Motorola has started rolling out a new software update for its first ever dual-core 4G LTE capable phone the Droid Bionic. The Bionic was one of the most anticipated phones of this year, thanks to its dual-core processor and support for Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. While the handset was originally supposed to be launched in early 2011, things went wrong, and Moto had to push back the handset to a 2nd half release in 2011. The worst part? Just a couple of months after the thick Bionic released, Motorola released the Droid RAZR, which was lighter, slimmer, faster and had a much better build quality.
Anyways, the new software update for the Droid Bionic fixes a bunch of bugs with the handset, and also improves the 4G LTE network performance of the handset. Other changes include a reduction in the time taken by the camera to auto-focus, and an improvement in the general performance and stability of the phone. Below is the huge change-log of the update :
- Increased stability of data connection
- Improved transition between Wi-Fi to 4G to reduce lock ups
- Increased the number of devices supported by mobile hotspot to 8
- Data Roamingpop-up message will now display once when roaming in CDMA internationally
4G LTE SIM Card
- Improved activation speed of a new SIM card.
- Improved ability, after changing SIM cards, to successfully log into social networking accounts and receive over the air software upgrades.
Headsets and Bluetooth ®
- Eliminated the high pitched tone sometimes heard when using a wired headset
- Media played on device can now be heard while using a Bluetooth ® headset
- Reduced occurrence of random power cycles, including automatic power ups after power downs
- Improved phone stability when connected to a Bluetooth ® headset or HDMI cable
- Corrected errors that required battery removal to recover from a frozen screen
- Improved the camera’s auto focus capabilities to reduce the shutter response time and enhance the quality of captured imagery
- Improved performance and stability of webtop experience when using a Lapdock
- Reduced instances where display would turn off during use
- Reduced frequency of the Low Memorywarning message
- Ringtones purchased from the Verizon media store can now be saved to the device
- Lowered volume on the Low Batteryalert tone while user is on a call
Apps and Widgets
- Fixed errors to ensure contacts widget places calls to the appropriate contacts
- Improved reliability of Messaging app to display the latest contact information
- Apps can now be launched from the recent app group
- Corrected issue that removed shortcut to an app after it had been moved to the SD card.
Motorola has already started rolling out the update, and since its being rolled out in stages, it should hit your Bionic in the next couple of weeks. Bionic owners can also manually pull the update from Motorola’s server by going into Settings-> About Phone and then selecting the Software Update option.
T-Mobile and HTC have started rolling out a new software update for the HTC Sensation 4G. The update does not bring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which many Sensation users must be hoping for. Instead, the software update is just aimed at fixing some bugs and improving the general performance and stability of the phone.
Below is the full change-log of the update :
- Improvements to Trace dictionary
- Screen unresponsiveness resolved
- Device taking screen shots resolved
- Lock screen shifted up resolved
- Icon pixilation resolved
- Improved Wi-Fi connection
- Green lines on photo resolved
The update is being rolled out in stages by T-Mobile, so Sensation 4G owners should not expect the update to hit their phone immediately.
Sprint is also rolling out a minor software update for the Epic 4G Touch, which fixes some 4G hotspot functionality and radio signal issues. Below is the full change-log for the update-:
- 4G Sprint Hotspot disconnects when in a phone call
- Radio loses signal and may require power cycle
Like the T-Mobile Sensation 4G update, the Sprint Epic 4G Touch update is also being rolled out in stages.
Back in October, we had reported that the HTC Incredible S will soon be getting an Android 2.3.5 + Sense 3.0 software update. Now, nearly a month and half of writing that post, many Incredible S owners from around the world are reporting that they have got the Sense 3.0 update on their phone. The Desire S had also got a similar software update a few months ago.
The new software update for the Incredible S brings with it a new version of Sense, which comes with an improved lock screen, new animations and a slicker app launcher and an app drawer. The minor bump in the Android OS version does not bring any major changes, except for the latest version of Google talk with video chatting capabilities.
The update is being rolled out in stages, so Incredible S users need to be a bit patient. Also, carrier branded variants of the Incredible S will get the update only after the unlocked variants get it. Hopefully, this also means that the Incredible 2, the U.S sibling of the Incredible S, will get the update sooner than later.
Reports also suggest that the Desire HD will get a similar Sense 3.0 + Android 2.3.5 software update sometime soon.
Back in late October, Google announced that it will finally start rolling out the much awaited Honeycomb update for devices running Google TV. The update was first meant to be rolled out to Google TV devices manufactured by Sony, and then to the Logitech Revue, which has been a disastrous product for the company.
Today, Logitech has finally announced via a blog post that the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for the Revue will start rolling out from this week onward. For the unknown, the Honeycomb update for the Revue brings with it lots of changes, including access to the Android Market. At the moment, 50 apps are specifically available for Google TV on the Android Market, including Google’s own Music app.
The whole UI has also been refreshed, and makes browsing through content much easier. The in-built Google Chrome browser has also been updated to the latest version, and brings enhanced search capabilities and keyboard navigation along with support for Adobe Flash 10.2.
Logitech Revue users will automatically get the update when they start their device next time. New Revue owners will get the update when they activate their device. Revue owners can find more info about the update here.
ADWLauncher EX is one of the most popular launcher available for Android devices. The EX/the paid version of ADWLauncher was released nearly an year ago in the market. When it was released, ADWLauncher Ex was no doubt the best launcher available in the Android market. However, with the passage of time, and due to the lack of updates from the developer, GoLauncher Ex became the de facto home screen replacement app for Android users.
However, the developer of ADWLauncher Ex AnderWeb has released a new major update for the app in the Android Market so as to celebrate the first anniversary of the app. The developer has been hard at work since the last few months to add certain new and much requested features to the launcher.
Below is the full change-log of the update-:
A new unified Dock bar with both the combined superpowers of the previous ones:
- Easily drag and drop icons into it.
- Unlimited icons support with paginated scrolling
- Options stretch, scale, show reflections, change the background imageâ€¦
- Easy icon management by double tapping them.
- Action to show/hide the dock at a glance via gestures/launcher actions
Easier and more user friendly folders.
- Drag a desktop icon over another one to auto create a new folder
- Visual representation of folder contents with theming support
- Options to choose how the folder contents scroll and behave like you do with the app drawers
- Single/multi row auto fitting support
New desktop management system while moving items.
- Easier visualization of desktop and drag operations
- Easier trash can operation
New desktop indicator inspired by IceCream Sandwich
Improved compatibility with ICS devices
Use of hardware acceleration on specific features when possible.
Persistence of the ActionBar visibility on android >3.x tablets by the hide/show status bargesture or launcher action.
Usual bug fixes and performance improvements
ADWLauncher Ex will also be available for a mere 10 cents in the Android Market in the upcoming days, all thanks to the 10 Billion 10 cent sale going on in the Android Market. So, if you have not purchased ADWLauncher Ex, now is your time to do so! Here is the market link of the app.
Droid Charge owners, here is some good news for you. Verizon and Samsung have finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for your handset.
The Gingerbread update for the Charge will bring the usual Gingerbread goodies like a Download Manager app, Power Management details, Improved copy and paste functionality, enhanced security like SD card and device encryption and much more. The change-log from Verizon also states that Charge owners should see an improvement in the camera, GPS, web browser, HDMI output and the audio output of the handset. Most importantly, Charge owners will notice an immense improvement in the performance and the stability of the handset.
The full change-log of the update can be found here. The update is a whopping 119MB in size, so make sure you are downloading the update via Wi-Fi and not via that ultra-blazing 4G LTE network of Verizon.
The Droid Charge gets the Gingerbread just after a year Google announced Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Good job Samsung and especially Verizon! Charge owners, don’t expect some Ice Cream Sandwich love for your handset,
Amazon has started rolling out a new software update for their recently released $199 Android running tablet, the Kindle Fire. The shopping giant has not mentioned anything about the changes brought about by the new software update (v6.2).
The sad part is that the update breaks root. The worst part? You cannot stop the update from installing itself. The Kindle Fire will automatically update itself over Wi-Fi, even if the user does not want the update to happen.
The only good news? Even though users loose root access to the system partition of the tablet, they can gain it back easily by using a popular rooting utility – SuperOneClick – to root their tablet again. If Fire owners already have Android Market installed on their tablet, the Market might vanish after the update. Users will need to re-root their tablet, and then install the Android Market on the Fire again.
The zip file of the software update is available online, and some developers went through the files inside it, and according to them this software update is just aimed at fixing bugs.
Earlier this year, Samsung launched the Droid Charge smartphone, exclusively for the customers of Verizon Wireless in the US. This handset originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Sasmung Droid Charge features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 8 megapixel camera, 4G LTE Cpnnectivity, etc.
After waiting for nearly 6 months, Verizon finally announced the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for the Samsung Droid Charge smartphone. The latest update is numbered i510.EPF and it comes with updated calendar option, added security, new download manager, new user interface and so on. Check out the improvements and enhancements after the break.
- New Download Manager
- Enhanced App and Power Management details
- Improved word selection and copy functionality
- New UI
- Added security
- Updated Calendar Option
- “Pause,” “Wait,” and “Password” have been added into the Voicemail speed dial
- Messaging signature added
- Hotspot WLAN password is now encrypted
- Display email attachments from Outlook email
- Software Upgrade Assistant has been added
- The volume of the Low Battery Notification has been reduced
The following device features, applications and software have been improved:
- Audio Output
- Data Connectivity
- Data Usage App
- Email Client
- EAS Email and Calendar syncing
- HDMI Output
- SMS / MMS Messaging
- Visual Voice Mail
- Web Browser
- Video on Demand
It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. Verizon is expected to roll out this update from November 29. To learn more, check out this PDF file. To update your Samsung Droid Charge smartphone, head over to this page.
HTC and Verizon have started rolling out a new software update for the Rhyme. For the unknown, the Rhyme is being marketed as an Android phone for female Droid lovers. The Rhyme is a mid-range Android phone, and is powered by a 1Ghz single-core Snapdragon processor, and packs in 768MB of RAM.
The new software update for the Rhyme carries the build number 1.26.605.11, and does not bring any major changes enhancements or changes. The update mainly includes security patches, to fix some of the loopholes found in HTC’s Android phones a couple of weeks ago. The update is around 9MB in size, and will also update the inbuilt Twitter app to support its new API.
The software update is already being rolled out to existing Rhyme owners, and they should be automatically notified when the update hits their phone.
Other HTC handset owners like the EVO 3D, Amaze 4G, EVO 4G, and various Sensation variants should also expect to get a software update for their phone soon. Like the software update for the Rhyme, the update for these phones will also not include any changes or enhancements, but will fix a couple of major security flaw found in HTC’s Android phone recently.
Earlier this year, Research-In-Motion (RIM) launched its first tablet device, the BlackBerry Playbook. This tablet comes with a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1GB RAM and so on. The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.
RIM has recently started rolling out a new software update for its not-so-popular tablet device. The latest update is numbered 184.108.40.20685 and it brings the updated version of Adobe Flash Player, updated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi software, improved syncing and much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.
- Updated version of Adobe Flash Player version 11.1 and Adobe AIR 3.1
- Daylight savings time updates for time zones in the regions of Latin America, Australia and Central America
- Updated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi software to help to improve connectivity
- Fixed issues some users were experiencing with account payments in the BlackBerry App World storefront
- Improved syncing when restoring applications with BlackBerry Desktop Software
- This update also includes a security update for Adobe Flash Player, as noted in Adobe Security Bulletin APSB-11-28, which addresses issues that can potentially affect any PC, tablet, or other device with an operating system that supports Adobe Flash.
This update is available only via. Over-The-Air (OTA). The size of the update is just 95 MB. 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 Updatesin the settings menu. If you find some other changes after the update, please let us know in the comments section below.