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Verizon Motorola Droid Bionic Gets A Major Software Update

Earlier this month, Verizon rolled out a major software update for the Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone. This handset was originally announced at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. It is the first ever dual-core 4G LTE capable smartphone, exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. Motorola Droid Bionic runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

Verizon recently started rolling out another major software update for the Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone. The latest update is numbered 5.9.901 and it comes with preloaded VCast Apps Store, voice call muted while composing a visual voicemail, solves no 4G data connectivity issue, improvements in Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot LTE download performance, etc. Check out the complete changelog below.

Droid Bionic

Changelog:

Application Updates/Improvements:

  • Preload VCast Apps Store
  • Preload Sling stub application
  • Preload MOG stub application
  • VZNavigator preload updated to version 7.2.0.452
  • Youtube videos restart after pausing to access Notification Panel
  • Youtube screen flashes when Back key pressed during video play
  • Voice call muted while composing a Visual Voicemail message
  • Visual Voicemail saves messages to internal memory with UI displaying SD card target
  • Visual Voicemail delete actions sends delete and save commands to the server

Data Connectivity:

  • Stuck in 3G mode in strong 4G coverage
  • No 4G data connectivity
  • No LTE service in LTE only service areas (Hagerstown, MD)
  • Patch for Alcatel-Lucent LTE infrastructure R9 support
  • Dual IMSI support
  • Excessive LTE handover attempts (SIB8 messaging processing)
  • Improvements in Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot LTE download performance

Device Operation:

  • OTA update needs to utilize Admin APN
  • Support for National Plus Code Dialing
  • Cannot play WAV files
  • Support for Bluetooth Personal Area Networks (PAN)
  • Missing SMS alerts while on voice calls
  • Choppy audio while streaming via to a TV via HDMI
  • No Bluetooth audio when paired and connected

Stability/Performance Improvements:

  • Black screen lockups
  • Reduced idle resets
  • Voice call drops when SMS message is received
  • Lockups when XT875 is in the multimedia dock
  • Resets after camera multi-shots are taken
  • Internal memory file creation dates shown as December 31, 1969
  • Clock widget time does not match Notification Panel time

The size of the update is just 56 MB. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). If you still haven’t received the update, go to settings and check for the update.

Verizon Motorola Droid Razr Gets A Software Update

Motorola Droid Razr is the company’s thinnest Android powered smartphone with just 7.1mm thickness. This handset was launched last month, exclusively for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. Within a month of its launch, Verizon has already announced a new software update for the popular Motorola Droid Razr smartphone.

The latest update is numbered 6.11.747.XT912 and it comes with improved camera features, improved stability, improvement in 3G/4G data connectivity, etc. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

motorola razr

Changelog:

Device Features:

  • SIM error notification has been fixed
  • Improved camera features and quality
  • Improved stability of menu access, browser, phone dialer, video playback and music player to prevent force-close errors and lockups

Email, Messaging and Data:

  • Updated group message notification in e-mail
  • Improvement in 3G/4G data connectivity
  • Maintain network connection upon completion of a voiec call

Applications and Widgets:

  • Background color has been adjusted to improve readability in Lapdock connection UI menu items.

The size of the update is just 57 MB. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). It will take you approximately 20 to 30 minutes to download the software. If you still haven’t received the update, go to settings and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page or check out this PDF file.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Updated To Android 4.0.2

Verizon Wireless recently launched the much-awaited Galaxy Nexus smartphone, exclusively for its subscribers in the US. Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first smartphone, which runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Within a few hours of its launch, Verizon rolled out a new software update for its Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

The Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners will get this update as soon as the device is activated for the first time. Check out the complete changelog below.

verizon galaxy nexus

Changelog:

Device features:

  • Optimized Mobile Hotspot when used with VPN
  • Optimized 3G/4G data sessions for faster response times
  • Fixed an incorrect notification that data was disconnected due to roaming
  • WiFi now automatically reconnects when returning to a known Access Point
  • Improvements to special visual effects feature when using front-facing camcorder
  • Visual improvements to the lock screen

Email and Messaging:

  • Fixed an issue where some email attachments would not open correctly

Apps and Widgets:

  • DivX support has been removed and will be supported in a future upgrade
  • Improved audio volume in Google navigation turn-by-turn directions

The latest update bumps the Android version from 4.0 to 4.0.2. The size of the update is just 10.6 MB. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you still haven’t received the update, then just go to settings and check for the update. To learn more, check out this PDF file.

Verizon Wireless, Windows Phone, LTE and Microsoft’s Mobile Strategy Problem

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Verizon Wireless Chief Marketing Officer, Marni Walden,  while speaking to CNET, said that Windows Phone needs to support LTE in order to compete. She said that they have communicated to Microsoft that LTE is critical for Verizon Wireless and that they need to see a timeline, if Microsoft expects them to continue to represent Windows Phone.

Ouch! This is the first time Verizon Wireless has come out and pointed at a specific problem they have in carrying more Windows Phone devices. Currently, the only Windows Phone they carry is the HTC Trophy, which is a first generation device, released a few months after the OS supported CDMA. There have been no announcements about a Mango device coming to Verizon Wireless.

The stakes are high for Microsoft (and related, for Nokia especially, in its return to the US market). Verizon Wireless is the largest mobile network in the US at 107.7 million subscribers. At the same time, due to AT&T’s initial exclusivity on the iPhone in the US, Verizon ended up becoming an Android champion. They started a huge marketing campaign around their trademark Droidand became a close partner of Google. Meanwhile, iPhone is now also available on Verizon network and as a result they now have arguably the best portfolio of smartphones in the US. Windows Phone clearly has an uphill battle to get the carrier’s attention. Getting cut out of Verizon Wireless will take half the addressable US market away from Microsoft.

In a lot of ways, what Verizon Wireless is asking makes sense. On one hand, they carry the juggernaut that is the iPhone, and on the other hand, they have a slew of Android devices which come in various form factors, with a variety of hardware differentiators and at all kinds of price points. Their marketing message for some time and definitely for the holiday season is their network which is the only one with real4G (LTE). For the typical (high-end) smartphone price of $200 with a 2-year contract, they cannot offer a 3G Windows Phone when most Android devices are 4G-enabled. Also of course, 4G data plans do offer additional revenue to Verizon Wireless.

Like it or not, Microsoft is going to have to compete with Android from a sales and marketing strategy perspective, rather than the iPhone. There is no single Windows Phonelike the iPhone or even the Nexus line of Android phones. Windows Phone is a licensed OS and as a result, there are going to be multiple OEMs making similar phones and multiple carriers carrying them. In order to differentiate, and in this case in order to even participate, Microsoft and its partners will be forced to play the speeds-and-feeds game and keep bumping up the phone features. This is somewhat the opposite of how Microsoft has set up Windows Phone with its strict chassis specification and also how they have set their update schedule to be one big update a year interspersed with smaller updates in between.

Instead of having customers focus on the elegance of the OS and its ability to run well even on previous generation hardware, Microsoft is being forced by Verizon Wireless to play the Android game and keep focusing on specification numbers. Something will have to give because Microsoft simply cannot afford to get left out of the Verizon Wireless footprint. Perhaps more chassis specifications? More aggressive updates to the OS? Maybe we will see a more aggressive schedule after the first round of Nokia devices come into the market and the platform gains a reasonable installed base? Any/all of this better happen because Verizon Wireless customers deserve the choice of Windows Phone Smile

Samsung Droid Charge To Get The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Soon

Earlier this year, Samsung launched the Droid Charge smartphone, exclusively for the customers of Verizon Wireless in the US. This handset originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Sasmung Droid Charge features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 8 megapixel camera, 4G LTE Cpnnectivity, etc.

droid charge

After waiting for nearly 6 months, Verizon finally announced the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for the Samsung Droid Charge smartphone. The latest update is numbered i510.EPF and it comes with updated calendar option, added security, new download manager, new user interface and so on. Check out the improvements and enhancements after the break.

  • New Download Manager
  • Enhanced App and Power Management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • New UI
  • Added security
  • Updated Calendar Option
  • “Pause,” “Wait,” and “Password” have been added into the Voicemail speed dial
  • Messaging signature added
  • Hotspot WLAN password is now encrypted
  • Display email attachments from Outlook email
  • Software Upgrade Assistant has been added
  • The volume of the Low Battery Notification has been reduced

The following device features, applications and software have been improved:

  • Audio Output
  • Bluetooth
  • Camera
  • Data Connectivity
  • Data Usage App
  • Email Client
  • EAS Email and Calendar syncing
  • GPS
  • HDMI Output
  • SMS / MMS Messaging
  • Visual Voice Mail
  • Web Browser
  • Video on Demand

It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. Verizon is expected to roll out this update from November 29. To learn more, check out this PDF file. To update your Samsung Droid Charge smartphone, head over to this page.

Samsung Illusion Coming To Verizon For $79.99

Samsung recently announced the new Samsung Illusion entry-level smartphone. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Samsung Illusion will be exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless customers in the US. The rear casing and battery cover of this handset are made from 70 percent post-consumer material and 35 percent of the front casing is made from post-consumer material.

samsung illusion

Samsung Illusion features a 3.5 inch HVGA TFT display, sporting a resolution of 480 × 320 pixels, 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, TouchWiz UI, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3 megapixel rear camera, HTML web browser, 3.5 mm headset jack, music player, 2 GB ROM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Mobile Hotspot, Swype, Android Market, Corporate email support for Microsoft Office Exchange and much more.

Samsung Illusion allows you to access more than 300,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset will be available for purchase online from November 23, followed by Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in January 2012. Samsung Illusion comes with a price tag of $79.99 on contract. You will also need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan starting at $39.99/month. This device will be available for free from November 24-28.

Samsung Stratosphere Now Available At Verizon For $149.99

Last week, Samsung announced its latest smartphone, the Samsung Stratosphere. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. It comes with a large touchscreen display as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This handset is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. It is Verizon’s first 4G LTE smartphone with a full physical QWERTY keyboard. Verizon has finally started selling this handset in the US. If you are planning to buy one, please check out the complete specs below.

samsung stratosphere verizon

Samsung Stratosphere comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird application processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz UI, five-row QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, HD (720p) video playback, DVD-quality (480p) video recording, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 4 GB memory card bundled, Mobile Hotspot Capability, DLNA connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Bluetooth 3.0, 4G Connectivity, Android Market, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) and support for Cisco AnyConnect 2.1 SSL VPN.

Samsung Stratosphere allows you to access more than 250,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset is available for $149.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate. To purchase this smartphone, head over to this page at Verizon.

Verizon Rolling Out The Software Update For Motorola Xoom

Last month, Verizon and Motorola announced that the owners of the Motorola Xoom tablet can send their devices and get the free 4G LTE upgrade. If you have sent the device and already received it, then you will soon get a software update for the Motorola Xoom tablet. Verizon recently rolled out a software update for the owners of Motorola Xoom. Some notable changes are updated Android Market, upgraded Android Books app, enhancements to the 3G/4G data connection, etc. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

Motorola XOOM

Changelog:

Device Features:

  • Android Market has been updated.
  • When toggling between Airplane Mode, you will no longer receive the following error message: Wrong Operator: SIM card is from an unknown source.
  • After performing an over-the-air (OTA) update, the Android Market shortcut on the homescreen works correctly.
  • Android Books app has been upgraded.
  • Android Market Terms and Condition text is now easier to read against background color.
  • Android Market app now updates on its own.

Web Browsing:

  • Improvements in browser security help to block rogue certificates.
  • Enhancements to the 3G/4G data connection help prevent data stalls.

The latest update is numbered HLK75D and it can be downloaded via. OTA (Over-The-Air). If you still haven’t received the update, go to settings and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page at Verizon.

Verizon Rolling Out The Maintenance Update For Motorola Droid X2

Motorola Droid X2 is the successor of the popular Motorola Droid X smartphone. This handset was announced by Verizon Wireless in May. Motorola Droid X2 originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, but it was later updated to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. Verizon recently rolled out a maintenance update for the owners of Droid X2 smartphone. Some notable changes are improved video recording and playback, improved audio when streaming music, etc. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

motorola droid x2

Changelog:

Device Features:

  • Keyboard remains visible during text input.
  • Input characters are properly displayed during text entry.
  • Device will no longer lockup or reset when using the keyboard.
  • Charging indicator will display only when the device is plugged into a charger.
  • Home key functions correctly while the device is in the desktop cradle.
  • Successfully use the camera after unlocking the device.
  • Video quality has been improved for video recording and playback.
  • Mobile Hotspot password can now exceed 63 characters.
  • Improvement to the device stability limits resets and lockups.
  • The Magic Smoke live wallpaper animation now works properly.
  • Enjoy improved audio when streaming music.

Applications & Widgets:

  • When playing MP3s through the Music App, songs will not skip.
  • Avoid YouTube video lockup while viewing.
  • Desktop cradle application starts correctly.

The latest update is numbered 1.3.380.MB870.Verizon.en.US and it can be downloaded via. OTA (Over-The-Air). If you still haven’t received the update, go to settings and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page at Verizon.

Verizon Unveils The Samsung Stratosphere 4G LTE Smartphone

Samsung recently announced the new Samsung Stratosphere smartphone. This handset comes with a large 4 inch touchscreen display as well as a slide-out five-row QWERTY keyboard. Samsung Stratosphere runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This handset will be exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless customers in the US.

samsung stratosphere

Samsung Stratosphere features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz UI, five-row QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, HD (720p) video playback, DVD-quality (480p) video recording, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Mobile Hotspot Capability, DLNA connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Bluetooth 3.0, 4G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Android Market, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 4 GB memory card bundled, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) and support for Cisco AnyConnect 2.1 SSL VPN.

This handset comes with the mobile hotspot capability, which allows you to share your 4G connection with up to 8 WiFi enabled devices or a 3G connection with up to 5 WiFi enabled devices. You can get this handset for $149.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate. Samsung Stratosphere will be available for purchase from October 13.