Verizon Rolling Out The Maintenance Update For Motorola Droid X2

Motorola Droid X2 is the successor of the popular Motorola Droid X smartphone. This handset was announced by Verizon Wireless in May. Motorola Droid X2 originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, but it was later updated to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. Verizon recently rolled out a maintenance update for the owners of Droid X2 smartphone. Some notable changes are improved video recording and playback, improved audio when streaming music, etc. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

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Changelog:

Device Features:

  • Keyboard remains visible during text input.
  • Input characters are properly displayed during text entry.
  • Device will no longer lockup or reset when using the keyboard.
  • Charging indicator will display only when the device is plugged into a charger.
  • Home key functions correctly while the device is in the desktop cradle.
  • Successfully use the camera after unlocking the device.
  • Video quality has been improved for video recording and playback.
  • Mobile Hotspot password can now exceed 63 characters.
  • Improvement to the device stability limits resets and lockups.
  • The Magic Smoke live wallpaper animation now works properly.
  • Enjoy improved audio when streaming music.

Applications & Widgets:

  • When playing MP3s through the Music App, songs will not skip.
  • Avoid YouTube video lockup while viewing.
  • Desktop cradle application starts correctly.

The latest update is numbered 1.3.380.MB870.Verizon.en.US 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.

Motorola Droid X and Droid 3 Software Updates Rolling Out Now

Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out software updates for two of their Droid branded handsets, the Droid X and Droid 3.

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The software update for the Droid X is just a regular maintenance update that aims at fixing some bugs in the current build. The update also fixes the annoying virtual keyboard freezing issue with the Droid X, post the Gingerbread update.

However, the update for the Droid 3 packs in a lot of enhancements, including Google Talk with video chat. There are a lot of other enhancements including improved GPS performance and battery life. Other changes include improved camera shutter speed and addition of multi-shot capability, new version of Swype, and improved audio clarity. Verizon has also made full use of this opportunity to pre-load more bloat ware on the handset.

The Droid X software update carries the version number 4.5.605, while the update for the Droid 3 carries the version number 5.6.890. Both the updates are live now, and will automatically be pushed to Droid X and 3 owners in the coming weeks.

Alternatively, users can manually pull the update from Verizon’s server by going to the Settings-> About Phone, and selecting the Software update option.

Skype For Android Updated; Adds Video Calling Support For 14 New Devices!

Skype has just updated its Android app to add support for certain new devices, along with adding certain other enhancements.

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The new version of Skype (v2.5) brings support for video-calling for 14 additional Android devices, bringing the tally to a total of 41.

Below is the list of all the supported devices :

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • HTC Nexus One
  • HTC Shooter
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
  • LG Optimus Black
  • LG Optimus 3D
  • LG Optimus 2x
  • Motorola Photon
  • Motorola Droid 3
  • Motorola Bionic
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Motorola Atrix
  • Acer Iconia

It’s nice to see Skype adding support for Android devices, which lack a front facing camera. Other new features in this update include improved support for Bluetooth headsets, quite a few bug fixes and performance improvements. Skype users can now also switch between portrait and landscape call whilst on a video call, and can also zoom in on the screen via double tapping.

The new update will also not show advertisements to users who have Skype credits in their account. Hopefully, the new version of Skype will also be light on battery usage.

Android users can head over to Android Market to download the latest version of Skype. Alternatively, they can scan the QR Code below-

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Gets 720p HD Video Recoring Post The Android 2.3.4 Update

At the beginning of the year, when Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia Play, the handset was criticized for its seemingly outdated single-core processor, and lack of 720p HD video recording among other issues.

Now, while Sony Ericsson cannot really do something about the lack of a dual-core processor, they have rectified the second issue with a software update. The Android 2.3.4 update for the Xperia Play enables 720p HD video recording, with continuous auto-focus.

Below is a 720p video recorded from the Play, post the Android 2.3.4 update-:

The Android 2.3.4 update also brings a bunch of other goodies, including swipe like text-input, the ability to take screenshots, click 3D panorama pictures and enhanced Facebook inside Xperia, The update also enables a much needed option to disable or enable Automatic brightness. Surprisingly, the option to enable/disable Automatic brightness is missing from other Xperia phones, post the Android 2.3.4 update.

Last year, Sony Ericsson was heavily criticized for its poor software update. This year, the company has had a very impressive track of software updates. While other Android manufacturers only release software updates to fix some bugs, Sony Ericsson is the only company which has released software update to fix bugs, and also introduce new features.

Thanks to @SSaig for the video

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HTC Droid Incredible 2 Android 2.3.4 Update Rolling Out Now

HTC and Verizon have started rolling out a minor software update for the Droid Incredible 2. The update is mainly aimed at fixing some bugs, and also bumps the Android OS version to 2.3.4.

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The software update carries the version number 4.04.605.1, and weighs in at 31.068MB.

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

  • Improved Server connections for email sync. and Mail application stability
  • Increased stability of Visual Voice Mail application
  • Ability to dial the +1′ prefix when roaming internationally in CDMA markets
  • Option to set Data roaming for all tripsor for individual trips
  • Improvements in sending/receiving messages while roaming

Sadly, the software update does not bring Google Talk with video chatting facility, even though the Droid Incredible 2 has a front-facing camera.

It’s quite ironic that the Droid Incredible 2 not only got its Android 2.3 Gingerbread, along with Android 2.3.4 update before one of Verizon’s top-tier 4G LTE compatible Android handset, the Thunderbolt. I am pretty sure that the Thunderbolt owners must be pretty annoyed with HTC for this.

HTC reps have been telling Thunderbolt owners that they will be getting some Gingerbread love from the company by the end of September. Hopefully, this time HTC would be able to keep its promise, unlike the last time.

Verizon’s Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Motorola started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Verizon’s Droid 2, and the Droid 2 Global. It was only a matter of time before the limited edition Droid R2-D2 got some Gingerbread love from Motorola and Verizon.

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The Gingerbread update brings the same new UI (ex-Moto Blur) as found on the Droid 2 and Droid 2 Global, post the Gingerbread update. Along with the usual Gingerbread goodies like a Download Manager app, Multi-touch key chording, Power Management details and enhanced security features like SD card encryption and VPN enhancements.

There are lots of other enhancements, and bug fixes. Below is the full change-log-:

+ Download Manager App:
• New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing,
email attachments and other apps.
+ App and Power Management Details:
• Under Manage Applications, a new Runningtab displays a list of active
applications and the storage and memory being used by each.
+ Multi-Touch Key-Chording:
• New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos,
instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
+ Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
• New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of
the selected word copies the selected characters.
+ New User Interface and Color Scheme:
• New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
+ Dock Icons:
• Static Phone, App Launcher and Contacts icons are replaced within a customizable
dock. Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the Dock at
the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
+ App Groups:
• New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups, in addition to 3 default
groups: All Apps, Recent and Downloaded.
+ Security:
• Added Device and SD Card encryption. VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN
clients into device security settings.

+ Updated Calendar Options:
• Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
• Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder
without dismissing other meeting reminders.
• Easy conference dialing simply dial and automatically enter a conference
code directly from your Calendar.
Other Improvements:
+ Email and Calendar
• Improved contact and calendar syncing from multiple accounts.
• Email pushes now work correctly when using Exchange ActiveSync.
• Exchange ActiveSync account setup will accurately present server option.
• Easily see Exchange ActiveSync Calendar appointments when created.
• Update Calendar appointments with Exchange ActiveSync without deleting them.
+ Device Features
• Improved battery life while using Wi-Fi.
• Keypad backlight turns on in low light conditions.
• Improvements in stability to prevent lockups, resets and Force Closeerrors.
• Improvements in screen display no longer causes display screen to turn black.
• Improved 3G data connectivity.
• Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately.
• Fixed issue that caused device reset and a black display screen after
over the air upgrades.
+ Messaging
• Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages.
• Forward SMS message conversations accurately.
• Emoticons are correctly displayed in messages.
• Notification LED will flash when new message is received.
+ Applications and Widgets
• Clock widget updates time correctly.
• GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets.
• Reduced Force Closeerrors when using My Verizon application.
• Blockbuster ® movie rentals license remains active after download.
• Callback numbers now populate in Dialer app.
• Compass calibration within Google Maps syncs accurately with your location.
• V CAST Media Manager now comes preloaded.
• V CAST Apps now comes preloaded.
• Google Books now comes preloaded.

The new software update (v4.5.602.A957) is being rolled out to the limited edition R2-D2 via OTA.

AT&T’s Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G Announced; Releasing On September 18

Sony Ericsson has just announced the Xperia Play 4G, which is headed to AT&T’s network. Don’t be fooled by the ‘4G’ tag though; the Xperia Play 4G is exactly the same as European version of the Play, and the Verizon’s version as well.

This means the Xperia Play 4G still sports the same 1GHz Scorpion processor from Qualcomm, and an Adreno 205 GPU. There is also 512MB of RAM, along with 400MB of internal storage on-board. Compared to the recent dual-core offerings from other Android manufacturers, the Xperia Play 4G hardware definitely feels old.

Other key specs of the Play include a 4-inch FWVGA (854×480) screen, quality stereo speakers, 5MP camera at the back and a VGA camera in the front, and the usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS and a bunch of other sensors and connectivity features. The main highlight of the Xperia Play is its PSP like gamepad, which is bound to attract die-hard gamers.

A point to note here is that the Xperia Play 4G, unlike its 4G moniker, does not support AT&T’s true  upcoming  4G LTE support. Instead, it supports its current so called 4G network, HSDPA+.

The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and features Facebook Inside Xperia as well.  The Xperia Play is also the first PlayStation Certified phone in the world, and will come with seven games pre-loaded including Dungeon Defenders, Asphalt 6, Star Battalion, Madden NFL, The Sims 3, Tower Bloxx and Crash Bandicoot.

AT&T owners can get their hands on the Xperia Play 4G in an exclusive “Stealth Blue” color for only $49.99, after a two-year contract. The phone will hit the retail stores on September 18.

 

Motorola Droid 2 Global Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out!

Hot on the heels of the Motorola Droid 2 Gingerbread update, Verizon and Motoogle have started rolling out the Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 Global as well. Motorola did release the Android 2.3 update for the Droid 2 Global a month ago, but later pulled it, citing the build needed more testing.

Now, after enough testing and tweaking, Motorola and Verizon have finally deemed the Gingerbread build to be worth rolling out to the public.

Apart from the usual Gingerbread goodies like enhanced copy & paste functionality, Download Manager app, and improvements in the performance and battery life department of the phone, the update also brings a new and improved version of Motorola ex-Blur. The whole Blur-y UI has got a new color scheme, along with a new and improved launcher.

There is also a plethora of bug fixes and new security features including device and SD card encryption. Verizon has also made full use of this opportunity by pre-loading more bloat ware on your D2: Global, including the latest version of Blockbuster, Accuweather, Amazon MP3 store and Verizon VCast.

Droid 2 Global owners can wait for Verizon to push the update to their handset, or they can manually pull the update from Verizon’s server by going to Settings->About Phone and tapping on the Check for Updates option.

I recommend D2 Global owners to manually pull the update from Verizon’s server. You never know when Verizon may pull the plug on the update again!

Thanks to the folks over at Droid-Life for the update!

Verizon’s HTC Droid Incredible Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now!

Verizon Droid Incredible owners rejoice! After a lot of confusion, Verizon and HTC have finally decided to give some Gingerbread love to Incredible owners. Earlier, a leaked Gingerbread RUU somewhat confirmed that the Incredible will get its Gingerbread update.

However, soon after HTC reps started telling Incredible users that HTC has no plans of bringing Gingerbread update to the Incredible. Thankfully, a few days ago some leaked documents from Verizon suggested that the Droid Incredible Gingerbread update is just around the corner.

The Gingerbread update brings with it a new download manager,  improved performance, enhanced battery life, new kernel and improved copy and paste functionality.  Along with the above said enhancements, the update also squashes some bugs and updates some all of the pre-loaded Verizon bloatware to the latest version. Incredible owners who have already installed the OTA update on their phone, are reporting ridiculously fastboot times.

Incredible owners can wait for the OTA update to hit their phones, or alternatively, they can download the OTA update from here and install it manually. However, Incredible owners should keep in mind that after installing the update, they would loose the ability to root their handset.   Also, users who have already rooted their Incredible handset should stay away from the OTA update.

Motorola Droid 2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid 2. The Droid 2 Global got its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update more than a month ago, but it was then pulled back by Verizon for some reason. However, the company

Now, Verizon has finally deemed the original Droid 2 owners worthy of some Gingerbread love. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 brings with it enhancements in the performance and battery life of the phone.

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Below is the full change-log, thanks to the guys over at Android Police -:

  • New Download Manager
  • App and Power Management Details
  • Multi-touch key-chording
  • Improved word selection copy functionality
  • New UI and color scheme
  • New dock icons
  • App groups
  • Improved security
  • Improved battery life while using Wi-Fi
  • Fixed issue that caused frequent data connection drops
  • Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately
  • Improved email application
  • Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages
  • Emoticons are displayed in messages
  • Forward SMS message conversations accurately
  • Notification LED will flash when new message is received
  • Access My Verizon without any force close errors
  • Compass calibration within Google Maps syncs accurately with your location
  • Geo-tagging features available for camera applications
  • Clock widget updates time correctly
  • Callback numbers now populate in Dialer app
  • GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets
  • Google Books is now preloaded
  • V CAST Apps is now preloaded
  • V CAST Media Manager is now preloaded
  • Blockbuster ® movie rentals license remains active after download
  • Keypad backlight turns on in darker settings
  • Improvements in screen display no longer causes display screen to turn black
  • Fixed issue that caused factory resets when the device’s mobile number is changed
  • Fixed issue that caused device reset and a black display screen after over the air upgrades.

Droid 2 users can pull the update from Verizon’s server, or alternatively wait for the update to be pushed to their handset.