The Galaxy Note II was unveiled by Samsung at IFA on August 29th, and is hitting the retail stores of several countries as you read this post. If you thought that Samsung added a lot of new software tweaks to TouchWIZ, wait until you get your hands on the Galaxy Note II.
Samsung released the first teaser video of the Korean Galaxy Note II giving users an in-depth look into all the software features that the company has added to the handset. Samsung added the ability to multi-task with two different apps on the screen at the same time with the Galaxy Note 10.1. However, the implementation was broken and buggy and worked only with the pre-installed apps.
From the Galaxy Note II video, it looks like Samsung might have finally perfected it.
Even though this dual-window multi-tasking will only work for all the pre-loaded apps from Samsung, it is impressive and definitely makes use of the Note II’s big 5.5-inch screen. If you are a multi-tasking whore, the Galaxy Note II is for you.
Even though Samsung was heavily criticized for launching the original Galaxy Note, the device went on to sell in excess of 10 million units. With the Galaxy Note II, Samsung may just easily double that figure thanks to the device impressive multi-tasking capabilities that may appeal to a lot of users out there.
ASUS has announced via its Facebook page that it will soon start rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) and Transformer Pad Prime (TF201). How soon? Within the next 72 hours!
The company has also released a change-log of the update, which is as follows -:
Upgrade OS from Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Default enable System Bar Lock
Add Multiple Photo Selection feature
Support Connect Dock (Accessory)
Remove Adobe Flash support
Remove Wi-Fi Direct function support
Remove Press Reader
The Jelly Bean update will bring with it improved system performance thanks to Project Butter, enhanced keyboard and Face Unlock, re-organised Settings menu, Google Now and updated Voice Actions and some minor UI tweaks.
ASUS definitely knows how to please its customers with constant software updates and timely OS upgrades. Companies like Samsung, Sony and HTC really need to take a lesson or two from ASUS in releasing timely updates.
Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III. The official firmware update comes after tons of unofficial firmware leaked over the last few weeks. In fact, the Jelly Bean sources for the I9305 variant of the Galaxy S3 also made an appearance on the Internet a few days ago.
The Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III brings an updated notification bar with expandable notifications, Project Butter for buttery smooth performance and UI interactions, Google Now, some minor UI changes, enhanced Face Unlock, and more. Samsung has also fixed some issues found in the previous Galaxy S III firmware along with updating some pre-installed apps including freeing up more RAM, replaced S Memo with S Note, new Camera and Gallery app, two different homescreen modes, and a bunch of other changes and tweaks.
As of now, Samsung is only rolling out the Jelly Bean update in Poland via its KIES software. The OTA update should not be far away, and a global roll-out should happen soon enough as well.
Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners, consider yourself lucky today! Verizon has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the CDMA Galaxy Nexus. For a “limited time”, Verizon is only rolling out the update in phases over Wi-Fi.
The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will bring with it an enhanced keyboard, improved Face Unlock, Project Butter that makes Android as smooth as iOS, Google Now with enhanced Voice Search, an updated notification bar with expandable notifications and more. There is also a new radio which should hopefully improve the 3G to 4G hand-off, signal reception and boost battery life.
Since the update is being rolled out in phases, the OTA update might take sometime to hit your Galaxy Nexus. You can try to manually pull the update from Verizon servers by going to Settings -> About Phone and then selecting the ‘System Updates’ option. Make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network before trying to pull the update from Verizon’s servers though.
Samsung has just announced that the U.S availability of the Galaxy Note II. As the leaks suggested, the Galaxy Note II will be available on all the five major carriers in the United States – AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and U.S Cellular. The release date of the handset-tablet hybrid is a vague ”mid-November” though with no word on pricing from the Korean company.
If the launch of the Galaxy S III in the United States is anything to go by, all the carriers will soon announce the pricing, release date and the colors the Galaxy Note II will be available in.
The Galaxy Note II will launch with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on-board, and will pack in a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos SoC, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch HD Super-AMOLED (not PenTile), an updated S-Pen, LTE radio, a bunch of S-Pen optimized apps, an 8MP camera at the back, a 1.9MP snapper in the front and a nature inspired version of TouchWIZ.
When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 2 at IFA in late August, it did not provide much information about the U.S variants of the device. However, over the last couple of weeks, enough evidence have leaked to confirm that the Galaxy Note 2 will be launching on all the major U.S carriers like the Galaxy S3.
Now, a tipster has sent some leaked pictures of the Verizon variant of the Galaxy Note 2, showing off the phablet in its entirety. While the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 will look similar to the international Galaxy Note 2, it will sport a Verizon branding at its back and on the physical home button on the front. I really hope that the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 does not sport the VZW logo on the physical home button at the front. If it does, Verizon, you just won the award for placing your logo at the most weird place possible in a device.
The leaks suggest that all the U.S variants of the Galaxy Note 2 will sport the quad-core Exynos SoC along with 2GB of RAM. This will be the first time that Samsung will be coupling its Exynos SoC with an LTE baseband in the United States.
Samsung Bulgaria has announced that it won’t be updating two of its mid-range devices, the Galaxy Ace 2 and the Galaxy S Advance, to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Instead, the company will be directly updating these devices to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Both the handsets are powered by the NovaThor U8500 SoC, which was recently demonstrated running Jelly Bean by the ST-Ericsson folks.
This move from Samsung is definitely going to please a lot of Ace 2 and Galaxy S Advance owners. It is good to see Samsung making an effort to update even its mid-range devices to Jelly Bean.
However, the bad side to this news is that the Jelly Bean update will take sometime to be available for both the handsets. It is also possible that the Samsung Bulgaria spokesperson might be wrong about the Jelly Bean update for the handsets. Until and unless, Samsung Global confirms this piece of news, I’d recommend Ace 2 and Galaxy S Advance users to not get their hopes up too high.
Ever since Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean hit AOSP, owners of Galaxy S3 have been impatiently waiting for the update. The rumor mill indicated that Samsung might announce the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III at the Galaxy Note II unveiling event at IFA on August 29th.
However, August 29th came and went by, with no word from Samsung on the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III. Now, according to a report from CNET UK, Samsung has confirmed that “the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system will be available on the Galaxy S3 from October.” Samsung will also be releasing the GT-I9305 variant of the Galaxy S III on the EE network in the U.K with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on-board.
There have been quite a lot of Jelly Bean firmware leaks for the Galaxy S3, with the recent leaks being pretty much bug-free and stable. If the leaks are an indication of anything, the final Jelly Bean firmware for the handset is not far away.
The international Galaxy S III might just get the official Jelly Bean update before Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus. So much for being a ‘Nexus’ device.
It looks like Sprint will beat Verizon in being less sucky on releasing updates for the Nexus devices. Some leaked documents have confirmed that Sprint will start rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Nexus beginning from today. An official Sprint spokesperson also confirmed on Sprint forums that the carrier will be rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S 4G from today as well.
Sprint has not started rolling out the OTA update but should do so before the day ends. The official OTA is already available in a .tar form over at XDA forums, for users who are interested in manually installing the update on their handset.
The Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S 4G and Galaxy Nexus will bring with it some major speed enhancements making Android smooth as ‘butter’. There are also some slight UI tweaks, an enhanced keyboard
For a Nexus handset, Sprint Galaxy Nexus owners had to wait nearly two months to get the official OTA update, which is downright disappointing. On the bright side, Sprint managed to beat Verizon in their ‘software testing’ and rolled out the JB update for the GNexus before the big Red.
Google’s take-over of Motorola has slowly started showing its effect. The Motorola RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX might not be downright impressive handsets, but the custom skin from Motorola is. The company’s skin does not interfere much with stock ICS, and adds some nice little features which will be appreciated by all.
Last night, when Motorola announced its three new RAZR branded handsets, it also made another major announcement. The new CEO of the company has announced that most of its handsets released in 2011 will get the Jelly Bean update. If for some reason your Motorola handset does not make it to the list, Motorola will give you a free $100 credit to buy a new phone. Users will obviously have to trade-in their old phone to get the $100 credit. Users can, however, very well sell their Motorola phone on Craigslist or Swappa for something much more than $100.
Either way, the $100 credit from Motorola, will allow existing owners to get the recently announced DROID RAZR M for free on a two-year contract, which is a pretty good deal.
The trade-in program requires that users purchase a new Android based handset from Motorola itself, and not from any other company. Owners of Motorola devices can find more details and sign-up for the program here.