Verizon’s Galaxy S III was originally launched with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Few months after its launch, the wireless operator rolled out a new update which brought an updated kernel and baseband that helped in improving the reception and performance of the handset. Few months later, Verizon finally released the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update.
Today, Verizon is rolling out a major bug-squashing update for the Samsung Galaxy S III. This update allows you to transfer content easily between devices with Samsung Smart Switch tool, access phone screen without unlocking device when connected via Bluetooth headset, easier NFC access, S Voice tweaks and much more. Apart from that, Verizon has also pre-loaded Flipboard and updated its caller ID app. Check out the complete changelog below.
Key Device Enhancements Allows You To:
- Access your Wi-Fi connection easily on multiple devices when in Hotspot mode
- Use ‘bill to my Verizon Wireless Account’ when buying apps from Google Play
- Access phone screen without unlocking device when connected via Bluetooth headset
- Use two apps simultaneously side-byside with Multi Screen and Multi Window
- Categorize and display images, photos and videos with Samsung Gallery
- Sync two devices and share content seamlessly with S Beam’s ‘Auto Share Shot’
- Transfer content easily between devices with Samsung Smart Switch tool
- Get popup suggestions from Page Buddy when connected to accessories like a wired stereo headset
- Tag weather, people and place information in photos and video with Contextual Tag
- Arrange apps in order of frequency of use for faster access with Contextual App Link
- Pick the perfect group picture from five burst shots with ‘Best Shot’
- Select and customize specific folders by category and file type with My Files tool
- Save MMS attachments in your Gallery for quick posting and sharing
- Create a variety of image styles with Paper Artist tool
Additional Update Includes:
- Removed pop-up messages ‘Refreshing SIM Data’, ‘No SIM’ and ‘SD Card Inserted’
- New message notification tone is no longer clipped
- Devices remain in 4G mode without dropping to 3G when Hotspot is on
- The Burst Shot setting is no longer the default setting in the Camera application
- Consistent functionality of the Screen Time Out feature
- Applications running prior to sleep mode will remain open when home key is pressed
- Backspace button will no longer clear an entire sentence – only the intended word
- Fixed an issue where web browsing would sometimes cause the device to reset
- Lock screen function improved when screen is idle
- NFC is now easier to turn on
- Device is now recognized by the computer when connected via USB cable
- Audio distortion fixed when connected to some Car Kits is resolved
- All devices can now receive over-the-air software updates
- Voice recognition performance is improved with the updated S Voice Application
- ‘Remove All’ is now ‘Close All’ in the Task Manager menu
Added The Following Pre-loaded Applications:
- Catch up on news easily with the Flipboard
- Recognize contacts quickly with Caller Name ID application version 1.14.16
The size of the update is just 129 MB. This update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). 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.
Last year Motorola launched the Photon Q smartphone exclusively for the Sprint subscribers in the US. It was the first 4G LTE device to feature a touchscreen display along with a five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Motorola Photon Q was originally shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.
Back in December, Motorola promised to roll out the Android 4.1 update for the Photon Q and 5 other smartphones. After waiting for nearly 5 months, the manufacturer has finally rolled out the much-awaited Jelly Bean update. The latest update brings the usual Jelly Bean goodies along with a number of fixes and patches. Check out the complete changelog below.
- Google Now
- Voice search enhancements
- Camera includes improved image quality and more intuitive panorama mode
- Ability to zoom out to filmstrip mode in the Gallery
- Keyboard includes improved dictionary and text to speech capabilities
- Notification enhancements
- Resolved Quick Office closing when reviewing a document
- Improved GSM roaming connectivity for global use
- Improved streaming of Sprint TV when location services are turned off
- Enhanced security and ease of use on the face unlock feature
- Removed Quick Views, Speed Dial, and MOTOPRINT applications
- Improved accuracy and response of voice to text for texting, emailing, and web search
This update is numbered 9.8.2Q-122_XT897_FFW-5 and it can be downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Phone > System updates and select Update Motorola Software. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comment section below.
T-Mobile One S owners, here is a news that is sure to brighten up your day. T-Mobile and HTC have finally gotten around to rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for your phone. While T-Mobile is yet to officially announce the roll-out, many T-Mobile One S owners have already got the OTA update on their phone.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update will bring with it Project Butter, Google Now, an enhanced notification bar, better voice recognition and speech-to-text support, and minor UI changes. HTC has also toned down the Sense UI a bit, enhanced the camera app, and removed some of the unneeded animations. The OTA update is a whopping 675MB in size and will is only downloaded when your One S is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
T-Mobile expects to complete the OTA update roll-out within the next two weeks. If you own a T-Mobile One S, you can try to manually pull the Jelly Bean update as well by going to Settings -> About Phone -> Software Updates and then pressing the Check for Updates option.
Via – T-Mobile
HTC has started rolling out a new software update (v1.29) for its latest flagship – the One – that greatly improves the camera performance of the handset. The update is only available to the EU variant of the One, with the others variants slated to get the update over the next month or so.
The official change-log of the update is as follows -:
• Improvement to sound capture with Zoe
• Noise reduction in slow motion movie capture
• Improved color reproduction and dynamic range (reduced over-exposure in non-HDR images) in certain conditions
• Fix to display correct ISO in EXIF information when ISO settings are manually changed by the user
• Improved system performance and stability
However, there is more to this update than what the change-log suggests. The update brings about a massive improvement in the camera quality. How massive? See the image below from Android PIT for example -:
The update also improves the overall system performance and stability, along with the audio recording capabilities of the One in Zoe mode. If you own an EU model of the One, then the update should hit your phone within a couple of weeks. If not, sit tight and hope that HTC rolls out the update to other variants of the One soon as well.
Via – SlashGear
Back in 2011, Samsung launched the entry-level Stratosphere smartphone for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. This handset was specially designed for those who wanted to experience a touchscreen smartphone with physical QWERTY keypad. Samsung Stratosphere was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Sadly, this handset failed to receive the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.
Later this week, Verizon will roll out a much-needed software update for the Stratosphere users. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that the update will not bring the Android 4.0 OS. This update brings improved call clarity, improved reliability when sending emails using Outlook and much more. The complete changelog is posted below.
- Improved clarity during calls
- Improved reliability when sending emails using Outlook
- Improvements to Sync and Connect server have been made
- My Verizon application has been improved
- Improvements have been made to the Set Up Wizard to clarify what is required in the Google Setup screen
- Correct the IMAP implementation related to the E-mail Sync and connect operation
- The following applications have been removed as preloaded: IM, Blockbuster, Verizon Video and Verizon Vcast
- Single Sign On application has been updated to version v3.1.9
- VZtones version 5.1.3 has been added
Verizon is expected to roll out this update by the end of this week. You can easily download this update via Over-The-Air (OTA). To learn more, check out this PDF file.
Last month an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based ROM had leaked for the Xperia S. This month, the Xperia P joins the list with a JB base firmware leaking for the handset.
Like the Xperia S JB firmware, the Xperia P JB firmware is not good enough to be used a daily driver since it lacks basic connectivity features including mobile data and Wi-Fi. However, the firmware does provide a glimpse of all the features that Sony will be bringing to the handset with the update including Clear Audio+, its new enhanced suite of Media apps (Walkman, Album etc.), slight UI refresh, updated Camera app, a new lock screen and Xloud.
Sadly, Sony won’t be bringing its Small apps feature to the Xperia P, as originally seen on the Xperia T and Xperia Z. Sony will not be updating the kernel of the Xperia P with this update as well, which might not go down well with the developers.
Even then, the Android 4.1.2 update will bring quite a lot of new features to the Xperia P, which is not bad considering its a mid-range phone. Sony is expected to roll-out the Jelly Bean update for the Xperia P sometime in the next couple of months.
Via – Xperia Blog
Sprint and Samsung have started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for their variant of the Galaxy S2 – the Epic 4G Touch. The update will bring with it quite a bunch of new features as seen on the international Galaxy S2, including Smart Stay, Direct Call and more.
The usual Android 4.1 Jelly Bean enhancements are also present including Google Now, Project Butter for buttery-smooth UI, enhanced speech-to-text with offline mode support, and expandable notifications among other things.
Samsung is not rolling out the update via OTA, and Sprint SGS2 owners need to use KIES on a Windows XP or Windows 7 based PC to get the update. The update needs to be manually downloaded from here, and weighs in a whopping 520MB+. Your data will be left untouched, but it is highly recommended that you make a backup before proceeding with the update. While KIES does not officially support Windows 8, the application and the update process works flawlessly on the latest OS from Microsoft.
Hopefully, AT&T and other U.S operators will soon release the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for their variant of the Galaxy S2 as well.
ASUS has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the first-generation Padfone, which the company had unveiled at last year’s Mobile World Congress.
The Jelly Bean update for the original Padfone will bring with it Project Butter, Google Now, enhanced voice recognition with offline voice-to-text support, and minor UI improvements. ASUS has also taken this opportunity to tweak the camera performance and application, and bundled in an improved File Manager and support for NTFS and FAT formatted microSD cards.
ASUS is not really known for rolling out software updates to its devices via OTA, and the hefty Android 4.1.1 JB update for the original Padfone needs to be downloaded from the Taiwanese marker’s website.
It was only last month that ASUS had unveiled the PadFone Infinity at MWC in Barcelona. While the Padfone coupled with its docking accessory, now known as the FonePad, is really a nice idea, ASUS has consistently failed to execute it properly with limited availability of the handset(s) and extremely high prices.
Via – Android Central
It is raining Jelly Beans! If the Jelly Bean update for the AT&T One XL, the original RAZR MAXX and RAZR MAXX HD was not enough, Sony has started rolling out the update for its mid-range Xperia handset, the Xperia J.
The Xperia J sports a single-core Cortex-A5 processor from Qualcomm, an Adreno 200 GPU and 512MB of RAM. While the specs are nothing to boast about, Sony thinks they are enough to run Jelly Bean in all its Project Butter goodness on the handset. Other Jelly Bean goodness like Google Now, enhanced notification bar and speech-to-text are also present, along with improved stability and performance.
The update is slowly being rolled out by Sony all over the world, so might take some time before it becomes available in your region. You can update the handset either via OTA or by using Sony’s PC Companion application on your desktop.
It is quite ironic that Sony is rolling out the Jelly Bean update first for its mid-range to lower-end handsets, and not for its previous year first-half flagship handset, the Xperia S/SL. This update schedule will definitely not go down with current Xperia S owners, and potential Xperia Z buyers.
AT&T and HTC have finally started rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for their variant of the One X, the One XL. HTC rolled out the Jelly Bean update for the international One X back in December last year, but AT&T took its own sweet time to certify the update and release it for the One XL.
The Jelly Bean update brings with it Google Now, Project Butter, enhanced notification bar, improved stability and battery life, along with minor UI changes. The update also bumps the Sense version on the handset to 4+ that brings minor usability improvements, slightly enhanced Camera application, removes quite a few animations and brings major performance improvements.
AT&T has also pre-loaded its ISIS mobile wallet app and a suite of applications for its cloud services with this update. AT&T and HTC expect to roll-out the update to all One XL users in the United States over the next couple of weeks.