The Verizon and T-Mobile versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III Android phone have already received OS updates to Android 4.1 “Jellybean,” and now AT&T S III owners can update their phones as well.
AT&T will not make the S III Android 4.1 update available over-the-air; the update requires you to download and install a piece of software called Samsung Kies which performs the update via sync on PCs and Macs. You can download Samsung Kies here, or visit Samsung’s update page to learn more about the new features and the upgrade process.
This leaves just Verizon Wireless S III users waiting to be updated to Jellybean. No word yet on when that update is expected to drop.
With Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility, handsets bearing the company logo might one day be among the first to be updated to new versions of the Android OS, but not today.
Motorola has just announced that the relatively recent Droid X2 and Droid 3 Android smartphones will not be receiving updates to Android 4, aka Ice Cream Sandwich.
You can check out the full list of Motorola devices, along with their updated list of what’s getting’ Ice Creamed and what’s not, here.
HTC’s upcoming One S and One X Android smartphones will ship with Android 4.0 – aka Ice Cream Sandwich – onboard; but by the time they arrive on store shelves, they may not be the only HTC offerings with the latest version of Google’s mobile OS.
The company has just announced on its blog that Android 4.0 is coming to no less than 16 of its current smartphones, including popular devices like the DROID Incredible 2 and the Thunderbolt. This isn’t really news. What is news, though, is that the updates will begin rolling out “in the next few weeks.”
According to the post, the Sensation series – including the Sensation 4G – will be the first HTC handsets to get ICS, with other models to follow. As always, U.S. carriers may slow the update process, so patience will be required.
View a full list of the HTC smartphones scheduled for Android 4 updates after the jump.
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If you want to transcode video for a smartphone or tablet, there are few better tools – paid or free – than Handbrake. This open source application, which runs on both Mac OS and Windows, makes converting video for mobile device viewing as easy as a few mouse clicks. The main downside is that it is so infrequently updated (it’s been more than year since the last version was released).
But the folks behind Handbrake have finally updated the application, which is now at version 0.9.6. There are a slew of changes and improvements, but the primary benefit we’ve seen is that the new version transcodes videos considerably faster than before. There are now two Android presets: Android Mid (phones) and Android High (tablets). iPhone and iPad presets remain, of course, along with an improved “Normal” preset which churns out excellent general use MP4 video files. On the downside, HandBrake 0.9.6 breaks VLC-powered DVD ripping since VLC 2.0 no longer supports this. Also gone is the file size option which users could employ to generate video files that were a specific size.
On Windows, make sure you download the bit version that matches your OS installation (32-bit or 64-bit); Windows XP, Vista and 7 are supported. On the Mac side, HandBrake now requires Mac OS 10.6 or above and is only available in 64-bit.
If an Israeli Facebook post is correct, Galaxy S II users around the world could begin receiving Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS updates in less than two weeks.
An Israeli Samsung Mobile Facebook post, which no longer appears to be live, reportedly included a section which read (translated to English):
On March 15th: Android version 4, ICS, for tens of thousands of the Galaxy S2 owners that purchased it from a cellular company in Israel or directly from [Samsung].
Of course, even if the ICS update begins going out for Israeli phones on March 15, that doesn’t mean U.S. users can expect the same. What it would mean, though, is that Android 4 for the international GSII model is ready and updates may come to U.S. versions of the Galaxy S II sooner rather than later.
Many Android phones released since late 2011 are slated to get ICS updates, but the going has been painfully slow, with some handsets not expected to get Android 4 until late this year.