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.

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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]

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]

Google Android 4.2 pushed to AOSP

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Nov 132012
 

Google AndroidGoogle today pushed out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). It can be found under the name “android-4.2_r1.” Factory images for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and the Galaxy Nexus (“takju” version) will also be available.

The Google Nexus 10 was billed as “the best choice for AOSP work on 4.2.”

Everything except the GPU code is Open Source, and the only proprietary binaries besides the GPU libraries are firmware files that get loaded into the various peripheral chips. No flagship device so far has been so open, and no flagship device so far has had that level of AOSP support at launch.

This news will not mean much for most users but, for developers, this is the chance to dig into the source code. It also opens the door to custom ROMs.

The announcement came with some bad (although not completely unsurprising) news. Google 4.2 will not be supported on the Google Nexus S or Motorola XOOM. Both will remain on Android 4.1.2.

Read more: Android Building Google Group

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.

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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

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.

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Rumour: What Google has on tap for October 29th Android event

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Oct 212012
 

Google AndroidWith the promise that “the playground is now open,” Google will host an Android event on October 29th. It is widely expected that Google will use the event to unveil at least one new Nexus device and an updated version of Android. Courtesy of “a source with knowledge of Google’s plans, The Next Web now claims to know exactly what Google has in mind.

On the tablet side, Google will announce two new models for its Nexus 7 lineup. The first will boast 32GB of onboard memory (and sell for CA$269.99?)while the second will match that and add HSPA+ connectivity.

Google also looks set to announce its rumoured 10-inch tablet built by Samsung. Supporting earlier rumours, the report indicates that it will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and offer a 16:10 display with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels (299 PPI). The tablet is codenamed Manta and looks set to be launched at the Google Nexus 10.

On the smartphone side, Google is set to partner with LG to launch the oft-rumoured LG Nexus 4. Specifications are well-known (1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4.7-inch display, 2GB RAM, and 16GB of storage) at this point and it is set to run Android 4.2.

As for Android 4.2 itself, it will retain the Jelly Bean name. It will come with a number of new features. “Content in the center” will allow users to access Play Store content from a widget while “Tablet Sharing” will offer support for multiple users, giving each their own email and apps. The panoramic camera setting will also be enhanced to support both horizontal and vertical movements.

All in all, October 29th promises to be quite exciting for Android fans.

Read more: The Next Web

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.

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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]

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.

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