Google introduced Chrome for Android with Android 4.1 and the Nexus 7. With the launch of the Nexus 4 and Android 4.2, the company ditched the stock AOSP browser for Chrome. While Chrome for Android is feature-filled, it has some major performance issues even on devices with a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
Google aims to bring Chrome for Android on level with its desktop counterpart in terms of security and performance. Keeping this in mind, the company has released a beta version of Chrome for Android in the Play Store. Like the beta channel for the desktop version of Chrome, the beta version of Chrome for Android will provide users with some new experimental features, under-the-hood changes, bug-fixes and much more.
The official blog post from Google states that the beta version of Chrome for Android should already feature at least 25-30% improvement in Octane benchmarks on average. Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 users who have already tried the beta version of the browser have also reported an improvement in the performance of the app.
The beta version of Chrome for Android can be installed side-by-side with the stable version available on the Play Store.
Samsung and T-Mobile have started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the carrier’s variant of the Galaxy S3. This makes T-Mobile the second major U.S carrier, after Sprint, to roll-out the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 in the United States.
The Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 brings with it Project Butter for a lag-free UI experience, slightly updated UI, re-organized Settings menu, ‘Blocking’ mode, Google Now, enhanced notification bar, two homescreen modes, some bug-fixes and more.
The update is being rolled out via OTA and should be available to all T-Mobile Galaxy S3 owners within a couple of weeks.
Via – SamMobile
A key reason for any service to be successful on any platform is that it must have a beautiful app. Evernote is a very popular note taking service that needs no introduction. The developers of the official Evernote application for Android keep updating the app from time to time to add new features, to adhere to updated Android design guidelines, to add support for new OS features etc. The latest update of the official Evernote for Android app brings with it support for expanded notifications introduced by Google in Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.
Post the update, Evernote users will be able to share or view the snippet of the their latest note right from their notification bar in Jelly Bean. Apart from the expanded notifications, the update also brings performance improvements and general stability and bug fixes.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
Notifications improvement [Jelly Bean only]
– Displays thumbnails and text snippets
– Share and edit the note from the notification
– Groups similar notifications
– User interface refinements
– Notes containing images load faster
– Faster notebook scrolling
Numerous bug fixes
Besides Evernote for Android, another popular Reddit client for Android — BaconReader — got a major update. The new update brings with it a totally revamped UI which is based on the Holo theme, a new dark theme and an optimised layout for 7-inch tablets.
The whole change-log of the update can be found below -:
* New, crisp design with easier navigation and more sorting options
* New “Welcome Guide” to introduce new features and welcome new redditors
* Access to subreddit sidebar with subreddit long-press
* Subscribe to presented subreddits
* Support for spoiler alerts
* Dark theme for large, half screen widget
* Images formatted to custom fit to your device
* Domain and keyword filters
The update is already live in the Play Store and new users can try out the free version of the app before purchasing the paid version of BaconReader.
Yesterday, Google pushed Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to AOSP thus kickstarting development for Jelly Bean based custom ROMs. Today, the company has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the GSM variant of the Galaxy Nexus. Back at I/O 2012, Google had announced that it will push the OTA update for the GSM variant of the Galaxy Nexus, Motorola XOOM and the Nexus S sometime in mid-July. The big-G managed to beat itself by a good 4 days, which will definitely be appreciated by a lot of impatient Android users.
Apart from the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 7 is also receiving an OTA update to Android 4.1.1. Next in line for an official Jelly Bean OTA update are the Nexus S and the Motorola XOOM, which should hopefully get the update within the next week. Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean makes Android buttery smooth, and puts the OS on par with iOS and WP7 in terms of smoothness.
Read: A Review Of The Preview Build Of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Oh! and Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners please don’t ask when you will get the Jelly Bean OTA update. Verizon will make sure that the Jelly Bean OTA update for the CDMA Galaxy Nexus is delayed by at least a month or so, all thanks to its “testing”.
HTC and AT&T have started rolling out a new software update for the One X that bumps up the software version to 1.85.502.3. The update is a pretty minor one that fixes some of the Wi-Fi related issues plaguing the handset.
Below is the full change-log of the update via Android Central -:
- Wi-Fi Connectivity Improvement – improves operation when a device leaves Wi-Fi coverage.
- Wi-Fi Throughput (Speed Increase)
- AT&T Address Book fixes – Contacts formatting when synced to AAB
The update is being rolled out in batches and via OTA and is around 65MB in size, so make sure that you have a stable Wi-Fi connection before downloading the update.
Apart from the AT&T One X, Verizon and LG have also rolled out a minor update for their budget based 4G LTE Android phone, the Lucid. The new update does not bring any major changes, but instead fixes some bugs and enhances some of the existing ones. Below is the official change-log of the update -:
- Weather Widget syncs correctly for more precise location coordinates
- Improved Dialer Widget
- Added “Instant Search” and “Add to Contacts” functionalities
- Successfully dial VZW “#” shortcuts
- Improved GPS Widget
- Navigate Google Maps successfully
- Threshold of battery temperature improved, so user will not see ‘over-heat’ when using Google Navigation
This 49MB VS840ZV6 software update is already being rolled out in batches by Verizon to Lucid owners.
Another day, and Motorola continues to prove that it has gone insane. Last week, the company started rolling out a new software update for the Bionic which brought some bug fixes and performance improvements to the phone, instead of rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the device.
Today, the company has started rolling out a new update for the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX. No, the software updates still don’t bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the handset, nearly 4.5 months after ICS code went AOSP!
Below is the full change-log of the software update v6.12.181 for the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX -:
- Improved Device Stability.
- Optimized device performance to extend battery life.
- Added easy access to preloaded VZW bookmarks through quick key access.
- Corrected loud call end connect tones over Bluetooth.
- Enhanced device security by preventing unauthorized access of telephony database by third parties.
- Device is now updated with IPv6
- 4G coverage indication accurately displays data connectivity.
- Improved Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity when utilizing WPS security.
- Improved text message delivery.
- Improved visual voice mail performance with data disabled and visual voicemail notification delivery
- Enhanced security in Verizon apps
- Included a new MotoCast widget to enable easier access and discoverability of MotoCast services.
- Modified the storage settings screen to make it easier to understand total storage versus available storage.
- Implemented a number of MotoCast performance improvements.
The OTA update is already being rolled out in batches by Verizon, and weighs around 17MB in size. Someone care to please wake up Motorola, and tell them to roll out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX.
RIM (Research In Motion) has started rolling out a new software update for its now forgotten tablet, the PlayBook. Yes, people actually brought the PlayBook! The new PlayBook OS update does not bring any major changes whatsoever, but there are some speed and performance improvements.
Below is the relatively short change-log of the PlayBook OS 2.0.1 as provided by RIM -:
- Browser enhancements to address performance with some websites
- Improvements to support Android apps
- Optimizations to Video Chat, PIM and BlackBerry Bridge applications
- And much more!
The last PlayBook OS update for the PlayBook brought with it quite a lot of new features and enhancements, including a much awaited and basic functionality – an inbuilt email client. Considering the PlayBook does not have a very large user base, it is good to see that RIM still supports the tablet.
The OTA update is already live, and users will be notified as soon as the update is available in their region. Alternatively, Playbook owners can also manually download and install the update by going to Settings-> Software Updates and then selecting the “Check for Updates” option.
HTC has already started rolling out a new software update for its recently released flagship handset, the HTC One X. The new software update, carrying the version number 1.28, contains some bug-fixes as reported by One X owners over the last two weeks.
This includes some graphical issues, better compatibility of the on-screen menu key and the new Google apps, and a slightly tweaked auto-brightness level. The update also fixes a bug, which will lead to a 10-20% increase in the battery life of the One X. For whatever it is worth, the update does not bump the Android version to 4.0.4. Some users are also reporting an improvement in the network signal strength post the update.
The OTA update weighs in around 30MB, and is rolling out to only unlocked One X variants as you read this. Owners of the unlocked variant of the One X can also try and manually pull the update by going to Settings -> About and then selecting the ‘Software Updates’ option.
Via – Android Central