ASUS has started rolling out the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Pad TF300 in the United States. This makes ASUS among the first company to roll out the Android 4.2 update for a non-Nexus device. ZTE has the honors of rolling out the Android 4.2 update first to a non-Nexus device, which is surprisingly a mid-range phone only available in China.
Android 4.2 will bring with it a lot of goodies to the Transformer Pad including multi-user support, lock screen widget, quick settings and enhanced performance and stability. ASUS is also making use of this opportunity to update some of its pre-installed apps including the keyboard and App locker.
ASUS also mentioned in its press release that it will be rolling out the Android 4.2 update for the Transformer Pad Infinity and the MeMo Pad Smart sometime in the second quarter of this year. The company did not mention anything about the Transformer Prime, which may suggest that the tablet has reached its end-of-life.
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
Yesterday at MWC in Barcelona, ASUS announced the third generation of the Padfone, the PadFone Infinity. Like the previous Padfone(s), the PadFone Infinity is packed to the brim with features and power. Internally, the PadFone is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, and 2GB of RAM with either 32 or 64GB of on-board storage.
ASUS has also bumped the display size on the Infinity to 5-inches and increased the resolution to 1080p (1920*1080) as well. On the connectivity and sensors side, the PadFone Infinity includes everything that is possible including GLONASS, DC-HSPA+, GPS and NFC. ASUS has used a 13MP sensor on the back of the PadFone that consists of a five-element plastic F/2.0 lens. There is also a 2MP snapper in the front for all your video calling needs. The 2400mAh battery inside the PadFone will be more than enough to get you through a day on 3G. Do keep in mind that the PadFone uses a nanoSIM instead of a microSIM. The handset will be running a near stock version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean when it will be released.
Like always, ASUS has unveiled the PadFone with a dock – the FonePad – that complements the handset. Using the FonePad, PadFone owners can easily convert their handset into a full-blown tablet.
ASUS does not expect to release the PadFone in the United States, and will be selling the PadFone+FonePad bundle for £799 / €999, when it releases the device in Europe this April.
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.
Last night at MWC, HP announced its first Android tablet – the Slate 7. However, the 10.7mm thick Slate 7 fails to impress in every way. The 7inch tablet sports mediocre specs – a dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 processor, 1024*600 resolution, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, Bluetooth 2.1, shooters in the front (VGA) and back (3.1MP) and Wi-Fi b/g/n.
The Slate 7 also packs in a couple of front-facing stereo speakers with Beats audio branding and is capable of providing up to five hours of video playback. The suggested retail price of the Slate 7 is around $169, and will be running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.
Compared to the Nexus 7, the Slate 7 may be slightly cheaper and sport a microSD card slot, but is inferior in every other way. Plus, the Nexus 7 successor is just around the corner, which makes the Slate 7 a not so tempting deal. If anything, HP’s Slate 7 is going to meet the same fate as all other recent offerings from HP in the mobile market.
The folks over at SamMobile have managed to get their hands on an Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S3. Samsung is still testing Android 4.2.1 on the Galaxy S3, and the leaked firmware is nowhere near final even though it is relatively bug-free.
The Android 4.1.2 update brought with it a lot of new features to the Galaxy S3. However, it looks like the Android 4.2.1 update will only bring minor new features including voice actions for controlling the Camera, Radio, Music playback and call.
While Samsung has included all the features that Google introduced in Android 4.2.1 including Quick Settings, Lock screen widgets and Daydreams. Notably absent is the Photosphere feature from the Camera app. However, it may be possible that Samsung will add this feature in the final version of the firmware. Samsung has slightly changed the lock screen ripple effect, along with slightly tweaking the toggles in the notification bar to accommodate Quick Settings. How useful the voice commands feature that Samsung will introduce in the final build of the firmware only remains to be seen.
SamMobile states that Samsung will be releasing the Android 4.2 update for the Galaxy S3 only after it unveils the Galaxy S4. Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S4 at an event to be held on March 15th.
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
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
Google has finally started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Nexus 4. Google had started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 a couple of days ago, but surprisingly did not roll out the update for the Nexus 4.
The Android 4.2.2 update is mainly aimed at fixing the Bluetooth streaming issues that have been plaguing the Nexus devices since the Android 4.2 update. Other changes include new notifications sound, improved performance and battery life on the Nexus 7, the ability to directly toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from Quick Settings by long-pressing them, and tons of under the hood changes.
The update for the Nexus 4 also includes a new radio/baseband and an updated kernel that should greatly help in improving the battery life of the handset. The OTA update should be available to all Nexus 4 owners over the next couple of weeks.
If you have root access on your Nexus 4, you can download the OTA manually from here, and then flash it via a custom recovery.