After quite a few leaks in the last few hours, HTC has finally officially announced its latest flagship – the One. The One is a typical HTC handset with an unibody aluminium fit-and-finish. The handset sports a 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 display with a resolution of 1080p (1920*1080) and a ppi of 468. The front of the handset is protected by the Gorilla Glass 2 interrupted by the dual-stereo speakers that come with their own dedicated amps for BoomSound.
Inside, the One is among the first Android smartphones to make use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 SoC clocked at 1.7GHz and an Adreno 320 GPU. There is also 2GB of RAM, and 32 or 64GB of on-board memory. The usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors are also present, except for a microSD card slot.
On the software side, HTC has blessed the One with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and a brand new version of Sense. In its fifth version, the Sense homescreen has BlinkFeed that aggregates all your social networking updates and notification right on your homescreen. The homescreen design has definitely been inspired from Flipboard.
A few unique features of the One include a 2.1MP front-facing camera with an 88-degree wide-angle view, first seen on the 8X, an IR blaster that is integrated into the Power button of the handset, and a brand new UltraPixel camera at the back. The One ‘only’ comes with a 4MP f/2.0 camera at its back. However, the sensor is capable of capturing 300 percent more light thus allowing for some stunning pictures. It is also capable of recording 1080p videos at 60FPS, and features HTC’s ImageChip 2 along with Optical Image Stabilisation. HTC has also simplified the UI by only keeping the back and home button, and totally removing the Recents app button.
The HTC One will be available in the second half of March in silver or black across 185 carriers all over the world including T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T in the United States.
Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note. The update comes nearly a month after the company started rolling out the update for the Galaxy S2.
The Jelly Bean update for the Korean company’s first phablet brings a lot of new features including many of the software gimmicks that are present on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2. Samsung has completely ditched the older TouchWIZ UI on the Note in favor of the new nature inspired TouchWIZ UX as seen on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2.
Other features that the Galaxy Note gets from the Note 2 and Galaxy S3 include Smart Stay, Multi-Window multi-tasking, Pop-Up Play, Direct Call, Page Buddy and an updated Gallery app. The usual Jelly Bean features like Project Butter for buttery smooth UI performance, Google Now, and enhanced voice-to-text input with offline mode are also present.
The update is being rolled out in batches and is currently only available in Hong Kong and Taiwan, with a wider push expected to happen soon. The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update is in all likely going to be the last major Android update for the Galaxy Note, which is now nearly 1.5 years old now. Samsung definitely made sure that the Galaxy Note reaches the end of its life in complete style with the Jelly Bean update.
Via – SamMobile
Samsung has silently started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the I9100G variant of the Galaxy S2. Visibly, the I9100G and I9100 variant of the Galaxy S2 may look the same, but internally, the I9100G sports a slightly weaker OMAP4430 SoC (CPU+GPU).
The Jelly Bean update for the I9100G brings all the goodies that Samsung introduced on the I9100 including Smart Stay, a new version of TouchWIZ as seen on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, updated Gallery app, Project Butter for silky-smooth UI interactions, and Google Now. Other changes include slight UI changes, a new lockscreen, Samsung’s Suite of Cloud services, gesture based features as seen on the Galaxy S3/Note 2 like Direct Call, Pop-Up Play and two new homescreen modes.
The update is available via OTA as well as via Samsung’s KIES application in several regions of the world.
The Jelly Bean update literally breathes a new life in the Galaxy S2, which is nearly two-years old now. Android OEMs rarely release such a huge software update for an aging handset so late in its lifetime. Kudos to Samsung for the update!
Via – SamMobile
Sony has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia T in certain regions of the world. The company had promised to roll out the Jelly Bean update for the Xperia T sometime in early-2013, and has been somewhat successful in keeping its word by releasing the update as soon as February started.
The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia T brings with it some UI modifications, improved performance and stability thanks to Project Butter, a new baseband/modem, and the other Jelly Bean goodness like enhanced notification bar, improved speech-to-text recognition with the ability to work without a data connection and more.
Besides some UI changes, Sony has also updated its media suite of applications, a new launcher, some new audio related features, enhanced camera app with more features such as Burst mode and a totally revamped lock screen among other things.
The update is available via OTA as well as via Sony’s PC Companion software in certain regions of the world. The FTF file of the update is also available for download, so that advance users can manually flash the update on their phone.
Via – Xperia Blog
Samsung India has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 in India. While the jump from Android 4.1.1 to Android 4.1.2 does not bring any new major features, Samsung has taken this opportunity to bring a truck loads of features to the Galaxy S3.
Galaxy S3 users can now enjoy Multi-Windows multitasking as originally seen on the Galaxy Note 2. This feature will allow Galaxy S3 owners to simultaneously use two apps on their screen. Other new features that have been ported from the Galaxy Note 2 include an enhanced camera app with a new Night mode, a new Gallery app, Group Cast, Paper Artist, Smart Rotation, Page Buddy, the ability to customize the notification toggles, and much more.
The OTA update is being rolled out in stages, and a notification about the update should pop-up when you connect your Galaxy S3 to a Wi-Fi network.
Galaxy S2 owners, here is some Jelly Bean goodness for you. After months of waiting, Samsung has now officially started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for your handset.
The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S2 barely brought any new features or UI experience. The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update is an altogether different story though. The update brings not only the latest TouchWIZ Nature UX as seen on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, but some other new features as well like Smart Stay, Direct Call, improved camera features, Samsung’s Cloud services, new lockscreen customizations, two homescreen modes, and new widgets.
The usual Jelly Bean goodness like Project Butter for ultra-smooth UI browsing experience, enhanced notification bar, improved speech-to-text and Google Now are also present. Samsung has also taken this opportunity to load more bloatware on the Galaxy S II.
Samsung had initially stated that installing the Jelly Bean update will re-partition and format the internal SD card. However, the current Jelly Bean firmware rolling out does not wipe or re-partition the internal SD.
The Jelly Bean update is going to breathe a new lease of life on this nearly two-year old flagship phone from Samsung. Considering how other OEMs completely forget their flagship handsets a year after its release, it is refreshing to see Samsung releasing a major update to the Galaxy S2 nearly 2 years after its release.
Via – Sammobile
After rolling out the Premium Suite upgrade for the International Galaxy S III, Samsung has turned its attention to the United States. The Korean company has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note 10.1 in the U.S. The update also brings with it the Premium Suite upgrade that contains a lot of new features seen on the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3.
The Premium Suite upgrade will bring with it Multi-Window multitasking, Air View, enhanced S-Pen functionality, Paper Artist, updated Gallery, Easy Clip and much more. The usual Jelly Bean goodness like Project Butter, enhanced notification bar, improved speech-to-text and Google Now are also present.
At the moment, the update is only available for the Wi-Fi variant of the Galaxy Note 10.1. The update is available via OTA or Samsung’s KIES software. Galaxy Note 10.1 owners in the United States can find more information and the list of features over at Samsung’s website.
Via – GSMArena
The Xperia S was Sony’s first half flagship for 2012. The handset launched with Gingerbread on-board, and was later on updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While the handset was not particularly stellar, it did find its fair share of fanboys and lovers. Sony aims to update the Xperia S to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean sometime in April-May of 2013.
While the company has not announced as to what all changes the Jelly Bean update will bring for the handset, an XDA developer – DooMLoRD – has revealed some information as to what the update will bring along with some screenshots.
Firstly, the update will bring in a linux kernel v3.4.xx which should bring with it some low-level performance and security enhancements. Visually, the lock screen will be updated to the one currently seen on the Xperia T running Jelly Bean. Other enhancements include one-touch screen mirroring over HDMI, Find My Xperia, Power Management and much more.
The usual Jelly Bean goodness like Project Butter, enhanced notification bar, Google Now and others should also help in breathing a new life to the Xperia S when the update lands.
Via – Xperia S
The HTC One X was not exactly a success for the Taiwanese maker last year. However, the company expects to bounce back with the release of the One X successor this year at Mobile World Congress.
While the world is yet to get its glimpse of the One X successor, codenamed the M7, the specs of the handset are all but known. The M7 will sport a 4.7 (5?)-inch 1080p S-LCD3 display, a quad-core Krait processor, 2GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage, and a non-removable battery.
Now, the folks over at HTC Source have managed to get some more information about the M7 thanks to their insider. The M7 will not be sporting a unibody aluminum shell, and will pack some design cues from the DROID DNA. It will also have a “very nice looking beveled edge”, along with a new version of HTC Sense that features a “simple and clean UI”. I am not sure what the “simple and clean UI” statement here means, but if we are looking at a near-stock Android like experience on the M7 with just some minor tweaks and additions from HTC, then I am going to be among the first few people to get my hands on the phone.
The only worrying part is that HTC is currently testing the handset with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on-board. However, considering that the phone’s launch is still more than 1.5 months away, HTC has ample time to release the phone with Android 4.2 on-board.
The Galaxy S2 was Samsung’s most popular and hottest selling phone in 2011. It went on to become the company’s most successful model ever in its history, before being overtaken by its successor in 2012 – the Galaxy S3.
Samsung upgraded the Galaxy S2 to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but did not add any new features since then like it has been doing with the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3 or the Note 2.
The good news is that Samsung Korea today announced its Jelly Bean upgrade plans for the Galaxy S II. The company plans to bring a lot of features from the Galaxy S3 to the Galaxy S2 including its nature inspired TouchWIZ UI, Smart Stay, improved performance thanks to Project Butter, enhanced camera app and more.
An Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S2 had leaked last year, giving advanced users a taste of all the new Jelly Bean goodness and other features.
All these additional features will come at a cost though. Galaxy S2 owners will need to use KIES to install the update on their handset since the update re-partitions their internal memory and also updates the bootloader. The other downside is that post the update the free internal memory of the handset will be reduced by 1GB, because of all the new system apps, libraries and features.
Samsung has not announced as to when they plan to roll-out the Jelly Bean update, but considering this announcement, the update should not be far away.
Via – SamMobile