So you own a sweet MOTO DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX, DROID Bionic or other premium device, but are still aching for that ICS update? Well we know it’s on its way, but as of this time, there’s no estimated release date from MOTO at this time. Owners of the devices previously presumed it was because of customizing the (MOTO)BLUR skin on top of Android 4.0. However, the software development isn’t the hassle— it’s actually the hardware that’s causing a bit of a hassle and prolonging the eventual rollout of the update to the handful of MOTO devices. Christy Wyatt, Senior VP and general manager of Motorola’s Enterprise Business Unit makes that point clear:
“When Google does a release of the software … they do a version of the software for whatever phone they just shipped. The rest of the ecosystem doesn’t see it until you see it. Hardware is by far the long pole in the tent, with multiple chipsets and multiple radio bands for multiple countries. It’s a big machine to churn. I would have to know that every single operator I have is going to want to upgrade every single product, and sometimes they’ll want to control the timing … it’s just not easy to make that blanket statement.”
Motorola completely feels for its customers and wants to push out timely updates as quickly as possible, but it’s not at this point because of various factors involving hardware and mobile carriers. The problem is pretty straightforward: Motorola finds out if the hardware is compatible, throws on the custom skins like (MOTO)BLUR and waits to finally get re-certified by every individual carrier– which is a difficult process by itself. As tedious as the process is upgrading devices to Android 4.0, it’s a necessary one in order to ensure all aspects of the devices are running smoothly and without issues.
All is not doom and gloom though folks. While highlighting the difficulties in updating the software for each phone, Wyatt added some understandable enthusiasm for Android 4.0 because it gives developers a single UI for phones and tablets:
“That has to be one of the promises of Ice Cream Sandwich,” she said. “By bringing these UIs together, you solve the experience gaps and the ecosystem gaps between [phones and tablets].”
Our sentiments exactly Christy. While additional tweaks such as the WebTop (laptop) mode needs to be worked out as well, expect MOTO and its great group of developers/engineers to figure out everything sooner than later.
source: PC Mag
One of the best Android apps just got better. The Google Voice app has just gotten updated to version 0.4.2.44 brings some minor tweaks, a complete UI overhaul for Honeycomb & Ice Cream Sandwich devices and wait for it— the ability to now queue outgoing text messages. That means if one message fails to send at first it will be sent once you regain data connectivity. Sweet deal. Be sure to grab the updated app at the Market link below or by scanning that QR code.
source: The Verge
Verizon has officially announced the 5.9.902 update for the Motorola DROID Bionic. There have been rumors for a few weeks on just what Verizon had up its sleeve for the Motorola handset. There is some good stuff packed into this update, including more stability. The black screen lockups, camera lockups, idle resets and multimedia dock lockups should be a thing of the past. The update will add Amazon MP3 and the VCAST App Store. Also on the list of improvements are data, HDMI and Bluetooth connectivity. The battery life should also be enhanced. Unfortunately, this update won’t be bringing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the Bionic. We’ll let you know here at Talk Android when that update happens.
The update is 57.6MB in size, and is available if you’re part of the Motorola Feedback Network and have registered your DROID. If not, you should see the update go OTA in the next few weeks.
On February 1st, a couple of tweets from the developers of Swype confirmed that we will have an update to their popular keyboard within the next few days. Responding to another Tweet, the Swype team promised that the update would be for devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, plus some mysterious “goodies”. There has been an unofficial hacked version of Swype for more than a month, so we’re looking forward to having the real deal updated. If you’d like to be a beta tester, be sure to register for the update at forum.swype.com. Otherwise, wait for the OTA update.
source: Twitter 1,2
Well folks it looks like the Atrix 4G soak test we previously told you about is finally about to commence. Motorola has indicated the following heads up on the imminent update:
“Tomorrow after 12 Central/10 Pacific, you will receive a pop-up message on your phone that will mark the beginning of the software pre-release test.”
Of course we speculate it’s likely the 4.5.141 software update bringing Gingerbread 2.3.5 and a few other enhancements. But part of me wants to reaaaaaaaaaally hope and believe it’s a surprise sweeter treat. Stay tuned with Talk Android for any further updates on the rollout of this mysterious update for Atrix 4G soak test participants.
We hate to be the bearer of bad news if you’re a Motorola Atrix 4G owner, but we have some disappointing news. You all remember how we mentioned how Motorola tried to pull a fast one and sent a confidential email to users indicating an imminent update was on the way? Well as some of you suspected and feared, the impending update is one that will include some minor bugfixes, not the big update you’re really looking forward to. Brief Mobile reports the update which is due February 7th, which will update unrooted or unmodified phones to software version 4.5.141 and include the following features:
- Latest Android security fixes from Android 2.3.6+
- Bluetooth voice commands while the device is asleep
- Improvements to the Messaging and Contacts applications (unspecified)
- WiFi settings update and AT&T Mobile Hotspot usage built-in
- Increases in stability, power management
There is additional speculation that this may be the final update for the old workhorse device as well. It would be a shame too since it has the same internals as the Motorola Xoom tablet, but is cursed with a certain unnecessary skin. Of course MOTO has yet to update its ever-growing list of devices it plans to update to Android 4.0, so maybe MOTO will include the Atrix 4G at a later date. Here’s hoping MOTO (and Google) will give owners some official Ice Cream Sandwich glory eventually.
source: Brief Mobile
Sprint is doing whatever it takes to keep its customer’s trust and happiness. We mentioned to you a few days ago that Sprint provided some security updates to a handful of its devices, but were unsure if the updates included the removal of some dreaded spy software. We now have confirmation that the recent updates being pushed out to a HTC and Samsung devices completely removes Carrier IQ thanks to the gang at XDA. As previously highlighted, the recent updates include both the removal of Carrier IQ software and minor software enhancements. HTC devices will receive automatic notifications starting on January 24th (or you can manually check right now), while the Epic 4G’s update is being pushed out in phases until January 29th. While owners of the EVO Design 4G, EVO 4G and Epic 4G won’t have Ice Cream Sandwich, they will have a piece of mind at least knowing they won’t have tracking software of their devices anymore.
[via Sprint Community 1, 2, 3 by XDA]
Huawei continues to make its presence felt at CES. The company graced us with the original MediaPad last year, which of course was among the first of tablets to use Honeycomb 3.2. As fluid and smooth as that tablet was already, Huawei has decided to take the tablet and make it even better by letting Ice Cream Sandwich run the show. They’ve announced all existing versions of the tablet will get the update by the end of Q1. In addition new MediaPads are set to have Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed as well sometime in Q1. Speaking of new tablets— Huawei also announced the MediaPad color series tablets set to arrive in select markets in Q1. That means you’ll be able to enjoy the 1.2GHz smoothness in a black, brown or even pink variant. Be sure to hit the break for the full press release and details.
Sony Ericsson is on a roll. First they tell us that some of their phones would get some of that Android 4.0 goodness. Then they go ahead and release a preview of Ice Cream Sandwich for select unlocked Xperia devices. Now they come out and formally announce a specific timeframe of when they will begin to roll out the ICS update. Around the end of March or early April, the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray will be the first existing SE devices to get Ice Cream Sandwich. The Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini and Mini Pro, Xperia Active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman will follow shortly after with updates beginning in late April or early May.
Sony Ericsson continues to do a lot of right in the Android world. If you do use one of the listed Xperia-line devices due for an update, just sit tight and be patient. The months between March to May is not that far away, so you will able to enjoy the OS soon enough.
[via Sony Ericsson Blog]
- Photo Courtesy of Droid Life
Folks who own a Bionic are reporting that they are receiving a mysterious update bringing their system to version 5.9.901. They were a little miffed at what this update entailed and people were especially confused considering the major update that was already being pushed as of last week. Well it appears that this is no minor update in itself as the awesome folks over at Droid Life were able to get the details on what this release encompasses.
So whether or not you’ve received the update at hand, you can hit the break below to see what’s in store for you. Sadly some of it entails more Verizon Bloatware… But you may be able to look past that with connectivity and stability fixes they’ve packed in.