...And Android Jelly Bean for all
Google’s Android Jelly Bean went live in July and has been hitting an increasing number of devices - whether officially or unofficially - in recent weeks.
First up is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 - leaked by SamMobile - which grabbed the official OTA leak from Samsung’s servers.
However, as the folks over at XDADevelopers note, there are a few "quirks" to the update, such as being on stock P3100DDBLH3 firmware as the OTA checks before it allows for a flash.
Fortunately, subsequent installation is said to be “pretty easy,” as users simply need to flash back to the stock firmware, place the OTA on their external SD card, and flash via stock Android recovery.
Next up is the the N8000 version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 which, like its Galaxy Tab 2 counterpart, recently managed to snag a leaked (official) Jelly Bean update. Note - flashing the update on any other version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is not recommended.
The third tablet to receive Android Jelly Bean in recent days is the Asus Transformer TF700, after it was discovered that TF300 Jelly Bean firmware is fully compatible on the higher-end device.
As XDADev's Haroon Q. Raja notes, almost all the features are working - except for changing screen brightness, though that can be remedied with third-party apps. In addition, the DPI is set to 160 and changing it in build.prop seems to do nothing at the moment.
"Installing the TF300 firmware to the TF700 requires you to perform a few additional steps. Nevertheless, they are simple enough for anyone to follow— no hacking required," he explained. "[Yes], you will lose root and bootloader unlock by installing the ROM. However, the bootloader can easily be unlocked and the device can be rooted after the update using the instructions provided."
And last, but certainly not least, a number of smartphones have recently gotten the ICS and Jelly Bean ROM treatment, including the HTC Hero and HTC Droid Eris.
Based on Linux kernel 3.1.10, Mountain View perceives Jelly Bean as an incremental update with the primary aim of improving mobile user interfaces - both in terms of functionality and performance.