AT&T upgrades Pantech Flex to Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2

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AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is updating the LTE-capable Pantech Flex smartphone to support Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1.2, a.k.a. Jelly Bean. The over-the-air upgrade begins rolling out to consumers today: Pantech Flex owners will receive a text message when the update is available for download.

Pantech Flex

Pantech Flex

The AT&T update includes core Android 4.1 features such as the Project Butter UI engine, a revamped homescreen and Google Now, which includes personalized information such as local weather and traffic updates. The operator is also integrating the DriveMode motorist safety application, which automatically replies to incoming texts, notifying the sender that the message recipient is driving and unable to respond. DriveSafe automatically turns on when the user is in a vehicle moving at speeds in excess of 25 miles per hour, and it automatically shuts off once the vehicle falls to speeds behind 25 miles per hour for five minutes.

AT&T additionally touts accessibility improvements including support for accessibility plug-ins enabling external Braille input and output devices via USB, along with Bluetooth and Gesture modes allowing visually impaired users to touch and swipe gestures in combination with speech output.

The Pantech Flex boasts two distinct user experiences: Easy (which includes a home screen touting quick access to key device features like voice, camera, messages and menu, as well as shortcut icons to apps and the Web) and Standard (which features the Pantech Custom UI Overlay, including an extended launcher bar and menu bar, as well as five customizable homescreens and an apps organizer). The 4.6-ounce smartphone also incorporates a full-touch 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and Pantech's SwiftKey keyboard technology, which minimizes key strokes by learning a user's natural language for more accurate word predictions and corrections.

AT&T's Consumer Blog promises that additional Android Jelly Bean upgrades are in the pipeline.

For more:
- read this AT&T Consumer Blog post

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