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Canadian Galaxy S III Receiving Jelly Bean Update On December 3rd

Users overseas may have been a bit jealous that the United States has been getting their updates to Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S III earlier than just about everyone else. If you’ve been anxious to get that update on your device, well you’re in luck! Samsung Canada has announced via a tweet that they a OTA (Over The Air) update would begin rolling out next week, which is Monday, December 3rd. This update just happens to be Android 4.1.1, which should excite a lot of you Canadian users!

A lot of American carriers still aren’t pushing out the Jelly Bean update to the Galaxy S III, despite Sprint rolling it out to their devices on their network a while back. Regardless, hopefully with the announcement of Canada getting the update we will be seeing the update also roll out from AT&T and Verizon here in the states. With how long users have been waiting for this update, I would highly doubt Samsung — and the carriers — would keep their users waiting much longer. If you remember, a while back there were a few reports that December would be the month of Jelly Bean for a few of Samsung’s devices as well. With this update coming to Canada on December 3rd, I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of Jelly Bean just about everywhere.

In other news, there has been rumors going around the Samsung Galaxy S 2 update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is almost ready as well! Hopefully we’ll be hearing some news of this shortly here. We’ll keep you posted as to when we spot something!

Do you have any predictions as to when Samsung and the various carriers are going to start rolling out Jelly Bean for the S III and S II?  Any of our friends over in Canada excited to hear about the Jelly Bean update as well?

Sound off in the comments below!

source: Samsung
via: Talk Android 

Android distribution chart from April shows continued growth

April Marketshare

April Marketshare

It’s that time of the month again when Google publishes its Android marketshare figures to give users and developers a better idea of how Android versions are faring. Expectedly, the chart from April reveals that Android 4.4 KitKat grew from 5.3% in March to 8.5% in April. This is a strong pace of growth for Android and an indicator of things to come. Thanks to Google making KitKat slightly less straining on devices by lowering the hardware requirements, we’re seeing an increasing number of smartphones, both midrange and high-end, getting the latest update.

Android 4.1-4.3 is now down to 60.8% from 61.4% the last time these figures were recorded, so it is clear that most devices are making the switch from Jelly Bean as well. The good news for Google is that relatively older versions of Android like Android 2.2 and 2.3 now have only 17.2% marketshare between them, with the number rapidly shrinking. All that being said, there’s still a long way to go before the ghosts of fragmentation are eliminated completely. But it’s good to see the platform making steady progress.

Source: Android Developers

Via: Phone Dog

How to Clear Cache and Clear Data in Various Android Versions

clear cache and clear data in different android versions

clear cache and clear data in different android versions

As mentioned in a previous article pointing out the difference between clear cache and clear data, the process of clearing these two regularly will help you solve various problems related to apps.

We already know that the process to do this is by doing these steps:

  • Access Settings.
  • Go to Application Manager or Apps. Note that you can locate these options in some devices under the More tab.
  • Get to the All tab.
  • Select the problematic app.
  • Either tap the Clear Cache or Clear Data button.

However, the steps are only applicable to units running at least Android 4.0 Jelly Bean. So, for the benefit of those who are running earlier Android versions in their devices, here are ways to do this from the 1.5 version up to 3.0:

Android 1.5 to 1.6

  • Starting from the Home screen, press the Menu key.
  • Choose Settings.
  • Proceed to Applications.
  • Select Manage Applications.
  • Look for the app that you want to fix.
  • You can now select the Clear Cache or Clear Data virtual button.

Android 2.1

  • Repeat the same steps above until you reach the Manage Applications portion.
  • Press the Menu key.
  • Select Filter.
  • Choose All.
  • Tap the app that needs to be fixed.
  • Now, you have the Clear Cache and Clear Data options.

Android 2.2 up to 3.0

  • Go to Menu by pressing its key.
  • Proceed to Settings.
  • Choose Applications.
  • Tap Manage Applications.
  • Make sure that you have tapped the All tab.
  • Choose the app is giving errors.
  • You will find the Clear Cache and Clear Data virtual keys there.

As you can see on the methods presented, the process to clear cache and clear data only varies slightly in certain Android versions. But basically, these all involve getting to the App Manager and selecting the app that you wish to clear from there.

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Source: T-Mobile Support

Samsung Galaxy S4 Flip to Mute Incoming Call Feature Missing

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Galaxy S4 flip to mute missing

One reader sent us this message about a problem that he is experiencing in his Samsung Galaxy S4’s flip to mute feature, “After I updated my Galaxy S4 smartphone to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the flip to mute feature that I am using to put the ringtone into silent when there’s an incoming call seems to have disappeared. How do I get it back?”

#1 Solution—Check if the Turn Over Feature is Activate

Before ruling out if there are other factors causing the problem, check first if the feature has been simply disabled.

1. Access the Menu.

2. Go to Settings.

3. Select the My Device tab.

4. Scroll down until you reach the Input and Control section. From there, choose Motions and Gestures.

5. Tap the Motion option.

6. At the bottom part, you will see the Turn Over portion with a switch on the Mute/Pause option.

7. Slide the switch to the right or until it shows a green rectangle with the On label to enable the muting feature when there is an incoming call.

Note that if the feature has already been switched on, try toggling it to Off and then On again to solve the glitch.

#2 Solution—Clear Cache

Go over to the Storage and clear the cached data of your phone altogether. Be reminded that it will clear the cache of your other apps as well. But this will still come quite useful if you have other apps acting up after the update.

#3 Solution—Do a Factory Reset

If the above solutions fail to work, backup your device and perform the steps in this link to do a Factory Reset.

Install an Alternative App

When the feature still fails to work, then, there must definitely be something wrong with the update you just installed. As an alternative, you can install apps from Google Play that provides similar functions such as Flip To Mute or Flip-Silent.

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If you have more questions about Android devices, feel free to email them to us at [email protected].

VPN Related Security Flaw Detected In Android Jelly Bean, KitKat

A new Android flaw has been discovered that affects the virtual private network of devices running on Jelly Bean or KitKat. The Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) said in an advisory released to users of its network “A critical flaw has been reported in Android’s (virtual private network) VPN implementation, affecting Android version 4.3 and 4.4 which could allow an attacker to bypass active VPN configuration to redirect secure VPN communications to a third party server or disclose or hijack unencrypted communications.”

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CERT-In is the agency responsible for securing the Indian Internet domain keeping hackers and phishers at bay. The agency advises users to install updates from original equipment manufacturers. Since there may already be a lot of applications circulating that exploits this weakness, its best to install apps only from trusted sources such as the Google Play store. Those who don’t have any anti-virus application running on their device may want to consider getting one. Users are also advised not to visit untrusted URLs or click on links coming from emails or SMS.

VPN is a technology that allows a person to connect to a private network using an encrypted tunnel over the public Internet Most companies and organizations utilize this tool to allow employees to securely connect to enterprise networks from remote locations. Several devices can be used to connect to a VPN such as desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets.

The CERT-In advisory further says that “It is noted that not all applications are encrypting their network communication. Still there is a possibility that attacker could possibly capture sensitive information from the affected device in plain text like email addresses, IMEI number, SMSes, installed applications.”

Security experts say that this flaw will allow data that is written in plain text to be captured and viewed. Android apps that directly connect to a server using SSL will not be affected by this flaw.

Just last month Ben Gurion University also reported a similar VPN related flaw. The university announced that “As part of our ongoing mobile security research we have uncovered a network vulnerability on Android devices which has serious implications for users using VPN. This vulnerability enables malicious apps  to bypass active VPN configuration (no ROOT permissions required) and redirect secure data communications to a different network address. These communications are captured in CLEAR TEXT (no encryption), leaving the information completely exposed. This redirection can take place while leaving the user completely oblivious, believing the data is encrypted and secure.”

via timesofindia

Android Distribution Score Shows Only 1.1% Share for KitKat

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android distribution score
Via: DroidLife

This evening, Google officially released the Android distribution score. The data collected by Google was based on a 7-day period which ended on December 2, 2013.

Based on the figures shown by Google via DroidLife, Jelly Bean once gain topped the chart with a 54.5% share while KitKat only got a dismal share of 1.1%.

Jelly Bean shows a continuous growth in the Android distribution score. From the previous month up to the most recent data, Jelly Bean’s distribution increased by 2.4%. It should be noted that Jelly Bean displayed a 52.1% Android distribution score last month.

Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean had the most share in the pie chart as it gained 37.4% share in the new data of Google. Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean took 12.9% of the slice and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean got 4.2%.

Tailing just behind Jelly Bean is Android 2.3.3 up to 2.3.7, which is better known as Gingerbread. Gingerbread got 24.1% of the Android distribution number. Looking at last month’s data and the current one, the said Android version showed a drop of 2.2% from its previous 26.3% share. Ice Cream Sandwich follows with an 18.6% score.

Froyo and Honeycomb seems to be showing a continuous decline which indicates that they are about to be phased out from the list already. Froyo only got a 1.6% share while Honeycomb barely made it to 0.1%.

KitKat and 4.3 Jelly Bean

It seems like many are itching to get the Android 4.4 update, known as KitKat, and the 4.3 Jelly Bean. Therefore, the two may show a significant increase in the next Android distribution share. The only thing preventing them from getting a good slice of the distribution pie in the previous assessment are the major bugs that came with their initial releases.

According to GottaBeMobile, KitKat bugs continue to plague Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 users. On the other hand, the more stable version of the 4.3 update just got rolled out by carriers a few days ago.

Source: DroidLife, GottaBeMobile

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 No Signal After 4.3 Update

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Automatically Switches to Roaming

Galaxy Note 2 No Signal After 4.3 Update

One message in The Droid Guy Mailbag that we received earlier reads, “After the Android 4.3 update, I have been experiencing a Galaxy Note 2 no signal problem. Is there a way to fix this issue?”

Possible Factor Causing the Galaxy Note 2 No Signal Problem

Looking at several forums and websites dedicated to Android phones,  the most probable cause of the Galaxy Note 2 no signal issue is the Android 4.3 update.

According to a report posted by Android Police more than a week ago, AT&T even pulled out the update after several calls from irate subscribers who installed the said update. The bug appears to affect random Android devices. But most of the complaints coming in are from Nexus 4 users, claimed a related article in Softpedia.

In addition to the Galaxy Note 2 no signal problem, a number of users reported that a couple of their apps have disappeared from their phones.

Stable Android 4.3 Coming Soon

Another article in The Full Signal last week said that AT&T is now pushing the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3. Then, it hinted that other devices may follow in the near future or as soon as the carrier and Samsung fixes the problems.

So, for those who are affected by the bug and still itching for the newest Jelly Bean update, they may be able to get a more stable version soon.

Solution to Galaxy Note 2 No Signal After 4.3 Update

Users who have installed the buggy version of the update are advised to revert their firmware into its previous version or wait until their carrier releases a fix via OTA.

Softpedia also reminds users who want to install the update but are not sure whether the bug will affect their phones or not to backup their data before proceeding with the installation.

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Sources: Softpedia, Android Police, The Full Signal 

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

Samsung Galaxy Note II Android 4.3 update rolling out officially

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It was only two days ago that a near-final Android 4.3 firmware leaked for the Galaxy Note II, Samsung’s second-generation phablet, and the official OTA update has now begun rolling out to both the standard (GT-N710) and LTE models (GT-N7105) of the device. India is the first country to get it, but the update should be making its way to other regions in the coming days (well, unless issues cause Samsung to pull the update, just like it did for the AT&T Galaxy S4 and the international Galaxy S III).

The Android 4.3 update brings support for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch, along with the following changes and features:

  • TRIM support (improves filesystem performance)
  • Samsung KNOX
  • Samsung Wallet (Pre-loaded)
  • Better RAM management
  • Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
  • New Samsung Keyboard
  • GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
  • New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
  • New screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
  • Daydream
  • Driving mode
  • Actionable notifications
  • Move-to-SD-card feature
  • New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
  • New Additions in Notification Centre
  • Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
  • Implementation of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)
  • New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
  • Full screen Samsung apps
  • New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)

As always, the update will be available both over-the-air (be sure to do a manual check in the Settings » About phone » Software updates menu, and use a Wi-Fi network as the update is around 700MB in size) and through Samsung’s Kies PC suite, and it will likely be a while before carrier variants in the US start receiving the update. It’s been a long time coming, so let’s hope the rollout completes without a hitch and reaches users worldwide as soon as possible.

Via: SamMobile, 2

LG Intuition on Verizon getting updated to Android 4.1

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Android 4.4 KitKat might be the talk of the town right now, but the sad reality is that most devices out there are currently stuck at Android versions as old as 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). They’ll probably never see the chocolaty goodness of KitKat, but one device is at least getting the chance to hop on to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

That device is the LG Intuition, the disproportionately wide 5-inch Galaxy Note competitor launched by Verizon and LG late last year. An update to build VS95022B will be rolling out shortly – there are changes to the UI such as Multi-page share, fixes for issues like broken bookmark sync, updates to a few Verizon apps, addition of a plethora of new apps and games, and also the removal of a few widgets.

Apart from those, the update will also be bringing the many features of Jelly Bean, such as Project Butter for a smoother interface, expandable and actionable notifications, and more, all of which should improve the overall experience drastically.

The update will be available over-the-air, though there’s no mention of when the rollout will actually start. It shouldn’t take long, though don’t keep your fingers crossed for any updates past Android 4.1, other than bug fixes and minor improvements.

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Source: Verizon

Jelly Bean now running on more than 50% of Android devices

November Marketshare

November Marketshare

Google has published the Android distribution chart from October revealing terrific overall progress. Compared to last month’s figures, Jelly Bean has seen a decent increase bringing its total tally to 52.1%. This includes all Android versions after Android 4.1 including the recently launched Android 4.3 OS which only has 2.3% of marketshare. Google will expect to have more marketshare from Android 4.4 KitKat as it launches this month with the Nexus 5.

Although the numbers probably won’t skyrocket, given the sort of demand there is for the Nexus 5 after its quick fire sellout yesterday, we should see a good deal of marketshare for Android 4.4 KitKat. Honeycomb is still sticking in there with 0.1% of marketshare while Android 2.3 Gingerbread has shrunk down to 26.3%. Google will be glad to have most of Android users running on Jelly Bean, although the ghosts of fragmentation still haunt the platform. According to initial reports, Google will bring Android 4.4 to relatively low end hardware as well, which should partially solve the fragmentation problem, but it’s still far from over.

Source: Google Developers

Via: Android Community

Jelly Bean now running on over 48.6% of all Android devices

Jelly Bean

Google has just released the Android version distribution chart for the month of September, and the growth has been impressive. But it’s not all good news, as Android 2.3 Gingerbread, still seems to be running on over 28.5% of all Android devices. On top spot is Android Jelly Bean which is powering over 48.6% of the Android population. This includes Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 with a large chunk coming from the year old Android 4.1 version of Android. Android 4.2 is picking up pace as well with the newly launched Android 4.3 only found on 1.5% of all devices. Android 4.3 adoption has been relatively slow as it was only recently rolled out to Nexus devices.

The fact that Android 2.3 is still running on a large number of Android devices is troubling for Google. However, the company can seek solace in the fact that older versions like Android 2.1, 2.2 and Android 3.2 Honeycomb are almost eradicated now. We’re hoping the ghosts of fragmentation will stop haunting Google, but with Android 4.4 KitKat on the horizon, we don’t see that happening anytime soon. Check out the chart below for detailed insights on how each version of Android is faring.

 Android Chart Jelly Bean

Source: Google Developers

Via: 9 t0 5 Google

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

The Road to Key Lime Pie is paved with Jelly Beans

Google is widely expected to release Android 5.0, Key Lime Pie, in the last quarter of this year. Key Lime Pie is expected to be a major update of Google operating system. The last major update of the Android Operating System was Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, released October 2011. In between, we have seen several Jelly Bean Releases.

Screenshot_2013-07-28-12-23-38Android 4.0 merged the Android phone and tablet operating systems and brought the new Holo User interface to Android phones. The task switcher was brought to  front and center of the Android experience. A new more attractive animation, was accompanied by the replacement of the Search and Menu buttons, with a dedicated Recent Apps button. In addition, new features like resizable widgets, Face Unlock and the ability to launch the camera from the lock screen were introduced. Behind the scenes, a lot had also changed. Android 4.0 used hardware acceleration to run the graphical user interface and in general higher system requirements. This left many Android devices stuck on Android 2.3. Ice Cream Sandwich.

Since then, there have been five Jelly Bean feature releases (Android 4.1, 4.1.2, 4.2, 4,2.2 and 4.3) and two bug fixes (Android 4.1.1, Android 4.2.2). Each new feature release has made incremental improvements in Android.

 Android 4.1 (July 2012)

Android 4.1 made two major improvements in Android. One was what has been dubbed “Project Butter”. Project Butter is actually the continuous tweaking of the Android operating system for better performance and to give the user interface a more fluid experience.  While widely publicized with Android 4.1, most Android releases include performance improvements.

More revolutionary is Google Now, Android’s built-in personal assistant. Personal assistants had been in the Apple App Store and Google Play, virtually unnoticed for years until Apple bought Siri and integrated it into iOS for the iPhone 4S. Similarly, Samsung got another commercial personal assistant, Vlingo and used that as the base for its S-Voice personal assistant which we first saw integrated in TouchWiz for the Samsung Galaxy S III. Andy Rubin, then Google’s Android chief was never very fond of Siri, and Google came up with Google Now.

Google Now not only answer questions, but also make recommendations and performs actions by delegating requests to a set of web services. Google Now passively delivers information to the user that it predicts they will want, based on their search habits, trying to mimic a real world personal secretary.

Android 4.1.2 (October 2012)

Android 4.1.2 enabled home screen rotation on Vanilla Android.

 Android 4.2 (November 2012)

Android 4.2 incorporated a lot of existing features in manufacturer customized versions of Android or apps as core parts of the Android. This includes a more customizable Lockscreen, quick settings, gesture typing and 360 degree images. Android 4.2.2 also adopted Miracast as the standard for the output or standard and HD video wireless WiFi enabled LCD/LED TV’s and other devices.

For tablets, Android 4.2 added one major feature. Android 4.2 allows multi-users to maintain separate profiles in an Android tablet, with each profile having its own apps and settings. This allows an Android device to be shared among several users.

 Android 4.2.2 (February 2013)

Android 4.2.2 brought with it improvements to notifications, quick settings and performance.

 Android 4.3 (July 2013)

Android 4.3 probably should have been named Android 4.2.3 as the improvements it brings do not seem to merit a full tenth of a point increase in the version number. Well, at least not at first glance. The most apparent changes is Restricted Profiles for tablets. Android 4.3 allows you to segment off access to different areas of the tablet to different users. This would allow parents to restrict their children’s access to adult content as an example.

But the main focus of the latest upgrade is under the hood. Android 4.3 features support for OpenGL ES 3.0, a graphics API that will improve Android graphics capabilities and should allow Android game developers to release even more graphically amazing titles. Android also added for low-power Bluetooth devices, which seems to be in preparation for better support for Smartwatches and any other accessories that manufacturers decided to come out for Android. For a list of top new features in Android 4.3, click this link.

It looks like Google may be saving the more revolutionary changes for Android 5.0, Key Lime Pie.