If you’ve purchased your Galaxy Nexus today make sure you snag the new Netflix update so your streaming video doesn’t get interrupted. The app is now at version 1.6.0 and fully supports Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Hit the market link or check out the QR code below if you don’t have it and don’t forget to let us know how it’s running on that new device.
Android Market Link
Google+ continues to evolve as a social medium right on our mobile handsets. It seems like only yesterday we were given the ability to beat box with up to 9 of our friends. While it was cool knowing the app had the ability to join a Hangout from a mobile device, many of you loathed the fact it was impossible to actually create a Hangout– or “go live”. Well friends, Google has heard your cries and the engineers have been developing a software update which should make everything all squared. With the update, users will now be able to start up a video chat Hangout from anytime, anywhere. The update is being finalized as we speak and should be available in the next few days in the Android Market. Oh and for those of you with friends who play for the other team, there’s a version for them too that’s currently in development. Everyone is certainly a winner today.
Google has a sweet ad with a Galaxy Nexus being the chosen device to showcase the new Hangout feature. Take a gander of the ad and enjoy a nice rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, why don’t you? Go on… you know you want to.
[via Google Blog]
Hot on the heels of a previous update back in November to 3.3.11, the Android Market is yet again receiving another noticeable one, now rendering the version at 3.4.4. So what’s new? While we’re still exploring all the new features of the update, some quick differences stand out. One such improvement is the overall speed of the application. It’s definitely faster than it was before as well as being smooth and crisp during navigation. Another update includes a setting for the auto-adding of widgets to your home screen. And note “widgets” not “app icons’ which appears to be in place of “auto-add shortcuts”. It’s a tad confusing in my opinion but as always, Google often has a method to the madness. According to a member over at Android Police, there is a point to be made:
As ZZ points out, “I think it’s because in ICS, what used to be known as ‘Shortcuts’ are now simply 1×1 widgets. If you notice ‘old’ shortcuts like Direct dial, etc. now live in the Widget folder. This change is simply for consistency moving forward.”
This explanation makes sense, though Google could have been smarter about the naming convention for devices that don’t yet have Ice Cream Sandwich.
So, for now, enjoy the update as we dig a little deeper to find all of the gems and tidbits Google included. You can download the new version after the break. And as always, don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
The awesome T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II is getting a nice update today, bringing the device up to Android 2.3.5 and software version T989VUVKL1. The update brings improvements (“enhancements”) to caller ID, battery life, and Wi-Fi calling. T-mobile says that this update is not required, but why would you want to pass up on device enhancements?
The update is FOTA (Firmware Over the Air) and should appear as a notification when your device is ready. For further details hit the source link below.
[via T-Mobile Support]
Alright Incredible 2 owners, today is update day! That’s your cue to head to Settings>System updates>Check new.
In a somewhat surprise update, a handful of security bugs have been addressed as well addition of some new capabilities, including playing video in airplane mode. Of course that’s not all. Here’s the gist of it, straight from Verizon:
- Includes Google BT/DigNotar security patch
- Includes Google security patch for upgrading libpng to 1.2.46
- Includes Wi-Fi password security patch
- Support local video playback when in Airplane Mode
- 5 bar Received Signal Strength Indicator (R55I) support
- Improvements to Clock and Alarm Features
- The “Disable While Roaming” selection will work accurately when roaming in Canada
- Update Sync & Connect configuration to enable Push email sync during off-peak hours
So there you have it. The update is 29.35MB.
Some of you may have been disappointed to learn that Adobe will stop development for Flash beyond Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but that doesn’t mean that they are going to stop making the current app’s experience any better. For example, today they released an update for the Adobe Flash application that’s all ready for you to download in the Android Market and we have even heard about plans to support ICS throughout all of its reincarnations.
Speaking of ICS, we have heard that Adobe AIR is up and running on the Galaxy Nexus and Flash should be available sometime this month. We will keep a close eye on this one and will let you know when it’s completely ready for the public. Who knows, maybe both applications will be ready by the time the Galaxy Nexus becomes available in the states.
If you want to grab the Flash update, hit one of the links below.
[via Droid Life]
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]
A lot of folk have had negative things to say about the Kindle Fire and it appears that Amazon is listening. As Amazon has had to reorder stock for the device it appears that it is selling quite well, but given the feedback, people have had less than great things to say about the tablet/e-reader.
While some issues are hardware related, such as power button placement and a lack of volume rocker buttons, an abundant amount of complaints were software and performance related. Given our review on it, it appears that performance might be a big issue down the road, so having performance issues right out the gate would hurt the Kindle Fire in the long run.
Great news for folks in the UK as well. This update should be implemented into the tablet already when it’s released abroad in early 2012. Those with the U.S. version won’t have to wait so long as a company spokesperson told the New York Times, “In less than two weeks, we’re rolling out an over-the-air update to Kindle Fire.”
With that being said it appears that Amazon is taking your feedback and given that it’s said that there are 3-5 million units sold, that feedback is quite important. What about you guys, are you having performance issues?
Astro File Manager is one of the best apps on the market. I use it on both my Evo Shift as well as My Tab 10.1. It is without a doubt one of my most used apps, and now it has Free Astro Backup account. I’m still not sure what it means, my screens freeze after I connect to Facebook or Twitter, I have an email in to the developer, and am just waiting to hear back. Not a big issue for me at the moment, it is still a solid app without question.
As I mentioned in the title, you can also change the theme of the folders with this new update. I prefer mine on Blueberry, but you also get the choices of Classic 2.0 Astro, Green Grass, Ruby Red, Brown Sugar, and Lead. All of them are online and need to be downloaded from in the app before you can use them. It took about 20 seconds, at most, for all 5 to download for me. Read on past the break for some screen shots and the QR code and Market link.