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If you have an International carrier unlocked HTC One S there is an update available for your phone now. The update comes in at just under 60MB and brings the software version to 1.78. The update to the HTC One S is still based on the Android 4.0.3 ROM.
All we can see with the update that has changed is the three dot menu button on some of the Google products. Also some of the issues HTC One S users have had with WiFi connections being lost seems to have been fixed, as its used we will be able to verify this but since its a random issue we can’t say with 100% certainty that it actually has been fixed quite yet.
If you have an HTC One S that is carrier branded you will still need to wait for the update as this is for the international unlocked version only. To manually get this update you can go to “Settings -> About Phone -> Software Updates” and grab it OTA (over the air). If you notice anything we missed please let us know here.
In Germany Alan Mutricy announced that while the RAZR was designed for Android 2.3 Gingerbread that they are already working on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. While there was no set date stated there was a broad “Start of 2012″.
If the Motorola RAZR is the first device to receive the OTA (over the air) update to Ice Cream Sandwich it means that the Galaxy Nexus will have the spotlight for some time.
HTC has finally made an official announcement stating that they will provide an update to patch the recent HTC Sense vulnerability. The exploit can possibly expose user data on devices running the Sense UI. HTC has stated that the patch is priority for them and that it will be available to carriers shortly for testing before its release to customers.
“HTC takes claims related to the security of our products very seriously. In our ongoing investigation into this recent claim, we have concluded that while this HTC software itself does no harm to customers’ data, there is a vulnerability that could potentially be exploited by a malicious third-party application. A third party malware app exploiting this or any other vulnerability would potentially be acting in violation of civil and criminal laws. So far, we have not learned of any customers being affected in this way and would like to prevent it by making sure all customers are aware of this potential vulnerability.”
Once all of the bugs are worked out of HTC Sense customers should see an OTA (over the air) update that will fix the security hole permanently. HTC state’s that users should install this update as soon as it comes available. Until the update is released (we assume within a few days) be careful about what you download to your device and you may actually want to uncheck allowing installations from unknown sources.
The Droid X has started receiving an OTA (over the air) update to fix keyboard stability “optimizing performance during text entry”. This Droid X update will bring the device’s software version to 4.5.605.MB810 and will be a huge 113 MB update.
Droid X Update Enhancements:
- Download Manager App – New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.
- App and Power Management Details – Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications , as well as the storage and memory being used by each.
- Multi-Touch Key-Chording – New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos, without having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
- Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality – New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of the selected word copies the selected characters.
- New User Interface and Color Scheme – New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
- Dock Icons – Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the Dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access. The Phone,
- App Launcher and Contacts icons are now within this a customizable dock.
- App Groups – New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups, in addition to 3 default groups: All Apps, Recent and Downloaded.
- Emergent Groups and Smart Contacts – Based on usage, participant and addressee suggestions are made in Calendar entries, emails and text messages. Create groups instantly based on the context of what you’re doing. For example, quickly create a group based on a suggested Calendar invitee list or the group of people with whom you’re texting.
Some users have already reported receiving the update, those of you who haven’t just be patient as it will show up soon. To search for the update yourself go to Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates.
Finally after a long wait the HTC Thunderbolt is receiving the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update. The OTA (Over the Air) update can be installed via the phone options on your device.
HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread Update Instructions:
- Settings -> Software Update -> Check New
Thunderbolt Gingerbread Features and Enhancements:
- Download Manager App
- New Desktop User Interface
- New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors
- Improved audio quality while using Bluetooth
- V CAST Tones pre-loaded
- New Google Books app
The Nexus S now has an update available via a 17.5 MB update file bringing the OS to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread build GRK39C. This update comes with security patches and bug fixes. Be patient as the update will take a while to install but should be well worth it if for no other reason than the tethering issues being fixed.
If you don’t want to wait for the OTA update you can download it here. The instructions to update can be found below:
- Download the OTA Package (Download Link)
- Rename the downloaded file to update.zip
- Copy it to the internal storage on your Nexus S
- Turn your Nexus S off
- Reboot into the Nexus S Bootloader (volume up + power)
- Select recovery using the volume buttons
- use the power button to select
- Wait for the warning triangle and arrow
- Hold the power button and tap volume up until you see a menu
- From the menu, select “apply update from /sdcard”
- Then choose update.zip from the list
- Wait patiently for the update to do what it does
- Choose “reboot sys”
- Congrats you are now updated to Android 2.3.6
It’s finally that time for all of you Droid 2 owners out there to get your Gingerbread update. Go ahead and update your device and you will get Android version 2.3.3 Gingerbread on it. We were hoping for the newer Gingerbread 2.3.4 but hey at least Gingerbread is here.
Motorola Droid 2 Gingerbread Update Features:
- New Download Manager App
- Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications, as well as the storage and memory being used by each.
- Multi-Touch Key-Chording
- Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
- New User Interface and Color Scheme:
- New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
- Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
- New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups
- Added Device and SD Card encryption.
- VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings
Motorola Droid 2 owners have already reported a significant speed increase as well as smoother transitions between apps. Please let us know how the update goes for you.