T-Mobile One S owners, here is a news that is sure to brighten up your day. T-Mobile and HTC have finally gotten around to rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for your phone. While T-Mobile is yet to officially announce the roll-out, many T-Mobile One S owners have already got the OTA update on their phone.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update will bring with it Project Butter, Google Now, an enhanced notification bar, better voice recognition and speech-to-text support, and minor UI changes. HTC has also toned down the Sense UI a bit, enhanced the camera app, and removed some of the unneeded animations. The OTA update is a whopping 675MB in size and will is only downloaded when your One S is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
T-Mobile expects to complete the OTA update roll-out within the next two weeks. If you own a T-Mobile One S, you can try to manually pull the Jelly Bean update as well by going to Settings -> About Phone -> Software Updates and then pressing the Check for Updates option.
Via – T-Mobile
Sony Mobile today announced that it would start rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia P, go and E dual from this week. The roll out is being done is phased stages, so it might not be available immediately in your country.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update brings in addition to all the Google enhancements like Google Now, enhanced speech-to-text and notification bar, several new additions from Sony including an updated suite of Media applications. Sony has included a new Battery Stamina mode as seen on the Xperia Z. When enabled, this mode will automatically disable mobile data when the screen of the device is turned off to preserve battery life.
Other changes include an enhanced app drawer/launcher and Camera app and minor UI updates.
While Xperia P and E dual users will be able to update their phone to Jelly Bean over-the-air, Xperia go users will need to use Sony’s PC Companion software to install the update on their phone. They will only receive a notification on their phone when the update is available in their region.
Today, HTC has finally announced the pre-order, release date and the pricing of the its latest flagship — the One — on two major U.S carriers, Sprint and AT&T.
Both the carriers will start selling the One from April 19th via their retail stores or website with the 32GB variant coming in at $199.99 with a two-year contract. As rumored earlier, AT&T has managed to snag an exclusive on the 64GB variant of the One, and will sell it for $249.99 on a two-year contract.
AT&T will start taking pre-orders for the HTC One from April 4th, while Sprint will start taking them from 5th April. T-Mobile is now the only carrier left in the United States that is yet to announce its pricing and release date of the One. Verizon will not be selling the HTC One under its network, but it is widely expected that the HTC will release a modified variant of the One under Verizon’s sometime soon.
With a hard release date of April 19th, HTC has managed to beat the Galaxy S4 to the market in the United States. The pre-orders for the Galaxy S4 start from April 16th, with the handset being available only by the end of the month.
Last month an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based ROM had leaked for the Xperia S. This month, the Xperia P joins the list with a JB base firmware leaking for the handset.
Like the Xperia S JB firmware, the Xperia P JB firmware is not good enough to be used a daily driver since it lacks basic connectivity features including mobile data and Wi-Fi. However, the firmware does provide a glimpse of all the features that Sony will be bringing to the handset with the update including Clear Audio+, its new enhanced suite of Media apps (Walkman, Album etc.), slight UI refresh, updated Camera app, a new lock screen and Xloud.
Sadly, Sony won’t be bringing its Small apps feature to the Xperia P, as originally seen on the Xperia T and Xperia Z. Sony will not be updating the kernel of the Xperia P with this update as well, which might not go down well with the developers.
Even then, the Android 4.1.2 update will bring quite a lot of new features to the Xperia P, which is not bad considering its a mid-range phone. Sony is expected to roll-out the Jelly Bean update for the Xperia P sometime in the next couple of months.
Via – Xperia Blog
It is raining Jelly Beans! If the Jelly Bean update for the AT&T One XL, the original RAZR MAXX and RAZR MAXX HD was not enough, Sony has started rolling out the update for its mid-range Xperia handset, the Xperia J.
The Xperia J sports a single-core Cortex-A5 processor from Qualcomm, an Adreno 200 GPU and 512MB of RAM. While the specs are nothing to boast about, Sony thinks they are enough to run Jelly Bean in all its Project Butter goodness on the handset. Other Jelly Bean goodness like Google Now, enhanced notification bar and speech-to-text are also present, along with improved stability and performance.
The update is slowly being rolled out by Sony all over the world, so might take some time before it becomes available in your region. You can update the handset either via OTA or by using Sony’s PC Companion application on your desktop.
It is quite ironic that Sony is rolling out the Jelly Bean update first for its mid-range to lower-end handsets, and not for its previous year first-half flagship handset, the Xperia S/SL. This update schedule will definitely not go down with current Xperia S owners, and potential Xperia Z buyers.
It has hardly been a week since Mobile World Congress got over, but LG is not yet done announcing new handsets. The Korean company today unveiled a new LTE enabled smartphone for its home market, and the successor to the Optimus LTE and Optimus LTE II, the Optimus LTE III.
The Optimus LTE III sports pretty mediocre specs including a 4.7-inch 720p IPS HD display inside a 9.6mm thin body, and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage space, microSD card slot, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and Bluetooth.
The rear of the Optimus LTE III sports an 8MP camera with an LED flash, and is accompanied by a 1.3MP snapper in the front. On the software front, the Optimus LTE III runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with LG’s own custom skin on top of it. The handset will be available in Korea on S K Telecom network begging from tomorrow in black and white colors.
Via – Unwired View
Samsung has already rolled out the Android 4.1.2 update for the international variant of the Galaxy S III. Sadly, most of the carrier locked variant of Galaxy S III in the US has not yet received this update. Sprint was the first carrier to roll out this update. Now, Verizon Wireless has finally joined the bandwagon. The big red carrier has recently posted the complete changelog and it reveals a number of enhancements and bug fixes. Check out the complete changelog below.
- Keyboard Predictive Text feature has been improved
- User can take pictures while on a call
- Manual refresh button has been added to lock screen stock ticker
- Email syncing has been improved
- Bluetooth performance has been improved
- VZ Navigator and Amazon have been added to stub applications
Sadly, this update does not bring the Samsung’s much-awaited Premium Suite to the Verizon’s Galaxy S III. The Premium Suite includes Smart Stay, Multi-Window multi-tasking, updated gallery app, Pop-Up Play, Direct Call and Page Buddy which was first seen in the Galaxy Note 2, followed by the international variant of Galaxy S III. To learn more, head over to this page.
Sony and AT&T have started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia TL. The Xperia TL is the AT&T variant of the Xperia T with only some exterior differences distinguishing them.
The Android 4.1.2 update for the TL will bring with it quite a lot of new features including an updated suite of Media applications from Sony, an enhanced Camera application with HDR functionality, UI improvements, and all the Google related Jelly Bean enhancements like an Google Now, an enhanced notification bar, improved voice-to-text and Project Butter.
Xperia T owners who are already enjoying Jelly Bean update on their handset report an increase in battery life and camera picture quality. Xperia TL owners should also see similar results post the Android 4.1.2 update.
Sony and AT&T are rolling out the update via OTA, so it can take up to a couple of weeks for the update to hit your phone.
Via – XDA
ZTE has surprised everyone at the Mobile World Congress by announcing the ZTE Grand Memo, a 5.7-inch competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Note. The surprising part about the Grand Memo is that it is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC running at 1.5GHz. The Snapdragon 800 SoC was initially expected to show up in devices in the second half of this year, but ZTE states that it will be launching the Grand Memo in March in China, and a month after that in Europe.
The 5.7-inch display on the Grand Memo is a disappointment though, as it has 720p resolution compared to 1080p, which is quickly becoming the norm nowadays. The 8.9mm thin phablet sports a 13MP shooter at its back, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, LTE connectivity and a beefy 3200 mAh battery. The Grand Memo runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box with ZTE’s own MyFavorite UX on top of it.
ZTE plans to aggressively promote the Grand Memo and have its presence feel outside of China. However, the Chinese OEM does not intend on bringing the Grand Memo to the United States anytime soon.
UPDATE: Either ZTE lied or there was a huge confusion that led to this huge blunder. The ZTE Grand Memo does not sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, and is instead powered by the S4 Pro (APQ8064) — the same SoC that powers the Nexus 4, DROID DNA and Butterfly.
An Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware has leaked for the Xperia S, thanks to XDA recognized developer – DooMLoRD. The leaked firmware gives a sneak peek into what all new features and changes the official Android 4.1.2 update will be bringing to the handset.
Xperia S users who have already flashed the ROM on their handset report that the update brings about a noticeable improvement in the performance and smoothness of the handset. Sony has also updated nearly all the pre-installed apps including their suite of media applications to the latest version as seen on the Xperia T. Other new features include Google Now, small apps as seen on the Xperia Z, enhanced Camera app, extended Standby mode, and new themes.
One of the key changes that the JellyBean update will bring is a new 3.4.x based linux kernel for the Xperia S. This should bring about some considerable improvement in performance, stability and battery life.
The leaked firmware is still in alpha stages and crashes often, along with some screen flickering issues. If you are planning to flash the leaked Jelly Bean firmware on your Xperia S, keep in mind that you won’t be able to make calls as the functionality is not present in the firmware.
The official update for the Xperia S is still a couple of months away. The leaked firmware does make the wait exciting and worth it since Sony will be adding tons of new features with the update.
Via – XDA