Samsung made a promise during its Unpacked Episode 2 event, the kind of promise that can send Android enthusiasts fuming in anger if broken. If you haven't guessed, I'm talking about an update to the latest version of Android, 4.3. Samsung said that the Galaxy S4 would make the leap in October, and sure enough, updates are starting to appear. Here's proof, courtesy of Sam Mobile.
The Verizon Galaxy S4 started seeing a new software update earlier today, but there was no word on what it contained. Verizon has yet to update its support docs, but Samsung has been so kind as to post the details of firmware version I545VRUDMI1. As expected, it's a minor bump that keeps the device on Android 4.2.2.
Sony has announced a maintenance update for the Xperia Z1 and the Z Ultra, which are just hitting American shores today. The devices are staying on Android 4.2 for the time being, but there are a number of important improvements on the way.
Verizon has pumped an OTA system update down the pipeline for the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 that adds a few nice features that should pump more life into a tablet that is now a year and a half old. Owners who have maxed out their 16 or 32GB of internal storage will be pleased to know that they can now move apps to an SD card, an option that can be a godsend for a tablet that may be used primarily for gaming.
Android 4.3 first rolled out to American HTC Ones on the Sprint network, and it arrived for those on AT&T not long after. Well, the next rollout may surprise you. No, it's not T-Mobile or Verizon - it's C Spire Wireless, the eighth largest carrier in the US. HTC One owners throughout the Deep South (the area served by C Spire Wireless) should have received or will soon receive an OTA bumping their handset up to the latest version of Android.
Listen, guys. Those of you who bought an OUYA need to take some time away from the controller and let the thing update. October's OTA just hit the airwaves, and it brings a couple of new features that are definitely worth having.
Firstly, this is the update that many of you have been waiting for – it includes expandable storage. Yay! Don't get too excited yet, though – it's still in beta, and thus, only available for beta testers.
By now we all know that HTC promised to have Android 4.3 ready for American HTC Ones by the end of September and have gotten over the disappointment in whatever way works for each of us. Sprint customers have fared the best so far, as their update started rolling out only a few days after the missed deadline. Now AT&T customers are having their day in the sun. HTC Americas president Jason Mackenzie has sent out a tweet announcing that the update has already started shipping out to users.
Google's just posted up the release notes for the latest monthly Glass update - XE10 - and it brings a few significant new features. First among them is transit directions, which is pretty self-explanatory. Here's what that looks like, along with another new feature, avatars in messages and comments.
Avatars certainly decrease the blandness of the messaging interface, and hey, maybe you forgot who you were messaging and need a visual cue to remember who this person is, or something.
Reports have been circulating for the last week or so that the Android 4.2.2 bits were arriving on WiFi-only Note 8.0 devices, but now the floodgates appear to have opened. Almost all Note 8.0 units in the US should now be able to get the update in the system menu or by connecting to Samsung's Kies software.
Most smartphone makers move quickly from one project to the next, always trying to stay ahead of the curve. That can be trouble when you want an update on the phone you bought from them last year. The future of HTC's EVO 4G LTE has been up in the air recently with some claiming an Android 4.3 update was coming, and others denying it. Now we know: 4.3 is coming by year's end.