Samsung has announced that it will be rolling out a Premium Suite upgrade for the Galaxy Note 10.1 with the Jelly Bean update for the tablet. Along with the announcement, the company has also released a video detailing all the new features that the Premium Suite upgrade will bring.
The Premium Suite Upgrade will consist of Multi-Window multi-tasking like on the Note 2, Dual view, Air View, improved S-Pen functionality and S-Note app, and much more.
Below is the video that shows all the new functionality in action on the Galaxy Note 10.1 -:
While most companies are clearly struggling to update their devices to the latest version of Android, Samsung keeps adding a bunch of new software features and enhancements to its devices with every new software update.
Earlier this week, an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy S3 leaked online. The leaked firmware brought about a lot of new features to both the handsets including Smart Stay, Multi-View multitasking, new Gallery app for the S3 and a new TouchWIZ version, some gesture features and more to the S2.
Now, joining the list of leaked Android 4.1.2 firmware is the Galaxy Note II. The new test firmware does not bring as much new features as introduced in S3 or S2, but does include some minor new additions including the ability to select the notification toggles, a new Swype-like continuous input and a new animation for the lock screen.
The firmware does not contain any major bugs, indicating that Samsung is in near final stages of development of the Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy Note II.
Head over to SamMobile for the download link and other information about the leaked ROM.
Along with the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware for the Galaxy S3, the first Jelly Bean firmware for the Galaxy S2 has also leaked online, thanks to an XDA member — izap .
The leaked firmware – I9100XXLSJ – is surprisingly bug-free and stable, which means that Samsung is in the final stages of finalizing the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S2. While Samsung has not included the Multi-view multitasking feature of the Note 2 on the Galaxy S2, there are still a lot of new features and enhancements onboard.
The list of features include the new TouchWIZ Nature UI/UX, Google Now, enhanced notification bar, butter-y smooth performance thanks to Project Butter, new widgets, Direct Call, Smart Stay, Pop-Up Play, two different homescreen modes and more.
Samsung did not really add any new features to the Galaxy S2 when it rolled out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the handset. However, the company kept adding new features to the Galaxy Note with continuous software updates, thus making S2 owners feel left out. Thankfully, with the Jelly Bean update, Samsung is finally showing some attention to the S2 owners out there.
Head over to this XDA thread for more information about the firmware and the download links.
A new Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S3 has leaked online that includes quite a lot of new features. Most importantly, the leaked firmware includes Samsung’s unique multitasking implementation as seen on the Note II, Multi-View.
Other new features in the ROM include Page Buddy, the ability to customize the notification toggles/panel, Smart Rotation, Continuous Input in Keyboard like on Android 4.2 or Swype, Paper Artist App, and the new Gallery app. More information about the firmware, along with the download link can be found here.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the Korean company’s flagship handset for 2012 and has been selling like hot-cakes all over the world. No wonder the software updates for the Galaxy S3 is the top priority.
After Samsung rolled out the Multi-View multitasking to the Galaxy Note II, rumors started floating around the Internet that it will be bringing the same feature to the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S3.
Samsung and T-Mobile have started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the carrier’s variant of the Galaxy S3. This makes T-Mobile the second major U.S carrier, after Sprint, to roll-out the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 in the United States.
The Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 brings with it Project Butter for a lag-free UI experience, slightly updated UI, re-organized Settings menu, ‘Blocking’ mode, Google Now, enhanced notification bar, two homescreen modes, some bug-fixes and more.
The update is being rolled out via OTA and should be available to all T-Mobile Galaxy S3 owners within a couple of weeks.
Yesterday, Google released the Nexus 4 in quite a few countries of the world, pushed the Android 4.2 OTA update for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7, released the updated binaries and Android 4.2 factory images for all the devices, and lastly, pushed the latest version of Android to AOSP.
Google’s lead AOSP engineer – Jean Baptiste Quèru – also announced that beginning with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google will be ending support for the Nexus S and the Motorola XOOM. This means that both these devices will not be getting any future updates from Google including the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update. This should not really come as a surprise since both these devices have been in the market for nearly 2 years or more. Even then, both these devices are actually running a much more newer version of Android compared to majority of the Android devices out there.
The surprising news, however, is the lack of support for the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 3G variant in AOSP. It was initially presumed that the Nexus 4 lacks LTE so that it could be AOSP-compliant, but it looks like Google is yet to convince Qualcomm to open-source its secret sauce! Or, Google might be facing some issues with open-sourcing the GSM stacks used in the Nexus 4 or the Nexus 7 3G variant.
Hopefully, whatever the issue be, Google will be able to solve it and support the Nexus 4 in AOSP.
The Android engineers over at Google must be having a busy day today. After rolling out the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OTA update for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7, and releasing the new Nexii devices, Google has also released the factory images of Android 4.2 for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10.
The company along pushed Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to AOSP. This means that developers can start working on integrating Android 4.2 in their ROMs.
There is a bad news, though. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will not be available for the Nexus S and the Motorola XOOM. Both these devices will remain on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and will not be supported henceforth in future AOSP releases.
Apart from all this, Google has also made the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean SDK and NDK available for download for app developers. Last, but not the least, Google also updated the Device Art Generator to add support for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10.
HTC and Verizon have teamed up to announce the first Android smartphone — Droid DNA — in the United States that will sport a 5-inch S-LCD3 display with a mind-numbing full HD (1920×1080) resolution.
Inside the Droid DNA is a beefy 1.5GHz Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro Krait processor, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 320 GPU and more. Other features include the same 8MP BSI F/2.0 camera on the back, a Smart LED flash, an ImageSense chip, and a 1.3MP camera in the front. All the usual features that are present in HTC phones like GPS, bunch of sensors, NFC, non-removable battery, no microSD card slot are all present.
Like all other HTC’s, the Droid DNA runs on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+ on top of it. The handset also sports the Beats Audio logo, and thankfully, beefed-up amps for the rear speaker and handset.
HTC Droid DNA will be coming on Verizon’s LTE network on the 21st of November for $199 with a two-year contract. The handset will go on pre-order from today itself.
Back in August, Samsung unveiled the company’s first Android powered digital camera, the Samsung Galaxy Camera. This device was showcased at the IFA 2012 in Berlin. Last month, during the launch of Galaxy Note II, Samsung promised to release the Galaxy Camera before Diwali. Now, it seems that the company will shortly launch this unique Android powered camera in the Indian market.
Samsung Galaxy Camera is specially designed for those who wish to shoot, edit and share high quality photographs and video directly from their digital camera. Thankfully, this device will ship with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Samsung India’s online store has already started taking the pre-orders of the Galaxy Camera in India. Planning to buy one? Don’t forget to check out the complete specs below.
Samsung Galaxy Camera features a large 4.8 inch HD SLCD display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 21x zoom lens, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, GPS with A-GPS, HDMI, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity and a 1650mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Camera will be available in both Black and White colors. You can pre-book this device from Samsung India’s eStore just by paying Rs.3000 in advance. You will also get a 16 GB MicroSD card for free with this device. To pre-order the amazing Galaxy Camera, head over to this page.
Sprint has started rolling out a minor software update for the Motorola Photon Q. Before you jump with excitement thinking its the Jelly Bean update, read the last statement again. The update is only a minor one and brings some bug-fixes, improvements and enhancements.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
Improved text messaging when requesting usage and upgradeability through Sprint Zone
Select number of users to access Wi-Fi hotspot
Random power cycle when using Wi-Fi Direct
Manually send or auto-sync emails from outbox
seamless international text messaging
Faster launch and playback using the YouTube application
Improved browsing with Google Chrome for Android Mobile Browser
Improved MMS functionality
Well, Photon Q owners need to content themselves with this OTA update until Motorola and Sprint prepare the Jelly Bean update for the device. Considering that Motorola has not mentioned any exact timeframe as to when the Android 4.1.1 update will be available for the handset, the wait might just be a long one.
The OTA update will be available to all Photon Q owners within a couple of weeks. Alternatively, Q owners can keep tapping the Check for updates option under About Phone to manually pull the update from Sprint’s server.