Last month, Verizon rolled out a software update for the Motorola Droid 4 smartphone. Verizon will soon roll out a software update for its predecessor, the Motorola Droid 3. The size of the update is 224.8MB. However, this update does not bring the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. With just 512 MB of RAM, Motorola Droid 3 is not expected to get the Android 4.0 update in the future.
The latest update is numbered 5.7.906.XT862 and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). It comes with a Google security patch, improvements to the camera’s auto-focus, pre-loaded VZ Navigator 3D City app and much more. Check out the complete changelog below.
- A Google Security Patch has been added to improve the security level.
- Fixed issue where the device may power ON without user interaction.
- Avoid device interruption when accessing an application prior to the storage being fully mounted on the device.
- Improvements in device stability help avoid device power cycles.
- When connected to a Bluetooth headset or HDMI cable, the device will no longer lock up and power cycle.
- Improvements to the camera’s auto focus will reduce the shutter response time and enhance the quality of captured imagery.
- Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
- Use a wired headset without the interruption of a high pitched tone.
- Plus code dialing has been enhanced, improving the experience while traveling.
Applications & Widgets:
- Playback media can be heard while using a Bluetooth headset.
- Place a call to the appropriate recipient using the contact widget.
- When moving applications to the SD card, shortcuts to these Apps will remain.
- After updating the contact database from the Messaging App, the Messaging UI will display the latest contact information.
- Successfully post and play videos on Facebook.
- Purchased ringtones are now able to be downloaded, saved and used where appropriate.
- Contact pictures display properly in Google Voice.
- VZ Navigator 3D City is now preloaded.
- Resolved excessive data usages and continuous downloading for VZ Navigator 3D City downloads.
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.
Nokia has started rolling out a new “Quality Improvement” software update for its Belle powered handsets. While Nokia has not released any specific change-log, reports from users suggests that the update mainly fixes some bugs and makes some under the hood Qt files related changes.
The update is only 8KB in size, which indicates that the changes brought about from this update is minor in nature. The update can only be installed using the ‘Software Update’ application found in nearly all the Nokia Belle powered handsets.
In other Nokia related news, the company has confirmed that its latest camera flagship – the Pure View 808 – will be available in select markets, including Russia and India, sometime in May. Below is the official press release from Nokia -:
Nokia today confirmed that the Nokia 808 PureView will start rolling out in select markets in May. The first markets to begin selling the Nokia 808 PureView include Russia and India.
While Nokia has not mentioned anything, the Pure View 808 should soon be available in some other regions of the world as well where Nokia has a pretty decent market share and lots of fan boys including U.K and Finland, its home country.
Last year, Motorola launched the Android powered Cliq 2 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the popular Motorola Cliq smartphone. It was launched exclusively for the T-Mobile customers in the US. The Motorola Cliq 2 originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. After waiting for a year, Motorola finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS.
Sadly, this device will never get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the future. Motorola Cliq 2 owners will need to manually update their device, since the software update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). This update comes with improved cursor control, UI performance improvements, battery fixes, improved Wi-Fi hotspot signal and so on. Check out the complete changelog below.
- Improved Cursor Control
- Improved Word Selection and Copy
- Number and Symbol Shortcuts
- Sleep Mode
- Dock Icon Functionality
- App Groups
- Rich Location App
- App and Power Management Details
- Download Manager App
- New User Interface Icons
- Tasks App Enhancements
- Browser Search Engine
- Emergent Groups and Smart Contacts
- Updated Calendar Options
- Device Control Capabilities Through 3LM
- UI performance Improvements
- Battery Fixes
- Wi-Fi Calling Implemented fixes to improve reliability.
- Wi-Fi Hotspot Signal Improved
It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You should also make sure that the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. To manually update the Motorola Cliq 2 smartphone, head over to this page.
HTC has once again started rolling out a new software update for the international variant of the One X, that aims at improving the performance of the handset and fix some minor bugs. While HTC has not provided any official change-log for the update, one major change in the update is that HTC has enabled GPU Rendering by default on the handset.
For some strange reason, HTC had disabled GPU rendering by default on the One X previous to the 1.29 software update. Considering GPU rendering is one of the biggest under-the-hood changes in Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC really had to be insane to disable it. The company only allowed GPU acceleration in certain applications including some from Google and a few benchmarking apps. Otherwise, only those apps that specifically enabled GPU rendering in their manifest.xml were harnessing the power of the GPU instead of the CPU. There was no way to force GPU acceleration on all applications, like it is on the Galaxy Nexus and other Ice Cream Sandwich running handsets.
Thankfully, HTC has fixed this issue in the 1.29 software update. Some One X owners also suggest that the update brings about a slight improvement in the battery life of the handset as well.
Via – XDA-Developers
Late last week, we reported that owners of the newly released Sprint Galaxy Nexus were facing mobile data connectivity issues with the handset. While calls and SMS work just fine, the handset would just refuse to connect to Sprint’s 3G network. One Sprint representative confirmed the bug and stated that Sprint will try to release the update by early next week.
Thankfully, Sprint has managed to stick to its word and has started rolling out the FD02 software update for the Galaxy Nexus, which fixes the mobile data not connecting bug along with several other minor bugs. Below is the small change-log of the update -:
- Device not connecting to data services after activation
- Device not displaying correct network time after activation
- Google Wallet Update
Sprint aims at completing the roll-out of the software update in the next 1-2 days. Owners of Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus need to make sure that they are connected to a Wi-Fi network so that their handset can download the update. Hopefully, this update will fix the mobile data issues of Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus owners. Oh! and if you are wondering about the Android 4.0.4 update for the Sprint’s GNexus, then the handset runs on it right out of the box.
Back in October last year, Google and Samsung announced that the Galaxy Nexus will be coming to the United States and will remain exclusive to Verizon’s network for the first few months. This new definitely got a lot of Verizon customers happy as the big Red will finally sell a Nexus device that runs on stock Android.
Sadly, ever since the phone was released and a few minor updates were released by Google, people realized that the Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus is just another Android handset in the carrier’s range of handsets that don’t get timely Android updates. The Android 4.0.3 update never showed up for the Galaxy Nexus, and now nearly a month after the Android 4.0.4 update was released for the GSM variant of the Galaxy Nexus and a couple of other devices, Verizon has started rolling out the update for the GNexus under its network.
Considering the random reboot issue and other bugs present in Android 4.0.2, Verizon and Google should have rolled out the update ASAP, but the carrier took its own sweet time. The Android 4.0.4 update brings with it quite a lot of under the hood changes and bugfixes, including a fix for the random reboot issue, performance and stability improvements, faster auto-rotation and more. The update also contains a new radio which should improve the 4G LTE network reception and the 4G to 3G hand-off on the Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus.
Verizon is first rolling out the update for Galaxy Nexus owners on the corporate plan, and will roll out the update to other GNexus owners sometime from this week’s end.
Via – Droid-Life
Verizon and Sony have started rolling out a new software update for the Xperia Play (R800i) in the United States. If any Xperia Play owners are expecting that this update brings Ice Cream Sandwich to their handset, since Sony has already started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for some of its Xperia branded handsets then get ready for some disappointment.
The software update carrying the version number 4.0.2.E.0.57 brings Android 2.3.4 to the handset, along with certain new features including the ability to record videos in 720p resolution and bug fixes. Yes, Android 2.3.4 when Sony is releasing Ice Cream Sandwich to Xperia owners in rest of the world.
Below is the change-log of the update -:
- Verizon Wireless Video on Demand now comes preloaded.
- Improved user experience and new delivery method of preloaded games.
- When connected via Bluetooth®, the Music Player now supports Fast Forward and Rewind.
- VZ Navigator® has been updated with the latest 3D map improvements.
- Upgraded to Gingerbread 2.3.4 operating system.
- A long-press of the power button will successfully capture a screen shot.
- Charging issues forcing device to remain in landscape mode have been resolved.
- Recommended contacts now populate correctly when using the dialpad.
- Camera Improvements:
• Right trigger successfully captures a picture.
• Record video in 720p with continuous auto-focus.
- Device is now enabled with the Wireless Emergency Alerting System.
- Mobile Hotspot ID broadcast can be turned off to increase security.
Sony had rolled out a similar update
for the global version of the Xperia Play back in late November last year. I am not really sure what kind of testing the Verizon testers were doing that it took them nearly 6months to roll-out the same update.
A couple of months ago, Nokia rolled out a pretty big update for its first-ever MeeGo powered handset, the N9. The PR 1.2 update added a bunch of new features and enhancements including the ability to make video calls via the in-built Google Talk IM client, continuous auto-focus while recording videos and much more. Readers can find the full change-log of the update here.
Now, it looks like Nokia is again going to roll out a new software update for the N9 once again. Unlike the PR 1.2 software update, the PR 1.3 update will only include some performance and stability improvements along with bug-fixes. N9 users should not really get their hopes up of Nokia bringing in more features with the PR 1.3 update, as it will just be a minor update. Rumors suggest that Nokia will start rolling out the PR 1.3 update sometime at the end of May.
Meego/Harmattan developers can check out the PR 1.3 commit from Nokia over here to get an idea of what all changes the update will include.
Wi-Fi calling is a lifesaver for all T-Mobile customers, allowing them to make calls when they are in a no network zone or in areas with spotty T-Mobile coverage. However, the Wi-Fi calling feature has turned out to be a curse in disguise for owners of the recently launched HTC One S.
Apparently, there is a power management bug connected to the Wi-Fi calling feature of the One S that drains the battery of the handset. While most Android phones already suffer from poor battery life, the One S uses Qualcomm’ newer generation S4 processor which allows the phone to easily last through a day of heavy usage. However, this Wi-Fi calling battery drain bug effectively reduces the One S battery life to a few hours, thus making lives of its owners tough.
The silver lining is that a T-Mobile representative has confirmed that the bug indeed exists and that it will be fixed in a future software update. Now, all T-Mobile One S owners need to do is make sure they always are near a power outlet with their phone’s charger and pray that T-Mobile rolls out the update ASAP.
Back at CES, Sprint announced that it would soon be selling the Galaxy Nexus officially in the United States, and will be the second carrier after Verizon to do so. After a few months of complete silence, Sprint finally released the handset on April 18th for $199 along with a $50 credit in Google Wallet. The Galaxy Nexus sold pretty well, and was sold out within hours of its pre-order going live.
However, not all is rosy among Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus owners. Reports sugest that the Sprint’s version of the Galaxy Nexus is also suffering from network reception issue. The phone, apparently, has a very hard time connecting to the carrier’s 3G network.
The good news is that a Sprint’s community moderator has already confirmed that Sprint and Samsung are aware of the problem, and are working hard on rolling out a software update sometime next week. Below is the official statement -:
Sprint/Samsung are aware of this problem and will be releasing a software update to resolve the issue. Can’t commit to a date yet, but they are trying really hard to get it released early next week. Sorry for your troubles.
So yeah, if you own a Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus and are not able to connect to the carrier’s 3G network, just be a little patient for the software update to be available.