OTA starts rolling for the latest update previously only available with a manual install
Well then, here's a nice surprise. Our unlocked Xperia ZL (that's the C6506 model) has just received a 66.1MB OTA update touting improved battery life, user experience and software performance. The update is to version 10.1.1.A.1.253, which is the build that has been available for a couple of days (according to Sony) but only via its desktop companion software. After quickly downloading, the update will install with just one more tap and indicated that it will take "about 9 minutes" to update (which seems about right). You'll still be on Android 4.1.2 and likely won't see any other cosmetic changes from what we can tell.
We obviously haven't had enough time to evaluate whether or not Sony's claims of improved battery life and software performance are true, but we'll take any improvements they have for us. If you have an unlocked Xperia ZL, be sure to head into your settings menu and check for the update.
Continuing the stream of Jelly Bean updates coming to existing Galaxy products, Samsung has now officially released the Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160P model.
Take note of that last point though, this updated firmware is only for the Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160P model, the Jelly Bean update for the more common I8160 version of the Galaxy Ace 2 already started rolling out at the beginning of April.
Of course, the update brings with it all of the new standard Jelly Bean features including Google Now, Project Butter and others. You’ll also receive an updated Samsung TouchWiz user interface that you’ll most likely either love or hate. The new UI looks a little prettier and also adds some helpful features like a quick brightness adjustment and scrollable notification toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. Oh, and there are some battery and general performance improvements as well.
Jelly Bean will be heading to the Galaxy Ace 2 over-the-air, and can also be installed through Kies if you prefer. The update is currently only live in Germany, but should be heading out to the rest of Europe and other regions over the coming weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for that update notification.
In mid-March Facebook announced that it would be updating its Timeline design with a focus on users’ interests and app activities. Now the the new “Sections” are finished rolling out and you should be able to find them in the left-side of your profile. Now users can rate books, shows and movies in addition to curate personal content from other apps. As a bonus to developers that are integrating their services (such as Goodreads, Spotify and Endomodo), Facebook is offering a new App Insights tool to track user engagement through the Sections section of people’s profiles. So head on over to your profile right now to get a tweaking — you probably don’t want people to see how much you love that Bruno Mars album.
The 69MB update is available over Wifi only, brings new kernel and new radio
Build UCAMC3 looks like it's rolling out heavy for the AT&T branded Galaxy Note 2. Since last night, plenty of users are reporting that they have received the 69MB OTA. There's no official change log posted, but a quick chat with someone who has received it shows that you'll be getting a new radio and a new kernel. Besides the obvious performance boosts to the network that comes with new radio software, users are reporting better and stronger Wifi, and increased performance overall.
You'll need to be on Wifi to download this update, so be sure you're not using your cell radio when you check (right after reading this) lest you get the check again in 24 hours message. When and if AT&T posts any official list of changes, we'll update this post.
Second release candidate appears as CM 10.1.0 approaches
A quick heads-up for anyone running one of the recently-releasedCyanogenMod 10.1 RC1 builds — RC2 is now rolling off the servers, and builds are available for a few dozen devices at the time of writing. These include the current crop of Nexuses, U.S. Galaxy S3 models, the original Galaxy S, international LG Optimus G and HTC One X (Tegra 3), first and second-gen Kindle Fire, various Galaxy Tab 2 models, the original RAZR, Droid RAZR and Bionic, and Sony's Xperia Z and Xperia V. As this is a jump from one release candidate to another, we can probably expect fixes for any outstanding issues or bugs. On Wednesday the CM team said it expected RC1 to be one of the last builds before CM 10.1 goes stable with a 10.1.0 release.
To see if RC2 is available for your device, check the official download repository at get.cm, linked below.
While a reasonably capable tablet even by today’s standards, one thing that holds the Tab 7.7 back is that it is still stuck on Android ICS. Luckily, this is finally changing, as Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean is now rolling out to Sammy’s only AMOLED-packing tablet.
Before you get too excited, the update is only for the Tab 7.7 GT-P6800 at the moment. This update currently affects those in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia. Users in these regions will be able to snag the update either through Samsung Keis or over the air.
Making the jump to Jelly Bean means plenty of new features and functionality for the Tab 7.7, such as Google Now and improved notifications. More than likely the update also includes some Tab-specific software improvements, though we can’t say for sure what all has changed in that department.
Now we just have to sit back and wonder when the GT-P6810 and Verizon LTE-capable i815 will get to enjoy the same Jelly Bean goodness. While we can’t say for sure, we wouldn’t be too surprised if an international launch of the update follows in the next few weeks.
For those lucky enough to get the update, have you noticed any specific Samsung software changes? Additionally, was everything smooth sailing when it came to the update process?
TELUS, Rogers and Bell Galaxy Notes get Android 4.1.2 update, as does the UK SIM-unlocked version
Just a few days after the AT&T model got its Jelly Bean update, other Samsung Galaxy Note variants are starting to see the update to Android 4.1.2. According to reports from MobileSyrup and XDA, the Canadian carrier-branded versions on TELUS, Rogers and Bell all have updates waiting for them. Meanwhile on the Android Central forums, a number of OG Note owners in the UK report that their GSM unlocked Notes are getting a similar update.
The Galaxy Note Jelly Bean update brings the new Google Search app with Google Now, improved responsiveness through the "Project Butter" performance enhancements, in addition to a new UI and a selection of newer software features from the Galaxy S3.
If you've updated your Galaxy Note to Jelly Bean, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on.
The T-Mobile GALAXY S 4 has only been available for a short time, however it looks like the carrier has already announced a software update. In fact, said update is available as of today and those with a T-Mobile GALAXY S 4 will be able to grab the update over-the-air or by way of Samsung Kies.
The changelog is on the smaller side and while the handset will stick with Android 4.2.2, the baseband version is going to change from M919UVUAMDB to M919UVUAMDL. Otherwise, aside from the baseband version, this update brings improvements for two items. Those two items include the ISIS app and the Visual Voicemail app.
T-Mobile has said the update will measure in at 168MB in size, which sort of sounds large given the small changelog. Needless to say, those with a T-Mobile branded GALAXY S 4 now have a few options to consider — sit back and wait for the update notification to arrive or fire up Kies and take the manual update approach.
Bottom line here, this seems to be nothing more than a small update to fix a few bugs. Basically, that is our way of saying that unless you are having issues with either the Visual Voicemail or ISIS app you may just want to take the casual approach and wait for the update notification to arrive.
[Update] Looks like the update has begun to show up and as a result, we do have some news on the file size. It seems the update is actually a bit under 20MB. Our first user report (thanks Dustin) has the update as being 19.58MB.
T-Mobile announced an update for the GALAXY S 4 earlier this morning and while we have yet to hear direct from AT&T, it looks like they also have an update on the way. Given AT&T has yet to offer an announcement, we have yet to see the changelog for the update. We do know the update is arriving as build number I337UCUAMDL.
Aside from the build number, we also know the update measures in at just a bit over 20MB in size. Coincidentally, that is about the same size as the T-Mobile update, which was arriving at just a little bit under 20MB in size. Needless to say, that doesn’t mean the two update are addressing the same issues.
Given the size of the update, this one likely contains nothing more than a few performance related improvements or maybe some bug fixes. Anyway, if you are sporting an AT&T GALAXY S 4 and have yet to receive an update notification, you may want to do a quick check and see if you can get it now.
For that, grab your handset and dive into those settings, check for the update and then follow the prompts for installation. Otherwise, we are going to play around and see if we can find anything that has been changed. After all, there have been some issues with our AT&T branded GALAXY S 4, though it seems a bit quick for Samsung to have addressed the tethering issue we mentioned yesterday.
Smartphone owners have no shortage of cloud-based safety nets, whether it’s Google’s services, iCloud or any number of file syncproviders. Few of these come from the carrier, however, and Verizon is gambling that its now-deploying Verizon Cloud service will serve as a crutch for anyone replacing a phone on its network. The currently Android- and web-only release offers daily backups of the usual media libraries as well as call logs, contacts and messages. While that isn’t special in itself, Verizon is also promising cross-platform safeguards: both an iOS app (available “soon”) and future OS support should let customers fetch some of their data if they switch platforms. Just don’t count on Verizon Cloud as an alternative to established rivals unless you’re both loyal to Verizon and willing to spend. Users get a thin 500MB of space for free, and meaningful storage ranges from $ 3 per month for 25GB through to $ 10 for 125GB. Should there be little danger of leaving Big Red, though, Verizon’s service and a matching Android app update are available today.