For all you Xperia S owners out there waiting for your Jelly Bean update, here are a few leaked images to hold you over. Xperia S owners will get a taste of some of the newer features that Sony has recently released, including a new lock screen, power management, Find My Xperia and screen mirroring. The new build will be 6.2.X.X.XX and a will be based on a new 3.4 kernel, compared to the 3.08 kernel which is currently powering the device. The Jelly Bean update is slated for an April release at the earliest, so jump passed the break to hold yourself over till then.
Source: Xperia Blog
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
If you’ve been following the updates on the Samsung Galaxy Note II, you know that it’s one beast of a piece of hardware. Granted, it’s one of those devices that you either love or hate, but can 10 million owners be wrong? And just like movie sequels, you can bet the second offering of the Note will try to appeal to those that weren’t early adopters, as well as the faithful.
Today we’re learning that the 1.6GHz quad-core, 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD, 2GB RAM, Jelly Bean beast will ship “in the next two weeks” in Europe. The launch plans are rumored as follows:
- Germany – September 27
- Italy – September 28
- Netherlands – October 1-2
- France – October 1-2
- United Kingdom – October 1-2
Just keep in mind that these dates are merely rumors at this point and should be taken like all rumors, with cautious optimism. I’ll certainly give this device a serious look come this November.
The stock Android keyboard continues to go from strength to strength, the steady progress was further reinforced with a pretty solid update baked into Jelly Bean 4.1. The latest update to the stock keyboard brought with it improved auto-correction as well as a nifty auto-prediction feature that learns your typing habits and appears to know what you’re writing even before you do. Interestingly enough, we first saw these features over a year ago via replace keyboard extraordinaire SwiftKey. Unless you have a preference for the swipe style keyboard, SwiftKey is the consensus king of the replacement Keyboard and was even the keyboard of choice for this writer; until recently. SwiftKey initially didn’t support Jelly Bean, an issue that the developers have rectified today with a much needed update. The question is, does SwiftKey still offer a Unique Selling Point that will convince the average Android owner to part with their pocket money now that the stock keyboard offers a similar experience?
You can bag the latest update by clicking the link below. Let us know your thoughts on how the new stock keyboard compares to SwiftKey’s latest update in the comments below.
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It looks like we’ll be seeing the next version of Android, expected to be version 4.1 codenamed “Jellybean”, at Google I/O next week. An astute XDA member was purchasing a Galaxy Nexus from the Google Play Store, and noticed the description read:
“The latest smartphone from Google, soon the first phone with Android 4.1 jell….”
Which is either a slip-up on the Goog’s part, or an intentional teaser left for someone to find.
Either way, it’s no surprise that the Nexus will be the first phone to receive the next version, as that’s what it’s purpose is. Whether we’ll see a slew of new Nexus devices like we’ve heard rumors of before isn’t clear yet.
source: Android Central
While we haven’t even gotten any firm details on Ice Cream Sandwich which will possibly hit next month, ThisIsMyNext is already reporting on the next version of Android, code named ‘Jelly Bean’. There isn’t a version number mentioned as expected since we don’t even have that for ICS just yet.
What’s a little disturbing about the report is that their source says the “game-changing stuff” originally set for ICS is being postponed and will be implemented in JB. We shouldn’t get too up in arms over this because we have no idea what features the source is even talking about here. Beyond the fact that ICS is supposed to unite tablets and smartphones OS wise and may not have any hardware buttons, that’s all we really know. The source did go on to mention that ICS will not just be a small update as Gingerbread was, but rather a “big-time” release. It’s stated there are major architectural, functional, and design changes in ICS, but I’d say there would be quite a fuss risen by the Android community if there wasn’t. All of this is hanging out in rumorville right now, but let’s hope we get some solid details in Oct or Nov before ICS is ready to hit. Hit us up with your thoughts.