Sony has started rolling out a new firmware update for its mid-range Droids – the Xperia P, U, Sola and go. The update does not bump up the firmware version but includes improvements to Wi-Fi performance, NFC, Camera, Messaging and more. There is also an overall improvement in the performance and stability of these handsets, thanks to the new update.
Owners of the above handsets can install the latest update on their handset directly via OTA (Over-The-Air), or can alternatively use Sony’s PC Companion.
Xperia U, go and Sola owners will automatically be notified about the update being available, if they are already running Ice Cream Sandwich on their devices. If not, then they will have to use Sony’s PC Companion app to update to Ice Cream Sandwich first.
Xperia P owners will get the OTA update depending on their region and carrier’s approval, which might take sometime.
While the Xperia Sola, go and U will not be upgraded to Jelly Bean from Sony, the Xperia P will get the update sometime next year.
Via – Sony Mobile
Samsung has started rolling out a new firmware update for the Galaxy Note that brings with it some new features and UI updates. The XLRQ firmware update brings with it some UI updates that Samsung had originally introduced in the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note 2. The app drawer has received a make over in the update and now sports a similar UI as the Galaxy S III. The Gallery app from the Galaxy S III/Galaxy Note has also been added with this update
The Gallery app has also been updated to sport a new 3D look as on the Galaxy Note II. The whole unofficial change-log of the new LRQ firmware update from XDA member garytube can be found below -:
– new launcher (like the Galaxy S3)
– new gallery with fancy 3D effects
– new contact list
– pop-up video can now be resized
– slightly changed contact list layout
– you can now save contacts in the S-Clound (like google contacts)
– performance improved!
– added S-Cloud (there is no dedicated App but after flashing you will be asked if you want to sycn all your settings with samsung)
– added new motion: call contact currently displayed if you raise the phone
– added bloatware (NTV, Lieferheld, ChatOn, myTaxi)
– black clipping not fixed
The Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Note had also brought some new features with it including the ability to unlock the device using a custom signature via S-Pen. While it is nice to see Samsung adding new features to the Galaxy Note from time to time, the Korean company has completely ignored the Galaxy S2. The handset has not received any new software features from Samsung ever since it was originally launched, while the Galaxy Note has got two such major updates from Samsung.
Samsung is slowly rolling out this update via KIES and OTA, and as of now the firmware update is only available in Germany.
Via – SamMobile
Symbian Nokia OS might be dead, but the company continues providing software updates to its existing user-base. Starting from today, the Finnish company has started rolling out a new firmware update for its Belle devices, some of which are nearly 2 years old, dubbed Belle Refresh.
The new firmware update brings with it new widgets including one for taking quick notes, improved performance and stability, an enhanced web browser with support for HTML5 based web apps, improved music player, better support for flash videos and some under-the-hood bug-fixes. There are some Imaging related exclusive apps bundled in the update for the Nokia N8 as well.
The update will only be available for the first generation Symbian^3 devices from the Finnish handset maker including the N8, C7, the E7 ‘Communicator’, C6-01, the Oro, E6 (software version >111) and finally, the Nokia 500. While updates for all the phones are already being rolled out in certain regions of the world, the update for the Nokia 500 will follow in the next few weeks.
Via – AllAboutSymbian
Sony has started rolling out a new firmware update for a couple of its 2012 range of Xperia handsets — Xperia U and Sola — that fixes tons of bugs on these devices. The most notable change brought about by the .184 firmware update is the signal disappearing issue fix, which should please all Sola and U owners out there.
The firmware update also fixes some other major bugs like the low in-call earphone volume, poor battery life, touch screen sensitivity, random Wi-Fi disconnections, and random restarts or freezes. There is an improvment in the overall performance of the phone as well.
There are quite a lot of other bugs that the firmware does not fix though, including MTP driver issues and display flickering when auto-brightness is enabled. The full list of bugs that have been fixed and are yet to be fixed can be found here.
Sony will soon start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia P, and the updates for the Sola and U should follow soon. Hopefully, the ICS update for these devices will not contain these bugs, and will be relatively bug free.
Looking at the amount of bugs the handsets (Sola and U) shipped with, Sony should have had done more testing with the firmware. It is completely unacceptable that a phone be shipped with such serious issues right out of the box, and owners need to wait 2-3 months for any kind of fix.
Back in February this year, Nokia did the unthinkable and ditched Symbian for Microsoft’s Windows Phone. In a letter to its employees, Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, mentioned Symbian as “the burning platform.” Nokia made it clear that going forward it is going to focus only on WP based phone, and that users should not expect Symbian phones from the company anymore. The company did, however, promise software updates for Symbian handsets until 2016 so as to provide some peace of mind to the owners of its last Symbian handset, the Pure View 808.
The company did release quite a few firmware and Symbian updates for its Symbian^3 devices, including the Belle update for the N8 and the Belle FP1 update for the Nokia 701. Today, however Nokia has started rolling out a firmware update for a nearly forgotten Symbian S60v3 running handset, the Nokia E5.
The firmware update does not bring any major changes or features, but does bring with it some performance and stability improvements. In addition to this, it also includes an updated Web Browser and Email client, which should hopefully improve the speed of these apps.
The firmware update (V101) is already live in certain regions of the world, and can be installed on the E5 either via OTA or by using Nokia’s PC Suite app.
Via – AllAboutSymbian
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.
Last year, Nokia launched the entry-level Nokia Asha 300 feature phone. This handset runs on the Symbian S40 Operating System. It comes with a 2.4 inch resistive touchscreen display as well as a physical T9 keypad. The Nokia Asha 300 lets you swipe the homescreen to access apps, music or games from the Nokia Store. The manufacturer has recently rolled out a new firmware update for this budget handset.
The new software version is numbered 071.004 and it comes with contacts sync correction, time zone correction, improved features and performance, better stability and so on. The latest firmware update can be downloaded from the Nokia Software Update or via Over-The-Air (OTA). Check out the complete changelog below.
- Nokia Browser 2.0
- Contacts sync correction when switching from Nokia Symbian phones to Asha 300
- Correction to displaying contact’s name for incoming calls
- General usability and performance improvements
- Time zone correction in Russia
We advise you to backup all of your data before updating the device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation. To get this software through your device, select Applications > Software Update and choose the software you want to update or you can even dial *#0000# & press options > Check for Updates to get the update.
You may have to wait for few days or even for few weeks before this update is available in your region. If you find something new in this update or if you have any screenshot and videos of this update, then please share with us in the comments section below.
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.
- 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.
Nokia will soon start rolling out a new firmware update for its recently released handset, the Nokia 603. This is the first firmware update for the handset since its release, so users should not expect some major changes. In all probability, the update is aimed at fixing some bugs with the firmware the phone released with.
The new firmware update carries the version no 111.030.0607, and will be rolled out via OTA (Over-The-Air) and Nokia Suite.
Nokia 603 owners are recommended to create a backup of their phone’s data, even though the handset supports User Data Preservation, just in case things go wrong.
According to Symbian Tweet, a new Symbian Belle firmware update will also be available for all other Belle running handsets. At the moment the change-log is still unknown, so not much can be said about the changes these new firmware updates will bring.
Nokia will soon be also rolling out firmware updates for the N8, C7, C6-01 and the E7. The new firmware update will bring the latest version of Symbian – Belle – to these handsets. The update is scheduled to be released sometime before 2011 ends.
Nokia recently released a new firmware update for its popular music phone, the Nokia X6. The latest firmware is numbered 40.0.002 and it comes with a new Symbian browser, latest version of Nokia Maps, etc. The latest firmware version can be downloaded from the Nokia Software Update or via. Over-The-Air (OTA). Check out the complete changelog, after the break.
- Symbian Browser v188.8.131.52
- Supports International Domain Names (IDNs)
- Nokia Maps v3.06
- Supports non-ASCII letters as Arabic or Chinese Such
- Gives a better overall browsing experience
To get this software through your device, select Applications > Software Update, and choose the software you want to update. You can even dial *#0000# and press options > Check for Updates to get this update. You may have to wait for few days or even for few weeks before this update is available in your region.
Even though Nokia X6 has support for User Data Preservation (UDP), you should backup all your data before updating this device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation. If you find something new in this update, then please share with us in the comments below.