If your device is running Android 4.0, you'll be glad to know that Chrome for Android beta received an update in the Play Store just a bit ago that brings a few new features, one of which many users have been waiting for: user agent switching. This means that no longer are you stuck on the mobile site, as you now have the option of choosing how to load sites. Yay!
Also included in this version is:
Allow for download of files to the device
Complex Text Layout (CTL) and Right to Left (RTL) text support in rendered pages
Enable old-style YouTube embed content to be played via native YouTube app
Support for country-specific suggested search engines.
If you happened to pick up Sprint's newest budget-priced (but not budget performing) tablet, the ZTE Optik, then you may have awoken to an OTA update this morning. The update doesn't bring anything major, but it does offer up a few fixes that are sure to be welcome by anyone who owns this tablet:
Google DRM solution
Persistent notification after BT transfer
Software version corrected in x-wap profile
Sim City closes when attempting to purchase while connected to Wifi
Sim City download issue fixed
Response when connected to a computer via USB cable
The update should be rolling out now and finish up over the next several days.
Last night, Verizon updated their Droid 2 support page to announce a new update (v4.5.621) is coming soonrolling out now. While it doesn't bring anything major (*cough* Android updates *cough*), it does bring a few significant bug fixes and improvements:
Or, in non-image form:
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.
Sony has done an excellent job at being transparent with its progress on the bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to a number of Xperia devices. It has kept users aware of what's going on throughout the process, as well as shared alpha and beta builds along the way. Now, though, it looks like the beta days are behind them and the build is ready for prime time for a certain Xperia devices.
The rollout will being with unlocked variants of the Xperia arc s, neo v, and ray (seriously, Sony, stop with the lowercase device names. It looks awful) in Nordic Countries and will continue over the next four to six weeks.
Say what you will about Verizon's data plan costs (and we all will), but at least the company works for that money. The LTE rollout continues as Verizon announces expansions to what professionals are calling "a whole lot" of California markets, as well as Reno, Nevada. Most have already had LTE, but if you've ever yelled in frustration when you lose that precious LTE signal while driving down Highway 99 in Fresno, your commute is about to get easier.
The list of markets that are getting expanded coverage areas include:
Dolphin Browser has always been one of the better browser alternatives on Android, and with version 8.0, it's about to get a bit better. In addition to a nice even version number, the update adds a menu bar along the bottom of the browser, an improved Add-on sidebar that's not confusing to look at, and a shiny new Dolphin button for easy access to the Dolphin Sonar and Gesture features.
The new menu bar is more than a little reminiscent of Android's Action Bar, however this one is still only triggered when you press the menu button, so it's not quite as handy.
Popular note-taking and organization app Springpad received an update today which brings a whole new level of social sharing and interaction to the app.
Springpad now allows users to share notebooks with specific people, so you can collaborate on projects and share ideas with the appropriate people; personalize your notebooks with themes, and easily explore and follow public notebooks. Other features added to smart notebooks include:
Follow individual notebooks: by content and interest from friends and trusted sources
Flexible sharing options: make notebooks private or public; and co-curate or collaborate with others.
Enhanced filtering and organization: ability to tag, sort, and change views; find new notebooks via category and tag pages.
Google Currents is probably the single best-looking Android app Google puts out, and since its initial release, it has also been so slow to sync that it's practically useless. But no longer - Currents has received its first major update, and rather than drag this thing out, I'll just present you with the changelog:
Sync speed - dramatic (7x) performance boost
Instant online sync - no need to press "sync". Just open an edition for latest content.
Offline reading - Choose favorite editions for offline images.
International - Currents now available worldwide (44 languages).
Translate - Translate complete editions to your preferred language (38 languages).
A new update with version 2.20.605.3 is coming to Verizon's girly HTC Rhyme. Before you get too excited, no, it's not Ice Cream Sandwich, and it doesn't even contain anything particularly exciting. Here, take a look:
Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a new software update, 2.20.605.3 710RD, for your HTC Rhyme. Verizon Wireless and HTC encourage you to download this update.
“ 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.
Five days ago, Sprint announced that the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA was finally ready for the Nexus S 4G, but many of you still haven't received the update prompt. Yesterday, Google released the full OS image for the NS4G, but installing it does a full wipe, which may not be ideal for those just itching to upgrade.
Fortunately, the OTA link on Google's servers was finally found today by a number of AC forum members, which means you no longer have to wait for Sprint/Google and instead update your Nexus on your own. Since the OTA file contains the full OS image, including recovery and radio, rather than an incremental update from a specific version, you should be able to update no matter what you're currently running on your phone (feel free to point out otherwise in the comments).