Last year, Motorola launched the powerful Droid Bionic smartphone, exclusively for the Verizon subscribers in the US. This handset 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 was originally shipped with the old Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.
Motorola has promised the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this smartphone. On the other hand, the owners of this device were eagerly waiting for the Android 4.0 update from the last 6 months. Today, Verizon finally started rolling out the last major update for the Droid Bionic. You guessed it right!
The latest update comes with a new home screen which includes a customizable launch bar, enhanced notifications window, direct access lock screen, data usage monitor, recent apps feature, improved settings and so on. Check out the complete changelog after the break.
Mobile IM has been removed
New versions of the following applications have been added:
- Verizon Remote Diagnostics (VRD)
- My Verizon
- Amazon Kindle
- GoTo Meeting application
- Blockbuster application
- Citrix Receiver
Email / Messaging:
- Resolved issues with AOL email and AOL Connectivity Error.
- Improved Text Message Delivery.
- Enhanced connectivity and reliability of Visual Voicemail (VVM).
Stability and Performance Improvements:
- Improved sync with Google® Calendar.
- Mobile Hotspot has improved Data Connectivity.
- Global Roaming Notification warning appears within the Verizon Wireless extended network.
- Backup Assistant has improved connectivity and stability.
- GetDeviceID API is now available.
- Improvements to Google Play auto restore have been made.
- User is able to add and delete Facebook accounts from the device.
The latest update is numbered 6.7.246.XT875 and it bumps the Droid Bionic to Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. This update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You should make sure that your device is not rooted and has at least 50% or more battery before updating the device. To learn more, head over to this page.
Earlier this year, Intel teamed up with a relatively small and unknown Indian manufacturer – Lava – to release the first Android smartphone powered by an Intel processor, the XOLO X900. The handset was initially released with stock Android 2,3 Gingerbread on-board, but Intel promised that it would soon roll out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the handset.
Now, after quite a few months of releasing the handset, Intel and Lava have finally rolled out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the phone. The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the XOLO X900 will bring with it major UI improvements, Holo theme UI, Magazine like swipe UI, a new and improved web browser, Android Beam, and much more.
Lava XOLO X900 owners can download the update either from the company’s website or directly install the update on their handset via OTA. Thankfully, Intel and Lava have kept the Ice Cream Sandwich experience near stock with just a few minor tweaks.
Hopefully, Intel and Lava are also working on bringing Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to the handset, which would make the handset much more tempting.
Via – GSMArena
Along with the HTC One X+, HTC announced a new mid-range phone for the AT&T network, the One VX. The VX is an interesting handset packing a 4.5-inch Super LCD2 with qHD (960×640) resolution, 1GB of RAM, and Qualcomm S4 Plus MSM8930 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz and coupled with Adreno 305 GPU.
Other specs of the One VX include 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 1810mAh battery, a 5MP BSI snapper at the back with F/2.0 aided by an LED flash, a front-facing VGA camera and the usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors.
The HTC One VX will be available exclusively on AT&T’s network in the United States, and will launch with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on-board. The press release from HTC does not mention anything about the pricing or the availability of the handset except that it should be available “in the coming months”. Since the One VX is a mid-range handset, it should not cost more than $49 or $99 on a two-year contract with AT&T.
Sony has announced its latest addition to the Xperia line-up, the Xperia AX. The handset is meant only for the Japanese market, and is similar to the recently announced Xperia V.
The Xperia AX sports a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, an Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch HD Reality Display with 720p resolution powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, a 13MP camera at its back and the usual connectivity features such as GPS with A-GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi etc.
Since the Xperia AX is targeted towards the Japanese market, it comes with some Japan-specific features such as infrared port data exchange, mobile wallet, and mobile TV among others. The AX looks exactly like the Xperia V and even has the IP57 certification as the former.
The handset will sadly launch with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on-board with Sony’s new Media applications such as Walkman, Album, Movies and more. Sony did not specifiy as to when the handset will be available in Japan, but it should ideally be around the same time as the Xperia V hits the shelves in Europe.
T-Mobile has started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 and Sense 4.1 update for the HTC One S. The update comes more than a month after the International and AT&T One X, the EVO 4G LTE and the European One S got the update.
Below is the official change-log from T-Mobile -:
- Android version 4.0.4 / Software version 2.35.531.7 710RD
- Updated 9/26/2012
- Helps with data connection delay
- Helps with signal fluctuations
- Helps with Wi-Fi dropping connection or not connecting
- Helps with Wi-Fi stays connected when out of range
- Helps with device crashes or restarts
- Helps with email links do not open
- Helps with loading screens or lag when returning to home screen
- Helps with streaming music skips
- Improved Wi-Fi stability
- User interface improvements
- Improvements to Bluetooth connectivity
While Android 4.0.4 mainly contained some bug-fixes, the Sense 4.1 update should bring about a decent speed boost. Most importantly, the update brings the ability to re-map the Recents app capacitive key to either the legacy menu button on a single press.
The 150MB OTA update is already live, and should be available to your One S within a couple of weeks.
Last night, Motorola announced the successor to the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX at an event in New York — the DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD. Both the handsets sport a 4.7-inch display Super-AMOLED display with 720p HD resolution. There is no ‘Plus’ here, so the display has a PenTile pixel arrangement. The handsets also feature a Kevlar back and a water-resistant nano-coating like the original Droid RAZRs.
Internally, the ubiquitous Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1.5GHz, an Adreno 225 GPU and 1GB of RAM keep things chugging along. Other features of the handsets include an 8MP camera capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution, NFC, microSD card slot, 16GB of internal memory on the RAZR and 32GB on the RAZR MAXX HD, global roaming support, and support for Verizon 4G LTE.
Both the handsets retain nearly the same dimensions as their predecessor, even though they include a bigger screen. The DROID RAZR will come with a non-removable 2500mAh battery, while the RAZR MAXX HD will come with a non-removable 3300mAh battery that is capable of providing nearly 13 hours of continuous video playback.
The RAZRs will be running on Android 4.0.4 out of the box with a new skin from Motorola that is much better than their previous MotoBLUR skin. Motorola did not provide much information on the pricing or availability of the handsets, except that the handsets will be available before the holidays.
In addition to its latest flagship Xperia handset, the Xperia T, Sony also announced two other Xperia handsets, the Xperia V and J. The Xperia V is a LTE compatible phone from the Japanese company, and will come with the highest level of water resistance possible in a smartphone.
The V is similar to the Xperia T except that it is meant for the United States. The specs of the V include a 4.3-inch HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Krait processor, 1GB of RAM, an Adreno 225 GPU, one-touch connectivity thanks to NFC, PlayStation Certified, a 13MP camera with FullHD (1080p) video recording, Clear audio+, MHL connectivity and much more.
The Xperia J is a budget-oriented Droid from the company that is aimed at emerging markets of Asia. The 9.2mm slim Xperia J packs in a 4-inch display with FWVGA resolution, a 5MP snapper in the back and a VGA camera in the front. Both the handsets will be running on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out-of-the-box instead of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.
The handsets will be available in a bunch of colors before the holiday season of 2012 kicks-in.
After rolling out the Android 4.0.4/Sense 4.1 update for the AT&T One X, the International One X and the HTC One S, the Taiwanese maker has started rolling out the Android 4.0.4/Sense 4.1 update for the Sprint EVO 4G LTE.
The update for the Sprint variant of the One X bumps the software version to 2.13.651.1.710RD, and brings along a minor in the Android OS and Sense version of the handset as well. The Sense 4.1 update for the EVO 4G LTE brings with it much needed performance and stability improvements, along with the removal of some unneeded 3D transitions to speed things up.
Like the update for the AT&T and International One X, post this update, EVO 4G LTE owners can re-map the capactive Recents app button on their handset to act as a Menu key or vice-versa. The update also contains many other minor new tweaks and goodies, but first and foremost brings a major improvement in the performance of the device.
Sprint is rolling out the OTA update in batches so EVO 4G LTE owners might need to wait until a couple of weeks before the software update notification hits their handset.
Via – Phandroid
Slowly and steadily, Samsung has been updating its Galaxy line-up of devices to Ice Cream Sandwich. After getting its flagship devices, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, out of the way by Q2 of 2012, the Korean company has been silently updating its tablets to ICS.
After rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung has decided to shower some Ice Cream Sandwich love on the Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Android 4.0.4 update for the tablet is already live in the United States, can Tab 8.9 owners can use Samsung’s KIES software to install the update. The update is also being rolled out via OTA, but the update notification might take sometime to hit your tablet so use Samsung’s KIES software if you cannot wait to get your hands on the update.
The Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi will bring with it some much needed performance and stability improvements, UI tweaks, Face unlock, in-built data monitoring tool, enhanced copy and paste and in-built dictionary and much more.
Keep in mind that as of now, the update is only available for the Wi-Fi only variant of the Galaxy Tab 8.9, and not any of the carrier versions. Owners of carrier-branded variants of the tablet need to wait until the update is approved from their carrier.
Via – SamMobile
A couple of weeks ago, HTC started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 ICS/Sense 4.1 update for the HTC One X. The new update contained a lot of major performance enhancements, an updated Sense launcher without any of the fancy 3D animations for less reloading issues, and the ability to map the Recents app capacitive key to act as a Menu key instead.
Starting from yesterday, HTC has started rolling out the same update for the smaller brother of the One X, the One S. The update should get rid of the random lags and stuttery animations that many One S userrs have been facing for sometime. There is also a knew kernel and baseband included in this update that should improve the power management and network reception of the device.
Quite a few Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean firmware have leaked for the Samsung Galaxy S3, with there being a strong rumor of the official update landing on 29th August at the Note II unveiling at IFA in Berlin from Samsung. On the other hand, there has been no word from HTC on the Jelly Bean update availability for the One X and One S, especially when the International One X packs in the same SoC as the Nexus 7, the first device to launch with Jelly Bean on-board.