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Galaxy Nexus To Get a Software Update To Fix The Volume Bug

The Google’s Galaxy Nexus went on sale in the U.K. just a couple of days ago. The handset has been in the news for both, good as well as bad reasons. The phone, along with the latest version of Android (Ice Cream Sandwich), have been getting highly positive reviews from reviewers all over.

The bad part? Some early Galaxy Nexus owners have been facing a strange volume bug on their phone. If their brand new Nexus handset is on 2G mode, for some weird reason, the phone will automatically increase or decrease the ringtone volume. Rumors popped up on the Internet that this issue is a hardware issue, and this is why Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus still has not hit the retail stores.

Ending all the rumors, and the  negative  publicity with it, Samsung UK have confirmed that the volume bug is a software issue, and the company has already worked out a software fix for it. The company is now working hard to release the update as soon as possible.

Hopefully, Samsung and Verizon are also working hard on releasing the 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus in the United Sates.

Download Original Motorola Droid’s FRK76 Update

I have never owned a Motorola Droid, but that phone holds a special place in my heart. Every Android fanboy out there knows what an important place the Original Droid, the ‘Droid’ campaign hold in Android’s monumental success.  Up until last year, the Droid was still one of the most popular Android handset in the United States.

So, when a few days ago rumors popped up on the Internet that Motorola is working on an update for the original Droid, all the Droid owners out there got excited. Many people thought that Verizon and Motorola might have finally decided to roll out Gingerbread update for the Droid.

Sadly, Motorola later confirmed that the update is not what most people are hoping for, and the update just includes some “security patches”. So, if you are still running Android 2.2 on your Original Droid, its time for you to root that device and install an Android 2.3 Gingerbread based ROM on the device.

For Droid owners, who are afraid to flash a custom ROM on their phone, they can download the upcoming OTA update from here, and simply install it from their phone’s recovery menu. If you have a rooted Droid, download the pre-rooted update package and flash it so as to not loose root access.

LG Revolution Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

It was only recently that Verizon and HTC started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread for their first ever 4G LTE capable handset, the HTC Thunderbolt.

Now, Verizon has started rolling out the Gingerbread update for another of their 4G LTE phone, the LG Revolution. Besides the usual goodies brought by Gingerbread like a Download Manager, improved copy & text, and improved performance, the update also fixes some bugs.

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

Email & Messaging

+Email folders will now display in the correct order

+The maximum attachment size is now set correctly, even when the Exchange service is configured with unlimited size attachments.

+Messages can now be stired on the SIM card. VIew these messages through the Settings menu, “Manage SIM card messages.”

+Correctly set Out of Office without having to set start or end time.

+The popup message asking to delete accounts when charging the SIM card now displays correctly.

Device Features

+The cursor has been reshaped for easier text editing

+List menu force close issue has been resolved

+Issues have been fixed involving proper connectivity through the HDMI cable

+Data now works correctly when toggling in Airplane mode.

Verizon has already started rolling out the update, and expects to complete the roll-out in the next couple of weeks.

Verizon Motorola Droid Pro Gets The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

Last year, Motorola launched its Droid Pro smartphone. This handset comes with a touchscreen display as well as a full QWERTY keyboard. This device is exclusively available for the customers of Verizon in the US. Motorola Droid Pro originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. After waiting for nearly a year, Verizon finally rolled out the much-awaited Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the owners of Motorola Droid Pro smartphone. Check out the improvements and enhancements after the break.

Droid Pro

Enhancements:

Download Manager App:
New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.

App and Power Management Details:
Under Manage Applications, a new Runningtab displays a list of active applications and the storage and memory being used by each.

Multi-Touch Key-Chording:
New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos, instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.

Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of the selected word copies the selected characters.

New User Interface and Color Scheme:
New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.

Dock Icons:
Static Phone, App Launcher and Contacts icons are replaced within a customizable dock. Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.

App Groups:
New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups, in addition to 3 default groups: All Apps, Recent and Downloaded.

Updated Calendar Options:

  • Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
  • Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder without  dismissing other meeting reminders.
  • Easy conference dialing simply dial and automatically enter a conference  code directly from your Calendar.
  • Update Calendar appointments using Exchange ActiveSync without deleting them.

Google Books now comes preloaded.

Geo-tagging features available for camera application.

Other improvements:

  • Improved contact syncing from multiple email accounts.
  • Improved battery life while using Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth.
  • Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages.
  • Forward SMS message conversations correctly.
  • Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately.
  • Clock widget updates time correctly.
  • GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets.
  • V CAST Media Manager now comes preloaded.

It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. The latest update is numbered 4.6.8.XT610.Verizon.en.US and it can be downloaded via. OTA (Over-The-Air). You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. To learn more, check out this PDF file. To update your Samsung Mesmerize smartphone, head over to this page.

Motorola Droid X and Droid 3 Software Updates Rolling Out Now

Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out software updates for two of their Droid branded handsets, the Droid X and Droid 3.

Droid_X

The software update for the Droid X is just a regular maintenance update that aims at fixing some bugs in the current build. The update also fixes the annoying virtual keyboard freezing issue with the Droid X, post the Gingerbread update.

However, the update for the Droid 3 packs in a lot of enhancements, including Google Talk with video chat. There are a lot of other enhancements including improved GPS performance and battery life. Other changes include improved camera shutter speed and addition of multi-shot capability, new version of Swype, and improved audio clarity. Verizon has also made full use of this opportunity to pre-load more bloat ware on the handset.

The Droid X software update carries the version number 4.5.605, while the update for the Droid 3 carries the version number 5.6.890. Both the updates are live now, and will automatically be pushed to Droid X and 3 owners in the coming weeks.

Alternatively, users can manually pull the update from Verizon’s server by going to the Settings-> About Phone, and selecting the Software update option.

HTC Rhyme Now Available At Verizon For $199.99

Earlier this month, HTC announced a new smartphone specially targeted at the female smartphone users. Yes, you guessed it right! We are talking about the amazing HTC Rhyme smartphone. It comes with a 3.7 inch display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, etc. Verizon has finally released this handset exclusively for its subscribers in the US. If you are planning to buy one, make sure to check out the complete specs below.

HTC Rhyme features a 3.7 inch WVGA display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, HTC Sense UI 3.5, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, VGA front-facing camera for video calling, DLNA, GPS with A-GPS, and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 768 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card, 32 GB expandable memory, 8 GB microSD card bundled, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Android Market, up to 620 minutes of talk-time, up to 340 hours of standby time and a 1600 mAh battery.

You will also get amazing accessories such as a multifunctional docking station, a pair of tangle-free headphones and charm indicator, with the purchase of this device. HTC Rhyme is available in 3 different colors Clearwater, Hourglass and Plum. Verizon subscribers can get this device for $199.99 with a two year service agreement. To buy this handset, head over to this page.

HTC Thunderbolt Android 2.3 Gingebread Update Rolling Out Now

HTC have finally rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for Verizon’s first-ever 4G LTE phone the Thunderbolt. The update comes nearly 3 months after its promised date. Well, better late than never HTC?

HTC_Thunderbolt

Apart from the usual Gingerbread goodies, the update also fixes some bugs including the highly-dreaded data connectivity 3G/4G toggle issue. There is also a new updated Rosie launcher, with refreshed icons and colors. The update also installs the latest version of Google Talk with video chatting capabilities, but early reports suggest that it does not work properly. Oh, and the update bumps the Android version to 2.3.5.

Below is official change-log for the update :

Enhancements:

+ Download Manager App:
New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.

+ App and Power Management Details:
Under Manage Applications, a new Runningtab displays a list of active applications and the storage and memory being used by each. Power efficiency mode option has also been added under Settings > Power.

+ New Desktop User Interface:
New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.

+ Dock Icons:
Static Phone, App Launcher and Contacts icons are replaced within a customizable dock. Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the Dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.

Additional device features:
+ Alarm notifications will no longer appear while in Emergency Mode.
+ Improved data connectivity.
+ Improved audio quality while using Bluetooth ®.
+ Decreased wait time when saving audio attachments.
+ V CAST Tones now comes preloaded.
+ New Google Books app.
+ Enhanced UI for data roaming.
+ SMS messages send to correct recipient.
+ Reduced Force Close errors while using TuneWiki.
+ Reduced Force Close errors when using the front camera.
+ Audio on BT Car Kit no longer reroutes to phone when receiving a SMS message.

The update is being rolled out via OTA, and Thunderbolt owners can grab the update by going to Settings->About Phone, and selecting the Software Update option.

Verizon’s Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Motorola started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Verizon’s Droid 2, and the Droid 2 Global. It was only a matter of time before the limited edition Droid R2-D2 got some Gingerbread love from Motorola and Verizon.

Droid_2_R2_D2

The Gingerbread update brings the same new UI (ex-Moto Blur) as found on the Droid 2 and Droid 2 Global, post the Gingerbread update. Along with the usual Gingerbread goodies like a Download Manager app, Multi-touch key chording, Power Management details and enhanced security features like SD card encryption and VPN enhancements.

There are lots of other enhancements, and bug fixes. Below is the full change-log-:

+ Download Manager App:
• New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing,
email attachments and other apps.
+ App and Power Management Details:
• Under Manage Applications, a new Runningtab displays a list of active
applications and the storage and memory being used by each.
+ Multi-Touch Key-Chording:
• New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos,
instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
+ Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
• New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of
the selected word copies the selected characters.
+ New User Interface and Color Scheme:
• New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
+ Dock Icons:
• Static Phone, App Launcher and Contacts icons are replaced within a customizable
dock. Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the Dock at
the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
+ App Groups:
• New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups, in addition to 3 default
groups: All Apps, Recent and Downloaded.
+ Security:
• Added Device and SD Card encryption. VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN
clients into device security settings.

+ Updated Calendar Options:
• Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
• Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder
without dismissing other meeting reminders.
• Easy conference dialing simply dial and automatically enter a conference
code directly from your Calendar.
Other Improvements:
+ Email and Calendar
• Improved contact and calendar syncing from multiple accounts.
• Email pushes now work correctly when using Exchange ActiveSync.
• Exchange ActiveSync account setup will accurately present server option.
• Easily see Exchange ActiveSync Calendar appointments when created.
• Update Calendar appointments with Exchange ActiveSync without deleting them.
+ Device Features
• Improved battery life while using Wi-Fi.
• Keypad backlight turns on in low light conditions.
• Improvements in stability to prevent lockups, resets and Force Closeerrors.
• Improvements in screen display no longer causes display screen to turn black.
• Improved 3G data connectivity.
• Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately.
• Fixed issue that caused device reset and a black display screen after
over the air upgrades.
+ Messaging
• Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages.
• Forward SMS message conversations accurately.
• Emoticons are correctly displayed in messages.
• Notification LED will flash when new message is received.
+ Applications and Widgets
• Clock widget updates time correctly.
• GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets.
• Reduced Force Closeerrors when using My Verizon application.
• Blockbuster ® movie rentals license remains active after download.
• Callback numbers now populate in Dialer app.
• Compass calibration within Google Maps syncs accurately with your location.
• V CAST Media Manager now comes preloaded.
• V CAST Apps now comes preloaded.
• Google Books now comes preloaded.

The new software update (v4.5.602.A957) is being rolled out to the limited edition R2-D2 via OTA.

Motorola Droid Bionic Launched; Now Available For $299.99

Earlier this year, Motorola announced the original Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas. Motorola did not release the smartphone, since the company wanted to add some new features and enhancements in this device. After waiting for almost 8 months, Motorola finally launched the re-designed Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone.

This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it 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 is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless customers in the US. This handset also allows you to share the 4G LTE signal with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices after activating the Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot.

motorola droid bionic

Motorola Droid Bionic Specifications

  • 4.3 inch qHD display
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • 8 megapixel autofocus camera with flash,
  • Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback
  • Front-facing camera for video chat
  • Motoprint app
  • HDMI out
  • Webtop application
  • Adobe Flash pre-loaded
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • HTML 5 capable
  • Android Market
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 16 GB microSD card pre-installed
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Supports wireless charger

Motorola Droid Bionic is available for $299.99 with a 2 year service agreement. Customers will also need to subscribe to a $39.99 monthly talk plan and a $30 monthly data package. Additionally you can purchase the Lapdock for $299.97, the HD Station for $99.99 and the Adapter for Webtop Application for $29.99.

Samsung Stratosphere for Verizon Leaked

Verizon might be planning to launch the new Samsung Stratosphere — its first 4G LTE smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. The folks at Pocketnow have managed to get their hands on some details and images of the Samsung Stratosphere.

The phone seems to be inspired by the Sprint Epic 4G, and will run Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. It is rumored to have a 5 MP camera and a 1.3 MP secondary camera. It will come with about 2 GB of free storage, and should be powered by a 800 MHz – 1 GHz processor. It will likely have 512 MB RAM.

Apparently, the Samsung Stratosphere will be launching this week, along with the Droid Bionic. The pricing is most definitely not going to be stratospheric. Rumors suggest that it will be priced at around $150 on contract.

Not many other details are out yet, but we will keep you updated. For now, check out this image of the Samsung Stratosphere.

Samsung Stratosphere