I have never owned a Motorola Droid, but that phone holds a special place in my heart. Every Android fanboy out there knows what an important place the Original Droid, the ‘Droid’ campaign hold in Android’s monumental success. Up until last year, the Droid was still one of the most popular Android handset in the United States.
So, when a few days ago rumors popped up on the Internet that Motorola is working on an update for the original Droid, all the Droid owners out there got excited. Many people thought that Verizon and Motorola might have finally decided to roll out Gingerbread update for the Droid.
Sadly, Motorola later confirmed that the update is not what most people are hoping for, and the update just includes some “security patches”. So, if you are still running Android 2.2 on your Original Droid, its time for you to root that device and install an Android 2.3 Gingerbread based ROM on the device.
For Droid owners, who are afraid to flash a custom ROM on their phone, they can download the upcoming OTA update from here, and simply install it from their phone’s recovery menu. If you have a rooted Droid, download the pre-rooted update package and flash it so as to not loose root access.
Toshiba Thrive is the company’s first tablet device. It was announced and showcased at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This tablet originally runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Don’t get confused with the 7-inch Toshiba Thrive, which runs on the Android 3.2 OS from day one. We’re talking about the powerful 10-inch Toshiba Thrive tablet.
If you own this tablet, then you might want to check the system update option in the settings, since Toshiba finally started rolling out the latest Android 3.2 update for its year-old tablet. The latest update is numbered 188.8.131.52.5.0002 and it comes with increased compatibility with applications that are not optimized for larger screens. Check out the complete changelog after the break.
- Enables an improved compatibility mode enhancing the way applications originally designed for smaller screen devices appear and function on the larger tablet display.
- Improves screen rotation acceleration.
- Adds extended screen support API, giving developers more precise control over the user interface across a range of Android-powered devices.
Toshiba Thrive owners should also note that YouTube and Android Market widgets may disappear from the home screen after installation of this update due to a change in the application naming convention. To check the update manually, go to Settings > About Tablet > System Updates. The size of the update is just 74 MB. If you find any other changes, then please let us know in the comments section below.
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Earlier this year, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy SL smartphone in India. This handset is the low-cost version of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. It comes with a a large 4 inch Super Clear LCD display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megpixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on.
Samsung Galaxy SL originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. This handset was expected to get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in July, but it was delayed due to some unknown reasons. After waiting for months, Samsung officially started rolling out the much-awaited Android Gingerbread update for the Galaxy SL users in India.
This update is currently available only via Samsung Kies. Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). This software update will upgrade the Samsung Galaxy SL to Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) and it will bring a lot of improvements and bug fixes. Some of the changes are mentioned below.
- Software stability
- Improved battery life
- Improvements in rear and front-camera
- Faster Response
- Slight changes in UI
Don’t panic, if you still haven’t received this update, since this software update will be delivered in staggered waves, over the next several days. If you find something new, then please let us know in the comments section below.
Nokia has started rolling out a new software update – PR 1.1 – for the recently released N9, as it promised a couple of weeks ago.
The new PR1.1 update brings with it a noticeable improvement in the performance of the phone, along with improved memory/RAM management. It also includes the popular swiping keyboard – Swype. There are also some visual changes including music controls for lock screen, shadows for toolbar and much more.
There are a lot of system level changes including low power mode enhancements, NFC and connectivity improvements, and an improved color profile for the AMOLED screen. The PR 1.1 update also brings with it lots of bug fixes including the popular notification LED bug. The camera app has also been updated and now includes color filters.
The update is available via OTA, and N9 users will be notified when the update hits their phone. Alternatively, they can manually check for the update by going to Settings->Applications->Manage Applications.
Nokia is also working on a PR 1.2 update for the N9, which will bring some much needed features like system-wide copy and paste functionality, more visual changes, and deeper integration of Nokia Maps with the core system apps like contacts etc. Nokia has not specified anything as to when the PR1.2 update will be rolled out to N9 owners.
The whole change-log for the PR1.1 update can be found here.
Nokia recently released a new firmware update for its popular music phone, the Nokia X6. The latest firmware is numbered 40.0.002 and it comes with a new Symbian browser, latest version of Nokia Maps, etc. 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.
- Symbian Browser v184.108.40.206
- Supports International Domain Names (IDNs)
- Nokia Maps v3.06
- Supports non-ASCII letters as Arabic or Chinese Such
- Gives a better overall browsing experience
To get this software through your device, select Applications > Software Update, and choose the software you want to update. You can even dial *#0000# and press options > Check for Updates to get this 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 X6 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, then please share with us in the comments below.
It was only recently that Verizon and HTC started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread for their first ever 4G LTE capable handset, the HTC Thunderbolt.
Now, Verizon has started rolling out the Gingerbread update for another of their 4G LTE phone, the LG Revolution. Besides the usual goodies brought by Gingerbread like a Download Manager, improved copy & text, and improved performance, the update also fixes some bugs.
Below is the full change-log of the update-:
Email & Messaging
+Email folders will now display in the correct order
+The maximum attachment size is now set correctly, even when the Exchange service is configured with unlimited size attachments.
+Messages can now be stired on the SIM card. VIew these messages through the Settings menu, “Manage SIM card messages.”
+Correctly set Out of Office without having to set start or end time.
+The popup message asking to delete accounts when charging the SIM card now displays correctly.
+The cursor has been reshaped for easier text editing
+List menu force close issue has been resolved
+Issues have been fixed involving proper connectivity through the HDMI cable
+Data now works correctly when toggling in Airplane mode.
Verizon has already started rolling out the update, and expects to complete the roll-out in the next couple of weeks.
Today, Nokia has announced that the Nokia N9 – probably the last MeeGo handset produced by the company – will soon be available in a new color, white. Considering how complex the manufacturing process of white products is, the company decided to take time and release the best possible quality for its consumers.
The white N9 will sport a glossy finish (Hello fingerprints!), instead of the matte finish its other color variants have. The white colored N9 will hit the retail stores sometime in Q4 of 2011, with 64GB of on-board memory.
The company also announced that it will be soon rolling out a new software update for the handset. The new software update will bring new usability enhancements like music controls on the lock screen, and the ability to close apps by swiping them down. The software update will also add NFC tag reading ability to the handset.
The Nokia N9 recently hit the retail stores in selected regions of the world, and has been getting positive reviews by everyone on the Internet. This has made many people to doubt Nokia’s decision of killing MeeGo and adopting WP7 instead.
HTC and Verizon had started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the first ever 4G LTE phone – the Thunderbolt nearly a month ago. However, due to some issues with the Gingerbread build, the update was pulled back.
Now, Verizon and HTC have started rolling out a new Gingerbread update for the handset. The update comes more than 8 months after Gingerbread was announced, and nearly 6 months after the Thunderbolt was released to the public.
The update also contains a new radio which fixes the 4G data stalling issue faced by most Thunderbolt users. The changes brought by the software update are mostly cosmetic, and include a new launcher app, a Download Manager app and much more.
Below is the full change-log-:
+Download Manager App
+ App and Power Management Detail
+ New Homescreen Experience
+ Full Dock Mode App
Additional features, Improvements and fixes:
+ Alarm notifications will no longer appear while in Emergency Mode.
+ Improved security features that reduce device vulnerability.
+ Improved data connectivity.
+ Improved audio quality while using Bluetooth ®.
+ Improved Bluetooth security.
+ Decreased wait time when saving audio attachments.
+ Resolved issue with basic voicemail notification.
+ V CAST Tones now comes preloaded.
+ New Google Books app.
+ Enhanced UI for data roaming.
+ Resolved issue with SMS messages being sent to incorrect recipient
on rare occasions.
+ Reduced Force Close errors while using TuneWiki.
+ Reduced Force Close errors when using the front camera.
+ Resolved issue with audio reroute to phone while on Bluetooth
Verizon is already pushing the update to all Thunderbolt owners, and its just a matter of days before it hits your phone. Users can also manually pull the update by going to Settings->About Phone->Software Updates, and selecting the ‘Check for Updates’ option.
At the beginning of this month, HTC started rolling out a new software update for the Desire S which brought Sense UI 3.0 to the handset along with bumping the Android version to 2.3.5. This move was appreciated by many Desire S owners, since the company hardly updates the Sense version on their handsets.
Now, it looks like HTC is soon going to start rolling out a similar software update for the bigger sibling of the Desire S, the Incredible S. Android developer and hacker – PaulOBrien – tweeted that an official Sense 3.0 ROM for the Incredible S has surfaced online.
Like the Desire S software update, the software update for the Incredible S will bring with it Sense 3.0, along with its goodies like a 3D launcher, and a widget-izied lock screen. The Android version will also be bumped to 2.3.5, and will also bring Google Talk with video chatting capabilities to the handset.
The download link for the ROM is not yet available now, but its just a matter of days before it makes it way on XDA forums. HTC should also start rolling out the update to all Incredible S owners soon.
Last month, Verizon and Motorola announced that the owners of the Motorola Xoom tablet can send their devices and get the free 4G LTE upgrade. If you have sent the device and already received it, then you will soon get a software update for the Motorola Xoom tablet. Verizon recently rolled out a software update for the owners of Motorola Xoom. Some notable changes are updated Android Market, upgraded Android Books app, enhancements to the 3G/4G data connection, etc. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.
- Android Market has been updated.
- When toggling between Airplane Mode, you will no longer receive the following error message: Wrong Operator: SIM card is from an unknown source.
- After performing an over-the-air (OTA) update, the Android Market shortcut on the homescreen works correctly.
- Android Books app has been upgraded.
- Android Market Terms and Condition text is now easier to read against background color.
- Android Market app now updates on its own.
- Improvements in browser security help to block rogue certificates.
- Enhancements to the 3G/4G data connection help prevent data stalls.
The latest update is numbered HLK75D and it can be downloaded via. OTA (Over-The-Air). 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 Verizon.