Sprint upgrades Motorola Photon Q to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Motorola Mobility's Photon Q is the latest Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) smartphone upgraded to Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1 mobile operating system, a.k.a. Jelly Bean. The automatic download began rolling out to subscribers Thursday.

Motorola Photon Q

Motorola Photon Q

Android Jelly Bean promises a smoother and more responsive UI, a revamped homescreen that automatically adapts to fit content and Google Now, which includes personalized information like local weather and traffic updates. The Sprint update also touts voice search enhancements, improved camera image quality, expanded dictionary and text-to-speech capabilities and notification enhancements.

Late last year, Google-owned Motorola vowed to extend Android Jelly Bean to a number of devices including the Photon Q as well as the Droid Bionic, Electrify 2, Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx and Droid 4. Motorola will give a $100 credit to consumers who purchased an Android device that is not in line to upgrade to Android Jelly Bean. To qualify for the offer, consumers must own a Motorola-manufactured Android device that will not run Jelly Bean for technical reasons. To begin the rebate process, click here.

According to Google's Android Developers dashboard, Android Jelly Bean 4.1.x currently powers 23 percent of all devices worldwide, up from 14.9 percent a month ago. The spike follows Google revising its approach to measuring Android operating system version adoption by collecting data from each Android device that visits the Google Play digital storefront instead of tracking devices that check in on the company's servers.

For more:
- read this Sprint Community post

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