If you’re a Verizon Galaxy Nexus owner, then it looks like you’ve got some sort of update on the way… which we were already aware of and expecting. Reports are coming in that the nation’s wireless carrier is currently testing a mysterious JDQ39 build of Android 4.2.2 which seems to feature some new radios, but unfortunately seems to feature an old bootloader and old kernel version.
Why Verizon isn’t updating the kernel and bootloader beats us— but maybe it’s just part of its extensive testing before rolling out to the masses. Nevertheless we’ll certainly be keeping our eyes and ears open to what Verizon has up in its sleeves for you G-Nex users out there.
source: XDA Forums
via: Android Central
The Sprint LG Optimus G is getting a nice upgrade to Jelly Bean with numerous reports of the update rolling out to owners. While it’s only been a little over three months since the phone’s release, Jelly Bean has been available on devices as early as July 2012. The LG Optimus G on the other hand, launched on Sprint’s network back in November running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. There is no official word from Sprint if it’s a large or more gradual roll-out, but you can see if you have the update right now by navigating to your settings and selecting “About Phone” and looking for the software update from there. If you do manage to grab the update, you’ll finally get upgraded to 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. If not, then sit tight as you will probably get the update eventually.
If you’re a working professional or a student, then you are probably going to be happy at the latest update to CloudOn. The latest update brings the software to version 4.0 and gives even more functionality to one of the few apps available to offer Microsoft Office document editing. In addition to phone-specific support, the latest update includes enhancements to the usual goodies including allowing users to:
Use Microsoft Word®, Excel® and PowerPoint® on your Android Tablet and Phone to create, review and edit documents.
Rename, delete and manage documents with your Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive accounts.
View virtually any type of file, including: PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.
Share files as links or attachments via email directly from the workspace.
Display, edit or create charts, change formatting, spell check, insert comments, etc into any Word, Excel or PowerPoint files.
Use the FileSpace to see a log of all the activity on file including edits, notifications and notes.
The latest update is available for free, so most of you Android folk out there have no reason to grab it today— especially since the update allows you to you know— be productive and all.
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It looks like Google has just unleashed a minor Play Store update for Android users— well unofficially at least. According to our friends at Android Police, the version brings the software version to 3.10.14 and doesn’t appear to include any significant changes or anything that pops out, indicating that this is a minor update including some bug fixes here and there. Unfortunately, there’s no change log available at this time– but the latest update is ready for you to download at the source link below. If you do happen to grab the update and find anything special— be sure to let us know in the Comments section when you hit past the break.
source: Android Police
Are you a fan of HBO or Cinemax? You’ll be pretty happy with the latest updates to the HBO GO and MAX GO apps, which have added in incredibly convenient HDMI support. Now you’ll be able to get your favorite television shows on your big screen television easier than ever. This is a definite improvement over having to watch content on your phone screen all the time. Hit the link below to get your hands on the update.
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Just because the OG Samsung Galaxy Note is considered a little old in the tech world, it doesn’t mean that it still can’t get timely updates in order to keep things fresh and modern on the device, right? That’s why Samsung has gone ahead begun the initial push of its Android 4.1.2 update for the international variant of the Galaxy Note smartphone. The update brings the Android build to version JZO54K and brings with it the following:
The newest addition to Verizon’s Droid family, the HTC Droid DNA, is set to receive a minor update OTA relatively soon. It’s not a major update to 4.2, unfortunately, but it does contain quite a few other enhancements WiFi, Bluetooth, and audio quality, among other things. Regardless, updates are always a good thing. No official word on when this update is going to roll out to devices, but since Verizon has officially put up their support page, it shouldn’t be too much longer. Hit the source below to get the full changelog for the update.
source: Verizon Wireless
Mobile security is a big deal on Android devices. While it’s debatable if malware is as big of a problem on Android as security analysts say it is, it’s still very important to keep your devices protected, just in case. Usually, Google does an excellent job of patching most vulnerabilities in their software, the problem is that carriers take way, way too long to get those security patches onto consumer handsets. Activist Chris Soghoian, known for his work with consumer security and privacy, has recently called out wireless carriers on their poor practices with updating these devices.
He’s saying what we’ve all been thinking, but he definitely brings to light some of the less thought about problems of slow updates. Most people complain about being stuck on old software because it’s slower or lacks cooler features, but that outdated software also lacks the updated protection that current software would provide. The antivirus on your computer wouldn’t do much good if it was looking for malware from 2010, would it? He also talks about the stock Android browser, which is one of the more popular browsers simply because it’s preloaded on the device. Unlike Firefox, Chrome, or any other browser you can download from the Play Store, the stock browser lacks constant updates and new malware protection like updateable apps have.
It’s definitely a good read, and definitely a situation that needs to change. Read on past the source to see what Soghoian has to say.
source: Threat Post
Those of you out there who own a variant of the Sony Xperia T smartphone are about to get a taste of some buttery goodness in the near-future. According to the PTCRB website, a new firmware version of 9.1.A.0.489 has been certified for the Xperia T (LT30p) and Xperia TX (LT29i) smartphones— which effectively moves the software up from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean. Oh and owners of an American variant of the smartphone won’t be left out either— the Xperia TL (LT30at) for AT&T is also getting a new firmware version certified with 9.1.F.1.120, which would also bring the device up to Jelly Bean as well.
So while the new pieces of firmware have been certified, it would still be a matter of weeks before we see the update land on the respective devices. Hopefully the different Xperia T owners out there will be able to contain themselves in the meantime.
source: Xperia Blog
Google Wallet has recently been updated to be better than ever by including some nifty little features. Among the cool items to note is the fact that Google has implemented support for Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express cards, a revamped user interface, application stability and improved battery life. So while those features are greatly welcomed—- it’s easy to catch that the most eye-catching item among the listed improvements to the app is the revamped UI. The new UI seems to fall in line with the newer Holo-type theme found in Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean devices. What this means is that users will be able to navigate through the app in a much more fluid manner by now allowing users to simply swipe left and right in order to access the various sections of the app.
While the latest app is not available for a limited number of NFC-based devices, the latest update is in the Play Store now. So if you have a device that can take advantage of the revolutionary payment app— be sure to grab the latest update today.
Play Store Download Link