Sony started updating its Xperia branded handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich back in mid-April beginning with the Xperia Arc S, Neo V and Xperia Ray. The roll-out then expanded to other regions of the world as well as to other Xperia devices like the Xperia Arc, Mini and Mini Pro.
Now, it looks like Sony has again started rolling out another software update for its Xperia handsets that bumps the Android version to 4.0.4. The update is being rolled out via OTA and weighs around 20MB in size. The update is being rolled out in certain regions of the world only at the moment, including India. There is no official change-log available, but the update should include an overall improvement in the performance and stability of the handsets along with some bug-fixes. As of now, the update is being rolled out to certain Xperia handsets only including the Xperia Arc, Arc S and the Mini/Mini Pro.
Hopefully, Sony will also be showering some Ice Cream Sandwich love on its 2012 line-up of Xperia NXT handsets including the Xperia S sooner than later. This update also makes Sony the first Android manufacturer to update its handset to Android 4.0.4, except for the Google’s Nexus series.
Now, how about updating that old Gingerbread based 2.6.35.x kernel to 3.x Sony?
Looks like Verizon is on a roll here! A couple of days before the big red carrier started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Nexus. Today, the carrier has announced that it will start rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola XOOM from June 4th.
The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the XOOM will bring with it many new features including performance and stability improvements, improved speech-to-text technology, face unlock, a new keyboard, a new app drawer, an in-built photo editor with basic editing functionalities and more.
Motorola had already released the Android 4.0.4 update for the XOOM, but it was only for the Wi-Fi edition of the tablet. The updates for the 4G LTE + Wi-Fi edition had to go through further testing from Verizon, which is the main reason for the delay of the update. The testing took so much of time that Google was able to roll-out Android 4.0.4 for the Wi-Fi edition of the XOOM, while the 4G LTE variant was still stuck with Honeycomb.
Back in early May, Google and Verizon had started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for some of its business customers. Now, nearly a month after the initial roll-out, Verizon has updated its support document pages to reflect the roll-out the Android 4.0.4 update for the “general” users will begin “soon”.
The Android 4.0.4 update for the Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus will bring with it tons of bug fixes, improved performance and stability and a new radio to fix the poor 4G network reception and data drop issue that some users are facing. Below is the full change-log of the update -:
Email, Messaging & Data
- Email messages will display properly when the text size is set to large.
- When sending a multimedia message to an Outlook email address, the file extension will send, allowing the recipient to successfully open an image.
- Successfully deleted emails on the device will be deleted from the desktop as well.
- Successfully send text messages without experiencing network connectivity issues.
- When viewing a Calendar reminder or appointment, you will now be able to view the full notes associated with the appointment.
- A down arrow has been added in the Calendar application that will expand the calendar message body, allowing you to view the entire message.
- Successfully turn on Wi-Fi using the Power Control widget.
- Updates have been made to prevent the display from freezing or becoming unresponsive.
- Complete calls without experiencing choppy audio, clicking noises and one-way audio noises.
- Successfully access Voicemail and other automated systems without error.
The update is not yet live, but Verizon representatives state that the update should go live “soon”. The Android 4.0.4 update will be first software update the handset will receive in nearly six months after its release. So much for being a Nexus handset, eh?
Late last week, we reported that owners of the newly released Sprint Galaxy Nexus were facing mobile data connectivity issues with the handset. While calls and SMS work just fine, the handset would just refuse to connect to Sprint’s 3G network. One Sprint representative confirmed the bug and stated that Sprint will try to release the update by early next week.
Thankfully, Sprint has managed to stick to its word and has started rolling out the FD02 software update for the Galaxy Nexus, which fixes the mobile data not connecting bug along with several other minor bugs. Below is the small change-log of the update -:
- Device not connecting to data services after activation
- Device not displaying correct network time after activation
- Google Wallet Update
Sprint aims at completing the roll-out of the software update in the next 1-2 days. Owners of Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus need to make sure that they are connected to a Wi-Fi network so that their handset can download the update. Hopefully, this update will fix the mobile data issues of Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus owners. Oh! and if you are wondering about the Android 4.0.4 update for the Sprint’s GNexus, then the handset runs on it right out of the box.
After more than a month of delay, Google finally pushed the Android 4.0.4 update to the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus (GSM) and the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi variant. Along with this, the company also pushed the Android 4.0.4 to AOSP. The kernel sources are not yet pushed, but Android developer, JB, has promised to push it to AOSP as soon as possible. The factory images for Android 4.0.4 for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S also available for download. While there is no official change-log available for the Android 4.0.4 update, Jean states that there are more than a hundred minor fixes in this update.
I manually installed the Android 4.0.4 update on my Galaxy Nexus, and have noticed quite a few minor but welcome changes. Firstly, after installing the update the whole phone felt a lot snappier. The animations are also faster now, and the slow auto-rotation animation and the lag for the auto-rotation to kick-in have also been fixed.
According to the Galaxy Nexus users over at XDA forums, the update also improves the camera performance of the handset. Not only does the phone take better quality pictures with less noise, it focuses properly before capturing them. The update also contains a new radio, which improves the network reception depending on your location. One of the most important changes in the update is a much-improved auto-brightness. On Android 4.0.2/3, the auto-brightness extremely wonky! It would turn down the brightness to almost 0, and gave the whole screen a very blueish tint. Thankfully, this issue has been fixed in this update.
There are a lot of other bug fixes as well in the Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Nexus like the multi-touch bug, keyboard bug, the Android OS battery drain bug and more.
Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (IMM76) update for the Wi-Fi variant of the XOOM in the United States. The new build of Android includes quite a few new enhancements, including stability improvements, faster auto rotation, better phone number recognition and much more.
Below is the full change-log of the update via Droid-Life -:
- Quicker screen rotation
- A new setting to choose whether the power button immediately locks the device or not
- Microsoft Exchange improvements with additional EAS policies
- Better phone number recognition
- Camera and image quality improvements
- Improved stability
The update is being rolled out via OTA and went live just a few mins ago, so users should expect the software update notification on their XOOM to pop-up sometime soon. Hopefully, Google will also release the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S, along with pushing it to AOSP.
An Android 4.0.4 build for the Nexus S 4G did leak last month, and it brought quite a few improvements, but since then the big-G has not shown any signs of releasing the final Android 4.0.4 build to the public.