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Motorola DROID Xyboard 10.1 now getting Android 4.1.2

Motorola DROID Xyboard 10.1

Motorola DROID Xyboard 10.1

The Motorola DROID Xyboard 10.1 tablet which broke cover in late 2011 is now getting the Android 4.1.2 update according to the owners of the device. The update is long overdue now, but not surprising considering Motorola’s history with tablet updates. The tablet was launched in partnership with Verizon in December 2011 and hasn’t made a lot of news since then. But this update should bring some joy among the users, if there are any left. The update changes the system version to 98.8.127. As users are shifting from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, there are a lot of changes on board, including Project Butter which brings a smoother UI and better functionality.

To jog your memory a bit, the tablet sports a 10.1 inch 1280×800 resolution display, a TI OMAP 1.2 GHz dual core chip, 1GB of RAM, 16/32GB of internal storage, a 5MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front camera and a 7,000 mAh battery to round off the hardware specs sheet. This is probably the last of the updates for the tablet as it’s running on the now unsupported TI OMAP chipset, which is the reason why Google decided to not rollout the KitKat update to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Via: Droid-Life

ZTE Blade V now available at Virgin Mobile UK

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ZTE is launching one of the cheapest smartphones in the UK on Virgin Mobile in a few days and unlike other budget feature phones, the new ZTE Blade V will come as a mid-range offering smartphone with an incredibly cheap price.

Specs are on the budget-end side, the ZTE Blade V will have a 1.2GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and Adreno 203 GPU. The phone will have a dismal 4GB of internal storage, but there is a microSD slot and cloud storage is becoming a more intriguing option.

The ZTE Blade V has a 4-inch 800 x 480 IPS display, not the 1080p or even 720p we are used to seeing from high-end smartphones and to be honest a real sour stripe if the user wants to watch videos or look at photos.

Also coming on the ZTE Blade V is a front and rear camera, the latter being a 5MP shooter with flash. The 1720mAh battery may seem a little small, but for a 480p display it is likely to run a full day with no issues.

Android 4.1.2 will come pre-loaded on the ZTE Blade V, with ZTE’s rather odd UI skin. The phone will have WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS, but we do not think it will come with NFC, there is also no details on whether the WiFi will have ac protocol.

Virgin Mobile will offer the ZTE Blade V for £13 per month or £89 on a pay-as-you-go contract. Virgin Mobile customers will be able to get the phone for £71.

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LG L9 II officially announced, coming on October

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LG is still focused on other brands and products in the mobile market, even though the LG G2 has taken up a significant amount of time and energy, as LG tries to push the brand to 130 carriers worldwide.

This has not stopped the company from quickly releasing a mid-range smartphone just three weeks later, the LG L9 II. This was the phone mixed up with the LG Nexus 5 a while back, but we now have rumours saying Motorola will be the head of development for the next Nexus device.

The LG L9 II is decisively mid-range, with a 4.7-inch 720p IPS display, 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, on paper it looks like any other mid-range device on Android.

Other specs include an 8MP camera, microSD slot to get more storage, 2150mAh battery, IR blaster, Bluetooth, WiFi a/b/g/n, LTE and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, sitting on top will be LG’s custom skin and we may see some features from the LG G2.

It is a shame LG couldn’t grab 4.2.2 or 4.3 Jelly Bean for the LG L9 II, considering the former has been out for several months and the latter for a few weeks. They are both within reach for manufacturers who push for the best, as Samsung has shown.

LG has been light on revealing places and prices, although they did say the LG L9 II would be coming in October. We expect it to be free on contract and about $399 off contract, if it ever makes it to the US.

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AT&T updates HTC One VX with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

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The HTC One VX was ousted as one of the few phones from HTC to get the update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean sometime in the near future and AT&T has finally made true on the leak.

With carriers and mobile makers moving at an incredible pace for new innovation, we normally see smartphones like the HTC One VX get left behind after one year, not exactly impressive coming on a two-year contract. This is one of the reasons we still see low satisfaction rates from low-end Android users, because support is gone after a few months.

Thankfully, we will see the first iteration of Jelly Bean come to the HTC One VX. This moves the phone up from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it will not get photo sphere or any features from Android 4.2 and Android 4.3. Sense 4+ UI will be added to the HTC One VX, a slice away from Sense 5.

AT&T will handle the proceedings in the US, where the phone carrier will send out over-the-air updates for users. This is the first and possibly the last update the HTC One VX will get and it is a big one, we would recommend having full battery before grabbing it.

At the start price of $49 on a two-year contract, the HTC One VX was the middle of the line, not-great-but-works type phone. It had a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 4.5-inch 540×960 display and 8GB of internal storage with expandable microSD slot.

Source: Android Community

Galaxy S3 Problems in Contacts and Bluetooth in Car

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Here are a couple of Galaxy S3 issues that we came across with their respective solutions:

#1 Galaxy S3 Contacts Not Loading After Firmware Update

Some Samsung Galaxy S3 users who updated to the Android 4.1.2 firmware were complaining about their Contacts List freezing or not loading properly.

According to the Phandroid forums, simply clearing out your Contacts Storage or force closing Contacts and Contacts Storage will fix this. If the problem persists, just do a Factory Reset. A Factory Reset is always recommended for people who have updated to a much recent firmware in order to eliminate the old files left behind by the old OS which could cause glitches in some instances.

#2 Galaxy S3 Bluetooth Feature in Car Not Working Well

For Galaxy S3 users who are having problems with their voice commands when pairing their device with the Bluetooth of their cars, you can read the solutions in our previous article covering this subject.

One Galaxy S4 user also told us through Mailbag that her Galaxy S4 voice command is not functioning well when connected through Bluetooth in her 2011 Buick Enclave despite her older devices partnering well with it.

If the unpairing and car radio reset solutions mentioned in the previous article won’t work, this could be related to the Bluetooth version of the car too. It is possible that the much newer Bluetooth version of the Galaxy S4 is no longer supported by the car’s audio deck. So, one way to make it work is by updating the car’s Bluetooth version.

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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 NFC Edition Gets Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update

It’s probably no more than a matter of days until Samsung’s latest budget-conscious handheld, the Galaxy Ace 3, will be made official. But before that can happen, Sammy has a few loose ends left from the phone’s previous generation to tie up.

The Ace 2, released with on-board Android 2.3 Gingerbread a year back, has started getting scoops of delicious Jelly Beans early last month. At that time, it was the non-NFC version (model number GT-I8160) that was bumped up, but now the NFC edition is getting the same treatment.

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That’s at least according to Sam Mobile, but usually, when the website calls it, it’s for real. The exact model number of the Ace 2 being upgraded is GT-I8160P and apparently you can leap to 4.1.2 both through KIES and OTA (over-the-air).

The first country where the update went live was reportedly Germany earlier today, but I’m guessing that’s just the beginning and by the end of the week we’re going to have a fairly rich list of countries where people can get Android 4.1.2 on their Aces.

Remember, these things usually go out in phases, so even if you’re not treated to an update, say, three or four days for now, there’s no reason to panic.

As for you lucky dawgs that have received the prompt message to download and install the new software pack or that have found it in Kies, be sure to have your battery above the 50% mark (ideally, as close as possible to 100%) and enough storage space to go around.

We don’t know exactly how much the upgrade weighs, but it’s likely at least 200 MB heavy. The build date is marked as May 1, while the PDA, CSC and modem codes are I8160PXXME1, I8160PDBTME1 and I8160PXXME1 respectively. Now I wonder if there’s also an Android 4.2 bump for the Ace 2 on the horizon or if this is the 3.8-incher’s end of the road as far as software support is concerned.

Oh, well, even if this is the end, there’s nothing to feel bad about. After all, you’ll be getting a new, smoother and improved UI with Android 4.1, Google Now support and a bunch of Project Butter performance enhancements. 

Via [Sam Mobile]

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Updates To Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

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[Image from T3]
Not to be beaten by AT&T, Verizon Wireless also announced that they are offering their customers an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for their Samsung Galaxy Note 2. According to our news source, the OS update will bring out several features like fixes for glitches, improved support for Multi-Window functions and more.

The Updates

Here are the updates revealed by the carrier based on the report:

1. The Multi-Window support is now compatible with more apps like the Amazon, Kindle, YouTube, Gmail, Viewdini, Twitter, Facebook and other Google-based apps like the Google Maps and Google Talk.

2. The dialer screen now features name filtering.

3. The addition of the Samsung Smart Switch will enable users to move their files from their old smartphones to their tab.

4. More notification panel customization options will be available in the Display Settings.

5. The alarm clock updates include setting it “ON” in its default setting. Then, its options can now be accessed easier without the need to tap the “More” icon.

6. Wi-Fi connectivity, S Note app, EAS email, ISIS mobile wallet and others will gain enhancements too following the update.

How the Updates will be Provided

Based on the source, Verizon will provide the updates for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 over the air (OTA). The updating will take up around 250MB of the device’s memory, so it would take some time for the download and installation processes to finish.

How to Check the Updates

If you are not sure if you already received the OTA update for your Samsung Galaxy Note 2, follow just follow this step by step guide:

1. Go to the options in the Settings.

2. Select the “About Device” option.

3. Tap the “Software Update” from the next selection.

4. Lastly, choose the “Check for Update” in the menu. This will display whether you already have the update or not.

Source: iTech Post

T-Mobile Rolls Out Jelly Bean Updates for LG Optimus L9 and Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

T-Mobile might be America’s distant number four carrier right now, but something tells us the network will leap to the podium in no time. And how could it not when it’s the first wireless service provider in the US to ditch contracts altogether?

But if that’s not enough to make you switch from Verizon, AT&T or Sprint to T-Mo, maybe the carrier’s timely Jelly Bean updates will help seal the deal. The latest devices to get Android 4.1 bumps on the network are LG’s Optimus L9 and Samsung’s Galaxy S Relay 4G, two fairly unimpressive mid-rangers that have a very important ace up their sleeves – budget consciousness.

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The L9 has started getting JB in Europe last month, so it’s not that shocking to see it also upgraded on T-Mobile. Then again, it usually takes American carriers longer to bring Jelly Bean goodness to their entry-level or mid-tier devices, so we have to give it up to T-Mo for coming through so quickly.

Released with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich last fall, LG’s 4.7-incher can be updated OTA (over-the-air) to 4.1.2, firmware version P76920d. While most of you have likely already received a prompt message to download and install the new software pack, you shouldn’t panic if you’ve been left out of the Jelly Bean party for now.

Instead, make sure you have your battery life above the 50% mark and at least 350 MB of memory to go around and then dive in Settings – About Device – System Update to try to manually install JB.

If you’re not an L9 owner yet and you’re thinking of getting the phone now that it runs Jelly Bean, we’re sad to tell you the thing is currently listed as out of stock with T-Mobile. Hopefully, that will change soon, because the pricing structure is unbeatable – $48.99, plus 24 monthly payments of $8, or $240.99 in full.

As for the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, that is still available with T-Mo for no upfront payment with $15 monthly payments, or $360 paid in full. The 4-incher is not exactly a powerhouse, but it’s one of the few decent Android phones with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Also released in the fall with ICS, the S Relay 4G can be bumped up to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean either OTA or via Samsung Kies. We of course recommend the former as it’s completely hassle-free, but the latter’s not that bad either.

The update weighs in at a hefty 411 MB for the S Relay, bringing basically the same goodies as on the LG Optimus L9 – a redesigned, smoother new interface, Google Now integration, numerous Project Butter performance enhancements and plenty of bug fixes. Isn’t T-Mobile the best?

Via [Tmo News]

LG Escape Gets Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update on AT&T

Did I tell you or did I not tell you LG was on a roll with Jelly Bean updates? I think I told you. But if you needed additional proof, voila – AT&T’s Escape is being bumped to Android 4.1.2 as we speak.

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The official announcement has been posted on the carrier’s blog yesterday, and numerous Escape users are already reporting the update being live on their phones. If you’re yet to grab the new tasty software pack, you can do so by diving into Menu – Settings – General – About Phone – Software Update.

Of course, these things do tend to roll out in phases, so there are no guarantees yet. But fret not, our dear friends, because even if you have been left out of the upgrade’s phase one, there’s Jelly Bean to go around for all and it should come everyone’s way in a matter of mere days.

Now, these kinds of news usually interest only existing users of the devices being updated, but in this particular case I think I should have the attention of both Escape owners and folks in the market for a decent, budget-friendly Android smartphone.

True, the LG Escape might still look a bit underwhelming hardware-wise, but AT&T is selling it for just one penny with two-year contracts. And that’s a very small price to pay for a device with Jelly Bean, a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 pix res IPS LCD panel, dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 gig of RAM and 5 MP cam.

You also get a pretty comfy 2,150 mAh battery inside this thing, just 4 GB of on-board storage, but expandable via a microSD card.

Turning our attention back to the Android 4.1.2 bump, let’s say this comes with all the traditional goodies, like expandable notifications, Google Now integration and loads of Project Butter performance enhancements.

Naturally, AT&T is throwing a little something in the mix too, with the adding of the DriveMode app and a couple of specific bug fixes. Can I hear a “booyah” from all you current and future LG Escape owners out there?

Via [AT&T Blog]

LG Optimus Vu Gets Jelly Bean Update in Korea, Verizon LG Intuition Next in Line?

LG might have had only a couple of Android 4.1-running smartphones a few months ago, but right now there are rivers of Jelly Bean flowing through the Optimus family. The L9, 4X HD, Vu 2, L7 and Optimus G on AT&T, as well as in South Korea and Canada have all been Jelly Beaned of late, providing smooth as silk software experiences for all their lucky users.

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Next in line, there’s the Optimus Vu, according to LG Korea’s official website. The Android 4.1.2 update for the Korean version of the 5-incher is already live and available to download for SK Telecom customers.

As far as I can tell, the upgrade is not yet live for Vu users on KT and LG U+, but take that with a grain of salt as my Korean is a little rusty. I’m pretty sure LG is also advising people to grab the update through the Mobile Support Tool, but once again I could be wrong and there could be things lost in translation.

Anyway, that’s probably not awfully important for you. After all, I don’t think there are a lot of Koreans amongst our readers. But you may be more interested in the fact that there’s a good shot a Jelly Bean update is headed Verizon’s way too.

What, you didn’t know Big Red had the Optimus Vu up for grabs? It does, but under a different name – LG Intuition. Spec-wise, the Vu and Intuition are pretty much identical, with the same 5-inch 1,024 x 768 pixels resolution display, dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU, 1 gig of RAM, 32 GB of storage, 8 MP camera and 2,080 mAh battery.

Unlike the Vu, which rocked Android 2.3 Gingerbread upon release and got bumped up to 4.0 ICS later on, the Intuition came with Ice Cream Sandwich out the box. Verizon has already issued a minor software update for the Intuition, but unfortunately that’s been reported to do more harm than good.

Like I said, chances are the LG Intuition will get an official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean soon after the Korean Optimus Vu, but now the question is when. And also, are you Intuition users still willing to have patience, or you’re just about to explode and ditch both Verizon and LG for good?

Via [Ameblo]

How Manually Install Android 4.1.2 XXEMC3 On Galaxy S3 I9300

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has just received another official firmware dubbed as I9300XXEMC3 that comes packed with new amazing features and bug fixes. While we always advice our readers to get official updates over-the-air (OTA) or via the Samsung KIES, there are others who may not be able to do so. That’s the reason why we have to write this step-by-step tutorial on how to install the Android 4.1.2-based XXEMC3 firmware on the S3.  galaxy-s3-tips-tricks

Owners don’t need to root their phones prior to the installation because they will be using the popular ODIN flashing tool instead of the ClockworkMod Recovery. They are, however, required to download the application into their computers as well as the firmware package (download links are provided below). For the safety of your phone and data in it, there are a few reminders we want you to read before you take the first step of this tutorial. But first, try to take a look at the list of new features before deciding to update your phone.

Firmware Features 

  • Android 4.1.2 (JZO54K)
  • Multi-View (Multi-Windows Multitasking, same as in Note II)
  • Page Buddy
  • Paper Artist App
  • Group Cast App
  • New Gallery App (same as in Note II)
  • Brightness Slider in Notification Panel Can Now Be Disabled
  • Smart Rotation (Screen Display adjusts to your angle of sightings)
  • Notification Panel (Notification Panel can now be customized)
  • Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)

If you think these features are interesting, continue reading our reminders.

Reminders 

  1. Backup all your data including your SMS, Contacts and apps. There is a possibility they would be corrupted during the process.
  2. Make sure your device has sufficient battery to complete the installation. It is recommended your phone has at least 80% of battery left to make sure it won’t power down during the process.
  3. Enable USB Debugging.

These are basic reminders you can follow to make sure everything will go smoothly during the entire process. If you’re ready, you can now follow the instructions below.

Instructions 

Step 1: Download ODIN. [link]

Step 2: Download Android 4. [link]

Step 3: Extract contents of both packages and run ODIN application as administrator.

Step 4: Turn your phone off and boot it up to Download Mode. Press and hold both the Volume Down and Home buttons while pressing on the Power button. Follow on-screen instructions to enter the download mode.

Step 5: Once your phone is in the download mode already, connect it with your computer. On Odin application interface, it would say “Added!” while turning one of the COM ports to yellow.

Step 6: Load the following files: PIT, PDA, Phone and CSC. Each file has its own button so you could never go wrong with it. If you cannot find PIT, Phone and CSC files, continue with the process as you would need the PDA file in that case.

Step 7: Under the Options section, make sure both Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time are checked. If a PIT file is present, then you also need to check Re-Partition option.

Step 8: If everything is set with all files necessary loaded, you may click on the Start button to begin flashing the software.

Step 9: Once the flashing is complete, ODIN will automatically reboot your phone. Wait until it is fully active before you disconnect it from your computer.

Step 10: To verify if the installation was successful, go to Settings => About Phone. It should say your phone is now running Android 4.1.2 with build XXEMC3.

Let us know if this helps.

Introducing the Xperia Z’s Younger Cousin, the Sony Xperia ZL

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Sony’s Xperia Z smartphone has been announced, with certain countries like Russia receiving the smartphone this month. As an American, I am excited about the waterproof, dust-resistant Xperia Z smartphone and tablet — and want to know when it will head to the USA. I wish it would arrive this month, but it will most likely be June or July when the device heads to America. In the meantime, Sony wants to reassure and comfort its American consumers by introducing the Xperia ZL to the American market.

The Xperia ZL will come with the following features and specs:

* 5-inch display
* 1080p video recording
* 13-megapixel, Exmor camera (4128 x 3096 pixels)
* 1.5Ghz, quad-core processor (Snapdragon S4)
* 2GB RAM
* Long Term Evolution (LTE)
* Near Field Communication (NFC)
* 1920 x 1080 screen resolution
* Timescape User Interface (UI)
* OS: Android 4.1.2 (updated to 4.2 later)
* 2,370mAh battery
* 500 hours of standby time
* 13 hours of talk time
* 40 hours of music play

Sony’s Exmor cameras are quality and standard for all smartphones. One rumor currently floating around the smartphone world is that Apple’s iPhone 5S will come with a 13MP, Sony Exmor camera. Sony’s 1920 x 1080 screen resolution is Sony’s newest screen resolution, found also in the Xperia ZL’s older cousin, the Sony Xperia Z. A 5-inch display is typical of smartphones produced this year (LG Optimus Pro, Xperia Z), the exception being Samsung’s new Galaxy S4, rumored to be announced within the next nine days (March 14). The LTE presence implies 4GLTE and fast Internet speeds. NFC is a typical feature of Android smartphones, allowing for Google Wallet purchases as well as the beaming of photos.

The OS will be behind the times, with only Android 4.1.2 to start. The 4.1.2 update, called the “Premium Suite Upgrade,” comes with features such as low-light camera shot, Facebook Lock Ticker, Contextual Page Buddy, Google Now, multi-window mode, easy mode, and Project Butter. The low-light camera shot provides ample lighting in dark conditions so that photos are illuminated, even in low-light environments. Facebook Lock Ticker allows you to view your Facebook RSS feeds on your Android lock screen. While this feature is called “Facebook” Lock Ticker, it can also be called “News Lock Ticker,” since you can also view stocks along with Yahoo news from your lock screen. The multi-window mode is one that Samsung advertised in its demonstrations videos for the Galaxy S3. GS3 users will finally experience this in the 4.1.2 update. Contextual Page Buddy allows your smartphone to perceive user action and respond to it. For example, the phone will start to play your music when you insert the headphones into the top of the phone. Google Now provides you with weather, traffic updates, and local events happening in your area “now,” as opposed to later. You can view weather in real time, not later weather changes. This will help you get out the door and go to work knowing whether or not you need an umbrella and/or jacket.

One of the interesting details about the Xperia ZL smartphone is its ability to run on both AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks — a feature that will save consumers from having to purchase two different phones for both carriers:

“Of particular interest is the extra color variant that’s cropped up — a red option with a black front — and the American ZL’s support for LTE bands 1, 2,4, 5 and 17 alongside the standard pentaband HSPA…in theory that means you’ll have an unlocked handset that can run quite happily on either carrier’s 4G LTE — a unique proposition for the U.S. market” (Alex Dobie, “Unlocked Sony Xperia ZL headed to the US with LTE and new color option”).

Sony’s Xperia ZL also looks to come to the United States in April and will come in black, white, and a new red/black color. It will not have waterproof technology, however, but will likely come for sale at a premium price. The Xperia ZL is but one of Sony’s premium smartphones that will go on sale globally this month — a testimony to Sony’s desire to “rise from the ashes” and come back to stardom in the tech world. Currently, Sony ranks fourth in popularity in the United States, behind Apple, Samsung, and Huawei, but wants to become third and overtake Huawei to arrive shoulder-to-shoulder with Apple and Samsung.

The company’s current Xperia Z commercial testifies to Sony’s desire to return from the dustbin of history. The commercial focuses on major events such as the Sony Walkman, the Sony TV, the Sony camcorder (filming the Berlin Wall deconstruction in 1989), while featuring the new Sony Xperia Z phone in the last scene of the commercial. Sony has other new smartphones available at the Sony site, such as the Sony Xperia Advance, a waterproof smartphone that comes with only 4GB of memory (and an expandable memory slot). Of the companies competing to rise to the likes of Samsung and Apple (Huawei, LG, HTC, Sony, and ZTE), Sony has the greatest chance of winning the bronze award in the smartphone wars. Sony has a history of excellent products that many American consumers trust, not to mention the premium build that comes with its products. Sony has made itself a brand name for American households, and consumers identify Sony with an excellent brand. ZTE, LG, and Huawei are not very well-known and have not produced products of finesse before the American public. While many are confident in Sony, only time will tell as to the veracity of Huawei’s claim (and Sony’s rise).

Verizon Galaxy S3 Gets Updated To Android 4.1.2

If you are using the Samsung Galaxy S3 with Verizon then you should update your software now as the carrier has just rolled out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update. This update brings in several improvements to your device which include teaks and new features.

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Some of the enhancements you will enjoy are

  • Improved performance of Keyboard Predictive Text feature
  • You can now take pictures while on a call
  • Manual refresh button has been added to the lock screen
  • Improved email synch
  • Improved Bluetooth performance
  • VZ Navigator and Amazon has been added

The update is 150.3 MB in size and will usually take around 5 to 7 minutes to download. Installing the update will also require another 5 to 7 minutes.

You will normally receive a notification that an update is now available for your device. Clicking on the OK button will reboot your device and then commence with the update. You may also click on the defer button which will delay the update. You will be receiving the System Update message every 30 minutes until such time that you proceed with the update.

If you are not receiving an update notification then you can go ahead and do it manually. The steps are listed below.

  • Go into Settings
  • Tap on About Phone
  • Tap on System Updates
  • Tap Check for Updates
  • Perform the update

If for some reason the update isn’t available to you automatically or when you search for it manually then you’ll probably have to wait a week at the most for you to get it.

Those who have updated their devices reported that the Premium Suite isn’t available. This must also be the reason on why it hasn’t been included in the changelog.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 was first released in May of last year. It had 9 million orders before its release date. As of January of this year this model has sold more than 40 million units worldwide.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Security Flaw In Homescreen

A new hack has been discovered that could bypass the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 homescreen and allow anyone to run apps or dial numbers even if the device is locked. Terence Eden first discovered this on a device running on Android 4.1.2 which he published in his blog.

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The hack can bypass the Pattern Lock, PIN, password, or Face Unlock of a device. If you’re interested in checking out the hack the steps are listed below.

  • Lock the device with a “secure” pattern, PIN, or password.
  • Activate the screen.
  • Press “Emergency Call”.
  • Press the “ICE” button on the bottom left.
  • Hold down the physical home key for a few seconds and then release.
  • The phone’s home screen will be displayed – briefly.
  • While the home screen is displayed, click on an app or a widget.
  • The app or widget will launch.
  • If the widget is “direct dial” the phone will start ringing.

While the hack may sound serious it really isn’t. The ability to make a call depends if you have a direct dial widget on your homescreen. The apps that will be launched will automatically be pushed back into the background. If the app automatically performs an action on launch like do a voice recording then that action will continue in the background. The only privacy concern you should worry about is someone will get to know what apps you have installed. They will also know your calendar entries or emails if you use a widget.

Eden has also listed steps on how to protect your device against this hack.

  • Do not use direct dial widgets on your homescreen.
  • Remove any calendar or email widgets which may show sensitive information from your homescreens.
  • Ensure that any apps which you do have on your homescreens do not automatically cost you money or act maliciously when launched.
  • Use an app locker to prompt for a password when apps are launched.
  • Changing to a different launcher will not protect you.
  • Using a 3rd party lock screen will not protect you if it accesses the emergency dialer.

As of this writing Samsung hasn’t made any statement yet regarding this issue.

via androidpit