HTC One X Gets The Android 4.0.4 Update

HTC One X is the company’s most powerful smartphone till date. This handset originally runs on the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. HTC has recently announced a new software update for this device. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that, it is not the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update you’ve been waiting for. The latest update will upgrade the handset to the Android 4.0.4 OS and bumps the UI to Sense 4.1.

Instead of opening the multi-tasking grid in Sense, the recent apps key will now open context menu inside non ICS apps such as Facebook. You can also open the multitasking menu just by long-pressing the recent app key. This update not only brings the general stability improvements to the device, but also enhances the camera capabilities such as white balance and continuous autofocus.

Apart from the changes mentioned above, you can expect enhancements to memory, platform stability and improved overall browsing experience. The company has also added a single sign-on feature for Facebook, which will allow the users to access Facebook in multuple apps and browsers. The latest upgrade to Beats audio is touted to provide an authentic sound experience.

Earlier this week, AT&T has already rolled out this update for the HTC One X. Now, the owners of the international variant will start receiving the Android 4.0.4 update. The size of the update is 148 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.

Galaxy Note Android 4.0.4 Update Brings PopUp Play And Ability To Unlock The Device Using A Custom Signature

Apart from rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for a bunch of its handsets and tablet, Samsung also started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note. While the Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy S2 does not bring any major changes or features, the Korean company has included some new features for the Android 4.0.4 update of the Galaxy Note.

The Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Note brings with it Samsung Galaxy S3’s PopUp Play feature. This feature will allow Note users to play a video on their phone in a floating window, while they message their friend or browse the internet. Perfect for the big screen of the Galaxy Note!

Apart from this, the update also brings the ability to unlock the phone using a custom signature, which makes use of the S-Pen that Samsung has bundled with the phablet. Definitely a unique way to unlock your Note! The update is available in certain regions of the world via Samsung’s KIES software.

While all these new features will definitely please a lot of Galaxy Note users, I’m not sure what Galaxy S2 owners will feel about it. The Galaxy S2 was and still is one of Samsung’s hottest selling handset, and the company never really added any new or noteworthy feature when it updated the handset to Ice Cream Sandwich. On the other hand, Galaxy Note owners first got access to a premium suite of apps with ICS and now PopUp Play along the ability to unlock their device using a custom signature with the Android 4.0.4 update.

A guide to manually install the update on your Galaxy Note can be found here.

Samsung Galaxy S II Gets The Android 4.0.4 Update

Samsung Galaxy S II is the predecessor of the recently launched Galaxy S III smartphone. This handset was announced and showcased last year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. Earlier this year, Samsung Galaxy S II won “The Best Smartphone Of The Year” award by GSMA. Samsung managed to sell more than 20 million units of this device in just 10 months. The Samsung Galaxy S II was shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, which was the latest version of Android at the time of launch. During the end of 2011, Google announced the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS and Samsung promised to roll out this update in early 2012.

Samsung Galaxy S II finally received the much awaited Android 4.0 ICS update for the first time in March. This update was available only for the unlocked international variant of Galaxy S II in the European region. Two months later, the update was rolled out in other countries including Australia and India. The carrier locked Galaxy S II variant in the US was the last to receive this update in June.

The last update was based on the Android 4.0.3. However, Samsung has started rolling out a new software update for the Samsung Galaxy S II in Russia. The latest firmware update is numbered I9100XWLPM and it bumps the handset to the latest Android 4.0.4 OS. This update is currently available only for the international variant of Galaxy S II. This update does not bring any major changes. However, the owners of this device are reporting some additional Russian apps.

You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. On the other hand, you can also connect your device to your computer and check for the update using the Samsung Kies software. This update will be rolled out to other region in the coming months.

HTC Incredible S Tastes Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC has started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for Incredible S owners in quite a few regions of the world.  Incredible S owners should consider themselves lucky that their phone has got the official Ice Cream Sandwich update before a dual-core phone from HTC, the EVO 3D.

While the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Incredible S will bring with it quite a lot of new features and enhancements, what it will not bring is all the visual goodness that Google had introduced. Instead, HTC has loaded the update for the S with Sense 3.6 that makes sure users will not get a taste of the UI changes in ICS.

The official update is rolling out in certain regions of Europe via OTA. The update will take some time to show up for the branded or carrier-locked variants of the Incredible S, including the Verizon’s Droid Incredible 2.

HTC has not announced anything officially whether the Incredible S will get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update or not. Considering how small the Android 4.1 update is and the Incredible S hardware, it should in a perfect world get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.

CyanogenMod 9 Release Candidate 1 Released; Supports 50 Different Devices

The CyanogenMod team has finally released the first Release Candidate (RC1) of CM9 for a bunch of devices. The CM team had been rolling out CM9 nightlies for quite a few months now, but it was only recently that the team did a code freeze so as to prepare for a stable CM9 release.

It has been exactly 225 days (and counting) that Android 4.0 hit AOSP and the CM team began work on the next major version of the most popular custom ROM in the world.  Unlike CM7 though, the CM team had to drop support for a lot of devices because they lacked the horsepower to run Ice Cream Sandwich smoothly. While CM7.2 supported more than 80+ devices, CM9 RC1 supports around 50 Android devices. There are quite a few more devices for which CM9 nightlies are available, but the code did not pass the CM team’s quality check and thus no RC build were released for them.

If there is a release candidate version of CM9 available for your Android device, go ahead and flash it now. If you encounter any bugs, you can report them over at the official issue tracker. The RC1 builds for different devices can be downloaded from get.cm.

CM9 brings with it quite a lot of new features and tweaks over stock Android 4.0.4, including performance improvements, new lockscreen music control, navigation bar customization for Galaxy Nexus owners, better battery life, toggle widgets in the notification bar and much more.

Sony Starts Rolling Out Android 4.0.4 Update To Xperia Handsets

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?

Verizon’s Motorola XOOM To Receive Ice Cream Sandwich On June 4th

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.

Verizon’s Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Update To Be Available “Soon”

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.
Applications
  • 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.
Device Features
  • 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?

Sprint Rolls Out A Software Update To Fix Galaxy Nexus No Mobile Data Bug

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 -:

Enhancements/Fixes:

  • 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.

Android 4.0.4 Update For The Galaxy Nexus Brings Improved Performance And Camera Quality

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.