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
Sure LG has a Galaxy Note competitor that is a no-show out in the States and was supposed to release Ice Cream Sandwich a few weeks ago for the device, but at least it’s finally made good on its promise to deliver the
latest necessary update in the form of a Value Pack… well for the device in Korea at least. The Value Pack update that’s currently on the way includes Android 4.0 along with improvements to its UI and productivity apps like its cool note taking software. There’s a nice video which highlights the exact features of the Value Pack, which you can find below, though if you don’t speak Korean, we’d recommend you brush up on it before trying to understand everything.
Sure it’s been a while since Ice Cream Sandwich has been out, but at least more and more devices are (finally) being updated to the latest Android 4.0.4 software. Sony announced through its blog that its Xperia S smartphone is next in line to get the software makeover. It will gradually roll out the software starting today and promises to bring a host of goodies for Xperia S owners. On the ICS side, users will be treated to items such as an improved lock screen (which includes Facial unlock) and resizable widgets. On the Sony software side— users will be treated to things like the WALKMAN app, which blends Sony’s audio technology with social intergration (think Facebook or Twitter) and the Movies app— which allows users of the device to have the ability to take advantage of the phone’s screen and hardware to stream movies in high quality audio/video.
The update is pretty hefty— coming in at around 200MB or so. But hey, the end result will make everything worth it… believe us. Keep in mind if you’re on a carrier-branded version of the Xperia S, you may need to wait a while before you see that long-awaited upgrade notification on your phone.
AT&T & Samsung has finally made good on its promise on updating the Samsung Galaxy S II to Android 4.0. Reports are coming in from various outlets that the update is now available and ready for all owners. While it would be nice to have the update pushed over the air, Galaxy S II owners will have to use Samsung’s desktop companion Kies in order to grab the ICS update.
We know owners are ready to give the Galaxy S II a new lease on life, so be sure to head on to the source link to find the update software as well as complete instructions on how to update your device.
source: Samsung Kies
One of the best keyboard alternatives in the game has just gotten a substantial update. The biggest item on its agenda was the addition of word prediction— and Swype has successfully achieved that. Swype has included something called Next Word Prediction which you guessed it: gets smarter based off a user’s historical usage. This technology is based off Nuance’s own XT9 standard and adapts to how a user communicates. In addition, Swype has included a new voice-text dictionary sync which allows you to add both text and speech to an internal database— which further helps with users being able to communicate better with others. Some of the other tidbits featured in the new update include the ability to download over 55 languages and a brand-spankin’ new 4-in-1 keyboard, which includes the ability to allow users to type words by drawing letters and numbers using their fingertips.
The new version is available as a beta now, so interested parties will want to hit the source link in order to test out the new updates, but first you’ll want to hit past the break and check out the full presser.