HTC and Verizon have started rolling out a new software update for their first ever 4G LTE capable smartphone the Thunderbolt. No, this is not the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, which Thunderbolt owners are expecting.
Instead, this OTA update is aimed at improving the 4G connectivity issues along with the random reboot issue, from which most of the Thunderbolt owners suffer. The OTA update carries the version number 1.70.605.0, and weighs in at 74MB.
Below is the official change-log of the update from Verizon :
- Improved data connectivity.
- Enhanced Call History view.
- Reduced number of device power cycles and resets.
- Improved Bluetooth ® Discovery Mode pop-up window.
- View App Menu in tabbed layout.
- People search function enabled.
- Backup Assistant has been added to the All Apps menu.
- Preloaded My Verizon, V CAST Music and V CAST Videos.
- Desktop cradle App is now available, showing clock in landscape mode.
- NY Times site has been added into the browser bookmarks.
HTC Thunderbolt owners can already download and install the update on their phone. To do so, go to Settings-> About Phone-> Software Update, and select the Check for updates option. The handset will then automatically download and install the update.
After numerous leaks, Motorola and Verizon have finally announced the successor to the Droid 2 the Droid 3. Unlike the Droid and the Droid 2, Moto decided to announce the Droid 3 in a very quiet manner.
The Droid 3 sports a 4-inch display with qHD (960×540) resolution. This might sound good on paper, but sadly, the display is a PenTile one, similar to the Atrix 4G and the Droid X2. The handset is powered by a 1GHz dual-core OMAP processor, and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, which handles the graphics department. The device packs in a disappointing 512MB of RAM.
The Droid 3 also sports a slide-out five-row QWERTY keyboard, and is the slimmest Android phone out there with a keyboard (12.9mm). The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera, along with an LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution. There is also a VGA camera in the front for video calling.
Other key features of the Droid 3 include Wi-Fi b/g/n, mini-HDMI port with mirror mode, 16GB of on-board memory, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack, and enterprise features like device and SD card encryption, and complex password support etc.
The Droid 3 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a new version of MotoBLUR running on top of it. Interested users can already purchase the Droid 3 online at VerizonWireless.com for $199.99, on a two-year contract. The handset will hit the retail stores in the U.S, by July 14.
An analyst from Citadel Securities, Shing Yin, has sparked off rumors that Apple may be planning to launch an iPhone on Sprint-Nextel by the end of 2011.
With the iPhone already available on AT&T (which is in the process of buying T-Mobile) and Verizon, Sprint is the only major national carrier on which the iPhone isn’t present.
Offering an iPhone on Sprint could be a great way for Apple to stem the growth of Android and gain some additional market share. Since Sprint offers much cheaper service plans, as well as an unlimited data plan (unlike AT&T, or Verizon which recently announced that it would be offering only usage based data plans), it may become the carrier of choice for many iPhone users.
Sprint could offer an attractive proposition for more price-conscious users (a demographic that we think is increasingly important to Apple following the rise of Android) could be a relatively stronger seller than the Verizon iPhone. We believe Sprint could capture more than its fair share of iPhone sales, especially if it gets the new model at the same time as AT&T and Verizon.states Yin.
The next version of the iPhone – the iPhone 5 / 4S will probably launch on all three carriers – AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. With all the patent issues with Microsoft and Oracle, and now this, Android’s prospects aren’t looking so good.
P3Droid is a very popular developer in the Motorola Android phone community. It is due to him, that the Gingerbread update for the Droid X and the Droid 2 Global leaked on the Internet.
Now, P3Droid has managed to get his hands on a leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung’s Droid Charge. The update was initially meant to be private for 48 hours, for all the TeamBlackHat members exclusive. Sadly, things did not go as planned, and the leaked file was again leaked on the Internet (Ironic, isn’t it?).
The leaked Gingerbread firmware is based on Android 2.3.3, and is just a beta build. According to P3Droid, the final Gingerbread build for Droid Charge will be based on Android 2.3.4.
Everything works on this beta build, except for HDMI-out functionality. The whole tedious step of flashing the leaked Gingerbread update on your beloved Droid Charge can be found here. The leak is available in two flavours, one with all the bloatware on-board, and the second one with all bloatware removed, and with Netflix app pre-installed.
Oh, and if you want to thank TBH (TeamBlackHat) and P3Droid for his work, you can do so by purchasing this app of theirs.
The HTC Droid Incredible 2 is the successor to the highly popular Droid Incredible from Verizon and HTC. The phone was released exactly a month ago under Verizon’s network.
Sadly, the phone shipped with Android 2.2 (FroYo) on-board. At the time of its launch, HTC and Verizon did not mention anything about the Gingerbread update, for the handset.
Now, a member of MobileUnderground has managed to get his hands on a leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread RUU for the Droid Incredible 2. I will not suggest any Droid Incredible 2 owner to flash this leaked RUU, as no known rooting and unlock method works on the firmware.
However, the folks over at Android Police have released a rooted version of the RUU. The re-packed RUU can be downloaded from here.
Below is a video of the Droid Incredible 2 running Android 2.3 Gingerbread :
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Incredible 2 brings some much needed bug fixes, apart from the bump in the Android version. The Smart Dialer and Notification LED settings work properly on this RUU, and so does the Sense Calendar widget.
The RUU also comes with a new radio, which should hopefully improve the network reception and data transfer speeds.
When Verizon and HTC announced the Thunderbolt at the CES 2011, the phone was supposed to ship with a video chat capable version of Skype. However, from the time of its announcement to its release date, something happened and the Thunderbolt did not ship with a video chat capable version of Skype.
Now, the folks over at Android And Me have got their hands on some internal documents from Verizon, which suggests that the HTC Thunderbolt will be getting a software update on June 30th.
The software update will bump the Android version on the handset to 2.3.4, and will include a bunch of bug-fixes including a fix for the random reboot issue. The software update carrying the build number 2.07.605.2 will also bring the video-chat capable version of Google Talk, and a new version of Skype, which will also support video-chatting.
The update will also bump the Sense version to 2.1, which will include integration with HTCSense.com. The update also aims at improving the aGPS performance of the handset, and will install Amazon AppStore along with Verizon’s Phone Finder and MyVerizon app.
Hopefully, there will be no technical problems and the Android 2.3.4 update for the Thunderbolt will not be delayed.
Motorola and China Telecom have gone ahead and announced the Milestone 3 (XT883). The Motorola Milestone 3 is the non-American version of the yet to be announced Droid 3. Both the phones are exactly the same, except for the different radio antenna.
As rumors earlier suggested, the Motorola Milestone 3 sports a dual-core OMAP processor running at 1GHz, and packs a disappointing 512MB of RAM. The handset also sports a 4-inch qHD (960×540) display, with a five-row slide out QWERTY keyboard.
The back of the Milestone 3 packs an 8MP camera with an LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in full HD 1080p resolution. There is also a front facing VGA camera for video calls and chat. Other key features of the phone include Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, proximity sensor, 3.5mm audio jack and a micro-USB port.
Thankfully, unlike other recently announced Motorola handsets, the Droid 3 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a new version of MotoBLUR.
The Milestone 3 (XT883) will be available from 3rd quarter of 2011. Sadly, Motorola and China Telecom did not mention anything about the pricing of the handset.
The Milestone 3 is also expected to hit the Verizon’s network under the name of Droid 3, sometime next month.
Verizon has started rolling out software updates for Samsung Fascinate and the Droid Charge. Sadly, none of the software updates will bring the much awaited Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to both the handsets. The updates for both the handsets are maintenance updates, and aims at fixing some bugs.
The Samsung Fascinate software update will improve the incoming call connectivity, along with improvements in the delivery of OTA updates. Yeah, an OTA update to improve OTA updates! The update is around 5MB in size, and carries the version number ED04.
The software update for the Droid Charge will fix the hotspot bug, along with improvements in the performance of the handset. The GPS reception and web browser performance have also been improved in this update. Verizon also claims that Droid Charge owners should notice an improvement in battery life, after installing this update. Some bugs relating to voice calls and email sync have also been squashed.
The EE4 software update for the Droid Charge weighs around 10MB and is already available OTA.
Users of both the handsets can manually download the update by going to Settings->About Phone and selecting the Software Update option.
Back at CES 2011, Motorola announced two Tegra 2 powered handsets the Droid Bionic and the Atrix 4G. The Atrix 4G was meant for the AT&T network, while the Droid Bionic was going to be Verizon’s first 4G handset with a dual-core CPU.
However, things did not go as planned and Motorola had to delay the release of the Droid Bionic. The company stated that they will release an updated version of Droid Bionic with a new form-factor, sometime in Q3 of 2011.
Now, pictures of the updated Droid Bionic have made their way on the Internet. The new Droid Bionic sports a whopping 4.5-inch with qHD (960×640) resolution. Hopefully, the display won’t be a Pen Tile matrix one!
The leaked pictures also suggest that the Bionic sports an 8MP camera at the back which is capable of recording videos in Full HD 1080p resolution, right out of the box.
Unlike the Atrix 4G and the Droid X2, the Bionic will run on Android 2.3.4 with a new version of MotoBLUR on top of it. From the leaked pictures, the new version of Blur actually looks usable! Since the handset also features a front facing camera, users will be able to do video chatting with their friends via Google Talk.
Like the Atrix, the Bionic will also be compatible with the WebTop dock accessory. The handset will be powered by a large 1750mAh battery!
I presume the Bionic will be powered by a dual-core OMAP processor, which will also power the upcoming Droid 3.
After a couple of leaks, Motorola and Verizon have finally gone ahead and finalized a Droid X Gingerbread build for official release. At the moment, Motorola is doing a soak test, and the update will be out once the testing is complete.
It looks like the testing will be over anytime soon, as Verizon has already updated the Droid X page on their website with the Gingerbread update details. According to the Verizon’s site, the Droid X Gingerbread update will bring new features like a Download Manager, an all-new Multi-touch keyboard, improved text selection and copy and paste.
The update will also update the color scheme of the Moto Blur UI with new colors, widgets and icons. The auto-focus of the camera while taking pictures in low light conditions, and the ActiveSync performance has also been improved. The general system performance and responsiveness has also been improved noticeably. Droid X users can head over to this link for the full change-log.
Verizon and Motorola will start rolling out the update anytime now. The update weighs in at a whopping 112MB, and will wipe your X clean of all data.