Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III. The official firmware update comes after tons of unofficial firmware leaked over the last few weeks. In fact, the Jelly Bean sources for the I9305 variant of the Galaxy S3 also made an appearance on the Internet a few days ago.
The Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III brings an updated notification bar with expandable notifications, Project Butter for buttery smooth performance and UI interactions, Google Now, some minor UI changes, enhanced Face Unlock, and more. Samsung has also fixed some issues found in the previous Galaxy S III firmware along with updating some pre-installed apps including freeing up more RAM, replaced S Memo with S Note, new Camera and Gallery app, two different homescreen modes, and a bunch of other changes and tweaks.
As of now, Samsung is only rolling out the Jelly Bean update in Poland via its KIES software. The OTA update should not be far away, and a global roll-out should happen soon enough as well.
Via – SamMobile
Motorola Atrix 2 is the successor of the popular Motorola Atrix smartphone. It features a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM and so on. Motorola Atrix 2 was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS during the Q4 of 2011. Earlier this year, Motorola launched this handset in India with a price tag of Rs.21,000 in India.
The manufacturer has already promised the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device, however it was delayed for several months. Now, Motorola has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Atrix 2 owners. Currently, this update is available only in India and it will be rolled out in other markets in the coming days.
The latest update is numbered 672.1.18.MB865.AsiaRetail.EN.03 and brings the usual ICS goodies along with some new features such as face unlock, customizable launch bar, direct access lock screen, data usage monitor, enhanced notifications window, recent apps feature, improved settings and enhanced email experience. It also improves Bluetooth audio quality while listening to music, Mobile Hotspot performance and much more.
The size of the update is 257 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). We advise you to backup all of your data and use a Wi-Fi network before updating this device. If you still haven’t received this update, then just go to Settings > About > Software Updates and check for the update.
It looks like Sprint will beat Verizon in being less sucky on releasing updates for the Nexus devices. Some leaked documents have confirmed that Sprint will start rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Nexus beginning from today. An official Sprint spokesperson also confirmed on Sprint forums that the carrier will be rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S 4G from today as well.
Sprint has not started rolling out the OTA update but should do so before the day ends. The official OTA is already available in a .tar form over at XDA forums, for users who are interested in manually installing the update on their handset.
The Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S 4G and Galaxy Nexus will bring with it some major speed enhancements making Android smooth as ‘butter’. There are also some slight UI tweaks, an enhanced keyboard
For a Nexus handset, Sprint Galaxy Nexus owners had to wait nearly two months to get the official OTA update, which is downright disappointing. On the bright side, Sprint managed to beat Verizon in their ‘software testing’ and rolled out the JB update for the GNexus before the big Red.
Via – Android Police
After rolling out the Android 4.0.4/Sense 4.1 update for the AT&T One X, the International One X and the HTC One S, the Taiwanese maker has started rolling out the Android 4.0.4/Sense 4.1 update for the Sprint EVO 4G LTE.
The update for the Sprint variant of the One X bumps the software version to 2.13.651.1.710RD, and brings along a minor in the Android OS and Sense version of the handset as well. The Sense 4.1 update for the EVO 4G LTE brings with it much needed performance and stability improvements, along with the removal of some unneeded 3D transitions to speed things up.
Like the update for the AT&T and International One X, post this update, EVO 4G LTE owners can re-map the capactive Recents app button on their handset to act as a Menu key or vice-versa. The update also contains many other minor new tweaks and goodies, but first and foremost brings a major improvement in the performance of the device.
Sprint is rolling out the OTA update in batches so EVO 4G LTE owners might need to wait until a couple of weeks before the software update notification hits their handset.
Via – Phandroid
HTC One X is the company’s most powerful smartphone which comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display, 1.5 GHz Quad-Core processor, 8 megapixel camera, NFC and so on. This handset was originally shipped with the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. However, the manufacturer has already rolled out the Android 4.0.4 update in the US and Europe. Now, the same update is rolling out for the One X users in India.
This update comes with general stability improvements, music improvements, enhanced camera capabilities, improved browsing experience and much more. After upgrading your device, the recent apps key will open context menu inside non ICS app, instead of opening the multi-tasking grid in Sense. This update will also brings Hindi, Tamil and Marathi language support. Check out the changelog after the break.
- System performance and stability enhancements
- Internet browsing experience enhancements
- HTC Car user experience enhancements
- User interface enhancements
- Music improvements
- New SDK support for developers
- Hindi, Tamil, Marathi keyboard Support
The latest update is numbered 2.17.720.2 and it will upgrade the handset to Android 4.0.4 OS and bump the UI to Sense 4.1. The size of the update 141.21 MB and it will be available 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.
Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab 750 in India. It is nothing but the Indian variant of the company’s popular tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This device was shipped with the Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 was the first device to get the Android 4.0 OS. However, Samsung has already rolled out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 international variant.
Now, we have good news for the Galaxy Tab 750 owners in India. After waiting for a couple of weeks, Samsung has finally rolled out the Android 4.0 ICS update in India. This update brings the usual ICS goodies including the redesigned UI, new keyboard with next word prediction, improved performance and stability, improved multi-tasking, enhanced notification bar and much more.
The size of the update is and it 232.71 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). If OTA update is failed, you can even connect your device to your computer and update it using the Samsung Kies software. According to the company, settings for music playlist, APN, Samsung account and more will be reset during the update, so we advise you to backup all of your data before updating the device. You should also make sure that your battery has at least 50% charge.
You will be automatically notified when 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. Samsung Galaxy 730, the Indian variant of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is expected to the the Android 4.0 ICS update in the coming weeks.
Earlier this year, Motorola announced the Droid 4 smartphone for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. This handset comes with an amazing slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 4 inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and much more. However, the device was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Motorola has already promised to roll out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device during the Q3 of 2012. Now, the wait is finally over for the Motorola Droid 4 owners.
Verizon recently started rolling out the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Droid 4 smartphone in the US. The latest update enables global roaming and brings new features such as face unlock, customizable launch bar, direct access lock screen, data usage monitor, enhanced notifications window, recent apps feature, improved settings and much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.
Enhancements/ Application Updates:
- Device is enabled for Global Roaming.
- Integration of new version of Backup Assistant Plus.
- Mobile IM has been removed.
- Color for Facebook application is preloaded
Email / Messaging:
- Improved Stability and connectivity with Email.
- Successfully download and save ringtones.
Stability and Performance Improvements:
- Mobile Hotspot – Improved connectivity.
- Reduced device resets and power cycling.
- Camera quality has been improved for better pictures.
- Improved My Gallery performance.
- Voice Mail Notification shows the correct of unread messages.
- Updated Mobile Hotspots Icon.
- Visual Voice Mail shortcut on home screen changed to a standard voicemail shortcut.
- Clear Contact pictures are displayed for phonebook contacts.
The latest update is numbered 6.16.217.XT894 and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). The size of the update is 360 MB. 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 device. To learn more, check out this PDF file.
After rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the various Galaxy Tab in different regions of the world, Samsung has turned its attention to the United States. The Korean company has start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
The ICS update for both the Tabs brings some much-needed performance and stability improvements, UI refinements, new features like Face Unlock, in-built Data Monitoring tool, updated Google Apps and more.As of now, only the Wi-Fi variant of the Tab 10.1 is receiving the ICS update.
Owners of the 3G/4G LTE variant of the Tab 10.1, need to wait until the OTA update is ‘tested’ and approved by their carriers, which can very well take up to a few months. The 254MB OTA update should be available to all Wi-Fi Tab 10.1 owners within the next couple of weeks. T-Mobile Tab 7.0 Plus owners need to use Samsung’s KIES software to get Ice Cream Sandwich on their device.
Hopefully, Samsung will roll out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the forgotten Tab 8.9 owners pretty soon as well.
Via – Phandroid
At the beginning of this month, HTC and Verizon started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Rezound. While ICS update for the Rezound brought with it a truck load of features, it did not bring world-roaming capabilities to the handset, as stated by Verizon earlier.
Now, it looks like Verizon has started rolling out a new software update for the Rezound that brings world-roaming capabilities to the handset. While Verizon has not officially confirmed the update, some Rezound owners in the United States have been reporting in various forums about a huge 104MB update being available for their handset. The hefty update does not bring Android 4.0.4, a newer version of Sense or any new features.
The OTA update might just be in the “soak” testing period from Verizon, and so all Rezound owners might not get it immediately.
Interested HTC Rezound owners, who are already running Ice Cream Sandwich on their handset, can manually install this update by following the steps mentioned at AndroidPolice.
HTC One X is the company’s most powerful smartphone till date. This handset originally runs on the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. HTC has recently announced a new software update for this device. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that, it is not the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update you’ve been waiting for. The latest update will upgrade the handset to the Android 4.0.4 OS and bumps the UI to Sense 4.1.
Instead of opening the multi-tasking grid in Sense, the recent apps key will now open context menu inside non ICS apps such as Facebook. You can also open the multitasking menu just by long-pressing the recent app key. This update not only brings the general stability improvements to the device, but also enhances the camera capabilities such as white balance and continuous autofocus.
Apart from the changes mentioned above, you can expect enhancements to memory, platform stability and improved overall browsing experience. The company has also added a single sign-on feature for Facebook, which will allow the users to access Facebook in multuple apps and browsers. The latest upgrade to Beats audio is touted to provide an authentic sound experience.
Earlier this week, AT&T has already rolled out this update for the HTC One X. Now, the owners of the international variant will start receiving the Android 4.0.4 update. The size of the update is 148 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.