Microsoft releases Surface With Windows RT firmware update

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Jan 092013
 

Microsoft SurfaceAs part of its regular “Patch Tuesday,” Microsoft yesterday released an update for the Surface RT. It’s a maintenance release that provides System Firmware (UEFI) improvements including:

  • Improvements to audio playback when in Connected Standby
  • Additional capabilities for handling firmware updates during low battery situations

While many were hoping for some pesky Wi-Fi issue fixes, Microsoft is still “working on getting it resolved.” A fix will need to wait for another update.b

If you have not received the update, you can check for it manually by selecting Settings > Change PC Settings > Windows Update > Check for Updates.

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Samsung to address Galaxy S III mainboard failures with software update

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Jan 022013
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIISamsung has acknowledged to Dutch site Tweakers that the Samsung Galaxy S III can abruptly die to a mainboard failure. The issue is apparently limited to “a very limited number” of the 16GB model, according to spokeswoman Anne ter Braak. While this would suggest to most that a hardware issue is the culprit, Samsung has identified the root cause and promises to resolve it with a software update.

Users reporting the issue indicate that the smartphone will randomly fail after between 150 and 200 days of use. It affects both stock and rooted devices. To date, Samsung has been replacing affected handsets under warranty.

Samsung has now identified the issue as a firmware bug. This will allow it to fix it with a firmware update rather than having to modify its manufacturing processes.

Samsung has yet to provide a specific schedule as to when it will provide the update but it promises that it will be done as soon as possible.

Read more: Tweakers (in Dutch) [Google translation] (Source: Phandroid)

Sony releases Xperia T software update

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Nov 072012
 

Sony Xperia TSony today announced that it will begin pushing out a new firmware update for the Xperia T [specifications] and Xperia TX smartphone. The new update adds a number of new features but leaves Android at version 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. These are:

  • Wi-Fi Miracast Screen Mirroring which allows you to wirelessly pair your Xperia T to your TV and share your interface on the TV.
  • Extended standby mode which improves standby time by up to four times by disabling certain functions (like Wi-Fi) when the display has been in sleep mode for a few minutes.
  • Improvements to a number of Sony media applications such as Walkman and Movies
  • HD Voice

The update will be rolled out gradually. It will be available via OTA or through PC Companion or Bridge for Mac. It will also be pushed out to the Xperia TX (without HD Voice).

The Sony Xperia T will launch in Canada later this month with a number of carriers.

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Firmware update now available for Rogers HTC One X

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Aug 012012
 

HTC One XRogers yesterday announced via Twitter that a new firmware update is now available for the HTC One X. Bearing version 1.94.631.3, it makes improvements to Wi-Fi stability and Media Link performance.

If you have not seen a notification yet, you can also check using Settings, select About phone > System updates > Check Now.

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New ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity firmware now available

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Jul 302012
 

ASUS Transformer Pad InfinityASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) users are reporting that ASUS is now pushing out a few firmware update. Version 9.4.5.26 is now being deployed both to U.S. and worldwide models. This update is a maintenance one and does not upgrade the tablet to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean – That update still has no ETA.

A change log for this update is not available yet but AndroidCentral reports that it comes with a number of fixes including SD card compatibility, and general performance and stability improvements. Users are also indicating that touchscreen responsiveness has been improved.

A number of users are reporting that they don’t see the update yet, suggesting that ASUS is rolling out the update in waves. To see if it is available for your tablet, check under Settings > About tablet > Software updates.

Read more: AndroidCentral

ASUS rolling out additional Eee Pad Transformer TF101 ICS update

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May 162012
 

ASUS Eee Pad TransformerASUS today announced a new Android 4.0 firmware release for its Eee Pad Transformer TF101, the original Transformer tablet. Release 9.2.1.24 comes with additional functionality and system stability improvements. These include:

  • Improved system stability
  • Improved Email App stability
  • Improved MyNet stability
  • Improved MyLibrary stability
  • New System Bar Lock: Lock the system bar when playing games
  • New Face Unlock feature: Unlock your tablet with face recognition
  • Add Email App new feature: Email download size/Thread/Out of office notification/Mail Sync schedule

ASUS began pushing out this update today in both Canada and the U.S.

Read more: ASUS Campus Life

Latest Nokia Lumia 800 software update improves battery life

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Mar 292012
 

Nokia Lumia 800Nokia today announced a new software update for its Lumia 800. Firmware version 1600.2487.8107.12070 focuses on “significant improvements in battery performance and power management.” Also included are enhancements to the bass in the audio and improvements to the soft keys illumination. One anticipated feature not included is Wi-Fi tethering will be available. That will need to wait for a future update.

Nokia has provided a tracker to show for which countries and carriers worldwide the update is available. In Canada, the TELUS version of the update is not yet available. In the U.S., the only one currently available is for the Lumia 800 with product code 059M182.

Nokia will deploy the update over the next four weeks starting today. The next phases will take place on April 4th, 11th and 18th.

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Upcoming ASUS Transformer Prime “awesome new features” update revealed

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Mar 282012
 

ASUS Transformer PrimeIntrigued by what ASUS has in mind for its upcoming ASUS Transformer Prime firmware update? It looks like ASUS Italy could not wait any longer and has revealed what will be in version 9.4.2.21 on its Facebook page. Among the new features you will find are:

  • Face Unlock
  • Lockscreen notification controls
  • Google Play rebranding
  • ASUS Vibe to version 2.0 with new interface and more content
  • Support for LAN connections using USB converter
  • Camera updates to happen with system updates
  • Ad-hoc network connections now supported
  • HDMI output to TV switching between portrait and landscape

ASUS Italy also indicated that the update will be pushed out very soon and starting as early as Thursday, March 29th.

ASUS Italy also revealed that the company is working on another update for the original Transformer with fixes for some of the stability issues that popped up with the last update.

Read more: ASUS Italy (in Italian) [Google translation] (Source: Droid-Life}

ASUS working on Transformer Prime update with “awesome new features”

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Mar 282012
 

ASUS Transformer PrimeASUS today posted on its Facebook page an update indicating that it was working on a new firmware update for its Transformer Prime tablet. The update is terse and does nothing but tease:

Awesome new features coming in the next Transformer Prime firmware update. Stay tuned!

There is no word on exactly what these features will be or when Transformer Prime owners can expect to see them on their tablets.

Read more: ASUS (via Facebook)