Casio G-zOne Commando device owners, be on the lookout. Verizon is pushing an update to your ultra-durable tank phone. The update includes some bug fixes for the push-to-talk feature of the device, the Mobile IM application has been completely removed (hooray for less bloat), and the Desk Cradle application has been updated for bug fixes as well.
Sure, it may not be an Ice Cream Sandwich update, but at least you can rest assured that if you drop this device, it will never die.
For a semi-random and outdoors-inspired Android phone made by Casio, you have to be thrilled with the amount of updates it has received (this would be the 4th). While it will never have the specs or name recognition to keep up with the big wigs, the G’z0ne Commando is updated with the best of them.
This morning, a new update as build C771M110 has been approved by Verizon and we would assume will start to rollout within the next week or so. Included in the update you will find better push-to-talk functionality, GPS enhancements, email improvements, bloatware updates and more. And I know I say this every time this phone is the topic at hand, but doesn’t this phone just make you want to go out and get dirty?
The update will be 28MB in size. More info.
Talk about a day of Verizon updates, right? First we received word from a number of readers that both RAZRs and the XOOM LTE were seeing new builds. Then we noticed that the XYBOARD tablets were also scheduled to receive their first updates within the next couple of days. And now another reader awoke to a nice Casio G’z0ne Commando update that gives him push-to-talk abilities.
He said that the update only bumped him to Android 2.3.3, but you can tell that Verizon slipped in enough bug fixes to make this pretty significant. And the fact that they added push-to-talk after the phone has been on the market for so long is actually very cool. Who knew you could add such a service so far down the road. Why they didn’t release the phone with push-to-talk from the beginning is beyond me – seems like it would have been another selling point.
The update is 35.9MB in size.
Oh my. We thought the Casio G’z0ne was a beast of a phone, and then someone sent us the official G-Shock device that was apparently shown at CES a couple of weeks ago. It clearly runs Android, is reportedly able to hang under water up to 10 meters, can withstand a 10 foot drop, and can hold up a full ton of weight. It might be the ugliest thing on the planet, but you can’t tell me that you don’t want one to go trudge around in the woods with one, acting like a real man. (more…)
A reader of DL was fortunate enough to spend some time in a focus group within the last couple of days and came away with a spec list for a Casio phone that may actually interest some of you. There were other devices on display including a set of clam shells, but we will get to those in a minute. Remember, that our reader is going off of pure memory here, as focus groups almost never allow you to bring in a phone (for obvious reasons). He also mentioned that most of the phones were headed to Verizon. (more…)
Every time I type the words “Casio g’z0ne Commando” I feel like throwing on some wet gear, boots, CamelBak, and crushing the wilderness. It just looks like some kind of a “man” phone. Funny thing is, our reader who tipped us to the update said that “his wife’s” phone is the one that received it.
So what’s included? A security patch, better proximity sensor interaction, native email app fixes, Netflix compatibility added, and 3D city downloads through VZ Navigator.
The rugged Casio G’z0ne Commando is scheduled to receive its Gingerbread (Android 2.3) update in the very near future. A friend just sent over this support document that details the upgrade before it goes live on Verizon’s site. For the most part, the update looks like a bug fixer, but we know that 2.3 will make it buttery smooth just as it did the Thunderbolt.
For those of you running wild in the woods with a Commando by your side, be sure to get to an area that has service soon so that your phone can get in on the GB party.
Just 2 weeks ago, one of our astute readers noticed that full retail prices on smartphones at Verizon seemed to have dropped significantly over night, leading many of us to wonder if this was the new pricing model now that 1-year contracts had been eliminated. Big Red was quick to deny any connection between these lowered prices and their approach to contracts, but it is looking like this new lowered pricing is here to stay. The brand spankin’ new DROID Incredible 2 which comes out this Thursday, will launch at just $439 without a contract, according to the employee flyer you are seeing above.
While many of us weren’t excited to see 1-year contracts go, it’s hard to be too disappointed in this new approach to full retail pricing. We may only have two options when buying a phone now, but at least Big Red appears to have met us somewhere in the middle.
Change anyone’s mind on the Incredible 2?