firmware

Advent Vega gets v1.08 update; still no official Flash

Advent has pushed out a new firmware release for the Vega Tegra 2 tablet, v1.08, said to clear up several of the slate's bugs as well as improve screen responsiveness while on mains power. The release also updates the Vega's WiFi driver. However, the new firmware still doesn't include official Adobe Flash Player 10.1 functionality, which Advent yanked back in December over missing certification. That will be "available soon" the company says.

Toshiba Folio 100 firmware addresses lag, multitouch, more

Toshiba has pushed out the promised firmware update for the Folio 100 tablet, with update v.2.2.5.0053 expected to address the responsiveness and multimedia processing issues which prompted retailer PC World to yank the slate from shelves. According to The Tech Blog, the new firmware does indeed address much of the lag. However, reports from xda-developers suggest that this isn't quite enough to bring the Folio 100 fully up to scratch, with the tablet still prone to going into deep sleep mode and demanding a reboot to get it working once more. The new firmware also lacks the Flash Player 10.1 plugin, which has to be installed separately.
1) screen/soft-touch responsiveness 2) lag fixes 3) Most importantly Pinch-and-Zoom capability for web-browsing and others. 4) Improved viewability (I think) 5) Smoother video/audio processing.

New Samsung Galaxy Tab Firmware Might Block Hacks

Reports claim that Samsung may soon roll out a new firmware update for the Galaxy Tab that will block all jailbreaks, roots and other custom firmware. The new JM6 A, C, and D builds are all planned to prevent unauthorized firmware from running.

Sony Ericsson LiveView firmware update due Jan 2011

Sony Ericsson's LiveView failed to set our enthusiasm alight when we reviewed it over at SlashGear, with the Bluetooth-connected mini display falling short of our expectations in terms of functionality and proving temperamental in its wireless stability. The company now says that a firmware update is on course for release in January 2011 which should address some of these problems. Among the priority fixes are more stable Bluetooth connections - particularly when using the LiveView with non-Sony Ericsson devices. The company is also keen to point out that, despite some reports, the LiveView firmware is indeed upgradable, which does leave us a little more enthusiastic about the sub-display's potential.
"As I’ve read some reviews of LiveView™ I’ve noticed that some users are reporting issues with e.g. the connection between the device and the phone. Especially when using phones from our competitors. This is very unfortunate and has been escalated to our developers. They have been working hard on identifying the issues and have solutions coming. In some reviews I have also read comments about the LiveView™ device not being upgradable. I just want to confirm that that is not the case. There will be a software update coming for the device itself. The work is ongoing and the plan is to make this updated software available as an update through SE Update Service in January. Some minor things are also possible to solve within the LiveView™ Application in the phone and updates of that app will be issued on Android Market as for any app." Sony Ericsson
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NookColor Updated to 1.0.1

Barnes & Noble has just released a minor update to its NOOKcolor firmware. The update will bring in improved WiFi connectivity and browser experience as well as some minor bug fixes.

B&N NOOK for Android Hits v2.4

While the original NOOK eReader has just received a pretty big update of its own, Barnes & Noble wasn't going to let their Android version of their popular eReader application miss its own update. So thankfully, the company has officially pulled the curtain off the latest update for the NOOK for Android eReader software. It's available now, and the software version is 2.4.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10/X10 mini/X10 mini pro Android 2.1 update begins Oct 31

It's taken an age, but Sony Ericsson is finally releasing its Android 2.1 update for the XPERIA X10, XPERIA X10 mini and X10 mini pro.  As of Sunday evening, the first updates notifications will begin to roll out in the Nordic countries, with availability spreading throughout November. While the handsets themselves will alert users to the availability of the new software, it will need to be installed via the PC Companion software.  Full change-list for the three XPERIA phones below. Xperia X10: • HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos • Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1 • New back up and restore application, with extended content back up • 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders • Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro: • Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more • New backup and restore application with extended content back up • Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book • Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages • Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1

TELUS HTC Desire Android 2.2 Froyo going out OTA

Canadian carrier TELUS has begun to push out its Android 2.2 Froyo update for the HTC Desire.  The product page for the Desire - which launched running Android 2.1 Eclair - has been updated with the message "Upgrade your HTC Desire to Android 2.2 today" along with a list of new features. Android Community reader Donald called TELUS, who confirmed that the Desire update is going out OTA from today.  However it's yet to show up on his handset, which suggests it's a staggered release rather than a mass push-out. [Thanks Donald!]

Samsung Galaxy S Froyo update released

It looks like Android 2.2 Froyo for the Samsung Galaxy S is finally getting its release, with owners in Norway, Denmark and Sweden all reporting that the new firmware (I9000 JPM) has shown up for installation in Samsung's Kies PC manager app. It's worth noting that, so far, Samsung only has a version of Kies for PC users; if you've only got a Mac then we're afraid you're out of luck. Among the reported changes are:
  • Android 2.2 JIT compiler
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility
  • New Android Market with auto-updating
  • Speed improvements
  • Pinch-to-zoom homescreen flyover
  • Improved default keyboard
  • Quick links to “GPS” and “Auto rotation” toggles on notification bar added
  • Slightly different graphics and transitions with app drawer and default icon dock
  • Colored icons in settings
  • GPS Fix
  • Colored settings icons
  • Media Hub
  • Darker menu theme, navy blue color
  • Better Exchange support
  • Video records in MP4 format
  • New Search widget
  • New Gmail application
[Thanks Spary!] Update: The press release has confirmed it; Nordic regions first, then "gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, North America, Africa and rest of the world." Press Release:
Samsung GALAXY S Offers New Android 2.2 Upgrade New platform upgrade provides enhanced experience on the go SEOUL, Korea – October 18, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) upgrade to the Samsung GALAXY S, giving users access to new features, enhanced navigation applications and improved performance. The Android 2.2 upgrade will be available via Kies, Samsung’s unique in-house software upgrade program. Kies can be downloaded at the Samsung mobile website (http://www.samsungmobile.com). The GALAXY S is Samsung’s cleverly designed smartphone with a bright 4-inch SUPER AMOLED screen and a 1 GHz application processor, giving users an intelligent, immersive and integrated mobile experience. The Android 2.2 upgrade offers voice-controlled GPS through Google MapsTM with Navigation, faster performance by JIT(Just in Time) compiler. Additionally, further functionalities including Search in-browser, Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, improved customization options will be provided with OS upgrade. - Google MapsTM with Navigation: GPS navigation system with voice guidance - Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1: Allow the web browser to make full use of the whole web - Setup Wizard: Quickly customize the GALAXY S and access networks with ease - Home Screen/Menu Preview and Edit : Preview by pinch-zoom - Search in-Browser : Google™, Translate, Wikipedia, Dictionary The Android 2.2 upgrade will be available from the mid of October 2010 in the Nordic region and gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, North America, Africa and rest of the world. About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com. * All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation. Samsung reserves the right to make changes to this document and the product described here, at anytime, without obligation on Samsung to provide notification of such change. This document and any formation contained here are provided on "AS IS" basis without warranty of any kind, either implied or expressed, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Google, the Google logo, Google Maps, Android and Android Market are trademarks of Google, Inc. Google MapsTM Navigation is not available in countries outside of the Europe, the Americas and Japan regions. Adobe, the Flash logo and Flash are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.
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