Over the course of the past week owners of Samsung Galaxy tablets, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the different versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, have been receiving an Android update to bring them up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. For the Galaxy Note 10.1, the upgrade includes not only the Jelly Bean improvements, but Samsung’s Premium Suite as well. All of the devices also benefit from a variety of Touchwiz improvements.
For more details about the improvements, check the press release after the break. Read more
Motorola, via their Motorola Owners’ Forums and Motorola Feedback Network, is in the process of soliciting testers for a software update intended for the Motorola Atrix 4G. There is no indication in the e-mail sent out soliciting candidates as to what is included in the update, though many are hopeful it will be an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola has used these soak tests for a full gamut of updates in the past, from full OS updates to just minor bug fixes.
To participate in the test, you have to own an AT&T Motorola Atrix 4G and be in good standing on the Motorola Onwers’ Forums. No start time is indicated nor does Motorola indicate how long they will accept registrants for the test. If you think you qualify, keep an eye on your e-mail and follow the directions to get signed up. Check out the full e-mail from Motorola after the break. Read more
For those of you who own the Galaxy S III on AT&T and absolutely despise Samsung’s Kies desktop software (you have every right to), you’ll be excited to know that the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now officially rolling out to handsets over-the-air. As expected, users can expect all the new features that come with the dot upgrade, including a refreshed TouchWiz, Google Now integration and the incredible smoothness of Project Butter.
If the update hasn’t already shown up, you’ll need to manually check for the new firmware by heading to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates. You’re going to need to be connected to Wi-Fi to download the file and at least 30% battery life to complete the process. Godspeed. We’ll see you on the other side.
Just last month we completed some testing of launcher apps on tablets to replace what users may have received on their devices. Among our favorites was Nova Launcher, which just got an update to version 2.0 in the Google Play Store. Nova Launcher‘s developer, TeslaCoil Software, has included several new features in this latest version with many of them being available in the free version. Read more
Some good news for owners of Toshiba Excite 7.7 devices appeared today as an update started rolling out to take the device up to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. With 2012 winding down, Toshiba Excite owners will be able to experience the latest version of the Android operating system. Early reports indicate Toshiba implemented the hybrid UI for a better experience on smaller tablet devices. The update is 348MB in size, so Toshiba Excite owners need to give it a few minutes to download.
source: Android Police
Do you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from AT&T and have been patiently waiting for the multi-window update? Now you just have to wait one more day as AT&T plans on releasing the update on December 27th (tomorrow). Here’s AT&T’s official statement regarding the update:
AT&T plans to begin rolling out a software update for Samsung Galaxy Note II customers that includes the Multi-Window feature, which allows the user to divide the screen into two active “windows” creating a split screen that enables fluid multitasking between applications. The update will be available for download over the air beginning Dec. 27.
The multi-window functionality has been popular for Samsung’s devices and I’m sure it won’t disappoint you! Once you have the update let us know how it goes!
‘Tis the season for giving. Arcane Legends’ developer is feeling a bit generous and wants to give owners of the recently released MMORPG an update just in time for all of that holiday downtime. We aren’t talking about just slapping some Santa hats on the characters either. To begin with, players will now see a level-cap of 21. Players will also be greeted with five new dungeons to explore, a new loot chest to unlock above level 16, and new achievements along with a weapons-type shakeup for each class. There are also numerous holiday-themed goodies but we’ll leave that for you to explore and find. You may want to jump on it though as the holiday-themed goodies end – you guessed it – when the holidays wind down.
Fans of GoPro’s point-of-view sports and action cameras will be pleased to know an update to the GoPro App was released last Friday. The big change included an update to support GoPro’s new line of HERO3 video cameras as announced via GoPro’s Twitter account. An update to the GoPro camera is required in order to use the app which is available for Android devices via the Google Play Store. Read more
With US’s other 4 major carriers already delivering the Jelly Bean update to their Samsung Galaxy S III, US Cellular is next up in line and plans on releasing the update this Friday the 21st. As you and I already know, Jelly Bean brings forth some great speed enhancements and the much popular Google Now feature to your S III. As for TouchWiz, you can expect several new features, mainly in the camera app department as it brings forth several new features and enhancements in the TouchWiz camera software.
The update will be provided via an OTA, but it seems like a manual update via Samsung Kies can also be achieved if you wish to go that route. Hit up the source link for more information!
source: US Cellular
AT&T announced on their Consumer Blog the availability of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Motorola ATRIX HD. The update follows the release last week of a Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S III devices. The Motorola ATRIX HD joins the Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the HTC One X+ as devices in the AT&T portfolio boasting Jelly Bean.
The update is available as an over-the-air (OTA) update via Wi-Fi. Users can can get the update by going to Settings -> About -> Phone -> Software Updates on their device.
source: AT&T Consumer Blog