Android upgrades are like Forrest Gump’s infamous box of chocolates: You never know what you’re going to get, when you’re going to get it, or even whether or not the box contains any chocolate at all. Nowhere is this more evident than in the long, fragmented upgrade process Samsung (005930) fans have witnessed with the Galaxy S III, which this week has finally been upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean… but only in Poland. More →
After waiting the summer out, it appears HTC (2498) will release Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the One X next month for non-carrier branded models, according to MoDaCo. Don’t expect stock Android, though. HTC will skin Jelly Bean with its Sense UI, of course. Carrier models like the AT&T version should receive Jelly Bean by Christmas. Specific release dates are still up in the air, but the site does also mention that the rumored HTC One X+ with a 1.6GHz Tegra 3 processor, 1,800 mAh battery, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage is still forthcoming and will ship with Jelly Bean installed. What about an update for T-Mobile’s HTC One S? There isn’t an update on that front, but it should be in the works as the smartphone is still relatively new.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean appears to be off to a good start. According to research from ad network Chikita Insights, traffic from Jelly Bean devices jumped nearly 1,500% in the two months since Jelly Bean was released by Google (GOOG). Chikita’s research is based on hundreds of millions of mobile ad impressions from within its network and shows that at the end of July, Jelly Bean’s market share was at 0.87% and shot up to 1.47% by the end of August. While the percentage of users with Jelly Bean installed on their devices is still incredibly low compared to 57% percent share of devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, it’s likely that figure will grow even quicker once more devices capable of running Jelly Bean arrive. By comparison, it took Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich three months to reach a 1.54% share of the market so at this rate, Jelly Bean is already outpacing Ice Cream Sandwich adoption.
Samsung (005930) Galaxy S III owners will only have to wait one more month to get their device upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. CNET UK on Tuesday reported that Samsung’s premier smartphone will finally be getting Jelly Bean in October, months after it was first announced at Google I/O. Upgrading a big-name device such as the Galaxy S III should do wonders for Jelly Bean’s adoption rate, as Google (GOOG) says that less than 2% of all Android devices currently use the latest version of its operating system. More →
Nearly three months after Google (GOOG) announced Jelly Bean, Sprint (S) on Thursday finally updated the Galaxy Nexus smartphone to the latest version of Android. The update includes the normal benefits of Jelly Bean such as Google Now, offline voice dictation and the Project Butter user interface, however it will also remove Flash support. “Adobe will not be certifying the Adobe Flash Player for Android Mobile devices that either release with or update to Android 4.1,” Sprint said in its update notes. “Devices that upgraded from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1, may exhibit unpredictable behavior, as it is not certified for use with Android 4.1. Adobe recommends uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.” Verizon Wireless (VZ) is now the only carrier that has not updated the Galaxy Nexus to the latest version of Android. More →
During its press event in New York City earlier today, Motorola promised to upgrade “most” of its 2011 device portfolio to Android 4.1. But Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside also said that the company will offer a $100 credit to any users whose devices don’t get upgraded that they can use to buy a new DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR MAXX HD or DROID RAZR M smartphone. Woodside said that some of Motorola’s older devices actually ran slower on Jelly Bean, and that it didn’t want to degrade user experience for the sake of installing Jelly Bean. Motorola on Wednesday also announced the availability of developer devices for those who wish to root and modify their Android smartphone. The DROID RAZR M Developer Edition can be preordered now for $549.99.
Lost in the slew of new products that Samsung (005930) dumped onto the tech market Wednesday was the news that Samsung’s flagship smartphone may finally be getting its long-promised upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. As Engadget writes, Samsung announced during its IFA keynote address that the Galaxy S III and the new Galaxy Note 10.1 would both be upgraded to Jelly Bean “very soon.” While the company didn’t hand out any firm dates on when the upgrade would occur, it’s doubtful that Samsung would make such a pledge if the devices weren’t slated for an upgrade until late in the year as had been previously rumored. More →
The phone that helped put Android on the map has long been forgotten by Google (GOOG) and Verizon (VZ). Loyal hackers, however, have kept the iconic Motorola DROID alive and relevant even as it nears its third birthday. An XDA-Developers forum member on Saturday released an alpha Jelly Bean ROM for the device and early reports suggest it is rather stable despite the fact that the Motorola DROID is equipped with a 550MHz single-core processor and 256MB of RAM, falling short of Jelly Bean’s minimum requirements. Earlier this month, developers were able to port Android 4.1 to Google’s first smartphone, the T-Mobile G1. A video demonstration of Jelly Bean on the DROID follows below. More →
From the looks of it, Samsung’s (005930) flagship Galaxy S III smartphone may be among the first non-Nexus Android devices to be updated to Jelly Bean. According to a YouTube video from AndroidMX, the South Korean manufacturer’s Jelly Bean update is rather far along and could be arriving sooner than we once thought. The video walk-through reveals that Samsung’s update will have almost no visual changes thanks to the TouchWiz user interface, but it will include enhanced notifications and Google Now. The company previously promised that a Jelly Bean update would be available by the end of August, although it did not indicate which markets would receive the update first. The video showing Jelly Bean running on A Galaxy S III can be seen below. More →
Crafty hackers on the forums overs at XDA-Developers have shown just what patience and hard work can accomplish. SoCal Devs on Thursday released a working Jelly Bean ROM for Google’s (GOOG) first Android smartphone, the T-Mobile G1. The OS is a bit slow on the old software and a bunch of features had to be omitted, but Wi-Fi and the touchscreen are working, as is Google Now — partially at least. Screen rotation and cellular data are not yet functioning. The G1 is equipped with a 528MHz processor, 256MB of internal storage and only 192MB of RAM, so the handset’s hardware falls very short of Jelly Bean’s minimum requirements, making the port that much more remarkable. Be sure to check out the video below. More →
Don’t toss the HP (HPQ) TouchPad into the ashcan of history just yet… SlashGear reports that it’s one of the few tablets out there so far that can deliver a barely functional version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The TouchPad’s Jelly Bean port comes courtesy of the CyanogenMod 10 that has already been tested out successfully on several smartphones, including the Samsung (005930) Galaxy Note, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC (2498) One X. But the TouchPad port marks the first time the mod has been used to port Jelly Bean into a device that doesn’t natively run Android, and SlashGear reports that it has unsurprisingly wrecked some of the TouchPad’s key features such as audio, graphics acceleration, the front-facing camera and the microphone. To put it mildly, users should port Jelly Bean over to their TouchPads at their own risk. More →
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich seems to finally be catching on. The latest numbers from the Android Developers blog show that Ice Cream Sandwich is now on nearly 16% of all Android devices, an increase of five percentage points from the 11% Android device share ICS claimed last month. This momentum is significant because ICS for many months plodded along as manufacturers took their time updating devices, and many older devices were stuck using Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Gingerbread is still the most dominant version of Android by a huge margin, as it accounts for more than 60% of all Android devices currently in use, but this isn’t really a surprise since 2012 is the year of Gingerbread. Now if only Android 4.1 Jelly Bean would pick up steam… More →
VentureBeat has a scoop on the Wikipad, the new tablet being developed by a company of the same name that also doubles as a video game controller. According to the report, the gaming tablet will have a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, an NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 16GB of internal storage and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. But what makes the tablet truly cool is the gaming dock it will ship with, that transforms the tablet into an oversized Xbox-style controller. More →