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.
Motorola started to roll out the Android 4.0.4 (IMM76L) to testers earlier this week and whispers from the tech world today are suggesting that the full roll-out has begun. As ever, the roll-out will be staggered, meaning it will be a bit of a lottery as to when your update will be pushed.
If you’re not the patient type then we have some good news for you. The little trick that was discovered on the Galaxy Nexus which allows the user to force a pending update also works on the Xoom. Just in case you’ve forgotten the steps, we’ve listed the instructions below:
- Open up the settings > applications > all
- Scroll down to ‘Google Services Framework’
- Open the application details
- Click on the ‘Clear Data’ and then ‘Force Stop’ buttons
- Open up settings > About tablet > System updates and hit the ‘Check now’ button
Please bare in mind that you may need to repeat the process 4 or 5 times before the update kicks in. Once you get it running, be sure to check back in and let us know your thoughts on Android 4.0.4.Source: Droid Life
Yesterday we announced Sony TV’s with Google TV were getting an update, but as far as the Logitech Revue is concerned, news would be coming. After the very long wait for the 3.1 update late last year, I wasn’t expecting anything too soon. Well Logitech surprised me with the 3.2 update. It’s live now and it contains a lot of fixes. It’s rolling out in stages and they have promised that all Revues will be updated by the end of the week. Hit the break for the full changelog.
Google has just put out an update for their increasingly popular Google Wallet application. In the ‘what’s new‘ tab, the big G has listed “prepaid top up improvements” and “support for new form factors” as their new improved features to update 1.1-R67-v4. Not too clear on what new form factors means at this time so hopefully Google will shed some light on this later this month at Google I/O. Hit the Play Store link below to get the goods.
Play Store Download Link
Great news for you Google TV fans. The Google TV development team today took to their Google+ page to announce that they are pushing out a new software update to Sony Google TV units. The update will bring devices up to version 2.1.1 and will bring a few features along with it. You will now be able to rent and watch movies from the Play Store as well as watch YouTube movies from YouTube.com. Those of you who watch Google TV via the Logitech Revue aren’t so lucky. No update for us as of yet, but the Google TV dev team says that there should be some update information available soon. Let’s just hope we get the same treatment as the Sony customers do. Stay tuned.