Android Jelly Bean rolling out to Mobilicity and WIND Mobile Galaxy Note II

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Feb 262013
Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Canadian Samsung Galaxy Note II Jelly Bean upgrade rollout began earlier this month. As expected, the rollout has been phased with some carriers getting it before others. There is good news today for Galaxy Note II owners on the Mobilicity and WIND Mobile networks as notifications have begun to pop up on their devices.

The Google Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update also includes Samsung’s Multi Window function as well as Chinese language support.

As usual, you will be able to check manually to see if the upgrade is available yet: Settings -> About phone -> System Updates -> Check now.

Read more: MobileSyrup

Sony Xperia T and Xperia V Android 4.1.2 upgrades begin rolling out

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Feb 072013

Sony Mobile today announced that it has begun to roll out its Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrades for the Sony Xperia T and the Sony Xperia V. Both will also include improved Sony features. “We’ve been working to blend our Sony Xperia software with Google’s Jelly Bean release to create optimum user experiences.”

Aside from the OS upgrade itself, software versions 9.1.A.0.489 and 9.1.A.0.490 for the Xperia T and Xperia V respectively also include updated, more intuitive versions of Sony Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies. There is also a new search function within the application tray to find local apps.

As is so often the case, the update comes with a caveat: “Availability and rollout timing will vary by market and customer variants.” In Canada, the Sony Xperia T is carried by Rogers which expects the update to roll out in “mid-February.”

Sony Mobile also confirmed that the Xperia TX upgrade will follow next month. If the schedule last communicated remains unchanged, the Xperia P, Xperia J and Xperia go will then follow starting in late March. The Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion and Xperia acro S will then follow in “the subsequent weeks.”

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Canadian Samsung Galaxy Note II Jelly Bean upgrade coming next week

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Jan 142013

Samsung Galaxy Note IISamsung Canada delivered some good news to Canadian owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. In a statement released today, it confirmed that its Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update will include support for the anticipated Multi Window feature:

Samsung Canada announced today the upcoming availability of the latest update for the GALAXY Note II smartphone, which offers Multi Window allowing users to interact with two separate applications simultaneously.

The OS update (Android 4.1.2) gives customers the ability to personalize and customize their smartphone experience and interact with two apps at the same time. Samsung Canada now allows GALAXY Note II customers to change app positions within the Multi Window in addition to having the capability of using Pop Up Video while using Multi Window.

Also, included in this software update is the inclusion of both simplified and traditional Chinese language support. Easily accessible from the device’s settings menu, the software can change the language for most menus and applications and also support handwriting of Chinese characters to be transposed into text.

In a follow-up email, Samsung Canada indicated that the update will begin rolling out “in the next week.” Availability will depend by carrier suggesting that we could see a similar deployment as that of the Samsung Galaxy S III where some carriers got the update ahead of others.

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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.

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

Google announces Android 4.1.2

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Oct 092012

Google today released Android 4.1.2 to AOSP (Android Open Source Project). Billed as a “minor” update, the full changelog has not been published. Shortly after, it also began pushing out the update to its Google Nexus 7 tablet. So far we know that it “improves performance and stability and fixes bugs” and adds a landscape app launcher mode to the Nexus 7.

Landscape mode on the Google Nexus 7

The build number is JZO54K and the AOSP tag is android-4.1.2_r1.

It is likely that the update will also make its way to the Google Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Motorola XOOM tablets in the near future.

The update has not yet made it to my Nexus 7. It is likely that Google will stagger the deployment so we will need to be patient…

Read more: Android Building and EE Times

HTC DIx specifications leaked again (Updated)

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Oct 082012

HTCThe HTC DIx has been the topic of rumours for a while. Known also as the HTC 6435LVW and the HTC DLX, it has resurfaced again today. @Football4PDA, who has a pretty good track record, today tweeted about its specifications (and calling it the DLX). We can expect the following:

    • Processor: 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
    • Operating system: Google Android 4.1.2
    • Display: 5-inch Full HD
    • Memory: 1.5GB RAM
    • Storage: 16GB ROM
    • Rear-facing camera: 12MP
    • Front-facing camera: 2MP
    • Battery: Non-removable 2,500mAh

These latest specifications line up nicely with those of earlier rumours.

The HTC DIx appears headed to Verizon as the DROID Incredible X. It also appears that HTC could release variants as the HTC One X5 and a Nexus variant called the Google Nexus 5.

There is no word yet on availability and pricing.

Update: A tweet from @evleaks about the HTC DLX also popped up today with very similar details. We’ve updated the specs above with a few new details like the presence of NFC. Is an announcement in the air?

Read more: @Football4PDA [via Twitter] and @evleaks [via Twitter]

HTC to launch 5-inch Google Nexus 5 smartphone?

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Sep 242012

HTCWith the Galaxy Nexus starting to get long in the tooth (in smartphone terms), anticipation is building for Google’s next Nexus device. Better yet, earlier rumours suggest that it may have more than one device up its sleeve this time around. A new tip received by GSMArena suggests that HTC could be readying such a device and it could be none other than the oft-rumoured HTC 5-inch tablet better known as the DROID Incredible X or One X5. It could be known as the Google Nexus 5.

The report adds that the new Nexus device would run Android 4.1.2. The new version would sport a number of bug fixes, Project Butter improvements, lockscreen improvements and other minor tweaks. On the hardware side, the Google Nexus 5 would be powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset and come with a 5-inch 1080p display, LTE connectivity, up to 64GB of onboard memory, a 12MP rear camera and a 2MP front one, and a 2,500mAh battery.

Google’s Nexus upcoming refresh is promising to be quite exciting. Let’s hope that the Google Nexus 5 is joined by devices from LG, Samsung, and Sony who have also all been rumoured to be working on Nexus devices as well.

Read more: GSMArena