In what is likely one of the first of a lot of forthcoming app updates, the fine folks from Automattic have gone ahead an updated WordPress for Android for the Nexus 7. The update isn’t really of vital importance to a lot of folks right yet, but if you’re awaiting a Nexus 7 which is now shipping you can take satisfaction in knowing WordPress will be supported. In addition to the Nexus 7 support, you’ll also find that the app now has Danish language support included.
Download: Wordpress for Android
The wait for Android 4.0 on Canadian Galaxy Note’s (Android 4.0.4 to be precise) is now over for the most part. Samsung issued a press release yesterday, letting folks know rollout would start today and low and behold, they were right. TELUS and Bell customers are now getting the update pushed to their devices via OTA and if OTA isn’t really your thing, the update is also available for download via Kies. On Rogers? Shout out in the comments if you see it pop up on a Rogers device, because we’ve not heard word of it landing on those as of yet.
We’ll believe it when we see it, but Facebook’s latest Android app update promises to actually speed up login and navigation within the app. We know, we know. It’s Facebook, whose mobile app has been pretty crappy considering that, well, it’s friggin’ Facebook. Also of note in version 1.9.7 is that if you’re not running Android 2.2 Froyo or higher, you’re SOL on running this bad boy. (Though we imagine the previous version of the app should work fine, and only a mere 6.1 percent of active devices are running an OS older than Froyo.)
Other bullet points in the changelog include front-facing camera support (that wasn’t there before?), a new messaging feature that lets you hop between conversations and share photos, plus other bug fixes and a security improvement.
Of course, this is Facebook we’re talking about, so we’ll have to wait and see what just got broken, too. Download link is below.
Download: Facebook for Android
Remember how a couple days ago we broke the news that the Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich starting today? Well, guess what. It’s getting Ice Cream Sandwich starting today. Sprint’s made it official that the update will be rolling out over the air. Here’s what’s new:
* A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
* Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
* Redesigned camera which introduces panorama mode, effects like silly faces and background replacement, and a powerful photo editor
* Android Beam™: quickly share web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube™ videos with your friends by simply tapping two Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled phones together
* Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout and even store web pages for offline reading
* People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
* Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
* New Calendar app that lets you add events quickly, sync with Google Calendar™ or Microsoft Exchange and even pinch to adjust your calendar display
* Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly, and search for emails even without a data connection
* Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera
Look for it to push out any time now, or dive into the settings to start the update manually.
If you’re an AT&T Galaxy S III user, today it’s your turn to get a minor OTA that in addition to bringing a new radio (UCLG1), removes local (on-device) search options. We saw it on the Sprint version a few days back, disguised as a Google “security update”. We appreciate the new modem, anything to make the phone work better as a phone is welcome. We also know why Samsung is removing the search options, but part of us wishes they would wait until they had to do it instead of playing the game we all hate with Apple and their lawyers.
In either case, if you take the OTA chances are an older version of the searchbar app will get universal search back for you. Keep an eye on the guys and gals in the AT&T Galaxy S III forums and see what they can figure out.
Source: AT&T Galaxy S III forums. _Thanks, CarlGalgano!_
If you’re still rocking a Sprint Motorola Photon 4G (all of, what, a year old now?), be on the lookout for a software update that’s going to squash some bugs for ya. Here’s the full list of what’s ahead:
* More easily import contacts from SD card.
* Improved music playback, both streaming from Amazon Cloud or Internet Radio services and music saved to the phone - minimizes occasional skips or repeats
* Enhancements for WiFi hotspot in GSM/UMTS mode and adding new WiFi connections.
* Now supports 1080p HD video capture, and enhanced video settings for more responsive playback.
* Easier creating and accepting calendar meeting notices on the phone.
The Photon hasn’t seen an update since October, so it’s good Sprint hasn’t forgotten about it just yet.
Attention coffee fans. Great news; the Starbucks app for Android has today received a large update bringing support to the UK and Canada. That means that coffee addicts on both sides of the pond can now enjoy mobile payments, the store locator, My Starbucks Rewards Stars, check balance and reload, pin code protection, a home screen widget and transfer capabilities. Good stuff!
Users of the app in the USA still get a few added features including a widget, PayPal support, pin code protection and the ability to view ‘My Starbucks rewards’ history.
You can find the full press release below or just grab your download of the updated Starbucks app here.
Who’s in the mood to squash a few bugs? The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE has gotten a bit of an update this morning. The big feature is that Google Wallet working again. Also of note is that local search is still working — you’ll recall that Sprint and Samsung just stripped it out of the Galaxy S III — so there’s that.
Other changes of note, per Sprint itself, include:
* Google security updates
* Wifi disconnect issue
* Time zone issue
* Side loaded video pause issue
* Random power cycling issue
* Pioneer Bluetooth Car Kit connection issue
* Gallery app crash
* Calendar reminder (all day even time) issue
Looks like a healthy changelog. Make sure you’re charged above 35 percent, then hit settings>system updates>HTC software update to get the ball rolling if you haven’t already gotten the notification.
Samsung’s Android 4.0.4 updating spree continues, with today’s news that the international Galaxy Note (that’s the one with GT-N7000 on the box) has also been bumped from 4.0.3 to 4.0.4 (build IMM76D to be precise). The update to the newer version of Ice Cream Sandwich brings with it a couple of interesting new software additions from Samsung, too.
First up, the Pop-up Play feature from the Galaxy S III, which allows videos to be played in a window over the top of existing apps, has been ported to the Note in the new software update. And “signature unlock” has been introduced as a new unlock method, whereby you can sign your name on the screen using the S Pen instead of using PIN or pattern unlock. Aside from that, Android 4.0.4 itself is a pretty minor update to ICS, and we wouldn’t expect too many major changes, besides the usual performance tweaks and bug fixes.
The Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Note is available now on unlocked German handsets, and other territories should start seeing it in the days and weeks ahead. German Note users will be able to pick up the update to the new XXLRG firmware versionover the air, or through Samsung’s Kies desktop software. If you’ve already got yours, hit the comments and let us know how you’re getting on.
The Google Nexus 7 tablet isn’t quite available to the general public yet, but our Google I/O edition’s just gotten an update. As you can see from the screen above, the 12.6MB update to Android 4.1.1 — which just hit the AOSP servers yesterday — ”improves performance and responsiveness system wide.” It also goes on to pimp out some of the newer features of Jelly Bean, including Google Now and the new notifications.
If you’ve already rooted your Nexus 7, this update will flash so long as you have stock recovery. OTA Rootkeeper works as it should, too, so you’ll have no issues getting root access back. (Not that we ever though you would — this is a Nexus after all.)
It also looks like local search is still enabled, which Jerry just finished explaining means we likely will see an update to Google’s proprietary apps to get around that pesky Apple patent thing.
Also of note is that if you haven’t installed Google Wallet before, it’ll be there now. If there ever was a doubt Google was going to stick with its mobile payment solution, put it out of your mind.
Some good news for those of you patiently waiting for Ice Cream Sandwich on the Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, which until now has been little more than a “coming soon” line. We just got slipped this screen shot that points to it being released this week, starting Thursday and lasting through July 20.
If you’ve been rocking any versions of Ice Cream Sandwich to this point, you should be fairly used to the changes. If not, well, they’re listed in the pic above. Don’t expect too many UI changes, other than settings being rearranged — after all, it’s still running TouchWiz atop it. But the ICS update certainly will be welcome.
We do need to remind folks, however, that Sprint and Samsung don’t exactly have the best history when it comes to updates. So until Sprint says it’s coming, and until it’s actually hitting devices, we’ll remain cautiously optimistic.
More: Epic 4G Touch forums; _Thanks, anon!_
Yesterday we heard that the Sprint Galaxy S III was in the midst of getting a small “security” update over-the-air, but with little detail of what exactly was changed. The jury is still out about any security fixes, but one thing that was changed is that you can no longer use the Google search bar to search for local content on the device. This comes on the heels of yet another legal battle between Apple and Samsung, where the unified search ability was enough to get the Galaxy Nexus on a do-not-sell list for about a week.
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to fix by using the Google search bar app from a previous version. If you’ve received the update and miss your universal search, hit the link below for the AC forums thread for details on getting it back.
Samsung, Sprint, we get it. You were forced to make these changes. But calling it a security update and not filling in your users about the full scope of what was being changed on their phones is dirty pool. We expect, and deserve, a little better.
Source: Sprint Galaxy S III forums
Following last week’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 updates, it’s the turn of the Tab 7.0 Plus to receive the newly obsoleted Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. First to get the update will be the Austrian Wifi and 3G version of the tablet (GT-P6200), and the new software version should bring the Tab’s UI in line with Galaxy Tab 2 products, while eliminating some of the weird lag that’s characterized most Honeycomb devices. You’ll also get the standard suite of ICS features, like face unlock and the new swipe-able multitasking menu.
Austrian Wifi and 3G Tab 7 Plus owners in Austria should be able to update now over-the-air, or through Samsung’s Kies desktop software. Owners of the Wifi-only version (as well as Tabs 8.9 and 10.1) will likely have a little longer to wait, though at this point what’s a few extra days?
With Samsung pushing out Android 4.0.4 to various other versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II, it looks like they snuck in the Android 4.0.4 update for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket as well. You’ll need to fire up Kies (there is also an update available for it) in order to take the update down and of course, backing up your device is first is certainly suggested but that’s a minor hassle in order to get Ice Cream Sandwich on your device. No telling right now if it’s a slow roll out or a free for all but it shows up as build IMM76D.UCLF6. If you manage to find it there waiting for you, go ahead and get it loaded up then drop by the Android Central forums and let us know how things are running for ya!
We go hands-on with the Android 4.0.4 update for the AT&T Galaxy Note, with Samsung Premium Suite
AT&T will soon be pushing out Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy Note, and we got a chance to have an early look at the update, with it’s own Value Pack of features. The Note was (to everyone’s surprise) a very popular device, and Samsung has followed in the footsteps of their last popular device’s ICS update — leaving the UI much the same as it was with Gingerbread. Like the Galaxy S II, Touchwiz is basically unchanged. Nobody really expected Samsung to change the basic UI on a phone in the midst of it’s lifespan, and that’s a decision we can understand even if we don’t like it very much.
The good news is that we _do_ like it very much. All the features you know and love about the Note are still there, as they were, with the API changes and ability to run the latest apps built-in. Updates to the Google apps and others like Chrome for Android make the Note better, and the ICS features like Android Beam and Face Unlock are along for the ride. If you just can’t accept TouchWiz, having ICS allows you to install Nova Launcher to get the stock feel. ICS improves the speed and stability of all the software, and those changes do come with the update.
Along with the ability to run the latest apps and all the under-the-hood changes that come with Android 4.0.4, Samsung has tossed in what they’re calling a Value Pack or Premium Suite. Consisting of a revamped S Memo app and the S Note app we’ve seen and heard was coming to Samsung’s future tablets, it’s two great pieces of software that you won’t be calling bloat. S Memo’s great home screen widget make it an app that’s easy to use when you need to jot something down quickly, and the extra power that comes with S Note make it one of the best note taking apps we’ve run across. Check it out in the video and gallery after the break.