Sony Ericsson Live View Gets A Software Update

Sony Ericsson has released a firmware update for its Live View micro display accessory. The Sony Ericsson Live View has a small 1.3-inch OLED display which connects to your Android powered phone via Bluetooth.

The small OLED display will display all the relevant information from your phone including music player controls, social networking site updates, caller ID etc. Sony Ericsson also released the API of the Live View to developers. This allowed developers to create some nifty plugins for the Live View.

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However, at the time of its launch the Live View was plagued with stability and performance issues as well as Bluetooth connectivity issues with other Android based handsets.

Today, Sony Ericsson has released a software update for the Live View which improves the performance and stability of the device. The update also improves the compatibility of the device with other Android 2.2 based handsets.

Here is the official change-log of the update from Sony Ericsson Product Blog :

  • Improved stability in the phone application (latest update available on Android Market as of minutes ago)
  • Improved plug-in handling and limit of number of installed plug-ins raised to 30.
  • Connection stability improved most identified reasons for random disconnects should be fixed now.
  • There were some cases of random reboots reported, and all those reported crashes have now been resolved.
  • Compatibility with competitor phones is greatly improved, both in regards to stability and to battery life time.
  • Automatic reconnect when coming back in range improved.

Nevertheless, some stability and connectivity issues still exist which can be fixed by rebooting the Live View. The Live View from Sony Ericsson is the perfect example of a great idea which was executed in the wrong manner. The device should have been priced a bit lower and with better compatibility with other Android running handsets.

Live View owners can update the device by using Sony Ericsson’s Update Service software.

Apple Pushing Out iOS 4.3 Beta 2 To Developers

Just as you would expect with any modern smartphone sold nowadays, continued support is in very high demand, namely software support and updates. Unlike Android, iOS has very controlled hardware that it runs on and only devices sanctioned (read: designed and built) by Apple get the thumbs up for iOS. This gives Apple the great ability to control the user experience and control what features a user has access to and what they don’t.

With the update of iOS 4.3b2, developers should expect a slew of new features including the ability to create a personal hotspot on the device (for WiFi tethering) and some new API for gesture control. Apple has indicated that end-users may not be getting gesture support once 4.3 goes live and it is mainly for developers to test their applications, implement gesture support or ensure that their code does not conflict with any changes.

You can register as a developer (you’ll need to fork over $99 while doing that) to get access to this beta directly from Apple and you’ll receive access to the firmware images that support the Apple TV, iPad, iPhone 4 and 3GS as well as the 3rd and 4th generation iPod Touch. As always, the XCode and Apple SDK are available to download as well.

Most users will want to stay on the carrier supported release, since this is technically beta firmware and is aimed at developers who want to get a jump on gesture controls and any other API calls that Apple has added in.

It’s rumoured that the 3rd beta will be released within a few weeks and should be the final seed before iOS 4.3 is release sometime in February.

Minecraft Hits the One Million Mark, Updates to 1.2

Before we get on with this post, I want to ask you, the reader, what the number one followed by six zeroes actually implies. In terms of dollar bills, one million $1 bills would weigh just over 1 ton. However, since a copy of Minecraft does not sell for $1 (it sells now for $20 and was sold for $13 earlier), Minecraft developer @notch has about 13 to 20 tons of $1 bills in his bank account. (More correctly they are in his company, Mojang Specifications’ bank account).

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What is more phenomenal is that this game is not even a fully polished, fully released version. It’s still beta. So when a post saying that Minecraft has sold one million copies is titled Exclamation Mark, it is very understated. As an honorary, the millionth customer was given a custom unique cloak to use in multiplayer games:-

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That’s all very nice and all, but what is the point of all this if the game is not updated at all? Thankfully no one got to ask that question the devs of Minecraft released v1.2 yesterday to a huge amount of happy sighs from the customers. The awesome bits of the new update are note blocks (which you can tune and play). I can’t wait to see Rube Goldberg machines made out of this that play the Mario theme or something. Trust me that’s going to happen sometime.

The full list of updates are on Notch’s tumblr. Have fun playing with all the new goodies!

Swype For Symbian Snags A Slight Update

If you’re a Nokia touch screen user, you should be thrilled to know that Swype for Symbian 5th Edition has received an update that brings along better language support and finally gives the ability to copy and paste in the Settings and Edit Layer menu.

Swype allow the user to input text by simply “tracing” over the letters on the keyboard, without lifting a finger. Swype uses large dictionaries for the auto-correct algorithm, so ensuring you have an up to date language pack is essential. The Ovi Store has over 20 different packs that can be downloaded. For a complete list of supported languages, visit the Nokia BetaLabs Blog.

Windows Phone 7 To Get Update In January?

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It’s no surprise that Windows Phone 7 was let out the gate with a few essential smartphone features missing, most notably being copy and paste. Well, during a CES keynote, Steve Ballmer indicated that an update would be available soon, but anybody who digs a little deeper would see that Microsoft has a “Windows Phone 7 Updates” page that shows January right in ASP document file name plain as day – http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/features/january-update.aspx

In addition to bringing copy and paste, the next update will include better filtering and searching for apps and games in the Marketplace as well as speed optimisations to continue “getting you to the things you love, easier and faster.”. Thanks to the built-in update mechanism in Windows Phone 7, your device will automatically notify you of an update when it becomes available.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Update Imminent In The United States

Samsung has been slowly rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for its Galaxy S series all over the world including Canada and India. The update roll out has not been a smooth one and Samsung had to pull back its Android 2.2 update in many regions due to buggy firmwares.

However, Samsung has been totally ignoring the 3 million plus Galaxy S variants owners in the United States until now. The company has not even mentioned when they will be rolling out the update in the States.

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However, now it looks like Sammy is all set to roll out the update for three of the Galaxy S variants – the Vibrant, Epic 4G and the Fascinate – in the States. Only the AT&T branded Galaxy S variant Captivate and the dual-screen Samsung Continuum are left out from this Froyo party.

The U.S product pages of all the three handsets mentioned before have been updated by Samsung to show that they are running on Android 2.2. The only thing left now for Samsung is to officially roll out the Android 2.2 update for the handsets. Hopefully, all the Galaxy S variants in the U.S will get their Froyo update by January 2011.

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HTC Desire HD Android 2.2.1 Update Rolling Out Now

HTC is rolling out a software update for the recently released Desire HD. Sadly; the OTA update is not an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update as many Desire HD owners are hoping for. The OTA software update bumps the Android version on the handset to 2.2.1 and brings with it performance improvements and bug fixes. The OTA update weighs in at 40MB and will up the software version on the HD to 1.72.405.3.

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The update reportedly improves the general performance as well as the camera performance of the device. Apparently, the quality of the 720p HD recording has improved as well. HTC is also rolling out another software update for the HTC Desire which bumps the software version to 2.29.405.2. The software update brings the latest version of Android Market along with some speed improvements.

HTC still has not mentioned on when they will be rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for all its handsets. Hopefully, the company will release the Gingerbread handsets for most of its popular handsets before Q1 of 2011 ends.

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Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Update Available For All Networks In The U.K.

Samsung has been slowly rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the various Galaxy S variants in different regions of the world. Today, Samsung UK gave a surprise to all Galaxy S owners in the U.K by making the Android 2.2 update available on all networks.

The company made this announcement from their official Twitter account. Here is what the company tweeted-:

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This piece of news is surely going to please a lot of Galaxy S owners in the U.K. Galaxy S owners need to use Samsung KIES software to update their handset to Android 2.2. Users can download KIES from this link. Samsung had earlier released the Android 2.2 update for Three UK and T-Mobile UK branded Galaxy S variants.

I seriously hope that Samsung will release the Android 2.2 update for the various Galaxy S variants in the United States before the year ends. Otherwise, Samsung sure are going to piss off a lot of Galaxy S owners in the States.

Motorola Droid Pro Gets A Minor Software Update

At the beginning of this month, Motorola and Verizon rolled out software updates for the Droid X and the original Droid. Now, they are all set to roll a software update for another Droid branded handset the Droid Pro. The software update for the Droid Pro is a pretty minor one and mainly fixes some bugs and improves the stability and performance of the device.

The OTA update weighs in at 15.9MB and is numbered V2.26.60.

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Here is the official change-log from Verizon itself :

* Improved audio on voice calls.
* Improved stability and performance.
* User interface display now refreshes when user switches from GSM/UMTS communication to Global Mode.
* Device now prepends 011 to Country Code to send SMS messages.
* Global Mode no longer resets when connecting to a USB charger.
* Visual Voice Mail now detects airplane mode while Wi-Fi is active.
* Prompt return to full screen brightness after wake-up

Droid Pro owners can pull’ the update from Verizon’s server by going to Settings->About Phone-> System Updates. Alternatively, they can wait for the OTA update to be pushed to their handset.

Via Droid Life

Google Nexus S Gets Its First OTA Update – GRH78

Just after a week of its launch, the Google Nexus S is getting its first software update over the air. The OTA (Over-The-Air) update weighs in at 1.9MB and carries the build number GRH78, up from the previous GRH55 build number. There is no official change-log but looking at the size of the OTA, don’t expect wonders. Apparently, the update mainly fixes some bugs and Maps fixes’.

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MoDaCo owner Paul posted on XDA with regard to the OTA update :

Super quick GRH78 analysis – changes to framework.jar, kernel and Maps.apk. That’s about it.

Nexus S owners can either wait for the update to be pushed to their phone or enter *#*#checkin#*#* manually and get the update.