Google IO 2016 Coverage

OUYA to Launch in 59 Days, Brings with it Software and Hardware Improvements

ouya_consoleOUYA has done a great job of listening to early adopters of their developer consoles, and has worked rigorously to address issues and concerns that have been reported. According to OUYA, they have fixed identified issues for their upcoming June roll out. Their promise to consumers, to “continue to obsess over quality and performance“.

Some of the overall improvements to the final product include both hardware and software improvements.  Here is a list OUYA has for each:


Problem: Battery Covers on front of unit fell off easily during shipping.

Fix: Add additional magnets to cover plats to improve security.


Problem: Current software iteration has a few key components issues, such as lack of storage, complicated installation processes, and a lack of controller support for video players.

Fix: Added numerous software fixes, to include options not necessarily addressed by developers, such as:

  • External storage for games
  • Simpler game install process
  • More metrics for developers
  • Controller support for video players
  • More payment options Read more

European models of the Sony Xperia Z reported to be getting a firmware update



Sony’s Xperia Z smartphone is starting to see its first major firmware update hitting devices out in Europe. The update seems to bring the firmware to version 10.1.A.1.434 and is only available for a minority of the devices so far. While there’s no change log of what the update brings, it’s widely speculated that this update addresses that nagging issue which causes devices to go through an unintended slumber, but we won’t know for sure until Sony gives up the information we’re all looking for.

If you’re an owner of the Xperia Z and living in Europe, be sure to connect your phone to your computer using Sony’s PC companion app and check for the download today.

source: XDA
via: Android Central


Motorola DROID RAZR Begins Update Soak, Brings Fixes and Improvements

We recently told you about the DROID RAZR project that was taking place that involves a soak test for registered members of the support forums. Being apart of the selected group, I received an email today explaining that the soak test is getting underway and the list of updates and improvements are fairly significant. Unfortunately, I traded in my RAZR for the Galaxy Nexus so I am unable to actually monitor the improvements to the device but the update addresses the following:

Device Features

  • SIM Error notification has been fixed.
  • Improved camera features and quality.
  • Improved stability of menu access, Browser, Phone Dialer, video playback and music player to prevent Force Close errors and lockups.

Email, Messaging, & Data

  • Updated ground message notification.
  • Improvement in 3G/4G data connectivity.
  • Maintain network connection upon completion of a voice call.

Application & Widgets

  • Background color has been adjusted to improved readability in Lapdock connection UI menu items.

So if you are registered on the forums for the software soak than you should be seeing the update soon and will bring your device up to version 6.11.747.XT912.Verizon.en.US. If you are not registered and if all goes well then you can probably expect the official update to roll out sometime in the near future. The DROID RAZR was a pretty nice device to begin with and I am interested to hear how it is improved. For those that receive the early update, do us a favor and let us know what you think, cool?

[via VZW / Support]

Verizon is All Set to Roll Out the Next HTC Thunderbolt Update, Brings Fixes and Improvements

Remember Verizon’s very first 4G phone, the HTC Thunderbolt? Well, it looks like Big Red is ready to send out the latest update to the TBolt and will bring the device up to version 2.11.605.9. As usual, the update will be OTA and contains a new radio (, as well as a few fixes that you will see below.

Device Features

  • Resolved issue with contact ringtones.
  • Improvements to notification volume.
  • Updated local streaming playback mechanism when network connection is not available.

Apps & Widgets

  • Updated Twitter API for Peep/FriendStream.
  • Clock app included in All App list.
  • Improvements in Exchange ActiveSync.

We’re not too sure when Verizon will start to roll this puppy out, but you should see a notification when she’s ready. You can also do the manual check thing by pressing Menu-> Settings-> Software Update-> Check New. Be a pal and let us know when you see it pop up, k?

[via Verizon Support]


New Gingerbread Build For HTC Thunderbolt Offers Fixes To Official OTA Update

The HTC Thunderbolt has seen its fair share of disappointments and setbacks on its path to Gingerbread for some time now. Fortunately, a new build (2.11.605.5) offers fixes to the many problems discovered with the 2.11.605.3 build and is said to be a step or two above the many other leaks you’ve been putting up with until now. This version includes fixes with its voicemail notification, MMS/SMS, weather syncing and more.

Hit the break for download links and instructions. Remember: You proceed at your own risk; using this RUU will wipe all data from your device so be sure to backup of all sensitive data beforehand. Also, you will lose root if you flash this. Enjoy!

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T-Mobile G2X OTA Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now, LG Updater Available As Well

We’ve got some good news for T-Mobile G2X owners.  Confirmed by a T-Mobile representative, the highly anticipated and sought after wait for the Gingerbread 2.3 update is now officially available.  The update began rolling on the 25th (yesterday) and should be hitting devices soon.  If you can’t wait for the update, as our previous article states, you can snag it via a USB connection over at LG’s website utilizing their updater software.  The update is reported to also address a number of bugs with the device along with the ever annoying random reboots, which for me, seem to be occurring more and more frequently.  Well, I’m headed over there now to update my device.  I’ll be back to report my findings and to let you know whether or not the update was successful.  If you’ve managed to grab it already, feel free to let us know how it went in the comments below.   Read more

Sprint EVO 4G getting update today, fixes Netflix and SMS

Recently the EVO 4G was updated to Gingerbread, but there were some bugs. A major one was Netflix completely disappearing because of Gingerbread compatibility issues. A maintenance update (version 4.24.651.1) went live today that fixes the following items:

  • SMS are intermittently sent to wrong and seemingly random contact
  • “Me” instead of “Yo” in SMS thread conversations when set to Spanish
  • Unable to stream media thru some applications after updating to 3.70
  • Email attachments are not displayed in the mail client
  • Multiple Gmail accounts no longer sync after FroYo update
  • Fix for battery discharge issue
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Downloads managementThe Downloads application gives the user easy access
  • to any file downloaded from the browser, email,or another application
  • Corrects voicemail notification issue (from 4.22.651.2)
  • Corrects issue with hearing aid compatibility menu disappearing (from 4.22.651.2)
  • Netflix compatibility (from 4.22.651.2)

Kudos to HTC for getting this done quickly.

[via androidcentral]

Droid Pro Updated to Version 2.26.60, Assortment of Fixes

An update is live for the Motorola Droid Pro. It doesn’t seem to be pushing automatically, but you can pull it yourself by hitting menu > settings > about phone > system updates. Changes include the following:

  • Improved audio on voice calls.
  • Improved stability and performance.
  • User interface display now refreshes when user switches from GSM/UMTS communication to Global Mode.
  • Device now prepends 011 to Country Code to send SMS messages.
  • Global Mode no longer resets when connecting to a USB charger.
  • Visual Voice Mail now detects airplane mode while Wi-Fi is active.
  • Prompt return to full screen brightness after wake-up.
  • Upgraded Bluetooth firmware.
  • Improved interoperability with Microsoft Internet Application Gateway (IAG) configurations.
  • Device string format for Exchange changed to include device name and version number.
  • Upgrade to Google applications Release 7
  • Improved audio during voice calls.
  • Reduced user interface lock-ups.

It’s being reported that rooted phones will still update successfully, but will have to be re-rooted afterward. This looks like a huge update, so be sure and download it quick!

[via Android Central]