Back in September, Motorola announced the mid-range Droid Razr M, along with the Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr HD Maxx. These handsets were exclusively available for the Verizon subscribers in the US. Droid Razr M comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 8 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, 4G connectivity and much more.
Sadly, this handset was shipped with the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Motorola has already promised to roll out the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update before the end of this year. Now, it seems that the manufacturer has fulfilled its promise 50 days in advance. Verizon has finally started rolling out the Android 4.1 update for the Droid Razr M smartphones. It comes with the usual Jelly Bean goodies such as Google Now, enhanced notification panel that displays missed calls and emails, voice search, smart keyboard and more. Check out the complete changelog below.
Jelly Bean Enhancements:
- Personalize your home screen easily by placing widgets directly on the screen.
- More reactive and uniform touch responses, so you can move between home screens with more intuitive graphics and smoother transitions.
- Widgets now resize automatically when they are too big.
- Circles widget has been updated to enable instant updating.
- Improved voice and data connectivity quality, reducing instances of losing 3G and 4G services.
- Reduced time needed to access GPS signal.
- Contacts sync more often, eliminating the need to wait for manual or nighttime sync.
- Improvements to Setup Wizard UI makes the email setup experience more user friendly.
- Native calendar settings have been improved for better user experience.
- Improved Mobile Hotspot data connectivity.
- Improved reliability and connectivity of Back Up Assistant Plus & Visual Voicemail.
- Verizon Remote Diagnostics has been updated.
- New QuickOffice version has been integrated.
- New VZ Navigator application addresses several stability issues.
- Video Calling Portal App have been added.
- Integrated new VZWAPPs Version.
- Color Application had been removed.
- Device now includes support for the Isis Mobile Wallet.
- Improved connectivity when using Wi-Fi.
- Multimedia Messaging delivery has been improved.
- Improved Bluetooth Connectivity.
The latest update is numbered 98.12.4.XT907 and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You should make sure that your device is not rooted and has at least 50% or more battery before updating the device. It is advised to backup all your data before updating the Droid Razr M smartphone. To learn more, head over to this page.
ASUS has started rolling out a new software update for the Transformer Pad Infinity that includes a bunch of bug-fixes. Before you start jumping with excitement, no, the update does not bring either Android 4.1.2 or Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Anyways, the update fixes some really serious bugs which have been plaguing Infinity owners since quite sometime.
Below is the full change-log of the update via Android Police -:
- Fine-tune Wi-Fi Direct connection behavior.
- Fix the issue that in certain “aspect ratio” and “picture size” photos, the pixel dimension of picture would be different if taken in landscape and portrait mode.
- Fix the issue that, during HDMI output, the output screen will get cropped after user chooses “HDMI” item in “Settings.”
- Fix the issue that there will be no items in HDMI setting page when output via HDMI Fix the issue that the screen may flicker when rotate the pad after adjust brightness bar in “Settings.”
- Fix the issue that when user keeps on turning on/off Wi-Fi, sometimes it will stick in the “Turning Wi-Fi on… ” status for a while
- Improve Bluetooth compatibility.
- Fix the issue that it still shows backup success when user removes SD card during the backup process when App Backup is backing up applications to SD card.
- Fix the issue that the file recorded via Sound Recorder cannot be played after inserted in Supernote.
- Fix the issue that typing English after Chinese with Zuyin IME in the input field of Browser would cause what had been typed garbled.
3rd Party App
- 高德導航Upgrade to 5.1.8001.0033.0033-20121010 (CN SKU only).
- MyCloud Upgrade to 0.9.115.1493.
- Polaris Upgrade to 3.5_5r14741FV06.
- Remove掌上百度 (CN SKU only).
As of now, ASUS is not rolling out the update via OTA. Instead, users need to head over to ASUS website and download the update and install it manually on their tablet.
Apple has started rolling out a new software update for all the Macs that it had introduced in June 2012, including the MacBook Air and the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina.
The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 2.0 weighs in at 127MB and the change-log from Apple suggests that it includes “graphics performance and reliability improvements and improves compatibility with some USB devices”.
Apple recommends this update to all the June 2012 MacBooks, so do update if you own one of them. Early reports suggest that the update has fixed the freezing issues that many people experienced for around 30 seconds when they plugged in a USB drive to their Retina MacBook Pro(s). It, however, does not fix the image burn-in issues on the Retina MacBook Pro(s) with an LG display panel, or the flickering issues that have plagued rMBP owners since quite sometime.
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.
Remember the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet from RIM? While the tablet did not really set the sales chart on fire, it did find a few takers later on, thanks to a steep fall in its price.
RIM has been doing a pretty commendable job of keeping its small PlayBook user base happy with regular software updates. Starting from today, RIM has started rolling out the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 update for the tablet.
The update adds tons of new enterprise related features, along with more apps and content. However, the three major changes brought about by the OS 2.1 update are as follows -:
- Updated BlackBerry Bridge: Now you can view, respond and compose new SMS messages on their BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet when connected to a BlackBerry smartphone over Bluetooth®. You’ll also enjoy increased performance and speed of other BlackBerry Bridge functions as well. So you can do more, more efficiently. Txt away, my friends.
- Email and PIM Enhancements: You’ve asked for it and we’ve delivered portrait support for email, calendar and contacts, giving you the option to use your tablet in either orientation to message. This will definitely come in handy for those of you who enjoy thumb typing in portrait mode like I do.
- Improved Android Application Support: Includes Multi-Window Applications, Camera Support and In-App Payments. We all love a richer app experience, and with the improvements to the Android runtime, that’s just what you’ll get. Running the applications in separate windows allows you to multi-task between Android apps easier, and in-app payments will make it easier for you to enhance your app content. Game on!
Owners of the Wi-Fi variant of the PlayBook can already pull the update from RIM’s server by going to Settings -> Software Updates and then selecting the “Check for updates” option. The update for the 4G LTE variant of the tablet will be available, once it is approved by the carriers.
The Nokia 808 PureView is without a doubt the best camera phone out there. The handset is ages ahead of its competition in terms of camera performance, and it will easily take Samsung, HTC or even Apple nearly 4 to 5 years to catch up with the handset’s camera performance.
Starting from today, Nokia has started rolling out a new software update for the 808 PureView that will further improve the imaging experience on the handset.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
- Gallery Grid view when you have the phone in landscape
- Access to more functions when you open your images from the Gallery widget on your home screen – swipe through other images, zoom, share, edit, and send images faster.
- More information about your images, such as image resolution, ISO value, white balance setting, and file size, and the location. When you are connected online, one click will show you on Nokia Maps where the photo was taken.
- Select and delete multiple photos in Gallery Grid
- New reset button in Creative mode to change all the settings back to default with a single touch
- New and significantly faster on-screen keyboard
- Updated browser (v8.3) with enhanced HTML5 support
- Nokia Car Mode – easy access to your phone’s key features when you’re driving.
Nokia will also be rolling out the Belle Feature Pack 2 software update for the Nokia 603, 700 and the 701 that will include Nokia Car Mode, enhanced web browser and certain other improvements. However, the imaging and gallery enhancements are only for the 808 PureView.
Beside unveiling the One X+, HTC also announced that it will start rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update with Sense 4+ for the One X, and the One S sometime in October.
The Jelly Bean update will bring with it some much needed smoothness and butter to the One X and One S, along with enhanced voice actions, Google Now, enhanced notification bar, offline speech-to-text and much more.
The Sense 4+ update will bring with it the same software goodies that the One X+ will pack right out of the box including an enhanced Gallery and Camera app, HTC Watch 2.0, a new self-portrait mode in the camera app and slight UI tweaks.
The press release from HTC only states the One X and the One S, and not the AT&T One XL, so it is not clear at the moment whether the company will be rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the latter in October or not.
The Jelly Bean update for the Tegra 3 One X will include a new 3.1.x based linux kernel, which should solve most of the performance, lags, over-heating and poor battery life issues currently plaguing the One X users.
Earlier this year, Sony has unveiled a number of smartphones running on the Android Operating System. The worst part was that almost all of the devices unveiled before June was powered by the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. Xperia Neo L is the company’s first device, which runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS out of the box.
In this post, we’ll focus on the Sony Xperia U, Xperia Go, Xperia Sola. These mid-range devices were launched during the first half of 2012 and was powered by the Android 2.3 OS. Today, the manufacturer finally started rolling out the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS for these smartphones.
The latest update brings with some usability improvements, applications multitasking, new lock/unlock features, Face Unlock, mobile data management, improved text input and spell checking, home screen folders and more. Xperia Sola will get an additional new feature called as Glove Mode. It is basically an extension of the floating touch technology that allows the owners of Xperia Sola to use the device in the cold while wearing gloves. Check out the complete features below.
- New ways to experience your tunes, images, videos and films with Sony’s media applications – Walkman, Album and Movies.
- Extended standby mode, increasing standby time by up to four times (depending on user-profile and data consumption).
- Lock screen with improved functionality.
- Resizable widgets for improved personalization.
- Improved control of your mobile data consumption.
- Recent Apps button for a clear overview of your applications.
The latest update will not be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). To update your Xperia U, Go and Sola smartphones, you will need manually connect your device to the computer and use the PC Companion for Windows or Sony’s Bridge software for Mac. The availability and scheduling of this software upgrade will depend on the market as well as the carrier. To learn more, head over to this page.
Earlier this year, Sony announced the Xperia Ion smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Now, AT&T is finally rolling out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device in the US. We’re not sure if this device will ever get the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update.
The latest update bring the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies along with some usability improvements, applications multitasking, new lock/unlock features, Face Recognition (Face Unlock), mobile data management, improved text input and spell checking, improved menu structure, home screen folders and much more.
According to the AT&T blog post,
“The Android 4.0 update will provide faster Mobile Hotspot and Wi-Fi speeds. Exchange Active Sync has also received several upgrades thanks to Android 4.0. Several calendar and e-mail status indication enhancements were made to help you stay organized, while passcode security enhancements for unlocking Exchange Active Sync will give you more peace of mind. Up-to-date and improved visuals have been added to the street view in Maps, and when watching a YouTube clip you will also notice improved performance when rotating between portrait and landscape views.”
Sadly, this update will not be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). To update your Xperia Ion smartphone manually, all you have to do is just connect your device to the computer and use the PC Companion for Windows or Sony’s Bridge software for Mac. It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. To download PC Companion or Bridge for Mac, head over to this page.
Samsung has a good track record of updating its popular smartphones and tablets to the latest version of the Android Operating System. Previously, Samsung has updated the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note from Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Samsung’s latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S III was shipped with the Android 4.0 OS, however the manufacturer has already started rolling out the much-awaited android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for this handset.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II will be shipped with the Android 4.1 out of the box. But, there are a large number of smartphones and tablets such as the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 10.1 etc, which are still running on the old Android 4.0 OS. If you own one of these device, then there is no need to worry, since the manufacturer has recently revealed a complete list of devices which are scheduled to get the much-awaited Jelly Bean update. It includes 10 smartphones, 4 tablets and 1 media player. Check out the complete list after the break.
- Galaxy S II
- Galaxy Note
- Galaxy S Advance
- Galaxy S II LTE
- Galaxy Chat
- Galaxy Ace 2
- Galaxy Beam
- Galaxy Ace Plus
- Galaxy Mini II
- Galaxy S DUOS
- Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
- Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
- Galaxy Note 10.1
- Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
The Android 4.1 update will be first rolled out to unlocked devices followed by the carrier specific variants. Samsung has not yet announced the exact date for the update, however you can expect it to arrive by the end of this year. Stay tuned for more updates!