With the DROID X receiving the Gingerbread bug fixer and the DROID 2 just about to receive its Gingerbread update, the DROID 2 Global is next in line. The soak test should begin sometime this week. If everything goes smoothly, you can expect the full rollout by the middle of September.
We will keep you updated.
Adobe just released the latest version of Flash Player for Android devices. This update brings it to version 10.3.186.6, and it includes compatibility fixes that could resolve any unexplained issues you may have had while viewing Flash on your phone.
The addressed compatibility issues include:
- Calls to gotoAndPlay() and gotoAndStop() no longer fail in some Flash applications which load shared libraries (2943612).
- TextField instances which specify a negative offset (x property contains a negative value) now correctly flow the text horizontally instead of vertically (2941680).
- Improved performance in some cases when displaying complex animations (2941931).
- Flash applications at certain websites (http://heylenmichel.de) now load correctly (2944081).
Fixes and Enhancements:
- Enabled NEON optimizations for OMAP4 (Cortex A-9) based devices. (2853030)
- Corrected an issue on the Samsung Galaxy S where H.264 video at resolutions of 720p and below was not displayed. (2852889)
- Fixed an issue where app packaging would fail for Android Apps using Flash Player in WebView that set android:hardwareAcceleration to True in their AndroidManifest.xml. (2834793)
- Fixed a crash on the HTC EVO that some users encountered with specific video. (2855425)
- Fixed an issue that caused video frames to stop rendering on long streaming videos (> 1 hour) on some Motorola devices. (2855957)
- Fixed an issue where touch events were getting delayed with Kongregate.com games. (2874651)
- Fixed an issue where games on Kongregate.com freeze when users exit from Full-Screen mode. (2874640)
The Google+ app has been updated, and with a few improvements that most of us have been not so patiently waiting for. If you are a regular user of Google+ like I am you’ll find this a welcome update. There are a number of enhancements in this latest version of the G+ app that I personally have been fairly vocal about in various initial posts, replies to post, and feedback sent from the application. Occasionally, these thoughts have even been directed to the Lead Product Manager of Google+ Games and Mobile, Punit Soni. As a Google employee he is quite active on Google+, and has even on occasion responded to requests, questions and suggestions from the Google fans. All of which are always much appreciated by us as avid Google+ users.
Now to the recent changes to Google+:
- Improved notifications reliability (definitely needed from the start)
- “_add to circle” notifications shown in bulk
- Share stream posts to individual people (this is huge, and has been requested for a very long time)
- Clicking a +mention takes you to the person’s profile (also has been on my list of wanted features)
- +mentions now autofill from your Circles (awesome!)
- Stream no longer resets to top when screen is rotated (this used to annoy the heck out of me)
- Nearby accuracy
- Start a 1:1 huddle from a person’s profile or a group huddle from a circle profile
- Hide 1:1 huddles
- Clickable links in huddles
- Improved autocomplete when adding a person to a huddle
If you haven’t yet, go directly to your Android Market app and update your copy of Google+. Otherwise if you don’t yet have the app hit the source link or QR code below and get it!
Now, if you don’t even have a Google+ account yet, head over to the Google+ Invite thread in the TalkAndroid forums and leave your email *or* you can send me a private message and I’ll get an invite sent out to you ASAP.
Could Gingerbread 2.3 be around the corner for Droid 2 owners? Let’s hope so. Verizon has just made the change log available online and that’s usually a good indication that the update is ready to be pushed to devices. We knew it was only a matter of time being that soak test invites went out several days ago to support members. The whopping 106 mb update includes a newer build to Motor Blur, placing it at 4.5.601 along with multi-touch keypad shortcuts and a home screen app dock. In addition, they’ve added organizational functions to the app drawer, better battery life and a list of other welcomed features. Click on the picture above for the blow up to see the full change log. And if you’ve already received the update, feel free to gloat in the comments below.
HTC EVO 4G owners are seeing an update today to correct some minor bugs, one of which includes voice recognition accuracy. The update will take 1 to 2 weeks to complete, and you will be notified when it is pushed to your phone. Alternatively, you can hit Menu/Settings/About Phone/System Updates to see if you can manually pull it. This update will bring your software to version 4.53.651.1
- Integrated voice recognition accuracy with voice search and voice-to-text
- Image size issue with contact transfer over bluetooth
- Images cut off in Picasa
- Group contacts not in alphabetical order
- Out of memory, Unable to send SMS
Android Market 3.1.3 is rolling out OTA to phones right now. This update adds two big new features. First, you’ll notice the addition of Google’s +1 button. The +1 button will be used to help shape market search results, so +1 those apps you love! Also in this update is the addition of a pin lockout control system. Going to the market’s preferences you’ll find that you can set up a pin to prevent purchases without authorization. While that may not be useful for everyone, I can see how it would be a very welcome update to parents whose kids use their smartphones. Among other things we’re starting to notice slight organizational changes; for example, moving app size and last revision into better view and even a slightly changed Market icon.
If by chance you are as impatient as I am, you can forgo waiting on the OTA and download the new market now from here. Just remember to allow unknown sources.
It seems like Gingerbread RUU’s are a dime a dozen for HTC’s Thunderbolt. Just last week it appeared that an official Gingerbread build was closer than ever, however, if the 2.07.605.0 build was official, one would think we would have received it already or at the very least heard of it rolling out on a Thunderbolt near you. As of now, we’re not sure exactly how many builds have hit the ground running for this device, but here’s another one for you anyway. In RUU form, XDA member Football has released build 2.11.605.0. Being an RUU (Radio Unit Upgrade) this means if you perform the upgrade using this build, your device will be completely wiped. And as always, we caution you to do this at your own risk. If you don’t know what you’re doing, get help from a more experienced
nerd tech savvy, phone hacking guru. After all that’s said and done, it’s obvious that at the very least, Gingerbread 2.3 landing on this device is still a pursuit, as developers are clearly still active with it. And hopefully, in no time at all, we’ll see an official bug free build on the handset… soon. Cross those fingers!
The popular mobile payment system, Square, by Square Inc, has been updated to version 2.1. Added features include quicker payment processing, pushing payments through in as little as four seconds. How in the world did they do that, you say? Well, the update now allows you to skip having to add your John Hancock with transactions under $25.00 In addition, tipping just got a whole lot easier too. The interface has been better optimized, allowing you to add gratuity with just one tap. Now that’s convenience. Furthermore, anyone who signs up for the service and downloads the app will freely receive a card reader for their device in the mail at no extra charge. If you’re ready to be more productive, whether you own your own small business, or you’re just paying for a yard sale item, you can head on over to our popular apps database for the download where you’ll also find a QR code available. And if you’re not in need of a QR code, you can snatch the download from the Android Market. Feel free to let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.
Barnes & Noble has recently announced that they’ll be upgrading the ever popular Nook Color
to version 1.3. The update will be provided over the air and brings to the popular eReader turned tablet a slew of new magazines to access. Among them you’ll find several Time Inc. publications like People, Sports Illustrated, Fitness, Fortune, Time and Parents Magazine. In addition, it includes brand new special interactive Nook editions implementing audio and video. Pretty cool eh?
Nooktonians should be receiving the update over the course of this week and naturally, there’s an option to update this bad boy manually. Be sure that your device has at least a 20% charge or above. It’s as easy as plugging your Nook into your PC, dragging and dropping the download file to your device and then ejecting it. You can then delete the file when you’re done. If you’ve managed to perform this successfully, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below. If you’re not feeling confident, you might want to wait for the official OTA. If you’re still feeling froggy and want to manually update the device, hit the break to check out the instructions supplied by B&N.
So far only Motorola XOOM and ASUS Transformer owners have been enjoying Android 3.2, but Acer is about to crash the party. Acer promised the update for the Iconia Tab A500 by August 25th, and it looks like they are going to deliver a little early.
So far we are getting reports of it starting to roll in Poland, but it should start hitting other parts of the world shortly. You will be notified when the update is available, but you can manually check the availability by going to Settings/About Tablet/System Updates.
Android 3.2 will bring some bug fixes, full SD card support, and the new “Zoom to Fill Screen” option.