Sony Ericsson has taken a lot of flak in the past for its slow roll-out of Android upgrades, however this no longer appears to be the case as today they have announced that alongside the launch of their newest Android device, the Xperia neo V, all 2011 Xperia smartphones (i.e. the Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, and Xperia neo) will be upgraded to Android 2.3.4.
The update will bring a number of new features to the Xperia phones including video chat support for Google Talk, easier Facebook integration with "Facebook inside Xperia", swipe text input, screen capture support, and the ability to connect USB peripherals through the Sony Ericsson LiveDock. Read More
Even though the HTC EVO 4G is now well over a year old, it holds a special place in Sprint's heart, and because of that (and you know, the fact that it's the most popular Android phone on the network), the company seems committed to providing us with timely updates. A new maintenance update with version number 4.53.651.1 and the following changes and fixes is next up for the OG 4.3" pioneer that changed the smartphone world:
HTC EVO Software Update - 4.53.651.1
- Integrated voice recognition accuracy with voice search and voice-to-text
- Image size issue with contact transfer over bluetooth
- Images cut off in Picasa
- Group contacts not in alphabetical order
- Out of memory, Unable to send SMS
The update should be rolling out over the next 1-2 weeks starting now. Read More
Samsung announced today that it will be launching four new Galaxy smartphones together with a completely revamped naming strategy for these and future devices.
This "simplified" system of naming smartphones will group Samsung's upcoming devices into five distinct classes from entry-level phones ("Y") all the way to premium models ("S"). Each class will be represented by a different letter and additional indicators (such as "Pro", "Plus", and "LTE") will be used to identify the "specific functionality" of that device. Read More
Although the Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 Global was supposed to begin in mid-June, we've yet to see an official release hit the air. Every time another device gets Gingerbread, I can hear the D2G owners across the nation asking when it will be their turn, and it looks like we can finally answer that question: now.
While it may not be the official build, there is a definitely a leaked version floating around RootzWiki courtesy of aceoyame, that's looks to be a somewhat final build. Read More
Following the European Sensation and this morning's EVO 3D's updates to Android 2.3.4, which, among other things, brought bootloader unlocking capabilities to both devices, T-Mobile just announced that the Sensation 4G is now receiving the 2.3.4 update as well. The update (software version 1.45.531.1) brings the following changes to the device:
The update to Android 2.3.4 / software version 1.45.531.1 has the following features and improvements.
- Software stability
- Improved battery life
- Improvements to Trace dictionary
- Improvements to screen responsiveness
- Improvements to video playback
- Improvements regarding device reboot / power off
- Improvements to icon pixilation
- Improvements to Wi-Fi connection
- Improvements to screen/photo resolution
I'm willing to bet that the update also brings bootloader unlocking, just as soon as HTC opens up the flood gates over at HTCDev.com's bootloader unlock page. Read More
Earlier this week, the OTA update to Android 2.3.4 finally began rolling out to HTC Sensations around Europe. Our unit received the update yesterday, and quite by accident we discovered that - besides being able to make voice/video calls in GTalk - we also had a new ability to take screenshots untethered from a computer.
Those of you familiar with the standard method of taking screenshots through the Android SDK know how convoluted the process can be: hunting for drivers, enabling debugging, living down those notification-bar icons ... Read More
The DROID Incredible has remained without Gingerbread while its successor, the Incredible 2, has had it for well over a month. A Verizon support rep is now claiming that the Incredible's long awaited Ginger-bump has been put on hold pending final approval from Verizon's product team - which basically translates to: we're not happy with it yet.
It could be a single bug, or wider user experience problems. This means the delay may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks - or more. Read More
Last week, an HTC support representative told a customer that the Droid Incredible would not be updated to Gingerbread. Of course, we questioned this claim's validity, as we were absolutely certain that there was a test build on Verizon's servers at the time the statement was issued.
Turns out we were right, as the official update page is now live on Big Red's website. This is pretty good news for Incredible owners -- but the better news is that it's probably coming sooner than you think; possibly as early as this week. Read More
Droid Incredible owners, brace yourselves for some potentially bad news -- ready? After months of waiting, it looks like HTC may have scrapped its plans to bring Gingerbread to the Droid Incredible, according to a support rep.
Thank you for taking the time to contact HTC in regards to Operating System upgrades to your Droid Incredible, XXXX.
Our goal is to give every customer the best possible experience on every phone.
Earlier today, HTC and AT&T began pushing out the official Gingerbread OTA to Inspire 4G handsets across the nation. This update brings all of the added features of Gingerbread, along with some enhancements to Sense, and bug fixes:
- Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread
- New HTC Sense™ features
- Updated Application Tray features
- Updated FriendStream™ features
- Added Quick Settings in the Notifications window
- Improved Power Management function
- Improved media experience
- Various minor bug fixes
To manually check for the update, head into the Settings menu > AT&T Software Update > HTC Wi-Fi Software Update > Check now. Read More