Motorola Xoom is the company’s first tablet device. It was announced at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas and launched in India at the end of Q2 of 2011. This tablet originally runs of the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. But, Motorola recently announced that existing users of Motorola Xoom and Motorola Xoom WiFi in India will receive the Android 3.1 update starting from July 29. This update brings resizable home screen widgets for Gmail, Calendar and Browser, support for PC joysticks and gamepads, new high-performance Wi-Fi lock and more. Check out the complete changelog below.
- Improved multi-tasking providing instant visual access to a larger number of applications
- Resizable home screen widgets for Gmail, Calendar and Browser
- Both keyboard and mouse support, which allows simultaneous input for devices over Bluetooth (in any combination)
- Support for most PC joysticks and gamepads that connect over USB or Bluetooth
- Picture transfer directly from camera, so users can connect their cameras over USB and import their pictures to the Gallery with a single touch
- New high-performance Wi-Fi lock lets applications maintain high-performance Wi-Fi connections even when the device screen is off
- Preloaded Adobe Flash Player, as well as File Manager
The Android 3.1 update also activates the SD card slot, so you can insert a 32 GB card and expand the total memory of the Motorola Xoom to 64 GB. This update will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will receive a notification, as soon as the update is available for your device.
To check the update manually, go to Settings > About Tablet > System Updates. The size of the update is just 40 MB. The Android 3.1 update will also be available in other countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
Back in May, Motorola announced the successor of the popular Motorola Droid X smartphone, the Motorola Droid X2. This handset runs originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. After waiting for couple of months, Verizon finally released the much-awaited Android 2.3 update for the Droid X2 smartphone. The Gingerbread update comes with tons of bug fixes and performance improvements. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.
- Download Manager App:
- New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.
- Multi-Touch Key-Chording:
- New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos,instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
- Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
- New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of the selected word copies the selected characters.
- New User Interface and Color Scheme: New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
- Added Device and SD Card encryption. VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings.
Updated Calendar Options:
- Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
- Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder without dismissing other meeting reminders.
- Easy conference dialing simply dial and automatically enter a conference
- code directly from your Calendar.
- Google Books is now preloaded.
- Geo-tagging features available for camera applications.
- Improvements in screen display reduce screen locking up and turning black.
- HDMI indicator clears if cable is connected and an application is started.
- No longer receive duplicate SMS messages.
- After Mobile Directory Number (MDN) change, device no longer performs data reset.
- On the home screen, icons and widgets display properly.
- Fixed interruption when unlocking device.
- Improved stability reduces device resets.
- Correct device battery percentage is displayed.
- VZ Navigator works simultaneously with Wi-Fi.
- Easily subscribe or cancel a subscription to Visual Voice Mail.
- Home tray icons can be customized.
- When device is placed in car dock, device no longer plays loud sound.
- Enhanced User Interface provides improved screen transitions.
- Receive MMS sound notifications while on a call.
- Addition of Vibrate icon.
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is available only via Over-The-Air (OTA). If you still haven’t received the update, go to settings and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page at Verizon.
Earlier this year, T-Mobile announced the Android powered Samsung Sidekick 4G. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 3.5 inch touch screen WVGA display, 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, five-row QWERTY keyboard, 3 megapixel camera and more. T-Mobile has recently released a new software update for this device. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that, this is not the Android 2.3 update and it will not change your device OS to Gingerbread. This is just a minor update with performance and UI enhancements. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.
- Adds Google Books
- Removes Data Network Modeoption from Power Key long press menu
- Adds optical joystick performance enhancements
- Other performance and UI enhancements and improvements
This software update is numbered T839UVKG2 and it will be available only via. Over-The-Air (OTA). Don’t panic, if you still haven’t received this update, since this software update will be delivered in staggered waves, over the next several days. If you find something new, or if you are facing any issues while updating the device, then please let us know in the comments section below.
Samsung Galaxy S II needs no introduction. This handset is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. It is also one of the fastest and the thinnest Android smartphone. Samsung Galaxy S II runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Samsung has already managed to sell more than 3 million units of this powerful smartphone in just 55 days. This handset is available in most of the European and Asian markets, but the customers in the US are still left behind.
Three UK is currently rolling out a new software update for the Samsung Galaxy S II. The company has recently tweeted about this software update, but they have not yet released the official changelog. You cannot update your device using the Samsung Kies desktop software, since it is available only via. Over-The-Air.
There are no major changes in this update. This software update is expected come with minor fixes and improvements. To get this update on your Samsung Galaxy s II smartphone, go to Settings > My Phone > Check for Update. You might have to wait for few days, before the update reaches your handset. If you find something new after the update, please let us know in the comments section below.
Samsung Galaxy Tab is the company’s first tablet device. It was launched during the Q4 of 2011. Samsung has already managed to sell more than 2 million units of this device in just 4 months. This tablet originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Samsung has already rolled out the Android 2.3 update in most of the countries, but Galaxy Tab users in the UK were left behind. Now, Samsung Galaxy Tab owners in the UK has finally started receiving the much-awaited Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update.
Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with a 7 inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with 1024Ã—600 pixels resolution, 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 OS, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 3.2 megapixel camera, HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and a 4000mAH battery.
Sadly, the Android 2.3 update is not available via. Over-The-Air (OTA). You will need to manually update the device by connecting it to your computer and then using the Samsung Kies desktop software. Samsung has not released an official statement or complete changelog of this update. If you have faced any issues while installing the update, then let us know in the comments below.
Most of the Android smartphones lanched in the Q1 of 2011 runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Manufacturers have already promised the Android 2.3 updates for these devices, but haven’t released it yet. But we have a great news for the AT&T customers, who has purchased an Android phone launched in 2011. AT&T recently announced that, the company will roll out the much-awaited Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for all its post-paid Android smartphones launched in 2011.
AT&T has already rolled out the Android 2.3 update for the Motorola ATRIX 4G smartphones. Other AT&T smartphones to receive the latest Android update are HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Pantech Crossover, Samsung Captivate 4G and Samsung Infuse 4G. AT&T has also announced that, the Samsung Captivate (Galaxy S variant for AT&T) owners will also be able to upgrade their phones to Gingerbread.
AT&T also mentioned that, the delivery methods will vary by device. Most of the times, the update will be delivered Over-The-Air (OTA), however in some cases, you will need to install the update via. Wi-Fi or connect the phone to a PC. Next month, HTC Inspire 4G users will be notified that the update is available and can be downloaded when connected to a Wi-Fi network. Stay tuned for more updates!
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Last year, Motorola launched its powerful Android powered rugged smartphone, the Motorola Defy. This handset is pretty amazing, but it originally runs on the old Android 2.1 (Eclair) Operating System. Motorola and AT&T have already started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update in the US, but the Motorola Defy customers in the UK were left behind.
T-Mobile UK recently tweeted from their official Twitter account that, the Android 2.2 Froyo update for Motorola Defy will start rolling out to the T-mobile UK customer at the the beginning of July. The update is expected to be available within the first half of July, to almost all the T-Mobile Motorola Defy owners. The Android Froyo update will be available via. Over-The-Air (OTA).
The new software update comes with a new revamped User Interface, new Task manager app, Wi-Fi Hotspot capability, Linked-In account integration, Adobe Flash support, ability to store the applications on the device’s microSD card, added security features, including Exchange-based encryption and password security.
It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You should also have at least 50% charged battery in your phone and an active SIM card installed before updating to Android 2.2. We will let you know, as soon as the update is available for the Motorola Defy in the UK. Stay tuned!
Recently, we posted that the Android 2.3.4 update is scheduled to roll out over the next few weeks. Nexus S is the first smartphone to receive the update, followed by the original Google phone, the Nexus One. The new Android 2.3.4 update brings the much awaited voice and video chat to the Google Talk, along with some bug fixes and optimizations. This update was expected to roll out after few weeks, but the lucky Nexus One owners have already started receiving this update.
The image posted above, clearly shows the Android version 2.3.4 on the Nexus One smartphone. Even though, the new update brings the much awaited voice and video chat to the Google Talk, Nexus One owners will not be able to enjoy the video chat with their friends, since this device does not have a front-facing camera. On the other hand, the Nexus S owners have already started using the video chat on their Nexus S smartphone.
Some of the Nexus One owners have complained about the loss of accuracy while using the phone’s GPS application after Android 2.3.3 was installed. But the new Android 2.3.4 update improve the battery life of the device along with improved accuracy for the phone’s location tracking services.
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