The Samsung Galaxy Note carried by Canadian telcos Rogers and Bells are getting Jelly Bean upgrades as we speak, with the news now officially confirmed.
After the update was made available to Telus users not long ago, it’s time for Bell and Rogers Samsung Galaxy Note customers to get a good taste of that delicious Jelly Bean. The news has been confirmed by Samsung Canada on its Twitter page, with the company saying that the update is available via Samsung Kies
The news is also confirmed on the Rogers forums OS Upgrades section, while Bell’s software updates page for the device lists it as still being on Android 4.0.4 (presumably, it should be updated at some point).
Over the air updates are not yet mentioned, but should probably roll out in the future. At the moment, Samsung Canada is telling users on its Facebook page that the update should be done using the Kies software.
Are you a Canadian Samsung Galaxy Note user? Have you received the update yet?
The concept of a movie launching online alongside its theatrical debut isn’t new; we’ve seen a few (usually independent) movies reach iTunes that way, for example. Streaming service arrivals are still rare, however, and Vimeo On Demand just boosted its street cred with plans to carry Some Girl(s) on June 28th, the same day that the movie gets a wider theatrical release. Vimeo will be the exclusive online home of the Adam Brody and Kristen Bell picture, and production house Leeden Media takes a populist bent in explaining why: as with Bell’s return to Veronica Mars, it wants to cut out the usual in-between distributors. We’re sure that Vimeo’s tinier-than-usual 10 percent revenue cut and relatively uncrowded marketplace play a part, too. There’s no guarantee that other notable movies will follow suit, but it’s an important coup for an online service that’s not even two months old.
We already know almost all of the features for Sony’s new Xperia ZL smartphone. The device has been available for US customers to order for a while now via the Sony Store. The problem with ordering that device directly through Sony was that the a price was over $ 759.
The upside to that high retail price was that the device was unlocked so you can carry it to any mobile network that supported the smartphone. Most consumers tend to purchase smartphones on a subsidized basis with a wireless carrier. If you’ve been waiting to see which wireless carrier in the US would begin offering the Xperia ZL, a carrier has finally surfaced and it’s not one of the usual suspects.
The first carrier in the United States to offer the Xperia ZL will be Cincinnati Bell. The device will cost $ 249.99 after a mail-in rebate and signing a new two-year contract. The device will be available on the network as of May 1. The Xperia ZL is a five-inch screen phablet.
The screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and it runs 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with four cores. The device also features a 13-megapixel rear camera that can record full HD resolution video and supports 4G LTE connectivity. The operating system is Android 4.1 and the device features NFC and infrared connectivity.
As unfair as it might seem, a phone’s commercial success very rarely depends solely on things like hardware, software support or design. Instead, it often all comes down to marketing, how fast you can make a device available and how many major carriers you can strike partnerships with.
Case in point, Sony’s Xperia Z and ZL. By far the two most impressive smartphones to be unveiled in the first couple of months of 2013. And yet their potential for greatness is severely crippled by Sony’s cold relations with North American wireless service providers.
But wait, because there is after all one US carrier set to sell the Xperia ZL in an on-contract variant. Only it’s not AT&T, Sprint or Verizon, but Cincinnati Bell. That’s right, the minuscule regional network that serves the great city of Cincinnati, as well as its nearby suburbs in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
Based on data from June 2012, Bell had roughly 0.43 million subscribers, which guarantees Sony will sell at least… a dozen of ZLs through the carrier. Actually, on second thought, given the network is planning to offer the 5-incher for $ 249.99 after mail-in rebate starting May 1, we’d be surprised if there was a single Bell customer willing to pay the piper.
But hey, let’s not be too negativistic about ZL’s future. After all, this is a start (albeit a rocky one), and maybe other, more important carriers will follow Cincinnati Bell’s suit. There were rumors of AT&T planning to pick the big guy up a while ago, remember?
In the meantime, you can check out our own Xperia ZL video review to see exactly what you’re missing. Or you can forget all about carriers and just take your business directly to Sony’s US online store.
There you can pre-order the SIM-free LTE-enabled ZL version (model number C6506) for $ 759.99. You can choose between the red, white and black variants of the phone, with shipping estimated for next week in all three cases. Will you be doing that or continue to hope one of America’s larger networks will carry the ZL after all?
In the battle of 5-inch, 1080p smartphones, it seems that the Sony Xperia ZL might’ve gotten lost in the shuffle amongst US carriers. Despite its availability as an unlocked device (and through Canadian carriers), any potential stateside buyers looking to snag the Xperia ZL with a carrier subsidy are currently out of luck. Fortunately for some, all that is set to change on May 1st, as Cincinnati Bell has announced that it’ll sell the Xperia ZL for $ 250 after rebate on a two-year contract. Naturally, Cincinnati Bell isn’t the largest of carriers, and its relatively steep pricing leaves a bit to be desired, but it’s certainly nice to see Sony gain some traction in the states. Perhaps it’s a sign of things to come?
The Xperia ZL from Sony will be available from Cincinnati Bell online and in stores by May 1 for $ 249.99 after rebate with a two-year equipment agreement.
Sony has already put the unlocked Xperia ZL for sale in the US via their website, but now we see a contract version with Cincinnati Bell. The 5-inch Mobile Bravia Engine equipped phone will be available by May 1, and cost just $ 250 (after mail-in rebate) with a two-year agreement.
It;s the same Xperia ZL we see on the Sony store (though this version may be SIM locked) with the quad-core Snapdragon S4, 5-inch 1080p display, and 13MP Exmor RS rear camera that has everyone excited. It's also equipped with the same pentaband HSPA (bands 1,2,4,5 and 8) radio as the unlocked version, which means 3G 4G/HSPA+ service will work on just about every GSM carrier in the world. There's no word if LTE bands are still supported (1, 2, 4, 5 and 17) but we would be surprised if they were changed for this model.
The Xperia ZL looks like a real stunner, and we're happy that Cincinnati Bell customers have this one to choose from. The full press release is after the break.
While we’re still waiting on an American carrier to officially release Sony’s Xperia ZL, it turns out that Canadians don’t have to be quite so patient. That promised April launch in the northern country has come right at the start of the month, and locals can order the compact 5-inch flagship from Bell, Rogers or Videotron as of today. Pricing varies sharply between networks, however. Bell is offering the most aggressive discount, at $ 100 on a lengthy three-year contract, while Rogers and Videotron raise the prices to a respective $ 125 and $ 200 on similar terms. You can also buy the smartphone off-contract from the carriers for $ 600 (Bell and Videotron) or $ 625 (Rogers), in addition to the $ 675 unlocked model from Sony itself. We’d think carefully about a purchase when the Xperia ZL is about to get some stiffcompetition in the next few weeks; those who want a better sense of (Omni)balance in their lives can hit the carrier links at the source.
Fans of the ruggedized Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE will be happy to hear that Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean is now rolling out to Bell and Telus customers. Although this is months after AT&T received Jelly Bean for the U.S. version of the handset, late is certainly better than never.
The Rugby LTE might not be a high-end device, but it is more than capable of providing a solid Jelly Bean experience without a hitch. For those that need the reminder, this mid-ranger features a 480 x 800 resolution display, a 5MP camera, 8GB storage, and a dual-core 1.5GHz Krait CPU with 1GB of RAM.
Outside of adding expected features like Google Now and improved notifications, the update also is said to resolve a push to talk issue where the phone’s status appears as “Available” even after the device is turned off.
So when will the update yours for the taking? Like most OTA updates, it will likely be pushed out in waves, meaning it could be there now or it could be days before you can snag the upgrade. To check for yourself, head over to Menu>Settings>About Device> Software Update on your handset.
Pricing hasn’t budged one penny yet, so early birds looking to get their grubby hands on Sony’s 5-inch non-waterproof phone are asked to dig deep in their pockets and cough up a whopping $ 759.99.
That’s also what the red and white LTE variants go for on pre-orders, with shipping dates estimated at April 8. Meanwhile, the HSPA+ version (model number C6502) has oddly disappeared from Sony’s store, meaning it could get an unwanted delay. Remember, that’s slightly more affordable than the 4G ZL, being expected to go for 720 bucks.
On the bright side, PVCS through Amazon does still have the 3G ZL in stock (only five units left at the time of this writing) and pricing is also much better – $ 624.99 off-contract. Negri Electronics was another retailer that sold this flavor of the 5-incher yesterday (for $ 654.50), but now the phone is backordered.
Aside from Bell and Rogers, we expect to see the ZL sold by Mobilicity, MTS, Videotron and WIND Mobile, but there’s no word on exact release dates or price tags for any of these four Canadian carriers.
LG managed to piss everyone off during 2012 with sluggish ICS updates, very few JB bumps (none?), empty promises and just poor all-around software support. The icing on the cake? The company’s late 2012 flagship, the Optimus G, got released with on-board Android 4.0.
Not to mention the Nexus 4, the only LG device that had solid software support guaranteed, was harder to score than crack cocaine in the Vatican. But you know how things go in the tech world. One minute you’re at the top and the next you’re struggling to make ends meet with lame Asha feature phones. Or, if you’re lucky, the other way around.
According to reports all around the web, the Android 4.1.2 upgrade is available for G versions on Bell, Rogers and Telus. This is not exactly a shocker, as LG announced the incoming software refresh a few days ago. Then again, it is nice to see the Koreans deliver on their promises for once.
Up for grabs over-the-air, the new firmware is not live on SaskTel Optimus Gs yet, while on the other three networks it’s probably at its first updating wave. Meaning you shouldn’t panic if you can’t switch to JB for the time being.
The changelog is as dense as one would expect, including all the classical Jelly Bean-specific tweaks (Project Butter performance enhancements, Google Now support, Android Beam, expandable notifications and so on). You’ll also be getting some LG specials, but for some reason the QSlide function won’t be upgraded. Still, you can’t turn down the butter, can you?