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Asus Rolls Out Another Software Update For Transformer Prime – Brings Face Unlock To The Tablet

Asus has yet again started rolling out a new software update for its Transformer Prime tablet. The new update is a pretty minor one, and aims at fixing a few bugs along with adding the Face Unlock feature.

Below is the full change-l0g of the update -:

  • GPS dongle fix & local notification
  • Ethernet UI support to set Ethernet connect policy when screen off
  • Add system bar lock settings for showing/hiding system info
  • Enable Face Unlock feature
  • Support Bluetooth HDP
  • Third party app upgrade
  • Other bug fixes

The update is being rolled out in the form of a phased OTA update in certain regions of the world, so please be patient if you have not already received the update.

Ever since Asus launched the Transformer Prime late last year, the company has been working on supporting the tablet and releasing timely software update for it. In fact, the Asus Transformer Prime has now got more software updates than Motorola XOOM, which was Google’s base platform to release Android 3.0 Honeycomb, ever did. No wonder Google has teamed up with Asus to release its $199 Nexus tablet.

Samsung Galaxy S III Get Its First Software Update – Improves RAM Management, Updates Kernel and More!

Samsung has started rolling out a new software update for its recently released flagship handset, the Galaxy S III. The new update bumps the firmware version to LF2, but does not bring any major or noticeable changes along with it.

The official change-log from Samsung only states that the update brings about some stability and performance improvements. Users who have already got the update are reporting that the OTA update also includes a new updated kernel. The update also fixes the slow response time of the Home button, making it much more usable.

The update is around 9MB in size, and also improves the RAM management and the Cell standby battery drain issue as reported by many Galaxy S III owners over at XDA.

At the moment, the update is being rolled out only to the unlocked/unbranded variants of the Galaxy S III in United Kingdom. Galaxy S III owners can update their handset either via OTA or by using Samsung’s KIES software.

Verizon’s Motorola XOOM To Receive Ice Cream Sandwich On June 4th

Looks like Verizon is on a roll here! A couple of days before the big red carrier started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Nexus. Today, the carrier has announced that it will start rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola XOOM from June 4th.

The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the XOOM will bring with it many new features including performance and stability improvements, improved speech-to-text technology, face unlock, a new keyboard, a new app drawer, an in-built photo editor with basic editing functionalities and more.

Motorola had already released the Android 4.0.4 update for the XOOM, but it was only for the Wi-Fi edition of the tablet. The updates for the 4G LTE + Wi-Fi edition had to go through further testing from Verizon, which is the main reason for the delay of the update. The testing took so much of time that Google was able to roll-out Android 4.0.4 for the Wi-Fi edition of the XOOM, while the 4G LTE variant was still stuck with Honeycomb.

Verizon’s Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Update To Be Available “Soon”

Back in early May, Google and Verizon had started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for some of its business customers. Now, nearly a month after the initial roll-out, Verizon has updated its support document pages to reflect the roll-out the Android 4.0.4 update for the “general” users will begin “soon”.

The Android 4.0.4 update for the Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus will bring with it tons of bug fixes, improved performance and stability and a new radio to fix the poor 4G network reception and data drop issue that some users are facing. Below is the full change-log of the update -:

Email, Messaging & Data

  • Email messages will display properly when the text size is set to large.
  • When sending a multimedia message to an Outlook email address, the file extension will send, allowing the recipient to successfully open an image.
  • Successfully deleted emails on the device will be deleted from the desktop as well.
  • Successfully send text messages without experiencing network connectivity issues.
Applications
  • When viewing a Calendar reminder or appointment, you will now be able to view the full notes associated with the appointment.
  • A down arrow has been added in the Calendar application that will expand the calendar message body, allowing you to view the entire message.
Device Features
  • Successfully turn on Wi-Fi using the Power Control widget.
  • Updates have been made to prevent the display from freezing or becoming unresponsive.
  • Complete calls without experiencing choppy audio, clicking noises and one-way audio noises.
  • Successfully access Voicemail and other automated systems without error.
The update is not yet live, but Verizon representatives state that the update should go live “soon”. The Android 4.0.4 update will be first software update the handset will receive in nearly six months after its release. So much for being a Nexus handset, eh?

Samsung Exhibit II 4G Gets The Android 2.3.6 Update

Last year, Samsung launched the Android powered Samsung Exhibit II 4G smartphone. This handset is exclusively available for the T-Mobile subscribers in the US. Samsung Exhibit II 4G is the successor of the popular Samsung Exhibit 4G smartphone. It was originally shipped with the Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. It was later updated to the Android 2.3.5 OS.

Now, T-Mobile is rolling out a new update for the Samsung Exhibit II 4G smartphone. This update does not brings the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. However, the latest update is numbered T679UVLE1 and it bumps the device to Android 2.3.6 OS. It also re-brands the smartphone from Samsung Exhibit II 4G to Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G. Check out the complete changelog below.

samsung exhibit ii 4g

Changelog:

New Features:

  • Re-brand to Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G

Improvements:

  • Google Security Fix
  • Device stability improvements
  • Wi-Fi Calling audio improvements
  • Camera app improvements
  • Swype corporate email improvements

The size of the update is just 33 MB. This update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air) and KIES. If you still haven’t received the update, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. This update will be available till June 15, 2012. To learn more, head over to this page.

HTC Sensation XL Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Rolling Out Now

HTC started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Sensation back in March, and followed it up with the ICS release for various variants of the handsets in the next couple of months.

Beginning from today, HTC has also started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for another handset from the Sensation series, the Sensation XL. Unlike all other handsets in the Sensation series, the Sensation XL is powered by a single core but packs in a mammoth 4.7-inch display with a disappointingly low WVGA (480*800) resolution.

The ICS update for the Sensation XL will bring with it Android 4.0.3 on-board with all of its new features like data usage tracking, face unlock, GPU rendered UI and more. HTC’s Sense skin will also get updated to v3.6 post this update, which does not bring much visual changes.

Keep in mind that since the Sensation XL packs in a single core processor, Ice Cream Sandwich will not run as smooth on it as on the other Sensation branded dual-core phones. The performance will still remain pretty smooth except when the phone is under heavy load, thanks to the higher clock speed (1.5GHz) of the single core SoC.

The update is already available to download in Romania with the roll-out slowly expanding to other regions of the world.

Xperia Arc And Xperia Neo Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update

Last month, Sony rolled out the Android 4.0 update for the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Ray and Xperia Neo V smartphones. The company has also confirmed that the popular Xperia Play gaming smartphone will not get the Android 4.0 update. This is definitely a bad news for the Xperia Play owners, but we have good news for the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo owners.

xperia arc

Sony has finally rolled out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo smartphones. The latest update is numbered 4.1.B.0.431 and it bumps the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo to Android 4.0.4 OS. It comes with some usability improvements and applications multitasking, Face Recognition (Face Unlock), mobile data management, improved text input and spell checking, improved menu structure and much more.

Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will need to manually update your phone, just by connecting you phone to the computer. It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. If you find any new features after updating your device, then do let us know in the comments section below.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II Gets A Software Update

Samsung Galaxy S II needs no introduction. Samsung has already managed to sell 20 million units of the powerful Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone in less than 10 months of its official launch. This handset was launched last year exclusively for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint customers in the US. Samsung Galaxy S II was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The international version of this handset has already received the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update. However, the Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile variants of Galaxy S II are still waiting to taste the Ice Cream Sandwich.

T-Mobile recently started rolling out a new software update for the Samsung Galaxy S II. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that, it is not the much-awaited Android 4.0 ICS update you’ve been waiting for. The T-Mobile’s variant of Galaxy S II was facing the problem of random reboots from a long time. The latest update fixes the random reboot issue as well as it brings stability improvements. The complete changelog is posted after the break.

Samsung Galaxy S II

Changelog:

  • Random reboot/power off fixed
  • Device stability improvements
  • Qualcomm chip patch
  • Google Security fixes

The latest update is numbered T989UVLDE and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that your battery is fully charged, before updating the device. This update will be available for download until June 22, 2012. To learn more, head over to this page at T-Mobile.

T-Mobile Rolls Out The Android 4.0 ICS Update For HTC Amaze 4G

T-Mobile is on a roll! Last week, T-Mobile rolled out the Android 4.0 update for the HTC Sensation 4G. Now, the wireless carrier finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the HTC Amaze 4G. This handset was launched in the second half of 2011 and it was shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

The HTC Amaze 4G is a powerful smartphone, featuring a 4.3 inch qHD Super LCD touch-screen display, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with auto face detect and much more. Back in March, HTC promised the Android 4.0 update for the HTC Amaze 4G, HTC Sensation 4G and 14 other smartphones. After waiting for nearly 2 month, HTC Amaze 4G will finally taste the Ice Cream Sandwich. Check out the new features and improvements below.

htc amaze 4g

Changelog:

New Features:

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Sense 3.6
  • System bar enhancements to easily view recent apps.
  • Re-sizeable widgets
  • Lock screen actions including pull down notifications and adjust volume while device is locked.
  • Data usage controls.
  • Face Unlock
  • Home screen folders
  • Improved battery life

Improvements:

  • Improved text input and spell checking
  • Improved menu structure

The latest update is numbered 2.14.531.3710RD and it bumps the HTC Amaze 4G to Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. You should make sure that your device is not rooted and has at least 50% or more battery before updating the device. You can manually update your device or you can even get this update via OTA (Over-The-Air). It is advised to backup all you data before updating the HTC Amaze 4G smartphone. To learn more, head over to this page.

Motorola Delays Android 4.0 Update For Droid RAZR To Late Q2; Others In Q3

Own a Motorola handset? Here is some bad news for you! Motorola has updated its Ice Cream Sandwich update timeline to reflect the delay of Android 4.0 update progress for its handsets. The Motorola Droid RAZR, RAZR MAXX and the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi + 4G devices will taste Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in the next couple of months i.e. before Q2 of 2012 ends. A whopping 6 months after Google pushed Ice Cream Sandwich to AOSP.

For all other handsets, like the Atrix 2, Droid 4, Atrix 4G, the Droid Bionic and the Xyboard tablets, the Ice Cream Sandwich update will land sometime in Q3. Motorola is the only company, apart from LG, that has not updated any of its devices to Ice Cream Sandwich, except for the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi only edition. The company has also confirmed that the Droid X2, which was launched less than a year ago, will not get the Ice Cream Sandwich update.

With Google I/O a month away, I am sure by the time Motorola will update the RAZR to Ice Cream Sandwich, Google would have announced a new version of Android. As if the locked bootloader on their phones were not enough, the slow update process of the company’s handset is another icing on the cake to never buy a Motorola branded Android handset.

Via – Motorola

T-Mobile Rolls Out The Android 4.0 ICS Update For HTC Sensation 4G

As the name suggest, HTC Sensation 4G is the 4G variant of the popular HTC Sensation smartphone. This handset is exclusively available for the T-Mobile subscribers in the US. The HTC Sensation 4G was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Back in March, HTC promised the Android 4.0 update for the HTC Sensation 4G and 15 other smartphones.

After waiting for nearly 2 months, T-Mobile finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the HTC Sensation 4G. The latest update is numbered 3.32.531.14710RD and it bumps the HTC Sensation 4G to Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. Check out the new features and improvements after the break.

htc sensation 4g

Changelog:

New Features:

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Sense 3.6
  • System bar enhancements to easily view recent apps.
  • Re-sizeable widgets
  • Lock screen actions including pull down notifications and adjust volume while device is locked.
  • Data usage controls.
  • Face Unlock
  • Home screen folders
  • Improved battery life

Improvements:

  • Improved text input and spell checking
  • Improved menu structure

HTC Sensation 4G will be required to add Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot feature in order to use the service after completing this update. You should make sure that your device is not rooted and has at least 50% or more battery before updating the device. It is advised to backup all you data before updating the Sensation 4G smartphone. If you find any new features after updating your device, then do let us know in the comments section below. To learn more, head over to this page.

Samsung Rolling Out The Android 4.0 Update For Galaxy S II LTE In South Korea

Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the most popular device in the history of Android smartphones. Samsung has managed to sell more than 20 million units of this device. Last year, Samsung announced two new variants of this device – the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE. As the name suggests, both the handsets support the blazing fast 4G LTE network.

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE

All of these devices originally runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Samsung already rolled out the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the original Galaxy S II smartphone. Now, the company has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphone.

This update is currently available in South Korea. It comes with some usability improvements and applications multitasking, Face Recognition (Face Unlock), Android Beam, mobile data management and much more. After the upgrade, T store or some market applications may not work properly. This update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will need to manually update the smartphone using Kies 2.0. If you find something new after this update, please let us know in the comments section below.

Verizon HTC Thunderbolt Gets A Software Update

Last year, HTC launched the powerful HTC Thunderbolt smartphone. This handset is exclusively available for the Verizon customers in the US. HTC Thunderbolt originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS. However, the device was later updated to the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. Verizon and HTC has also confirmed the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update plans for this smartphone.

HTC Thunderbolt owners will soon receive a software update on their device. However, this is not the much-awaited Android 4.0 update you have been waiting for. The latest update comes with improved data connectivity, improved device stability, resolved issues with Mobile Hotspot connectivity and much more. Check out the complete changelog below.

HTC Thunderbolt

Changelog:

  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
  • Device now supports Cisco Any for better VPN functionality.
  • Improved data connectivity.
  • Improved device stability will decrease device resets.
  • Improvements to default mail application allows Yahoo! Mail accounts to receive messages properly.
  • Resolved issues with Mobile Hotspot connectivity.
  • Incoming calls now display the correct state, when applicable.

The latest software update is numbered 2.11.605.19 710RD and it is expected to arrive soon. It can be easily downloaded from Over-The-Air (OTA). It is always advised to backup your data before updating the device. For step-by-step instructions on how to perform the download, head over to this page or check out this PDF file.

HTC Rolls Out A New Software Update For One S

After rolling out a couple of quick software updates for the HTC One X, the Taiwanese maker has finally blessed its smaller sibling – the One S – with some software update love as well. The new software update -v1.78- is around 60MB in size, and brings some under the hood changes and a few bug fixes.

Post the update, One S owners should stop seeing the virtual menu button on the One S in some of the Google apps like YouTube. Another important bug fixed by the software update is the Wi-Fi disconnection bug that has plagued quite a few One S owners right from Day 1.

The update is only meant for the European or unbranded variants of the One S, so owners of T-Mobile’s One S need to wait a little longer for a similar update. If you own a One S and have not already got the software update notification, head over to Settings -> About Phone -> Software Updates to manually check if the OTA update is available in your region or not.

Via – Android Central

Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Available

After a delay of a couple of months, Samsung has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note (N7000). Like the ICS update for the Galaxy S2, the Android 4.0 update for the Galaxy Note does not bring much visual changes, but does bring a lot of usability improvements, new features and some premium suite of apps so as to compensate for the delay in rolling out the update.

Other features brought about by this update include Face Unlock, GPU Rendering, a slightly tweaked UI, improved performance and memory management, new Google Apps and a bunch of new S-Pen optimized apps from Samsung. Below is a video of the Premium suite of apps in action on the Galaxy Note -:

The update is being rolled out via OTA in certain region, and weighs in a whopping 300MB+ in size so make sure that you have a stable net connection before proceeding with the update. The update is also available via KIES for the Galaxy Note owners in Germany.