Samsung Galaxy S III was originally launched with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The manufacturer has already rolled out the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for the unlocked variant of this device across the globe. However, the owners of the carrier locked Galaxy S III are still waiting for their respective carrier to approve and roll out this update.
Luckily, T-Mobile and Sprint customers were the first ones in the US to get this update. On the other hand, Verizon failed to roll out the update on time. Now, the disappointed Verizon subscribers has a reason to cheer. The big red carrier has finally rolled out the Android 4.1 update for the Galaxy S III.
The latest update is numbered JRO03L.I535VRBLK3 and it bumps the Galaxy S III to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. This update brings smart keyboard, improved S Voice, Google Now, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, new Photo Effect Filters, improved voice and data connectivity and much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.
Device is enabled for Global Roaming. Now take advantage of voice and data services in over 205 countries worldwide.
Isis Mobile Wallet
Device now includes support for the Isis Mobile Wallet; Shop, pay, and save with your phone using the Isis Mobile Wallet. The Isis Mobile Wallet holds virtual versions of most things your existing wallet does such as payment cards, loyalty cards and coupons. Just tap your phone to pay at any Isis Ready merchant.
Improved connectivity and reliability when syncing Google and POP-3 e-mail accounts.
Enhancements made to improve accuracy of predictive text.
Automatic Set Up option has been enabled when setting up a Road Runner email account.
Improved accuracy and runs reliability of Weather application.
Visual Voicemail has been updated to ensure proper delivery of notifications.
Fixed resets that were sometimes seen when trying to connect to a VPN client.
Support for opening attachments in .ics format.
Now supports Software Upgrade Assistant; installs and runs automatically when plugged in to your computer’s USB port.
Missed Call Log has been updated to ensure accuracy.
Enhancements have been made to ensure the reliability of Back Up Assistant Plus.
Improvements made to automatically reconnect to known previously used Wi-Fi sources hot spots.
Verizon Accessories Application has been added as a preload.
This update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You should make sure that your device has at least 50% or more battery. It is advised to backup all your data before updating this device. 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.
Samsung has been on a roll lately! The company recently started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 that brought with it tons of new features including Multi-View multitasking, Smart Rotation, a new low-light mode for Camera and more.
Today, the Korean company has also started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy Note II. The update does not bring many new major features, but does bring some minor changes and enhancements that would be appreciated by Note 2 owners.
Below is the list of changes in Android 4.1.2 on Galaxy Note 2 via SamMobile -:
Android 4.1.2 – JZO54K
New Additions in Notifcation Toggles
Notification Panel can now be customized
Brightness Slider in Notification Panel Can Now Be Disabled
Multi-View Can now be disabled
Browser Is Smoother Then Before
Status Bar has been changed from Grey to Black
Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
New Ink Effect On Lockscreen
New Group Cast Application
The firmware update is only available in Poland as of now, and will be rolled out to other regions by Samsung slowly over the next few weeks. The update is being rolled out only for the international Galaxy Note II (N7100), along with the LTE variant (N7105). Note 2 owners in the United States need to wait until the update is approved by their carriers.
ASUS has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Padfone 2 in certain regions of the world. The company had released the Padfone 2 back in October and promised to update the device to Jelly Bean before the end of this year.
The Jelly Bean update for the Padfone 2 brings some Project Butter goodness, Google Now, enhanced notification bar, and more. The Padfone 2 runs on a relatively light skinned version of Android, and the Jelly Bean update does not change that. The usual ASUS applications are all included in the update including free 50GB of cloud storage space.
The Padfone 2 is one impressive handset, especially when coupled with its dock. However, the handset cannot be termed a success mainly because of its limited market availability, and the high pricing.
With the Jelly Bean update for the Padfone 2, ASUS continues its impressive track record of providing timely software updates for its devices. The company has already updated its tablets to Jelly Bean, and is working hard on bringing the Android 4.2 update to them before the year-end.
Last week, Samsung listed all the new features that will be coming to the Galaxy S3 with the Android 4.1.2 Premium Suite upgrade. Today, the company has posted the second part of all the new features that the Premium Suite upgrade will bring including a a new low-light mode for the Camera, Paper Buddy and more.
Below is the second list of all the new features that the Premium Suite Upgrade brings to the Galaxy S3 -:
(1) Paper Artist: You can make a picture like a pop artist! Change the moods of your pictures whenever you want!
(2) Camera, Low Light Shot: It’s always tough to take pictures in dark places. So the GALAXY S III with Premium Suite has a Low-Light-Shot function. Get your hands on one and check out the difference!
(3) Camera, Best Face: The problem with group pictures? Somebody always, ALWAYS blinks. Well, Best Face is your solution to that. Best Face takes 5 consecutive pictures and lets you choose the best face for each person among those shots.
New Features & Better Accessibility
(1) Easy Mode: For first-time smartphone users and/or those who are really really, well, lazy. This function helps you set up the most five frequently used widgets on the home screen, so you don’t have to be tired of looking everywhere to find those apps.
(2) Sound Balance: You can adjust the balance of volume one each side of earphones.
(3) Setup Wizard: After turning on your cell phone, you can see the accessibility menu right away on the screen.
(4) Camera Easy Snap: With ‘talk back’ and ‘face detection’ on your settings menu, the GALAXY S III tells you how many faces it can detect on the camera preview.
The Korean company has started rolling out the Premium Suite upgrade only in Poland and other neighboring regions for now, but should start the update on a wider basis sometime soon.
A couple of months ago, Motorola had updated its Android OS update page to reflect which and when it would be bringing Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to its devices. Now that the company has updated its high-end handsets to Jelly Bean, including the RAZR M, RAZR HD and the RAZR HD MAXX, it has once again updated the page to include an estimated timeframe for the JB update for its other handsets.
Motorola RAZR HD and ATRIX HD owners in Canada will only be getting the Android 4.1.1 update sometime in Q1 of next year. RAZR i owners in the Middle East, Africa or Europe will also be getting the Jelly Bean update around the same time.
In most other regions of the world, Motorola RAZR series owners are at the mercy of their carriers and their ‘rigorous testing’. Other Motorola handsets including the DROID 4, Electrify 2 and Photon Q will be getting the Jelly Bean update sometime next year.
Hopefully, the company will soon be announcing its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean upgrade plans and release a list of handsets that it will be updating as well.
Motorola and Verizon are all set to roll out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the DROID RAZR HD and the HD MAXX. The carrier has updated the RAZR HD support documents to include all the new changes and features brought about by the Jelly Bean update, which indicates that the roll-out is around the corner.
The Jelly Bean update for the RAZR HD and the HD MAXX will bring with it quite a lot enhancements and new features including Google Now, an improved Voice Search, enhanced notification bar and much more.
Below is the official list of changes that the update will include apart from the usual Jelly Bean goodness (9.1.41.XT926) -:
ADDITIONAL JELLY BEAN ENHANCEMENTS
+ Move between Home screens with more intuitive graphics and smooth transitions.
+ Enjoy more reactive and uniform touch responses. SOFTWARE UPGRADES
+ Improved voice and data connectivity.
+ Native calendar settings have been improved for a better user experience.
+ Improved reliability and connectivity of Back Up Assistant Plus & Visual Voicemail.
+ Time stamp shown in outgoing multimedia has been corrected. APPLICATION UPDATES
+ Video calling portal and Accessories Application has been preloaded.
+ Verizon Video has been removed.
+ Color Application has been removed.
+ Fully integrated Amazon app suite has been preloaded (includes Kindle, Amazon MP3,
IMDb, Audible, and Zappos).
Keep in mind that the update is not yet live, but it will start rolling out by next week to all RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX owners.
Over the last couple of weeks, an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware has leaked online for the Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3. Today, Galaxy Note owners get their fair share of Jelly Bean/Android 4.1.2 love with the latest leak from SamMobile.
While a Jelly Bean firmware for the Galaxy Note had leaked earlier, it was not in an easy flashable state. The latest leak, however, can be easily flashed on a Galaxy Note using the usual ODIN way.
The XXSLA firmware brings a lot of Note 2 and Galaxy S3 features including Multi-View multitasking, Page Buddy, Smart Rotation, Smart Stay, Google Now, Project Butter, the ability to customize the notification panel, Direct Call, Pop-Up Play and more.
Interested Galaxy Note owners should head over to SamMobile for more information about the leaked firmware and the download link.
Android 4.2 is without a doubt one of the most buggiest release from Google ever. The latest version of Android is filled with bugs and instability issues including random reboots, minor bugs, performance issues and much more. Nexus 7 users, in particular, have been facing severe lag issues on their tablet ever since they installed the Android 4.2 update.
Thankfully, an XDA member – fishingfon – has a very simple fix for all the slowness and lags that Nexus 7 owners are facing post the Android 4.2 update. The tip is to actually disable background syncing in Google Current, which somehow magically improves the performance of the device.
To disable background syncing, simply open Google Current on your Nexus 7, press the Settings menu/the 3-dots button in the top-right corner of the app, and uncheck ‘Enable Background Syncing’ from within the Settings sub-menu.
If you don’t use Google Currents regularly, I would suggest you to simply uninstall or disable the app altogether.
Looks like the Android team over at Google is back from their Thanksgiving weekend and are now working in full force. The company has pushed the Android 4.2.1 OTA update for the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10, which fixes the December bug.
For the unknown, Android 4.2 had a bug where users could not add birthdays of contacts who were born in December. The month was simply missing from the list. Apart from fixing this bug, the update does not bring any other visible changes.
Since this is an OTA update it won’t be available to all the lucky Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 users immediately. The roll-out takes some time and should be completed within a couple of weeks.
While it is not yet confirmed if the update is being rolled out to the Nexus 7 or not, some people on XDA are reporting that they have already got the Android 4.2.1 update on their Nexus 7.
I wonder if the Android 4.2.1 update will fix the poor battery life and lag issues that many Nexus device owners have reported post the Android 4.2 update.
Earlier this month, Google released the much-awaited Nexus 4 smartphone in the US. It is the first smartphone which runs on the latest Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Now, ZTE became the first Chinese vendor to launch an Android smartphone with Android 4.2 OS. The Chinese mobile phone manufacturer has recently started rolling out latest version of the Android OS to its mid-range ZTE N880E smartphone.
I’m sure most of you might have never heard of this smartphone. The ZTE N880E was originally launched in May this year. It was one of the first handsets to run on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. This handset comes with a 4 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory and so on.
Mr. He Shiyou, ZTE EVP and Head of the Terminal Division, said,
“This announcement highlights ZTE’s long standing strategic relationship with Google and ZTEs determination to provide consumers with cutting-edge technology and the best smartphone experience. ZTE will introduce more models on Android 4.2 in the future, and will continue to make improvements to equipment performance and stability, ensuring that our handsets meet with the high expectations of today’s consumers.”
The latest update brings the usual Android 4.2 Jelly Bean goodies, including the Photo Sphere camera functionality, Gesture Typing, notification quick controls, improved search capabilities through Google Now and more. We hope other manufacturers should take a lesson and update their smartphones as soon as possible.