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.

Verizon Announces The BlackBerry Curve 9310 Smartphone

BlackBerry recently announced a new smartphone in its popular Curve family, the BlackBerry Curve 9310. It is the predecessor of the BlackBerry Curve 9320 smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. The BlackBerry Curve 9310 runs on the BlackBerry 7.1 Operating System. This handset is specially targeted at youngsters who wants to stay connected with their friends and family on the go.

BlackBerry Curve 9310 is an entry-level smartphone packed with BlackBerry’s iconic QWERTY keyboard, 2.44 inch display with 320 x 240 pixels resolution, 3.2 megapixel camera and so on. This handset features a dedicated BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) key as well as popular social networking apps such as Facebook for BlackBerry and Twitter for BlackBerry.

Apart from the specs mentioned above, this handset features a 3.5mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Mobile Hotspot support, VZ Navigator, up to 70 hrs of music playback time, up to 18 days of stand-by time, up to 8 hrs of talk-time and a 1450 mAh battery.

The BlackBerry Curve 9310 can be purchased for just $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year service agreement. This handset will be available from July 12 at Verizon’s official website, followed by Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks. The owners of this device will also need to subscribe to the Share Everything plan starting at $80 per month for unlimited talk, unlimited text messaging and 300 MB of data.

Motorola Droid Razr And Droid Razr Maxx Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update

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.

motorola droid razr maxx

Changelog:

Application/Feature Updates:

  • 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:
  1. Backup Assistant Plus
  2. SMARTACTIONS
  3. Newer versions of Google Mobile Services Applications with Enhanced Features
  4. Video Calling Portal
  5. 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.

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Price Drops To $199.99 At Verizon

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is one of the most popular Android smartphone of this year. This handset was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. However, the device is expected to arrive soon in the UK and other European countries.

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is the first 4G smartphone, which comes with a powerful 3300 mAh battery. This handset offers continuous talk-time of more than 21 hours straight on a single charge. Android fans might get disappointed, thanks to the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Motorola has already promised the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this powerful device.

Back in January, Motorola Droid Razr Maxx went on sale for $299.99. To maximize the sales of this device, Verizon Wireless finally went ahead and reduced the price of Droid Razr Maxx. If you are still unaware of the features, then check out the complete specs below.

motorola droid razr maxx

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of ROM, 11.5GB user available internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 16GB microSD card included, micro USB, HDMI out, GPS with AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, FM Radio, Android Market, MotoCast, up to 21.5 hours of talk-time, up to 15.8 days of stand-by time and a 3300 mAh battery.

Verizon Wireless recently reduced the price of Motorola Droid Razr Maxx from $299.99 to $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement. To get this device, head over to this page.

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.

Verizon Motorola Droid 3 Gets A Software Update

Last month, Verizon rolled out a software update for the Motorola Droid 4 smartphone. Verizon will soon roll out a software update for its predecessor, the Motorola Droid 3. The size of the update is 224.8MB. However, this update does not bring the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. With just 512 MB of RAM, Motorola Droid 3 is not expected to get the Android 4.0 update in the future.

The latest update is numbered 5.7.906.XT862 and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). It comes with a Google security patch, improvements to the camera’s auto-focus, pre-loaded VZ Navigator 3D City app and much more. Check out the complete changelog below.

Motorola Droid 3

Changelog:

Device Features:

  • A Google Security Patch has been added to improve the security level.
  • Fixed issue where the device may power ON without user interaction.
  • Avoid device interruption when accessing an application prior to the storage being fully mounted on the device.
  • Improvements in device stability help avoid device power cycles.
  • When connected to a Bluetooth headset or HDMI cable, the device will no longer lock up and power cycle.
  • Improvements to the camera’s auto focus will reduce the shutter response time and enhance the quality of captured imagery.
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.

Call Features:

  • Use a wired headset without the interruption of a high pitched tone.
  • Plus code dialing has been enhanced, improving the experience while traveling.

Applications & Widgets:

  • Playback media can be heard while using a Bluetooth headset.
  • Place a call to the appropriate recipient using the contact widget.
  • When moving applications to the SD card, shortcuts to these Apps will remain.
  • After updating the contact database from the Messaging App, the Messaging UI will display the latest contact information.
  • Successfully post and play videos on Facebook.
  • Purchased ringtones are now able to be downloaded, saved and used where appropriate.
  • Contact pictures display properly in Google Voice.
  • VZ Navigator 3D City is now preloaded.
  • Resolved excessive data usages and continuous downloading for VZ Navigator 3D City downloads.

Verizon will roll out this update within a few days. If you do not get this update on your smartphone, 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.