Today, the Kobo team released the latest update for the Kobo Arc.  This new firmware update, known as Android 4.1 - Jelly Bean, includes some very cool new features for Kobo Arc that will improve search, touch responsiveness, and help to better organize and streamline your information.

Arc users who update to Jelly Bean will have access to:

  • Google Now™: Perfect for on-the-go users looking for an easy way to organize their busy schedules, Google Now personalizes information based on your location, time of day, history, and calendar events. Google Now shows restaurants in the area, how much traffic to expect before the morning commute, when the next train is coming, the score of a current game, a flight status, and more.


  • Improved search: Finding online content has never been easier with text or voice searches, which are now presented in a visually rich way.  Google Search can be opened directly from the locked screen by swiping up and you’ll have the option to simply say "Google" to activate Voice Search within the Google Search screen.


  • Optimized voice recognition and boosted predictive typing: To complement speech-enabled online searches, Jelly Bean introduces impressive text-to-speech capabilities and an embedded speech recognizer that enables Voice Typing without an Internet connection. For those who prefer typing, an all-new keyboard lets you glide over letters to type a word while it dynamically predicts text.


  • Face Unlock: Keeping the Kobo Arc secure has never been easier with the improved Face Unlock, which now calibrates in different conditions and can optionally require a blink to verify a live person is unlocking the device. In addition, you can feel safer with improvements in malware blocking.


Make sure to connect your Kobo Arc to Wi Fi to receive the Jelly Bean update.