Last year, HTC launched its 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. Back in March, HTC has promised to roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for 16 smartphones, including the HTC EVO 3D.
HTC has already rolled out the Android 4.0 update in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. However, the EVO 3D owners in India were still waiting to get their hands on the Android 4.0 OS. Now, we have good news for the folks in India. HTC India recently tweeted that the company has started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this unique smartphone in India.
The latest update brings the Sense 3.6 UI, system bar enhancements, lock screen actions including pull down notifications and adjust volume while device is locked, re-sizeable widgets, data usage controls, advanced voice and text input, improved menu structure, face unlock, home screen folders, improved battery life, improved text input and spell checking and much more.
The size of the update is 300 MB and it bumps the HTC EVO 3D to 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. This update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). 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. If you have already received this update, then let us know in the comments section below.
Asus has started rolling out another software update for its newly released Transformer Pad 300 tablet. Asus had rolled-out another software update for the Pad 300 last month, that mainly improved performance, fixed bugs and improved GPS.
The new software update also fixes some bugs, but is mainly targetted towards improving the camera performance of the device.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
TF300T ICS v18.104.22.168
– SYSTEM – improve stability of Chrome browser
– SYSTEM – improve camera performance
– Pictures more colorful
– better audio- white balance(AWB) and auto-focus(AE)
– better continues-auto-focus (CAF)
– SYSTEM – fix the bug “wifi occasionally fail to connect after resume from suspend status”
– Appbackup – fix the bug “have to key-in password again after change screen orientation”
Asus is perhaps the only Android tablet manufacturer that has been successful with its Transformer series of tablets. The company has not only released quite a few Android tablets to cater to different budgets, but it make sures that it also continuously updates them and provides them with proper software support.
Last year, HTC launched a powerful smartphone in its popular Sensation family, the HTC Sensation XL. It is the company’s first smartphone to sport the Beats Audio tag. The HTC Sensation XL was bundled with the amazing Beats Audio headphones. However, the device was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. HTC has already promised to roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for 16 smartphones, including the HTC Sensation XL. This was definitely a relief for the owners of this device.
Last month, HTC rolled out the Android 4.0 ICS update in Romania and other European countries. However, the Sensation XL owners in India were eagerly waiting to get their hands on the latest version of the Android OS. Now, the wait has finally come to an end. HTC India recently tweeted that the company has started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the HTC Sensation XL in India.
The latest update brings the Sense 3.6 UI, system bar enhancements, 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, improved text input and spell checking, advanced voice and text input, improved menu structure and much more.
HTC Sensation XL owners can download and install the update directly from the phone using Wi-Fi. You should also make sure that your battery has at least 50% charge. It is also advised to backup all your data before updating the device. If you have already received this update or if you find something new, please let us know in the comments section below.
Motorola Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx was launched exclusively for the Verizon subscribers in the US. Both the handsets were shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. Verizon and Motorola has already promised the Android 4.0 ICS update for these smartphones. Now, after waiting for months, Verizon Wireless finally rolled out the much awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the powerful Motorola Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx smartphones.
The Android 4.0 update will be rolled out in batches. It might take some days for the update to be available on your smartphone. The latest update comes with a new home screen which includes a customizable launch bar, enhanced notifications window, direct access lock screen, data usage monitor, recent apps feature, improved settings and much more. Check out the complete changelog below.
- Device is enabled for Global Roaming. Now take advantage of voice and data services in over 220 countries worldwide.
- New versions of the following applications have been added:
- Backup Assistant Plus
- Newer versions of Google Mobile Services Applications with Enhanced Features
- Video Calling Portal
- Verizon Apps Store
- Faster Browser, Enhanced experience with Visual Tabs and ability to view desktop version of web sites.
Stability and Performance Improvements:
- Improved Bluetooth Audio Quality while listening to Music
- Improvements to the Mobile Hotspot performance.
- Enhanced Email Experience with quick response options, improved auto correction & search options
- Reorganized and easier to navigate settings menu, including toggles for airplane mode, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
The latest update is numbered 6.16.211.XT912 and it bumps the Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx to Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. This update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). 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 Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx smartphones. To learn more, head over to this page.
Earlier this year, Sony announced the stunning Xperia S smartphone. This handset was announced and showcased at the Consumer Electronics show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. It is the first smartphone in the new Sony Xperia NXT series. Sony Xperia S comes with 4.3 inch HD display, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, 12 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, NFC (Near Field Communication) and much more. However, most of smartphone buyers were disappointed because Sony shipped this amazing smartphone with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.
Sony already announced that Xperia S will get the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update between late May and early June. However, the update got delayed due to some unknown reasons. Now, Sony has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 ICS update for the first smartphone of Sony Xperia NXT series.
Apart from the new features found in Ice Cream Sandwich, this update brings some enhanced apps such as the Walkman, Album and Movies which increase the media capabilities of the Xperia S smartphone. The Walkman app uses the company’s audio technology and social features to help you discover music your friends like and share your personal favorites, while the Album app allows you to sort your photos and videos more quickly and easily.
The size of the update is 200 MB. This update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). Alternatively, you can also update your Xperia S manually, just by connecting your device to the computer and use the Sony’s Bridge software. 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 might take some days to reach all the region and carrier-specific variants. Have you received this update yet? Let us know in the comments section below.
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 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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?
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.
- Re-brand to Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G
- 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.