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Samsung Galaxy S II updated: Swype swiftness, auto-brightness fix

Samsung's Galaxy S II may be fresh to the market, but that hasn't stopped the company's engineers from pushing out updates. In fact, we've seen two firmware updates arrive through Samsung's Kies app in short order, bringing the GSII up to i9100XWKE2. The first left Swype more responsive and apparently also addressed some connectivity issues, while the second fixed the Galaxy S II's automatic brightness. The firmware is also rootable, which is good news for those looking forward to all the third-party hacks we're promised. You'll need to hook your Galaxy S II up to Kies in order to download the update - we've tried through the smartphone's onboard firmware update tool, and it can't find any new builds. Let us know how you get on in the comments, and if you're still on the fence regarding the GSII then check out our full review!

Notion Ink Adam update delivers bug-sweep; Users delighted [Video]

Notion Ink has released a new firmware update for its Adam tablet, addressing multiple launch issues with the Tegra 2 slate and generally smoothing out the overall user-experience. According to Notion Ink Fan, the Eden UI panels are now more stable, browser tabs are more reliable, and the video player is less jumpy when you toggle play/pause. Meanwhile, Adam owner Shane Trafford - who you might recall was among the first wave of recipients - has sent in his own video demo of the Notion Ink slate doing its thing (which you can see below). [youtube FbAtgrO01S4] [via Lilliputing]

Sony Ericsson XPERIA update released: Multitouch for X10, ANT+ for X8

Sony Ericsson has begun pushing out its promised update for the XPERIA X10 and XPERIA X8, adding pinch-zoom multitouch to the larger handset and enabling ANT+ support for the smaller. The long-awaited multitouch addition to the X10 will work in both the browser and Google Maps; Sony Ericsson is hoping feature tweaks like these will salve the pain of never getting an Android OS update beyond 2.1. There's also some on-device video editing support and more languages; the full list of changes is below. The X10 and X8 update can be installed manually, via USB, or Sony Ericsson say that most markets will have an OTA option as well.
  • Addition of some bi-directional languages (Arabic, Farsi, Thai and Hebrew) – All products.
  • Pinch/zoom touch for mobile Internet and Google Maps. – Only Xperia X10.
  • Moxier in an updated version (2.7.13) that includes a great overview widget for e-mail, calendar and tasks.
  • Moxier e-mail shown in Timescape.
  • Possibilities of trimming videos in the phone.
  • Videos are transcoded to fit into MMS-messages even if they were recorded in high quality.
  • Minor changes to Mediascape with access to “Now Playing” in the top right corner.
[via SmartDroid]

NOOKcolor firmware v1.1.0 adds pinch-zoom, more

Barnes & Noble has released a new firmware update for the NOOKcolor ereader. v1.1.1 mainly consists of tweaks and bugfixes, but those using the 7-inch slate primarily as a tablet will likely be pleased by the addition of pinch-zooming support in the browser. The full changelist is below, and you can download the update here.
NOOKcolor Ver1.1.0 update contains enhancements to improve the overall performance, including:
  • Improved performance of Wi-Fi connectivity, Home and Shop.
  • Ability to pinch and zoom in browser.
  • Enhanced reading experience for magazines and children's books.
  • Access helpful NOOKcolor related information and support tips on the new default browser home page.
  • Reduce mistyped passwords with "show password" option during registration and Wi-Fi set up.
  • Easily identify NOOK kids Read To Me™ books with a new text banner next to the titles in Shop.
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements.
[via Gear Diary]

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
[via Clove]

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.
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