Older operating systems decreasing, buoyed by older hardware
Google's latest Android adoption numbers, fueled by a recently-changed methodology, are showing improvements in adoption of Android "Jelly Bean" variants. The 14-day snapshot shows a 3.4 percentage point increase in Android 4.1 and 4.2 "Jelly Bean" to 28.4 percent with a contraction of Android 4.0.3 and 4.0.4 "Ice Cream Sandwich" devices to 27.5 percent, a decrease of 1.8 percentage points.
Austrian Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus owners get Jelly Bean
Samsung this weekend began rolling out Android software updates for owners of its Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus tablet. The update has reportedly begun rolling out for Tab 7.0 Plus owners in Austria, and other countries are expected to receive the update in the near future. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus was most recently running Android 4.0.4, and the update to 4.1.2 Jelly Bean means users will have access to a range of new features.
Android 4.2.2 begins rolling out of Google servers, Nexus 4 MIA
Google has started rolling out the latest version of Android to Galaxy Nexus (GSM), Nexus 7 (GSM) and Nexus 10 users, reports Android Police. The ‘Jelly Bean’ update carries the build number JDQ39, although little is known about what the latest build brings with it. One likely fix included in the latest patch is expected to rectify a glitch reported by users when streaming audio over Bluetooth A2DP.
New update brings speed, additional features to products
Samsung Electronics America today announced the availability of updates to Android 4.1, also known as "Jelly Bean," for both its Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 10-inch and 7.1-inch devices. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 upgrade includes all the performance benefits of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as well as Premium Suite, a collection of new features that further upgrades multi-tasking and productivity. Android 4.1 was originally released in late June, and no explanation has been given for the seven-month delay.
One Touch Scribe HD first to use quad-core MediaTek processor
Alcatel introduced three new Android-based smartphones to its One Touch range at CES today, ahead of the show's opening day. Two of the Jelly Bean mobile phones, the One Touch Idol Ultra and the One Touch Idol, sport a 4.7-inch display, while the company's first "phablet" model, the One Touch Scribe HD, makes use of a larger 5-inch HD IPS display.
Global Android 4.1 Galaxy S II update schedule unknown
The Samsung Galaxy S II may be receiving its Android 4.1 update in the near future. Support pages on Samsung Korea's website offers details of the Jelly Bean software upgrade, rumored to have been undergoing testing in August last year, with the KIES-based update lowering the amount of usable internal memory by 1GB, from 12GB to 11GB.
Galaxy Note to gain Multi Window support, Paper Artist app
Samsung has confirmed it will be putting Jelly Bean onto the original Galaxy Note, confirming a rumor leaked back in August. The news of the Android upgrade comes at the same time as that of the company's premium suite, which it previously confirmed would head to the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note 10.1.
Four Xperia handsets to remain on Android 4.0
Sony has listed which handsets from its Xperia smartphone range will be updated to Jelly Bean. The rollout of Android 4.1 will take place in the first quarter of 2013, depending on individual carrier delays, though the update schedule also includes details of which handsets will not receive Jelly Bean, instead staying on and not progressing past Android 4.0.
Bug acknowledged by Google, fix on the way
A bug in Android 4.2 has led to apps omitting the month of December. Phones and tablets updated to the latest version of the mobile operating system found that when using the People contacts app to enter a date of birth, the on-screen calendar skips from November to January, not even leaving a gap where December should be.
T-Mobile GS III now getting Google Now, Project Butter
A few months after a build was initially leaked, the T-Mobile version of Samsung's Galaxy S III has begun receiving its update to Android 4.1.1. Owners of the handset should begin receiving notifications that their S IIIs are eligible for a software update some time today or over the next few days. The update can be triggered either through checking the phone's settings or by using Samsung's Kies app.
Case against Samsung only going to trial next year
Acting via a court in San Jose, California, Apple has filed to add the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Android 4.1 to a list of infringing products in a US lawsuit against Samsung, Bloomberg reports. The case is notably distinct from one Apple won in August, in which a jury awarded the company damages of $1.05 billion. Instead, the suit involved today is only scheduled to go to trial in 2014.
One X gets Google Now, Project Butter
International versions of the HTC One X have now begun receiving an upgrade to version 4.1 of Google's Android operating system. Updates re being pushed out to devices based on their Customer ID in each region, with phones in Taiwan currently receiving the update. Handsets in Europe, reportedly, have not yet begun receiving the update.
Three first to offer Galaxy S III update to its customers
The Samsung Galaxy S III has finally started to roll out in the UK. National carrier Three released the update earlier today, and is the first network in the country to offer the update, with other carriers likely to offer it over the next few days. Aside from checking through Samsung Kies and the handset itself, Three confirmed the update through its own Twitter-based support team.
One X, One S gets update in October, One XL later in year
HTC has revealed its schedule for updating some of its handsets to Jelly Bean later this year. Previously, the company confirmed that part of its One series of handsets will receive the Android 4.1 update, with some software changes found in the newly announced One X+ also being included in the release.
Update sees pop-up play video changes, Google Now
Samsung has started its rollout of Jelly Bean onto the Galaxy S III. The Android update to 4.1.1 has been released in Poland, with the company adding that it will be "gradually introduced to other markets" in the near future. Today's release takes place well in advance of its earlier plans to release the mobile operating system changes in October.
Ninety percent app compatibility from ARM to Atom
Intel has successfully ported the latest version of Google's Android mobile OS, 4.1 Jelly Bean, to smartphones powered by that company's Medfield Atom processors. PC Advisor carried the story, noting that Intel's vice president and mobile computing group general manager claims to be running version 4.1 on his own mobile phone. The processor maker hasn't given any word on when or if the 4.1 port might be pushed to any the Intel-based phones running Android, such as the Lava Xolo and ZTE's Grand X.
UK 4G LTE version to have Jelly Bean preinstalled
The Samsung Galaxy S III will receive an update to Android 4.1 in October. A statement from the manufacturer confirmed the month for the Jelly Bean software upgrade but not the date itself, according to CNET. The 4G version of the S III that will launch on EE in the UK will have Jelly Bean installed from the start.
Australian customers score Galaxy S III quad-core plus 4G LTE
Australia’s Telstra and Optus networks have landed the 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S III that also carries Android 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean’ and a LTE-compatible variant of the Exynos quad-core processor. Optus customers will be the first to get their hands on the eagerly awaited iteration and will get to try it out on the just launched Optus 4G network from the middle of September. Telstra customers will have to wait it out until later in October.
How does the 18-month old Nexus S fare with Jelly Bean?
We recently reviewed the Google Nexus 7, which is the flag-bearing device for Google's latest mobile operating system, Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean.' Powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor utilizing the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture and clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM, the Nexus 7 runs Jelly Bean with aplomb. So how does the official Android 4.1.1 update for the Nexus S, loaded with much less firepower fare?
Acer updates Inconia Tab A110 ahead of launch.
The Acer Iconia Tab A110 has popped up at an online retailer's website sporting Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean.' When the device first surfaced ahead of its launch, it was running Android 4.0. While that is good news for 7-inch Android buyers looking for a 'Jelly Bean' alternative to the Google Nexus 7, it also suggests that the transition from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1 is not as big a leap as it was for OEM's trying to upgrade devices from Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Android 4.1 hits the first Android phone released
Unofficial developers appear to have found a way to run Android 4.1 on the T-Mobile G1. Hardware hacker jcarrz1 of the XDA-Developers forum ported the mobile OS to the world's first Android phone, showing Android's flexibility and the resilience of the G1 to any operating system installed on it. The same hack with the G1 was performed with Ice Cream Sandwich in November, also by jcarrz1.
How does Google's first Android tablet stack up?
No longer content to watch its hardware partners launch successively unsuccessful forays into the tablet market, Google has entered the fray in a very big fashion with the small form factor Nexus 7. Developed in partnership with Asus, the Nexus 7 is not only Google's first attempt at a tablet; it is also the flagship device for Android 4.1, codenamed "Jelly Bean." The Nexus 7 comes in at less than half the price of the 2012 iPad, and that fact seems to have sparked considerable interest in the device. So do we finally have a viable, long-term contender in the tablet wars? We go in-depth with our special edition dual-review of the Nexus 7 to see if Google's got a winner on its hands.
HTC one of the first to commit to Android 4.1 updates
HTC is now confirmed as the first major OEM to commit to upgrading at least some of its handsets to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Although it hasn't released a firm timetable for its updates, it will be bringing the latest version of Android to its One X, One XL and One S devices. Although Ice Cream Sandwich is also installed on the One V, it did not single that device out by name in its official statement on the matter.
Galaxy Nexus, Note updates highlight Android fragmentation
Two major Android updates have arrived overnight. International Samsung Galaxy Nexus users with HSPA+ handsets are now getting an update to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean). Highlighting the fragmentation plaguing the Android ecosystem, just as the plain vanilla Galaxy Nexus gets the latest OS update, the Samsung Galaxy Note on AT&T has coincidentally just received an update to the superseded Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Google publishes source code for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Google has announced the availability of the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) source code. It has been posted at the Android Open Source Project and comes just over eight months since Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which arrived last October. Google's Jean-Baptiste Queru added that Google had released the "proprietary binaries" for the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus, with the code for the Nexus S and Motorola Xoom to follow.
Location-aware search, Project Butter main changes
Google has revealed changes made in Android 4.1, the next iteration of the mobile operating system. Jelly Bean is seen as less of a major leap than expected, however it still provides some needed improvements. In a nod to Siri, Google has expanded Android's web search to answer spoken questions with its own voice, now powered by Knowledge Graph. Dictation, meanwhile, can now function offline.
The rumored Google tablet to start shipping soon
Google’s first foray into the hotly contested tablet market is set to reach user’s hands sometime in July. According to Digitimes, the first Google co-branded Android tablet will start shipping out of ASUS’ factories from next month, with an initial volume expected to be around 600,000 units. Originally rumored for a May release, the tablet was said to have been pushed back in order to trim the entry-price by adjusting its specifications so it can tackle the Amazon Kindle Fire head-on at $199.
Search giant attempts to downplay Motorola buyout
Google is reportedly preparing to shift its Android strategy away from exclusive partnerships that have resulted in the existing Nexus-branded devices. The search giant is said to be embracing multiple hardware makers that will simultaneously develop different devices powered by the next major Android release, referred to as Jelly Bean, unnamed sources have told The Wall Street Journal (sub. required).
Google may have picked 2013 Android name early
Although Google has yet to officially confirm the next release of Android, Jelly Bean, new leaks have floated the name for the version coming afterwards. The tip to The Verge gave the possible 6.0 release the nickname Key Lime Pie, keeping in tune with Google's practice of naming Android versions alphabetically, after desserts. Android 4.0 is nicknamed Ice Cream Sandwich, while 3.0 was Honeycomb.
ASUS hopes to be first with Android 5/Jelly Bean
ASUS hopes to be the first to bring out a device running on Android 5.0, Benson Lin, Asus' Corporate Vice President, told TechRadar. Along with embracing the platform, the executive appeared to have inadvertently confirmed the OS' codename, Jelly Bean. ASUS hopes its close relationship with Google will enable it to be among the first to release an update to Android 5.0, which is rumored to come out as early as this fall.
LG also said to be involved in talks
Just days after rumors suggested LG is involved in talks with Google to produce the next Nexus handset, a fresh report suggests HTC may be vying for the same position. HTC's Jeff Gordon told Tech Radar that Google "hasn't chosen its Nexus partner," however he also noted that "all the manufacturers are crossing their fingers."
No formal announcement yet
LG has reportedly confirmed that it is involved in ongoing discussions with Google in an attempt to be considered as the next manufacturer behind a Nexus device. LG's smartphone division head, Ramchan Woo, told CNET that the companies are "heavily in discussions," though he cautioned that a final commitment has yet to be sealed.
Android Jelly Bean gets claimed first details
Google's future Jelly Bean version of Android, unofficially known as Android 5.0, might be focused even more on larger screens than recent versions. A rumor from Taiwan suppliers late Wednesday claimed to Digitimes that Jelly Bean was "further optimized" for tablets. Some elements of Chrome or Chrome OS would supposedly be in place to allow a live dual-boot: users could flip from Windows to Android without having to shut down one or the other.
Google IO delay hints at big Android plans
Google said this morning that it was delaying its high-profile I/O conference by two months in return for more time. Originally slated to start April 24 and last for two days, it's now due to start on June 27 and will have a third extra day. An "unexpected opportunity" let it move to the later but longer schedule, Google said.
Google IO hints Android Jelly Bean schedule
Google gave a clue as to the schedule of Android's Jelly Bean update Monday with word of the schedule for Google I/O 2012. The developer and tech expo is due at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on April 24 and 25. While it didn't provide clues as to the future path itself, it pointed to past events as indicators of what would likely happen.
Tip identifies Android post-ICS as Jelly Bean
A historically strong source claimed Friday night that the version of Android after Ice Cream Sandwich not only has an early name but might be the actual significant update. Google is reportedly keeping its tradition of naming after desserts and would call it Jelly Bean. No timing was given for This is my next, but with ICS not yet shipped, Jelly Bean might not show until the Google I/O conference in the spring.