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!
A new tidbit has come to light thanks to a couple of Android engineers, Romain Guy and Chet Haase over at the Android Developers blog. They’ve touted that as part of the Android 4.0 ICS update, devices should experience better hardware acceleration by default. It turns out that this is the same hardware acceleration that can be found in our beloved Android 3.2 Honeycomb for tab’s however, for the tab version, enabling of the GPU was required via command line. Meaning, experience for the end user post ICS is going to change up a bit.
We should see smoother and faster UI scrolling and navigation throughout the device entirely. Animations should be quick and fluid with this latest iteration. It shouldn’t matter whether or not a dev has enabled the GPU acceleration. Because lets face it, though we’re not particularly all iPhone or Windows Phone 7 fans, we have to admit that scrolling on those devices tends to always be naturally smooth and quick. And though we love Android, most devices tend to have a bit of a “choppy” experience. Well, here’s to hoping that all changes with the roll out of Ice Cream Sandwich. But we’ll let you all be the judge of that. Now you just need to make sure that you have an ICS enabled and upgradable device when it comes.
[via Android Dev]
It looks like Motorola’s forums are all a buzz lately with mentionings of an update in the works for the late to the game Droid Bionic. However, according to the forums manager, it looks like the update is to “improve device performance”. So, we’re not entirely sure if that is going to address the major bug list we posted about in early October. The testing is currently taking place and is said to be possibly available within the next “30 to 60″ days for Bionic users. So be patient and definitely feel free to tip us when you’ve received the update.
[via Moto Forums]
It looks like there is a new version of the Android Market that will be pushing out soon. This new update will bring the market up to version 3.3.11 and hosts a whole bunch of welcomed new features. If I know you guys like I think I do, you are ready for the update now! Lucky for you we have already scored the .apk file and have the download waiting for you below. A word to the wise though – apparently this .apk file isn’t working properly on Honeycomb tablets, if that’s you, you had better wait it out a while.
New features reported so far:
- New setting: Auto-update apps (an easy way to keep all apps auto-updated, finally)
- New setting: Update over Wi-Fi only
- New setting: Auto-add shortcuts (automatically adds shortcuts to your homescreen for newly downloaded apps)
- Smaller font
- New app drawer icon
- Microphone (voice command) button in search menu
- Star rating chart on app pages
- Minor UI tweaks
If you find anything else worth reporting, let us know in the comments below. Thanks!
[via Android Police]
Now that we know the Galaxy Nexus will be the first Ice Cream Sandwich phone, the question is what upcoming phones will launch with ICS as well. Well, we don’t know of any in the very near future, but the LG Optimus U1, which might launch early 2012, could be one of them.
We are expecting that phones launching with ICS won’t have hardware buttons, but the Optimus U1 does have one hardware home button. Also there are two faint dots where you would expect capacitive Android buttons to reside. It’s possible that the image is fake, but why leave those dots in unless it was for real. I’m sure we will hear more soon, but for now, other than ICS, we are hoping for specs that are similar to the Optimus LTE, which include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 4.5-inch 720p display. We will let you know more when we hear it.
Well, better late than never I always say. Looks like the European version of the Motorola Xoom, the WiFi version will be getting a little bump to Android’s Honeycomb 3.2 after all. If you reside in any of the following areas and own a Xoom, keep a sharp look out for the update on your device.
In addition to the 3.2 Honeycomb update, Motorola will be tossing in their very own MOTOPRINT printing app which allows you to print docs and the like over Wifi. Furthermore, powerful applications like the full version of Quickoffice will be added for the ultimate productivity buster. Check out the press release below after the break for all of the juicy details and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. We know, we know….”it’s about time!”
LG Optimus owners have been eagerly waiting for their Gingerbread updates, and it looks like LG is finally ready to roll in Europe. The Optimus 2X will start on November 1, the Optimus 3D will start November 21, and the Optimus Black will kick off on November 28. Please understand that these dates are for the unlocked and carrier-unbranded versions. For those of you that own any of these devices through a carrier, you will have to wait a little longer. If you are outside of Europe, we are expecting a push globally, but no timetable has been set.
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.
Full change log after the break:
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.
Samsung Italy has confirmed that a number of devices will be receiving the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. And though we figured these would make the list, it’s nice to have it writing.
- Galaxy S II
- Galaxy Note
- Galaxy Tab 10.1
- Galaxy Tab 8.9
- Galaxy Tab 7.7
- Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
We’re digging deep on whether or not the original Galaxy S device will be receiving the update as its specs are sort of yesterday’s specs. However, if they do, you’ll be the first to know.