While rumors that the S III would make its debut at MWC were quickly and officially refuted by Samsung, that hasn’t stopped the Korean manufacturer from showing their hand in regards to the Galaxy S II Plus. Even with the announcement of the Galaxy S Advance, and two new tablets, Samsung is pushing forward with the release of the SII Plus. If the benchmarks are any indication this is a good move as the phone will surely be able to carry its own weight.
While at first it was considered to only be an incremental upgrade to the S II it appears that Samsung has took some time and put in some decent hardware in the device. The device will carry a 1.5GHz (I assume dual-core and possibly the OMAP 4470) processor, a WVGA display, and Android 2.3.4. I am sure that the device’s presence will be made better known at MWC and when it does we will surely update you with the specifics. Stay tuned!
Remember the HTC Amaze 4G that we did an extensive review on in October? Well, a new update started rolling out for it today (no, not ICS) and it brings a few fixes to the device and also includes the awesome advantage of IMS Wi-Fi calling. The update will bring the device up to Android 2.3.4 and the changelog is as follows:
- IMS Wi-Fi Calling
- Google Music
- Improvements to Bluetooth connection
- Clock widget not updating with time zone change
- Improvement to Twitter and Peep application
- Improved Wi-Fi connection
As you will notice, the software improvements aren’t really anything to write home about (although improved Wi-Fi connection is always nice), the real kick in the pants here is IMS Wi-Fi calling. Basically, its a T-Mobile supported bridge between their network and the Internet that allows for incoming/outgoing voice calls. I am not sure yet whether or not T-Mo is going to count those minutes as part of the calling plan, but if not it’s going to be the best deal going for phone calls. If you are the owner of an Amaze 4G, after you get the update you can enable said feature by pressing Settings-> Wireless & Networks, then enable the Wi-Fi Calling option. Pretty bad-ass if you ask me.
The update began to roll-out today and will continue through Jan. 20th. As usual, the roll-out is done in stages and can take some time until it reaches all devices. If you don’t see it just quite yet, be patient. Eventually you will see the welcomed notification in your notification bar. Hit the source link below for further details.
[via T-Mobile Support]
If you are the owner of an HTC Sensation 4G then you may be pleased to know that T-Mobile has begun to roll-out a new update bringing the device to Android 2.3.4, and software version 1.50.531.1. The roll-out started yesterday, Dec. 7, and continues through Jan. 15. Quite a widespread time-frame given the fact the update is random and you don’t really know when to expect it to hit. I guess you should just keep checking your notification bar for a software upgrade message. If you are antsy like me, you can manually check to see if the update is available by pressing Menu–> Settings–> About Phone–> System Updates. If your device is ready for the update you will see a download option and you should definitely press ‘yes’. The features and improvements you can expect are as follows:
- Software stability
- Improved battery life
- Improvements to Trace dictionary
- Screen unresponsiveness resolved
- Device taking screen shots resolved
- Lock screen shifted up resolved
- Icon pixilation resolved
- Improved Wi-Fi connection
- Green lines on photo resolved
Hit the source link below to see the full announcement from the T-Mobile Support Community.
[via T-Mobile Support]
Owners of Sony Ericsson devices rejoice! We mentioned previously that a few lucky owners in the Nordic/Dutch region receiving the Gingerbread 2.3 update. The moment the rest of you have been waiting for is finally here with SE rolling out the coveted Gingerbread update to the rest of the owners around the world. Owners of SE devices (which will include the Xperia Arc, Play, Neo, and so on) can look forward to some noteworthy features with the update:
Good news to all you Droid X2 owners! Looks like Verizon wants to give you a nice little update bringing you Android 2.3.4 with promises of fixing that annoying lock-up/restart problem when using the keyboard. The Verizon Moto Droid X2 support page has been updated (screenshot above) and the upcoming Build # is 1.2.380.MB870. The update is a healthy 55MB and no word on when Big Red will actually begin pushing it out but, rest assured, we will let you know as soon as it does. You can expect new features such as:
- Keyboard remains visible during text input.
- Input characters are properly displayed during text entry.
- Device will no longer lockup or reset when using the keyboard.
- Charging indicator will display only when the device is plugged into a charger.
- Home key functions correctly while the device is in the desktop cradle.
- Successfully use the camera after unlocking the device.
- Video quality has been improved for video recording and playback.
- Mobile Hotspot password can now exceed 63 characters.
- Improvement to the device stability limits resets and lockups.
- The Magic Smoke live wallpaper animation now works properly.
- Enjoy improved audio when streaming music.
Applications & Widgets
- When playing MP3s through the Music App, songs will not skip.
- Avoid YouTube video lockup while viewing.
- Desktop cradle application starts correctly.
- No longer receive an error message when purchasing the Let’s Golf App.
Keep a look out for an OTA update. If you are less patient than that you could always try and force the update by frequently checking under Menu>Settings>About Phone> System update. If you have any luck, be a pal and let us know, okay?
Today is your day HTC Thunderbolt owners. The long awaited Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OTA update for your device is now available! Just follow these instructions if you haven’t yet been prompted:
Settings > Software Update > Check New.
Some enhancements and features from the changelog include:
- Download Manager App
- New Desktop User Interface
- New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors
- Improved audio quality while using Bluetooth
- V CAST Tones pre-loaded
- New Google Books app
According to members over at the XDA forms, the stock 2.3.4 update for the Xperia PLAY brings 720p recording with continuous auto focus. It doesn’t seem that the 2.3.4 update has hit everyone just yet, but the word is coming from a batch of users that have gotten it already. Nice job Sony Ericsson, keep up the good work. Hit up the break for a sample video from XDA poster Nhialor. Any readers out there able to confirm from their devices as well?
It has been quite a while now that we have been hearing a bunch of hype from Sony about plans to update all of their 2011 Experia phones to Android 2.3.4 starting in October. If you look at your calendar you will notice that it is still September yet and some users are reporting to have already received the update. It is pretty rad when a manufacturer beats there own proposed roll out date, huh?
Yesterday we told you about the Xperia Neo receiving the 2.3.4 update to users with Nordic/Dutch devices, now we have further confirmation of expansion to the Xperia Play and the Xperia Arc. Unfortunately, there has been no word yet on the Xperia Pro but should soon join the ranks of 2.3.4.
One of the more popular features for the Neo and the Arc is the ability to take 3D pictures! “No way,” you’re saying right now, “you can’t do that with a 2D camera, can you?” Oh, but with Sony Ericsson’s 3D panorama software you can! The only caveat, you must display your photos on a 3D capable T.V. in order to enjoy your new multidimensional memories. For you Xperia Play owners, I regret to inform you that you have been omitted from this feature for reasons unknown.
Last month Sony Ericsson told us to expect the Android 2.3.4 update for various Xperia handsets to start in October. We like it when manufacturers beat their targets, and we are happy to tell you that there are reports of the update hitting the Xperia Neo. For now it appears to be hitting Nordic/Dutch firmwares, but it should move steadily to other areas.
This update will bring your firmware to 4.0.1.A.0.283, and it will include video for Google Chat, a new 3D panorama camera feature, a swipe text input system, screen capture, and further enhancements to Facebook inside Xperia. We are not sure how rapid the update will make the rounds, but make sure to hit your Settings/About Phone/System Updates to see if you can manually pull it. Let us know in the comments if you were able to get it and what area you’re in.
DroidLife is reporting that the DROID Incredible 2 has an update going out right now. At 32MB in size there is nothing major here, but go into your Settings -> Software Update to pull it. Word on the street is that even though this update takes the Incredible 2 to version 2.3.4, there is no sign of Google Talk with Video. Always good to be up to date in either case. Hit up the break for the full changelog. Let us know what you find if your an Incredible 2 owner.