Just about everyone uses their phone for a multitude of purposes. You keep your calendar on it, search the Web with it, take pictures with it, check emails from it and of course, use it to stay in touch with work, friends and family. You need a device you can rely on; apps can’t take forever to download, and you don’t want to be limited due to an outdated operating system. This reliability is one of the reasons why the Android mobile platform is on the cutting edge of mobile technology.
As of the third quarter of 2012, Android phones made up 75 percent of the worldwide smartphone market, according to a report from the analyst firm IDC. There are 500 million Android devices that have been activated, and current activations are happening at a rate of 1.3 million per day. So while it may seem everybody has an iPhone, that’s not the case – most of the planet is operating an Android.
Many of these users are looking forward to Google’s most advanced Android operating system to date, the launch of Android Jelly Bean. Google has said the upgrade improves performance and stability, and so far, those who have it seem to agree. The upgrade includes a new camera, a new typing function entitled “Gesture” and Google Now, a function that helps you manage your day. The Jelly Bean operating system is only available on certain devices right now, and Google is rolling out updates to other devices over time.
The HTC Droid DNA and LG Nexus 4 rolled straight off the assembly line with Jelly Bean installed, whereas older phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Motorola Droid Razr HD Maxx, just got the update. For Android users looking for the most up-to-date, quick and efficient operating system, the upgrade is exciting news; besides being Google’s “latest and greatest,” it brings some much-needed bug fixes, too.
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The Jelly Bean update will be available on various Samsung phones(including the SIII, Samsung Tab and Samsung Note) in phases. The Jelly Bean update for Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is available in three different ways, according to PC Tablet:
• Over the air (OTA): These are being pushed directly to devices; check for the OTA update from your Settings menu.
• Through Kies: Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 owners can update their devices via Kies; simply plug your device into your PC.
• Manual update: This option is recommended for users who are skilled at manually installing Android software. If that’s you, you can install it manually using the zip file of Firmware.
Jelly Bean may be available for some older devices. To find out if yours is one of them, check this list of dates for a variety of popular smartphones. Of course, if you’re shopping for a new device and looking for Jelly Bean, do your due diligence by researching before you buy.
Also of note: Sony also joined with Google to add some improvements to the new operating system. These include:
- Updated, more intuitive versions of Sony Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies
- More personalization options
- Better search and app organization
With just about every worldly amenity available online, it’s easy to see how important a good operating system is. For mobile enthusiasts who want the best, the fastest, the most reliable and the most functionality, Jelly Bean is going to be on your list.
Are you using Android’s Jelly Bean yet? What do you think of it?