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
In all the hubbub of Samsung’s smartphones getting the coveted Jelly Bean update, we seem to have forgotten that its other devices are expected to get Jelly Bean as well. So that’s why it’s our sincerest pleasure to report to you all that owners of the Galaxy Note 10.1 can now look forward to the initial rollout of Jelly Bean for their device. According to SamMobile, owners of the device in Germany have begun receiving the OTA notification of the update and is even posted online at samfirmware.com. The Jelly Bean update comes in at 300MB in size and brings the German G-Note 10.1 to the latest software build.
So now that the update is slowly, but sure rolling out, it’s only a matter of time before we see the update roll out to the rest of the markets worldwide, including those of us here in the States.
We know there’s more than a few of you out there who have been patiently waiting for the Sony Xperia V smartphone and now it appears as if your patience will now pay off. Sony Mobile France has confirmed the elusive device will not arrive at the end of the year, but rather the end of January 2013 instead. While some of you may be disappointed, there is a positive twist— The device will launch with Jelly Bean loaded up instead of the now seemingly outdated Ice Cream Sandwich.
It is worth noting the Xperia V is already out in Japan through several wireless carriers as of the time of this writing, though the expectation is that the version of the Xperia V due next year will be the international version.
source: Xperia Blog
Since Google announced the updated version of Jelly Bean last week, taking it to Android 4.2, folks have been working to get access to the new camera app to use on other Android versions. Much of the desire is driven by the new Photo Sphere function. Photo Sphere is the function that extends the panorama photo feature of the camera to extend to a full 360 degrees on one plane and users can stitch in photos above and below that plane. The effect is to create a virtual sphere letting users pan around a photo sphere looking in all directions, very similar to what you can do with Street View. In fact, users can upload their photo sphere shots to Google Maps to enhance the database for other users.
As original Galaxy Note owners eagerly await the possible arrival of Jelly Bean 4.1.2 on their devices, we are now beginning to see signs of which custom features will be found in the update. Similar to the Galaxy Note II smartphone and the incoming Android 4.1.2 update due to for the Galaxy S III next month, the original Galaxy Note will include the awesome TouchWiz Nature UI and the multi-window feature, allowing for true multitasking and the ability to use multiple apps at once on the Galaxy Note.
To corroborate this news is the surfacing of not one, but two preliminary Jelly Bean builds being spotted in the wild for the Galaxy Note. The first build has a firmware version of N7000XXLS3 and is currently being tested at Samsung bringing not only the TouchWiz Nature UI and multi-window feature; the second build has a firmware version of N7000XXLS7 which not only highlights the same mentioned custom Sammy features, but actually has video footage of those features in action. Of course Sammy has stayed mum on whether or not this evidence is actually factual or not, but considering these builds are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before— we’re willing to bet that these are not only authentic— but that we’ll likely see the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 updates announced for the Galaxy Note sooner than later.
source: SamMobile 1 | SamMobile 2 | YouTube