Android OTA: Device Updates & Firmware Weekly Report – May 9th Edition


Just like we did last week, we're here with another roundup of the past week's updates for all of our lovely Android devices. If we've missed a device or something, just let us know in the comments. Without further a do let's go over the last week's worth of device updates shall we?!

Samsung Update AT&T Galaxy Note to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean



The original Galaxy Note was the first time that we had seen a mainstream device climb beyond 4.7-inches and it did so with the magic of the S Pen. Those of you that are still rocking the device on AT&T can attest to it still being able to hold its own against newer devices. Now though, with the update to Jelly Bean, it's gotten that little bit better. You can update the Galaxy Note either through KIES or over AT&T's network. Here are some of the headlining features of the update:

  • Android 4.1.2 – Build JZO54K
  • Buttery Smooth Performance & Great Stability (Thanks to Project Butter)
  • Multi-View (Multi Windows Multitasking, same as in Note II)
  • Multi-View can also be disabled
  • Page Buddy
  • Notification Panel can now be customized
  • New Additions in Notification Panel
  • Smart Rotation (Screen Display adjusts to your angle of sightings)
  • Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
  • Samsung's Cloud services
  • Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
  • New Widgets From the Galaxy S III
  • 2 Home screen modes
  • New Notifications bar
  • Google Now

Verizon Update Galaxy Note II to Build I605VRAMC3 



Verizon have updated their Galaxy Note II, bringing the software up to build version I605VRAMC3. The big thing here is that the device now has much better support for multi-view, a lot more apps are now supported by the feature and there are tweaks and fixes galore. So much so that there is another part to the changelog below. All in all, the update comes in at 264 MB in size. To get info on how to update your Galaxy Note II on Verizon, head over to here.

note2-650x494T-Mobile's Galaxy S 4 Gets Minor Update



The Galaxy S 4 hasn't really been out two minutes and yet T-Mobile are already pushing out an update to the device. It seems the main thing here is that the Visual Voicemail and ISIS apps are to get an improvement. This will bring the build number up to M919UVUAMDL. Good on T-Mobile for keeping their devices up to date.

T-Mobile Halts Jelly Bean Update for LG Optimus L9



If you're on T-Mobile and you've been experiencing problems with your Optimus L9, it's perhaps due to the update that started April 22nd, bringing the software build up to version Build P76920d. T-Mobile has now halted the update because users were reporting excessive battery drain, crashes and more. IF you've yet to take the plunge on this update we'd advise you to steer clear. T-Mo say they're looking into things but we don't when they'll be another update to fix things.

AT&T Updates Their Galaxy S 4 As Well



Not to be left, AT&T have rolled out an update to their Galaxy S 4 as well. This is a small update that's just 21MB in size and it seems to improve performance in a few areas, Droid-Life are reporting performance in the camera app and others are reporting a few bugs have been squashed as well. When devices first launch there are bound to be issues but, we're just glad that AT&T are quick off the mark with this one. Once updated you should be left with a device running build version Build I337UCUAMDL.

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