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Kobo Arc Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) – What You Should Know

by Mihai Matei on March 24, 2013

Kobo Arc: Jelly Bean Update Goes Live


The Kobo Arc tablet has been released at the beginning of the year, and in case you’re not familiar with this particular gadget, let me describe it to you in one word: affordable.

Indeed, the Arc is another affordable tablet which aims to compete with the successful Nexus 7 as well as the Kinde Fire HD. Kobo Arc is packing a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 / 32 / 64 GB of storage and a 720p front-facing camera. It might not be the most renowned tablet out there but whether or not it managed to make an impact on the market doesn’t really concern us today.

What concerns us right now is that, assuming that you own a Kobo Arc, you’re in for a surprise as the manufacturer has recently started releasing the Jelly Bean Android 4.1 update.

Kobo Arc Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) - What You Should Know

Kobo Arc Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) – What You Should Know

Kobo Arc Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)

As some of you already know, the Arc got launched with ICS out of the box, which hasn’t really been the greatest feature of this particular tablet. Fortunately though, the Kobo Arc Jelly Bean update is now rolling out, bringing a handful of new features and improvements such as Google Now, actionable notifications, new keyboard functions.


You should also experience a boost in smoothness and performance thanks to the implementation of Project Butter. Supposedly, the Tapestries user interface that has been laid on top of Android will for the most part remain unchanged.

Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know whether or not you own the Arc, and if you do, have you been able to apply the update? What other changes and improvements have you noticed?

Thanks Android Central for the heads-up regarding the Kobo Arc Jelly Bean update.

  • http://www.facebook.com/judith.schutz Judith Schutz

    If you haven’t yet, don’t upgrade. My Arc hasn’t been the same since, and not for the better. Smaller viewing area – now feels too small. None of my music plays. Kobo help had me do a factory reset which didn’t resolve the problem. Someone else had theirs crash in mid-upgrade and they lost all their files. Someone else lost the clock display. Do you really need an e-reader to tell you where the nearest restaurants are when you don’t have access to WiFi unless you are already in the restaurant? This is an interface for an Android phone, not a tablet, and it seems to have been applied without adequate testing. I wish could roll back the update and have my Kobo back exactly as it was two days ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/judith.schutz Judith Schutz

    I wish I could have ICS back.

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