If I were to ever stand in front of a panel of world Entrepreneurs and were asked what my suggestions were to make the world a better place and push humanity into a brighter future, it would certainly be to request that all carriers remove
crapware bloatware from their devices. Well, Verizon and Motorola are headed in that direction, and for now we’ll just have to say it’s a start. Vz has made the change we’ve all been waiting for when it comes to pre-loaded apps on the device, and we hope it’s a trending change in the industry. Vz has allowed a plethora of applications to be uninstalled on the device and for the ones that cannot, you now have the ability to “hide” them. Hey, we’ll take the compromise.
There’s nothing worse in the world than for you to get this high end smartphone and not be able to customize it the way you want because of unnecessary bloatware. And not everyone is tech savvy enough to root and ROM their devices if that’s what you were thinking. Applications like Guided Tours, Blockbuster, GoToMeeting, Let’s Golf and Madden can all be hidden if these aren’t your forte. In previous models, you either had to toss these apps in a folder somewhere so they’re out of the way or download a new launcher all together, since Blur was kind of blah and didn’t allow you to do that. In any event, it’s a welcomed addition to the device. If you haven’t already, check out our initial hands-on with the Droid Razr and stay tuned for our full review and comparison of the device.
Are any of you readers out there on US cellular and own a Motorola Electrify? Now is your chance to throw Moto a bone and offer some needed support by volunteering for a new BETA testing program. If chosen, you will be apart of a select group of 200 that will test out the next software update specifically designed for the US cellular Motorola Electrify. If you meet these two requirements and this sounds like something you may be interested in, keep reading.
Motorola and US Celluar are happy to announce a future pre-release* opportunity for MOTOROLA ELECTRIFY, before it is officially released to all customers. We are recruiting 200 Electrify owners to test and provide feedback on future updates.
This registration period will be open until we receive our limit of qualified applicants. Note that you must be a member of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to register. If you’re interested in testing and want to take part, just join our community now and then fill out the short Motorola Feedback Network registration form. When specific opportunities become available you will receive additional info via email to register for a particular Electrify opportunity.
Please note that registering with the Motorola Feedback Network will not guarantee you’ll be among those testing the software update as testers will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis, and on valid registration responses. Selected users will receive additional information to prepare for the update via email when the trial begins.
* Motorola Software Pre-Releases are final software checks, with a limited group of users, before upgrades/updates are provided to the general public. Software tested may be no different than what other users receive, once testing is complete.
Sound interesting? Then jump on board and offer a lending device. For those who own an Electrify and would just rather sit on the sidelines, by the sound of things if all goes well you may see an official software update sometime in the near future. One thing I noticed was that they mysteriously left out what Android version it is that they are updating to. If any of you join in on the BETA action, do me a solid and let us know which version they are working with. Thanks!
[via Motorola Forums]
HTC Thunderbolt owners are about to start salivating. The MIUI ROM port for is one step closer to being official for the phone. MIUI as you already know, can work on any phone including the Thunderbolt. Developers have been hard at work ensuring the Thunderbolt port of the ROM works properly before releasing to the general public. There have been various kinks and issues during the development, such as data and SMS not working properly. It certainly hasn’t taken much time to address the issues as it was announced on Twitter that “data and SMS are fully working”. This is indeed exciting news, especially considering that it shouldn’t be much longer before the ROM is released for Thunderbolt owners. Look out for the MIUI for the HTC Thunderbolt to be available any day now.
Today, Sprint plans on kicking off a slow Gingerbread rollout for the Samsung Epic 4G. The plans are to update only about 3 percent of devices on the first day (today) to try and avoid the major issues seen during the Froyo update. Sprint will continue the slow rollout over the next 8 days, until all handsets are updated.
You can expect all the usual goodies that come with Android 2.3, and the change log includes:
- Airrave notification fixes
- SMS area code fix
- PRL and Profile update fix
- EAS HTML Tagging fix
- Bluetooth headset quality fix
- Lock screen date fix
If at any time you dismiss the update notification or you just want to see if it’s available to you yet, press: Settings–> Menu–> About Phone–> System Update. The build number should be EI22. Jump past the break to see an image of the official update document.
Looks like there is more good news for prospective Galaxy Nexus owners as our pals over at MoDaCo has a little treat for us that many of you will be happy to see. We are getting access to a full system dump from the Galaxy Nexus’ ICL23D build.
There should be a little something for everyone: apps, ringtones and wallpapers for the basic users and everything else including the boot recovery images for you dev types. It’s very likely that this won’t be the build that makes it into retail devices but if it’s just the multimedia your after, there shouldn’t be an issue. Add this to the recently discovered root method and we’re all set! Hit the source below for details and download links.
Google has recently released its latest Android distribution figures, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread is now on 43.9 percent of all Android devices, almost 5 percent more than last month.
This is the first time we have seen Gingerbread on more devices than Android 2.2 Froyo, which has dropped about 5 percent from last months 45.3 percent to this months 40.7 percent.
The data was harvested based on the number of Android devices which accessed the Android Market over a two-week period that ended on 3 November. If you want to see the full details from the report, hit the link below.
Which OS is your Android Device running on?
In case you haven’t heard, Google is finally rolling out the Android 3.1 update to all Google TV devices. Sony branded units are among the first to get the treat and today, we have another Sony product to add to the list.
The Honeycomb update is all ready for those of you who own a Sony Google TV Blu-Ray player and it’s just waiting for you to download. If you have the device and haven’t received the update yet, head into Settings –> About –> System Updates. From there you should be able to manually push some Honeycomb lovin’ onto your device. Enjoy!
Today, Verizon begins officially rolling out the Gingerbread update to OG 7-inch Galaxy Tab’s. It was only a last week that we got the update announcement and here we are a few short days later and Big Red delivers.
If you own a 7- inch GTab and have yet to receive the OTA update you can try and push the Gingerbread treat to your device yourself. To do so, you just need to press Menu –> Settings –> About Tablet –> System Updates. From there you will see if the i800.E104 version is available to you yet. If it’s not, try again later because roll outs can take a while to reach all devices so if your GTab isn’t among the first group than you should see it fairly soon.
For a recap, jump past the break for a full changelog. If you get the update be sure to let us know how you’re liking it!
Wow, that was fast! As we reported last week, Google planned to start pushing out the Android 3.1 update to Sony branded Internet TV boxes and televisions starting this week. Today, select Sony devices have already received the update, unleashing multiple new features for the Google TV experience.
Although Logitech boxes are further down the roll-out schedule, today I was sent an email reassuring me that my Revue box would not be forgotten about:
Thank you for having purchased a Google TV product with the initial version of our software.
We’re excited to send you this advance notice about a number of software improvements that will soon be coming to your device through an automatic update. The update is rolling out over the next few weeks.
The next phone on the list to get an unofficial upgrade appears to be the Samsung Galaxy S. Two MIUI developers decided to take a break from MIUI in order to port Android 4.0 to the Galaxy S. And guess what? They were successful. And by successful, I mean very little is working and it is so unstable that they haven’t even released it to the public yet. But hey, you gotta start somewhere, right? Developers only really have the option to make half baked versions of ICS because Google has released the Source Code yet (just the SDK). But if you want an early build of ICS on your Galaxy S, stay tuned!