Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the HTC Sense 5 topping has been unleashed in the form of an over-the-air update for the HTC One X+. Vr-Zone caught the roll-out of the official Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update with firmware version 2.17.709.12 for HTC One X+, the HTC One X enhanced smartphone version, and now receiving several new features including the HTC Sense UI major iteration.
HTC One X+ owners should expect at least 484 MB update size via Over-the-Air procedure which requires the device to free the necessary storage space to download and install the official firmware. In addition, the update is only exclusive to HTC One X+ units which are unlocked in Asia and soon to be pushed throughout Europe and the United States.
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS
- - Daydream feature
- - Lock screen widgets
- - Quick Settings with 12 default settings
- - Actionable Notifications
- - BlinkFeed home screen
- - Video highlights for creating 30-second clips from gallery images
- - Lock focus in the camera viewfinder
- - Battery improvements
- - Battery percentage in the status bar
- - Music player updated with live lyrics support and visualisation
- - HTC Sense 5 UI
- - New lock screen style: Widget power
- - Sleep mode option in Power settings
- - Improved accessibility with triple tap to magnify screen
- - Gesture mode navigation for blind users
- - Performance enhancements
- - Wireless display support
LG released a statement earlier which claimed it sold 15.4 million mobile phones in the fourth quarter of 2012, giving them a total revenue of $2.58 billion in the same period. 8.6 million were smartphones, and 100% of those were running one version of the Android operating system of another.
LG has now projected they can sell at least 3 times that much in 2013, and have been quoted as saying 45 million new devices should hit the market by this time next year, some of which may even feature the Windows 8 platform instead of Android this time around.
LG Electronics Inc. (LG) today announced consolidated revenues of KRW 50.96 trillion (USD 45.22 billion) and a net profit of KRW 91 billion (USD 80.75 million) for full-year 2012. Despite a 6 percent revenue decrease from 2011, operating profits increased significantly in 2012 to KRW 1.14 trillion USD 1.01 billion) from KRW 379 billion (USD 342.06 million) in full-year 2011.
Fourth quarter 2012 consolidated revenues were KRW 13.50 trillion (USD 12.37 billion) with an operating profit of KRW 107 billion (USD 98.08 million). Unaudited consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter ending Dec. 31, 2012 showed a net loss of KRW 468 billion (USD 428.96 million) which reflects a fine related to alleged cathode-ray tube pricing issues imposed by the European Commission in December.
The LG Home Entertainment Company reported record sales of flat-panel TVs with 9.3 million units in the fourth quarter resulting in a 17.4 percent revenue increase quarter-on-quarter to KRW 6.44 trillion (USD 5.91 billion) and full-year operating profit of KRW 542 billion (USD 480.92 million). Revenues from 3D and Smart TVs increased with higher unit sales in the United States, Europe and CIS countries. Although the Home Entertainment Company had the strongest quarter of the year in terms of revenue, profitability declined somewhat due to lower average selling prices and increased competition. LG will continue to aggressively market 3D and Smart TVs and plans to expand its share of the premium TV segment in 2013 with Ultra HD TVs and OLED TVs.
The LG Mobile Communications Company reported a 7 percent unit increase quarter-on-quarter in mobile handset shipments to 15.4 million with more than half of the units coming from smartphones. Smartphone shipments grew 23 percent compared to the previous quarter, increasing to 8.6 million devices from the 7 million in the third quarter. Fourth quarter revenues were the highest of the year, growing 15 percent to KRW 2.81 trillion (USD 2.58 billion) quarter-on-quarter. Sales of premium LTE smartphones such as Optimus G and Vu:2 increased in the fourth quarter, as did the L-series and Google Nexus 4. With more European and emerging markets introducing LTE services this year, LG plans to increase smartphone revenues and market share by launching follow-up devices to Optimus G and the L-series as well as the new F-series.
The LG Home Appliance Company posted almost flat revenues year-on-year, with sales of KRW 2.94 trillion (USD 2.7 billion) in the fourth quarter as strong sales in the U.S. and CIS countries were largely offset by sluggish demand in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Profitability was affected by unfavorable foreign exchange rates and increased marketing investments, even though average selling prices for home appliance products rose in the fourth quarter. The company plans to improve its revenue and profitability in 2013 with more competitive products, advanced technologies and a stronger focus on profitable regions.
The LG Air Conditioning & Energy Solutions Company reported sales of KRW 683 billion (USD 626 million) in the fourth quarter, essentially unchanged year-on-year. An operating loss of KRW 11 billion (USD 10.08 million) in the quarter showed improvement from the same period last year due to operational efficiencies. For full-year 2012, the company recorded revenues of KRW 4.35 trillion (USD 3.86 billion) and operating profit of KRW 156 billion (USD 138.42 million). The priority in 2013 will be to introduce more energy-efficient and localized products to bolster revenue growth.
Source: LG Press Release
Vodafone has announce that the update to Android 4.0 for their Galaxy S II has gone live today. After careful testing to ensure the highest level of quality for their customers, owners of the Samsung Galaxy S2 on Vodafone will be able to update their handsets to the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system on Friday April 13th.
Bringing all the great new features of the latest Android OS to your Samsung smartphone, the new update will initially be made available via Samsung KIES, with over-the-air updates becoming available on Tuesday 17 April.
As well as adding a new look and feel to your smartphone, Android 4.0 also packs a wide range of great new features to make the Samsung Galaxy S2 user experience better, more intuitive and more enjoyable than ever.
Samsung has come up with a quick and simple list of U.S. smartphones which are either getting or are required to receive their Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. As of today it basically provides a placeholder or jumping off point for several Galaxy S III models along with a trio of Nexus devices spread over Sprint and Verizon. Still, this can be a good place for you to definitely bookmark and come back to once in a while. Hopefully we have seen the Galaxy S II and a few other products find the list down the road.
According to recent chatter it appears that some U.S. carriers might be ready to deploy their Android 4.1 update before long.
I assume at least one of the above-mentioned carriers will start rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly bean update before the end of October. Let's see.
Samsung has confirmed that they will be releasing a new Smart TV SDK at the CES 2013 next week, that will add support for Mac and Linux operating systems.In addition to Windows, version 4.0 of the Smart TV SDK will allow Smart TV app development on both Linux and Mac OS.
The new platform supports USB controllers, keyboards and joysticks, and allow developers to display ads in their TV apps. Samsung has also implemented a payment module, which allows developers to create premium apps.
Samsung's developer community has 25,000 registered users from 140 countries, but taken the number of TV apps into consideration most of them are probably inactive.
We are not sure what this means Samsung's Google TV plans but Samsung might choose to run the two platforms side-by-side - like Sony is doing today.
Last month, we told you about Samsung Exynos exploit, Samsung did promised to come out with a security fix as soon as they can. We are seeing it today.
The exploit affects devices with the Exynos 4210 and 4412 processor, phone using those processors including Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II, the international versions of Samsung Galaxy S II, the international version of Samsung Galaxy S3, the international Galaxy Note, and the Galaxy Note 2 are all affected, as well as tablets using the Exynos 4, some Galaxy Player models, Galaxy Tab 2 devices and the Galaxy Note 10.1. We also don't want to forget the Galaxy Camera.
While the U.S. versions of the Galaxy S3 are safe this time, that's still a whole lot of phones. There are also a few other phones (like the MEIZU MX) that use this SoC and may be affected.
T-Mobile: Beginning January 16, the Samsung Galaxy Note II will have a software update to Android version 4.1.1/ Software T889UVALL4 via Over The Air (OTA) and Samsung Kies. This update improves security and provides bug fixes.
Sprint: 1/16 - Samsung Epic 4G Touch Software Update - S:D710.10S.FL24
Samsung Epic 4G Touch Software Update - S:D710.10S.FL24
- Adds Sprint Connections Optimizer
See Sprint Connections Optimizer for more info
- Security updates
- Software version is: S:D710.10S.FL24
- Released in stages to devices over a 30 day time period.
- Refer to Samsung Epic 4G Touch Software Updates for install instructions
Beginning January 31, the Samsung Galaxy S II (GB only) from T-Mobile will have a software update to Android version 2.3.6 / Baseband version T989UVLDH via Over The Air (OTA) and Samsung Kies. This update provides security enhancements Vlingo S Voice improvements.
You can update in two ways:
- Over the air (OTA) update to T989UVLDH or T989UVLI4: If you want to update to T989UVLDH or T989UVLI4, you can update via OTA. Please wait for the notification to update. The OTA will continue to be delivered until February 28. The update is also availabe for manual download using Kies.
- Manual download to T989UVLDH or T989UVLI4 If you want to update to T989UVLDH or T989UVLI4, you can update via Samsung Kies. Ensure you are on the latest version of Kies prior to attempting the update. See https://www.samsung.com/us/kies/ to confirm the version.
Sprint users will definitely be glad to receive firmware updates for their Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S III smartphones. These separate updates are expected to improve phone security and offer a few bug fixes.
Updating your Galaxy S III will also ensure better voicemail application and calendar syncing. The new firmware, by the L719VPMA6 update will also now be able to support 3-digit text messaging.
On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 2 will have better phone security once updated using the L900VPAMA7, which deters circumvention of Exynos security.
Updates for notifications may not be seen right away but you can always check manually. There are also plenty of forums and news will certainly come out if Sprint already releases firmware update packages for these two units over the air. But it definitely won't be too long until they come out.
SamMobile compiled some of the improvements and enhancements on the Galaxy S III that the Android 4.1.2 update has brought about. These new features were mostly lifted from the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which is another one of Samsung's front runners in terms of specs and followers.
Some of the additions to the Galaxy S III are multi-tasking capabilities, page buddy, optimized and better integration with tablets and other smartphones. Also, with the new update, you can customize the notification panel and just how cute is the rotating screen display? The Smart rotation adjusts to your angle of vision.
The global update for the Galaxy S III is also nearing its completion with only a few carriers from some countries remaining. Update your SIII now and enjoy new applications and capabilities using Jelly Bean.
Some of the Enhancements in the new update:
- - Android 4.1.2 - JZO54K
- - Multi-View (Multi-Windows Multitasking, same as in Note II)
- - Page Buddy
- - New Gallery App (Same as in Note II)
- - Notification Panel (Notification Panel can now be customized)
- - Brightness Slider in Notification Panel Can Now Be Disabled
- - Smart Rotation (Screen Display adjusts to your angle of sightings)
- - Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
- - Paper Artist App
- - Group Cast App
Samsung still needs to update countries/carriers to Android 4.1.2 listed below:
- Algeria - TMC
- Bangladesh - TML
- Belgium / Luxemburg - PRO
- Brazil (Claro) - ZTA
- Brazil (TIM) - ZTM
- Brazil (VIVO) - ZVV
- Germany - MBC
- Nepal - NPL
- Panama (Cable & Wireless) - PCW
- Slovakia - TMS
- South Africa - XFA
- South Africa (Vodafone) - XFV
- Sri Lanka - SLK Uruguay - UFU
Sprint has posted software update for its Samsung Galaxy Note II, it's a pretty minor update. According to Sprint Forum, two things have been improved.
- Waking a device with the home key incorrectly brings up the Recently Used applications screen
- Home Screen security updates
The OTA should be rolling out starting today, and should hit all devices within five days. More info below. If you have a Galaxy Note 2 from Sprint, please head into Settings > About Phone > System updates for the latest update (Build: L900VPAMC2)
Source: Sprint Forum
Samsung's good heart may not be the reason we're getting the upgrade though, as it surely has an ulterior motive - to give as many people access to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch as possible. The Gear is only compatible with hardware running Android 4.3 and at the moment, that's only the Galaxy Note 3 and the 2014 Note 10.1. Add the many millions of Galaxy S3 and S4 owners into the mix, and Samsung's sales projections for the watch rise considerably.
According to Sam Mobile, Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S III would be updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean starting October. This lines up well with what was previously reported about the S III - skipping Android 4.2.2, and going straight to 4.3.
The Note II will probably get the 4.3 update pretty soon as well, although Samsung didn't confirm this yet.
Today Sammobile received, through their insider the first pre-list about upcoming Android updates from the Korean giant. Samsung will update the Galaxy S II and Note to Android 4.2.2 but this will be the last update for these devices.
But there is more according to the first pre-list, Samsung will only update 5 devices to Android 5.0, which is not yet announced by Google but is expected to be announced at the upcoming Google IO.
According to unwiredview, here are the devices expected to get Android 5.0 at some point:
- Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500)
- Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505)
- Galaxy S III (GT-I9300)
- Galaxy S III LTE (GT-I9305)
- Galaxy Note 8.0 3G (GT-N5100)
- Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE (GT-N5105)
- Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi (GT-N5110)
- Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100)
- Galaxy Note II LTE (GT-N7105)
- Galaxy Note 10.1 3G (GT-N8000)
- Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE (GT-N8005)
- Galaxy Note 10.1 Wi-Fi (GT-N8010)
As for Android 4.2, this should be rolled-out to the following Samsung devices (which reportedly won't be updated further):
- Galaxy S III Mini (GT-I8190)
- Galaxy S II (GT-I9100)
- Galaxy S II Plus (GT-I9105)
- Galaxy Grand (GT-I9080)
- Galaxy Grand Duos (GT-I9082)
- Galaxy Young (GT-S6310)
- Galaxy Young Duos (GT-S6312)
- Galaxy Fame (GT-S6810)
- Galaxy Premier (GT-I9260)
- Galaxy Express (GT-I8730)
- Galaxy Xcover 2 (GT-S7710)
- Galaxy Note (GT-N7000)
- Galaxy Ace 2 (GT-I8160)
- Galaxy Beam (GT-I8350)
- Galaxy S Advance (GT-I9070)
Please note: the list isn't complete yet.
According to SamMobile, two of Samsung's popular devices are getting Jelly Bean updates now. The Samsung Galaxy S II i9100P and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0. Both updates are OTA (over-the-air), as well as through Samsung Kies.
In case you're wondering, the Galaxy S II i9100P comes with an NFC chip, unlike the regular S II i9100. And speaking of the i9100, Jelly Bean updates for it have started in January.
Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200 is currently available only in Austria. But more countries should follow shortly.
Some of the Enhancements in the new Jelly Bean Update:
- Buttery Smooth Performance & Great Stability (Thanks to Project Butter)
- Full User Interface Revamp (Same UI as of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II)
- TouchWiz Nature UX
- Samsung's S Cloud services
- Improved Camera features
- New Lockscreen With Many Customization Options
- New Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
- New Widgets (From Galaxy S III)
- 2 Home screen modes
- New Notification bar With More Notification Toggles
- Google Now
The Google Play Music app lets you listen to your music collection anywhere. All your music is stored online, so no need to worry about syncing or storage space.
Google Play music has been updated to cover new countries including Australia - Austria -Belgium - France - Germany - Ireland - Italy - Luxembourg - New Zealand - Portugal - Spain - United States and United Kingdom.
Folks in these country and go and download the Music Manager and start uploading music files from your computer to the Google Play.
* Music purchases from Google Play automatically appear in the app.
* Add up to 20,000 more songs from your personal music collection on your computer for free.
* Access your entire music library instantly with the Google Play Music app, and save your favorites for offline playback.
* Share a free full play of the songs you purchase from Google Play with your friends on Google+.
Check out the Airnb android app new updates.
Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world - online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, anywhere on Earth. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
Features & Capabilities:
• Discover unique properties in 30,000+ cities in 192+ countries worldwide
• Stuck without a place to stay? One click lets you search for nearby places available tonight
• Access your itinerary and host details, and get one-click directions
• Check out user profiles, reviews and message prospective hosts and guests
• Snap photos of your space with your camera for instant upload to Airbnb
• Keep track of guest check-in/check-out at your listing
• Keep your property's calendar up-to-date
• Confirm reservation requests and pre-approve guests when you're on the go
What's in this version:
• A complete design refresh to make the app experience much better for you
• New host tools: You can set your calendar availability and pre-approve guests from the app now
• A lot of bugs fixed.
Vine has an app update for its most loyal Android users. (Actually, any Android user that has access to v4.0 or higher.)
Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.
• Unlimited uploads and free
• Instantly post videos on Vine, then share to Twitter and Facebook!
• Find, follow, and interact with people close to you
• Explore trending posts, featured hashtags and editor's picks
• And so much more.
• Receive push notifications for new likes, comments, and mentions
• Share any public post to Twitter or Facebook
• Other bug fixes and improvements
Source: Vine Link
Google + is getting updated very soon and expect to see additions and improvements with some of its features such as photo features, community controls and a way to customize the timeline. Apple and Android users will definitely have fun with these new and better features.
Community posts that show on the timeline can now be customized so that only those that were selected will be displayed on your page. Re-sharing is now also possible as well as sending out invites to people whom you want to be connected with socially.
Another good addition is the ability to remove and report community members whom you think are just trolling around-but with the consent of the administrators.
Other additions are increased number of text lines and directly accessing links that are seen on your page. Furthermore, Apple users will be able to enjoy Snapseed, which they can use to edit photos and implement edits such as cropping, filtering and rotating. The Android users, however, will have to wait until Mountain View releases an update to go with the new Google +.
What's in this version:
- New stream design (including comment previews and swiping through photo albums inline)
- Control the volume of posts that you see in your stream from individual circles/communities
- New app setup flow
- Filter search results by best or most recent
- Tell others about a community (by sharing it or sending an invitation)
- Re-share posts to communities
- Share your current location on your profile and control who can see it via G+ settings
Google has now made searching a lot easier for mobile device users who prefer to use the web interface. Most sites already have sub-links that the user may access for quick browsing or to get to a particular page instantly. Before, only popular and high-ranking sites get to have these sub-sections but now, Google is making sure that "many" sites will already have these sub-links for ease of access.
Furthermore, other sites will have "Quick View" tabs that a user may hover on, again for ease of access. In Google's official search blog, a Wikipedia page is set as an example and you will see a screenshot of the diminutive "Quick View" tab with a blue background on the upper right corner of a selection. Currently, this feature is experimental but many sites and specific pages will be a lot easier to search for in the near future.
Furthermore, expect Google to include this level of user search using various languages, when the updates get better.
Source: Google BlogSpot
Google makes it's Search mobile app better by adding a tip calculator to its laundry list of features.
The tip calculator can be initiated by either a voice command or typing for example "What's the tip for X dollars" and a special interface will pop up prompting you to fill in the facts of the order. To ensure that Google to come back you the exact tip amount, you'll have to input the total bill, adjust the end percentage and split the check among the people you're by helping cover their.
This will output two numbers - the first one is the tip each person has to give, and also the other will be the bill (plus tip) divided through the number of people.
This tool definitely comes handy when you are out of your friends and trying to bring up a 3rd party app to calculate tips while you can use the search app much easiler from your finger tips.