The process of getting the latest update onto our phones is, usually, extremely frustrating. While some manufactures, such as HTC, are trying to make the process a little more transparent, most of us are left with no information in regards to when, or even if our device will be updated. I know I am sitting here with my Note 4, now three months out from the release of Marshmallow, with no idea when my device will be updated. For those of you, like me, growing fed up with this lack of info, we may have a savior. The Dutch consumer organization “Consumentenbond” sees this lack of info harmful to Dutch consumers, and has decided to bring suit against Samsung in hopes to make the process more transparent.
If you are the proud owner of a Galaxy Note 4, you’ve probably been getting more and more excited about the news we keep hearing that Samsung is working hard on an Android 5.1 update that will bring the latest version of TouchWiz to your device. Sadly, it seems that these rumours may well be untrue.
Google released multi-user features on tablets through its 4.2 Jelly Bean update back in 2012 and refined the feature in the 4.3 update. However, if you own an Android smartphone, you’ve probably noticed that the feature is lacking. That issue may soon be resolved, thanks to a request made on Google’s website. According to a response on the thread by a member of the staff, “The development team has implemented this feature and it will be available as a part of the next public build.” This response leads us to believe that different user profiles, restrictions, and settings will be available with the next big software release: Android L.
As far as manufacturers are concerned, Samsung is probably the least vocal when it comes to update announcements. We already know that the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy S 4 are locks for KitKat, considering they’re already receiving the update, but other devices were in limbo. However according to a source close to the matter told the folks over at Phandroid, that a few other devices would be receiving the latest OS update. They include:
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
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.
Google’s Android team seems to be working on a minor update to their current Android 4.2.1 OS, as we’re seeing Android 4.2.2 pop up on several phones around the globe. The new build number is showing up on phones in Brazil that are coming out of LG’s Brazil factory with the new build already installed. Supposedly there are already 1,000 Nexus 4’s carrying the 4.2.2 update. In Malaysia it’s a slightly different story: a technology website received a review unit from LG that has the new build installed, so in that case it’s only an isolated incident. Still, it doesn’t surprise us that Google is working on the next minor update for their OS. It’s more than likely that 4.2.2 is only a small update that will squash a few leftover bugs. We’ll have to wait and see how this unfolds and when Google will release the next version. We’ll keep you updated if we find anything else out.
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.
A few weeks ago we reported that a decent number of Galaxy S III users were finding their phones dead after a random motherboard failure. It was assumed that the problem was hardware related, but according to Dutch site Tweakers Samsung has identified it as a software problem that is affecting only a few 16 gigabyte models of the phone. Samsung has already cooked up a software patch to fix the problem and will be sending out the update in the near future. Hopefully the update goes out before your phone does.
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