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Verizon Motorola Xoom LTE Finally Gets The Android 4.1.2 Update

Back in 2011, Verizon launched the Motorola Xoom 4G LTE tablet. This device was shipped with the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Later, it was updated to Android 3.2 OS. Last year, the unlocked Motorola Xoom 4G owners received the much awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Nearly 10 months after the roll out of original update, Verizon went ahead and started pushing out the Android 4.1.2 update for Verizon subscribers who are still using the Motorola Xoom 4G tablet.

motorola xoom

The latest update is numbered JZO54M and it brings all the Jelly Bean goodies such as Google Now, Project Butter, smart keyboard, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, offline text-to-speech, improved power management, advanced expandable notifications, improved Face Unlock and much more. Check out the changelog below.

Changelog:

  • Google Now
  • Actionable Notifications
  • Voice Search speed has been improved
  • Keyboard adapts over time and predicts user’s next word
  • Settings application has been revised for clearer options
  • “Accounts & Sync” has been moved from the Personal group to an independent group called “Accounts”
  • Enhancements to modem stability to improve data connectivity
  • Search Option has been added in YouTube Application

This update will be rolled out in batches and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, check out this PDF file.

Verizon Galaxy S III Gets A Major Bug-Squashing Update

Verizon’s Galaxy S III was originally launched with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Few months after its launch, the wireless operator rolled out a new update which brought an updated kernel and baseband that helped in improving the reception and performance of the handset. Few months later, Verizon finally released the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update.

Today, Verizon is rolling out a major bug-squashing update for the Samsung Galaxy S III. This update allows you to transfer content easily between devices with Samsung Smart Switch tool, access phone screen without unlocking device when connected via Bluetooth headset, easier NFC access, S Voice tweaks and much more. Apart from that, Verizon has also pre-loaded Flipboard and updated its caller ID app. Check out the complete changelog below.

galaxy s3

Changelog:

Key Device Enhancements Allows You To:

  • Access your Wi-Fi connection easily on multiple devices when in Hotspot mode
  • Use ‘bill to my Verizon Wireless Account’ when buying apps from Google Play
  • Access phone screen without unlocking device when connected via Bluetooth headset
  • Use two apps simultaneously side-byside with Multi Screen and Multi Window
  • Categorize and display images, photos and videos with Samsung Gallery
  • Sync two devices and share content seamlessly with S Beam’s ‘Auto Share Shot’
  • Transfer content easily between devices with Samsung Smart Switch tool
  • Get popup suggestions from Page Buddy when connected to accessories like a wired stereo headset
  • Tag weather, people and place information in photos and video with Contextual Tag
  • Arrange apps in order of frequency of use for faster access with Contextual App Link
  • Pick the perfect group picture from five burst shots with ‘Best Shot’
  • Select and customize specific folders by category and file type with My Files tool
  • Save MMS attachments in your Gallery for quick posting and sharing
  • Create a variety of image styles with Paper Artist tool

Additional Update Includes:

  • Removed pop-up messages ‘Refreshing SIM Data’, ‘No SIM’ and ‘SD Card Inserted’
  • New message notification tone is no longer clipped
  • Devices remain in 4G mode without dropping to 3G when Hotspot is on
  • The Burst Shot setting is no longer the default setting in the Camera application
  • Consistent functionality of the Screen Time Out feature
  • Applications running prior to sleep mode will remain open when home key is pressed
  • Backspace button will no longer clear an entire sentence – only the intended word
  • Fixed an issue where web browsing would sometimes cause the device to reset
  • Lock screen function improved when screen is idle
  • NFC is now easier to turn on
  • Device is now recognized by the computer when connected via USB cable
  • Audio distortion fixed when connected to some Car Kits is resolved
  • All devices can now receive over-the-air software updates
  • Voice recognition performance is improved with the updated S Voice Application
  • ‘Remove All’ is now ‘Close All’ in the Task Manager menu

Added The Following Pre-loaded Applications:

  • Catch up on news easily with the Flipboard
  • Recognize contacts quickly with Caller Name ID application version 1.14.16

The size of the update is just 129 MB. This update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will be automatically notified once the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.

Sprint Photon Q Gets The Android 4.1 Update

Last year Motorola launched the Photon Q smartphone exclusively for the Sprint subscribers in the US. It was the first 4G LTE device to feature a touchscreen display along with a five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Motorola Photon Q was originally shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

Back in December, Motorola promised to roll out the Android 4.1 update for the Photon Q and 5 other smartphones. After waiting for nearly 5 months, the manufacturer has finally rolled out the much-awaited Jelly Bean update. The latest update brings the usual Jelly Bean goodies along with a number of fixes and patches. Check out the complete changelog below.

motorola photon q

Changelog:

  • Google Now
  • Voice search enhancements
  • Camera includes improved image quality and more intuitive panorama mode
  • Ability to zoom out to filmstrip mode in the Gallery
  • Keyboard includes improved dictionary and text to speech capabilities
  • Notification enhancements
  • Resolved Quick Office closing when reviewing a document
  • Improved GSM roaming connectivity for global use
  • Improved streaming of Sprint TV when location services are turned off
  • Enhanced security and ease of use on the face unlock feature
  • Removed Quick Views, Speed Dial, and MOTOPRINT applications
  • Improved accuracy and response of voice to text for texting, emailing, and web search

This update is numbered 9.8.2Q-122_XT897_FFW-5 and it can be downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Phone > System updates and select Update Motorola Software. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comment section below.

Verizon Samsung Stratosphere Gets A Software Update

Back in 2011, Samsung launched the entry-level Stratosphere smartphone for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. This handset was specially designed for those who wanted to experience a touchscreen smartphone with physical QWERTY keypad. Samsung Stratosphere was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Sadly, this handset failed to receive the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.

Later this week, Verizon will roll out a much-needed software update for the Stratosphere users. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that the update will not bring the Android 4.0 OS. This update brings improved call clarity, improved reliability when sending emails using Outlook and much more. The complete changelog is posted below.

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Changelog:

  • Improved clarity during calls
  • Improved reliability when sending emails using Outlook
  • Improvements to Sync and Connect server have been made
  • My Verizon application has been improved
  • Improvements have been made to the Set Up Wizard to clarify what is required in the Google Setup screen
  • Correct the IMAP implementation related to the E-mail Sync and connect operation
  • The following applications have been removed as preloaded: IM, Blockbuster, Verizon Video and Verizon Vcast
  • Single Sign On application has been updated to version v3.1.9
  • VZtones version 5.1.3 has been added

Verizon is expected to roll out this update by the end of this week. You can easily download this update via Over-The-Air (OTA). To learn more, check out this PDF file.

AT&T Optimus G Android 4.1 Update Rolling Out

Last year, LG launched the powerful Optimus G smartphone. This handset was exclusively sold to the AT&T subscribers in the US. LG Optimus G was packed with some powerful specs, however the device was shipped with the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Today, AT&T finally started rolling out the new Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for this device.

lg optimus g

The latest update brings several enhancements, including changes to the notification display that groups updates from the same application together and allows you to expand or collapse notifications. Apart from that, it comes with Google Now, Project Butter, improved voice and data connectivity, offline text-to-speech, better performance in camera, new Gallery app, improved power management and advanced notifications.

The Android 4.1 update will also enable the Isis Mobile Wallet on the LG Optimus G. The Wallet is a free app that stores virtual version of payment and loyalty cards while organizing offers and deals. This update can be easily downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). To get this update, just select Settings > General > About phone > Software Update > Update now and follow the instructions.

Samsung Galaxy S II Gets The Android 4.1.2 Update In India

Samsung Galaxy S II needs no introduction! It is the successor of the popular Galaxy S smartphone. The Korean mobile phone manufacturer has already managed to sell more than 20 million units of this device globally. Samsung Galaxy S II was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Last year, Samsung Galaxy S II users have also received the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update.

Earlier this year, Samsung started rolling out the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for this device in Europe. After waiting for nearly 3 months, Indian Galaxy S II users can finally taste the Jelly Bean. This update brings the usual Android 4.1 goodies along with the Touchwiz Nature UX, which was previously seen in the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. Check out the changelog below.

galaxy s2

Changelog:

  • Google Now, enhanced notifications, Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play.
  • Nature UX similar to Galaxy S III.
  • Richer content & services.
  • Social hub will be removed.
  • Real-time mail delivery won’t be supported, but email client will still support EAS, IMAP and POP access.
  • Email, SMS and SNS in social hub can be used a separate apps.
  • Polaris Office, Photo Editor, and Video maker will be downloadable via Samsung Apps.

The latest update can be easily downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. Samsung has also promised to roll out the latest Android 4.2 update during the Q4 of 2013.

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II Gets The Android 4.1 Update

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Stratosphere II smartphone exclusively for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. As the name suggests, this handset is the successor of the entry-level Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere. This unique smartphone comes with a touchscreen display as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II was shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Verizon has recently announced that the carrier will soon roll out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for this device. As usual, this update will brings Google Now, Project Butter, improved voice and data connectivity, new Gallery app, offline text-to-speech, better performance in camera, improved power management and advanced notifications.

samaung_galaxy_stratrosphere_2

Changelog:

Device Features and Enhancements:

  • Polaris and Verizon Remote Diagnostics has been added
  • VZ Apps, Verizon Video, Zappos, Color App, and VPN Client (icon only) have been removed
  • Quick Office application has been updated to allow users to use S-Beam without downloading any external app
  • Connectivity while streaming music on Pandora has been improved
  • Improvements have been made for sending and receiving text messages
  • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity

Verizon will roll out this update in the coming days via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will be automatically notified once the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page.

Verizon Motorola Droid 4 Gets The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Last year, Motorola launched the powerful Droid 4 smartphone exclusively for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. This device features an amazing slide-out QWERTY keyboard along with a 4 inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and much more. However, the device was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. As promised, Motorola has already rolled out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update during the Q3 of 2012.

After tasting the Ice Cream Sandwich, most of the Droid 4 users were eagerly waiting for the Jelly Bean update. Nearly 7 months after the last major update, Verizon has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for the Droid 4 smartphone in the US.

motorola droid 4

This update comes with the usual Jelly Bean goodies such as Google Now, enhanced notification panel that displays missed calls and emails, voice search, smart keyboard and more. Check out the complete changelog below.

Changelog:

Additional Jelly Bean Enhancements:

  • Move between Home screens with intuitive graphics and smooth transitions.
  • Enjoy reactive and uniform touch responses.
  • Personalize home screen easily by placing widgets directly on the screen.

Device Enhancements:

  • Improved voice and data connectivity.
  • Calendar settings have been improved for a better user experience.
  • Improved reliability and connectivity of Back Up Assistant Plus & Visual Voicemail.
  • Mobile Hotspot data connectivity has been improved.
  • Sling and MOG application preloads have been removed.

The latest update is numbered 98.72.18.XT894 and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will be automatically notified once the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page.

Motorola Droid Razr And Razr Maxx Gets The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Last month, Motorola announced that the Verizon’s original Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx is scheduled to receive the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update by the end of this quarter. However, the manufacturer has started rolling out much sooner than expected. These handsets were originally shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, which was later updated to the Android 4.0 in mid-2012.

Motorola is currently rolling out this update in batches. It might take some days for the update to reach your smartphone. The latest update is numbered 98.72.16.XT912 and it brings smart keyboard, Google Now, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, improved voice and data connectivity and much more. Check out the complete changelog below.

droid razr maxx update

Changelog:

User Experience Updates:

  • Improved connectivity when roaming on GSM network.
  • “My Files”, “My Gallery” and “My Music” have been replaced with “Files”, “Gallery” and “Play Music”.
  • In Help Center, user will see a video for setting up Google Play Store instead of the Android Market.
  • Improved reliability and accuracy of voicemail indicator.

Messaging Updates:

  • Improved reliability with the Email and Calendar Sync.
  • User is able to use contact groups for sending a message.
  • User is able to delete email accounts from device.

Application Updates:

  • Sling and MOG application preloads have been removed.
  • Improved connectivity and reliability with 4G LTE.
  • User’s phone will sync Back Up Assistant content at scheduled time.

This update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You should make sure that your device is not rooted and has at least 50% or more battery before updating the device. It is advised to backup all your data before updating the Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx smartphones. To learn more, head over to this page.

Verizon Rolling Out Android 4.1.2 Update For The Galaxy S III

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.

galaxy s3

Changelog:

  • 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.