Kobo has confirmed that its Arc tablet device can now be upgraded to Android Jelly Bean 4.1 in the latest update for the low-price unit
The update brings a host of new software capabilities to the firm’s device including improved search capabilities, faster performance and improved touch recognition.
Anyone with an Arc can update the software the next time they connect their device to a Wi-Fi connection.
“With the latest Jelly Bean update, Kobo Arc becomes the perfect e-reading companion that offers more with intelligent search recommendations, voice-to-text, and a highly responsive touch screen,” said Wayne White, executive vice president of devices at Kobo.
Other improvements that come with the update include Google’s Now service for location-based information such as train times or nearby restaurants and facial recognition locking technology.
The Kobo Arc is one of the lower priced tablets on the market designed to attract those unable or unwilling to splash out at the higher end for the Apple iPad or iPad Mini.
Despite the low price of £159, the same as Google’s Nexus tablet, V3 gave the Kobo Arc a four out of five star review earlier this year, noting its nippy performance and unique and useful features.
The device has a screen with a 1280x800 resolution, a dual core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 1.3MP front-facing camera.
Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal.