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.
Google is now pushing out its Android 4.2 update to Nexus 7 tablets, but it’s slow-going. However, you can likely speed up your receipt of the update on your Nexus 7 by following these simple steps:
1. Navigate to Settings > Apps and select All from the horizontal menu at the top of the screen. Scroll down to Google Services Framework and tap it.
2. Tap Force Stop, and then Clear Data.
3. Go back to Settings, select About Tablet and tap System Updates.
This should trigger the update to install.
Android 4.2 is still called Jelly Bean, just as version 4.1 was. Android 4.2 adds several new features. You can find out more here.
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.
Nokia has identified a software-based memory management issue that can, in particular instances, keep a Lumia 900 Windows Phone from connecting to the internet. Some users began noting the problem shortly after the phone went on sale Sunday, and the company says they already have a fix.
If your Lumia 900 has been affected, Nokia is offering two options: You can either swap your handset at an AT&T store for a unit that has the software fix, or you can apply the update via Zune starting Monday, April 16th.
Even if you haven’t experienced this issue, it’s probably a good idea to check on April 16th to see if your particular Lumia 900 needs the update. And whether or not you’ve been affected, everyone who purchased the phone – or does so by April 21st – will receive $100 from Nokia on their AT&T bill, though the company didn’t say when this credit would be posted to users’ accounts.
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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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