T-Mobile users who own the Samsung Galaxy S3 can update their smartphones to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean via the SynergyROM, which brings several improvements and new features.The users look very happy with the performance of the new firmware, however when they can get something more in any other firmware they would be happier. Continue reading →
We are not sure about the release date of Samsungs Galaxy Mega 6.3 , but it has made its way to the FCC. The Mega 6.3 has been filed with the FCC and there is an interesting note in there about what carrier will see the device. Continue reading →
Liverpool jewelry designer Stuart Hughes, gained worldwide fame with the release of exclusive versions of high-tech devices, such as diamond iPhone 4, Platinum MacBook Air and Gold iPad 2. Now, the enthusiast has built an iPhone 5 with gold and diamonds. Hughes is confident that his iPhone 5 has worth of 10 million pounds (15.3 million dollars) – is the world’s most expensive smartphone. Continue reading →
The company has made the platform available for download via theAndroid Market, where users will find it as version 184.108.40.206 if their devices run Player Android 2.x or 3.x, or as version 220.127.116.11 if the device is based on Android 4.0. Continue reading →
Samsung Galaxy S II, the 4.3-inch flagship launched by Samsung back in 2011, is getting its taste of Jelly Bean. Galaxy S II is the best-selling Android device of 2011 and has a very large user base that’s why Samsung keeps on updating this device with all the new Android versions as they want to provide the Galaxy S II users with their best support experience.
The update has started arriving to the GT-I9100P model of the Galaxy S II, based on the Samsung Exynos 4210. Earlier, in March, Samsung started updating the GT-I9100G version of the S II, the one with a Texas Instruments chip. In the history of software updates, the new Jelly Bean update by Samsung to the Galaxy S II is by far the most major update given to a smartphone yet. Keep in mind that Galaxy S II launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and now it will be getting the same OS as the Galaxy S III.
Here is a quick list of the new features
– Buttery Smooth Performance & Great Stability (Thanks to Project Butter)
– Full User Interface Revamp (Same UI as of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II)
– TouchWiz Nature UX
– Samsung’s S Cloud services
– Improved Camera features
– New Lockscreen With Many Customization Options
– New Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
– New Widgets (From Galaxy S III)
– 2 Home screen modes
– New Notification bar With More Notification Toggles
– Google Now
You can update your Galaxy S II (GT-I9100P) through Samsung KIES or via OTA. Make sure you fully charge your device’s battery before upgrading as the update is quite big.
One of Android’s biggest strengths is that it’s an open source operating system, which means that anyone with programming talent can potentially tinker with the code and make it even better.
However, all Android phones come locked-down by default, which means you can only install firmware updates that have been officially sanctioned by the manufacturer or your network provider. To tap into the wonderful world of Android customsation, you’ll need to gain root access to your phone.
Before we proceed, it’s important that we outline the risks involved here. Although in the case of the Galaxy S2 the rooting process is usually reversible, messing about with the inner-workings of your phone’s software immediately invalidates your warranty. It may break your phone completely. Smartphonesupdates.com takes no responsibility for any harm that may befall your beloved handset as a consequence of you acting on the steps we’ve outlined below.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 on Official Android 4.1.2 ZSLSE Jelly Bean Firmware
• Siyah Kernel Root Package and the instructions given in this guide are applicable to the international variant Galaxy S2 I9100 model only. Do not attempt this procedure on any other device, else it may permanently damage or brick the hardware. Verify the device’s model number by navigating to Settings > About Phone.
• Make sure that the device is already running the latest Android 4.1.2 ZSLSE Jelly Bean official firmware before proceeding with root procedure.
• Back up important data and settings on the phone using one of the recommended custom recovery tools such as ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP, as it creates a complete image of the existing phone setup.
• Verify that the USB Debugging Mode is enabled on the phone by navigating to Settings > Developer Options (if the device is running on Android 4.0 or later) or go to Settings > Applications > Development (if the phone is running on Android 2.3 or earlier).
• Make sure that the phone has at least 85 percent battery charge.
• Ensure that the phone is factory unlocked and not locked to a specific carrier.
Step 3 – Turn off the phone and boot it into Download Mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down and Home buttons together, and then tap the Power button until the construction Android robot icon with a triangle appears on screen. Hit the Power button again to progress into Download Mode.
Step 4 – Launch ODIN on computer and connect the phone to it while the phone is still in Download Mode.
Step 5 – When the phone connects successfully, one of the ID: COM boxes indicates yellow with the corresponding COM port number. This process may be time-consuming. So, please be patient.
Step 6 – Choose the files that need to be flashed or installed on the phone, which can be found in the downloaded zip file in Step 1.
• Click the ‘PDA’ checkbox and choose the file ‘Siyah-s2-v6.0b4.tar’.
Step 7 – In ODIN, enable Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options.
Step 8 – Hit Start button in ODIN and the root installation process will begin. It would take just a few minutes to complete.
Step 9 – Once the root installation is complete, the phone will reboot. When the home screen appears, disconnect the phone from computer.
Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 is now rooted on Android 4.1.2 ZSLSE official firmware. Check for the Superuser app in the phone’s apps list to verify if root installation is successful.
The Galaxy S II, like its predecessor the Galaxy S, has many variants, meaning there’s no one rooting method that will work for everyone. Your rooting method will depend on which carrier you’re on, as well as what country you’re in. Here are the different versions you’ll have to deal with:
The AT&T version, also known as the SGH-1777
The T-Mobile version, also known as the SGH-T989
The many international versions, which fall under the umbrella of the I9100 (with many variants within)
How to Root Samsung Galaxy S2 AT&T version
AT&T users should check out this guide to rooting the Galaxy S II. It will downgrade you to Gingerbread, but when you’re done you can flash any ROM you want (or, if you just want stock Ice Cream Sandwich, you can follow this guide instead to flashing a custom Ice Cream Sandwich kernel). When you’re done, you should be able to flash the ROM of your choice or just go about using root apps on the stock ROM. For more information, check out this thread on the SGH-1777.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy S2 T-Mobile version
T-Mobile users can check out this guide, which will help you flash a recovery image, root your phone, and then flash any ROM you want on the SGH-T989.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy S2 international versions
The international Galaxy S II has so many variants that we aren’t going to direct you to any specific guides here. Instead, we recommend checking out this index of guides and tutorials for the different Galaxy S II models out there. As always, do some research on the different methods and think about what it is you want from your phone to find the right one for you.
How To Root the Samsung Galaxy S II (All Versions) – YouTube video tutorial
If you so happen to be a loyal fan of the Finnish phone company Nokia, then chances are you are most probably rocking to a Windows Phone 8 device, Nokia will be releasing a new software update for its Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones in the coming days, which apart from the generic “further performance and stability improvements”.
Both the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 will be on the receiving of an update to software version 1232.5957.1308.00xx, where it will include performance and stability enhancements, enhanced automatic display brightness adjustment, and better display stability during calls.For the Lumia 620 Nokia has announced the “1030.6407.1308.00xx” update which, on top of the aforementioned benefits, includes enhanced touch operation and picture quality — “corrected camera exposure” for photos taken with flash in brightly-lit conditions — as well as stability improvements.
Unfortunately, there is no official confirmation on the roll out schedule, but we expect the new software update to start seeding in the coming days.
Galaxy S II users: are you excited about the Jelly Bean update? Samsung has kept its promise from last year and has now revealed details regarding the Galaxy S II Jelly Bean update. A release date has not been given, but we know the update will initially be available for all three local South Korean carriers. The update will reduce internal memory from 12GB to 11GB and the reduced 1GB memory part will be used for system partition.
A Great news for Users of Verizon’s Motorola DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX that this Christmas has come with a beautiful gift of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for their smartphones. Several different users in Android Central forums are reporting that their handsets are (often slowly) downloading a very large update, and being greeted with Jelly Bean goodness when they reboot. The update is available as a rather large over-the-air download.
To check if you’ve got the update, go to Settings, About Phone, and then System Update.
Android 4.1.2 has a number of nice improvements including Google Now and Project Butter.
Although there is no any official support documentation from Verizon yet, but it doesn’t get much more official than updates currently being downloaded. if you are an owner of either one of the two, fill up your battery and check for an update manually.
According to the short press release, Apple told Monday that it sold more than 2 million iPhone 5s in China in their first three days of availability. Apple’s Chinese division have managed this number by selling the iPhone 5 through various channels, which CEO Tim Cook says is “setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China”.
The phone first released for sale on Sept. 21 in the U.S., Germany, France, Japan and five other countries, with more than 5 million of the phones sold in the first three days. In comparison, they now sold two million of them in China itself.
But considering just how many more people live in China as compared to other countries, is two million all that much? No doubt, it has set a new record for the best first weekend in China, but the previous number would’ve been much smaller so it’s not a hard record to break now, What do you say ?