If for some reason you’re still rocking a Galaxy S II on AT&T (and haven’t already installed a custom ROM), you’ll be excited to know that the carrier is rolling out a minor update to Android 4.0.4. Keep in mind this is for the original Galaxy S II (i777), and not the Galaxy S II Skyrocket.
Considering the device already received an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich during summer, we had thought the device reached the end of its update life cycle. Thankfully, Samsung hasn’t forgotten about its 2011 customers. The update is now available for download exclusively through Samsung’s own desktop-based Kies software. While we still don’t have an official changelog, users will need to be running a recent build in order to flash the upgrade.
Verizon has announced they will start pushing out an update for Motorola DROID BIONIC devices on October 19th. The update includes Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Along with ICS and all the enhancements it will bring to users, Verizon is including some updates to apps like Amazon Kindle, GoToMeeting, Citrix Receiver, and their own My Verizon app. The update will remove the Mobile IM app and several stability and performance enhancements will be included. The update file will clock in at just over 368 MB in size. Users can try to initiate the update on their own by going to Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates -> Download or they can wait to receive notification from Verizon that the update is available.
In what seems like ages, there’s finally good news for owners of the DROID Bionic. Motorola has purportedly invited Bionic owners to test out a new software update. It’s been reported that we would see Ice Cream Sandwich in the 4th quarter of this year for the Bionic, save for a few leaks. So naturally, we can’t see this being anything other than Ice Cream Sandwich, at long last. As a reminder, a soak test is usually the last phase of testing software. If responses are mostly positive, then it’ll be good to go to the masses soon thereafter. What do you say, Bionic owners? I know, when does Jelly Bean arrive?
source: Droid Life
Today’s a joyous day for owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 operating on Verizon’s blazing 4G LTE network— Verizon has officially announced the Ice Cream Sandwich update is ready to roll out to the masses. The update will bring the Android version to 4.0.4 and the software version to i815.LP10, while also bringing items like facial unlock, an updated Music app, revamped Calculator app and a desktop view in the stock browser. For now— only the change log is available for view, but Verizon should begin rolling out the 289MB update within the next week or too, so there’s no need to fret too much.
So there you have it: the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be getting a new lease on life after all.
source: Verizon Wireless
The long-awaited update for the T-Mobile HTC One S is finally rolling out to users nationwide. Of course, the software upgrade consists of the infamous “Android 4.0.4″ alongside its companion, 4.1 Sense. There is no doubt that the One S is one of HTC’s most popular devices, leaving users very anxious for some perfomance fixes and bug tweaks. And that is exactly what the update brought! You can now expect “more smooth” transitions with performance improvements, as well as wireless tweaks, involving Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Connectivity issues with wireless devices and networks have been a huge problem with the orginal build for the HTC One S, but we are happy to say, those are gone. Even though that the update isn’t 4.1 JellyBean, the OTA fix will help a lot of users in their daily tasks. All in all, the update will round up at about 150mb, so if you are locked into a “tiered” data plan, we recommend that you utilize your home wireless connection.
What do you think of the update? If you already installed it, are you noticing improvements? I would love to hear your comments, and… Happy Updating!
Source: Android Central
You all remember that sleek Sony LT29i “Hayabusa” smartphone we told you about? Well, there are more details beginning to leak out for the mysterious smartphone. The gang at ePrice got hold of an engineering prototype of the LT29i and shared some detailed photos which highlight some of the smartphone’s features. For starters, you’ll note it’s somewhat similar in design to Sony’s also elusive LT30p smartphone— though the LT29i has more rounded corners. In addition, we have a better idea of the LT29i’s 720p display and solid viewing angles that are certainly comparable to other premium smartphones like the HTC One X. Among other items featured are an illuminated Xperia logo and the smartphone’s NFC chip
Now that we have a better idea of how the smartphone looks like and operates, it shouldn’t be too long before it’s finally released. All Sony needs to do now is change up the dated Sony Ericsson logo on the front and we’ll be in business. Hit the break and source link for additional shots of the smartphone.
The Android faithful may be licking their lips at the prospect of an incoming Jelly Bean update however it’s easy to forget the fact the many of your fellow fans are still patiently waiting for a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. One such peer group are owners of HTC‘s Incredible S which, despite residing in HTC’s list of phones scheduled for the ICS update, remains on Gingerbread… until now. The good news is that the Incredible S will be jumping straight to version 4.0.4, the latest and greatest version of ICS. Better still, the update is rolling out right now.
Google’s issues with manufacturers and their upgrade schedules are well documented and the unsuccessful Android Update Alliance did nothing to address the concerns. Still I’m sure owners of the Incredible will agree that it’s better late than never. Here’s hoping that the top Android manufacturers are already preparing Jelly Bean and we can all enjoy a more timely update this time round.
If your Incredible S update hasn’t landed in your notification bar just yet it might be time to hit the ‘check for updates’ button in the settings menu. Enjoy!
Good news for you Motorola DROID Bionic owners. While Motorola and Verizon has owners of the device playing the waiting game for the official ICS update due later in the year, a leaked software version 6.7.2233 update has leaked for the smartphone which includes the latest Android 4.0.4 version and is ready for those who are fearless and ready to get a taste of that Holo goodness. The phone is already smooth with Gingerbread 2.3, but while this leaked is not official— reports are coming in that it’s super smooth and amazing.
While the update seems to be working fine for those who’ve successfully flashed the update to their devices, actually flashing the update certainly looks rather intimidating for beginners and is probably not for the faint of heart. Still, having ICS on the Bionic is definitely worth it in the end. If you’re an owner and are interested in getting a bite out of the 4.0.4 sandwich, hit the break in order to see the source link as well as video of the update in action.
What do you get when you take stock Android 4.0.4 and double its performance? You get Linaro. Linaro is a build of Android that has many performance enhancements and optimizations, making the OS visibly snappier. In some cases, Linaro manages to double performance over stock Android 4.0, which is impressive since stock Android 4.0 is already fairly snappy over older versions of Android.
The good news is that Linaro’s code has been submitted to CM9, now awaiting approval. Once rolled into CM9’s code, all supported devices will get a great speed boost.
Bernhard Rosenkränzer, an engineer working on Linaro, showcased Linaro speed tests at Linaro Connect Q2.2012 in Hong Kong using two pandaboards, one running stock Android 4.0.4 (AOSP), and the other running the Linaro build of Android 4.0.4. Check out the video of Rosenkränzer describing Linaro and showing the tests after the break.
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