A few months ago, Sprint released their own version of the Nexus S, with WiMAX support dubbed as the Nexus S 4G. However, the phone had one major flaw. More often than not, the phone had trouble connecting to Sprint’s 4G network or even a Wi-Fi network. This problem did upset a lot of NS 4G owners, but it seemed like Sprint did not care.
Thankfully, Sprint did notice the issue and is finally going to release a software update for the Nexus S 4G. The software update will solve the radio issues; along with enhancing some features of the NS 4G. The software update will bump the Android build to GRJ90, and improve the Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity of the phone.
Along with this, the update will also include support for NFC Secure Element, which is required for the upcoming Google Wallet service. A 4G settings widget, NI Push support will also be on-board, post the update. The signal strength indicators have also been tuned in this update.
Sprint will start pushing the update to all Nexus S 4G handsets, beginning from 7th of July, and expects to complete the roll-out by the next four days.
Nokia recently released a new firmware update for its popular slide-out QWERTY phone, the Nokia N97 Mini. This update is a part of the set of upgrades, which was announced by Nokia last week for its Symbian 3.2 and Symbian 5.0 phones. The latest firmware is numbered 30.0.004 and it comes with the new web application, updated Ovi Maps, Emoticon support in messaging and much more.
This update also removes the Ovi Contacts from the Nokia N97 Mini handset and replace it with the new Nokia IM. The latest firmware version can be downloaded from the Nokia Software Update or via. Over-The-Air (OTA). Check out the complete changelog, after the break.
- Web application updated to 7.3 with new UI and updated WebKit engine
- Updated Ovi Maps 3 to Service Release 6 (also known as 3.06 / 3.6)
- Emoticon support in Messaging for SMS and MMS
- Smart dialler added to homescreen
- Updated version of Nokia Messaging with improved HTML support
- Ovi Contacts removed, intended replacement is Nokia IM
- General performance and stability improvements
The size of the update is around 17 MB. Even though Nokia N97 Mini has support for User Data Preservation (UDP), you should backup all your data before updating this device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation.
To get this software through your device, select Applications & Software Update, and choose the software you want to update or you can even dial *#0000# & press options > Check for Updates to get the update. You may have to wait for few days or weeks for the update to reach in your region. Stay tuned for more updates.
HTC has started rolling out an OTA update for the recently released Sensation. The OTA update carries the version number 1.35.401.1, and weighs in at around 28MB. The update will not unlock the boot loader on your Sensation, which many owners would have been hoping for.
The update does not bring any noticeable changes or a bump in Android version as well. In all probability, the update is aimed at fixing some bugs.
The update had leaked on the Internet a few days ago, and has already been tested by Sensation owners over at XDA forums. Post the update, Sensation owners found an improvement in GPS performance, along with an improvement in the charging time of the phone.
The update also improves the overall performance of the handset. However, there is still some lag when using the Sense 3.0 lock-screen or the launcher. The free3vo method to root the Sensation is also working, post the update.
At the moment, the OTA update is being released for the European version of the Sensation only. To update your sensational handset, users need to head over to Settings-> About Phone > System Updates, and select the Check for update option.
Sprint has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for Samsung’s first ever tablet the Galaxy Tab 7.
Even though the Galaxy Tab 7 was not a tablet in the true sense, Sammy still made sure to release the device under every network in the U.S. The Galaxy Tab 7 was dubbed by many as an enlarged version of the Samsung Galaxy S, and is powered by a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, and packs 512MB of RAM.
The new software release from Sprint (EF17) will bump the Android version to 2.3 Gingerbread and will also fix the HID Bluetooth bug. Along with this, Tab owners should also expect some improvement in the performance and battery life of the device.
The update is already available for download, and the Tab can be updated using the OTA (Over-The-Air) method.
To download the update, Tab owners should head over to Settings-> About My Galaxy Tab-> System Updates, and select the Update Firmware option. The update will then be automatically downloaded and installed.
Sprint aims to complete the Gingerbread update roll-out within the next 4 days.
Nokia recently released a new firmware update for its popular business phone, the Nokia E72. This handset features 2.36 inch display, full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera and more. The new software version is numbered 071.004 and it comes with updated web browser, Ovi maps, along with other performance improvements. You can easily download this firmware update from Nokia Software Update or via. Over-The-Air (OTA). Check out the complete changelog after the break.
- Web Browser updated to v220.127.116.11
- Ovi Maps updated to v3.04 10wk32 b04
- Smiley support in SMS / MMS
- Mail client updated to v3.13
- Performance improvement
To get this software through your device, select Applications > Software Update, and choose the software you want to update or you can even dial *#0000# & press options > Check for Updates to get the update. You may have to wait for few days or even for few weeks before this update is available in your region.
Even though Nokia E72 has support for User Data Preservation (UDP), you should backup all your data before updating this device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation. If you find something new in this update, or if you have any screenshot and videos of this update, then please share with us in the comments below.
Nokia has just announced via their Conversations blog, that they will be rolling out some new features via Software updates to Symbian S60v3.2 and S60v5 based handsets.
The software update will update the age-old and snail-paced internal browser to v7.3. It is the same version of the Nokia web browser, which ships with Symbian Anna phones. The updated browser will bring faster and smoother web browsing performance, support for International Domain Names (IDNs), along with support for non-ASCII letters such as Arabic or Chinese.
Apart from the updated web browser, the update will also include the latest version of Nokia Maps a.k.a Ovi Maps. For non-touch based Symbian handsets, Ovi Maps 3 SR4 will be installed. This new version of Ovi Maps offers indoor positioning via Wi-Fi, and travel and recommendation services like Lonely Planet.
For touch based Symbian handsets (S60v5), Ovi Maps 3 SR6 will be included in the software update. Along with the above said features, this version of Ovi Maps will also add public transport lines and check-in services to popular social networking sites.
Last but not the least; the software update will also add emoticons support. Nokia will roll-out all these new features for a bunch of touch and non-touch based Symbian handsets via a firmware update.
The update will be rolled out for the following devices :
- Nokia E72
- Nokia E52
- Nokia E5
- Nokia C5-00
- Nokia 6700 slide
- Nokia C6-00
- Nokia C5-03
- Nokia 5230
- Nokia 5235
- Nokia 5250
- Nokia X6
- Nokia N97 mini
- Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
- Nokia 5530 XpressMusic
Nokia has already started rolling out the firmware update for the Nokia 5230 and 5235. Updates for other handsets are also expected to follow soon.
Nokia recently released a new firmware update for its popular QWERTY phone, the Nokia X2-01. The new version is numbered 08.63 and it comes with minor bug fixes and improves reliability of your phone. You can be easily download from the Nokia Software Update (NSU) or via Over-The-Air (OTA). Check out the complete changelog below.
- Improved features and performance
- Updated applications
- Better stability
Even though Nokia X2-01 has support for User Data Preservation (UDP), you should backup all your data before updating this device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation. To get this software through your device, select Applications > Software Update, and choose the software you want to update.
You may have to wait for few days or even for few weeks before this update is available in your region. If you find something new in this update, or if you have any screenshot and videos of this update, then please share with us in the comments below.
Verizon has started rolling out software updates for Samsung Fascinate and the Droid Charge. Sadly, none of the software updates will bring the much awaited Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to both the handsets. The updates for both the handsets are maintenance updates, and aims at fixing some bugs.
The Samsung Fascinate software update will improve the incoming call connectivity, along with improvements in the delivery of OTA updates. Yeah, an OTA update to improve OTA updates! The update is around 5MB in size, and carries the version number ED04.
The software update for the Droid Charge will fix the hotspot bug, along with improvements in the performance of the handset. The GPS reception and web browser performance have also been improved in this update. Verizon also claims that Droid Charge owners should notice an improvement in battery life, after installing this update. Some bugs relating to voice calls and email sync have also been squashed.
The EE4 software update for the Droid Charge weighs around 10MB and is already available OTA.
Users of both the handsets can manually download the update by going to Settings->About Phone and selecting the Software Update option.
Adobe has recently released a new update to the Flash Player in the Android Market. The current build number for the Flash Player 10.3 for Android 2.2 and above is 10.3.185.23. The latest update brings the code to correct a cross-site scripting vulnerability, which had the potential to be used to interact with websites on your behalf, but without your permission. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.
- Enabled NEON optimizations for OMAP4 (Cortex A-9) based devices.
- Corrected an issue on the Samsung Galaxy S where H.264 video at resolutions of 720p and below was not displayed.
- Fixed an issue where app packaging would fail for Android Apps using Flash Player in WebView that set android:hardwareAcceleration to True in their AndroidMainfest.xml.
- Fixed a crash on the HTC EVO that some users encountered with specific video.
- Fixed an issue that caused video frames to stop rendering on long streaming videos (> 1 hour) on some Motorola devices.
- Fixed an issue where touch events were getting delayed with Kongregate.com games.
- Fixed an issue where games on Kongregate.com freeze when users exit from Full-Screen mode.
You can update the Adobe Flash Player 10.3 from the Android Market in your smartphone or you can just head over to this page.
Sprint has just announced that they will start rolling Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the HTC Evo 4G beginning from Monday, June 6.
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Evo 4G will bring some much needed bug fixes including the popular SMS bug, along with a new Downloads application. The update will also bring in better copy and paste functionality, and some performance and stability improvements.
The update will be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one, and will be pushed automatically to all Evo 4G owners. For the impatient Evo 4G owners, Sprint will allow them to pull the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update from their servers beginning from tomorrow itself!
Sadly, Sprint has not mentioned whether the Gingerbread version will be Android 2.3.3 or Android 2.3.4. The Evo 4G has a front facing camera, so it can definitely make use of the video chatting capabilities of Google Talk introduced in Android 2.3.4. Also, the update will not bring a newer version of Sense to the Evo 4G, as many have expected.
Some other Gingerbread goodies like the screen-off animation, new keyboard will also not be included in this update.
Samsung Galaxy S is one of the largest selling Android smartphone. Samsung managed to sell more than 10 million units of the powerful Galaxy S. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) Operating System, but it was later updated to Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS. Samsung India already confirmed that, the Galaxy S will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update by the end of this month. And now, we have a good news for the Samsung Galaxy S owners in India.
Samsung has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 update for the Galaxy S in India. Some of my friends have already started receiving this update for their Galaxy S smartphone. This update is numbered DDJV6 and it is currently available only via Samsung Kies. Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air).
This update will upgrade the Samsung Galaxy S to Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and it will bring a lot of improvements and bug fixes. Samsung is also expected to update its first tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab to Android Gingerbread OS before the end of Q2 of 2011. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy SL will receive the Android 2.3 update during the first or second week of July. Stay tuned for more updates.
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The Asus Transformer is a pretty popular Android Honeycomb based tablet, thanks to its dock able keyboard. The tablet is out of stock at almost all major stores and online retailers.
When Google announced the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update, Asus stated that the Transformer will get the update sometime in early June. Now, for the impatient Transformers users, the Android 3.1 update has leaked on the Internet. Apparently, the leaked update is the final build!
Asus Transformer users, who flashed the update on their tablet, report an increase in performance, some bug fixes, and major improvement in the 3D performance of the tablet. The Android 3.1 update for the Transformer will also bring USB host capabilities, better HTML5 rendering, resizable widgets on the home screen and the task switcher is not limited to just five apps now.
The process to update the tablet to Android 3.1 is a pretty simple one. The required steps can be found here. The problem is that Asus has requested majority of forums to remove the leaked update. The update is still available in quite some websites, and a simple Google search will lead users to the required file.
Along with the Xperia Arc and Play, Sony Ericsson has started rolling out a new firmware update for the older generation Xperia branded handsets the X10. Apparently, the update is also being rolled out to the Xperia X10 Mini, Mini Pro and the X8.
The new firmware update does not bring any major changes, and nor is it the anticipated Android 2.3 update for the X10. The update is basically aimed at improving the general system performance and stability.
X10 users over at XDA who have updated their phone to the latest firmware (2.1.B.0.1) report performance improvements, smoother operation, and improvements in camera image quality as well. The Timescape app is also much smoother now. The firmware update also includes a new baseband, so users should expect an increase in network reception along with higher data transfer speeds.
The new firmware is also root able, so users don’t need to worry about losing root access to the system partitions. At the moment, the firmware update is being rolled out only in Germany. Expect this firmware update to roll out in more regions of the world beginning from tomorrow.
After a couple of leaks, Motorola and Verizon have finally gone ahead and finalized a Droid X Gingerbread build for official release. At the moment, Motorola is doing a soak test, and the update will be out once the testing is complete.
It looks like the testing will be over anytime soon, as Verizon has already updated the Droid X page on their website with the Gingerbread update details. According to the Verizon’s site, the Droid X Gingerbread update will bring new features like a Download Manager, an all-new Multi-touch keyboard, improved text selection and copy and paste.
The update will also update the color scheme of the Moto Blur UI with new colors, widgets and icons. The auto-focus of the camera while taking pictures in low light conditions, and the ActiveSync performance has also been improved. The general system performance and responsiveness has also been improved noticeably. Droid X users can head over to this link for the full change-log.
Verizon and Motorola will start rolling out the update anytime now. The update weighs in at a whopping 112MB, and will wipe your X clean of all data.
Samsung Galaxy S II is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2 GHz dual-core proccessor, 8 megapixel camera and more. This handset have already received 3 million pre-orders by the carriers.
Samsung Galaxy S II is currently available only in few countries and it is expected to launch in more than 120 countries by the end of this month. Even though, this handset is not available in major markets, but it hasn’t stopped Samsung from issuing software updates for this powerful smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S II have recently received two firmware updates. The latest update is numbered i9100XWKE2. Sadly, this update is not available via Over-The-Air (OTA). To install this update on your Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, you will need a computer and Samsung’s Kies desktop software.
The latest firmware update fixes the automatic brightness and some connectivity issues on this handset. It also makes the Swype more responsive. This update is also rootable, so you can go with custom ROMs and tweaks. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.