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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