Some good news for owners of Toshiba Excite 7.7 devices appeared today as an update started rolling out to take the device up to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. With 2012 winding down, Toshiba Excite owners will be able to experience the latest version of the Android operating system. Early reports indicate Toshiba implemented the hybrid UI for a better experience on smaller tablet devices. The update is 348MB in size, so Toshiba Excite owners need to give it a few minutes to download.
source: Android Police
It’s no secret that many of you may find the Samsung Galaxy Camera interesting, but loathe the fact that it’s currently limited to AT&T for now and it’s faux-g speeds as opposed to something else a little ummm, faster. Well potential customers may finally have a reason to smile, especially if you’re on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Samsung recently sent a new variation of its camera called the A3LEKGC120 through the FCC hallways and we now know it will come decorated with a unique difference from the original variant. According to the FCC filing, the EKGC120 variant of the Galaxy Camera will feature an LTE radio on a 700MHz frequency, giving the clear indication it will likely land come dressed in Verizon colors. Of course Verizon (and Sammy for that matter) will be mum about whether or not a camera is headed for 4G LTE glory, but in the meantime— let’s just hope we see this device sooner than later. Maybe we’ll see this toy headed for Verizon stores sometime this holiday season? Perhaps.
In all the hubbub of Samsung’s smartphones getting the coveted Jelly Bean update, we seem to have forgotten that its other devices are expected to get Jelly Bean as well. So that’s why it’s our sincerest pleasure to report to you all that owners of the Galaxy Note 10.1 can now look forward to the initial rollout of Jelly Bean for their device. According to SamMobile, owners of the device in Germany have begun receiving the OTA notification of the update and is even posted online at samfirmware.com. The Jelly Bean update comes in at 300MB in size and brings the German G-Note 10.1 to the latest software build.
So now that the update is slowly, but sure rolling out, it’s only a matter of time before we see the update roll out to the rest of the markets worldwide, including those of us here in the States.
Samsung has already told us to expect the update to Jelly Bean to take place over the coming months, but subscribers on UK’s Three network are receiving a very early Christmas present. Users are reporting that the carrier is now pushing out an update to Android 4.1.1, making it the first carrier-branded device to receive the highly anticipated firmware upgrade.
If you haven’t already been prompted for the update, you can head into settings > about phone > system updates to check for it manually. The file measures a whopping 286MB, so unless you’ve got loads of data you’ll want to connect to your local WI-Fi network. After you’ve completed the upgrade, be sure to let us know how the new software fares in the comments below.
Source: Android Central
Samsung Galaxy S II owners are probably content enough to have gotten the Android 4.0 update but those same owners will certainly be giddy after hearing this tidbit of news. According to SamMobile, Samsung is currently testing the preliminary builds of Android 4.1— also known as Jelly Bean. In fact—the same source claims testing has gone well for Samsung and Samsung should release the latest version of the Android OS (Android 4.1.1) by September or October— if all goes well. Of course this is expected to apply to the international variants of the smartphone— so you American owners of the device will have to add a few months after the initial launch.
Oh and you Galaxy Note owners won’t be left out of the blue either as that device is set to receive the Jelly Bean update as well— though a specific time frame for that device is anyone’s guess. If this is indeed true Samsung— well done to you. Well done.
Have you been messing around a bit to much with the system files on your Jelly Bean powered Nexus device and want to return it back to its factory state? You in luck my friends as Google just released the factory 4.1.1 images for a few of the Nexus units, including the brand new Nexus 7. The devices with available factory images are as follows:
- Galaxy Nexus (yakju): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03C)
- Galaxy Nexus (takju): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03C)
- Nexus S (soju): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03E)
- Nexus S (sojua): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03E)
- Nexus 7 (nakasi): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03D)
As you can see, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus has been left of the list, and the Korean and Sprint Nexus S isn’t available either. This just goes to show that if you want to stay up to date with the latest Android OS it pays to go with a GSM kit. If you see your device listed above and want to grab its factory image, hit up the source link below.
source: Google Developers
Good news for you Motorola Xoom WiFi owners in the U.S. If you recall, there was a certain soak test indicating a significant update was on the way for select Xoom WiFi owners. The update was then pushed out a few days ago to the lucky few and subsequently went off without a hitch. The soak testers were asked in a follow-up questionnaire if they felt the update was ready to be rolled out to the masses. Apparently it looks like most (if not all) of the testers felt the update was ready for the masses because reports are coming out that the Android 4.1.1 update is in the process of being rolled out.
Naturally if you’re a Xoom WiFi owner out here in the States, you’ll want to head on over to the Settings menu and check for that coveted system update. If you are a lucky son of a gun and get to download that buttery goodness, please do tell us how it works out for you.
Jelly Bean has been out for a few weeks now, so it’s only natural that we see some information on what Android 4.1 is and how it can benefit you. Of course this only applies to owners of the Nexus 7 tablet since you know… it’s the only device with Jelly Bean for now. To celebrate the shipping of the first batch of Nexus 7 tablets (which yours truly is among the first to receive I might add!), the fine Android team has published the complete Android 4.1 changelog which includes information on Accessibility, Browser, Data Usage, the Google Search and Google Now apps— as well as improvements to existing apps.
Many of you are anxious to see all of the changes now, so head out to the source link to get full details.
source: Android – About Jelly Bean
Those of you that have the Google I/O edition of the Nexus 7 tablet are getting an update to Android 4.1.1. This is the update that hit AOSP servers the other day. According to Google, it “improves performance and responsiveness system wide.” You will also find Google Wallet now on your device after the update. The other interesting news is that the local search is still enabled so it’s possible an update to Google’s proprietary apps will be coming soon. Again, this is to get around Apple’s demands.
This will most likely be the final update before units are shipped or arrive in retails stores.