The HTC One X is a genuine effort from HTC to make a come back in world of Android that is being dominated by Samsung’s Galaxy series. The top-notch build quality, the camera, above average battery life and a screen-to-die for makes the One X a pretty good all-rounder.
Also, unlike Samsung, HTC kept its sanity and used the Ice Cream Sandwich button layout (Back, Home and Recent app). However, since the One X does not come with on-screen navigation buttons, HTC decided to fix the missing menu button in some apps with 48 pixels of an ugly on-screen menu button, when required.
Thankfully, in the latest OTA update being rolled out to the One X from AT&T and HTC, the on-screen menu button has been removed. Instead, users are given an option to re-map the Recent app button to either menu button, with long-press for recent apps, vice versa or just a simple ‘Always open recent apps’.
The 270MB OTA update also brings with it the latest version of Ice Cream Sandwich – Android 4.0.4. Knowing AT&T and HTC, the OTA update might very well close all loopholes that were used to gain root access, so if you want to make sure that you have root access, stay away from this OTA update until the developers find another way to gain root access.
Via – Android Central
Last year, LG launched the powerful Nitro HD smartphone exclusively for the AT&T subscribers in the US. It was the carrier’s first device to feature a 720p HD screen. LG Nitro HD was shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The owners of this device finally has a reason to cheer, since the much awaited Android 4.0 update will soon hit your device.
AT&T recently announced that the LG Nitro HD will get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update starting from July 31. It will also replace the old UI with the LG’s new Optimus 3.0 user interface, which allows you to unlock the phone by swiping anywhere on the screen. It also brings additional display customization such as using your own photos as icons and shortcut images and the addition of a “Download” category in the menu for easier organization. Check out the complete changelog below.
- New lock screen actions let you conveniently jump directly to a specific application without unlocking the homescreen.
- The redesigned Gallery App and Photo Editor makes it easier to manage, show, and share photos and videos than ever before.
- An updated home screen folder and favorites tray that lets you group your apps and shortcuts logically by simply dragging one onto another.
- Enhanced multitasking capabilities let you instantly navigate from one task to another by leveraging a list in the System Bar that includes thumbnail images of all recently used apps. Just tap the thumbnail to resume using that app.
- Improved text input with an updated keyboard that supports faster text input and more accurate entries with better error correction and word suggestions.
- An app that helps you easily monitor your data usage.
- Face Unlock, a new screen-lock option that intelligently unlocks your device using facial recognition software.
This update will be available from July 31st via OTA (Over-The-Air). You can also manually update your phone, just by connecting you phone to the computer and then using the LG Mobile Phone Support tool. It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone.
Asus has started rolling out an OTA update for its phone than can transform into a tablet, which can then be transformed into an Ice Cream Sandwich running laptop – the Padfone. The new software update (v184.108.40.206) brings with it a number of bug-fixes and enhancements, along with a minor bump in the Android version to 4.0.4.
The OTA update does bring some notable improvements like the support for 64GB microSD cards, improved battery life, better stability and performance, better camera performance/quality and much more. Below is the full change-log of the update -:
- System upgrade to Android 4.0.4
- Elevate system stability and optimize the operating performance
- Optimize Dynamic Display Switch (DDS) performance
- Optimize power consumption
- Optimize Camera performance and quality
- Message / Email edit function improvement
- Group Edit
- Email update frequency, “peak time” and “Off peak time” setting feature added.
- Optimize Input method
- SD card support to 64GB
- Super Note function added
- Reset the password
- Hand Writing Recognition Speed
- Device tracking and data protection support.
Padfone owners can either manually pull the OTA update from under Settings -> About -> System Firmware Update -> Check Update or by manually downloading and installing the firmware from Asus website.
Via – Android Police
Last year, Sprint launched the HTC’s first 3D smartphone, the HTC EVO 3D. This handset allows you to record 2D videos in full HD (1080p) and 3D videos in HD (720p), thanks to its 5 megapixel dual cameras. HTC EVO 3D was shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. HTC has already started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the international variant. However, the HTC EVO 3D owners on Sprint were left behind.
Sprint finally announced the Android 4.0 update for the HTC EVO 3D smartphone. This update will bring the usual ICS goodies along with numerous enhancements and new features. Sprint has also confirmed the Android 4.0 update for the HTC EVO Design 4G smartphone. If you own one of these devices, then check out the complete changelog below.
- A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
- Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
- Redesigned camera app which introduces scenes like Panorama and effects such as Vignette, Depth of Field, Vintage and Posterize
- Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites and see your open tabs in a new layout
- People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
- Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
- Redesigned Gmail app that lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly and search for emails even without a data connection
- Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera
HTC EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G owners will get this update starting from early-August. This update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. Even though, HTC EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G won’t get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, the owners of these handset will at least have something better than nothing.
Samsung has started rolling out another software update for the Galaxy S III in India. This is the second OTA update for the handset, within a couple of months of its release. While the first OTA update only brought some under the hood changes along with a kernel and baseband update, this new update actually brings one nifty feature – a brightness slider bar right in the notification bar. Apart from this, the 73MB OTA update hopefully brings about some improvement and stability fixes.
The original Galaxy S and the Galaxy S II had an option to control the brightness by sliding the finger across the notification bar. This nifty little feature was appreciated by the whole Android community, and was even ported to CM7 and CM9. However, for some strange reason Samsung had removed this feature in the Galaxy S III. This is the same update that Samsung started rolling out internationally just a week ago.
If you live in India and have not already got the update, head over to Settings -> About Device and select the ‘Software Update’ option.
It looks like Google has started rolling out a minor software update for the Nexus 7. The update is barely an MB in size, 859KB to be precise, and does not bring any noticeable changes. The update does however bump the Android build number to JRO03D.
The update does not remove the universal search feature, so at this point it really remains a mystery as to what this update brings. Possibly, Google rolled out this update to either fix some serious security issues or to circumvent any patent.
If you own a Nexus 7, and have not already got the update, head over to Settings -> About Device and select the System Update buttons. The update will then automatically show up and start downloading.
Via – Droid-Life
Sprint recently rolled out a couple of software updates for the popular HTC EVO 4G LTE and Motorola Photon 4G smartphones. Google Wallet service on the EVO 4G LTE was broken from the day one. Thankfully, the latest update fixes this issue. On the other hand, the software update for Motorola Photon 4G brings support for full HD (1080p) video recording and playback.
The latest update for EVO 4G LTE is numbered 1.22.651.3 and it comes with important enhancements and fixes for Google Wallet, Wifi disconnect issue, time zone issue and much more. The Motorola Photon 4G software update brings enhancements for WiFi hotspot, improved music playback and so on. Check out the complete changelog after the break.
HTC EVO 4G LTE Update:
Description of enhancements/fixes:
- Google security updates
- Wifi disconnect issue
- Time zone issue
- Google Wallet fix
- Side loaded video pause issue
- Random power cycling issue
- Pioneer Bluetooth Car Kit connection issu
- Gallery app crash
- Calendar reminder (all day even time) issue
Motorola Photon 4G Update
- More easily import contacts from SD card.
- Improved music playback, both streaming from Amazon Cloud or Internet Radio services and music saved to the phone – minimizes occasional skips or -repeats
- Enhancements for WiFi hotspot in GSM/UMTS mode and adding new WiFi connections.
- Now supports 1080p HD video capture, and enhanced video settings for more responsive playback.
- Easier creating and accepting calendar meeting notices on the phone.
The size of the update for HTC EVO 4G LTE is just 42 MB. These updates will be easily available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.
Samsung Galaxy S II is the predecessor of the recently launched Galaxy S III smartphone. This handset was announced and showcased last year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. Earlier this year, Samsung Galaxy S II won “The Best Smartphone Of The Year” award by GSMA. Samsung managed to sell more than 20 million units of this device in just 10 months. The Samsung Galaxy S II was shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, which was the latest version of Android at the time of launch. During the end of 2011, Google announced the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS and Samsung promised to roll out this update in early 2012.
Samsung Galaxy S II finally received the much awaited Android 4.0 ICS update for the first time in March. This update was available only for the unlocked international variant of Galaxy S II in the European region. Two months later, the update was rolled out in other countries including Australia and India. The carrier locked Galaxy S II variant in the US was the last to receive this update in June.
The last update was based on the Android 4.0.3. However, Samsung has started rolling out a new software update for the Samsung Galaxy S II in Russia. The latest firmware update is numbered I9100XWLPM and it bumps the handset to the latest Android 4.0.4 OS. This update is currently available only for the international variant of Galaxy S II. This update does not bring any major changes. However, the owners of this device are reporting some additional Russian apps.
You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. On the other hand, you can also connect your device to your computer and check for the update using the Samsung Kies software. This update will be rolled out to other region in the coming months.
Last year, LG unveiled the first smartphone in the Prada series, the LG Prada 3.0. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) Operating System. LG has already promised to roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update during the Q2 of 2012. However, it got delayed due to some unknown reason. Now, the carrier unlocked variant of LG Prada 3.0 in Germany and Italy has started receiving the much-awaited Android 4.0 ICS update. If you own this device, check out the complete changes and new features below.
The latest update comes with some usability improvements and applications multitasking, Face Recognition (Face Unlock), mobile data management, improved text input and spell checking, improved menu structure, home screen folders, system bar enhancements, advanced voice input, improved email and web browsing, re-sizable widgets, improved battery life and much more.
The latest update bumps the LG Prada 3.0 Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. 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 and then using the LG Mobile Phone Support tool. 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.
This update is currently available only in Germany and Italy. LG Prada 3.0 owners in other region are expected get this update before the end of this month. If you find any new features after updating your device, then do let us know in the comments section below. To learn more about the update procedure, head over to this page.
Nokia has confirmed that it has started rolling out the PR 1.3 (v40.2012.21-3) software update for its last MeeGo powered handset, the N9. The update will be rolled out in batches over the next few weeks, with the non-branded N9 variants slated to receive the update first.
At the moment it is known whether the update is a major one or not. The official change-log from Nokia reads that there are “over 1000 quality improvements including Mail, Facebook, Twitter, minor network & connectivity improvements.” The company has not really provided any more information about this update, so consider those 1000+ quality enhancements as bug-fixes rather than any actual enhancements. Like any other software update, the PR1.3 update for the N9 will also bring the general performance and stability boost.
Since Nokia has not provided much information about the update, don’t except PR1.3 to bring any new major changes or enhancements.