HTC Droid DNA Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Update is Going to Happen

The HTC Droid DNA 4.2 Jelly Bean Update has finally got the technical nod from Verizon and will start rolling out.

The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5 update could start from tomorrow if we go by HTC statement.

HTC had promised at the beginning of 2013 that it will roll out the 4.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5 to Droid DNA owners. The company had revealed that it will start the rollout of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean by the end of September. However this rollout did not happen and HTC again rescheduled the rollout to December. The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean along with the Sense 5 will start rolling out tomorrow for Droid DNA owners

Since the announcement of the rescheduling of the rollouts, nothing much was heard about the updates. Today finally the news was confirmed by none other than HTC’s Executive Director of Product Management Mohammed Versi, who confirmed that HTC has obtained approval from Verizon to start the rollout of Android 4.25 Jelly Bean along with Sense 5 for DNA Droid and the process can happen as early as tomorrow. In practice Verizon usually does not confirm release dates ahead and this means that the update will take a few more days before it reaches the users.

Having said that it is a welcome relief for Droid DNA users who had been waiting for a agonizing period for the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update to arrive. The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update will replace the older version of the OS while the Sense 5 will replace the earlier User Interface, the Sense 4+.

On a positive note, HTC has promised that the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will not be the last roll out for the DNA Droid devices and plans are in place to rollout the Android 4.4 KitKat OS sometime in 2014. However, HTC has not released any time table for the rollouts.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update release date

If I am remember correctly, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie was rumored to be next update in line after Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. However, that’s not the case ever since the news of another Jelly Bean update – Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update broke out.

The news finally got the stamp of approval after Google announced the highly anticipated update at its Nexus 7 launch event in July. Since then, it’s been a question haunting users which devices will get the update first.

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Of course Google Nexus devices including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus were the first to get the update. Also, speculations about the update on its way to a number of non-Nexus smartphones like HTC One, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2 grew.

In my view Samsung Galaxy S4 should be the first to get Jelly Bean 4.3 update. Why? Galaxy S4 ships Jelly Bean 4.2 pre-installed that happens to be the most recent version of Android OS. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is a small update. It comes with some likable features including Bluetooth LE, OpenGL 3.0 support, some tweaks to the stock camera application, dial pad auto-complete and others.

That said, Samsung hasn’t confirmed the update for S4. Expect it sometime within the next few weeks as Samsung works to upgrade its flagship lineup to the most current version of Android and simultaneously get it ready for Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Timeline for update for other devices too is not available and won’t be likely for some time.

All said, a failure to roll out update for S4 would cause a significant cut in the purchase of Galaxy S4 when it launches. As of now, the only way to assure 100% Android 4.3 compatibility is to buy a Nexus 7.

Are we in the post-OS world already?

There were times when the whole geek world was considered to be divided into two bloodlines, one from the elite club of Apple fans and the other one was the loyal nerds from windows. But as the times have changed, we can leave this divide for the past. Today it is more important for a user, whether a particular app of his choice is available or not. Almost everything is becoming secondary to it. However, this change is not as instant as you might think of it. The rapid increase in popularity of smartphones, and more than that, the growing dependence of users on various apps for their day to day chores is one of the key factors for this changing trend.

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While managing and coordinating their daily chores on smart phones, user is unconcerned with the operating system involved as his top priority is the convenience provided by apps given. That age old loyalty towards OS has now been shifted towards the favourite apps. As it is now become possible to find your most yearned features in the plethora of apps available in the market, one cannot simply let go the dream app. For example the users who adhered to Markdown don’t seem to raise any issue for operating system as far as it goes with Markdown. These are the ones who have already dropped word and office365 for they find Markdown a way more appropriate for themselves. The key is that the convenience and ease provided by a particular tool can surpass the whole setting for that matter.

Users are now getting more oriented towards application aspect than operating aspect as the rise of apps has nearly diminished the significance of the later one. Since most of the apps are web based services, they are designed to work on almost all operating systems. Some other major factors for this shift of attention can be estimated by the fact that a normal user might not be able to stick to one system even in a single day. In majority of cases you might find a different system in your home, workplace, library and smartphone. There the priority is to find the apps which you have always find useful rather than checking the OS each time.

The trend is getting the eye balls of not only users but also the big players like Apple and windows. Now the much hyped exclusive or x factor might fade away in the limelight of exquisite features of popular apps. Smartphones and other systems will be more applauded for what they can actually perform rather than on which platform they can accomplish it. And this is going to be the winning rule for every segment ranging from smartpones, PCs to tablets. Finally we have come to an age where the actual push is for great hardware to pull the crowd. This promises to bring up many commendable outbreaks in various features like higher resolution, lighter weight, better camera, faster speed and many more to wonder.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean unseats the Android 2.3 Gingerbread as the leading OS in Android Devices

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread was the most common and widespread Android OS version in use and despite the fact that it was released in 2010, it continued to dominate the smartphone scene. According to Platform Versions chart which tracks devices which access Google Play, Gingerbread had only 34.1% installation.

The numbers remained very high because Android 2.3 Gingerbread continued to be featured in the devices which were being released even in early 2013. One of the reasons for the popularity of the Android 2.3 Gingerbread was it work perfectly with lower end hardware. Gingerbread continued to be featured in entry level and mid range devices which were popular among prepaid customers in the US. There were also no provisions for these devices to get upgraded into the latest version of the Android OS.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS has finally been overtaken by the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. As mentioned, Gingerbread is running on 34.1 Android devices while the Jelly Bean version is running in 37.9% of Android devices. In between these two OS versions Google also had introduced the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and it is running on 23.3 % of the Android devices.

Gingerbread had unseated the 2.2 version Froyo on November 2011 and became the leading Android OS which was featured on most Android operated Smartphones. Gingerbread continued to rule the roost through 2012 and even in 2013 before being unseated by Android Jelly Bean.

Google has reported the distribution of different Android versions in its monthly releases. However of late Google has changed the pattern in which it reports the distribution of different Android versions. It now only reports the numbers of the Android Devices which has accessed the Google Play store in the last one month.

The latest OS, Jelly Bean is also touted to get its last firmware update, the Android 4.2.3. Google much awaited iteration of the Android platform, The Android 5 Key Lime Pie, is rumored to be released sometime in 2014.

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for HTC One users across Europe

HTC One users across Europe are getting their Android 4.2.2 updates now. According to a HTC source, HTC One users across the northern European regions will be receiving the Android 4.2.2 updates. The latest update will bring a number of features which includes display of the battery levels in percentage, refurbishing of the widget panel, superior home button performance, a completely new file management system, Android Daydream and a lot more. Other features include the use of home button to double as menu button, option for icon removal from the dock and Android Native EQS.

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HTC One Android 4.2.2 updates

The latest Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One has been rolled across Norway, Serbia, UK and Finland, Sweden, Romania, Russia, Denmark and Georgia. The Android 4.2.2 was first detected in Taiwan and it was a 417 MB update and it was quickly followed by a smaller 1.48 MB update.

HTC One users in Northern Europe can check for the update manually by following the following procedure – Settings > About > Software updates > Check now.

HTC One was released earlier this year and it features a perfect Aluminum body perfectly and seamlessly joined with the Screen. There are two speakers in the front which are to reproduce stereo sound. The HTC One was launched with the Android 4.1.2 on board and it was heavily tweaked to make it almost unrecognizable. The talks about the update for the HTC One were on for quite some time and it is only now that it has started rolling out in phases in different parts of the globe. Additionally the HTC One has a 4.7-inch 1080p Full HD display with a density of 468 pixels per inch. The device is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and also boasts a 2GB RAM and makes the device really quick performance wise. HTC One was the first device which gave some real competition in the smartphone segment which was dominated by Apple and Samsung.

HTC One Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Release Date for U.S. after 4.1

After a lot false starts, the HTC One Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update has finally arrived. The update will replace the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as the OS of the HTC One. The update has not still been released in the US and this is causing a lot of heartburn to HTC One users who are hooked to the carriers like AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

The HTC One was launched in April with a lot of fanfare and the device had killing features such as a 4.7 inch 1080p display, quad core processor. Other features include full metallic design and Ultrapixel camera, 4G LTE compatibility and a new and better user interface Sense 5.

With so many features it was really surprising that the device arrived with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean version has been around since July 2012. HTC One competitor Galaxy S4 arrived with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on board and experts still wonder why ATC One was launched with the obsolete version of the Android OS.

A number of rumors started flowing about the release of the updates and many probable dates were given. May came and went without any trace of the updates and so did June. However, now it is reported that the Android 4.2 updates have started for HTC One.

HTC One users in Taiwan as well as the dual SIM HTC One in China has begun to receive its Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and it will be shortly rolling out in other territories also. HTC One owners in US are now scratching their head trying to fathom why the updates are not being rolled out in US.

Carriers in US are notorious for maintaining a shroud of secrecy on the purported uploads. It is still not clear when the updates will be rolling out for HTC One users connected to AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. The only information which is available is that the update will arrive very soon in USA.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will be the next iteration of Android Jelly Bean OS series

It is now final that the next version of the Android Jelly Bean OS will be the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The Android 4.3 update has been seen on the Nexus Partner Website.

The world was waiting for the release of the next iteration of the Android Platform after the coming of the age of the Jelly Bean OS version. However it is now rumored that the next version of the Android OS will be the Android 4.3 update. The rumor has not been officially confirmed. However the next edition of the Android 4.3 has been seen on the LG official page for the Optimus L7 II. LG happens to be the Google Nexus partner.

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It was widely speculated that Google will release the Android 5.0 at its I/O 2013 but it has not stopped the steady churning of rumors that Google will release the Android 4.3 on June 10th. One of the strangest things about the Android 4.3 update is that it will be featured on the White Nexus 4 which has already made its appearance on the shelves for sale.

There are rumors that the HTC One Android 4.3 update is also in the offing. It is now fairly certain that the LG smartphone will be released with the Android 4.3 OS on board.

The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version of Android OS will not be a big update and is believed to bring with itself a few features which include a new camera app which will be rendering support to other devices like the Fitibit Flex and a few Bluetooth accessories.

Google inventory will also feature two premium phone brands, the HTC One Nexus and the Galaxy S4 Nexus. Both the devices are expected to be available on the Google Play Store from June 26th. The device in all probability will be featuring the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS and this is one of the advantages of connecting to the Nexus family, the devices will be getting the latest Android OS version.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean by Google was accidentally confirmed before I/O

While the fans and participants of Google I/O event 2013 – Google’s developer conference were waiting in an excited mood to hear and visualize several important outcomes of the event, an hour before the occasion, Google had taken a lead to confirm its plan of release on Android 4.3 operating system version for mobile devices. This information was found to be definite on a search citation on Google’s developer site. This leak was first spotted out by TheVerge. However, this information in the internet site was not breathing for a long while. The information was alive for a moment; some watchful eyeballs captured it through screenshots and hosted this information in several sites now.

Few weeks earlier, regular gossips were being reported about the plan of Google to reveal its incremental update towards Android Jelly bean operating system with a version “4.3”. Several analysts had an opinion that Google I/O conference would be the apt stage for Google to reveal this news and now it has happened accordingly. Although not so many details had been unveiled about Android’s latest 4.3 version, Google has confirmed that this Android 4.3 OS version will still maintain the Jelly Bean taxonomy. For those who were waiting for the announcement related to Key Lime Pie operating system, there is still no news just before the event.

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Android 4.3 OS will additionally come along with the Bluetooth low energy feature and OpenGL for Embedded Systems 3.0 graphic design pattern. As Google is investing on several wearing computing merchandises such as Google Glass, Google Watch, and as all these connect via Bluetooth, Google has made its strategy to work continuously for implementing this Bluetooth low energy feature in its next OS version and here you go the search engine giant has did it again through its Android 4.3 OS.

Lately rumors have furthermore established that the 4.3 version of Android will include enriched gaming features. Considering this information to be 100 % accurate, it would place Android on the conduit to race in straight with Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony’s gaming devices.

Despite the fact that the upcoming Android 4.3 OS did not register any further cataclysmic advanced features than aforesaid, it did point towards that the upcoming 4.3 version in Jelly bean categorization will take account of several security enrichments.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Update News

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been launched as a replacement of the Galaxy S3 which has remained the flagship of Samsung for quite some time. The Galaxy S3 may have let off the baton as the flagship of Samsung to Galaxy S4. Still it is a pretty awesome device and can rub shoulders with some of the best smartphones in the scene now. The number of Galaxy S3 users is quite big around the globe, and it is perfectly justifiable for Samsung to roll out the Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.2 update for its device which has held its ground against the likes of iPhone 5 and Lumia 920. The device has gone a long way in establishing the credentials of Samsung as a truly world leader in Android operated smartphones.

So, when will the Galaxy S3 get it’s much awaited Android 4.2.2? Well the answer is yes, this is going to happen very soon. The talks about the Android 4.2.2 update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 got wings when a tape was leaked which contained a Samsung Galaxy S3 running on Android 4.2.2. The source of the tape claims that the build is in its testing phase, and it will be some time, not very long, when we will see the release of the update.

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Now what can you expect to get after the Android 4.2.2 update? A lot of goodies are seen in the Galaxy S4 like lock screen effects, a range of widgets and screen modes. The update will also bring features like the Driving mode, a better S-Voice app, improved Voice controls, a refurbished settings menu and a lot more.

The Galaxy S3 was released by Samsung and it featured the Android 4.04 Ice Cream Sandwich which could be upgraded to  Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS. The Galaxy S3 successfully held the title of the flagship of Samsung till the release of Galaxy S4.

Sony Xperia S: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update begins

Sony Xperia S owners along with other model users will get the much awaited Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update and this information has been officially declared by the manufacturers. Sony had earlier said that it will be rolling out updates for its Xperia S and other models by the end of May, and it has kept its promise.

The Sony Xperia S is making the transition to Android 4.1.2, and as of now the rollout has started in France. The news of the rollout of the firmware update has also come from the Sony FR’s Twitter account, which revealed that Sony Xperia S Jelly Bean will be getting its update. Details of the update at the moment are pretty sketchy, and it will be safe to conclude that the update will be effected over the air.

Sony Xperia S had made its debut in February 2012 and was launched with the Android 2.3 Ginger Bread OS. The device received the Ice Cream Sandwich OS update in June 2012. After a long wait of more than one year, the Sony Xperia S is receiving its Android 4.1.2 firmware update which will finally bring the Jelly Bean OS to the device.

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What will the latest Android 4.1.2 update mean to you? Well if you look at previous information the update will bring along with the usual Jelly bean features a number of new applications such as new WALKMAN, Album and Movies apps, the Battery STAMINA mode which will significantly improve the power back up of the handset’s battery. The update will also offer some user interface tweaks.

Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update will bring:

  • Better user-interface, bi-directional text and added language support
  • Quicker Bluetooth data transfer
  • Multi-Windows multitasking capability much akin to Galaxy Note 2
  • Better choice of customization of notification panel
  • Page Buddy, Google Now, Direct Call, Smart Stay, and Pop-Up play features