Nearly two years ago, Samsung unveiled what would become one of the most iconic Android handsets of all time, and its powerhouse smartphone for the year: the Galaxy S II. This follow-up to the original Galaxy S brought the goods in a major way, further increasing Samsung's undeniable presence in the Android world. And now the company is updating it to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2).
Owners of the unlocked international version of the handset in Spain should be receiving the update now – either over-the-air or through Samsung's Kies software – which brings an absolute slew of new things to the device, according to SamMobile.
Google's stock woes continue into the new year, with Nexus devices in short supply for the official Android hardware vendor. After a brief restock earlier this month, both the 16GB and 32GB versions of the Nexus 10 tablet are completely sold out in the United States Play Store. There's no way to know when more stock will be available, though we wouldn't blame you for hanging on to your hard-earned cash for a new Nexus device at Google I/O. In May.
If you've got your hearts set on the drool-inducing Samsung tablet, don't give up hope: there's always retail outlets.
For those who may have missed it, the U.S. Note 10.1 was the first of Samsung's Galaxy devices to receive Android 4.1.2 (all the other updates were 4.1.1). The update also brought some enhanced features to Samsung's Premium Suite, as well as all of Jelly Bean's added goodness.
If you're ready to get tinkerin', you can find the source code download right here.
A few days ago, Samsung starting pushing Android 4.1.1 to the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and 7.0 here in the U.S. Almost immediately we heard a collective shriek from Note 10.1 owners, as they realized that their flagship device was still stuck on 4.0.x.
Well, guys, relax: Samsung's not only hooking you up with Jelly Bean, but it's doing one better by bringing 4.1.2 (build JZO54K) to the table. That's right – none of that .1 business, it's the best that 4.1 has to offer.
The update's rolling out now OTA to Wi-Fi models, but it should also be available via Kies.
If you're one of the few who dropped the coin and got a Samsung Galaxy Camera, good news: the Galaxy Camera toolkit is available now over at XDA. This comes from developer mskip, who is also responsible for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, Nexus 4, and Nexus 10 toolkits, so you can rest assured that it is about as stable and secure as they come.
With the software, you can easily install drivers, root the camera, perform a full Nandroid backup, and so much more:
Install drivers automatically
Backup/Restore a single package or all apps, user data and Internal Storage
Backup your /data/media (virtual SD Card) to your PC for a Full Safe backup of data
Root any public build (different options)
Flash Stock Recovery image to device
Perform a FULL NANDROID Backup of your system via adb and save in Custom Recovery format on your PC
Pull /data and /system folders, compress to a .tar file and save to your PC
Auto Update ToolKit on startup (donators feature)
Dump selected Partitions, compress to a .zip file with md5 and save to your PC
Install BusyBox binary on device
Rename Recovery Restore files if present
Download, Extract and Flash Stock Rom (full steps)
Flash Insecure Boot Image for adb mode
Flash Stock Boot Image back to your device
Create tar file to flash via Odin with 1-click process
Rip cache.img to zip file in CWM format
Install a single apk or multiple apk's to your device
Push Files from your PC to your device
Pull Files from your device to your PC
Set Files Permissions on your device
Dump selected LogCat buffers to your PC
Dump BugReport to your PC (if installed)
Help, Information Screen for various tasks
Mods Section to modify your device (increase bitrate for video, increase camera quality settings, fix permissions in Internal Storage)
Reboot Device options in adb mode
Change background, text colour in ToolKit
The Galaxy Camera Toolkit is for Windows PCs only.
Back in September, Samsung announced a new ruggedized mid-ranger for AT&T: the Galaxy Rugby Pro. Now, that phone you probably don't remember is getting Jelly Bean. It's pretty weird.
The update, which bumps this rough-and-tumble handset up to Android 4.1, brings many good things for the device, like Google Now and Project Butter, but it also includes some other enhancements and fixes:
Camera enhancements: New live camera and camcorder filters offer a range of camera effects, pause and resume while recording a video
Pop Up Play update: Easily resize or pause the Pop Up Play picture-in-picture video window.
In a lengthy, somewhat intimate retrospective piece posted today to Samsung Tomorrow, the electronics giant revisits the launch of the Galaxy SIII. Readers likely remember a launch that almost came off without a hitch, but which was tarnished by a "shortage" of Pebble Blue colored units. Following the international delay, Samsung said there'd be no delay for the Pebble Blue SIII's in the States, and all seemed to be well. Still, the manufacturer was awfully quiet about the real reason behind the initial delay.
For customers and techies interested in the real story, Samsung's post tells all. According to Samsung, the pebble blue SIII's were packed and ready to go, but a "tough decision" was made to stop shipment, because "the SIII's fundamental design concept had not been perfectly reproduced on the battery cover, creating an aesthetic that was inconsistent with the planned product." In other words, something in manufacturing the blue SIII had caused uneven, unreliable finish.
One hundred million – that's a pretty massive number. And it's one that Samsung can now tout as a sales figure for the Galaxy S line as a whole. That's a combined number for the entire series: the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy S III; no other Galaxy phones, like the Note, are included.
The original Galaxy S made its debut in June of 2010, with the Galaxy S II arriving just 10 months later – in April of 2011. Thirteen months after that, the GSIII – Samsung's most popular Galaxy S phone to date – was released.
And now here we are – 2.5 years and 100 million phones later – and Samsung has been clutch in putting Android on the map in a big way.
Do you like octa-core processors? How about displays that curve? Or just Samsung in general? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, then you're going to want to watch Samsung's second CES event, which just so happens to be available now on YouTube.
For the Exynos 5 Octa stuff, jump straight to 12:34. If you're more into the flexible OLED, they show the prototype off at 39:48. If you don't have anything better to do for the next hour, just hit play and enjoy.
Update: There seems to be a "full version" of the event as well.
In order to further convolute the Galaxy series more than it already is, Samsung just brought the Galaxy S II name back from the dead by announcing the Galaxy S II Plus. The phone – which is already basically irrelevant – is a rehash of Sammy's 2011 flagship, albeit with a slight bump in spec and a new version of Android. Woo.
4.3" 800x480 display
1.2GHz dual-core processor
8GB storage, microSD card slot
8MP rear shooter, 2MP front camera
Android 4.1.2 with Touchwiz
There's no word on when (or where) this nature-inspired resurrection will be available, nor is any pricing information available.