Fresh off other variants getting some Jelly Bean lovin’, Sammy has begun to push the coveted Android 4.1.2 update to the international variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. It is confirmed that the official rollout has begun worldwide, though it’s currently being pushed out in phases— so it’s unclear which GT-I9300 models will get the update first for now. The update will bring the Jelly Bean build to JZO54K and will bring the usual goodies like Google Now, Multi-View capabilities, Smart Rotation and a customizable Notification Panel among other things.
Owners of the unlocked model can check for the update through Kies Desktop software or OTA through their device’s Settings. If it’s not available don’t fret— the update will certainly be here before you know it.
Today Sony announced the Xperia E, a budget device that’ll sport a 3.5-inch HVGA 320 x 480 display and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device will be available with either a single or dual (Xperia E dual) SIMs. Sony is marketing the device as, “affordable access to the quality and functionality more traditionally associated with high-end Android smartphones.” They also mention using the device while being able to “stay on top of your data and battery usage.” Apparently there is software which manages battery usage in order to get the most out of it. The E dual, dual SIM version, will offer the ability to switch between carriers with a single touch in order to “to stay on the most cost effective plan,” according to Sony.
As far as specs, we’re looking at a 1GHz processor, wireless DNLA connectivity, and a 1500 mAh battery. To beef up the sound quality, it’ll come with Walkman xLOUD and HD Voice. You can grab the Xperia E in either black, white, or pink flavors and the Xperia E dual in black or gold. There’s no word on pricing, but it’ll launch in Q1 2013. Hit the break for the full press release.
It’s safe to say HTC’s Droid DNA is the top pick for a high-end handset on Verizon, but its $200 price point may have seemed a bit steep for the average customer. Well, Amazon appears to have taken this into account and has subsequently shaved $50 off of the initial price. This means customers can pick up the device for just $149.99 with a new two-year commitment.
The offer is good for both new and existing customers eligible for upgrades. Currently, however, the device is listed as being backordered, and won’t ship for 1-2 weeks. If waiting isn’t an issue, interested parties can hit the source link below to get their unit ordered.
There are several apps available to help manage your device’s notification light, but we’ve never seen an official application released by a prominent manufacturer to accomplish the task, until now. Today Motorola has rolled out its official Notification Light Widget for Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD handsets. The toggle widget allows users to simply turn their notification light on and off via a nifty homescreen widget. Yeah, it’s that simple.
The best part, though, is that the application appears to work with most Android devices that have notification lights. What’s more is the widget seems to blend nicely with stock Android, and it is completely free. Interested parties can head to the Play Store download link or scan the QR code below to try it out.
Play Store Download Link
Samsung’s portable MP3 player/accessory for their Galaxy line will make its American debut dubbed as the “Muse.” The music player will work on devices such as the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II. The Muse syncs to your music with the Muse Sync app and allows you to transfer some of your favorite tunes and store it on the go with the device.
It’s definitely ideal for times when you don’t want to carry around your 4+ inch device such as working out or going for a run. The Muse music player comes with a metal clip, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 4GB internal storage and SoundAlive audio tech.
Samsung will have the Muse available for $49.99. Any Galaxy owners out there thinking of grabbing this?
If you are in the UK, then famed publication The Times has quite the offer for you. The publication is offering a special promotion where potential customers can pay a mere a £4 a week for a new subscription to the publication. What’s special about the promotion is that in order to entice potential subscribers, The Times is offering to bundle a snazzy new 32GB Nexus 7 that’s worth £199 for just £50. So basically— readers can get a £4/week subscription and save on a Nexus 7 tablet at the same time. As an alternative, readers can also pay a one time £299 fee for an 18-month subscription that includes The Digital Pack and score the tablet as well.
Prospective or interested customers can grab more details at the source link below.
source: The Times UK
I know this comes as welcome news this morning for AT&T owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III after reading about the T-Mobile version receiving Jelly Bean in mid-November. It looks multiple users have reported today that you can grab the Jelly Bean update for the AT&T Galaxy S III via Kies Desktop Software. Give it a shot and let us know if you’re able to grab the update.
source: Android Central
Peacock Imports promised Android/Linux dual boot devices to backers who pledged $99 or more on indiegogo.com, a kickstarter-like site. They received 517 backers and easily met the $49,000 goal with a total of $72,707. The campaign ended yesterday but PengPod is taking pre-orders on the 7-inch (PenPod 700) and 10-inch (PengPod 1000) tablets as well as the 3.5-inch miniPC (PengStick). Pre-orders are live now and will ship in January 2013.
All three devices are powered by a 1.2ghz Cortex A8 ARM single core processor and have hdmi and USB ports. The tablets have front facing cameras and a 3300 mAh battery for the 7-inch and 6000 mAh for the 10-inch. For comparison’s sake, the Nexus 7 comes with a 4,325 mAh battery and the Nexus 10 comes with a 9,000 mAh battery. The PengPods and PengStick will run Android 4.0 and KDE Plasma Active to help with the Linux touch interface. Android will be installed on internal memory while Linux will boot from an SD card.
The first Samsung Galaxy Note featured a display of 5.3-inches, which many considered half phone half tablet (or phablet). Then came an actual tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1, sported a 10.1-inch display. Of course more recently the original Note was upgraded to the Galaxy Note II with a slightly bigger display, at 5.5-inches. There has to be a 7-inch tablet in the works right? Well it looks like if that’s what is in your dreams, they just might be fulfilled. A recent NenaMark2 benchmark test has revealed the GT-N5100. Based on that model number it should be a Note device, and it happens to sport a 7-inch display. Other notables include a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 (same as Note II) and a Mali-400MP GPU. It will also come with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. We will most likely see this at CES or Mobile World Congress early next year. Anybody want to guess the price of this bad boy? I’m going with $299 for 16GB.
Right on cue, the Canadian variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III has begun receiving a heavy scoop of Jelly Bean across the major carriers. The latest update brings the Canadian builds to I747MVLDLK4 and will bring the usual Jelly Bean goodies like Google Now and Project Butter, as well as custom items like a sizable pop-up screen and additional home screen modes. All in all, the official update being launched should make those already awesome devices just a wee bit better.
The update is available now and can be found using Kies Desktop software or if you are the impatient type— you can always go to your Settings and manually grab the update OTA. Happy updating!