Leave it to Google to continue to push innovation as its main agenda for Android users. Google has announced a new version of its Voice Search software and the app can now recognize 13 new languages such as European Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian and Catalan. With the new additions, this brings the grand total of the Voice Search recognition to 42 languages. Of course, users can’t speak all those languages at once— so it will be wise to remember that one language can be spoken into the app at a time.
The new version of Voice Search is available now for those of you who just can’t wait. Keep in mind that not all of the newly added languages have been implemented just yet— though Google should roll out all the new languages by next week at the latest.
Samsung Galaxy S II owners are probably content enough to have gotten the Android 4.0 update but those same owners will certainly be giddy after hearing this tidbit of news. According to SamMobile, Samsung is currently testing the preliminary builds of Android 4.1— also known as Jelly Bean. In fact—the same source claims testing has gone well for Samsung and Samsung should release the latest version of the Android OS (Android 4.1.1) by September or October— if all goes well. Of course this is expected to apply to the international variants of the smartphone— so you American owners of the device will have to add a few months after the initial launch.
Oh and you Galaxy Note owners won’t be left out of the blue either as that device is set to receive the Jelly Bean update as well— though a specific time frame for that device is anyone’s guess. If this is indeed true Samsung— well done to you. Well done.
Today’s a great day for owners of a few older HTC devices. While it was rumored some devices might not get Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC took some time and addressed users on its Facebook page confirming the Desire S and Thunderbolt smartphones would receive the Android 4.0 update by the end of August. In addition to confirming those phones would certainly get the update, HTC also moved up the HTC Rhyme rollout to June-July instead of later in the year… and yes we’re in August already— but the hope is the update will be pushed out within the next few weeks.
So owners of the Thunderbolt, Desire S and Rhyme can now take solace in knowing the second-latest and greatest update is definitely on its way.
source: Android Police
Owners of the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) are now being treated to software update. While it seems like a fairly small update, it is labeled as a “stability patch” and brings your phone’s baseband version to XXLH1. While it’s not quite certain just yet, it’s assumed this 1MB update may update a reported battery drain issue for certain I9300 users, but we’ll be sure to update you all as soon as we know for sure.
If you’re an owner of the GT-I9300, you can the update either OTA or by using Samsung Kies Desktop software.
source: Android Central
After many months and countless leaks, the HTC Rezound smartphone is finally getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update with a heavy dose of Sense 3.6. Of course HTC promised the update would be here by the end of July, but hey— better late than never, right? Early reports from XDA indicate the first wave of Rezound owners have gotten the coveted update notification and has since updated their devices. The OTA 3.14.605.12 update comes in at a hefty 299MB in size and will bring the software version. The update will bring all the ICS goodies along with a revamped UI.
If you’re a Rezound owner, feel free to check for the update now. But if you’re not— just sit back and relax as the update will come to you at any point from today.
It’s not farfetched to see a major manufacturer say no to Jelly Bean for many of its devices, so it shouldn’t be too surprising or unexpected that Sony has also confirmed many of its popular devices won’t get some Android 4.1 love. When we last checked in with Sony, a rep had confirmed via Facebook that Sony’s 2011 Xperia line of devices wouldn’t get Jelly Bean, but the 2012 devices would likely see the major update. Apparently, Sony’s top dogs weren’t too keen on the statement, so it released a follow-up statement confirming it is “actively investigating” Jelly Bean upgrades for its devices.
So there you have it— no one knows if or when you Xperia smartphone owners will see the Jelly Bean update. But hey— at least Ice Cream Sandwich is still on schedule.
source: Sony Blog
Good news for you Motorola Xoom WiFi owners in the U.S. If you recall, there was a certain soak test indicating a significant update was on the way for select Xoom WiFi owners. The update was then pushed out a few days ago to the lucky few and subsequently went off without a hitch. The soak testers were asked in a follow-up questionnaire if they felt the update was ready to be rolled out to the masses. Apparently it looks like most (if not all) of the testers felt the update was ready for the masses because reports are coming out that the Android 4.1.1 update is in the process of being rolled out.
Naturally if you’re a Xoom WiFi owner out here in the States, you’ll want to head on over to the Settings menu and check for that coveted system update. If you are a lucky son of a gun and get to download that buttery goodness, please do tell us how it works out for you.
The Sprint Galaxy Nexus smartphone is looking to get just a little bit better with an incoming software version L700.FG01 update that’s set to roll out starting today. Before you ask—- no the update doesn’t include Android 4.1 just yet, but does include the ability to modify the device’s received signal strength indicator (RSSI), add support for Sprint TV and Wi-Fi and LTE settings will now default to being turned on.
While the update will roll out starting today, it may take several additional days before it reaches all Sprint Galaxy Nexus owners, so sit tight and relax if you don’t see it right away.
Hot off the heels of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus fiasco, it seems as if Apple has indirectly had its way again, this time seen in a recent OTA update for the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III (I9300 model). Following suit of the Stateside models from carriers like AT&T and Sprint, reports are coming in that Samsung is pushing out an update which includes the new software version is known as XXBLG6, while the baseband included is identified as XXLG6 for the international model. In addition, OTA on the smartphone identifies itself as a “stability update”, but reports indicate the update also removes local (on device) search functions within the phone’s built-in Google Search app. It’s a bummer, I know.
While the update seems to have removed one of the most underrated functions seen in the Galaxy S III, there is no doubt the dev community will be working on a mod or hack to bring the feature back. Still, it is a major, major disappointment for the few people who did take advantage of the cool feature.
The 27MB update is available now through OTA or Kies Desktop software so I9300 users can grab it anytime now. Or of course— you can just hold off on it and you know, keep the local search feature for a little while longer.