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26 Dec 12 HTC One S Android 4.1 update begins rolling out in select markets

We’ve been hearing about the Jelly Bean update for the HTC One S since July this year. While the One X received the update last month, the Taiwanese manufacturer seems to have kept up with its promise by beginning to roll out the Android 4.1 update for the One S. The update is available to select UK users of the device.

According to Android Central, the OTA update is rather large at 612.27MB and carries version number 3.16.401.8 and lists Android 4.1.1 as the software version. It brings along major Jelly Bean elements to the device along with a new version of HTC’s Sense UI, Sense 4+.

The Sense 4+ UI available as part of the Jelly Bean update, has several new features like HTC Get Started, HTC Watch 2.0, changes to the Gallery app and views, tweaks with the Camera app and much more. As of now, Sense 4+ is available to HTC One X (Review I Pictures) and HTC One S (Review I Pictures) users post the update. The HTC One X+ comes with Sense 4+ straight out of the box.

Other features as part of the update include a fix for battery issues that users have been complaining about as well as accessing the power saver option from the Notification menu.

Apart from the One X and One S, HTC had also confirmed its plans to upgrade the One XL with Jelly Bean. Now that two of the three have received their updates, we hope to see One XL users to be part of the Android 4.1 fraternity soon.

As a reminder, Jelly Bean aka Android 4.1 brings several performance improvements including Project Butter, which aims to make the user interface smoother. It also comes with Google Now and updates to Android Beam functionality.

HTC One S: First Look

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13 Jun 12 Android 4.0.3 update out for T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II


Samsung Galaxy S II owners on T-Mobile can update to
Android 4.0.3, but they may have to jump through a few hoops first.

The latest flavor of Ice Cream Sandwich launched as of yesterday evening for Samsung’s Galaxy S II. Owners of the phone can learn how to install it via a T-Mobile support page. But be forewarned — the update isn’t available over the air (OTA), meaning you can’t download it directly to your phone.

Instead, you have to install it via Samsung’s Kies software, which requires you to download and install the update on your PC and then sync it with your phone.

Beyond offering ICS, the update promises improvements in performance and stability.

But wait.

Before you can scoop up a dose of Ice Cream Sandwich, you’ll need to make sure you’re running at least Android 2.3.6 on your Galaxy S II phone, which is available as an OTA update.

Got all that? Don’t worry. T-Mobile’s page describes all the steps required to reach the peak of Android. But the carrier does warn that if you run into any trouble, you’ll have to call Samsung. “The Kies update through Samsung is not supported by T-Mobile and we are unable to assist with Kies or PC questions,” T-Mobile explained.

Though T-Mobile is trying to be helpful by outlining all the steps involved, this convoluted process clearly shows why Android updates are such a mess. With Google, the device makers. and the carriers all involved in the mix, no one party is truly responsible or accountable for the entire chain of events.

Compare that with the process on iOS devices. Apple is the sole party responsible for all updates. The carriers have no involvement. Apple users can download iOS updates to iTunes and sync them with their iPhones and iPads or download and install the updates directly to their devices.

It is any wonder Android users have to wait so long for the latest version of Android and other updates?

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14 May 12 Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.0 spreads but US update still MIA

Samsung’s slow roll-out of the Android 4.0 upgrade for the Galaxy S II continues, with questions still remaining as to whether all owners will get Ice Cream Sandwich before the phone’s successor reaches the market. Latest to get Android 4.0 is Singapore, following on from European availability that began back in March.

The Singaporean update isn’t being delivered OTA (over the air), CNET reports, but instead being distributed via Samsung’s KIES desktop app used for upgrades and media synchronizing. Alternatively, owners can send their Galaxy S II off to their nearest Samsung service center, which will flash the new firmware for them.

The news apparently comes direct from a Samsung customer care helpline in Singapore, though the staff there did suggest the only way to get ICS was via a service center. In Europe, Samsung has been using OTA upgrades, with unlocked GSII devices getting Android 4.0 last month.

Still, with the Galaxy S III hitting shelves at the end of May, it looks unlikely that Samsung will have all of its previous-gen flagship upgraded to the latest OS version by the time it is superseded. That’s likely to give some would-be buyers pause for thought in picking up the new handset, despite its 4.8-inch 720p HD display, quadcore processor and advanced TouchWiz interface complete with Siri-style voice command system.

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10 May 12 Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.0 upgrade goes live

Samsung has begun pushing out the Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Galaxy Note, with some owners reporting notifications that Android 4.0 is ready to be delivered over-the-air to their phone/tablet hybrid. The upgrade weighs in at just short of 319MB and includes the new version of TouchWiz, according to the message Note owner Devin Balentina received on his phone, along with the new S Note app and a new S Memo widget for the homescreen.

Those new apps and widgets come from Samsung’s so-called Premium Suite, a package of new software specially designed to take advantage of the Galaxy Note’s digital stylus and oversized display. There’s a digital scrapbooking tool, as well as features that allow users to handwrite equations and see them solved.

Balentina is based in The Netherlands, but there are also reports of German Note owners being able to upgrade their handset via Samsung’s Kies app for PC. OTA upgrades usually go out in a staggered fashion so as to ease the impact on a company’s servers, so it may be some time before all Notes are upgraded; Samsung is yet to confirm its timescale for that process.

Android 4.0 will bring with it performance upgrades, though the significantly changed UI of pure Ice Cream Sandwich has been covered up by Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI. More on the Note in our full review.

[via SammyHub - thanks Si!]

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09 Feb 12 Android Atlas Weekly 84: Chrome finally hits Android (Podcast)

Chrome comes to
Android with one gigantic caveat. Or maybe two. And we are joined by cell phone expert Jessica Dolcourt who gives us her personal opinion of Android.

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-Three years on, Chrome at last arrives on Android

-Verizon Galaxy Nexus loses Google support

-Google Voice gets the Ice Cream Sandwich treatment

-Motorola patent license will cost Apple 2.25% of sales

-Google secretly testing pair of connected devices

-An Android tablet for the tub

-Superslim Samsung Galaxy S III could drop in May

-HTC hoping Studio can revitalize brand in 2012

-Transparent Screen


Here is a HTTP user-agent for the Android Browser:
Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.2.1; en-us; MB525 Build/3.4.2-107_JDN-9) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile

Webkit is based on the KHTML rendering engine, which is was first seen in KDE’s web browser Konqueror. Apple forked KHTML in 2002 to develop Webkit.

It’s sad to see Antgoo leave, at least now he won’t be flailing his phone at the Camera for dates.
- kevin


Hey guys, I just caught your podcast for this week, where you talk
about bigger screen sizes. I must be in a minority, as I want my phone
screen as LARGE as possible, given that I just the screen (games, web
surfing, videos, etc) exponentially more than making calls. If I
could’ve got a GNexus at the size of a Note or Dell Streak, I would’ve
in a hearbeat!

Great show



Voice mail about Facebook. Fit it in where ever


Hi my name is josh from the Chicago area. in response to your voice mail about the callers phone not syncing with Facebook. You over looked the most valuable piece of evidence in that call. The fact he said he had a galaxy nexus.

Facebook blocking syncing is so last summer news. Right about the time google plus rolled out Facebook blocked syncing to the nexus class phones. When I bought my Nexus S 4G the Sprint employee reminded me. I can’t remember if it was exactly Facebook that did this or google.

The other Android phones can do it because whatever skin they run is actually doing the Facebook syncing not Android. So if your running a pure vanilla Android (Nexus class) you cannot sync because Facebook and google can’t get along in the social network arena. I knew this when I bought my Nexus S 4G and honestly don’t miss it seeing as I have over 400 friends on Facebook and that just clogs up my contact list and my phone would always blow up all day with Facebook notifications and run the battery down even faster.

Love the show


Hey guys! Love the show, been listening for a few months now. As a truck driver, it really helps the miles fly by.

I bought the Motorola Bionic in September and saw the data connectivity issues almost immediately. Heard there was going to be an OTA update that would fix this problem. Well, I got said OTA update, but airplane mode is still my most used app on my phone in order to reset my data connection. I randomly, and frequently lose my data connection (4G 3G) out of nowhere. Is there an actual, working fix on the way that you guys know about?

Thanks for all the hard work and great entertainment.
Matt from Colorado Springs.



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