If you have been sitting in the wings watching the GSIII and GS4 come and go, you are probably feeling a little “left behind”. If you are still stuck in your two year contract and have fallen a bit behind the power curve of late, fear not, a refreshing new update to your old trusty handset should be just what the Doctor ordered.
Sprint announced yesterday that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is on its way! I know this has been a long wait for those of you who have had your GSII since its release in 2011, but your wait is finally over. As you probably know, and have severely drooled over time-and-time again, the new update will bring with it:
Motorola has always seemed to be lagging behind with the Motorola Droid Bionic device which got off to an ill-fated product life, but things have improved a bit for owners of the device over the last few months. Verizon pushed out an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich last October. Now, Motorola has posted a short indicator on their website showing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is expected to start rolling out during the 2nd quarter of 2013. There is no information yet on what kind of carrier specific updates may be included, but owners of the device can look forward to experiencing some of Jelly Bean’s features in the near future.
Are you the proud owner of the DROID RAZR or RAZR MAXX? Did you update to Android 4.1.2 when it became available earlier in the month? Is it working perfectly? Well if that’s the case, you’re one of the lucky ones. It appears that a growing group of people are having issues with the Jelly Bean update. A tipster told Phone Arena that Verizon has received numerous complaints on the matter. People are having issues with dropped phone calls, widgets not updating, and apps not working at all.
While the hope is that Big Red will hopefully push an update out soon to fix these issues, they aren’t commenting. We’ll keep you up to speed as the story develops. What about you readers out there that own either of these phones? Are you having issues with Android 4.1.2? Let us know in the comments below.
Ladies and gents— say hello to the HTC E1 smartphone. Also known as the 603e smartphone, the E1 is going to be a dual-SIM device featuring a host of goodies inside including Android 4.1, a 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD2 display, a dual-core chip and a 5MP camera. Unfortunately, the device looks to be destined for Chinese markets only as of this time, but if you do live out there— it’ll cost you 1,799 CNY (or roughly $290 USD), which seems like it could potentially be a steal for lots of potential folks in the market for a new smartphone.
No word yet on when the device will be available, but we suspect it’ll be in retail outlets soon.
Not too long ago, Droid 4 owners could take part in a small soak test for a possible Jelly Bean update. Well, about a week later, it looks like Verizon is ready to push out that Jelly Bean update to the masses starting tomorrow, March 19th. The update will begin rolling out in phases, but it’s definitely good news for Droid 4 owners.
The update will contain the regular Jelly Bean goodness, including Project Butter and Google Now, but it’ll also feature a handful of device specific fixes and improvements, such as improved data connection and removal of some preloaded apps. No complaints there. So keep an eye out for that notification tomorrow, and let us know in the comments if your device gets the update.
XOLO has done it again! Their latest addition, the X1000, will offer some incredible specs for a price that won’t drain your bank account and leave your wallet bare since the X1000 will sport the following new features:
SHARP HD 4.7-inch, 720p, 1280 x 720 LCD (edge-to-edge), 312 PPI
2GHz Atom Z2480
32GB of expandable storage
High-speed 8MP rear (with “Burst Mode”)/1.3MP camera at the front
1GB of RAM
21Mbps HSPA+ 3G
One fairly disappointing feature of the X1000 is its use of the antiquated Android ICS OS. This means buyers have to hope XOLO releases the Jelly Bean upgrade in a timely manner, or that a bootloader unlock and CM ROM is around the corner for it. But for the price, it may be worth settling for the archaic OS and bring a little Intel Inside.
If you own an Xperia TL on AT&T, you’ll definitely want to keep an eye out for updates on your device in the next few days. AT&T has announced they’ll begin rolling out the Android 4.1 update to the TL, which includes all of our favorite Jelly Bean features like expanded notifications and Google Now. You’ll also get some new camera features, including a better auto mode and HDR, as well as AT&T’s DriveMode app, which auto replies to texts if the phone detects you’re driving over 25 mph.
Keep checking for the upgrade, and let us know in the comments if you’ve received the update.
Sprint Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 customers will be happy to know that upgrades to Jelly Bean 4.1.1 are gradually rolling out starting today. Over the next few weeks, users will finally get access to exclusive Google features such as Project Butter, Google Now, more in-depth notifications, and an improved home-screen. As with any software upgrade, we recommend your device have a solid charge and you’re using WiFi. You can read the full press release below: » Read the rest
Several Droid 4 owners who opted to try out for test software builds are receiving emails inviting them to try out an early preview of new software for their devices. The emails never explicitly said the update was Jelly Bean, but a thread has popped up in the Motorola forums with a friendly reminder to make sure IMEI numbers are correct on user accounts because the update was, in fact, Jelly Bean. While there’s still no official date for mass rollout, or even a change log for that matter, this is definitely good news for Droid 4 owners. While we know the device is slated for a Jelly Bean update, getting it sooner rather than later would be a nice surprise.
Samsung is out to show that it can be hip to kids when it comes to its various devices. That’s why it recently took the wraps off of its Galaxy Pop smartphone. While it’s actually a re-branded version of the Galaxy Premier smartphone, this cool device features a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.4GHz quad-core processor, an 8MP camera and Android 4.1.2 running the show. While those are some attractive specs, the real highlight of the device isn’t what’s inside of the device, but rather outside— the device will feature a snazzy custom orange color highlighting some real ummm… uniqueness compared to other smartphones out there.
The device is going to be a Korean exclusive and will be available on SK Telecom, KT and LG U+. No word yet on when the device will be available or for how much, but we’d fathom that we’ll see a release within the next few weeks or so.