Friday, December 7, 2012

Motorola Razr - Razr Maxx upgraded to JB 4.1 Jelly Bean

Motorola Mobility updates Android Jelly Bean upgrade list:

RAZR i: Jelly Bean rollout in Q12013
RAZR HD (Canada): Jelly Bean rollout in Q1 2013
ATRIX HD (Canada): Jelly Bean rollout in Q1 2013
ATRIX HD: Jelly Bean rollout in Dec. 2012
XOOM LTE: Jelly Bean rollout in Q1 2013
Electrify M: Jelly Bean rollout in Q1 2013
Razr/Maxx: Will be upgraded to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) for select countries and carriers

Full list:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Motorola RAZR ICS upgrade is now rolling out for the UK

The RAZR ICS upgrade is now rolling out for the following versions:
UK Retail and O2 UK

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on Jun

Want to get your hands on Android 4.1, Jelly Bean? Starting in mid-July, we’ll begin rolling out over-the-air updates to Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom and Nexus S, and we’ll also release Jelly Bean to open source. 

Motorola RAZR : ICS Update News for Non-U.S. Europe Models

For those asking for information about the ICS upgrade for RAZR, we have had a delay which means we’re unable to roll out in Q2 as planned.
We’re working through the changes that need to be made to the software to ensure you get the best experience from all the new features ICS will bring.
We will update you when we have further details on a new roll out date.
Motorola Say:
So, in conclusion.. you're driving yourself crazy. As you can tell, it's the end of June, and if you don't have ICS by now there's a good chance you won't get it until Q3 (>July 1). As soon as the timing in Q3 is available it will be updated.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Android 4.0 ICS rolling out to DROID RAZR beta members, update coming soon

We have more good news today for all those owners of the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX. After the entire mix up last week about its rumored Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update today we can now confirm the ICS upgrade is rolling out to testers in Motorola’s Feedback Network. If all goes well we could see this update available for everyone within the next week.

Motorola last week stated the update was “coming soon” in a slew of text messages sent out to RAZR owners, and now the folks from Droid-Life are reporting the update is in final beta testing. Motorola’s latest Android 4.0 ICS build version 6.16.211 has arrived for feedback members RAZR phones, and has even been made available to download if you dare give it a try.
The DROID RAZR is an extremely popular device, and now that Motorola has the RAZR HD on the way with ICS many users are getting impatient while waiting for the update. This latest leak and beta update arriving for beta testing confirms that Motorola is getting close and an update is headed our way soon. If everything goes smooth and Verizon gives the update the OK we could be seeing the official Android 4.0 ICS OTA arrive this weekend or early next week. We don’t have too many details about this latest build, but most likely its close to final and extremely stable. More details at the source.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Introducing Google Drive... yes, really!!

Just like the Loch Ness Monster, you may have heard the rumors about Google Drive. It turns out, one of the two actually does exist.

Today, we’re introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancĂ© or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond. 

With Google Drive, you can:
  • Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
  • Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just... there. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.
  • Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let’s say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. We also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time.
You can get started with 5GB of storage for free—that’s enough to store the high-res photos of your trip to the Mt. Everest, scanned copies of your grandparents’ love letters or a career’s worth of business proposals, and still have space for the novel you’re working on. You can choose to upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB.

Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google experience. You can attach photos from Drive to posts in Google+, and soon you’ll be able to attach stuff from Drive directly to emails in Gmail. Drive is also an open platform, so we’re working with many third-party developers so you can do things like send faxesedit videos andcreate website mockups directly from Drive. To install these apps, visit the Chrome Web Store—and look out for even more useful apps in the future.

This is just the beginning for Google Drive; there’s a lot more to come.

Get started with Drive today at—and keep looking for Nessie...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Chrome for Android Beta update now available in 31 new languages and more countries for your device running ICS

Since we launched Chrome for Android Beta in February, we’ve been listening closely to all of your feedback (thank you!). It’s great to hear how so many of you love having the Chrome experience on your Android 4.0 phone or tablet.

With today’s update, Chrome for Android Beta is now available in 31 more languages and in all countries where Google Play is available. We’ve also added many much-requested features, including:
  • You can now request the desktop version of a website, in case you would rather not view the mobile version.
  • You can now add bookmarks as shortcuts on your home screen, so you can get to your favorite sites faster.
  • Choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome.
  • Have a proxy setup for Wi-Fi access? You can now use Chrome with the system proxy configured in Android settings.
If you build websites, you may want to take note of a change in the User-Agent specification for Chrome for Android.

If you haven’t already, you can install Chrome for Android Beta from Google Play on your Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) phone or tablet. As we're still in Beta, we look forward to your feedback so we can continue to improve Chrome for Android.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

GOOD NEWS: Google Nexus S i9023 ICS update 4.0.4 DOWNLOAD

New official update IMM76 (Android 4.0.4) is poised to roll out for the Nexus S. The update file, can be downloaded directly from Google's servers and applied only over stock IML74K (Android 4.0.3):


It has been shown to work on the i9023 variant, and we're currently trying to figure out whether it works on different flavors of the i9020. If you have the Nexus S 4G on Sprint, sorry, this update is definitely not for you - you have access to 4.0.4 already anyway. And, of course, if you have the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, your 4.0.4 update leaked last month here.
Update: Some users are reporting success flashing this on the T-Mobile Nexus S (of course, you still need to be on 4.0.3 for it to work).
While we don't have the official changelog for this update, XDA poster HAKA provided his impressions (along with a flashable zip that gives you root):

My first impression: Noticeably faster!
Going to cover everything in points:
1. The time lag between clicking & opening menu items is now negligible, just like Gingerbread.
2. The camera from lockscreen loads up faster.
3. The rotation animation is faster.
4. Battery bug is fixed!
5. 3D apps load up faster...
6. Overall a faster & better update by Google.
7. I think Ice Cream Sandwich was not finished until December, but now it feels a finished/polished product.
Animations faster
Whole UI is noticeably smoother
Launcher still lags
Kernel is updated, but the version is still old.
Old GB sounds
Update: The ROM is rootable, download this zip and flash in CWM to root.

If you're running stock recovery, these instructions should work (if you're running ClockworkMod or another alternate recovery, just reboot into it and flash the update zip the normal way).
  • Download the OTA Package above 
  • Rename it to
  • Copy it to the root of the internal storage
  • Power off the device, hold Volume Up and Power to reboot into the bootloader
  • Select "recovery," then hit the power button
  • Once the warning triangle appears, hold the power button and hit volume up
  • Select "apply update from /sdcard" and choose the
  • Once the process is finished, simply choose "reboot system now"


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Google Voice for Android, now with Ice Cream Sandwich ICS voicemail integration

Since we launched Google Voice back in 2009, we’ve supported visual voicemail so you could open the Google Voice app, see all your voicemails with text transcripts, and play them on-demand. But sometimes when I get a missed call, I don’t want to jump between my call log and the Google Voice app to see who has called me and what message they left.

So, today, we’re updating our mobile app so you can view and listen to your voicemails on demand directly from the call log on your Android phone. Your voicemails will appear alongside your outgoing, incoming, and missed calls in your phone’s call log and you can just simply touch them to play them. You can slow down the playback of the message which is great for when someone is telling you their callback number, or you even speed playback up, so you can quickly listen to longer messages.

To turn this feature on, download the latest app from Google Play and check “Voicemail display” under settings. This new feature requires Android 4.0+.

Posted by Yong-Hoon Choi, Software Engineer


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

ICS 4.0.5 for Nexus S with new kernel 3.3 ??

Word on the street is that Google will start rolling out the Android 4.0 update for the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G within the coming weeks. This new information comes from one of Engadget’s trusted sources which we assume has provided accurate information in the past.
As Dustin pointed out a few days ago, Google did push out an Android 4.0 update for the T-Mobile (i9020-T) Nexus S in December which was quickly pulled due to a number of bugs. We’re hoping that Google has finally been able to sort things out and will be able to deliver a stable update before the end of March.

Will the Android 4.0 update for the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G restore your trust in the Nexus brand or will you consider an OEM branded phone the next time you make a purchase?
New update 4.0.5 with new linux API source kernel 3.3?  
The latest version of the Linux kernel is now available, and the team responsible for the mainline kernel have merged code from the Android project. This will make it possible to boot Android from a vanilla Linux kernel and should make it easier for developers to write apps for both platforms. 
This could make it easier to run Android apps on some Linux distributions, or make it easier for developers creating custom Android ROMs to work with a Linux kernel.
Google Android has always been based on a version of the Linux kernel, but Google has made a number of changes over the years, and the Linux kernel 3.3 will incorporate some of those changes into the main branch.
A kernel is basically the core of an operating system. The reason Android and Ubuntu can use similar kernels but look so different is because they’re running different shells (user environments) and apps on top of that kernel. But with the release of the latest kernel, the gap could get a little smaller. It could also make life easier for hackers looking to port Ubuntu or other Linux-based operating systems to run on phones and tablets that ship with Android.

Stay tuned

Friday, March 16, 2012

ICS 4.0.x coming to the Nexus S in the next few weeks?!

Own a Nexus S or Nexus S 4G? Wondering when you'll finally get to enjoy a tasty bite of Ice Cream Sandwich? One of our trusted sources has confirmed that Google is not abandoning you, and that an official Android 4.0 update for last year's Nexus is expected to drop in the next few weeks -- for realsthis time. We'll keep you posted as we find out more, but for now there's always the DIY route if you're rocking the AWS model.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

good news! Samsung release ICS 4.0.3 for Galaxy S2 i9100

Samsung has finally announced its plans to upgrade the Galaxy S II line of smartphones to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As expected, the announcement was made through the company's official Twitter account. The roll-out of the update will begin in South Korea and Europe before heading to other markets.
The upgrade will be offered to South Korean users beginning on March 13, 2012. It will also be available to users in other countries, including Poland, Hungary, and Sweden, before arriving in other markets like the UK. Galaxy S II owners in the U.S. will have to wait until their respective carriers approve the upgrade before it will be made available to them.
Samsung also says that it plans to upgrade the various other versions of the Galaxy S II to Ice Cream Sandwich, including the Galaxy S II LTE and the Galaxy Note, as well as the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1. The upgrade will include the Face Unlock feature as well as some new image editing tools. Users will likely have to use Samsung's Kies software to perform the upgrade once it is available to them.
Unfortunately, Samsung reiterated its message that the original Galaxy S smartphone line and the Galaxy Tab tablet will remain on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will not be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Google To Suspend Nexus S Android 4.0.5 Update/ i9023 i9020

Google has put its Ice Cream Sandwich roll-out on hold due to apparent battery issues some Nexus S users are having.

New information we have received on the next Android Update your mobile!

The new are the following :
Shift of the Optimus Black to Android 2.3.4 should be available in April.
Shift of the HTC Sensation to Android 4.0 and HTC Sense 5.3 should be available late March.
Shift of the Galaxy SII to Android 4.0 should be available only through the end of March and Kies.
Shift of the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S to Android 4.0.5 are in suspend.
Shift of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray to Android 2.3.4 should be available in March.
WARNING! This is a MAJ MAJ preparative to the reception of Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0!

Recall Shift available :
Motorola Defy + 2.3.6 via FOTA / MSU
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc in FOTA 2.3.4
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro 2.3.4 in FOTA