Another day, another tidbit of news regarding the suddenly not-so-secret Sony “Yuga” smartphone. After seeing some teaser photos of the superphone yesterday, we are now treated to a an actual preview of the device, complete with all the spec details you can handle. Thanks to our friends at Mobile Reviews, we now know the “Yuga” will come fully loaded with a 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2 gigs of RAM, a microSD card slot, LTE and 12MP camera. In addition to the premium hardware features, the smartphone will come preloaded with Android 4.1 and Sony’s custom UI slapped on top.
So now that the cat is just about out of the bag, it’s just a matter of time before Sony comes out and gives up the deets. Q1 2013 can’t come here soon enough!
source: Mobile Reviews
AT&T announced on their Consumer Blog the availability of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Motorola ATRIX HD. The update follows the release last week of a Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S III devices. The Motorola ATRIX HD joins the Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the HTC One X+ as devices in the AT&T portfolio boasting Jelly Bean.
The update is available as an over-the-air (OTA) update via Wi-Fi. Users can can get the update by going to Settings -> About -> Phone -> Software Updates on their device.
source: AT&T Consumer Blog
The day has finally come Verizon Galaxy S III users. By tomorrow you should be expecting your device to be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean! Verizon users cane expect the popular Google Now feature as well as several new camera features and enhancements. Also to be included in the update is the all new ISIS mobile payment application that several carriers are lobbying to push. Perhaps this is what Verizon wants their users to use instead of Google Wallet?
Anyone excited about this update? For more information check out the source link!
It’s always nice to see companies releasing timetables for upcoming updates, especially as big as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Here’s a list that Motorola provided:
- RAZR i Jelly Bean update now scheduled for Q1 2013
- Verizon Droid RAZR HD/RAZR MAXX HD still due Jelly Bean update before 2013
- AT&T Atrix HD due Jelly Bean update before 2013
- 3G/LTE Xoom Jelly Bean update delayed to Q1 2013
- Canadian Atrix HD + RAZR HD due to get Jelly Bean in Q1 2013
- Euro RAZR HD Jelly Bean update scheduled for Dec. 2012
While there’s still no word on when 4.2 will be released, it’s good to see they have their eyes set on a 4.1 update. Once these updates begin to officially roll out, we’ll be sure to cover it as soon as they’re live!
source: Motorola Forums
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!
Anxious for that sweet taste of Jelly Bean? Well, if you’re rocking a Canadian Galaxy S III you’re in luck. Samsung Canada has announced via Twitter that an over-the-air update to Android 4.1.1 will begin rolling out next Monday, December 3rd. Despite the majority of American carriers still lagging behind in terms of firmware upgrades, this Canadian roll out could potentially serve as a good indicator that we may be seeing similar updates arrive south of the border on AT&T and Verizon in the near future.
Source: Samsung (Twitter)
The Jelly Bean update for the HTC One X seen on Taiwanese devices last month is starting to make its way around the world. The update has been confirmed for unlocked CID_038 and CID_044 devices in India, Argentina, Russia, Dominican Republic, Peru, Brazil, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. The HTC update includes: upgrades to Android 4.1 and Sense 4+, UI enhancement, camera performance tweaks, new gallery event/map view and improved power management. The software update (3.14.707.24) is 364.56MB and prompts users to use WiFi.
Source: HTC Source
After months of constant backtracking on software updates, Motorola has finally revealed its highly anticipated $100 trade-up program. There’s only one slight problem–it’s garbage.
Owners of Motorola devices not slated to receive an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean need only apply. This means if you’ve got a Droid 3, Droid X2, Admiral, Atrix 2, Atrix 4G, Cliq2, Electrify, Photon 4G,XPRT, Titanium, or Triumph you’re eligible to receive $100 towards the purchase of a new Motorola smartphone. Unfortunately, this “cash” will come in the form of a rebate card rather than an up-front discount.
For example, if you choose to go with a new Motorola device on Big Red you can take your old device into a carrier store and you will be presented with a $100 Verizon gift card which you can then use to pay your bill or purchase accessories. Due to Motorola’s close partnership with Verizon, the process of getting a phone on any other carrier is a complete hassle. Say you opt for the Atrix HD on AT&T. You will have to purchase the phone outright and then send your receipt, along with your old phone, into Motorola. Within 6 weeks you can expect a $100 Visa gift card to arrive in your mailbox.
Sure, Motorola is trying to rectify things with its disgruntled user base, and we applaud them for that. But seriously, every eligible phone on the list is worth more than $100 if you were to sell it on Craigslist or eBay, and cold hard cash is a lot more useful than any sort of silly gift card.
Verizon’s Galaxy S III has seen no shortage of leaked software updates. Earlier this month we came across an unfinished build of Android 4.1 for the handset, though it contained several bugs that hindered the overall usability of the software.
Posted yesterday, the new leak manages to address a few issues which could potentially prove to be valuable for custom ROM developers. It remains unclear exactly what has been changed, but users are acknowledging its improved performance and stability. In fact, the poster of the leaked firmware says it very well could be the final OTA that is slated to arrive for Verizon customers later this year.
You can download the leaked ROM in both odexed and deodexed versions, as well as find instructions on how to install it at the source links below. If you’re the adventurous type, let us know what you think of the new firmware in the comments.
Source: Xda-Developers, (2)
It seems like the UK is just getting all the good stuff lately, doesn’t it? Well Samsung continues to bring good things for the those of you living there and brings the intriguing Galaxy S III mini smartphone’s availability in the UK. This means those of you itching to grab that 4-inch, Jelly Bean-powered device will finally be able to grab the device on November 8th— meaning you will all be able to enjoy all the luxuries of Android 4.1. No word yet on which retailers will carry the device yet, but we suspect we’ll see that information surface as the day goes on.
More details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.