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]

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…

Read more: MobileSyrup

HTC One X and One S Android 4.1 upgrade rollout to begin this month

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Oct 022012
 

HTCAlong with today’s HTC One X+ announcement, HTC also confirmed that it will begin pushing out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrades for the HTC One X and One S this month:

The Android Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 4+ update is scheduled to begin rolling out for the HTC One S and HTC One X from October.

The latest version of HTC’s Sense UI overlay adds a number of features including a Self Portrait mode that works with the front-facing camera, an updated version of HTC Watch, and new Gallery app views.

HTC did not provide specific timelines as to when users will see the upgrade notification pop up on their devices. Carrier certifications may also delay deployments a bit. We’ll let you know when various Canadian carriers start pushing out updates for the devices that they carry.

Read more: HTC

ASUS Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity Android 4.1 upgrade rollout begins

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Sep 262012
 

ASUS Transformer Pad InfinityThe good news started yesterday when ASUS Sweden announced that it had begun upgrading the Transformer Prime (TF201) tablet to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The deployment was limited to Sweden but was a good omen that deployment to other countries would follow soon after.

Today comes word via Facebook that Android 4.1 upgrades for both the TF201 and Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) would begin soon across more countries:

We are pleased to announce that we will soon be rolling out the Android 4.1, Jelly Bean update for both the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) and ASUS Transformer Pad Prime (TF201).

A more specific message posted on xda-developers indicates that the uprade will begin within the next 48 hours in both Canada and the U.S.: “For those users in the US and Canada, the 10.4.2.15 Release should be available within the next 48 hours.”

Read more: ASUS Sweden [via Facebook] (in Swedish), ASUS [via Facebook], and xda-developers

Samsung outlines Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade roadmap

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Sep 242012
 

SamsungSamsung today began to upgrade Samsung Galaxy S III smartphones to Android 4.1. The update kicks off with European devices with Poland leading things off. Samsung also confirmed that the upgrade will be “gradually introduced to other markets” but did not provide any specifics.

The Samsung upgrade also includes a number of updates to its own software. New features include the ability to resize the Pop Up Play video window, a Blocking Mode which lets users block incoming calls, notifications, alarms and LED indicators for a designated period of time, and a pause feature for video recording.

Samsung also confirmed that the upgrade will be provided to the following devices but only provided “soon” as an ETA:

  • Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
  • Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
  • Galaxy Note 10.1
  • Galaxy S II
  • Galaxy Note
  • Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
  • Galaxy S Advance
  • Galaxy S II LTE
  • Galaxy Music
  • Galaxy Chat
  • Galaxy Ace 2
  • Galaxy Beam
  • Galaxy Ace Plus
  • Galaxy Mini II
  • Galaxy S DUOS

Samsung also warns that “The availability and schedule of the software upgrade will vary by market and wireless carriers’ requirements.”

While the less than precise timeline is a bit of disappointment, Samsung still deserves some kudos for bringing Jelly Bean to a wide range of devices, including a number of older and lower-end models (and despite the omission of the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be left on Android 4.0).

Read more: TechCrunch

Canadian Galaxy Nexus owners start receiving Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Sep 122012
 

Galaxy NexusGood news for Canadian Galaxy Nexus owners who have patiently been waiting for their Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean upgrades. After last week’s minor update to Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich, users are finally starting to report that they are getting Jelly Bean upgrade notifications.

So far, I’ve heard about confirmations from both Fido and TELUS.

To check for your upgrade, in your Settings, select About tablet > System updates > Check Now.

Have you seen the upgrade yet? If so, drop us a note below with the carrier you’re on.

Motorola to offer US$100 credit for 2011 devices not to be upgraded to Jelly Bean

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Sep 062012
 

MotorolaAs first announced yesterday during its event with Verizon, most Motorola Android devices released from 2011 onwards will be upgraded to Jelly Bean. It also promised a US$100 credit for those devices that would not be upgraded due to hardware limitations.

If we don’t upgrade your phone to Jelly Bean, we don’t want you to miss out. Buy a select new Motorola smartphone, trade in your old phone, and we’ll give you $100 back. So you always enjoy the best from us.

It today launched a trade-in sitelet where you can go to register to be notified of when your phone’s Jelly Bean upgrade is released or how to to trade in your phone and take advantage of the credit.

The fine print states that the offer is only available to “United States sales of Android Motorola smartphones first offered in 2011 or later.” We’ve reached out to Motorola Canada to see if they will offer a similar program.

Update: Motorola Canada provided us with the following response: “Motorola is evaluating which devices will receive the Jelly Bean upgrade. We will release more details as soon as we have them.” Canadian owners will need to keep their fingers crossed a while longer.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.1.1 upgrade rollout to start at end of August?

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Aug 162012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIIThe rollout of the Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.1.1 upgrade could start as early as the end of this month. Just last week, SamMobile indicated that Samsung was readying the public version of the upgrade. It now reports that the rollout could begin as early as the end of this month both OTA as well as through KIES. Carrier-specific versions will likely take a bit longer though.

The site has also obtained a pre-release version (bearing version I9300XXDLG4 and a date of July 31st, 2012) of the update and has found a number of new features. Among these are a new clock in the notification bar, a “Dormant mode”, some new Live Wallpapers, and the ability to “palm swipe” to take a screenshot.

Adventuresome users can now download this pre-release firmware. It is not without bugs as SamMobile found out: Be warned that it may reformat your microSD card and prevent you from installing certain apps. More risk-averse users should wait until Samsung releases the official version.

Samsung will also reportedly upgrade to Android 4.1 the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Note, and the upcoming Galaxy Note 2 later this year.

Read more: SamMobile

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich now on 16% of Android devices

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Aug 022012
 

The adoption of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich continues to gather steam. According to the latest Android Developers distribution numbers, Android 4.0 now accounts for 15.9% of Android devices that have accessed Google Play within the last 14-day period, up from 10.9% about a month ago. Here are the full numbers:

Version Codename API Level Distribution
1.5 Cupcake 3 0.2%
1.6 Donut 4 0.5%
2.1 Eclair 7 4.2%
2.2 Froyo 8 15.5%
2.3 – 2.3.2 Gingerbread 9 0.3%
2.3.3 – 2.3.7 10 60.3%
3.1 Honeycomb 12 0.5%
3.2 13 1.8%
4.0 – 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich 14 0.1%
4.0.3 – 4.0.4 15 15.8%
4.1 Jelly Bean 16 0.8%

Gingerbread remains the dominant version despite a 6.1% drop. Still accounting for 60.6% of Android devices, Ice Cream Sandwich has ways to go before it catches up, especially as manufacturers are still releasing devices powered by Gingerbread (like the upcoming Motorola DEFY PRO). Meanwhile, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which was announced at Google I/O in June, has made an appearance for the first time, accounting for nearly 1% of devices.

Read more: Android Developers

Sony “still investigating” Android 4.1 for 2011 Xperia devices

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Jul 312012
 

Sony Mobile CommunicationsSony today issued a correction to comments made earlier by a company representative that suggested that there would be no Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrades for 2011 Xperia smartphones. It turns out that Sony is still looking at offering such upgrades according to its statement:

A quick note – during a Q&A session last week on our Sony Mobile GB Facebook page, a local spokesperson gave information out in error on our Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software development and rollout for 2011 Xperia smartphones.

We are actively investigating Android OS upgrades for all devices, but in the meantime, our Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for Xperia S and 2011 Xperia smartphones continues as planned.

While this is not a confirmation that there will be Android 4.1 upgrades, it does at least open the door to the possibility. With Sony still deploying Android 4.0 to a number of devices, it may be a while before we see 4.1 upgrades though.

Read more: Sony Xperia Product Blog

2011 Sony Xperia models unlikely to receive Android 4.1 upgrades

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Jul 292012
 

Sony MobileA number of recent comments by Sony UK suggest that the company will not provide Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrades to its 2011 Xperia device lineup. In a question and answer session conducted on Facebook, John Cooper, UK Product Manager for Sony Mobile, confirmed that neither the Sony Xperia Arc S nor the Sony Xperia Mini Pro would be upgraded to Android 4.1. In another comment, Cooper added that nothing to announce for the Sony Xperia S either.

While the comments do not mention a number of other 2011 models, the fact that the Xperia arc S was one of the more powerful ones suggests that lower-specced devices have little chance of seeing an upgrade either.

Technically, it would appear that any device running Android 4.0 should be able to run Android 4.1. It does require though that manufacturers devote resources to preparing, testing and supporting the upgrade package (assuming that there is nothing in their hardware or software preventing such a move). Not every company can and wants to do so, preferring instead that customers upgrade their device to a new one, a suggestion hinted at a few times in the Facebook exchange.

Sony has yet to give any hints about its Android 4.1 plans for its 2012 models.

Read more: Sony UK [via Facebook] (Source: Xperia Blog)

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update now hitting Google Nexus S in Canada

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Jul 202012
 

Australia’s Vodafone Google Nexus S owners may have to wait a bit longer for their Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrades but it has landed in Canada. After a 1MB update that updated the Android 4.0.4 build number of my trusty Nexus S from IMM76D to IMM76M but seemingly little else earlier today, the Android 4.1.1 update followed shortly after (about 1 hour later).

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on Google Nexus S

I’ll try to post a few first impressions about Jelly Bean this weekend. For what it’s worth, the upgrade was buttery smooth…

Anyone else seeing the update?

Update: Google has confirmed via Google+ that it has begun the update:

We’ve started rolling out Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, to Nexus S phones on a number of carriers including T-Mobile, H3G, O2, Rogers as well as Vodafone in most countries, with more to come.

As far as Canadian carriers, you can add TELUS to that list

Read more: Google [via Google+]

HTC confirms Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrades for some HTC One devices

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Jul 202012
 

HTCOn the heels of Australia’s Telstra effectively confirming that HTC would upgrade its HTC One lineup to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, HTC has issued a statement confirming that nearly the entire HTC One lineup will be upgraded:

“We know HTC fans are excited to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android. At this point in time, we can confirm that we have plans to upgrade our HTC One X, HTC One XL and HTC One S to Jelly Bean. Please stay tuned for more updates regarding device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Jelly Bean.”

Lacking from the list is the HTC One V. It remains to be seen if HTC is still evaluating that upgrade or has already decided not to offer it.

Engadget has also confirmed that the AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Rogers Wireless versions of both the HTC One X and One S will also receive the upgrade. There is no word on updates for other Canadian carriers but I suspect that they will also see the upgrade.

There is no word yet on whether HTC will also offer the update to older devices.

Read more: Engadget

Vodafone Australia halts Google Nexus S Android 4.1 update

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Jul 192012
 

Google Nexus SWas it too good to be true? News broke yesterday that Vodafone Australia had approved the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Google Nexus S and that updates would start today. With only hours to go, Vodafone has now postponed the update.

A blog post explains that the delay is due to “a software issue.” As a result, the update “does not meet all the Australian regulatory requirements related to emergency calls.”

Vodafone does not have a new release date yet.

Given that the issue is specific to Australia, it should not affect unlocked devices or devices in other regions. But given that Google itself (or any other carrier for that matter) has yet to say much on the matter, it appears unlikely that the update will move forward today at all (but I’ll gladly be wrong on this one).

Read more: Vodafone Australia [Link: blog.vodafone.com.au/blog/nexus-s-by-samsung-android-update-19072012/ now unavailable] (Source: Ausdroid)

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to land on Google Nexus S starting July 19th?

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Jul 182012
 

Google AndroidAside from the Google Nexus 7 which has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean preinstalled, only a handful of devices are so far confirmed to be receiving an upgrade to the latest version of Android (although that is likely to increase over the next few months). So far, the upgrade has begun for the Galaxy Nexus but it may be joined by the Google Nexus S sooner than many had expected.

In a blog post covering upcoming software updates, Vodafone Australia lists teh following for the Google Nexus S:

Approved by Vodafone, roll out by Google scheduled for 1:00pm AEST, 19th July 2012. Keep an eye on our blog for further information.

A quick time conversion indicates that 13:00 AEST is 23:00 ET.

Note that this does not mean that all Nexus S devices will suddenly see the update tomorrow. Most likely the update will be staggered possibly over a few weeks. But it is coming and coming soon…

The only other devices so far to have confirmed Android 4.1 are the ASUS Transformer Pad TF201, TF300, and TF700 tablets. HTC and other manufacturers are also evaluating their upgrade plans.

Read more: Vodafone Australia (Source: Engadget)