Behold, T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S2 owners!!! The long awaited day has come upon you. T-Mobile has pushed an Ice-Cream Sandwich update for Samsung Galaxy S2. The Update has been pushed out via Kies, which could be downloaded here. It’s set to bring about many improvements and features to the table. Below are some of the improvements, which one would see after updating the device.
As listed on Google’s ICS page here, the improvements are as follows:
- Refined, evolved UI
- Home screen folders and favorites tray
- Resizable widgets
- New lock screen actions
- Quick responses for incoming calls
- Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, and browser tabs
- Improved text input and spell-checking
- Powerful voice input engine
- Control over network data
- People and profiles
- Unified calendar, visual voicemail
- Redesigned Gallery app with photo editor
- Live Effects for transforming video
- Sharing with screenshots
- Cloud-connected experience
- More powerful web browsing (with desktop page display)
- Improved email
- Android Beam for NFC-based sharing
- Face Unlock
- Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth HDP
Pleas note that some of these fectures may be masked with the Samsung TouchWiz interface. The update is still pretty fresh and more information will be coming soon. Follow the link for an immediate update or wait for the OTA update. Be sure to comment and share with your experience, positive or negative.
If the laundry list of improvements hasn’t made you salivate over the update and get on the download bandwagon, below are the some screenshots to make you realize what you’re missing.
As it was confirmed, the Facebook app for android just received an update, introducing minor fixes and added functionality. For the full changelog, refer to the screenshot. In order to get the update, head on over to the Google Play Store.
As sensational as it may sound, but a 3.23 Mb/s download rate has been recorded on T-Mobile’s newly upgraded HSPA network in Los Angeles! Today, during a routine network test, on my Nokia N900, I have noticed an apparent speed bump. Conducting a test, using www.speedtest.net site services, it was reveled that download and upload speeds on the above mentioned operator’s network, have considerably grown. The result of the speed test was shocking. Up to this point, nothing, except for Sprint’s 4G network test results, sounded as shocking and pleasing as this. 3.23 MB/s was the reading on the screen after several runs. I will refrain from further speculations about the planned upgrade. However, it was recently said that T-Mobile will gradually upgrade it’s HSPA coverage to be able to stay on the competitive edge. And now, s bit later, we come to a conclusion that “big magenta” lives up to its promises. It seems like the upgrade begins to cover select areas of Los Angeles Merto region. Based on this example, I have experienced a speed bump of about 2.0 Mb/s, which represents an about 200% bump from before. Please note that the same test has been conducted on myTouch 3G and HTC HD2, using www.mobilespeedtest.com service, and the results were 1.1 Mb/s and 1.27 Mb/s respectively. Perhaps, at the present moment, Nokia N900 is the only device, compatible with high speed HSPA (see the 3.5G icon in the status bar). For that, I’ve consulted the specs sheet for Nokia N900 on www.nokia.com, which indicated a 10.0 Mb/s maximum down-link capability. Make your own conclusions and share your personal thoughts and experiences below. The video of the test is provided below. Enjoy!
After a long wait, many proud owner of HTC HD2 were granted with a new update. The recent update version 2.13.531.1, which can be downloaded here, promises to fix some stability and performance issues. An official changelog hasn’t been posted, however right after performing the update, certain improvements became apparent. Here are some of them:
- Touch screen sensitivity has been decreased
- Threaded text and mms load much faster
- Increased stability (no need to restart the phone very often)
- Improved memory management. Seems like the the apps load a bit faster when loaded in the RAM, and opened again.
So far these changes were noticed. Feel free to add comments about things that you think were improved. Don’t forget to back up your phone before performing the update, because all information will be wiped. Windows MyPhone and Windows Life are very good sources for backing up user generated data, prior to performing the update.