The DROID Incredible 2 is getting an update to software version 6.01.605.05 710RD (no, it’s not Ice Cream Sandwich yet). This 32MB update fixes a social network image download bug some folks were having, and also enables the device’s Wireless Alerting System. Verizon just approved this update so it should be coming very soon. Watch for it!
Verizon DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX owners started receiving text messages from Verizon reminding them that their phones will “soon be upgraded to Android 4.0.” According to Motorola, the update is still due in the second quarter, which means it should arrive within the next two weeks. The full message follows:
Free Verizon Message: Your phone will soon be upgraded to Android 4.0. At that time we will remove your Verizon Wireless Mobile IM app because it is not supported on Android 4.0. Please download a new instant messaging app to use IM on your phone. Thank you for using Mobile IM!
Interestingly, Verizon is killing off their own Verizon Wireless Mobile IM app since it is incompatible with Ice Cream Sandwich.
source: motorola owner’s forum
For those of you literally scouring the web for any and every bit of DROID Bionic news you can find, here’s a big tidbit for you. With the previous soak tests now complete, update 5.9.905 is well underway to a DROID Bionic near you. You should be receiving the update via OTA shortly so keep checking. Compared to other updates, it’s a rather small one however, it will address a number of bugs such as the LTE data issues most have been experiencing. Remember, to check for an update go to Settings–>About phone–>System updates. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the update in the comments below.
source: Droid Life
A statement released by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the contract chip maker that’s in charge for the production of the SoC’s for Qualcomm, stated that they will fail to meet demands for the Snapdragon S4 processors until next year in 2013. The 28nm Snapdragon S4 processors are arguably the most used and wanted mobile processor on the market. They’re huge in the American market as it’s the processor that will be used in all of the US’s versions of the Samsung Galaxy SIII, and it is already used in the widely successful AT&T One X and T-Mobile One S. The reason it’s so popular within the American carriers is due to its LTE integration, considering every US market is or will be pushing their own LTE service.
The TSMC has said that production quantity of the chip should start improving near the end of the year in Q4 and the “market demand is likely to be satisfied in 2013”. While we’ve already reported before of the shortages of the Snapdragon S4, even causing the ASUS Padfone a slight delay in its release, I don’t think this generally jeopardizes any current upcoming device releases that will use this processor (i.e. the Galaxy SIII), but this is definitely something that we should keep our eyes on.
Those of you fortunate enough to already own the Galaxy S III might have woken up to an update ready and waiting to be downloaded. Samsung just pushed out the very first OTA update for the device and its changelog is rather short, citing only “improved stability.” Reports are showing that the update size may vary from 9MB to 31MB+, all depending on your current configuration, and may need to be done in two stages. The update doesn’t seem to provide any noticeable changes but after installed will bring the device up to version I9300BUALF1.DM.
This is pretty early for the first update for a device and it’s nice to see that Samsung is properly maintaining their newest flagship masterpiece. If you received the update and noticed something we haven’t feel free to let us know in the comments below. To manually check for the update, head into About Device > Software Update, and there you should find an update ready for download.
For those of you who actually shelled out for a Droid Bionic, which was a little late to the game after its original announcement, you’ll be happy to know that some signs of an ICS build have surfaced. Over the weekend it was reported that an ICS test build made its way onto the Cheesecake application which searches Motorola hosted servers for public files often revealing early builds for their devices. Only armed with the knowledge that the device was supposed to recive ICS sometime in Q3, there have been no previous news or hints at the anticipated update. As of now, the build is un-flashable as it’s just an engineer’s build. But, this could be a hint and a sign of great things to come for Bionic owners. Hang in there folks and stay tuned. Otherwise, you’ll have to download a custom ICS ROM until the real deal gets here.
T-Mobile is finally ready to rollout the ICS update for the Samsung Galaxy S II. After being teased before, we know for sure the rollout will begin tonight at 11pm EST / 8pm PST. The update will bring you up to ICS version 4.0.3, which is as near as you can get to the most current version without actually having it. Along with all the goodies that come with ICS, T-Mobile notes improvements to WiFi calling and voicemail enhancements. Also included is the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), which allows the Federal Government to alert you to everything from dangerous weather to the zombie apocalypse.
Hit the break for details on how to get the update…
The one thing that bothers me is when a phone is unveiled then takes several months before its release is even announced. The LG Optimus 4X HD was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012 back in February and is now finally making its way to consumers in Europe later this month. The specs of this phone are pretty beefy to say the least, they put it on par with the current kings of Android such as the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy SIII. It’s equipped with NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display, an 8MP rear camera, 1.3 front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 2,150mAh battery, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. So far it is reported that Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain and Italy will be the first ones to sell the device. LG has also announced that a certain “major surprise” is in store for the launch of their newest flagship device, but what that surprise might be is still unknown.
While there is still no news for an American release of the 4X HD, I just hope LG figures that out quickly. With the imminent release of the Galaxy SIII in America in a just over a week, the appeal of this phone could become irrelevant to consumers if it takes too long to come to the States. Would anyone be interested in this phone, or will the HTC One X and Galaxy SIII already satisfy your needs?
We reported back in March of this year about the revised update schedule for Sony Xperia handsets. In some instances there were some serious delays which probably resulted in some unhappy owners out there. Holding true to their schedule of updating the Xperia Mini Pro at the end of May or early June, the ICS update is now officially available for download.
Sony is setting itself apart by keeping their word and rolling out the updates to Xperia handsets globally. No failure to deliver in this instance. There were some concerns that devices such as the Mini Pro would not even be considered to receive the upgrade, but Sony surprised everyone by finally making it available for download. In order to access the update you must have the proprietary PC Companion software installed, but then it’s ICS all the way, and some very happy owners indeed. To grab the update for yourself head to the source link below.