Motorola and T-Mobile USA recently starting pushing out the new 1.4.18 version of firmware for the Motorola CLIQ according to the T-Mobile USA Forums. In spite of the fact that the post on the site says that users can manually check for an update, two CLIQs we have access to have neither received the update automatically or are able to force an update with a manual check.
According to the post on T-Mobile’s forums, the update offers the following benefits:Improved battery life Improved software performance and stability Improved home screen Improved widget response Decrease in ‘Force Close’ error messages Added support of .WMA and .WAV media files
Don’t get too excited. For one, this video is just showing the actual firmware update processes – for those that are curious. Secondly, the update itself is not that interesting, either. A new app for moving contacts to or from a SIM card is available now, and imeem is gone, but otherwise there’s not much to see. Home screen might be a bit snappier, too.
So anyway, here’s the video of the update process in 4x speed so you don’t have to watch 10 minutes of not much happening. You can now watch not much happening in 25% of that time!
It appears that a new update for the Motorola CLIQ, 1.3.18, is starting the process of being distributed to T-Mobile’s Motorola CLIQ users now.
The update promises further improvements to the phone’s battery life, better Bluetooth support, and better touchscreen accuracy – all things I’m personally in need of. There’s also some corporate mail updates, a new rev of Quick Office, and bug fixes, too.
More info available at Motorola, with even more detail here.
When I get my hands on the update I will be sure to let you all know.
If you get it before me, though, please feel [...]
Here’s a quick video demo of the new multitouch functionality on the Nexus One’s default browser and Google Maps application. The firmware update that adds this capability started rolling out over the air yesterday.
The Barnes & Noble Nook has received its fair share of negative reviews from early adopters who claim the Android-powered e-reader is sluggish, especially when compared to the Amazon Kindle 2. B&N rolled out firmware 1.1 yesterday which hopes to improve the e-reader’s performance and add a new local promotional feature that will differentiate the Nook from its competition. The local promotions will allow Nook owners to download free reading content when visiting their local B&N store. In the future, it may even be possible to download and read an entire book while within the confines of a local B&N store. In addition to book [...]
Verizon sent us a message last night telling us about the new HTC DROID Eris firmware update that has started going out to users. This isn’t an update to a newer version of Android, which we are still expecting, but rather a simpler update that fixes some problems with the initial version of the device.
Not all people experienced all of these issues, but there’s probably something in this update for most any DROID Eris user.
The initial batch of users to get the update is pretty small, but it should start going out in large scale within a week or so. A list of the updated aspects of the DROID Eris are available [...]
Well, I just finished manually updating my Motorola DROID to the new Android 2.0.1 firmware update, and I shot some photos of the process and the minor changes I’ve seen on the device so far.
I honestly *just* got done doing the update, so I have no real opinions on anything now other than I like the new lock screen much better.
Verizon claims that the update will fix the DROID’s autofocus issue with its camera, which is currently working anyway due to the current date, and also says that it should clear up some reception issues. I know some people have complained about echo on the DROID, but I [...]
General Mobile has released an Android 1.6 (Donut) update for its DSTL1 Android smartphone. The release adds proper support for the phone’s WVGA resolution resistive touchscreen display, and even features a number of homescreen and notification area UI tweaks.
You can get more information about the update at the General Mobile website.
Here are some of the improvements offered by the update. You’ll find more specs and a gallery of screen shots from an updated DSTL1 after the jump.Added Bluetooth send function Improved Android virtual keyboard Improved 7-panel homescreen with new [...]
My Motorola CLIQ received its update last night and I have shot a few photos of the process and the new Battery Manager features that it brings to the table. You can think of the Battery Manager as a profiles system for battery use. It could still use some additional features, but it is a good start and something that all phones should feature.
I haven’t had much time to test the changes so far (I’m flying back to Philadelphia tonight), but I can already see an improved response from the touchscreen display. Moto also claims improved battery life when the device is sitting idle as well as when apps are running, and Bluetooth and a number of other features have [...]