Motorola has started rolling out a new software update for the MOTOACTV, a device aimed at active people. The new software update (v4.55.xx) brings in quite a few changes, including an improved battery life, and some new features, which quite a few people would appreciate.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
Longer Battery Life
MOTOACTV’s indoor/outdoor battery life is now better than ever before with up to 9 hours of
uninterrupted workout time outdoors.
Battery Status Bar
Now you can now see how long your battery will last via the handy Status Bar. Just monitor your
percentage and make the most of your workout time!
Workout Screen Lock
Ever activate your Workout Screen through accidental contact? Problem solved. Now you can lock it to
prevent unwanted display activation. Just Double Press the Power key to lock and unlock your workout
Enhanced Auto-Pause and Auto-Run
Now you can take a break from the action and pause your workout manually, even if Auto-Pause is
enabled. You can also choose between indoor/outdoor Auto-Run options.
Repeat a Planned Workout
You’re now free to repeat a planned workout even if it had been previously started.
Additional Enhancements Include:
- WAHOO BLE HRM Strap support has been added.
- Enhanced syncing planned interval workouts to MOTOACTV.com.
- Workout metrics have been reordered for easier searching.
- Improved WiFi syncing when multiple networks are configured.
- Optimized list of workout metrics so you can search for your favorites easier.
- Pressing the BACK key on any Home screen brings up the watch face.
MOTOACTV owners need to connect their device to their PC so that they can update it, since it does not support OTA updates.
While the MOTOACTV is a very good device for fitness freaks, I personally cannot justify spending 249.99$ on it. Using fitness apps like Endomondo or Runkeeper on my Android handset gives me the same functionality as MOTOACTV.
Motorola has started rolling out a new software update for the AT&T’s Atrix 2. Yes, the company did release a successor to the original Atrix. Talk about spamming the market with handsets, and then not even bothering to support them!
Anyways, the new software update for the Atrix 2 brings quite some changes, including a minor bump in the Android OS version to 2.3.6.
Below is the official change-log of the update -:
Camera – Enhancements to deliver better overall picture taking experience so you never miss a moment.
Google Music – Addition of Google Music application so you have greater access to the world of music. Shop millions of songs and hundreds of free tracks. Store your purchases on Google Music for free, and listen instantly on your mobile device.
My Gallery/My Music/My Files – Re-naming of Motorola Gallery, Music, and Files applications for easy access in the Applications Tray
Device Security – Enhancements to deliver greater device security, including addition of Android security patches from Google and Cisco Any Connect VPN enablers.
Emergency Alerts – Enhancement to allow you to receive emergency alerts from authorities such as Hurricane warning notifications.
Amazon Kindle – Enhancement to include link to app for quick and easy method to access your library of Amazon digital books as well as access to the entire Amazon library.
AT&T Messages – Enhancement to include link to app for quick and easy method to give you access to all of your texts, calls and messages which have been stored in the cloud.
Keyboard – Improvements to keyboard functionality for better email experience.
Mobile Hotspot – Improved stability for better overall performance
Webtop – Enhancements to improve stability and better overall performance
As readers can see from the change-log above, the v55 software update does bring quite a lot of enhancements which would be welcomed by the few Atrix 2 users out there.
Last year, LG launched the Android powered LG Optimus Black in most of the European countries as well as in India. This handset comes with an unique NOVA display, which is designed to be the brightest, clearest and most readable among mobile screens with 700 nits of brightness for optimal visibility. The LG Optimus Black was originally launched with the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System.
This handset was expected to get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update last year, but it was delayed due to some unknown reasons. After waiting for nearly a year, the LG Optimus Black owners in Europe and India has a reason to cheer. LG has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for the powerful LG Optimus Black smartphone. Check out the complete changelog below.
- Improved power management
- Enhanced mobile gaming experience
- Improved UI to enable faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience
- One-touch word selection and copy/paste:
- Better Download management
- Support for new media formats such as AAC, AVC, MPEG 4 and H263
- New features and other improvements: active app management, shortcuts, widgets, icons, app groups, updated calendar options, camera geotagging, better email synching and more precise camera auto-focus.
- App updates and pre-loaded Google Plus app
This update is currently available only via LG Update tool. Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). 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 something new, please let us know in the comments section below.
Samsung has started rolling out the Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update for its phone-cum-tablet hybrid device – the Galaxy Note. For the unnoted, the Note comes with a massive 5.3-inch screen with 720p HD resolution, an even bigger battery – 2500mAh, a blazing fast 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and an ARM Mali-400MP GPU.
The update is being rolled out in quite a few regions of the world including India. The new firmware updateis not being rolled out via OTA. Instead, users need to use Samsung’s KIES software to update their Note to Android 2.3.6.
The Android 2.3.6 update for the Note does not bring any major changes, but does fix a number of bugs including the random reboots and lags in certain areas of the phone. Quite a few Note owners have also reported an improvement in the overall performance, stability and battery life of the handset.
Samsung has already confirmed that the company will be updating the Galaxy Note to Ice Cream Sandwich. Galaxy Note owners should get the Ice Cream Sandwich update soon after the company releases the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II.
Sprint recently started rolling out a minor software update for the HTC EVO 3D. The carrier and the company also promised that it will roll out minor software updates for all other handsets which will remove the Carrier IQ ‘spyware’ from these devices.
Apart from removing Carrier IQ, the update also brings some other minor enhancements. Below is the full change-log for all the devices the update is being rolled out -:
HTC EVO 4G
- Security Update
- Updated Peep client ( to align with Twitter)
- Battery life improvements
HTC EVO Design 4G
- Security Update
- Updated Peep client (to align with Twitter)
- Updated Sprint Zone client
- Battery life improvements
- 3LM Enterprise Tool Access (no user interface changes)
Samsung Epic 4G
- Security update
- Speaker feedback fix
- The QIK and Asphalt 5 applications are no longer preloaded. When opening the applications using the application icon, you will be redirected to the Android market to download and install the full application.
The update is being rolled out in stages so it may not pop up on your Android device immediately. Sprint will also roll out software updates for the remaining Android devices under its network to remove the Carrier IQ spyware from them.
HTC has started rolling out a new, relatively minor, software update for its first ever-3D phone on Sprint’s network – the EVO 3D. No, its not the Ice Cream Sandwich update which the EVO 3D owners might be hoping for. The new software update carries the version number 2.17.651.5 and does not bring any major changes, except for a new radio/baseband, improving the battery life and perhaps, most importantly removing the Carrier IQ spyware.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
+ Removes Carrier IQ
+ Updated Baseband
+ Minor performance improvements
+ Improved battery life
The update is being rolled out via OTA and in stages, so you might not get the update immediately.
An official spokesperson from HTC has also confirmed that the Taiwanese handset manufacturer will be releasing software updates for all of its handsets available under the Sprint network in the coming weeks that will remove the Carrier IQ app. Sprint also confirmed the same and said that software updates to remove Carrier IQ for other handsets under its network are also coming soon.
Motorola has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original XOOM, the first ever tablet to release with Honeycomb on-board. The IML77 build of Ice Cream Sandwich update is being rolled out to all the general users, unlike the last ‘soak test’ update that was meant only for XOOM owners who had signed up for it.
The ‘soak test’ build and the public release build have the same version number, so there should be no differences between them. The update is only being rolled out to the Wi-Fi variants of the XOOM in the United States though. Hopefully, the 4G LTE variant’s update should not be far away, and the roll-out of the ICS update for the XOOMs in other regions of the world should happen sometime in the next few weeks.
The Ice Cream Sandwich update will bring with it quite a lot of new goodies for XOOM owners to enjoy including a redesigned app launcher, an updated and faster web-browser, improved text input and spell-checking, continuous voice to text support, the ability to dismiss notifications with a swipe, a redesigned gallery with an editor and much more. The whole change-log for the update can be found here.
While not the first, Motorola made sure that the XOOM is among the first Android tablets to get some Ice Cream Sandwich love.
Back in 2010, AT&T announced the Android powered Samsung Captivate smartphone. This handset is the AT&T’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S. The Samsung Captivate originally runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS. However, this handset was updated to the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS during the Q1 of 2011. Now, Samsung has amazed the Samsung Captivate owners by rolling out the much-awaited Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update. Check out the complete changelog below.
- Download management
- New layout for larger fonts
- Word prediction, multi-touch for numerical input
- One-touch word selection and copy/paste
- Fixed Top-menu in Gmail
- Voice Search added into the search categories
- Vertical play mode added to YouTube
- 3D graphic driver updates
- Additional Khronos standard such as OpenSL ES, EGL for better multimedia performance
- Concurrent Garbage Collector technology embedded to reduce lags in games
- Being able to show your face in public
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. 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. To learn more, head over to this page.
Last week, Asus confirmed that it will be start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Transformer Prime, which is the world’s first quad-core tablet, beginning from January 12th.
Now, the company has announced via its Facebook page that it will also be releasing the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Transformer as soon as possible after it starts rolling out the ICS Prime update.
Below is the official statement from Asus -:
ICS 4.0 will be coming to existing Eee Pad Transformer TF101. Exact date TBC but we are working on making the FOTA update available a.s.a.p. after Jan 12th launch with Prime TF201.
Looking at how things are going, Asus will become the first Android tablet manufacturer to update its tablets to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. All other ‘big’ manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola should learn a lesson or two from Asus, on how to quickly update their devices to the latest version of Android.
Research In Motion has announced via their blog about the launch of the new BlackBerry 7.1 OS. Even though the bump in the OS version is quite minor, the BB 7.1 OS update does bring in quite a lot of new features and changes.
With BB 7.1, RIM finally allows users to use their BlackBerry handset as a Mobile Hotspot. Other new features include FM radio support on Curve 9360 and 9380, universal search throughout the OS (finally!), the ability to share contacts, media file and even invite friends to BBM via NFC, dubbed as BlackBerry Tag by RIM. The BBM client, BlackBerry Travel, Traffic and the BlackBerry Maps app have also been updated to the latest version.
In the United States and other regions of the world where applicable, BB owners would also be able to make calls via Wi-Fi, if their network operator allows for it.
RIM has already started rolling out the BB OS 7.1 update to carriers all around the world beginning from today and will continue the roll-out in the coming weeks as well.