You're probably getting used to OEMs being conveniently vague about dates of Ice Cream Sandwich rollouts. Well, Acer has seen fit to set the record straight and clue everyone into the update schedule for the Iconia Tab A100 and A500 Android tablets. Both devices will begin getting the update on April 27, which is a mere 10 days from now. The A200 got its update way back in February.
Update: Mexico and Brazil updates clarified:
The aforementioned April date is only for the US variant of the devices, though.
It's been a while since VZW showed any love to Thunderbolt owners, but that doesn't mean that it has forgotten about them completely. In fact, we just received a leak of a new build that brings some fixes and enhancements to Big Red's first LTE device.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.