After putting up the accompanying support documentation yesterday, Verizon just announced that the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for the Galaxy S III will be rolling out within the next week, making it the last of the major carriers to apply it. The update will start pushing to devices tomorrow, December 14th.
The update includes Google Now, expandable notifications, ISIS mobile payment support, an enhanced camera app, and more. You can find the details on the Galaxy S III support page. Oh, and it unlocks the microSIM, so you can use your VZW GS III on any GSM carrier worldwide. Read More
We've known it's coming for a while and, per today's announcement, it will finally be here soon: Facebook's revamp of its Android app that will bring a proper, native UI as opposed to the mostly HTML5-based web viewer that's been powering the application for so long. The result is photos, the news feed, and timelines will load at least twice as fast, according to the company.
The company touts speed as the big improvement here, and it's sorely needed. For example, garbage collection was optimized to make photos load much quicker. In terms of new features, the company also built a new banner that will allow you to jump to new stories that have appeared in the feed while you're reading, no matter how far down the list you are. Read More
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We started off Android Police's holiday giveaway series yesterday with some great phones and other gadgets from RadioShack - today we're upping the ante. Can you say twenty Sprint smartphones? Because that's how many we're giving away, thanks to the awesome people at Sprint.
As a friendly reminder, Sprint's Buy One Galaxy, Get One Free promotion is going on right now - you can buy one of three Galaxy smartphones (Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy Victory), and get a second one free. Read More
Update: Verizon has since removed the document (maybe to fix the typo we pointed out, though who knows), and changed it back to the document for the last update to the GS3. We'll let you know if that changes.
Update #2: The document is back, this time correctly identifying Google Now as Google Now instead of Google Plus.
Verizon has posted up the official support documentation for the Android 4.1 update to the Galaxy S III, meaning an update should be on its way in the next week or two (typically - there are cases where delays happen).
Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile have already had their variants of the S3 updated to Jelly Bean, so that makes Verizon last. Read More
Update: Sprint's posted the official changelog, here it is:
HTC EVO 4G LTE Software Update - 3.15.651.16
- WiFi Authentication Improvement
- Personalized ringtones
- Calendar event description hyperlinks and calendar reminder improvements
- Addition of Sprint Connections Optimizer
- Upgrade to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) with HTC Sense 4+
- Improved Browser performance
- Face Unlock Improvement
- Application Improvements to YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Maps, and more
- Improved Camera including Auto Portrait and Sightseeing Mode capabilities
- Improved Gallery with ability to display photos and video albums according to when or where taken
- Tap and Go function to connect the phone to select Beats Audio speakers
- HTC Get Started support to allow device set up from a computer
- Software version is: 3.15.651.16
- Updates may be released in stages.
Listen up, Pantech Breakout owners – Verizon has just announced an update to build S8995VWCA55F.BB that brings with it a laundry list of tweaks and enhancements. While it's not a bump to the next version of Android, the update is still refreshing, given the Breakout's debut on Verizon is now more than a year behind us.
The update, which should be rolling out to Breakout owners any time now, comes with improved SMS delivery, memory management fixes, enhancements for data connectivity, and improvements made "to reduce SD Card issues" among other things. Here's a full look at update S8995VWCA55F.BB from Verizon's own support document. Read More
Update 5: It's official – PowerA has run out of free MOGA systems. In a post to Facebook on the matter, PowerA assures readers that "Santa still has something in his bag for you," so we may see another awesome deal soon.
Update 4: Well this has been a roller coaster – it seems the promo code is once again working.
Update 3: It looks like while PowerA is online, the site is no longer offering the MOGA controller deal. Read More
Google Magazines has to be one of my favorite services from Big G. I've always been a big fan of magazines in general - they just provide a different experience to the traditional blog format (oh how the tables have turned, right?). Now, all our friends across the pond can begin enjoying this fantastic service, as well.
Officially announced last night by Google UK, the service is now available in the Play Store for UK residents. It's stocked with over a hundred different magazines to choose from, including Glamour, Hello!, Men's Fitness, and more.
To get a better look at all the different choices, fire up the Play Store and hit the "Magazines" link. Read More
When AudioGalaxy comes to mind, I think of the music download service from back in the day that was anything but legit. Of course, the service did turn itself around and get on the right side of the law after a bit, and has since become a fairly popular music streaming service with internet radio. Looks like the AG days are quickly coming to an end, though, as the company was just purchased by Dropbox.
According to a blog post on the AudioGalaxy site, the company is no longer accepting new users, and current users will only be able to use the streaming features until some time next year. Read More
In its constant effort to catch up with Verizon's ever-expanding 4G LTE network, AT&T has just announced a handful of new LTE markets, as well as expansion in two:
And earlier this week:
All these markets should be live as of today, bringing all the low-latency, super-fast LTE you can eat. Within the limits of your data package, of course.
Woo. Read More