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Last Updated: April 26th, 2013

Let's get one thing out of the way first: if you've never heard of BLU Products, it's a company to keep an eye on moving forward. Why? Because we all love affordable unlocked devices, which happens to be what BLU specializes in. And today, the company announced the Jelly Bean (4.1.x) update for the Vivo 4.3. So, not only does it provide crazy-affordable devices (the Vivo is $199 off contract), but it also supports them. Good Guy Blu.

Customers who already have the Vivo 4.3 are encouraged to "call customer service [...] for more information on how to update their device."

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Aside from the bump in Android version, the company also announced that the device will be available in three new colors beginning today: Energy Neon Yellow, Pearl White, and Glimmer Pink.

So, let's recap: cheap phones, updates, and choice of colors. Honestly, what more do you want from a phone manufacturer?

Head here to learn more about Blu.

MIAMI, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BLU Products, one of the fastest growing mobile phone manufacturers in the world, announced today improvements to its best-selling BLU Vivo 4.3 smartphone device including the availability of three new fashionable colors: Energy Neon Yellow, Pearl White , and Glimmer Pink, in addition to its Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean firmware update. This update optimizes the user experience with faster performance, improved search capabilities, increased touch responsiveness, and additional intelligence features to help organize and streamline information with actionable notifications.  Furthermore, BLU Products has replaced the previous BLU launcher and has decided to go with stock Android software on all new products and firmware updates. The new firmware results in enhanced battery life, and further improves the interface, so users can enjoy a cleaner, more beautiful look on the Vivo 4.3's incredibly vivid Super AMOLED Plus display.

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"We are committed to providing our customers stunning fashionable design and flagship performance," said Samuel Ohev-Zion, CEO of BLU Products. "With these exciting and stylish new colors, our customers can stand out from the ordinary devices available in the market today, and they can also be sure that we are keeping our promise by regularly providing latest software updates on all our Android devices."

All three colors, in addition to the traditional black color, are now available and shipping to several US Online Retailers such as Amazon.com. For users who previously purchased a Vivo 4.3 device they are encouraged to call BLU Customer Service at 1-877-602-8762 for more information on how to update their device.

Key Android 4.1 Jelly Bean features and benefits include:

Google Now™: Perfect for on-the-go BLU Vivo 4.3 users looking for an easy way to organize their busy schedules, Google Now personalizes information based on a user's location, time of day, history, and calendar events. Google Now shows restaurants in the area, how much traffic to expect before the morning commute, when the next train is coming, the score of a current game, a flight status, and more.

Richer notifications: BLU Vivo 4.3 users will never miss a beat due to a richer notification experience. They can now receive action notifications directly within the notifications area as well as expand and collapse notifications to display more or less detail.

Improved search: Finding online content has never been easier with text or voice searches, which are now presented in a visually rich way.  Google Search can be opened directly from the locked screen by swiping up and users have the option to simply say "Google" to activate Voice Search within the Google Search screen.

Optimized voice recognition and boosted predictive typing: To complement speech-enabled online searches, Jelly Bean introduces impressive text-to-speech capabilities and an embedded speech recognizer that enables Voice Typing without an Internet connection. For those who prefer typing, an all-new keyboard lets them glide over letters to type a word while it dynamically predicts text.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Slighter

    they make really crappy e-cigs

  • SUAVE21

    Some manufacturers are learning a little bit from Samsung....

  • Mike Newman

    Does the Vivo support AWS (T-Mobile)? Having trouble finding information on this device. Looks awesome for the price.

    • ProductFRED

      No. Only 850/1900 Mhz, which is AT&T. You can get HSPA+ on T-Mobile in refarmed areas. Go to airportal.de to check if you're in one.

  • NDice

    BLU is definitely a company to keep and eye out for but again definitely not for the reasons stated here. I bought my mom a BLU android smartphone from Amazon. I've had nothing but problems with it since it happened and that's fine, I had to return my first S3 when I bought so I know not every product passes quality assurance.

    Their problem is support. They offer none. They don't' have a proper contact info, they don't have a customer support number, and what ever number they give you, they never answer. I've sent them multiple emails, none of which were answered. I'm glad I bought it on Amazon because I was able to return it no problem. Read through all the review on Amazon to see how shitty their customer service is, what little of it they offer.

  • Andrew

    I know companies are relatively limited in what they can do, with modern smartphones essentially just being rectangles of glass, but didn't these guys even hire a designer? I mean, they've created a modern wonder of technology, so clearly they have some money to spend, but they haven't even attempted to disguise the fact that they've shamelessly copied the front of an iPhone and the back of a Galaxy S2.

  • Hayden

    Not a great company, had a BLU feature phone and it died in a year.

  • Jaime Larios

    Uh, why my previous comment and others vanished? Anyway, I just want to point out that Blu is ditching it's launcher and now will come with stock Android which is awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/romiust Romius T.

    Are there any reviews of this product? I'm in the market for a new phone, very interested in them. Has Android police gotten their hands on one of these?

  • I’m BLU

    When will they be releasing an update for their dash 4.0 phone?

  • gustavo caceres

    And the Dash 4 when will be upgraded to jellybean?