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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.

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.

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.

Motorola Atrix 2 Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update In India

Motorola Atrix 2 is the successor of the popular Motorola Atrix smartphone. It features a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM and so on. Motorola Atrix 2 was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS during the Q4 of 2011. Earlier this year, Motorola launched this handset in India with a price tag of Rs.21,000 in India.

The manufacturer has already promised the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device, however it was delayed for several months. Now, Motorola has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Atrix 2 owners. Currently, this update is available only in India and it will be rolled out in other markets in the coming days.

The latest update is numbered 672.1.18.MB865.AsiaRetail.EN.03 and brings the usual ICS goodies along with some new features such as face unlock, customizable launch bar, direct access lock screen, data usage monitor, enhanced notifications window, recent apps feature, improved settings and enhanced email experience. It also improves Bluetooth audio quality while listening to music, Mobile Hotspot performance and much more.

The size of the update is 257 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). We advise you to backup all of your data and use a Wi-Fi network before updating this 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 750 (Tab 10.1) Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update In India

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab 750 in India. It is nothing but the Indian variant of the company’s popular tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This device was shipped with the Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 was the first device to get the Android 4.0 OS. However, Samsung has already rolled out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 international variant.

Now, we have good news for the Galaxy Tab 750 owners in India. After waiting for a couple of weeks, Samsung has finally rolled out the Android 4.0 ICS update in India. 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 size of the update is and it 232.71 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). If OTA update is failed, you can even connect your device to your computer and update it using the Samsung Kies software. According to the company, settings for music playlist, APN, Samsung account and more will be reset during the update, so we advise you to backup all of your data before updating the device. You should also make sure that your battery has at least 50% charge.

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. Samsung Galaxy 730, the Indian variant of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is expected to the the Android 4.0 ICS update in the coming weeks.

Sprint Rolling Out Software Updates For EVO 4G LTE And Motorola Photon 4G

Sprint recently rolled out a couple of software updates for the popular HTC EVO 4G LTE and Motorola Photon 4G smartphones. Google Wallet service on the EVO 4G LTE was broken from the day one. Thankfully, the latest update fixes this issue. On the other hand, the software update for Motorola Photon 4G brings support for full HD (1080p) video recording and playback.

The latest update for EVO 4G LTE is numbered 1.22.651.3 and it comes with important enhancements and fixes for Google Wallet, Wifi disconnect issue, time zone issue and much more. The Motorola Photon 4G software update brings enhancements for WiFi hotspot, improved music playback and so on. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

HTC EVO 4G LTE Update:

Description of enhancements/fixes:

  • Google security updates
  • Wifi disconnect issue
  • Time zone issue
  • Google Wallet fix
  • Side loaded video pause issue
  • Random power cycling issue
  • Pioneer Bluetooth Car Kit connection issu
  • Gallery app crash
  • Calendar reminder (all day even time) issue

Motorola Photon 4G Update

  • More easily import contacts from SD card.
  • Improved music playback, both streaming from Amazon Cloud or Internet Radio services and music saved to the phone – minimizes occasional skips or -repeats
  • Enhancements for WiFi hotspot in GSM/UMTS mode and adding new WiFi connections.
  • Now supports 1080p HD video capture, and enhanced video settings for more responsive playback.
  • Easier creating and accepting calendar meeting notices on the phone.

The size of the update for HTC EVO 4G LTE is just 42 MB. These updates will be easily available via Over-The-Air (OTA). 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.

International Galaxy S III Gets The Second OTA Update

The Samsung Galaxy S III is the company’s latest flagship device which needs no introduction. This handset is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. This device was announced and launched in most of the Asian and European markets in May 2012. The Samsung Galaxy S III is already available for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile customers in the US, while the Verizon and US Cellular subscribers will have to wait for a few days.

Last month, Samsung rolled out the first software update for its flagship handset. There wasn’t any noticeable changes, but the update brought some stability and performance improvements. Now, the manufacturer is rolling out the second software update for this device. However, this update will be available only for the international variant of Galaxy S III. If you have recently purchased this device from your favorite carrier on contract, then you are out of luck.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has the option to change the screen brightness just by holding the notification bar for a second and moving it to left to decrease or right to increase the brightness. Sadly, this option was missing in the company’s latest flagship device. After receiving complaints of auto brightness not working properly on the Galaxy S III, the company has rolled out a new update which solves this problem.

The latest update brings a new widget which lets you toggle automatic brightness. It also allows you to manually adjust the brightness using a slider. Apart from these changes, the new software update comes with extra sound icons in the device options menu for silent, vibrate and normal, improved AccuWeather widget, additional digital clock widget and so on.

The size of the update is 72.68 MB and the build number is I9300XXLFB. This update is available only via Over-The-Air (OTA). 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 might take some days for the update to be available in your region. On the other hand, carrier branded Galaxy S III will have to wait for few weeks, until the testing is done.

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Sony Xperia S Gets The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Earlier this year, Sony announced the stunning Xperia S smartphone. This handset was announced and showcased at the Consumer Electronics show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. It is the first smartphone in the new Sony Xperia NXT series. Sony Xperia S comes with 4.3 inch HD display, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, 12 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, NFC (Near Field Communication) and much more. However, most of smartphone buyers were disappointed because Sony shipped this amazing smartphone with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

sony xperia s

Sony already announced that Xperia S will get the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update between late May and early June. However, the update got delayed due to some unknown reasons. Now, Sony has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 ICS update for the first smartphone of Sony Xperia NXT series.

Apart from the new features found in Ice Cream Sandwich, this update brings some enhanced apps such as the Walkman, Album and Movies which increase the media capabilities of the Xperia S smartphone. The Walkman app uses the company’s audio technology and social features to help you discover music your friends like and share your personal favorites, while the Album app allows you to sort your photos and videos more quickly and easily.

The size of the update is 200 MB. This update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). Alternatively, you can also update your Xperia S manually, just by connecting your device to the computer and use the Sony’s Bridge software. It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. This update might take some days to reach all the region and carrier-specific variants. Have you received this update yet? Let us know in the comments section below.

Samsung Exhibit II 4G Gets The Android 2.3.6 Update

Last year, Samsung launched the Android powered Samsung Exhibit II 4G smartphone. This handset is exclusively available for the T-Mobile subscribers in the US. Samsung Exhibit II 4G is the successor of the popular Samsung Exhibit 4G smartphone. It was originally shipped with the Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. It was later updated to the Android 2.3.5 OS.

Now, T-Mobile is rolling out a new update for the Samsung Exhibit II 4G smartphone. This update does not brings the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. However, the latest update is numbered T679UVLE1 and it bumps the device to Android 2.3.6 OS. It also re-brands the smartphone from Samsung Exhibit II 4G to Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G. Check out the complete changelog below.

samsung exhibit ii 4g

Changelog:

New Features:

  • Re-brand to Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G

Improvements:

  • Google Security Fix
  • Device stability improvements
  • Wi-Fi Calling audio improvements
  • Camera app improvements
  • Swype corporate email improvements

The size of the update is just 33 MB. This update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air) and KIES. If you still haven’t received the update, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. This update will be available till June 15, 2012. To learn more, head over to this page.

Xperia Arc And Xperia Neo Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update

Last month, Sony rolled out the Android 4.0 update for the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Ray and Xperia Neo V smartphones. The company has also confirmed that the popular Xperia Play gaming smartphone will not get the Android 4.0 update. This is definitely a bad news for the Xperia Play owners, but we have good news for the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo owners.

xperia arc

Sony has finally rolled out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo smartphones. The latest update is numbered 4.1.B.0.431 and it bumps the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo to Android 4.0.4 OS. It comes with some usability improvements and applications multitasking, Face Recognition (Face Unlock), mobile data management, improved text input and spell checking, improved menu structure and much more.

Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will need to manually update your phone, just by connecting you phone to the computer. It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. If you find any new features after updating your device, then do let us know in the comments section below.