Samsung to update Galaxy Tab 2 series till Android 4.2.2: Report

Samsung is reportedly planning to update its Galaxy Tab 2 range until Android 4.2.2, reports SamMobile. The publication cites inside sources to suggest that while Samsung plans to update Tab 2 to latest Jelly Bean version, it is also testing the update on original Galaxy Tab 10.1, and 8.9, which are powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor.

This is not all; Samsung has also begun testing of Android 4.1.2 on Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Tab 7.0 Plus after it resolved an issue with Exynos processors.

The Korean manufacturer is reportedly planning to finish Android 4.1.2 update for all tablets by Q2 or Q3. The timeline is not clear about Android 4.2.2 updates.

The report also added that Samsung will cease major Android updates for these tablets after Android 4.2.2.

There is no way to authenticate these reports, so it is better to wait for an official announcement before getting all excited. We hope to hear from the company soon about the official schedule of the updates.

Asus Padfone getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update

Asus has released the Android 4.1.1 update for the original Padfone owners. The update, which is currently available for WW SKU devices, can be downloaded from Asus website.

Asus Padfone update V10.2.1.9 brings not only Jelly Bean goodness like Google Now, Project Butter improvements, enhanced notifications, but a lot more. You can see the change-log below.

  • OS upgrade to Android 4.1.1
  • Improve dictionary function
  • Improve Camera preview function
  • Improve Scrapbook function
  • Improve File Manager application
  • Improve Volume Key problem
  • Support SD card NTFS & EX Fat format

Update download link (check in firmware updates)

Software update for Asus Padfone 2 – V10.4.12.24 for WWE SKU (Android 4.1)

In related news, Asus has also related a software update for Padfone 2. The update basically brings performance improvements and bug fixes. Here is the full change-log:

  • Enhanced PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station performance and stability
  • Improved Wi-Fi connection and stability
  • Upgraded the camera’s firmware and optimized the camera’s HDR and automatic brightness control functions
  • NFC file sharing on ASUS Studio
  • Added ASUS Story
  • Support of Tomb Jewels
  • Improved the Weather Time widget
  • Improved Email’s editing function
  • Improved Contacts app
  • Improved the Battery widget’s battery display function
  • Optimized the instant translation interface
  • Added SMS samples
  • Optimized the lock screen interface

Update download link (check in firmware updates)

Verizon Galaxy Nexus getting Android 4.2.2 update

Wait is over; Verizon has announced that it has started rolling-out Android 4.2.2 update for its variant of Galaxy Nexus LTE. The update will be released in phases, so no everyone will get it 

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“The Galaxy Nexus by Samsung will be updated to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The software will be pushed to Verizon Wireless customers in phases starting March 19,” Verizon noted in a press release.

The update brings features like photo-sphere to take 360 degree panoramic pictures in camera app, gesture support in keyboard, lock-screen widgets and bug-fixes.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus has always been late in getting software updates. HSPA version of Galaxy Nexus gets almost immediate update, but the in the case of Verizon version, the updates need to be approved first by the telco.

(UPDATE)Galaxy S IV screenshots reveal Smart Scroll, Smart Pause features

Update: Turns out these are the screenshots from a leaked Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.2.1 build, not S IV. Frankly, I am glad to know that because the same UI as S III would certainly have sucked; even HTC has revamped their UI; Time for Samsung to do so. We are still pretty sure that Smart Scroll and Smart Pause will arrive in S IV, just that these are not S4 screenshots.

It was just yesterday that we first heard about Samsung Galaxy S4’s ability to scroll pages by just looking at our eye movements. Now, thanks to a tipster of SamMobile, we know the feature will be dubbed as Smart Scroll and screenshots showcasing it have been posted online.

These screenshots also reveal another feature called “Smart Pause,” which will apparently pause the video playback on Galaxy S IV by detecting if your head has moved away from the display.

Yesterday’s NYT report has added that Samsung is focussing more attention on the software customisations of the upcoming Galaxy S IV than ever. The phone is likely to come with plethora of custom tweaks over Android 4.2.

The smartphone is set to be launched on March 14 in New York and will come with features like 4.99-inch full HD display, 1.8GHz octa-core Exynos processor, 2GB RAM, and 13MP rear camera. Samsung Galaxy S IV is likely to go on sale beginning late-March or early-April.

Asus Transformer Pad becomes first non-Nexus tablet to get Android 4.2 update

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Asus has increasingly showed how serious it is about Android updates. Since the debut of original Transformer, the Taiwanese manufacturer has always been one of the first companies to push Android updates to its devices and it has done it again. Company today announced that US owners of Transformer Pad TF300T will be getting an over-the-air Android 4.2 update beginning today.

The update will reach other regions sometime this month.  This is the first Android device after the Nexus roll-out to get the Android 4.2 update.

According to Asus, the new update brings performance and stability improvements, improves the user experience with new features as well as providing multiple user account logins.

Company also announced that it will be pushing Android 4.2 updates to its recently announced Memo Pad, Memo Pad Smart, and Transformer Infinity tablets in Q2.

“The ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 is one of the most successful ASUS tablets to date and offers a full notebook PC experience when attached to the innovative mobile dock.

ASUS is committed to providing the best customer experience, and is the first manufacturer to receive Android 4.2 for partnered tablets,” company noted in a press release.

HTC might bring Sense 5 to HTC One X, X+, S and HTC Butterfly

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HTC recently introduced the revamped Sense interface in the form of version 5.0 along with HTC One smartphone. The interface is much lighter and cleaner than company’s previous Sense iterations.

Many of the One X, X+ and most importantly Butterfly users were wondering if they will by lucky enough to get the Sense 5.0 interface officially on their phones.

Well, according to HTC, it will indeed be bring Sense 5.0 to some of its devices (not sure which ones), but not all functionality of Sense 5 will be ported to these devices, which is expected.

HTC Sense 5.0 key features:
*HTC Blinkfeed
*Minimalist layout
*Integration of TV control (won’t be   coming to One X, X+, or Butterfly       as  there is no IR Blaster)
*Zoe Camera (probably this won’t come too)
*Sync Manager

Sony Experia Z Android 4.2.2 update coming by end of March

Sony is reportedly going to release the Android 4.2.2 update for Xperia Z smartphone by the end of March in Europe, claims Xperia Blog. The blog claims that a tipster has given them this information along with the following screenshot from an Xperia Z phone running on test build of the same software.

Sony Xperia Z has just started retailing in the first European markets like France and it would have reached most important markets in the continent by the first week of March. So providing the latest Android version update soon after the market availability indeed seems like a great move from the company.

There is no word on the exact availability or whether this update will bring anything else apart from Android 4.2.2 changes. We are actively tracking the story and will let you know if anything new pops up.

Samsung begins Galaxy Note Jelly bean update rollout

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Samsung has started rolling out Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for Galaxy Note users. Reports are coming in from Germany, Taiwan and Hong Kong; the users have started receiving notifications on Kies about the update.

There is no word on OTA release right now, but it should begin shortly. As most of the update are released in phases, you might not get the update notification right-away, but it would reach your smartphone in the coming days.

The update brings new Nature UX on the smartphone along with multi-window, revamped notification shade, features like Direct Call, Popup Play, Google Now, Project Butter improvements and more.

Here are some more features that you will see in Jelly Bean update:-

*Multi-View can also be disabled
*Page Buddy
*New Additions in Notification Panel
*Smart Rotation (Screen Display
adjusts to your angle of sightings)
*Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
*Samsung’s Cloud services
*New Widgets from the Galaxy S III
*2 Home screen modes

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Android 4.2.2 OTA update rolling out to Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

Google has started rolling out Android 4.2.2 update for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices. As always, the update is available over-the-air (OTA) and you will get a notification on your device to download and install the update. You can also manually check by going to Settings>> About Phone/Tablet>> System Updates. The OTA update for Nexus 10 is 47MB in size and it brings stability and performance improvements. There is no word on the size of update for Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 7, which is expected to be around the same 50MB. (Update: Galaxy Nexus update is 46.4 MB) There is no word about the Android 4.2.2 update for Nexus 4 smartphone. There is no detailed change-log available, but the update is said to fixing Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming issue. We will update the post once we know more about the update

Android 4.1 coming to Optimus 4X HD, L7 & L9 in H1: LG Hong Kong

LG Hong Kong has revealed on its official Facebook page that the company will be releasing Jelly Bean update to Optimus 4X HD, Optimus L9 and L7 smartphones in the first half of this year. LG Hong Kong has not given any exact time-frame, so we will have to wait and watch. Also, given the past track record of LG in providing software updates to its Android device, we are not very confident even about the first half schedule. All three 4X HD, L9 and L7 currently run on Android 4.0 with company’s Optimus UI on top. The Jelly Bean will bring the latest software improvements like Project Butter, UI updates, enhanced notifications, homescreen changes, Google Now and more. These software updates will most likely be rolled-out via company’s mobile support tool and over-the-air. There is no still no word on when the company will be releasing Jelly Bean for other smartphones in its Android portfolio