Quite the week for Verizon, I’d say. The LG Spectrum Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4) was approved moments ago, making this the third of the week from Big Red. This update was due months ago, so owners of the Spectrum are probably ecstatic with this news. That is, if they haven’t chucked their phone into a wall and picked up a Galaxy S3 yet.
The update introduces an update UI, with lockscreen shortcuts, new ICS multi-tasking, data management, better notifications, quick settings in the notifications pulldown, power saving modes, Verizon’s Remote Diagnostics tool, and more. As one would expect, this update is massive and should completely re-enhance the user experience on the Spectrum.
Typically, when these documents go live, the update starts to rollout within a matter of days. Be sure to let us know when you receive it!
The update is 384MB in size. (more…)
Ahhhhh yeah, DROID Bionic owners. We know you about threw your phone through the window when Verizon announced that the LG Lucid would be receiving Ice Cream Sandwich tomorrow, before you, but they came through moments ago. The support docs for the ICS (Android 4.0.4) update for the Bionic have been uploaded, which means that it has been approved and should start to rollout any day.
The update includes all of the goodies that you would expect in ICS, like new swipe-able notifications, a more stock Android look, quick folders, new lockscreen, better multi-tasking (press and hold “Home”), and data management. Motorola also tossed in Smart Actions, improved Google Calendar sync, improved Google Play, and updated all sorts of bloatware.
The update is 368MB in size. (more…)
Update: Verizon just reached out to us to mention that the update will actually start tomorrow.
The LG Lucid has been pegged as the next Verizon device to receive Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Announced moments ago, the update should start rolling out in phases
today tomorrow. If you don’t feel like waiting, Verizon mentioned that you can use the Software Upgrade Assistant Tool to download it from your computer to your phone.
The update will include:
The upgrade features an enhanced notification bar that includes access to the settings menu and the ability to swipe individual notifications to remove them. Ice Cream Sandwich also comes with a customizable lock screen to access email, text messages or apps that are added to the home screen. The Multimedia Pop Up allows for easy sharing of multimedia content, directly linking to the Messaging app when viewing content.
Sorry DROID Bionic, Thunderbolt, and LG Spectrum owners.
Update 2: Here are the support docs for the Lucid update. The update is 384MB in size. (more…)
According to the flood of emails that just landed in our inbox, Motorola has invited DROID Bionic owners to test out a new software update. Since Moto and Verizon missed their original Ice Cream Sandwich deadline, and later told us to expect it in Q4, I’d say this is likely it. We were told last week by a source that the update would be here within 2-3 weeks.
Soak tests usually take a couple of days to start. Once they rollout to testers and are successful, the official update tends to go live a few days later.
Can you believe it?
Cheers T, M, M, and N!
Samsung and Verizon can check the Galaxy Tab 7.7 off of their Ice Cream Sandwich update list, as the build of LP10 was approved this morning with changelogs posted. The update brings the tablet up to Android 4.0.4, still includes Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, a data usage meter, new calculator, new homescreen layout, more organized settings, a redesigned gallery app with photo editor, Face Unlock, new music app, desktop view in browser, and more.
The jump from Honeycomb to Ice Cream Sandwich is substantial, so be sure to update to this as it becomes available. Usually when these support documents go live, the update rolls out to users within a week. Let us know if you see it!
The update is 283MB in size. (more…)
In Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich, the Android team built in a quick way to quickly move text around that you may not have seen before. All it takes, is a double tap and hold, and then you have control over the word you would like to move. You can easily rearrange words in a text box or take one and copy it to another. The video above demonstrates it in case that didn’t make any sense.
The trick works perfect on the Galaxy S3 with TouchWiz over Ice Cream Sandwich. As you’ll see in the video, it has its issues on stock Jelly Bean and apparently, other ROMs as well.
As expected, since it’s the first week of the month, the Android distribution numbers have been updated. Also as expected, they look very similar to last month’s numbers, which show Gingerbread (Android 2.3) continuing to dominate and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) slowly on the rise. Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) on the other hand, jumped a whopping 0.6%. This is life on Android, folks. (more…)
Verizon and Motorola approved the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the DROID Xyboard 10.1 back in August, but for whatever reason, they weren’t ready to release it for the little brother, the Xyboard 8.2. Today, they approved it, so the four owners of the device should receive the update within the next week or so. Normally when we see these support docs go live, the update follows shortly thereafter.
The update is 299MB in size. (more…)