Owners of the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon should be getting prompted to install an OTA update pretty soon - but it's just a maintenance update with a couple of bug fixes. When I say a couple, I mean it in the most literal of ways - it fixes two things. The two things in question? It improves the delivery of over-the-air updates and incoming call connectivity. That's it. I do find it ironic that they're sending out an OTA update to improve OTA updates, though.
The guys over at Samfirmware have gotten their hands on an official build of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread for the European variant of the Samsung Galaxy S GT-i9000. The build date on this is June 3rd, so it's relatively new - but there's no word on whether this is a finalized build or not.
If you were lucky enough to attend Google I/O this year, then there's no doubt that you've been loving your limited edition Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (check out our review). You're about to love it even more, because the Android 3.1 update just went live.
This update brings a gaggle of nice features, including widget resizing, USB host support, and improved multitasking, just to name a few.
Update #1: In addition to the standard 3.1 stuff, Samsung provides the following list (and warns to disable any device locks prior to the update specifically for the I/O Tab):
Earlier today, Sprint and Motorola held a press conference in New York City where they announced the first powerhouse phone from Motorola to land on the Now Network: the Photon 4G. It's a global-ready device that features a 4.3 inch screen, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM, an 8MP rear shooter, VGA front camera, a kickstand, and Gingerbread. Now, both companies have updated their respective YouTube accounts with videos of the announcement, as well an official promo for the device.
From Chingy and TeamAndIRC comes Maintenance Release 2 for the HTC Thunderbolt. The OTA update should be hitting stock phones on June 15th, but we're giving it to you early.
The major improvements brought about by MR2:
- Fixes random reboots
- Improves GPS locking
- Improves signal strength
- Add 3G/LTE toggle in settings
- And more... (we don't have an official changelog yet, unfortunately)
Un-rooted Stock MR2 Update
First up, the full, signed RUU.
Update 2: Apparently, there were Moto reps spewing false information at the Sprint event today, because both Android Central and Droid-Life have received word that the Photon 4G will not ship with an unlocked bootloader. The statement that Motorola released was still rather cryptic, however:
Motorola has recognized the passion around this topic in our communities. As we’ve previously communicated, it is our intention to include the unlockable/relockable bootloader in software releases starting in late 2011, where operator and channel partners will allow it. However, this feature is not included in the software found on PHOTON 4G.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy S 4G or Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O edition, some good news came out of the ClockwordMod camp today: both of the aforementioned devices are now officially supported by ROM Manager.
This will make flashing recoveries and .zips, performing backups, and finding new ROMs easier than ever before - so head over the Android Market and get your download on.
Motorola and Sprint teamed up for a press conference in NYC today, where they announced Sprint's newest beast of a phone: the Photon 4G. Check it out:
- 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
- 4.3 inch qHD display
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB onboard storage
- 8MP rear shooter, VGA front facing camera
- Mobile hotspot
- Advanced, enterprise level IT security
- Webtop capable
This phone was previously rumored to be "the Atrix for Sprint," but while the general look of the device is quite similar, the Photon seems to be more of an evolution and less a rebranding.
At their NYC luncheon event, Sprint and Motorola just made official the second of their two new Android devices: the 4.1-inch Triumph. It'll be Virgin Mobile's first Motorola Android device when it launches later this summer, packing a 1GHz processor of some variety, a 5MP rear shooter in addition to a VGA front-facing camera, and an HDMI output port in its 0.4-inch thick body.
Though Sprint has yet to inform us of the Android version the Triumph will be running, we do know that it will come with Virgin Mobile Live 2.0, a social networking app which will provide free access to a "critically acclaimed music stream" hosted by Abbey Braden.
In an effort to get XOOMs flying off the shelves for Father's Day and graduation time, Motorola is offering a pretty sweet deal: between now and June 14th, if you buy a XOOM directly from them, you'll get a free Bluetooth keyboard (valued at $69.99). If that deal isn't already sweet enough, though, you'll also get free 2-day shipping on the order.
There is one catch, however: this deal is not applicable on the 3G XOOM if you bundle it with a plan - but if you plan on buying it outright (without signing a contract), then you're good to go.