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…)
Yesterday, we pointed out a conversation that Motorola’s Punit Soni was having with DROID Bionic owners over the fact that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the device has not arrived on time. Soni made it clear that the new group of Moto leaders was going to do everything in their power to not only make sure situations like this do not happen in the future, but also wanted people to know that they are working to fix the problem now. One of the first plans of attack was to get a new deadline for the Bionic, something he followed through on this morning. (more…)
Punit Soni has only been the VP of Product at Motorola for a few weeks and already has taken to Google+ to interact personally with current customers to try to fix some of the company’s past mistakes. One of the topics he is actively involved in includes the DROID Bionic and the fact that it still has not received its Ice Cream Sandwich update. As you all know, Motorola previously promised to the world that the update would be here in “early Q3,” however, we are now days away from the end of Q3 and the update is no where in sight. (more…)
Over the weekend, we first reported that Samsung and Verizon had approved the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE. Only one of our readers had received the update as of yesterday, but according to Big Red, it should be rolling out in phases to everyone.
Here are the highlights according to VZW:
The upgrade features the Browser Desktop View for Internet browsing and Data Usage widget, allowing users to monitor data usage. Ice Cream Sandwich also offers an updated Quick Panel for quick access to frequently used settings.
Additional Ice Cream Sandwich highlights include a redesigned gallery app with Photo Editor and Email Composer to send quick emails.
Did you receive this update yet? Does anyone own this tablet? (Only half kidding.)
Cheers Micah and Kerry!