Windows Phone 7.8 update rollout now “imminent” says Nokia

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Jan 052013
 
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Nokia yesterday told PocketGamer.biz that the Windows Phone 7.8 update for its Lumia devices currently running Windows Phone 7.5 is “imminent.” A more specific timeline for the update was not provided. Nokia added the exact schedule “remains in Microsoft’s hands” and concluded that “At present we have no more information we can give about wider availability of the update for phones running Windows Phone 7.5.”

Windows Phone 7.8 will offer a number of Windows Phone 8 features (including the updated Home screen) to older handsets. Among these is the new Start screen with resizable Live Tiles, additional theme and accent colors, new lock screen features and more.

Some Nokia Lumia smartphones such as the Lumia 610 and Lumia 505 have begun to ship with Windows Phone 7.8 preloaded. “With Windows Phone 7.8 beginning to ship pre-loaded on Nokia Lumia smartphones, we will naturally be deploying the software to our factories for product rollout,” Nokia explained in its statement.

For its part, Microsoft has only indicated that Windows Phone 7.8 will start rolling it out in early 2013.

Read more: PocketGamer.biz (Source: WMPoweruser)

Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update rolling out to Bell Motorola ATRIX HD LTE

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Dec 192012
 

There is some unexpected but good news for Bell Motorola ATRIX HD LTE owners (including Gadgetorama’s own) tonight. The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade is now rolling out. It’s a pleasant surprise as Motorola’s latest upgrade schedule had indicated that the update would not be begin to roll out until Q1 2013.

Motorola ATRIX HD LTE Android 4.1.2 upgrade

Motorola ATRIX HD LTE Android 4.1.2 upgrade

If you don’t see the notification yet, you can check manually through your settings: Settings -> About phone -> System Updates -> Check now.

Software update for Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 rolling out in Canada and US

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Dec 192012
 

Nokia Lumia 920Nokia today announced that it has begun to push out a software update that brings a number of enhancements to the Nokia Lumia 920 at Rogers here in Canada and the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 at AT&T in the United States. The update (Software Version 1232.5951.1249.0001) offers the following:

  • Enhancements in Messaging
  • More efficient and reliable Bluetooth connectivity
  • More efficient and reliable start-up sequence
  • Enhancements in imaging performance and battery management
  • Additional platform updates and enhancements

Your device should soon alert you that an update is available. To check manually, select Settings -> Phone Update -> Check For Updates. The update process should take about 30 minutes.

Nokia is also “working with Microsoft and our operator partners” to push out updates for other Lumia devices updates in early February 2013.

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Apple releases iOS 6.0.2 with Wi-Fi fix

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Dec 182012
 

AppleApple today released iOS 6.0.2, a small update aimed primarily at the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. According to the changelog, it fixes a single issue: “a bug that could impact Wi-Fi.” It will hopefully address complaints about poor Wi-Fi performance exhibited by some users of both devices.

To update Over-The-Air, users can select ‘General’ > ‘Software Update’ vai the Settings app. It is also available through iTunes.

The next major iOS update, version 6.1, is expected in early 2013. Apple iOS 6.1 beta 4 is currently available to developers.

Read more: AppleInsider

Sony provides update on 2012 Xperia smartphone Android 4.1 upgrade plans

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Dec 172012
 

SonySony today provided an updated and more specific timeline as to when 2012 Xperia smartphone owners would (or would not) see Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on their devices with the usual caveat that “availability and rollout timing will vary by market and customer variants.”

First up will be the Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V with upgrades set to roll during February and March. The Xperia P, Xperia J and Xperia go will follow starting in late March. The Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion and Xperia acro S will then follow in “the subsequent weeks.”

A number of devices will not be updated. The Xperia U, Xperia miro, Xperia tipo, and Xperia sola will all remain on Android 4.0. Sony explained that:

The quality of Xperia’s software experience is dependent on a number of factors including: screen resolution, hardware platform and RAM. In the case of Xperia go, this combination came together in a way that meant the user experience running JB was not adversely affected.

Unfortunately, in the case of Xperia tipo, Xperia miro, Xperia U and Xperia sola this wasn’t the case – so we made the decision to keep them on Ice Cream Sandwich.

It remains to be seen if and when devices will then be upgraded to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Sony has already confirmed that it will not upgrade its 2011 Xperia devices to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Read more: Sony Mobile Communications

Nokia Lumia 920 to get software update this month

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Dec 162012
 

Nokia Lumia 920On the heels of the Windows Phone 8X by HTC getting an OTA update comes word from Nokia that the Nokia Lumia 920 will also receive a software update this month. The tweet from @NokiaCareUS is slim on additional details unfortunately:

It remains to be seen if the Nokia update will contain a similar list of fixes and enhancements as the one for the Windows Phone 8X. If so, it will include the ability to keep Wi-Fi active when the screen times out and some new SMS features.

Given that we are halfway through December, the update should be hitting Lumia 920 smartphones pretty soon! It’s also not clear whether the Lumia 820 will get a similar update around the same time.

Read more: @NokiaCareUS [via Twitter] (Source: MyNokiaBlog)

Rogers updates Android Jelly Bean upgrade schedule

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Dec 142012
 

Rogers CommunicationsRogers has updated its OS Upgrades Schedule posted on its Community Forums. All devices on the list are scheduled to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the near future but it’s a mix of bad and good news.

Let’s start with the bad news: Upgrades for the Samsung Galaxy Note (SGH-I717R) and Samsung Galaxy S II LTE (SGH-I727R) have slipped to “Early January” and “Late January” respectively from an earlier “Late December” ETA.

And now the good news: Three devices have been added to the list: The Motorola Razr HD, the Sony Xperia T, and the HTC One X. All three are currently scheduled for “Late January” updates.

As Rogers warns, “release dates are subject to change.”

Read more: Rogers Wireless

Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.1 update headed to Mobilicity, Videotron and WIND starting Friday

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Dec 132012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIICanada’s Android 4.1 update rollout began early last week with Bell, Rogers and TELUS users getting their upgrades. Samsung Canada today announced that the upgrade will begin rolling out to Mobilicity, Videotron and WIND Mobile users on Friday, December 14th:

The rollout will be staggered and continue into next week, meaning that it may be a few more days before you receive your update notification. You can also check manually by selecting About phone > System updates > Check Now in the Settings.

It looks like Samsung will make good on its promise to have its Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean updates out before the holidays. As for Note users, it appears that the wait will go on a bit longer.

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Twitter]

First Microsoft Windows Phone 8 OTA update headed to Windows Phone 8X by HTC

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Dec 112012
 

Windows Phone 8X by HTCMicrosoft has begun rolling out the first OTA update for Windows Phone 8. Headed to the Windows Phone 8X by HTC [product information], it includes a number of new features, including one that Windows Phone users have been waiting for for some time.

Probably the key new feature added is the ability to keep Wi-Fi active when the screen times out. Before this option, Wi-Fi would be disabled at the same time as the screen going off, switching over to a cellular connection or disconnecting if one was not available.

This Windows Phone 8 update also adds some new SMS features: The ability to create SMS drafts, a ‘select all’ option mass deletions, and the ability to reject calls with a text message.

The update process took about 30 minutes when performed by WPCentral. It took about 10 minutes to download the update and for the device to prepare itself. The update itself took another 10 minutes or so. Five more minutes were taken up by the data migration that wrapped up the process.

The update appears to be rolling out to the international version of the Windows Phone 8X for now. Hopefully the update will soon make its way over to North America (It has certainly not shown up on the 8X we are currently reviewing).

Read more: WPCentral and WPCentral

List of HTC devices to be updated to Android Jelly Bean revealed?

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Dec 112012
 

HTCHTC has taken its time announcing which of its devices it would upgrade to Android Jelly Bean. To date, only the HTC One X and HTC One S have been confirmed. Its last update back in mid-November indicated that it was still deciding which other devices to upgrade. We may now have more information courtesy of the usually reliable @Football4PDA:

Translating codenames, we get the following list of devices:

  • HTC One XL (Evita)
  • Verizon DROID Incredible 4G (Fireball)
  • Sprint HTC EVO 4G (Jewel)
  • HTC One SV (K2)
  • HTC One VX (Totem C2)
  • HTC One S (Ville and Ville C2 variant)
  • HTC J ISW13HT (Valente)

The HTC One X+ (Evitare) also features on the list. Given that it already ships with Android 4.1, this could be an indication that it will be updated to Android 4.2 (which is also known as Jelly Bean).

It remains to be seen if HTC will add more devices to this list (assuming it is legitimate) or if it will limit itself to just these devices. Based on the fact that HTC has already confirmed that it would not upgrade devices with 512MB RAM or less, a number devices have already been eliminated but a number, including the HTC Amaze 4G, remain in limbo for now.

Read more: @Football4PDA [via Twitter] (Source: Brighthand)

Motorola updates Canadian Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade plans

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Dec 072012
 

MotorolaMotorola has updated its Android software upgrade schedule document and there are some updates for Canadians. The current schedule is as follows:

  • Motorola RAZR HD (XT925): Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) upgrade to begin in Q1 2013
  • Motorola ATRIX HD (MB886): Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) upgrade to begin in Q1 2013
  • Motorola RAZR (XT910): Will be upgraded to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)

Based on the timelines above, Rogers Wireless may have to update the latest version of its own OS upgrades schedule as it shows the Motorola RAZR HD update coming in December.

Motorola also expects to make a decision on upgrade plans for the Motorola RAZR V sometime soon.

It remains to be seen if Canadian MOTOROLA XOOM WiFi-Only owners will see the Android 4.1 update. It rolled out this summer south of the border but still does not appear to feature in Motorola Canada’s plans.

Read more: Motorola (Source: AndroidAuthority)

Canadian Android 4.1 update for Samsung Galaxy S III now underway

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Dec 032012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIIAs promised, Samsung Canada today confirmed that it has begun to push out its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III [product information]. The first devices to get the update are ones from Bell, Rogers and TELUS. The rollout is expected to continue throughout the week.

If you have not received your notification about the update yet, you can also check manually under Settings by selecting About phone > System updates > Check Now.

As for Galaxy S III users with Mobilicity, SaskTel, Vidéotron and WIND Mobile, Samsung hopes to have a release date “soon.”

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Facebook]

Video: Windows Phone 7.8 teased on Nokia Lumia 900

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Dec 022012
 

Microsoft earlier this week announced that it will start rolling out Windows Phone 7.8 upgrades for current devices in early 2013. What this upgrade will look like on a Nokia Lumia 900 is now the subject of a video. Being only 37 seconds in length, you can forget about any in-depth look at what the upgrade will offer. It briefly shows off the new start screen with tile resizing and a new Xbox icon.

The video was shot using a preview Windows Phone 7.8 version on a demo unit. While there may yet be further changes, Windows Phone 7.8 appears for now to be running smoothly on the Lumia 900.

Read more: PhoneCatTV [via YouTube] (Source: GSMArena)

Microsoft Windows Phone 7.8 update coming in “early 2013”

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Nov 282012
 

Windows PhoneWhile Microsoft has been focused on the launch of Windows Phone 8 and new devices, there has been little news about its Windows Phone 7.8 update for existing Windows Phone 7 devices. That changed today with a blog post that shed some light on when we will see it. It is currently working with its hardware partners and hopes to start rolling it out in early 2013.

Aside from its new Start screen with resizable Live Tiles, Windows Phone 7.8 will also come with 20 theme and accent colors “so you can make your phone even more personal,” new lock screen features: the option to automatically display the Bing Picture of the Day plus the ‘A1B2C3’ PIN/password challenge to prevent accidental device wipes on phones connected to Exchange accounts. There will also be new apps including Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars.

Microsoft also announced that new models running Windows Phone 7.8 should be hitting the street in the near future.

These devices will typically be sold at a range of lower price points, meaning there will now be Windows Phones for everyone’s budget and need. This is incredibly important for broadening the reach of Windows Phone across the globe and ensuring we have the right product for every market.

With Windows 7.8, it will also be possible to buy apps through the Xbox service in 95 countries, 30% more than before.

Read more: Microsoft

Canadian Samsung Galaxy S III to get Android Jelly Bean starting December 3rd

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Nov 272012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIISamsung Canada today annnounced via Twitter that it is making good on its promise to have Jelly Bean updates out before the holidays. Its much anticipated Android 4.1 (or could it be Android 4.2?) update for the Samsung Galaxy S III [product information] will begin rolling out in Canada on December 3rd:

Jelly Bean starts rolling out to GALAXY S III owners over-the-air Monday. Stay tuned for more Jelly Bean announcements soon!

There is no word yet on how the rollout will proceed. For example, could certain carriers get it first?

The promise of additional Jelly Bean announcements suggests that other Samsung devices (likely the Galaxy Note) could soon see Android Jelly Bean updates.

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Twitter]