21
May
amazon_app_store

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.

21
May
perfection-tf300

Looks like an OTA update started making its way to the ASUS Transformer Pad 300 over the weekend that brings a handful of enhancements to the device, including Face Unlock, battery usage details (finally!), and a considerable boost in performance.

What do I mean by "considerable boost in performance," exactly? To put it mildly, the TF300 had a bit of... lag when too many things were running at one time, but it suffered the worst hit when app updates were installing from the Play Store.

21
May
apextiny

When we first took a look at Apex launcher, we loved it. One of the better ICS launchers is about to get even better, as the app gets bumped to version 1.2. The update brings, among other things, support for themes and a ludicrously high 10x10 grid of icons on phones. For those of you that like have touch screen phones, but hate how easy it is to tap on things without machine-like precision.

21
May
T-Mobile-Samsung-Galaxy-S-II-official-launch-date
Last Updated: May 23rd, 2012

T-Mobile just updated its support page for the Samsung Galaxy S II with details of an OTA update that should be rolling out right now. Before you get your hopes up, though, there's some bad news: it's not ICS. It's just an incremental Gingerbread update that brings a handful of enhancements and improvements:

Android version 2.3.6 / Software version T989UVLDE

  • Version
    • Android version 2.3.6 / Software version T989UVLDE
    • Over-The-Air Update (32.3 MB)
    • Approved 5/21/12
  • Improvements:
    • Random reboot/power off fixed 
    • Device stability improvements 
    • Qualcomm chip patch 
    • Google Security fixes
  • Prerequisites
    • Android version 2.3.6 / Software version T989UVKL1 update
    • At least 50% battery life

The update should be available right now and will complete its rollout on June 22.

18
May
motorola-logo

Motorola has been pretty transparent about the update process to Ice Cream Sandwich, keeping users in the loop regarding when updates for newer devices should be available. In that light, It just posted an updated to its Upgrade News page with a whole slew of new information, including which devices should see ICS before the end of Q2:

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Considering it's the only one in the "testing" phase, I wouldn't be surprised if we see the Verizon XOOM get its update first, with the Droid RAZR/MAXX twins following after that.

16
May
lgrevo

Verizon just updated the support documents for the LG Revolution with details of a new OTA update that brings a few bug fixes to the device, as well as Verizon's "Enhanced Customer Support" tool with remote diagnostics (which the device should've gotten back in March - perhaps Verizon is just reminding us that the feature exists).

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These sort of updates generally begin rolling out within a few days of the documentation being posted on Verizon's site, so we could see this one start hitting devices by week's end.

16
May
P_500

Hey all you OG Transformer owners - wanna unlock your tablet by looking at it? Better start hitting that 'System Updates' button, because ASUS just started pushing an OTA that will let you do just that. This update not only brings Face Unlock to the device, but a handful of other features and fixes:

  • Improves system stability
  • Improves Email App stability
  • Improves MyNet stability
  • Improves MyLibrary stability
  • Add System Bar Lock: Lock the system bar  when playing games  
  • Add Email App new feature: Email download size/Thread/Out of office notification/Mail Sync schedule

The update should be rolling out to all TF101's in the U.S.

16
May
htc-sensation
Last Updated: May 21st, 2012

Update: The ICS update should be rolling out to the Amaze 4G now. Head to the Settings -> About menu to check for it.

Sensation 4G

Earlier this month, T-Mobile updated the support documents for the Sensation 4G to let users know that the ICS update would be available "very soon." Now, we have an exact date for that very soon: May 16th.

Beginning May 16, an optional update will be available for the Sensation 4G to update to the latest operating system, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

15
May
galaxy_nexus_banner_005

This is the sort of quasi-rumor (it's fairly detailed and comes from the Wall Street Journal, so we're inclined to trust it) that makes me happy to be an Android fan.

According to the WSJ, Google is in cahoots with up to five device manufacturers to provide early access to the next iteration of the Android OS (Jelly Bean, we assume) so it can have an entire "portfolio" of Nexus devices ready by Thanksgiving - that's late November for those without turkey day.

15
May
firefox14tiny

The browser wars wage on in the mobile space just as it does on the desktop. Today, Mozilla fires another shot across Chrome's bow with Firefox 14 beta. The update, available in the Play Store, comes complete with a new UI, Flash support, and a bunch of other little improvements.

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The new version comes with an updated minimum requirement of Android 2.2 or higher. The new UI shows its Froyo-y heritage, too.

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