The Galaxy S2 was Samsung’s most popular and hottest selling phone in 2011. It went on to become the company’s most successful model ever in its history, before being overtaken by its successor in 2012 – the Galaxy S3.
Samsung upgraded the Galaxy S2 to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but did not add any new features since then like it has been doing with the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3 or the Note 2.
The good news is that Samsung Korea today announced its Jelly Bean upgrade plans for the Galaxy S II. The company plans to bring a lot of features from the Galaxy S3 to the Galaxy S2 including its nature inspired TouchWIZ UI, Smart Stay, improved performance thanks to Project Butter, enhanced camera app and more.
An Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S2 had leaked last year, giving advanced users a taste of all the new Jelly Bean goodness and other features.
All these additional features will come at a cost though. Galaxy S2 owners will need to use KIES to install the update on their handset since the update re-partitions their internal memory and also updates the bootloader. The other downside is that post the update the free internal memory of the handset will be reduced by 1GB, because of all the new system apps, libraries and features.
Samsung has not announced as to when they plan to roll-out the Jelly Bean update, but considering this announcement, the update should not be far away.
LG Optimus 2X is the world’s first dual-core smartphone. This handset was launched during early-2011 in India with a price tag of Rs.30,000. After few months of its launch, the price was dropped to just Rs.19,999. The LG Optimus 2X was originally shipped with the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. As promised, the manufacturer rolled out the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for this device.
Most of you might have thought that Optimus 2X will never taste the Ice Cream Sandwich. Even, LG confirmed that Optimus 2X and Optimus Black will not get the ICS update. However, after a couple of months, the manufacturer changed its mind and rolled out the Android 4.0 update for the Optimus 2X in most parts of the world. Earlier this week, the Optimus 2X users in India were finally blessed with the much-awaited ICS update.
The latest update carries the version number v30b and comes with some usability improvements and applications multitasking, improved text input and spell checking, improved menu structure, Face Recognition (Face Unlock), mobile data management, home screen folders, system bar enhancements, advanced voice input, improved email and web browsing, re-sizable widgets, improved battery life and much more.
The size of the update is 686 MB and it can be easily download via Over-the-Air (OTA) as well as from LG Mobile Support Tool.
Late last month, a thread popped up on XDA forums where many Galaxy S3 owners were complaining about their handset dying suddenly on them. For some strange reasons, many people’s Galaxy S3 died on them overnight while on charge or while it was just lying idle. And it was a total brick. The phone even refused to boot, and the only way to fix the phone was to get the motherboard replaced from a Samsung service center.
After some investigation from Elite XDA developer, Adam Outler, and others, it was found that there was some bug in the eMMC firmware of the Galaxy S3 which suddenly lead to the death of the handset.
Well, Samsung has now officially confirmed the bug and also announced that they are working on a fix. The company has not given a timeframe as to when S3 owners should expect the fix to arrive. There is nothing Galaxy S3 owners can do to prevent their phone from dying suddenly other than perhaps pray. In the meanwhile, if your Galaxy S3 dies suddenly head over to your nearest Samsung’s service center to get the motherboard replaced.
Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for its first Android powered camera – the Galaxy Camera. The update does not really bring any new features except for some bug fixes, and slight improvement in performance and stability.
For the unknown, the Galaxy Camera from Samsung packs in a 4.8-inch Super Clear LCD with 720p HD resolution, a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G and all the other usual bunch of sensors and connectivity features. The 16MP sensor on the Galaxy Camera is accompanied by a 28-48mm (35mm) optical lens which allows for up 21x optical zoom.
Samsung released the Galaxy Camera with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and its own nature inspired TouchWIZ UI. As of now, Samsung has started rolling out the update only in the United Kingdom. Galaxy Camera owners can update their device either by using Samsung’s KIES software or via OTA.
Toshiba is not known for rolling out updates in a timely manner. However, it seems that the company is on a roll. After releasing the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for the Excite 7.7 tablet, the manufacturer has also started rolling out the Jelly Bean update for its 10 inch Excite 10 tablet.
This tablet was originally shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. It comes with a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display, 1.5 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 32 GB internal memory, 1 GB RAM and much more. According to the reports, this update will be first rolled out in the US, followed by other regions of the world.
The latest update brings all the Jelly Bean goodies such as Google Now, Project Butter, smart keyboard, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, offline text-to-speech, improved overall performance, improved power management, advanced expandable notifications, improved Face Unlock and so on
You should make sure that your device is not rooted and has at least 50% or more battery before updating the device. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). If you find any new features after updating your device, then do let us know in the comments section below.
Back in April, Toshiba announced the Excite 7.7 tablet featuring a 7.7 inch display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and much more. Later in June, this handset was finally shipped with the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.
Toshiba is not known for rolling out updates in a timely manner. But the manufacturer surprised us by rolling out a major update for the Excite 7.7 tablet. You heard it right! After waiting for nearly 8 months, Toshiba finally started rolling out the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for the Excite 7.7 across the world.
The latest update is numbered JRO036 and it comes with Hybrid UI and other important Jelly Bean features such as Google Now, Project Butter, offline text-to-speech, improved overall performance, smart keyboard, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, improved power management, advanced notifications, improved Face Unlock and more.
The size of the update is 348 MB and it can be downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). As usual, we advise you to backup all of your data and completely charge the battery before upgrading the device. If you still haven’t received this update, then just go to Settings > About > Software Updates and check for the update.
After T-Mobile started rolling out the multi-view multitasking update for the Galaxy Note 2, it is now time for the AT&T Note 2 owners to enjoy the update. AT&T is the only major carrier that has not yet rolled out the multi-view update for the Galaxy Note 2 in the United States. Verizon’s Note 2 shipped with the feature out of the box, while Sprint and T-Mobile rolled out a software update to enable the feature.
Below is the full statement from AT&T regarding the software update -:
AT&T plans to begin rolling out a software update for Samsung Galaxy Note II customers that includes the Multi-Window feature, which allows the user to divide the screen into two active “windows” creating a split screen that enables fluid multitasking between applications. The update will be available for download over the air beginning Dec. 27.
AT&T confirmed the news about the roll-out in an email to none other than Engadget themselves. The update will be rolled out via OTA and in batches so don’t get impatient if you don’t get the update tomorrow.
Sony Xperia T owners, if any, want a sneak peek for the Jelly Bean update that is coming sometime next year for your device? Sony Viet has managed to get their hands on a video that shows a development Android 4.1.2 firmware from Sony running on the Xperia T.
The Android 4.1.2 update for Xperia T will bring with it quite a lot of new changes including all the features that Google added in Jelly Bean. This includes Project Butter for a buttery-smooth UI experience, expandable notifications in the notification bar, minor UI updates and more. Sony has also added some of its own customizations including a new launcher, enhanced lock screen, a ‘ClearAudio+’ mode for better audio quality, a new Albums app, improved Camera app, improved battery life and other minor software goodies.
Below is the video showing Android 4.1.2 in action on the Xperia T -:
One of the most important under-the-hood changes is that the kernel version gets bumped to v3.4 with the Jelly Bean update. Only the Nexus 4 runs on the latest version of linux kernel for mobile devices.
Sony should start rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia T sometime in January next year. Until then, Xperia T owners need to satisfy their hunger for Jelly Bean with the above YouTube video.
T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 owners, here is some good news for you. Beginning from tomorrow, Samsung and T-Mobile will start rolling out a new software update for your device that will bring with it some multi-view multi-tasking goodness.
For the lesser known, the multi-view feature will allow Note 2 owners to simultaneously use two apps at once on their screen. Samsung recently rolled out the same feature to the international Galaxy S3 with the Android 4.1.2 update. Below is a video of the multi-view feature in action -:
In addition to the multi-window feature, the update will also fix some Exchange related bugs and other issues with Google Apps. The update will be available to all T-Mobile Note 2 owners via OTA as well as via KIES from 19th December.
If the Android 4.1.2 update for the international Galaxy Note 2 is anything to go by, the U.S variants of the Note 2 should also get a lot of new features whenever the update arrives for them.
Sony today provided Xperia owners an update on its Jelly Bean roll-out plans. First in line to get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update from Sony will be the Xperia T, Xperia TX and the Xperia V sometime in February or March.
The Xperia P, J and go are next in line and will get the update by the end of March. In the following weeks, the Xperia S, SL, Ion and acro S will get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.
Sony also confirmed that it will not be bringing Jelly Bean to its budget-oriented handsets including Xperia U, miro, tipo and Sola.
By the time Sony will start rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the Xperia T and other devices, Samsung and HTC would have already rolled out Android 4.2 to the Galaxy S3, Note 2 and the One X.
I am not sure what Sony is doing here, but if it takes you more than 7-8 months to roll-out an Android OS update for your devices, something is definitely wrong.
Sony has been supporting the Android community a lot recently by providing them with binary/blobs, free devices and more. This has made them a favorite among the Android community. However, until and unless Sony does something about its ridiculously slow Android updates roll-out times, the company will have a hard time surviving in the mobile industry with fierce competition.