Verizon Announces Original Samsung Galaxy Tab Gingerbread Update

Another day, another announcement of a device getting a major software update. Verizon has announced the i800.E104 software update for the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. In addition to Gingerbread 2.3.5, the software update will include improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality and a new Download Manager App among the noteworthy features. There’s no word on when exactly the update will be available, but it should arrive very soon.

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AT&T announces its first two LTE smartphones; Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid

AT&T just announced their first two 4G LTE smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vidid will be available November 6. Along with these two phones, AT&T will add 4 markets to their 4G LTE service, which include Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Athens, GA. This is in addition to the previous 5 markets which included Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Forth Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket (pictured above) will run $ 249.99 and have the following specs:

  • 4.5-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display(800×480 pixels)
  • Android Gingerbread (2.3.5)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, with 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 16 GB of on-board memory, microSD expandable to an additional 32 GB

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HTC Rezound shows up in Verizon in-store ad ahead of official annoucement

It seems as though Verizon is running in-store ads that show off the HTC Rezound, which we expect will be officially announced this Thursday in New York City. The Rezound is featured front and center along with Joe Jonas and Beats by Dr. Dre earbuds. We have already seen leaked shots and accessories, so if there was any doubt that this Thursday’s announcement won’t be the Rezound, I think this puts that to rest for good.

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[Leak] Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus (SCH-i515) press shot with no carrier branding

This really isn’t big news, but with all the fuss about Verizon, and if they are going to carry the Galaxy Nexus or if it will be an exclusive, we thought we would share the above image which happens to be the Verizon version, model SCH-I515. It was found within some code on the Samsung website and the image name is Verizon_SCH-i515_front.jpg. It looks similar to the press shot that was released two weeks ago for the official Galaxy Nexus announcement.

If there is any news here, it’s that there is no Verizon logo on the front, and even though we don’t have a shot of the backside, we don’t expect anything more than “Google” and “4G LTE.” As we all know, the Nexus line never had carrier branding as it was always a true Google experience phone. I am still shocked that Verizon went along with this, but super excited. No firm date yet, but we are still putting our money on November 17th.

[via droid-life]

Sony Ericsson Rolls Out Gingerbread 2.3.4 For All Countries

Owners of Sony Ericsson devices rejoice! We mentioned previously that a few lucky owners in the Nordic/Dutch region receiving the Gingerbread 2.3 update. The moment the rest of you have been waiting for is finally here with SE rolling out the coveted Gingerbread update to the rest of the owners around the world. Owners of SE devices (which will include the Xperia Arc, Play, Neo, and so on) can look forward to some noteworthy features with the update: Read more

HTC Rolling Out Desire S Updates – Includes Android 2.3.5, HTC Sense 3.0

Our friends over at Eurodroid are reporting good news for HTC Desire S owners. Over the past couple weeks people have been receiving OTA updates that include Android 2.3.5 and Sense 3.0. This newer version of Sense features a redesigned 3D launcher, new lock screen and other cool enhancements.

Word has it that unbranded Desire S owners in the UK, along with owners of Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2 and Orange devices have begun to receive the updates already. So if you are the owner of a Desire S keep a look out and remember, to see if you have an update waiting, press Menu –> Settings –> About Phone –> Software Update. If nothing is there yet be patient, roll outs can take a while sometimes.

[via Eurodroid]

Sprint Continues to Upset With the Blocking of WiFi Tethering Apps

It was a while back that carriers caught on and started blocking customers from downloading wireless tethering apps from the Android Market. You may still be able to tether via USB cable but the wireless method is now all but extinct. Sprint held out the longest allowing customers to use their phones in conjunction with a third-party app to serve as a free wireless hotspot. Those days are gone my friends, Sprint devices are now too blocked from downloading such apps from the Android Market.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise because the Now Network has already put a cap on 4G mobile hotspots and broadband usage, charging $.05 for every MB exceeded. If your device is rooted though, you still have an option for stickin’ it to the man. You can sideload the third-party apps by doing so directly from their websites, ie. WiFi Tether. So although it sucks and pisses us off, lets at least be thankful for all those great developers out there who always have our back in a pinch. Thanks guys, you rock!

[via Android Police]

Gingerbread Now Official For LG Revolution, Verizon Posts Change Log

It’s been a great day for LG Revolution owners. We heard earlier about a potential update for the Revolution, but Verizon has officially let the cat out of the bag by releasing their change log for the VS910ZV7 software update which includes the long-awaited Gingerbread 2.3. In addition to the standard Gingerbread features, the software update includes Email folders now displaying in the correct order and data now working correctly when toggling in Airplane mode among other things. Now that we have the change log, it should only be a matter of days before the update is officially pushed to Revolution devices. When you do receive the update, do tell us how it’s working out for you.

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Sprint Partners with SensorLogic in M2M Initiative

SensorLogic, a provider of cloud-based platforms for machine-to-machine (M2M) application development, on Tuesday announced that they are teaming up with Sprint, to assist enterprise customers to help fast-track M2M initiatives.

The partnership of the two companies is expected to give enterprise customers better ways to produce and deploy M2M applications and managed services. The association allows the two companies to promote both of their offerings in hope of meeting the needs of the growing market for M2M services. Read more

LG Optimus 2x/T-Mobile G2X Will not be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

LG has announced Ice Cream Sandwich will not be going out to the Optimus 2X or T-Mobile’s G2X.  The G2X runs on a Tegra 2 processor and could handle the update, however LG isn’t going to push the update. The LG Optimus 2X was introduced overseas as the first dual-core processor and then made its way to the states as T-Mobile’s G2X. The phones hardware is on par with some of the lower end tablets, so it is confusing as to why LG is unwilling to update it.

LG has been facing scrutiny from current customers about not getting any updates, and this is sure to add to that frustration. LG is a good manufacturer, but their lack of updates can’t be good for their bottom line. It was back in April that T-Mobile announced Gingerbread was in the works, but it took them until July to get it out to the masses.

How LG is staying afloat in the mobile market baffles me. Yeah they make good hardware, but the hardware is only as good as the software running on it.

With the constant fragmentation of the Android OS, this is another great phone meeting its end way too soon.

Are you an LG user? Tells us your frustration in the comments below.

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