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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Finally Gets The Android 4.0 Update

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is the company’s first tablet device with an unique 8.9 inch display. This device was originally shipped with the forgotten Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. It packs a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 3G Connectivity and much more.

The mid-range Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has already got the Android 4.1 update, however the Galaxy Tab 8.9 owners were still waiting to taste the Ice Cream Sandwich. Today, Samsung finally rolled out the Android 4.0.4 ICS update for the Galaxy Tab 8.9. This update is currently available in Austria and it will be rolled out to other countries in the coming days.

Galaxy Tab 8.9

This update brings the usual ICS goodies including the redesigned UI, new keyboard with next word prediction, improved performance and stability, improved multi-tasking, enhanced notification bar and much more. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). If OTA update fails, you can even connect your device to your computer and update it using the Samsung Kies software.

You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. It is always advised to backup all your data before updating the device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.

HTC One X Gets The Android 4.1 Update In Asia And Europe

HTC One X was originally launched with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating system. As promised, the manufacturer has already started rolling out the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. However, this update was limited to Korea, Taiwan and select regions of the world. Now, it seems that the Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer has rolled out this update in almost all of the regions in Europe and Asia.

htc one x

The size of the update is around 365 MB and it bumps the OS and HTC Sense to Android 4.1.1 and Sense 4+ respectively. The latest update bring the usual Jelly Bean features such as Google Now, Project Butter, offline text-to-speech, better performance in camera, new Gallery app, improved power management and advanced notifications. The update for Indian version adds support for Punjabi, Oriya, Malayalam and Kannada languages.

The latest can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). As usual, we advise you to backup all of your data and completely charge the battery before upgrading the device. If you still haven’t received this update, then just go to Settings > About > Software Updates and check for the update.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Wi-Fi Gets The Android 4.1 Update

Samsung has already confused the customers by launching the Galaxy Tab 2 with 2 different screen size. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 comes with 7.0 inch display and 10.1 inch display respectively. The 7 inch Galaxy Tab 2 is an entry-level tablet, which was shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. It packs a 7 inch WSVGA display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n and more.

Back in September, Samsung has announced the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update plans for 12 smartphones and 4 tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. After waiting for a couple of months, Samsung has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.1 update for this device. Currently, this update is available only for the Wi-Fi variant of Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.

galaxy tab 2

The latest update is numbered XXCLK5 and it bring the usual Jelly Bean goodies including “Project Butter” software enhancements, predictive search capabilities through Google Now, smart keyboard and so on. This update is currently rolling out in France and it would be available in other countries in the next few days.

The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You can also manually update this device by connecting it to your computer and follow the instructions on the KIES software. It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device.

Verizon Droid Razr M Gets The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Back in September, Motorola announced the mid-range Droid Razr M, along with the Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr HD Maxx. These handsets were exclusively available for the Verizon subscribers in the US. Droid Razr M comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 8 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, 4G connectivity and much more.

Sadly, this handset was shipped with the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Motorola has already promised to roll out the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update before the end of this year. Now, it seems that the manufacturer has fulfilled its promise 50 days in advance. Verizon has finally started rolling out the Android 4.1 update for the Droid Razr M smartphones. It comes with the usual Jelly Bean goodies such as Google Now, enhanced notification panel that displays missed calls and emails, voice search, smart keyboard and more. Check out the complete changelog below.

droid razr m

Changelog:

Jelly Bean Enhancements:

  • Personalize your home screen easily by placing widgets directly on the screen.
  • More reactive and uniform touch responses, so you can move between home screens with more intuitive graphics and smoother transitions.
  • Widgets now resize automatically when they are too big.

Support Enhancements:

  • Circles widget has been updated to enable instant updating.
  • Improved voice and data connectivity quality, reducing instances of losing 3G and 4G services.
  • Reduced time needed to access GPS signal.
  • Contacts sync more often, eliminating the need to wait for manual or nighttime sync.
  • Improvements to Setup Wizard UI makes the email setup experience more user friendly.
  • Native calendar settings have been improved for better user experience.
  • Improved Mobile Hotspot data connectivity.
  • Improved reliability and connectivity of Back Up Assistant Plus & Visual Voicemail.

Application Updates:

  • Verizon Remote Diagnostics has been updated.
  • New QuickOffice version has been integrated.
  • New VZ Navigator application addresses several stability issues.
  • Video Calling Portal App have been added.
  • Integrated new VZWAPPs Version.
  • Color Application had been removed.
  • Device now includes support for the Isis Mobile Wallet.
  • Improved connectivity when using Wi-Fi.
  • Multimedia Messaging delivery has been improved.
  • Improved Bluetooth Connectivity.

The latest update is numbered 98.12.4.XT907 and it can be easily downloaded 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. It is advised to backup all your data before updating the Droid Razr M smartphone. To learn more, head over to this page.

Verizon Droid Bionic Gets The Android 4.0.4 ICS Update

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.

Changelog:

Application Updates:
Mobile IM has been removed
New versions of the following applications have been added:

  • SMARTACTIONS
  • 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.

Sony Rolling Out The Android 4.0 Update For Xperia U, Go And Sola

Earlier this year, Sony has unveiled a number of smartphones running on the Android Operating System. The worst part was that almost all of the devices unveiled before June was powered by the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. Xperia Neo L is the company’s first device, which runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS out of the box.

In this post, we’ll focus on the Sony Xperia U, Xperia Go, Xperia Sola. These mid-range devices were launched during the first half of 2012 and was powered by the Android 2.3 OS. Today, the manufacturer finally started rolling out the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS for these smartphones.

The latest update brings with some usability improvements, applications multitasking, new lock/unlock features, Face Unlock, mobile data management, improved text input and spell checking, home screen folders and more. Xperia Sola will get an additional new feature called as Glove Mode. It is basically an extension of the floating touch technology that allows the owners of Xperia Sola to use the device in the cold while wearing gloves. Check out the complete features below.

Features;

  • New ways to experience your tunes, images, videos and films with Sony’s media applications – Walkman, Album and Movies.
  • Extended standby mode, increasing standby time by up to four times (depending on user-profile and data consumption).
  • Lock screen with improved functionality.
  • Resizable widgets for improved personalization.
  • Improved control of your mobile data consumption.
  • Recent Apps button for a clear overview of your applications.

The latest update will not be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). To update your Xperia U, Go and Sola smartphones, you will need manually connect your device to the computer and use the PC Companion for Windows or Sony’s Bridge software for Mac. The availability and scheduling of this software upgrade will depend on the market as well as the carrier. To learn more, head over to this page.

AT&T Xperia Ion Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update

Earlier this year, Sony announced the Xperia Ion smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Now, AT&T is finally rolling out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device in the US. We’re not sure if this device will ever get the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update.

The latest update bring the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies along with some usability improvements, applications multitasking, new lock/unlock features, Face Recognition (Face Unlock), mobile data management, improved text input and spell checking, improved menu structure, home screen folders and much more.

According to the AT&T blog post,
“The Android 4.0 update will provide faster Mobile Hotspot and Wi-Fi speeds. Exchange Active Sync has also received several upgrades thanks to Android 4.0. Several calendar and e-mail status indication enhancements were made to help you stay organized, while passcode security enhancements for unlocking Exchange Active Sync will give you more peace of mind. Up-to-date and improved visuals have been added to the street view in Maps, and when watching a YouTube clip you will also notice improved performance when rotating between portrait and landscape views.”

Sadly, this update will not be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). To update your Xperia Ion smartphone manually, all you have to do is just connect your device to the computer and use the PC Companion for Windows or Sony’s Bridge software for Mac. It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. To download PC Companion or Bridge for Mac, head over to this page.

Sprint Motorola XPRT Gets The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

Do you still remember the Motorola XPRT smartphone? Yes, we are talking about the same BlackBerry-like device which was exclusively available for the Sprint subscribers in the US. Motorola XPRT was the first Android smartphone from Sprint which delivered enterprise-class security, personal productivity enhancements and international roaming. Most of you might remember that Motorola XPRT was originally shipped with the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating System. After waiting for a year, Sprint has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 update for the forgotten Motorola XPRT smartphone.

The latest update is numbered 4.5.1-110-kns-46 and it brings the usual Gingerbread goodies, along with the new user interface icons, UI performance improvements, battery fixes, Email UI fixes, contact UI fixes, updated calendar options and much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

  • Email User Interface fixes.
  • Contact User Interface fixes.
  • UXD fix to color backgrounds.
  • Fix the ability to use Bluetooth car kits.
  • Improve EAS GAL (Global Address List) Search.
  • Improve EAS First Sync timing.
  • Fix Forward / Reply markers to original email.
  • SMS fix when using () in SMS body.
  • Bluetooth toasts when syncing contacts improved.

This update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. It is advised to backup all of your data before updating the device. If you find some new features, please let us know in the comments section below.

Samsung Lists Devices That Will Get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Samsung has a good track record of updating its popular smartphones and tablets to the latest version of the Android Operating System. Previously, Samsung has updated the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note from Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Samsung’s latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S III was shipped with the Android 4.0 OS, however the manufacturer has already started rolling out the much-awaited android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for this handset.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II will be shipped with the Android 4.1 out of the box. But, there are a large number of smartphones and tablets such as the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 10.1 etc, which are still running on the old Android 4.0 OS. If you own one of these device, then there is no need to worry, since the manufacturer has recently revealed a complete list of devices which are scheduled to get the much-awaited Jelly Bean update. It includes 10 smartphones, 4 tablets and 1 media player. Check out the complete list after the break.

Smartphones:

  • Galaxy S II
  • Galaxy Note
  • Galaxy S Advance
  • Galaxy S II LTE
  • Galaxy Chat
  • Galaxy Ace 2
  • Galaxy Beam
  • Galaxy Ace Plus
  • Galaxy Mini II
  • Galaxy S DUOS

Tablets:

  • Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
  • Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
  • Galaxy Note 10.1
  • Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

Media Player:

  • Galaxy Player

The Android 4.1 update will be first rolled out to unlocked devices followed by the carrier specific variants. Samsung has not yet announced the exact date for the update, however you can expect it to arrive by the end of this year. Stay tuned for more updates!

Verizon Galaxy Tab 10.1 Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab 10.1 exclusively for the Verizon subscribers in the US. This device was originally shipped with the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Earlier this year, Verizon has announced the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update plans for 14 Android powered devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. After waiting for nearly 6 months, Verizon is finally rolling out the much awaited Android 4.0 update for Samsung’s first 10.1 inch tablet.

The latest update is numbered i905.LP11 and it brings the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies including the new data usage monitor, updated quick panel, pinch to zoom functionality in homescreen, direct access lock screen, redesigned gallery app with photo editor, new system font for improved readability, resizable widgets, Wi-Fi direct support and so on. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

* Applied Android Ice Cream (ICS) OS upgrade to 4.0.4.

  • Pinch to Zoom functionality has been added in homescreen and main menu screen.
  • Google Plus has been integrated.
  • Google Text-To-Speech Engine has been integrated in the upgrade.

* In Email search menu, search criteria by date, sender & title.
* In Email Composer, ‘undo’ and ‘redo’ options have been added.
* A quick response message may be quickly inserted into the body while composing a message.
* Initiate a ‘New Meeting Invitation’ for Exchange accounts.
* Wi-Fi Direct support by Android platform.
* Redesigned Gallery app with photo editor includes:

  • More ways to sort albums by time, location, people and tags.
  • Photo studio that allows users to crop and rotate pictures, set levels and remove red eyes.
  • Improved Picture Gallery widget lets users look at pictures directly on their home screen.

* Rich and versatile camera capabilities including:

  • Continuous focus.
  • Android 4.0 Zero shutter lag exposure.
  • Stabilized image zoom.
  • Single-motion panorama.
  • Apps can now set custom metering regions in a camera preview.

The latest update can be easily downloaded 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. If you still haven’t received the update, 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.