RIM releases BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.5 update

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Jun 072011
 

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook

Research In Motion today announced that a new BlackBerry Tablet OS update is now available. Among the new features BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.5 offers are:

  • Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook: Now preloaded and includes video uploading, message deletion, Facebook search enhancements and more
  • In-App Payments support for PlayBook apps
  • Improved PlayBook charging functionality including charging while powered down and incorrect charger warnings
  • Additional language support: Adds French, Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish, and UK English
  • Improved video chat connectivity with support for TURN (Traversal Using Relay NAT) protocol
  • Automatic Wi-Fi hotspot detection
  • Headset Audio Boost: Adds additional level of volume for noisier areas

Existing PlayBook owners will receive a software update notification or can check by using the Software Update feature under ‘Settings.’ New PlayBook users will receive the update automatically as part of the BlackBerry PlayBook setup process.

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Android 2.3 headed to TELUS HTC Desire HD “this summer”

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Jun 022011
 

HTC Desire HD

TELUS has revealed that the HTC Desire HD will receive the Android 2.3 update “this summer.” The update promises:

  • Make phone calls over the internet with VOIP when connected to Wi-Fi
  • Improved power management for better battery life and device performance
  • Back-up even more features on your Google account and remember things like Wi-Fi passwords, wallpapers, text messages and more

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Source: MobileSyrup.com

Android 2.1 update available for AT&T Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

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May 312011
 

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

There is some good news today for AT&T customers who have a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. Sony Ericsson today announced that an Android 2.1 upgrade will be available as of today, finally allowing users to upgrade from Android 1.6. The update comes with 720p HD video capture, multi-touch support, continuous auto-focus in still and video capture, face detection in video capture and five homescreens (up from three).

It’s not clear why it took so long to release this update but I hope that it will take less time for them to release the promised Android 2.3 update.

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer getting Android 3.1 update next week?

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May 282011
 

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer

If you own an ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, you could see an Android 3.1 OTA update as early as next week. Sources have told ThisIsMyNext.com that the update will also include a docking station firmware update to improve typing speeds, mouse tracking and USB compatibility.

I’ve noticed that availability is also improving (some Canadian retailers that were showing no stock since the launch are now showing some although quantities are still limited).

It looks like it’s all good news on the Eee Pad Transformer front…

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May 262011
 

Motorola Canada today shed a bit of light on when Canadians can expect to see the Android 3.1 update for the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi tablet. A Facebook post paints a picture that may test the patience of many:

We know you are eager to update to Android 3.1 software. We are working with Google to make this happen as quickly as possible. When we have more details, we will post them. Our best estimate is that it will be available in the next couple of months.

With the US updates coming within weeks (and having started for Verizon owners), it’s not clear why the Canadian update could take longer, especially as there is no carrier testing required for the Wi-Fi-only models.

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Source: MobileSyrup.com

Android 2.3.3 coming to Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and PLAY starting next week

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May 192011
 

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

It appears that Sony Ericsson will release an Android 2.3.3 update for the Xperia arc and Xperia PLAY next week. Calum MacDougall, Head of Web Service Partnerships at Sony Ericsson, told Recombu.com that the update will also add deeper Facebook integration.

The Facebook inside Xperia feature will offer Facebook calendar syncing, tighter contact integration with Facebook profiles, and the ability to update your Facebook feeds with ‘liked’ music.

Facebook inside Xperia will be made available to all current and upcoming Xperia smartphones.

Read more: Recombu.com (via Engadget)

Samsung confirms Android 2.3 update for Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab

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May 162011
 

On the heels of news that some Galaxy Tab owners had begun to receive Android 2.3 updates, Samsung has confirmed that it plans to upgrade the entire Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab lineups (as well as the GALAXY Ace/Gio/Fit/mini) with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

The upgrade from Froyo 2.2 to Gingerbread 2.3 offers an even greater user experience, with features including:

  • Faster Performance – Multimedia content now has a lower CPU consumption rate, while support for more powerful 3D Graphics enables an enhanced mobile gaming experience.
  • Upgraded Usability – The user interface has been improved, enabling faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience. Users will also benefit from improved copy-and-paste functionality.

The update will be made through Kies, Samsung’s device management software. It will officially begin in the UK and Nordic countries from mid-May with other regions, including North America, to follow at an unspecified later time.

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Samsung begins pushing out Gingerbread update for Galaxy Tab

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May 142011
 

It appears that Samsung has begun to push out an Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) update for the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet. So far, it appears to be limited to Italy.

There is no word yet on when the update will be available in other countries but hopefully it won’t be much longer.

This could well be the last major update that Samung provides for the original Galaxy Tab. It will not be upgraded to Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and it remains to be seen if it will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0?) when it comes out towards the end of the year.

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Motorola outlines Android 3.1 XOOM update plans

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May 112011
 

Motorola XOOM

Motorola today revealed some new details about the upcoming Google Android 3.1 Honeycomb upgrade.

As announced yesterday, the update will come with support for the new Android Market movie rentals service, full support for Adobe Flash Player 10.2, resizable widgets, support for USB-connected peripherals (such as keyboards, mice, game controllers, and digital cameras), expanded Bluetooth support, and simplified photo transfer to PCs.

The OTA update will first be rolled out to the Motorola XOOM on the Verizon Wireless network starting this week. Update for other Motorola XOOM variants (including the Wi-Fi-only model) will follow “within the next several weeks.”

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Apple iOS 5 to include OTA updates for iPhone?

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May 052011
 

Apple

Over-The-Air (OTA) updates may be coming to the Apple iPhone with iOS 5. A report by 9to5Mac.com which cites multiple anonymous sources indicates that the feature will be included in the first release of iOS 5. Subsequent point releases would then use the feature rather than having users connect their iPhones to iTunes to perform the update.

The feature may not be available to all users though as it will require the support of carriers. Apple and Verizon are apparently already in discussions but it’s not clear if Apple is also already negotiating with other carriers.

With current updates topping out over 600MB, it is likely that a move to OTA will also see Apple move from full OS downloads to incremental updates. Today, iTunes also provides a backup in case of a failed update. This could become a cloud-based service with iOS 5.

It is possible that OTA updates will also be coming to the Apple iPad and iPod touch.

Apple is expected to unveil iOS 5 at WWDC in June.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android 2.3 upgrade coming – but not to everyone

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Mar 252011
 

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

After announcing a while back that there would be no further Android upgrades for the Xperia X10, Sony Ericsson has done an about-face and announced a forthcoming upgrade to Android 2.3.

We have listened to our consumers. In addition, the development of the software for our new 2011 range of Xperia phones gave us a solution that made it possible to deliver Gingerbread on Xperia X10.

Sony Ericsson will release the update in late Q2 or early Q3 but only for the unlocked version of the Xperia X10. It will decide later whether it will move forward with carrier versions but warns that “some of you may not get this upgrade.”

The full scope of the update is also still being worked out. Some current features will disappear, including Mediascape which will be replaced by new widgets and the Sony Ericsson Backup and Restore client.

Those of you with the Rogers version of the Xperia X10 will need to keep your fingers crossed…

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Android 2.3 headed to HTC Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z, and Incredible S in Q2 2011?

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Feb 262011
 

HTC

An HTC spokesperson has apparently confirmed to Slashgear.com that the HTC Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z, and Incredible S will all be updated to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) in Q2 2011. All of these devices are currently on Android 2.2.

The news should come as a relief to the older HTC Desire and Desire Z owners who may have thought that there would be no further updates for their devices. At the other end of the spectrum is the HTC Incredible S which was announced only last week yet will still come with Froyo rather than Gingerbread.

Let’s hope that the carriers are able to quickly turn these updates around and allow their customers to update in a reasonable amount of time.

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Motorola outlines Android upgrade plans for current devices

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Aug 232010
 

Motorola

Over the weekend, Motorola published an updated timeline for upcoming OS upgrades for its lineup of Android smartphones.

We know you value having the latest and greatest technology on your devices. We are working very closely with Google and our carrier partners to bring you the most optimized experience on each of our smartphones powered by Android; this means appropriately releasing both operating system upgrades and software maintenance updates which enhance device functionality.

Phone Model Timeline
USA  
BACKFLIP (USA) Upgrade to Android 2.1 planned for Q3
CLIQ (USA) Upgrade to Android 2.1 – testing in process, planned for late Q3/early Q4
CLIQ XT (USA) Upgrade to Android 2.1 – testing in process, planned for late Q3/early Q4
DEVOUR (USA) Will not have a software upgrade to Android 2.1
DROID by Motorola (USA) Upgrade to Android 2.2 currently rolling out in phases
DROID X by Motorola (USA) Upgrade to Android 2.2 planned for late summer.
Canada  
BACKFLIP (Canada) Upgrade to Android 2.1 under evaluation
DEXT (Canada) Upgrade to Android 2.1 under evaluation
MILESTONE (Canada) Upgrade to Android 2.2 under evaluation
QUENCH (Canada) Upgrade to Android 2.1 under evaluation

In Canada, upgrades for the MILESTONE, BACKFLIP, DEXT, and QUENCH are all "under evaluation," suggesting that Motorola has not finalized its upgrade plans yet. Hopefully there is some good news in the near future.

Motorola also outlined its upgrade plans for Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and Mexico in the same document.

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Windows Mobile 6.5 headed to Garmin-Asus nüvifone M20

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Nov 112009
 

Garmin-Asus nüvifone M20

Garmin-Asus announced today that its nüvifone M20 will now come with Windows Mobile 6.5. It had been shipping with Windows Mobile 6.1 previously.

Garmin-Asus has blended its signature navigation centric user interface with Windows Mobile 6.5. "Through its innovative integration of a phone, navigator, and browser, the nüvifone M20 is designed to enhance the lives of consumers today," said Benson Lin, Vice President and General Manager of the ASUS Handheld Business Group. "With Windows Mobile 6.5, users can enjoy the same great LBS (location-based service) features of the original nüvifone M20, but with a richer and more rewarding user experience."

The Garmin-Asus nüvifone M20 running Windows Mobile 6.5 will be available in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Czech, Turkey and other markets by the end of 2009.

Existing nüvifone M20 owners will also be able to upgrade their devices to Windows Mobile 6.5 for free. Details will be posted on the Garmin-Asus web site shortly.

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Verizon announces BlackBerry Storm2 and BlackBerry OS 5.0 upgrade for original Storm

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Oct 262009
 

 RIM BlackBerry Storm2

The oft-rumoured launch by Verizon of the BlackBerry Storm2 has now been confirmed. The company announced today that the BlackBerry Storm2 will be available as of October 28th.

The BlackBerry Storm2 with BlackBerry OS 5.0 evolves the BlackBerry touchscreen platform with hundreds of hardware and software enhancements – including new SurePress "clickable" display technology and built-in Wi-Fi – delivering the exceptional multimedia experience and communications capabilities customers have come to expect from their BlackBerry smartphones.

Verizon will offer the BlackBerry Storm2 for US$179.99 after a US$100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year contract.

Verizon also announced that existing BlackBerry Storm customers will be able to upgrade to BlackBerry OS 5.0 as of today. The upgrade is available via Web software load (www.blackberry.com/update), BlackBerry Desktop Manager, or from Verizon Wireless’ download site (www.verizonwireless.com/storm).

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