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Sprint Rolling Out Software Update For HTC EVO 4G

HTC EVO 4G is the first 4G smartphone and one of the most popular Android device. This handset was launched in the US, during the Q2 of 2010. HTC EVO 4G is exclusively available for the Sprint customers in the US. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, but it was later updated to the new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Sprint recently rolled out a software update for this powerful smartphone. The latest update comes with some fixes and improvements. Check out the complete changelog below.

HTC EVO 4G

Changelog:

  • Integrated voice recognition accuracy with voice search and voice-to-text
  • Image size issue with contact transfer over Bluetooth
  • Images cut off in Picasa
  • Group contacts not in alphabetical order
  • Out of memory, Unable to send SMS

The latest update changes the firmware version of this handset to v4.53.651.1. This update is available only via Over-The-Air (OTA). It is advised to backup all of your data before updating the device. It might take some days for the update to reach your smartphone. If you face any problem or find something new in this update, please let us know in the comments.

Nokia N8 Camera Software Update Brings 30fps Video Recording and Continuous Auto-focus

The Nokia N8 is a pretty old ‘smartphone’, technology wise. However, the 12MP Carl Zeiss camera at the back of the phone is still unmatched by any other mobile phone in the industry. In fact, the N8 is more popularly known as a camera with phone functionalities, than a smartphone.

Many die-hard N8 owners requested the company to add some more features and settings to the camera interface via a software update. With the Symbian Anna update, Nokia fulfilled quite a few requests that included minor UI tweaks, and added exposure compensation control. Now, Nokia has released another camera software update for the N8 via its Betalabs website.

The update mainly brings two new features to the N8 – 30fps video recording and continuous Auto-focus. While the increase in fps will give all the videos shot with the phone a smoother feel, the continuous auto-focus feature means users can shoot a video from as close as 10cm to infinity. Along with these two features, the update will also add a persistent viewfinder grid to the video mode, along with making it persistent in camera mode as well.

The camera software update is available for all N8 running Symbian Anna. The update can be  downloaded  from Nokia’s Betalabs website.

 

Nokia E7, C7 and C6-01 Symbian Anna Update Goes Live

Yesterday, we reported that the Symbian Anna update for N8 should go live any moment. Well, the good news is that Nokia has already started rolling out the update in more than 15 different regions of the world.

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Along with the N8, Nokia has started rolling out the Anna update for other first generation Symbian^3 handsets like the C7, E7, and C6-01. The Symbian Anna update brings with it some much needed features and enhancements, including an improved web-browser, portrait QWERTY input, new icons, and an improved version of Ovi Maps.

Other than this, the Anna update should also enable the NFC chip on the C7. Post the update, C7 owners would be able to share games, use NFC based accessories and read NFC tags using the NFC chip.

The whole Symbian Anna change-log can be found over at Nokia’s official blog. The Anna update will be available via OTA and/or via Nokia Software update and Ovi Suite. However, Nokia recommends using the Ovi Suite/NSU updating method, and suggests against using the OTA method, unless the user has access to a reliable Wi-Fi connection.

The Symbian Anna update will be available within this week in Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, UAE, the UK, and more countries.

HTC EVO 3D Software Update Rolling Out Now; Bug-Fixes Galore!

Sprint and HTC are all set to release a software update for the HTC EVO 3D. The new software update aims at squashing bugs, and to improve the overall performance and stability of the phone.

Here is the full change-log of the update, thanks to Android Central -:

  • Fixes the device lockscreen stuck in “half-state”
  • Ability to transfer all contacts over Bluetooth
  • Fixed the date mis-match issue between contacts and Facebook when synced
  • Fixed the random GPS coordinates issue
  • The lock screen now displays three digit temperatures correctly
  • Fixed the Spiderman demo lockups
  • Allows more pre-loaded content to be uninstalled by the user
  • Spiderman, Watch and Qik have been updated to the latest version
Most importantly, post this software update, Sprint EVO 3D owners will be able to unlock the boot loaders on their handset, using the recently released web-based unlocking tool from HTC.
Sprint will start rolling out the software update (v2.08.651.2) from today via OTA. EVO 3D owners can also manually check for the update, by going to Settings->About Phone-> Software update, and selecting the ‘Check for updates’ option.

 

Apple Releases First Public Update For OS X Lion

Almost a month after it’s launch, Apple has released the first maintenance update for OS X Lion. Following in the trend of the past, it is available for download via the Software Update utility. The download for my MacBook Pro was only about 16MB, and installed almost instantly. The change log was:

  • Address an issue that may cause system to become unresponsive when playing a video in Safari
  • Resolve an issue that may cause system audio to stop working when using HDMI or optical audio out
  • Improve the reliability of Wi-Fi connections
  • Resolve an issue that prevents transfer of your data, settings, and compatible applications to a new Mac running OS X

Personally, I am very happy to see this update. I had been having trouble with my MacBook Pro staying on Wi-Fi networks, either secured or open. Hopefully it will stop dropping my connection now that i have updated Lion to 10.7.1.

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Interestingly enough, there is a separate version of the update available for the 2011 MacBook Air and Mac mini. It brings the above changes, plus a couple extra lines. Those extra changes are:

  • Resolves an issue where MacBook Air may boot up when MagSafe Adapter is attached
  • Resolve an issue causing intermittent display flickering on MacBook Air
  • Resolve an issue that causes the SD card slot in Mac mini to run at reduced speed with SD and SDHC media

While this isn’t a huge change, it’s probably the last we will see before we get the big iCloud update. Developers already have 10.7.2, which is the current beta that has iCloud integration. While we aren’t sure when that update will come, we do know it will happen sometime this fall.

Were you experiencing any issues with Lion so far? Are you excited about iCloud launching soon? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

HTC Sensation Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out!

HTC Sensation owners over at XDA forums are reporting that HTC have started rolling out a new software update for their sensational handset – the Sensation.

The new software update bumps up the Android OS version to 2.3.4, and brings some much needed performance improvements and bug-fixes. The update also includes Google Talk with video-chatting capabilities. Users who installed the OTA update, also reported less ‘Sense’ rosie launcher re-loading issue, and improvements in touch  screen  scrolling.

The software update also contains a new HBOOT. This means that post the update, Sensation owners would be able to unlock the boot loader on their handset, once the web-based unlock tool from HTC goes live sometime this month.

Sensation owners, who have already managed to get S-OFF and root using revolutionary, are recommended to stay away from this OTA update. The new version of HBOOT is incompatible with the revolutionary app at the moment. They should wait until developers update the app to support the new HBOOT version.

The OTA update carries the version number 1.45.401, and is currently being rolled out in Europe. Hopefully, HTC will manage to complete the roll-out by the end of August, and release the web-based unlocking tool in time as well.

 

Motorola XOOM Android 3.1 Honeycomb Update Rolling Out in Europe

Motorola has finally deemed the XOOM owners in Europe worthy enough for a software update. While XOOM owners in the U.S. started receiving the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update this weekend, European owners will be getting the Android 3.1 HC update now.

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The Android 3.1 Honeycomb update mainly aims at improving the core stability of the apps, along with improvements in 2D rendering. The update also brings scrollable widgets, and removes the 5 app limit from the multi-task switcher.

Motorola is rolling out the update in stages, so it will take quite some time before some XOOM owners get the update. I am talking about weeks and not days here.

I guess XOOM owners should not even think about the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update before in the next couple of months. Impatient XOOM owners in Europe can always head over to XDA forums, and download and install the Android 3.2 Honeycomb ROM.

The XOOM was the first Android tablet to launch with Honeycomb on-board. However, it is among the slowest tablets out there to get updated to the latest version of Honeycomb. The most popular Android tablet, Asus EeePad Transformer, got its Android 3.2 Honeycomb update a couple of weeks ago!

HTC Inspire 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

HTC has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for AT&T”s version of the Desire HD, the Inspire 4G. The software update brings a number of enhancements and features, including enhancements in Sense UI and the usual Gingerbread goodies.

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Sadly, the update does not include the latest version of Sense (v3.0), which supports widgets and shortcuts on the lock screen. HTC however has tweaked the Sense UI to include toggles on the notification bar, along with an updated app drawer. The copy-&-paste method and battery life of the handset have also been tweaked.

Here is the full changelog from the folks over at Phandroid:

  • Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread
  • New HTC Senseâ„¢ features
    • Updated Application Tray features
    • Updated FriendStreamâ„¢ features
    • Added Quick Settings in the Notifications window
  • Improved Power Management function
  • Improved media experience
  • Various minor bug fixes

Inspire 4G owners can either wait for the OTA update to hit their phone, or they can manually download and install the update from here. Alternatively, they can pull the update from AT&T’s server by going to Settings->About Phone and selecting the Check for updates’ option.

Nokia X7 and E6 Firmware Updated To V22

Nokia has released a new software update for the recently released Symbian Anna running handsets the E6 and X7. The firmware updates for both the handsets are minor in nature and mainly fix some bugs and bring about the usual improvement in performance and stability.

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The new software update (v22.014) also updates the core applications of the phone. The Web’ app has been updated, with improvements in Kinetic scrolling, and page rendering. The Social’ app now sports a new icon as well. There are also minor improvements in USB connectivity and Mail for exchange.

The new software update is available either via OTA (Over-the-Air), or by using Nokia Ovi Suite/Software Updater. Both the handsets feature UDP, so users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update. However, it is always recommended to make a backup of your important data before proceeding with the firmware update. You never know when things can go wrong, and you end up bricking your phone!

The update is not yet available in all regions, so X7 and E6 users need to be a bit patient before they get the update.

Motorola XOOM 3G Android 3.2 Honeycomb Update Rolling Out Now

Google released Android 3.2 Honeycomb without much fanfare. The Asus EeePad Transformer, which is the most popular Android Honeycomb based tablet out there, got the update last week. Now, Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out the Android 3.2 update for the first ever Honeycomb tablet, the XOOM 3G.

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The Android 3.2 update brings some new features, and some much needed performance and stability improvements for the core apps. First and foremost, HC 3.2 brings a screen scaling compatibility mode, which is similar to the one found in iPad. On a single tap, users can double the pixel of the incompatible app, making it usable to a certain extent. Something is better than nothing, after all!

Post this update, XOOM owners can also finally make use of the SD card slot present in the tablet. There are also improvements in Google Movie rentals, streaming support and Exchange ActiveSync.

Motorola has already started rolling out the update, and aims to complete the roll-out within the next 2 weeks. Impatient XOOM owners can find the required files to update their tablet to Android 3.2 Honeycomb, over at XDA forums.