With the One, HTC greatly stepped up its game in the software updates department. In fact, the company has already managed to update certain variants of the One to Android 4.4 KitKat. However, the previous generation of Android devices from HTC are still waiting for some Jelly Bean love. One such device is the EVO 4G LTE on Sprint’s network.
Nvidia has started rolling out the first major software update for its in-house tablet – the Tegra Note 7. The update bumps the Android version on the device from 4.2.2 to 4.3, and also brings other major improvements to the cmaera and stylus department.
Verizon’s Galaxy Note 2 update brings the latest version of Jelly Bean and Galaxy Gear compatibility
A couple of days ago, the Verizon’s Galaxy S3 started receiving its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. Joining it today is its bigger brother, the Galaxy Note 2. The Sprint and T-Mobile variant of the Note 2 have already received their fair share of Jelly Bean love, with the Verizon variant joining them today.
Verizon Wireless, America’s largest operator, has a reputation for two things. The first is that they have the best coverage in the United States and spend more than anyone else on infrastructure equipment. The second is that they couldn’t care less about software updates. Whenever we write about phones getting updated to a new version of Android, the order is always international unlocked units, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and then Verizon last. Taking a look at the Galaxy S III from the Samsung, the story is no different.
When you buy a new Android smartphone, you need to consider if and when it’ll get updated. If you buy a Nexus, then duh, you’ll be first in line with the latest versions of Android. If you buy an unlocked handset, then whenever the company that built your phone releases an update, you’ll get the update. Samsung, HTC, and Sony are typically seen as the best in that regard. But if you buy a smartphone from a mobile operator, you’re pretty much screwed.
HTC has been busy. After pushing Android 4.4 KitKat out to owners of the international unlocked HTC One, it’s now time to address the rest of the HTC family. According to Android Central, owners of the One Mini should start seeing a notification to download an update to 4.3 Jelly Bean. Not quite 4.4, but still good enough. As for the One Max, which is already on Android 4.3, it’s getting an update that “fixes for touch responsiveness, SIM card detection, Wi-Fi connectivity and general system stability.”
Sony has just published a blog post on their corporate website saying that owners of the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra should be on the lookout for an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Said update will make both devices run smoother, include the latest versions of Sony’s multimedia and messaging applications, and introduce something new called “Xperia Themes”. Sony says they’ll talk more about their this theme engine at a later time and date.
When Samsung started pushing out Android 4.3 to the Galaxy S III, I told everyone here to go ahead and apply the update because being on the latest version of Android is awesome. Well, I should have known better than to recommend a software update without testing it myself. It turns out that Samsung’s Android 4.3 ROM for the GS3 was so busted that the company had to pause the rollout and issue an apology to those who were experiencing issues after flashing their device.
If you’re a developer looking to make some money on the Google Play Store, how do you figure out what sort of devices you need to target? Easy, just head on over to the Android Developer Dashboard and look at the latest data Google has to offer. According to to the newest figures on the website, it looks like Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, is on 1.1% of all Android devices in use.