If you’re a fan of the rooting/hacking/modding scene you’ve inevitably heard about the famous CyanogenMod ROM. The great customizations found on this ROM are unbelievable. The problem is, it can often take a long time to get a fully stable build out to users. To remedy this situation, the Cyanogen team has come up with a new strategy, release a (mostly) stable build once a month called the “M-Build“. The M-Build will be almost entirely free of bugs and ready for daily use. Yesterday, CyanogenMod and friends released their first set of M-Builds based on Android 4.2 for a series of popular devices. Check below the break to see if your device is supported. I installed an M-Build on my Nexus S last night and it’s running great! If you’ve got one of the devices listed below, get to it! You’ve got nothing to lose! Be sure to read our Rooting dictionary for beginners if you’re new to all of this.
Good news for you Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 owners. Both the 10.1 and 7.0 variants of Samsung’s popular slate are now getting a taste of Android Jelly bean. The 4.1 update includes all the awesome features you’ve been waiting for: Project Butter, Google Now, better notifications, and improvements to TouchWiz. If you’re too impatient to wait for the OTA to show up in your notification bar, you can try to force the update by going to Settings > About Tablet > Check for update. Since this is a major update, you’ll need to have your battery charged to at least 50% and be prepared to download a few hundred megabytes of data. Give it a try, and let us know how things go for you in the comment section below.
It seems Samsung hasn’t forgotten about its Galaxy S II users just yet. Today, Samsung Korea posted details to its website regarding an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S II (it seems to be for the Korean version only for now, but that means the international update should be just around the corner). The update will be available soon via Samsung’s Kies software and will take about an hour to complete. Since it’s such a large update, Samsung will need to reformat your phone’s memory and allocate an extra gigabyte for its “system” memory (where it keeps all the important files). This means you’ll end up with 11 gigabytes of internal memory for your apps, music, pictures an other media. Besides all the normal Jelly Bean goodies like “Google Now”, you’ll be getting Samsung’s “Smart Stay” (a feature that keeps your screen on by using your front facing camera to see if you’re eyes are looking at your phone), and some other stock Google apps like Books and Google+. No word yet on if and when the US variants of the phone will be getting an update, but we will keep you posted if we hear anything. For a full list of improvements, jump past the break.
If you’re an original Galaxy Note owner, we’ve got some good news for you. Samsung recently released a statement stating that they’re getting ready to release an update for the original Galaxy Note that includes all of the multi-window “Premium Suite” features that have made their way to Samsung’s more recent flagship devices. Once the update hits, the 5-inch “phablet” will get Air View, Multi-window apps and the “easy clip” functionality that allows you to crop and share images and text all with a few taps of the stylus. Best of all the update is based on Android Jelly Bean, so you’ll get to enjoy the sweet flavor of Google Now. No word yet on when the update will begin rolling out, but it probably won’t be too much longer. Check back here and we’ll keep you posted as soon as the update goes live. Read more
Owners of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 are in for a tasty treat today (and we’re not talking about your Thanksgiving turkey and gravy). Reports are rolling in that Samsung has begun its much anticipated Android 4.1.1 update for its popular tablet. The update is only available for the carrier-less WiFi model, and strangely enough seems to be relegated only to France for now. We’ll keep you posted as the update rolls out to other areas.
If you’re in France and have a WiFi Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, you can manually check for the update by going into your settings menu an clicking “About phone”, then “System updates”. The update is also available via Samsung Kies.
Enjoy the Jelly Bean…and your turkey and gravy! Happy Thanksgiving!
At Motorola’s announcement for the DROID RAZR HD and the DROID RAZR M a few months ago, the company promised that it would update its new handsets to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) sometime before the end of the year. Well, with only six weeks left until December 31st, Motorola appears to be making good on its promise. Owners of the DROID RAZR HD who are signed up for Motorola’s Feedback Network are receiving invites to beta-test a new software build. Since the Motorola DROID RAZR M already received its taste of Jelly Bean, it makes sense that the DROID RAZR HD (and RAZR HD MAXX) will be next in line to receive Google’s latest offering. Even though there is no official word on what exactly the update contains, we are guessing that DROID RAZR HD (and HD MAXX) owners are in for a tasty treat!
Did any of you RAZR HD owners receive an invite? What feature are you looking forward to most in the newest update? Let us know in the comments!
It’s a brand new month, which means it’s time for a fresh look at the distribution of current and past Android versions. As we had anticipated, Jelly Bean has grown ever so slightly, reaching just 2.7 percent of Android users, up from 1.8 percent in October. Ice Cream Sandwich has seen a significant surgance, measuring in at 25.8 percent, a minor increase from the 23.7 percent that was reported last month. Unsurprisingly, Gingerbread still dominates the platform with a massive 54.2 percent piece of the pie.
As Jelly Bean begins rolling out to more devices (we’re looking at you One X and Galaxy S III), this number is sure to increase. And, with a full-scale Nexus assault on the horizon, things are bound to get interesting.
It seems like the majority of leaks we’re receiving lately have mostly come to fruition. Jelly Bean on Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S III is no different. Yesterday we learned that the Galaxy S III on Sprint’s network could begin receiving Jelly Bean today. Today we can confirm that Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to bring Android 4.1.1 goodness to Galaxy S III owners. As a refresher, here are the benefits that 4.1.1 will bring to your device:
- Google Now
- Expandable notifications
- Android Beam
- Smarter widgets
- Camera enhancements
- Blocking Mode
- AllShare Cast Wireless Hub compatibility
- NFC One-Touch Pairing Support
Those enhancements and additions will be coupled with TouchWiz enhancements as well to provide a better experience for Galaxy S III users. The update will be of the over-the-air nature, so patience will be key here. Have you received your update yet? If so let us know how Jelly Bean performs on your Galaxy S III. Read more
Samsung Sweden has announced a slew of Jelly Bean updates today for a wide range of Galaxy devices including the Galaxy S II, original Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 10.1. According to the official statement, all three devices are set to receive the upgrade to Android 4.1 before the end of the year.
The Galaxy S II will see the update in November, while the original Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 10.1 are both slated to get the firmware upgrade at some point in Q4. All updates will be available over-the-air via Samsung’s official Kies application. Of course, this announcement applies only to Sweden-specific devices, though it’s heartwarming to see at least some sort of release date.
Motorola has revised its software upgrade timetable yet again, this time denoting specific devices that will be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Surprisingly, the list is larger than we had anticipated. The chart indicates that every device released after the Droid Bionic will receive a taste of Jelly Bean. This leaves the following devices eligible for the firmware upgrade:
- DROID RAZR M
- DROID RAZR HD
- DROID RAZR MAXX HD
- ATRIX HD (MB866)
- PHOTON Q
- ELECTRIFY 2
- DROID RAZR
- DROID RAZR MAXX
- DROID 4
- DROID BIONIC
- MOTOROLA XOOM WiFi-Only
- MOTOROLA XOOM WiFi + 3G/LTE
Considering Motorola’s disappointing history with software updates
, it would probably be wise to take the above information with a rather large grain of salt. As always, Motorola says it’s still evaluating things and updates are subject to change. Head past the break for Motorola’s full list of currently planned US software updates. Read more