Thanks to LastStandingDroid over at the XDA forums, the Samsung Galaxy S II (I9100) has received an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean SDK port. With any SDK port, the build is fairly rough and one should expect many things to either not work, or not work correctly. Although there is a short list of things that do work: » Read the rest
As we’ve seen Samsung smartphones like the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II Skyrocket get those Touchwiz-flavored ICS updates, it was only a matter of time before we saw additional devices which would be next in line for the coveted update. Such is the case for the Sprint variant of the Galaxy S II— you know: the Epic 4G Touch. Thanks to our amigos at Android Central, the leaked document you see above shows that we now have an idea of when the official Android 4.0 rollout is arriving as it’s expected to hit Epic 4G Touch devices starting this Thursday, July 12th through next Friday, July 20th.
Naturally while this leaked document is a solid indicator of good things to come soon, we have to keep in mind we haven’t heard anything from Sprint and/or Sammy directly regarding the official rollout of the update. So if you’re an Epic 4G Touch owner, keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best starting this Thursday.
source: Android Central
Last week we told you about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 finally receiving the Android 4.0.4 update and now it looks like it’s the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus‘ turn. First in line to snag the update will be the Austrian Wi-Fi/3G version of the device (GT-P6200) and should be available now through Samsung KIES and as an OTA update. The update will bring the usual ICS suspects such as Face Unlock, new notifications panel, added butter, and the new multitasking menu. For you Austrian folks with a Tab 7.0 Plus, you should be able to check for a looming update right now by heading to Settings, About Tablet, Software Update. As I mentioned earlier you can also use Samsung KIES to pull the update manually.
The next Sammy tablets to receive the update will be:
- GT-P6210 Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI
- GT-P6200 Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI + 3G
- GT-P6810 Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI
- GT-P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI + 3G
- GT-P7310 Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI
- GT-P7300 Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI + 3G
- GT-P7510 Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI
- GT-P7500 Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI + 3G
If you are the owner of one of these devices listed above I would imagine the update to roll out in the coming week.
Are you a developer looking for ways to expand the exposure of your app? Do you want to show what you are capable of developing? If so, you might want to check out the Samsung Smart App Challenge. The competition is a way for Samsung to find new, innovative applications for the Android ecosystem, especially those that may take advantage of capabilities found on the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Tab products. Samsung indicates they are especially interested in apps that make use of the S Pen on the Note. The full press release is available after the break. » Read the rest
Sprint just released an OTA update for their Samsung Galaxy S III. The software version is L710VPLG2 and according to Sprint, it provides a “Google security update.” The user should feel nothing relatively new with this update, it seems as if Sprint is just enhancing the security of the phone. Nonetheless, it’s always good to give your phone any beneficial update. Hit up the source link for more information!
Owners of AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket have had an ICS leak to play with for a little while, but it was not a final build. The wait is nearly over, though, as reports are coming in that the official Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Skyrocket is arriving via Kies for some folks.
We’re not sure if it’s a staggered roll-out or if it’s wide open, so Skyrocket owners, go ahead and launch Kies and have a look to see if build IMM76D.UCLF6 is waiting there for you. If it is, let us know your thoughts on the update!
AT&T and Samsung will be rolling out an Android 4.0 update to the Galaxy Note on July 10th. Yes, it seems late, especially when so much recent news is about Jelly Bean. Galaxy Note owners will still be happy to know they will be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich updates that so many others have already received and are enjoying. The improvements include features like the new multi-tasking menu and the Android Beam application allowing use of NFC features.
The “Premium Suite” moniker that Samsung is using for the update is a result of some Note specific features included in the package. Among the new features is the ability for S-Note to interpret shapes and redraw as polygons along with the ability to convert handwriting into text. S-Note is now hooked into Wolfram Alpha. Finally, a new S-Memo widget has been added.
Reports indicate performance is enhanced, as expected, compared to 2.3. However, no word on when or if Samsung will update the Note or other non-Nexus devices to Android 4.1.
source: The Verge
Well the Galaxy S III might be created for humans, but not for the development community. Well, at least for the Verizon version that is as its bootloader is locked by design. Now it was rooted over the weekend, but we need a method to permanently unlock the bootloader to allow unrestricted flashing from ODIN. Well our friends over at XDA created a bounty for anyone who can do it. Right now the total is at $1,320 and is sure to climb. Hit the break for the rules:
As we already knew, Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S III has a locked bootloader, but you didn’t think Samsung did that on purpose did you? Verizon has never been a fan of unlocked bootloaders, which always amazed me that they allowed the Galaxy Nexus on their network. The Verge reached out to Verizon for comment about the GSIII and this is what they had to say:
Verizon Wireless has established a standard of excellence in customer experience with our branded devices and customer service. There is an expectation that if a customer has a question, they can call Verizon Wireless for answers that help them maximize their enjoyment and use of their wireless phone. Depending on the device, an open boot loader could prevent Verizon Wireless from providing the same level of customer experience and support because it would allow users to change the phone or otherwise modify the software and, potentially, negatively impact how the phone connects with the network. The addition of unapproved software could also negatively impact the wireless experience for other customers. It is always a delicate balance for any company to manage the technology choices we make for our branded devices and the requests of a few who may want a different device experience. We always review our technology choices to ensure that we provide the best solution for as many customers as possible.
The GSIII is locked, but it has been rooted and trust me the amazing Android development community will figure something out soon.
Welcome to the party Verizon. Samsung released the source code for the Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T over a week ago so it was only a matter of time before Verizon customers got their fix. The Samsung open source bank has been updated to include the latest kernel files for the SCH-I535, the Verizon Galaxy S III. Unfortunately you’ll still have a locked bootloader to content with however I’m sure this latest news will be welcomed by the developer community all the same. Modders, start your engines.