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T-Mobile G2X Gets The Android 2.3.4 Update

Last year, T-Mobile announced the LG G2X smartphone at the CTIA 2011. It is basically the T-Mobile’s version of the popular LG Optimus 2X. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS. However, the device was later updated to the Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) OS in July 2011. Sadly, the update was pulled, added back and then pulled again.

Now, T-Mobile is rolling out a new update for the LG G2X smartphone. The latest update bumps the LG G2X to Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This update will be available automatically via OTA (Over-The-Air) or you can even manually update it via LG’s website. It comes with Wi-Fi calling improvements, boot up fixes and more. Check out the complete changelog below.

T Mobile G2X

Changelog:

  • Random reboot/power off fixed
  • Device stability improvements
  • Wi-Fi calling improvements
  • Boot up fixes

The latest update is numbered P999-V21y and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air) until May 14, 2012. After that, you can just head over to the LG’s website to manually update your smartphone. The size of the update is just 30.5 MB. If you do not get this update on your smartphone, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.

It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that your battery is fully charged, before updating the device. If you find any new features after updating your device, then do let us know in the comments section below. To learn more, head over to this page.

Verizon LG Spectrum Gets A Software Update

Earlier this year, LG launched the amazing LG Spectrum at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. It is the company’s second smartphone with 4G LTE capabilities. This handset is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. The LG Spectrum originally runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Verizon has already announced its Android 4.0 update plans for a number of smartphones including the LG Spectrum.

Verizon will soon roll out a new software update for the LG Spectrum. No, this is not the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for which you have been waiting for months. However this update comes with many fixes and improvements. It also bring the updated version of the apps including the NFL, VZ Navigator, Amazon Kindle, My Verizon and more. Check out the complete specs after the break.

lg spectrum

Changelog:

Device Features:

  • EAS password follows security policy, requiring an 8-digit password minimum.
  • Application launch will not cause force close when the device is scanning for available Wi-Fi networks.
  • Improved outline for multiple calendar view.
  • Calendar reminders send notification at accurate time.
  • Successfully sync Optimum Online accounts using POP3.
  • Pinch zoom in Camera Preview mode to select zoom level.

Web Browsing & Email:

  • Sync and Connect email maximum count is 500 regardless of server settings.
  • Browser launches immediately upon selection.
  • Added ‘Select Search Engine’ option in browser settings.
  • Google Search is now set as default search for a better user experience.

Applications & Widgets:

  • Google GMS (Google Mobile Services) is upgraded to Gingerbread R9.
  • Updated Google Play (v3.3.12) with enhanced user experiences.
  • Updated Gmail (v2.3.5.2) with a series of security fixes.
  • Talk2 (v1.3) includes updated video chat capabilities.
  • Updated YouTube (v2.3.4) includes enhanced editing functionality.
  • Visual Voice Mail connection has been updated for a better user experience when syncing email.

Updated Apps:

  • NFL v4.0
  • VZ Navigator (v7.5.1.54)
  • Amazon Kindle (v3.3.2.3)
  • SmartShare (R2.0)
  • Verizon Video (v6.1.34)
  • My Verizon (v10.0.7)
  • V CAST Apps (v3.03.41)

The latest update is numbered VS920ZV5 and it bumps the LG Spectrum to Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). Verizon will roll out this update within a few days. If you do not get this update on your smartphone, 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.

Verizon Motorola Droid 4 Gets A Software Update

Do you still remember the Motorola Droid 4 smartphone? Yes, we are talking about the same device which was announced at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. The Motorola Droid 4 is a powerful smartphone which comes with a 4 inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel rear camera and much more. However, the device runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

Verizon Wireless will soon roll out a new software update for this device. It will be the first software update for the Motorola Droid 4 smartphone after its launch in February. Sadly, this update will not bump up the Android 2.3 to the latest Android 4.0. However, the latest update brings improvements to Wi-Fi connectivity, improved text message delivery, improved battery life and so on. Check out the complete changelog below.

motorola droid 4

Changelog:

Device Features

  • Enhanced loud call end and connect tones over Bluetooth.
  • Power On function has been fixed.
  • Improved battery life.
  • Improvements made to reduce touch screen lockups, device sluggishness and blank screen lockups.
  • Keypad backlight only launches when needed.

Applications & Widgets

  • Successfully receive Visual Voice Mail notifications.
  • MotoCast widget can be added to home screen and thumbnail view.
  • Improved text message delivery when using the Messaging application.

Network Connectivity

  • Improvements to Wi-Fi connectivity.

The latest update is numbered 6.13.219.XT894 and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). The size of the update is just 18 MB. Verizon will roll out this update within a few days. If you do not get this update on your smartphone, 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.

HTC Sensation Gets The Android 4.0 Update At Vodafone UK

Earlier this month, HTC already announced their Android 4.0 update plans for smartphones. HTC has also rolled out the Android 4.0 update for the HTC Sensation and Sensation XE owners in Germany and other Nordic countries. However most of the folks living in other countries were still waiting for this update.

Vodafone was the first carrier to sell the powerful HTC Sensation in the UK. Now, Vodafone is the first carrier to roll out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the HTC Sensation in the UK. The latest update comes with some amazing features such as Beats audio, face unlock, advanced voice and text input, improved email, UI improvements and much more.

HTC Sensation

Vodafone UK sent the following message to the HTC Sensation owners.

Great news. The testing of the ICS update for HTC Sensation is complete, and we plan to start rolling out the update tomorrow.

The update will be rolled out in phases by the Over The Air service, so if yours doesn’t appear right away, you can either wait for it to appear, or go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check now.

This update bumps the HTC Sense to version 3.6. It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that your battery is fully charged, before updating the device. If you find something new, please let us know in the comments section below. HTC Sensation owners on Orange and Three UK might have to wait for few days for the Android 4.0 update.

Sprint Kyocera Echo Gets A Software Update

Last year, Kyocera launched the amazing Kyocera Echo smartphone. This handset is exclusively available for the Sprint customers in the US. The Kyocera Echo is the world’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone. It comes with a dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 4.7 inches diagonally with 800 x 960 pixels resolution when opened, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and more.

The Kyocera Echo was originally launched with the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. However, Sprint later rolled out the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for this device. Now, Sprint is rolling out a new software update for this amazing smartphone. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that it is not the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update. The latest update comes with security update as well as other enhancements and fixes. Check out the complete changelog below.

kyocera echo

Changelog:

  • MMS audio cuts off after 8 seconds
  • Changes to roaming guard display
  • Activation of Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS)
  • Security update

This update will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). To check the update manually, go to Menu > Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check for update. You will receive a notification, as soon as the update is available for your device. If you have already received and installed the update, please let us know in the comments below.

Verizon Motorola Droid R2-D2 Gets A Software Update

Last year, Motorola launched the limited edition Motorola Droid R2-D2 smartphone. This handset originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. However, the company later updated the device to the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. Now, Verizon will soon start rolling out a new software update for the powerful Motorola Droid R2-D2 smartphone.

Before you get too excited, let me tell you that the latest update does not bring the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. However, it brings lots of other enhancements and bug fixes. This update is numbered 4.5.622.A957 and it comes with enhanced security, improved 3G data connectivity, increased browser cross-application scripting and much more. Check out the complete changelog below.

motorola droid r2 d2

Changelog:

Device Features:

  • Enhanced security with DigiNotar security patch.
  • Increased browser cross-application scripting for enhanced multitasking stability.
  • Device will no longer automatically power on after it has been powered off.
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
  • Successfully download and save purchased MP3 ringtones.
  • Camera settings will be saved, even after the device is powered off.
  • Increased device stability when keypad is opened and closed repeatedly.
  • Improved 3G data connectivity while using the Mobile Hotspot.

Applications & Widgets:

  • App shortcuts remain on the home screen after moving them from internal to external memory.
  • VZ Navigator is now updated to version 7.2.0.452.
  • V CAST Apps is now updated to version 4.4.1.0.
  • Successfully play WAV files.
  • Contact groups will sort correctly.
  • Successfully add application shortcuts or widgets to the home panel without error.

Email & Messaging:

  • Fixed issue where duplicate text and multimedia messages were being received.
  • Improved ability to access and receive Gmail messages when the Mobile Hotspot is turned on.
  • Improved syncing with Yahoo! email.
  • Forwarded emails will no longer remain in the outbox when Smart Forwarding is enabled.

This update bumps the Motorola DROID R2-D2 to Android 2.3.4. It can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). The size of the update is 12 MB. If you have not 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.

HTC Vivid On AT&T Gets The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Last year, AT&T announced the powerful HTC Vivid smartphone. This device comes with a 4.5 inch LCD qHD display as well as a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S3 processor. The HTC Vivid originally runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, last week HTC announced that HTC Vivid and 15 other smartphones will get the Android 4.0 update in the coming weeks.

We have good news for the HTC Vivid customers. AT&T has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the HTC Vivid smartphone. The latest update comes with Beats Audio, Face Unlock, advanced voice and text input, UI improvements and much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

HTC vivid

  • Beats Audio – Enhance your music and video experience with Beats Audio. Whenever a media file is played using the default media players or most third-party applications, the Beats Audio indicator will appear in the notification bar. Simply tap the notification to enable or disable Beats Audio. You can also turn Beats Audio on or off in the Settings menu. Note: Beats Audio will only work when headphones or an external speaker is connected. This is to ensure the best possible audio quality.
  • Face Unlock – Face Unlock is a new screen-lock option that lets you unlock your device using face recognition. It takes advantage of the device’s front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup, and then to recognize it again when unlocking the device. Just hold your device in front of your face to unlock, or use a backup PIN or pattern.
  • Improved email – Easier to send, read and manage through recipient auto-completion, stored text, and nested sub-folders. For enterprises, the Email app supports EAS v14. It supports EAS certificate authentication, provides ABQ strings for device type and mode, and allows automatic sync to be disabled while roaming. Administrators can also limit attachment size or disable attachments.
  • Bluetooth Mouse and keyboard – Use a Bluetooth mouse and/or keyboard with your device and adjust its settings.
  • UI Improvements – Access the notification bar on the lock screen. Drag apps/shortcuts on top of one another to create folders. New fully customizable Launch Bar at the bottom of the screen. Resizable widgets.
  • Advanced Voice and Text Input – More robust and can be used to dictate an entire email. Intelligent enough to recognize pauses, breaks and punctuation. Advanced Spell Checker.

HTC Vivid owners can download and install the update directly from the phone using Wi-Fi. It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that your battery has at least 50% charge. If you find something new, please let us know in the comments section below.

HTC Confirms Android 4.0 ICS Update Plans For 16 Devices

Motorola and Samsung has already announced their Android 4.0 update plans for smartphones and tablets. HTC has already started rolling out the Android 4.0 update for the Sensation and Sensation XE smartphones. However, the owners of HTC’s other popular smartphones were left in the dark. Now, HTC went ahead and released a complete list of smartphones, which will get the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update. Check out the complete list after the break.

htc logo

  • HTC DROID Incredible 2
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Raider
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Vivid

HTC’s popular smartphones and tablet such as HTC Salsa, HTC Desire Z and HTC Flyer will not get the Android 4.0 update. HTC will roll out the Android 4.0 update for the HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XL in the next few weeks. It will take some time for all carriers in each country to get the update.

Darren Krape, Global Community Manager, HTC, said,

“As for timing, we’re in the early stages of rolling out Android 4.0 for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE and upgrades will be more widely available in the next few weeks. We are working closely with our carrier partners to nail down update schedules for our other smartphones and will have more to share very soon.”

Verizon Confirms The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Plans

Most of the Android smartphones released during the second half of 2011 and Q1 of 2012 runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Last year, Google announced the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. However, the only smartphone available in the market with the Android 4.0 OS is the Google branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus. On the other hand, the only smartphone to get the Android 4.0 update is the Google’s very own Nexus S.

Samsung and HTC has already announced their update plans, but none of their smartphones have officially received the Android 4.0 update until now. Last year, Verizon Wireless launched some amazing devices for its subscribers such as the Motorola Droid Razr, HTC Droid Incredible 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, LG Spectrum, etc. Most of the Verizon Wireless smartphones runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, while the tablets runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS.

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We have good news for the Verizon Wireless subscribers. The company has recently announced their Android 4.0 update plans. Verizon Wireless recently unveiled the complete list of smartphones and tablets which are scheduled to get the much-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Check out the complete list after the break.

HTC:

  • HTC ThunderBolt
  • HTC Droid Incredible 2
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Rezound

Motorola:

  • Motorola Xoom
  • Droid Bionic
  • Droid Razr
  • Droid Razr Maxx
  • Droid 4
  • Droid XYBOARD 8.2
  • Droid XYBOARD 10.1

Samsung:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

LG:

  • LG Spectrum

Don’t get disappointed if your device is not listed above, since the company has promised to update this list throughout the year. Verizon did not specify when these smartphones and tablets will get the Android 4.0 update. However, you should expect to get this update for most of the devices by the end of Q2 of 2012.

AT&T Motorola Atrix Gets A Software Update

Last year, AT&T launched the powerful Motorola Atrix smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. AT&T recently rolled out a new software update for the Motorola Atrix smartphone. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that, it is not the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update. The AT&T Motorola Atrix is expected to get the Android 4.0 update during the Q3 of 2012.

The latest update is numbered 4.5.141 and it provides enhancements for better entertainment experience, greater device security and improved operational system performance. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Motorola ATRIX

Changelog:

  • Security – Implemented latest Google Android security fixes
  • Stability – Improvements to memory function as it relates to media applications and ability to prevent need for re-booting when phone is impacted by heavy loading or high temperatures
  • Bluetooth – Enhancement which allows you to launch voice command from bluetooth enabled headset when phone is asleep
  • Wi-Fi – Improvements to Wi-Fi settings to deliver better overall consumer experience as well as  to make it easier to use Mobile Hotspot with your phone
  • Messaging – Improvements to text messaging capability to deliver better user experience
  • Contacts – Improvements are made to maintain all phone book contacts after the OTA upgrade

This upgrade can only be downloaded over a Wi-Fi network. You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. 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 Motorola.