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Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2) OTA Approved For Verizon Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 And 10.1

Even though Verizon is not known for having a speedy update approval process, owners of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 are finally about to win the Jelly Bean lottery. The OTAs will bring each device up to Android 4.1.2.

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Verizon Approves Update 9.16.6 For The RAZR HD And MAXX HD, Lots Of Bug Fixes And Improvements Coming Your Way

While Big Red may have just started pushing Jelly Bean to the OG RAZR/MAXX twins, the more modern HD variants of the devices are set to get a decent bug-fix-update as well. The details of the OTA just hit Verizon's support site, which generally means the update is ready to go and should begin rolling out within a few days.

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Looks like it's going to bring fixes-a-plenty, covering everything from security to data roaming and Wi-Fi connectivity.

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Verizon To Begin Using Its AWS Band Spectrum For LTE This Summer, Start Selling AWS-Friendly Phones Soon

According to Verizon CTO Nicola Palmer, the company's gargantuan hoard of AWS spectrum will be put to use beginning this summer as part of the carriers' ever-growing LTE network.

Spectrum isn't the world's most exciting topic, but if you're concerned about making an informed choice when you choose your carrier, it's definitely the kind of news you should be looking out for. Verizon currently operates its LTE network exclusively on Band 13 (in the 700MHz range), a band it controls nationwide.

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FCC Approves T-Mobile / MetroPCS Merger

According to Bloomberg News, the FCC has now officially approved the proposed T-Mobile / MetroPCS merger, roughly 5 months after the announcement of the deal back in October.

This was the final regulatory hurdle for the acquisition, and both companies' boards have also officially endorsed the move. However, the proposal's future does remain uncertain at this point, as major shareholders at MetroPCS have voiced concerns over its financial soundness.

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[Update: Now Rolling OTA] Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2) Now Available For AT&T's Sony Xperia TL

Ice Cream Sandwich may have been good enough for James Bond, but the Android die-hards who nabbed Sony's Xperia TL on AT&T want more. And by "more," we mean "an update to a newer version of Android." Fortunately, that's finally available.

Update: Looks like AT&T just started pushing the update over-the-air if you don't want to deal with flashing it manually. Head into Settings > About Phone > Software update to grab it.

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Cricket Launches The Engage LT For $179.99, And You Probably Shouldn't Buy It

Last night, Cricket quietly added the Engage LT to its website for $179.99. Amusingly, with the current set of sales, it's the same price as its older and better brother, the ZTE Engage (no LT in the name). David posted about the ZTE Engage shortly before it released late last year. Neither phone is particularly interesting and both have lower-end specs with mid-range pricing.

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Here are the relevant specs:

  • Android 4.0
  • 4" TFT WVGA (800 x 480) capacitive display (233 PPI)
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor (model is currently unknown)
  • 3.2 MP rear camera w/LED flash, VGA front camera
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1900 mAh Lithium Ion battery

What makes the original Engage better than the Cricket-branded newcomer?

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Sprint's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Finally Getting Jelly Bean, Should Be Rolling Out Now

It's been a long time coming, but Sprint's version of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is finally getting updated to Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.1). There are quite a few reasons to pull this update, as it brings several enhancements over Ice Cream Sandwich, including Google Now, Project Butter (for smoothness), enhanced notifications, lockscreen widgets, and much more.

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Aside from that, the update also brings a "Wi-Fi Qualcomm driver fix" so the device will automatically connect to the most recent Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as a "device self activation client update." Sounds intense.

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US Cellular Galaxy S III And Note II Being Updated To Software Build MB1

US Cellular's variants of the Galaxy S III and Note II are slated to receive OTA updates to the MB1 build, which includes a bump to Android version 4.1.2 for the GS IIII (the previous Note II update here, previous GS III update here).

The Galaxy S III's release notes indicate only two changes: the aforementioned increase in OS version, and a fix for audio when playing streaming media (this may fix a long-reported issue with Netflix playback on the device).

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Sprint Officially Announces Optimus G Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2) Update

While it began to trickle out to a few users at the end of February, the Android 4.1 upgrade for Sprint's Optimus G remained unannounced up until today. Here's the official changelog:

Enhancements/Fixes

- Android 4.1.2 Jellybean  
- Google Now™
- Expandable, actionable notifications
- Android Beam™ to send photos and more
- QuickTranslator application downloadable from the Application Manager
- Smoother user interface. Vsync timing across all drawing and animation done by the Android framework, including application rendering, touch events, screen composition and display refresh; and triple buffering in the graphics pipeline.

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[Update 2: It's Back] AT&T Announces One X Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) Update Is Rolling Out Today

Update 2: The blog post is back, and the update should be rolling out today!

Update: It sounds like the blog post announcing the update was published erroneously, and has since been pulled down. While that's definitely a bit of a disappointment, it does mean that the update should be headed out very soon. Just not today. Bummer.

AT&T just announced that its version of the HTC One X will be receiving an update to Android 4.1 starting today.

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