UK wireless carrier O2 has confirmed it is starting to roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Samsung Galaxy S III owners on its network. They have not indicated how long it should take to reach all device owners, but some should start to see it on Friday, October 19th. O2 joins Three in rolling out the Jelly Bean update for Samsung’s flagship device. Vodafone has issued a statement via their forums that Jelly Bean will be deployed to Galaxy S III devices on their network starting on Monday. T-Mobile and Orange have not yet released any information about timing for users on their networks. The update will be available to O2 owners as a WiFi over-the-air update or through Kies.
Over the weekend XDA forum member freeza posted information about a leaked build of Sprint’s pending Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S III devices. The leaked ROM includes Samsung’s custom TouchWiz interface. Unfortunately, it also includes a few items not quite working right like the stock browser, Google Now and some issues with the device’s gyroscope sensor. Nevertheless, it is clear that build JRO03L is close to complete, which means we may see it rolling out to users soon.
If you are not willing to wait for Sprint to make it available and you can live with the issues, you can hit the source link to pull down the leaked file or one of the custom ROMs the XDA community has already generated. Trying out any of these is subject to the usual warnings about messing up your device.
For those content to wait for the update via Sprint, hopefully this leak may help create some pressure for Samsung and Sprint to accelerate their schedule a bit.
source: XDA Developer Forum
Samsung Galaxy S III owners rejoice. It looks like Samsung is making good on that promise of an October timeline of rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S III, and even a little earlier for some. Samsung has officially rolled out the update for the international Galaxy S III (GT-i9300) in Poland, available through Samsung Kies initially. As a reminder for those that may be a little foggy on what Android 4.1 brings, there’s the addition of Google Now, Project Butter, and a revamped notification system which is very nice. The update will also bring new TouchWiz functions amongst other features to the Galaxy S III. As we’ve seen in the past with these rollouts, other countries should be following suit in the next few days. Owners of the Galaxy S III in the U.S. may have to wait a bit longer since there’s typically more certification to go through. However, this is obviously a good sign for for all Galaxy S III owners. We’re looking forward to hearing feedback on how 4.1 is performing on Samsung’s flagship device.
source: XDA Forums
At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week, Intel announced they have completed their work to port Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to their low-power Atom chips codenamed Medfield. Intel’s vice president and general manager for mobile computing, Mike Bell, indicates that he and several other employees are running it on their smartphone devices.
Samsung Bulgaria has just provided an interesting tidbit of news for owners of the Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy S Advance smartphones. According to the gang at GSM Arena, when asked if both devices would get Android 4.0 on its Facebook page, Samsung Bulgaria surprised all and confirmed both devices would not be getting Ice Cream Sandwich— instead both would be updated to Jelly Bean. Of course there’s the understandable speculation that Samsung Bulgaria may be out of its mind and is providing incorrect information. However if this is true (and that’s a BIG if), then Samsung is confirming its intentions of being the top Android manufacturer when it comes to updating and providing support for its devices.
While this is exciting and all, first things’ first— we need to see Samsung roll out the Jelly Bean update for its flagship device first. Once that’s done, then we’ll wait and see if or when Samsung rolls out the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy S Advance smartphones.
source: GSM Arena
Samsung hasn’t offered the most timely updates in the past, with some customers still waiting for Android 4.0 to hit their Galaxy S II handsets. This can’t be blamed entirely on ole’ Sammy, though, as carriers tend to be the ones who delay updates. However, in the spirit of keeping its customers happy, the Korean manufacturer announced today that “the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system will be available on the Galaxy S3 from October.”
Considering the news comes directly from Samsung, it’s most likely that the update will roll out to international handsets first. As always, individual carriers will have to approve the update before it is allowed to be sent out OTA. There’s no word on the exact day in October the update will be available, though that’s probably for the best seeing as Samsung has struggled to meet its deadlines more often than not.
This news comes after EE (Everything Everywhere) revealed that it would be bringing the Galaxy S III to its new 4G network. EE’s version of the device will come pre-loaded with Jelly Bean, so users won’t have to worry about waiting for a pesky update.
Sprint customers who own Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S 4G devices will be happy to know they are about to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sources have confirmed Sprint plans to rollout the update for the devices starting September 6th. According to Sprint’s internal information, Galaxy Nexus devices will receive update FH05 while Nexus S 4G owners will receive update JRO03R. It appears the updates will be “clean” versions of Jelly Bean with no overlays or OEM changes. The updates will be initiated by Google; users will not be able to download and install on their own.
source: Android Central
As great as the recent announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note II was yesterday, many of you out here in the States are wondering when the device will land in U.S. retailers, right? Well Samsung confirmed yesterday that the 5.5-inch behemoth will indeed be available “later in 2012″. Here’s the full statement below:
“Samsung Mobile is planning a U.S. version of Galaxy Note II, which will be available later in 2012. Building on the success of the original Galaxy Note, we’re confident that the Galaxy Note II continues to redefine what consumers should expect from their smartphone and delivers a powerful, innovative and unique experience. Exact timing and retail channel availability is not being announced at this time, we will continue to share information as it becomes available”.
Considering we’re nearing the end of Q3, it shouldn’t be too much longer of a wait and we won’t have to wait as long as we did for the original Galaxy Note to hit U.S. shores. Any of you folks plan on copping on the Galaxy Note II?
source: The Verge
One thing that’s great about operating systems on desktop computers is the fact that they have the ability to hold multiple user accounts. So while Android users have cool items like facial unlock, there’s no ability to hold multiple user accounts on most Android devices. Now there is word of an experimental feature found in Jelly Bean where users too can create multiple profiles on a compatible device. This feature can actually be accessed via the terminal emulator and once a new account is created, it becomes available through the power menu.
While this is great and all, it’s a little tricky for the average joe— so smart folks like Raghav Sood come into play and develop an easier means to toggle and switch between user profiles. The crafty developer created a GUI (graphical user interface) that allows users to manage multiple accounts— all without the need for the terminal window. The cool GUI allows for full functionality as it can do things like do basic operations such as viewing, maintaining and switching between current profiles as well.
As great as this achievement may be, the GUI is still in its early stages, so there may be a bug or two— but hey, a bug or two doesn’t hurt. If you’re feeling a little lucky or ambitious, be sure to hit the source link to check out the complete thread and instructions.
source: XDA Forums