LG Optimus 2X owners, here is some good news for you. The Korean company has finally got its act together and has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for O2X owners in Europe and other regions of the world. The update comes more than an year after Google unveiled Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
LG had released the ICS update for the Korean version of the Optimus 2X quite a few months ago, but took its own sweet time to release the update in Europe. The v30a ICS firmware includes all the goodness introduced by Google in Ice Cream Sandwich, along with smoother performance and LG’s latest launcher.
Optimus 2X owners can update their handset to Android 4.0 right away by using LG’s update tool, but many users have been reporting problem while using the app. For most O2X owners, the app re-installs the v20a firmware instead of upgrading the phone to ICS (v30a).
The Ice Cream Sandwich update marks the end of software support for the Optimus 2X from LG. So if you are expecting that LG might just update your handset to Jelly Bean, I am sorry to break your heart, but its not going to.
The Optimus 2X was the world’s first dual-core smartphone, but the way LG handled the software updates for the handset, it left a very bad taste with all O2X owners.
Via – GSMArena
A couple of months ago, Motorola had updated its Android OS update page to reflect which and when it would be bringing Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to its devices. Now that the company has updated its high-end handsets to Jelly Bean, including the RAZR M, RAZR HD and the RAZR HD MAXX, it has once again updated the page to include an estimated timeframe for the JB update for its other handsets.
Motorola RAZR HD and ATRIX HD owners in Canada will only be getting the Android 4.1.1 update sometime in Q1 of next year. RAZR i owners in the Middle East, Africa or Europe will also be getting the Jelly Bean update around the same time.
In most other regions of the world, Motorola RAZR series owners are at the mercy of their carriers and their ‘rigorous testing’. Other Motorola handsets including the DROID 4, Electrify 2 and Photon Q will be getting the Jelly Bean update sometime next year.
Hopefully, the company will soon be announcing its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean upgrade plans and release a list of handsets that it will be updating as well.
Via – Motorola
Google and LG are clearly struggling with the demand for the Nexus 4. The company should have prepared itself after being bombarded with orders when the phone sold-out in just 20 minutes in Europe, Australia, United Kingdom and the United States when it was initially released on 13th November.
The Nexus 4 went back in sale on the U.S Play Store after the Thanksgiving weekend and while it did not really sold-out, the shipping time soon slipped to an insane 7-8 weeks for the 16GB as well as the 8GB variant of the handset.
As if these late shipping times were not enough, Google today finally put the Sold Out/Out of stock’ tag back on the 8GB variant of the Nexus 4 on the Play Store. The 16GB variant of the handset is not doing any better with a shipping time of around 9-10 weeks i.e. not before 2013. There is a very high possibility that the 16GB variant of the Nexus 4 will also go out of stock from the Play Store in the next few days. So, if the extremely long shipping times don’t bother you, head over to the Play Store and order the 16GB Nexus 4 now.
Looking at the way how Google and LG are struggling with the Nexus 4 orders in the United States, I am not too optimistic of the handset coming back in stock in Canada and other regions of the world anytime soon.
The Galaxy Note 2 may have a mammoth 5.5-inch Super-AMOLED HD screen, but it is also backed by a beefy 3100mAh battery, which can easily power this hybrid device for more than a day under extremely heavy usage.
However, if you were still not pleased with the battery life of your Note 2 and still craved for more, don’t worry, Mugen Batteries have covered you. Mugen is known for providing some excellent high-capacity batteries for all popular devices out there, in various shapes and capacities.
The company has now released a gigantic 6400mAh extended battery for the Galaxy Note 2, for people who want their phablet to last a lifetime. However, all this comes at a cost of an extremely thick Note 2, which can definitely make the device less pocketable. The 6400mAh battery is accompanied by a new battery door so as to accommodate the extra thickness, and also includes a kickstand to make watching videos on the Note 2 a pleasure.
The battery is currently up for pre-order and will ship on 21st December, and costs just below the $100 mark with free international shipping.
Remember Falcon Pro for Twitter? The amazing Twitter client under development for Android is perhaps the Twitter client that Android needs – beautiful, fast and yet functional.
Today, the developer of the app – Joaquim – has released the final version of Falcon Pro on the Play Store for a mere $1.03. Compared to the beta version of the app, the Play Store version includes more features such as TweetMarker support, lists, the ability to search Twitter via the app and more. The app also makes use of a double-pane sliding UI to provide users with quick access to all the settings and features.
Long time Android users clearly know that there is a serious lack of a decent Twitter client for Android. Most of the Twitter clients in the Play Store look absolutely horrible and/or if they look good, they lack most of the much-needed features.
Falcon Pro not only looks good and is loaded with feature, but is also super-smooth (Scrolling is ridiculously smooth!) on all Android devices and most importantly, is backed by a developer who will not ditch the app. The last part is, perhaps, the most important considering how many Twitter client developers have recently ditched their app, all thanks to the new restrictions and regulations from Twitter.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to the Play Store and download what is arguably the most promising Twitter client available for Android devices right now.
Back in May when Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S3, it announced the phone with three different storage options – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. While the 16GB version of the Galaxy S3 can be easily found everywhere, the 32GB and 64GB variant of the phone are still not available everywhere.
A couple of months ago, Clove UK had announced that it will soon be bringing the 64GB variant of the Galaxy S3 to the U.K along in a brand new color — black. Sadly, Clove has now announced that it won’t be bringing the 64GB variant of the Galaxy S3 to the United Kingdom because of the extremely low number of pre-orders.
“A few weeks ago we made the Samsung Galaxy SIII Black 64GB available to pre-order, with the intention of ranging it should the demand be high enough,” the retailer’s latest blog post has declared. “Unfortunately the number of pre-orders that we received did not meet the minimum required to bring stock into the UK, so we will not be ranging the handset.
This should not really come as a surprise since the Galaxy S3 features a microSD card slot, which offers a much cheaper way of expanding storage on the handset. Considering the extra premium that most of the Android OEMs charge for the 32GB increase in storage space, it is no surprise that the 64GB variant of nearly all handsets barely have any demand.
Via – Trusted Reviews
Motorola and Verizon are all set to roll out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the DROID RAZR HD and the HD MAXX. The carrier has updated the RAZR HD support documents to include all the new changes and features brought about by the Jelly Bean update, which indicates that the roll-out is around the corner.
The Jelly Bean update for the RAZR HD and the HD MAXX will bring with it quite a lot enhancements and new features including Google Now, an improved Voice Search, enhanced notification bar and much more.
Below is the official list of changes that the update will include apart from the usual Jelly Bean goodness (9.1.41.XT926) -:
ADDITIONAL JELLY BEAN ENHANCEMENTS
+ Move between Home screens with more intuitive graphics and smooth transitions.
+ Enjoy more reactive and uniform touch responses.
+ Improved voice and data connectivity.
+ Native calendar settings have been improved for a better user experience.
+ Improved reliability and connectivity of Back Up Assistant Plus & Visual Voicemail.
+ Time stamp shown in outgoing multimedia has been corrected.
+ Video calling portal and Accessories Application has been preloaded.
+ Verizon Video has been removed.
+ Color Application has been removed.
+ Fully integrated Amazon app suite has been preloaded (includes Kindle, Amazon MP3,
IMDb, Audible, and Zappos).
Keep in mind that the update is not yet live, but it will start rolling out by next week to all RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX owners.
Over the last couple of weeks, an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware has leaked online for the Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3. Today, Galaxy Note owners get their fair share of Jelly Bean/Android 4.1.2 love with the latest leak from SamMobile.
While a Jelly Bean firmware for the Galaxy Note had leaked earlier, it was not in an easy flashable state. The latest leak, however, can be easily flashed on a Galaxy Note using the usual ODIN way.
The XXSLA firmware brings a lot of Note 2 and Galaxy S3 features including Multi-View multitasking, Page Buddy, Smart Rotation, Smart Stay, Google Now, Project Butter, the ability to customize the notification panel, Direct Call, Pop-Up Play and more.
Interested Galaxy Note owners should head over to SamMobile for more information about the leaked firmware and the download link.
Today, Google has released update for two of its most popular and useful Android apps – Google Drive and Chrome. The Chrome update change-log states that the latest update mainly brings some bug fixes and performance improvements.
While the latest update does bring about a noticeable improvement in the performance of the browser, it is still nowhere near the stock AOSP browser in Android. The scrolling has also been considerably reduced but there is still a long way to go before Chrome for Android matches the stock AOSP browser in terms of performance and smoothness. The latest version of Chrome for Android can be downloaded from here.
The Google Drive update brings about quite a few major changes including a native spreadsheet editor. Yes, Google Drive finally includes a native spreadsheet editor! Other changes include the ability to edit contents in a table and entering the edit mode in the app with just a single tap.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
1. Edit Google spreadsheets in new native editor
2. Edit contents of tables in Google Docs editor
3. Formatting is maintained when copy/pasting within Google Docs
4. Single tap to enter edit mode in Google Docs editor
5. Add a shortcut to Drive files/folders to your homescreen for quick access
6. Send Link now supports copying link to clipboard
Google Docs for Android can be downloaded from here.
Android 4.2 is without a doubt one of the most buggiest release from Google ever. The latest version of Android is filled with bugs and instability issues including random reboots, minor bugs, performance issues and much more. Nexus 7 users, in particular, have been facing severe lag issues on their tablet ever since they installed the Android 4.2 update.
Thankfully, an XDA member – fishingfon – has a very simple fix for all the slowness and lags that Nexus 7 owners are facing post the Android 4.2 update. The tip is to actually disable background syncing in Google Current, which somehow magically improves the performance of the device.
To disable background syncing, simply open Google Current on your Nexus 7, press the Settings menu/the 3-dots button in the top-right corner of the app, and uncheck ‘Enable Background Syncing’ from within the Settings sub-menu.
If you don’t use Google Currents regularly, I would suggest you to simply uninstall or disable the app altogether.
Via – XDA