Hot on the heels of the Motorola Droid 2 Gingerbread update, Verizon and Motoogle have started rolling out the Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 Global as well. Motorola did release the Android 2.3 update for the Droid 2 Global a month ago, but later pulled it, citing the build needed more testing.
Now, after enough testing and tweaking, Motorola and Verizon have finally deemed the Gingerbread build to be worth rolling out to the public.
Apart from the usual Gingerbread goodies like enhanced copy & paste functionality, Download Manager app, and improvements in the performance and battery life department of the phone, the update also brings a new and improved version of Motorola ex-Blur. The whole Blur-y UI has got a new color scheme, along with a new and improved launcher.
There is also a plethora of bug fixes and new security features including device and SD card encryption. Verizon has also made full use of this opportunity by pre-loading more bloat ware on your D2: Global, including the latest version of Blockbuster, Accuweather, Amazon MP3 store and Verizon VCast.
Droid 2 Global owners can wait for Verizon to push the update to their handset, or they can manually pull the update from Verizon’s server by going to Settings->About Phone and tapping on the Check for Updates option.
I recommend D2 Global owners to manually pull the update from Verizon’s server. You never know when Verizon may pull the plug on the update again!
Thanks to the folks over at Droid-Life for the update!
Last month, BlackBerry announced the BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the BlackBerry Storm 2 and it runs on the latest BlackBerry 7 Operating System. The BlackBerry Torch 9850 works with the CDMA carriers and the Torch 9860 works with the GSM carriers. AT&T has already launched the GSM variant of this smartphone. Now, Verizon announced the price and availability of the BlackBerry Torch 9850 smartphone, exclusively for its subscribers in the US.
BlackBerry Torch 9850 features a 3.7 inch TFT LCD display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.2 GHz processor, BlackBerry 7 OS, optical trackpad, on-screen QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with flash, 4X digital zoom and continuous auto focus. HD (720p) video recording, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, etc.
Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, built-in GPS functionality, BlackBerry Maps, 768 MB RAM memory, 4 GB eMMC, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 16 GB microSD card pre-installed, dedicated camera and lock keys, up to 6.8 hours talk time, up to 13.9 days standby time, up to 44 hours of music playback, up to 6.6 hours of video playback and a 1230 mAh lithium-ion battery.
Verizon customers can get this handset for $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement, $39.99 monthly talk plan and a $30 monthly data package. The BlackBerry Torch 9850 will be available online for purchase from September 8. You can also get this handset at Verizon Wireless communications stores, starting from September 15.
Verizon Droid Incredible owners rejoice! After a lot of confusion, Verizon and HTC have finally decided to give some Gingerbread love to Incredible owners. Earlier, a leaked Gingerbread RUU somewhat confirmed that the Incredible will get its Gingerbread update.
However, soon after HTC reps started telling Incredible users that HTC has no plans of bringing Gingerbread update to the Incredible. Thankfully, a few days ago some leaked documents from Verizon suggested that the Droid Incredible Gingerbread update is just around the corner.
The Gingerbread update brings with it a new download manager, improved performance, enhanced battery life, new kernel and improved copy and paste functionality. Along with the above said enhancements, the update also squashes some bugs and updates some all of the pre-loaded Verizon bloatware to the latest version. Incredible owners who have already installed the OTA update on their phone, are reporting ridiculously fastboot times.
Incredible owners can wait for the OTA update to hit their phones, or alternatively, they can download the OTA update from here and install it manually. However, Incredible owners should keep in mind that after installing the update, they would loose the ability to root their handset. Also, users who have already rooted their Incredible handset should stay away from the OTA update.
Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid 2. The Droid 2 Global got its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update more than a month ago, but it was then pulled back by Verizon for some reason. However, the company
Now, Verizon has finally deemed the original Droid 2 owners worthy of some Gingerbread love. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 brings with it enhancements in the performance and battery life of the phone.
Below is the full change-log, thanks to the guys over at Android Police -:
- New Download Manager
- App and Power Management Details
- Multi-touch key-chording
- Improved word selection copy functionality
- New UI and color scheme
- New dock icons
- App groups
- Improved security
- Improved battery life while using Wi-Fi
- Fixed issue that caused frequent data connection drops
- Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately
- Improved email application
- Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages
- Emoticons are displayed in messages
- Forward SMS message conversations accurately
- Notification LED will flash when new message is received
- Access My Verizon without any force close errors
- Compass calibration within Google Maps syncs accurately with your location
- Geo-tagging features available for camera applications
- Clock widget updates time correctly
- Callback numbers now populate in Dialer app
- GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets
- Google Books is now preloaded
- V CAST Apps is now preloaded
- V CAST Media Manager is now preloaded
- Blockbuster ® movie rentals license remains active after download
- Keypad backlight turns on in darker settings
- Improvements in screen display no longer causes display screen to turn black
- Fixed issue that caused factory resets when the device’s mobile number is changed
- Fixed issue that caused device reset and a black display screen after over the air upgrades.
Droid 2 users can pull the update from Verizon’s server, or alternatively wait for the update to be pushed to their handset.
There is quite a bit of confusion regarding the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid Incredible. Originally, when a Gingerbread ROM leaked for the Droid Incredible, it was taken for granted that the handset will get some Gingerbread love. However, as time passed by, some HTC reps started telling Incredible users that the handset won’t be getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, after all.
Things however again took a U-turn when one HTC rep confirmed that the Incredible would be getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. Some documents from Verizon also leaked online, which stated that the Incredible would get the Gingerbread update. Now, a new Gingerbread ROM for the Droid Incredible has leaked online. From the look and feel of the ROM, it seems like this is the final version of the Gingerbread ROM for the Droid Incredible, which would be released to the public.
Visually, there are not many changes, except for a toggle menu and a task manager integrated into the notification bar. The Gingerbread update also brings some performance enhancements, and bug fixes. The usual Gingerbread goodies like an enhanced copy and paste functionality, and a Download Manager app is also on-board.
HTC Droid Incredible users who are interested in flashing this leaked ROM on their handset, should head over to this link for more information.
Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Verizon will not offer the Samsung Galaxy S II in US. This news surprised many because the latest flagship handset of Samsung, the Galaxy S II, has been a hit all over the world. According to reports, Samsung has sold 5 million Galaxy S II in 85 days. But now, things are appearing to make sense after the latest report by BGR.
According to BGR, Verizon has given up the offer of launching the Samsung Galaxy S II in return of getting a bigger and better offer. The report suggests that Verizon will launch the much awaited successor of Google’s Nexus S, the Nexus Prime (reports suggest it will be called DROID Prime) as exclusive, which will be made by Samsung. The device is suggested to be launched by Verizon as soon as October. The Nexus Prime/ DROID Prime will be the first device to sport Android 4.0 a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich. The model number of the device will be SCH-i515.
Verizon probably made this move because the Samsung Galaxy S II may find hard to stand against Apple’s iPhone 5, when it will launch in near future. And having the device, which will be the first device to sport Android 4.0, that too as an exclusive is a huge boost. It seems that Verizon’s subscribers will have the bragging rights in the end.
The Motorola Milestone 3, known stateside as the Droid 3, has been rooted! The well-known kernel hacker and security researcher Dan Rosenberg, has posted the details of a simple vulnerability that provides superuser access to the device by using a configuration value that prevents the Android Debugging Bridge from de-escalating its root privileges.
The Droid 3 is the successor to the very popular Droid 2. It launched on Verizon back in July, with a locked bootloader preventing customized kernels and ROM cooking. The original Motorola Droid implemented security measures that required signed images for flashing. It took almost a year before it was rooted and Motorola stuck with their choice to alienate power users by enforcing signature checks on their Droid series of devices.
Featuring a spacious 5-row hardware QWERTY keyboard, qHD screen and all the methods of connectivity you can handle, the Droid 3 is a powerhouse of a device. Although none of the Droids are included in the guide to the Best Android Phones in India, the original Droid pushed Android launch sales over the iPhone and beat the Nexus One.
Now that Google and Motorola have joined forces, the Android community can expect more top-tier hardware built by Motorola and powered by unskinned, unmolested and bloatware-free Android, receiving timely updates directly from Google.
LG and Verizon will start rolling out a new software update for the LG Revolution, by this week’s end. While the update does not bump the Android version to Gingerbread, it does fix a number of bugs with the Revolution.
Here is the full changelog :
Email and Messaging
- Out of Officefeature now available for Exchange email.
- Auto-correct no longer incorrectly activates in email, ID and search message fields,
- Setting up email with multiple servers has been fixed.
- No longer receive duplicate emails on Yahoo Mail
- When on a call while in Vibrate mode and an incoming call is received, a short beep notification will sound instead of a vibration.
- Keyboard no longer automatically opens when viewing a text message. Tap in text entry field to activate it.
- View album art for MPEG4 files on Music Player.
Applications and Widgets
- Voice data app now preloaded to enable text to speech.
- V Cast Music, V Cast Video and V Cast Tones come preloaded.
- Other apps like Amazon Kindle, Netflix, and Tunewiki etc. have also been updated.
As readers can see from the changelog, LG has squashed a lot of bugs with this software update. Verizon has also taken this opportunity to load more bloat ware on the Revolution. Verizon will start rolling out the update from this week’s end, and aims to complete the roll-out within a week.
Back in May, Motorola announced the successor of the popular Motorola Droid X smartphone, the Motorola Droid X2. This handset runs originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. After waiting for couple of months, Verizon finally released the much-awaited Android 2.3 update for the Droid X2 smartphone. The Gingerbread update comes with tons of bug fixes and performance improvements. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.
- Download Manager App:
- New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.
- 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.
- 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.
- Google Books is now preloaded.
- Geo-tagging features available for camera applications.
- Improvements in screen display reduce screen locking up and turning black.
- HDMI indicator clears if cable is connected and an application is started.
- No longer receive duplicate SMS messages.
- After Mobile Directory Number (MDN) change, device no longer performs data reset.
- On the home screen, icons and widgets display properly.
- Fixed interruption when unlocking device.
- Improved stability reduces device resets.
- Correct device battery percentage is displayed.
- VZ Navigator works simultaneously with Wi-Fi.
- Easily subscribe or cancel a subscription to Visual Voice Mail.
- Home tray icons can be customized.
- When device is placed in car dock, device no longer plays loud sound.
- Enhanced User Interface provides improved screen transitions.
- Receive MMS sound notifications while on a call.
- Addition of Vibrate icon.
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is available only via Over-The-Air (OTA). 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.
HTC and Verizon have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid Incredible 2. The update carries the version number 2.18.605.4, and weighs in at around 116MB.
Apart from the bump in the Android version, the update also includes some much needed bug fixes and enhancements. There is a new download manager app on-board, along with toggles to GPS, Wi-Fi etc, in the notification bar. There is also a new dock’, along with a new wireless charging UI.
Some Gingerbread goodies which Incredible 2 owners can also enjoy post the update include better battery life, improved copy and paste functionality and improvements in the performance and stability of the handset. Incredible 2 owners should also expect an improvement in network reception post the update.
The update is already available for download from Verizon’s server. Incredible 2 owners can download the update by going to Settings-> About Phone > Software Updates, and selecting the Check for updates option.
It is ironic that the Droid Incredible 2 got its Gingerbread update, before Verizon’s first 4G LTE phone the HTC Thunderbolt. Hopefully, the Thunderbolt’s Gingerbread update should land in a few weeks!