Part of my editorial duties here at Talk Android include perusing various obscure outlets trying to find newsworthy information. Making my daily rounds this morning I stumbled across some interesting info in a not so obscure place – Reddit. As it goes with many things on Reddit, this bit of news should be dashed with a dose or Mortin’s but either way I figured it looked plausible enough to pass it along.
According to a Redditor who claims to work for Verizon in some capacity, they say that the HTC Rezound and Motorola Xoom 3G/4G have scheduled ICS release dates. Curious to know what they are? Join us after the break and I will give you the full low-down. Read more
Time to get just a little excited if you’re a customer of T-Mobile or Orange in possession of a Samsung Galaxy S2. There is now word that your device will be upgraded to Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich! Great news for all those that have been holding out for such a long time. As it seemed time was passing you by while watching other carriers receive this update such as Three, O2, and Vodafone. Finally your day has come. It was reported that a T-Mobile spokeswoman said the following when asked about ICS:
“We’ve been working closely with Samsung on this, and we can confirm that we will be rolling out the ICS update for Samsung Galaxy S2 from 22nd April”
This is very welcome news for many of you. Ice Cream Sandwich is deliciously packed with a completely new user interface, and chock full of new features that you’ll love. So stay tuned, watch that status bar for the notification you’ve been waiting for, update accordingly and let us know what you think of the Android 4.o.
Earlier today we told you about the pending update for the Droid Razr and Razr Maxx and apparently that isn’t the only Motorola device receiving an update soon. The Droid 4 is also scheduled to get an update and will mark the first official update for the device since its launch. The new build will bring the device up to build number 6.13.219 (not ICS) and includes the MotoCast widget, improved battery life, fixes for the keyboard backlight and Wi-Fi connectivity and the rest of the goodies you see in the image above.
The update should begin to roll out over the next week but if you are anything like me and you will take any opportunity you can to snag an update early I got some good news. Thankfully for folks like us, our pals over at Droid-Life managed to procure the signed update and have already placed it into a flashable zip for all to enjoy. You need NOT be rooted to use this update and the file is only a mere 18MB in size. For those who are not rooted but plan to do so in the future, flashing this update will not break any ability to do so. For those folks who are rooted, it is recommended to use Voodoo Rootkeeper in order to maintain root.
If you are all ready to get started, jump past the break for a download link and full installation instructions.
What a ride it’s been for the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX smartphones for the last few weeks. We’d heard everything from a soak test for a small update to a soak test with a potentially big update— which caused a ton of confusion and uncertainty as to what this upcoming update could be. Well friends, an update has officially arrive out of the blue for those devices which does confirm it is the Version.6.12.181.XT912.Verizon.en.US update we had previously suspected before.
The update includes a host of nice features too. For starters, there’s improved device stability, extended battery life, a more accurate 4G indicator and improved text messaging. If you’re an owner of one of those devices, make sure to be on the lookout for the 17MB update which should arrive very soon. Let’s hope it’s not too much longer before we see the Ice Cream Sandwich update afterwards.
source: Verizon Wireless
The HTC One X still has that new aura and smell to it, but it doesn’t mean it’s ever to late for a software update. That’s apparently the case as European owners of the device received notifcation of what looks to be a minor software update. This new update brings the phone’s software to version 1.28.401.9 and is around 30MB in size. The update includes some minor bug fixes and possibly improved battery life. Moreover, the software update seems to keep the Android version at 4.0.3, despite 4.0.4 being available for other Android devices.
If your device is an unlocked and unbranded version— feel free to check for it manually by heading to Settings –> About –> Software Updates. If your device has carrier branding, know that it may not quite be ready just yet, so sit tight and it should come through sooner than later.
Looking over my Android apps that received an update today, Temple Run is one of the more notable ones along with the Chrome browser. The uber popular game has already been downloaded over 10 million times and has only been available in the Play Store for just over three weeks. It is pretty amazing how fast this game has spread and the developers obviously want to keep the millions of users happy.
Today’s update brings Twitter integration as well as a few bug fixes such as; a bug that made it difficult to score points, a bug that caused the runner to accelerate too fast, and a few spelling errors. On top of making the app run better for users, the Twitter integration allows you to tweet your score after completing a run through the Temple. This may prove beneficial to some of you, and more of an annoyance to others. I dunno.
If you have yet to receive the update or haven’t even tried the game, go ahead and hit up one of the links below. The game is free and has almost been perfected at this point. Now if I could only perfect my hand-eye coordination and I would be set!
Google Play Store
Like a wayward step child, the unlocked Galaxy S II will start to join its cousins in regards to receiving Android 4.0. In what seemed like a forgetful device, Sammy, in typical Sammy fashion, is a little late to the game but nevertheless here. The company has confirmed and has actually already begun pushing ICS 4.0 to the best selling handset as I write. Like O2, Vodafone and other carriers, the GSII will begin joining the club of 4.0’ers with the slightly tweaked addition of Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay.
“Samsung UK has been working as hard as possible over the last few weeks to get Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) rolled out to all our Galaxy S II customers. We can confirm that ‘XEU/sim-free’ and all network upgrades are now complete except for Orange and T-Mobile which will follow as soon as possible, pending software testing and approvals. Thanks again for your patience” Samsung
And of course, we weren’t expecting this to be a typical Android fashioned OTA update. So get your Favorite Samsung KIES app ready (sarcasm mine) because that’s the only way you’ll be pushing this to your device, sorry folks. Following carrier testing, T-Mobile UK and Orange should be joining the party. Timing couldn’t have been any closer as Samsung will most likely be unveiling the Galaxy S III with ICS on-board in London on May 3rd, of which our very own Chris Stewart will be in attendance to cover the whole event. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.
We all jump for joy when we see updates pop up in the status bar on our Android devices, don’t we? Well, that’s what Sprint has brought to all of you ZTE Optik owners out there today. The ZTE Optik 7-inch tablet is Sprint’s very budget friendly Honeycomb sporting device that arrived to the Now network back in early February. Released today was build V55V1.1.0B09. Below you’ll find a list of the the fixes, updates, and enhancements:
- Google DRM solution
- Google Music
- Persistent notification after BT transfer
- Software version corrected in x-wap profile
- Sim City closes when attempting to purchase while connected to Wifi
- Sim City download issue fixed
- Response when connected to a computer via USB cable
The update will be rolling out over the next couple of days. If you’re like me, you may need to check and make sure your automatic updates are working. Just go to Settings>About tablet>System updates>Update Android>Check now and enjoy all the glory that is new updates!
Samsung Galaxy Note owners should be getting a taste of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich soon. I know everyone expected it last month, but the good news is that with the Note, the ICS experience is dramatically different with the Premium Suite. Samsung is touting the ability to create notebooks or unique stories on the go with seven templates: Note, Meeting Note, Idea Note, Magazine, Travel, Diary, and Recipe. You can even choose or create your own notebook covers.
For actual notebook enhancements, they added a floating icon bar and the ability to record your drawings. Google searches are now part of your notes as you can simply write something and find out more about it, even formulas. You can quickly scan through the content of all your notebooks to find what you’re looking for. Plus there’s still more. If you thought the Galaxy Note was cool now, wait till you watch the video after the break. Samsung really turned things up here.