Verizon just posted up some software update documents for the LG Revolution, one of the aging first-gen LTE handsets that debuted on the network way back in 2011. The software version is VS910ZVB, as opposed to the build that rolled out a year ago - VS910ZV9.
The new build includes some OS security fixes, removes quite a few pieces of bloatware, and updates Google Maps Services. Given the removal of bloat and patching of holes, this may well be the last update the Revolution ever sees. I'm sort of surprised it got this far. You can expect the update to roll out to what few Revolutions remain on stock software over the next few weeks.
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).
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.
An update just hit the Verizon Support docs site that details an upcoming OTA for the LG Revolution. Before we get into to the details of this update, (and you get your hopes up); no, it's not Android 4.0. Sorry, Revolution owners.
What it does bring though, is a bit of a curiosity. Listed as the solitary 'New Feature' of the device is the Verizon Remote Diagnostic Tool, a VNC-like application that will allow VZW customer support to remotely view and control the device for troubleshooting purposes, with the user's permission, of course. While I realize that many users will revolt against this type of software being installed on their device, I can actually see this being a highly useful tool to help those less savvy than your average Android geek.
It seems like it was just yesterday when I mentioned that LG should tend to the Revolution's lack of Gingerbread, and here it is. Verizon just updated the Revolution's support documentation with all the details of the upcoming update, which includes Android 2.3.x.
The update offers little outside of the bump up to Android 2.3.x (which is a wonderful upgrade in itself), but it does bring a few fixes dealing with Email and messaging, as well as a handful of general device enhancements.
The update should start rolling out today and be complete by mid-next week. Enjoy, Revolution owners!
When I switched from AT&T from Verizon and swapped my aging, battered, and bruised Nexus One for a DROID BIONIC, the possibility of buyer’s remorse was not on my mind. I was coming from AT&T - America’s single least reliable network in terms of dropped calls. So, I thought the last thing I’d end up doing was wishing I was back there. And now, at least part of me does.
If you own a Verizon 4G LTE handset, you’ve probably experienced an issue exactly or approximately like this one: You put your phone in your pocket or let it sit overnight, take it out some time later or the next morning, and there’s no data connection.
Skysoft... errr, I mean Skype updated its previously measly Android device support from 5 devices to more than 20 today with the introduction of version 2.1 of its Android app. There are no new features outside of expanded device support, which was badly needed in order for the app to climb out of the sea of 1-star reviews (although stability and quality improvements would have made today's release even sweeter).
Update: Other devices with 2.2+ should work, but you need to enable Video support in the settings, according to the in-app changelog.
The new devices are (glad to see many flagships here):
Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Droid Charge - Verizon
Samsung Galaxy Tab
HTC Desire (2.2)
HTC Thunderbolt - Verizon
HTC Evo 4G
HTC Evo 3D
HTC Incredible S
HTC Desire HD
LG Revolution - Verizon (2.2)
Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY
Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro
As usual, download the app from the Market by using the links below.
Get ready, Verizon customers. IGN just leaked Verizon's alleged 2011 roadmap, and, unsurprisingly, it features Android quite heavily. While there aren't too many details on any of the devices outside of what we already know, it will give you a good general idea of what to expect from Verizon this year:
Samsung Stratosphere: Previously rumored as Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy S2, the Stratosphere is listed as a "4G Smartphone w/Android 2.3." While it isn't exactly confirmation, there is a chance that this rumor was spot-on. Prepare for its release on September 8.
Droid Bionic: Months after its original unveiling, the Droid Bionic is finally going to be available to purchase.
I know, I know. The last one was under $50, and preferably free. But in our attempt to keep you updated with the latest and greatest deals on the latest and greatest devices, we had to make sacrifices. Fortunately, that means there are also no repeat appearances from last month's post, though you should still check it out - a lot of those handsets (aside from the DROID 2) are still viable choices.
So, you get a fresh batch of deals, on a fresh set of phones. Oh, 4 of the 5 are for Verizon - and AT&T and T-Mobile are left out of this month's roundup (though the $50 Infuse deal at Target gets an honorable mention).
Netflix this evening appears to have quietly unleashed the Android app on 16 more previously unsupported devices, all without updating the application at all.
The whole situation threw us off quite a bit, as the Netflix app description now lists both the new devices and a reference to a new version 1.3, while the app itself is still stuck at 1.2.2.
Nevertheless, after trying to find it in the Market using devices that were previously unsupported (HTC EVO 3D and Thunderbolt), to our pleasant surprise, we succeeded. So... it seems that Netflix indeed simply updated the list in the Market publishing console without updating the app at all, which means it was compatible with all of them all along.
The second part of the "Deal Alert" for this morning is the LG Revolution. As long as you're willing to jump from your current carrier and sign on the dotted line with VZW, then you can grab its newest 4G handset for a mere $50 from Wirefly. That's an easy $150 price drop compared to the Big Red sales floor, and $50 less than Amazon's current price.
The Revolution is rocking some pretty decent specs:
4.3 Inch 480*800 display
1GHz Snapdragon processor
16GB built-in storage
5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front
Aside from the ridiculously low price, this phone also includes a $25 Android Market card, saving you even more money.