Just yesterday, we reported that a software update was in the making for the LG Revolution that’s expected to provide a lot of bug fixes, but no Gingerbread just yet.
Well folks, it’s actually starting to roll out as we speak and brings the software version to VS910ZV6. Granted that people are still probably more concerned about a Gingerbread update, they should nonetheless take this one with open arms since it appears to pack quite a wallop with its offerings. For starters, it features a ton of new bug fixes that seriously irons out most of the handset’s loose ends. Furthermore, we see updates available with some of the handset’s preloaded apps.
Of course, the list of changes with the update are fairly extensive, but you can find all the juicy details on the LG Revolution’s support page. From the sound of it, the update should be immediate for most people, but if not, you can always check manually under the software update section in the Android settings menu.
The HTC ThunderBolt was the first 4G-enabled smartphone on Verizon’s speedy LTE network, but since its launch not much has changed with its software – the handset continues to run on the quickly aging Android 2.2 Froyo, even though back in March HTC spilled the beans about an upcoming Gingerbread update. Well, four months later, it’s still coming, but this time we have a particular time period for it – the third quarter of the year.
HTC representatives have been spreading the word about the update which will add Gingerbread tweaks and features, and fix some problems along the way:
“We are working hard to address the issues you have mentioned with future updates for the device. We are excited to announce that the HTC Thunderbolt will receive the Gingerbread (Android 2.3) update in Q3 2011. Stay tuned for details as we get closer to the update availability,” HTC replied to Droid-life.
We expect to see an improved Sense UI, but also Skype video and faster GPS lock after the update. Oh well, the third quarter of the year has already started so hopefully it’s sooner rather than later.
HTC’s decision to stop fighting the system and give in to the influx of custom ROMs for their devices officially was a shot of joy for many, when we first heard that it will start shipping its handsets with unlocked bootloaders.
The procedure is supposed to be two-step, with OTA updates flying out for select handsets to prepare them for the unlocking tool, which is to be released some time this month.
Now HTC released details about said unlocking tool on its Facebook page, and it turns our that you have to agree to voiding your warranty, if you are eager to drag your phone through the unlocking process. Here is the whole statement:
“Since our last update, many of you have asked how the bootloader unlocking process will actually work, and in particular why HTC’s most recently released devices still have a locked bootloader. Rest assured we’re making progress toward our goal to roll out the first software updates in August to support unlocking for the global HTC Sensation, followed soon by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. Because unlocking the bootloader provides extensive control over the device and modifications may cause operation, security and experience issues, new devices will continue to ship locked but will support user-initiated unlocking using a new Web-based tool.
So how will this work? The Web tool, which will launch this month, requires that you register an account with a valid e-mail address and accept legal disclaimers that unlocking may void all or parts of your warranty. Then plug in your phone to a computer with the Android SDK loaded to retrieve a device identifier token, which you can then enter into the Web tool to receive a unique unlock key via e-mail. Finally, apply the key to your device and unlocking will be initiated on your phone.”
Not that we’ve expected anything else, but still it would’ve been a bit over the top to void your hardware warranty because of a software tinkering. That’s why the section where HTC says “or parts of your warranty” warms our hearts – hopefully if the touchscreen starts acting up, we’ll still be able to get it replaced within the warranty period, despite having unlocked bootloaders.
So, you brought home your brand new HTC Sensation and took it out of the box with the intention to spend the rest of the evening playing with it. Gorgeous 4.3-inch qHD display, beautiful aluminum body, raw dual-core horsepower – you simply can’t get enough of it. Then a week later, you get out of bed only to realize that your shiny smartphone is having problems with its touchscreen display.
If your HTC Sensation is acting up as well, then welcome to the club. As a matter of fact, a lot of Sensation owners are reporting issues with their smartphone’s display, which becomes unresponsive after about a week of use and fails to register swipes most of the time. There is a pretty long thread over at XDA Developers (69 pages and counting) where the problem has been described thoroughly, yet a universal solution has yet to be arrived at. Some say that the device’s stock charger is to blame while others think that a build-up of static electricity causes all the troubles, but the thing is that nobody can tell for sure.
When users tried contacting HTC for advice, the company’s support team did not provide any kind of solution beyond performing a factory reset of the device, which doesn’t seem to do the trick. Reportedly, replacing the smartphone with a brand new unit does not help either as those who tried that were facing the same problems in only about a week’s time.
If you are an HTC Sensation owner yourself, drop a comment below and let us know whether your smartphone is affected as well. Spreading awareness of the problem might just be what it takes for HTC to come up with a solution in a timely manner.
The Samsung Fascinate has apparently reached End of Life with Verizon, as it has a telling stamp “Retired” on the listing, and has disappeared from the online store.
Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S version that was the Fascinate was one of the best Android handsets you can get on Big Red at the time it hit shelves last year. It had a good run, if we don’t count some bugs and the belated Froyo update, plus it is expected to receive Gingerbread as well, but now it has to move over and hail a new king.
Hopefully this Samsung Fascinate retirement only means that the Samsung Galaxy S II version for Verizon is nearing its announcement and launch. We’ve heard rumors about the handset being called both the Function or the Stratosphere.
Whatever the final title is, the Samsung Galaxy S II is poised to make a big splash when it lands in Verizon’s pool.
A forgotten name in Sprint’s lineup of 4G handsets is about to get an update to fix an pesky bug. The HTC EVO Shift 4G was launched in January of this year, which seems light years away when it comes to smartphones. A 3.6 inch WVGA screen and a 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7630 processor give away the difference that 7 months can make in the handset industry, although to be fair, this was never meant to be a high-end phone.
One thing that the HTC EVO Shift 4G has that its big brother doesn’t is the side sliding QWERTY keyboard, which helps promote the device as a 4G enabled handset for those who like to text. The problem, though, is that a bug is affecting the ability of MMS/SMS messages to be sent to the recipient. The good news is, next Monday users will be getting an update from Sprint that is like the proverbial can of Raid-it kills bugs dead. Although fairy tale endings don’t normally occur in real life, after the update to v2.76.651.5, HTC EVO Shift 4G users will live happily ever after.
Once seen as the heavy handed power punch combo for Big Magenta, both the T-Mobile G2 and myTouch 4G are getting just a little bit of spark back into their lives thanks to their upcoming Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates.
For a while now, we’ve been hearing lots of information about it, but we’ve actually started to hear news about their roll out of late – albeit, some are still eagerly awaiting for its arrival. Well, for those who seemingly are unable to get the highly anticipated update to Gingerbread, customers can head into their local T-Mobile store starting on August 6th to get it. However, it’s worth noting that handset owners located in the midwest and west regions will need to wait until August 13th before heading in.
From the sound of it, handsets will be updated by using an SD card provided by the store. Meaning, it’d be a darn good idea to backup your data beforehand just in case something catastrophic occurs. Indeed, these handsets have been flaunting Froyo for some time now, but it’s nevertheless awesome to see them getting a new lease on life with Gingerbread.
Back last month, we reported that the Samsung Admire would be the device to replace the aging LG Optimus M over on MetroPCS, but it now appears as if it’ll be headed to regional carrier Cellular South as well.
Not only is the handset getting its own landing page right now, but it’s getting the prestigious title of being the carrier’s very first Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered smartphone. However, it specs remain to be similar to the version that MetoPCS will be getting, which is deemed as a mid-range handset. Meaning, it’ll feature a 3.5” touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and a microSD card slot.
Even though it’s being featured on Cellular South’s web site, there still is no word regarding its pricing or availability, but it wouldn’t surprise us to see it follow accordingly to the version that MetroPCS will be getting, which is rumored to launch sometime between now and September.
Not everyone out there requires the latest and greatest in technology to be content with their smartphone, but for those who still want a decent one with a cute looking form factor, they might gravitate towards the HTC Wildfire S for T-Mobile.
As promised, the handset is now available to be picked up for the 2-year contract price of $79.99 – with a reasonable $279.99 no-contract price. Obviously, the main attraction about the device is its loveable and compact form factor – and to match that, it’s flaunting some entry-level specs. Specifically, it features a 3.2” HVGA touchscreen, 600MHz processor, 5-megapixel camera, 512MB RAM & ROM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 1,230 mAh battery, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Certainly, it perfectly rounds out HTC’s offerings on T-Mobile’s lineup seeing that it supplements newer devices like the HTC Sensation 4G and T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide. So if you’re not all about killer hardware and want something that’s affordable and works, then you might want to consider choosing the HTC Wildfire S.
source: T-Mobile via Android and Me
The Huawei Vision might not have the guts to compete with dual-core equipped powerhouses ruling the market, but with a 3.7” and 1GHz chip powering Gingerbread it definitely has what it takes to sell 1 million. And that’s the exact sales target of the Shenzhen network equipment and phone maker Huawei.
The Vision is among the company’s first attempts to go head-to-head with the big names in the industry, but it also kickstarts a series of smartphones for the company that are expected to be better linked to the cloud. Huawei’s upcoming Cloud+ platform is expected to come with functionality similar to what services like iCloud aim to offer: remote access to media and applications. That certainly makes sense given the company’s networking background, but Huawei was mum when it comes to particular details about the cloud features.
The Huawei Vision comes in an aluminum unibody frame with a variety of color options including gold, silver and charcoal, and you can notice how much thought went into the stylish design right away. It’s pretty slim at 9.9mm and not too heavy either tipping the scales at 121g. The handset also features a curved 3.7-inch display (a la Nexus S).
When it comes to the pure hardware muscle, the 1GHz chip is of the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8255 variety, supported by 512MB of RAM. On the back, there’s a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash and capable of capturing 720p HD videos. Connectivity is well covered with Wi-FI b/g/n, Bluetooth, microUSB and a microSD card slot recognizing cards of up to 32GB.
On the software side, Gingerbread is skinned with Huawei’s own 3D carousel interface allowing you to quickly access your home panes with a quick swipe. The phone will also ship with the smash hit Angry Birds pre-installed.
The phone is coming to select markets including the UK (no word on the US) this September, and we can only keep our fingers crossed that Huawei can get the pricing right to make Android space even more competitive. So far, the company has only clarified that it expects the phone to sell for no less than some $305 (2,000 yuan) off contract.
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