It seems like only yesterday that the top of the line Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone was released. A timing problem existed with the release as the Galaxy S III came out close to the same time Google released Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This meant the devices were initially delivered with Ice Cream Sandwich. Since then, Samsung has put their nose to the grindstone to work on resolving this issue.
Sources indicate a firmware update that will provide Jelly Bean to owners of the international version of the Galaxy S III is in the final stages of testing. These same sources report the update will start rolling out next week after Samsung’s Mobile Unpacked event scheduled for August 29th in Berlin. The update will roll out to several countries, including the U.K. However, no word yet on when users in the U.S. and Canada may receive the update. In addition to the updates provided by Jelly Bean, like a new notification shade and Google Now, Samsung is incorporating numerous TouchWiz improvements as revealed in a previously leaked build.
source: Android Central
You can also expect the addition of a brightness slide bar in the notification shade, a new radio/modem and a new kernel that’s been on the new batches of S III’s that have been recently arriving at T-Mobile. While there’s no full proof verification on this, there is a strong possibility that this update will take away the Universal Search feature out of the S III. If you don’t remember, this is the feature that Apple has been trying to take away from numerous Android devices so it wouldn’t surprise me if Samsung took it out as a precaution.
As we get more details on this impending update, we’ll be sure to let you all know.
On the Google Lat Long blog, Google Maps Software Engineer Christopher Van Der Westhuizen announced a pending update to the Google Maps for Android app. Over the years, Google has amassed a huge database of public transit information. They have now collected information on schedules from around the world covering over 1 million stops. The systems are located in over 500 cities, including places like New York City, London, Tokyo and Sydney. Today’s announcement includes improvements for accessing this data on mobile devices. Read more
Swiftkey announced today an update to their popular keyboard app for Android devices. For users who like to dictate instead of type, Swiftkey has enabled use of the Google voice typing tool that is available in Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. For those into themes, Swiftkey has introduced two new ones – Sky (a blue theme) and Fuschia (a pink theme). They have also added two new languages – Malay and Urdu – to bring the number of available languages up to 44.
Users who have been experiencing problems with Swiftkey, including those with Samsung Galaxy S III devices, running Jelly Bean, or who frequently use Chrome will benefit from numerous bug fixes. The new version, Swiftkey 3.0.1, is available from Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and AndroidPIT. Hit the source link for more information on all of the bug fixes and a video on how to change themes.
via: Android Police
Starting August 14th, the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will have an optional upgrade to Android 4.0.5 Ice Cream Sandwich. I say optional because the update will be through Samsung Kies and not via an OTA update. The update will bring the software to T869UVLG7 can only be completed by tethering the tablet to the computer via USB and using Samsung Kies to upload the new software to the tablet.
Head over to the source link for further instructions once the update becomes available!
Owner’s of an HTC Rezound smartphone on the Verizon network have been patiently waiting for an update to their devices that would enable global roaming. Based on reports that came in over the weekend, it looks like their patience may finally be paid off. Users have reported a 103MB update for the HTC Rezound started rolling out to their devices. This comes a couple weeks after Verizon pushed out the ICS update for the devices.
The update keeps the Android version at 4.0.3, but increments the software up to 126.96.36.1995.1. Global roaming functionality appears to be active after the update. It is not clear what else may have changed as Verizon has not released any official information.
Let us know if you have received the update on your HTC Rezound and if you have noticed any other changes.
Google issued a major update to their Google Translate app for Android today taking it up to version 2.5. The most impressive change included in this update is the ability to take a picture with your device’s camera and perform the translation by brushing over the text you want translated. This could be very useful when traveling to take pictures of things like road signs or maps or a restaurant menu. The image translation functionality does require Android 2.3 and above.
Other enhancements in this latest version include instant translation results as you type, the choice of a dialect preference for speech input, recognition of multiple Japanese characters at once, and some checks of network availability. To grab this newest version of Google Translate, just hit the link below.
Google Play Download Link
Last month, Vodafone Australia was forced to delay the Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S indefinitely, citing concerns over “Australian regulatory requirements related to emergency calls.”
Now it seems that they have worked out all the issues and are pushing out an over-the-air update to happy Nexus S users. Customers on Vodafone’s sub-carrier Crazy Johns (really) are also reporting Jelly Bean updates coming in.
Aussies, time to check your phones for updates!
You are well aware of an update AT&T pushed out to HTC One X users recently, and today, we have a changelog detailing the new features and fixes you can expect. Have you received the OTA yet?
- More content choices in HTC Hub
- Additional NFC capabilities
- Car application update to provide access for third party music apps
- Wi-Fi connectivity improvements
- Network time correction
- Contacts synchronization enhancements.
- Increased 3G/4G Connectivity
- Improved Bluetooth automobile compatibility
source: Android Central
With Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D reportedly receiving the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, the EVO Design 4G wasn’t too far behind. Reports from users are flowing in that an OTA (over-the-air) notification is now showing up for EVO Design 4G handsets for an upgrade to ICS. Much like the EVO 3D’s update, you can expect Sense 3.6 and several updates and bug fixes:
- A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
- Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
- Redesigned camera app which introduces Scenes like Panorama, and Effects such as Vignette, Depth of Field, Vintage and Posterize
- Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout
- People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
- Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
- Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly and search for emails even without a data connection
- Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera
If you haven’t gotten the notification for the update, you can head on over to Settings > About phone > Software updates and hit the button to check whether your update to ICS is ready. Any Design 4G users out there receiving their update to ICS?
source: Android Central