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.
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.
Via – SamMobile
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.
It was in late January that we reported about the original Motorola Droid Android 2.2.2 update is under testing from Motorola. Today, Droid-Life is reporting that Motorola and Verizon are done with all their tests, and will be releasing the OTA update to Droid owners today itself.
The FRG83G OTA update will update the Droid Android OS version to 2.2.2. The Android 2.2.2 was released by Google so as to fix the famous ‘SMS’ bug.
Here is the official change-log from the big Red itself -:
* Sporadic issues with unintended recipient list corrected for text, audio, picture, video and audio multimedia messages.
* Correct message populates when messaging application is quickly opened and accessed.
It is more or less certain that the Droid won’t get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. However, it is nice to see Motorola still releasing minor Android OS update a handset which is more than a year old now.
The Droid is the first handset in the market to get the Android 2.2.2 update, excluding the Nexus One. Other manufactures should learn from Motorola and release the Android 2.2.2 update for all their Android handsets.
The FRG83G update for the Droid weighs in at 3.4MB, and will be pushed to all Droid handsets beginning from today.
It was only a couple of days ago that Microsoft started rolling out an OTA (Over-The-Air) software update for all WP7 based handsets out there. The OTA update did not bring any visible changes or any performance improvements. According to the Windows Team Blog, the update improves the software update process. Yes, you guys have read it write! An update to improve the *software update* process itself.
However, reports are flying in that the first OTA update for WP7 devices has been bricking Samsung WP7 devices. Depending on your luck, your Samsung branded WP7 running handset may even brick itself. Now, Microsoft has pulled back the OTA update for Samsung phones so as to make sure no further chaos ensures.
Here is the official statement from Microsoft :
In response to this emerging issue, we have temporarily taken down the latest software update for Samsung phones in order to correct the issue and as soon as possible will redistribute the update.
The reason behind the update failing on Samsung device is being blamed on the numbers of firmware available for the Samsung WP7 handsets. Users who are running the latest firmware are able to successfully update their Samsung handset. However, users running the older firmware end up bricking their device. Hopefully, Samsung and Microsoft will soon come up with a solution to this problem.
One of the major advantages of WP7 over Android the ability to push out update for all handsets simultaneously due to their uniformity just became their disadvantage!
At the beginning of this month, HP announced a slew of new webOS based devices including three handsets and a tablet. The company also announced that the Palm Pre Plus won’t get the update to the latest version of webOS i.e. v2.1.
Now, in a surprise move, HP has rolled out the webOS 2.1 OTA (Over-The-Air) firmware package for the O2 branded Pre Plus handsets in the U.K as well as in Germany. Palm Pre Plus owners who love to tinker around with their phone can download and install the update manually as well.
The update has been confirmed to work on unlocked Pre Pre Plus handsets as well. Sadly, the update won’t work on CDMA based Pre Plus handsets.
The latest version of webOS will bring with it more than 50 changes on-board including voice dialing, better memory management and improved multi-tasking. Palm Pre Plus owners can download the latest version of HP webOS doctor from here. The software will then update your Pre Plus to the latest version of webOS.
It is still unknown whether HP/Palm will release a webOS 2.1 OTA update for the CDMA based Pre Plus handsets in the United States.
Nokia has released a new firmware update for its mid-range business oriented handset the E52. The new firmware version is 54.003 and aims at improving the stability and performance of the handset.
The E52 sports a 2.4-inch screen with QVGA display and runs on Symbian S60v3. It also sports Wi-Fi, GPS, a microSD card slot and Bluetooth.
Here is a small un-official change-log of the firmware update :
- Issues with Java Apps download fixed
- Ovi files removed
- Camera shortcut is replaced with Ovi Store shortcut in homescreen
- Time zone issue for Vietnam fixed
- Some problems with Chinese characters solved
- Wrong internet APN issues fixed
- General System performance improved
- Ovi Maps updated
The firmware will be rolled out slowly and in batches by Nokia in the coming few days. The firmware update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air) and via Ovi Suite or Nokia Software Updater (NSU) as well. Since the E52 features UDP (User Data Preservation), users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.
The Samsung Galaxy S has four variants in the U.S. the Samsung Captivate available on the AT&T network, Fascinate on the Verizon network, Epic 4G on Sprint’s network and the T-Mobile branded Vibrant. All the four variants have some subtle changes compared to the original Galaxy S.
However, one major difference is that the original Galaxy S got its Android 2.2 update nearly 4 months ago, but 3 out of the 4 U.S. variants of the Galaxy S are still rocking Android 2.1. T-Mobile rolled out the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant nearly a month ago, but sadly users need to use Samsung’s KIES software to update their handset.
Now, it looks like another U.S. variant of the Galaxy S the Sprint branded Epic 4G will be getting its Android 2.2 FroYo update next week. The folks over at Android Police have managed to get their hands on some leaked internal documents of Sprint. The documents state that the Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G will start rolling out from the beginning of next week i.e. Feb 21.
Unlike the Vibrant, the Epic’s 4G Froyo update will be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one. Along with Android 2.2, the update is also expected to bring improvements to the GPS performance of the device and Bluetooth device support.
At the beginning of this month, Motorola and Verizon rolled out software updates for the Droid X and the original Droid. Now, they are all set to roll a software update for another Droid branded handset the Droid Pro. The software update for the Droid Pro is a pretty minor one and mainly fixes some bugs and improves the stability and performance of the device.
The OTA update weighs in at 15.9MB and is numbered V2.26.60.
Here is the official change-log from Verizon itself :
* Improved audio on voice calls.
* Improved stability and performance.
* User interface display now refreshes when user switches from GSM/UMTS communication to Global Mode.
* Device now prepends 011 to Country Code to send SMS messages.
* Global Mode no longer resets when connecting to a USB charger.
* Visual Voice Mail now detects airplane mode while Wi-Fi is active.
* Prompt return to full screen brightness after wake-up
Droid Pro owners can pull’ the update from Verizon’s server by going to Settings->About Phone-> System Updates. Alternatively, they can wait for the OTA update to be pushed to their handset.
Via Droid Life
Just after a week of its launch, the Google Nexus S is getting its first software update over the air. The OTA (Over-The-Air) update weighs in at 1.9MB and carries the build number GRH78, up from the previous GRH55 build number. There is no official change-log but looking at the size of the OTA, don’t expect wonders. Apparently, the update mainly fixes some bugs and Maps fixes’.
MoDaCo owner Paul posted on XDA with regard to the OTA update :
Super quick GRH78 analysis – changes to framework.jar, kernel and Maps.apk. That’s about it.
Nexus S owners can either wait for the update to be pushed to their phone or enter *#*#checkin#*#* manually and get the update.