Android Smartphone Updates En Route - InformationWeek
Mobile // Mobile Devices
01:15 PM
Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman
[Dark Reading Crash Course] Finding & Fixing Application Security Vulnerabilitie
Sep 14, 2017
Hear from a top applications security expert as he discusses key practices for scanning and securi ...Read More>>

Android Smartphone Updates En Route

Android system updates head out this week to the Motorola Xoom tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Lumia 800, and other smartphones. Is your device on the list?

10 Epic Android Apps
10 Epic Android Apps
(click image for larger view and for slideshow)
Significant system updates for smartphones arrive sporadically, and are often confined to just one or two devices. This week, a number of updates are being pushed out. Is your device up the update list? Here is what you need to know.

First, Google is pushing a minor system update to the GSM/UMTS/HSPA+ variants of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S. According to Google, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich adds stability improvements, better camera performance, smoother screen rotation, improved phone number recognition, and more. This same update is also being pushed to the Motorola tablet.

The Galaxy Nexus shipped with Android 4.0 on board. The others did not, but are the only devices officially updated by Google from Android 2.3 to Android 4.0. The list of devices updated to the most recent version of Android continues to be pathetic.

[ What is the status of Android in the marketplace? Read Android To Surpass Windows By 2016: IDC. ]

Samsung said it is pushing an Ice Cream Sandwich-esque update to its line of original Galaxy S smartphones. Rather than boost the version number from Android 2.3 to Android 4.0, this update installs a number of Android 4.0's best features on the Galaxy S. The new features include: Face Unlock, the ability to snap pictures while shooting video, and improvements to the launcher.

This update is mostly for international variants of the Galaxy S. It is unknown if U.S. network operators will offer this update, but I wouldn't count on it, as the original Galaxy S is now nearly two years old.

Of all the updates being pushed out this week, the one for Nokia's Lumia 800 is probably the most significant. Why? It fixes battery performance.

Nokia said the update is being offered to most non-branded Lumia 800 phones (i.e., ones not sold by carriers) this week. The update is being rolled out in batches over the next four weeks. Nokia doesn't quite know when carriers will get around to approving the update for dispersal to their subscribers.

The update provides a significant improvement to battery life, which has been a sore point with Lumia 800 owners. Along with boosting battery performance, Nokia made enhancements to the bass in the audio so that the 800 provides better quality in voice calls and with Nokia Music. Nokia also changed the behavior of the soft keys, making sure they illuminate at all brightness levels settings.

The last bit of good news comes to owners of the LG Thrill, sort of. AT&T recently announced that it is going to update the Thrill from (groan) Android 2.2 Froyo to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This means Thrill owners will trade their early 2010-era system software for a late-2010 system.


See the future of business technology at Interop Las Vegas, May 6-10. It's the best place to learn how cloud computing, mobile, video, virtualization, and other key technologies work together to drive business. Register today with priority code CPQCNL07 to get a free Expo Pass or to save 25% on Flex and Conference passes..

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
User Rank: Apprentice
4/2/2012 | 12:30:01 PM
re: Android Smartphone Updates En Route
Minor point here, but Nokia 800 is not using Android as implied by the Title of the article. Not sure if this was an Editor's mistake lumping all updates in the article as Android updates or not. I wouldn't have mentioned this mistake if the text of the article had clarified (not sure if that is why the mistake with the article Title happened or not) by saying Nokia 800 was getting a Windows Phone OS update, but thought this might be a bit misleading for some.
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll