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.
The source code for the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2, is now available on AOSP (Android Open Source Project). This means manufacturers and custom ROM developers can start using this code to build Android 4.2 ROMs for current device upgrades and, of course, future devices. We’re all that much closer to getting Photo Sphere, built-in gesture typing, the updated notifications with a new settings tab and a few other new features. For those of you who can’t wait, you can try out the new Android 4.2 apps via a flashable zip file for the Galaxy Nexus.
Great news for all, or a consolation prize if you missed out on the Nexus 4 during the short window it was available this morning. The one bit of bad news is for the Nexus S which will not get updated past Android 4.1.2. The Nexus 7 3G and Nexus 4 are not yet supported in this AOSP source code release due to licensing issues.
Source: Android Central
Those of you who have been looking to get some Jelly Bean lovin’ courtesy of the CyanogenMod team will be all smiles at this news. The CM team has officially announced the final CM10 stable builds are being released for a handful of devices at this time. The lucky devices to make the first cut at the Sprint and Verizon Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and LG Optimus Black smartphones. Unfortunately those devices are the only ones with a stable CM10 build as of now and there is no timeline for when other devices can finally taste the stable goodness just yet. Hopefully the CM team will work its magic and roll out additional builds to the other devices sooner than later.
source: CyanogenMod Downloads
via: Android Police
As we wait for the launch of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, Google has taken it upon themselves to begin rolling out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (build JOP40C) to GSM Galaxy Nexus smartphones. It appears as though the OTA is being pushed to unlocked Takju versions of the device to begin with, meaning if you didn’t purchase your device from the Play Store you’re out of luck, for now. The new firmware brings along several new enhancements including magnification gestures and an enhanced Google Now platform.
If you haven’t received the update already, you can attempt to pull the software manually from Google’s servers by heading into Settings > About Phone > System Updates. Alternatively, you can download the official .zip file directly from Google via the download link below. Keep in mind you’ll need to be on build number JZ054K and have a custom recovery on your Takju variant in order to flash the software. We’ll see you on the other side.
Google has begun rolling out an updated version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to pre-release Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices. Just as we had anticipated, the new software brings several key enhancements, including lock screen widgets and multiple account support for the Samsung-built Nexus 10. Additionally, it has been confirmed by Google that the new firmware is the same build that will be present on both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 when they begin shipping tomorrow.
HTC posted a Jelly Bean upgrade update and FAQ with good news for HTC One X and HTC One S owners. Both devices should get updated to Android 4.1 and Sense 4+ fairly soon but no date was given. HTC said it would first focus on bringing 2012 devices up to Jelly Bean then look at what 2011 devices would be compatible with the update.
The HTC One V and the HTC Desire C were the big update losers. HTC said devices with 512MB of RAM or less, like these two, will not be upgraded past their current version of Android. HTC made a point to differentiate between “Upgrades” and “Support.” While these lower-RAM devices will not see OS upgrades, HTC said it will continue to provide support in the form of software improvements and security fixes.
The FAQ made no mention of Android 4.2.
While we just about know everything we need to know about HTC’s upcoming beast here in the States, it seems there will be some slight differences in the overseas’ variant of the device. According to various reports, new renders have surfaced highlighting HTC’s new 5-inch device
will is likely to be identified as the DLX in Asia, likely based off the HTC J Butterfly in Japan, as opposed to retaining the DROID DNA seen here in America. As seen in the photo above, it seems as if the render matches up quite nicely with what we’ve already seen— so this tidbit of news indicates the DLX is possibly be the real deal. The render leaks also highlight some good news for those of you in the Asian markets– the HTC DLX is expected to debut in China on December 6th and later on in Taiwan on December 10th in white, black and brown color variations.
Ladies and gents, let the salivating of this device commence!
source: Phone Arena
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)
As we previously reported earlier today, the official Jelly Bean update for Motorola’s DROID RAZR M has now been released. With the update, Motorola has released 5 videos that showcase the all new features of Jelly Bean for your RAZR M. Check out the videos below after the break!
It’s only a matter of days before customers and Android fanatics alike can order what will be the most coveted reference tablet in the game, but it appears that some lucky customers at an unspecified Walmart may be able to grab the tablet sooner than the rest of us. As seen in the screenshot above, a customer stumbled upon what appeared to be a placeholder tag for the Nexus 10 32GB tablet and more importantly— it actually appeared to be in stock! Sadly though, the photo was taken late in the evening and there were no store associates to verify if the in-stock listing was accurate or not. Still, you can’t help but be excited at the prospect of owning the coolest tablet available before all your friends do.
We’ll be sure to stay on top of this story and confirm its accuracy, but in the meantime— if you live near a Walmart and have some extra time and/or money, feel free to check out the store and see if they too have the tablet in stock. Oh and be sure to let us know of your findings if you do hear of anything.
source: Brief Mobile