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Looking Forward to Windows Phone in 2015

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As 2014 winds down, Windows Phone is at a crucial stage in its lifecycle. Again. Earlier in 2014, Microsoft closed the acquisition of Nokia’s hardware division and Windows 10 was launched in a Technical Preview form. Nokia’s acquisition, combined with the upcoming Windows 10-based version of the phone operating system, has perhaps resulted in a slight pause in release of true flagship devices that can compete with the latest versions of competing platforms, the iPhone and Android/Nexus lineup.

So, as we look forward to the early 2014 look at the combined Windows RT and Windows Phone OS based on Windows 10, what can Microsoft do to preserve and grow its share, both market share as well as mind share? Recently, some prominent writers have written in detail about why they are no longer using Windows Phone as their primary device. Key takeaways there were lack of proper support of the platform by the largest mobile network in the US, Verizon Wireless, as well as lack of key apps on the platform. Apps that include the likes of Slack, Trello, Snapchat, Tinder, etc.

I have my own reasons why I switched to using iPhone 5s as my primary device last year. I know Windows Phone 8.1 added Notification Center but many of the problems are still valid issues for those who care about top-end Windows Phone experience. For example, adding Action Center to store all notifications is a great start, but in order to take action on those notifications, you have to tap it which opens the app, and then you take action within the app. Android, and now even iOS to a certain extent, have actionable notifications and those need to be implemented on Windows Phone.

The broader issue with Windows Phone is that for the third year in a row, enthusiasts are made to wait for “the next version” for feature parity with iOS and Android. Meanwhile those two platforms, due to the incredible ecosystem which creates a great virtuous cycle, have implemented next-generation features that move the goal posts for Windows Phone. Also, this wait for the next version of Windows Phone only takes care of part of the problem plaguing the platform; app developers are still not flocking to the platform because in the US, where most of the innovative apps have been created in the recent past, Windows Phone is still languishing around the 3% market share. Forget Windows Phone, even choosing Android as the second platform to be supported by small developers, is hard (although that Android situation is changing slowly).

Here are some things to look forward to as yet another chapter opens for Windows phone (yes, the “p” is lower case, because rumors suggest that Windows Phone operating system will be merged with Windows RT and just called Windows 10):

Windows 10

There’s a lot of hope for Windows 10’s ARM-based OS version, the merger of Windows RT and Windows Phone. How will apps built for Windows Phone work on Windows 10? What about additional features in the OS which will create an unforeseen appetite both on the consumer side as well as on the developer side? Cortana has rightly won accolades for how well she works, but it has not moved the needle much for device sales. Granted, it is not fully launched yet, but still. Also, what else can Windows 10 do that iOS and Android don’t do, and more importantly, can Microsoft find something that Windows 10 can do which iOS and Android *won’t* be able to do?

Windows 10 Product Family
Windows 10 Product Family

Flagships

One of the issues I had with Windows Phone when I got my iPhone 5s was the increased (and justifiable) focus by Microsoft on the lower end. They see their best market potential in markets which haven’t achieved smartphone saturation yet. In those markets, Microsoft has been able to sell their entry-level devices quite well. So Microsoft making “affordable flagship” a term for mid-range devices with some high-end specifications is completely understandable.

However, many customers in the developed markets would love to get a true high-end phone that competes well with the flagship iPhone and Android devices. The Lumia 1020, for example, has no successor yet. Yes, the Lumia 1520 is a great phone but there needs to be a non-phablet version of that device to make it appealing to the larger customer base.

Lumia 1520
Lumia 1520
Lumia Icon
Lumia Icon

Updates

Yes, Microsoft did create a bypass of sorts by making it possible for any “developer” to get direct updates of the software from Microsoft. Pretty much anyone can sign up to be a “developer” by signing into App Studio online, thereby making sure any enthusiast who cares about latest OS versions, will get it directly from Microsoft. That has helped reduce the angst among the enthusiasts but it is only one part of the updates customers need; firmware that makes devices work better, is delivered by the OEMs and via the carriers. Carriers have no real urgency to complete (or in some cases, even start!) testing and delivering the firmware to Windows Phone devices.

Could Microsoft come up with a way to deliver even more firmware directly? I mean, Windows on PCs get all updates delivered directly, and if Windows 10’s mobile version is going to be like “big Windows”, then I am optimistic that most of the updates could be delivered directly by Microsoft. Having said that, could Microsoft find a way, Windows 10 or otherwise, to deliver it without the need for the device to be a developer device?

Mind share

This is a really tough nut for Microsoft to crack. Much of the mind share these days is delivery via the Microsoft-averse tech blogosphere which has settled down on Apple and Google as being the only two players worth caring about. In order to win them over, Microsoft has to climb a virtually impossible mountain but as we have seen in the enterprise/cloud space, it is not impossible. A few crucial strategic moves on the Azure/Visual Studio side have made Microsoft somewhat of a darling in the same tech press, and Microsoft has to find a similar set of moves to make on the consumer side in order to increase their mind share. I say this because even Windows Phone 8.1 is an excellent operating system and there is a lot to love there, but if the writers who write at prominent tech blogs don’t care to use it, and worse, dismiss it, it does not help. I am not sure what those strategic moves could be, but Microsoft does need to make those moves so that the tech press actually cares about writing about Windows devices.

I am optimistic about Windows 10. I like the fact that there will be one OS for phones and tablets and I look forward to seeing some of the well-established Windows Phone apps get upgraded to be Universal and work on small tablets as well. But most importantly, I want to see how Microsoft expands Windows 10 to work as one OS across phones, tablets and PCs. There are many interesting applications of having one OS work across devices of all form factors and I am curious to see how today’s excellent phone applications work on my Windows tablets. On the phone side, I am looking forward to some nice high-end devices and some marquee apps releasing their Universal versions soon.

Here’s looking forward to another exciting year for Microsoft and Windows!

Verizon Galaxy S III Gets A Major Bug-Squashing Update

Verizon’s Galaxy S III was originally launched with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Few months after its launch, the wireless operator rolled out a new update which brought an updated kernel and baseband that helped in improving the reception and performance of the handset. Few months later, Verizon finally released the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update.

Today, Verizon is rolling out a major bug-squashing update for the Samsung Galaxy S III. This update allows you to transfer content easily between devices with Samsung Smart Switch tool, access phone screen without unlocking device when connected via Bluetooth headset, easier NFC access, S Voice tweaks and much more. Apart from that, Verizon has also pre-loaded Flipboard and updated its caller ID app. Check out the complete changelog below.

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Changelog:

Key Device Enhancements Allows You To:

  • Access your Wi-Fi connection easily on multiple devices when in Hotspot mode
  • Use ‘bill to my Verizon Wireless Account’ when buying apps from Google Play
  • Access phone screen without unlocking device when connected via Bluetooth headset
  • Use two apps simultaneously side-byside with Multi Screen and Multi Window
  • Categorize and display images, photos and videos with Samsung Gallery
  • Sync two devices and share content seamlessly with S Beam’s ‘Auto Share Shot’
  • Transfer content easily between devices with Samsung Smart Switch tool
  • Get popup suggestions from Page Buddy when connected to accessories like a wired stereo headset
  • Tag weather, people and place information in photos and video with Contextual Tag
  • Arrange apps in order of frequency of use for faster access with Contextual App Link
  • Pick the perfect group picture from five burst shots with ‘Best Shot’
  • Select and customize specific folders by category and file type with My Files tool
  • Save MMS attachments in your Gallery for quick posting and sharing
  • Create a variety of image styles with Paper Artist tool

Additional Update Includes:

  • Removed pop-up messages ‘Refreshing SIM Data’, ‘No SIM’ and ‘SD Card Inserted’
  • New message notification tone is no longer clipped
  • Devices remain in 4G mode without dropping to 3G when Hotspot is on
  • The Burst Shot setting is no longer the default setting in the Camera application
  • Consistent functionality of the Screen Time Out feature
  • Applications running prior to sleep mode will remain open when home key is pressed
  • Backspace button will no longer clear an entire sentence – only the intended word
  • Fixed an issue where web browsing would sometimes cause the device to reset
  • Lock screen function improved when screen is idle
  • NFC is now easier to turn on
  • Device is now recognized by the computer when connected via USB cable
  • Audio distortion fixed when connected to some Car Kits is resolved
  • All devices can now receive over-the-air software updates
  • Voice recognition performance is improved with the updated S Voice Application
  • ‘Remove All’ is now ‘Close All’ in the Task Manager menu

Added The Following Pre-loaded Applications:

  • Catch up on news easily with the Flipboard
  • Recognize contacts quickly with Caller Name ID application version 1.14.16

The size of the update is just 129 MB. This update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will be automatically notified once the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.

Verizon Samsung Stratosphere Gets A Software Update

Back in 2011, Samsung launched the entry-level Stratosphere smartphone for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. This handset was specially designed for those who wanted to experience a touchscreen smartphone with physical QWERTY keypad. Samsung Stratosphere was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Sadly, this handset failed to receive the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.

Later this week, Verizon will roll out a much-needed software update for the Stratosphere users. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that the update will not bring the Android 4.0 OS. This update brings improved call clarity, improved reliability when sending emails using Outlook and much more. The complete changelog is posted below.

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Changelog:

  • Improved clarity during calls
  • Improved reliability when sending emails using Outlook
  • Improvements to Sync and Connect server have been made
  • My Verizon application has been improved
  • Improvements have been made to the Set Up Wizard to clarify what is required in the Google Setup screen
  • Correct the IMAP implementation related to the E-mail Sync and connect operation
  • The following applications have been removed as preloaded: IM, Blockbuster, Verizon Video and Verizon Vcast
  • Single Sign On application has been updated to version v3.1.9
  • VZtones version 5.1.3 has been added

Verizon is expected to roll out this update by the end of this week. You can easily download this update via Over-The-Air (OTA). To learn more, check out this PDF file.

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II Gets The Android 4.1 Update

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Stratosphere II smartphone exclusively for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. As the name suggests, this handset is the successor of the entry-level Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere. This unique smartphone comes with a touchscreen display as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II was shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Verizon has recently announced that the carrier will soon roll out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for this device. As usual, this update will brings Google Now, Project Butter, improved voice and data connectivity, new Gallery app, offline text-to-speech, better performance in camera, improved power management and advanced notifications.

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Changelog:

Device Features and Enhancements:

  • Polaris and Verizon Remote Diagnostics has been added
  • VZ Apps, Verizon Video, Zappos, Color App, and VPN Client (icon only) have been removed
  • Quick Office application has been updated to allow users to use S-Beam without downloading any external app
  • Connectivity while streaming music on Pandora has been improved
  • Improvements have been made for sending and receiving text messages
  • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity

Verizon will roll out this update in the coming days via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will be automatically notified once the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page.

Motorola Droid Razr And Razr Maxx Gets The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Last month, Motorola announced that the Verizon’s original Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx is scheduled to receive the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update by the end of this quarter. However, the manufacturer has started rolling out much sooner than expected. These handsets were originally shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, which was later updated to the Android 4.0 in mid-2012.

Motorola is currently rolling out this update in batches. It might take some days for the update to reach your smartphone. The latest update is numbered 98.72.16.XT912 and it brings smart keyboard, Google Now, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, improved voice and data connectivity and much more. Check out the complete changelog below.

droid razr maxx update

Changelog:

User Experience Updates:

  • Improved connectivity when roaming on GSM network.
  • “My Files”, “My Gallery” and “My Music” have been replaced with “Files”, “Gallery” and “Play Music”.
  • In Help Center, user will see a video for setting up Google Play Store instead of the Android Market.
  • Improved reliability and accuracy of voicemail indicator.

Messaging Updates:

  • Improved reliability with the Email and Calendar Sync.
  • User is able to use contact groups for sending a message.
  • User is able to delete email accounts from device.

Application Updates:

  • Sling and MOG application preloads have been removed.
  • Improved connectivity and reliability with 4G LTE.
  • User’s phone will sync Back Up Assistant content at scheduled time.

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 your data before updating the Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx smartphones. To learn more, head over to this page.

Samsung Ativ Odyssey Goes On Sale At Verizon For $49.99

Earlier this month, Samsung announced the mid-ranged Ativ Odyssey smartphone. This device runs on the newer Windows Phone 8 Operating System. Samsung Ativ Odyssey comes with the unique Samsung sharing applications such as Photo Editor, Mini Diary and Now, an application that provides weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly. This handset is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. If you are planning to buy one, then don’t forget to check out the complete specs below.

samsung ativ odssey

Samsung Ativ Odyssey features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, Windows Phone 8 OS, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 4G LTE Connectivity, Global Ready calling, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 1 GB RAM, Samsung ChatOn, Samsung Hub, Windows Phone Store and a 2100 mAh battery.

Verizon Wireless subscribers can get the Samsung Ativ Odyssey for just $49.99 with a 2 year service agreement. This handset is definitely useful for those, who want to experience the new Windows Phone OS without burning a hole in their pocket. To get this device, head over to this page.

Verizon Announces The Windows Phone 8 Powered Samsung Ativ Odyssey

Samsung has just added a new smartphone in its popular Ativ family, the Samsung Ativ Odyssey. This handset runs on the newer Windows Phone 8 Operating System and it will be exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. Samsung Ativ Odyssey comes with the unique Samsung sharing applications such as Photo Editor, Mini Diary and Now, an application that provides weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly.

Samsung Ativ Odyssey features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, Windows Phone 8 OS, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 4G LTE Connectivity, Global Ready calling, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, 1 GB RAM, Samsung ChatOn, Samsung Hub, Windows Phone Store and a 2100 mAh battery.

Samsung Ativ Odyssey is a Global Ready smartphone, which gives users the ability to call and email from more than 220 countries in the world. This handset will go on sale in the coming weeks. The price of this handset will be announced soon.

Samsung Galaxy Camera Goes On Sale At Verizon For $549.99

Back in August, Samsung unveiled the company’s first Android powered digital camera, the Samsung Galaxy Camera. This device runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Samsung has already launched this device in most of the European and Asian markets. The 3G variant of device is also available for the AT&T subscribers in the US. If you were looking for the 4G variant of Galaxy Camera, then we have good news for you.

Earlier this week, Verizon announced the availability of Galaxy Camera for its subscribers. Today, the big red wireless carrier has finally released the Samsung Galaxy Camera with 4G LTE in the US. This device will be available in the regular white as well as the Verizon’s exclusive Cobalt Black color.

Samsung Galaxy Camera features a large 4.8 inch HD SLCD display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 21x zoom lens, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, GPS with A-GPS, HDMI, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity and a 1650mAh battery.

AT&T is selling the HSPA+ version for $499.99, however you will need to shell out $549.99 for getting the 4G LTE version from Verizon Wireless. You will also need to subscribe to the Share Everything plan at $5 per month. If you are planning to buy this device, then just head over to this page.

Verizon Rolling Out Android 4.1 Update For Droid Razr HD And Razr Maxx HD

Last week, Verizon announced the availability of the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for the Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD smartphones. These devices were originally launched with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Today, the wireless carrier finally started rolling out this update for both Droid Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD smartphones.

The latest update is numbered 9.1.41.XT926 and it brings smart keyboard, Google Now, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, improved voice and data connectivity and much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

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Changelog:

  • Move between Home screens with more intuitive graphics and smooth transitions.
  • Enjoy more reactive and uniform touch responses.

Software Upgrades:

  • Improved voice and data connectivity.
  • Native calendar settings have been improved for a better user experience.
  • Improved reliability and connectivity of Back Up Assistant Plus & Visual Voicemail.
  • Time stamp shown in outgoing multimedia has been corrected.

Application Updates:

  • Video calling portal and Accessories Application has been preloaded.
  • Verizon Video has been removed.
  • Color Application has been removed.
  • Fully integrated Amazon app suite has been preloaded (includes Kindle, Amazon MP3, IMDb, Audible, and Zappos).

You will be automatically notified once the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Up For Pre-Order At Verizon And AT&T

The title says it all. Samsung Galaxy Note II which was announced earlier this month for Verizon and AT&T is finally up for pre-order in the US. This device will also be available for T-Mobile and US Cellular subscribers in the coming weeks. To get the most advanced and powerful phablet of this planet, Verizon and AT&T customers will need to shell out $299.99. This is not all, as the pic shown below, the Verizon’s variant of Galaxy Note II will sport the ugly carrier logo on the home button! Thankfully, the remaining carriers will not torture their customers with the worthless carrier branding.

Samsung Galaxy Note II is the company’s second phone/tablet hybrid device. It is the successor of the popular Samsung Galaxy Note phablet. The device looks quite similar to the Galaxy S III, however it sports a large 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display as well as a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor. Samsung Galaxy Note II runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out of the box. If you are still unaware of the complete features, then check out the complete specs after the break.

Samsung Galaxy Note II features a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 3100mAh battery.

You can get the Galaxy Note II in both Marble White or Titanium Grey colors. This device is currently up for pre-order for $299.99 with a 2 year service agreement. To pre-order this device, head over to AT&T or Verizon.

Verizon Droid Bionic Gets The Android 4.0.4 ICS Update

Last year, Motorola launched the powerful Droid Bionic smartphone, exclusively for the Verizon subscribers in the US. This handset comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and much more. Motorola Droid Bionic was originally shipped with the old Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

Motorola has promised the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this smartphone. On the other hand, the owners of this device were eagerly waiting for the Android 4.0 update from the last 6 months. Today, Verizon finally started rolling out the last major update for the Droid Bionic. You guessed it right!

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 so on. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

Application Updates:
Mobile IM has been removed
New versions of the following applications have been added:

  • SMARTACTIONS
  • Verizon Remote Diagnostics (VRD)
  • My Verizon
  • Amazon Kindle
  • GoTo Meeting application
  • Blockbuster application
  • Citrix Receiver

Email / Messaging:

  • Resolved issues with AOL email and AOL Connectivity Error.
  • Improved Text Message Delivery.
  • Enhanced connectivity and reliability of Visual Voicemail (VVM).

Stability and Performance Improvements:

  • Improved sync with Google® Calendar.
  • Mobile Hotspot has improved Data Connectivity.
  • Global Roaming Notification warning appears within the Verizon Wireless extended network.
  • Backup Assistant has improved connectivity and stability.
  • GetDeviceID API is now available.
  • Improvements to Google Play auto restore have been made.
  • User is able to add and delete Facebook accounts from the device.

The latest update is numbered 6.7.246.XT875 and it bumps the Droid Bionic 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. To learn more, head over to this page.

Verizon Galaxy Tab 10.1 Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab 10.1 exclusively for the Verizon subscribers in the US. This device was originally shipped with the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Earlier this year, Verizon has announced the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update plans for 14 Android powered devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. After waiting for nearly 6 months, Verizon is finally rolling out the much awaited Android 4.0 update for Samsung’s first 10.1 inch tablet.

The latest update is numbered i905.LP11 and it brings the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies including the new data usage monitor, updated quick panel, pinch to zoom functionality in homescreen, direct access lock screen, redesigned gallery app with photo editor, new system font for improved readability, resizable widgets, Wi-Fi direct support and so on. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

* Applied Android Ice Cream (ICS) OS upgrade to 4.0.4.

  • Pinch to Zoom functionality has been added in homescreen and main menu screen.
  • Google Plus has been integrated.
  • Google Text-To-Speech Engine has been integrated in the upgrade.

* In Email search menu, search criteria by date, sender & title.
* In Email Composer, ‘undo’ and ‘redo’ options have been added.
* A quick response message may be quickly inserted into the body while composing a message.
* Initiate a ‘New Meeting Invitation’ for Exchange accounts.
* Wi-Fi Direct support by Android platform.
* Redesigned Gallery app with photo editor includes:

  • More ways to sort albums by time, location, people and tags.
  • Photo studio that allows users to crop and rotate pictures, set levels and remove red eyes.
  • Improved Picture Gallery widget lets users look at pictures directly on their home screen.

* Rich and versatile camera capabilities including:

  • Continuous focus.
  • Android 4.0 Zero shutter lag exposure.
  • Stabilized image zoom.
  • Single-motion panorama.
  • Apps can now set custom metering regions in a camera preview.

The latest update can be easily downloaded 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. If you still haven’t received the update, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page or check out this PDF file.

Verizon Launches The Entry Level Samsung Galaxy Stellar

Samsung recently launched the entry-level Galaxy Stellar smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. It runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and packs a 4 inch display as well as a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor.

Samsung Galaxy Stellar features a dual interface option – Starter Mode or Standard Mode. The Starter Mode is specially designed for the new Android users and it features a simplified home screen display with preset widgets such as Favorite Apps, Favorite Contacts and Favorite Settings for quick and easy access to frequently used apps and settings.

Samsung Galaxy Stellar features a 4 inch WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon application processor, 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE connectivity, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Amazon apps, Google Play Store, up to 216 hours stand-by time, up to 17 hours of talk-time and a 2100mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Stellar is a SAFE (Samsung Approved For Enterprise) approved device featuring on-device AES 256-bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and support for Virtual Private Network (VPN).

This handset allows you to access more than 600,000 apps from the Google Play Store and a variety of premium TV and film content for rent or purchase through the Samsung Media Hub. Verizon subscribers can get the Samsung Galaxy Stellar for free with a $50 mail-in rebate and a 2 year service agreement.

Motorola RAZR M 4G LTE Press Photo And Specs Leaked

Over the weekend, we have seen the leaked pics of the upcoming tablet and smartphones from HTC, Samsung and Sony. Now, the guys at Engadget recently got their hands on the press shot and specs sheet of the Motorola’s upcoming smartphone, the Motorola Razr M 4G LTE. This handset runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, as expected.

Motorola Razr M 4G LTE will be exclusively available for the Verizon subscribers in the U.S. This handset looks quite similar to the original Motorola Razr smartphone. There are no hardware or capacitive buttons on the front. Instead, it comes with the on-screen buttons at the bottom, similar to the the AT&T Motorola Atrix HD. Check out the leaked specs below.

Motorola Razr M 4G LTE features a 4.3 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth, VZ Navigator, Google Play Store, MicroUSB and Mobile hotspot capability.

Verizon Wireless is hosting a press event on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. The Motorola Razr M 4G LTE is expected to be announced at the same event. Stay tuned for complete updates!

Verizon Motorola Droid 4 Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update

Earlier this year, Motorola announced the Droid 4 smartphone for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. This handset comes with an amazing slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 4 inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and much more. However, the device was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Motorola has already promised to roll out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device during the Q3 of 2012. Now, the wait is finally over for the Motorola Droid 4 owners.

Verizon recently started rolling out the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Droid 4 smartphone in the US. The latest update enables global roaming and brings new features such as face unlock, customizable launch bar, direct access lock screen, data usage monitor, enhanced notifications window, recent apps feature, improved settings and much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

Enhancements/ Application Updates:

  • Device is enabled for Global Roaming.
  • Integration of new version of Backup Assistant Plus.
  • Mobile IM has been removed.
  • Color for Facebook application is preloaded

Email / Messaging:

  • Improved Stability and connectivity with Email.
  • Successfully download and save ringtones.

Stability and Performance Improvements:

  • Mobile Hotspot – Improved connectivity.
  • Reduced device resets and power cycling.
  • Camera quality has been improved for better pictures.
  • Improved My Gallery performance.
  • Voice Mail Notification shows the correct of unread messages.

User Interface:

  • Updated Mobile Hotspots Icon.
  • Visual Voice Mail shortcut on home screen changed to a standard voicemail shortcut.
  • Clear Contact pictures are displayed for phonebook contacts.

The latest update is numbered 6.16.217.XT894 and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). The size of the update is 360 MB. 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 your data before updating the device. To learn more, check out this PDF file.