US Cellular is (finally) set to update the original Galaxy Tab to Android 2.3 from Android 2.2. Yes it’s not Honeycomb or especially that delectable Ice Cream Sandwich, but hey anything is better than Froyo, right? In addition to the standard Gingerbread 2.3.5 features, owners can find among the following updates/improvements on the tablet:
- VPN support
- Google security patches – DigiNotar certificate revocation; Libpng security update
- Remove auto accept of Bluetooth paring for Handsfree Profile (HFP). This vulnerability allows a nearby third-party to auto connect to Bluetooth HFP and potentially access contact data on the mobile device.
These are no doubt welcome fixes and updates. One thing owners should note– you would think this is an OTA update, but it’s not. You’ll have to download the software on a windows-based computer and connect your device via USB in order to apply the update. Be sure to back everything up thoroughly before starting the update. The good news is that Sammy has a pretty comprehensive and thorough guide that will direct you throughout the setup process and make updating simple & painless. Hit the link below for full details, the changelog and instructions on how to apply the update to your device.
One can never be fashionably late to a party, right? That’s what US Cellular believes by taking off the wraps off the LG Majestic smartphone. Now some of you are thinking, “doesn’t that phone look awfully familiar”? It should look familiar as the LG Majestic will be the long-awaited US-version of the LG Optimus Black, a phone that’s been out in Europe for quite some time now. Also known as model US855, the Majestic will have minimal cosmetic and internal differences from the Optimus Black. That we means we can expect the same 4-inch NOVA display and 2 megapixel front-facing camera to be on the device. We know that some of you are dying to see the often-delayed Gingerbread 2.3 Froyo 2.2 phone finally make it to the States, so the wait won’t be too much longer. Expect a formal announcement of the phone’s release date soon.
Are any of you readers out there on US cellular and own a Motorola Electrify? Now is your chance to throw Moto a bone and offer some needed support by volunteering for a new BETA testing program. If chosen, you will be apart of a select group of 200 that will test out the next software update specifically designed for the US cellular Motorola Electrify. If you meet these two requirements and this sounds like something you may be interested in, keep reading.
Motorola and US Celluar are happy to announce a future pre-release* opportunity for MOTOROLA ELECTRIFY, before it is officially released to all customers. We are recruiting 200 Electrify owners to test and provide feedback on future updates.
This registration period will be open until we receive our limit of qualified applicants. Note that you must be a member of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to register. If you’re interested in testing and want to take part, just join our community now and then fill out the short Motorola Feedback Network registration form. When specific opportunities become available you will receive additional info via email to register for a particular Electrify opportunity.
Please note that registering with the Motorola Feedback Network will not guarantee you’ll be among those testing the software update as testers will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis, and on valid registration responses. Selected users will receive additional information to prepare for the update via email when the trial begins.
* Motorola Software Pre-Releases are final software checks, with a limited group of users, before upgrades/updates are provided to the general public. Software tested may be no different than what other users receive, once testing is complete.
Sound interesting? Then jump on board and offer a lending device. For those who own an Electrify and would just rather sit on the sidelines, by the sound of things if all goes well you may see an official software update sometime in the near future. One thing I noticed was that they mysteriously left out what Android version it is that they are updating to. If any of you join in on the BETA action, do me a solid and let us know which version they are working with. Thanks!
[via Motorola Forums]
If there is any truth to the latest rumor that was fed to Phandroid, US Cellular appears to be gaining clout with device manufacturers. A tipster, said to be an employee at US Cellular, has provided an internal document showing a couple of impressive upcoming devices made by Samsung. If you have already studied the picture above I am sure you can guess what they are. Yep.. you’re right! You’re looking at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Not too shabby for a small time carrier if you ask me.
Another thing the document mentions is US Cellular’s 4G network, which is all ready to go, just has no devices yet to support it. My guess is that the devices shown in the document are going to be the first to bat once US Cellular throws the 4G pitch. By the looks of things, US Cellular may be planning to play with the big dogs in 2012. Welcome to the majors? We shall see my friends.
Yesterday, U.S. Cellular announced the impending launch of its 4G LTE network, saying that they have plans to cover about 25 percent of its footprint in the initial rollout. Throughout the announcement there is no mention of which markets would be a part of the first LTE push, but the carrier just issued a press release detailing a few cities that will be included within the initial launch.
- Iowa: Cedar Rapids, Davenport, and Des Moines
- Maine: Portland and Bangor
- North Carolina: Greenville
- Wisconsin: Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine
U.S. Cellular also confirmed that markets in Texas and Oklahoma will be included as well, but didn’t specify which cities. With new LTE coverage comes new LTE handsets, and U.S. Cellular is currently testing devices that should be available in the first quarter of 2012. No word on which devices are being considered, but you can assume most of them will be Android based.
Join us after the break for the full press release.
Virgin Mobile has officially announced that they will start carrying the HTC Wildfire S beginning October 23nd for $200 at such outlets as Best Buy and RadioShack. This latest offering gives consumers yet another option in carriers for this Android 2.3 device as U.S. Cellular made the same announcement for their own version of the HTC Wildfire S only few days ago. Let’s take a look at the specs, shall we?
- Runs Gingerbread and HTC Sense
- 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen
- 600MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM
- 3G and Wi-Fi
- 5MP camera with flash
- Bluetooth 3.0
Hit the break to read the full press release.
It was outed back in July, and now it’s official. U.S Cellular announced the HTC Wildfire S, the HTC Hero S, and the HTC Flyer will be available next month.
The HTC Hero S has Android 2.3, a 4-inch Super LCD qHD touchscreen, 5MP rear camera, and 1.3MP front facing camera. Pricing will be $199.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, along with a 2-year contract and data plan.
The HTC Wildfire S will have Android 2.3, a 3.2-inch touchscreen, and 5MP camera. It will be available in grey and purple and will cost $79.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, along with a 2-year contract and data plan.
The HTC Flyer is a 7-inch tablet with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon single-core processor. It has 32GB of storage and you can take notes with the optional HTC Scribe pen. It will run you $199.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, along with a 2-year contract and a $54.99 data plan.
Unfortunately they didn’t provide dates so stay tuned.
Full press release after the break:
We recently wrote about the HTC Kingdom coming to US Cellular under the title HTC Hero S. The Hero S is supposed to come with a single core 1.2 GHz processor, a 4-inch qHD (540×960) touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, and a secondary front-facing cam. The photo above is US Cellular’s first press shot of the Hero S. It’s pictured beside the Motorola Electrify; a US Cellular variant of Sprint’s Photon. The Hero S is also planned for Sprint under the name HTC Evo Design 4G. Alltel is also expected to carry this phone as the Acquire. Obviously the device is attractive to carriers, we’ll see how it fares with the consumers.
HTC Merge owners, that is to say those of you on US Cellular at least, Android 2.3.4 is ready for your device! You can download the update here. Granted there have been scattered reports of problems with the download, nothing harming the phones, but other than that everything is looking good. You all lucked out on this one. Being a mid-range phone its a wonder that Gingerbread ever came to this device at all. Way to go US Cellular, and enjoy everybody!
The HTC Kingdom (a.k.a Sprint EVO Design 4G), is coming to US Cellular as the HTC Hero S.
While the name may have changed, the phones specifications appear to remain the same. The Hero S should weigh in with the following specs:
- Android 2.3.4
- 4″ qHD (540 x 960) display
- 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S2 (MSM7×30)
- 768 MB RAM
- 5 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front camera
- Bluetooth 3.0 & WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Support for 4G HSPA+
The Hero S may not be the latest dual-core speedster, but its solid specs and 4G connectivity make it an attractive alternative for those not looking for a top-tier device.
Keep checking back as we will continue to post updates on the Hero S as we receive them!
Image courtesy of our friends at pocketlint.