Asus Transformer Ice Cream Sandwich Update Goes Live!

Good news Transformer owners! Asus has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Transformer (TF101).

Below is the official statement from Asus on Facebook -:

Asus had initially stated that it will update the Transformer to Ice Cream Sandwich in January. However, the company had to push back the update to February for some unknown reason. Last week, it looked like the company was again delaying the ICS update for the Transformer, but thankfully Asus has managed to prove us wrong.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Transformer should bring in a noticeable improvement in the performance of the tablet, along with UI changes. The update is being rolled out via OTA, so a new software update notification should pop up on your Transformer sometime soon. The update is already live in the United States, and will go live in the United Kingdom from tomorrow.

With the Transformer’s ICS update rolling out, Asus is the only tablet manufacturer out there that has updated all its tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola has only updated one variant of the XOOM to Ice Cream Sandwich, while Samsung is yet to update any of its tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich.

If you have root access on your Transformer, you can install the Ice Cream Sandwich update manually by following the instructions mentioned here.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Update Now Available For Download

Last year, Research In Motion (RIM) launched its first tablet device, the BlackBerry Playbook. It was the first device to run on the BlackBerry PlayBook OS. The worldwide sales of BlackBerry PlayBook was highly disappointing. The company also reduced the price of this device by 50% in most of the European, American and Asian markets, including the UK, US, Canada and India.

RIM recently announced the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 for the existing BlackBerry PlayBook owners. According to the company, the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 delivers an enhanced tablet experience and allows you to use the BlackBerry PlayBook in new ways throughout the day. Check out the complete features after the break.

blackberry playbook os 2.0

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Features;

Integrated email client with a powerful unified inbox: The new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 comes with a unified inbox that combines all messages in one place. You will not only find emails from your personal and work accounts, but you will also find messages from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter in the unified inbox.

Social Integration with Calendar and Contacts apps: The built-in calendar collects information from social networks and makes it available where and when users need it. The contact apps gets the updated information from social networking sites and create a consolidated view of contacts.

Updated BlackBerry Bridge app: The unique BlackBerry Bridge allows you to connect the BlackBerry PlayBook and core apps on your BlackBerry smartphone, including the BBM, Email, Contacts, Calendar and Browser, so that you can view the content on the larger display. The updated BlackBerry Bridge app also provides a new remote control feature that allows a BlackBerry smartphone to be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse for a BlackBerry PlayBook.

Improved mobile productivity: The new BlackBerry PlayBook OS comes with an updated virtual keyboard with auto correction and predictive next word completion for more accurate typing. It also comes with an updated document editing functions, the new Print To Go app and BlackBerry Balance.

New apps and content: BlackBerry PlayBook users can now access thousands of Android apps on their BlackBerry tablet. The company also launched the new BlackBerry Video Store which will be initially available in the United States. The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 also comes with enhanced web browsing capabilities.

The new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update is currently available as a free download for all BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. You will receive a notification on the PlayBook status ribbon as soon as the update is available for your device. You can also manually check for update under Software Updates in the settings menu.

Motorola Droid X Gets a Software Update

It looks like Motorola has not yet forgotten the Droid X! The company will soon start rolling out a new software update for the handset, which squashes some serious bugs and improves the browser security as well. Other serious bugs like the device getting reset while playing music, fewer out of memory errors, improved stability of Music player, improved 3G Mobile Hotspot data connectivity have also been fixed.

The update with the version number 4.5.621 mainly fixes bugs that were introduced in the last software update for the handset, which was released nearly 8 months ago. Yeah, it took Motorola 8 months to roll out another software update to fix the bugs it introduced in the last software update.

Below is the full change-log of the update -:

The update is not yet live, but should go live in the next few days. The update will be rolled out via OTA, and users can manually check for the update by going into Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates -> Download.

Asus Transformer Prime Gets Another Software Update; Improves Battery Life!

The Transformer Prime was released by Asus in late December last year, and has already got several software updates from the company. In fact, in recent time the Prime is the most updated Android device out there in the market, and that is in a good way.

Now, Asus has again started rolling out another software for the Prime, which apparently improves the battery life of the tablet. Other than this, Asus has not mentioned anything as to what the update changes, but Prime owners should expect the usual performance and stability enhancements. Quite a few Prime owners on XDA are reporting that this new update fixed the random reboots, improved the Wi-Fi performance and the battery life of the tablet noticeably for them. The update breaks root, so use Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper from the Market to preserve root access, after the update is installed.

The software update carries the version number 9.4.2.14, and should be available to all Prime owners effective immediately. The update is being rolled out only in the United States at the moment, so Prime owners in other region of the world might not see the update pop up on their tablet.

Samsung Continuum Gets Android 2.2 FroYo Update! Yes, FROYO!

Samsung Continuum users, here is some good news for you! Samsung and Verizon have started rolling out the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the handset, proving that they have not forgotten that they ever released this disastrous handset! Yes, it’s the FroYo update and not Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich update. Android 2.2 FroYo update after nearly 2 years since the OS was announced by Google. Talk about fragmentation!

As expected, the change-log of the update is massive and apart from adding new features, it also fixes some bugs and installs more bloatware on your phone. Since the update is pretty big and contains a lot of changes, it is being rolled out in two parts by Verizon. The EB01 software update will prepare the phone for the FroYo update, while the EC09 update installs the FroYo update, and enhances some of the existing features.

Below is the full change-log of the update -:

If Continuum owners are expecting that their handset might even get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, then frankly you people are expecting too much. On one hand, I must say I am impressed by Samsung and Verizon that they updated the Continuum to Froyo, which probably no one cares about now. On the other hand, the Continuum should be getting the Gingerbread update right now. The handset’s hardware is perfectly capable of running Gingerbread, like its single-screened sibling, Fascinate.

AT&T Motorola Atrix Gets A Software Update

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.

Motorola ATRIX

Changelog:

  • 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.

Acer Iconia A200 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Rolling Out Now

Apart from selling PCs and laptops, Acer also manufactures Android powered handsets and tablets. While its Android devices have not exactly managed to gain as much popularity as the company would have hoped for, Acer still continues to support them.

Now, it looks like Acer has started rolling out the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Iconia A200 tablet. While the company has not officially confirmed the news, quite a few A200 owners are reporting that they have already got the Ice Cream Sandwich update on their tablet.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Iconia A200 brings with it an improved performance, new widgets, enhanced UI and more.

This update makes the A200 the first tablet from Acer to get the Ice Cream Sandwich update. It also makes the A200 among the first few Android tablets from any manufacturer to get the ICS update. Kudos to Acer for beating Samsung to this!

Hopefully, Acer will also be updating its other Iconia tablets like the A100, A500 to Ice Cream Sandwich, sooner than later.

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Google TV’s YouTube App Updated; Faster and Tons Of New Features Added

It looks like Google just does not want to give up on Google TV. GTV has had a disastrous start, and is the sole reason for Logitech’s huge losses last year, but the big-G is in no mood to leave the product alone.

Today, Google announced on the official Google TV blog that the company would start rolling out a new YouTube app for all GTV devices. The new app is way faster and smoother than the current version, and is also much easier to navigate around. The new version of the app also has many new features including, Discover, which as its name suggests allows for easier discovery of new content on YouTube.

The app now also allows users access to playlists and videos via the new channel pages of their favorite channels, see related videos from the same user by pressing the up/down button on their remote, and the ability to thumbs up a video or add it to any of your playlists, all while watching the video itself.

Owners of various Google TV devices can update the in-built YouTube app using the Android Market.

 

Motorola Droid Xyboard’s Getting Software Updates; Enables Global Roaming!

The awkwardly named Droid Xyboard(s) tablets – 8.2 and 10.1 – from Motorola are receiving software updates, which adds quite a lot of new features to the tablets.

Below is the official change-log from Motorola and Verizon -:

  • Enhanced browser performance to improve scrolling.
  • Improved touch response.
  • Maintain data connection when switching between Wi-Fi and the Verizon 3G and 4G LTE networks.
  • Successfully connect to 4G LTE network and see the 4G LTE indicator.
  • The Daily application now comes preloaded.
  • Device is now capable of Global Roaming.
  • Email & Messaging
  • Successfully open links in email without device needing to reboot.
  • Accessories
  • Keyboard function supported in docking station.

The software update enables global roaming on both the tablets, which make the Xyboard’s first device on Verizon’s network to be capable of this feat. The update also enhances Stylus support on the 10.1-inch Xyboard. The update is being rolled out via OTA, and Xyboard owners, if any, should get it within the next couple of weeks.

Motorola still has not mentioned anything as to when it plans to update the Xyboard to Ice Cream Sandwich. Both the tablets are also known as the XOOM 2 in some regions of the world, and come with Honeycomb pre-installed.

Asus Transformer Prime Getting Another Software Update; Fixes Random Reboot Issues

Asus has again started rolling out a new software update – Build 9.4.2.12 – for its latest and greatest tablet, the Transformer Prime. The update is being rolled out for the Prime owners in the United States, and fixes the random reboot issue which many users faced after installing the Ice Cream Sandwich update.

Other than this, the update also improves the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance of the tablet. The update also includes a new Kernel, which should hopefully improve the overall performance and stability of the Prime.

Prime owners who are expecting this update to fix the poor GPS performance on their tablet, should really give up their hopes. Asus has already acknowledged the poor GPS performance on the Prime, due to a design over-look, and has removed the GPS feature from the official spec sheet of the tablet.

Asus will also start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for Prime owners from or after February 17th. Asus is perhaps the only Android tablet manufacturer, which not only prices its tablet decently, but also provides proper after-sales support by updating them to the latest version of Android.