Earlier this month, Engadget got tipped from a source that Google will start rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Nexus S 4G. Last week, Google started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 update for quite a few of its devices including the Galaxy Nexus, Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi edition and the Nexus S. However, none of the Nexus S 4G users reported that they got the update on their handset.
Over the weekend, the folks over at BriefMobile managed to get their hands on the Android 4.0.4 update for the Nexus S 4G. The update includes new WiMAX radios, which supposedly improves the network reception and data transfer speed. Readers can also find a manual installation guide over at BriefMobile.
The Android 4.0.4 update brings with it quite a few changes, including performance and stability improvements, faster camera app and camera quality improvements, smoother animations, a new power menu, bug fixes and more. The whole change-log of the Android 4.0.4 update can be found here.
Hot on the heels of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II, and the value pack update for the Galaxy S, Sammy has started rolling out the value pack update for the Galaxy W as well. The new Value pack update for the Galaxy W does not bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the handset, but does bring many of the features introduced by Google in ICS.
Like the value pack update for the Galaxy S, the update for the Galaxy W brings Face Unlock with blink detection, the ability to click pictures while shooting a video, ending a call by using the power key, the ability to increase the font size in Contacts, Calendar and a few other apps. The update also improves the overall performance and stability of the phone.
The update is already live in Europe and a few other regions of the world. Galaxy W owners can install the Value pack update on their handset by either using KIES 2.0 or wait for the OTA update to hit their phone.
Via – SamMobile
After more than a month of delay, Google finally pushed the Android 4.0.4 update to the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus (GSM) and the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi variant. Along with this, the company also pushed the Android 4.0.4 to AOSP. The kernel sources are not yet pushed, but Android developer, JB, has promised to push it to AOSP as soon as possible. The factory images for Android 4.0.4 for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S also available for download. While there is no official change-log available for the Android 4.0.4 update, Jean states that there are more than a hundred minor fixes in this update.
I manually installed the Android 4.0.4 update on my Galaxy Nexus, and have noticed quite a few minor but welcome changes. Firstly, after installing the update the whole phone felt a lot snappier. The animations are also faster now, and the slow auto-rotation animation and the lag for the auto-rotation to kick-in have also been fixed.
According to the Galaxy Nexus users over at XDA forums, the update also improves the camera performance of the handset. Not only does the phone take better quality pictures with less noise, it focuses properly before capturing them. The update also contains a new radio, which improves the network reception depending on your location. One of the most important changes in the update is a much-improved auto-brightness. On Android 4.0.2/3, the auto-brightness extremely wonky! It would turn down the brightness to almost 0, and gave the whole screen a very blueish tint. Thankfully, this issue has been fixed in this update.
There are a lot of other bug fixes as well in the Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Nexus like the multi-touch bug, keyboard bug, the Android OS battery drain bug and more.
Remember the new incoming firmware update for the Asus Transformer Prime that was going to bring “awesome” new features to the tablet? Well, Asus has started rolling out the new software update for Prime owners to enjoy.
The new update (v188.8.131.52) brings includes changes like the ability to access the notification bar from the lock screen, an updated version of Asus Vibe with a new UI and more content, the ability to update the camera firmware independently, the ability to select portrait or landscape mode while viewing content over HDMI via the Prime.
One of the most important and requested features by Prime owners is the support for Ad-hoc Wi-Fi networks. Post this update; Prime owners can also connect their tablet to the Internet by using the Ethernet cable. You need the USB to Ethernet to plug-in the Ethernet cable though. Other than this, the update also includes the new re-branded Google apps, including the Google Play Music, Play Store, Play Books and Play Movies.
While the update does bring some nice new features, none of them are really “awesome” enough. Nevertheless, kudos to Asus for continuously pushing software updates to the Transformer Prime.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
A couple of weeks ago, Samsung had announced that after it starts rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II, it will also roll-out a new firmware update for the Galaxy S. The new firmware update will not bring Ice Cream Sandwich update, but instead is a ‘value pack’ upgrade which contains some Ice Cream Sandwich.
This includes Face Unlock, an improved TouchWIZ launcher, a new lock screen, faster performance and the ability to click pictures while shooting a video. The Photo editor found in the Galaxy S II, is also bundled in this update. At the moment, this ‘value pack’ firmware update is only available for the Galaxy S owners in Korea.
Samsung will hopefully start rolling out the update to other regions of the world soon. To install the firmware on their handset, users need to use Samsung’s KIES 2.0 software. Sammy will also be releasing the ‘value pack’ firmware update for other Android powered Galaxy handsets including the Galaxy M, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy K/U.
Asus Transformer Prime owners, here is a surprise for you! Earlier today, Asus announced via its Facebook page that it would soon be releasing a new firmware update for the Prime with “awesome new features”. The company did not reveal much information as to what these awesome new features are, so it’s anybody’s guess at the moment.
The Asus Transformer Prime was released last year, and was the successor to the original Transformer. It was also the first tablet available to the public to use a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. However, soon after its launch the Prime was plagued with GPS and Wi-Fi issues which made a dent in its sale. The company however has since then released numerous software updates to improve the GPS performance of the device. The Prime was also among the first Android tablets to get updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, ahead of the Motorola XOOM.
Unlike other Android tablet makers, who simply release a tablet and then release either maintenance update or Android OS updates, it is nice to see Asus taking a different approach. No wonder the company is aiming to be the number 1 Android tablet maker!
Remember the Archos G9 Ice Cream Sandwich update? Well, apparently the update while adding many new features and enhancements, also introduced some new bugs. Post the update, Archos G9 users faced Wi-Fi connection issues on their tablet, with the tablet refusing to connect to any Wi-Fi network or disconnecting frequently.
There were other issues as well, like the HDMI output not working properly, VPN connection failing and the touch screen not responding to multi-touches properly. The battery life of the tablet was also affected, because of the device not going into suspend mode properly once Bluetooth was enabled. Thankfully, Archos has been quick to react to the complaints of its users, and has released a new firmware update for its tablets that fixes the above issues. Below is the full change-log of the update -:
- Wi-Fi: fix slow throughput and disconnections happening on some access points
- HDMI: solve no sound or no video output issue on some TVs
- Bluetooth: make sure Bluetooth does not prevent device suspend
- VPN: fix VPN connection failing
- Touchscreen: avoid loss of first finger touch while tapping with second finger
The update is already live, and Archos G9 owners can download the update manually by going to Settings -> About and then selecting the Software Updates option.
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.
- 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 184.108.40.2062.
- V CAST Apps is now updated to version 220.127.116.11.
- 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.