Motorola Xoom 3G finally gets Ice Cream Sandwich in the UK

More than a month after the European roll-out of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich for Wifi-only Motorola Xoom tablets begun, the British 3G version of the Xoom is finally getting its ICS update. That’s right — until recently, the UK 3G Xoom was two versions behind the U.S. Wifi version, which recently got bumped up to Jelly Bean. We’ll just let that sink in for a second.

In any case, ​Eurodroid​ is reporting that those who’ve stuck it out with the 3G Xoom for the past year or so have been rewarded with an OTA update to Android 4.0.4, and with it the knowledge that they’re only one major version behind Xoom owners across the pond. If you’ve got a 3G Xoom, head to Settings > About tablet > Software updates and finally kiss goodbye to Honeycomb.

Now begins the wait for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, though given the timing of this most recent update, we certainly wouldn’t hold our breath. If you’re feeling brave (and impatient), you may want to check our friendly Motorola Xoom forums for tips on rooting and flashing a Jelly Bean ROM on there manually.

Source: Eurodroid

Vodafone Australia Nexus S Finally Getting Jelly Bean

Last month, Vodafone Australia was forced to delay the Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S indefinitely, citing concerns over “Australian regulatory requirements related to emergency calls.”

Now it seems that they have worked out all the issues and are pushing out an over-the-air update to happy Nexus S users. Customers on Vodafone’s sub-carrier Crazy Johns (really) are also reporting Jelly Bean updates coming in.

Aussies, time to check your phones for updates!

Source: ausdroid

Google Play Store Gets Updated To v3.7.15

A new version of the Google Play Store is rolling out, bringing it to v3.7.15. This version seems to be more of a behind the scenes bug fix update as it seems to have fixed the Sprint 4G download issue, so not quite as exciting as the last Play Store update. Other than that, we’re not seeing anything obvious.

The folks at Android Police have pulled the file for those who don’t want to wait for the official over-the-air push and wish to sideload it manually.

Source: android police

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HTC won’t be updating the Desire HD to Android 4.0, explains why.

Fragmentation. The word most commonly used by Android naysayers when they’re looking for some ammunition with which to open fire on the world’s most popular mobile operating system. The problem is that the issue is very real, it’s certainly a large part of the reason why I personally only use Nexus devices these days. Whilst much of the vitriol is aimed at Google, it’s actually the manufacturers and their UI skins that we’re at the mercy of. The latest big player to cause a hullabaloo in the tech world this week is none other than HTC. The Taiwanese giant upset a large group of its customers by announcing that the, barely 18 months old, Desire HD will not be receiving an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The announcement sparked a huge influx of complaints from disappointed Desire HD owners and in turn prompted the following response from HTC:

We’ve heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision.

For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.

We believe an update should always improve the user experience and carefully evaluate each update based on this criteria. While we are very aware of the disappointment from this decision, we believe the impact to user experience was too great. We recognize this is a change from our previous statement and for that we’re truly sorry.

It’s encouraging that HTC care enough to take the time to explain its actions however I’m fairly sure that the words will do little to soften the blow. Once again it will be down to the developer community to pick up the slack and offer Desire HD owners some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness (Just don’t mention Jelly Bean!)

Source: HTC

HTC Amaze 4G Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Available Now

Starting now T-Mobile customers in possession of an HTC Amaze 4G can now update to Ice Cream Sandwich. You heard right! Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest version of this mobile operating system. It’ll give your Amaze 4G a whole new facelift. Completely redesigned UI, with great functionality and enhancements. Some of the features that are available with this latest upgrade include, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Sense 3.6, system bar enhancements to easily view recent apps, re-sizeable widgets, data usage controls, Face Unlock, homescreen folders, improved battery life.

This is a welcome upgrade for T-Mobile customers who currently have Gingerbread. So grab that phone and navigate to Menu > Settings > About Phone > HTC Software Updates > Check. Once downloaded and installed you will be running on Android version 4.0.3 and software version 2.14.531.3710RD. Hit the source for all the details on what you can expect from the upgrade. You will not be disappointed. Let us know what you think of ICS in the comments.

Source: t-mobile

AT&T Points The Finger At Google When Asked About Timely Android Updates

When AT&T was asked why the carrier took so long to respond to Android updates on their smartphones, CEO Randall Stephenson responded with “Google determines what platform gets the newest releases and when. A lot of times, that’s a negotiated arrangement and that’s something we work at hard.” This seems to imply that Google had the bigger hand as far as when a current update is pushed to devices. Naturally, this caused the search giant to be somewhat confused. And while we could naturally see why an update might take some time to reach carrier devices with different technologies, skins and other variables, we’re thinking AT&T is just looking to pass the buck here. With expected confusion, Google’s spokesperson responded with the following:

“frankly we don’t understand what he is referring to”

So, it doesn’t appear that the answer was ultimately answered here but rather deflected and passed on to Google’s court. We’ll see if someone from AT&T’s camp can clear the matter up for us and get the ball rolling on some of these devices still running Froyo.

Source: Pocket Now

File Expert v4.1.8 [Update]

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Powerful File Manager/WIFI File Transfer Web & FTP/App Manager – ALL in ONE

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File Expert is an ultimate app for managing your files and other resources which stored on your Android phone and tablets. Files can be stored on local SD card, local WiFi network, or cloud storage servers like Dropbox, Box.net, etc. Designed for both advanced and entry level users.

You also can use File Expert as a sharing server to share your files to your friends over WiFi network. They can use web browser, FTP clients, another phone that support Bluetooth to access your File Expert powered devices.

File Expert is also a full-featured root file explorer for advanced users.Please note it’s only available for Pro Key users only.

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* All basic file operations – Copy, Paste, Move, Create and Rename your files and folders

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* Root access to system folders and files like Root Explorer. Remount /system to read write. Requires rooted phone.It’s an exclusive feature for all Pro Key users only.

* Cloud Storage – Use one app to access various cloud storage services like Dropbox, Box.net!

* SMB, FTP, SFTP, FTPS, WebDAV and Bluetooth OBEX Client – Access your host computer from your phone

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* App Manager – Uninstall/Backup apps. Support silent operations if on rooted devices

* Archive manager – Create and decompress ZIP archive, Decompress RAR. You can view your ZIP/RAR/GZIP/TAR/TGZ/BZ file just like accessing a folder and directly decompress unique files and folders

* Thumbnails – supports jpg/png/mp3/mp4/3gp thumbnails

* Text Viewer

* Image Viewer – supports both local and remote folder

* Search SD card, perform operations on search results

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T-Mobile Completes ICS Testing for the HTC Sensation, Update Coming ‘Very Soon’

You T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G users have had a rough patch lately, watching as other Sensation users around the world receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update before you. Looks like you won’t have to wait much longer, let alone until June 16th, as T-Mobile just announced on the device’s support page that ICS testing has been successfully completed and the official roll-out should begin “very soon.”

May 2 News: The Android 4.0 (ICS) update for the HTC Sensation 4G has completed its testing process and we expect it to be available very soon. Please stay tuned for an official communication from T-Mobile regarding how and when you’ll be able to receive the update.

I know the thought of an ICS update along with a fresh version of Sense sounds rather appealing, I should inform you that based on other HTC ICS updates, it looks as though you will receive Sense 3.6 (Sense 4 Lite) instead of Sense 4. Still better than nothing, no? Either way, keep an eye out for the new update to be hitting your device any day now. Let’s just hope T-Mobile’s version of “very soon” is same same as yours and mine!

Source: T-Mobile

T-Mobile ICS Update Schedule Leaked for the Galaxy S II, Sensation 4G, and Amaze 4G

According to TmoNews, they got their hands on what is believed to be the official ICS rollout dates for the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Sensation 4G, and HTC Amaze 4G. They were able to acquire a leaked 2012 T-Mobile enterprise calendar that also outs the dates these devices should receive the illustrious update. The T-Mo Galaxy S II is scheduled for May 14th, and the Sensation 4G and Amaze 4G are slated for June 16th. As always, this may end up changing and until we hear anything official I wouldn’t bet on anything. We will let you know if we hear anything more.

Source: TmoNews

Motorola looking for participants to test forthcoming Photon 4G update

Motorola doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to timely software updates. The Photon 4G in particular has been somewhat neglected since it launched however the good news is that things could be about to change. Motorola are planning a soak test for the device and are looking for 1,000 volunteers to lend a hand.

4/25/2012

Motorola and Sprint are happy to announce a future pre-release* update opportunity for PHOTON 4G, before it is officially released to all customers. We are recruiting 1,000 PHOTON 4G owners to test and provide feedback on a future update.

Please register for the Motorola Feedback Network to be considered.

Motorola and Sprint Community Managers

There’s no news at this time as to what the update contains however an update of any kind can only be good news, fingers crossed for the belated arrival of ICS! Perhaps this is a sign of things to come, you would hope that following being bought out by Google that Motorola would look to spruce up its update process.

Hit the link below if you’d like to sign up for the soak test.

Source: Motorola