool, Samsung!
Samsung has started rolling out the first firmware update for the Galaxy Note 2, which recently hit the retail stores in certain regions of the world.
Remember the teaser video from Samsung Korea demonstrating the multi-window multi-tasking on the Galaxy Note 2? The firmware update from Samsung adds this feature to Note 2’s that did not ship with it right out of the box.
If you somehow missed watching that video earlier, I would really suggest you watch it now. Samsung has taken multi-tasking to the next level with the Galaxy Note 2. Users can open two apps side-by-side on the Note 2 and work on them simultaneously, without either of the app going in the background.
This feature only works with the in-built apps from Samsung, and some of the Google Apps, but is downright useful. If you need a device for out and out multi-tasking, the Galaxy Note 2 will be perfect for you!
As of now, the firmware update is rolling out to Galaxy Note 2 owners in the United Kingdom and France via OTA.
Before October started, the rumors and information surrounding the next Nexus was surprisingly very low. However, October has had an explosive start in terms of Nexus news and rumors. Taylor of Android and Me, and now, Paul of Modaco have got confirmed news from their 100% trusted sources that LG will be making the next Nexus handset. At the moment it is unsure whether there will be multiple Nexus handsets from multiple OEMs or not.
According to the tip that Paul and Taylor have got, the LG Nexus handset will sport specs similar to the LG Optimus G, which means that we may finally have a Nexus handset that is actually ahead in terms of raw power compared to other Android devices rather than being behind them.
The device is based on the Optimus G but doesn’t look the same
Updated Android release (currently 4.2)
Quad Core Snapdragon S4 processor
1280×768 True-HD IPS screen
On screen soft keys (of course)
8 Megapixel Camera
No microSD slot
8GB and 16GB versions only (at least initially)
Wireless charging built in
The retail name of the device is yet to be decided.
While a quad-core Krait and 2GB of RAM sound really good, only 16GB of internal memory and no microSD card slot sounds really bad. With the size of Android games reaching up to 3.5GB, and averaging around 1-2GB, 16GB is just not enough. I really hope Google unveils a 32GB variant of the handset as well, and skips the 8GB version since I doubt it will find many takers.
The handset is expected to be launched sometime in mid-November so there is still quite a lot of time left for leaks, rumors, blurry cam pics and the official announcement from Google itself.
The Nexus 7 has been a runaway success for Google and ASUS. The $199/$249 price point of the tablet, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and the killer specs of the tablet make it an irresistible deal. The Nexus 7 has managed to bring back Android as an OS back into the tablet market, and makes it look like a worthy (and cheaper) alternative to the iPad.
However, one major complain most Nexus 7 owners have is the low amount of storage space. Without a microSD card slot, Nexus 7 owners are only limited to the 8/16GB of on-board storage space, which is not enough to store all your movies and music. The lack of a 3G radio does not help matters much as well.
Now, it looks like Google will soon be releasing a 32GB variant of the Nexus 7. The 32GB variant of the tablet has shown up in quite a few inventory systems of online retailers and websites, thus confirming its impending launch. At the moment, it is unknown as to how much the 32GB variant of the tablet will cost. Some websites showed the retail price at around the $269-272, which if true will please a lot of people.
Beside unveiling the One X+, HTC also announced that it will start rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update with Sense 4+ for the One X, and the One S sometime in October.
The Jelly Bean update will bring with it some much needed smoothness and butter to the One X and One S, along with enhanced voice actions, Google Now, enhanced notification bar, offline speech-to-text and much more.
The Sense 4+ update will bring with it the same software goodies that the One X+ will pack right out of the box including an enhanced Gallery and Camera app, HTC Watch 2.0, a new self-portrait mode in the camera app and slight UI tweaks.
The press release from HTC only states the One X and the One S, and not the AT&T One XL, so it is not clear at the moment whether the company will be rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the latter in October or not.
The Jelly Bean update for the Tegra 3 One X will include a new 3.1.x based linux kernel, which should solve most of the performance, lags, over-heating and poor battery life issues currently plaguing the One X users.
After quite a few leaks and blurry cam appearances, HTC has finally unveiled the One X+. The handset is the Taiwanese company’s latest flagship model and is barely an update over the One X.
The One X+ sports an Nvidia Tegra 3 AP37 SoC which can clock as high as 1.7GHz in single core mode. The GPU also gets a slight speed bump from 416MHz to 520MHz. Since the AP37 Tegra 3 are higher binned SoCs than the AP33 SoCs found in the One X, there is also lower current leakage from them, which should theoretically help battery life. While the dimensions of the One X and One X+ are the same, the latter is slightly heavier (130g vs. 135g), thanks to a beefier 2100mAh battery.
Other hardware specs of the One X and the One X+ remain the same, except that the latter has a slightly better 1.6MP front-facing camera, slightly better speaker output and more NAND storage (32GB and 64GB).
On the software front, the One X+ will launch with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and Sense 4+. The latest version of Sense 4+ mainly includes some camera related enhancements including an updated Gallery app and some performance improvements.
The One X+ will only be available in matte black color, and will sport an LTE baseband in the United States. This will be the first time that a company has paired a Qualcomm MD915 LTE radio with the Tegra 3 SoC. I am not too optimistic about this combination being battery-friendly though, as Tegra 3 is one of the least power-efficient SoCs out there, which when combined with an external baseband makes matters worse.
The One X+ will be available in Europe and America from October and in Asia from November 2012.
Samsung recently started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the international Galaxy S III. The company has, however, been mum on the Jelly Bean roll-out plans for the U.S variants of the S3, thanks mainly to the carriers. The AT&T and Verizon variants of the Galaxy S3 have already had their fair share of Jelly Bean firmware leaks. Today, joining this list is the Sprint version of the Galaxy S3.
The firmware contains all the Jelly Bean goodies including the enhanced notification bar, Google Now, Project Butter and more. Advanced users who have already flashed the firmware on their phone report that the firmware has no bugs whatsoever, with the ‘Butter’ effect being clearly visible. The firmware also contains a new radio that has apparently improved the network reception for some Sprint users.
The leaked firmware is available in both odexed and de-odexed versions and can be downloaded from here.
Oh! and if you don’t like Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI, the Sprint Galaxy S3 has a perfectly stable CM10 build available for it.