Sprint's Galaxy S II Earns Its Jelly Bean Stripes
Sprint today announced that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is available to the Samsung Galaxy S II. According to Sprint, the update adds the standard Jelly Bean features, in addition to several of the Galaxy S III's custom functions. Those are Smart Stay (keeps screen lit when eyes are facing forward); Direct Call (converts text message UI to phone UI); and Pop-Up Play (allows users to watch video content when using other apps). The update must be installed via USB cable through either Samsung's Simple Update tool or Samsung's Kies software. The update is free.
Most US Galaxy Note8 Owners Receiving Android 8 Oreo
Samsung's U.S. carrier partners are rolling out Android 8 Oreo to the Galaxy Note8 handset.
Samsung Kicking Off Android 6 Update for Galaxy S6 Line
Samsung said it will begin the general Android 6.0 Marshmallow update cycle for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones starting today. Samsung will make separate announcements in each market as the update becomes available from its carrier partners around the world.
Samsung Pushes Security Update to Galaxy S8 and S8+
Samsung recently seeded a software update to its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. The update applies the June security patches from Google, stabilizes memory card performance, and adjusts some user interface elements of Bixby.
Older Sprint Galaxy Phones Get a Taste of Marshmallow
Sprint is rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport and Galaxy Note Edge. The update is being pushed in phases, which Sprint expects to complete by May 11 for the S5 Sport and May 2 for the Note Edge.
Sprint Gave Its Galaxy S8 a Speed Boost
Sprint has pushed a firmware update to its variant of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and in so doing improved the phone's LTE download speeds by about 20%. According to PCMag, the update resolves a software bug that prevented the S8 from properly connecting to Sprint's Band 41 LTE.