Earlier this year, LG launched the amazing LG Spectrum at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. It is the company’s second smartphone with 4G LTE capabilities. This handset is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. The LG Spectrum originally runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Verizon has already announced its Android 4.0 update plans for a number of smartphones including the LG Spectrum.
Verizon will soon roll out a new software update for the LG Spectrum. No, this is not the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for which you have been waiting for months. However this update comes with many fixes and improvements. It also bring the updated version of the apps including the NFL, VZ Navigator, Amazon Kindle, My Verizon and more. Check out the complete specs after the break.
- EAS password follows security policy, requiring an 8-digit password minimum.
- Application launch will not cause force close when the device is scanning for available Wi-Fi networks.
- Improved outline for multiple calendar view.
- Calendar reminders send notification at accurate time.
- Successfully sync Optimum Online accounts using POP3.
- Pinch zoom in Camera Preview mode to select zoom level.
Web Browsing & Email:
- Sync and Connect email maximum count is 500 regardless of server settings.
- Browser launches immediately upon selection.
- Added ‘Select Search Engine’ option in browser settings.
- Google Search is now set as default search for a better user experience.
Applications & Widgets:
- Google GMS (Google Mobile Services) is upgraded to Gingerbread R9.
- Updated Google Play (v3.3.12) with enhanced user experiences.
- Updated Gmail (v22.214.171.124) with a series of security fixes.
- Talk2 (v1.3) includes updated video chat capabilities.
- Updated YouTube (v2.3.4) includes enhanced editing functionality.
- Visual Voice Mail connection has been updated for a better user experience when syncing email.
- NFL v4.0
- VZ Navigator (v126.96.36.199)
- Amazon Kindle (v188.8.131.52)
- SmartShare (R2.0)
- Verizon Video (v6.1.34)
- My Verizon (v10.0.7)
- V CAST Apps (v3.03.41)
The latest update is numbered VS920ZV5 and it bumps the LG Spectrum to Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). Verizon will roll out this update within a few days. 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. To learn more, head over to this page or check out this PDF file.
The folks over at DroidRzr have managed to get their hands on an upcoming Android 2.3.6 update for the Verizon Droid RAZR. It is not yet confirmed whether the update is an upcoming official one, or an internal test build.
Nevertheless, the leaked update does bring in quite a lot of changes, which many Droid RAZR owners will appreciate. Apart from the minor bump in the Android version, the update also improves the overall performance and stability of the phone. Some of the icons have also been changed in the update, and have been given a colourful treatment. The build also includes a new radio, which according to many Razr owners, has improved the 3G/4G download/upload and the 3G to 4G hand-off. The web browser and the WebTop also feel much faster and smoother.
Razr owners who are interested in installing this leaked build on their phone should keep in mind that it breaks root access. So, make sure you use Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper before installing this leaked update. The download link and installation instructions for the leaked update can be found here.
Samsung has started rolling out the Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update for its phone-cum-tablet hybrid device – the Galaxy Note. For the unnoted, the Note comes with a massive 5.3-inch screen with 720p HD resolution, an even bigger battery – 2500mAh, a blazing fast 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and an ARM Mali-400MP GPU.
The update is being rolled out in quite a few regions of the world including India. The new firmware updateis not being rolled out via OTA. Instead, users need to use Samsung’s KIES software to update their Note to Android 2.3.6.
The Android 2.3.6 update for the Note does not bring any major changes, but does fix a number of bugs including the random reboots and lags in certain areas of the phone. Quite a few Note owners have also reported an improvement in the overall performance, stability and battery life of the handset.
Samsung has already confirmed that the company will be updating the Galaxy Note to Ice Cream Sandwich. Galaxy Note owners should get the Ice Cream Sandwich update soon after the company releases the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II.
A couple of days ago, Samsung and T-Mobile started rolling out a new software update for the Galaxy S II. Today, Samsung has teamed up with AT&T to release the Android 2.3.6 update for the the carrier’s Galaxy S II.
The Android 2.3.6 update for the AT&T Galaxy S II brings some security patches, and some minor improvements like the home button lag being fixed. The TouchWIZ launcher has also been updated and now scrolls screen circularly i.e. it will automatically take you to the first home screen when you reach the last homescreen while scrolling. The update also removes the bounce overscroll effect which happens when a user reaches the end of a list, with a blue glow effect. Users who have already installed the update are also reporting an overall smoother performance, and less battery drain while using the phone as an access point.
Many readers reported that the update failed to install for them for the first time. However, when they tried to install the update later on, it got installed successfully. The update is being rolled out in stages, so it might take sometime to hit your phone. Alternatively, AT&T SGS2 owners can manually pull the update from AT&T’s server by going to Settings->About Phone and selecting the Software Update option.
Google has started rolling out a software update for its second Nexus branded phone, the Nexus S. The software update will bump the Android version to 2.3.6, and mainly aims at fixing some bugs with the current software build.
The main purpose of this software update is to fix the horrendous voice search bug, which plagues all Nexus S owners. When a Nexus S owner will be in a low-signal zone, the voice search app will automatically get activated. This software update from Google finally fixes this bug, after months of complaints from the Nexus S owners. Other than fixing the voice search bug, the update also brings some NFC improvements.
However, not all is rosy with the update. Nexus S owners who updated their handset to 2.3.6 are reporting that tethering does not work for them, post the update. So Nexus S owners, who need tethering should stay away from this update.
The update is being rolled out via OTA, and will hit Nexus S owners across the globe in the coming days. Alternatively, Nexus S owners can manually pull the update from Google servers by keying in *#*#checkin#*#*.