Google IO 2016 Coverage

Sprint EVO 3D experiencing bugs from early OTA update

A few people have received their Sprint EVO 3D compliments of the early sale to Sprint Premier customers. An over-the-air update (1.13.651.7) has already pushed out to fix a calendar bug, but another bug has popped up.

Several users are reporting that the icon for the Dialer app is now missing from the Sense 3.0 lockscreen. You will not find it in the app drawer either. If you are worried you won’t be able to make calls, you can still get to it by pressing the “Phone” button on the homescreen. Some people have been able to resolve it with a factory reset.

HTC has a fantastic track record for updates and fixes so I am sure this will be resolved quickly.

[via phandroid]

Google Addresses Android Security Issue, Rolling Out a Fix Now

As expected, Google is planning to address that security issue we mentioned earlier with that good o’l Google swiftness.  The security bug exposed users’ sensitive data when on an unsecured WiFi network.

Google’s official statement:

Today we’re starting to roll out a fix which addresses a potential security flaw that could, under certain circumstances, allow a third-party access to data available in calendar and contacts. This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days.

Initially, the bug allowed predators to access contacts, calendar and Picasa Web albums utilizing the ClientLogin authentications protocol.  As you can see, Google has begun rolling out the server-side fix to address the Contacts and Calendar issue, however, it doesn’t address the Picasa one since it is not as vital as having your contacts and calendar exposed.  Seeing a picture of you is one thing, but knowing where you’ll be and what you’re doing at any given time is a little scary.

The auto update is being pushed out now and should be complete by weeks end.  Google’s engineers will continue to try to fix the Picasa Web Albums issue and asks for your patience.  They will roll out that update just as soon as it’s ready.  Did you receive yours already?  Let us know about it in the comments below.

[via intomobile]

Samsung Vibrant sees bugfixes thanks to KB5 update through Kies Mini

Have a Samsung Vibrant with some bugs? Well, hopefully your woes are handled, as a new update has slipped in via Kies Mini. Sure, T-Mo isn’t telling us exactly what bugs are fixed in update T959UVKB5 (or KB5), but, hey… who needs those kinds of details, right? </sarcasm>

The update cannot be received OTA, so it looks like you’ll have no choice but to bust out that Kies Mini and do it all up manually. Be sure to let us know how the update process goes!

[via t-mobile]

O2 UK delaying the Xperia Play, other carriers making decisions

Wanting to get your hands on an Xperia Play on the UK’s O2 network? Well, unfortunately, it looks like you may be out of luck… at the moment. According to the British carrier, they found some bugs in the software, which is keeping them from releasing the Play on the anticipated date. So where does that leave other carriers? According to rumors, the issue may not be carrier specific, but it looks like all other carriers are still right on target with release dates. For example, Vodaphone hints nothing towards a possible delay. So, O2… what’s the deal?

In an official statement by Sony Ericsson, they said:

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY will be launching on 1st April across all UK mobile operator partners except for O2, who have decided to prolong the testing period in order to ensure that the software meets the requirements of its procedures. Sony Ericsson will be workingwith O2 over the next couple of weeks to expedite the process and ensure that O2 customers can soon join consumers across the UK in being able to enjoy the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone.

What are your thoughts? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

[via O2]

Android 2.3 Shows Security Bug, Can Gain Access To Content On microSD Cards

It looks like a bugs life can be pretty busy now a days, especially when they continue to infestate the Android OS.  In addition to still bearing some SMS issues, it looks like 2.3 Gingerbread has found a new gaping whole in the software.  According to Xuxian Jiang, a security researcher at North Carolina State University, the Android 2.3 firmware has revealed a new bug, one that could possibly allow malicious sites and attackers alike to gain access to the content of your microSD card.  Jiang is also an assistant professor with the school and has stated in an advisory that pertinent and vital content like banking info, photos and voicemails could be extracted and routed to a remote server of choice.  In an email sent to eWeek, Jiange also adds that his findings were not particularly difficult to implement and only requires basic knowledge of JavaScript and Android. Read more

Nexus S Is Getting An OTA “Over The Next Few Days”, Prevents SMS Bug

Today, the Samsung Galaxy S Support Team has stated on their official Twitter page that an OTA update will soon grace the Nexus S.  The update will address an SMS issue where messages are being sent to the wrong contact.  Apparently, this has not only been a problem for Nexus S owners, but has also plagued other devices running previous versions of Android.  Have you received the update yet?  Let us know if you have received the update in the comments below and whether or not it addressed the issue.

[via samsung]

Verizon Fascinate’s long list of issues gets leaked

The latest Galaxy S phone by Samsung just hit the Verizon stores this week, but it might have been released a little too soon.  If there is one thing that’s not so fascinating about the Samsung Fascinate, it’s the long list of bugs that got leaked out over at  Some of the issues are minor, but others are annoying enough to make you want a refund – at least until they get an update pushed out.  The bugs range from broken calendar notifications and email/exchange problems, to blank screen issues and call disconnects.

It’s a long list, so hit the jump if you want to see the nitty gritty:

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