As of today, Asus and Google’s smash hit tablet the Nexus 7 is no longer the only Android tablet boasting Jelly Bean. News started surfacing this morning that some lucky Transformer Pad TF300 owners have received the prompt to download the OTA update. This is yet another huge feather in the cap for ASUS who has easily positioned itself as the top Android manufacturer when it comes to OS updates. With rumours of a Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III arriving before the end of the month, here’s hoping it’s a sign of things to come!
If you own a TF300 you might want to go and check for updates, just be sure to check back in and let us know how that Jelly Bean tastes!
When is a Nexus not a Nexus? When you buy it from Verizon, evidently. It’s long been a gripe of Verizon Nexus owners that their pride and joy often receives the latest and greatest Android update months after the GSM variant. The good news is that whilst Verizon might be standing in the way of progress, the developer community has got your back (as ever!).
Shortly after landing on the AOSP servers, Android build JRO03L has been worked into a custom ROM prime for flashing to your Verizon Galaxy Nexus or Google Nexus 7. Early reports suggest that the build is seamless, offering the pure Jelly Bean experience just as Google intended. If spending an evening rooting and flashing floats your boat, you can click the link below to get going.
Source: XDA Developers
Mobint (of Holo Launcher fame) has developed the brand-spanking new Holo Launcher HD for Android 4.0+ devices. While the launcher brings a delicious stock feel to your Android device— it also is modeled after the newly released Jelly Bean OS. The launcher is also fully customizable with the ability to do things like add additional homescreens (up to 9), a nifty scrollable dock and for those of you who splurge on Holo Launcher Plus— some cool desktop gestures and even icon packs if that strikes your fancy.
Again, if you’re on an Android 4.0+ device, but hate those pesky Android skins, be sure to give the new launcher a try. You can find the Play Store link and QR code once you hit past the break.
Seems like Motorola jumped the gun a bit with the Xoom Wi-Fi soak test, rumored to be Jelly Bean, that was scheduled for last night. Apparently, it has not yet started to push, and we have no idea why. Sources point to Motorola forum admin Matt saying the following:
No update rolling at this time.
No news on why or when.
My apologies for this — if I knew more I’d tell ya.
I promise to report when I have something to say. In the meantime, I’m going to the movies. :-)
So there you have it… no Jelly Bean yet for Xoom users. Hopefully this is just a minor delay and it will start pushing later today, and not a big delay due to some newly discovered bug or something. Only time will tell.
Today ZTE announced they will re-release the ZTE N880E. This is the first device in China (third in the world) to launch with pure 4.1 Jelly Bean, and just days after Jelly Bean was launched into the wild.
Back in May, the N880E launched with 2.3 Gingerbread and has already sold more then one million units. This could be why ZTE is relaunching, pure popularity…or it could be about marketing, but we can only speculate on the intentions of the relaunch. ZTE has said they have a very solid relationship with Google and will continue to release Jelly Bean devices. Based on their relationship, I’m very curious to see if ZTE got their hands on Google’s new PDK.
The specs of the N880E are not very impressive at all: 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 4 inch WVGA display, a 3.2MP camera, 4GB of internal storage, and a 1,650mAh battery. Like I said, nothing special, but I’m sure Chinese natives will be pumped to get their hands on some Jelly Beans goodness.
We already knew about the upcoming Motorola Xoom soak test and now we have confirmation that it will begin very soon… possibly as soon as tonight. Members of the Motorola Feedback Network are receiving emails that pretty much state that it’s coming any time now. Though the email does not specifically state this is the Jelly Bean update, our sources tell us that it is. Of course, that should not be a surprise to anyone considering the Xoom is pretty much a Nexus device (without the Nexus name) getting updates directly from Google.
Hit the break for the full email.
Insider reports from Samsung indicate testing and preparations to rollout Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to their Samsung Galaxy S III devices are underway. No date has been established yet, but it is believed late August or early September is the target.
The status of a Jelly Bean update for other devices is less clear. If testing on the Samsung Galaxy S III goes well, that may be good news for development of an update for the Samsung Galaxy S II and possibly the Samsung Galaxy Note. Reports indicate Samsung is considering a strategy of updating high-end devices more than they have in the past. This would be consistent with Samsung’s new CEO’s desire to improve the user experience on their devices.
source: Sam Mobile
Google released the Android 4.1 SDK today and it is now available for download. Included with the SDK are revised versions of SDK Tools (20.1.1) and NDK revision 8b. The new tools will let developers publish code up to API level 16 using Jelly Bean APIs. As usual, the SDK is available for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. The SDK and related tools can be installed via an existing installation of the SDK or one can head over to the Android Developers’ web site.
Google is on a roll by starting the initial process of updating its developer devices to Jelly Bean in the last week. First we saw the first batches of the GSM flavor of the Galaxy Nexus grab its update and then came the beginning of the initial process of the Motorola Xoom WiFi also getting some attention, now it’s another device that looks to be all set for some of that Project Buttery goodness. In seeing the other developer devices get some Jelly Bean love, the GSM Nexus S didn’t want to wait too late to join the party, so it naturally seems that it too will be among the first to get that Android 4.1 goodness, as indicated by a couple of excited wireless carriers. According to Vodafone Australia, the Jelly Bean rollout is set to begin July 19th (July 18th elsewhere in the world), while SFR France claims the same update is due to arrive by July 18th.
While this is sure to generate some excitement, there’s a few things to keep in mind. First, this only applies to the GSM Nexus S— so Sprint’s version of the Nexus S is not in the same category and there is no indication of when it too will get the update. Second, there has been no confirmation of the Android 4.1 update from Google directly, so while it’s exciting to see the update landing on devices as early as today, owners of the GSM version shouldn’t hold their breaths until something actually happens.
source: Vodafone Australia Blog |
The last few weeks has been quite a nail-biter for owners of various ASUS-branded tablets. While ASUS manufactures the mouthwatering Jelly Bean-powered Nexus 7 tablet, immediate speculation came regarding ASUS’ existing tablets and whether or not they too would get some Android 4.1 lovin’ too. Apparently, ASUS reps at a conference in the Netherlands stated not all of their tablets would get Jelly Bean, which understandably caused major concern for specifically owners of the older legacy tablets like the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 and Eee Pad Slider SL101 tablets. In addition, the same source highlighted the Jelly Bean rollout for select devices is unclear, but could perhaps begin in October.
However, in some expected damage control— ASUS Germany then denied their colleagues from the Netherlands have made such a statement about TF101/SL101. In fact— ASUS Germany believes that the idea ASUS reps in the Netherlands only confirmed Android 4.1 upgrade for TF201/TF300/TF700 tablets is just pure speculation. According to ASUS Germany’s current information, the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 and Eee Pad Slider SL101 tablets will also enjoy Android 4.1 upgrade too.
We’re not sure who we can believe, but we’ll wait for an official statement from ASUS headquarters regarding this. Nevertheless, if you’re an owner of one of the premium model ASUS tablets out there, you’ll want to keep your fingers crossed and hope that you’ll get the Jelly Bean update. In the meantime, we’ll be sure to keep you posted if we hear of any news folks.