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The Motorola Droid Bionic took forever to hit the shelves and even once it did has been nothing but a big bug. Verizon and Motorola claim to have cleaned up the device and fixed the bugs with build number 5.5.893. Some of the bugs that people have been experiencing with the Droid Bionic include turning on by itself after turning it off and power cycling when connecting to bluetooth.
Motorola and Verizon not only fixed these bugs but also the many others that were reported over the last couple of months but also added some features as well. This is by far the largest update seen on any device to date. Additions to the fixes in the update include the ability to connect up to 8 devices via the mobile hotspot feature, improved camera focus, fixed lockups during browsing the web between WiFi and 4G connections.
The update will use around 54.4 MB’s so you may want to connect to WiFi if it doesn’t already force you to do so. Please let us know how the update goes and if you notice anything not stated above.
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.
Ever since the release of Gingerbread for the HTC Evo 4G we have seen bugs and other issues that are finally being fixed. This new update that started rolling out a few days ago will bring the HTC Evo 4G to version 4.53.651.1, and should roll out to everyones phones by the end of the week.
HTC Evo 4G Software Update 4.53.651.1 Features:
- Integrated voice recognition accuracy with voice search and voice-to-text
- Image size issue with contact transfer over bluetooth
- Images cut off in Picasa
- Group contacts not in alphabetical order
- Out of memory, Unable to send SMS
To check if the update is available for you now go to “Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates -> HTC Software Update” and hit “GO”. If the update doesn’t show up for you yet have no fear as it will within the next few days.
T-Mobile announced the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update for the HTC Sensation 4G will begin rolling out now. Some users may not see this update due to the fact that it will be rolling out in batches from now until mid September. The update will take the Sensation 4G to version 1.45.531.1 with many improvements and new features.
New Features on the Sensation 4G with Version 1.45.531.1:
- Software stability
- Improved battery life
Improvements to the Sensation 4G with version 1.45.531.1:
- Improvements to Trace dictionary
- Improvements to screen responsiveness
- Improvements to video playbook
- Improvements regarding device reboots
- Improvements to icon pixilation
- Improvements to Wi-Fi connection
- Improvements to screen/photo resolution
Sometimes the OTA takes longer than the manual update so be sure to check manually for the Sensation 4G update. To check for the update before getting the OTA update pushed to your phone go to “Settings -> About Phone -> HTC Software Updates -> Check”. Let us know how the update works for you and when you get it.
AT&T has sent out a press release stating that all of their previously released Android phones in 2011 will receive Gingerbread updates. Included in these updates are the HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Pantech Crossover, Samsung Captivate 4G and the Samsung Infuse 4G. This all started with the Motorola Atrix 4G Gingerbread update a few days ago.
View the full Press Release from AT&T below:
Android 2.3 Debuted in the AT&T Portfolio with HTC Status, All Post-paid Android Smartphones Released in 2011 Planned to Receive 2.3 Upgrade
DALLAS, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
AT&T* confirmed that upgrades to the Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform are planned for all post-paid Android smartphones already introduced this year.
Motorola ATRIX™ 4G users will receive an update to Android 2.3 beginning today and HTC Inspire™ 4G users will receive the update in the coming weeks.
Motorola ATRIX 4G update will also provide the ability to download applications from third-party stores.
HTC Status™ arrived in stores July 17, the first AT&T smartphone running Android 2.3.
Customers who purchased an Android smartphone from AT&T introduced in 2011 can expect to receive an update to Android 2.3. All of these devices are planned to be upgraded from Android 2.2 to Android 2.3, also referred to as Gingerbread. In addition, Samsung Captivate™ owners will be able to upgrade to Gingerbread.
Delivery methods will vary by device. Whenever possible, upgrades are delivered over-the-air (OTA), however in some cases the size of the file needed to install the update will require the user to connect via Wi-Fi or connect the phone to a PC to install the update. Factors such as manufacturer-defined software and other device performance improvements result in each device requiring a separate update which will vary in timing.
Beginning today and continuing over the next few weeks, Motorola ATRIX 4G users will be prompted to install the update. To download the update, users must be connected via Wi-Fi. In August, HTC Inspire 4G users will be notified that the update is available and can be downloaded when connected to a Wi-Fi network. AT&T smartphone users can access at any one of the company’s more than 26,000 Wi-Fi hotspots at no cost.
The AT&T smartphones planned for a Gingerbread update are:
HTC Inspire™ 4G
Motorola ATRIX™ 4G
Samsung Captivate™ 4G
Samsung Infuse™ 4G
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Gingerbread delivers a number of improvements, such as user interface refinements, refined copy/paste functionality and speed enhancements. The upgrade offers improved power management that offers a more active role in managing applications in addition to an improved on-screen keyboard with multi-touch support that makes typing faster and more accurate
Atrix 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update
The Motorola Atrix started pushing its over the air update last night. We have been waiting for this update for a while now and were told July would be the month. Just after a few days of soak testing the OTA update is available. Now the Atrix finally has sideloading.
Instructions to install the Atrix Gingerbread Update:
- Make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi
- Go to Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates
- After scanning Install the update
- Congrats you have Gingerbread
With the Bionic coming out soon the Atrix 4G needed this update to stay ahead of the game. Let us know how the update goes for you.