T-Mobile G2X Gets The Android 2.3.4 Update

Last year, T-Mobile announced the LG G2X smartphone at the CTIA 2011. It is basically the T-Mobile’s version of the popular LG Optimus 2X. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS. However, the device was later updated to the Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) OS in July 2011. Sadly, the update was pulled, added back and then pulled again.

Now, T-Mobile is rolling out a new update for the LG G2X smartphone. The latest update bumps the LG G2X to Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This update will be available automatically via OTA (Over-The-Air) or you can even manually update it via LG’s website. It comes with Wi-Fi calling improvements, boot up fixes and more. Check out the complete changelog below.

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Changelog:

  • Random reboot/power off fixed
  • Device stability improvements
  • Wi-Fi calling improvements
  • Boot up fixes

The latest update is numbered P999-V21y and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air) until May 14, 2012. After that, you can just head over to the LG’s website to manually update your smartphone. The size of the update is just 30.5 MB. If you do not get this update on your smartphone, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.

It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that your battery is fully charged, before updating the device. If you find any new features after updating your device, then do let us know in the comments section below. To learn more, head over to this page.

Android 2.3.4 Update Rolling Out For 2011 Range Of Xperia Handsets

Sony Ericsson has officially announced that it has started rolling out a new software update for its 2011 range of Xperia branded handsets. In fact, the roll out of the update started last week itself.

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The new software update brings Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread to all Xperia handsets, along with some other enhancements. For Xperia phones with a front camera, Sony Ericsson has included the latest version of Google Talk, with video chatting capabilities. The Facebook Inside Xperia feature has also been enhanced with features like app sharing, liking an app etc.

The update also brings 3D sweep panorama functionality to the handsets. Post the software update, Xperia owners would also be able to use their phone as a mobile-PC by connecting USB peripherals via the Sony Ericsson LiveDock. Other features which Xperia owners can enjoy post the update include swipe like text-input, and ability to take screenshots.

The update also enables 720p HD recording on the Xperia Play. Surprisingly, the official change-log from Sony Ericsson does not state anything about this feature. At the moment, the update is being rolled out in the Nordic countries only. The 2011 range of Xperia handsets include Arc, Neo, Ray and the Play.

Samsung Galaxy S II Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

The Samsung Galaxy S II is the hottest Android phone on the planet right now. Right from its announcement at MWC, to its global release date, to its much-awaited U.S. release, the phone has impressed everyone. If you have not heard about the phone until now, chances are you are living inside a cave.

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Now, Samsung has started rolling out the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update for its best-selling Android phone until date. Aside from the minor bump in the Android version, the update does not really bring many enhancements. Some users over at XDA forums report a smoother home screen, and that’s about it.

Sadly, Samsung has not included the newest version of Google talk for Android with video-chatting capabilities. This is quite surprising, considering the leaked Android 2.3.4 firmware for the Galaxy S II had Google Talk with video-chatting capabilities.

Rumors are that Samsung is already working on the Android 2.3.5 firmware update for the Galaxy S II, with some minor tweaks and new features. Hopefully, Samsung will also include GTalk with video-chatting capability in the Android 2.3.5 firmware.

Samsung Galaxy S II owners can use the company’s KIES software to update their phone to Android 2.3.4. Right now, the update is being rolled out in the Nordic region.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Gets 720p HD Video Recoring Post The Android 2.3.4 Update

At the beginning of the year, when Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia Play, the handset was criticized for its seemingly outdated single-core processor, and lack of 720p HD video recording among other issues.

Now, while Sony Ericsson cannot really do something about the lack of a dual-core processor, they have rectified the second issue with a software update. The Android 2.3.4 update for the Xperia Play enables 720p HD video recording, with continuous auto-focus.

Below is a 720p video recorded from the Play, post the Android 2.3.4 update-:

The Android 2.3.4 update also brings a bunch of other goodies, including swipe like text-input, the ability to take screenshots, click 3D panorama pictures and enhanced Facebook inside Xperia, The update also enables a much needed option to disable or enable Automatic brightness. Surprisingly, the option to enable/disable Automatic brightness is missing from other Xperia phones, post the Android 2.3.4 update.

Last year, Sony Ericsson was heavily criticized for its poor software update. This year, the company has had a very impressive track of software updates. While other Android manufacturers only release software updates to fix some bugs, Sony Ericsson is the only company which has released software update to fix bugs, and also introduce new features.

Thanks to @SSaig for the video

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AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Coming On 2nd October

Back in the beginning of September, Samsung finally announced the much-awaited and hyped operators’ variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II.

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While, the Sprint version of the Galaxy S II is already available, no specific date was announced for the T-Mobile and AT&T version. In fact, the complete specs of the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S II were also not fully revealed.

Earlier, it was rumored that the AT&T version of the Galaxy S II would be released on 18th September. However, AT&T never confirmed that date, and as expected, the phone was not available in AT&T stores on 18th September.

Nevertheless, AT&T has finally confirmed via Twitter that the Galaxy S II will finally hit their retail stores on October 2nd, for $199.99 on a 2-year contract.

For the unknown, here is a quick reminder of the Samsung Galaxy S II specs for AT&T. Like the European version of SGS2, the AT&T version also has a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED+ display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, MHL port, 8MP camera in the back with a 2MP camera in the front, and a NFC chip. The usual bunch of sensors, and connectivity features are also on-board.

HTC Raider 4G Announced In South Korea

HTC was expected to launch the rumored HTC Holiday smartphone at the yesterday’s event in New York. But, the company disappointed all the men, by launching only one smartphone, which was specially designed and targeted at the female smartphone users. Today, HTC launched its Android powered HTC Raider smartphone in South Korea.

HTC Raider runs on the Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a large 4.5 inch qHD display, powerful 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, etc. This handset was previously rumored as the HTC Holiday smartphone. Check out the complete specs after the break.

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HTC Raider features a 4.5 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS, HTC Sense 3.5 UI, 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and dual LED flash, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Full HD (1080p) video recording, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, etc.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, micro-USB port, HDMI, DLNA, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, up to 13 GB available storage, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, built-in GPS antenna, Android Market, up to 460 minutes talk-time, up to 293 hours stand-by time and a 1620 mAh lithium-ion battery.

This handset measures 128.8mm x 67mm x 11.27mm and weighs 163.8g. HTC Raider will be exclusively available to the SK Telecom subscribers in South Korea. The price and release date of this handset will be announced soon. HTC Raider is expected to arrive soon in the US, exclusively for the AT&T customers.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Sony Ericsson has a very bad reputation, when it comes to updating their handsets to the latest version of Gingerbread. However, since the beginning of 2011, the company has been trying its best to keep its 2011 range of Xperia handsets up to date.

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Around a month ago, SE promised that it will start rolling out the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update for its current range of Xperia handsets, with some new software enhancements as well.

Now, according to the Xperia Blog, it looks like Sony Ericsson has not only kept its promise, they have actually bettered it. The company has started rolling out the Android 2.3.4 update for the Xperia Neo, nearly a month ago of its promised release date.

The new software update (v4.0.1.A.0.283) also brings some new features like a swype like text-input system, ability to take screenshots, enhanced Facebook Inside Xperia, ability to click 3D panorama pictures, and the ability to playback 3D videos on a compatible 3D TV. Google Talk with video chatting facility is also on-board.

At the moment, the update for the Neo is being rolled out only in the Nordic region. It’s just a matter of time, before Sony Ericsson starts rolling out the update to other regions of the world, and to its other Xperia branded handsets as well.

Motorola Electrify Announced; Coming Soon To US Cellular For $199.99

Motorola recently announced the Android powered Motorola Electrify smartphone. The design and features of this handset is similar to the recently launched Motorola Photon 4G for Sprint customers. Motorola Electrify runs on the latest Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. This handset will be exclusively available for the US Cellular customers.

The ELECTRIFY is more than a ‘smart’ phone,said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. Its multi-tasking capabilities make it the perfect personal assistant for customers who depend on their smartphone to meet the ever-changing needs of their busy lifestyles. Our commitment to providing a variety of devices that enhance customers’ lives is one of the reasons consumers who switch to U.S. Cellular join the happiest customers in wireless.

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Motorola Electrify Specifications:

  • 4.3 inch qHD display
  • 480 x 854 pixels resolution
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • HD (720p) video recording and playback
  • FM Radio
  • USB 2.0
  • HDMI
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16 GB eMMC
  • microSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Up to 10 hours talk-time
  • Up to 8.3 days stand-by time
  • 1700 mAh battery

The 1 GHz dual-core processor on the Motorola Electrify smartphone offers up to 70 percent faster overall performance and 75 percent faster browsing, compared to other single core smartphones. This handset will be available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a 2 year service agreement. The release date of this handset will be announced soon.

Motorola Droid Bionic Launched; Now Available For $299.99

Earlier this year, Motorola announced the original Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas. Motorola did not release the smartphone, since the company wanted to add some new features and enhancements in this device. After waiting for almost 8 months, Motorola finally launched the re-designed Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone.

This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and much more. Motorola Droid Bionic is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless customers in the US. This handset also allows you to share the 4G LTE signal with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices after activating the Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot.

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Motorola Droid Bionic Specifications

  • 4.3 inch qHD display
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • 8 megapixel autofocus camera with flash,
  • Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback
  • Front-facing camera for video chat
  • Motoprint app
  • HDMI out
  • Webtop application
  • Adobe Flash pre-loaded
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • HTML 5 capable
  • Android Market
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 16 GB microSD card pre-installed
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Supports wireless charger

Motorola Droid Bionic is available for $299.99 with a 2 year service agreement. Customers will also need to subscribe to a $39.99 monthly talk plan and a $30 monthly data package. Additionally you can purchase the Lapdock for $299.97, the HD Station for $99.99 and the Adapter for Webtop Application for $29.99.

Samsung Mesmerize Gets The Android 2.3.4 Update At US Cellular

Samsung Mesmerize is the US Cellular’s version of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Samsung has already rolled out the Android 2.3 update for the Galaxy S owners, but US Cellular has delayed the update for some unknown reason. After waiting for almost 3 months, US Cellular have finally rolled out the much-awaited Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

The latest update changes the software version of the device to “EH09″ and it comes with stability and performance updates. It also helps you to achieve the best possible battery life with improved power management features. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

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Changelog:

  • Improved power management
  • User interface refinements
  • More control over applications
  • Improved text interface
  • One-touch word selection and copy/paste

It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. Sadly, this update is not be available via Over-The-Air(OTA). You will need to manually update you phone, just by connecting you phone to the computer. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. To learn more, check out this PDF file. To update your Samsung Mesmerize smartphone, head over to this page.