Pebble has just announced the availability of the latest version of its PebbleOS firmware for the popular smartwatch. It's the usual round of fixes, features and improvements, so let's dive in to see what has really changed.
Last week we mentioned that the long-awaited Android 4.3 update to last year's Samsung Galaxy Note II has been spotted in Samsung service centers in India. Now it seems that a version of that firmware has been leaked out and is getting passed along over the Internet.
Pebble released the updated SDK not all that long ago and since then we have seen a few goodies. That updated SDK brought the functionality necessary to create apps such as the Pebble Ringer, which we took a look at yesterday. More important for today though, the folks at Pebble have released a firmware update that has brought new features to include multiple notifications.
With the GALAXY S 4 release sitting rather close, the official firmware leaks seem to have begun. The first of these leaks includes the firmware for the GT-I9500. This particular leak is for version I9500ZCUAMDG and it includes the firmware along with the kernel and necessary Odin files. Basically, everything you would need.
Some Pebble smartwatch users had recently been complaining about an issue that caused the watch to go dead after a shutdown. The folks at Pebble note that this issue was affecting some users with firmware 1.8.x and 1.9 and it was due to the Pebble's MCU not being "correctly reconfigured prior to entering shutdown." Technical reason aside, there is a bit of good news for all Pebble users.
The Nexus 4 factory images have returned to being available from Google. If you remember back, these files were taken down without warning back in mid-December. Not only did Google remove this file without explanation, the return seems to have come just as quietly. The interesting part here, on the surface there does not appear to be any change.
Google has suddenly removed the stock firmware images for the Nexus 4 from its website. All of its other devices such as the Nexus 7 still have the images available, so there clearly must be a reason Google has decided to pull down the images for only the Nexus 4. Until Google issues an official statement, all we can do is speculate, but there are certainly some reasons out there that seem logical.
Sony has released a new flash tool for its Xperia devices. This tool will only work for Xperia devices with an unlocked boot loader. The purpose of the tool is to take devices that have a custom firmware installed and moving it back to official Sony software. Sony is calling this new software a beta, so that means it's not 100% finished.
If you happen to own both a Pioneer AV receiver from 2012 and a HTC smartphone, then starting today there's a chance you can use both of them together. Today Pioneer announced a firmware update for "all Pioneer 2012 networked audio video receiver models," that adds support for HTC Connect. This means that you can now use your HTC smartphone to stream music to your receiver.
Galaxy S II owners looking go get some Jelly Bean action on their phone are in for some good news. Android 4.1.2 has leaked for the device in test form, thanks to XDA-Developers. Of course, this means it's not a final build, and with that, there could be some small bugs and issues that pop up every now and then, so be prepared for that if you choose to flash this new firmware on your device.