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Motorola Announces Its Jelly Bean Update Plans

Motorola has updated its Android OS update timeline page to reflect when its devices will be getting the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Keep in mind that the timeframe listed by Motorola is only for its U.S based devices.

Below are the list of devices that will be getting the Jelly Bean update from Motorola -:

  • DROID RAZR M (XT907)
  • DROID RAZR HD (XT926)
  • DROID RAZR MAXX HD (XT926)
  • Atrix HD (MB866)
  • Photon Q (XT897)
  • Electrify 2 (XT881)
  • DROID RAZR (XT912)
  • DROID 4 (XT894)
  • DROID Bionic (XT875)
  • XOOM (Wi-Fi and 3G/4G)

Of all the above devices, Motorola will be bringing Jelly Bean to the RAZR M, RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX before the start of 2013. Other handsets  will hopefully get the update sometime next year.

If your Motorola device is not in the list above, it would be safe to assume that it won’t be getting the Jelly Bean or even Ice Cream Sandwich update.

The decision to bring the Jelly Bean update to the family edition of the Motorola XOOM and the Xyboard tablets are still pending though, and will be announced by Motorola sometime later.

 

Android 4.1.2 OTA Update Rolling Out For Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S And Motorola XOOM

After rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Nexus 7, Google has started rolling out the 4.1.2 OTA updates for the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola XOOM.

The Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S will bring with it some bug-fixes and performance improvements, along with the ability to expand notifications via a single finger gesture.

Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S owners can download the OTA update zip file from here and here, respectively. Owners of Nexus S (I9020 and 9023 variants) can manually install the update by downloading the OTA update, renaming it to ”update.zip” and then transferring it to their handset. Then, reboot your handset into recovery mode by pressing the Volume Up and Power key and finally select the ‘install update.zip’ option.

The steps to manually install the OTA update on the Galaxy Nexus are a bit complicated, but if you are still interested, then head over to this thread on XDA for the steps.

Owners of the Wi-Fi variant of the Motorola XOOM will be automatically notified when the update is available for their tablet. The 4G LTE variant of the XOOM and the Galaxy Nexus will get the update only after Verizon is done with its internal quality testing, which can take quite a while.

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

Google Contacts Low Resolution Image Sync Issue Finally Fixed; Android Users Rejoice!

Way back in October last year, when Google introduced Ice Cream Sandwich, it showed off the beautiful new Contacts app which made use of high resolution contact images for one stunning incoming and outgoing call screen.

Sadly, Android users later realized that this new feature was only partially implemented by Google. The problem was that when a user synced his contacts with Google Contacts, the high resolution contact images would be downsized to 96×96 resolution. This was a limitation of Google Contacts, which many people hoped will be solved quickly by Google. Or not.

In Jelly Bean, Google increased the contact photo resolution size, but did not fix the low resolution contact images problem in Google Contacts. The Android community complained to many Google Android engineers numerous time about this issue to no avail.

Now, after truck loads of complaints from Android users, and a year after Ice Cream Sandwich was released, Google has finally fixed the low resolution contact images in Google Contacts. Yes! Finally!

Now, when you add a beautiful high resolution image to any contact, the image resolution will be kept intact, when they are synced back to Google Contacts.

As an Android user, this issue has been bugging me for the last one year or so. I am happy that Google has finally fixed the issue, and sad that it took Google so much time to fix such a small issue.

Since the change is related to Google Contacts, it might not be available to everyone right now, but will be gradually.

Via – Reddit

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

Android 4.1.2 Brings A Single Finger Gesture To Expand Notifications Easily

Last night, Google rolled out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Nexus 7. The first visible change brought about by the update was a landscape orientation for the stock launcher on the table. There was no other in-depth change-log provided except for the usual performance improvements and bug-fixes.

However, Google has also introduced one new change in Android 4.1.2 as to how the notifications are expanded in the notification bar. In Android 4.1.1, users would need to swipe with their two fingers to expand any notification. In day to day usage, using the two finger gesture to expand a notification was cumbersome to use.

Thankfully, in Android 4.1.2, Google has introduced a new one finger gesture that allows users to expand or collapse a notification easily.

Artem from Android Police has recorded an excellent video showing how the one finger notification works.

The gesture will work just fine on the Galaxy Nexus, and other devices whenever they get the Android 4.1.2 update.

Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Rolling Out To Nexus 7; Brings Landscape Orientation To Stock Launcher

Google’s lead Android engineer, Jean Baptiste Queru, has announced that Google has pushed Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean to AOSP (Android Open Source Project) today. In addition to Android 4.1.2 being pushed to AOSP, Google is also rolling out the update to the Nexus 7.

The Android 4.1.2 update will bring with it a much-needed landscape mode to the launcher, along with some performance improvements and bug-fixes. One major reason why Google might have rolled out Android 4.1.2 is because of a change in the power chips of one of the Nexus 7 variants that is not supported in Android 4.1.1.

Below is the full announcement from Jean -:

We’re releasing Android 4.1.2 to AOSP today, which is a minor update
on top of 4.1.1.

As a note to maintainers of community builds running on Nexus 7: please update to 4.1.2 at the first opportunity. Future variants of  the grouper hardware will have a minor change in one of the components  (the power management chip) that will not be compatible with 4.1.1.

The build number is JZO54K, and the tag is android-4.1.2_r1.

Enjoy,
Conley and JBQ

JBQ did not mention anything as to when the Android 4.1.2 update will be rolled out to the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S. Even then, once Android 4.1.2 is synced to AOSP, it will be just a matter of hours before Android 4.1.2 based custom ROMs for all the AOSP supported devices will be available.

Images via EETimes

Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 and 10.1 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Live

More than 10 months after Google released Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to AOSP, Motorola is ready with the update for two of its tablets – the XYBOARD 8.2 and 10.1. While Samsung has updated nearly all of its tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich, Motorola has been struggling to update its tablets and handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, forget Jelly Bean.

The company has only released the Ice Cream Sandwich for its RAZR handsets and Atrix 2, with owners of DROID Bionic still in the dark as to when their handset will get the ICS update and if it will ever be updated to Jelly Bean or not. Verizon is equally responsible for the delay in the ICS update roll-out for the XYBOARDs, all thanks to its “internal testing”.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the XYBOARDs will bring with it an updated UI, a magazine like swipe UI, Holo theme for apps, updated Google Apps, and much more. The updated browser should bring about a nice improvement in page loading times while the new kernel should also bring about a general speed boost. Other features introduced by Ice Cream Sandwich include face recognition, an inbuilt data usage tool, updated Voice Actions, and an enhanced keyboard.

The update is being rolled out via OTA by Verizon and Motorola, and users will be automatically notified when the update hits their tablet.

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