Received Android Jellybean 4.1 this morning for my Samsung Galaxy S3 and all I can say is WOW!!!!! Fantastic updates to the camera, music player, email, photo gallery and much much more for the overall operating system.... Loving it...
Did you get the upgrade over wi-fi or with Kies? I was looking at the Samsung website and there were a lot of negative postings there. Half seemed to be about Kies, the other half seemed to be about problems with JB itself. It put me off the idea of being in a hurry to download it, and instead waiting until some of the dust settles. I may just be getting overly cautious in my old age. But I'm glad your experience is positive.
I realize that my hardware is different, but my experience with Android 4.1 (and also 4.2) on my Nexus 7 tablet has been trouble-free. Each time that an Android update has been pushed to my tablet, it has downloaded and installed via WiFi very smoothly.
(The Nexus 7 does not have cell capability, so WiFi is the normal approach for it.)
With best wishes,
- Tom -
been running it since 2-3 weeks on my gs3 (T-mobile US)
I got the Jellybean 4.1 on an auto wifi download on my Galaxy S3 (Sprint) about 4 weeks ago, and I have had none of the problems I've seen people talk about on the forums (mostly huge battery drain and apps not working). Everything works great and the battery life is still really good. Love the GS3!!!!
My ASUS was updated to 4.0 about 2 weeks after Jellybean was released. There were some problems with some of the apps not working, but the apps were quickly updated. Since that initial upgrade to JB, I've received 2. The upgrade to 4.1.1 last week. So I'd say the discussion about apps failing is pretty old and were corrected before the release of 4.1.
I Just jumped into the world of tablets. I went with the 7 inch because I wanted something that was easier to take with me instead of one of the laptops or the netbook. I also wanted one with an hdmi out. Never have owning anything with the Android OS there's going to be a little learning curve, but no big deal.
Don B, which tablet did you go with? The lack of HDMI is what has stopped me from getting a Nexus 7.
I looked at the Nexus also and was disappointed. I went with the Acer Iconia Tab, model A110. The resolution isn't as great as some of the pricier tablets and it doesn't have a rear facing camera. The camera I couldn't care less about and I went to Best Buy and played with one and the resolution looked good enough to me. That resolution on a 10 inch tablet might not look so good but on a 7 inch tablet it looks great to me. The only thing I will do is add a 32 gig card and probably a case. The bottom line is it does what I wanted a tablet to do, be able to stream video to my TV and when I'm out and about if the need arises be able to connect to some WiFi.
I have the Samsung "Charge" from Verizon and I prolly won't ever get another OS upgrade.
Verizon doesn't offer upgrades on their phones after you buy them.
I think it's part of their plan to try to force you to buy another phone.
I really wish I could get JB on my phone, I hear it's really nice.
I wouldn't be quick to blame Verizon for not getting upgrades. It is probably a combination of the fact VZ has strict requirements on what is contained and the fact Samsung doesn't manufacture that model any longer. Samsung is not going to spend money in upgrading the OS for an older phone when they can bundle the features into a slightly different package.
Check the forums into rooting your phone. You can often find instructions and the software necessary to upgrade the OS to a later version (and get rid of a lot of the VZ required bloatware).
Mixed reviews. I am going to wait before I update.
FWIW, there are Android updates coming down the pike for your phone. The timing of the availability depends upon your phone company.
My Nexus 7 has had the OS updated automatically several times since I got it in August, and is currently on Android 4.2.1. In general the updates have been smooth and trouble-free, and have been improvements, although there was a cosmetic change in the fonts used for the time and date display on the start-up page that I consider really ugly - and this opinion seems to be universal on the web.
My Galaxy S3 handled the update over wi-fi and all I had to do was say OK. It notified me the update was available and you had the choice to do it immediately or later... The update went very smooth and am really liking all the benefits and so far have not had a single issue.
Jellyybean and the Nexuus 7 are the bomb.
Updates pushed wifi and are as smooth as silk.
have been waiting now for a while.. wondering when does the Droid 4 get JellyBean!! was quite unhappy with the last update ICS, which seemed to have removed SOOOO many user adjustable settings. Does Jellybean restore my ability to make this phone my own? I used to be able to set the blinking light to different colors and turn the keyboard light on/ set timing stuff like that that I cannot change anymore. I cant even remember all the stuff they took out. My wife has the same phone and hers cant do what mine can because I changed some settings before ICS rolled out and now I cannot change them back. I hate it when developers decide the WE dont need certain features anymore.....
I am still waiting the JB for my device. Can't decide whether I should go for one of the open source replacement firmware out there.
Just got the S3 myself, and was able to update very quickly to Jellybean (it did have ICS on it as base OS, promptly went through with the update, so for all intents and purposes I pretty much started out with the Bean). And wow, did it make my G2 seem aged in comparison
(Then again, the G2 was end-of-lifed something like six months after it came out, never had any official updates past Gingerbread, and only really has started having working Jellybean updates in the past month or three. Putting ICS was pushing the G2, IMHO.)
But yes, very stable, and have had surprisingly good battery life--none of the stories I'd heard on XDA Developers of "where did my battery life go", and that was even without the usual rooting/decrufting. (And this is one of the easiest phones in the world to root, if you want to use some backup tools like Titanium Backup et al.)
For those who don't yet have Jellybean and have a phone that was released in the past year--you might check to see if it's rootable and (if so) if there's a version of Cyanogenmod 10 that runs on it (CM10 is pure Jellybean).
Jellybean is well enough behaved on the GS3 I've not had any desire to do so yet, though--yes, even with the Samsung cruftware (which is easy enough to freeze).
GPS-related--one of the interesting things I've found re the GS3 (and probably also applies to the HTC One series and LG Optimus series too)--with a few GPS testing tools I keep around (most obvious with u-center, available for free on Google Play, but also shows up with GPS Status and GPS Test) I've discovered my phone is using multiple navsat constellations! (Apparently the GS3 also uses GLONASS as well as GPS satellites to get a fix--probably included the GLONASS capability to allow them to sell it in Russia. I do get a better fix than even with the G2, so not complaining. )
After having the Acer A110 for awhile one thing I find rather stupid. There is no way to have the tablet install apps to the SD card, apparently the only thing the card is good for is storing data. I guess this is true for all Android devices. They tell me there was an app, app2sd that would do this but it was never updated so it won't work with anything above the 2.0 operating system.
With best wishes,
- Tom -
I run 4.2.1 on my Samsung Galaxy S3 (i747m) from XDA dev Task and Ktoonsez (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1766684). Runs smooth and is still a Preview really for 4.2.1 on this phone. Look through and follow the instructions is all I say.
They tell me there was an app, app2sd that would do this but it was never updated so it won't work with anything above the 2.0 operating system.
That is not correct. I run this app on my Nexus S with JB. As well, the app is at v.2.72 right now. It has been updated quite often.
Thanks for the information, when I was given the original information I never went looking for the app, but will look into it now.
It must be a thing with the Acer A110 or maybe with all tablets. I got the latest version of app2sd and it will show me what apps can be moved but that's as far as it goes. There is a message I get that says "The device does not have a real primary external storage, or the primary external storage is emulated. Moving app to SD function may not be supported by this device."
The tablet does recognize the SD card, but this being my first device with the android OS I don't know if there is a way to rectify the problem, or if it's just the nature of the beast. I'll have to do some more research. I don't quite know why it's telling me my primary external storage isn't real or is emulated
I have an Acer A200 I am going to try this app2sd, I too was disappointed in there was no way to move apps to the sd card, why have it if I can't manage it.
I have no issues with my Nexus and android have come a long long way to get where they're at. My preference is still with my iPhone due to selection of apps that I have greatly invested in and the battery life is better.
No problems at all after upgrading to JB 4.1.1.
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