Back in 2011, Samsung launched the entry-level Stratosphere smartphone for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. This handset was specially designed for those who wanted to experience a touchscreen smartphone with physical QWERTY keypad. Samsung Stratosphere was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Sadly, this handset failed to receive the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.
Later this week, Verizon will roll out a much-needed software update for the Stratosphere users. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that the update will not bring the Android 4.0 OS. This update brings improved call clarity, improved reliability when sending emails using Outlook and much more. The complete changelog is posted below.
- Improved clarity during calls
- Improved reliability when sending emails using Outlook
- Improvements to Sync and Connect server have been made
- My Verizon application has been improved
- Improvements have been made to the Set Up Wizard to clarify what is required in the Google Setup screen
- Correct the IMAP implementation related to the E-mail Sync and connect operation
- The following applications have been removed as preloaded: IM, Blockbuster, Verizon Video and Verizon Vcast
- Single Sign On application has been updated to version v3.1.9
- VZtones version 5.1.3 has been added
Verizon is expected to roll out this update by the end of this week. You can easily download this update via Over-The-Air (OTA). To learn more, check out this PDF file.