Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX Get Another Software Update; Still No ICS In Sight!

Another day, and Motorola continues to prove that it has gone insane. Last week, the company started rolling out a new software update for the Bionic which brought some bug fixes and performance improvements to the phone, instead of rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the device.

Today, the company has started rolling out a new update for the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX. No, the software updates still don’t bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the handset, nearly 4.5 months after ICS code went AOSP!

Below is the full change-log of the software update v6.12.181 for the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX -:

  • Improved Device Stability.
  • Optimized device performance to extend battery life.
  • Added easy access to preloaded VZW bookmarks through quick key access.
  • Corrected loud call end connect tones over Bluetooth.
  • Enhanced device security by preventing unauthorized access of telephony database by third parties.
  • Device is now updated with IPv6
  • 4G coverage indication accurately displays data connectivity.
  • Improved Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity when utilizing WPS security.
  • Improved text message delivery.
  • Improved visual voice mail performance with data disabled and visual voicemail notification delivery
  • Enhanced security in Verizon apps
  • Included a new MotoCast widget to enable easier access and discoverability of MotoCast services.
  • Modified the storage settings screen to make it easier to understand total storage versus available storage.
  • Implemented a number of MotoCast performance improvements.
The OTA update is already being rolled out in batches by Verizon, and weighs around 17MB in size. Someone care to please wake up Motorola, and tell them to roll out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX.

Motorola Droid 2 Gets a Bug Fixing Software Update

Surprise surprise! Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out a new software update for the old and forgotten, Droid 2. While a new software update is definitely good news, Droid 2 owners should not get their hopes too high about an Ice Cream Sandwich update. The software update does not bring any new features, but does fix some bugs and beefs up the security of your handset.

Below is the full change-log of the update via Android Police -:

Device Features
+ Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
+ A Google Security Patch has been added to improve security level.
+ Fixed issue where the device may power ON without user interaction.
+ Adjusted camera settings will be saved, even after the device is powered down.
+ Resolved possible device resets while playing music.
+ Reduced Out of Memory errors.

Email, Messaging & Data
+  Improved ability to access and receive Gmail messages when the  Mobile Hotspot is turned on.
+ Addressed error that replicated thumbnails in message threads.

Applications & Widgets
+ WAV files can be played from Visual Voice Mail.
+ Purchased ringtones are now able to be downloaded, saved and used  where appropriate.

The OTA update is already live, and should hit your Droid 2 over the next few days. Users can also manually pull the update by going to Settings -> About Phone and then selecting the Software Updates option.

Verizon’s Incredible 4G Pictures Leak: Re-Branded HTC One S?

The original Droid Incredible was one of the most popular Android handsets to be available under Verizon’s network. It’s successor, the Droid Incredible 2, was however a disappointment as it barely offered any update over the original Incredible. Now, it looks like HTC and Verizon will soon be releasing the successor to the Droid Incredible 2 as well known as the Incredible 4G.

The folks over at Android Police have managed to get their hands on some leaked pictures of the upcoming 4G LTE capable handset. According to the tipster who leaked the pictures, the Droid Incredible 4G will sport a 4 or 4.3-inch screen with qHD (960*640) resolution, a Qualcomm S3 or S4 processor, a GB of RAM, 8GB of in-built storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP camera, NFC, MHL, Beats Audio and the usual connectivity features.

The Incredible 4G will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 on top of it. If the specs are anything to go by, the Incredible 4G might just be Verizon’s version of the HTC One S. This means that the Incredible 4G should also pack all the latest camera goodies found in the One S including zero shutter lag, the ability to click pictures whilst recording a video and much more. Looking at the leaked pictures though, the Incredible 4G will be sporting the same sporty styling as its predecessors.

HTC Rhyme Gets a Software Update; No, It’s Not Ice Cream Sandwich!

HTC and Verizon are soon going to start rolling out a new software update for the ladies-droid, the Rhyme. The HTC Rhyme was released around September last year, and is a mid-range Droid targeted mainly towards female Droid lovers. While HTC and Verizon have confirmed that the Rhyme will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, this new software update is a mere bug fixer. The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Rhyme is expected to land sometime in late Q2 or early Q3.

Below is the full change-log of the software update (v2.20.605.3) via Android Police -:

Device Features

  • “ Ringtones” has been replaced with “Edit Home” when the Menu key is pressed on the home screen.
  • Updated signal strength meter to 5 bar Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI).
  • Mobile networks no longer disabled when using Power Saver.
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.

Device Dock Features

  • Default applications in Dock Mode have been changed to “Phone” and “Calendar”.
  • In-call volume control has been added to Dock Mode.
  • “All Apps” option has been added to Dock Mode.
  • Resolved issue of dock volume changing to 20%.

Applications & Widgets

  • Device displays available music on the device and provides an option to purchase ringtones from the MOD application when a user is attempting to set a new ringtone through a prepopulated list.
  • Mail shortcut now shows unread mail count.
The update is gradually being rolled out via OTA (Over-The-Air) and is roughly around 68MB in size.  If you have not already got the update, expect the OTA pop-up to hit your phone in the next few days.

Verizon Unveils The LG Lucid; ‘Mid-Range’ Android Smartphone With LTE Support

After a lot of leaks and rumors, LG and Verizon have finally unveiled a budget Android handset, the LG Lucid. The handset will cost users $80 on a two-year contract with Verizon. However, the low price of the handset does not mean that LG have skimped on the internal hardware of the handset.

The Lucid packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor (!), 1GB of RAM, a front-facing camera, and a 4-inch WVGA (480×800) resolution display protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. The handset also sports all the connectivity features, including support for Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. Yes, the Lucid costs less than half of the previous generation Android handsets, and sports specs similar to them. On paper, the Lucid is one of the most impressive ‘mid-range’ Android handset announced this year.

The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but LG has assured that they will be updating the handset to Ice Cream Sandwich before the end of this year. The LG Lucid will hit the big red’s network on March 29th, and as stated earlier will cost $80 on a two-year contract, with a $50 mail-in rebate.

Via – AndroidPolice

Verizon’s Droid Charge FP1 Software Update Rolling Out!

Samsung and Verizon will soon start rolling out a new software update for the Korean company’s first ever 4G LTE compatible Android handset, the Droid Charge. While the update does not bump up the Android version to 4.0 or even to 2.3.x, it does contain some minor bug fixes and UI changes.

Below is the full change-log of the update -:

+Updated User Interface.

+Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System

+No longer receive a promotional notification popup when using Mobile Hotspot.

+Device allows for USB tethering while in Wi-Fi mode.

+No longer lose data connectivity when the USB cable is connected or disconnected.

+Easily view data activity with the Wi-Fi icon located in the status bar.

+Complete calls without experiencing choppy audio, clicking noises and/or one-way audio noises.

+Resolved “no tones” dial pad issue, allowing for easy access to voice mail and other automated systems.

Applications & Widgets:

+Receive enhanced customer support with the Verizon Remote Diagnostics (VRD) application.

+VZ Navigator is now updated to version

+The Google Mobile Services package includes updated Google Books, Market and GMail applications.

+ Default browser landing page is www.google.com

+Updates protect device from data loss caused by some 3rd party Android Market applications.

The choppy audio bug was introduced in the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Charge, which was released late last year. 5 months after that, Verizon and Samsung finally have the time to fix the bug.

The update is already being rolled out in stages via OTA, and weighs in about 85MB. To manually check for the update, go to Settings-> About Phone and then select the System Updates option.

Via – Android Police

Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus To Get Android 4.0.5 ICS Update In April?

Few days ago, Engadget had reported that according to its “trusted sources”, Google would soon be resuming the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Nexus S in the coming weeks. While Google has not announced anything and neither has the update started rolling out to NS4G owners, a new ICS update rumor has popped up on the Internet. Mobile Panda a.k.a @black_man_x tweeted today morning that Google will soon release a new build of Ice Cream Sandwich – Android 4.0.5 – in early April.

According to @black_man_x, this new build of ICS will fix the “audio reboot issue as well as data failing asleep” for GNex owners. While this news will be definitely appreciated by all Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners, it is quite a shame to see Google struggling with updates on a Nexus handset.

Frankly, the whole ICS rollout has been a complete mess. First, when Google announced the Galaxy Nexus, it did not mention as to when the handset will be available under Verizon’s network in the United States. The phone finally hit the States 1.5 months after its announcement, but was plagued with poor signal and data issues. Now, more than 4 months after its release, the Galaxy Nexus is still only available under Verizon’s network in the U.S, thus limiting its reach. Sprint did announce at CES that it will be releasing the Galaxy Nexus soon under its network, but more than 2 months have passed by since then without any update from either Google or Sprint.

Oh! and I am not even talking about the Nexus S, whose Ice Cream Sandwich update was stopped midway. In fact, some variants of the Nexus S like the I9020A and the Nexus S 4G are yet to receive the ICS update, more than 4 months after Google started rolling out the update.


Motorola Droid X2 Getting a Bug Fixing Software Update

Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out a new software update for the Droid X2. Sadly, its not the Ice Cream Sandwich update that Droid X2 owners might be expecting. The Droid X2 won’t be getting a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, even though it sports a dual-core processor. Blame Motorola and Verizon for this!

This new software update for the X2, which is also probably its last, fixes some bugs including a security patch fix from Google. Verizon like always has also taken this opportunity to add more bloat to the handset.

Below is the full change-log of the update -:

  •  Verizon Video and VZ Navigator 3D City are now pre-loaded.
  • A Google security patch has been added to improve the security level.
  • Purchased ringtones can now be saved and set.
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
  • Shortcut names can be updated and saved.
  • The keyboard of Input Auto Error Correction settings defaults to off.
The update is already live on Verizon’s server and is being rolled out via OTA, so if you have not already got the update you can get it by manually checking for it. To update manually, go to Settings-> About Phone and then select the Software Updates option.

Via – Droid-Life

Verizon Including Mobile Hotspot in iPad Data Plans

With the introduction of the iPad, Apple also introduced the ability to use the iPad as a hotspot, but only if carriers allow it. When announced, it wasn’t clear what the data plans for the 4G + WiFi version would be like. Also, it wasn’t clear if AT&T and Verizon would support the hotspot feature.

Today, GottaBeMobile reports that Verizon has officially announced that its data plans for the new iPad Wi-Fi + 4G will include mobile hotspot functionality at no additional charge. This will allow users to share the device’s data network and broadcast it as a WiFi signal. That WiFi signal can be used to provide data connectivity for other WiFi enabled devices.

AT&T Verizon 4G LTE iPad data plans

Unfortunately, AT&T has still yet to announce specific plans for mobile hotspot functionality on the new iPad, as a statement provided to 9to5Mac. AT&T is currently “working with Apple” on the issue, but isn’t offering the capability at this moment.

It is also worth pointing out that owning an iPad 4G + WiFi version is cheaper than owning a MiFi in the US. In the US, a MiFi usually has a $50 upfront fee and then $50/month fee for 24 months. That works out to $2,000+ before tax, and if you want to terminate the contract early, there is an additional fee. However, if you just purchase an iPad 4G+LTE, you aren’t tied to contract and only have to pay for the data plan/hotspot functionality if you want.

Verizon Reportedly Scrapped Plans To Sell A Nokia Windows Phone

According to a report published on Monday, Verizon was contemplating launching a Nokia device — called the ‘Om’ — around January, but axed plans to do so primarily due to Windows Phone’s — at the time — lack of support for Verizon LTE (the Nokia Lumia 900 will likely be launching on AT&T’s own LTE network.)

Thus far, Verizon doesn’t seem to be quite enthusiastic about the Windows Phone platform; they currently only offer one Windows Phone  — the HTC Trophy — which is one of the first Windows Phones ever released. While they probably could release a Windows Phone 7.5 device in the interim, The Verge are hearing that Windows Phone won’t have Verizon LTE support until the big ‘Apollo’ update that’s due later this year.

That being said, it’s truly interesting how massive this update is; in fact, many are speculating that it will only run on new Windows Phone hardware. These behaviors of manufacturers and carriers all seem to line up with this rumor as well. HTC are holding off until Apollo before releasing any serious flagship devices, and Sprint are also in the ‘wait for Apollo’ boat.