Google Android 4.2.1 begins rolling out to Nexus 4, 7, and 10

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Nov 272012

With December only days away, Google has begun to push out Android 4.2.1. According to xda-developers forum users, the OTA update is landing on the Google Nexus 4 smartphone as well as the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets.

Google Android 4.2.1

The update is only 1.1MB in size. It fixes the missing December issue in the People app and may also fix some Bluetooth issues experienced by some. A changelog has yet to be posted so it’s not clear what other changes could also be included.

As always, the rollout will be staggered so you may not see the update notification immediately. You can also check manually via System updates in your device’s Settings.

Read more: xda-developers (Source: TalkAndroid)

Microsoft to update Windows Phone 8 with Apollo+ in Q1 2013?

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Nov 262012

Microsoft Windows PhoneMicrosoft is currently readying its first update for its Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system. Codenamed Apollo+, it could be out as early as Q1 2013 according to @Football4PDA:

MS is going to roll out update for WP8 which is called Apollo+ in Q1 2013…

Citing unnamed sources, The Verge has a few additional details on the update. Aside from the typical bug fixes (including a Wi-Fi connection fix) and performance enhancements, it will include features that Microsoft was not able to deliver with the original version of Windows Phone 8 due to time constraints. Among these could be an improved notification center and some enterprise features such as VPN support.

Microsoft could formally announce Apollo+ at Mobile World Congress as a point release rather than a new major version. It will likely be the first Windows Phone update to be delivered over-the-air as Windows Phone 7 required that updates be done through their PCs.

Read more: @Football4PDA [via Twitter] and The Verge

HTC updates Android 4.1 upgrade plans

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Nov 122012

HTCHTC has updated one of its Q&A page with additional information on its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update plans to its devices. HTC is “actively reviewing our product portfolio to identify candidates to receive Jelly Bean” but, so far, only the HTC One X and HTC One S upgrades are confirmed.

HTC has prioritized its review process. It started with devices launched in 2012. It will then turn its attention to its 2011 devices.

As it stands, at least two devices released in 2012 will not be updated. These are the HTC One V and the HTC Desire C. HTC explains that devices with 512MB RAM or less will not be upgraded to Android 4.1 as such upgrades would not deliver an “optimal user experience.” HTC does make clear that these devices will still get software improvements, security fixes, and technical support as required.

HTC added that Android 4.1 upgrades will include HTC Sense 4+.

Timelines are also vague with HTC warning that carrier certifications may also delay deployments further.

Read more: HTC

Google Nexus 7 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update coming in mid-November?

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Nov 112012

Google Nexus 7Google was originally expected to start pushing out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to its Nexus 7 tablet in late October. Clearly that did not happen and owners are still waiting for an indication as to when they can now expect it. ASUS, the tablet’s manufacturer, explains that the update “is expected shortly” but provides no specific dates.

According to an ASUS spokesperson, the delay is due to Google itself:

“We’re still waiting on Google for the update. We haven’t put out an official statement as it is a software issue rather than hardware.”

Android 4.2 is mainly an incremental update and retains the Jelly Bean name. Among the new features are the new Photo Sphere camera app, user accounts for tablets, and new gesture-based software keyboard.

Both the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and Google Nexus 10 tablet which go on sale on November 13th will come with Android 4.2 pre-loaded.

Read more: CNET

Motorola begins pushing out Android 4.1 to DROID RAZR M

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Nov 092012

Verizon DROID RAZR MMotorola and Verizon both announced today that they had begun pushing out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the Verizon DROID RAZR M.

Jelly Bean includes enhancements and new features like Google Now which shows relevant information based on time and current location. Users can get the local weather forecast before starting their day or see how long their commute will be before even leaving the house.

Customers will also experience an enhanced notification panel that displays missed calls and emails, and lets them return the call or reply to the email right from the notification. Jelly Bean’s smart keyboard has improved accuracy and suggests the next word before it is even typed.

The update will also make the DROID RAZR M ISIS-ready. Customers will be able to make payments by simply tapping their phone at any ISIS Ready merchant.

The deployment will be done in phases starting today. No ETA was given as to when all customers will have been upgraded though. Customers will also be able to manually download the update starting sometime next week.

Read more: Motorola [via Twitter] and Verizon

Rogers provides ETAs for Samsung Galaxy S III and Note Jelly Bean upgrades

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Nov 062012

Rogers CommunicationsSamsung Canada has already promised that the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note will be upgraded to Android 4.1 before the holidays. Rogers is now providing a better estimate as to when the updates will roll out through its Community Forums. The current schedule is as follows:

  • Samsung Galaxy S III (SGH-I747M) – Late November
  • Samsung Galaxy Note (SGH-I717R) – Late December
  • Samsung Galaxy S II LTE (SGH-I727R) – Late December

As usual with upgrade schedules, Rogers warns that “release dates are subject to change.”

Read more: Rogers Wireless

Apple releases iOS 6.0.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

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Nov 012012

AppleApple today released iOS 6.0.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It is a maintenance release addressing a number of bugs. According to the changelog, it fixes the following:

  • Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air.
  • Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off.
  • Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks.
  • Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances.
  • Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match.
  • Fixes a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen.
  • Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings.

Because of the OTA update bug, iPhone 5 users will need to download the new Software Updater in order to then download iOS 6.0.1.

Apple iOS 6.1, a more significant update, is expected to follow after the holidays.

Read more: AppleInsider

Motorola update list of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates

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Oct 222012

Motorola MobilityMotorola Mobility last month confirmed that most of its 2011 smartphones would be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Those that would not be would instead be eligible in the U.S. for a US$100 credit towards a new Motorola smartphone. The company has now updated its upgrade lists to indicate which devices will be upgraded and which will not.

First up, the devices that will receive the upgrade include the recently announced DROID RAZR M, RAZR HD, and RAZR Maxx HD which will all be upgraded by the end of the year. The ATRIX HD, Photon Q, Eletrify 2, DROID RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX, DROID 4, and DROID Bionic will also be upgraded but timelines are not provided.

With Motorola having changed its mind on a few devices already, it still leaves the door open to additional ones with the warning that “all dates and status subject to change.”

A total of 13 devices will not be upgraded and will be eligible for the rebate. Among those are the Atrix 4G, Atrix 2, Photon 4G, DROID 3, Milestone 3, and others. The rebate can be applied towards the purchase of a ATRIX HD, DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR M, DROID RAZR MAXX HD, MOTOROLA ELECTRIFY 2, Electrify 2, or Photon Q.

The $100 rebate offer is not available in Canada at this time but Motorola is “working to expand the program to additional markets and will provide more details when they are available.” We’ll let you if it makes it up here.

Read more: Motorola and Motorola U.S. trade-up program

Sony Mobile outlines Xperia Jelly Bean update plans

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Oct 192012

Sony Mobile CommunicationsSony today announced its upgrade plans for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Most of its 2012 lineup will be upgraded but the same cannot be said for older 2011 devices. Confirmed for updates are the following devices:

  • Xperia T and Xperia TX
  • Xperia V
  • Xperia S
  • Xperia acro S
  • Xperia ion
  • Xperia P
  • Xperia go
  • Xperia J

As for its 2011 lineup, Sony concluded “after thorough evaluation” that it will not upgrade them beyond Ice Cream Sandwich. Rumours about this decision first surfaced in the summer with Sony responding that it was still “actively investigating Android OS upgrades for all devices.” Also missing from the list above are some 2012 entry-level models such as the Xperia and Xperia Tipo.

Sony provided few details as to when the upgrades would be available. So far, it has only confirmed that updates for the Xperia T, Xperia TX, and Xperia V would be available “from mid-Q1 2013.” Presumably other updates will follow afterwards.

Read more: Sony Mobile

Canadian Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note to get Android 4.1 update before holidays

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Oct 162012

Google AndroidThere is good news today for Canadian owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note. Samsung Canada confirmed via Twitter that both devices will receive their Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrades in the next few weeks:

Exciting news for Note and S III owners! You can expect Jelly Bean to arrive before the holidays!

Time to keep your eyes peeled for that notification!

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Twitter]

LG announces Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update schedule

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Oct 162012

LGThere is good news for owners of recent LG smartphones and tablets. The Korean manufacturer today provided a rough timeline as to when it will update a number of devices to Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. All told, the updates will start in November and run into the first quarter of 2013.

Things get started in November with the LG Optimus LTE II. The LG Optimus G will follow in December. The Optimus Vu and and Optimus Vu 2 tablets will receive their updates in Q1 2013. Needless to say, models sold through carriers could see some delays due to the additional certifications required.

It remains to be seen if LG will provide Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates to additional devices.

Read more: LG (in Korean) [Google translation]

Google begins pushing out Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1.2 update

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Oct 152012

Galaxy NexusSince releasing Android 4.1.2 last week, Google has begun to release Android 4.1.2 factory images. The first was for the Google Nexus 7 and it was quickly followed by additional ones for some of the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S smartphones. Now attention has turned to device updates.

The rollout for the Nexus 7 kicked off last week (although there is no sign of it here at Gadgetorama HQ). Now, another has started for the Galaxy Nexus, albeit only for the international and Google Play versions (yakju and takju builds) at this point. Canadians (as well as users of the U.S. CDMA version) who have bought their Galaxy Nexus from a carrier will need to be patient (they just got 4.1.1 last month) or look at converting their software from the yakjuux version to yakju (not impossible but not so simple either).

There are also some reports that the GSM Nexus S (soju version) is also getting the update.

Read more: The Verge

Acer announces Android 4.1 upgrade plans for Iconia Tab tablets

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Oct 052012

AcerIt looks like some good news is coming to many Acer tablet owners. A company spokesperson today confirmed to Computerworld that a number of its Android tablets will be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. In fact, the deployment of the update for the Iconia Tab A700 is already underway.

The other tablets scheduled for upgrades are the Iconia Tab A210 and Iconia Tab A510. Both updates are scheduled to start this quarter and complete before the end of the year.

The newly announced Iconia Tab A110 will ship with Android 4.1 pre-loaded.

Unfortunately, Acer also confirmed that the Iconia Tab A100, Iconia Tab A200, and Iconia Tab A500 will not be upgraded to Android 4.1 and will remain on current versions.

Read more: Computerworld

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 Update now available for download

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Oct 032012

RIM BlackBerry PlayBookResearch In Motion today announced that its latest RIM BlackBerry PlayBook OS update is now available for download. Among the new features in version 2.1 are:

  • Updated BlackBerry Bridge: View, respond and compose new SMS messages on BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet when connected to a BlackBerry smartphone over Bluetooth. Increased performance and speed of other BlackBerry Bridge functions.
  • Email and PIM Enhancements: Pportrait support for email, calendar and contacts, giving you the option to use your tablet in either orientation to message.
  • Improved Android Application Support: Includes Multi-Window Applications, Camera Support and In-App Payments.
  • Updated Print to Go app and Canadian video store now preloaded into OS
  • Improved folder and sync management including ability to individually sync email folders over ActiveSync
  • Streamlined setup and software update experience
  • Over-the-air (OTA) enrollment with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion

The update is currently available for the Wi-Fi versions of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. It will be available for the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook “within the next month, upon carrier approval of software.”

Loof for a software update notification to come up on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet status ribbon to trigger the update. You can also manually trigger a check for the software update by going to the settings menu under “Software Updates” and tapping “Check for Updates”.

Read more: Inside BlackBerry

Rumour: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean coming to ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (TF101)

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Oct 022012

ASUS Eee Pad TransformerWhile Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrades are now available for the Transformer Prime (TF201), Transformer Pad TF300, and Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700), owners of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (TF101), the original Transformer tablet, are still in the dark as to whether they will also receive the upgrade. There have been a few signs in the past that it might and today there was another.

A MobileSyrup reader was told that by a U.S.-based customer service manager that he had been dealing with for some time that ASUS was planning to offer the upgrade. No timelines or further details were provided.

As for ASUS, it has yet to officially confirm (or deny) plans to upgrade the TF101 to Android 4.1. The waiting game goes on…

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