Finally, after a bajillion years of waiting, the first Android tablet is finally getting its very own update to Android 4.0, finally. Finally. As some of you may recall, the WiFi model received an ICS update months ago, but the 3G/4G version, which has been plagued with problems since launch, including lack of advertised flash support and an actual 4G modem, is only just now set to get the OTA update.
Facebook's Android team pushed out an incremental update v1.9.4 today with "improved performance and various bug fixes." Just what those improvements and bug fixes are will remain a mystery - the only useful part of such changelogs is we know what they didn't do in this release.
So, what did those who updated think of increased performance?
Business as usual then - got it.
Facebook on my Epic Touch has never seemed particularly slow UI-wise, but pulling data takes uncomfortably long even on Wi-Fi.
An update is available now for the Sony Smartwatch that brings a host of enhancements to the device, including the ability to make the watch face always visible (because what good is a watch without a face?) and enhanced usage support for both the Smartwatch Application and Endomondo Sports Tracker.
Not only that, but Sony has tweaked the Music Player, Weather, and many third-party apps to run much faster and smoother, as well as kick a few bugs to the curb.
Sprint just updated its support docs for the Samsung Conquer 4G with details of a new OTA update set to begin rolling out at any moment. It's a rather small and nondescript update that just brings a couple of fixes and enhancements:
- 4G Modem Update - not customer impacting
- Lock screen changes - swipe in any direction to unlock
Like I said, it's minor. The update should begin rolling out today or tomorrow and will complete its rollout process within ten days.
Update: The OTA update's rollout has been pushed back to June 4.
Owners of the T-Mobile version of HTC's One S (check out our review) can expect a minor (about 24MB) over the air update
tomorrow, May 31st June 4th, bringing some small changes and bug fixes to the device. The change log, below:
Details about a new OTA update set to roll out to the Samsung Exhibit II 4G just hit T-Mobile Support docs. The update, which is build T679UVLE1 for those who like to keep track of that sort of thing, is more or less a simple incremental Gingerbread update with a few fixes and enhancements sprinkled on top:
- Android version 2.3.6 / Software T679UVLE1
- Over-the-air Update (33MB)
- Approved: 5/30/12
New Features & Improvements:
- New Features
- Re-brand to Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G
- Google Security Fix
- Device stability improvements
- Wi-Fi Calling audio improvements
- Camera app improvements
- Swype corporate email improvements
...and that's pretty much it.
Last week, HTC released a detailed timeline of when ICS updates to various devices are expected to roll out. Hitting almost dead-center in the middle of its projected update window, users in various parts of Europe with unlocked Sensation XLs are now receiving the update. According to user reports, customers of UK's Three network are also receiving the update. Unfortunately, there's no word when other carriers will begin pushing the update.
A couple of weeks ago, an update hit the Google+ app for iOS that left Android users feeling cold, alone, and unloved. It's our turn now, though - the same update just hit the Google+ app for Android, and it's beautiful.
- Visual refresh of the stream and improved navigation
- Initiate a Hangout from the main menu
- Support for ringing hangout notification
- Support for post editing
- Messenger suggestions for people you may know
- Download photos from posts or Messenger conversations
The update is available now in the Play Store, so go get it.
Verizon Galaxy Nexus users, you finally have the Android 4.0.4 OTA update coming your way. You were one of the first to own a Galaxy Nexus (see our detailed review) and experience Ice Cream Sandwich, and yet now you're one of the last to receive updates (after GSM and Sprint LTE). Yup, the previous update, ICL53F, was in... December of last year. I know how bitter it makes you, and I don't really have excuses on Verizon's behalf, so let's just get down to business.
One of the great things about Amazon's App Store is that its online interface allows users to "test drive" apps before deciding to download them. This functionality definitely comes in handy, especially when mulling over the decision whether to buy a paid app.
In an update to the App Store app today, Amazon – besides fixing a download bug and improving stability – introduced its Test Drive feature, meaning users can preview apps right from the palm of their hand before downloading.