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.
Announced last night, Swiftkey has released an update to include support for the Summer Olympics. The update will support language packs for both the US and UK keyboards and will allow recognition of your favorite athletes and Olympic teams.
In order to find the update, simply follow these instructions:
SwiftKey users can update their language packs now by going to Settings > Languages & layouts and then tapping “Update” when it appears next to their active languages. To refresh the updates available, tap your phone’s menu button and choose “Update languages”.
If you are a Verizon subscriber and own a Samsung Galaxy S III, you may be receiving an update soon. This is meant to update the kernel and to dumb down the search capabilities of the device. As we have already seen, Samsung has been pushing the same update to both the Sprint and AT&T Galaxy S III.
When we talk about “dumbing down search capabilities” this is what you should expect. Currently, when you search via the search bar, it returns results from the web, apps, contacts, etc. all in a unified manner. However, with the current Apple Vs. Samsung debacle, search results will be limited to the web with no localized results.
If you are having any issues with your S III and get a replacement, your new device will already have been updated to I535VRLG1. The same is expected for those who go out and purchase one today. However, for those of you who jumped on the sale during launch week, we haven’t heard any news of the OTA hitting, but will update you as soon as we know!
Since Jelly Bean’s announcement, we hadn’t heard any news from many manufacturers and when their devices would get the coveted update, but lo and behold— HTC finally has some good news for owners of a couple of premium devices. According to Australian carrier Telstra, the HTC One S and
One X One XL smartphones will be first in line to get the Android 4.1 update. While no specific date is given, Telstra confirms that HTC is at least “preparing the update”.
Also keep in mind the timing of the Jelly Bean update sounds about right too for two reasons. First, both the One S and One XL are HTC’s flagship devices at the moment, so flagship devices tend to get priority when it comes to software updates. Second, Google did confirm it would release the PDK of its Android software to select Android manufacturers much earlier, which would naturally give those manufacturers a headstart in modifying the software updates for their respective devices.
While it’s exciting to know a few of the One Series smartphones is all but set for the update, the real question now is when HTC One Series owners out here in the States should expect to see the Jelly Bean update as well?
Just when Nexus S owners down under got themselves mentally psyched for some buttery goodness, Vodafone Australia comes out and says just kidding!!—- it’s not quite ready yet! Due to some regulatory issues it has to overcome and comply with, the anticipated Jelly Bean update is indeed delayed. Here’s Vodafone Australia’s official statement on its blog:
We’ve just been advised that due to a software issue, the roll-out the of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to Vodafone Australia customers has been delayed.
It’s been advised the software currently does not meet all the Australian regulatory requirements related to emergency calls.
At this stage, we don’t have any further information on when the roll-out will resume, but as soon as we do, we’ll let you know here on the blog.
We thank you for your understanding and appreciate your patience at this time”.
On a positive note– at least Vodafone Australia gave a reasonable explanation for the delay and hey— SFR France hasn’t made any such mention of a delay yet, so hopefully the French have been able to enjoy some of that Jelly Bean lovin’ on time. But seriously– here’s hoping we see the update pushed out sooner than later.
source: Vodafone Australia Blog
The last few weeks has been quite a nail-biter for owners of various ASUS-branded tablets. While ASUS manufactures the mouthwatering Jelly Bean-powered Nexus 7 tablet, immediate speculation came regarding ASUS’ existing tablets and whether or not they too would get some Android 4.1 lovin’ too. Apparently, ASUS reps at a conference in the Netherlands stated not all of their tablets would get Jelly Bean, which understandably caused major concern for specifically owners of the older legacy tablets like the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 and Eee Pad Slider SL101 tablets. In addition, the same source highlighted the Jelly Bean rollout for select devices is unclear, but could perhaps begin in October.
However, in some expected damage control— ASUS Germany then denied their colleagues from the Netherlands have made such a statement about TF101/SL101. In fact— ASUS Germany believes that the idea ASUS reps in the Netherlands only confirmed Android 4.1 upgrade for TF201/TF300/TF700 tablets is just pure speculation. According to ASUS Germany’s current information, the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 and Eee Pad Slider SL101 tablets will also enjoy Android 4.1 upgrade too.
We’re not sure who we can believe, but we’ll wait for an official statement from ASUS headquarters regarding this. Nevertheless, if you’re an owner of one of the premium model ASUS tablets out there, you’ll want to keep your fingers crossed and hope that you’ll get the Jelly Bean update. In the meantime, we’ll be sure to keep you posted if we hear of any news folks.
It was only a matter of time before we saw the first batch of Google devices get the anticipated Jelly Bean update since you know— it had just released Android 4.1 to the AOSP and all. And so just when you thought life with the GSM/HSPA+ version of the Galaxy Nexus couldn’t get any better, it just got better as it is officially getting the smooth and buttery update. According to its Nexus+ page, Google highlights owners of the HSPA+ variant of the Galaxy Nexus will receive an OTA prompt indicating the update will happen “over the next several days”.
Google also took some time to reiterate its other developer devices including the CDMA versions of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom WiFi are next in line to get that VIP treatment.
source: Nexus – Google+
Google’s upcoming Jelly Bean for Android devices looks to be the most anticipated and complete Android OS to date. While we know that the Google-branded developer devices such as the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom are all set to get first dibs of the OS update sometime this month, owners of other devices are left to twiddle their thumbs and play the waiting game. In keeping with Google’s newly unveiled PDK for manufacturers and developers, it was only a matter of time before we got news of when other devices will be expected to receive the coveted update. According to the Eastern Morning Herald, the Samsung Galaxy S III is possibly due to receive the Jelly Bean update sometime in Q4. If the rumors are indeed true, then the Galaxy S III will be among the first devices to feature Jelly Bean— albeit covered in TouchWiz no less.
Keep in mind that this is most likely pure speculation and there has been nay a whisper from Samsung directly, but hey— it’s certainly not farfetched to say that one of the most popular devices in the world should and will be among the first devices to feature Jelly Bean as its feature OS. After all, the device seems like it”s only destined to indulge itself in all that Project Butter buttery goodness, right?
source: Eastern Morning Herald
It’s no secret that owners of Android devices love major OS updates, but hate having to wait 6-12 months to update their devices to grab the latest updates. In fact, while Google pledged a commitment that Android devices of all would get major software updates up to 18-months after the initial release, it hasn’t quite come to fruition as roughly a mere 7% of all Androids are featuring Ice Cream Sandwich as the latest OS. Google has re-thought its strategy and announced its Android Platform Development Kit (PDK). The brand-spankin’ new Android PDK is more or less a group of tools to help manufacturers port the latest Android software to their devices, faster of course. Here’s how it works: Google will release the PDK to developers a few months before it launches each new version of Android, in order to get a leg up on getting the new version to its devices. What this means is Android manufacturers will have a headstart on modifying the new version of the Android OS to reflect its branding, so they won’t have to wait for Google’s official announcements in order to begin modifying the software. Owners of devices will get to see that dolled up Sense, TouchWiz, Blur— or whatever else infused flavor of Android far sooner than before. Oh and in case you’re wondering, Google has already enacted the PDK by allowing select manufacturers to try out its new Jelly Bean 4.1 beta build… before the official Jelly Bean announcement.
While it will stay take some time for most (newer) devices to receive the ICS upgrade that seems so last year at this point, owners of Android devices can look forward to the future and the fact that it is quite possible that they will see major software updates to both current and future devices, without the latest software becoming obsolete. Let’s just hope the wireless carriers don’t mess anything up and prolong what will be the faster update process with tiresome certifications and all. But hey— here’s hoping we see the beginning of something special for Android owners everywhere. Keep your fingers crossed that this works out!
source: Gotta Be Mobile