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.
The BlackBerry team has rolled out the first OTA update for their recently released BB10 OS and the Z10 that brings a number of enhancements and optimizations.
The major improvement introduced by the update is improved 3rd party application performance. This means that all your 3rd party apps should perform considerably smoother and faster, post the update. The Camera has also been optimized to take better photos in low-light situations, and actually make the images usable.
There are more than 60 under the hood battery life optimizations in this update that should help in improving the battery life of the Z10. The Browser, Media, Phone, Calendar and Contacts app have also seen improvements in terms of bug-squashed, improved video playback handling, better conversation handling and other improvements to BlackBerry Hub. Head over the BlackBerry blog for the full change-log and other details.
The 150MB OTA update is already being rolled out by BlackBerry, and should be available to all Z10 owners soon. While the update notification will pop-up automatically on your handset, you can try to pull the update manually as well by going to Settings -> Software Updates -> Check for Updates. Carrier branded Z10s will be getting the update over the “coming weeks”.
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.
In a surprising turn of events, Verizon and HTC have started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Thunderbolt. Yes, you read that right. Verizon and HTC have finally got their act together and rolled out some ICS love for the poor Thunderbolt owners out there.
The ICS update will bring with it lots of new features to the Thunderbolt including Face Unlock, a new lock screen, updated UI, improved speech-to-text recognition, inbuilt data monitoring tool and much more.
The Thunderbolt was the first phone to hit Verizon’s network that supported the carrier’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. The handset was released way back in early 2011, and was slated to get the ICS update sometime in 2012. However, HTC and Verizon kept pushing back the ICS update for the handset for performance and stability reasons.
The 320MB+ OTA update should go live within a week or so, and should be available to all Thunderbolt owners within a few days after that.
Sprint has started rolling out the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean update to the CDMA Galaxy Nexus in the United States. The update comes nearly two-and-half months after Google rolled out the Android 4.2. update for the carrier-free variant of the Galaxy Nexus.
The Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean update will bring with it minor usability enhancements including a new camera app, the ability to click a Photosphere, lock screen widgets, Daydream and more.
On the bright side, Sprint managed to roll out the Android 4.2.1 update to the Galaxy Nexus before Verizon. The Big Red is yet to update its variant of the Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.1.2, forget Android 4.2.
Along with the update, Samsung also released the updated kernel source code for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, for custom ROM/kernels developers to tweak around with.
Galaxy S2 owners, here is some Jelly Bean goodness for you. After months of waiting, Samsung has now officially started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for your handset.
The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S2 barely brought any new features or UI experience. The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update is an altogether different story though. The update brings not only the latest TouchWIZ Nature UX as seen on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, but some other new features as well like Smart Stay, Direct Call, improved camera features, Samsung’s Cloud services, new lockscreen customizations, two homescreen modes, and new widgets.
The usual Jelly Bean goodness like Project Butter for ultra-smooth UI browsing experience, enhanced notification bar, improved speech-to-text and Google Now are also present. Samsung has also taken this opportunity to load more bloatware on the Galaxy S II.
Samsung had initially stated that installing the Jelly Bean update will re-partition and format the internal SD card. However, the current Jelly Bean firmware rolling out does not wipe or re-partition the internal SD.
The Jelly Bean update is going to breathe a new lease of life on this nearly two-year old flagship phone from Samsung. Considering how other OEMs completely forget their flagship handsets a year after its release, it is refreshing to see Samsung releasing a major update to the Galaxy S2 nearly 2 years after its release.
After rolling out the Premium Suite upgrade for the International Galaxy S III, Samsung has turned its attention to the United States. The Korean company has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note 10.1 in the U.S. The update also brings with it the Premium Suite upgrade that contains a lot of new features seen on the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3.
The Premium Suite upgrade will bring with it Multi-Window multitasking, Air View, enhanced S-Pen functionality, Paper Artist, updated Gallery, Easy Clip and much more. The usual Jelly Bean goodness like Project Butter, enhanced notification bar, improved speech-to-text and Google Now are also present.
At the moment, the update is only available for the Wi-Fi variant of the Galaxy Note 10.1. The update is available via OTA or Samsung’s KIES software. Galaxy Note 10.1 owners in the United States can find more information and the list of features over at Samsung’s website.
The Xperia S was Sony’s first half flagship for 2012. The handset launched with Gingerbread on-board, and was later on updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While the handset was not particularly stellar, it did find its fair share of fanboys and lovers. Sony aims to update the Xperia S to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean sometime in April-May of 2013.
While the company has not announced as to what all changes the Jelly Bean update will bring for the handset, an XDA developer – DooMLoRD – has revealed some information as to what the update will bring along with some screenshots.
Firstly, the update will bring in a linux kernel v3.4.xx which should bring with it some low-level performance and security enhancements. Visually, the lock screen will be updated to the one currently seen on the Xperia T running Jelly Bean. Other enhancements include one-touch screen mirroring over HDMI, Find My Xperia, Power Management and much more.
The usual Jelly Bean goodness like Project Butter, enhanced notification bar, Google Now and others should also help in breathing a new life to the Xperia S when the update lands.
Rumors about Android 4.2.2 running on a Nexus 4 started floating around since last week, when an image of a Nexus 4 running Android 4.2.2 surfaced in Brazil. The rumor indicated that the latest batch of Nexus 4 rolling out from LG’s factory in Brazil is already running Android 4.2.2.
Today, a Czech site – SmartMania.cz – casually showed off Android 4.2.2 running on a Nexus 4 in an overview video of the phone. The previous image and this video all but confirm the existence of Android 4.2.2. Don’t expect Android 4.2.2 to bring any new features or UI changes though.
The minor bump in the Jelly Bean version is only aimed at improving the overall performance, stability and battery life of all the Nexus devices, that has gone down considerably in Android 4.2.1.
If you think that the above video is fake and just a build.prop edit, then check the video again. The leaked picture and the video show the Nexus 4 using a newer .44 radio/baseband that at least, for me, proves the authenticity of the video and image.
Last year, Samsung announced the mid-range Galaxy S Advance smartphone. It comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, 8 GB internal memory, 768 MB RAM, Bluetooth 3.0 and more. Sadly, this handset was shipped with the ageing Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.
Back in October, Samsung Bulgaria announced that Galaxy S Advance won’t get the Android 4.0 update. Instead, the company will directly roll out the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update to this device. As promised, Samsung has finally started rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S Advance users. Currently this update is available only for the folks living in Russia.
The latest update bumps the Galaxy S Advance from Android 2.3.4 to Android 4.1.2. It brings the new Samsung TouchWiz Nature UI along with the usual Jelly Bean enhancements, including the smart keyboard, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, improved S Voice, Google Now, new Photo Effect Filters, improved voice and data connectivity and much more.
The latest update can be easily downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). You can also manually connect the Galaxy S Advance to your computer and update the device using Samsung’s KIES software. Samsung S Advance users in other countries might have to wait untill March to get this update.