We have some Android OEMs that are bad about releasing updates for their handsets, and then we have Motorola. In a world where more and users are demanding updates, Motorola has completely failed to bring those updates, and in many cases backed out of their promises to upgrade phones. Naturally when Google acquired Motorola, we all expected some changes to be made, and it looks like we’re starting to see some of that now. New Moto VP of Product Punit Soni talked about the broken promises publicly on Google+, and left a cautiously optimistic comment concerning the company’s future.
In the 5 months I have been on this, I dont go through one day when I dont feel the impact of past promises that were made and couldnt be met. I have said this before: I cannot fix the past. However, going forward, anything we launch, we will support. Any commitment we make, we will follow up.
It’s nice to hear, but Motorola’s broken more than their fair share of promises, so it’s going to take a little more than a social media comment to fix those trust problems. Regardless, we can all hope that some things do start to change for the better at Motorola.
source: Google Plus
It’s been a long time coming for you owners of the Sprint variation of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone— but Android 4.2 glory is now available and ready for you to conquer… sort of. Reports are coming in that a 100MB update file that is identified as JOP40D has been leaked on Google servers and can be accessed and download simply by clicking a link. Once the file is downloaded, all that’s needed is to simply flash the update to your phone and bam!— you’re in business.
Unfortunately there is no indication of when the update will be available over-the-air for all Sprint G-Nex owners, but we suspect it will be out sooner than later. All we need now is to see the Verizon variant of the Galaxy Nexus seeing its Android 4.2 update and we’ll be in business…
source: XDA Forums
If you’re an owner of the US variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, then you will probably be all smiles after hearing this news. Reports are coming in that Sammy has begun pushing out the long-awaited and coveted Jelly Bean update to owners of the tablet. The update brings the Android software to version 4.1.2 and brings with it some nice little goodies such as the multi-window multitasking feature. The update is just now being pushed out to the masses— so if you don’t see anything now don’t fret— it’s probably a good bet that you’ll see it sooner than later.
source: Android Central
It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally seeing HTC’s One S smartphone starting to get the coveted Jelly Bean update rolled out… well for owners of the global version of the device at least. There are numerous reports coming in that select owners have finally gotten the Android 4.1.1 update notification indication and have successfully been able to finally experience the joys of Google Now and Project Butter. Additionally, as if that wasn’t enough— the gang at XDA also was able to find a welcome direct HTC link to the update. It’s a wonderful Christmas for owners of the global One S, isn’t it?
Interested parties can grab even more deets once they hit the source link.
Everyone’s favorite keyboard maker is feeling festive this holiday season and has released a new update in the Google Play store. For a limited time only you can grab SwiftKey 3 and SwiftKey 3 for Tablets at 50% off the normal price. $1.99 will get you SwiftKey’s famous (and excellent) predictive typing feature, and if you grab it while it’s on sale, you’ll save yourself some cash when the long-awaited SwiftKey Flow feature is released in the near future. Besides all that, SwiftKey has given us a candy-cane red theme just in time for the holidays! Use the QR code or download link below if you want this great keyboard.
Google Play Download Link
Garmin’s Navigon Navigator app has just received an extensive update bringing even more functionality for its users. Right off the bat, Garmin has brought the ability to share your location with others using its Glympse technology. This means that no matter where you might be, users will always be able to share their locations with friends and family via a text message or email with a location link to a tracking map included. In addition, the Navigon app will include even deeper Foursquare integration, which eventually learns your check-in behavior and even offers suggestions of places to visit and check into.
While the Navigon app has been revamped to include more features, Garmin is also getting into the holiday spirit by offering a price reduction of the app. Garmin will be offering the Navigon app for 25% off its normal price— so this means you can grab the app for $39.95, instead of $49.95. Not too bad of a deal, right?
You’ll find the complete presser as well as the Play Store link once you hit the break.
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.
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.
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’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