Samsung Galaxy Note Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks

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 Release Jelly Bean Update Schedule For Its Handsets

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.

Motorola DROID RAZR M Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks

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.

Via – OMGDroid

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Specs Leak; Not Much Of A Power House After All

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!

Via- MobileGeeks

First Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Firmware Update Rolling Out; Brings Multi-Window Multi-Tasking

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.

Via – SamMobile

Next Nexus Handset From LG; To Pack Similar Specs As LG Optimus G

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.

Below are the rumored specs of the next Nexus handset from LG as posted by Paul  -:

  • 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
  • 2GB RAM
  • 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)
  • Non-removable battery
  • 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.

Nexus 7 With 32GB Of On-board Storage Space Coming Soon

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.

Via – Android Police

HTC One X And One S Jelly Bean Update Coming This October

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.

HTC Unveils The One X+; Tegra 3 And LTE Finally Shake Hands!

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.


Sprint Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks

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.