International Variant Of The Samsung Galaxy Note II (GT-N7105) Officially Getting Jelly Bean Update

 

Yet another Samsung toy has just gotten some sweet, sweet Jelly Bean lovin’. Reports are coming in that Samsung has slowly begun rolling out in phases the Jelly Bean update for the international variant of the Galaxy Note II LTE (GT-N7105). The update will bring the Galaxy Note II’s Android software version to 4.1.2 and the build to JZO54K, while offering some noteworthy enhancements like new additions in the Notification Toggles, customizations to the Notification Panel and a new Group Cast application.

If you happen to own the GT-N7105 variant of the smartphone, head on over to Kies Desktop software or go to your device’s settings and snag that update ASAP because after all— Google Now is looking forward to getting to know you a little better and all.

source: SamMobile

 

Samsung Galaxy S III To Get Premium Suite Upgrade, Makes The Jelly Bean Update A Whole Lot Tastier

 

So you own a Galaxy S III, but haven’t gotten that coveted Jelly Bean update yet— but are itching to get an idea of what to look forward to in the imminent update? Well great you’re in luck as Samsung recently posted a video highlighting its Premium Suite upgrade found in a special update. Similar to what is seen on other Samsung devices, Galaxy S III owners who are likely to be due for the update can look forward to items such as Contextual Awareness actions like Page Buddy which allows your Galaxy S III to predict your intentions based off your actions (think of when you plug in your earphones, the device automatically opens the music player) or Enhanced Features like the coveted Multi-Window multitasking feature.

While it is cool to get an idea of what users could potentially look forward to– unfortunately Samsung highlights the Premium Suite “availability and timing will vary depending on the country and mobile carrier”, so it’s uncertain of if most Galaxy S III owners will see the update. However, we’re holding out hope that most (if not all) Galaxy S III users will get to utilize all the cool features. Hit the break to get an idea of what the Premium Suite entails exactly.


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Google Compliments Recent Google Now Update With Refreshed Card List

 

We previously mentioned to you that Google Now recently got an extensive update, but Google went ahead and updated its Card List to show you Googlers just how vast the update is. In addition to seeing the Activity Summary and being able to help with your holiday travels, Google Now users can see all the Cards (both new and old) available, while getting a general description of what each card does. It’s a pretty extensive list, so all of you Jelly Bean users (especially those of you new to Jelly Bean) will want to hit the source link to get a general idea of the different cards available and how they can be useful to you.

source: Google Support

Facebook Messenger To Only Require Name And Number To Use Service, Pushes SMS One Step Closer To Extinction

 

Facebook’s Messenger app has loosened its chains a little and is on its way to being a viable replacement to standard SMS. Hot off the heels of integrating itself with standard texting, Facebook recently announced that users will no longer need to sign into to their Facebook accounts in order to use Messenger— instead, users will only need to provide a name and a number in order to communicate with their friends— similar to what GroupMe or WhatsApp does already. There seems to be some sound reasoning to this decision as Facebook is looking to compete directly against iChat and BBM users. More importantly– the new Facebook Messenger app will be set up as a more efficient and more compelling alternative to the slow and outdated SMS standard.

While the new advancement of Facebook Messenger is exciting and all— most users probably shouldn’t expect to see the new update at least right away. It’s worth noting that India, Australia, Indonesia, Venezuela, and South Africa are the only countries able to take advantage of the new update for now. Knowing Mark Zuckerberg though– it probably won’t be too long of a wait to see other countries take advantage of this sooner than later.

source: The Verge

Canadian Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphones Starting To Get Jelly Bean Update

 

Right on cue, the Canadian variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III has begun receiving a heavy scoop of Jelly Bean across the major carriers. The latest update brings the Canadian builds to I747MVLDLK4 and will bring the usual Jelly Bean goodies like Google Now and Project Butter, as well as custom items like a sizable pop-up screen and additional home screen modes. All in all, the official update being launched should make those already awesome devices just a wee bit better.

The update is available now and can be found using Kies Desktop software or if you are the impatient type— you can always go to your Settings and manually grab the update OTA. Happy updating!

source: SamMobile

Android 4.2.1 Update Now Ready For The (“Takju”) Galaxy Nexus

 

We’ve already seen the Android 4.2.1 update being pushed out to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10— but now the venerable Galaxy Nexus smartphone is starting to get some love too. Thanks some keen eyes, we now know the minor Android 4.2.1 update is now available for the takju variant of the Galaxy Nexus. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when the other variants of the Galaxy Nexus will see the update, but the hope is that it will be sooner than later… especially since the latest Android build is already in the open for all the tinkerers out there.

If you’re on the “takju” variant of the Galaxy Nexus, hit the download link below to grab the update and flash that sucker on your device today. All of you other G-Nex owners just sit tight and be patient for now— your update will be here before you know it.

Download: Android 4.2.1 for takju Galaxy Nexus

ASUS Currently Working On Getting Android 4.2 Update For Its Devices, Fails To Specify Which Ones Exactly

 

ASUS is no doubt one of the more likeable Android manufacturers simply in part, because they push out timely software updates to most of its premium devices. So with Android 4.2 officially out, ASUS tablet owners are anxiously waiting on if/when their device will get the latest update as well and ASUS seems to have given an indirect answer. According to a recent phone call from a Transformer Prime owner to an ASUS customer service rep, ASUS is currently working on getting the Android 4.2 update out for its products, though the rep failed to mention specifically which tablet models would get the update. The hope is that tablets like the Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity tablets will see the updates since they’ve gotten lots of Jelly Bean love already, though it remains to be seen if devices like the Transformer Pad 300 will get the update.

Naturally, we’ll be on the lookout to post official guidance on its Facebook page regarding the Android 4.2 updates or hopefully see a leak or two in the meantime.

source: Android Planet
via: Phandroid

Google updates Play Store to include new UI features

Google has rolling out an update to the Play Store since late last night, and even though it doesn’t have any drastic changes, the UI and recommendations have been polished up, which is a nice touch. The most notable difference is the post-install screen after installing an app; it’s a clean looking screen with  a button to quickly enable automatic updates. There’s also improvements to recommendations, which connects to your circles on Google+ to suggest apps and media.

This brings the Play Store up to the version that’s shipping with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. Hit the link below for the download if you just can’t wait for your Play Store to update automatically.

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